Next Meeting:

When: Friday, January 14, 2022
Where: The Lansing Center, First Floor
Speaker: Meaghan Bergman, Director
Title: HERStory and UGOGirls
Chair of the Day: Rebecca Bahar-Cook
Invocator:  TBA
Editarian:  Tim Adams
Chair of the Month:  Gabrielle Lawrence
Biography for Meaghan Bergman
Taught high school Spanish and English for 4 years in the U.S. Taught ESL in Nicaragua for 1 year. Facilitated constituent relations for Michigan State Representative Tim Greimel for 1 year. Taught English (EFL) in Costa Rica as a Peace Corps Volunteer.
Currently the director of the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame and UGOGirls Program Manager for Michigan Women Forward, a non-profit whose mission is to advance progress and provide opportunity for Michigan's women and girls.
Important Message
Dear Fellow Rotarians,
In light of the recent surge in COVID numbers, your Board of Directors is asking that all members attending in-person meetings wear a mask when not eating or drinking. We are also working with the Lansing Center to provide more spacing at our tables. We recognize that our commitment to in-person meetings during this “new normal” carries some risks but feel that these two precautions – masking and slightly more distancing – may help protect the health of all of us.
Thank you,
Club Board of Directors
Editarian Report for January 14, 2022
President Sue rang the bell to begin our meeting. Dave O’Leary gave the invocation, which in breaking with Editarian tradition, I will quote in its entirety: “A Prayer for growing old gracefully;” Dave then glanced at Irv Nichols with a mischievous grin. We all joined in singing My Country ‘Tis of Thee accompanied by Ron Newman on piano.
Our guests introduced included John Pence’s son, Drew; Don Hines’ wife, Jan; and Irv Nichols’ family: son Taylor, son and daughter-in-law Will and Pam, and granddaughter Alexandra.
President Sue led us in reciting the Rotary 4 Way Test. Diane Sanborn let us know that there was nothing to share in the health of the Club.
Heidi McNaughton gave an update on the holiday appeal; we have so far 69% participation and have raised $10,691 for special needs students at Gardner School.
For our special music, we were honored to have Irv’s son Will Nichols sing a couple of numbers accompanied by Ron Newman on the piano. They performed On the Road to Mandalay from the 1916 film (the year the Rotary Club of Lansing was founded), and Michigan Morn from 1958 (the year Irv joined Rotary).
Sue Mills gave a great introduction of John Irvin Nichols, who we all know as Irv. He has been a member of Lansing Rotary for 63 years and 10 months. He is our most senior member and will by 97 years old on September 1.
Irv gave us a great history of the Rotary Club of Lansing. He talked about some of the former activities, including the bowling club. He mentioned how in the past Rotarians were often members of several clubs with overlapping membership including Lansing Country Club so members socialized together frequently in different venues.
Irv talked about a number of Rotarians he has known. It was fabulous hearing about how so many Rotarians have had large influences on the Lansing region. A few highlights included Herb Henry who started the annual Children’s Christmas Party, Milt Berg who volunteered as the Notary pianist for 35 years, Floyd Estes who started Estes Furniture and Estes-Leadley Funeral Home, Fred Wohlert who was Irv’s sponsor, and Bill Cochran who left a $2 million endowment to the Club upon his death.
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
December Birthday Chair
Brunette, Jason
Draggoo, Sandy
Adams, Timothy
Chair of the Month
Lawrence, Gabrielle
Chair of the Day
Bahar-Cook, Rebecca