Mixer  --- at Fuzzy's Taco Shop --- planned to celebrate turkey delivery success ..... 2019-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
Keeping with a now-tradition of East Wichita Rotarians, another school map painting has been completed at a Wichita area school, this time on a gorgeous October day at Gordon Parks Elementary!  Check out the pictures below!  Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers who shared their time and talent to make the map come alive and provide this wonderful learning tool for area students!  
 
 
 
 
 
SCHOOL MAP PAINTING at Gordon Parks Elementary 2019-10-15 05:00:00Z 0
 
Now that the 2019-20 Rotary year is in full swing, the Young Professional Membership status has been updated to be even more attractive. This option, available to every prospective applicant under the age of 40, offers membership at one-half of the regular annual dues ($440 vs $880), has NO $100 new member orientation fee and includes TWO meeting lunches each month.  Additional lunches each month cost $18/meal and are due at the meeting.  This new structure, which will save the member money and encourage attendance, can be enjoyed for up to two years, providing 50% participation (meetings, service projects, mixers, etc) is maintained the first year.  After two years at this level, members are required to move to regular member status.  Several of our current under-40 members are taking advantage of this option and new young professionals are pursuing it more and more!  Take a look and see if it's right for you!  We welcome your interest --- and application, (see left) --- in East Wichita Rotary!    
YOUNG PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP STATUS gaining momentum! 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0
 
With historic rains in Wichita for days and days ahead of Riverfest 2019, there was concern if this year's "Wichita party" would be a success!  Based on the smiles of these East Wichita Rotary volunteers above (and more pix, by following the link below), nothing could be further from the truth!  Many thanks to our members for stepping up to help for this community service project!  Our group was assigned two shifts:  opening day, Friday, May 31, and again on Thursday, June 6.  The Thursday date initially posed a challenge to find volunteers but, never fear, our Rotarians stepped up and answered the call!  We had a great group of volunteers for Friday AND Thursday!  Check out the slide show with more pictures of our volunteers from each of the two days!  
EWR volunteers help out at Riverfest 2019 2019-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
For the third year in a row, and a second map painting each year, a dedicated group of East Wichita Rotarians donned some old clothes, met on a beautiful Kansas spring day -- albeit a bit windy, but, heck, that's Kansas for you -- and painted a large US map on a Wichita area's school grounds!  This time the crew was busy with paint brushes and rollers at Caldwell Elementary School!  Just look at how the sunshine makes the colors pop on the map!  Many thanks to all of you for your gift of time, talent and volunteerism on this particular Saturday!  The map looks fantastic!  See how it comes to life in the pix below!
 
 
 
SCHOOL MAP PAINTING at Caldwell Elementary 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
 
March Madness has concluded with Virginia winning it all on April 8th's championship game!  With your participation, together(!) our 2nd Annual “Battle of the Brackets” raised $1,400 for the East Wichita Rotary Foundation, surpassing last year’s inaugural fundraiser total of $1,250!  Many thanks to each of you for endorsing this fundraiser for our Foundation, which provides scholarships to local area high school students.  Your participation, with the purchase of a bracket or two or a contribution “to the cause”, will provide OVER ONE scholarship, for $1000/year, for a deserving student!  Great teamwork, folks! 
 
Tony Hurtig, the husband of our EWR Club Executive, won the $100 prize for the winning bracket.  Boy, there was lots of teasing at the meeting when the bracket winner was announced, especially after our Club Executive won last year.  As Kim said, "Trust me!  We Hurtig’s aren’t lucky in anything else, except perhaps doing brackets."
 At our April 10 Rotary meeting, we also had a drawing for $50 each from two of the non-winning brackets and ….. drum roll please ….Michael Moeder and Michael Caffrey (pictured left to right, below) each won $50.  Must be a lucky “Michael-thing” going on there! 😊  Just a little tidbit:  Michael Caffrey is a very new member AND it was his additional raffle chance, not his bracket, that won.  Very cool!
 
Hope to see you all next year when we "take on the Madness and battle the brackets" again!  
 
 
MARCH MADNESS BRACKET WINNERS!  2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0
.....as Scott Holder passes the gavel to Burke Jones!  

As always, the "Changing of the Guard" meeting is a Club favorite!  This year's was no different, thanks to a fantastically funny "roast" of Scott by Burke.  But first, we looked back at highlights of this last year, including installing benches, via a District grant, in Eastview park, putting a mentorship program in place for new members, hosting a "March Madness Battle of the Brackets" to benefit our own Foundation, and welcoming 13 new members.   Many thanks to Scott Holder, "our fearless leader" for all of the energy and leadership he shared with our Club this year; he was the consummate "team player"!  Good luck to Burke as he leads us for 2018-19!    Congratulations, too, go out to Denise Hearson and Tammie Rhea, named the recipients of the "Service Above Self" and  "Rotarian of the Year" award, respectively.  Scott also recognized and thanked his board members and our own Foundation's board members.  The meeting was well attended, and fun was had by all!    
 
What a year it's been, EWR!
 
 
 
ANOTHER YEAR TO REFLECT BACK ON ... 2018-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
On April 28, a group of East Wichita Rotarians, joined by a few WSU international students, painted the fourth school map by our Club, this one at Gammon Elementary.  What a fun surprise to the Gammon students, as evident in the pictures below, as they arrived at school on Monday to discover their new learning tool and then gathered outside on the map to celebrate this colorful US map!  Can you find Kansas??  
And our fourth school map painting is "in the books" .... 2018-05-03 05:00:00Z 0
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There was nothing unlucky about the number 13 for this year's annual EWR Christmas Party.  On December 13, a record number of Rotarians and their spouses/guests came together for a night of great food, fun friendships and holiday festiveness like never before, with the beautifully-decorated backdrop of the Wichita Country Club as our host.  Adding to the success of the evening was this year's entertainment:  professional ventriloquist, Greg Claassen!  He had the group laughing so much we were crying!  Not sure how we top this evening but I know all of us who were there felt very "December-13th-lucky" to have been a part of such a wonderful Christmas party!  If the smiles in the pictures (click here) are any indication, fun was had by all!  Merry Christmas from East Wichita Rotary and have a very prosperous, healthy 2018, full of love and family!  
Annual EWR Christmas Party was a smashing success! 2017-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
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!  
 
EWR Volunteers join WCH residents to decorate Christmas trees! 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
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With the help of a District grant, matching funds from our Club and a great partnership with the City of Wichita Parks and Recreation Department, new benches replaced old worn out benches in Eastview Park at E. 13th and Governour.  The new benches are even Rotary blue!  Several of our members gathered to assemble the benches and "get their hands a little dirty" to make this project a reality.  Many thanks to the District for awarding the grant and to the City for their help also.  Click here to see a photo album showing the transformation from the old ... to the new!  Voila!  
District Grant used for beautiful new park benches! 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0