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War Memorial Reception Room
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
Brian Farkas, Director of Special Projects for the Detroit Building Authority, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 25, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. His topic was about the Detroit Demolition Program.
The Conference takes place from March 31st to April 1st at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. It is hosted by the Michigan, northern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Ontario based Rotary clubs.
Over the two days there will be plenary meetings with breakout sessions on the following themes: (1) Peace and Conflict Resolution; (2) Poverty, Hunger and Health; (3) Role of Faith Based Organizations in Peacemaking; (4) Role of Media in Peacemaking; (5) Preserving Basic Human Rights; (6) Violence Prevention; and (7) Role of Youth in Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution -- Taking Action. The panels will primarily consist of academics, religious leaders, and medical professionals from the local area and around the world.
The goal of this gathering is to empower community leaders, Rotarians, youth, and others to promote and practice peace in their own communities and beyond. Mr. Sarkar’s role is to help raise funds by asking local Rotarians to provide contacts as potential sponsors and to attend the event.
Attendance is not limited to Rotarians. To learn more, go to www.2017peaceconference.org.
Jeff Jay, center, founder of Love First: Intervention and Recovery Services, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 14 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He and fellow guest Steve Anderson, right, was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left.
Jeff grew up in Grosse Pointe and was an alter boy, president of his class and merit scholar. By age 26, he was an alcoholic and drug addict, living in a park in California. His recovery began when his family held an intervention and got him into treatment.
Although many think addiction is a will power issue, it is actually a medical problem requiring treatment. When one develops a chemical dependency, the drugs he/she takes (alcohol or other), react differently in their system. It becomes perceived as a need, not a choice.
Jeff believes it is up to all of us to intervene when there is an addiction issue. Loving intervention requires paying attention to the details, following through in the recovery process, and accountability (changing one’s own environment to assist in the recovery).
At the Sept. 14 meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary, Mike Carmody (not shown) inducted Maria Kokas, left, who was sponsored by Peter Stroh, right. Maria is the Director of Learning Systems and Resources for the Henry Ford Health System and resides in Grosse Pointe Park. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
The Hon. Frank Szymanski, 3rd Circuit Court, Juvenile Division, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 7 meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Judge Szymanski believes that the single biggest problem facing our community is kids not being in school. He believes this to be the driving force behind many other problems, including crime, homelessness, and poverty.
He is very proactive and some of his outreach programs include: 1) KKIS – Keep Kids in School. He believes that zero tolerance was well-intentioned but with bad results. For the kids to not feel degraded or unwanted, every attempt should be made to keep them in school. 2) KAREN – Kids Are Reading Every Night. Reading at least 20 minutes every night helps a child learn to read and to develop a lifelong love of it. 3) Teach Transcendental Meditation and yoga to juvenile offenders as a way to self-regulate. 4) Guitars Not Guns. A program to teach music to at risk youth. 5) A Youth Deterrent Program in which life offenders counsel at risk youth on the consequences of crime.
Margaret Williamson, Executive Director of Pro Literacy Detroit, pictured with President Ted Everingham, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, July 13, meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe.
Unfortunately, Williamson told the Rotarians present, approximately 1 million Detroit and Michigan residents are unable to read, even though there are some 150 literacy organizations out there offering assistance. Pro Literacy Detroit helps adult learners 16 and over become literate. Most of the students come through referrals from fellow/former students and from work force entities, such as Focus Hope.
Pro Literacy Detroit has used a RI grant (the first of its kind in the U.S.) to create 250 trade tutor workshops. Williamson is proud of Rotary’s participation through the Rotary Literacy Initiative and an exchange program where Australian Rotarians helped tutors in 2 six week sessions.