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 Forecastle Room   (September - May)
Visiting Rotarians and Guests are Welcome!
Our Stories
Our presenters on July 10th were Nancy Weigandt and Tom Milano from Detroit Abloom.
Detroit Abloom is a non-profit that began repurposing vacant land in Detroit by planting vegetable gardens.  After receiving a Kresge Foundation grant to demonstrate whether ‘non-edible’ crops grown on the land could generate enough revenue to pay the land taxes and property maintenance, it shifted its focus from food to flower production.
The organization is involved in many activities, such as a healthy community coalition in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods, planning
school gardens, having horticultural projects for youth, putting together a native plant nursery and a pollinator garden.  The hope is to turn 11 square miles of Detroit and the Grosse Pointes into a butterfly sanctuary.  Detroit Abloom will provide a free consultation to anyone interested in having a butterfly waystation at their residence.
Detroit Abloom earns money by providing flower arrangements for weddings and events, selling live plants, and providing presentations and consultation services.   To learn more, please visit
Just a quick peek at our new digs at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  This is the crowd that attended the first meeting at our new location.  Time and format has not change and as always, guests are welcomed.
Heather Mayernik is the proud recipient of the 2018-19 Rookie of the Year Award.  Each year the current president chooses a new member who provided service above and beyond what  would would be expected from a first year member. Congratulations Heather!
Our Grosse Pointe Rotary Club plaques have a new home in the Grosse Pointe Library (main branch) Adult Reading room.  We are very excited about this move and in the process we were even able to fix the clock which has not worked in over 10 years. So the next time you are at the library, stop in and see if you recognize and of the names of our prestigious recipients. 
Grosse Pointe Rotary proudly presented the Frank J. Sladen scholarships to six outstanding graduating students from Grosse Pointe North and South high schools.   The Sladen scholarships are awarded mainly on character, challenge, and service above self - all passions relevant to the life of Frank Sladen and to the ideals of the  Grosse Pointe Rotary Club.  Frank devoted his life to the mission of Rotary and was a Michigan District Governor, and was a Rotary International Director.  Frank also served as a distinguished board member of the Grosse Pointe Public School System
Pictured are:  Samantha Cannon, Troy Herd, Chloe Kelly, Tiara Lang, Shreya Rana, William Sottrel
Susan Mozena passed it to Liz Vogel for doing such a great time as our Program Chair while obtaining her Masters in Business Administration and working full time.
Our presenters on Wednesday were Past Bayview Commodore (1994) Brian Geraghty and Bob Nutter, Chair of the 2019 Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race
The race started in 1925 and is the world’s longest continuously run long distance fresh water yacht race.  The actual route has changed periodically over the years to its current two route format, one for slower and one for faster boats so they can reach the finish line about the same time.
Both of our speakers are proud of their “old goat” status which signifies they have participated in at least 25 races and Mr. Nutter is a double “old goat” as he also has over 25 Chicago to Mackinac races under his belt.
This year’s race takes place on July 20th and there are 205 boats registered.  Mr. Nutter’s says the strategy of his committee is to keep it continuous, organized, and fun.  For a history of the race and firsthand accounts, go to