Military Relations

The Military Relations Committee 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 a.m. registration table opens; Lunch program ends at 1 p.m. 

If you RSVP and are unable to attend, please cancel no later than 5 p.m. the day before the lunch. Please remember that if you register for this event but cannot attend and do not cancel by the RSVP deadline, you will be invoiced for the cost of your ticket. There are no refunds for prepaid tickets. 

Cost: $20.

Please RSVP

RSVP via email to Christian Bishop or online. 

2023 Dates & Speakers

February 1Speaker: Governor's Military Council LTG (Ret) Perry Wiggins
Location: Manhattan Conference Center
March 1
Speaker: Gina Coffman, Executive Director of Heartland Works and Gary Westerman, Regional Operations Manager for Local Area II, KANSASWORKS
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
April 5Speaker: K-State Air Force and ROTC including RECONDO, Color Guard, and Pershing Rifles
Location: Holiday Inn at the Campus
May 3
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
June 7Speaker:
August 2Speaker:
Location: Holiday at the Campus
September 6Speaker: 
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
October 4Speaker:
Location: Holiday at the Campus
November 1Speaker: 
Location: Four Points by Sheraton
December 6

Location: Manhattan Conference Center

Steering Committee Members

  • Doug Barrett
  • Christine Benne - Chair
  • Shelley Carver
  • Brian Fuemmeler
  • Diane Gaede
  • Brad Hartenstein
  • Ann Harts
  • 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.