Ellis Visit


Ellis Visit

After having logged over 15,000 miles this year, I made my last official Rotary district governor trip today.  I have visited every club but one twice, and some clubs three times.

The Rotary club of Ellis asked me to attend their annual fundraiser, "Pan Cake Man."  For some 18 years, Council Bluffs, Iowa native Jim Kuper, aka the "pancake man," has entertained audiences and helped the Rotary club raise money for local organizations such as Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Learn more about his amazing story here with this short you tube video: 

Rather than listen to my usual speech, Ellis club president, attorney, and mother of four, Olavee Raub asked me to help celebrate her "very momentous birthday" by rolling up my sleeves and helping serve; it was an honor!

Named for a soldier, the city of Ellis started as a water station for the Kansas Pacific Railroad in 1867. The community grew along with the railroad grew, and eventually a round about station was needed in Ellis, where a 17 year old lad named Walter Chrysler took a job as a machinist's apprentice and developed his expertise in metal working and machinery.  It's a truly great American story from there, one that I am sure all of you are familiar.

It's been a grand tour of Kansas, one I'll never forget, one I am so grateful to have been given the privilege!  Thanks to all of you who have opened up your homes and clubs and communities to my wife and me!

I still get to visit my home club of Great Bend, and do my online visit with E-club!