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Greetings Rotarians,
As Summer is winding down, the nights are getting longer, and the days are getting shorter, but I can’t help but be excited for Fall?  We will soon be able to converse about the weekend football games during our chats at our Monday meetings.  Can you tell I love this time of year??

If you were present at the August 28th meeting, we had a demonstration on how to use an AED.  I was surprised to see that so many of you have been trained to use one.  While on the topic of AEDs I would like to once again share some information about a service project our Rotary Club has in the works.  We haven’t had an official announcement, as the board has several details to be ironed out about this project.  We will be working toward getting the word out on where AEDs are located in Saline County and possibly installing an AED in Salina at a TBD location.  Nothing is concrete yet, and I have applied for a district grant and am waiting for approval.  This will be a great project for our club.  I am excited to see where our ideas lead us!

Did you know September’s Rotary theme is Basic Education and Literacy?  Basic Education and Literacy is one of The Rotary Foundation’s seven areas of focus.  We know that basic education and literacy are essential for reducing poverty, improving health, encouraging community and economic development, promoting peace, and supporting the environment.  Here are a few interesting Education and Literacy facts:

-Worldwide, 12%—or 775 million adults—are considered functionally illiterate.

-Over 93 million Americans have basic or below-basic literacy. Low literacy rates costs the United States over $200 billion each year

-Approximately 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.

-An estimated 2/3 of students who are unable to read with proficiency by the end of 4th grade will end up on welfare or in jail

If there is anything you can think of that our club could do to help this cause, please let me know.

Have a great September!

District News

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Rotary Club of Pratt:

Donation checks were presented to USD 382 and USD 438. The money will be used for each District’s Care Closet. USD 382 representatives in attendance were LMS Principal Stephanie Thompson, Nurse Jen Sowards, and Superintendent and Rotarian Tony Helfrich. Present from USD 438 was Superintendent Morgan Ballard. Presenting the checks were Rotarians Jack Galle, President-Elect and Ian Hampton, Service Committee Co-Chair. August Program Chair Crystal Kohman is photographed with program presenter Andrew Nation, USD 438 middle school/high school PE teacher. Special thanks to Mr. Nation for sharing updates about Skyline Schools.

Guest Speakers

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Jenell Hulse

Program Chair

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September 4th

Labor Day
No Meeting

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September 11th

Lindsborg Old Mill, Lenora Lynam and Adam Pracht 

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September 18th

Family Picnic
No Meeting

September 25th

Emily Howe,  Red Barn Studio Museum & Smoky Valley Arts & Folklife Center 

September Birthdays:

Linn Exline 9/4

Marc Ryan 9/9

Lora Kirmer 9/19

Aaron Morrison 9/20

Terry Burger 9/21

Mike Hoppock 9/21

Brenda Gutierrez 9/21

Kyle Smith 9/23

Ken Guest 9/23

Mike Berkley 9/26

Peter Johnston 9/27

Larry Stoss 9/27

Eric Meyer 9/27


October Kansas Wesleyan University
November Sacred Heart High School
January Salina Area Technical College
February Central High School
March Kansas State University Salina
April South High School
May Cornerstone Classical School

President Jeni Adams has a binder outside the door at each meeting with club directory information. Please take a minute and let us know if your information is up to date by either adding initials that you approve, or marking the updated information.  If you would like to submit a new photo, please send it to


There is no meeting on September 18th. Join us for the Salina Rotary Family Picnic that evening, 6:00-7:30 PM

Kenwood Park Shelter by the train

Hickory Hut BBQ will be provided.

Please RSVP to Katy England by September 11th, or 785-819-6617


September is Basic Education and Literacy Month

Links & Forms

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