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.
Service Above Self
War Memorial Community Center
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
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).
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.
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.)
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.
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 www.kidsonthegocamp.com. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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 www.empowermentplan.org. To watch a You Tube video that highlights the organization’s work, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo-