Next Meeting Will Be April 9, 2021

We will not meet this week due to the Good Friday holiday.  Please have a safe and sunny weekend!


Our next meeting will be Friday, April 9th via Zoom at noon.

Rotary Hero
Each year, our District recognizes a member from each Club as a Rotary HERO. Last year we were proud to honor Mark Hooper! We are looking for nominations for this year for our Club of a "current Rotarian that truly exemplifies 'Service Above Self' in everything that they think, say and do or a long-time member that has given many years of service." If you have a fellow Rotarian in mind to nominate this year, please email President Julie at with a short paragraph about your nominee before Friday, April 9. The HEROES will be recognized at the virtual District Conference in May. Thank you!
Foundation News 
The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for 2021 Local Grant Funding are now being accepted. Grant applications are due by Wednesday, April 14th at midnight.  More information about the grant process and a link to the on-line application can be found at the Rotary Club of Lansing’s website or  Click Here.  All applications MUST be submitted through the on-line system.
Thank you,

Donna Gardner
April Birthdays
Ammons, LawrenceApril 19
Bahar-Cook, RebeccaApril 01
Cauley, Jr., John H. April 01
Chamberlain, ChristopherApril 17
Dubey, JennApril 26
Goodell, GeorgeApril 22
Guerre, William April 04
Lenz, MariaApril 11
Little, NancyApril 27
Lynch, LindaApril 24
Nugent, GeorgeApril 06
Pingston, JulieApril 15
Robinson, SteveApril 18
Rucinski, RoccoApril 03
Salisbury, TimothyApril 26
Shaski, JohnApril 04
Trumpie, DaveApril 07
Tucker, SamuelApril 30
Wiesner, DougApril 08
Rotary Club Dues 
Great news!  Members can now go to our website and click on "Membership" and at the bottom of the list is "Member Dues".  You will choose the timeframe you are paying for ie:   1st Qtr. 2021 and insert an amount in the next box to pay thru PayPal.  Or click here to take you directly to the page.  This has been "live" for about a week to make sure everything was working.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask: 
Thank you!
Editarian Report for March 26, 2021
As President Julie Pingston waited for the clock to hit 12:30 pm, a rather spirited discussion and debate about pancakes was taking place in my group. As a late arrival to the chat, I could only listen in on this important discussion with key information being shared as to the best pancakes in town and a bourbon maple syrup that sounded interesting. Then the discussion veered to waffles vs pancakes, which can only lead to the inevitable question as to whether an Eggo is a waffle, President Julie sensing the division that a pancake vs waffle debate may cause, began pulling us all back to the main room to begin the meeting, but not without the last word from Chris Holman, who proclaimed “Let go of my Eggo” as the mute button silenced the conversation.
Deftly President Julie moved to introduce Jenn Dubey to deliver the invocation. Jenn led a blessing about the meaning of Passover. John Dale Smith played America the Beautiful for this week’s patriotic song.
President Julie began the introduction of visiting Rotarians and guests. President Julie acknowledged that our District Governor Nathan Triplett was in attendance. Michelle Reynaert introduced Michael Simmons the media librarian for Sparrow Health Systems. Joel Hoffman introduced Ed Gillespie, Camron Gnass welcomed David Votta and finally President Julie turned the floor over to Krista Stevens to say hello.
Sandy Draggoo was tasked the March Birthdays presentation, which due to technical difficulties became a silent celebration, but we were able to learn that these quiet leaders put their money where their mouths are with 100% participation for raising foundation funds. Congratulations and the rest of the club is now being challenged by President Julie to keep up the momentum going forward.
President Julie went on to welcome Kim Barber and Kayla Green as officially red badge new members of the club.
With no special music this week today’s program began with an introduction from Melanie Dart of Kris Rzepczynski, Senior Archivist at the Archives of Michigan. Kris’s program was titled “Family History Research at the Archives of Michigan. Kris started his presentation by providing online resources that can be linked from the Archives of Michigan website. The first place to begin a genealogy search within the archives is data from the United States Census Bureau, with data from 1790 to 1940, this is the gateway to other records collections. The Census Bureau data includes, name, household members, country of origin, language spoken in the home and birthplace of household members. Interestingly for a time if the family home contained a radio, today the question is likely - does the household know what a radio is versus an app. It should be noted that later records with the U.S. Census Bureau are not available to the public until 75 years have passed since the census data was collected as protection to individual’s privacy in data submitted.
State archival collections include the State of Michigan records, including older birth and death records and the ever-popular prison records for Jackson, Ionia, and Marquette prison facilities. The records from local governments include among other data, real property data, civil and criminal court records, probate and voting data. Naturalization records are also available at the archives as one traces their family tree back to the familial countries of origin. Another source assessable through the archives is data from the Abrams Foundation Historical Collection, with vital records from New England, New York, Pennsylvania, other midwestern states and records from Ontario and Quebec.
Kris shared some photos of the archival collections housed in three locations around Lansing for the State of Michigan. I think if we looked carefully there may a have been an individual in an Indiana Jones outfit looking for the lost Ark of the Covenant in the distant background of this large archival vault. While due to COVID (have we heard this enough in the last year) the archives is not open to the public currently, but access online is available as well as being able to request a virtual meeting with an archivist from researchers around the country.
In wrapping up his presentation Kris shared the links to several online resources of the archives for those researching their family history as follows:
Archives of Michigan home page
Catalog of resources
A number of great questions were answered by Kris, before our time ran out and President Julie reassumed control of the meeting to wish us all a great weekend and reminding us, we do not meet next week due to Good Friday. With that our bell was tolled to close this week’s meeting.
Tim Adam's email is: 
Apr 09, 2021
Apr 16, 2021
Push for Polio Funds
Apr 23, 2021
"A Housing Industry Update: The Pandemic, Politics and the Prospective Impact on YOU"
Apr 30, 2021
"Commercial Real Estate Navigates the Pandemic - an Unclear Future"
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
April Birthday Chair
Rucinski, Rocco
Sanborn, Diane
Swope, Chris
Chair of the Month
McNaughton, Heidi
Chair of the Day
McNaughton, Heidi
Marsh, Jennifer