Zoom Meeting March 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.
SPEAKER:   Valerie Marvin, Historian and Curator of the Michigan State Capitol
TOPIC:  "A Woman's Place is Under the Dome"
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 Eric Hemenway
Eric Hemenway is an Anishnaabe/Odawa from Cross Village, Michigan. He is the Director of Repatriation, Archives and Records for the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indian, a federally recognized tribe in northern Michigan. Eric works to collect and preserve historical information for LTBB Odawa.
That information is used to support the LTBB government and create educational materials on Odawa history, such as: exhibits, signage, publications, presentations, curriculums and media. Eric has worked on numerous repatriations of native, human remains under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).
He is a former member of the NAGPRA Review Committee and currently sits on boards for the Michigan Historical Commission, Michigan Historical Society, Michigan Humanities Council and Little Traverse Conservancy.
Rotary International DEI Statement
A top priority for Rotary is growing and diversifying our membership to make sure we reflect the communities we serve and are inclusive of all cultures, experiences, and identities.
We're creating an organization that is more open and inclusive, fair to all, builds goodwill, and benefits our communities.
To help us achieve our goal, the RI Board of Directors passed a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) statement:
As a global network that strives to build a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change, Rotary values diversity and celebrates the contributions of people of all backgrounds, regardless of their age, ethnicity, race, color, abilities, religion, socioeconomic status, culture, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Rotary will cultivate a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in which people from underrepresented groups have greater opportunities to participate as members and leaders.
Omission on the Holiday List
Our Foundation President, Donna Gardner was mistakenly left off of our list last week in the Rotogram.  Please know that Donna's donation was the first to be received.  Thank you!
Rotary Breakfast Meeting 
Dick Ammons, Darwin Brewster, Jim Dexter, Ron Horowitz, Rick Schuon and Ron Seely attending their first breakfast meeting!  Sure miss all of you!
March Birthdays
Virginia AllenMarch 02
Lynn BrenckleMarch 21
Don ColizziMarch 20
Mitchell CookMarch 02
Monique Field-FosterMarch 13
Joseph GarciaMarch 31
Sarah GarciaMarch 23
Kimberly GarlandMarch 08
Joel J. HoffmanMarch 31
Robert HoffmanMarch 08
Hari KernMarch 14
Kevin V. B. SchumacherMarch 03
Jay H. SmithMarch 22
Joseph L. WaldMarch 04
Barb WhitneyMarch 07
Trey WilliamsMarch 08
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, March 5, 2021
Editarian Report for February 26, 2021
President Julie Pingston pulled everyone in from their small group conversations and called the meeting to order. The invocation was provided by Linda Lynch and the patriotic song was America the Beautiful performed by Megan Magsarilli, Mezzo-Soprano and Gabriel Moreau, Piano from MSU School of Music.
President Pingston welcomed Hunter Sullivan from Capital City Market, who is now an official member. Katie Krick introduced three guests: Kim Barber from Globetrotter Travel, Erika Sheets with Berkshire Hathaway and Lisa Fisher, of Lisa Fisher & Associates. Diane Sanborn shared the health of the club is well. Justin Sheehan represented the February birthday Rotarians, celebrating the $800 given to-date with more to come, and shared some clever valentines crafted about the year 2020.
Special Music was introduced by Terry Terry and Kayla Green - ERIE Quintet, performing Antonín Dvořák's Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major, Op. 81 1st Movement - from their recent competition in the Wagner Chamber Music Competition at MSU. The performance is 10 minutes long and the link to view the entire performance is . They are all active performers in the community, and a few of them play regularly in the Lansing Symphony.
Thanks to our Chair of the Month, Uma Umakanth and Chair of the Day, Janet Lillie, who provided the introduction of Dr. Stephen L. Esquith, Dean of Residential College in Arts & Humanities at Michigan State University. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Princeton University, where he received his Ph.D. in politics. He served as the chair of the MSU Department of Philosophy before becoming the founding dean of RCAH. He spoke to Rotarians on the topic of “Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation: What Does the U.S. Have to Learn from the Rest of the World?”
Dr. Esquith opened by sharing that he was a Junior Rotarian long ago and is an admirer of Rotary’s mission and work internationally. He spoke about two historical kinds of justice: Retributive justice (punishing the guilty, compensating victims for their losses) and Distributive Justice, which was more focused on distributing a society’s primary goods (income, wealth, opportunities, power, etc.) fairly – which, in early conversations about justice – was based on either who you are and/or urgent needs. This evolved to become a conversation of Global Justice, focused around Human Rights Policies and Sustainable Development Goals - From WWII to the present, civil wars began to replace wars of aggression and four different responses arose (1) Human interventions and the right to protect (2) International Tribunals – focused on internal conflicts (3) Truth Commissions – similar to role played in South Africa – now more than 30 set up all over the world and (4) Permanent International Criminal Court. The Malian Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission (CVJR) is the project that Dr. Esquith is working on in Mali. More than 19,000 victim depositions in five years have occurred; public hearings for selected victims began in 2019. The illustrated story of Awa was shared and can be found here: This is one of several animations created by a group at MSU. Dr. Esquith is committed to advancing peace building and peace education projects. Many questions and challenges remain around the role of the US and the and future of the social justice conversation in the world; a one-size fits all option is not the goal.  A robust Q & A ensued.  Two questions which the speaker did not have time to respond are below:
1.  Kevin Schumacher asked, "Which countries have employed reparations (at any level) and has there been any assessment of efficacy?"
On reparations, the most complete but somewhat dated resource is The Handbook of Reparations, ed. Pablo de Greiff (Oxford UP, 2008).  This is research done by the International Center for Transitional Justice.  They have a summary on their web site that reviews work on reparations in several countries.
2.  Mark Hooper's question, "The Agricultural Economics department in MSU often has strong connections with developing countries - do they have a presence in Mali?"
Formerly the Department of Agricultural Economics and now the Department of Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics, has been working in Mali for about 30 years.  My initial work in Mali was with Prof. John Staatz who led the program there until his retirement a couple of years ago.  During my Fulbright yeaer in Mali 2005-06, I taught development ethics at the graduate program in agriculture at that rural campus about 50 km from the capitol city Bamaka.  There has been an MSU Food Security program office in Bamako that I have used as an office and that has enabled me to transfer grant funds through their accounts to pay our Malian partners on special projects.  It is not clear if that office will remain open next year, but Ag faculty and graduate students continue to work on food security projects in Mali.
President Pingston noted in lieu of a speaker’s gift, we give to a local organization through the Lansing Rotary Foundation which has, over the history of our club, supported more than $2M in needs for local organizations. The meeting adjourned promptly at 1:30pm.
NEXT WEEK: We will meet on Zoom at noon on Friday, March 5, 2021. Our speaker will be Eric Hemenway, Director of Archives & Records for the Little Traverse Bands of Odawa Indians in Harbor Springs. His topic: “Company K Sharpshooters in the Union Army, Civil War.” Our Chair of the month will be Melanie Dart.
Michelle Reynaert's email is:
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
March Birthday Chair
Whitney, Barb
Sanborn, Diane
Miklavcic, Pam
Chair of the Month
Dart, Melanie
Chair of the Day
Dart, Melanie
Munshaw, Patricia K.