Grosse Pointe Rotary Club

Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
788 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI  48236
United States of America
Venue Map
Meetings are in
The Venetian Room   (June - August)
The Fo'c'sle Room   (September - May)
Visiting Rotarians and Guests are Welcome!
The Grosse Pointe Rotary Tot Lot Re-Imagining
On Aug. 1, 2019, the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe unveiled the $250,000 “re-imagining” of its nearly half-century-old Tot Lot in the City of Grosse Pointe to make it an ADA/ADHD compliant, all-inclusive play park and learning development environment for kids 2 to 10 years of age. 
In 1973, Grosse Pointe Rotary designed and installed the initial Tot Lot play park for children 2 to 5 years of age at the corner of St. Clair and Waterloo in the City of Grosse Pointe. Then, in 1997-98, the club performed a true makeover of the original park and invested significantly in park improvements.

The Tot Lot is the only dedicated ADA-compliant and all-inclusive children's play park that is open at all residents and families of the five Grosse Pointe communities and Harper Woods.

It’s time to update and bring these insights and improvements to the Rotary Tot Lot with a design makeover involving an investment of $250,000. For more information please click here.
Our Stories
Ty Hinton, Economic and Community Development Director of Harper Woods, was our presenter on Wednesday 1/22/19.
Since last talking to our Club four years ago, Mr. Hinton’s department formed a community task force that meets at the Neighborhood Economic Development Center on Kelly Rd.  This group has put together a Neighborhood Improvement Plan that prioritized
areas of concern and offered recommendations to both the City’s administration and its citizens to help better the City.
Their biggest area of concern is Eastland Mall.  It needs new ownership that is willing invest in the property.  The location is 67 acres with the potential to be a health care campus or a tech park. 
Mr. Hinton is optimistic about many areas of the City.  Crime on Kelly Rd has been drastically reduced so the neighborhood is turning around.  The old Circuit City building is now a state-of-the-art facility being used by the Harper Woods School District to teach printing, culinary arts, and the performing arts.   The Poupard School location offers a great development opportunity for assisted living or single-family homes.
The vitality of Harper Woods, especially Eastland, is integral to the entire area.  Mr. Hinton is looking for more GP involvement, both personally and financially.
On Wednesday 1/22/20 Mike Carmody inducted Ted Coutilish.  Ted is the Executive Director of the Full Circle Foundation and he and his wife Marybeth live with their 19-year-old son in GP Shores.  Please welcome him to the Club and help him become involved.
On Wednesday 1/22/20 Julie Baumer passed it to Diane Strickler for all of her hard work as co-chair of the community affairs committee -- a position she will hold “for life”.  (Despite Diane’s protests, the membership was in agreement).
Paul Harris Pins were presented to Ted Everingham (PHx7) and Mark Brooks (PHx6).  Kudos to both for their continued donations.
Jeff Furest is the President Nominee of the Mt. Clemens Rotary Club and came to regale us with their plans for their next big fund raiser.
The Mt. Clemens Club is celebrating its 100th anniversary and has given out over $3 million dollars in grants and funding over that time.  For the occasion, the Club is putting together an ambitious event to both celebrate this and to raise $100,000 for the community.
The black-tie Gala takes place on June 5th at Villa Penna in Sterling Heights.  In addition to great food, entertainment, and atmosphere, there will also be a 50/50 raffle with $17,500 in prize money and an incredible live auction.  The auction items are (1) a golf outing for three with LPGA legend Nancy Lopez (who will be attending as the Honorary Foundation Chair) at her private club in Florida; (2) a cycling excursion in Scottsdale, Arizona with nine-time Tour de France competitor, Frankie Andreu; and (3) a ten-day vacation for six at a Marriott resort in Kauai, Hawaii.  A private jet trip for ten to the Jack Daniels Distillery in Tennessee has already been gobbled up.
Individual tickets can be purchased for the Gala and VIP tables and sponsorships are also available.  To learn more about the event and to watch a teaser trailer, please visit (Pictured Judy Masserang, Steve & Beth Pryor and Jeff Furest)
Ruth Azar is the Founder & Director of The Second Mile Center of Detroit. She also happens to be the spouse of one of our newest members, Scott Matthews.
Ms. Azar says a calling from God led her to open the Center in 2007, which serves over 200 children, ages 3 to 19.  On a daily/weekly basis, the Center offers after-school programs, a summer camp, provides donated free clothing, furniture, and baby goods, holds a Monday Night Community Dinner, and runs a computer lab.    It also brings in a no-cost annual mobile health fair and takes the children on field trips to expand their horizons. Mixed in all of this is ministry work, spreading the word of God.
The Center operates on a very tight budget of $150,000 plus $100,000 in-kind services.  Even with these limited resources, it is able to offer the programs listed above and also prepared 10,000 meals in 2019. 
Ms. Azar believes the children want to belong to something and the Center offers them an alternative to gangs.  Her goal is to teach the children who they are, that they have value, and that they are valued. To learn more, volunteer, or donate, visit
As we draw closer to the holidays we once again invited the Grunyons to sing for our club to help get us all on the Christmas Spirit.
Up and Coming Speakers
Tim Killeen, Wayne County Commissioner
Jan 29, 2020
News from your Wayne County Commssioner
Karen & Nick Straffon
Feb 05, 2020
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