Rotary Club of Emporia

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Welcome to the Emporia Rotary Club


Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 11:45 AM
Emporia Country Club
1801 Rural
Emporia, KS  66801
United States
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Dr. Carol Russell
Mar 28, 2017
The Children Inspire Glass Project
Steven and Erin Blocker
Apr 11, 2017
ESU Track and Field
Emporia High School
Apr 18, 2017
Recognition of Top of the Class
Lisa Krimer
Apr 25, 2017
Recognize Top Students of FHTC
Randy Watson
Jun 20, 2017
Kansas Commissioner of Education
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On March 21, the Emporia Country Club is booked. A decision has been made not to have a meeting on that date.
In his 14th year as head coach of the Emporia State University baseball team, Coach Bob Fornelli continues the winning traditions of ESU baseball. With a 15-4 overall record so far this year (5-1 conference record), ESU baseball teams have made it to the playoffs 11 times, twice to the world series, and getting second in 2009. Bob said he has 38 players on his team, and gets along remarkably well with only 5.2 scholarships.
Second-year Emporia State University softball coach and former Hornet player April Huddleston updated our Rotary Club on how her team is doing at this point in the season. She took over a very young team when she took the reins last year. Come see the Lady Hornets play some weekend home games coming up on March 24 and 25.
Jamie Dawson a government teacher at Emporia High School, along with students Katherine Keinholtz and Austin Wang talked to our Rotary Club about the We the People competition. We the People is a civic organization that was started 30 years ago to further learning about the U.S. Constitution and civic values, and provides curriculum for teachers in the classroom. It also sponsors state competitions throughout the country with mock congressional hearings to boost the knowledge of students. Jamie Dawson took sixteen students to the state competition and the group received the second place trophy in their first competition, missing first place by only two points (out of 1,600 points). An invitation was also received to the national competition in Washington, DC., so they are currently fundraising nearly $30,000 to get their group to the competition. 
Sam Purohit has ordered Rotary Club of Emporia license plates that celebrate our 100th Anniversary. The cost per license plate is $6.00. All funds are going to pay for the cost of the plates. Any funds over the cost are being contributed to Polio Plus. You can get yours from Sam or from Jim Wayman.
Happy Bucks add up over a three month period. Happy Bucks collected this quarter are being donated to the Kansas Children's Service League, so be generous!
Ken Adams has worked at the Emporia Municipal Airport for 35 years, and as the Manager of the airport, he provided a good picture of the state of affairs. The first paved runway of 3,000 feet at the airport was in 1945. Today the airport has a 4,999-foot runway capable of handling small jets. The city-owned airport gets income from hanger rentals from about 50 aircraft, and from fuel sales, selling 70,000 to 80,000 gallons of fuel per year (10% from turbine jet fuel). There are a total of 8,000 to 10,000 operations (take offs and landings) per year. Small aircraft from across the country use the airport for stops and fueling along with several local companies that use aircraft in their operations. The Emporia airport contributes to our local economy. 
A ten-year master plan is being developed that could include a 500-foot runway extension in the latter part of that plan to accommodate larger aircraft. Unfortunately, any future runway extensions need to be added to the south side of the runway, making it necessary to make changes to the municipal golf course in the future. The U.S. government pays 90% of approved runway extensions, and the city pays the remainder.
Local historian Roger Heineken talked about Emporia in its early years 160 years ago. Founded by investors of the Emporia Town Company, including 19-year old Preston Plumb, the town was laid out in a one-mile square. Investors in the Emporia Town Company got free land. Preston Plumb, with his newspaper publishing expertise, was needed to promote the new community. 
The purpose of the Emporia Town Company was to develop the local amenities to attract potential Emporians. The investors were intellectual and purposeful in what they did. The name "Emporia" is Greek for trade center, or a busy place of commerce. The streets close to the town center were named with similar connotations...Commercial Street, Market Street, Merchant Street. Other streets included names like Constitution, State, Congress, Mechanic, Union, and Exchange. Streets toward the outer perimeter included names like Elm, Cottonwood, Rural, Neosho, and Sylvan.
Early on there were as many as 20 saw mills along the rivers producing needed lumber. In 1858, the first well was dug, and parks were established (Humbolt and Freemont). Just two years later, the population was nearly 850. Perhaps the early residents were attracted by the abolitionist ideals of the founders and other early settlers. Preston Plumb became a legislator, and successfully lobbied for colleges and railroad access. From the 1890s to World War I, the community had a booster mentality with the Business Men's Association (later becoming the Chamber of Commerce). Street Fairs were attracted, including Buffalo Bill Cody...a superstar attraction of the time. Inexpensive excursion tickets by railroad were marketed to come to the street fairs. It all seemed to work by attracting 15,000 to the matinee performance and 10,000 to the evening performance. The first automobile west of the Mississippi River was the featured attraction of another street fair and parade. The population soared to 7,500 by 1898. The Committee of Fifty was formed to launch industrial activity that continues in Emporia today.  
William Allen White was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Emporia 100 years ago. He was progressive in his racial beliefs, and ahead of his time in discussing social issues. Domestic violence and first amendment issues were discussed in his newspaper editorials. Indeed, Will White became a very influential Kansan. Local historical bus trips are being planned in March, and perhaps again in mid-summer. 
Tim North was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow + 7, and Ken Buchele as a Paul Harris Fellow + 4 for each of their generous giving to the great causes of the Rotary Foundation.    
Rotary International Weekly Update
Convention: Southern hospitality
The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...
Member spotlight: The power of the press
When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...
Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman
Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...
The Rotarian Conversation with Ban Ki-moon
One of United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s earliest memories is of fleeing with his family into the mountains during the Korean War, his village burning behind him. His father and grandfather had to forage for food in the woods; his mother gave birth to his siblings away from anything remotely resembling a health facility. “I have known hunger,” he says. “I have known war, and I have known what it means to be forced to flee conflict.” The soldiers who came to their rescue were flying the blue flag of the United Nations. The UN provided them with food and their schools with books....
Culture: Life in the bike lane
Like a lot of us, I spent much of my childhood riding bikes, but fell out of the habit for a while. Forty years. Then my wife and I moved to New York, where cyclists risk their necks in a daily Thunderdome of cabs, police cars, firetrucks, double-decker buses, messengers on motorbikes, and delivery trucks backing around corners at 20 miles an hour. Not for me! At least not until my 50th birthday, when my metabolic furnace flamed out. Calories started going directly from beer bottle to beer belly. It was time to start exercising. Either that or give up Samuel Adams, and I couldn’t do that to...