Playground in the Park Re-Imagined Honorary Chair Suzy Merchant Talks About the Project

On February 26th Sponsors, Community Members and Rotarians gathered at the Hannah Community Center for a Park Project Briefing for Playground in the Park Re-Imagined. East Lansing Mayor, Nathan Triplett, Parks and Recreation Director Tim McCaffery, Project Chairperson John Saltzgaber, and Honorary Chairperson were on hand to give the attendees an update and forecast for the community build date in June of 2014.

Honorary Chairperson, Suzy Merchant delighted the crowd with her personal feelings about Patriarche Park, the project, and the power of play.

Project Chairperson, John Saltzgaber outlined the remaining opportunities for sponsors, community support through the purchase of brick pavers and participation in the Community Charity Challenge called the Big Bangquet.

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East Lansing Rotary hosts orphan in U.S. for surgery for burns

Below is a great story from the LSJ about some of the great things our members are doing in the community.

OKEMOS — Justine Nakunda’s first time on an airplane came this year.

The 13-year-old Ugandan, a student at the Nyaka AIDS Orphans School founded by Okemos resident Jackson Kaguri, has experienced many firsts recently in her journey to recover from burns suffered in an accident with a paraffin lamp.

“This is a wonderful, life-changing treat for her,” Kaguri said.

She recently spent about two weeks in mid-Michigan while recovering from the first in a planned series of surgeries, carried out at Shriners Hospital Burn Center in Boston.

Her visit included attending a meeting of the Rotary Club of East Lansing, whose members welcomed her warmly.

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Passing of the Gavel

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).