Military Relations

The MRC Lunch

The Manhattan Military Relations Committee, a subset of the MACC Economic Development Division, focuses on building and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships, facilitating communications, and coordinating activities among the Manhattan Community and Fort Riley. The MRC Lunch is the premiere monthly networking event between Fort Riley active duty soldiers, their family members, civilian employees and contractors, and the Manhattan community.


The MRC Lunch is held the first Wednesday of the month at various locations in Manhattan. 11:15 am registration table opens; Lunch program ends at 1 pm sharp. If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please cancel no later than 5:00pm the day before the lunch. Cost: $20.

Please RSVP

RSVP via email to Janet Nichols.

2021 Dates & Speakers

August 4Speaker: Andrew Brown
Commissioner of Behavioral Health Services
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
September 1Speaker: Ken Roynon
Marketing, Sponsorship and Advertising Director
Healthy Army Communities Coordinator
Department of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
October 6Speaker: Todd Holmberg
Executive Director, McCain Auditorium
Kansas State University
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
November 3Speaker: COL Paul Schneider
Commander, 130th Field Artillery Brigade
Kansas Army National Guard
Location: Hilton Garden Inn
December 1

Speaker: Maj Gen David Weishaar
Adjutant General for the State of Kansas 
Location: Four Points by Sheraton

Steering Committee Members

  • Christine Benne - Interim Chair
  • Leslie Alford
  • Ernie Beaudet
  • Nathan Brooks
  • Shelley Carver
  • Brian Fuemmeler
  • Diane Gaede
  • Dr. Curtis Hayden
  • Todd Holmberg
  • Rich Jankovich
  • Mike Shilling
  • William Turner
  • Linda Weis
  • Fred Willich


The Manhattan MRC mission is to plan, coordinate and execute programming and activities that will strengthen the relationship between Manhattan and Fort Riley, and bring about a heightened awareness of community's mutual importance.

The Manhattan MRC commitment is to support soldiers, their families, and area veterans, and showcase a military-inclusive community where we encourage military service members to call Manhattan home.