Posted on Jul 14, 2021
Our presenter on July 14th was Sierra Donaven.  Sierra told us the story of how she arrived in Grosse Pointe Farms and Became a Rotarian.
Sierra is continuing fulfillment of God’s purpose for her life, marked by a long history of public and community service.  She sees Rotary as a way to collectively share our good beyond where we have been and where we are now.
Sierra’s father died when she was 4 years old and her mother suffered from alcoholism.  She attended 7 Detroit elementary schools before a police officer took her and her siblings out of abandonment, hunger, and despair.  She was placed at Childrens Village in Oxford, MI, a safe haven that she called home.
Being introduced to John Delorean at a young age, he was a father figure and had a tremendous impact on her life.  She saw him, again, when she was an ATF agent, and still felt that same father-daughter relationship. 
Sierra had her own legal battle, fighting an investigation and federal prosecution brought about by the  abusive actions of a Federal agent.   She was ultimately vindicated.
Sierra felt a need to live in Grosse Pointe and found the perfect house in the Farms.  She hit the ground running, receiving a beautification award, serving on the beautification committee, and having a seat on the City Council.
Before joining Rotary, Sierra knew nothing about the organization and our Club but she knew plenty of GP Rotarians.  She believes that each person was a marker/sign that God was directing her on a magical journey to Service Above Self.  Once you believe, the signs are everywhere.