What's New at Lansing Rotary

ImageWe will not have a meeting this Friday, August 30, 2019 due to the Labor Day Holiday.  Our next meeting will be Friday, September 6th for Loftus Day at the Country Club. Please bring your flowers to decorate the graves.  Have a safe and restful weekend.  Thank you!

It all started in the fall of 1924 when Frank Loftus brought a bouquet of fresh garden flowers to the regular meeting of the club.  Afterwards, he took the flowers to the grave of Charles W. Nichols, a past Rotary president who had recently died.  The custom grew in an informal manner and when Loftus died four years later, the official Frank Loftus Day Memorial Service was held - a cherished Lansing Rotary Club tradition that the first Friday in September honors deceased club members who are buried in the Lansing area. 
It was not surprising that Frank Loftus started this revered tradition.  A longtime grocer and life-long Lansing resident, he was known for his compassion, often extending credit at his store on Washington Avenue to families who were encountering difficult financial times.  His civic dedication was legendary.  He also gave his time to volunteer with the local Red Cross, with his church and with the Knights of Columbus.  He died on May 30, 1928, the major headline in the Lansing Capital News was "Loftus Dies Suddenly" and the accompanying article went on to describe the many contributions he had made to his community.
It is likely our club is the only one in Rotary International that remembers it deceased members in such a unique way.
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.
Upcoming Speakers
Loftus Day
Sep 06, 2019
at the Country Club of Lansing
Brian Calley, President of SBAM @ Country Club
Sep 13, 2019
"The 2019 Michigan Entrepreneurial Scorecard Report"
Joel Hoffman
Sep 20, 2019
"Vietnam Revisited" at the Crowne Plaza
Greg Michaud with Viridis Laboratories
Sep 27, 2019
Cannabis Testing Labs @ the Lansing Center
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