What's New at Lansing Rotary
When:Friday, September 20th, 2019
Where:The Crowne Plaza, 925 S. Creyts Road
Speaker:Joel Hoffman
Topic:"Revisiting Vietnam"
Chair of the Day:Irv Nichols
Invocator:Stan Samuel
Greeter:Bill Dubois
Chair of the Month: Camron Gnass
Remembrance:Diane Sanborn
Editarian:Joe Wald
Born in Schenectady, New York, Joel grew up in East Lansing, Michigan from the age of four. He attended the University of Michigan on a NROTC 4-year scholarship. Upon graduation in 1966 he married his high school sweetheart, Kathy Nelson, and started his career in the U.S. Navy as an ensign.
After two years of sea duty, Joel received orders assigning him to Patrol Boats River (PBRs), which meant that he was going to Vietnam. He arrived in Vietnam in March 1969 and was assigned to River Division 521 based at PBR Mobile Base One near Hue, Vietnam on the Perfume River. He returned home in March 1970 and held his eight month old daughter for the first time. He continued his career in the U.S. Navy serving a total of eight and a half years on active duty. He spent another 22 years as a Supply Corps officer in the Naval Reserve and ended his career as a captain.
After leaving active duty, Joel attended the University of Michigan and earned a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) in 1977. He worked in the recycling/scrap metal and plastics industry for 10 years in Detroit and Lansing. He and a partner started an asbestos abatement firm, which is still in business. After leaving the asbestos abatement firm Joel did consulting on occupational safety and health. A friend in state government told him about a managerial job for a specialist in safety and health and in leadership training that was being advertised for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget, (DTMB), for which he successfully interviewed. The job expanded to include Drugs & Alcohol Prevention & Rehabilitation, Workers’ Compensation, Ergonomics, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). After 14 years with DTMB the Michigan Department of Civil Rights (MDCR) requested that Joel be transferred to their department, because the ADA is a civil rights law. He spent the next two years working to improve the State of Michigan’s compliance with the ADA. He retired on October 31, 2016. Joel made arrangements through Southern Exposure, a travel group out of Battle Creek, MI to take a tour of Vietnam. He did this because of his very limited exposure to the peoples and cultures of Vietnam during his tour of duty.
In January 2018, he joined the tour with 12 other people including one other veteran. The tour started in Hanoi in the North and ended at Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) in the South. For fun, Joel enjoys spending time with his two daughters and their families, plus traveling with them on various vacations. He and Kathy enjoy taking their one and only grandchild, Moose, on vacations to explore his interests in art, music, history, and sports. Kathy and Joel reside in Okemos with their dog, Rosie.
Upcoming Speakers
Greg Michaud with Viridis Laboratories
Sep 27, 2019
Cannabis Testing Labs @ the Lansing Center
Linda Brundage, Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun
Oct 04, 2019
"Educate and Advocate, Gun Violence 101" the Country Club of Lansing
Joan Nelson, Allen Neighborhood Center
Oct 11, 2019
at the Country Club of Lansing
Sam Singh, City of Lansing Complete Count Committe
Oct 18, 2019
"2020 Census" at LCC Downtown the Michigan Room
Captain Chris Chamberlain
Oct 25, 2019
on the Michigan Princess Riverboat
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