On November 11, 2013, Veteran’s Day, the East Lansing Rotary participated in the Medal of Honor Monument dedication ceremony. Rotarian Pat Boog took the lead on this project, working closely with the City of East Lansing to raise the funds and develop the actual memorial monument.
The monument will serve as a permanent memorial for 2nd Lt. Skinner, one of only two Medal of Honor recipients in the Tri-County Region since the Civil War. The plan is to expand the area in future years to incorporate a Veterans Garden honoring all veterans. Several members of the East Lansing Rotary Club attended a special luncheon prior to the ceremony, and some of them who were veterans donned their uniforms as a sign of respect to Lt. Skinner.
Shortly after the Medal of Honor dedication the East Lansing Rotary voted to continue in service to this project by committing to raise the funds needed to make the Veteran’s Garden a reality. The site of the Medal of Honor monument and future gardens is on the grounds at the Hannah Community Center in East Lansing.
Also attending on this blustery day was a Marine Honor Guard and singers from the East Lansing High School chorale group, the EL Singers.
Monday, June 27th, we held our annual Passing of the Gavel ceremony. We are proud to announce our President for the 2011-12 year, Tim McCaffrey. We also want to thank Jackson Kaguri for his commitment to the club as President in the 2010-11 year. Pictured below are Tim McCaffrey (L) and Jackson Kaguri (R).
On Saturday June 4th, the Rotary District Conference recognized Rotarians at the Rotary Heroes Dinner. East Lansing Rotarian Jim Bonfiglio was among 26 honored in the district. Jim Bonfiglio is always ready to serve. He has chaired the Community Service Committee for several years. Under Jim’s leadership, the committee has continued to Club’s Community Grant Program, the Vocational Excellence Awards and our Vocational Visit Program. During his tenure on the Community Service Committee a Student Excellence Award Program was established as well as a plan to recruit students to participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Award Program. Jim has also taken on the assignment of obtaining and maintaining licensing, setting up locations and recruiting volunteers for Charity Poker fund raisers, which have become very successful. Jim is currently active on the Playground In the Park Remember the Park/Revive the Park project as a member of the construction steering committee. He truly is always serving!