Grosse Pointe Rotary Club
Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
The Village Grille
16930 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
United States of America

Meetings are now Hybrid Meetings.

Members will receive email invites each week to join in person and a link to join virtually.

If you wish to be a guest please contact a member or Email us at GrossePointeRotary@gmail.com

Our Stories
District Govenor Aruna Koushik thanked individual members of the Club for what they have done: Kim Towar for helping with the District Directory, Dave Colton, for being a “hope champion” following her theme of “illuminating hope” by giving water/Gatorade to sanitation workers, and Ted Everingham for becoming a Major Donor. Money received from those like Ted have just provided 45 artificial limbs for those in need in India.
 
The District’s goal for donations to the RI Foundation is $275,000. The District recently raised $10,000 through a skydiving event for Polio eradication, which turned into $30,000 with matching funds.
 
Each Club is being asked to submit an essay describing a service project that “illuminates hope” that will be put together in a magazine format for the District Conference. The Conference will take place from May 5-12, 2022 at the Grand Hotel. To show support for the District Governor and to learn more about Rotary, please register for two upcoming virtual events. On 10/30, from 9:00am to 11:00am, is One Rotary Summit, where Rotarians will share their successes with increasing membership, supporting the foundation, and launching service projects. On 11/9 at 7:00pm is Together We Grow, a foundation and membership event which will feature Jennifer, Jones, the RI President for 2022-2023.
 
You can register for these events and the District Conference at www.rotary6400.org.
The Chandler Park Conservancy is a non-profit corporation, formed in 2014 by the Chandler Park Promise Coalition.  Its mission is to develop exceptional educational, recreational and conservation opportunities for youth, and people of all ages. Its vision is of a revitalized Park, which is a 200-plus acre park owned by the City of Detroit. Annual visitors have increased from 5,000 before the Conservancy to 65,000 pre-Covid. The Conservancy has five areas of concentration: (1) Greening the community through environmental leadership by maintaining marshland, having a self-contained storm water management system, and providing ecology-related education; (2) Improving community health through sports and recreation; (3) Building community through sports with basketball courts, tennis courts, a football/lacrosse field used by local youth teams, and a soon to be opened skate park; (4) Sustaining the community through urban gardening; and (5) Exercising leadership for a Citywide Detroit Park Coalition. To help the Conservancy, consider championing a project, connecting it with donors, donating money personally, or volunteering.
Rotary of Grosse Pointe was represented by 10 Rotarians on Wednesday, October 6, clearing blight from a Detroit neighborhood during the Life Remodeled 2021 Six Day Project. They were part of hundreds of volunteers mobilized to bring new life to six square miles surrounding the Durfee Innovation Society in the Central High School area.  
“Send your child to college, leave your money at home,” guest speakers LaTonja Muhammad and E. Brian Cox advised at tonight’s meeting.
The team shared that message and their efforts through College Planning Genius to save families thousands in college tuition.
“College costs have increased by around 14,000% since the late 1970s,” Muhammad said, “and the No. 1 reason students drop out of college is because they run out of money.”
By advising families through scholarships, grants and loans, their organization does the unthinkable: it sees 85% of its students graduate in 4 years, without immense debt.
Chip Rohde, President, and co-founder of the Rivertown Detroit Association.
 
Established in May 2010, The Rivertown Detroit Association is made up of 3,000 business owners, residents and interested individuals who are focused on making Rivertown Detroit better for all. They call this area “The Sliver on the River” and it runs from the Belle Isle Bridge to the Ren Cen with E. Jefferson on one side and the Detroit River on the other. The Association holds monthly meetings at different locations in the area, bringing in speakers such as Mayor Duggan, Chief Craig, and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence.
It works to better the area by bringing the DSO to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre (highly recommended), holding an annual Fishing Fest for children, and providing scholarships to high school students. It also “adopted” a fire station by providing them with a state-of-the-art grill and a power washer. It’s currently involved with the restoration of the Broadhead Armory that is being converted into a war memorial and housing.
 
If you would like to be on the monthly mailing list, email chip@rivertowndetroit.org.
The GP South Interact club is back in session! The club had an early start, meeting on just the second day of school to share out upcoming service and introduce new leadership. The all senior team and club advisor Kevin Cox are eager to begin another year of putting service above self, with volunteer efforts like tree planting and the Rotary Fun-Run. Their latest service was with Greening of Detroit, where they gathered materials for a community art installation.
Rotarians met at Cellar 313 to kickoff another season of service. With plenty of charcuterie and good company, there were smiles all around. Rotarians reconnected by sharing stories, community updates, and club news. It was also the first official Rotary meeting for Communications Intern Fiona Lacroix. Meetings will return to the Village Grille on September 22, with a guest speaker attending.
 
View photos from the event here.
Rotarians celebrated a summer of service and received their tickets for the McNeill Raffle! It was the last smile-filled meeting of the Summer, until meetings resume Wednesday, September 15.
 
Up and Coming Speakers
Lev Wood
Oct 27, 2021
Rain Gardens
Peggy Chase
Nov 03, 2021
Merchant Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation (MCWC)
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