Rotary of Grosse Pointe

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Beware of new email scam claiming to be from Foundation Chair Klinginsmith
A new email purporting to be from Rotary Foundation Trustee Chair Ray Klinginsmith is targeting Rotary members. The email falsely claims that members can become End Polio Now ambassadors if they email club information to a Gmail address within 48 hours. The fraudulent email has the subject line “BECOME AN END POLIO AMBASSADOR” and is sent from a fake email address. This is a scam. Rotary staff is working to resolve the issue. Avoid being the victim of scams by deleting any email that appears suspicious.
Find resources for planning your centennial celebration
We're kicking off The Rotary Foundation's centennial celebration at the Korea convention, 28 May-1 June. But you can get started now planning your club's centennial activities with the resources available in our promotion kit: Ideas and activities for clubs Doing Good in the World promotional flier Doing Good in the World bookmark Sample press release Centennial letterhead Centennial PowerPoint template Centennial postcard History of The Rotary Foundation PowerPoint Find more ideas in "Rotary's Foundation Is Turning 100," in the January issue of Rotary Leader Watch and download A Century of...
Cultivating peace: Rabia Raja
From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian Rabia Raja thought she knew exactly how the residents of her home village of Dandot, Pakistan, should improve their schools. "I remember saying to them, 'You don't do this; you don't do that,' and they answered me, 'What have you done for this place?'" Raja remembers. "That's when I realized I could do something." Rabia Raja Area of focus: Supporting education Age: 39 Occupation: Entrepreneur Location: Lahore, Pakistan Peace Center: Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok 2011 That something turned out to be the Sunshine Consulting Welfare Organization...
Cultivating peace: Sachin Rane
From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian Growing up in India, Sachin Rane dreamed of being a police officer like his father and grandfather. "Our walls were decorated with uniformed pictures of my ancestors," he says. But he never imagined how far police work would take him. Sachin Rane Area of focus: Promoting peace Age: 49 Occupation: Detective inspector Location: Mumbai Peace Center: Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, 2013 Rane became a Mumbai police officer in 1991. He investigated bombings, kidnappings, and murders while working for a variety of law enforcement branches, including...
Cultivating peace: Summer Lewis
From the February 2016 issue of The Rotarian In 2007, Summer Lewis was eager to return to school. She had graduated summa cum laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor's degree in Spanish, sociology, and women's studies and spent several years traveling and working with organizations focused on economic development at the grassroots level. Summer Lewis Area of focus: Growing local economies Age: 35 Occupation: Consultant Location: Oaxaca, Mexico Peace Center: University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2011-12 “The problem was that I had too many areas of interest,” recalls Lewis...

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Community Affairs Chair
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Membership Chair
Foundation President/Director (2018)
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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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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)

Trombly Elementary School fifth-grader Adam Johnson, center, son of Rotarian Lee Johnson, was the guest speaker at the Jan. 4 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. His topic was the refurbishing of the greenhouse at his school. With him displaying the Trombley greenhouse plans were, from left, Rotary President Fred Ollison III, Trombly PTO President Michele Lindsay, his mother Beth Newhart, and Trombly Principal Walt Fitzpatrick. (Photo by John Minnis)
Julie Roe Lach, second from right, deputy commissioner of the Horizon League, announced at the Jan. 4 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe that Horizon League's Men's Basketball Championship, dubbed "Motor City Madness," will be held this year in Detroit — March 5-8 at Joe Louis Arena. She as introduced by Sandy Richmond along with Programs Committee Chair Jennifer Boettcher, left, and President Fred Ollison III. Photos by John Minnis

Rotarians from nearly a dozen District 6400 clubs turned out to hear Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, center, address the Dec. 14 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. She was introduced by past District Governor Kim Towar, right, with Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Fred Ollison III, left. Below following the meeting, Ollison got a big hug from a the guest speaker after presenting her a $500 check to the District 6400 Water and Sanitation Endowment Fund.

​Veronika Scott, center, founder and CEO of The Empowerment Zone, a non-profit organization, was the guest speaker at the Dec. 7 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. She was introduced by Jenny Boettcher, right, of the Program Committee, and President Fred Ollison III, left. Scott started her venture as a college project to create a humanitarian product which focused on the homeless. For three days a week over a five-month period, she interviewed people at a homeless shelter and came up with the concept of making a coat that doubled as a sleeping bag. The idea became much more than a college project. Using humor and colorful language, Scott talked about how she learned to sew and, after numerous attempts at a functional product, she finally saw some success. It was at this time that she approached her college (College for Creative Studies) for funding. The college put her in touch with Carhartt Inc., which supplied her with sewing machines and material and personal check from Carhartt CEO Mark Valade. Today, Scott has a facility that has hired 30 people from the homeless shelter to make the coats. The organization is on pace to make 6,500 coats this year and has shipped them to 30 states and around the world. Below, President Ollison tried on the coat for the homeless, which, he said, was quite warm and comfortable! To learn more about the organization, go to To watch a You Tube video that highlights the organization’s work, go to (Photos by John Minnis)


our members of Grosse Pointe South High School's Interact Club attended the District 6400 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards assembly in November at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. The students — from left, Fanny Segers (exchange student from Belgium), Erykah Benson, Cassie Valis and Ethan Utley — were recognized at the Dec. 7 luncheon meeting or Rotary of Grosse Pointe and were awarded certificates by Interact-RYLA Chair the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver (right). (Photo by John Minnis) 

The Rev. Faith Fowler, center, executive director of Cass Community Social Services, was the guest speaker at the Nov. 30 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. With Fowler following the meeting are Bernadette Banko, of the Program Committee, and President Fred Ollison III. 

Sara Delegado, center, from Kerby Elementary School, was recognized at the Nov. 23 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, for her students' participation in Operation Warm, the new-coat drive effort by the A.M. and P.M. Rotary Clubs in Grosse Pointe and Detroit. Presenting Delegado with a plaque were Paul Rentenbach, Operation Warm chair, and Diane Strickler, Community Affairs chair. Photo by Fred Ollison III.

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.