Rotary Club of Newton


Speaker Date Topic
Kansas Health Institute - Dr Gianfranco Pezzino Feb 20, 2018
A Geographic look at Health in Kansas
Dr. Barry Flinchbaugh Mar 06, 2018
Agricultural Policy

Dr. Flinchbaugh represents the agricultural community through his active participation in the development of U.S. agricultural policy. His service on numerous national task forces, boards of directors, and advisory groups has allowed him to provide input on domestic food and agriculture policy. He served as Chairman of the Commission on 21st Century Production Agriculture authorized in the 1996 FAIR ACT.  Dr. Flinchbaugh teaches a course in Agricultural Policy and Lectures throughout Kansas and the nation. Mr. Flinchbaugh joined KSU in 1971, and has conducted statewide public affairs educational programs in such areas as financing state and local government, food and agricultural policy, use value appraisal of Kansas farmland, and water policy. He served for four years as special Assistant to the President of KSU. Mr. Flinchbaugh served for five years as Chairman of the prestigious Alfred M. Landon lecture series on public issues. Mr. Flinchbaugh has been Director of Board of Trade of Kansas City, Missouri, Inc. and served in various other agricultural leadership roles.


Rob Jennison Mar 20, 2018
Kansas Secretary of Wildlife and Parks

Robin Jennison brings more than 22 years of experience serving in the Kansas Legislature, influencing state policy on behalf of Kansas interests, and promoting the state’s natural assets to expand outdoor recreations.  

Elected to represent the 117th House District, Robin quickly rose through the ranks, serving as Assistant Majority leader in his second term, Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee in his third term, House Majority Leader in his fourth term and finally, Speaker of the House.  

As president of Jennison Government Services, Robin represented businesses, associations, groups and other entities before the state legislature and regulatory agencies of Kansas. Robin is also a well-respected and knowledgeable hunter who anchored the Kansas Outdoors Radio Show for four years.  

Robin was selected by Governor Sam Brownback to serve as the Secretary of Wildlife and Parks, which became the Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism on July 1, 2011. He has been a partner in the Jennison Ranch located near Healy for more than 33 years. Robin is married to Coleen Jennison and has two grown children and one granddaughter.   

Brian Hanson, K-State Apr 03, 2018
All about Radon - Important stuff!
Des Martens / Kim Stahley - Mirror, Inc. Apr 17, 2018
Adressing the Drug Problem in Harvey County: Introducing the New Drug Free Youth Coalition

Des Martens is the Director of Prevention Services for Mirror Inc. and Kim Stahley is the Coalition Coordinator.  Barth Hague will introduce this program and talk about some thing they are working on with local partners to build a Drug Free Youth Coalition in Harvey County.  This timely subject will be well worth hearing - perhaps we can hold hands to battle this growing problem happening in our back yards!

Rine Akae May 01, 2018
Japanese Youth Exchange Student - A story to tell
McGinn Farm - Carolyn McGinn May 29, 2018
5th Tuesday Social
Seth Bate/Bart Redford Jun 05, 2018
The Walnut Valley Festival - History and Current News

One of Kansas Premier festivals in Winfield Kansas.  Learn about the history of the festival. Also get an update on the upcoming and future plans for the festival.

For you Bluegrass lovers - this will be very interesting, as it will be to history bluffs!