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MSURA Interest Groups and Activities

Friends of the MSU Amateur Radio Club  A group of amateur radio enthusiasts dedicated to supporting the Michigan State University Amateur Radio Club.  We also provide resources for anyone interested in obtaining a license and joining the hobby.  Contact: Ed Oxer, W8EO at

MSURA Book Club  Under the leadership of Rebecca Townsend the MSURA Book Club first met in August 2015. The group meets once a month with lively discussions about the selected book. Contact Rebecca Townsend, at

Family Genealogy Group – This group will determines where they will meet once each month as well as time and day.  Contact Cathy Estrada at  (517) 256-3733. 

Knitting GroupThe knitting group in 2024

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

Quilting Group Quilters

Please email Ann Booren  (  In this group one can work on their own projects, get or offer quilting lessons, do group projects, and make quilts to give away, and exchange fabrics.  The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of the month 1-4 PM, University Lutheran Church, 1020 S. Harrison Rd., EL.

Travel Discussion Group -   If you would like to participate in a travel discussion group, please send your e-mail or phone number to Laurena Hoffmeyer Email:

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 or leave a message at (517) 655-6454 to be added to the e-mail or phone list. 

Walking Group - Interested in walking with fellow retirees, Contact Rick Vogt,

Dire Human Needs Overseas -- 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

Sherlock Holmes/Greek Interpreters Society Special Interest Group
Enjoy attending and participating in the next dinner meeting of the East Lansing Sherlock Holmes Society. Founded in 1943, 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 evening 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 Rich Krisciunas at

Local Jazz Events    Attend 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) including the E.L. Summer Solstice Jazz Festival. Contact: Albert and Beth Cafagna, Founders & Board Members, E.L. Summer Solstice Jazz Festival in June. Email: or (517) 351-6480.

Tennis – Heather Mactaggart <> Manager, MSU Indoor Tennis Center, 517-432-8793 .  Anyone interested in connecting with the retiree group that plays at the MSU Indoor Tennis Center may contact heather.

Bike Rider Groupbike 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:  Ask for Tim Potter at We're looking for a leader to start this group. Please contact MSURA or Tim Potter if you're willing to volunteer as a leader to get it started.

To propose a new group or activity for the MSU Retirees Association, send a short description with contact information via e-mail to or mail a paper copy to MSURA, Suite 22, 1407 South Harrison Road, East Lansing, MI 48823-5239.
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