Peru Global Project Support

Peru Global Project Support

Fellow Rotarian’s –

I wanted to share with you that when Raef Fadel met and talked about his Peru Global Outreach Mission a few weeks ago, it was his hope that we, as a club, would offer some project support, specifically financial. This will be the ninth year this mission trip has taken place.  If you remember from his presentation about 35 pre-med students, doctors and professors travel to South America with many supplies to help the people in need as best they can. The spend one week in Lima, and one week traveling up the Amazon, stopping at small villages and providing medical services off the boat.

The International committee listened to Raef share his experience and wants to support their project, but as a club we have already made our financial commitments for the year. Therefore, the International committee has agreed to put it on their agenda and will look at supporting this project as a budgeted line item for next year. That being said, Raef and his group of pre-med students have been a big help to us in working towards getting our MSU Rotaract club back off the ground. Raef himself is a past president of our previous  Rotaract club and has introduced us to Colleen Reidy, a premed student who is helping us get the program reignited at Michigan State. Good things are happening as it pertains to the Rotaract club including working cooperatively with Okemos and Lansing in sponsoring our “renewed” club at Michigan State.

I would like to speak to the club about this project and ask that we “Pass the Hat” at our next meeting to support the Peru project this year. They have support from five other Rotary clubs including a $5,000 match from Traverse City, but it would look good for them to get support from what they would like to consider their parent club (because of the Rotaract connection).

Please bring your wallet or checkbook and an open heart and I hope we can send a few dollars to support this worthwhile project.

Yours in Rotary Service,

John Stauffer

Community Projects Supported in 2016

Community Projects Supported in 2016

The Rotary of Club of East Lansing puts on the Pancakes in the Park event each year to raise funds to benefit community projects.  The 2015 Pancakes in the Park benefited the following organizations:

  • The Weekend Survivor Kit Program coordinated by Many Hands Foundation
  • The Okemos Band Boosters for new uniforms
  • Helping Hands Respite Care to support a Music Therapy program
  • Donley Elementary School received funds for books for their library
  • Parkwood YMCA for Summer Camp Scholarships
  • East Lansing High School for their after Prom Party
  • Funds for the East Lansing Library for the Literacy Program
  • Support for the new East Lansing Pickle Ball Court at Patriarch Park
  • Support for Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center
  • A contribution to East Lansing Parks and Recreation for the Art and Ceramic Studio at the Hannah Community Center

To learn more about receiving funds from the East Lansing Rotary Club go to

Rotarian Speaks at High School Honors Event

Rotarian Speaks at High School Honors Event

Joe Osypczuk, the Chairman of the East Lansing Rotary Foundation, had the privilege of addressing students, teachers, and parents at the 2016 High School Honors Event.

Greetings East Lansing Graduates and Scholars,
As a member of the Rotary Club of East Lansing, I am blessed to be able to stand before you to say how proud all of our club members are to have you in our community. You are being recognized for your outstanding scholarly skills as well as your outstanding community service.

As Rotarians, we are often asked, “What is a Rotary Club”? Rotary can best be defined in this way:
Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons that are united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.”

Needless to say, our work begins in our local community of East Lansing by providing funding for items such as the Weekend Survival Kit backpack program that provides food for youngsters that are in need, the purchase of books for our local school libraries, the recent renovation of the Patriarche Park Playground and of course, the Joe Gross Memorial Scholarships and the student excellence awards that are being presented today.

In 1943, Rotary adopted a code of ethics that is now called The Four-Way Test. This code of ethics is followed by all Rotarians and is something that can be used and applied by everyone on a daily basis.
The message is simply:
Of the things we think, say or do:

Congratulations on everything you have accomplished to date in your young lives. It is only the beginning – there is so much more for you to experience in the years ahead. Hopefully, the experiences will all be wonderful and fulfilling.

Thank you for letting the East Lansing Rotary Club be a part of your awards ceremonies.
We are pleased to provide the following awards to these outstanding students:

Student Excellence Awards ($ 250.00 Each)

Kokou Dagbovie
Jordan Harris-Gonzales

Scholarships ($ 2.000.00 Each)

Katelyn Meyer
Paul Przybylski
Madelyn Zink

Crystal Award – Rotarian Jim Little Honored

Crystal Award – Rotarian Jim Little Honored

The Crystal Awards, hosted annually by the East Lansing City Council, honor individuals, businesses, professionals, non-profits and community groups that have made an outstanding contribution to community life in East Lansing.
Crystal Award recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion for and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others. Recipients are dedicated to enhancing the East Lansing community. They demonstrate a passion and commitment to creating a healthy and vibrant community and serve as an inspiration to others.

The Rotary Club of East Lansing was the non-profit recipient in 2015.  This year, Rotarian Jim Little is the individual recipient.

Crystal Awards recipients are honored at a special community reception this Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5 p.m. at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center, 819 Abbot Road. The Awards Ceremony will occur at 6:00 p.m.
In addition to the program, the reception will feature hors d’oeuvres and live music. All community members are invited to attend.
We especially encourage you to attend to congratulate Jim and to demonstrate strong support from our Rotary Club.