$12,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Local HS Graduates

ROTARY CLUB OF EAST LANSING AWARDS $ 12,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS TO EAST LANSING HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
The Rotary Club of East Lansing through its Foundation, awarded “Joe Gross Memorial Scholarships” to seven graduating seniors at the East Lansing High School Awards Convocation held on Friday, May 24, 2019.

The scholarships, totaling $12,000, were presented to the following college-bound seniors: Madison Foley, Shiangi Lin, Allison Supanich- Goldner, Julia Chenault, Marrien Hanuscak, Logan Ann Jackson and Eleanor Carr. East Lansing Rotarians Laura Hosey and Bob Davis presented the awards on behalf of the Foundation at the Convocation.

These scholarships are awarded upon meeting several criteria items that include: the student applicant’s involvement in the community and related service activities; academic accomplishments; and financial need. Individual scholarship amounts vary and can range between $1,000 and $3,000.

Scholarship funds are raised through the East Lansing Rotary Foundation which holds an annual golf outing in September known as the “Scramble for Scholarships.” Last September’s (2018) golf outing marked the 31 st year for the event. Over this period, the Rotary Club of East Lansing and its Foundation have awarded nearly $150,000 in scholarships to assist graduating East Lansing High School seniors with their college expenses. The scholarships are named for Joseph Gross who was a Rotary Club of East Lansing President and Governor of Rotary District 6360 who cared deeply about young people and their futures.

Vocational Awards Ceremony- Laurie Baumer

Laurie Baumer of the Community Foundation recently received a Vocational Award at the East Lansing Rotary Club. She was singled out for her successful years of leadership and fund development at Ele’s Place, and for her new focus as Executive Vice President of the Community Foundation. Her leadership and innovation for building capacity and greater impact for local nonprofits is providing huge benefits to the community. Congratulations Laurie! A well-deserved recognition!

EL Rotarian Nathan Triplett Named 2020-2021 District Governor

Nathan Triplett, past President of the East Lansing Rotary Club and current Assistant Governor of Area 13 (Delta/Waverly, East Lansing, Haslett/Okemos, Lansing, Williamston and MSU Rotaract Club), is excited to serve the District as Governor in 2020-2021.

Nathan joined the Rotary Club of East Lansing in 2009 and served as 2012-2013 Club President. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Charter Member of the Rotary District 6360 Paul Harris Society. Nathan currently serves as Assistant Governor, a Rotary Leadership Institute facilitator, and District 6360 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair.

Nathan served as a member of the East Lansing City Council from 2007-2015 and, at 30, was elected as the youngest Mayor in the community’s history in 2013. Nathan served on the Michigan Municipal League’s (MML) Board of Trustees and was elected Vice President and President of the Board. Today, Triplett serves on the Board of Directors of the Capital Area Transportation Authority (CATA), the MSU James Madison College Alumni Association, the Arts Council of Greater Lansing, the MML Foundation, and the ACLU of Michigan. Nathan is an Eagle Scout who volunteers as an Assistant Scoutmaster and District Chairman for the Chief Okemos District of the Boy Scouts of America. He is a member of the City of East Lansing’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee.

Nathan graduated from Michigan State University’s James Madison College in 2006 with degrees in Political Theory, Constitutional Democracy and Social Relations. He holds a Master of Public Policy degree from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctor from the Michigan State University College of Law. Nathan is an attorney and works as Political Director for Equality Michigan. He lives in East Lansing with his wife, Sarah, and son, Teddy.

Nathan’s nomination information has been sent to RI and the District electors will confirm his election at the Annual Meeting in April. CONGRATULATIONS, NATHAN!