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At the Wednesday, Nov. 8, meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, President John Maliszewski presented the 2017 Vocational Service Award to President Kay Agney of Higbie Maxon Agney Inc. The annual award is presented to the individual, company or organization that puts service above self and has implemented policies, demonstrated compassion or other exemplary treatment of employees, customers or the public. Higbie Maxon Agney was nominated by Rotarian Bob Lucas. Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.
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In honor of Veterans Day, a handful of Rotarians at the Wednesday, Nov. 8, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe told their stories of serving their country during time of war. 
Those attending described the meeting as the most powerful they had ever attended.
Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.
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Fellow Rotarian Jessica Keyser, Director of the Grosse Pointe Public Library, was the guest speaker at the Oct. 11 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the The War Memorial. She was welcomed by President John Maliszewski and introduced by fellow Rotarian Paul Rentenbach, who serves on the library's board of trustees. Keyser's talk was about the library's recently adopted Strategic Plan.
Photo by John Minnis
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Laurie (whose Rotary resume is pretty amazing) spoke about her work with a think tank, the Institute of Economics & Peace and on a project in Mexico with the MacArthur Foundation.
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While on sabbatical, President Elect Richard Yeager-Stiver spent some time with Brittish Rotarians at the London Rotary club.  In following the long-standing Rotary tradition where clubs exchange flags, Richard left one of ours and returned with one of theirs. 
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The long wait is over as Lee Johnson was able to pick the joker. Congratulations! Thank you to Charvat the Florist for the beautiful flower arrangement.
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Our very own George McMullen will be partnered with professional dancer, Rae Hines, as he competes against four other couples at a fund raiser for Full Circle. 
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Susan Mozena, Mary Tipp, Ron Vitale and Roger Hull participated in the District Governors Golf Outing and our very own Roger Hull took home the award for the Men's Longest Drive.
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You can't beat Lake St Clair. A few fellow Grosse Pointe Rotarians along with our exchange student, enjoyed a boat ride to the DYC for dinner - just for fun and fellowship. The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle is looking good!
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Dr. Lisa A. Manz-Dulac and Marty Petz were the guest speakers at the Sept. 4 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the The War Memorial. Their topic was HART — Haiti and Africa Relief Team — out of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. The speakers were welcomed by club President John Maliszewski. 
HART was created in response to an earlier devastating event in Haiti — the 2010 earthquake. Moved by compassion, the Rev. Sama Muma, assistant pastor at St. Paul, and some parishioners with diverse skills, traveled to Haiti to provide medical aid, medical supplies and physical labor. Later in the year, the group formed the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization HART.
Dr. Manz-Dulac and Mr. Petz discussed their recent trips, challenges and needs.
(Photo by John Minnis)
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In addition to collecting supplies and funds to support the Northeast Guidance Center's Back To School program, several Rotarians volunteered their time to help setup for the big day.
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Murray Davis, Director of External Affairs for Vehicles for Change – Detroit, was inducted into Rotary at the Wednesday, Aug. 23 evening meeting of the Grosse Pointe club. He was sponsored by Past President Paul Rentenbach, right. The induction ceremony was conducted by Past Area 1 Assistant Governor and Executive Secretary Mike Carmody. Murray and his wife, Kim, live in Redford. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Ted Everingham proudly introduced his granddaughter, Melanie Taylor, the winner of the Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan 2018, as the guest speaker at the Aug. 16 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial.

 
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District Governor Elect Paul Sincock and Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
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On Wednesday August 2, over 60 people from Grosse Pointe chose to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Riots by working to clean up blight with their Detroit neighbors.  Volunteers came from Grosse Pointe Rotary, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and the Family Center, among other groups.
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Peter Dame, City Manager for the City of Grosse Pointe, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, July 26, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President John Maliszewski.
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A wonderful presentation from Father John Phelps and Judge Thomas (Tom) Hathaway about “Life Directions”…. Their mission is to motivate young adults, ages 13-35, especially the economically poor and “at-risk” to mature into responsible, productive adults through self-direction.
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 With mixed emotions Grosse Pointe Rotary said goodbye to our Exchange student Sebastian Tsai who had the distinction of being the only Grosse Pointe Rotary exchange student to be awarded a varsity Letter in track and field.
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The 2017 Passing of the Gavel event June 28 at Assumption Cultural Center was reportedly "our best ever"! Incoming 2017-18 President John Maliszewski graciously accepted the gavel from outgoing 2016-17 President Ted Everingham. Click HERE for pictures.
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Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Ted Everingham had the pleasure of greeting this year's scholarship winners from among Grosse Pointe graduating seniors. Presentations were made by Scholarships Committee Chair Dr. Mark Weber.
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Grosse Pointer Tom Gage, former Detroit Tigers beat writer and author of The Big 50: Detroit Tigers: The Men and Moments that Made the Detroit Tigers was the guest speaker at the June 21 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. he was welcomed by President Ted Everingham.
 
The Big 50: Detroit Tigers: The Men and Moments that Made the Detroit Tigers is an amazing, full-color look at the 50 men and moments that made the Tigers the Tigers. Award-winning beat writer Tom Gage recounts the living history of the Tigers, counting down from No. 50 to No. 1. Big 50: Tigers brilliantly brings to life the Tigers' remarkable story, from Ty Cobb and Kirk Gibson to the rollercoaster that was the "Bless You Boys" era to Justin Verlander's no-hitters and up to today.
 
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Officer Zielinski on patrol at Wednesday's graduation ceremonies for Grosse Pointe South High School.  Note the back on the back of his bike.
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Karl Kratz, center, co-founder of the Full Circle Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, June 7, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham and introduced by George R. McMullen Jr. of the Program Committee.
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Ed Conlin was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, May 24, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was greeted by President-Elect John Maliszewski, who ran the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence. Conlin's subject was YouthWorks-Detroit.
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Matt Mancinelli, CEO of Eagle Children’s Charities, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, May 17, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham. Eagle Children’s Charities is made up of Soar Detroit, a tutoring program, and Eagle Sports Club, which provides sports leagues for Detroit children. 
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Grosse Pointe North High School Principal Kate Murray was the guest speaker at the May 10 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. She was greeted by President Ted Everingham and introduced by George R. McMullen Jr. of the Program Committee.
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An annual tradition, the Grosse Pointe South Interact Club, Rotary's high school level organization, took charge of the May 3 evening meeting of the Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Students running the meeting were President Frank Yenchick, Vice-President Julianna Joseph, Secretary Cassie Valice, Secretary and Treasurer Louise Brady. Introducing them at the meeting were Interact liaison the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver and Interact Committee member George R. McMullen Jr.
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Gregory Sumner, author of "Detroit in World War II," was the guest speaker at the April 26 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse at The War Memorial. He was greeted by President Ted Everingham.
 
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Interact Committee members the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver (Chair), left, and George McMullen welcomed Grosse Pointe South High School Interact Club members Louise Brady and  Frank Yenchick to the April 26 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe.
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Bob Hendrikx (with bowtie), co-founder of The Motown Movement, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, April 12, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. He was accompanied by Martha Kosters and Sjoerd Van Hoof. They were welcomed by Past President Fred Ollison III, who ran the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence.
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At the April 12 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, George R. McMullen Jr., chair of the Vocational Service Committee, presented the 2017 Vocational Service Award to Diane Renee Soulliere. 
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Brad Coulter, center, President and CEO of Matrix Human Services, was the keynote speaker at the Wednesday, April 5, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left, and Club Treasurer Paul Rentenbach, right.
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Our 4th annual fundraising cruise on the yacht INFINITY will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, 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.

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Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen, right, was the guest speaker at the March 29 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, above, and introduced by Rotarian George R. McMullen Jr. (not shown).
 
Killeen updated the Rotarians on issues impacting the county:
 
1) The state of the seawall along Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms and Shores is in the early stages of being looked at by the Army Corps of Engineers — how bad is it, what will it take to fix it and where will the money come from to fix it?
 
2) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocations— $100,000 to SOC (Services for Older Citizens) for building and handicapped accessibility improvements and $200,000 to Harper Woods for small home repair.
 
3) Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority — Separate from the county, Commissioner Killeen helped create the authority; he reported that the authority is doing great work and is financially sound.  
 
4) The Wayne County Jail: The County is looking to restart building this summer at the Gratiot site. If the deal with Rock Financial moving the jail goes to a different location makes sense financially, he will support it. Otherwise, he wants to get moving on it at its present location. 
 
(Photo by John Minnis)
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Rotary District 6400 Gov. Sue Goldsen and her husband, Past District Gov. Bruce Goldsen, right, paid a visit to the March 29 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. Greeting the Goldsens were, from left, President Ted Everingham and President-Elect John Maliszewski. The Goldsens hail from the Adrian Morning Rotary Club. The district governor took time out to especially congratulate Grosse Pointe Rotarian Dr. Al Ceravolo, below, on 50 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. Ceravolo joined Rotary in 1966. He is a retired anesthesiologist and lives in Grosse Pointe City with his wife, Norma. (Photos by John Minnis)
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Glennys Warsocki, right, from the Centreville & Chantilly, Va., Rotary Club, arrived as a visitor to Rotary of Grosse Pointe's evening meeting March 22 at The War Memorial. She came bearing her club's flag, which she presented to Grosse Pointe club President Ted Everingham who in turn presented her with our flag. Thanks for dropping by, Glennys!
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Jon Carolin, right, of The Children’s Center in Detroit was the guest speaker at the March 22 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was greeted by President Ted Everingham.
 
The Children’s Center has been around for over 85 years and is located at 79 Alexandrine West, near the Detroit Medical Center. Its mission is to help children and families shape their own futures. The center serves over 7,500 children a year, from birth to age 22. Its staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists work with children struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges who may have experienced trauma. Studies show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been the victims of trauma.  
 
In addition to “healing the hurt,” the Center has a Head Start Academy, provides parent education and conducts activities such arts and crafts. They also host monthly birthday parties for children who may never have celebrated a birthday. 
 
There are numerous ways our club and individuals can help out — either financially by underwriting outings and activities, donating goods to their clothing store or for the upcoming Back to School Bazaar or by volunteering. To learn more, please visit www.thechildrenscenter.com. For more details, please contact Jon at jcarolin@thechildrenscenter.com.
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At the March 15 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial, Executive Secretary Mike Carmody awarded Rotarian John Mozena, right, with his second Paul Harris pin for his support of Rotary and "Service Above Self." (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Harper Woods City Manager Randolph "Randy" Skotarczyk was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, March 15, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by Rotary President Ted Everingham. A takeaway for Rotarians about our neighbors in Harper Woods was that while there are certainly many challenges, there are also very positive things happening and issues being addressed than news stories and “rumor” would lead a person to believe. (Photos by George R. McMullen)
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Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon, right, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, March 8, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by Past President Diane Strickler, who presided over the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence, and was introduced by Grosse Pointe Rotarian Liz Vogel, below with Cannon, who is the Deputy Clinton Township Supervisor.
 
Cannon grew up in Grosse Pointe Shores, graduated from Wayne State University and taught high school for 25 years in the Utica Community Schools. Now age 68 and in his fourth four-year term as elected supervisor, Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan, a community encompassing 100,000 residents supported by an $82 million dollar operating budget, Cannon is happy with his job. He is a longtime member of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club, where he met Liz.
 
“When I saw what she could do, I knew I had to hire her,” Cannon chuckled with a nod of respect. He explained the difference between a township and a city, with a city having an elected mayor and responsibility for water, sewer and police. “Townships run fire departments," he said, “and the counties get money for roads.” The township has a keen interest in maintaining infrastructure, however, from fixing road potholes to huge sinkholes, and funding is allocated by Clinton Township and shared for this purpose.
 
“Eighty-three mils are collected to run our township,” he responded to a question. Clinton Township is involved in business development, maintaining parks, trails and paths for residents and many special events from patriotic celebrations to recreational events for youth to senior-citizens," the supervisor said.
 
Following the meeting, Liz organized a fellowship euchre gathering.
(Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Bridgett McDevitt, a Peace Corps volunteer, was the guest speaker at the March 1, 2017, meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. (A brownout, most likely due to heavy winds, threatened to cancel the weekly Wednesday evening Rotary meeting at The War Memorial; however, with the help of a generator and candles, the show — and Bridgett's presentation — went on!)
 
Bridgett was a member of Interact at GP South who attended Denison University and studied abroad in Ecuador for a semester. (At the same time, her family was hosting Prisi Calderon, a 2012-13 exchange student from Ecuador). Her interest in being a volunteer developed from her time abroad and the fact that her father was a Peace Corps volunteer himself.  

Bridgett served from 2014-16, teaching English as a second language to 11th-graders in Ethiopia. After three months of learning the national language of Amharic, she taught at the only high school in the city of Mehal Meda, about 180 miles from the capital. Her class size was between 30 to 50 students and one of her projects was to set up a pen pal exchange with Interact Advisor Kevin Cox’s students at South High School.
 
In addition to classroom teaching, Bridgett helped with extracurricular writing and vocabulary clubs and, in the summer, she helped run local camps.  
Bridgett’s knowledge of Ethiopia’s culture and history was extensive, and she gave a great presentation.
 
(Photo by John Minnis)
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Grosse Pointe South students Oliver Lardner and Alyssa Czech were the guest speakers at the Feb. 15 evening meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. They talk abouted their RYLA experience.
 
Richard Yeager-Stiver, the Interact Club Chair, provided some background about RYLA, which stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. In our District, it is a two-day event held in November at Schoolcraft College. Through group activities and speakers, RYLA’s intent is to encourage students to be more effective leaders. Areas of focus surrounding the topic of leadership are 1) its fundamentals, 2) ethics, 3) the importance of communication skills, 4) conflict management and problem solving, and 5) community and global citizenship.
 
In additional to the friendships that both students established at the event (198 attendees), Oliver walked away with an appreciation as to what being a leader actually is.  In the two clubs Oliver helps run at South, the leadership skills learned have been incorporated by giving members more responsibility and making them feel a part of the clubs.  Alyssa hopes to utilize what she learned as an editor for the school newspaper and as a captain on her sports teams.  She learned that you need to build personal relationships with those you are leading and walked away from the event feeling empowered, inspired, and optimistic.
 
All are invited to this year’s RYLA which will take place from 11/16/17 to 11/18/17 at Schoolcraft College.
 
(Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
 
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Chris Lambert, founder and CEO of Life Remodeled, center left with Kelly Cleaver, director of development, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 8, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left, and introduced by Rotarian Bob Bury, right.
 
Life Remodeled is a non-profit that was formed in 2010 to help rebuild Detroit neighborhoods. In 2016, it committed $5 million in cash, labor and materials to the Denby High School neighborhood. It helped repair occupied homes, put together a six-day volunteer project to remove blight from 300 city blocks and built a park, designed by students, right next to the high school.
 
In 2017, Life Remodeled plans on tackling a two-year project with the same financial and labor commitment around Central High School. In addition to repairing homes and removing blight, the organization is moving into the Durfee School building, and the students will move across the campus to the under-capacity high school. The plan is to make the Durfee building a "business incubator" and community innovation center with tech companies moving in and interacting with the students as guest lecturers and through employment.
 
Life Remodeled chooses neighborhoods which show “significant need but radical hope.” The impact of its work is reflected in reduced crime and increased hope (the forming of neighborhood clubs) and investment. Mark your calendar to participate in this year’s blight removal and beautification the week of July 31 - Aug. 5.  To learn more or to register to volunteer, visit its great website at www.liferemodeled.com.
 
(Photo by John Minnis)
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Father Tim McCabe, the Executive Director of the Pope Francis Center, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 1, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left, and introduced by Programs Committee Co-Chair John Ellis, right.
 
In 1990, Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in downtown Detroit opened its doors to those seeking refuge from a winter storm. Father McCabe said Father Hartigan put on a pot of coffee, set out some folding chairs and offered people a place to get warm.  This commitment to ministry has continued for over two decades.
 
The Pope Francis Center (renamed in 2015) is a Jesuit ministry located at 438 St. Antoine Street in Detroit. With an $800,000 donation from the UAW-Ford Foundation in 2013, the facility is now equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen and laundry facilities for the 150+ it serves on a daily basis. It also provides hot showers and access to doctors, dentists, lawyers, mental health professionals and housing providers through its free clinics. A subsequent $240,000 donation has allowed it to implement a nutritious food program.
 
Father McCabe believes it is very important to treat all homeless as human and to acknowledge them.
 
To learn more, visit www.popefranciscenter.org.
 
(Photo by John Minnis)
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At the Feb. 1 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, past Oil Can recipient George McMullen, left, passed it to Paul Rentenbach for all he does in Rotary and the community. Since retiring, Paul has ramped up his involvement in projects and does a great job leading by example. The Oil Can was once bestowed upon Rotarians who had committed a faux pas, but today the can is used to recognize Rotarians for good work or deeds and "Serve Above Self." (Photo by John Minnis)
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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.

 
In the last 2 ½ years, over 10,000 homes have been demolished, he said. His department’s goal is to remove blight to stabilize neighborhoods and let the market take over to increase the value of the surrounding homes.
 
Below, Club President Ted Everingham welcomes Farkas to Grosse Pointe Rotary.
(Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
 
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Past President Roger Hull, left, acting on behalf of President Ted Everingham, welcomed Vocational Talks from Michelle Roberts and Mike Bergman, above, and Neil Sroka, below.(Photos by George R. McMullen)
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Charlie Davis, right, was recognized for 50 years in Rotary at the Jan. 18 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. Past President Roger Hull, left, who led the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence, congratulates Charlie on his half-century of service to Rotary. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Past President Roger Hull, right, was honored as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow by Past President and Past District Gov. Kim Towar at the Jan. 18 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Hull joined Rotary in 1999 and served as president in 2006-07. He currently serves as secretary of the Rotary of Grosse Pointe Foundation. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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At the Jan. 11 meeting at The War Memorial, President Ted Everingham led a very informative Grosse Pointe Rotary meeting. The keynote speaker was Odis Bellinger, Director and Founder of  "Building Better Men." Their goal, best said by their mission statement, “is to empower young men with the skills needed to become leaders in their community”. For additional information on "Building better Men simply click on the attached link .... www.buildingbettermen.org/
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Ashish Sarkar, Past President of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 4, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. His topic was the upcoming Rotary World Peace Conference.

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.
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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).    

Jeff, and his wife Debra, have a book on the subject titled Love First, A Family’s Guide to Intervention.
 
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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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.)

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At the club's Sept. 7 meeting, Sebastian, Grosse Pointe Rotary's youth exchange student from Taiwan, was introduced to the club by Rotarians Bill Scott, above, and Steve McMillan, below. He will be living with Rotarian Michelle Roberts’s family and attending Grosse Pointe South High School. A picnic was scheduled at the Farms Pier Park on Sept. 15 to meet Sebastian and get to know him better. 
 
Grosse Pointe Rotary President Ted Everingham, left, and guest speaker Judge Frank Szymanski, right, also welcomed Sebastian to Grosse Pointe. 
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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.

Judge Szymanski is also the author of the book, Identity Design: Design the Identity You Need to Get the Life You Want.
 
Below, Rotary President Ted Everingham with Judge Szymanski at the club's meeting.
Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.
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Rotary District Gov. Sue Goldsen, above, was the guest speaker at the Aug. 10 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. She was welcomed, below, by President Ted Everingham. Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.
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Grosse Pointer Mary Lamparter introduced guest speakers Carol Borden, above, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. founder and CEO, and regional coordinator, Jolanthe Bassett. The organization raises, trains and donates service dogs, mostly German shepherds, for veterans. The training process can last 18 months to over two years at a cost of up to $22,000/dog. The dogs can assist those who are hearing impaired, have mobility problems, or suffer from PTSD. Through sense of smell, they can anticipate good dreams from bad dreams and when an anxiety attack is about to occur. Veterans commit suicide at a rate of 22 a day and have a 90 percent divorce rate. Ms. Borden is proud to say that both of those numbers are zero for those who have been given one of their service dogs. For more information, visit www.medicalservicedogs.org.
 
Mary Lamparter introduces the guest speaker, Carol Borden, founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.
 
From left, Grosse Pointe Rotary President Ted Everingham, Carol Borden, Jolanthe Bassett and Mary Lamparter.
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Shirley Roseman from Detroit Rotary invited our club to participate in a Rotary-sponsored Kids Against Hunger event on Oct. 15. The goal is to make 100,000 meals and they are seeking 20 volunteers and a $2,000 donation. Visit www.kidsagainsthunger.org.
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Mike Bergman, sponsored by George McMullen, became the newest Rotarian. Mike is a former Marine who works for Ucontrol Energy and resides in Grosse Pointe Woods. Pictured with Mike, center, at the Aug. 3 induction are Past President and Past District Gov. Kim Towar and Past President Fred Ollison III.
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Grosse Pointe Farms Det. Lt. Richard Rosati, picture here with Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Ted Everingham, was the guest speaker at the club's July 27 meeting. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Under the leadership of Dave Colton and Diane Strickler, Rotarians and family members served 71 lunches at Crossroads on July 26. For several years, this has been one of our most heart-warming community projects. When summer begins, the opportunity for a decent lunch ends for some Detroit area students. We are delighted to know that these children enjoyed a nutritious lunch. (Absent from the photo but taking part were Robert Lucas and Florence Seltzer.)
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Corinne Martin, founder and executive director of the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, was the guest speaker at the July 20 meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Educated in specialeducation and then working in the auto industry, it was  Martin’s love of animals that won out. She started the GPAAS 20 years ago in her garage and is currently located on Harper Avenue next to Harper Woods Veterinary Hospital. GPAAS conducts its Saturday adoption days at SOC. She is the only full time employee.
Last year, the GPAAS took in 600 animals working with Harper Woods Veterinary Hospital and with G.P. Shores, Woods and Harper Woods. It can house 25 cats and 25 dogs at a time, and the rest reside at volunteer foster homes. The foster homes are comprised of people who would like to trial run a pet with the possibility of adopting or those who like the occasional playmate for a family pet.  
With vet bills of over $100,000 a year, the GPAAS funds itself through adoption fees and donations. If anyone is looking for some exercise, the dogs need to be walked at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. everyday. To volunteer, donate, or learn more, visit www.gpaas.org. (Photo by Fred Ollison III)
GPAAS Founder Addresses Rotary 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Ted Everingham, center, welcomes Laurie Smolenski and Flo Wackerman as special guests at the club's July 20 meeting. Smolenski is from Grosse Pointe and has been an outbound exchange student, a Rotary Global Scholar, and is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow in Australia, at one of the five world peace centers. She is one of 50 students selected worldwide.  Side note: The Smolenski family has hosted 17 Rotary exchange students. Wackerman was a G.P. Rotary exchange student in 1998-99. Since then, he has run Rotaract (college level Rotary) in Germany and co-chaired the Rotaract portion at last year’s RI Conference He recently became a Rotarian, joining a Club in Munich. Below, Everingham and Wackerman exchange club flags. (Photos by Kim Towar)
 
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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.  

Ms. Williams believes that every dedicated student, no matter at what reading level, paired with a volunteer tutor will succeed.  
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Pro Literacy Detroit at G.P. Rotary 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Immediate Past President Fred Ollison III proudly shows a framed picture taken by Rotarian John Minnis at a meeting last year featuring Fred, past District Governor and Past President Kim Towar and Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, who was visiting the club. The frame was presented by current President Ted Everingham. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Past Presidents, RI Director Framed 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
President Ted Everingham introduced Liz Vogel, a former Mount Clemens Rotary Club member, who was inducted into the Grosse Pointe Club at its July 13 meeting. Liz is the Deputy Supervisor for Clinton Township and was a member of the first Interact Club at Grosse Pointe South High School. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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2016-17 President Ted Everingham took charge of his first meeting July 6 as head of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He also had the honor of opening the first meeting on a new day and time — Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. — and in a new venue, the Reception Room of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Founded in 1937, Grosse Pointe Rotary previously met on Wednesday at noon in the Ballroom of the War Memorial until the 2016-17 year in compliance with bylaw changes unanimously approved by the club. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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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 
infrastructure.
 
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.)
'The Commish" Addresses G.P. Rotary 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
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.)
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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.)
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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.)
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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.
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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.)
 
Henry Captures Wheaton, Ill. Flag! 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
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.)
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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.)
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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.)
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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.)
Windsor Rotarian Talks About Marriage 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
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.)
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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 www.peruglobaloutreach.com. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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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.
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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.)

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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)
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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 www.michiganhumane.org.
 
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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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.)
Woods Judge Metry Addresses Rotary Mark Brooks 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
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.)
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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.
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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.)
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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.)

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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)
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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.)
 
The Amazon 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
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)
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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
 
Motor City Madness Coming to The Joe 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
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)
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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.
 
RI Director Pays a Visit to Grosse Pointe John Minnis 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

​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-kvh1w60w. (Photos by John Minnis)

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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) 
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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. 
 
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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.
 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)
 
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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)
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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.

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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 www.michiganbusiness.org/about-medc/mission

Photo by John Minnis
 
 
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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
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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. 

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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. 
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EndPolio Now t-shirt on the Spirit of Detroit

Visit the Spirit of Detroit
THIS WEEK

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
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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.
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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.
 
 
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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)
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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)
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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.
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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.

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Posted by John Minnis on May 11, 2015

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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.

Bayview Yacht Club Centennial John Minnis 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Rentenbach on Mar 16, 2014

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 Committee Chairs:

We are in need of Rotarians to chair the following committees during the Rotary year 2014-15: Speaker Committee; Rotarpointe Committee; Youth Exchange Committee; Vocational Awareness Committee. If you are interested, contact Paul Rentenbach or Jon Gandelot.

We also need a Club Historian. Again, if you are interested, contact Paul Rentenbach or Jon Gandelot.

 Literacy Organizations

We are looking for agencies and organizations that would like to receive some of our books that we will need to sort and package during the next two months. If you know of any such groups, let Lee Johnson or Paul Rentenbach know.

 

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Posted by Mark Wilson on Feb 13, 2014

Image' Dr. Michael Kosinski, one of Rotary of Grosse Pointe's most well-liked and supportive members, passed away last night. Mike served the Club as a Director, a Roving Reporter and in many other roles. Blessed with a great sense of humor and even better gentle nature Mike will be missed. 

 

Donations can be made to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation in Mike's name.

 

Missing Mike Mark Wilson 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 29, 2013

On October  28, 2013, the Club members present unanimously approved the proposed amendments to our club Restated Bylaws.  A composite set of Bylaws will be emailed to everyone and mailed to the 3 members who don't use computers.

On November 11, the Nominating Committee will put into nomination the candidates it has selected for election as President-Nominee, Club Directors and Foundation Directors.  Any member is permitted to add a candidate of his or her choosing by making a nomination from the floor on that date.  You must be at the meeting to make a nomination.

Our elections will take place on December 9, at the Club's annual meeting of members.

A copy of the Amendments and new Bylaws are available to download in Download section of this Home Page-- lower right corner.

Click on "More" to see a copy of the notice from the President.

Club Bylaw Amendments/Election Schedule Mark Wilson 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 08, 2013

Very sad news was reported on the passing of Dave Allard the Club's rookie of the Year in 2012.

The funeral arrangements are these:  Thursday there will be a visitation at Verheyden's (Mack and Whittier) from 5:00 to 8:00 PM; there will be a funeral service at St. Paul's on the Lake at 10:00 AM on Friday, followed by a luncheon at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  

Sad News- Dave Allard Mark Wilson 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
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To date,  the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, as a part of the Rotary Literacy Initiative, has collected and redistributed 261,450 books and 587 Computers to the community service organizations serving the Metropolitan Detroit community.
Rotary Literacy Initiative Keeps Changing Lives Mark Wilson 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
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ImageGrosse Pointe Rotarians spent an early Saturday morning recently helping build Habitat for Humanity homes in the Alter Road-East Warren area of Detroit.
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Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Paul Rentenbach, along with a bevy of fellow Rotarians, turned out at the Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathalon on July 20 in St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe. They didn't come to compete, however. Image
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ImageDuring the month of August, Rotarians met in The Village each Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. to weed the public flowerbeds. The Rotarians divided into 2- to 3-person teams to weed and trim and remove trash.
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Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 11, 2013
ImageGrosse Pointe Rotarian Bob Bury, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Historical Society, center at left, hosted the Aug. 12 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Detroit Historical Society. Following routine business, led by President Paul Rentenbach, a delicious box lunch and a brief introduction by Bury, Rotarians got the to tour the newly renovated Detroit Historical Museum under the guidance of knowledgeable and trained docents.
Historic Rotary Meeting at NEW Detroit Historical Society Mark Wilson 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Literacy Initiaitive- 344 computers put to good use Mark Wilson 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 04, 2013
ImageEd Nakfoor, center, a Birmingham-based retail public relations and branding consultant working with the City of Grosse Pointe Downtown Development Authority to help market The Village, discussed his work at the Aug. 5 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary.
Future of the Village Mark Wilson 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jul 18, 2013

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Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Paul Rentenbach attaches Rotarian Ted Everingham's first Paul Harris Fellow pin at the July 8 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

For He's a Paul Harris Fellow Mark Wilson 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Image2013-14 President Paul Rentenbach called to order his first meeting July 1 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Rentenbach has been a member of Rotary of Grosse Pointe since 2005 and has excelled in numerous leadership positions and projects. He takes over for Diane Strickler, who led another successful year for Grosse Pointe Rotary. He took control behind a new finely crafted lecturn donated by President Elect Jon Gandelot.
Rentenbach takes charge Mark Wilson 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 30, 2013

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John Minnis, center, was named Rotarian of the Year by Rotary of Grosse Pointe recently.  Minnis was recognized for his efforts as Communications Committee chairman, winning Rotary District 6400's coveted Frank Devlyn Exemplary Public Image Award.

John Minnis- 2013 Grosse Pointe Rotarian of the Year Mark Wilson 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
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ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe held its annual President's Ball and Passing of the Gavel on June 24 at the Greek Assumption Cultural Center. The gala was outgoing President Diane Strickler's farewell event and a chance to award Rotarians who in some way stood out during her term in office. Fellowship Chair and Immediate Past President Bill Scott presented his successor, President Diane Strickler, with a crystal keepsake in recognition of an outstanding year under her leadership. A gift from the club, the crystal states, "Presented in recognition of extraordinary leadership, taking the club to a new level of 'Service Above Self.' Presented by a grateful membership." CLICK ON MORE for more awards

Club Honors President Diane/ Passing the Gavel-2013 Mark Wilson 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 23, 2013
Image2012-13 President Diane Strickler, left, and Rotary Foundation Trustee Dr. Suzanne Klein presented Frank Sladen scholarships to graduating seniors Sina Ghobadi, left, of Grosse Pointe South High School, and Marcel Taylor, Grosse Pointe North High School, at the Grosse Pointe Rotary President's Ball and the Passing of the Gavel held June 24 at the Greek Assumption Cultural Center.
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Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 16, 2013

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World War II historian John Wukovits regaled Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their June 17 luncheon meeting by telling the heroic, and tragic, story of the Samuel B. Roberts, a destroyer escort that charged a Japanese destroyer off the Philippines during WWII. The story of the Samuel B. Roberts is the subject of Wukovits' newest book, "For Crew and Country."

For Crew and Country' Mark Wilson 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
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Operation Warm begins its fundraising efforts this month. Our target is to raise $60,000 by October in order to distribute 3000 new winter coats to children who are served through Matrix Human Services, Crossroads of Michigan, For the Seventh Generation, The Children’s Center of Detroit and the National School Lunch Program in Grosse Pointe.  We need your assistance in identifying businesses and foundations that would support this initiative. Please contact Diane, Dave, Jon or Mike if you have suggestions.

Operation Warm Goal $60,000 Mark Wilson 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
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... but their hairlines do! 1989-90 German exchange student Flo Wackerman, right, visited his old friends, including his "host dad" Steve McMillan, past president, at the June 3 noon luncheon of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memoiral. To see the changes click on MORE
Rotarians never change... Mark Wilson 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 02, 2013
ImageAs chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Mike Rogers gave Grosse Pointe Rotarians his own version of the National Intelligence Estimate at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's noon luncheon June 3. It was a sobering presentation.
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At June 3 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, the Flower Raffle jackpot was finally claimed (after being down to the final two cards) by Dino Valente, who after much deliberation, was able to find the joker. Flower Raffle organizer Florence Seltzer verifies the winning ticket while Dino displays the coveted-but-elusive joker. Congratulations, Dino, and many thanks to Dave Charvat for the beautiful flower arrangement.

Flower Raffle winner! Mark Wilson 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on May 26, 2013
ImageRetired Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart Jr., one of America’s most decorated Tuskegee Airmen from World War II, was the guest speaker at the May 20 noon luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. As a “Tuskegee Airmen,” Stewart flew 43 long-range bomber escort missions in the P-51 “Mustang” fighter plane.
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ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe came home from the Distriict 6400 annual conference with several top awards. From left are the Super District 6400 Hugh Archer Collaborative Club Project Award, the Club Service Award and the Frank Devlyn Exemplary Public Relations Award certificate.
Rotary of Grosse Pointe Earns Top Awards Mark Wilson 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on May 01, 2013
 ImageFormer exchange student Saara Seppalainen (2007-08), of Finland, paid Rotary of Grosse Pointe a visit at its April 29 luncheon. It also happened to be her birthday that week, so she was feted to a rousing rendition "Happy Birthday to You" led by Rotarian crooner Steve McMillan.
Past exchange student pays a visit Mark Wilson 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
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 ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe inducted four new members at its April 22 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The new members are Jennifer Boetcher and Mary Jo Harris of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and Tamekia Baker and Soha Wahid of PNC Bank on the Hill.
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 ImageCongressman Gary Peters was the Rotary of Grosse Pointe luncheon speaker April 15 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. U.S. Rep. Peters, D-Rochester Hills, gave a Washington, D.C., legislative update and spoke enthusiastically about his efforts get light-rail transit up Woodward to Eight Mile Road.
Congressman Peters address G.P. Rotary Mark Wilson 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 11, 2013
 ImageKristy Schena, founder and executive director of Kids on the Go, gave Grosse Pointe Rotarians, at their April 8 noon luncheon meeting, an update on her summer camp program for special needs kids, which the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation has supported for many years. With her was parent Regan Wright, who gave a heart-warming, first-hand account how Kids on the Go has helped her family.

Kids on the Go! Mark Wilson 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 10, 2013
ImageIn an effort to increase its visibility in the community, Rotary of Grosse Pointe has purchased an inflatable wheel to accompany members at special events, fundraisers, etc.
Rotary Wheel Set to Travel Mark Wilson 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
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 ImageErrol Service, owner of the new McDonald's on Mack at Moran in Detroit, was the guest speaker at the April 8 noon luncheon of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Service told Rotarians how he came to the United States as a boy with his parents from Jamaica.
'Mr. McDonald's' Addresses Rotarians Mark Wilson 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
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ImageMeals on Wheels on Easter morning was great!
 
Paul, Belle, and I arrived at Matrix Human Services just before 8. There were delicious Dunkin Donuts bagels, doughnuts, coffee, and water to fuel us, and check-in went very smoothly. Belle put on a few impromptu performances up on the stage there at the center until the meals arrived at 8:15.

Meals on Wheels at Matrix Human Services Mark Wilson 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 08, 2013

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Grosse Pointe Rotarian Paul Rentenbach lent his time, tools and knowledge recently to help Nikhil Patel with his Eagle Scout project. Patel and enlisted volunteers planted 11 fruit trees — apple, pear, peach, cherry — in the nature area behind Barnes School. Among the group were, from left, Amit Patel, Christian Franck, Richard Shetler, Nikhil Patel, Paul Rentenbach, Mikehl Hafner, Mike Franck, Mikehl Hafner and Adam Hafner. (Not pictured: Arthur Mitchell).

Rotarian Assists Eagle Scout Project Mark Wilson 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Conway on Apr 08, 2013

Congressman Gary Peters will speak to our club on April 15th.

U.S. Representative Gary Peters has 22 years of business and management experience as a financial advisor.  He has served on the House Financial Services Committee since he was first elected in 2008. Gary was elected to a second Congressional term in 2010.  In that term, his commitment to small businesses earned him a seat on the Small Business Committee. Congressman Peters authored and passed legislation to promote growing sectors, he supported small business tax cuts and he led the fight to kick start small business lending to create jobs.Gary also helped lead the fight to ensure the survival of Chrysler and General Motors, saving thousands of jobs, and is now helping the industry look to the future, including authoring and passing the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act to create 21st Century jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The son of a World War II veteran, Congressman Peters served America as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Gary again volunteered to serve our country in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

In addition to his 22 years of business and management experience, Gary has served as a Michigan State Senator, a Rochester Hills City Councilman, the Michigan Lottery Commissioner and as the Griffin Endowed Chair of American Government at Central Michigan University.  He holds degrees from Alma College, the University of Detroit-Mercy, Wayne State University and Michigan State University.

 

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Congressman Peters to speak on April 15th. John Conway 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Mar 06, 2013

ImageShauna Vercher-Morrow accepts new laptop computers from Grosse Pointe Rotary on behalf of the Mariners Inn. A laptop was presented to Vercher-Morrow by Rotarian David Allard, left, and his son, Ryan Allard. The computers are a portion of 200 laptop computers donated to the Rotary Detroit Literacy Initiative by Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit.

 

Mariner's Inn Receives Laptop Mark Wilson 2013-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Mar 06, 2013
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Lynda Charow, coordinator of the annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon, co-hosted by the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation, addressed Rotary of Grosse Pointe at its March 4 luncheon meeting. She again needs volunteers. Interested, click on more!
Rotary Volunteers Sought for Triathlon Mark Wilson 2013-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Feb 28, 2013
ImageTom Gordon, president and owner of Synergy HomeCare of Grosse Pointe, was inducted Feb. 25 into Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was sponsored by Ted Everingham. Gordon and his wife, Kathleen, live in Grosse Pointe Park. From left, following the induction, are Everingham, Gordon, Rotary President Diane Strickler and Executive Secretary Mike Carmody.
Tom Gordon Inducted into Rotary of GP Mark Wilson 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
This Close to Ending Polio Mark Wilson 2013-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Feb 10, 2013
ImageKaren Phillippi, center, administrative manager for Miller Canfield's immigration practice and a board member of Global Detroit, addressed Rotary of Grosse Pointe on Monday, Feb. 11. She discussed the many positive contributions immigrants have to make to our economy and way of life. 
Global Detroit Champions Board Member on Immigration Mark Wilson 2013-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
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ImagePast District Governor Harlan Wichello, of Northville, addressing the Feb. 4 luncheon meeting, discussed the District 6400 Conference to be held May 2-5 at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania.This year will be the 40th consecutive District Conference Harlan has attended.
Count Down to District Conference May 2-5, 2013 Mark Wilson 2013-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
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ImageGrosse Pointe Rotarians were quite impressed with the "new" Neighborhood Club Fitness & Wellness Center as presented to them Jan. 21 by Executive Director Stuart Alderman and Marketing Manager Amy Roy, who were introduced by Rotarian Suzy Berschback, community affairs manager, Beaumont Grosse Pointe.  .

The "new" Neighborhood Club Fitness & Wellness Center Mark Wilson 2013-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jan 13, 2013
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ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler and Past President and Past Gov. Kim Towar presented immediate Past President Bill Scott with a hardcover photo book of his year as head of the club.
Book of President Bill & Mr.Youngblood Celebrates Mark Wilson 2013-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jan 11, 2013
ImageWhen Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn decided to replace 200 outdated laptop computers, partner S. Lee Johnson, right, a Grosse Pointe Rotarian, thought there had to be a good use for them.
Computers better than money Mark Wilson 2013-01-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Dec 16, 2012

Many thanks to the choir from Mariners Inn. They helped you see the REAL meaning of Christmas! Click on the link to the GP Rotary facebook page at the left to hear their wonderful sounds.

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Election Results Mark Wilson 2012-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Dec 10, 2012

 

ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe crooners, from left, Steve McMillan, Steve Brownell and the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver, led fellow Rotarians singing "Happy Birthday" to Rotarians John Maliszewski, Jon Gandelot, Dave Howell and Linda Mackool during the club's Monday, Dec. 10, noon luncheon. They then led the group in a rousing rendition of "Vive le Rotary!"

Vive le Rotary Mark Wilson 2012-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Dec 09, 2012
ImageSERVE Coordinator Alicia Carlisle, left, addressed Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their Monday, Dec. 10, luncheon meeting as part of an "Avenues of Service" presentation by Dr. Suzanne Klein, right, Community Affairs chair. She was introduced by Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, center.
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SERVE at G.P. Rotary Mark Wilson 2012-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Dec 02, 2012
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As part of Rotary's Operation Warm coat drive, 110 new coats were delivered to the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System on Monday, Dec. 10, to be given to students participating in the National Lunch Program at Defer and Poupard Elementary Schools and Parcells Middle School. On hand to deliver and take delivery of the coats were, from left, Rotary President Diane Strickler, Poupard Principal Penny Stocks, Defer Principal Karen Sullivan, Rotary Community Affairs Chair and former schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Klein and current Superintendent Dr. Thomas Harwood. Operation Warm is an effort by four Rotary District 6400 clubs in Detroit and Grosse Pointe to distribute 12,000 coats to children in Detroit, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores. For more information, go to SnuggleRotary.org.


Operation Warm reaches G.P. Schools Mark Wilson 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Dec 02, 2012
ImageAt its Dec. 3 luncheon meeting, Rotary of Grosse Pointe, in partnership with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, donated 15 laptop computers to Pro-Literacy Detroit and 20 laptops to the Dominican Literacy Center. From left during the presentation are Literacy Initiative Chair Mark Wilson, S. Lee Johnson of Honigman, Margaret Williamson of Pro-Literacy Detroit, Sister Janice Brown of the Dominican Literacy Center, President Diane Strickler and guest speaker Bob Bury of the Detroit Historical Society and Museum.
Laptops & Literacy Mark Wilson 2012-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
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ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, on behalf of the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation, donated $500 and six laptop computers to Francis Mustapha, the Monday, Nov. 12, luncheon speaker who is building, equipping and supporting two new schools in his native village of Madina in Sierra Leone in West Africa. "I will go anywhere to talk to a Rotary Club," said Mustapha, who retired last year as a teacher with the Fort Wayne, Ind., school system. For more on the School and the Classrooms and Rotary's help click on MORE
G.P. Rotary Helps Schools in Sierra Leone Mark Wilson 2012-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Nov 11, 2012
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When Fort Wayne, Ind., science teacher Francis Mustapha retired two years ago, he dedicated his retirement to building two schools in his native Sierra Leone. Today, the two schools are completed and 70 percent furnished. (One demonstration classroom, below, is complete.) Mustapha and his fellow parishioners at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Fort Wayne are now raising funds for supplies, equipment, shipping costs and first-year operating expenses. Mustapha will be speaking to Rotary of Grosse Pointe at its Monday, Nov. 12, luncheon meeting. The public is invited.

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TODAY--Rotarians to discuss ‘Building a school in Sierra Leone’ Mark Wilson 2012-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
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ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler presented Past President Kim Towar and daughter Brandi Towar with roses and a club-wide, heartfelt thanks for their tremendous — and successful — efforts in organizing and pulling of the Snuggle gala Oct. 27 at the Roostertail. Not only was the event a great time had by all, it also netted some $22,000 for Operation Warm, a four-club effort to purchase 12,000 coats for children in Detroit, Harper Woods, the Grosse Pointes and St. Clair Shores. Participating clubs are the A.M.and P.M. Detroit Rotaries as well as the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary.

For more information on Operation Warm or to donate, go to www.snugglerotary.org.

Thanks for a Job Well Done! Mark Wilson 2012-11-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Nov 05, 2012
ImageAfter a thorough slide presentation by Rotary Club of Windsor President-Elect Janet Kelly on her club's 18-year effort to help the people of Jirapa, in upper Ghana in west Africa, Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, on behalf of the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation, presented a check for $500.00 to go toward the Windsor club's ongoing efforts.
Rotarians Support Project Jirapa in Ghana Mark Wilson 2012-11-06 00:00:00Z 0
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ImageRotarians from Grosse Pointe and Detroit gathered Saturday night, Oct. 27, for the Snuggle Coats for Kids gala at the Roostertail to raise funds to purchase 12,000 winter coat for children in Detroit, Grosse Pointe, Harper Woods and St. Clair Shores. Silent and live auctions were complimented with a martini bar, open bar, a fabulous meal and great entertainment.

The Roostertail was decked to the nines for the gala Snuggle event. The dining room literally glowed as the sun went down and the sparkling lights came on.

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Rotarians Snuggle for Operation Warm Mark Wilson 2012-11-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 29, 2012

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Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, at the Monday, Oct. 29, Grosse Pointe school board meeting, announced the donation of $1,720 for the school system's pay-to-play programs. The money was raised at the second annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon this summer. Checks for $1,720 were give to each of the five public high schools in Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores. Along with Strickler at the school board meeting were Lynda Charow, organizer of the second annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon, and Rotary of Grosse Pointe Vice President Paul Rentenbach.

Grosse Pointe Rotary at School Board Mtg. Mark Wilson 2012-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 28, 2012

ImageTom Perna, of Aventric Technologies, gave Rotary of Grosse Pointe members a demonstration on use of the Automated External Defibrillator at the club's Oct. 29 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Perna, of Grosse Pointe Woods, was introduced by Suzy Berschback of Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.

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AED Demonstration Mark Wilson 2012-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 25, 2012

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Three new members were inducted Oct. 27 into Rotary of Grosse Pointe. From left, are District Assistant Governor Mike Carmody, Membership Chair John Mozena with new members Yolanda Turner, Charlie Fisher, Mark Heppner and President Diane Strickler.
Photo by John Minnis

Three new members inducted Mark Wilson 2012-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 25, 2012

 

ImageThree hundred years ago, the first and only battle engaged in the Grosse Pointes occurred in what is now the Windmill Pointe area of Grosse Pointe.

For more on this story click on MORE

Commemorating the Fox Indian Massacre Mark Wilson 2012-10-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 18, 2012

Image Grosse Pointe Rotarian of the Year in 2002 --

Dr. McNeill died on Thursday, October 18, 2012. A Memorial Service will held be Wednesday October 24th at 3:30 p.m., Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Our condolences go out to Marcy and the entire McNeill family. Our Club will miss him.

In lieu of flowers family requests donations to Rotary International.

For more on his life, click on more

Roger McNeill M.D. --raffle fundraiser extraordinaire-- Rotarian of Year 2002 Mark Wilson 2012-10-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 15, 2012
ImageRobert Louis-Ferdinand, head of social media for Rotary of Grosse Pointe, recently gave a presentation on social media and Facebook, in particular, to fellow Rotarians at their Oct. 15 luncheon meeting. Robert noted that 3 out 4 people in the United States now use social media — more than email — for communicating and getting information. He noted that it is time for Rotarians to get on board ... or at least on Facebook. Robert encouraged Rotarians to go to our Facebook page and "Like" us! While you are at it, you can "Like" Rotary International as well!

Let's get Social! Media Mark Wilson 2012-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
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At its Oct. 15 meeting, Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, right, and Vocational Services Chair Linda Mackool, left, recognized Louise Williams, a front-desk volunteer at Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe, with the Service Above Self Award.

For more information on the service above serlf of Louise Williams click MORE
Service Above Self Vocational Award to Louise Williams Mark Wilson 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 14, 2012
Grosse Pointe Rotarian Bill Henderson delivered on of this year's most interesting Vocational Talks at the club's Oct. 15 luncheon meeting. Bill has spent much of the last four years in China for his company, Atwell, LLC, where he serves as vice president of Environmental Services. Bill showed fascinating photos of Beijing, Shanghai, a native fish farm, Chinese industrial parks, the Forbidden City and the famous Ming terracotta army archaeological site. Bill noted that has been very well received in China ... but don't drink the water!

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Vocational Talk turns Travelogue- Bill Henderson Mark Wilson 2012-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 10, 2012

Lynda Charow, organizer of the second annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon this summer, along with Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, presented checks for $1,720 to each of five high school athletic directors to support their pay-to-play programs. From left are Sean Zaborowski, Lakeview High School; John Hartley, Lakeshore H.S.; John Larsen, Southlake H.S.; Jeremy Hawkins, Grosse Pointe South H.S.; Laura Huff, Grosse Pointe North H.S.; Strickler and Charow.


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Shores-Pointe Adventure Triathlon Mark Wilson 2012-10-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Grosse Pointe Rotarian John Minnis on a recent trip to Orlando took the opportunity to visit the Rotary Club of Dr. Phillips, which meets every Wednesday at 7 a.m. at the Arnold Palmer Bay Hill Clubhouse. While there, Minnis had the opportunity to swap club banners with Dr. Phillips Rotary President Laura Sherman, general manager of Lighthouse Key Resort & Spa.

GP Rotary in Orlando Mark Wilson 2012-10-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians standing together for Peace: Peace Walk sponsored by Windsor Roseland Rotary Club held at twilight Sept. 21 along the world's longest and most peaceful border.

12 Grosse Pointe Rotarians, children and spouses attended - Vitales, Yeager-Stivers, Hulls, Stricklers, Jason Verbrugghe and children and Kim Towar

BBQ was a little soggy but rain held off for the 5k walk.

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GP Rotarians join Walk for Peace Mark Wilson 2012-09-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Sep 19, 2012

Continuing the tradition started by IPP Bill Scott, the Supper Club met at the Blue Pointe Restaurant

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Supper Club meets at Blue Pointe Mark Wilson 2012-09-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Sep 11, 2012
ImageRochelle Riley, columnist for the Detroit Free Press, accepted, on behalf of literacy and essay program she supports, a donation of refurbished used laptop computers from Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, Past President Mark Wilson, right, and Rotarian Lee Johnson, left, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial on Aug. 20, 2012.  The computers are a portion of 200 laptop computers donated to the Rotary Detroit Literacy Initiative by Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit.

 
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Rochelle Riley Accepts Computers Mark Wilson 2012-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Club's good friend and current District Governor Mary Kehoe visited the Club in early September. She was joined by the Club Board for this photo op.
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District Governor Visit Mark Wilson 2012-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Sep 06, 2012

Ben Burns paassed away at 11:30 am today surrounded by his loved ones.  He was the Club's 68th President serving in the 2004-2005 Rotary year. His large shadow, gentle nature, exquisite sense of humor and extrordinary view of the world will be missed.



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Past President Ben Burns passes away Mark Wilson 2012-09-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 08, 2012

DETROIT (August 7, 2012) –  Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is donating 200 laptop computers to the Rotary Literacy Initiative,  begun in 2010 by the Rotary Clubs of Grosse Pointe, Detroit, Detroit AM  and Essex Ontario. The laptops have been refreshed and a new operating system, also donated, will be downloaded, making them immediately useful to recipients.

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Rotary Literacy Initiative gets 200 computers from Honigman law firm Mark Wilson 2012-08-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 07, 2012
The Club sang happy birthday to Bob Crowder who celebrates his 87th birthday this week. Way to go Bob.

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Bob Crowder turns 87 Mark Wilson 2012-08-08 00:00:00Z 0
August 6--Dan Ewald to speak about Tigers and Sparky Mark Wilson 2012-07-25 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotarians attend District Conference Mark Wilson 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 05, 2012
Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe President Bill Scott welcomed Patty Birkholz, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes, as the guest speaker at the weekly Rotary  meeting and luncheon Monday, June 4, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

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Patty Birkholz, Director of the Office of the Great Lakes Mark Wilson 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Pass the Gavel/Presidential Prom/Sladen Scholar Presentations Mark Wilson 2012-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on May 31, 2012
Incoming President Diane Strickler, along with 33,000 Rotarians from 148 countries, attended the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok May 6 -9.

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President Elect attends RI Convention Mark Wilson 2012-06-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on May 08, 2012
Eric W. Lupher, Director of Local Affairs for the Citizens Research Council of Michigan, spoke May 7 to the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe on the history of government consolidations and, in particular, the pros and cons of consolidating the five Grosse Pointe municipalities.

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Eric Lupher discusses future of the Grosse Pointes Mark Wilson 2012-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Interact students joining hundreds of other volunteers on April 28 to plant trees in a Detroit neighborhood. Mark Wilson 2012-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Celebrate 75 years of Community Service with Grosse Pointe Rotary Mark Wilson 2012-04-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Mar 28, 2012
Grosse Pointe Rotarian Bob Bury was honored at the Rotary Literacy Champions dinner last night held at the Motor City Casino. The First Annual Event, which is part of the Rotary Literacy Initiative, honored Literacy Champions and Organizations from all over Southeastern Michigan. Bob has tutored numerous individuals with his wife Mary Ann as part of the Dominican Literacy Center. Congratulations Bob.

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GP Rotarian Bob Bury honored as Literacy Champion Mark Wilson 2012-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Literacy Project! Want to Help? Here's How! Mark Wilson 2012-03-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Mar 06, 2012
According to all those present, the food and company at Shogun made for a great evening.

Don't forget to RSVP to Florence for our Progressive Dinner on March 31. It will be amazing.

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Dinner at Shogun/Progressive Dinner Mark Wilson 2012-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Feb 24, 2012
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of two of our Club's finest Rotarians:
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Songleader extraordinaire Remie Laenen passed away Sunday, February 19

 


Past President (1986-87) Robert Pytell  passed away Monday, February 20

 


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For the second straight year, the Livonia Rotary Foundation showed its support for the Rotary Literacy Initiative with a $1,000 donation. Accepting the check on behalf of the Initiative were Executive Secretary and Board Member Mike Carmody and Mark Wilson. Pictures below are all the worthy recepients that night.

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Thank you Livonia Rotary- Foundation Supports Literacy Initiative Mark Wilson 2012-02-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Fellow Rotarians,

It is with a incredibly heavy heart that we inform you that Past President Bob Bashara's wife Jane was found dead this morning. The circumstances surrounding Jane's death are incomplete. Jane's presence and participation with our Club, both with husband Bob and in her own right, made our Club much stronger and more able to service those in our world community   

Details regarding services and arrangements will follow as they are finalized.  Please put Bob and his family in your prayers and thoughts.

 We will keep this updated as more information becomes available.

 Respectively,

 President Bill Scott

 

Club mourns the death of our friend Jane Bashara Mark Wilson 2012-01-25 00:00:00Z 0
President Banerjee to speak at Rotary Literacy Banquet Mark Wilson 2011-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Dec 11, 2011
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2011 Club Election results are reported as follows: 

President Elect:  Diane Strickler (Pres. 2012-2013) 

First VP Elect: Paul Rentenbach (Pres. 2013-2014)  

2nd VP Elect: Jon Gandelot  (Pres. 2014-2015)    

Club Board members elected-2 year term (2012-2014)

  • Ted Everingham
  • Amy Gennaro
  • Fred Ollison

Foundation Board members -3 year term (2012-2015)

  • Steve Brownell
  • Lee Johnson
  • Suzanne Klein

Please be sure to thank those members who ran who were not elected. Having lost 10 elections myself, I know how it feels but understand that one or two votes separated many of these excellent candidates.  These people offered up their time and talent to help the Club and make the choices extremely difficult. Please encourage each of them to run again when offered. It will keep our club strong. Their input to the Club is very valuable.

  • Kim Youngblood
  • George Shammas
  • Richard Yeager-Stiver
  • Mike Kosinski
  • Gaylord Creedon
  • Glen Housey
  • Dave Howell
  • Finally thank you to Past President Teresa for making the process so informative and allowing it to run so smoothly.

     
    Mark Wilson

    Immediate Past President
    Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe

    2011 Club Election Results Mark Wilson 2011-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
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    Through a gift from the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, 56 third graders and their teachers from Poupard Elementary School in Harper Woods  were able to partake in a fantasic learning experience at the Detroit Historical Museum. This project is part of the overall Literacy and Learning program in the Club.  Go to the Download section of the Home page and Click on the  Poupard letters to see more.
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    On July 29, we received word from the Rotary International Foundation that the Rotary Literacy Initiative global grant has been formally approved. It is believed to be the first Future Vision Global Grant given to a project in the United States.

    For a video look at the Rotary Literacy Initiative click on the arrow below 

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    On June 29, 2011 Committee Chair Mike Carmody reported that the goal set in July 2009 of 3 Million pounds of clothing, food and books had been reached.  This vast collection of resources has been distributed to various community groups, shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries. The collection center in Grosse Pointe, located at the Memorial Church of Grosse Pointe 16 Lakeshore Drive, will be converted to a book collection center beginning July 1 and it will be open every other Wednesday from 7-9 PM.  

    SO FAR WE HAVE RAISED 3,079,401  POUNDS

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    Click on More for photos from the Changing of the Gavel

    •  2011-2012 Board of Directors
    • Infinite Sky Lifetime Service Award: Al Ceravolo  & Pete Higbie
    • Rotarian of the Year: Mike Carmody
    • Directors Award: Paul Rentenbach
    • Sladen Visionary Award: Kim Towar-Colton
    • Rookies of the Year:  Lee Johnson & Richard Yeager-Stiver
    • Robert Louis Ferdinand becomes 10th new member this year
    • Bill Scott becomes 75th President of Grosse Pointe Rotary
    Changing of the Gavel-Bill Scott takes Command Mark Wilson 2011-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 26, 2011
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    At the annual "Changing of the Gavel" Presentation, DG Kim inducted Bill Scott as the 75th President of the Club. The Club also honored some of its members for their extraordinary service above self. The Honorees were:

    Infinite Sky Lifetime Service Award: Al Ceravolo & Pete Higbie

    Rotarian of the Year:  Mike Carmody

    Director Award: Paul Rentenbach

    Sladen Visionary Award:  DG Kim Towar

    Rookies of the YearLee Johnson & Richard Yeager-Stiver

    DGN Mary Kehoe inducted Robert Louis Ferdinand as the Club's tenth new Members since May 2010. DG Kim honored the Paul Harris recipients and videos of the 3 Million Pound Challenge and Rotary Literacy Initiative entertained and informed the guests. The Club also received the Presidential Citation with Distinction Award.  Bill Scott provided his vision for the future of the Club as it enters its 75th year.

     For info on the Sladen Scholars click  on "more" below

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    On Friday June 17, 2011 our club was honored with the “Greater Detroit Community Volunteers of the Year” award by Matrix Human Services of Detroit.  Matrix Human Services was founded in 1906 by the League of Catholic Women.  Matrix Human Services serves their community through twenty-three service locations with a staff of five hundred employees and countless volunteers.

     

     

    Grosse Pointe Rotary Club Receives Major Community Honor Mark Wilson 2011-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
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    GP Rotarian Steve Brownell introduced Congressman U.S. Timothy Walberg (R MI) from the Seventh District which encompasses the Battle CreekAdrian area.  Elected to the U.S. House in 2006, defeated in 2008 and elected again 2010, Representative Wallberg joked that one seeking federal political office should not count on anything more than “a two year job.” 
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    Grosse Pointe Rotarians Ed Irvine, Teresa Divirgil and Bob Hackathorn supervised the transfer of 192 boxes containing 8,640 books to Goodwill Industries as part of the Rotary Literacy Initiative.
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    Having returned from DisCon 2011, I wanted to let you know that our DG Kim put on a show that will be remembered for a long time. The event was staged in the Lombard Westin outside of Chicago. Not a single detail was overlooked. She could not have represented  our club in any finer fashion.  

    The two extraordinary highlights were the the flash mob in downtown Chicago Millennium Park to highlight the End Polio Now campaign of RI and the Tonight Show featuring the RI President. President Elect; Treasurer; incoming and outgoing RI Trustees; President's representative and other distinguished RI dignitaries talking about their visions for Rotary. Even President Ray commented on the fact that this not only hadn't happened at a District Conference before ( because he doesn't attend them) but likely had never happened in a public forum. Leave it to our KimPOSSIBLE to assemble such a group and then have them speak to us in depth about Rotary and its future.

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    Below (click on MORE) is a blog entry from MIke Carmody (remember him?) in Australia. Sounds like tough duty. You can view all the entries at www. rotary6400vtt.com
    Mike Carmody reports in from Australia Mark Wilson 2011-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by John Conway on Apr 28, 2011
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    VTT Host Families
    Shirley Verrall Fred and Sarah Ollison
    John Clark Dean Valente
    Bruce Edwards Jack and Arlene Cobau
    Tyler Crosby Ben and Beverly Burns
    Bryan Dobson Bob and Jane Bashara
    Narella Hibberd Gaylord and Betsy Creedon
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    VTT Team schedule while in Grosse Pointe John Conway 2011-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
    Posted by Mark Wilson on Mar 30, 2011
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    Our 2011 Vocational Training Team (VTT) is bound for Australia and East Timor on April 25, 2011. They are excited about the opportunity to represent Rotary International and Super District 6400 and to meet and work with Rotary clubs in District 9550 in Australia and East Timor.

     

    Leading the team is Grosse Pointe Rotarian Michael Carmody.  Click on more for details and team photo.

     

    Grosse Pointe Rotarian leads VTT Team to East Timor & Australia Mark Wilson 2011-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
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    Our Exchange students Hugo and Dimpho educated and illuminated the club about their home countries of Colombia and South Africa, respectively as well as their own personal stories.   Please include them in your plans to further their exchange experiences here.  Click on More for photos of the presentations.
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    The Ben and Jerry Foundation showed its support for the Rotary Literacy Initiative by sending a $1000 donation to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation. The proceeds will go to support the training of tutors; collection and redistribution of books and providing valuable resources to many community based Literacy programs in Southeastern Michigan.
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    The READ Wine  & Cocktail party held at Bookies in Detroit was very successful fellowship event that doubled as a fundraiser for the Rotary Literacy initiative. Many thanks to all those who attended; those who brought books to donate for the cause; and those who organized the event. Special thanks to Jane Kronner, Jim Gudenau and Amy Gennaro for their roles.
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    April will be book drive month at Pierce and Brownell Middle Schools. The books will be collected and redistributed as part of the Rotary Literacy Initiative.
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    There is a great new way to help  the Rotary Literacy Initiative.

    READ Wine & Cocktail Party

    Friday, March 25, 2011 from 5:30-8:00  

    Bookies Bar & Grille Downtown (Easy access-13 mile trip from Grosse Pointe City)

    Private Room 

    2208 Cass Ave.

    $39 per person for drinks and treats.  (Checks payable to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation)

    For each book you bring and donate, receive $1 off your ticket price (up to 4 books).

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    Before a crowded  War Memorial Ballroom US Rep Hansen Clarke spoke to the club on his path to Washington and the importance of education and support along the way. He showed interest in the Club's Rotary Literacy Initiative.  His passion for the job at hand is not only evident but refreshing.  

     

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    Grosse Pointe Rotary recently received more than 400 bibles that Rotarian Frank Sladen had donated years ago. Grosse Pointe Rotary quickly found a home for them at CrossRoads for their chapel. Rotarians Bob Hackathorn and  Mike Carmody made the presentation to Mary Honsel of CrossRoads last week. 
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    On Thursday January 13, Past Club President and 46 year Rotarian Peter Higby  delivered 150 childrens books to Wayne Elementary School in  Detroit Michigan. Pete is shown with Principal Pamela Askew and Wayne students in the school library. Peter is also a tutor at the school.
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    A number of Rotarians sucessfully completed their training sessions to become certified tutors. These dedicated Rotarians will be matched with motivated individuals in an effort to help them and break the cycle of illiteracy in Detroit and surrounding communtiies.
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    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 www.morossgreenway.org. 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)
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    Dr. Michael Paletta, right, executive director of the Hospice of Michigan Institute, was the guest speaker at the April 27 luncheon meeting for Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Paletta discussed making end-of-life decisions and having "the talk" with loved ones before a medical emergency arrives. He recommended having your medical wishes written down and a Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care designated. He was introduced by Programs Committee Co-chair Ted Everhingham, left.

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    On April 11, 2015, Grosse Pointe Rotarians, from left, Diane Strickler, Tina Antoon, Dick Allison and Paul Rentenbach, plus a dozen other volunteers, repackaged some 2,358 lbs. of cold meat into 4 lb. bags at Forgotten Harvest. 

     

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    ​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
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    Rotary President Jon Gandelot bids farewell to outgoing ​School Superintendent Tom Harwood, right, who attended his last meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe on Monday, March 30, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. A Grosse Pointe Rotarian since 2012, Harwood served as chairman of the Scholarships Committee. Harwood is leaving the Grosse Pointe Public School System and returning to his native West Michigan to serve as deputy superintendent of the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Services Agency. Photo by John Minnis

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    Nancy Bailey, co-author the book, "The North Side of Down," was the guest speaker at the March 23, 2015, luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. She was introduced by John Conway, co-chair of the Programs Committee. "The North Side of Down" is the story about Bailey's sister and co-author, Amanda Bailey, who has Down syndrome. "I wrote the book with Amanda," Nancy Bailey told the Rotarians present. "She's a prolific writer. She didn't learn to write until she was (an adult)." Nancy is an animal trainer and the author of 10 books. More information may be found on Facebook and at nancyjbaileyauthor.com. Above, Bailey, left autographs books for Rotarian Bernadette Banko while Program Co-chair Conway awaits his turn. (Photo by John Minnis)

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    Upon graduation from college in 2005, Ashley Holmer, formerly of Grosse Pointe, and her twin sister bordered a plane for Tanzania in west Africa. She's still there. "If you would have told me 10 years ago that I would be building schools in Tanzania, I would have said you are crazy," she told Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their Feb. 23, 2015, luncheon meeting. Today she is founder and executive director of the Red Sweater Project, an organization the supports students at the Mungere Secondary School. Because the cost of secondary schooling in Tanzania is about $500 a year, while the average annual family income is $189, outside assistance is crucial. In fact, families celebrate when a daughter fails the secondary school admittance test. The official school uniform is a "red sweater," hence the name of project. For more information, go to redsweaterproject.org

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    From left at the Rotary meeting were the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver, Holmer, past President Diane Strickler and Program Chair Ted Everingham. (Photo by John Minnis)

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    ImageFrederic S. Pearson, Professor of Political Science and
    Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State
    University.  Dr. Pearson also directs the Detroit Council for World
    Affairs and is on the boards of the Detroit Rotary Club and the Michigan
    Coalition for Human Rights.  He received his Ph.D. in 1971 from the
    University of Michigan and has become a recognized authority in the fields of
    international military intervention, arms transfer effects on civil and
    international wars, and ethnic conflict analysis. 

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    Till Schoechtner, this year's exchange student from Horn, Austria, reinstituted an old Grosse Pointe Rotary tradition at the club's Jan. 26, 2015, luncheon meeting by announcing the guests and visiting Rotarians. The opportunity gave him a chance not only to improve his public speaking abilities but also his use of English. (Photo by John Minnis)

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    Madeline Bialecki, executive director of The Lake House, "A Gathering Place for Those Touched by Cancer," was the stand-in guest speaker at the Jan. 26, 2015, luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Though a Michigan native, Bialecki spent 28 years in Pennsylvania, where she made a career in managing nonprofit organizations. "I was in Rotary for 10 years in Pennsylvania," she told the Grosse Pointe Rotarians. "I love Rotary." 

    Above, from left at the Rotary meeting, were Programs Committee Chair Ted Everingham, who introduced the speaker, Bialecki and Stanley. (Photo by John Minnis)

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    Grosse Pointe Rotarian Michelle Roberts gave a vocational talk at the Jan. 19, 2015, luncheon meeting or Rotary of Grosse Pointe. A management consultant with her own company, Technical Textile Solutions, Roberts spoke about the decline of textile manufacturing in the United States and its current comeback in niche products. "It's not ever going to be the way it was," she said, "but we are seeing some growth." She noted that apparel and footwear are a $354 billion consumer market in the United States, $1,100 per man, woman and child. Roberts was introduced by President Jon Gandelot.

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    For the fourth year in a row, the men from Mariners Inn sang Christmas Carols for the members of Grosse Pointe Rotary at the club's 2014 holiday luncheon in December at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The men, who are recovering from alcohol and other drug dependencies, are always spectacular, but this year many of the men performed outstanding solos, much to the delight of all who attended. Thank you, men, for making our holidays so much better! We all enjoyed the opportunity to have lunch with you and get to know one another. Photos by John Minnis

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    ​Regina High School music director Eleanor Ellero led the girls choir in a rousing medley of holiday songs at the Sunrise Grosse Pointe Rotary Club's holiday breakfast Dec. 9 at The Hill restaurant. They concluded their songs with a superb, and difficult, acapella rendition of "Carol of the Bells," earning the girls a standing ovation by the Rotarians. Also at the holiday breakfast, Rotarians John Minnis, of the Grosse Pointe afternoon club, and Tim Kelch, of the Sunrise Club, were named Paul Harris Fellows for their work on helping make the club's annual Fun Run such as success. Below left, from left, are club President Mike Carter, Minnis, Kelch and Rotary District 6400 Gov. Liz Smith. Also on the holiday breakfast agenda was the induction of new Rotarian Dennis Janowski. Below right, Gov. Smith pins a new-member pin on Janowski's lapel while Dennis Hyduk of Sunrise and John Chambers of the Detroit A.M. Rotary Club look on. Photos by John and Terry Minnis

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    Grosse Pointe Rotarian Richard "Dick" Allison, author of "Operation Thunderclap and the Black March: Two World War II Stories from the Unstoppable 91st Bomb Group," signed his book for Rotarians following the Dec. 8 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Assisted by Fred Ollison, Allison signs a book for Rotarian Ron Vitale while fellow Rotarian Dr. Al Ceravolo waits his turn. Photo by John Minnis

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    Jason Vines, author of “What Did Jesus Drive: Crisis PR in Cars, Computers and Christianity,” was the guest speaker at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting Dec. 8. He was introduced by John Conway. After the meeting, above, he signed his book Rotarians, including Lina Bowman, while Bill Scott looks on.

     
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    Children in the Grand Boulevard neighborhood near the Crossroad Soup Kitchen were thrilled — and warmed — by their new winter coats provided by Grosse Pointe and Detroit Rotary Clubs' Operation Warm program! The coats for Crossroads are among the more than 4,000 coats being distributed throughout Detroit, the east side and Grosse Pointe just prior to Thanksgiving.

     

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    Grosse Pointe and Detroit Rotarians rendezvoused at the Stroh River Place warehouse a week before Thanksgiving to load a truck full of new warm winter coats bound for The Children's Center of Detroit in the Detroit Medical Center/Wayne State University area. The truck was provided by Matrix Human Services, and many thanks to the members of the WSU baseball team who helped unload the truck and transport the coats downstairs upon arrival a the The Children's Center. 

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    At Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting Nov. 10 President Jon Gandelot presents fellow Rotarian Mark Weber with a Paul Harris Fellow pin. A Paul Harris lapel pin is awarded for every $1,000 contributed to Rotary International. Weber, who serves on the Community Affairs and Scholarships Committees, has been a member of Rotary since 1993. Rotary of Grosse Pointe meets Mondays at noon at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Lunch is $20, and the public is welcome to attend. For more information, go to www.grossepointerotary.org.Photo by John Minnis

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    Dr. Larry Stephenson, left, Chair of the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Centennial Project, was the guest speaker at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting Oct. 27. He was introduced by Rotary and past Commodore Mark Weber, right.

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    Oct. 18, some 10 Rotarians with 15 Interact Club high school students packaged food pallets at Gleaners for delivery to area organizations and food pantries. Students and Rotarians were given "shopping lists" of foodstuffs needed by various Detroit-area groups feeding the less fortunate. The need for food is greater than ever, the Rotarians and students learned.

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    Grosse Pointe Rotarian Gary Marowske, chair of Michigan Waterways Commission, was the guest speaker at the club's Nov. 17 luncheon meeting. Marowske, owner of Flame Furnace, recently returned to Rotary after having been very active in the 1990s. Photo by John Minnis

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    On the Monday before Veterans Day, Nov. 11, Col. Rolf E. Mammen, commander of the 127th Maintenance Group stationed at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, was the guest speaker at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting at, appropriately enough, the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, where he also serves as a member of the board. Mammen began by asking a question that stumps many: What is the origin of Veterans Day? Of course, the older Rotarians weren't stumped, many answering, correctly, Armistice Day, marking the end of World War I, the War to End all Wars, "which, unfortunately, it was not," Mammen said. Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Mammen grew up in Grosse Pointe Woods and graduated from Grosse Pointe North High School. Rotarian Lisa Gandelot, wife of President Jon Gandelot, recalled Mammen attending Ferry Elementary School when she was a teacher there. With the colonel following his talk were President Gandelot, left, and Program Committee Chair Ted Everingham, who introduced the speaker. Photo by John Minnis.

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    Rotary of Grosse Pointe unveiled its new banner at the club's Oct. 6 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The banner proudly proclaims "Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe" "Chartered 1937." Handsome, indeed! Photo by John Minnis

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    Rebecca Chupick, a senior at Grosse Pointe South who won the Miss Grosse Pointe Farms title and competed for the title of Miss Michigan, was the quest speaker at the Oct. 6 luncheon meeing of Grosse Pointe Rotary. She has been active in Interact since her sophomore year. Our Club sponsored Ms. Chupick to attend the World Affairs Seminar that takes place in Wisconsin every summer. The Seminar is a Rotary 6270 Initiative and its purpose is to bring about better understanding of world problems among a select group of 200 young people from around the world. This year’s topic was World Health. 

    The week consisted of: 1) speakers about mental, and physical health concerns, including the battle to eliminate polio; 2) interactive events that included games to understand the role of healthy friendships and relationships and a Q&A with a panel that consisted of two blind people and a person suffering from schizophrenia: and (3) social time to interact with students from around the world. 

    Ms. Chupick was very grateful to have the opportunity to participate in the Seminar. 

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    GP Rotarians worked for five days, Sept. 23-27, at the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Building in the Morningside Neighborhood finishing a home building project on Maryland north of Mack Avenue. We worked with Rotarians from the Detroit and Livonia clubs, and with workers from Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

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    During the school year, many children's only nutritional meal comes at school. During the summer that poses a real problem for less-fortunate children. To meet the need, volunteers serve meals at Detroit soup kitchens such Crossroads on Grand Boulevard. Below, Rotarians prepare and serve lunches in July at Crossroads Soup Kitchen ... and have a good time doing so!

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    Rotary of Grosse Pointe Past President Diane Strickler received her fifth Paul Harris Fellow stone from current President Jon Gandelot at the Sept. 29 noon luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. A Paul Harris lapel pin is awarded for every $1,000 contributed to Rotary International. Photo by John Minnis

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    Members of the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe welcomed a visitor from Australia at the Country Club of Detroit. Allan Church, past district governor from the Queensland area, is no stranger to Detroit and the Pointes. In 2011 and again this year, Church was responsible for sending a team of literacy experts to assist in adult literacy training at the Pro-literacy facility in Detroit. During his year as governor, Church and Grosse Pointe native Kim Towar (the local Rotary district governor) collaborated on dual projects. The literacy team who came here and a team of midwives and pharmacists from the Grosse Pointe, Detroit and Windsor area traveled to East Timor to assist in training. The literacy project was so successful that the team from Australia returned this year and plan to continue their assistance in and around Detroit for many years to come. Pictured, from left at the Country Club of Detroit, are Norma Ceravolo, Florence Seltzer, Church and Grosse Pointe Rotarian Dr. Al Ceravolo. (Photo courtesy of Kim Towar)

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    September 16: 5:30-7:00 PM-Business After Hours-Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce-Bella Café, 131 Kercheval.

    September 18 (Thursday):  Rotary Supper Club.  Location Antonios in the Park.  Dinner at 6:30 p.m.  RSVP to Florence Seltzer or Bill Scott.​

    September 30: 8:00-9:00 AM-Business Before Hours-Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce-ATI Physical Therapy, 20311 Mack, GP Woods

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    October 18: Saturday afternoon from 1:00 to 3:30-Gleaners.  Help feed the area's hungry. You can not believe how big the Gleaners operation is. The problem is that your help is needed to turn the gears. Come on Rotarians get rolling.

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    September 23-27: HABITAT FOR HUMANITY BLITZ BUILD-MORNINGSIDE NEIGHBORHOOD  Sign up to help.  No construction experience necessary.  There are many opportunities to assist in this worthwhile and fun project.  Sign up at a meeting or contact Paul Rentenbach.

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    Ruth and Richard Gazza, board members of the Henry Ford Heritage Association, were the guest speakers at the Aug. 11 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The Gazzas, who were introduced by Charlie Davis of the Detroit Rotary Club, reported that Henry Ford's 150th birthday was July 30. They gave a slideshow presentation of Ford's history, blemishes and all, and remarked out Henry Ford shaped modern society. The Henry Ford Heritage Association was created in 1990 to promote the life and accomplishments of an American industrial genius, Henry Ford. Along with pioneering the automobile industry, the Gazzas pointed out, Ford also led the way in many ancillary products, including rubber tires and charcoal. Below, with the Gazzas following their presentation, were President Jon Gandelot, left, and Charlie Davis, right. Photo by John Minnis

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    ​Rotary of Grosse Pointe Exchange Students Casey Mazza and Rebecca Constant returned home this summer from their school year abroad. Mazza spent the year in France, and Constant went to Denmark. At the July 28 luncheon meeting of Rotary Grosse Pointe, Mazza and Constant displayed flags from their host countries that were signed by their fellow students there. Their parents also attended the Rotary luncheon. Above, from left, are Sergio and Lora Mazza, Casey Mazza, "Becca" Constant and Judy Constant. Below, the Exchange Students presented Rotary of Grosse Pointe Past President Paul Rentenbach with pennants from from their host clubs in France and Denmark. Photos by John Minnis

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    Tara Franey, Director of Development and Communications for Habitat for Humanity-Detroit, was the guest speaker at the Monday, July 14, luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Tara related the history of Habitat, stressing that Jimmy Carter did not found Habitat but that he is certainly Habitat's most known supporter. She also discussed Habitat's ReStore on Mack. Tara announced this year's "Blitz Build": seven houses in seven days, beginning Sept. 23. Rotary of Grosse Pointe is partnering with the Habitat team from Grosse Pointe Memorial Church. The Grosse Pointe and Detroit Rotary clubs are also purchasing the windows for the seven homes. Above, with Tara following her presentation, is Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Jon Gandelot. (Photo by John Minnis)

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    At the April 2 luncheon meeting, Rotarians Steve McMillan and Steve Brownell led the club in singing a rousing "Happy Birthday" to Grosse Pointe War Memorial Chef Martin, who prepares some of the best sit-down and buffet lunches found at any Rotary weekly meeting. Happy Birthday and thank you, Chef Martin!

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    Meredith Bury, daughter of Grosse Pointe Rotarian Robert and Mary Ann Bury, reported on her recent trip to Granada, Nicaragua, as part of the University of Michigan’s Rotaract Club. The on-campus club consists of 70 students, 15 of which spent their spring break helping to refurbish the Margarita Urbina School, a school of 600 students from kindergarten through sixth grade. Their projects consisted of helping to fax the roof so that insulation and fans could be installed to cool the classrooms, fixing desks, painting, and affixing a hanging garden on an exterior wall.  Meredith was able to receive an unusual tour of the city in the back of a pickup when running errands with the contractor with whom they were working. The pictures and video that Meredith showed strongly supported her statement that the time spent with the students (painting and playing games) made the biggest lasting impression.  The Rotary of Grosse Pointe club helped sponsor Meredith’s trip. Above, following her presentation, is Meredith with her parents. Photo by John Minnis

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    Tina Antoon, a financial adviser at Edward Jones on Mack Avenue in Grosse Pointe Woods, was inducted at the June 2 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. She was sponsored by Steve McMillan. From left following the induction ceremony President Paul Rentenbach, Antoon and McMillan. Photo by John Minnis

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    Grosse Pointe Rotarians turned out on a recent Saturday for a community service effort, Project Bloom. Rotarians assisted members of the Grosse Pointe Foundation in planting flowers throughout the many flower beds in the The Village commercial district. Rotarians are also called upon throughout the summer and early fall to maintain the beds, pull weeds, etc.

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    Monday June 9th we will not have our usual lunch meeting. Instead, we are having a Club Assembly at the GP Farms Pier Park from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm.  An agenda will be sent around later this week.  I need to get a head count of those members who plan to attend.  Please RSVP to President Paul if you can come.  We will be reviewing our accomplishments this year and our plans for the Gandelot year.  Thank you very much.

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    ​The Grosse Pointe War Memorial's new president and CEO, Charles Burke, above left, was inducted Monday, May 5, into Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Burke's induction continues a 21-year tradition began by former War Memorial head Mark Weber, who became a Rotarian 1993. Weber, who retired at the end of 2012 after leading the War Memorial for 31 years, continues to be active in Grosse Pointe Rotary. Burke served as the senior director of education for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as well as the artistic director of the DSO’s nationally renowned Civic Youth Ensembles for the past 15 years. He was chosen after a nationwide search to fill Weber's vacancy. Burke was sponsored by club Director and Recording Secretary Ted Everingham, who pinned on the inductee's first-year pin. Below, gathered following the induction ceremony were, from left, club Membership Chair John Mozena, recent inductee Bernadette Banko of the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, Burke, Everingham, Executive Secretary and Area 1 Assistant District Gov. Mike Carmody and club President Paul Rentenbach. (Photos by John Minnis)

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    On Saturday, May 3, Rotarians Carmody, Gandelot, Rentenbach, Ollison, and Mozena, and prospective Rotarians Chris Laenen and Hari Rao, joined forces with 8 Interact club members and their faculty advisor Kevin Cox, and packaged 450 pounds of healthy snack bags and 400 pounds of dinner bags for distribution to school children throughout Detroit.  Their work took about 2 hours and was done at the Gleaners Food Bank facility on Beaufait Street, just off of Kercheval.  Gleaners relies on volunteers for assembly of pallets of food for distribution to over 400 agencies in metro Detroit, and Grosse Pointe Rotary will be continuing this hands on event in the coming years as well.ImageImageImageImageImageImage

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    As you know I just went through a really scary experience. A small piece of plaque broke free from one of my arteries and blocked the flow of blood to my heart. Only 8% of people survive a cardiac event outside of a hsopital. There were two things that saved my life. A friend immediatley gave me CPR. There was an automated external defibrillator nearby.

    If you have forgotten how to do CPR. Click HERE for a one minute video to show you how to do Hands Only CPR.

    John

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    George McMullen Jr., left, of Grosse Pointe Woods, was inducted as new member in Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the club's regular luncheon meeting Jan. 20. McMullen was sponsored by President Paul Rentenbach, center, and introduced by Executive Secretary Mike Carmody, right. McMullen is an account representative with Rose Pest Solutions. Carmody pointed out that it was fitting that McMullen should become a Rotarian in that Rose Pest Solutions pioneer Bill Ives, now semi-retired, and his son, Jim Ives, who now heads the company, have both been very involved in Rotary at the club, district and international levels. Below, Rentenbach pins on McMullen's initial red badge, which will be replaced by Rotary's standard black badge after one year of service. Photos by John Minnis

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    Michelle Balconi, of Grosse Pointe, recently gave an informative and entertaining account of a book she is writing on the "dismal science" — Economics. She is a contributing writer primarily focused on economic issues and social entrepreneurs. She has recently co-authored a family-friendly economic guide with leading U.S. economist and former presidential economic advisor Dr. Arthur Laffer — namesake of the so-called "Laffer Curve," which he neither coined nor invented. The working title of Balconi/Laffer's economics book is "It's Not a Mystery — It's Economics."

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    An annual holiday tradition, the men of Mariners Inn came a-caroling at the Dec. 16 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. The singers definitely put all Rotarians in the holiday spirit as they left their last meeting of 2013! Photo by Kim Towar

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    Despite heavy snow and slippery road conditions, Rotarians turned out in numbers and holiday cheer for the this year's yuletide party Dec. 14 at the wonderfully bedecked Ardmore Park Place in St. Clair Shores. After a fabulous dinner, Rotarians made their way to Florence Seltzer's home for an afterglow co-hosted by Glenn Housey and featuring his famous "Hummers." A good time was had by all! Photos by Fred Ollison

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    With so many University of Michigan alums in Rotary, David A. Brandon, director of intercollegiate athletics for Michigan, was guaranteed a friendly audience as the scheduled speaker at the Dec. 2 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. Brandon was formerly chairman of the board, chief executive officer and manager of Domino's Pizza. He is also a former regent of the University of Michigan. After the meeting, all U-M alumni in attendance gathered with Brandon for a photo op. From left are Lee Johnson, Sean Byrne, Ted Everingham, Jim Everett, Brandon, Tim Whims, Mike Kosinski, Liz Smith, President Paul Rentenbach, Jon Gandelot and Dick Allison. Grosse Pointe Rotary meets at 12:10 p.m. at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Lunch is $15, and the public is always invited to attend.

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    Rotary In The Pointes: Operation Warm 2014 John Minnis 0
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    They've arrived — 3,396 coats for 1,734 boys and 1,662 girls in Detroit, Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods. It took a 53' and 40' semi-trailers to deliver the 566 boxes of coats to the Stroh River Place, which generously donated warehouse space for receiving and shipping. It took the volunteers 5 1/2 hours to unload the two trucks and sort the coats and to prepare to ship to the partner agencies/schools. Mike Carmody, right, Area 1 assistant governor for Rotary International District 6400, who launched the coat drive effort last year, was on hand to receive delivery of the coats, along with Rotarians from the A.M. and P.M. clubs in Grosse Pointe and Detroit. More photos can be found on the Rotary of Grosse Pointe Facebook page.

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    Rotarians from the Grosse Pointe and Sunrise clubs work together at many events and projects, including the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce Community Business EXPO 2013, Nov. 20 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. From left are Wayne Manchester of the Sunrise club and Diane Strickler, Mike Carmody, Paul Rentenbach and Ted Everingham of the Grosse Pointe club. Below, Dennis Hyduk, of the Sunrise Club, was among many other Rotarians working as a parade staging marshal prior to the Grosse Pointe Santa Claus Parade.

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    Automotive engineer turned life coach Angela Bellos, of Grosse Pointe, gave Rotarians tips on "Surviving the Holidays" at their Nov. 25 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. President Paul Rentenbach welcomed Bellos to Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Photo by John Minnis

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    Lindsey Kurtz, executive director of Full Circle, a fully accredited charitable organization working in conjunction with the Grosse Pointe Public School System to provide opportunities for increased independence for special needs individuals within our community, told Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their Nov. 18 luncheon meeting about her organization's new location, thrift shop, community garden and efforts to create a commercial laundry in order to provide their adult students vocational opportunities. Kurtz, a Grosse Pointe North graduate and Rotary Scholarship recipient who returned to Grosse Pointe to head up Full Circle, was introduced by her former pastor, the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver, a Grosse Pointe Rotarian. Following the luncheon are, from left, President Paul Rentenbach, Chamber President/Executive Director (and Rotarian) Jennifer Boettcher, Kurtz and Pastor Yeager-Stiver. Photo by John Minnis

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    U.S. District Judge Nancy Edmunds, center — who most recently handled the Kwame Kilpatrick case in federal court in Detroit, as well as the "Underwear Bomber" terrorist case — addressed Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their Nov. 11 luncheon meeting. Edmunds, who attended with her attorney husband, Bill, discussed the measures taken to seat an impartial jury in the highly publicized case involving the former Detroit mayor. Regarding the terrorism case, Edmunds said she thought the federal courts were up to the challenge of handling complex cases involving terrorism and the Guantanamo detainees. Following the meeting, all attorneys present greeted the Edmundses. From left, are Jon Gandelot, Sean Byrne, Dino Valente, Mike Carmody, Judge Edmunds, President Paul Rentenbach, Bill Edmunds, Ted Everingham and Dick Allison. Rotary of Grosse Pointe meets on Mondays at noon at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The public is always welcome. Lunch is $15. For more information, go to www.gprotary.org. Photo by John Minnis

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    Great Lakes historian and marine artist Robert McGreevy told the tragic and heroic tales of the Great Storm on 1913 and the loss of the freighter Howard M Hanna Jr. at the Nov. 4 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, McGreevy has completed over 300 paintings of Great Lakes ships, encompassing all periods of ship design and development. A historian first and an artist second, McGreevy is able to share the results of his research visually as well as in print. The Hanna was one of 25 ships hit by the Storm of 1913 and one of eight on Lake Huron alone. Much is known about the Hanna on that fateful day because her crew was the only one that survived the storm. At the meeting, McGreevy was introduced by Rotarian Ted Everingham host of the local cable program, "Great Lakes Log." Following his talk, McGreevy, left with Everingham, signed copies of his book, "Lost Legends of the Lakes."

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    Guests came from near and far to attend the Oct. 28 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. Fazlur Raheem Oshodi, from Lagos, Nigeria, is visiting his son, a cardiologist at the DMC, and family for six weeks in Grosse Pointe Woods. Oshodi and his wife are Rotarians in Nigeria; his wife is an assistant governor of their district. State Sen. Bert Johnson, of Detroit, did not have far to come as the guest speaker. He was introduced by his aide, Jelani McGadney, who was a Rotary exchange student, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Milan, while in high school. He went to Japan. Sen. Johnson represents the five Grosse Pointes, Harper Woods, Hamtramck, Highland Park and a portion of Detroit. Above, from left, at the conclusion of meeting, are McGadney, Grosse Pointe Rotary President Paul Rentenbach, Sen. Johnson and Oshodi. Below, the Nigerian Rotarian and the Grosse Pointe Rotary president exchange club flags.

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    Grosse Pointe Park resident Sandy Baruah, center, president & CEO of the Greater Detroit Chamber of Commerce, was the guest speaker at the Oct. 14 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He attended with his wife, Lisa. "Three years ago I had the pleasure of speaking to this organization," he told the Rotarians. "I was brand new then. Gov. Snyder was not governor yet." He noted  the economy is coming back and Detroit is working its way through bankruptcy. "What we see everyday at the Chamber," he said, "is international business is looking at Detroit not just as a good bet but the safe bet." Welcoming Baruah to the Rotary luncheon were President Paul Rentenbach, left, and 1st Vice President Jon Gandelot. Photo by John Minnis

     

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    Grosse Pointe Rotarians prepared lunches for children at Crossroads on West Grand Boulevard in Detroit on three days in July. The lunch program is especially important for neighborhood kids when there is no school since that is for many of them their main source of nutritious food. Rotarain At left, Ted Everningham, who with his wife, Marcia, organized the lunches and ordered the food, is assisted by fellow Rotarians Diane Strickler and John Mozena. Photo by Charlotte Berschback

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    Rotarian Lina Bowman, assisted by her son, Derek, a senior at Grosse Pointe South High School, hands out food to children at Crossroads while Rotarian Suzy Berschback and Emma Nearhood, daughter of Anne Nearhood of CARE of Southeast Michigan, stand by to help the kids with thier milk, lasagna and cole slaw. Cookies and candy were passed only after they ate their meals. Photo by John Minnis. (More photos on Facebook.)

     

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    To launch a week of patriotism and celebration of independence, Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their July 1 (Canada Day) regular luncheon meeting sang "O, Canada" and "God Bless America." Leading the Rotarians in song were Steve McMillan and Amy Gennaro, while President Paul Rentenbach joins in. Photo by John Minnis
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    If you had a hand crafted, uniquely American, exotic ultra high performance sports car would you bring it out in the rain? The folks at Falcon Auto wouldn't either. Given the weather forecast, Falcon Auto has been rescheduled for July 22nd. The weather should be much better.

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    Grosse Pointe Rotarians turned out in numbers Saturday, June 29, armed with shovels, rakes and determination to redo the landscaping at Mariners Inn on Cass Avenue in Detroit. Rotarians, with the enthusiastic help of Mariners Inn residents, staff and board members, planted arborvitaes and perennials and covered all with a generous layer of mulch. The only thing better than the beautiful, new landscaping was the pleasure in seeing a job well done! More photos on Facebook.

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    At the June 10 Rotary of Grosse Pointe luncheon meeting, Nick Gorga, a partner with Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, discussed his involvement in Hatch Detroit.

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    Grosse Pointe South graduate George Fishback is one of this year's 2012-13 scholarship recipients of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He graduated with a 3.75 gpa and is going to Kalamazoo College on baseball and football scholarships. He is considering going into medicine. Because he was unable to attend the upcoming President's Ball, George was presented his scholarship by President Diane Strickler at the June 17 luncheon meeting. Photo by John Minnis

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    Errol Service, the owner of 15 area McDonalds restaurants including the new location at Mack and Moran will speak to the club on April 8th. He will provide an interesting perspective on what it takes to run a large service organization in the Detroit metro area.

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    Here are two thank you notes from Mariners...

    Thank YOU for giving us the opportunity to share the gift of song.  It was very inspiring for the men to hear your varied volunteer efforts, while at the same time they could contribute their own version of giving their music.

    The lunch was delicious, and your contribution most appreciated.  Everyone was feeling the love!  Please visit Mariner's someday; it is a unique organization which is grounded in love and respect.

    Wishing you and yours harmony this Christmas Season,

    Susan

    Thank you John, and the Rotary Club for inviting us once again to participate in your special Christmas luncheon. The men so look forward to the luncheon and the opportunity to sing. One of the soloists said to Susan as we were leaving...."I feel like I'm on top of the world right now!" Thank all the Rotarians for taking a special interest in the men at Mariner's Inn. You are a generous group in so many ways. Have a blessed Christmas, Mimi

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    How to Eradicate Polio Once and for All from the Wall Street Journal John Conway 0
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    American Icon is the compelling, behind-the-scenes account of that epic turnaround. On the verge of collapse, Ford went outside the auto industry and recruited Mulally—the man who had already saved Boeing from the deathblow of 9/11—to lead a sweeping restructuring of a company that had been unable to overcome decades of mismanagement and denial.Image
    Bryce Hoffman author of American Icon will speak on July 16th John Conway 0
    Phil Power, The Center for Michigan spoke on 10/24. Click HERE for more info John Conway 0
    Click HERE for an excerpt from John Bacon's book Three & Out. He was our speaker on 10/31 John Conway 0
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    Club Members and honored guests enjoyed a wonderful chocolate and champagne holiday event this week at the Strickler's and raised more than $1,200 to fight illiteracy as part of the Rotary Literacy Initiative.

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    Once again, the nationally acclaimed Grosse Pointe South High School Pointe Singers wowed the members and guests at the meeting on December 13. Under the direction of Ellen Bowen, the students sang and danced their way into the hearts of all who attended.
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    Grosse Pointe Rotary presented more than 1000 children's books and a notebook computer to SOAR Tutoring for use in their children's literacy program. The Club's Interact students are currently involved in tutoring the participants of the program. More computers and books are on their way.
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    The Grosse Pointe Rotary Club arranged for the donation of 20 Laptop computers to Pro-Literacy Detroit last week. Working with the Dykema law firm and Rotarian Paul Rentenbach, the donated computers will provide additional tools and resources to assist those individuals upgrade their learning skills.
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    Grosse Pointe Rotarians working with the Grosse Pointe Library Ewald Branch shipped more than 3900 books Saturday to the Matrix Human Services. Earlier in the week another shipment of books went to the Dominican Literacy Center.
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    We have made a successful transition/move to our new center. Thanks to the generosity and support of Pastor Peter Henry and his congregation our new center is now located at: Grosse Pointe Memorial Church 16 Lakeshore Drive Grosse Pointe Farms, MI We will be open and receiving donations beginning Wednesday October 20, 2010 We have a room on the War Memorial side of the church. Volunteers are welcome on Wednesday evenings from 7-9 PM and on Saturdays from 9-12 noon.
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    Our Interact Club will hold a car wash on Saturday October 16 from 11-2 at the BP station on Mack at Rivard.
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    Rotary's booth at the War Memorial's wheel 'n deal market on Saturday September 25 was a fun hands on event exposing the good deeds of the Club to the community at large. Thank you to all who donated items and those who set up, manned and took down the Rotary booth. Special thanks to Diane Strickler for organizing this inaugrual event for the Club.
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    The 13th Annual JAMES R. FIKANY Invitational Golf Outing sponsored by THE GROSSE POINTE ROTARY CLUB raised more than $7,000 to benefit The Jim & Jeanette Fikany Rotary Book Scholarship Fund and Rotary Literacy Initiative.
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    Diane Strickler presenting Rotary scholarships to Jessica Bashara, Bridget McDevitt, Stacey Miller and Theresa Zettner
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