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

Our meetings are 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
On August 3, David Eardley was officially inducted into the club. Eardley is the new Senior Pastor at Grosse Pointe Methodist Church and has been a pastor at many churches throughout Michigan. Prior to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club, he has been a member of the Frankenmuth and Rochester Rotary Clubs. Welcome Aboard, David!
Caitlyn Stark spoke to the Club as the President of the Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce (CACC).
 
The Cadillac Area Chamber of Commerce has been a visible business leader that advocates and drives business opportunities. Through business alliances, it is a catalyst for its membership and provides a persuasive regional voice benefiting its communities. It is made up of two full-time and two part-time employees and 340 members.
 
The CACC’s purpose is to provide advocacy, exposure, and connections for its member businesses and alliances. The exposure can be on a regional or national basis as three of the corporations in the area are foreign owned. A quarterly newsletter connects the members.
 
Stark is proud of the fact that only one restaurant in the area closed due to Covid. The CACC was a strong advocate for its members with the State of Michigan, regarding the restrictions that were imposed throughout the pandemic.
 
To learn more, please visit www.cadillac.org
Julie Huellmantel spoke as Early Intervention Specialist for the Grosse Pointe Public School System.
 
Early Intervention is a system of services that helps infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. It helps them learn the basic and brand-new skills that typically develop during the first three years of life, such as physical, cognitive, communication, social/emotional, and self-help skills.
 
Early On is a state-wide system of early intervention services mandated by federal legislation (Part C of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). It’s designed to help families find the support and services to promote the development of their infants and toddlers. Its purpose is to enable young children (birth to three) to be active and successful participants in a variety of settings – in their homes, with their families, in childcare, preschool, and in the community.
 
In determining eligibility for the program, Ms. Huellmantel analyzes the child’s developmental history, conducts a routines-based interview, observes the parent and child interact, and looks at medical documentation (health, hearing, and vision). The evaluation looks at the developmental delay in five areas: cognitive, physical, communication, social or emotional, and adaptive. Parent input is considered in all of these areas.
 
When a child is eligible, an Individual Family Service Plan is put together. These plans are reviewed every six months, if not sooner, and the services available include vision, audiology, nursing, nutrition, and health. They are provided within a family’s routine.
 
The idea of the program is to coach the parents to be the best teachers possible and to enhance interaction. To make a referral or learn more, visit www.1800earlyon.org.
David Newhouse spoke to the club as the International Trade Development Manager at Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
 
The mission of the MEDC is to achieve long-term economic prosperity for Michiganders by investing in communities, enabling the growth of good jobs, and promoting Michigan’s strong image worldwide. Its strategic focus is to position Michigan at the leading edge of economic development in the nation.
 
The MEDC has 9 pillars of business development and Mr. Newhouse works with the international trade component. It collaborates with economic development partners and focuses on established small, non- agricultural, businesses companies that are export-ready. Its objectives are to increase both export sales and entries into new markets.
 
It started the Michigan State Trade Expansion Program in 2011 which offers financial incentives to provide companies with a competitive edge in the global marketplace. The MEDC has international trade centers in almost every country, which serves 100+ global markets.
 
The MEDC offers export services in areas such as legal, market research, and website localization. Mr. Newhouse’s department will be involved in numerous trade events in foreign countries over the next two years.
In 2005, Mr. Dyament left the automotive work world to run his own business. He combined his marketing skills with his love of science to open a Foot Solutions franchise in St. Clair Shores.
 
The human foot has 26 bones, 33 joints, 100+ tendons, muscles, and ligaments, and hundreds of thousands of nerve endings. This can all lead to foot problems. Women are 4x as likely to encounter pain due to the types of shoes they wear and ill-fitting footwear cause 7 out of every 10 problems.
 
Pedorthics is the management and treatment of conditions of the foot, ankle, and lower extremities requiring the fitting, fabricating, and adjusting of pedorthic devices. As a pedorthist, he helps patients with shoe selection for fit and function. He assesses high/low arch, flexible/rigid foot, deformities, and AFOs (ankle foot orthosis). He considers himself a pharmacist of the foot, helping the patient prevent or reduce painful or disabling conditions of the foot and ankle.
 
Mr. Dyament modifies shoes by stretching or providing wedges and lifts. He also designs, fabricates, and adjusts orthotics (special shoe or heal inserts). Common foot issues include plantar fasciitis (heal pain), tendonitis, and metatarsalgia (pain at the ball of the foot).
 
When buying shoes, Mr. Dyament recommends that the purchaser be up and moving 4-8 hours before shopping, that both feet be measured, allow for some heel slip, and that you wear the shoes for at least 8 minutes. Expect to pay at least $130 for a decent walking/running shoe. He can be contacted at (586) 552-3668 or at scs@footolutions.com.
Bryce Thomas is the Portfolio Investment, Budget & Compliance Manager for Ford Credit. She enjoys writing poetry and engaging in community service. She just moved to Grosse Pointe City. Please welcome her to the Club.
As GP South Interact Club’s media manager for the past two years and as a writer and page designer for the school newspaper, The Tower, Fiona Lacroix was well equipped for the duties of her internship. 

In addition to attending every meeting and fellowship event, Fiona took part in service projects such as the Moross Greenway clean-up, the GP Memorial Church food drives, and the Ford Estate watershed clean-up. She also promoted these Club’s activities in the media. One of her favorite projects was spotlighting the veterans in the Club for Veteran’s Day.

Fiona’s takeaways from Rotary include: The importance of community building, entering the year as a very young outlier and leaving with genuine connections;
Saying “yes” as opportunities come from exiting one’s comfort zone; Opportunity builds, as all of her experiences lead to new ones and leave her better equipped to handle them; Staying positive, as there were times she didn’t feel like attending a meeting, but then greatly enjoyed being there.

Before attending the University of Michigan in the fall, Fiona will be spending three weeks in France with seven classmate friends and then vacationing at her family cottage in Cross Village, MI.
The Club is excited to announce the employment of Anna Gulyas as our 2022-23 Communications Intern. Anna will be a senior at Grosse Pointe South, where she will also take on the role of Associate Editor of the Tower Newspaper. She will manage the website, social media, and set-up for the club.
Up and Coming Speakers
McNeill Raffle Kick-Off
Aug 17, 2022 6:00 PM
McNeill Raffle Kick-Off
Abagael Adair, Senior Manager, Philanthropy
Aug 24, 2022 6:00 PM
The Children's Center
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