The Next Meeting:
When:  Friday, March 23, 2018
Where:  The Country Club of Lansing
Speaker:  Joan Jackson Johnson, Director Human Relations & Community Services
What:  "Homelessness & Poverty in the City"
Chair of the Day:  Jenn Dubey
Invocator:  TBA
Chair of the Month:  Jenn Dubey
Greeter:  Rich Howard
Remembrance:  Irv Nichols
Microphone:  Tyler Parsons
Editarian:  Pam Miklavcic
Biography for Joan Jackson Johnson, Ph.D.
Joan Jackson Johnson, Ph.D., clinical psychologist and principal owner of the East Lansing Center for the Family, has been the Director of the Human Relations and Community Services Department (HRCS) for the City of Lansing since 2006, whose purpose is to foster community connections, coordinate local human services, uphold principles of equal opportunity, and pursue innovative funding and federal mandates that address homelessness and other community social challenges. Dr. Johnson is a graduate of Edward Waters College with a Masters and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Joan, and husband Vern, are the proud parents of five children and two grandchildren. They have also served as foster and adoptive parents.
Joan found her calling early in life, and has dedicated herself for many decades to the struggles of the poor and vulnerable. Through her own experiences growing up in inner city Jacksonville, Florida, she knows firsthand the obstacles of disadvantage, discrimination and under-privilege. Her personal passions focus primarily on poor children and families, food security and homelessness. Her work at the City of Lansing HRCS Department has been marked by innovative programming directed to the most needy citizens, including the monthly Mobile Food Pantry, monthly meal with Loaves & Fishes, Advent House Breakfast 2-3 times a month, the Children Feeding Program, Weekend Survival Kits and Kids Connect (for school-aged children), Lansing Community Connect and One Church One Family for homeless families and individuals, facilitating service opportunities between the Spartans Giving Back Program, Pre-eviction Prevention Program with Public Housing families and the local community, and matching the Faith based community’s resources with human services needs through the Meet the Need Program.
Currently, Dr. Johnson serves on the Boards of Directors for the Community Coalition for Youth; Capital Area Health Alliance, Tri-County Office on Aging, Capital Area Community Services, Ingham County Child Death Review, Ingham County FIRM, Ingham County Investors Steering Committee, Capital Region Community Foundation, Michigan Prisoner Re-entry Steering Committee, Ingham County Change Initiative, and One Church One Family just to name a few.
Among her many honors Dr. Johnson cherishes the KC Family of the Year Award, Advent House Volunteer of the Year, State of Michigan Volunteer Family of the Year, Michigan Women Hall of Fame, Father Mac (Lansing Diocese) Award for Community Service, the NAACP Citizen of the Year for Kappa Alpha Psi, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta, Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Diocese of Lansing Community Service Award, the Greater Lansing Homeless Resolution Network the Power of One Year Award, MSU School of Social Work Award, the NANBPWC, Inc. Sojourner Truth Award and a host of others too numerous to mention. Dr. Johnson works tirelessly to serve the citizens of Lansing and to cultivate a community culture of diversity, equity and non-discrimination.
“Triple J”, as she is known to her friends, works tirelessly, 24/7 for all her causes, with a contagious enthusiasm, passion and zeal, enlisting family, friends, co-workers, businesses, and yes, even innocent bystanders to join her.
New Member Proposed

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

  • John M. Collins, Jr. President & Owner Critical Victories, sponsored by Jenn Dubey
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Fiddler on the Roof got nothin’ on me.  My father didn’t have to go to Tevye for permission to marry, he had to go to Rome (you know, where the Pope lives).  Apparently parental permission to marry isn’t enough when the groom is a Catholic Priest and the bride to be is Jewish.  The canonical term of the day is “special dispensation” and it is what you need when you’re a Priest and want to get married.  On top of that, it is rumored that Thomas Edison did the actual wiring in this Rotarian’s Boston Edison district Detroit childhood home.  Having worked since age 14, this child of a papally approved union has sorted and rolled change, washed dishes (professionally), scooped ice cream, sold china and stemware and flatware door to door (back in the day when you used last year’s high school graduating class to find possible customers).


Editarian Report for March 9, 2018
Jenn Dubey our chair of the month and day welcomed Rotarian John Collins to the podium following a long program of music and fun to which we are all accustomed but is amazing still. None of which should have been missed with the possible exception of the cuisine, consisting of cold breaded chicken and fried mystery fish. At least it was bland. John, a high intensity forty something, is a private entrepreneur having founded Critical Victories to showcase his remarkable skills and protein experiences as a forensic science consultant. He shared the solution of the Atlanta Centennial Olympic Park bombing utilizing the production characteristics of 6 penny nails. Eric Rudolph was brought to justice after a 5 year man hunt. Mr. Collins now has added coaching cognitive transformation to problem solvers emphasizing eliminating self-defeating habit and emotions. He coached us in his firm empirical belief in convivial communication to allow influential employees an opportunity for peak performance that will benefit all organizations. His next venue will be a daylong workshop 18 April at the MSU Henry Center. For those of us who covet “perfection under pressure” it’s not to be missed.
Special Music:
We were equally wowed by Rotarian Hari Kern, piano maven, and Richard Illman, trumpet(s) performing Gershwin, Aratunian, and Gave to the delight of all. Outside of the LSO, where Mr. Illman starred as the underwritten principal trumpet before retiring, you can’t do better than Ken Beachler’s special music Friday matinee. Thrilling.
President Brewster, having slipped past the protesters with Molotov cocktails, opened the meeting right on time. Todd Gute thanked the lord for our freedoms and promised to abide by his example. The Star Spangled Banner featuring our strolling pianist John Dale Smith and Richard Illman gave us to know we had nothing to dread. A 60 year member of the club today, Irv Nichols, bid us stay tuned for his report next week. Nick Heriford reminded all that the Grant Application has begun. Call Cathy. “Unknown Author” author Kevin Schumacher, my boss Editarian, after many clues finally got Dennis Fliehman to disabuse most of the club of the conviction that Jack Davis is the only member who ever wears a Tux. He correctly identified Rich Schaberg and went home with the M&Ms.
Next Week:
Lansing Center to hear Cindie Alwood, Executive Director of the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing.  It will be a report on some of the Foundation Grants that were dispersed this year.
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Lansing, MI   48901-3156
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