Zoom Meeting April 16, 2021
The link for the meeting is below and will also be sent out on Thursday as a reminder.
WHEN DOES THE MEETING START?  Here is the schedule:
  • At 12:00 pm the Zoom room will be available for our "breakout room/virtual tables" to have a conversation with other members.  President Julie will draw us all back into the main meeting room at 12:28 pm
  • At 12:30 pm the meeting will be called to order
  • At approximately 12:55 p.m. we will introduce our speaker
  • Speaker will start at approximately 1:00 p.m.
  • Meeting concludes at 1:30 p.m.
SPEAKER:   Ed Foster, Past District Governor 2003-2004, Polio Plus Chair and District Communications Officer
CHAIR OF THE MONTH:  Heidi McNaughton
FOLLOW UP:  Please keep your microphone muted when you are listening.  Be aware of the lighting in your room, a well lit room with natural light if possible.  Please feel free to use Chat throughout the meeting.  If you have any questions for the speakers, ask them through Chat.
Biography for Ed Foster
I’ll give you my short version: I have been a Rotarian for 57 years with perfect attendance. I joined Rotary three weeks after I purchased my veterinary practice in Charlotte. I have been the Polio Plus chair for both my club and the District since 1987 when Rotary first took on the project. I’m a Past President (1985) and a Past District Governor (2003-04). I am a Paul Harris Fellow as are my wife and all of my children and their spouses. And now my four grandchildren are PHFs.
I retired from practice at Clinton Trail Animal Hospital in Jackson for the last 14 years of my work as a veterinarian.
Graduated from MSU veterinary school in 1963 and practiced one year in Kalamazoo before moving to Charlotte where I practiced for over 38 years and for 14 more years part time in Jackson.
I’ve been married to Linda, my childhood sweetheart for 61years. Since retiring, Rotary has become my avocation as I was District Secretary and webmaster for eleven year and am still District Communications Officer (DCO) for the District. My wife, Linda was the District Administrator for eleven years and retired as of December 31, 2014.
Volunteers Needed
 Sparrow is moving their COVID Vaccine Clinic at Frandor indoors, effective April 5th. The former Sears auto-center drive-through will remain open for COVID testing and laboratory purposes. With the new indoor POD (point of distribution) Sparrow anticipates providing 2,000-3,000 vaccines per day to those 16 and older.  To operate both the indoor and outdoor aspects of the Frandor site takes a village and Sparrow is looking for volunteers who might like to help care for our community. Shifts are offered in 4-hour blocks, Monday-Saturday. To become a Sparrow Volunteer, visit and select “Special Interest Application” from the APPLY option at the top of the page. Simply fill in “Lansing Rotary” where it asks for referral/contact. Completing this process also opens the door to volunteer in other roles across Sparrow in the future. Questions? Email to learn more.
2021 Rotary Hero 
Pat Hanes was selected to represent our Club at the District Convention as our 2021 Rotary Hero!
Pat Hanes is a thirty year member of the Rotary Club of Lansing and has served on the Board of Directors and elevated to the position as Club President for 2020/21. During his tenure on the Board of Directors, Pat spent considerable time revising, editing, and ensuring compliance on many of the Club’s policies and procedures. This work often goes unnoticed yet was essential in providing consistent practices for our Club management. During Pat’s tenure as President, he also implemented a consolidated committee structure that had been in discussion by our past presidents. This endeavor took considerable time to work throughout the committee levels to be able to integrate into a board process for accountability for each committee.
Pat’s Rotary work also includes promoting and sponsoring the activities arranged by our U35 members as he understands the vital need to keep our Club moving forward by engaging with younger members of the community. He also appreciates the legacy of our 100-year old Club and spearheaded the publication of a historical coffee table book for our Centennial Celebration by coordinating the content and photography with each of the writers for each chapter within the book.
Pat elevated to a Hero when faced with transitioning the Club to virtual meetings as the pandemic eliminated our ability to gather together. Pat transitioned our meetings in March to a virtual platform and ensured we kept our meeting traditions intact. We only cancelled one meeting at the onset of the pandemic and he evolved the platform to incorporate virtual breakout rooms for enhanced networking prior to the meeting. The virtual networking time continues to be a popular feature with Club members. Pat also spent time educating other Clubs throughout the District about the features he implemented for our Club to meet virtually.
Pat always puts service above self and exemplifies the 4-Way Test by always considering fairness and honesty. We thank Pat for his leadership and service to Lansing Rotary!
Zoom Meeting Link 
Below is the meeting link and dial in phone number for our Friday Rotary Club of Lansing Meetings on Zoom.  You will find the SAME link each week in the Rotogram so you will not have to look for a new weekly link. Thank you!
Topic: Rotary Club of Lansing Meeting
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 899 2218 2374
Passcode: 016004
One tap mobile
+16468769923,,89922182374#,,,,,,0#,,016004# US (New York)
Time: Noon, Friday, April 16, 2021
Rotary District Matching Program
This matching program is to help our members reach their next Paul Harris or your first by matching the money needed to reach that level.  You make a contribution of half the amount needed to reach the next Paul Harris, make sure Cathy has your donation.  A form will be completed so the District will match your contribution with the available points.  The "Earn a Reward" Points Match Challenge will continue until May 31, 2021, or until the pool of donated points is exhausted.
IF you donate via credit card, please email your receipt to Cathy to insure your matching funds.  Also, it must be designated to "Annual Fund" to qualify.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask: or Paul Harris Chair Jenn Dubey, email:
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
Kicks for a Cause - Used Athletic Shoe Drive
Do you have worn down running shoes or cleats you don’t wear anymore? Donate them in the Men’s Tennis Shoe Drive to go to children in need throughout the world without shoes. They will be distributed by Sole Bros Inc. to underprivileged youth in Cincinnati, the Caribbean islands, and towards American natural disaster relief. Shoes of any type and any quality are happily accepted. The drive will run through the end of April. For more information about Sole Bros Inc., a student run nonprofit organization based out of Cincinnati, OH, visit their website at Drop off location is at the Clara Bell Smith Center at 282 W Shaw Lane on campus.
Editarian Report for April 9, 2021
At 12:32 President Julie, who was joined by Sue for training as incoming president, called us back from our breakout groups to the main meeting and rang the Rotary bell.
Jennifer Marsh gave a very Rotary inspired invocation that reminded us of the 4 way test and other Rotary values.
President Julie noted that she is an “always hopeful” Tigers fan as she introduced a recording of Detroiter, Mary Wilson, performing the National Anthem at Tigers Opening Day in 2019.
Our visitors on this Spring day included District Governor, Nathan Triplett, who noted he has 83 more days in the role before returning to regular Rotary membership. Tammy Slavik, VP if MICA, was a guest of Terry Terry.
Diane Sanborn let us know that Rotarian Virginia Allen had fallen and fractured her left femur. We all wish her a speedy recovery.
In the delayed presentation of the March birthdays, Sandy Dragoo stepped in for Barb Whitney. Rotarians achieved 100% birthday donation participation for the 3rd month in a row, with the 16 birthday celebrants donating $1251. The monthly question was what inspiring or artful way will you celebrate your birthday: Kevin Schumaker planned to perfect his snow shoveling technique; Bob Hoffman would celebrate in a tropical paradise, Key west, where his husband, Michael, would be serving lots of cold drinks. Thanks everyone for your contributions!
Jason Brunette gave us some updates from the Special Projects Committee:
• Sparrow Hospidal is seeking vaccination volunteers to work in 4 hour blocks. Sign up at
• MSU is having a used shoe collection drive for tennis shoes and cleats in any condition, which can be dropped off at the Smith Center 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. If you need them picked up, contact Jason at
It is Paul Harris month! Jenn Dubey reminded us that our Paul Harris donation is one of 3 expected contributions annually. The donation goes to Rotary International Foundation for great projects including providing safe drinking water PLUS a portion comes back to our local club (in 2019 of $196k donated by our members, 50% came back to our club). Please donate. You can send a check to Cathy or to Rotary International or donate online. A letter is coming soon for your donation requirement to achieve your next Paul Harris designation; there is a fund for doubling of your donation to hit the target this year. We also saw a great inspirational video for Paul Harris featuring Heidi McNaughton, which included the great suggestion of donating appreciated stock which can have great tax advantages (check with your tax advisor).
We were reminded that the Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation grant process is open. To apply go to our website “Apply for a Grant”, the deadline is April 14th.
“A Taste of Italy” is coming! Save the date for Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00 for a membership social time and fundraiser for our Foundation with Rocco Rucinski and Sheri Jones. Sheri will be our host and Rocco will teach us how to make some Italian appetizers as they share stories from Italian culture. You can make the dishes along with them or just watch and learn. Check the upcoming Rotogram for all the details
Pat Hanes is our Rotary Hero! Pat’s excellent leadership in his year as President was an inspiration. Because of it, we only missed one meeting under COVID-19, while many other clubs missed many weeks. He lead the implementation of many procedures and committee structure work, and put together our Anniversary Book.
In other Rotarian news, Cindy Kangas is leaving Ele’s Place to become the new Executive Director of the Capital Area Manufacturing Council; she starts next week (now this week) and shared words of love for Ele’s Place. Also, Curt Sonnenberg was elected to the Rotary District Board. Because of the time taken for announcements, we did not have any Special Music.
Heidi McNaughton introduced our speaker, Dr. Stephen Marc Breedlove. Dr. Breedlove is the Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Neuroscience at MSU, and is internationally recognized for his work on the effect of hormones on sexual differentiation of brain.
Dr. Breedlove opened with the benefits of serendipity (or the value of not knowing what you are doing), since the results of the research he was discussing was not the original goal. He also admitted to having professor’s disease – “if you don’t stop me I’ll talk forever.”
His talk was on Kennedy’s Disease (KD), a progressive debilitating neurodegenerative disorder resulting in muscle cramps and progressive weakness due to degeneration of motor neurons in the brainstem and spinal cord, for which there is no known cure. What their research has discovered is believed cause of KD was incorrect, in fact they were a result of the disease. They have found a treatment that is effective in treating the disease in mice. Luckily, the drug has been in use for other conditions for over 30 years, is safe, and has only mild side effects. They believe it will slow or prevent the disease.
Circling back to serendipity, he emphasized that you need to stay alert since sometimes most exciting result is one you didn’t expect. Also, the person who discovered Kennedy’s disease is now in charge of trials, so testing on humans could begin soon.
President Julie thanked Dr. Breedlove for his presentation and announced that in lieu of a speaker’s gift we will be making a donation in his 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.
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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
Schumacher, Kevin V. B.
Chair of the Month
McNaughton, Heidi
Chair of the Day
McNaughton, Heidi
Krick, Katie