Next Meeting:
When:Friday,  January 11, 2019
Where:Lansing Center, Second Floor
Speaker:William Cosby & Todd Gute
Time: Noon
Chair of the Day:Lesa Smith
Remembrance:Diane Sanborn
Chair of the Month:Lesa Smith
Invocator:Rocco Rucinski
Greeter:Barb Whitney
Editarian:Julie Pingston
Biography for Edythe Copeland
Current Focus:
Edythe (Edee) Copeland is the Chief Executive Officer of Capital Area Michigan Works!, one of 16 Michigan Works! agencies throughout the state. Capital Area Michigan Works! administers federally and state funded dollars to assist employers in the recruitment, training and assessment of employees and to provide workforce development and talent investment services for the general public in Ingham, Eaton and Clinton counties through programs, classes and its One-Stop Centers in Lansing, Charlotte and St. Johns, Michigan. Capital Area Michigan Works! is recognized locally, statewide, and nationally as a model workforce development and talent investment agency.
Capital Area Michigan Works! is focused on talent development in the tri-county region and filling the talent needs of its employers. While much of the talent discussion centers around post-secondary talent, Copeland believes K-12 education must be included in the conversation. Copeland writes a weekly column for the Lansing State Journal discussing topics surrounding talent for both businesses and job seekers and also is a monthly guest on the Michigan Business Radio Network.
Professional Background:
Copeland began her career operating employment and training programs for at-risk youth in the Flint Community Schools in Flint, Michigan. She worked in numerous positions including secretary, records officer and project facilitator, retiring from the district in August 1996. She joined Capital Area Michigan Works! in October 1997 as a planning specialist. In June 2000, she was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Copeland provided oversight for all workforce programs and was instrumental in obtaining several U.S. Department of Labor grants including a $1.08 million YouthBuild grant and a $4.4 million H1-B Capital Area Tech Knowledge E-Pathways IT grant. In July 2012, she was promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer, and in November 2013 she became Chief Executive Officer. She is the first African American and female to lead the organization.
Copeland is past president of the Great Lakes Employment & Training Association (Midwestern region GLETA). She has been reelected as a board member for the Lansing Economic Area Partnership, or LEAP, serving on its executive committee as vice-chair. She also serves as the vice president of the Michigan Works! Association Directors’ Council and treasurer to the Michigan Works! Association’s board of directors.
Personal Background:
Copeland has an associate’s degree in executive secretarial studies from Baker College of Flint, a bachelor’s degree in office administration from Eastern Michigan University, and a master’s degree in central office administration from Eastern Michigan University.
Save the Date for Rotary Cheer!
Plan to start January off with fun and fellowship with Lansing Rotarians!  The Club will be hosting a social reception for Rotarians and a guest on Wednesday, January 23 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in the Red Cedar Room.  Please RSVP to Cathy if you're able to join in the camaraderie with fellow Rotarians.
Rick Foster's Memorial Service
Rick Foster, aged 84, died September 25, 2018, at his daughter's home in Dexter, MI.  He had been living with his daughter, Martha and her husband, John, for the past three years, since the death of his wife Gretchen.  Rick was an attorney in the law firm of Foster, Swift, Collins and Coey.  he worked there for over 20 years alongside his father, Dick.  The  firm was originally founded by his grandfather, Walter Foster.  Following his work at Foster, Swift, Rick founded the consulting firm BanConsult, Inc., serving community banks and bank holding companies throughout the mid-west in mergers and acquisitions.
Rick and his wife were very involved in the community including supporting the Williamston Theater and Wharton Center.  He served on the Meridian Township Planning Committee for several years.  He was an avid reader, history buff, wood chopper and cook.
He married Gretchen in Smokerise, New Jersey, on June 15, 1957.  Gretchen preceded him in death in 2015.  He is survived by his son, Robert Foster and wife Ann Jaquith of Menlo Park, CA  and his daughter Martha Davis.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw Street, Lansing.  Reception following at Dusty's Cellar, 1839 W. Grand River, Okemos, MI.
Jan 11, 2019
Direction of Senior Living Communities Across the US, Michigan and the Tri-County Region
Jan 18, 2019
Overview of the Lugnuts Baseball & Ignite Soccer Teams at the Lansing Center
Jan 25, 2019
Capital Area United Way mtg @ LCC West Campus
Feb 01, 2019
Creative State Michigan @ Lansing Center
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156