Club Executives & Directors
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.
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War Memorial Community Center
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Christine Roeder, center, Regional Director for Retention and Growth at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), was the guest speaker at the Nov. 2 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. She was introduced by Bernadette Banko, left, of the Programs Committee. They were joined by club President Fred Ollison III, right. The MEDC has 180 regional partners with programs for business development, community revitalization, business to business procurement and local support and collaboration. The business development arm tries to grow and retain existing companies and attract new ones. For community development, it works with cities like the Grosse Pointes that have a “downtown.” The MEDC also works through the Pure Michigan campaign to have businesses attract new business. One of their current issues is finding enough high tech and skilled trades individuals to meet the existing need. To learn more, please go to www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/missionPhoto by John Minnis
Richard Caron, right, a Windsor 1918 Rotarian, talked to our club in March 2014 about a Rotary trip to Tanzania with his daughter, Julie. His followup talk at our Oct. 19 luncheon meeting was about a subsequent trip to the African country. Julie visited Tanzania originally in 2009 and bonded with a family that cared for their two children and eight orphans. After the parents died in 2012, she formed a Tanzanian chapter of the Canadian World Education Foundation, which provides financial assistance for the education of poor children in need. Subsequently, a Tanzanian formed an organization to work with the CWEF called the Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization. With Caron following the meeting were, from left, visiting Detroit Rotarians Liz Smith and John Chambers and Grosse Pointe Rotary President Fred Ollison III.
During the week of September 14 Habitat for Humanity held a Blitz Build in the Morningside Community, just west of Mack at Buckingham. Rotarians from Grosse Pointe Rotary and Livonia worked several days that week priming and painting two homes to be ready for occupancy in December. Above, Grosse Pointe Rotarians John Maliszewski, George McMullen, Richard Yeager-Stiver, Diane Strickler and Paul Rentenbach weary after a day of paint priming.
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.