Benard Oloo- “Echo of Services”

On Monday, October 21 we heard from Benard Oloo, a visiting scholar from Kenya and former President of the Rotaract Club of Egerton University. He is pictured on the left, next to President Elect Sung Lee.

Benard Oloo is currently a Borlaug Fellow and Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University (September-November, 2019) with a focus on Food Safety & Security and Risk Assessment. He is a Lecturer of Food Science and Technology at the department of Dairy and Food Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Egerton University, Kenya. He is Vice Chairman of Kenya Institute of Food Technologists, and a member of Food Science and Technology Platform of Kenya. He is an awardee of Prestigious Emerging Leaders Network by Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) USA, 2017. He is an Ambassador for Global Harmonization Initiative of Food Standards, Based in Vienna, Austria, and he is also a Gold Award Holder of the President’s Award Scheme by the President of the republic of Kenya among other awards.

Mr. Oloo is an internationally certified Life Coach with Strategic Cell Ministries Kenya (SCMIKenya) and the Lifeforming Leadership Coaching, USA and runs Catalyze Beneficent Ltd. Mr. Oloo is also the Author of the sensational and inspiring book, “Essentials of Civilization’-Africa’s quest for Civilization and why your voice is the missing Link’’. He serves as a resident Life Coach and trainer at CoELIB incubation Centre, an Agri-business development incubation Hub located at Egerton University. Call him to your organization, Church or School for an Inspiring, Insightful and life transforming training, Group or individual coaching, and motivational talks.

2019 Scramble for Scholarships Great Success!

The East Lansing Rotary Club hosted its 32nd annual Scramble for Scholarships on Monday, September 9, 2019 at Forest Akers West Golf Course. Funds were raised for the Joe Gross Memorial Scholarship program.  Over the past 32 years our Rotary club has awarded over $120,000 in scholarships to deserving East Lansing High School graduates to assist them with their college expenses.  It’s not too late to donate!! Your gift can help us continue this tradition.  Checks should be made payable to: East Lansing Rotary Foundation and may be mailed to: East Lansing Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 4205, East Lansing, MI 48826-4205 or given to foundation president Joe Osypczuk. Please contact Golf Committee Chair Bob Page (email: or phone: 517/347-6990) if you would like to support this year’s Scramble or would like more information about it.

Check out the various winners of the Scramble HERE!

$12,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Local HS 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.