Virtual Meeting April 3, 2020
THE PLAN. Because of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the Governor’s Executive Order of March 23, 2020, all of our lives have changed. Nevertheless, Lansing Rotary intends to carry on and doing so in a very big way. With the assistance of modern technology we are going to give virtual meetings a try starting this Friday. The meeting will be hosted by President Pat and take place using Zoom.
WHAT IS ZOOM? Zoom Video Communications is a remote conferencing service which provides a remote conferencing service that combines video conferencing, online meetings, chat, and mobile collaboration. It’s a program for your computer.
HOW DO YOU GET ZOOM AND WHAT DOES IT COST? You don’t need to download anything and it costs you nothing to participate. You will receive an invitation from President Pat by email that gives you the time of the meeting. When that time arrives you simply click on the link in the email and it will take you to the meeting. You will be asked a couple of questions with clear prompts and after responding you will be added to the meeting and see everyone participating.
WHAT IF I DON’T HAVE COMPUTER ACCESS? If you don’t have video capability on your computer or device, there will be a telephone number by which you can call into the meeting and participate orally.
 I AM TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGED. CAN I REALLY DO THIS? Absolutely you can. President Pat started using Zoom last week and within literally minutes was participating in a Zoom meeting with other Rotarians doing Rotary business. As they say, “Try it, you’ll like it!” Besides, what do you have to lose? If it doesn’t work just turn off the damn computer. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
WHEN DOES THE MEETING START? Here is the schedule:
1. At 12:15 pm the Zoom room will be available for those that want to log on early and just see what things look like.
2. At 12:30 pm we will have a tutorial for 10 minutes to show how this works.
3. At 12:40 pm we will start the meeting much like our normal in person meeting. We will even have “Special Music”.
4. At 12:57 pm we will introduce our speaker.
5. Speaker starts at 1:00 pm.
WHO IS THE SPEAKER AND WHAT IS THE TOPIC? The speaker for our next virtual meeting will be advised soon.
FOLLOW UP. Later this week you will get a meeting invitation which will include a live link that gets you into the online meeting. You will also get an email with more details on how to use Zoom.
Grant Applications - Now Open
The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for 2020 Local Grant Funding are now being accepted. Grant applications are due by Tuesday, March 31 by midnightMore information about the grant process and a link to the on-line application can be found at the Rotary Club of Lansing’s website under the “Foundation” tab or Click Here.  All applications MUST be submitted through the on-line system.
Editarian Report
Our Editarian Chair, Kevin V. B. Schumacher has created a report to beat all others, even if it is only in his imagination!
On the eve of the apocalypse, our gathering was non-traditional to say the least. Calling this group together without the promise of Lansing Center cookies is like herding cats. In the absence of an actual meeting, I pulled an Al Haig, and started my own meeting on FB, reprising my singing of My Way last June, which met with very mixed reviews. A 50 year friend commented, “I thought it would never end.” A current client commented, “Go Home”, but that was before I explained we weren’t actually meeting. Then he commented, “Go Home (exclamation point, nasty emoji). Another friend called me and said it was so nice of me to sing at a senior center Note to self, leave special music to the professionals.  Go to:  to see the performance.
In the absence of real Rotarians, I made up my fantasy Rotary team for this week’s meeting. President Duane, The Rock, Johnson sauntered into the room, just a few minutes late and called the meeting to order. He was packing his own heat. He didn’t do any announcements, gave no speech, he just stood there for a smoldering moment of self reflection (Jumanji, 2017). Janis Joplin then gave the invocation, singing Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz and all was right with my world until Jeff Crippen jumped up and launched into a commercial for Chevy. President Duane tossed Crippen aside. Jack Nicholson gave us the health of the club. “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” (Bucket List, 2007).
Introducing our speaker of the day was Samuel Langhorn Clements, known to me as Josh, but to the rest of you as Mark Twain. A grand orator in his own right, Twain introduced our travelogue speaker of the day, Yoop Erx, who entertained us with tales of his 1964 excursion to Alaska.. It was Easter, 1964, and an unsuspecting Alaska wasn’t prepared for the onslaught about to beset it. I’m not talking about the historic earthquake, no far from it. Yoop Erx’s family spent the weekend planning a camping visit to the new state to see what it looked like after an earthquake. Thirty days on the road eating pancakes for breakfast and egg salad sandwiches for lunch and Dinty Moore Stew for Dinner, all cooked over a Coleman. In all there were Vince & Dee and their 5 kids, Gene & Henrietta & their 7 kids plus grandpa Nob and grandma Nel, all packed into a Rambler and customized Ford Van. Customized in the fact that the seats were removed and replaced with an 8' bathtub, cut in half but with legs on it to serve as seating for the kids. For 1200 Miles on the AlCan Highway the family spent the nights setting up camp and patching tires around the fire. The return trip featured a passage on cruise ship in which the family was quarantined on the lower decks (only the cheap parents were allowed on the upper deck in search of liquid courage to face their brooding hoard below). Yoop Erx shared over 250 pictures taken by Vince, almost all of which featured vast expanses of God knows where wildnerness with nary a sight of any family members. Yoop Erx concluded his speech in true Ned Legg fashion with a promise to return with the rest of the story.
President The Rock concluded the meeting with another smoldering hot look towards the audience and we knew not to ask any questions about 4 way tests or coins. Next week’s meeting promises to be another barn burner as Yoop Erx will tell about the family visit to Monticello and how they cooked a snake they ran over in the Smokeys.
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
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