What's New at Lansing Rotary
When:Friday, July 26, 2019
Where:Lansing Center, First Floor
Time:Noon
Speaker:Vicki Hamilton-Allen, President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity
Topic:"Just a Few Blocks Away"
Chair of the Day:Julie Pingston
Invocator:TBA
Greeter:Linda Lynch
Chair of the Month: Julie Pingston
Remembrance:Diane Sanborn
Editarian:Chris Swope
In order to accommodate the mayor's schedule, the dates have been rescheduled for Rotary Park's grand opening events:
 
The Ribbon Cutting for Rotary Park will be Tuesday, August 27th at noon.  The rain date will be Wednesday, August 28th at the same time.
 
Rotary Park Grand Opening Gala - Exclusively for Rotarians and other sponsors of Rotary Park will be held on:
 
Thursday, September 5th at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. (best to see the Lighted Forest at night).
Rain date:  Thursday, September 12th at the same time.
 
Gourmet Hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and live music on the plaza.  Rotary is co-sponsoring the celebration with the Community Foundation, and Rotarians are encouraged to bring their spouse/guest for a lovely evening.
 
Please save these dates now in your calendars!  RSVPs for the evening celebration will be requested closer to the date.
 

The following proposed members have emailed their applications to the office.  If anyone has a comment on these proposed members please forward it in writing within ten days to the Rotary office, before approval by the board of directors.  Thank you

  • Casey Jacobsen, Business Marketing Rep, LaFontaine Automotive Group, sponsored by Susan Angel
  • Jeffrey Brown, Social Entrepreneur/Prudential,  sponsored by Justin Sheehan
The following members have recently elected to resign from our Club:
  • Mike Abel, Avance Health
  • Julie Durham, Habitat for Humanity
  • Justin Jackson, Under 35 Member
  • Shari Montgomery, House of Promise
Newly minted President Patrick Hanes called our Friday meeting to order at the LCC West Campus on a perfectly beautiful summer day. Diane Sanborn inspired us with a thoughtful invocation and told us once again the health of the club is good. Mark Hooper lead the group in singing My Country Tis of Thee. We were a small group but our voices were mighty strong. Lisa Smith carried the mic to a single visitor brought by Umakanth Govinidarajan; her name was Melissa Rabideau and she runs the TinkrLab at Meridian Mall, which is a STEM learning facility.
 
Since we were at LCC’s West Campus, it was apropos that our hosts take the mic and sing some of the praises of LCC. LCC President Brent Knight let us know that LCC was recently named 2d out of 1100 for tech and career programs which was worthy of a round of applause. LCC Dean Mark Cosgrove told us that this past week LCC was honored by its designation as a school of excellence for Cyber Security, again, worthy of a round of applause. President Hanes did a shout out to Joan Bauer for her work with LCC and to President Knight, who is retiring next spring, for his years of service to LCC and the Lansing area.
 
One of the changes resulting from the recent, peaceful transition of power from one President to the next, was that President Hanes will be focusing on the nuts and bolts of some of what Rotarians do. New features of our meeting will be Board Liaison reports, Foundation updates and Rotarians in the news (if you’re a Muppet Show fan, imagine a booming voice saying “Pigs in Space” followed by an update of what they’re doing). Todd Gute gave the Board update and introduced us to recent efforts of the Recruitment Committee (headed by Michelle Lantz). The secret society known as the U-35 Group (under 35 Rotarians) recently held a mixer at the Lansing Brewing Company. Fun fact about the U-35s and contrary to the millennial stereotype, they did all the work themselves for their mixer and when Cathy showed up an hour early, there was nothing she had to do (a first!). A promising start for the U-35s. Our Foundation will also get its 15 minutes of fame (spread over several meetings). Incoming Foundation President John Person invited all who are interested to submit their names to be board members for the Foundation. The Foundation is stepping up in sophistication and will be looking at software to help with review of upcoming grant applications.
 
No special music today. Major bummer, but hey, real musicians have day jobs. If you really miss hearing Rotarians sing, though, take time out for 7:00 p.m. at the Urban Beat in Old Town on July 18 to go and listen to Lisa Smith sing.
 
We had two new member presentations today: Lolo Robison and Jay Moore. Lolo is into pot like nobody’s business. You could say she’s a pothead, but that wouldn’t really do her justice. More like it’s impossible to separate her from her pot. She likes pot so much she knows how to make pot and knows how to make different kinds of pot. She probably even throws pots. Of course we’re talking about pottery here. I mean, this is Rotary and the similarity between the Rotary Wheel and the potters’ wheel was too much for Lolo to ignore so she joined. She’s the Director of Marketing and Customer Experience at CATA, was a HS cheerleader in department of defense schools. She’s CMU and MSU educated and divorced in 1994, but not until she had 3 kids. She was the Lobotomizer on the Lansing Derby Vixens 2009 team until that broke her body (I think we should schedule a meeting at an upcoming roller derby).
 
Next up was Jay Moore. Jay is one of our U-35ers so due to his short life, his bio is considerably shorter. Jay correctly identified the hotel on the West side of town as the Sheraton where his grandfather worked there as a concierge, which may have been a bit of an overglorification of dear old granddad’s job according to Jay. His Grandmother was a social worker and educator and his dad worked at GM while his mother worked at the State of Michigan. Educated at Verlinden, Dwight Rich and Sexton, Jay then went on to college at Columbia in Chicago to become a teacher. He taught for 5 years before going back to school to get educated in Marketing. Jay works at Peckham for a day job but has an entrepreneurial spirit and is also the cofounder & Vice President of Communications for 180 Style, which is a men’s lifestyle service. President Hanes gave Lolo and Jay their blue badges, welcomed them to the club and adjourned the meeting at 12:58, a new record! Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful Michigan summer folks!
Kevin Schumacher's email is:  Schumacher@glassenrhead.com
 
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Steve Lorincz, TSA Federal Security Director
Aug 02, 2019
at the Lansing Center
Linda Kroll, Business Development Manager
Aug 09, 2019
Apple Vacations at the Lansing Center
Rick Fiddler, Pilot-Retired VP of Aviation
Aug 16, 2019
Michigan Aeronautics Commission @ Lansing Center
Mark Bathurst, Prog. Director of Aviation Technolo
Aug 23, 2019
Meeting at the Country Club of Lansing
 
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