Vol. 107, No. 36, March 7, 2023

Next Meeting:

When:  Friday, March 17, 2023
Where:  Lansing Community College, Michigan Room
Address:   600 North Grand Avenue, Park in Gannon Ramp
Speaker:  Holli Seabury, Executive Director Delta Dental Foundation Chair
Topic:  "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Delta Dental"
Chair of the Day:   Michelle Reynaert
Microphone:   Rich Howard
Reflection:  Andi Earl
Chair of the Month:  Kim Garland
Editarian:  Julie Pingston
Greeter:    Barb Whitney
Biography for Danielle Robinson 
With more than 15 years’ experience in corporate philanthropy, Danielle Robinson inspires generosity and community involvement at Jackson National Life Insurance Company (Jackson).
Danielle looks after the company's corporate giving programs and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting. She also volunteers on the Habitat for Humanity Capital Region Board of Directors and with many other community causes including Ele's Place, the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing and St. John Music Ministry.
Danielle holds a bachelor's degree in communications and specialization in public relations from Michigan State University. Danielle and her husband, Ryan, reside in downtown Lansing and are both Michigan natives.
Biography for Kirstyn Waldron
Kirstyn Waldron has a passion for giving back and helping those in need. In her role as Corporate Philanthropy Manager at Jackson®, she leads the employee volunteer program, Jackson in Action, and directs corporate contributions within the Lansing community. Kirstyn volunteers her time by serving on the Communities in Schools of Michigan Board of Directors, the Child and Family Charities Be the Light committee, Big Brothers Big Sisters Miles for Mentorship committee and the Ele’s Race committee. Kirstyn is Founder of one of Jackson’s employee resource groups, Jackson Young Professionals and is a Leadership Lansing Alumni. Additionally, she is a 2021 recipient of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 10 Over the Next Ten award. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in public relations from Michigan State University.
Don Colizzi's Birthday 
Don Colizzi will be 85 on his birthday this month, March 20th.  I am sure he would appreciate cards and well wishes now that he is home from the hospital waiting for treatment on his brain tumor.  Thank you so much for your help, Don will love it!
Don Colizzi
1580 S. Stewart Road
Charlotte, MI  48813
March Birthdays
Virginia AllenMarch 02
Lynn KovalikMarch 21
Don ColizziMarch 20
Monique Field-FosterMarch 13
Joseph GarciaMarch 31
Sarah GarciaMarch 23
Kimberly GarlandMarch 08
Joel J. HoffmanMarch 31
Robert HoffmanMarch 08
Hari KernMarch 14
Matthew McGaugheyMarch 26
Kevin V. B. SchumacherMarch 03
Jay H. SmithMarch 22
Barb WhitneyMarch 07
Trey WilliamsMarch 08
Dan WyantMarch 20
Local Grant Applications
The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation will be open for Local Grant applications from Monday, March 13 to Friday, April 7 at 5 pm. Local Grants up to $10,000 each with a total of $50,000 Grant dollars available for funding and meet the following criteria:
Make a significant, positive difference in the Lansing community
- Projects serving residents of Ingram, Clinton and Eaton counties,
- Projects serving an underserved or disadvantaged population,
- Projects enhancing cultural, recreational or economic elements of the community
- Projects demonstrating a unique or emerging need that is unmet by another organization
Editarian Report for March 3, 2023
We started as usual with Courtney Millbrook calling us to order and the recitation of the 4 way test. I must say, when listening on Zoom, this sounds like an ominous late 9th century Gregorian chant. Brenda Geoghan gave a from the heart reflection with a beautiful reflection on her mother Miako, summer Buddhist Camp experience, and a thousand steps. We then sang the Star Spangled Banner accompanied by wonderful piano work (I would give credit, but couldn’t see from Zoom who was playing).
We had a bevy of guests in attendance. Health of the club included Don Colizzi’s brain tumor and Helen Mickens’ recent fall updates. No calls please, but I assume cards and good healing vibes are always welcome. Red badges for new members were handed out to Sarah Kingsley and Justin Stojsih. Welcome to the Club! Parker Sessa nailed it with the February Birthday, hitting 100% participation in birthday contributions for the second month in a row! It is “game on” for March birthtarians! Parker’s question was to reflect on best Valentine’s Day memories. Uma wrote his name in the snow for Suseela. Craig Stiles said I have 10 kids, we’re way past date night memories here (I’m just kidding, I don’t know what Craig said).
Sandy Dragoo introduced our first Foundation Grant Recipient speaker, Jennifer from Gardner Magnet Schools in Lansing. Our foundation gave $10,000 to Gardner which employed the funds for swimming safety experiences for their students. Everything from noodles and life preservers to a platform for safe entry into the water was acquired with the grant funds. Our second speaker was Amanda Sherlip and she zoomed in to present for Hands Across the Sea. Hands Across the Sea focuses on literacy in the West Indies, providing not only books, but curriculum and infrastructure support to promote literacy. Our club partnered with two other Rotary clubs to support literacy initiatives at the Stanley Odlum school in St. Lucia. You can learn more about Hands Across the Sea here. https://handsacrossthesea.org/
Special music today was Dr. J ( Jonathan TenBrinke) from LCC. His first song was a Bach Christmas Oratory. Yeah, I know, were a few months early for Christmas in July, but this was pretty cool. Definitely Bach. His second song, I couldn’t tell you the name of it for love nor money, but it was all emo from start to finish.
Our speaker of the day was Laura Appel, introduced by Anne Cauley. She filled us in with the challenges facing health care state wide. Michigan has approximately 208,000 total jobs in health care and right now, there are more than 30,000 open positions, including 8,500 for nurses alone. That’s right, more than 10% of the total health care job market needs to be filled! The Michigan Health and Hospital Association represents 162 facilities, 135 of which are hospitals. Regrettably I can’t give you more details than that because I lost my zoom connection in the Copper Country. If you’re interested, I made a short Yooper video version of this report to make up for my shortcomings which you can access here. https://youtu.be/eGldvM4x1P4
Kevin Schumacher's email is:  schumacher@glassenrhead.com 
Slides from March 3rd Program 
Below are images from Laura Appel's March 3rd presentation on "Michigan's Talent Gap and the Health Care Sector".
Download Files
PDF Presentation from March 3rd
Mar 17, 2023
Delta Dental Foundation
Mar 24, 2023
MSU Soccer
Apr 14, 2023
Apr 21, 2023
View entire list
Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
Chair of the Month
Garland, Kimberly
Draggoo, Sandy
Adams, Timothy
Howard, Rich
Chair of the Day
Garcia, Joseph
McNaughton, Heidi