Zoom Meeting May 14, 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.
TOPIC:  "Haslett High School Choral Program - Hurdles of a Choral Program in a Pandemic"
CHAIR OF THE MONTH:   John Dale Smith 
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.
Rocco's Taste of Italy
Join fellow Rotarians on Wednesday, May 12 at 5:00 p.m. via Zoom for a fun social event that raises money for the Lansing Rotary Foundation! This event is the first of what is envisioned as a series of cooking demonstrations taught by Rocco Rucinski and hosted by his better half, Sheri Jones. We will have the opportunity to prepare three authentic Italian appetizers in the comfort of our own kitchens for the first class in the series. For those of us who do not cook, don’t worry. Sheri and Rocco will share stories about their trips to Italy and tell us about the family members who helped inspire the dishes being made: stuffed mushrooms, caprese salad, and prosciutto with melon. John Person will be suggesting wine parings to compliment the menu for those of us who like a glass or two of good vino at the end of the day.
To receive the zoom link, the list of ingredients you will need to have on hand to cook along, and the wine list please RSVP to Rebecca Bahar-Cook by sending a donation by check (suggestion - $20) made out to the Lansing Rotary Foundation and mail to her at 525 Westmoreland Avenue, Lansing, MI  48915 no later than May 5th.  Rocco and Sheri are sponsoring this event for the benefit of our Foundation and all the details are being handled by a volunteer committee. If you have questions please contact Anna Martiny at or Rebecca at We look forward to having you join us.
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, May 7, 2021
New Members Proposed

The following proposed members have emailed their applications to the office.  If anyone has a comment on these proposed members please forward it in writing within ten days to the Rotary office, before approval by the board of directors.  Thank you,

  • Jennifer Rostar, District Director of Junior Achievement of Mid Michigan, sponsored by Casey Jacobsen
  • Brenda Geoghegan, Senior Private Banker at Huntington Bank, sponsored by Sue Hansen
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:
Editarian Report for April 30, 2021
President Julie Pingston pulled everyone in from their small group conversations and called the meeting to order. The invocation was a thoughtful reflection on the 4-way test provided by Orlando Gillespie and the patriotic song was the National Anthem performed by the U.S. Army Chorus.
President Pingston welcomed Nathan Triplett, as well as Jennifer Rostar - who just turned in her membership application and is a guest of Casey Jacobsen. Tim Schmitt was welcomed as a guest of Camron Gnass and is returning to the area from serving as the Community Development Director in Howell to work in Meridian Township. Diane Sanborn shared that Craig Stiles family has grown with the slightly early birth of a little baby girl named Josephine; Mom stayed in the hospital due to COVID issues.  (Update:  Stephanie is at home and doing well and Josephine is still hospitalized). Rocco Rucinski was absent, so his April birthday report will come next week.. He’s probably grocery shopping for the “Taste of Italy” member social/fundraiser coming up on May 12 @ 5pm – stay tuned for more info about that. In other charitable news, Jenn Dubey gave a Paul Harris campaign update – we’re at 30%; it’s not too late to fulfil your personal commitment and help make a difference across the globe. Give at or mail check payable to Rotary International Foundation, to Rotary Club of Lansing, PO Box 13156, Lansing, MI 48901.
Uma Umakanth was recognized as a Rotarian doing great things for his role in promoting and providing STEM opportunities for youth throughout our community. Uma gave a brief overview of “STEM on Sidewalks”, a way to bring STEAM out into the open with science exhibits and displays in parks and on sidewalks, made with low-cost materials and high-quality inspiration. Visit for details.
Thanks to our Chair of the Month, Heidi McNaughton, who provided the introduction of Chris Buck, Senior Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer of Martin Commercial Properties, Inc., to present “Commercial Real Estate Navigates the Pandemic – an unclear future”. Martin, led by Van Martin, has been family owned and operated since 1962, offering brokerage services, property management, property development, investment properties and corporate services. Download fun reports they compile at Key takeaways from Chris: The industrial market is the most resilient of all CRE Markets. Construction costs are high. Retail had a lot of available space prior to COVID; 16.4% average vacancy at end of 2020, especially in shopping malls. Bankruptcies in the first 8 months of 2020 nearly exceeded that in all of 2010 following the Global Financial Crisis. Lansing Mall has a new owner. The city of East Lansing is growing like crazy with development. Pat Gillespie is working to redevelop the SEARS property in Frandor. Delta Crossings is being developed in Lansing, just west of 96. The Office Market has taken a hard hit with companies downsizing and shifting to WFM for many of their employees/teams. The suburban market is slated to return more quickly than urban office markets; many of these are in lease arrangements so time will tell true impact. Current vacancy stats are worse than after the recession; there will be continued churn – shifting of people from existing space to different space that better fits their needs. 55% of leases were renewed. WFM is changing what people expect from their office; safety, belonging, productivity, comfort and control are key. Lastly: the market will drive the recovery process, Lansing has a rich history of collaboration, time will tell how and when we recover from this pandemic. Keep in touch with this continued dialog via their BLOG at, at or
A robust Q & A ensued. President Pingston noted in lieu of a speaker’s gift, we give in celebration of our speakers to support 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, May7, 2021, for a much-anticipated “NEW MEMBER PRESENTATION”; don’t miss this chance to get to know our newest Rotary Family members!
Michelle Reynaert's email is: 
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
May Birthday Chair
Hall, Carmen
Sanborn, Diane
Miklavcic, Pam
Chair of the Month
Smith, John Dale
Chair of the Day
Smith, John Dale