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MSURA Groups and Activities

US Military History Discussion Group  meets in the back room at the Grand Traverse Pie Co., corner of Hagadorn and Grand River, East Lansing, at 3:00 PM on the second Friday of each month.  All people with an interest in American military history are invited.  Contact Al LeBlanc at aleblanc@msu.edu or leave a message at (517) 655-6454 to be added to the e-mail or phone list.

DIRE HUMAN NEEDS OVERSEAS INTEREST GROUP Members or others with an interest in dire human needs overseas are invited to join the group. Group discussions will be informational in nature and may lead to interest group action. Dire needs include, but are not limited to, clean water, food, shelter, medical care, and other commensurate needs. If interested, contact Bill and Linda Schoenl at schoenl@msu.edu.

Bowling Interest Group: MSU retirees interested in bowling on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 AM at Royal Scot Bowling Lanes, 4722 W. Grand River Ave, Lansing. 3 games each day, beginning at 9:30 AM. . Teams selected by card draw. Contact: Patrick Scheetz at: Scheetz@msu.edu  or (517) 351-7538.

Scrapbooking Are you a scrapbooker and need to get motivated to get caught up?  Or are you like many of us who have photos stored in a closet or the basement just waiting to see the light of day?  Scrapbooking can be fun and relaxing but sometimes blocking out the time to work on it can be a challenge.  Getting those photos organized can be overwhelming.   Enjoy getting started, hearing tips and getting caught up scrapbooking with others.  Bring a project that you are working on, or want to get started on and I'll help get your organized, answer questions, show you some examples of both 'traditional' and 'digital' and you'll be off and running.  It's time to get those cherished photos out of their boxes and into something you can be proud of.   Contact me if you're interested:  Laurena Jenkins Hoffmeyer, hoffmey3@msu.edu, 517-703-0146 in Lansing, or via http://laurenajenkinshoffmeyer.com/ (there is an email envelope at the bottom of my website).

Knitting Group knitting group

The Knitting Group meets every other Tuesday from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in Room 27 of the Nisbet Building. Please call Rosemary Pavlik at (517)882-2030 for more information.

Opera Study Group The new MSURA Opera Study Group has held several meetings since it was organized in early Fall 2012, often focusing on one of the forthcoming productions in the Metropolitan Opera Live in HD program.  The Live in HD program streams productions to local theaters, and two Lansing area theaters participate in the program. Those who are interested should contact Al LeBlanc via e-mail to aleblanc@msu.edu or leave a telephone message at (517) 655-6454.  Please give us your name, phone number, and e-mail address if you use e-mail.

MSU Faculty/Staff Golf Activity  The purpose is to provide a program of golf activities for its members, primarily, but not exclusively, at the Forest Akers Golf Courses of Michigan State University. Michigan State University faculty, staff, retirees and their spouses shall be eligible for club membership.  (Currently, MSU alumni who are sponsored by members are also eligible for club membership.)  Current dues are $15 a year.  Basically if a member wishes to play on the weekend (usually Saturday mornings), he or she must sign up by the end of Wednesday.  There is no obligation to play every weekend.  There is a $5 charge for participating in a weekend event. For information: email Robert Wenner at wenner@msu.edu, or email Robert Bao at baor@msu.edu

Quilting interest group. Please email Ann Booren  (boorena@msu.edu) your interest, and what you would want to get out of this group.  Here are some suggestions for how the group might operate.  I welcome your input:
1-come and everyone works on their own projects
2-we offer some quilting lessons
3-we do group projects and make quilts to give away
4-fabric exchanges
5-a little of all of the the above
6-other suggestions
We will meet the 1st Monday of the Month 1-4 PM
University Lutheran Church
1020 S. Harrison Rd., EL

Local Jazz Events Activity  Retirees that might be interested in attending jazz events and performances in the Lansing area, in addition to what is offered at the Wharton Center. Learn more about where to hear great local music (free or low cost) The E.L. Summer Solstice Jazz Festivals always a big hit with seniors and all ages. Contact: Albert and Beth Cafagna, Founders & Board Members, E.L. Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in June. Email: cafagna@msu.edu or (517) 351-6480

Family Genealogy Group – This group will determine where they will meet once each month as well as time and day.  All people interested in family genealogy are invited. Build a family tree on a desktop and update it from anywhere; illustrate family stories with photos, documents, and videos; create and share timelines, charts, and reports; easily sync family trees and discoveries with Ancestry.com online data.  Contact Cathy Estrada cje1026@yahoo.com at  (517) 256-3733

 MSU Retirees Club of Florida

Walt Hapkiewicz, Pres. 2088 Estero Blvd. #4A, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 517-332-0449
Bruce Benson, Vice Pres. 3730 Pinebrook Circle #608, Bradenton, FL 34209
Gene Garrison, Sec. 1321 Bottlebrush Dr., Bradenton, FL 34208 941-748-7381
Marsh Hestenes, Treas. 521 Luminary Blvd., Osprey, FL 34229 941-918-8150

The club meets once a year on the first Monday in March for a luncheon at the Bradenton Country Club in Bradenton, FL

Contact: hestenes@msu.edu

Tennis Activity– Heather Mactaggart <mactagga@rhs.msu.edu>  Manager, MSU Indoor Tennis Center, 517-432-8793  (without a live link). Anyone interested in connecting with the retiree group that plays at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center may contact Heather and she can point them in the right direction. Thank you for connecting tennis retirees with us!

Bike Rider Group – Have a broken bike? Need a new one? MSU Bikes provides bicycle sales, rentals and repairs to the MSU Community, including MSU retirees. They also provide education on bicycle repair and safety and work with campus planners to improve bicycle infrastructure. Go to: http://bikes.msu.edu/  Ask for Tim Potter at pottert@msu.edu  Contact MSURA if you can be a leader of this group.

bike group

Motorcycle interest MSU retirees who have owned or still own and operate a motorcycle (any size, make and model) who wish to explore becoming involved in a MSU Retirees Motorcycle group are invited and encouraged to make that interest known.  This group , if organized, would be purely social with initial participants deciding the agenda.    If you are interested in “exploring” the possibilities of becoming involved with MSU retirees who enjoy or have enjoyed motorcycling, you are invited to contact Dan Chegwidden in University Advancement at 517-884-1068.  Dan’s email is:         chegwidd@msu.edu

iPad Interest Group (Classes)
(1)  Have you recently gotten an iPad?  A little help can go a long way, and you can have fun learning how to use it in the IPAD FUNDAMENTALS class.  (2)  Have you been using an iPad for awhile?  Explore a variety of iPad topics and apps in the IPAD SOLUTIONS class.  (3)  Bring your fully charged iPad and your Apple ID login information (for the App Store) to each class.  (4)  If you are interested in participating in either class, please email NO INSTRUCTOR CURRENTLY AVAILABLE, let MSURA know if you can teach this class.

Square Dance Activity:  Square dancing is a delightful blending of both physical and mental exercise, and it is as much a stimulation of the mind as the body.  The dancing is not fast paced.  If you can walk comfortably, you can square dance.  You don't need an innate sense of rhythm, nor do you need a set of fancy square dance clothes.  If you are interested, contact Ron Hamelink at 517-927-9074 or hamelin2@msu.edu

Sherlock Holmes/Greek Interpreters Society Special Interest Group
Have you ever been tired and exasperated by daily life in the year 2014?
Would you like to take a temporary breather from the stresses and strains of today’s 24/7 electronic culture?
Do you enjoy reading about and attempting to solve mysteries?
If you answered “yes” to any of the above questions, then you might enjoy attending and participating in the next dinner meeting of the East Lansing Sherlock Holmes Society. Founded in 1943 and named in honor of the MSU Spartans, the local chapter took the name of one of author Arthur Conan Doyle’s fabled stories and became The Greek Interpreters of East Lansing. The group typically meets three times a year to analyze one of the Sherlock Holmes adventures over a relaxed dinner at a local dining establishment. The story for the eve-ning is announced to members in advance, and folks gather to discuss interesting aspects of the case in question. For further information or to join contact Shari and Jim Conroy at jconroy45@gmail.com.

Flying Club Interest: Olds Forge Flyers is a nonprofit flying club based at Capital Region International Airport in Lansing, Michigan. Their website is www.oldsforgeflyers.com   The club has quite a few MSU affiliated members.  Any MSU retirees interested as a prospective student or a seasoned pilot, check out their new membership options and/or drop them a line! Contact: Fred Honhart at honhart@msu.edu 

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To propose a new group or activity for the MSU Retirees Association, send a short description with contact information via e-mail to msura@msu.edu or mail a paper copy to MSURA 22 Nisbet Building, 1407 South Harrison Avenue, East Lansing, MI 48823-5239.
To see a table summarizing contact information for the interest groups, please click here.