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!

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! 

30th Annual Scramble for Scholarships

30th Annual Scramble for Scholarships

The East Lansing Rotary’s 30th annual Scramble for Scholarships will be held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at the Timber Ridge Golf Club located at 16339 Park Lake Road in East Lansing. This year’s Scramble kicks-off with a shotgun start at 1:30 pm, followed by dinner and prizes at 6:00 pm.

Since the events inception in 1987, the Rotary Club of East Lansing has used the proceeds from this event to provide scholarships to help support East Lansing high school graduates with their college expenses. Over the past 30 years, the golf outing has raised and awarded over $100,000 for these scholarships. This past spring a total of $7,500 in scholarships was awarded to six college-bound East Lansing high school seniors.

Goal for 30th Annual Scramble for Scholarships

This year’s goal is to raise $10,000 so that we can continue this important club tradition aimed at helping deserving graduates of East Lansing High School with their college expenses.

We invite you to join with us in this effort by:
a) making a reservation to play in this year’s Scramble. Reservations ($500 for a foursome & green/tee sponsorship, or $100 per golfer) can be made by contacting Timber Ridge directly (517/339-8000), or by sending a check payable to: East Lansing Rotary Foundation c/o 2017 Scramble for Scholarships, P.O. Box 4205, East Lansing, MI 48826.
b) becoming a sponsor. To reserve one of the sponsorships listed below, please contact John Saltzgaber (517/881-6112 or saltzgaberj@comcast.net).
c) donating prize. To donate a prize for this year’s Scramble, please contact Bob Page (517/347-6990 or robann@msu.edu)

2017 Scramble for Scholarships Sponsors as of 8/15/17

Dinner Sponsors (1 still available @ $300)

  • H & H Mobil
  • Lansing BWL

Par 3 closest-to-the-pin (1 still available @ $250)

  • Horizon Bank
  • Michigan Flyer/Indian Trails
  • Dart Bank

Hole Sponsor (5 still available @ $200)

  • Williams AutoWorld
  • Brogan Reed & VanGorder
  • Andrews Hooper Pavlik PLC
  • Jim Little

Tee/Green Sponsor ($100 each)

  • Dean Transportation
  • Prime Housing Group
  • Dennis Rosenbrook
  • Koehler’s Printing
  • Nathan Triplett
  • Bennington Cross Group/Merrill Lynch
  • Farmer’s Insurance – Okemos



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.