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
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Meetings will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Members will receive email invites each week.

Our Stories
Our presenter on April 28th was Eric Oberg, the Director of Trail Development at Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.
 
The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy’s mission is to build a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike, and be active outdoors.  Since 1986, it has worked to bring the power of trails to communities and there are now more than 40,000 miles across the country.
 
As an advocacy group, it works with states and the federal government to include trails and greenways in their budgeting.   The organization has expanded its role from simply promoting individual trails to having states collaborate and build comprehensive trail systems.
 
Three main components of this organization are: 1) the Great American Rail-Trail that would cover 3,700 miles, connecting Washington DC to the State of Washington and is over 50% complete; 2) Trail Nation, which brings to life their vison of trails at the heart of healthy, thriving communities; and 3) TrailLink, which, on your desktop or through an app, can help find trails around the country.  Links to all three can be found on www.railstotrails.org,
 
There is an inherent legacy in trails, one that honors the past, enriches the present, and provides a gift to the future.
On April 28th Cindy Eggleton was inducted as a new member. Cindy is the CEO of Brilliant Detroit and a resident of Pleasant Ridge.  Cindy became interested in joining after sitting in on a few meetings, including her presentation, and seeing all of the good that the Club does and the camaraderie of the members.
On April 28th Beth Konrad was inducted as a new member. Beth is the head of Konrad Communications and a GP Farms City Councilperson. Besides an impressive list of past and current designations, she is also the spouse of Club member, Frank Wilberding.
Our presenter on April 21st was Todd Scott, Executive Director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition.
 
The Coalition’s vision is for a strong, healthy, vibrant City of Detroit and region where a seamless network of greenways, green spaces, blueways, and complete streets is an integral part of people’s active lifestyle including day-to-day transportation and recreation.  It was able to sell this vision to the city with the improved health of its population and the resulting economic development.  The data has helped convince Mayor Duggan.
 
There are over 250 miles of bike lanes, routes, and trails in Detroit.  Mr. Scott talked about bike lanes on Jefferson and Livernois and how the Livernois lanes have brought traffic speeds back to posted limits and expanded traffic for local businesses.  There is a grant request being sought to completely renovate Jefferson, making the lanes more permanent.
 
Greenways have been greatly expanded.  They include RiverWalk, the Dequindre Cut, Southwest, Joseph Campau, and Joe Louis.  The Joe Louis Greenway will extend the Dequindre Cut to an over 27-mile loop around the city.  The hope is for all of these greenways to continue and/or expand on their construction in 2021.
 
The Coalition has also been instrumental in allowing for bike and foot traffic on the Gordie Howe Bridge and for the building of a bike trail between the road and the water on Belle Isle.  To learn more, go to www.detroitgreenways.org.
Suzanne Klein passed the Oil Can to Mark Weber for making a major investment in our future in his work as the scholarship committee chair.
Rotary District 6400 Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative is an effort to focus attention to the Great Lakes, with events being held between Saturday April 17 and Saturday April 24 to coincide with Earth Day. The Rochester Institute of Technology reports that 22 million + pounds of trash and plastic pollution ends up in the Great Lakes each year. We don’t, of course, live on one of the “Great Lakes,” but we love our lake, right?  So, on Saturday April 17, 45 people from our sponsoring Club, GP Sunrise, WSU Rotaract Club, GP South Interact Club, and Scout Troop 34 pitched in for 2 hours of cleanup. Diane Strickler, the event chair, reports: “It was such a lovely day. Ford House employees were great to work with. Even Ford House President and CEO Mark Heppner led a team. Ford House provided drinks and donuts. The grounds of Ford House were beautiful.”  It is estimated that they picked up 330 pounds of debris. 
2020-2021 A Year of Interact Service Presentation.
 
Through a power point presentation, the students detailed their activities, with a focus on safe outdoor projects:
 
-- Charlotte Parent: Moross Greenway Fall Clean-up in September.  Grosse Pointe Rotary Club food drive in January. 
-- Fiona LaCroix: The Helm’s Food Drive in December, dropping off food items.  Walk in My Shoes fundraiser shoe collection to add playground equipment at River Bends Park.
--Ron Lyke: Henry Ford Health System eGreeting Cards project in December – February thanking healthcare workers.  Ford House Watershed Clean-up this month, Saturday
-- Paloma Beacham: Making Christmas/Holiday cards for seniors and churches in December – January, dropping off cards at St. Clare of Montefalco, the Helm, and Sunrise Assisted Living
 
Kevin Cox congratulated the Interact students for their dedication and service during a most difficult year and thanked the Rotarians for their support.  He especially complemented Rotarian George McMullen posthumously for his loyal dedication to Interact with his active involvement and service over the years.
Up and Coming Speakers
Dez Squire, LLMSW, JD
May 12, 2021
Race2Equity Initiative
District 6400 Governor Aruna Kousik
May 26, 2021
India and Rotary this Year
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