Upcoming Meeting

Pilots will meet September 13 for our the Business Meeting and September 27 for the Program Meeting. The program will be Melissa Kirkwood and another staff member from Parks and Rec. They will give a
presentation on the November ballot item regarding proposed projects of Parks and Rec.

Pilot Members volunteer at Brew to Shoe race

Rain didn’t stop the entire Brew to Shoe race on Aug. 5. It just delayed the start a couple of hours. Several Pilots were volunteered their time to make sure the roads were safe for runners during the 5K run/walk. The 10K was ultimately cancelled due to the storms. During the rain delay Pilots were able to grab breakfast, run errands or just sit in their cars and visit with each other. Pilots don’t let a little (or a lot) of rain dampen their fun.

Pilot Club of Manhattan Discontinues Autism Workshop
Continues Focus of Helping those Affected by Autism

The Pilot Club of Manhattan will not be hosting the annual Autism Spectrum Disorders Workshop this year. Unfortunately, our costs have continued to rise over the years, causing us to increase prices. Due to this, and possibly because there’s much more information available on autism topics today than when we first began 11 years ago,  attendance has been gradually declining. We are no longer able to sustain the workshop with the increased costs and declining attendance – even with the help of many generous sponsors over the years.

While we will not be hosting the workshop, we continue to support those affected by Autism in our community. We’re working on developing another program and will keep you posted as we finalize those plans.

Julie Clark
President, Pilot Club of Manhattan

Karen Schroeder,
Autism Committee Chair


Thrive! Program strives to help those living in poverty

Mike Mattson and Jayme Morris-Hardeman visited for a recent program meeting to share information about Thrive! Thrive’s mission is to reduce poverty by building skills and relationships that strengthen families and individuals. The program strives to pair allies and Thrive! staff with an individual or family living in poverty. We thank them for attending and sharing this information. For more information about this innovative program go to: www.thriveflinthills.com


Pilot Club of Manhattan sponsors two scholarship winners

Two Kansas State University students sponsored by the Pilot Club of Manhattan were recently awarded scholarships from Pilot International Foundation.

Caleb Niehues, from Holton, Kan., received a $1,500 Pilot International Scholarship. Niehues will be a senior in Nutritional Sciences. His goal is to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine with an emphasis in Orthopedics and eventually earn a Sports Medicine certificate. He plans to work on concussion education and prevention projects, including potentially creating a safer helmet for athletes and help make sports safer for future generations. The Pilot International Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate preparing for a career working with youth leadership and development, helping with brain safety and fitness or caring for families in times of need.

Olabisi Ekong, from Nigeria, received a $1,500 Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarship. Ekong is working on his master’s degree in Agricultural Economics. She sees a strong need in Nigeria to develop and increase the agricultural production, specifically among women. She plans to teach them about risks they may encounter and help them find funding to increase their farming operations to small businesses so they can make a profit to take care of their household. The Ruby Newhall Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student from a foreign country, pursuing a degree in the United States or Canada. The field of study must be of a nature that it improves the quality of life for the community in their home country.

Pilot International awarded 10 scholarships in the Kansas/Missouri District.


Pilot Club of Manhattan

The Pilot Club of Manhattan has adopted the service focus of helping parents and caregivers of those affected by autism. We are working on plans for a new program and hope to announce it in the near future. For 11 years we worked closely with the autism coordinator in the Manhattan School District to plan and implement an autism workshop each year. Due to increasing costs, we discontinued the workshop after the June 2016 event.

In addition, we are involved in a number of community activities, from assisting the Emergency Shelter and Crisis Center to providing cookies for Red Cross Blood Drives. To learn more about our club’s activities, click here.

The Pilot Club of Manhattan is one of three Pilot Clubs in the Manhattan, Kansas, community. In fact, Pilot Club of Manhattan was the first in Manhattan, chartered in 1963. We have chartered the other two clubs, as well as the Clay Center Club. All are part of Pilot International.

The Pilot Club of Manhattan meets at noon on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month at the Kansas Farm Bureau building. For more information about Pilot Club of Manhattan, contact us at info@pilotclubofmanhattan.org.