Polio Plus Video

Check out this great Polio Plus video, as shared by recent speaker Kevin Kelly, Major Gifts Officer from Rotary International. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUtprGjIYqo&t=1s

East Lansing Rotary Club Donates $900 to Haven House Shelter

The East Lansing Rotary Club proudly donated $900 to the Haven House Shelter for their 2017 Thanksgiving program.  Photo, from left to right: EL Rotarian Bill Webb, Tom Antaya (Tom’s Food Centers) and EL Rotarian Joe Osypczuk present the annual Thanksgiving Dinner project check to EL Rotarian Nathan Triplett, who was representing the Haven House Shelter at the Rotary Club of East Lansing luncheon on November 27th.Thank you to all who donated! 

EL Rotarian Gian Luca Gamberini Receives Paul Harris Fellow

East Lansing Rotarian Gian Luca Gamberini receives his Paul Harris Fellow from Club President Ody Norkin.  Congratulations, Luca!

From Rotary.org:

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957.

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.


First Tee of Mid Michigan- Rachel Lubahn

The East Lansing Rotary club recently heard from Rachel Lubahn, Executive Director of First Tee of Mid-Michigan, as she spoke at the Rotary club meeting on July 31.  President elect Cathy Zell was there to welcome her as she gave a wonderful presentation!

First Tee is an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Through after school and in school programs, we help shape the lives of young people from all walks of life by reinforcing values like integrity, respect and perseverance through the game of golf. And it’s making a difference!

The First Tee of Mid-Michigan is the culmination of a community effort to create a first class learning environment for Mid-Michigan youths. Through this organization, young people have the opportunity to learn important life skills, interact with positive mentors, and be exposed to the great game of golf.

Thanks to the charitable efforts of Kris Nicholoff, Greg Eaton, Tom Jamieson and Chuck Clark (among others), working through The First Tee of Michigan, the Sycamore Golf Learning Center was built.  This building serves as the nerve center of our operation during the golf season, and is located at 1526 East Mt. Hope, Lansing, Michigan.  The Learning Center has a large area for instruction of our participants, a meeting room and a small office.

After the Learning Center was finished, all it needed was kids!  Jeff Green and J.V. Anderton energized the drive for the Mid-Michigan region to have its own Chapter as a part of The First Tee, with the first participants taking their initial swings in the 2008 season.

Children ages 7-17 can join The First Tee of Mid-Michigan for a $50 fee (scholarships are available).  The activity fee allows members to utilize the golf courses, Learning Center, and enters them into The First Tee Like Skills Program.

The Learning Center is affiliated with the City of Lansing’s Sycamore Driving Range.  The Driving Range also has a putting green, a short-game chipping area and two practice holes.

We would love to hear from you! For more details about our facility and programs, please contact Rachel Lubahn at (517) 977-1722 or by email at rlubahn@thefirstteemidmichigan.org.

 www.thefirstteemidmichigan.org     https://www.facebook.com/FirstTeeMidMich/

All are welcome to attend the East Lansing Rotary Club Meeting. Meals are $18 for visiting Rotarians and Guests.