E. Lansing Kiwanis in the News…

Sue Petrisin is interviewed on World Kiwanis Week

Check out our former International President’s remarks on this special occasion. Just click here.

East Lansing Kiwanis celebrates its 70th anniversary

Seventy years ago, on November 11, 1949, Armistice Day, the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing was chartered. In the subsequent seven decades, this club has contributed in many ways to the wellbeing of children of the local community, including child nutrition, literacy, fitness, and education. To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the club, a banquet was held on the evening of November 11, 2019, at the MSU University Club. A proclamation from the Michigan legislature congratulating the club was presented by one of its members, Rep. Julie Brixie.  Checks representing grants from the East Lansing Kiwanis Foundation to the Bailey Community Association and Rebuilding America—TriCounty were presented to representatives of those organizations. Special guests included officials of Kiwanis of Michigan (Executive Director Greg Smith and Lt. Gov. Tom Perkins), officers from the service leadership clubs sponsored by the local Kiwanis—the MSU Circle K Club and the Key Club of East Lansing High School. Past officers of the club were recognized, including eleven former club presidents, and incoming officers were inducted. A book showing highlights of the club’s long history of service to the community was also unveiled. Much of the important service to the community is the result of the dedication and sacrifice of service clubs like the Kiwanis, making this a fitting occasion for celebration.

Eleven Club Presidents

East Lansing Kiwanis recognized as a Today Club

On July 11, 2019, The Children’s Fund sent the following letter to Norb Kerr, club president:

July 11, 2019
THANK YOU!
 Dear Norb,

Thank you for your club’s support of the Kiwanis Children’s Fund. Your gift changes the lives of children around the world.Your club’s support qualifies you as a Blue-Level Today Club for the 2017-18 year, because your club’s unrestricted gifts last year averaged at least US$10 per member.

Think of the smiles and laughter your gift made possible. The children in need getting nutritious food. Infants protected against a deadly disease. All because your club made a gift.

Next month, you’ll receive a banner patch that I hope you’ll proudly display at club meetings. In the meantime, I hope you’ll also upload this digital patch to your website and social media and let other Kiwanis clubs know about the impact you make on children worldwide.

Again, we sincerely thank you for your club’s support. Kids need Kiwanis. And your club’s gift helps us reach those who need us most. Thank you.

High School Students of the Month Honored

April 22, 2019 (East Lansing, MI).  On Monday, April 22, 2019, at the East Lansing High School, the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing sponsored an award ceremony for eight students recognized as Students of the Month during the past school year. Each student was selected by a different department of the faculty (such as math, visual arts, and so forth). A teacher from each department introduced their selected students and described some of their accomplishments. Each student was also able to introduce family members who were present for the ceremony. A commemorative certificate from the State Legislature was presented to each awardee by Dan Opsommer, Chief of Staff for State Rep. Julie Brixie.

The awardees were:
•    September 2018: Katarina Rothhorn
•    October 2018: Benno Staszewski
•    November 2018: Shaingyi Lin
•    December 2018: Anaiis Rios-Kasoga
•    January 2019: Teema Mohammad
•    February 2019 Shaingyi Lin
•    March 2018: Lillian Kakela
•    April 2019: Hunter Hambleton
•    May 2019: Ana Comstock

This event was proudly sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing and the East Lansing Public Schools.

2018-2019 E. Lansing HS Awardees, with Kiwanis President Norb Kerr

2019 Annual Candy Hunt

  On Saturday, April 20th, 2019, the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing conducted its Annual Candy Hunt at Patriarche Park in East Lansing.  At 10am the police car siren sounded and some 200 children (with assorted parents and grandparents in tow) ducked under the police tape and dashed across the park, scooping up not-terribly-well-hidden bags of candy.

The event was open to any and all children up to the 5th grade. So that the bigger kids didn’t crowd out the littler ones, there were separate areas for pre-school through kindergarten, 1st-2nd graders & 3rd-5th graders. 

This event is proudly sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing, City of East Lansing & East Lansing Public Schools.

Memorial for Lawton Connelly, former East Lansing police chief and long-time Kiwanis member

Click here to see story in Lansing State Journal reviewing the career of Lawton Connelly.

Kiwanis Club Sponsors Debate on Prop. 1

On Monday, October 15, the Kiwanis Club of East Lansing hosted a debate on the pros and cons of Proposal 1, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative. It took place at Dublin Square Irish Pub, 327 Abbot Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823. The debaters were

    Scott Greenlee, President of Healthy and Productive Michigan, a group campaigning against the initiative.

    Jeffrey A. Hank, Founder of MI Legalize, a group campaigning for the initiative.

The debate constituted the program of a regular meeting of the East Lansing Kiwanis club. After a brief business meeting, starting at 6:00pm, the debate followed. The order of speaking was determined by a coin toss. Each speaker was given 12 minutes to present their prime arguments, and then had 5 minutes of rebuttal time. The event concluded with questions from the audience. Copies of the ballot title and summary were provided.

Kiwanis Club of East Lansing President Norbert Kerr commented, “The East Lansing Kiwanis is wholly apolitical and endorses no candidates or ballot proposals. In that vein, it may be of interest to note that the two opposing debaters are both members of our club. We do, however, support a well informed electorate. Since the primary focus of Kiwanis is on children and young people, this is particularly important for issues that may affect them, such as Proposal 1. We hope members of the East Lansing and neighboring communities will join us to learn more about this important ballot issue.”

People may request more information by contacting Norbert Kerr at norbkerr@gmail.com or sending a message to the club through their Facebook Group (Kiwanis Club of East Lansing).

The Kiwanis Club of East Lansing is part of the Michigan District of Kiwanis and Kiwanis International.  The global organization’s Mission is to empower communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children.  For more information about Kiwanis locally in East Lansing, please check out elkiwanis.org.

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