Holiday Cheer at the Willows, Thanks to EL Rotary Club!

East Lansing, MI – The Rotary Club of East Lansing is providing some “holiday cheer” this year for the residents and staff of the Willows at East Lansing.
The Willows at East Lansing – part of Trilogy Healthcare Services, headquartered in Louisville, KY – opened its’ doors in 2014. The facility can serve up to 139 residents across all service lines, including: Assisted Living, Memory Care, Short-Term Rehab, Long-Term Care, and Respite Care.
Currently, The Willows at East Lansing is providing care for 22 residents in the Assisted Living program and 15 residents in Memory Care. These individuals have been isolated from their families and friends since March 2020 and have been quarantined several times since then, per orders from the governor and/or state health director.
“People across mid-Michigan have been affected in innumerable ways by the Covid-19 pandemic. Our club thought that it would be in keeping with Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self” if we could pinpoint at least one way to brighten the lives of people in our community during these challenging and oftentimes trying times,” said Sung Lee, President of the Rotary Club of East Lansing.
“One idea that surfaced was to provide some ‘holiday cheer’ for the residents at The Willows and at the same time thank the staff there in some small way for all of their efforts to support the residents in their care,” said Lee.
He pointed out that the Rotary Club is providing assisted living care residents with “goodie bags” filled with an assortment of snacks and candies, a pocket calendar, a writing journal and a puzzle book and providing memory care residents with a variety of tasty treats. In addition, the club is providing twenty (20) $25 Meijer gift cards to be distributed to The Willows staff – nurses, nurses aides, housekeeping, maintenance, kitchen and administrative staff – via a special employee “blind” drawing to be held prior to Christmas. The gift cards can be used to purchase food, clothing, or other store items.
“This gesture by the Rotary Club is a big boost to our morale here at the Willows,” said The Willows Executive Director Keith Fisher. “Our staff has been working hard to insure the health and safety of our residents and this gesture by the Rotary Club is not only uplifting for everyone here; but most appreciated,” he said.
The Rotary Club of East Lansing has a long record of community service dating back to its formation in 1961. The Club currently has 48 members and has supported numerous community projects, including the children’s playground at Patriarche Park, the East Lansing softball fields and aquatic center and numerous upgrades and renovations at Haven House.
Photo: From left to right: Chris Nugent, E. Lansing Rotary President Elect; Erica Flegal, The Willows – Asst. Director of Health Services; Jessi Yeargin, The Willows – Weekend Supervisor; Sung Lee, E. Lansing Rotary President and Keith Fisher, The Willows – Executive Director.

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.