October News 2021

Get Your History Hats On!

Our club is 80 years old!  Can you believe it?  There are not many organizations around in our community like LAANRC that can boast of such longevity. We don’t plan to miss the opportunity to celebrate that history either.  The October 4 gathering will be a double-header - we will look back at what stimulated clubs like ours to form with our special speaker Dr. Thomas Summerhill from MSU and also look ahead to the impact our scholarship funds are having on young Ag. & Natural Resources leaders currently enrolled in CANR programs at MSU.  To help accomplish this, our three 2021 scholarship winners will be with us during the meeting to share their stories and provide an opportunity for us to get better acquainted.  CLICK HERE to check out the brief story of our Club’s history; it’s a quick read and good refresher. See also Michigan Agriculture 1920-1947, a brief summary from the book Michigan Agriculture 1800-1980.

Based on discussions with lodge meal coordinators, it will be necessary to wear masks at the evening gathering except during the actual meal.  This will assist in achieving maximum safety while in attendance.  We will also be collecting meal money in the larger banquet room again to minimize larger groups of people lingering in the congested lobby area where we traditionally have taken money.  When you arrive, please pick up your name tag and move directly into the banquet room.  Hand sanitizer will be available in the meeting room.  We respect your desire to remain safe but realize that no plan will suite everyone perfectly. Hope to see you at the meeting!

What: October 4, 2021 LAANRC Meeting

Where: Okemos Masonic Center

When: 6:00 pm Fellowship; 6:20 pm Dinner/Program  (Please note the earlier 6:20 pm dinner start time to permit more time for the program)

Program: 80th Anniversary Celebration

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Summerhill, Associate Professor Department of History, Michigan State University; "1941: LAANRC and the Dawn of a New Farming ERA." 

Dr. Summerhill will help us reflect back to 1941 to explore post-depression and pre-war conditions that were ripe to spawn agricultural clubs across the country, including our own club which has lasted eight decades.  His goal will be to extend his 19th century studies of labor, working class, political and social conditions in the United States to the 1941 era.  He will emphasize factors that came together to stimulate interest on the part of city-based businessmen to become farm owners and who then came together to form agricultural clubs.  While the composition of our 2021 club membership is much different than that of the 24 founding members back in 1941, we are all still connected by our interest in the many facets of agriculture and natural resources.  Dr. Summerhill is a noted writer and historian who came to MSU in 1997 and continues as Associate Professor in the Department of History.  He also has served as Adjunct Curator at the MSU Museum since 2000.

The depression and post-war period leaves much to untangle in such a quickly changing agricultural system in our country.  The Greater Lansing area is fortunate to have Michigan State University at our doorstep.   What was so special about 1941 at MSU?  For starters it was the end of the Robert Shaw (1928-1941) presidency and start of the Hannah era (1941-1969).   Both men were from the Agricultural College and Hannah was married to Shaw’s daughter.  Their combined 41 years serving as presidents of the university with similar styles of leadership, is still being felt today. Some go as far to say that their presidencies were “seamless”.  We are all connected and forever tied together by our interest in the agriculture and natural resource wonders of the Great Lake State. 

Meet & Greet Our 2021 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to three students from Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education, Food Science and Biosystems Engineering on receiving scholarships from our club. We will have an opportunity to visit with these outstanding young leaders during our fellowship time and over the meal.  At the end of the meal, each student will share information about their college career paths and goals for the future.  The Scholarship Coordination Team members are very impressed with their academic and leadership accomplishments and we are sure you also will be after hearing their stories.  Our scholarship efforts, supported by the Club’s endowment at MSU, are truly investments in the future and Club members are complimented for supporting this worthy cause.

Calling All Bidders: Mark November 1 As The Date For Our Scholarship Auction

Our November 1 meeting will be dedicated to the club's auction to benefit our MSU/CANR endowed scholarship.  There will be live and silent auctions in addition to a sale of Stoney Creek Essential Farms delicious mint chocolate candies.  You will receive an online auction brochure from Martha Schwab in early October so that you can review and think about which items you may want to bid on.  Roger Brook who developed and maintains our new great website will post the brochure on our website lansinganrclub.org. We hope to reach our current goal of $100,000 with the proceeds of this auction and year-end gifts.  We look forward to having a good turnout for our auction.