Mar 02, 2021 12:00 PM
United States Courts

Raised on a cattle and wheat farm in Southwest Kansas, Eric Melgren was in the first generation of his family to attend college.  He earned his undergraduate degree from Wichita State University, where he served as student body president.  After college, he worked for a few years in business management before attending law school at Washburn University, where he was a member of the Law Review and graduated in the top 5% of his class.  Following law school, he was a law clerk for Federal Judge Frank Theis in Wichita for 2 years.  Then, for 15 years he was with the Wichita firm of Foulston & Siefkin where his practice focused on tax and business matters.  In March 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Melgren United States Attorney for the District of Kansas.  He served in that position until September 2008, when the U. S. Senate confirmed President Bush’s nomination of Melgren as a judge in the U.S. District Court in Kanas.  He sits in the chambers where he clerked for Judge Theis.  Melgren has been active in the community, including serving as Chairman of the Board of the United Way of the Plains, Chairman of Leadership Wichita, and President of the Wichita State University Alumni Association.  He has also served as President of the Wesley E. Brown Inn of Court, and President of the Federal Bar Association Chapter for the District of Kansas and Western Missouri.  Judge Melgren also was appointed as the Tenth Circuit representative to the Defender Services Committee of the Judicial Conference for the United States, and served as the Judicial co-chair of a national Judicial/Executive Branch task addressing problems relating to Southwest Border prosecutions.

Fun Fact: Eric was a member of our Rotary club 1994-2002.

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Sharon West's yard was showered with smiles!
Message from DeAnn Sullivan: Check out the District 5680 website page for more pictures of Smileys. We’ll be posting pictures from clubs all around Kansas: When you see Smiley’s around town, please take a picture and post it on Social media with the hashtags: #RotarySharingSmiles and #Rotary5680.
A crew led by Mark Hansen will shop and deliver  Easter Groceries to four 
needy families on Saturday, April 3.
We need 7 members to help with this. 
March shoppers:
Scott Hinderliter & Randy Bowles
_____________ & ____________
May shoppers:
Scott Hinderliter & ____________
Bob Broeckelman & Ed Frey
E-mail Diane if you can fill any
the open slots.
Member Birthdays
Bob Broeckelman
March 28
We will have our February birthday drawing at this week's meeting.
Member Attendance: 66%
Membership: 61
Member Attendance: 67% 
(27 in person + 13 on zoom)
Membership: 60
HOLIDAY RAFFLE: Bob Goebel drew a Jack and won $15
Happy Basket: $15
February STAR Class attendance: Mark Hansen, Roger Bowles, Vern Klassen, Jack Flesher, Wade West,
Ed Frey.
In keeping with our regular schedule, there will not be a STAR class in March. The next STAR class will be held on April 20, The topic will be "Interact, Rotaract, Youth Exchange".
STAR=Special Training for Action in Rotary
How do you describe the organization called “Rotary”?
Information from the ABC’s of Rotary 
In 1976 the Rotary International Board of Directors was interested in creating a concise definition of the fundamental aspects of Rotary.  After numerous drafts, the committee presented this definition, which has been used ever since in various Rotary publications.
“Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”
Those 31 words are worth remembering when someone asks, “What is a Rotary club?”