Pickles for Pickleball! Fundraiser for Patriarche Park

We are excited to announce an East Lansing Rotary Club fundraising project to assist the Patriarche Park Pickleball Association in providing funding for individual fencing around each court, a safety enhancement feature for 10 new pickleball courts at Patriarche Park’s newly renovated Sports Court Complex which includes pickleball, tennis and basketball courts.

The East Lansing Rotary Club is selling delicious McClure’s Pickles for only $10 each! You have your choice between Garlic Dill Spears, Spicy Spears, Sweet & Spicy, Garlic Dill Whole Pickles or Bloody Mary Mix for only $12. Place your orders HERE!

Questions?  Contact Chris Nugent at 517-282-5052.  Get your pickles today!! 

 

East Lansing Rotary Foundation supports MSU Summer Circle Theatre

Michigan State University’s Summer Circle Theatre and the East Lansing Rotary Club have the common distinction of each being founded in 1961. The two stellar organizations have made innumerable contributions to the City of East Lansing since their inception. In recognition of beginning their 61st year of operation, the East Lansing Rotary has pledged its financial and volunteer support to the Summer Circle Theatre as it prepares for its 2022 season with program offerings of 18 free performances and children’s camps.

Summer Circle Theatre (SCT) provides a professional venue for MSU students that offers free theatre to Mid-Michigan audiences. SCT presents shows of varying styles using the talents of community members and professional artists. Beyond theatrical productions, SCT is committed to offering free programming including a Kids Camp and special activities to create a summer destination for arts, education, and entertainment.

The East Lansing Rotary has long supported multiple community service projects in East Lansing that improve resident’s quality of life.  From building playground equipment at Patriarche Park, supporting the Greater Lansing Food Bank through its “Weekend Survival Backpack Project”, the “Weekend Warrior” project which helped to distribute masks, hand warmers and sanitizers in downtown East Lansing during the pandemic, to offering scholarships to East Lansing High School graduates as they pursue their college careers.

“The Summer Circle Theatre provides a great night of free entertainment to East Lansing residents.  There is nothing quite like enjoying a live performance, on a beautiful summer night under the stars, on the campus of Michigan State University,” said Peter Dewan, President-Elect of the East Lansing Rotary.  “East Lansing Rotarians are pleased to step up and offer our support.”

“We are so thankful to receive the support of the East Lansing Rotary Club,” said Artistic Director of Summer Circle Theatre Rob Roznowski. “This support helps to return the tradition of free summer theatre and children’s programming to our mid-Michigan community.”

Additional information about the Summer Circle Theatre can be found at theatre.msu.edu/sct.

Community members interested in becoming involved with the East Lansing Rotary can learn more by attending our luncheon meetings at the University Club of East Lansing, visit our website at https://eastlansing636.wpenginepowered.com/or become a friend on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/eastlansingrotaryclub.

Ghana Project

The International Service Committee has sent the Global Grant “Transforming Communities in Ghana” to Rotary International Foundation for review. We would like to get your support financially. This project is described in this powerpoint presentation. It represents a scalable agricultural effort to reduce undernutrition and food insecurity in the Upper East Region of Ghana where women and children are particularly affected. We are partnering with the Tamala Rotary Club and the University of Tamala in Ghana.  The in-country project manager is Dr. Clement Kubuga with Tamala University.  He earned a Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University in nutritional science.

Now it is time to fund the project in the amount of $45,000. Funding will come from three sources. We will have $30,000 from RI and DDF (District). Our Club goal is to raise internally $15,000. We have raised $10,500 as of 3/19/2021 (attached). The upcoming sale of Van Atta Green House Coupons will help to raise an additional 15% of its proceeds ($375 per 100 coupons).

Our goal is to complete the Club member funding by May 15, 2021.  Checks are to be made out to the East Lansing Rotary Foundation with Ghana written on the memo line. Please send checks to P.O. Box 4205 East Lansing Michigan 48826-4205.  Our foundation is designated as a 503 (C) entity. Three thousand dollars in anonymous Club member matching funds has already been pledged.