Next Meeting:

When:  Friday, April 8, 2022
Where:  The Lansing Center, 2nd Floor
Speaker:  Jim Curran, Founder of Great Lakes Reality Lab
Title:  "Web 3.0, the Metaverse and VR - the WILD World Web"
Chair of the Day:  Scott Duimstra
Remembrance:   Lesa Smith 
Reflection:  Hari Kern 
Chair of the Month:  Scott Duimstra
Editarian:   Meghan Martin 
Biography for Jim Curran
Jim is the founder of Great Lakes Reality Labs, a Virtual Reality software development company based in Lansing. Great Lakes Reality Labs has partnered with the Capital region's education leadership to develop Haptix Studio, the largest motion capture studio in the Midwest.
In addition to his entrepreneurial streak, Jim has been a member of the Karoub Associates lobbying firm in Lansing for more than twenty years.
Jim is a graduate of Michigan State University. He lives in East Lansing with his wife, Polly and their three children who attend East Lansing Public Schools.
Capital City Clean Sweep
We have a great volunteer opportunity for our club.  Lansing is having a Capital City Clean Sweep on Saturday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  The morning includes local residents, businesses and other community members all working together to clean-up and beautify the city.  Volunteers will be cleaning the planted beds, sidewalks, parking areas and alleys around Washington Square, the Riverfront/Trail, Museum Drive, stadium District and more! 
Please contact Jason Brunette if you are interested:   Thank you!
Supporting Relief Efforts in Ukraine
Good morning, Rotarians. Many of you have reached out wanting to know how you or your clubs can assist with the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ukraine, and what District 6360 is doing to respond to this emergency. The Rotary Foundation has established an official channel for donors to contribute funds to support relief efforts via TRF’s Disaster Response Fund. Through April 30, all funds received into the Disaster Response Fund will be used to support relief efforts undertaken by Rotarians in Ukraine and in the bordering countries. District 6360 has allocated $5,000 of our District Designated Funds to this cause and it is our hope that many of you will join us in this critical effort.
Rotarians, Rotary clubs, and others may make contributions to the Disaster Response fund HERE.
In addition, to encourage giving in support of this pressing priority, District 6360 is expanding our recognition points matching program through April 30. While our match is typically limited to contributions made to TRF’s Annual Fund, contributions of at least $100 made to the Disaster Response Fund between March 1 and April 30 will now be matched 1:1 with recognition points. Also note that contributions to the Disaster Response Fund count toward Foundation recognition (e.g., Paul Harris Fellowship). To receive recognition points, simply send the receipt for your contribution to Cathy Andrews, she will complete the form to be emailed to Teresa Brandell.  It also enables our club to keep track of what donations are completed.
Acting together, Rotary and our Foundation have the capacity to have a tremendous impact on this human tragedy. Should you have any questions about this effort, please contact me at: or 517-719-6499.
Editarian Report for April 1, 2022
Hari Kern started out our afternoon with a beautiful piano interlude. She played the Entertainer, followed by Ship of Fools, What a Fool Believes, Fool on the Hill and she finished with the crowd favorite, Why Do Fools Fall In Love. President Sue then brought our April Fool’s Day meeting to order by announcing that since we’ve had two fake springs, we should be just about done with Third Winter (see chart).
President Sue is an April foolish dreamer.  There’s no way winter is done with us. Scott Watkins provided our weekly Rotary Reflection, shared values, greater good, present work is future community, good stuff.  Then we sang and did we belt it out.   We sang the most patriotic song we could think of that everybody knew the words to, a moderately off key garage band version of Harry Nilsson’s Coconut that sounded a bit like this.
Hey, we’re working on it.  This segued well to health of the club.  Sue Mills sent us this video about Pickle Ball and how it’s low impact and won’t cause you to have knee replacement surgery.
How’d we do reciting the 4 Way Test without a banner to remind us of what they are in order?  Um yeah, we’re working on it.  Jason Brunette took the podium to announce a Rotary Service Opportunity, Clean Sweep on April 23, 2022, 10:00 to noon.  Contact Jason if interested. Real brooms only, none of that Harry Potter stuff.
Heidi McNaughton dizzied us with the full array of Paul Harris options this year.  Designate your contribution for Polio Plus and Gates Foundation does a 2:1 match.  Designate your contribution for Ukraine Disaster Relief fund and our District will match you in points getting you that much closer to a Paul Harris Pledge Pin. 
Even though Ken Beachler was at the meeting, there was no special music.  Intolerable.  Especially in Third Winter, when a week without music is like a week without sunshine.  I searched the interweb and found our beloved Beachler moonlighting as a narrator for a hapless elephant named Babar. This link to Ken’s voice will have to do.
Scott Duimstra’s theme for speakers for the month is empowerment.  We were introduced to Dustin Hunt, owner and operator of Muralmatics  Dustin is exempt from ordinary ways of living.  Taking street art to another level, Dustin Hunt is a certified teacher and small business owner.  He is an “investigative individualist” by some measure.  He’s worked and lived in Portland, Minneapolis (not by choice, so to speak) and has landed back in Lansing.  Math for many is problematic and Dustin found a way to integrate math instruction with art, specifically, wall art, murals.  Using the visual art of murals helps students learn math concepts involved with geometry, algebra, and scale. Some students are not well served by standardized education and they end up in alternative education, that just because it is alternative, still may not meet their needs.  Fusing  alt-alt-ed with art instruction and math to comply with court mandated community service fills a void in the lives of many students.  When graffiti is part of your alt alt ed tool box, interview questions take on a new twist.  Can you work fast?  Can you work at night, in the dark?  Are you ok with being on the fringe of legal art exposition?  Are you ok with your art leaving town tomorrow because it’s part of a train? Is money your primary motivator (if so, may not be well suited for graffiti work).  Dustin sees genius in people who have been marginalized.  When asked to define that genius, it was like he was grasping at a defiant, invisible cloud.  Such is the nature of seeing genius in populations that don’t “test well”, it requires re-thinking of old paradigms.  Dustin fielded more than the average number of questions from the audience with aplomb.
Have a great week folks!
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Rotary Club of Lansing
P. O. Box 13156
Lansing, MI   48901-3156
Meeting Responsibilities
April Birthday Chair
Shaski, John
Smith, Lesa
Chair of the Month
Duimstra, Scott
Chair of the Day
Duimstra, Scott
Kern, Hari