Rotary of Grosse Pointe

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Support the Foundation on Giving Tuesday, 1 December
Join the global online movement to celebrate the season with a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Giving Tuesday, 1 December, uses the power of social media and the spirit of generosity to promote giving and philanthropy around the world. You can support the cause by going online on 1 December to make a gift to The Rotary Foundation. Then use social media to encourage your friends and family to do the same. It’s the perfect opportunity to reach our supporters and build on the momentum of Rotary Foundation Month. Last year, the Foundation raised more than $100,000 on Giving Tuesday. This year, the...
New Rotary flag and banner materials available in Brand Center
Give your Rotary flag or banner a new and professional look with our updated materials, available in the Brand Center. With eight options of colors and backgrounds to choose from, you can find the design that will best strengthen your club or district brand. The Brand Center also offers everything you need to create communications with the Rotary look and tone. You can download Rotary’s logo -- or create your own club or district logo. And you’ll find editable templates for brochures, newsletters, PowerPoint presentations, fliers, and more. (Sign-in required.)
Cyclists raise nearly $3 million in Miles to End Polio ride
The fight to eradicate polio got a major financial boost from the annual Miles to End Polio bike ride that took place 21 November in Arizona, USA. Rotary General Secretary John Hewko and a team of eight RI staff members helped raise $2.9 million. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match the funds 2-to-1, bringing the total contribution to PolioPlus to nearly $9 million. This is the fourth year in a row that Hewko has biked in the 104-mile (167 km) El Tour de Tucson ride, one of the country’s top cycling events. More than 100 Rotary members from Arizona and around the world hit the...
Foundation moves up on expert list of top nonprofits
The Rotary Foundation has continued its steady growth, moving up one spot to 93rd in The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking of the top 400 nonprofit organizations in the United States. The ranking is based on monetary contributions from private sources and reflects the increasing generosity of those who support Rotary’s mission. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Foundation received $259,594,884 in 2014, an 8.3 percent increase from the previous year. The Foundation recently earned a 4-start rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent...
Chulalongkorn celebrates 10 years of equipping leaders to build peace
Bobby Anderson was helping former freedom fighters in Aceh, Indonesia, adjust to life after combat when he heard about the Rotary Peace Center at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok. Anderson, who became part of the 2010 class of Rotary Peace Fellows, says the program allowed him to reflect upon the work he had already done and gain a larger perspective beyond day to day practicalities.  “To be able to meet other people that had done similar work in other places and to be exposed [during field study] to the disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration situation in Nepal was fascinating and...

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Grosse Pointe

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Dr. Richard "Dick" Dunlap, center, with Membership Committee Chair John Mozena, left, and Executive Secretary Mike Carmody, right, was inducted as a new member of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the club's Nov. 16 noon luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Dunlap is a retired dentist and lives in Grosse Pointe with his wife, Connie. Photos by John Minnis

Garrett Koehler, right, was the guest speaker at the Nov. 16 luncheon meeting of Rotary Grosse Pointe. He was introduced by Bernadette Banko, center, of the Programs Committee, along with President Fred Ollison III, left. Koehler is founder of Assemble Sound, a collaborative effort to bring Detroit musicians together to produce and perform music. Assemble Sound recently purchased a 19th century church building in Corktown, near the Michigan Central train station, to make into a meeting and recording space for Detroit musicians. The church was a natural choice, Koehler told the Grosse Pointe Rotarians present, since it is a place where people with shared beliefs traditionally get together. Named among Crain's Detroit Business's "20 in their 20s," Koehler and his partner, Kevin Krease, raised some $30 million in pledges, including support from Dan Gilbert, in an effort to get ESPN's "X Games" moved to Detroit. Although Detroit was among the finalists, ESPN chose Austin, Texas, as home for "X Games." A native of Chicago, Koehler moved to Detroit three years ago after hearing about the exciting things going on in Detroit. "There's something in Detroit, maybe it's in the water, that has given rise to great music in Detroit," Koehler said. Photo by John Minnis

Robert Muha, left, of the Detroit International Academy for Young Women, dropped in at the Nov. 16 luncheon meeting to say "thanks" for the new winter coats provided through the four-club Operation Warm effort. He also thanked Rotarian Lee Johnson for his assistance in providing books for the academy through the club's Literacy Project. "Your efforts are making a profound impact," Muha told the Grosse Pointe Rotarians after being introduced by Past President Paul Rentenbach, right, chair of the Operation Warm. Photo by John Minnis

Amy Elliott Bragg, author of Hidden History of Detroit, was the guest speaker at the Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. She was introduced by Jenny Boettcher, Program Committee chair. Following the meeting and before autography copies of her book for Rotarians, Bragg is pictured, above, with Rotary President Fred Ollison III. (Photo by John Minnis)
Grosse Pointe Rotarian George McMullen, left, was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellow pin at the club's Nov. 16 luncheon meeting. McMullen joined Rotary of Grosse Pointe in 2014. He is a director, member of the Community Affairs Committee and chair of the Vocational Service Committee. Past President Steve McMillan, vice president of the Rotary Club Foundation, presented the Paul Harris Fellow pin, which is awarded for every $1,000 donated to Rotary International. Photos by John Minnis

Ashley Holmer, second from right, who previously spoke to our club in February about the Red Sweater Project in Tanzania, provided a brief follow-up. The project has built two schools in the last 10 years, currently has two Detroit area volunteers (a teacher and an officer manager), and has raised $42,000 through a global grant. Holmer told Grosse Pointe Rotarians that along with building, equipping and staffing a school, she also has to concern herself with water purification, solar power and farming. With Holmer following the meeting are, from left, Past President Diane Strickler, current President Fred Ollison III and Interact/-RYLA Chair and Directory Richard Yeager-Stiver. Photograph by John Minnis)


C hristine 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

Photo by John Minnis

Grosse Pointe Rotary Executive Secretary Mike Carmody, right, presented President-Elect Ted Everingham, left, and immediate Past President Jon Gandelot, center, with Paul Harris Fellow pins at the club's Nov. 2 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. A Rotarian is named a Paul Harris Fellow for contributing $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Everingham and Gandelot are "Mulitiple Paul Harris Fellows" because they have each donated $2,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation. Everingham, a two-time Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, received a single-sapphire label pin for $2,000 contributed, while Gandelot, a three-time Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, received a two-sapphire pin for his $3,000 in contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Photo 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. 

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