Wichita Rotary Club passes gavel to Friends University professor

News Date: 
Fri. 07/11/2014

Dr. Arlen Honts, chair of the Division of Business and Information Technology, has been named the new president of the Rotary Club of Wichita. 

The Rotary Club of Wichita is 103-year-old organization of approximately 400 Wichita business and professional leaders that, according to the organization’s website, was established to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” 

Dr. Honts first joined the Rotarians in 1998 at his previous institution, Gardner-Webb University in Boiling Springs, N.C. He then continued with his service at the Wichita club. 

During his time with the Wichita Rotarians, Dr. Honts has been involved in several of the club’s initiatives – including Reading Is Fundamental, several Habitat for Humanity houses, the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee, and new member orientation. Additionally, he led a group study exchange to Germany and was district coordinator for a group exchange to Kansas from Russia, Denmark and Australia. 

Wichita’s Rotary Club is the 30th oldest Rotary Club in the world and the 16th largest. Dr. Honts will serve as president for one year. 

“It is a strong organization with long established structures and projects,” Dr. Honts said. “The goals for this year are rooted in the history of the club and include such things as continuing to grow membership and continuing to fully fund the Wichita Rotary Charitable Fund, which in turn funds our community projects. In addition, this year we are emphasizing working closely with the seven Wichita area clubs on programs and projects.” 

Dr. Honts also said that Friends University has important ties to the club, including a 50-year tradition of a Singing Quaker performance during the Christmas holiday season. 

Friends University offers high-quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs for traditional students and working adults. Rooted both in the liberal arts tradition and the Christian tradition, students learn inside and outside the classroom. Friends University is a regional university with national programs and an international presence. 

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