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.

Kiwanis Pretzel Days October 6-7

This weekend in Manhattan KS we are holding our annual Pretzel Days! Yes, it used to be Peanut Days, and all we’ve changed is what we’re giving away. You’ll see us handing out little packages of pretzels at Dillons Grocery Stores, East and West today from 4-6 p.m. and Saturday morning from 8-noon. This is one of our two biggest fundraisers of the year, the other one coming up in December (our Kiwanis Pancake Feed and Silent Auction).

The way Pretzel Days work is that if you shop at Dillons East or West, we’ll be standing outside and we’ll offer you some pretzels. We aren’t selling them, we’re giving them away as a little gesture of community friendship. If you’d like to donate to our causes, we have cans you can plunk your change or your extra cash in–every little bit counts. We support a variety of youth-related causes here in town, including the Manhattan High School Key Club that helps young people become community-minded leaders, and KSU Circle K Club, which does the same. We provide Friendship Meals to Senior Citizens every week, and pick up food from local stores and restaurants to take to the community foodbank, the Breadbasket, once a week. We sponsor kids’ softball and baseball teams, and the list goes on!

Service clubs are a part of what makes a local community into a caring community in which people think about their civic responsibilities and take steps to care for those in need of support. They are–and we are–an institution in towns like Manhattan, KS. Come out to one of those Dillons stores today and say “hi!” and consider making a small donation to help us help Manhattan!

Manhattan Sign on Bluemont Hill

Our club, along with members of FarmHouse Fraternity, has been maintaining the famous Manhattan sign for decades. The sign on top of Bluemont Hill is visible as visitors approach the city from the south. The little park surrounding the sign is a place almost everyone from Manhattan, and many of the students and families who have spent time at K-State, have visited to enjoy the spectacular views. Our project is to build an attractive and safe viewing platform that is handicapped accessible so that the park continues to be enjoyed for years to come. The project has been given a “go” by the city, so all we need is the funds.

Donations will be used to pay for the supplies and labor to build the platform and to beautify the surrounding area. We will be thankful for any amount you can give to help us make warm Manhattan memories! All donors who do not want to be anonymous will be listed in gratitude on our website.

Here’s a link to our GoFundMe campaign!

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