What's New at Lansing Rotary
When: Friday, February 23rd, 2018
Where: The Lansing Center, 2nd Floor
What: New Member Presentations
Who:  Maria Lenz, Julie Thomasma, Shari Montgomery & Scott Duimstra
Invocator: Michelle Reynaert
Chair of the Month: Anne Cauley
Greeters: Kurt Hanus
Remembrance: Pat Munshaw
Microphone: Lisa Smith
Editarian: Linda Lynch
 
The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for 2018 Local Grant Funding are now being accepted. Grant applications are due by Friday, March 16. The Rotary Club of Lansing Foundation will award Local Grants in two categories: Community Grants (awards up to $9,999) and Signature Project Grants (awards over $10,000). More information about the grant process and a link to the on-line application can be found at the Rotary Club of Lansing’s website ([www.LansingRotary.org]www.LansingRotary.org) under the “Foundation” tab or Click Here.  All applications MUST be submitted through the on-line system.
The following story is from one of your fellow Rotarians.  We want to engage the club, so read the story, correctly guess the Rotarian and win a prize!  If there isn't a winner, the Rotarian providing the story wins the prize!  Send your guesses to Kevin at:  Schumacher@glassenrhead.com
 
I once had a job delivering new cars.  On 2 occasions, I had to deliver 3 identical cars to 2 different Chief Execs of the same organization.  One delivery was in the 80's and the other in the 90's.  Anyway, both of these Chief Executives couldn't have been more different.  One was from the South with a totally East coast wife and the other husband and wife were Westerners.  Both Execs had very particular standards so the cars had to be "just so" or they would have rejected delivery.  They event sent their subordinates to my employer's place of business to make sure the cars were correctly and fully optioned before delivery (gotta make sure you get the tinted glass right).  One of the wives was particularly interested in the car's safety features.  One took delivery outside his office while the other took delivery at the "portico" of the Pennsylvania home in which they were staying (portico is fancy for porch).  Being busy executives, neither one of them even got to drive the cars but they sure seemed excited to get the keys.  The cars ended up being somewhat famous in their own right no matter how the organization or the Chief faired.  I'm just glad my employer let me hand over the keys.

 

 
 
President Brewster rang the Rotary bell right at 12:30pm to begin this week’s meeting. Nancy Little gave the invocation and the club sang the My Country Tis of Thee, acapella and led by Mark Hooper (aka the Singing CPA).
 
Lisa Smith delivered the microphone for Rotarians to introduce their guests and visiting Rotarians, well to introduce themselves. We had visitors from the East Lansing and Haslett/Okemos Clubs with Rotary credentials that this lowly scribe could not keep up pace with their lengthy list of titles. We had guests with backgrounds ranging from County Commissioners, real estate development, heating & cooling experts and finally banking specialists. Joe Wald our days speaker, brought the whole team from the Greater Lansing Food Bank, sounds like Joe must have said “lunch is on me today” and everyone signed up. Dick Ammons declared the club generally in good physical health.
 
Sue Mills gave us an update on Michael Harrison, he is residing in assisted living, he is still able to recognize his wife Deborah and is doing as well as can be expected in his battle with Alzheimer’s. While he is not able to see visitors, Sue asked that anyone wishing to share memories of the times with Michael, to send a card or note to Deborah and she will be sure to share your memories with Michael.
 
Melanie Dart gave the club a foundation update regarding our annual Christmas party and fundraiser. The club raised over $8,000 for the celebration and 20 children from the North Elementary School received gifts, in some cases this was the only Christmas gift these children received. A special thank you to Cathy Andrews, Dean Transportation and the staff from the North School was given. Our club received many words of appreciation for all we do for these children.
 
Kevin Schumacher rose to present our new unknown author contest. This contest was credited to Mark Hooper (Kevin’s way of giving himself cover, you know just in case!) as a way to get to know unique things about our Rotary club members. This week’s story appeared in last week’s newsletter and featured a tale, in summary, about an Eagle Scout, a car accident and lifesaving skills being put to use. With a record 14 guesses, 4 of them by Jeff Crippen (all wrong), there were no correct guesses. With that Pat Hanes won the award, since no one could name him as the author.
 
Bob Hoffman gave this week’s social media awards to Hari Kern and Michelle Reynaert. Next up on this busy day Janet Lillie was awarded her new member red badge, welcome to the club.
 
Next up was special music, well not yet, today that was saved for the end of our program.
 
Anne Cauley our chair of the month, introduced a man who needs no introduction to our club, Joe Wald today’s speaker. Joe is the Executive Director of the Greater Lansing Food Bank. Many may assume that the Food Bank simply supplies families in need with much need food donated by our areas citizens and organizations. However, it is more complicated than that. The accurate and complete function of the Greater Lansing Food Bank is to warehouse and distribute nutritional food by forming partnerships with churches, civic organizations, schools and shelters throughout our community. In 2017 this mission distributed over 8 million pounds of food and provided 1,700 food kits to school children each week during the school year. In addition, the Greater Lansing Food Bank operates mobile food pantries, works with organizations such as food retailers, the USDA, food producers for food needs, works with restaurants and event centers, such as our own Lansing Center on food rescue programs, organizes local neighborhood garden projects and hosts food drives throughout the year to solve the hunger problems that plague our community.
 
Joe emphasized the hunger in our region is real and affects families that look like all of us, who through unfortunate circumstances must make a choice between food and other needs such as medicine, medical bills, gas and repairs for a car, utility bills and expenses for housing. 1in 7 people in our region is at risk when it comes to food needs. 48% of those at risk have jobs, health insurance and are educated, but are living on crisis away from disaster. Many of those at risk live in a constant state of food insecurity, which is defined as – not knowing where the next meal will be coming from each day. The Greater Lansing Food Bank by helping those in our community solve their hunger crisis, this allows individuals and families be better able to perform effectively at work, school and at home. The relief they get when they don’t have to worry about how and when they will be getting their next meal, helps them get through whatever crisis caused this need in the first place.
 
How can we help? Obviously, food donations are welcome, but the best resource is monetary donations, since the Food Bank can bring greater buying power to obtaining food than we can individually. Joe noted that they are able to purchase 10 times the amount of food that you or I can provide by donating $10 of food purchased at the grocery store. If you are donating food items, they most need canned meat, fish and beans, canned vegetables, canned fruits canned soups, dry pasta, rice and boxed cereal. Another key area we can help is through volunteering our time to the organization, whenever possible.
 
The Greater Lansing Food Bank is encompasses 7 counties in Mid-Michigan - Clinton, Clare, Eaton, Gratiot, Ingham, Isabella and Shiawassee. It is also a member of the Food Council of Michigan, which is comprised of Michigan’s regional food banks and they collaborate on strategies to address and alleviate hunger throughout our state.
 
Joe wrapped up his presentation by asking for us to consider helping their efforts by raising awareness, provide financial support and volunteering our time. After taking a number of questions, President Brewster thanked Joe for his presentation.
 
Now after all of that, we still had not been entertained by our special music of the week. Apparently, Terry Terry had sent our performers to the University Club in a scheduling snafu, boy I bet the U-Club was surprised, yet entertained this early afternoon. Finally, Terry Terry introduced the local group “Tell Yo Mama”. Lead singer, Lucas Holliday performed two numbers accompanied by most of the group, one of their original compositions and “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder.
 
With that President Brewster, closed the meeting and sent us on our way to enjoy a little sunshine on this Mid-February Friday. 
 
Tim Adam's email is:  tadams@manercpa.com
 
 
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Upcoming Speakers
Christopher Sell, Executive Dir. Lansing 5:01
Mar 02, 2018
at the Country Club of Lansing
John Collins, High-stakes Leadership Consultant
Mar 09, 2018
"Perfection Under Pressure" @ the Lansing Center
Cindie Alwood, Executive Director
Mar 16, 2018
Women's Center & Foundation Grant Report @ Lansing Ctr.
Joan Jackson Johnson, Director
Mar 23, 2018
"Homelessness & Poverty in the City" @ the Country Club
 
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Lansing

District 6360
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We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
The Lansing Center
333 E. Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI  48923
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