Vol. 107, No. 30, January 24, 2023

Next Meeting:

When:  Friday, February 3, 2023
Where:  Lansing Community College, Michigan Room 
Speaker:  Wendy Hamilton, President & CEO, TechSmith
Title:  "Workforce of the Future"
Time:  Noon
Chair of the Day:  Cathy Zell
Reflection: Paula Cunningham
Editarian:   Julie Pingston 
Chair of the Month:   Michelle Reynaert
Signature Grants
This year the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation, the fundraising/charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Lansing has available funding for one or two Signature Grants up to a maximum of $92,000 to support programs which address permanent low income housing and/or child care for low income recipients.
Representatives of The Community Foundation and United Way have identified that these are two of the most pressing needs in the Lansing area and have been for some time.
Through the generosity of the members of the Rotary Club of Lansing and The Foundation’s endowment, funds are available at this time to provide significant dollars to help address one or both of these needs. This grant is in line with the strategic plan of October 15, 2019 which included members of the Club and Foundation who supported that the Foundation take advantage of larger grant opportunities in between regular grant cycles particularly in light of more urgent Community needs.
The Signature Grant application will open from February 1 thru February 28, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. via SlideRoom.  
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,

  • Chaz Carrillo, Insurance Agent with David Chapman Agency, Sponsored by Heidi McNaughton
Editarian Report for January 20, 2023
President Millbrook pulled everyone in from their small group conversations and called the meeting to order.
Andy Earl provided the moment of reflection. The patriotic song was The National Anthem led by Mark Hooper.
After reciting the 4-Way Test, Pres. Millbrook invited Rotarians to introduce their guests. They included: Parker Sessa was handling the microphone for Nick Heriford who introduced his two guests, Jeff Hicks and John Blossie.  Heidi McNaughton introduced Chaz Charillo who will be placing an application.  Chris Holman introduced Justin Stojsih and Audrey Dahlgren from WLNS, who will be speaking in April. Chris Swope introduced Sarah Kingsley, who will also be emailing an application.
President Millbrook reported on the health of the club--all is well!
Announcements included:
- Kevin Schumacher, your favorite Rotary Sherpa, gave an update on membership numbers and explained the Rotary mentorship program.
- Red Badges were presented to Nicholas Horstman, Nicole Szymczak, Judi Harris, Steve Grant, Corey Grant and Dan Wyant
- John Person gave an update on Rotary Foundation International grants. In total, nearly $40,000 has been awarded for this cycle. Additionally, Rotary Foundation grantee, Alfred Koala from Feeding Nations through Education (FNTE) joined the Club via Zoom. FNTE offers programs in villages in West Africa.
  Special music featured our host, Steve Robinson, performing School House Rock on his new rosewood guitar. We now know how to describe a noun as a “person, place or thing,” and a little bit about the magic of math. Rotary continues to educate!
Thanks to our Chair of the Month/Day, Jeff Crippen, who introduced Joe and Linda Pulver who spoke on the topic, “Hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2022.”
Highlights include:
  • They started in Springer Mountain in Georgia and estimated a 6-month trip up to Mt. Katahdin, Maine. After 4.5 months and over 2,000 miles, they completed what an average of 20 percent of hikers attempt, but do not finish.
  • With minimal nights spent in sheltered structures like hostels, humble hotels and boarding spaces, they enjoyed sleeping in their tents most of all. After carrying 30-33 pounds on an average of 22 miles a day, you need a comfortable place to sleep!
  •  Meals mostly consisted of dried goods and dehydrated foods. You have to get creative on the trail! New York was their favorite, which offered more choices and more calories to keep them going.
  •  Packing is crucial when you have to carry everything you “need” on the mountain. A winter pack is significantly heavier than a summer pack. Water, gathered from rivers, was filtered and added significantly to their pack weight. Friends were thankfully available to ship items to them to keep them going.
  •  They hiked up and over more than 300 mountains! That makes for some amazing views which they shared with the Club.
Pres. Millbrook shared that in lieu of a speaker’s gift, we will make a donation in Joe and Linda’s honor to a local organization through our Lansing Rotary Foundation which has, over the history of our club, given in excess of $2,000,000 to local organizations and projects.
NEXT WEEK: We will meet on Thursday, Jan. 26, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. for our Social Gathering at Lansing Brewing Company.
Meghan Martin's email is:  Meghan@lansingarts.org
Feb 03, 2023
"Workforce of the Future"
Feb 10, 2023
at Lansing Community College, Michigan Room
Feb 17, 2023
"A New Chapter for Sparrow"
Feb 23, 2023
Lansing Brewery
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
January Birthday Chair
Holman, J. Christopher
Chair of the Month
Crippen, Jeff
Chair of the Day
Crippen, Jeff
Sessa, Parker