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Next Meeting:
When:Friday, November 5, 2021
Where:The Lansing Center, First Floor, Hall B
Speakers:Paula Cunningham, Teresa Kmetz, Pam Miklavcic & Carmen Turner
Topic: "Non Profit Leadership"
Invocator: Vicki Hamilton-Allen
Editarian: Meghan Martin 
Chair of the Day & Month:Rich Howard
 
Biography for Paula Cunningham 
Paula D. Cunningham is the State Director for AARP Michigan which has more than 1.4 million members. AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, social welfare organization with a membership of nearly 38 million. They work to lead positive change and deliver value to all people 50+.
 
Prior to joining AARP Michigan, Paula D. Cunningham was the CEO of Capitol National Bank (CNB). CNB has been in the community for more than 32 years. She was the only African American woman in the country to be president of a majority owned bank.
 
Prior to joining Capitol National Bank Ms. Cunningham was the first woman to be President of Lansing Community College. Lansing Community College has more than 30,000 students and is the State’s 3rd largest community college. As President of Lansing Community College, she successfully led a community millage campaign to generate an additional $9 million for the institution into perpetuity. Under her leadership, the college implemented a strategic planning process that resulted in five new buildings. The main building on the LCC campus was officially named the Paula D. Cunningham Administration Building in 2006. This is the only building named after a woman in downtown Lansing.
 
Paula has received numerous awards and recognition throughout her career, including the 2016 Michigan Black Caucus Trailblazer Award, being inducted in to the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame, a former recipient of the prestigious Athena Award, featured in Ebony Magazine as a “Woman on the Move” and featured in Bridge Magazine as a woman who “Breaks Barriers”, as well as other featured articles. Paula serves on numerous boards including, but not limited to Davenport University, McLaren Health Systems – Lansing, and she was the first African American female to Chair the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Board.
Biography for Teresa Kmetz
As the current president and CEO of Capital Area United Way, Teresa has led the staff team and managed organizational resources since 2008. She joined the organization in 2001 and previously served as chief operating officer and a member of the campaign team. Teresa believes that community relationships and collaborations with networks of diverse constituencies create the platform for community change. Teresa’s professional ambition stems from implementing strategies that improve conditions for families and households in Clinton, Eaton and Ingham counties. Transparency and accountability drives her leadership style and creates operational and fiscal integrity.
 
She holds a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit administration from Western Michigan University and a bachelor of arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a concentration in developmental psychology and gerontological sociology from Purdue University. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of Lansing and in her spare time Teresa enjoys traveling, especially to Disney, running, reading and spending time with her husband John and their adult kids, John Alex and Kaitlin, and the family’s dog.
Biography for Pam Miklavcic
Originally from Massachusetts, Pam graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1983. Prior to The Davies Project, she performed auditory physiology research in Boston, served as a freshwater inland fisheries extension agent for the Peace Corps in Togo, West Africa, and worked as a project manager for Catholic Relief Services in Benin, West Africa.
 
Pam moved to East Lansing in the early 90’s where she completed her MS and PhD in agricultural economics. This is where she met her husband, Milan, a math professor at MSU. They were married in 1994 and have four children.
 
When Pam’s oldest was three, he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Throughout Peter’s 3+ years of chemotherapy, Pam saw how hard it is for those struggling socioeconomically to manage the non-medical aspects of their children’s care. This led to a complete career reboot with Pam first joining the MSU Children’s Health Initiative as associate director, then founding, in 2014, The Davies Project for Mid-Michigan Children.
 
The Davies Project provides free rides to all kinds of medical care for children who are seriously ill, to prenatal care for expecting women, and to the Sparrow NICU for parents of hospitalized infants. It is the first of its kind in the country. With the tagline of MORE THAN JUST A RIDE, this agency’s volunteer-provided rides bring much solace and a sense of belonging to families who rely upon it. Every aspect of The Davies Project is geared towards helping every child be as healthy as possible while breaking through the significant isolation Lansing area families experience when caring for a seriously ill child
Biography for Carmen Turner
Carmen Y. Turner is the President of the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing located in Lansing.  Named President/Chief Professional Officer in July 2001, she oversees the daily operations of the Club.
 
Carmen was born in Rome, Georgia.  She and her family moved to Detroit when she was four years old.  Carmen lived in Detroit until 1982 when she was accepted at Michigan State University.  Carmen graduated with a B.A. from MSU where she majored in Marketing/Communications.
 
After graduation, Carmen returned to Detroit to take a position in corporate America at NBD Bank (now Chase Bank) in their Management Training Program.  She continued at NBD for seven years and through hard work, was promoted to Branch Manager for the Wayne State University office.  There she became involved in the Junior Achievement Program and other youth oriented programs in the community.
 
After leaving NBD, she began working at Aurora Mental Health Hospital in Detroit where her focus was working with mentally challenged youth.  After two years of inpatient care, she was then promoted to coordinating a partial day outpatient program for youth ages 16 to 21.  Carmen worked with the program for ten years before deciding to return to Lansing to accept the position at the Boys & Girls Club on July 21, 2001.
 
Carmen has two beautiful daughters one who has graduated from Notre Dame and the other from Harvard. 
 
 
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International Committee Project Proposals

ImageIf you have an international project that you would like to have considered for the 2021-2022 fiscal year, then submit your proposal thru SlideRoom, the link is now active CLICK HERE

The application deadline will be November 8, 2021.

https://rotarycluboflansingfoundation.slideroom.com/#/permalink/program/63845

Annual Holiday Party 
Rotarians, the Annual Holiday Appeal is upon us! The money donated will help fund the 98th Annual Holiday Party for the special needs children of Gardner Elementary. While the anticipated donation is $100/each, no donation is too large or too small. It is hoped that the club will have 100% participation! Donations may be made by check, credit card or online. Make your donation today and help make the children’s holiday a happy one!  CLICK HERE
November Birthdays
Adams, TimothyNov 03
Cherf, FrankNov 15
Gough, JeremyNov 30
Lezotte, BarbaraNov 25
Martin, MeghanNov 11
Pence, JohnNov 11
Person, JohnNov 20
Phillips, JamesNov 19
Scheibel, JeffNov 17
Seely, RonNov 27
Warzecha, MelodyNov 28
  
Editarian Report for October 29, 2021
President Sue called our meeting to order and at an atypical 12:35. She got things moving quickly though and soon Nicole Baumer was delivering our invocation, which focused on being thankful, which was followed by “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, accompanied by Stephanie Gewirtz on piano.
 
Kim Garland handled the microphone for the introduction of guests and then found Diane Sanborn, who was dressed as a witch for Halloween to learn that the health of our club is good.
 
President Sue introduced Cathy Zell for her new member presentation. Sponsored by Courtney Millbrook and Lisa Smith, Cathy shared details about her family, education, career, community involvement and interests. She has quite a varied background and I’m sure she would enjoy telling you more about her journey from teaching to fund raising.
 
Capping off our month-long dive into all that Lansing Community College has to offer, our special music featured siblings Stephanie and Jonathon Gewirtz introduced by Ken Beachler. Jon plays saxophone and teaches at LCC. Stephanie plays for various shows in the community and is currently the music minister at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lansing. After playing composition by Von Wertz, the two concluded with Carnival of Venice by Paganini. I’m sure I wasn’t the only one who recognized the variation of “My Hat, It Has Three Corners”.
 
Dean Sienko represented Rotarians who celebrated October birthdays. His question explored what superpowers these Rotarians would like to have. Several wanted to be able to fly, while Darwin Brewster claimed he already possessed the power to always select the slowest line anywhere there is one! Terry Terry would like the power to see things as they really are, and Cathy Andrews would like the power of healing. The group boasted 76% participation with $1500 raised for our foundation.
 
President Sue announced that the Membership and Retention Committee will meet following our November 5th meeting. Anyone who is interested in being part of this committee is encouraged to attend.
 
Before turning the podium over for the day’s program, President Sue thanked Cathy Zell and Steve Robinson for a solid month of programs that highlighted Lansing Community College. Steve introduced Chief Daryl Gaines, Chief of Police for LCC, by quickly reviewing his background and commenting that he has already had an incredible impact even though he has only been Chief for 5 months.
 
Chief Gaines gave us a glimpse into the events that led him to law enforcement. He grew up in New Jersey, outside of New York City. Police in New Jersey did not have a good reputation, particularly in the black community. Consequently, he had no dream to become a police officer. On two different occasions, he found himself surrounded by a large police presence, thrown on the ground and handcuffed, even though he bore no resemblance to a suspect or was guilty of nothing more than being black in a neighborhood that was not familiar to him.
 
These events led him to a decision to try to change policing by becoming an officer. During this time, he was beginning to date the woman who was to become his wife. In an early conversation exploring what they each wanted from life, she stated that she would never marry a police officer. In spite of that statement, he won her over. They married in 2000 and he joined the Baltimore Police Academy in 2001.
 
Chief Gaines was promoted to Sergeant in 2008 and knew that there was a lot of policing going on that should not have been. The community was being mistreated and the situation came to a head in 2015 after the death of Freddie Gray. The riots that followed were the result of a police force that was not mindful of the communities that it served. The opportunity for Chief Gaines to effect change didn’t come for several more years, when he was promoted to Major, a rank he held for 3 years until his retirement.
 
Chief Gaines believes that the best place to start change is with the younger generation. He wanted the opportunity to run his own department and train younger officers. His wife is from Flint, so when the position at LCC surfaced, he welcomed the opportunity.
 
At LCC, Chief Gaines is focusing on diversity and transparency. To provide transparency, the department has begun issuing a Stop Receipt after every contact. A responding officer gives a Stop Receipt to any individual with whom the officer has official contact. Stop Receipts are actual, physical pieces of paper containing all the relevant information resulting from a person's interactions with LCC police: time, date, location, officer name and service number, reason for interaction, race, gender, and the result of the interaction. Other information pertaining to force or other aspects of police intervention will also be chronicled on Stop Receipts.
 
Diversity efforts are focusing on identifying individuals who would like to become officers and providing sponsorship to the Police Academy. There is also work underway to create a dashboard for data collection and analysis.
 
The department’s goal for 2022 is to become an accredited police department. This accreditation will legitimize the department and focuses on policies and practices.
 
With no time for questions, President Sue thanked Chief Gaines for speaking to us and explained that we will make a donation to our foundation in his name in lieu of a speaker’s gift.
 
On November 5th, we will be back at the Lansing Center for a panel around non-profit leadership, featuring Paula Cunningham, Teresa Kmetz, Pam Miklavcic and Carmen Turner. Rich Howard will be our Chair of the Month for November.
 
President Sue adjourned the meeting on time.
 
Linda Lynch's email is:  linda.j.lynch@gmail.com 
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
November Birthday Chair
Person, John
 
Remembrance
Sanborn, Diane
 
Editarian
Martin, Meghan
 
Chair of the Month
Howard, Rich
 
Chair of the Day
Howard, Rich
 
Invocator
Hamilton-Allen, Vicki