Rotary of Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self since 1937 

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Member Spotlight: The book on Brad Rubini
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian When Brad Rubini was reading a bedtime story to his seven-year-old daughter, Claire, she asked him why he was reading the words wrong. “I’m dyslexic, so I thought I was reading the words right,” recalls Rubini, a past president of the Rotary Club of Toledo, Ohio. After he explained his problem, she began to read to him on most nights instead. “She was a voracious reader and storyteller. She was always telling stories, even when she was a toddler,” he says. Three years later, while Claire was away at summer camp, she died unexpectedly as a result of a...
Health: Survival of the Fitbittest
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian In the seven days from 7 through 13 March, I took precisely 84,250 steps. This amounted to 39.85 miles. I also climbed 288 floors and burned 22,055 calories. I’m fairly certain that you, gentle readers, could not care less about those statistics. Unless, of course, you’re one of the millions of gentle readers who have joined America’s fitness self-surveillance movement by strapping a tracking device to your wrist. In which case, you are probably pretty darned impressed by my stats. I should therefore add a few crucial caveats. Caveat No. 1: That week...
John Germ: Champion of Chattanooga
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Just before John Germ dropped by, Rick Youngblood took a deep breath. “You want to match his energy,” he says, “but he makes it hard to keep up.” Youngblood is the president and CEO of Blood Assurance, a regional blood bank in Chattanooga, Tenn., that Germ helped found in 1972. After his visit with Youngblood, Germ strode between mountains of empty bottles and cans at Chattanooga’s John F. Germ Recycling Center at Orange Grove, which he designed, before he drove to a construction site and popped a cork to dedicate a Miracle League field where special...
Cynthia Salim: Former Rotary Scholar makes clothing with a conscience
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian The way Cynthia Salim sees it, the fashion industry doesn't have much to offer a young, socially conscious woman like her when it comes to work clothes. "The fashion industry often does 'sexy' or 'fun' or 'hip,' and things that encourage frequent purchases," the 29-year-old says. "It's very rare that the design community will design something that will make a young woman look credible and influential as well as timeless." Add "and is ethically made" to that list, and it becomes a tall order that Salim became increasingly frustrated trying to fill when...
Member Interview: Susan Davis uses social entrepreneurship to fight poverty
From the July 2016 issue of The Rotarian Susan Davis has devoted the past three decades to using social entrepreneurship and microfinance to address extreme poverty, particularly in Bangladesh. A Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship in the early 1980s allowed her to study international relations at the University of Oxford. A decade ago, she co-founded BRAC USA (previously the Bangladesh Rehabilitation Assistance Committee) to help the world’s poor through self-empowerment. She is co-author, with journalist David Bornstein, of the book Social Entrepreneurship: What Everyone Needs to...
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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

Service Above Self

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War Memorial Community Center
32 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236
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Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen, here with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the June 6 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at the War Memorial. 
Killeen is proud to have been recently appointed to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), whose role is to improve the quality of the region’s environmental resources, make the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalize communities, and encourage economic development.  He believes that government’s most important job is maintaining the 
Locally, he is working with the Grosse Pointes to have the Army Corp of Engineers assess the seawalls. If they are in need of repair, water getting through could impact Lake Shore, a county road. Once completed, any cost to repair will need to be established and the source of the funds determined.
One of his biggest headaches is dealing with the building of the new jail in Detroit. With all of the money already spent, the large cost of relocating to Mound Rd, and the loss of business if county employees and the court system are moved, Killeen is a proponent of building the jail where it currently remains unfinished. The resolution of a lawsuit against the project’s architects due to cost overruns will determine what the next steps will be. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
As is the annual custom prior to the end of the school year, members of the Interact Club at Grosse Pointe South High School conducted the May 23, 2016 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)


Our 3rd annual fundraising cruise on the yacht INFINITY will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 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 some fantastic prizes, and raffle tickets are $50 each.  The prizes are (1) one week in a one bedroom apartment in the Umbrian city of Citta di Castello (donated by Rich and Nancy Solak), (2) and (3) a case of fine wines to two winners (donated by Village Wine and Woods Wholesale Wine), (4) a Shinola watch (donated by George Koueiter & Sons Jewelry), and (5), (6) and (7) six $50 gift certificates to three winners for fine dining in Grosse Pointe (donated by the restaurants).


Geoff Nathan, Waye State University Professor of Linguistics, above with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the May 16 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. In the gathering of data, it was found that languages can be really different from each.  This includes the sounds and structure. For example, in Japanese the verb is last in a sentence, in English it follows the subject, while in Hebrew it is always near the beginning. It is very hard to say how a language changes over time. For example, our current English is much different than early modern English (“hallowed be thy name”) which is much different than early English, which we would not even understand. 
The “parts” of linguistics are: 
1) sounds,
2) words,
3) syntax (grammar),
4) semantics (meaning),
5) historical (how it changes over time) and
6) social (reaction to what is being said).  
When speaking, don’t break the conventions of the language for the location/audience. It is the social judgments and reactions that allow one to be understood.
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Choirmaster Steve McMillan led his fellow Rotarians in a rousing "Happy Birthday!" to President-Elect Ted Everingham at the club's May 16 luncheon meeting. Happy Birthday, Ted! (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Grosse Pointe Rotarian the Rev. Peter Henry attended a Rotary meeting in Wheaton, Ill. recently and brought back their flag.  Remember that our club has flags available to present to Clubs you visit. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Fanny Segers, our exchange student, above and with President Fred Ollison III, was the featured speaker at the May 9 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Fanny lives just outside the city of Liege, Belgium. The country is known for its chocolate, beer, and waffles and the city is known for its train station and the Cathedral St. Paul. She is an only child and became interested in becoming an exchange student after her family hosted a student from New Zealand and another from Texas. Her Rotary District is 1630. Fanny’s school in Belgium is much smaller than Grosse Pointe South and doesn’t offer any extracurricular activities.  At South, she has participated on the cross country and track & field teams (even though she doesn’t like to run). 

Below, Fanny thanked her host families — Craig and Katherine Bates, Brandi Towar and Nycki Keating and Andor and Joan Reiber.  With these families, she was able to travel to Chicago, Florida, and Mexico, and celebrate a birthday in Ann Arbor.
Upon returning to Belgium, Fanny plans on studying Communications in Brussels and furthering her studies later in Chicago.
Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.

State Sen. Bert Johnson, left, with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the noon luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Johnson, D-Highland Park, represents Michigan’s 2nd Senate District, which includes northeast Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and all five Grosse Pointe communities. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Rotarian Gary Niehaus, Superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public School System, was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellow pin at the May 2 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe by Rotary Foundation Chair Kim Towar, past President and past District Governor. A Paul Harris Fellow pin is awarded for every $1,000 donated to Rotary International. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Past President Steve McMillan, right, was recognized by President Fred Ollison III at the club's May 2 luncheon meeting with a pin for recruiting two new members this fiscal year for Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Good work, Steve! (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

John Sullivan, left, with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the April 25 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at the War Memorial. A Windsor-Roseland Rotarian, Sullivan talked about his occupation as a marriage counselor. He is trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, which focuses on a connection between the frustrations experienced in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. For example: If you frequently felt criticized as a child, you will likely be sensitive to any criticism from, and feel criticized often, by your partner. The idea is to stretch one’s self to find a way to meet your partner’s needs (to address the negatives learned while growing up). His therapy includes “intentional dialogue” where the partners 1) mirror what they hear and not just react to what they think they heard; 2) validate that what the other person says make sense, not that its right or wrong; and  3) empathize with what the other person is saying.  The idea is to communicate safely, to eliminate the negative, and to amplify the positive. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Laura Lepczyk, center, with Program Committee Chair Jenny Boettcher and President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the April 11, meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Lepczyk, who is obtaining her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University Medical School, recently went on a medical mission to Peru, funded in part by Grosse Pointe Rotary and Rotary International. Peru Global Outreach started in 2009 and has delivered over $1 million in medical supplies and treated over 10,000 patients. Thirty medical students and 30 professionals go on the two-week mission. There are three steps in the program: 1) visit medical schools and hospitals in Lima, 2) treat patients in Iquitos, and 3) travel down the Amazon on boat, taking the clinic into the jungle. For more information, go to (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Photo by John Minnis
Kurt Kazanowski, right, was the guest speaker at the April 4 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. He was introduced by George R. McMullen Jr, left, of the Program Committee, with President Fred Ollison III. Kazanowski is a speaker and author on the topic of home health care and the owner of Homewatch Caregivers, located on Jefferson in Grosse Pointe Park.
Kazanowski’s father needed home and nursing home care for years and his mother, who was living with his brother, fell when left alone. Even though he works in the medical field, these instances made him realize how unprepared he was to provide the proper care. A service offered by his company is to provide a geriatric case manager to help create a plan and to be proactive before these situations arise. It also offers home safety assessments.
Kazanowski doesn’t believe that the caregiver should exclusively be a loved one because this leads to burnout — especially with cases of dementia. It’s very important to ask for help to have the opportunity to take breaks and take care of one’s self.

There are typically four different ways to pay for personal care: 1) out of pocket; 2) long-term care insurance; 3) a reverse mortgage; and 4) through VA benefits. VA benefits are extremely underutilized.  For our area, contact the VA Benefits Support Center at (734) 453-9300 and ask for Aid & Attendance.  
Our speaker would be happy to help and can be reached at (734) 658-6162.
Prior to the guest presentation, Roving Reporters Lisa Gandelot and the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver teamed up to deliver the news!
Photo by George R. McMuillen Jr.

Grosse Pointe Rotary President Fred Ollison III presents Marty McMillan, left, with the 2016 Service Above Self Award at the April 11 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Nominated by Rotarian Dino Valente and introduced by Rotarian George R. McMullen Jr., McMillan is involved with the Lion’s Club, St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and youth sports, especially Grosse Pointe Park Little League. McMillan is brother of Rotarian Steve McMillan. Below, from left, are Steve McMillan, Valente, Marty McMillan, George Arsenault (the McMillan brothers' step-father) and President Ollison. While at the meeting, bottom photo, Steve McMillan, and fellow Rotarians, had the opportunity to sing "Happy Birthday" to his brother. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)


President Fred Ollison III welcomes Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni as the guest speaker at the March 21 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. 

After holding this position in Grosse Pointe Shores since 2004, Chief Poloni retired in 2011 to take over in the City. Upon the same position opening in the Park in 2015, it was agreed upon by both city councils to have one person do both jobs. 

Chief Poloni says that there is great collaboration between the two cities and all of the Grosse Pointes. His two departments now use the same dispatch unit, which he believes has not disrupted services for either city. Further examples of combining services in all of the Grosse Pointes is the K9 unit housed by the Farms, a special response (SWAT) team that consists of two police officers from each department, a car seat program run by the City for all, and a joint auto theft team that has helped to greatly reduce thefts and aided in their recovery.   

Because the amount of crime is so minimal there are no real trends, just spikes.  To help keep it this way, he asks that everyone do the simple task of locking their cars when parked. 

(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Past Presidents Steve McMillan, standing, and Bill Scott led Grosse Pointe Rotarians in a rousing "Happy Birthday To You!" to fellow Past President and Past District Governor Kim Towar at the March 21 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. To the refrain, "How old are you?," Kim declined to comment... Happy Birthday, Kim! (Photo by George R. McMullen III)

Club President Fred Ollison III, left, welcomes guest speaker Peter Poulos, Community Engagement Manager for the Michigan Humane Society, at the March 14 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. To engage the Club, Poulos presented a “pup” quiz that included questions about the humane society as well as fun questions about animals in popular culture.
Rotarians learned that the MHS was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest and largest humane societies in the country. Unfortunately, it investigates over 6,500 charges of animal cruelty a year, which include abandonment, neglect and dog fighting. Over 2,000 families receive pet food once a month through a pet food bank. Finally, one out of every 10 adoptions in the state go through the MHS and 100 percent of all healthy and treatable animals are adopted.  
The MHS just christened their new 35,000-square-oot Detroit facility on March 11. The intent is to be an anchor for the community for the next 139 years. To learn more, go to
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Judge Ted Metry, left, with club President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the Monday, March 7, luncheon meeing of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Judge Metry was first elected in 2009 and ran unopposed for his second term in 2013.
The Grosse Pointes have the last four municipal courts in Michigan. Judge Metry believes they could be consolidated into one district court due to the somewhat light workload, cost, and some of the limitations imposed on these courts, but he does feel there is a benefit to having such a local system handling Grosse Pointe cases. One of the limitations is that civil suits cannot exceed $3,500 while districts courts can go up to $10,000.
Judge Metry is concerned about the increased number of crimes and drug use he is witnessing.  He believes that marijuana is a gateway to harder drugs and that medical marijuana makes it easier to obtain and that being sold in an edible form makes it more potent.
His court operates three days a month handling traffic citations, zoning offenses, landlord-tenant cases, and arraignments and probable cause hearings for felonies.  Although only in session 36 times a year, he estimates that he was in court an extra 50 times last year to handle warrant requests and arraignments.
Judge Metry believes that an important part of his job is working with kids who get in trouble.  He tries to avoid incarceration and prefers counseling and probation to deter further incidents. 
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

The Rev. Susan Mozena, left, and the Rev. Peter Henry, right, with Past President Bill Scott, who ran the Feb. 29 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary, told Rotarians about their recent trip to Israel, including stops in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Jerusalem is important to two-thirds of the world’s population (Muslims, Christians, and Jews), Henry said. It is the crossroads of civilization and has been disputed land for a series of empires.
After WWII, the Zionist Movement sought the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the area that is now Israel.  This caused the land owned by Palestinians at that time to become greatly diminished.  Jerusalem was all Arab before the war. 
Mozena noted the irony between the plights of the Jews and Palestinians, especially when the group visited Yad Vashem (The World Holocaust Remembrance Center).  Pre WWII in Europe, the Jews were transformed from equal citizens to outcast subjects.  The same is true for the Palestinians post-war.   A quote by Kurt Tucholsky, a German-Jewish journalist, that “A country is not only what it does but what it tolerates” can be found at the Center but has also been written on the wall that has been built to separate the West Bank. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Guest speakers Dr. Murari Suvedi and Patrick Livingston, below, left and right, respectively, with Past President Steve McMillan, who ran the Feb. 22 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe in President Fred Ollison III's absence, talked about the the Empower Nepal Foundation (ENF). Livingston was a Peace Corp. volunteer in Nepal in the 1970s, and Suvedi is a professor at Michigan State and a native of Nepal. The mission of the ENF is to develop a global network of individuals and organizations, pool ideas and resources from network participants, and disburse the pooled resources to support the people of Nepal improve their quality of life and that of the environment.

Tyrone "Ty" Hinton, left, Economic and Community Development Director of Harper Woods, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 15 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. With him following the meeting is Past President Mark Brooks, who ran the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's absence. Ty has lived in Harper Woods for five years and has two children at Parcells Middle School. He has held his current position for nine weeks. He concedes that the city has too many rental properties, which brings in many who do not have a vested interest in the community.  The city is at a tipping point where the adults need to take back the streets.  

His department’s community development process will take place in a series of five meetings for a section of Harper Woods with the idea of forming a community organization. What he calls “turf reclamation” will happen when adults become neighbors again and not just owners of houses. With the city’s affordable housing available and its proximity to downtown Detroit, his hope is to attract new families who want to maintain the urban experience.
Eastland Mall is an integral part of the City and the surrounding communities and there is a vested interest in seeing it succeed. In addition to needing more stores, ideas for the area include moving the municipals offices there and putting a high tech trade school where Sears used to be.   

Ty calls his job a mission and we wish him the best of luck. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)


Kristy Schena, left, head of Kids on the Go, was the guest speaker at the Monday, Feb. 8, luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. Past President and Membership Chair John Mozena, right, led the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's abasence.

Kids on the Go offers physical, occupational and speech therapies in a fun “summercamp” setting.  The Mission of Kids on the Go (KOTG) is to address individualized education plan goals of special needs children that were established at the end of the school year and to maintain their current skills during the summer.  It has been in existence for 14 years, servicing the metro Detroit area by providing therapy up to two times a week at no cost to the children’s family.  


KOTG offers 20 activities, including art classes in Birmingham and tennis clinics at the GPYC, to children from age 3 to 14. Kristy was really excited about the basketball camp started last year that was run by former MSU player, Anthony Ianni.  


KOTG offers 250 openings each summer which services approximately 175 children and spots are typically filled by word of mouth.  The organization has a tremendous impact on the kids, gives the parents hope and is solely supported by local businesses, corporations, charitable organizations, and private donations.  To learn more, please go to (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)


Three Rotarians gave their "Vocational Talks" at the Feb. 2 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary: from left Bernadette Banko, the Rev. Susan Mozena, (Past President Diane Stricker, who ran the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's absence), and Bob Lucas. (Photo by George McMullen)

Grosse Pointe Rotarian Beverly Hall Burns, left, and Betsy Reid Creedon, discussed their recent trip to the Amazon at the Jan. 25 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Club Treasurer and Recording Secretary Paul Rentenbach, below, ran the meeting in the absence of President Fred Ollison III. (Photos by Vocational Chair George R. McMullen Jr.)

John Ellis III, second from left with new-member Red Badge, was inducted into Rotary at the Grosse Pointe club's Jan. 25 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Ellis work at Edward Jones Investments, Grosse Pointe Woods. John and his wife Wen live in Grosse Pointe Farms. Below, following an introduction by Executive Secretary Mike Carmody, right, and pinning by Rotary Mentoring Chair Steve McMillan, Ellis was presented to the club, above, by from left, McMillan, Ellis, Carmody and Club Treasurer and Recording Secretary Paul Rentenbach, who was chairing the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's absence. (Photos by George McMullen Jr., Vocational Service Chair)