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 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. Cost: $20.

Please RSVP

RSVP via email to Janet Nicholes.

2021 Dates & Speakers

February 3Speaker: COL Anne Kang
Deputy Commander; Irwin Army Community Hospital
Location: Virtual
March 3Speaker:
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
April 7Speaker: Location: Hilton Garden Inn
May 5Speaker:
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
June 9
Victory Week Lunch
Location: Riley's Community Center

Steering Committee Members

  • Leslie Alford, Chair
  • Christine Benne
  • Nathan Brooks
  • 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.

Speaker: Dr. Art DeGroat Location: Four Points by Sheraton