Students of the Month for April 2015

The East Lansing Rotary Club in conjunction with East Lansing High School are honored to announce April’s Students of the Month. John Michael Adelman (senior) and Brianna Jacquel Hankins (sophomore) have been selected as Aprils Students of the Month based upon criteria that include involvement in school activities, community service and their grade point average (GPA). The purpose of the award is to highlight young people who exemplify the values held in esteem by all Rotarians.

JohnMichaelJohn Michael Adelman is a phenomenal student with an outstanding work ethic. Finishing up his senior year at East Lansing with an impressive 3.98 cumulative GPA, John has managed to stay extremely active throughout his time at ELHS. John is a school athlete, competing on both the cross country and track and field teams. On top of all this, John is a dedicated member to several organizations and clubs such as the Christian Student Union, Amnesty International, and the ELHS Ultimate Club. John is very rooted in his faith and plans to serve with NET Ministries for a year before attending college where he hopes to pursue a degree in Theology/Philosophy or Computer Science. He is a very well rounded person and serves as a great example to his fellow classmates.

BriannaBrianna Jacquel Hankins is very involved in both the Lansing community and at East Lansing High School. She is involved in several organizations including RAGE Student Ministries, ELHS Debate, Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN), Lansing Teen Court, and Young Women for Change. She has worked diligently in her schoolwork to maintain a 3.88 GPA and is determined to continue applying herself in her studies with the hopes of one day attending Harvard Law University and becoming a prosecuting attorney. In her spare time, you can most likely find Brianna curled up with a book or out in the community enjoying various theater productions. Brianna is an amazing role model to her peers and has a bright future ahead of her.

Both of these individuals were asked to identify a person who has made a positive impact in each of their lives. Brianna says her favorite person is her grandmother because “she is always there to talk to, without judging or trying to analyze emotions.” John shares that his favorite person is David Kogut because he has been a brother to him and has the greatest sense of humor alongside his other admirable qualities. Both of them greatly appreciate their teachers for their guidance and wisdom throughout their time in school and are thankful for the ways in which they have influenced their lives.

If you run into John or Brianna in the next couple of weeks, be sure to thank them for their constant dedication and involvement to bettering the community and the world around them!

Leadership Award Received at District Conference

Congratulations to our own Mark Henne (l) for his leadership at this weekend’s Rotary District 6360 Conference in Grand Rapids, held jointly with our neighbors from District 6290.
Mark turns over the duties of District 6360 Governor to Terry Allen (r) at the end of June. Terry and his wife Liz have big shoes to fill!

Upcoming Speakers April – May

Every week East Lansing Rotary offers compelling speakers on a variety of issues. Coming up…

April 22 – Dr. Marsha Rappley, Dean of MSU’s College of Human Medicine
Michigan State University’s response to the projected shortage of medical professionals

April 29 – Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing)
Legislative update: the budget, taxes, education funding

May 6 – Jim Hidlay, Vice President of Global Marketing, TechSmith
The software revolution in our classrooms

May 13 – Rich Robinson, Executive Director, Michigan Campaign Finance Network
Campaign finance and gerrymandering: taking ‘representative’ out of our representative democracy?

May 20 – Amy Hodgson, Superintendent of Dansville Schools
Dansville’s pilot “iPad in the Classroom” project

May 27 – Memorial Day (no meeting)

All East Lansing Rotary meetings are open to the general public. Meetings are noon at the University Club of MSU. The $15 meeting charge includes an excellent buffet luncheon, complete with the University Club’s famous dessert table!

For more information, email us!

East Lansing Rotary Honors Gary Olson, Dr. John Dunn and Dr. John Seita

East Lansing Rotary annually honors members of our community who, through their professional and personal lives, make a lasting contribution to our community. This year we recognized three outstanding individuals: the late Gary Olson, Dr. John Dunn and Professor John Seita.

Gary Olson


Recently our community lost a great leader, big thinker and Rotarian, Gary Olson – a member of the Lansing Rotary Club. The East Lansing Rotary chose to honor Olson posthumously with a Vocational Excellence Award. 

Gary Olson held a Masters in Economics from MSU and was the Director of the Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency. Yearly visits from Olson to the East Lansing Rotary Club were always a highlight as Olson helped us understand the current economic situation. 

We are proud to count Gary Olson as a friend and fellow Rotarian!

Dr. John Dunn

The Albert White Community Service Award goes to one of our own: Dr. John Dunn. A long time member and a semi-retired ophthalmologist Dunn talked about his philosophy of service. “It is a simple phrase that propels me into service —May I help you?,” said Dunn. That phrase, taken from his father, highlighted the compact that we make when we provide service. We ask permission to help and we help only until we are no longer needed.

Dunn shared a story about Red Cedar Elementary student, a young boy from Southern Sudan that he was helping to learn to read. “Samir was 7 years old and struggling with English. For almost a year we worked together, taking turns writing out answers to problems. One day Samir kept on going –because he could. He no longer needed me,” claimed Dunn triumphantly and tearfully.

At East Lansing Rotary Club we are moved by John Dunn’s quiet generosity, a true leader by example.

Professor John Seita

Professor John Seita was also a recipient of a Vocational Excellence Award. Professor Seita teaches in the School of Social Work and has created a very special program called FAME which helps college students that have come out of the Foster Care system adjust to college life. Seita himself is a graduate from the Foster Care system. He gave credit for his success to his team of colleagues. “I believe in the importance of making a difference one by one,” said Seita.

Congratulations to John Seita and thank you for being such a great role model!

Haven House Check Presentation

Every year, the East Lansing Rotary Club teams up with Kroger to provide the families at Haven House with thanksgiving dinners.  A certificate for the dinners was presented to Haven House Director Angie Mayeaux by the East Lansing Rotary Club President Nathan Triplett at the Club’s November 19, 2011 meeting. “Our club is proud to support the good work that Haven House does to assist homeless families. They are a constant reminder to us of the good things going on daily in our community”, said Triplett.  Below is a photo from Monday’s meeting.
(Pictured  L to R: Jim Little, John Saltzgaber, Angie Mayeaux & Jeanine Simpson of Haven House, Bob Page, Gary Danbrook and Amy Jarrad)