Well, we finally are having the winter we were all longing for - right? When it has been sunny, I have really enjoyed looking out at the pretty, white, sparkly landscape and at the same time enjoyed that I didn’t have to go out in it. While a bit early for spring, the Okemos area has had a large flock of robins showing up in trees, apparently looking for edibles still on them. Some have seen as many as 100 at a time. My heated birdbath has been a favorite for up to a dozen at a time all really drinking a lot. At first, I had to look again to make sure I wasn’t being fooled into thinking they were robins, but they were and are still coming to the water. I hope you have been able to sign up for Covid injections. If anyone is stuck and hasn’t been able to get at least an application accepted to be on the waiting list somewhere, feel free to give me a call and I will try to help you get enrolled.
Our Monday, March 1 meeting will begin via Zoom promptly at 7:00 pm. We again recommend that you join the Zoom meeting about 6:55 or so to have plenty of time to complete the process.
If you don’t use Zoom, remember we are recording all of the programs and are posting them on our new website lansinganrclub.org. You may watch any past program on the website at your convenience without needing Zoom. If you need any help getting to the site, please CONTACT US
MARCH 1, 7:00 pm ZOOM PROGRAM
Our speaker will be Bill Castanier, President of the Historical Society of Greater Lansing. His topic will be: From William Beal to Wendell Berry...the American Farm in American Culture. He will explore the impact the American farm has had on our culture over the decades. Bill has spent more than 50 years in public relations, in advertising and the newspaper industry. While working in state government, he was the first executive director of I-TEAM, the state's private sector information technology trade association. He also served as deputy director of the State's Sesquicentennial Celebration in 1986 and 1987 which contributed to his great love of history. Bill's love of literature led him to writing a literary column for the Lansing City Pulse for the last 20 years where he has interviewed more than 1,000 authors. He has lectured extensively on Michigan literary history and is on the Library of Michigan Notable Book Selection Committee which is also part of the Michigan Big Read Program. We think you will enjoy the program and we look forward to having you participate.
FROM PRESIDENT KEN
Okay, so we’re almost through this winter thing… It’s that time of year when I begin to experience a little cabin fever and this year, with Covid concerns, that feeling seems a little more intense. Hopefully the Club, with our monthly Zoom meetings, monthly News Update and our new website has provided an avenue of relief. I know that I’ve appreciated the work that Bob Pangman has put into the monthly Update of club activities and member information. Our Program Team has provided outstanding speakers for our Zoom webinars and have more interesting presentations planned as we head into the spring. If you missed these presentations when they occurred or if you don’t have the desire to tune into the Zoom presentations, they are all available on our new and very informative website: lansinganrclub.org. Simply go to the “Meetings” tab and click on Past Meetings and all of the past presentations from this year are at your fingertips. From Dr. Averill’s virtual tour of the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab to Dr. Cregg’s session on Christmas tree production, to last month’s program on Farm Stress, they are all there for you.
Our club leadership is excited about the new website and the work that our webmaster has put in to make it complete and useful to you. I encourage you to take a look, swim around in it and update yourself on information that might be of interest.
We all look forward to when we can reunite for our club meetings and share a meal. My thought is that we may not be able to get back together safely this spring, but hopefully a September in-person meeting is possible. But even beyond that time, our website will remain a major communication tool. Use it, contribute to it, and let us know how we can improve it.
And speaking of getting back together, I hope many of you have been successful in getting your Covid vaccinations. In the meantime I look forward to hearing from many of you on the Zoom sessions and by email. The leadership is working hard to keep our club connected and a bright spot for information.
Spring is just around the corner and so is our victory over this Covid thing. Stay strong and stay safe.
The chair of the Membership Development Team reports that the agenda of the January 26,, 2021 Membership Development Team meeting was to evaluate what might be done to encourage greater outreach to existing members. One of the ideas that got a considerable amount of discussion was an idea to encourage interaction between members as part of our monthly zoom meeting or at a separate meeting with the purpose of member-to-member discussion. Another idea was for the team to try to provide advice to members, when possible, during this unsettling time of the pandemic. The team is interested in incorporating membership outreach via the Website whenever possible. The website should be used to attract and retain members. The website is now up and running for both club membership and the public. As time goes on, additional information will be added. We also encourage members to make website suggestions along the way and when soliciting new members, refer them to the site for information. The Membership Development Team has long recognized that the best membership drive for the club is member to member contact and invitation. Thanks for what you do to encourage club membership.
CANR CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIPS - This is the time of year that the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources issues the Call for Scholarships including the LAANRC Endowed Scholarship. The call was announced on February 10; applications are due on March 10. Interested students use an online process to submit an application and essay. Our CANR contacts are encouraging us as a club, having one of the many scholarships, to promote the Call for Scholarships to MSU students. Their goal is to expand the applicant pool. The "call" has been sent to all CANR students. Eligibility criteria for the club's scholarship include:
junior status or above
leadership experiences and capabilities
Please share this information with anyone you know who might be interested, including MSU/CANR students, families you know whose children are attending MSU, your contacts in agriculture and natural resources and others. CLICK HERE for application information and process.
Thank you for promoting CANR scholarships and for your contributions to our scholarship. Together we will reach our $100,000 goal.
Scholarship Coordination Team
The purpose of the Lansing Area Agriculture & Natural Resources Club is to provide opportunites for those interested in agriculture and natural resources to interact regularily with others who have like interests, to keep members updated in these areas, to share a social environment that maintains connections and develops new friendships, and to support a scholarship program for deserving students in the Michigan State University College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,