Rotary of Grosse Pointe

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Rotary and ShelterBox support Syrian refugees
In Syria, where a civil war has been raging since 2011, more than 6,000 people flee the country every day. As of September, more than 4.1 million people have become refugees, and 7.6 million more have been internally displaced. “The plight of Syria’s refugees is a litmus test for the world's compassion,” says Rotary International General Secretary John Hewko. “Rotary members worldwide are profoundly disheartened by the refugee crisis now unfolding in Syria and other parts of the world,” which the United Nations has described as the worst in decades. “Rotary is following the situation closely...
Ravindran declares Riseley president-nominee
RI President K.R. Ravindran officially declared Ian H.S. Riseley Rotary International’s president-nominee on 1 October. The nominating Committee for President of RI selected Riseley, of the Rotary club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, in August. He will be formally elected at the 2016 RI Convention in Seoul, Korea, and will become president on 1 July 2017.  Read more about Riseley
Attend one of five presidential conferences
Find new and innovative ways to improve your community by attending one of five presidential conferences this year, hosted by RI President K.R. Ravindran and Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith. The conferences, to be held around the world between January and March, will highlight Rotary’s areas of focus. Use these links to learn about each of the programs and to register to attend: Peace and Conflict Resolution, 15-16 January in Ontario, California, USA Disease Prevention and Treatment, 19-20 February in Cannes, France Economic Development, 27 February in Cape Town, South Africa...
Under One Sky lights the way to a better world
Rotary and ONE, an international advocacy organization, joined other event partners in downtown Chicago on 24 September to demonstrate a commitment to ending extreme poverty and inequality and to promoting action on climate change on the eve of the United Nations launch of its Sustainable Development Goals. The 17 ambitious goals constitute a road map for finding solutions to the world’s most pressing problems, and dovetail with Rotary members’ work to create positive change in their communities and around the world. As dusk fell over Chicago, participants in the Under One Sky event held up...
Nigeria declared polio-free, removed from endemic list
The World Health Organization (WHO) announced on 25 September that Nigeria is now polio-free and has been officially removed from the list of countries where polio is endemic. It’s been 14 months since any cases of polio caused by the wild virus have been detected there. With Nigeria’s historic achievement, polio remains endemic in only two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan. That means transmission of the virus has never been stopped there. Nigeria was the last country in Africa where polio was endemic. The continent celebrated its own first full year without the disease on 11 August. Once...

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We are a strong, participative membership giving of our time, talent and treasury in innovative ways to enhance the living environment of the Grosse Pointes, the surrounding communities, and, through Rotary Int’l and District 6400, the world at large.

Grosse Pointe

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As part of their Literacy efforts, Grosse Pointe Rotarians were on hand Aug. 26 and Sept. 10, respectively, for the installation and dedication of two "Mini Libraries" at Windmill Pointe Park in Grosse Pointe Park, above, and at Grosse Pointe Woods Lake Front Park, below. Joining the Rotarians were members of the Grosse Pointe Library Board and Foundation, Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library, municipal officials and the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce. 

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.
Best photos in the afternoon and evening, that's when the sun is on it!  Of course, it's open all day!
Looking forward to seeing your photos!
DG Liz

Rotarians turned out in good number for the 2015 Passing of the Gavel from outgoing President Jon Gandelot to incoming President Fred Ollison III on June 29 at the Assumption Cultural Center. - See more at:

The second "Mini Library" funded by the Rotary of Grosse Pointe Foundation was unveiled Monday, Aug. 24, at the Rotary Tot Lot at Elworthy Field in Grosse Pointe City. Joining Rotarians were members of the Grosse Pointe Library Board and Foundation and Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library. The third Mini Library is to be unveiled Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Windmill Pointe Park in Grosse Pointe Park.

Mark Wallace, center, CEO of the Detroit River Conservancy, was the guest speaker at the Aug. 10 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. He was introduced by Rotarian Jennifer Boettcher, left, and President Fred Ollison III, right. Wallace talked about having grown up in Chelsea, Mich., before going to Princeton and returning to Detroit to teach school. He later became highly successful in real estate and is credited with bringing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan back to downtown Detroit.
As his last official act as 2014-15 President of Grosse Pointe Rotary, Jon Gandelot, right, presented fellow Rotarian Richard Yeager-Stiver with the 2014-15 Directors Award plaque. The Rev. Yeager-Stiver is chair of the Interact Club & RYLA. He also serves as a director of Rotary of Grosse Pointe and as a member of the club's Rotary International Foundation committee. (Photo by John Minnis)

Grosse Pointe Rotarians, from left in kitchen, John Maliszewski, Dave Colton, John Mozena and Florence Seltzer prepare and serve lunch July 29 to the children at the Grand Avenue Crossroads of Michigan center in Detroit. During the school year, children receive lunches through the National School Lunch Program, but not during the summer. Grosse Pointe Rotarians furnished and served three lunches this summer at Crossroads. For more than two hours each day, the children ate lunch and played games supervised by the Rotarians. (Photo by Diane Strickler)

Members of Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and Foundation, the Grosse Pointe Public Library Board and Foundation, the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library and the City of Grosse Pointe Shores City Council and administration were on hand July 30 for the ribbon cutting for the first "Mini Library" in Grosse Pointe Shores' Osius Park. Funded by Rotary of Grosse Pointe Foundation and built with reclaimed wood by End Grain Woodworking Co., "Mini Libraries" are planned for the municipal parks in Grosse Pointe Farms, Woods and Park and, of course, at the Rotary Tot Lot at Elworthy Field in Grosse Pointe City.


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 Photo by John Minnis




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ImageTill 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.


I hope you didn't miss Henry Payne when he spoke to GP Rotary on June 1st.


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.



​14th Congressional District U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence, above, was the guest speaker at the March 30 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. "I want to say hello to everyone," Lawrence said, "and I'm honored to be here. I see the ice has broken," she added, looking out over Lake St. Clair from the War Memorial Ballroom, "and spring is coming." A Democrat elected last fall to her first term in Congress, the former Southfield mayor is the first woman to be elected to the 14th Congressional District, which includes the Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, part of Detroit, southern Oakland County and Pontiac. The current 114th Congress is the first in which to have more than 100 women (108) serving, which is a fitting note for Women's History Month in March, Lawrence said. "I'm proud to stand here before you as one of those women," she said. Above with the congresswoman following the meeting were President Jon Gandelot, left, who introduced Lawrence, and Program Committee Co-chair Ted Everingham. Photo by John Minnis



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.




On April 11, 2015, Grosse Pointe Rotarians, from left, Diane Strickler, Tina Antoon, Dick Allison and Paul Rentenbach, plus a dozen other volunteers, repackaged some 2,358 lbs. of cold meat into 4 lb. bags at Forgotten Harvest. 




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 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


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





Oct 12, 2015
Gerry Piro
Covenant House
Oct 19, 2015
Oct 26, 2015
Rick Caron
Tanazania - Rotary Water Project
Nov 02, 2015
Nov 09, 2015
Amy Elliott Bragg
Author - Hidden History in Detroit
Nov 16, 2015
Garrett Koehler
Assemble Sound
Nov 23, 2015
Judy Muhn
Local Native American population, association and history
Nov 30, 2015
Faith Fowler, author
Cass Community
Dec 07, 2015
Veronika Scott
The Empowerment Plan
Dec 14, 2015
Jennifer Jones
Rotary International Director
Dec 21, 2015
Stephanie Maurice
Mariners Inn
Dec 28, 2015