Next Meeting:
When:Friday, October 22, 2021
Where:The Lansing Center, Second Floor
Speaker: Angela Mathews, Vice Chair Board of Trustees, LCC
Topic: "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:  Let's Get to Work!"
Invocator: Ken Beachler 
Chair of the Day: Steven Robinson 
Editarian: Tim Adams
Chair of the Month: Cathy Zell 
Biography for Chris Chamberlain
Chris Chamberlain is the owner and Captain of the Michigan Princess, and Grand Princess Riverboats (as well as holding ownership in the Detroit Princess Riverboat). He grew up in the family business and has been piloting the Lansing area boats for the last 12 years. After his father passed away 7 years ago, Chris became president of the company, with both stability and growth as major goals.
His primary focus is on the continued successful operation and advancement of the business.  From development and implementation of a fast out of water inspection of the Michigan Princess in 2017, saving his company $250,000.00 while reducing downtime of a key asset, to consulting with the city of Lowell, MI in guiding them through the process of building a new showboat, Chris has displayed vision and skill along with creative thinking.
Chris's most recent project is that of the Little Traverse Bay Ferry, which carries passengers between Bay Harbor, Petoskey and Harbor Springs.  He has several other projects in the works, with more boats-what else! - planned for his fleet.
Chris believes giving back to the community is important as a small business owner.  Besides providing the Michigan Princess free of charge to the community during Be a Tourist in Your Own Town, he supports a variety of local fundraising events and donates leftover meals to the Mission.  Chris is a member of the Lansing Rotary Club and both the Greater Lansing and Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau.
When he is not at the wheel of a riverboat or holding meetings in his office, Chris enjoys downhill skiing in the winter, swimming in the summer, and is most at home on a sailboat - either with his wife Laura and daughter Lucy on their classic wooden boat or racing as part of a crew on Lake St. Clair or the Port Huron to Mackinac.
Directions to Grand River Park
The Michigan Princess Riverboat will be docked at Grand River Park, located at 3001 Lansing Road, Lansing.  Click here for a Google map.  You cannot access the boat dock from Moores River Drive.  Thank you,
From I496 East
Take Exit 3 to Waverly Road
Turn right on S. Waverly Road
Make a hard left onto Old Lansing Road - NOTE
Turn right @ the end of the Road
Grand River Park is on the right.
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.

October Birthday 
Ben Rathbun is now a Lansing Rotarian and his birthday is Wednesday, October 20th.  He was not included on the original October Birthday list that appeared in the Rotogram a couple of weeks ago.  Be sure to wish Ben a great Birthday and a "welcome" to the club!  Appreciate it!
Editarian Report for October 8, 2021
Today’s theme was iron and steel in bridges and metal structures. I’m going to do my lead devil best to not use the most obvious pun (and I know you’re all glued to the edge of your seat waiting for it).
President Sue Hansen called our meeting to order by ringing the Rotary Bell. It’s the only part of our meeting that isn’t the truth (because it was forged, ).
Lolo Robison’s invocation was worthy of the British heavy metal group, Iron Maiden. She found and recited Carl Sandburg’s Prayers of Steel. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think it’s the first time we bowed our heads and asked a higher power to “Beat me and hammer me into a steel spike.” Maybe that’s what it takes to redeem some of us! Although we’re smitten with John Dale Smith (whose last name derives from Old English meaning one who works in metal, a form of smite) was absent and so Hari Kern ably served up some mood music (alas, no heavy metal) at the beginning of our gathering. Hari, accompanied by Ken Beachler, lead (typo is puntentional) us with our patriotic song, America the Beautiful. A big shout out to Hari for nailing it on the piano this week. Our special music this week was a banjo and guitar performance by Andrew Callis and Steve Robinson. They performed Union Maid, a Woody Guthrie labor song and I’m guessing they had steel strings. Ben Rathbun got his new member Red Badge this week, congratulations Ben on your new tin badge.
With the club steel reeling from all of this beating and hammering and steeling, we were introduced to our speaker of the day, Vernon J. Mesler, Welding Instructor at LCC. Vernon impressed us with his wealth of knowledge about the unsung hero of metal structures, the rivet. Not to be confused with a frog’s ribbit which is how those of us with a tin ear sing, the rivet is a means to fasten two pieces of metal together, permanently. The Mackinaw Bridge used 4,851,700 rivets, 95% of which were done in the shop vs the 5% that were field. Hearing Vernon speak, you gotta believe he grew up with an Erector set and actually knew how to use it. Vernon and LCC are one of the last bastions of practical knowledge on riveting (there, I said it). LCC offers Riveting Certification (how to hold people spellbound?). LCC has offered demonstrations on how to drive rivets and trained actors on how to look riveting. For the 75th Anniversary of the building of the Golden Gate Bridge, LCC put on a riveting (no pun intended) demonstration. Vernon regaled us with his tale of buying coal in San Francisco, which was easier than one would think.
Perhaps the coolest part of his presentation revolved around the preservation of local history. Just outside of Battle Creek is the Historic Bridge Park. There, where the North Country Scenic Trail tracks the Kalamazoo River as it crosses I-94, are 7 historic mid-Michigan Bridges that have been relocated to preserve them for history. Apparently when an historic bridge is decommissioned, it can be bought for a dollar (if you believe that, the old ruse, I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you is apparently true, ( Historic Bridge Park is just a few miles West of the I-69 and I-94 intersection. Click on the following link for more information: It’s a really cool park and I strongly urge you to stop in and see it some time. Trumpie and I will scout it out for a Rotary Bike outing there and report back once we’re done with our adult sports beverages. Vernon fielded a number of questions and President Sue closed the meeting.
Kevin V.B. Schumacher
Oct 22, 2021
"Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Let's Get to Work!"
Oct 29, 2021
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
October Birthday Chair
Jacobsen, Casey
Sanborn, Diane
Swope, Chris
Chair of the Month
Zell, Katherine
Chair of the Day
Chamberlain, Christopher
Munshaw, Patricia K.