K-Family Picnic Rescheduled–New Date

Please note we have rescheduled our K-Family Picnic from October 9, 2021 to October 24, 2021.  
I did not realize that the Circle K had their district meeting the Weekend of October 9 and they would not be able to attend.  There were also other Kiwanis training that would affect some of the members, so we have moved the date to Sunday, October 24, 2021.

Please share with each of your club members and ask that either they RSVP, or you can RSVP as a club to or call kitty pursley 904-599-2904.  This will help us with the planning.
Thank you so much and look forward to getting to know you better.

Kitty Pursley, SecretaryManhattan Evening Kiwanis Club904-599-2904

Delayney Lunsway, MHS Student, brings WWII Vet Histories to the Public

Delayney Lunsway is a busy student who has excelled in academics and in her favorite sport, soccer. But she has also devoted over 50 hours during the pandemic to viewing and annotating interviews of WWII veterans from Riley County.

The Riley County Veterans History project videos were at the Manhattan Library and the Riley County Historical Society, but they would have been difficult for anyone outside of Manhattan to access. But MHS teacher and Key Club advisor (and Army vet) Lisa Julian has digitized and uploaded to YouTube many of these interviews, and Delayney Lunsway has spent hours listening to them, and creating the program notes, including subject-matter time-stamps for these Youtube videos.

The project isn’t complete, but when it is, her notes will be below many of the videos. Researchers and family members of these WWII veterans will be able to easily find them online and locate specific subject matters of interest.

Delayney came to our club’s meeting last night and told us about the process she undergoes for each video. She was accompanied by her mom and dad Summer and LInc Lunsway, and her sister Shaylee. Manhattan Kiwanis, MHS and the Riley County Historical Society are grateful to Delayney and Lisa Julian for their work on this project. These videos will eventually be indexed with the Library of Congress.

Manhattan Kiwanis Inducts Six New Members

Manhattan evening Kiwanis Club inducted five new members last night. Among them are Lisa Julian and Laura Sapp, Manhattan High School teachers who co-advise MHS Key Club. Coy Middleton and Nina Gamotis-Middleton, Pamela Nealey, and Pat King also were inducted. The ceremony and welcome were led by Lt. Gov. Cindy Cone, and Lt. Gov. Elect Vera Williams was also present. Congratulations to all, and welcome to Kiwanis!

From left to right: Members Ken Johnson (left) and Laurie Johnson (not pictured) sponsored Lisa Julian and Laura Sapp. Coy and Nina Middleton were sponsored by Barbara Huston, and Pat King was sponsored by Kitty Pursley. New member Pamela Nealey was not present, but we hope to see her soon!

New Officers Elected

At our meeting last night, for the upcoming year, we elected as Vice President Al St. Cyr, and the following other officers:

                          Treasurer – Mark Maxwell

                          Secretary – Kitty Pursley

                          Board Members:

                                      Kent Foster ()2024

                                      Diana Havenstein (2022)

                                      Bill Pursley (2022)

                                      Susan Schoneweis (2022)

                           Scholarship Committee Report:   Doug Tippin/Laurie Johnson

                           Chamber of Commerce – After Hours Business  –  Mark Maxwell

Kitty Pursley is asking for nominations for Kiwanian of the Year for our awards ceremony in September. If you would like to nominate someone email her at!


Big Brothers/Big Sisters Looking for Mentors!

Skylar Mecca-Lipman and Kaylee Hansen came to visit our club at the Four Points yesterday to talk about the successes and needs of the Boys and Girls club of Kansas. They are always looking for good mentors. In particular, they need men to become mentors to male youths as there is a waiting list for boys who want a “big.”

If you are interested in finding out more, you can check out their website here and schedule a visit to find out if this is one way you can help :

Skylar was born and raised in Marietta, Georgia. She moved to Manhattan one year ago and quickly felt right at home here. She is a proud dog mom to her goldendoodles, Phoenix and Onyx. She is a Match Support Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has a passion for working with children and making a difference in our community.

Kaylee Hansen was born and raised in Lindsborg, Kansas. She is currently a junior at Kansas State University majoring in Organizational Management with minors in Nonprofit Leadership Studies and Conflict Analysis and Trauma Studies. She loves to visit home and stays busy with extracurriculars and spending time with her roommates. She has recently transitioned from a Big Brothers Big Sisters Intern to the Development Assistant and is excited to continue working for this amazing organization.

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