Rotary Club of East Lansing Raises Funds for Haven House Thanksgiving

The Rotary Club of East Lansing held  a Community service event that began in 2009.  Since that time, the club had normally provided complete Turkey Dinners and Pumpkin Pies for the Thanksgiving celebration at the Haven House Shelter.  This year, unfortunately, the Covid-19 interrupted that tradition.   So, this year, the club asked for donations from their members and from the community, to raise funds for the Haven House. A total of $ 1,435 was raised that could be used to provide the five families that they are hosting in local hotels with hot Thanksgiving dinners.  Any additional funds raised can be used by Haven House as they see fit.

We would  like to thank our Rotarians who have generously contributed funds in support of this annual event once again.  Without your support, this important community service project would not be possible.

East Lansing Rotary Foundation

Scholarship Recipients



The Rotary Club of East Lansing, through its Foundation, is pleased to announce the award of “Joe Gross Memorial Scholarships” to five graduating seniors at East Lansing High School.

The scholarships, totaling $11,000, were presented to the following college-bound seniors: Jingting Lin who will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Thomas Adelman who will be attending the University of Michigan, Sasha Bacon who will be attending Stanford University or the University of Michigan, Anna Comstock who will be attending the University of Michigan, and Madison Duncan who will be attending Hampton University.

These scholarships are awarded annually upon meeting several criteria that include: the student applicant’s involvement in the Community and related service activities; academic accomplishments; and financial need.  Individual scholarship amounts do 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 (2019) golf outing marked the 32nd  year for the event.  Over this period, the Rotary Club of  East Lansing and its Foundation have awarded nearly $161,000 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.

Many thanks to all the Community sponsors, donors and of course the golfers, that have supported these scholarship efforts throughout the years!

Anna Comstock
Madison Duncan
Jingting Lin
Sasha Bacon
Thomas Adelman

Kristin Shelley, Rotary Club Hero

Congratulations to the East Lansing Rotary Club Hero Kristin Shelley!

Kristin was chosen by the Board of Directors to be the East Lansing Rotary Club Hero at the recent District Conference. Kristin was honored during the final ceremony on Saturday, June 13. As detailed in the Hero Booklet:

Kristin Shelley is our Warm Heart. She has done lots of community work while she was the chair of Community Service Committee in East Lansing Rotary Club.

Now she has been providing Food Pantry at the library for local people during COVID-19 Pandemic. Her warm heart has embraced so many people from different countries in MSU and has welcomed them into our town.
She is our club hero. We are so proud of her.