John Jobe: 4-H Youth Development

Riley County 4-H Extension agent John Jobe covered historical ground, explaining how extension agents got started and how 4-H fits into it. 4-H students learn by doing. Currently there are 375 youths in local 4-H clubs, and 85 registered volunteers. He discussed ideas of keeping 4-H fresh and relevant by continuing to appeal to students of all backgrounds and socio-economic status, and using volunteers well to provide interesting programs. They are having a garage sale to raise funds for a trip to Washington. More information in photos.

Friends, Fitness, Food, and Fun

Jamie Ramsey spoke to us on the core mission of the Riley County Senior Center. The Center offers lots of opportunities to find friends, learn new skills, gain recreation. and get a great noon meal or meal delivery. Whitney Short spoke on how the Center is helping with the needs of those with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Whitney, whose job is to work on these issues in our area, talked about her reasons for working at the Senior Center, then explained what Alzheimer’s is. (More below)

The Center facilitates support groups for care givers, and have partnered with the Beach Museum at K-State to provide arts programming for those with memory issues and their families. They have a live webinar each month on dementia and Alzheimer’s issues.

Habitat for Humanity Makes Manhattan More Like Home

Larry Liotta of Habitat for Humanity came tonight to talk about all they do here. Habitat enjoys the help of volunteers and materials donors. They are now building their 28th home. They currently build one a year, and they have plans to build three a year. They cooperate with MATC and they’d like to work more with local churches. Future owners invest at least 300 hours of labor. They also run a repair program which provides home repairs for home owners who might not afford to do critical repairs otherwise. They’ve put in many ramps for handicapped citizens, and painted homes in danger of citation for peeling paint. Restore is Habitat’s store for reselling donated household goods. They will accept furniture, appliances, building materials, paint, etc., to make money for their operation. Anyone can shop there and proceeds go to help Habitats mission.

Key Club District Convention Coming Up!

This year, thirteen members of Key Club from Manhattan High School will be attending the District Convention in Wichita. The conference starts on March 15 and ends on March 17, and its theme is “Service Carnival!” Students at DCON can attend panels and discussion groups to learn more about leadership and service.  District-level officers are elected at DCON. Currently MHS Key Club member Duru Dogan is Lt. Governor of District 4, but her term will be coming to an end and a new Lt. Governor will be elected. Let’s hope other MHS members will run for this and other positions, and we want to say a big “thank you” to Duru for doing an outstanding job!

MHS Key Club is sponsored by our Manhattan Kiwanis evening club and also gets assistance from Solar Kiwanis.

Here’s more information from the latest District 4 Key Club newsletter:

District Convention will be held March 15-17 at the Wichita Marriott on 9100 East Corporate Hills Drive. Our theme is carnival so get ready for fun games and prizes! Throughout the weekend, we’ll be host a variety of speakers, interactive workshops, games, and contests to celebrate the service that Kansas’s Key Clubs have accomplished throughout the past year. DCON is a great opportunity to expand your leadership
skills and see how Key Club is applicable even outside of your school or hometown. You’ll also get the chance to run for state board if you’d like. We will discuss mental health, diversity, Key Club preferred charities, hold new officer training, talk about International convention, and opportunities beyond Key Club.

Upcoming Events

Here are some important dates for the Manhattan Kiwanis Club:

Midyear Conference, Ft. Hays State University, March 2 & 3, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day Run, Volunteer Event–we will need approximately 20 people to help the Manhattan Running Co. pull off another great run, March 9, 2019.

Grow Green Day, Greater Manhattan Community Foundation Matching Day, April 22, 2019

Spruce up the Manhattan Sign with another coat of paint, March 31, 2019.

Key Club Valentine’s Day Project!

Key Club Story

This year MHS Key Club made Valentines for Friendship Meals recipients. The Manhattan Kiwanis has been helping deliver Friendship Meals for more than two decades, and this amazing Key Club project feels like teamwork. This Key Club project is a great example of how our K clubs support the community!

Trent Jones, Executive Director, Boys and Girls Club

Trent Jones visited us this evening to talk about how Boys and Girls Club helps kids stay safe, healthy and happy in Manhattan. They serve over 900 kids per day in our town, and the have approximately 2,800 registered members. Cost is low, and families can earn scholarships to attend. Manhattan Kiwanis supports Boys and Girls Club!

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