ROTARY CLUB OF
​EAST WICHITA

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

 

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East Wichita

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Wichita Country Club
8501 E. 13th Street
Wichita, KS  67206
United States
 
Home Page Stories
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.  
 

 
 
From an April 27, 2016 Press Release to the Wichita Eagle .....
 
Eighteen members of the Rotary Club of East Wichita participated in Our School Cares About Reading (OSCAR) program at Buckner Elementary in April, continuing the tradition at the school of community volunteers reading in the classrooms.   Volunteers participated during an earlier reading session held last December.  
 
This program, designed to focus on literary, was started in 2012 at Buckner Elmenetary.  Each student preselects a book which is ordered and presented by the community volunteer during the reading session for students to take home that day. 
 
"April marked the third time East Wichita Rotarians participated and it is quickly becoming one of our members' favorite projects." said Susan Addington, public relations director and volunteer.  "The students are so excited to have the volunteers come and read to them .... and receive their own carefully chosen book to take home.  It's a great way to promote reading and connect with teachers and students in our community."  
 

 

East Wichita Rotary delivers Thanksgiving turkey dinners  - video created by students from  WSU's "Reporting the News" class. 

 

As is a favorite tradition of our Club, our members collected money this fall to purchase and deliver a record-setting (!) 92 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 done this year on the Tuesday before a Thanksgiving, a wonderful change that was met with enthusiasm ... and 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 the photo album.