Your ELi: Moons, Mugs, Mission

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Saturday, September 26, 2015, 12:31 am
By: 
Alice Dreger, Publisher

What does our moon meeting our mugs have to do with our mission here at ELi?

This week Robert Victor, former staff astronomer and now a volunteer of MSU’s Abram’s Planetarium, brought us news of tomorrow’s lunar eclipse. As you can read in his article, there will be a special gathering on the parking garage behind the planetarium starting around 7 p.m. for those who want to watch the eclipse together, in the company of professional sky-gazers.

In conjunction with this event, we are offering to our readers a chance to get a free ELi coffee mug. The first five people to identify themselves to the person in the ELi t-shirt as an ELi reader will be offered a mug. (Thanks to Michigan Shirt Works on Grand River Avenue for producing our mugs and t-shirts.)

Why did our Managing Editor Ann Nichols and I decide to do this give-away? As I explained yesterday in my report on our first fiscal year, part of Eli’s mission is “to promote communication among members of the greater East Lansing, Michigan, community, including across generations, across neighborhoods, and between permanent and temporary residents of our community.” One of our favorite ways to do that communication promotion is to let our readers know about opportunities where they can gather and talk about and enjoy common interests. Hence our plan to lure you to the parking garage by temping you with the possibility of a free ELi mug.

And if care about ELi’s mission as much as I do, please consider donating to us right now, while you are thinking of it. You can donate with a credit care online, or you can send a check payable to “East Lansing Info” to PO Box 115, East Lansing, MI 48823.

I hope you will agree that we did amazing work for this community in our first fiscal year, especially considering the roughly $26,000 we spent included major start-up costs that we won’t incur again. Your donations are tax deductible, and in the last fiscal year over 91% of our spending stayed local. This year, it will be even more, because we won’t have to pay the IRS more for our nonprofit status. (That was a one-time application fee.)

So hop online to donate, meet us at the parking garage, and help us keep ELi supporting and informing our community.

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