Local Rotarian Volunteers in Uganda

East Lansing Rotarian Gian Luca Gamberini spent 2 weeks in south Uganda. With the help of local “Gamberini Women and Children Health Initiative” staff, he distributed nutrition education material and food aids to 179 families. He also had the honor of attending Kabale Rotary meeting on July 5th.  The East Lansing Rotary Club is proud to support your efforts! 

Break the Chain: Documentary Filmmaker Laura Swanson

Break the Chain: Documentary Filmmaker Laura Swanson

Laura E. Swanson, the Director/Producer of Break the Chain, a documentary about Human Trafficking, gave a stirring presentation at the East Lansing Rotary Club on Monday, May 22.  

About the Film

Produced and Directed by Michigan documentary filmmakers, Laura E. Swanson and Kirk Mason, ‘Break the Chain’  is an award-winning feature-length documentary film that addresses the often “hidden-in-plain-sight” issue of Human Trafficking within Michigan communities and the United States.  The film chronicles two survivors of Human Trafficking – providing a detailed look at how trafficking goes unnoticed within our backyards.  Kwami, a child survivor of Labor Trafficking, was enslaved for nearly five years with three other children in Ypsilanti, Michigan before anyone noticed.  Debbie, a survivor of Sex Trafficking, takes us through her experience of being sold for sex around the Detroit-Area between the ages of 13 and 18.

Accompanying the stories of these survivors are nearly 20 interviews with researchers, Senators, non-profit organizations, legal service agencies, law enforcement officers and several artists actively working to raise awareness for this global issue. The film teaches us that what we see in the media about human trafficking is one small sensationalized form – that it occurs anywhere and everywhere within our world.  More importantly, viewers will learn how we are all connected to this extremely profitable business and that we have the power to choose what we support, and ultimately, how we break the chain.

HOW THE FILM IS USED

Break the Chain was developed to provide an accurate and educational entertainment resource that can be utilized in trainings and community awareness events throughout the United States.

Currently, we are partnering with police, public schools, universities, state courts, child-services, shelters and nonprofit organizations for Public Screenings and Private Trainings on the issue of Human Trafficking. http://breakthechainfilm.com/

Pancakes in the Park June 4 at Patriarche Park, East Lansing

Pancakes in the Park June 4 at Patriarche Park, East Lansing

Get ready to CATCH and EAT your Pancakes at the Park on Saturday, June 4 from 9:30- 12:30 at Patriarche Park in East Lansing (1100 Alton Street, across from St. Thomas Aquinas Church).  The annual community service fundraiser, a signature event for the East Lansing Rotary Club, will include (flying!) pancakes, sausage, grilled apples, coffee and juice.  Tickets are $8.00 each and kids 5 and under are FREE!!

This year will feature Chris Cakes– high flying fun for all!! See them in action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-PyazEoqds

The Rotary of Club of East Lansing puts on the Pancakes in the Park event each year to raise funds to benefit community projects. For 2017, Haven House (http://www.havenhouseel.org/) and Helping Hands Respite Care (http://www.helpinghandsrespite.care/) will be the featured beneficiaries.

A big THANK YOU to our wonderful sponsors of Pancakes in the Park for 2017!!
$500 Sponsors:
Gamberini Women & Children Health Initiative
Graff Chevrolet-Okemos
Lansing Board of Water & Light
Michigan Flyer
The Willows at East Lansing & Okemos
 
$250 Sponsor:
Independent Bank

The 2015 Pancakes in the Park benefited the following organizations:

The Weekend Survivor Kit Program coordinated by Many Hands Foundation

The Okemos Band Boosters for new uniforms

Helping Hands Respite Care to support a Music Therapy program

Donley Elementary School received funds for books for their library

Parkwood YMCA for Summer Camp Scholarships

East Lansing High School for their after Prom Party

Funds for the East Lansing Library for the Literacy Program

Support for the new East Lansing Pickle Ball Court at Patriarch Park

Support for Beekman Therapeutic Riding Center

A contribution to East Lansing Parks and Recreation for the Art and Ceramic Studio at the Hannah Community Center for all.

 

Spartan Street Medicine Offers Great Presentation

Spartan Street Medicine Offers Great Presentation

Brianne Feldpausch and Alissa Moody presented to the East Lansing Rotary Club on April 17, discussing the implementation plans of Michigan State University’s Rotaract “Street Medicine” program.  Spartan Street Medicine would provide care for members of our community who are not in a stable housing condition (shelters etc).  The presentation was very informative and inspiring!

“Spartan Street Medicine: Going to the People”

Spartan Street Medicine Co-Founder Brianne Feldpausch

Spartan Street Medicine Co-Founder Brianne Feldpausch

Brianne Feldpausch

After graduation from Michigan State University (MSU) in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Biology, Brianne Feldpausch deferred her acceptance to medical school to serve on the streets of Pittsburgh as a case manager with the father of street medicine, Dr. Jim Withers, and his Operation Safety Net street medicine team. Upon returning to Lansing to begin medical school, Brianne felt called to bring these experiences home by spearheading the Spartan Street Medicine program.

Definition of street medicine (from the Santa Barbara street medicine website): Street Medicine is the term used to define a collaboration of professionals who deliver health care and related services directly to people living and sleeping on the streets and in austere environments.

Alissa Moody

Alissa Moody, of Spartan Street Medicine

Alissa Moody, of Spartan Street Medicine

Alissa Moody graduated from York University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Psychology. Prior to commencing her medical education at Michigan State University, she worked as a clinical research assistant and residency program assistant at the University of Toronto. Alissa is passionate about serving the community, particularly those who are vulnerable and underserved. She spent two years as a pediatric hospice volunteer and has travelled to rural Nepal, Kenya and Zimbabwe to directly provide her assistance to underserved communities. Alissa feels honored to be part of Spartan Street Medicine and to serve the homeless individuals of Lansing.

Spartan Street Medicine Mission Statement

Spartan Street Medicine is dedicated to bridging the gap in health care for the homeless and disenfranchised people of Lansing, Michigan. We will battle the epidemic of indifference by going to the streets and shelters to meet the people on their terms. Through regular and direct outreach, we plan to foster a relationship built on dignity and respect, so that we may break down the psychosocial barriers preventing access to quality care. In doing so, we hope to instill the qualities of trust, empathy, and humility in the next generation of healthcare providers and the people they serve.

Bob Page EL Rotary Club HERO

Bob Page EL Rotary Club HERO

Bob Page: “Dedicated to Service!” 

The East Lansing Rotary Club is proud to announce that long-time Rotarian Bob Page has been chosen as the 2017 Rotary Club Hero.

Bob Page has been a member of the Rotary Club of East Lansing for nearly 40 years and truly exemplifies the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

During this time, Bob has served in numerous leadership roles including: club president, chair of the club’s 50th anniversary celebration, chair of the membership committee, chair of the club’s annual golf outing fundraiser, and long-time member of the club’s Community Service/Vocational Service Committee.

Bob’s selfless gifts of time and talent have made a significant contribution to the success of numerous club projects; most recently: the renovation of the playground at East Lansing’s Patriarche Park, the revitalization of our club’s annual golf outing which last year raised over $8,000 to provide scholarships for students going onto college and sustaining the Weekend Survival Kits program which provides food kits for hungry children throughout the school year.

Thanks to Bob’s dedication to “Service Above Self,” our club is stronger and our community is a better place to live, work and play.

VOTE NOW! Big Bang-Quet Community Charity Challenge

Big Bang Quet Kids Raising handsThe deadline for voting online in this year’s Big Bang-Quet Community Charity Challenge is almost here.

Please cast your votes online by Tuesday, March 21 @ 5:00 pm at www.universityclubofmsu.org/theclubwithaheart

Once you are at the University Club’s website, please click on the Big Bang-Quet Community Charity Challenge link, then scroll to:

The East Lansing Rotary Foundation supports The “Weekend Survival Kits” program

Select the number of votes ($5 each) you wish to cast and follow the instructions from there.  A receipt acknowledging your contribution will be emailed to you.

 Every $5 you contribute helps the Weekend Survival Kits program fill a “kit” with enough food for 7 meals and 2 snacks to feed a hungry child.

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

Vote Now: Big Bag-Quet Community Charity Challenge

Vote Now: Big Bag-Quet Community Charity Challenge

The deadline for voting online in this year’s Big Bang-Quet Community Charity Challenge is almost here.

Please cast your votes online by Tuesday, March 21 @ 5:00 pm at www.universityclubofmsu.org/theclubwithaheart

Once you are at the University Club’s website, please click on the Big Bang-Quet Community Charity Challenge link, then scroll to:

              The East Lansing Rotary Foundation supports the “Weekend Survival Kits” Program

Select the number of votes ($5 each) you wish to cast and follow the instructions from there.  A receipt acknowledging your contribution will be emailed to you.

 Every $5 you contribute helps the Weekend Survival Kits program fill a “kit” with enough food for 7 meals and 2 snacks to feed a hungry child. 

 THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!

East Lansing Rotarian Steven Melnyk Receives Paul Harris +1 Recognition

steve-and-ody2On January 9, 2017, East Lansing Rotary President Elect Ody Norkin presented East Lansing Rotarian Steven Melnyk with a Paul Harris +1 pin in recognition of his ongoing support for the Rotary Foundation. Pictured here, left to right are Steven Melnyk and Ody Norkin.

The history of Paul Harris Fellow recognitionphf_pin

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.steve-and-ody

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.