Hays Noon Visit


Hays Noon Club Visit

In the 1850's and 1860's settlements continued to nudge westward across the Great Plains of Kansas.  First, foot traffic (Smoky Hill Trail), then stagecoach lines (Butterfield Overland Trail), and later railways (Kansas Pacific) soon followed the settlers.  These settlements and trails created conflict with the Native Americans who had lived here for 100's of years.

Thus, in 1865 the need for military protection arose, and Ft Hays was constructed.  The fort was named for Gettysburg hero, General Alexander Hays who famously defended the right flank of the Union army along "Cemetery Ridge."

The city of Hays was later started where the railroad was to cross "Big River," another tributary of the Smoky Hill. George Custer, Calamity Jane, and Wild Bill Hickok all called Hays home in the early days of the town.

Volga Germans and their "Turkey Red Wheat" settled in the area in 1876. Bulkovina Germans followed in 1886, thus establishing a strong center of ethnic German culture (one of my favorite Hays traditions is their  "Wines and Steins" festival each fall). And don't forget to visit Gellas microbrewery located down town!)

This year’s Hays noon club is led by Ft Hays University police chief Ed Howel. Ed has been a big supporter of the district this year; his special interest in History was instrumental in our locating our new Rotary District 5670 History at the university.

It was great to see two more of my Rotary mentors, Hays noon members and Past District Governors Virgil Howe and Charles Reece.

Finally, I was honored to present to the most recent Kiwanis State President, Mary Hammons the official "friend of Rotary" pin for all her SERVICE for children in our state.

Two signature projects warrant mention for the Hays noon club:
 "Sister Cities Plaza" which celebrates Xinzheng, China ; Neustadt An Der Waldnaab, Germany; and Santa Maria De Las Missiones, Paraguay.

And Frontier Park, another beautiful park with new play ground equipment and shelter house provided by the Noon Hays club.

Thank you Hays Noon club!
At the Noon Hays Rotary Club meeting I had the honor of presenting Mary Hammond, who was the Kiwanis President for state of Kansas last year. I awarded her “friend of Rotary” for all her work. Kiwanis is a humanitarian organization that helps children. Thanks Mary for helping us #LightUpRotaryand make a difference in this world!