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War Memorial Community Center
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
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EndPolio Now t-shirt on the Spirit of Detroit
Visit the Spirit of Detroit
Last Friday morning RID Jennifer and DG Wayne and I got to the Spirit of Detroit extra early to see the installation of a red EndPolio Now t-shirt on the Spirit of Detroit. It will be there thru September 13.
Please take the time to VISIT the Spirit THIS WEEK. Wear your End Polio Now or Rotary garb, and hang out for a little while.
Chat with folks, answer their questions, take lots of photos, selfies, and use #spiritofdetroit and #endpolionow so we can all find your photos.
Do the "ThisClose" pose. Pose like the Spirit! Use your imagination!
Post to your personal and club FB, Twitter, etc. Let's flood the stream with the Spirit in red.
Mildred Hurley, the "Southern Gardener" and a board member of the Moross Greenway Project, was the guest speaker at the July 27 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, held at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. She was introduced by President Fred Ollison III, above. Hurley told Rotarians that the project to plant flower beds in the seven islands west of St. John Hospital in the Moross Road boulevard is finally moving forward with the awarding of the landscaping contract to Backer Landscaping, the winning bidder. Backer currently maintains the St. John flower beds on Moross, making the landscaping company a good fit for the project, Hurley said. The beds will be planted with native Michigan perennials so they will withstand the northern climate and require minimal maintenance. She said work should begin within a few weeks. So far the Moross Greenway Project and board, headed by Honorary Chairs Lois and Gail Warden and Sally and Bill Shelden, has raised $450,000 of the $600,000 required. Maintenance, though minimal, will require ongoing fundraising as well, Hurley said. For more information, go to www.morossgreenway.org. Photo by John Minnis
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Till Schoechtner, above, Rotary of Grosse Pointe's exchange student for 2014-15, was the luncheon speaker at his final meeting of Rotary on July 6. Since the club's usual Monday venue, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, was closed, the meeting was held in the banquet room of the Village Grille. In attendance were his "host parents," below, Heather and John Chase, of Grosse Pointe Farms, and, standing below middle, his biological family — all the way from Horn, Austria — parents, Harald and Orturn, and his younger sister and brother, Theda and Timo. During his slide (and video) presentation of all the places he visited during his year here — Colorado, California, New York City, Ontario, Texas and Central America, to name a few — Till thanked his host parents for treating him "just like one of their own kids, which is very important." Till also said he was intimidated at first with the size and number of students at Grosse Pointe South High School. But he not only found his way around and made friends, he was also thrilled to have "graduated high school in a year." Rotary Youth Exchange officers Steve McMillan and Kim Towar, below bottom, presented Till with a Grosse Pointe South sweatshirt as a going-away present, and they had "Grosse Pointe" presents for his parents and siblings as well. (Photos by John Minnis)
Dr. Gary Niehaus, right, recently hired Superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public School System, attended his first Rotary of Grosse Pointe meeting May 18. He was warmly introduced by President Jon Gandelot, left, and fellow Grosse Pointe Rotarians. Niehaus was a member of the Charleston Rotary Club in his home state of Illinois, outside of Chicago, before moving to Grosse Pointe and immediately becoming a Rotarian in his new hometown.
Former Commodore Brian Geraghty, left, spoke on the subject “Celebrating the Bayview Yacht Club Centennial” at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting May 11 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. He was introduced by fellow past commodore, Ted Everingham, right. Geraghty is researching the club's history and is helping with publication of a book commemorating Bayview's first 100 years.
Dr. Michael Paletta, right, executive director of the Hospice of Michigan Institute, was the guest speaker at the April 27 luncheon meeting for Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Paletta discussed making end-of-life decisions and having "the talk" with loved ones before a medical emergency arrives. He recommended having your medical wishes written down and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care designated. He was introduced by Programs Committee Co-chair Ted Everhingham, left.
Rotary President Jon Gandelot bids farewell to outgoing School Superintendent Tom Harwood, right, who attended his last meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe on Monday, March 30, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. A Grosse Pointe Rotarian since 2012, Harwood served as chairman of the Scholarships Committee. Harwood is leaving the Grosse Pointe Public School System and returning to his native West Michigan to serve as deputy superintendent of the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency. Photo by John Minnis
Our 2nd annual fundraising cruise on the yacht INFINITY will be held on June 4, leaving from Jefferson Beach Marina at 7:00 pm. Boarding will begin at 6:30 pm. We return at 9:30 pm and enjoy 1/2 hour of fellowship at the dock. Tickets are $150 per person. You can make reservations by sending a check payable to "Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation" to GP Rotary, 1125 Three Mile Drive, GP Park, MI 48230, or by registering on line and paying with a credit card. Simply click on the image and follow the directions. If you are a club member, enter your Clubrunner ID and password. If you don't know them, or if you are not a club member, you will need to enter your first and last name and email address at the first screen, then "Select Options" to designate the number of tickets you want, and then the "Payment" link will ask for your credit card information. During the cruise, we will be raffling off 4 fantastic prizes, and raffle tickets are $50 each. The prizes are (1) one week in Umbria, Italy in a private apartment (donated by Rich and Nancy Solak), (2) two cases of fine wines (donated by Village Wine and Woods Wholesale Wine), (3) a Shinola watch (donated by George Koueiter & Sons Jewelry), and (4) twelve $50 gift certificates for fine dining in Grosse Pointe (donated by the restaurants).
Nancy Bailey, co-author the book, "The North Side of Down," was the guest speaker at the March 23, 2015, luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. She was introduced by John Conway, co-chair of the Programs Committee. "The North Side of Down" is the story about Bailey's sister and co-author, Amanda Bailey, who has Down syndrome. "I wrote the book with Amanda," Nancy Bailey told the Rotarians present. "She's a prolific writer. She didn't learn to write until she was (an adult)." Nancy is an animal trainer and the author of 10 books. More information may be found on Facebook and at nancyjbaileyauthor.com. Above, Bailey, left autographs books for Rotarian Bernadette Banko while Program Co-chair Conway awaits his turn. (Photo by John Minnis)
Upon graduation from college in 2005, Ashley Holmer, formerly of Grosse Pointe, and her twin sister bordered a plane for Tanzania in west Africa. She's still there. "If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be building schools in Tanzania, I would have said you are crazy," she told Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their Feb. 23, 2015, luncheon meeting. Today she is founder and executive director of the Red Sweater Project, an organization the supports students at the Mungere Secondary School. Because the cost of secondary schooling in Tanzania is about $500 a year, while the average annual family income is $189, outside assistance is crucial. In fact, families celebrate when a daughter fails the secondary school admittance test. The official school uniform is a "red sweater," hence the name of project. For more information, go to redsweaterproject.org.
From left at the Rotary meeting were the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver, Holmer, past President Diane Strickler and Program Chair Ted Everingham. (Photo by John Minnis)
Till Schoechtner, this year's exchange student from Horn, Austria, reinstituted an old Grosse Pointe Rotary tradition at the club's Jan. 26, 2015, luncheon meeting by announcing the guests and visiting Rotarians. The opportunity gave him a chance not only to improve his public speaking abilities but also his use of English. (Photo by John Minnis)
Grosse Pointe Rotarian Michelle Roberts gave a vocational talk at the Jan. 19, 2015, luncheon meeting or Rotary of Grosse Pointe. A management consultant with her own company, Technical Textile Solutions, Roberts spoke about the decline of textile manufacturing in the United States and its current comeback in niche products. "It's not ever going to be the way it was," she said, "but we are seeing some growth." She noted that apparel and footwear are a $354 billion consumer market in the United States, $1,100 per man, woman and child. Roberts was introduced by President Jon Gandelot.
Madeline Bialecki, executive director of The Lake House, "A Gathering Place for Those Touched by Cancer," was the stand-in guest speaker at the Jan. 26, 2015, luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Though a Michigan native, Bialecki spent 28 years in Pennsylvania, where she made a career in managing nonprofit organizations. "I was in Rotary for 10 years in Pennsylvania," she told the Grosse Pointe Rotarians. "I love Rotary."
Above, from left at the Rotary meeting, were Programs Committee Chair Ted Everingham, who introduced the speaker, Bialecki and Stanley. (Photo by John Minnis)
Regina High School music director Eleanor Ellero led the girls choir in a rousing medley of holiday songs at the Sunrise Grosse Pointe Rotary Club's holiday breakfast Dec. 9 at The Hill restaurant. They concluded their songs with a superb, and difficult, acapella rendition of "Carol of the Bells," earning the girls a standing ovation by the Rotarians. Also at the holiday breakfast, Rotarians John Minnis, of the Grosse Pointe afternoon club, and Tim Kelch, of the Sunrise Club, were named Paul Harris Fellows for their work on helping make the club's annual Fun Run such as success. Below left, from left, are club President Mike Carter, Minnis, Kelch and Rotary District 6400 Gov. Liz Smith. Also on the holiday breakfast agenda was the induction of new Rotarian Dennis Janowski. Below right, Gov. Smith pins a new-member pin on Janowski's lapel while Dennis Hyduk of Sunrise and John Chambers of the Detroit A.M. Rotary Club look on. Photos by John and Terry Minnis