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
Please welcome one of our newest members, Art Getz. Art, who lives in Grosse Pointe Farms with his wife, is the retired president of Detroit Oxygen and Medical Equipment.  He has been a lifelong advocate for Little League Baseball and is a supporter of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Greektown.
Sarah Warnez gave us a presentation on Jan. 13th about South Sudanese Leadership and Community Development (SSLCD) and her involvement.
Ms. Warnez is a 2011 graduate of GP North and is a Nurse Practitioner in Ann Arbor.  As part of her graduate work, she performed a study on men’s health in a Uganda refugee camp.  While there, she met the President of the SSLCD, which was formed in Grand Rapids in 2004.
Its mission is to promote the health and well-being of South Sudanese villagers through grass roots leadership development and community building in the Mungula and Olua refugee camps in Northern Uganda.  Over 60% of the over 2 million refugees are from South Sudan.
The SSLCD provides a stipend to three team members who live in the refugee camps with a mission to improve the lives of the refugees.  Through the team leaders, the non-profit has provided supplies for agricultural and livestock cooperatives, supplies and education for emergency birth preparedness, has encouraged trauma healing meetings, and provided solar power to charge phones and tablets for learning.  They also have formed men’s action groups to keep the men active as a way to keep them from drinking.
Their 3 pillars for 2021 include Women’s Empowerment, Peace Building, and Agriculture Development.  The women, who do most of the manual labor, are being provided with leadership training.  For agricultural development, the hope is to provide a grain mill so the refugees can grind their own grain and possibly earn money doing it for others.
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There were several nice articles about our friend George McMullen in last weeks Grosse Pointe News.  If you have not seem them yet you can find them here...
On December 16th our presenter was Jenny Boettcher, President of Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce.
Mrs. Boettcher started the presentation by expressing her frustration with the State’s constantly changing rules and shutdowns while offering businesses very little financial relief.  There are a couple of grants available through Wayne County and the State, but they are either relatively small or only available on a first come, first served basis.  Through its website, the Chamber provides Covid 19 resources to help businesses follow State guidelines.
Addressing the Covid 19 restrictions, shutdowns, and event cancellations, the Chamber has had to pivot with the times.  It is deferring membership renewal fees for up to 90 days, offering businesses free Covid signs and PPE kits and, on the website, they can post employment opportunities. The Chamber’s Legacy on the Lake event was changed to meal and wine dinner kits available for purchase, and there was a Santa Claus “drive-by” in lieu of the Santa Parade.
To help the community support local businesses, the Chamber’s website provides a list of restaurants and their contact information that offer carry-out or curbside service.  You can also purchase Chamber Bucks that are accepted at local retail stores, health & fitness locations, salons, and restaurants/bakeries.  To help with foot traffic, it has sponsored a gingerbread house contest at over 50 locations with a detailed map on its website.
On Dec 16th Phil MacKethan and Judy Masserang planned on giving the Oil Can to Fred Ollison to “grease” his joints after knee surgery.  Tuesday evening gave them another reason as Fred texted and e-mailed Phil the words “I can’t get in” and Phil knew immediately that Fred was trying to get into the Zoom meeting.  After informing him that he was a day early, Fred replied “oops”.
On December 9th our presenter was Roger Hull, the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe's Foundation Board President.
The Foundation Board is made up of 9 directors, with three new ones elected each year as three term out.  It is responsible for the stewardship of the Foundation balance sheet and its assets.  Duties include creating an annual budget, approving or amending grant requests received from the Club Board, and disbursing the funds directly to the organization requesting them or remanding to the Club Board for further action. 
Revenue comes from special events, such as the McNeill Raffle, Cruise for a Cause, and, in the past, bi-annual auctions.  Money is also received through District 6400 grants, donations, gifts from estates, and gifts in memory of a Rotarian.
Funding categories include education (scholarships), community projects (Tot Lot, Crossroads), and international projects (polio).  Accounting and bank fees makes up the operating expenses.
To continue to support our projects (without being able to conduct fundraisers), a letter will be sent out to the membership asking for a donation to the Foundation that is “right for you”.  Donations can also be made on the Club’s website.
On December 5th, Safety vested Rotarians Judy Masserang and Diane Strickler teamed-up with members of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church to contribute to and run a food drive for the benefit of Second Mile Center charity.   Drive by donating Rotarians were Lisa Gandelot, Jackie Dale, Nina Gazel and Doris and Vince Van Tiem.  This picture was taken a few minutes after 10:00 am at the beginning of the event.  By the 11:00 a.m. closing two vehicles were filled.  GP Rotary is committed to future monthly food drives with GPMC, the next scheduled to happen Saturday, January 9 (not pictured: workers and contributors Mark Cory and Dick Allison).  JOIN IN NEXT MONTH TO FILL THREE VEHICLES!    
Up and Coming Speakers
Marie Horak & Adrien Carlier
Jan 27, 2021
Surviving WWII & working in the Belgium Underground
Frank Wilberding
Feb 03, 2021
New member presentation
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