Vol. 108, No. 10, September 5, 2023

Next Meeting:

 When:  September 15, 2023
 Where:  Lansing Commnity College, Michigan Room 
 Address:  600 N. Grand Avenue, Park in Gannon Ramp
 Speaker:  Lupe Izzo
 Topic:  "My Journey"
 Chair of the Day:   Sarah Garcia
 Reflection: Joe Garcia
 Microphone:   Judi Harris
 Editarian: TBA
 Greeter: Sandy Draggoo
Dr. Clyde Carnegie
Thousands of young people in Lansing were mentored, encouraged, and inspired by Rev. Dr. Clyde Carnegie, who died on May 11th surrounded by his family. Dr. Carnegie, the oldest of four children, was born on December 4, 1942 in Benton Harbor, Michigan. After graduating from Benton Harbor High School in 1961, he was accepted to Michigan State University. There he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological and Physical Sciences, a Masters degree in School Administration, and a Doctoral degree in Administration and Higher Education.
It was at Michigan State that he was initiated in Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, and met the woman who he would marry, Cynthia in 1964 and moved to Lansing in 1965.  Dr. Carnegie was an educator for 36 years.  His first job was teaching science at West Junior High School.  Later he served as an assistant principal at Dwight Rich Junior High and as principal at Walter French Junior High School.  He became the youngest principal of J.W. Sexton High School in 1980 where he worked for 22 years.
At the time of his death, he was serving on the Lansing Police Board of Commissioners.  He was a chaplain for the Lansing Police Department and The Fire Department.  He joined Lansing Rotary in 1982 and served as President in 1990-1991 and was appointed the District Governor for 6360 from 1994-1995.  A former member of the Board of Directors of The American Red Cross, WKAR, and United Way, to name a few.
He was a member for 56 years of Friendship Baptist Church, during those years he was a Deacon, Associate Minister, and finally Pastor.  His faith, belief and the word of God was paramount in his life.  He lead by example.
Surviving to cherish his memories are his wife: Cynthia; two daughters, Alexis Carnegie-Dunham (Marvin) and Sheridan Hill (Warren); and the "Magnificent Seven" he referred to as his grandchildren.
Donald Colizzi
Donald Peter Colizzi, 85, of Charlotte, MI, a patriotic story-teller, proud Italian and beloved husband, father, and grandfather, and friend, died peacefully on Sunday, June 25, 2023, surrounded by his adoring family. Don was born March 20, 1938, in Charlotte, the son of Pietro and Caterina (Capodiferro) Colizzi.
Don is survived by his wife, Elaine.; daughters, Nikki Colizzi-Corr, Monique Colizzi, Angelique Colizzi-McCrumb (Richard McCrumb, Jr); grandchildren, Curtis Colizzi, Alexander Corr, Ashley Corr, Richard Owenn McCrumb and Donald Brogan McCrumb; his brother John (Joy) Colizzi; brother-in-law, Dan Stango; many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins; and extended family in Italy, France and the U.S., as well as special friends who he considered family, Neal Christiansen and Lacey (Brumm) Johnson. He was predeceased by his parents, Pietro and Caterina; sister, Anna Marie Colizzi Stango; foster sister, Lucille LaPointe DeWitt; brother, Sam Colizzi; and sister-in-law, Marlene Colizzi.
Thank you to Sparrow Eaton Hospital, Sparrow Home Care, Mary Free Bed Rehab, Sparrow Main, Compass Health, Eaton Community Palliative Care and Hospice of Lansing for your unending compassion and care for this special and courageous man. 
Duane Vernon
The Vernon family was sad to announce that Duane Vernon passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at Sparrow Hospital.
Duane was born September 3, 1931, in Ithaca, Michigan, the only child of Wesley and Leah (Smith) Vernon. Duane was preceded in death by his parents, and first wife Virginia (Graff) Vernon in 1975. Duane is survived by his wife Judy (Kiplinger) Vernon, son Rick, his wife Marie and their sons Doug and Dean (and his wife Alyssa), daughter Nancy Olenski, and her children Erica, Ryan (and his wife Kelly), Brooke, and Matt, and daughter Mary Jo Paquette (and her daughter Sydney), stepdaughter, JoAnn (Fox) Klein, her husband Tom and their daughters Kathryn Stempky (and her husband Brad), Sarah Crandall (and her husband Logan), and Emily Klein, stepdaughter Mary Jane Fox, and stepdaughter Amy Fox, along with numerous great-grandchildren.
Duane graduated from Ithaca High School in 1949. While there, he was the Editor of the school newspaper, a proud member of the men’s cross-country team, which earned the first State Championship in Ithaca High School history, was its first tennis letter winner, and was selected to represent the school at Boys State.
Upon graduation from Michigan State in 1953, Duane married Virginia, and they spent the next three years in Fort Lee, Virginia, where Duane fulfilled his ROTC obligation, and became the Fort Lee Army base Athletic Director and Tennis coach, all while earning the rank of Second Lieutenant.
Duane then embarked on a business career that included stints with Michigan Retailers Association, and General Motors. Deciding that his heart was in Lansing, he began to work at the Lansing Credit Bureau in 1959, where he and father-in-law Walter Graff built the business from a handful of associates to nearly 80 until they sold it in 1983. Duane was the President/General Manager when it was sold, and he stayed with the credit bureau after the sale for another 30 years in various sales capacities.
Duane greatly enjoyed supporting his children’s life endeavors, acting as chief cheerleader and “believer,” always being there for them. Duane found love again in 1986, when he married Judy, his wife of 37 years.
Duane was well known however, for his love of the Lansing community and Michigan State University, where his variety of MSU athletic support earned him the nickname “Mr. MSU.”
Activities of which he was most proud were raising his three children as a widower and supporting their ventures, being instrumental in naming MSU’s ice arena “Munn Arena,” earning the Eagle Scout award at 14 years of age, founding the Michigan Parades into the 21st Century, being a member of the Sparrow Health System Board of Directors, founding and co-chairing the Coaches and Athletes for Kids program to build a separate Pediatric Emergency Room at Sparrow Hospital, achieving 57 consecutive years of perfect attendance at the Lansing Rotary Club, being a season ticket holder for MSU football and basketball games since the 1950s, and co-host of “Fans in the Stands” and “Spartan Tailgate Party” pre-game radio shows for MSU men’s basketball and football games for 20+ years.
Kenneth Beachler
Ken is best known as creator and founding Executive Director of Wharton Center for Performing Arts at Michigan State University (1981-1992). Under Ken's leadership and guidance, Wharton Center thrived and became the centerpiece of the local arts community. Ken's unwavering love and commitment to MSU, Wharton Center and the arts were endless. His special brand of eloquence graced theatre stages in numerous capacities as Ken remained active in the area arts programs throughout his entire life.
Ken was born October 11, 1935 in Battle Creek to Rollie and Kathryn (Eitelbus) Ochsenbein. His parents divorced when his father returned from service with the U.S. Navy in 1945. Five years later; Kathryn met and married Hugh Beachler. Together, they adopted Ken and his younger brother, Fred. Back then, he was known as Clark and is still affectionately known as "Uncle Clark" to his family.
Ken served as President of the Lansing Rotary Club, and for decades after that, arranged for music to be presented at the club by local and visiting artists. He always remained a dedicated Rotarian throughout his life, exemplifying their foundational belief that people from diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful friendships.
Another important element to Ken's life was his distinguished career in the military. The military draft influenced him at age 21 to enlist in the U.S. Army Signal Corps for a 6-year commitment with two years active duty, mostly in Karlsruhe, Germany. He was affiliated with Special Services, producing and appearing in plays and soldier shows, while serving as a chapel organist in Colorado, Georgia and Germany. He earned the rank of Captain in the Navy and proudly wore his dress whites while emceeing the July 4th concerts every summer at Adado Riverfront Park.
Ken completed a 7-year appointment as Vice Chair of the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, was Interim Executive Director of Lansing Symphony Orchestra, holds the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal and the Thomas Jefferson Award for Journalism from the Department of Defense.
Memoriums for Loftus Day 
Learn about our fellow Rotarians who have passed on.
Loftus Day

ImageIt all started in the fall of 1924 when Frank Loftus brought a bouquet of fresh garden flowers to the grave of Charles W. Nichols, a past Rotary president who had recently died.  The custom grew in an informal manner and when Loftus died four years later, the official Frank Loftus Day Memorial Service was held - a cherished Lansing Rotary Club tradition that each September honors deceased club members who are buried in the Lansing area.  It was not surprising that Frank Loftus started this revered tradition.  A longtime grocer and life-long Lansing resident, he was known for his compassion, often extending credit at his store on Washington Avenue to families who were encountering difficult financial times. His civic dedication was legendary. He also gave his time to volunteer with the local Red Cross, with his church and with the Knights of Columbus. He died on May 30, 1928, the major headline in the Lansing Capital News was "Loftus Dies Suddenly" and the accompanying article went on to describe the many contributions he had made to his community.

It is likely our club is the only one in Rotary International that remembers its deceased members in such a unique way.  This year, Friday, September 8th we will honor Ken Beachler, Clyde Carnegie, Don Colizzi, and Duane Vernon at the meeting.  Immediately following committees can visit the graves they are assigned.

At the end of the Rotogram beneath "Download Files" is a listing of all the committees for Loftus Day.


Mental Health Initiatives
The Mental Health Steering Committee was created as per 2023-2024 Rotary International President Gordon McInally's Mental Health Awareness initiative:
"We can and will create the kind of world we want to live in: one where we all have the chance to help and to seek help. We can do this by:
  • Erasing the stigma associated with caring about emotional well-being
  • Raising awareness about mental health needs
  • Working to improve access to mental health services"
Jacquie Blackwell (Lakeshore Rotary) and Brandy Culverhouse (Paw Paw Lake Rotary) are the Chairs of the District 6360 Mental Health Steering Committee and would love for you to join them.
Dates of next scheduled meetings via Zoom
  • Friday, September 22nd at 3:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89058287774?pwd=QVNPbExTVndyajhMY0ZZNGlQUW45Zz09
Meeting ID:  890 5828 7774
Passcode:  405793
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
Chair of the Day
Trumpie, Dave
Bakken, Ben
Lynch, Linda
Harris, Judi
Chair of the Month
Garcia, Sarah
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Loftus Day Committees