ROTARY CLUB OF
​EAST WICHITA

Mailing address:  1124 N. Rutland
​Wichita, KS  67206

 
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Welcome to our Club!

East Wichita

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Wichita Country Club
8501 E. 13th Street
Wichita, KS  67206
United States
 
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 Rotary International has really encouraged all of the clubs worldwide to visit the issue of new membership categories, giving clubs autonomy to structure their membership statuses as they see fit for their Club.  As such, with the start of a new Rotary year just around the corner on July 1, the Board of Directors has been hard at work discussing and brainstorming new membership categories for our Club.
 
We are proud to announce a new "Young Professionals" Membership Category that is available to new members under 40 years old and would include:

• $300/year membership fee (no new member fee)
• 12 Meals included (one per month) – meals in addition to the 12 would be pay-as-you-go at our standard rate.
• Required minimum 50% involvement among meeting attendance, service projects and mixers – combined.
• Maximum term is 2 years and then member must become full-paying member
 
This is a fantastic way for a young professional building his/her career, with perhaps increased demands on one's time, to have an affordable way to join and grow with Rotary! Contact any of the directors on the left side of the website for more details!   
 
Please note that this is an evolving program and subject to change or elimination in the future.  
From the desk of President Fred Heismeyer ....
 
It is said you cannot say “THANK YOU” enough to your team. I cannot agree more. So, a big THANK YOU goes to the Fundraising team for a fabulous job on conceptualizing, organizing, creating and executing our Kentucky Derby event. From the wonderful venue, classy decorations, great food/drinks, fun themed games, excellent items for the auctions/drawings and, of course,  the live streaming of the 2017 "Run for the Roses," the team of East Wichita Rotarians gave our Club the opportunity to raise $10,500 to be equally divided by Starkey, EmberHope and Heartspring. Each of these organizations works with children/youth to improve their living conditions. We congratulate the entire team for its collective effort and success, as well as each Rotarian for their individual role on the Fundraising committee: Kim Goodnight (Chair), Susan Addington, Brian Blackerby, Mick Cayless, Ryan Henry, Kim Hurtig, Tammie Rhea, and Isaac Ulbrich. We also thank Anne Schneider and Ric Wolford for taking pictures, and Eileen Kludt and Burke Jones for their special assistance. Thanks, too, to the staffs of the LUX Building, Larkspur Restaurant and Flying Monkey Photo Booth for their roles in making this event fun and a success. We should also give a big shout-out and thank you to our corporate sponsors of Westar Energy, Intrust Bank and ITC Great Plains. Of course, many individuals and organizations donated items for the auction/raffle and we want to thank each for their part in helping us raise money for our three recipient organizations.

Finally, thanks to everyone who attended. We expanded our audience to include East Wichita Rotarians and many guests,thus widening the Rotary story to our community. 

 
Our East Wichita Rotarians are enjoying the new tradition of, twice a year, reading to students at Buckner Elementary School, as part of their Our School Cares About Reading (OSCAR) program!  It is a wonderful chance for our Rotarians to engage with the students and read a story that brightens their eyes and builds a love of reading!  Click here to check out the pictures from Friday, March 10.  
The slate of Rotary Club of East Wichita 2017-18 Officers and Board of Directors is listed below (the number in parentheses indicates their remaining/future term length) has been announced and approved by the membership.    Congratulations to the following members:
                Officers
       President                Scott Holder  (1)
                          President-Elect        Burke Jones  (1)
                          Secretary                Donna Kennedy  (2)
                          Treasurer                Steve Peterson  (1)
                          Past President          Fred Heismeyer  (1)
 
Directors
  Public Relations             Dave Clothier (2)
                          Membership                 Todd Bailey  (1)
                          Membership                  Angela Binyon  (2)
                          RCEW Foundation         Kevin Rathert  (1)
                          Fellowship/Social          Drew Rooks  (2)
                          Administration              Richard Samaniego  (2)
                              Service                         Denise Hearson  (1)
With decorations aplenty and lots of good cheer, to boot, East Wichita Rotarians and friends helped the residents of Wichita Children's Home decorate Christmas trees!  What a fantastic way to enjoy a Saturday morning in December, one of the great annual traditions of EWR!  
 
Fourteen members of the Rotary Club of East Wichita participated in Our School Cares About Reading (OSCAR) program at Buckner Elementary in December, continuing the tradition at the school of community volunteers reading in the classrooms.   Volunteers also participated during an earlier reading session this past April.   What a fun and engaging treat for our members to read to the students and spend time with them shortly before their holiday break!
 

As is a favorite tradition of our Club, our members collected money this fall to purchase and deliver a record-setting 100 (yes, 100!) full Thanksgiving dinners, complete with turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and rolls, to families in the community that might otherwise go without dinner on this special holiday!  Our members and their families look forward to this day every year because it is a time to share a smile with fellow Wichitans and present them with a good meal to share with their family!  Deliveries were made on an incredibly beautiful November afternoon!  Many thanks to our resident "photographer extraordinaire", Ric Wolford, for documenting the fun with his picture-taking expertise!  Click here for some fun pictures of the day!  

We are “THIS CLOSE” to eradicating polio from the earth.  The Rotary Club of East Wichita participated in a Wichita metro area event on World Polio Day (October 24th) for three reasons:
  • One - to bring awareness that Polio still threatens our world,
  • Two – to celebrate the success of coming “THIS CLOSE” to eradicating this devastating disease, and
  • Three – to thank Wichita metro area Rotarians for their role in this effort.
On a beautiful, almost fall-like morning, members of the East Wichita and Old Town Rotary Clubs joined forces to paint a school map at Jackson Elementary.  The pictures, accessed by clicking here, tell the story of how a blank school playground transformed into a wonderful learning tool for the students of Jackson Elementary.    As the Jackson principal, Ms. Kamiel Evans, said, "Having the map painted on the playground gives students a tangible way to interact with geography.  Technology is a blessing, but it has taken away the “real life” interaction that so many kids need.  I can’t wait for our students to be able to utilize this additional resource!  Thank you to the Rotarians!" Many thanks to EWR members, Lisa Callahan, Jim Crawford, Denise Hearson, Fred, Heismeyer, Joyce Heismeyer, Scott Holder, Kim Hurtig, Lynn Jeane, Eileen Kludt, Ely Luna, Bob Morris and John Schlicher who shared their time and talents, along with several of our friends from the Old Town Club, to paint the map.  The crew said they had a blast and can't wait to do it again!  What a wonderful example of Service above Self!
 
Rotary Club of East Wichita Foundation Awards $18,000
in Scholarships To 17 Sedgwick County Students
for 2016-17
 
 
Wichita, KS – The Rotary Club of East Wichita Foundation recently announced recipients selected to receive scholarships to attend Kansas institutions of higher education for the upcoming year.  Sixteen recipients were awarded $1,000 scholarships in addition to one incoming freshman at WSU awarded the $2,000 George Fahnestock Memorial Scholarship.  Criteria for selection include financial need, academic achievement, and community/school activities.
 
The Foundation was founded in 1996 and has awarded a total of $206,000 in scholarships.
 
Student
School Attending
Hometown
Berkelhamer, Sydney
Kansas State University
Wichita
Chavez-Arambula, Yadira
University of Kansas
Wichita
Crafton, Autumn
University of Kansas
Derby
Crow, Wesley
Kansas State University
Valley Center
Dougherty, Austin
Butler Community College
Wichita
Hobkirk, Callie
Washburn University
Wichita
Hubbard, Aleeya
University of Kansas
Wichita
Huerta, Margarita
Wichita State University
Wichita
Lam, Vy
Wichita State University
Wichita
Martinez, Rogelio
Newman University
Wichita
Mitchell, Elizabeth
University of Kansas
Derby
Nguyen, Thomson
Wichita State University
Wichita
 
Fahnestock Scholar
 
Perkins, Kayley
University of Kansas
Wichita
Powers, Taryn
Wichita State University
Wichita
Scanlan, Andrew
Wichita State University
Viola
Stuhlsatz, Brianna
Emporia State University
Garden Plain
Swartz, Ocean
Wichita State University
Derby
 
 
 
 
About East Wichita Rotary
Founded in 1984, Rotary Club of East Wichita is part of Rotary International, which claims 1.2 million members around the world. It is a service organization that brings together professionals for education, community service, and fellowship. The Rotary Club of East Wichita currently has 115 members and supports its own foundation to award annual scholarships to Sedgwick County high school students attending Kansas colleges. In addition, the Club awards grants to Wichita nonprofit organizations and provides volunteers to a variety of community outreach projects.   www.eastwichitarotary.org.
 
 
.....from Joe Goetz to Fred Heismeyer!  
 
As always, the "Changing of the Guard" meeting is a Club favorite.  This year's was no different, interlaced with humor and tributes as Joe Goetz passed the gavel to Fred Heismeyer.  Many thanks to Joe Goetz for "steering the ship" this year and good luck to Fred as he leads us for 2016-17!  This one picture below sums up the meeting, but click here to enjoy more photos for the festivities!  Congratulations, too, go out to Bobbi Hansen, presented with the "Service Above Self" award and Terry Wiggers, awarded "Rotarian of the Year".  After recognizing and thanking his board members and strategic planning committee members, Joe also presented the additional following awards:
 - Distinguised Service Award - Schoen Fitzgerald
 - Youth Service Award - Kim Pennington
 - Club Service Award - John McEwen
 - Club Service Award - Ely Luna
 
What a year it's been, EWR!  
 

 

With guests in attendance from other local Rotary clubs and a large contingency of East Wichita Rotarians, June kicked off in a big way with a two-person panel of Kansas Supreme Court justices presenting the program.  EW Rotarian, Sarah Bagby, moderated the discussion, posing questions to The Honorable Carol Beier and The Honorable Caleb Stegall,   The Justices offered a glimpse into life inside the Kansas Supreme Court, as well as answering questions on some of today's "hot topic" issues.