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.

Looking Good on Bluemont Hill!

This weekend, Manhattan Kiwanis Club and FarmHouse fraternity polished up the iconic Manhattan sign. Here’s a picture of the plaque we’ve established to tell visitors about the history of the park, the sign, and our recent improvements of the handicapped accessible viewing platform and benches. Come visit Bluemont Park soon!

We’re still here—and looking for new members!

During the pandemic, there has been a tendency for a lot of organizations to continue to meet but to drop their social media presence and efforts to reach out for new members. That’s just because things are different, and patterns and habits have been disrupted. Realizing that, we are going to try to ramp up our presence here, let you know what we’re doing, and give you an idea of how you can participate easily, without even leaving your home!

If you want to meet some nice people and get involved in a service organization that continues to do meaningful work, read on!

Manhattan Kiwanis is still delivering meals from the Riley county senior center to our neighbors in Carlson Plaza. We do this each Wednesday. We are also still picking up food from donors for the bread basket every Thursday. Our high school affiliate, Key Club, has continued to serve, most recently by engaging in a project to sew as many masks for those who need them as possible.

We have been meeting weekly on zoom, and discussing upcoming fundraising opportunities. Most recently in fundraising we participated in traffic control for the turkey trot race sponsored by Manhattan Running Company. We plan on enthusiastically helping out on more races in the future. Before that we held a successful Ribeye Raffle. We’ve found ways to raise funds that are safe and beneficial for the community, but we sure miss our annual pancake feed and silent auction and look forward to resuming that next year.

We completed our project of building a handicapped accessible viewing platform on Bluemont Hill overlooking the giant Manhattan sign that we help to maintain. We are still working on the finer points, including bench placement and signage!

New member fees have been waived this year because of the pandemic. If you have any interest in checking out a service club like ours, one that meets weekly and fosters friendships while getting meaningful service done, then now is a great time to check us out. You don’t even have to leave home, you just need to get in contact with us so we can share our zoom link with you. We meet Tuesday nights at 6 PM. This Tuesday is an exception because of Christmas coming up.

Before Covid, and after Covid, we will be meeting in person. We had been meeting at the four points Tuesdays at 6 PM and will no doubt do that again afterwards. But in the meantime, you can still be part of a great club and not leave home and just check it out and see if it’s for you. And if you’re up to it at some point, you can take part in some safe and meaningful service for our community!

If you would like to join us for a meeting or service opportunity, email our Secretary Kitty Pursley at Find us also on Facebook!

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