Zoom Meeting February 12, 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.
SPEAKERS:   Dr. Shannon Schmoll, Director Abrams Planetarium, MSU
TOPIC:  "Big Astronomy:  A Project Showcasing Careers in Astronomy and Observatories in Chile"
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 David W. Shiflett
David is a lifelong Michigan resident, born and raised in Grand Blanc, MI. David attended Central Michigan University and Boston University with an emphasis in Project Management. David started in the renewable energy industry during the recession, and has been National Grid Renewables’ boots on the ground since 2010. National Grid Renewables, formerly known as Geronimo Energy, has successfully developed the 100MW Apple Blossom Wind Farm in Huron County, along with 2(20MW) Solar projects, Bingham Solar in St. John Michigan, and Temperance Solar in Erie, Michigan. David resides in Leland MI, with his wife, Sue.
Note from President Julie
During these times of heightened divisiveness and political discord in our nation, I remind Rotarians of the importance of using the 4 Way Test for the “things we think, say or do.” We have had a couple of reports of political discussions during Rotary phone calls and breakout rooms that have not been well received by other members. As Rotarians, we should remember to consider if our comments “will build goodwill and better friendships”. Thanks for making Lansing Rotary a welcoming place for all.
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
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Meeting ID: 899 2218 2374
Passcode: 016004
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Time: Noon, Friday, February 5, 2021
February Birthdays
Stiles, CraigFeb 09
Calverley, StevenFeb 10
Wheaton, ScottFeb 10
Culberson, EdFeb 15
Schuon, RickFeb 15
Flory, MichaelFeb 16
Cauley, AnneFeb 19
Sheehan, JustinFeb 19
Springer, DawnFeb 19
Umakanthan, UmaFeb 19
Gillespie, OrlandoFeb 23
Sanborn, DianeFeb 24
Editarian Report for January 29, 2021
While in our Zoom Rotary break out meetings, I was amazed at how Rotarians have adapted and are multitasking during Rotary. Rotarians are knitting, walking on a treadmill, walking outside, sorting emails, checking out their spam file, sorting post it notes, paying bills, cleaning the laboratory, even putting price stickers on products for sale (Kmart shoppers, we’ve got a blue light special for the next 11 minutes in aisle 9). By the time we get back to regular meetings, there won’t be a thing left to do on our to do lists!
After a little, much needed socializing, President Julie reeled us back in like fish on a line to the big group meeting. There we were greeted by Scott Duimstra who had been either swearing a blue streak in the break out room or discussing the benefits of swearing, I’m not sure which. Anywho, he had to change gears from swearer in chief to invocator of the day. Scott gave a short invocation about the enduring value of life, that we should build for future generations and continue to strive to make a better world for those who follow us. That was followed up by John Dale Smith’s version of My Country tis of Thee. I’m all for patriotic songs, but it is hard to get chills up your spine when not singing in the communal setting (it was also a bit unsettling for my co-workers who apparently don’t appreciate my singing).
We were introduced to a coterie of visiting guests and Rotarians. As for the health of the Club, Diane Sanborn reported that Melanie Dart’s husband’s hip replacement went well. Apparently he wasn’t very hip before, but now he’s on the road to recovery and should be a real hipster or hippie in no time.
Vicki Hamilton, our best ever January birthday chair was proud to report that only one January Birthtarian quit during her month. To date $500 has been received with 52% participation but that number should increase as there were a number of “check is in the mail responses” and the person who checks the mail has been in warmer climes. Vicki’s birthday question was about how Rotarians shifted their priorities or pastimes during the Pandemic. Rochelle Neal has been cooking and playing euchre (which Vicki thought was a root vegetable!); Rich Shaberg spent the time being thankful for money saved on lost travel opportunities; Nancy Eyde zoned out on Netflix (which she calls cotton candy for the brain); Beryl Schwartz (trigger warning, this next line contains graphic images that will be hard to forget), spent a lot of time taking baths and working from his tub using a $40 bath tub tray as his new remote office; Janet Lilly’s response was “family, family, family”; Chris Holman spent too much time with...Chris Holman. Which he described as uncomfortable, then awkward, then bored, followed by global apologies to all who have spent time with...Chris Holman. Gabrielle Haskins’ response was basically that life as we knew it has changed, but ended with we made it so far, let’s just take care of each other.
Curt Sonnenberg reported on recent awards by our Foundation’s International grant committee: $35,000 was distributed with 9 of 12 applications funded. Project funding requests are submitted by members of our Club and then the International grant committee uses software (slideroom) to evaluate and decide which requests should be funded. The Foundation is increasing the reporting obligations of grant recipients to verify application of grant funds to the grant purposes. Our web page currently has two examples featured but the plan is to showcase other international projects we’ve funded to demonstrate how Rotarians are People of Action.
A big shout out to Rotarians in the news: Vicki Hamilton-Allen for publishing a children’s book and Trey Williams on becoming President of Maner Costerisan.
Melody Warcheza introduced us to our speaker of the Day, the Hon. Brock Swartzle. Judge Swartzle serves on the Michigan Court of Appeals. He was an also ran this past election cycle for a seat on the Michigan Supreme Court. In running his campaign, he wanted it to be civil, so he gave opponents a courtesy call to let them know he was running. He reminisced about United States Supreme Court Justice Scalia, and that he (Swartzle) believes it is ok for judges to hold strong beliefs about the law and about the cases in front of them, and that judges shouldn’t be wishy washy, but should make the decision based on the law and facts before them. He explained that cases before the Court of Appeals are decided by a three judge panel, that the panels are randomly assigned to particular cases, but that you serve on the same panel for a year at a time. Judge Swartzle also talked about partisan vs. non-partisan judicial elections. He then opened it up for questions for a full 25 minutes which the lawyers in the audience took full advantage of. When we got to the end of our time, President Julie graciously thanked the speaker and sent us on our merry, end of January ways.
Kevin V.B. Schumacher's email is: 
Feb 05, 2021
"Renewable Energy in Michigan"
Feb 12, 2021
"Big Astronomy: A Project Showcasing Careers in Astronomy and Observatories in Chile"
Feb 19, 2021
"Diversity Equity Inclusion"
Feb 26, 2021
"Truth, Justice and Reconciliation: What does the U.S. Have to Learn from the Rest of the World"
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
February Birthday Chair
Sheehan, Justin
Sanborn, Diane
Swope, Chris
Chair of the Month
Umakanthan, Uma
Chair of the Day
Guter, Kurt J.
Gillespie, Orlando