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Matching up people for the right jobs is clinic topic
Bob Broeckelman

A business could save thousands of dollars by hiring the right employee. 

A  20-minute clinic about how this is done will be given to the Great Bend Rotary Club and guests at their noon-hour meeting on May 24 in the dining room/gymnasium of First Assembly of God (now known as Encounter) at 601 S. Patton Road. 

Attendees are encouraged to use the east entrance. Those unable to attend may livestream the event on the Encounter Church’s Facebook page,           

Bob Broeckelman, a retired Farm Credit Association executive from Wichita, will give a presentation, “How to Match People Up with the Right Jobs.” Dr. Broeckelman has led discussions on this topic with 80 groups over the years. 

“There are 10,000 “Baby Boomers” retiring every day and employers need to avoid costly mistakes in replacing them,” he said.

It is a “can’t miss it opportunity” for community business leaders, school and hospital administrators, etc., according to Lee Musil, Rotary program co-chairman.

Dr. Broeckelman, a native of rural Oakley, earned three degrees from Kansas State University and has a storied career that includes being named Kansas Outstanding Ag Teacher in 1976, Executive Secretary of the State FFA  Association, and assistant director of marketing for Federal Land Bank. In 2016, he received the KSU Distinguished Ag Alumni Award and was the K-State Graduation Commencement Speaker to an audience of 6,000 in the College of Agriculture.  

During his 33 years with the Farm Credit System, Broeckelman developed and validated employee selection systems that dropped turnover from 28.7 percent down to 3 or 4 percent in five years, thus saving the Federal Land Bank millions of dollars in recruiting and selection expense. He ended his Farm Credit career as Vice President of Recruiting and Selection.

Using proper interview techniques and his “Predictive Index,” employers were able to match applicants with the right jobs 92 percent of the time.

Attendees at the Rotary meeting who wish to review Broeckelman’s “Predictive Index” ahead of time may contact the Great Bend Chamber Office (792-2401) to have a few salient slides emailed to them. 

“Businesses often think turnover is a cost of doing business,” Broeckelman said. “It doesn’t have to be that way.”

Guests are welcome to attend the noon catered lunch (at their own expense) but it is essential that they RSVP no later than Wednesday, May 19,  to club treasurer Devin McMillen, 792-2588. RSVPs for Rotarians and guests will be limited to 150. The Powerpoint program will begin about 12:20 p.m.

Great Bend Rotary Club is part of a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends and problem solvers who share ideas, join with leaders and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves. 

“Rotary isn’t just a club to join but an organization with endless opportunities,” says club president and librarian Gail Santy. “It is the greatest humanitarian organization in the world. We Rotarians are doing what we love for the betterment of humanity.” 

Santy may be reached at 792-4865 or 282-9372. Membership Chairman is Craig Neeland, 792-2411 or 792-7165.