Rebecca Fannon is the Community Relations Specialist for the Grosse Pointe Public School System.
The topic was the upcoming millage proposals on the November 5th ballot.  (1) Operating Millage Restoration and Extension which funds textbooks, technology tools, and other instructional materials for the students. (2) Sinking Fund Renewal which funds the construction and repairs of school buildings and facilities.  Studies have shown that the district needs to spend $10 million/year to maintain its facilities.  If these millages don’t pass the GPPSS would lose 25% of its operating budget and $3 million of the funds needed for its buildings.  Although not legally able to state so on the ballots, both proposals will only renew what everyone is already paying. 
Ms. Fannon began her talk about an area she believes is often understated – the quality of the GPPSS.  It is the #1 place to teach and its teachers are constantly at the top in best teachers polls.  The GPPSS is the #4 district in the State, #1 in Wayne County, and in the top 5% nation-wide.  There will be an open house to promote our schools from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM this Sunday, 10/20.
Presenter - Rebecca Fannon 2019-10-16 04:00:00Z 0
2019 Progressive Dinner 2019-10-14 04:00:00Z 0
Tom Halpin has been the principal in a small sales agency that has repped 40 companies over the last 15 years.  He is becoming more of a consultant and is the author of the book The Customer Prevention Culture.
This culture is based on 5 common missteps: (1) the customer is not king, (2) company-centric (not customer-centric) infrastructure, (3) tribes and silos with a lack of shared organizational outcomes, (4) too many unnecessary customer touchpoints, and (5) no values to form culture, not being proactive to inspire team members.
Mr. Halpin’s remedy is the “culture of commerce” that flips 1 – 5 around by inspiring team behavior that drives the customer experience.  This behavior is maintained through listening mechanisms to track the experience which should be all flow and no friction. 
An innovative video of the customer prevention culture can be viewed at
Presenter - Tom Halpin 2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Last week Dave Colton, went old school and passed it on for a faux pas, to Mark Brooks for misstating in the Rotarpointe that Dave was a volunteer cook this summer at Cornerstone (University) and not Crossroads.
Oil Can 2019-10-09 04:00:00Z 0
Lawrence Burns is the President & CEO of the Children’s Foundation.
The Foundation (formerly the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation) was formed when the DMC hospitals were purchased by Vanguard Health Systems and became for-profit entities.  It began with $100 million that was in the coffers of the foundation that had to legally dissolve.  
In trying to help children stay on the path to healthy lives, the Foundation’s focus areas include mental health, oncology & cardiology research, abuse & neglect, injury prevention, and nutritional wellness.  It does this by partnering with 70 non-profits, civic organizations, and other foundations.  This year, $6 million in grants have been awarded from 200 proposals received.  A total of $55 million has been awarded since 2011.
The Foundation looks to work with other organizations to expand outreach, awareness, and fundraising initiatives.  It does so by running 501(c)(3)s such as the Jamie Daniels Foundation and handling the marketing for the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic.
To learn more, please go to
Presenter - Lawrence Burns 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Paige Niehaus, admittedly “not a cook”, passed the Oil Can to Dave Colton for his talent and love for cooking, evident at the Cornerstone lunches.
Oil Can 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
Mark Cory presented a $600 check from the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation to Ruth Azar, the Executive Director of the Second Mile Center, to help provide meals for children.
Second Mile Center donation 2019-10-02 04:00:00Z 0
This year Ron Vitale, Mary Tipp, Susan Mozena and Peter Stroh joined John Chambers, Governor of Rotary District 6400 (center), for the 38th Annual District Governor's Golf Outing.
2019 District Governor Golf Outing 2019-09-30 04:00:00Z 0
Our speakers on September 25th were Suzy Berschback, Beaumont Healthy Communities Manager, and Mary Jo Harris, Community Organizer of CARE of Southeastern Michigan.
Healthy Communities is a place-based initiative that encourages residents to lead healthier lives and emphasizes a shared responsibility for community health, while encouraging residents to take active roles in their own health.
The GP/Harper Woods branch is the 5th Beaumont Healthy Community.  Volunteers meet monthly to offer ideas about partnering with existing activities to help them grow.  This includes walking, running, and biking groups as well as community partners.  In addition to being healthier, being active helps fight isolation and loneliness. 
CARE’s mission is is to strengthen resiliency in people and their communities through prevention, education, and servies that improve the quality of life.  Ms. Harris works on mental health awareness and a substance abuse prevention task force.  Three areas of focus: (1) Reduce teen addiction to vaping and alcohol through school presentations. (2) Reduce opiod related deaths by providing Narcan and having drug take-back days.  (3) Work on fighting the stigma of mental health and suicide prevention by partnering with ogranizations like the Family Center and Kevin’s Song.
Presenters - Berschback and Harris 2019-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
On September 18th, Roger Hull, President of the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation, presented a $500 check to Kristy Schena, for Kids on the Go. GP Rotary has been supporting Kids on the Go for 20 years.
Kids on the Go donation 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Steve McMillan, as the Club mentor for Paige Neihaus, passed it to Paige for proactively checking all of the new member boxes when she was a “red badger”.
Oil Can 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Mac Gallagher is the owner of Max Box.
Mac Gallagher, a GP resident, is a Golden Gloves champion, a former Penn State football player, and now helps coach the GP South freshmen football team.
Max Box, located at Mack and Hampton in GP Woods, uses boxing as a way to exercise.  It offers heavy bags, speed bags, and one on one training.  His business focuses on seniors after seeing the benefits of “rock steady boxing” with those suffering from Parkinson’s.  He believes his workouts are a way to stack the deck against “age related decline” diseases.
The workouts combine strength training (that the person feels when striking the instructor’s hand) and endurance by constantly moving when throwing punches.  Mr. Gallagher believes there is a connection between movement and the brain when he yells out the punch combinations – jab (1), cross (2), hook (3), and uppercut (4).  It requires the participant to think and react while undergoing strenuous physical activity.  
George McMullen volunteered for the physical demonstration and handled throwing the punch combinations like a seasoned pro.
Presenter - Mac Gallagher 2019-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Vince and Doris Van Tiem passed it to Steve McMillan for spontaneously nudging 8 Rotarians to donate to Friends of Kenyan Orphans when the Ozars spoke.
Oil Can 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Diane Strickler began the presentation by talking about the origin and history of the Family Center and then introduced the new Executive Director, Patty Sunisloe.
Diane’s last vocational talk was 15 years ago.  She started her career as a nurse and working in emergency rooms triggered a passion for prevention.  This led to her receiving a masters in social work.  After moving to GP in 1997, Diane started the Family Center in 2000. 
One of the first obstacles the Center ran into was getting the very private GP residents to talk about topics that they wanted to avoid.  They did this by providing online counselors and mentors that people could choose on their own and by videotaping presentations that could be watched at home.  In the past few years, talks about topics like substance abuse and suicide have been more readily accepted.
Ms. Sunisloe has taken the reins as the Center has regrouped.  Its vision is to be the first source for building resilient families to ensure thriving communities.  They have great programs coming up on suicide prevention, the developing brain, and aging.  To see the schedule, learn more, or make a donation, please go to
Presenter - Patty Sunisloe 2019-09-11 04:00:00Z 0
Melanie Taylor was the winner of the Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan 2018.
Melanie won this title in high school and spoke to the Club about what was involved before heading out to the national competition in Mobile Alabama.  Distinguished Young Women is a national scholarship program that takes place in all 50 states and awards a billion dollars in scholarships each year. 
The competition consists of a review of extracurricular activities, transcripts and test scores, self-expression, and on-stage interview, and a fitness/health portion.  Throughout the process, Melanie made some great friends and earned $7,000 in scholarship money.
Since then, Melanie has completed her freshman year at U of M where she is majoring in public policy and writes for the Michigan Daily as well as a foreign policy journal.  She was also able to attend the 2019 national competition as a “has been” where she rekindled friendships, went on publicity tours, and was able to enjoy the city of Mobile.
To learn more, you can contact Melanie at or go to
Melanie presenting a club flag from the Mobile, AL Sunrise Club.
Presenter - Melanie Taylor 2019-09-04 04:00:00Z 0
Bud and Sue Ozar are the founders of Friends of Kenyan Orphans
The organization is dedicated to raising and granting funds and resources to grass root organizations in Kenya which support a dignified life for orphaned or abandoned girls by providing basic human needs of food, shelter, clothing, education and healthcare within a safe and caring environment.
The Ozars talked primarily about the St. Clare Centre for Girls - a school and living facility that they raised funds to build in 2008 - for 350 orphaned or abandoned girls from ages 4 to 20.  The girls are rescued from slums, displaced persons’ camps (that arose from disputed election violence), early marriages, and female circumcisions.
The Centre operates under four pillars – work, study, prayer, and sport/exercise.  The Ozars are amazed at the amount of studying done by the girls who realize the importance of an education.  To this end, since 2014, the Ozars have been raising funds to pay for their graduates’ higher education – college, university, or trade school.
The Ozars have such a powerful story that 9 Rotarians committed $100 each to their cause.  Others are welcome to bring a check to the next meeting or donate on their website
Presenters - Bud and Sue Ozar 2019-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
Gail Marlow is the Executive Director of the Motor City Mitten Mission.
The organization began with the providing of sleeping mats and pillows to the homeless that are made out of recycled plastic bags and has expanded into also supplying food and clothing.  In 2019, it has provided 600 mats made out of 2 million plastic bags.  This is all accomplished by volunteers working out of St. Clare Church.
Ms. Marlow is very passionate about serving the homeless and, because she does outreach every day, she gets to know them and can help facilitate services on their behalf.  To learn more of all the Mission does, visit  To offer financial assistance through the Quicken Loans Challenge, go to
Presenter - Gail Marlow 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Kim Towar gave a brief summary of the Rotary International Foundation (to learn more, go to as she presented Paul Harris (x7) pins to Steve McMillan and Diane Strickler.
Paul Harris Fellows 2019-08-21 04:00:00Z 0
Our presenter on August 14th was Anna Gleason, one of our outbound exchange student who lived in Finland. 
Anna’s presentation focused on family, friends, school, trips, the Finnish culture, and what she learned. 
Her love for her three host families was obvious as she considers each to be part of her family.  Because the Finnish people are so reserved, Anna had to really push herself, which involved speaking Finnish, to find friends.  In school, she enjoyed the International Club and practicing dancing for months for a formal ball.  Her travels took her all over Finland as well as to Estonia, Sweden, and Russia.
Anna found the country to be beautiful and the Finnish people to be very reserved, with very little small talk.  She felt that learning the language was very important (the 6th hardest to learn) and is proud of what she accomplished.
Anna will be studying marine biology, and become a Rotaract member, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia this fall.
Presenter - Anna Gleason 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
A huge thank you to Jon and Lisa Gandelot who, as trustees of the Edward and Ellen Dryer Foundation, donated $35,000 to sponsor one of the big playscapes.  As of 8/14/19 the current donation total is $102,236 ($250,000 goal) from 36 donors.
Tot Lot Update 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
Therese Maggioncalda was a visiting Rotarian at the last meeting.  She is a member of the Taylor Michigan Rotary club. (Pictured on the left with our Julie Baumer)
Visiting Rotarian 2019-08-14 04:00:00Z 0
We have broken the $100K mark thanks to many generous donations.  But we a ways to go.  Please click here to learn more and help. 
Tot Lot Update 2019-08-13 04:00:00Z 0
Rugged GP Rotarians put on their work clothes and helped clear brush and debris from blighted areas surrounding Durfee Innovation Society in Detroit. (Pictured: Ted Everingham, Judy Baumer, Diane Strickler, Jessica Keyser and Bob Lucas)
Richard and Susan Allison helped with the Food Stand.  (Susan is in the middle with the hat.)
Life Remodeled 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Elizabeth Weigandt is the Author of the Queen Bee.
Ms. Weigandt grew up in Royal Oak and has lived in Grosse Pointe Farms for three years.  She believes that Grosse Pointe is a great literary community with its 3 libraries, 2 newspapers, and a magazine.  Her career has been in public relations but she has always wanted to write a book. 
Writing at night, it took her three years to finish the Queen Bee.  It’s a story about a worker bee, Manuka, and her friend, Cotton, who are banished from their hive for trying to warn the queen bee about a problem with the honey making everyone sick.  Their adventures are situated on Belle Isle and take place inside the Conservatory. 
Ms. Weigandt says there are three parts to telling a great story: (1) Set the stakes -- create tension with a problem that needs solving. (2) Develop the arc – build momentum and show what is happening.  (3) Resolve the stakes – a strong ending with the problem being solved.
Presenter - Elizabeth Weigandt 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
$65,000 has been donated or pledged.  Thank you to Mark and Gail Zmyslowski for purchasing the Comfort Cave and to Jennifer Boettcher and the Grosse Pointe Chamber Foundation for donating $35,000 to purchase the 5-10 Playscape.  (Pictured; Ted Everingham and Jennifer Boettcher)
Tot Lot Update 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Ted Everingham presented Florence Seltzer with the Service Above Self Award as she was unable to attend the Passing of the Gavel.
Service Above Self Award 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Liz Vogel gave it to both Vince Van Tiem and Doris Neal Van Tiem
for helping her with the speaker program this year. 
Oil Can 2019-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
On August 6th, members of The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe returned to Crossroads where they once again volunteered there time to help make and distribute free lunches through a Crossroads program. Crossroads is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need.
For more information about Crossroads please visit.
Crossroads 2019-08-06 04:00:00Z 0
GP Rotarian in the News 2019-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
In 1973, our Club installed the Tot Lot at the corner of St. Clair and Waterloo.  The Club then raised funds in 1997 for a makeover which is what is currently in place there. 
Bob Lucas noted that this ambitious project began in March and that 18 Rotarians are involved.  Mike Carmody then followed with more details and a very informative video was played.  View it here:
Roger Hull, as the fundraising chair, completed the presentation, stating that every member is part of this committee as either an ambassador, an advocate, or an “asker”.  If you know of anyone who would be willing to make a sizable donation, please contact Roger.  He is hoping to be bombarded with names. 
The goal is to raise $250,000 before the end of the year to purchase new ADA/ADHD compliant playscape structures.  There will be two sets of structures, one for ages 2-5 and one for ages 5-10. 
If you would like to make an online donation, cut and paste:
To publicize, articles will appear in the Grosse Pointe Magazine, weekly in the GP News, and banners will be placed around town.  Thank you to John Minnis and Kim Towar.
A press conference will take place at noon on August 1st at the Tot Lot.
Presentation - Tot Lot Re-Imagined.  2019-07-31 04:00:00Z 0
Christopher Bunch is the Executive Director of the Six Rivers Land Conservancy.
Six Rivers Land Conservancy is a private, non-profit land conservation organization working to sustain the quality and character of the natural resources around us.  Its mission is to conserve, sustain, and connect natural areas, lands, and waters that make the places we live special.
The primary way it fulfills its mission is through conservation easements which are legal agreements between a landowner and Six Rivers that permanently restricts the future activities on the land in order to protect its natural resources and conservation values.  This allows the organization to protect the land without owning it.
Another way that Six Rivers tries to preserve land is by purchasing it.  It’s in the process of raising funds to buy 300 acres of forested wetlands in Anchor Bay.  It also assists public agencies with land purchases as they try to qualify for state money through the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund.
Mr. Bunch noted that “nature is not just up north” and his hope is that the residents of southeast Michigan recognize the value of preserved land where they live and work.  To learn more, go to
Presenter - Christopher Bunch 2019-07-24 04:00:00Z 0
Katie Dotson (second for the right) is our outbound youth exchange student for 2019-2020. She leaves for Denmark on August 2, 2019 and will be there for a year returning in July 2020. She is a 2019 graduate from Grosse Pointe South.  Pictured from left to right, Steve McMillan, one of our Youth exchange counselors, Judy Masserang, our current GP Rotary club president, Katie Dotson, and Bill Scott, the youth exchange officer.
Youth Exchange Student 2019-07-17 04:00:00Z 0
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
Presenters - Nancy Weigandt and Tom Milano of Detroit Abloom.  2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
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.
A new home for Grosse Pointe Rotary 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
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!
Rookie of the Year 2019-07-10 04:00:00Z 0
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. 
A new home for our Plaques 2019-07-09 04:00:00Z 0
GP Rotary in the News 2019-07-04 04:00:00Z 0
On July 2nd, members of The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe volunteered there time to help make and distribute free lunches through a Crossroads program. Crossroads is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need.
For more information about Crossroads please visit.
Crossroads 2019-07-02 04:00:00Z 0
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
Frank J. Sladen scholarships 2019-06-26 04:00:00Z 0
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.
Oil Can 2019-06-25 04:00:00Z 0
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
Presentation - Bell's Beer Bayview Mackinac Race 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
George McMullen recognized two Interact officers who were unable to attend the meeting run by their Club.  Junior Lloyd Dennis (Secretary) and Wyatt Dennis (Treasurer), who will be attending U of M next year and is the recipient of this year’s GP Rotary Interact scholarship. 
Interact Guests 2019-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
Our speaker on Wednesday was Fred Pearson, a Detroit Rotarian and Wayne State Professor as well as a panel of four Muslim students from WSU and U of M Dearborn. (Pictured (starting back left): Fred Pearson, Gay Niehaus, Robert Duker, Mohammedhassan Alsheraa, Lauren Linderman, Ali Alqaragholi, and Sarah Imnan, )
Dr. Pearson is a Professor of Political Science and the Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies.  He described the areas that he is working in and showed a video of Rotary Peace Fellows in action.  Primarily, they are forming non-profits to make the world a better place to live. Dr. Pearson served as a moderator for the panel.
The panel consisted of two men and two women.  The men’s nationality were Iraqi, while one woman’s was Syrian and the other was raised Baptist in Dearborn and converted to Islam last year.
Q&A format: 
-- Lauren Linderman, who converted was asked to explain her motivating factors?  She said that growing up with nice Muslim friends, she didn’t understand why Baptists believed that were damned to hell because they didn’t believe in Jesus.  She also found the Quran to be more fact based and less faith based than the bible.
-- When asked about the impact extremists have on their religion, they replied that there are over 1.5 billion Muslims in the world and there will always be those who are bad people.  The Koran doesn’t preach violence and the students believe that being better educated about their faith would bring a better understanding.
-- When asked about the fighting in the Middle East between the Shia and Sunni Muslims, they explained that the tensions are not centered around their religious differences but are more about politics and power in the area. 
The prominent message expressed by one of the students is that we should all be tolerant and get to know one another and that people need to learn how to express their disagreements in a learning manner.
Dr. Pearson closed with a reminder of a Rotary event on October 25th & 26th called Peace in the Streets.  It is a cross border Rotary peace symposium. 
(A very informative meeting.  Thank you to George McMullen for setting it up).
Presenter - Fred Pearson 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Our last meeting was a long over due joint meeting between the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary Club.  Both President Gay Niehaus and President Robert Duker shared running the meeting. It was a great turnout and here are a few pictures of the event.
Joint meeting 2019-06-12 04:00:00Z 0
Kristy Schena is the founder and executive director of Kids On The Go.
Kids On The Go (KOTG) is a pediatric non-profit designed to provide special needs children (3-17 years) with physical, occupational and speech therapy during the summer months.  Its mission is to recognize and facilitate the goals of children with special needs and to further develop their skills through therapeutic and wellness programs for the children and their families.
Now in its 21st year, KOTG has progressed from 13 scholarships in 1999 to 350 this year.  Each scholarship is worth $500.  It now operates with other non-profits out of a former school in the Southlake District. 
Ms. Schena has talked to our Club many times over the years about all of the great KOTG programs.   In addition to the multidisciplinary summer camp, it also offers golf, flag football, baseball, tennis, cheer, music, art, and theatre.  For the older children, it has a teen to work program where they learn how to fill out an application and take part in an interview.  They are also able to attend occupational and speech therapy work stations and participate in job shadowing.  KOTG has recently partnered with the Special Olympics Health and Wellness Program where the children exercise and learn about nutrition.
Presenter - Kristy Schena 2019-06-05 04:00:00Z 0
Wesley Berry – Author of Big Things Have Small Beginnings.
Mr. Berry took his family’s florist business from a $60,000/year business to a $60 million dollar company.  He franchised locations and took early advantage of the internet and began delivering internationally.
With a talk focusing on leadership, Mr. Berry believes that those willing to take risks, are not afraid to fail, and willing to take radical steps to make a mark will be successful and leaders in their business.  Early in his career, he did this by calling local radio and TV stations on the first of each month to barter flowers for advertising.  This bartered advertising increased profits by a tremendous amount in less than a year.
Mr. Berry handed out business cards that asked for the holder of the card to put a short, “workable” wish on the back of it and then place in your wallet/purse.  He believes that your subconscious will remember this and will find you examples of the wish coming true when you are not even looking for it.
Finally, Mr. Berry asked that everyone consider being a mentor as some point in their life. As a teenager, he was fortunate to have one who, although he was providing similar advice that he received from his father, made more of an impact because he was not someone he saw on a daily basis.
Presenter - Wesley Berry 2019-05-29 04:00:00Z 0
Our last meeting was led by the members of Grosse Pointe High School Interact Club.  Interact clubs bring together young people to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service above Self. This year’s Interact officers are President Elliott Gunnell, Vice-President Enya Nguyen, Secretary Lloyd Dennis, and Treasurer Wyatt Dennis.  Its goal was to impact common humanity and have fun doing it. (Pictured are Kevin Cox Faculty adviser, Laine Johnson, Elliott Gunnell, Enya Nguyen and Gary Niehaus.)
In addition to running the meeting they gave a presentation on this years goals and achievements.  The Club had a two prong approach to the year.  (1) Create a positive club environment by having an active and engaged community with icebreakers and activities.  (2) Have tangible service projects with easy, local, and convenient opportunities and then conduct post project debriefings to gauge the impact of each one.
Interact Led Meeting 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
On May 22nd the Grosse Pointe Rotary club helped increase the book selection at Beacon Elementary School in Harper Woods by delivering over 200 books. Thank you to the Grosse Pointe South Interact Club for their recent book drive and making the Library at Beacon better for the students and district.
The Library at Beacon 2019-05-22 04:00:00Z 0
On April 10th we heard Khris Mapp speak about his project to provide free clothing, school supplies and personal hygiene products to children in need in the Mt. Clemens area.  We also learned that the Khris Mapp Project is a one man show with limited resources.  One of our fellow Rotarians was so moved by Khris' efforts that he decided to help him by building a GoFundMe account.  Khris’ story is an interesting one. Click here if you would like to learn more.
Khris Mapp Project Update 2019-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Our presenters on May 15th were Lisa Gandelot and Stuart Grigg of The Grosse Pointe Historical Society.
Lisa provided a brief history of the Society.  It was formed in 1945 but didn’t really become an active organization until 1980 when a group of residents became concerned about the tearing down of historical buildings.  In the last 40 years, it has bought and preserved two buildings (including the Provencal-Weir house).  It has also placed historical signs around the Pointes and provided plaques to older buildings with architectural significance.   
Mr. Grigg talked about the new home that will be built for the Society.  It will be a 5,600 square foot building on Kercheval, across the street from the P-W building, with ample room for storage and areas to view blueprints, artifacts, and exhibits.  He is very excited about being able to digitize historical books in their possession through a recently purchased scanner that scans without having to take the books apart. 
Lisa is the co-chair of the fundraising campaign for the new permanent home along with Mason Ferry, who was also in attendance. The Society’s 16th annual fundraising gala will take place on June 13th at the Anderson Villa on Lakeshore.  To learn more about the Society, the gala, or to make a donation, please visit  (Pictured: Mason Ferry, Lisa Gandelot, Stuart Grigg and Paul Rentenbach)
Presenter - Lisa Gandelot and Stuart Gregg 2019-05-15 04:00:00Z 0
Linda Dewey, our presenter this week, spoke about the Kassel Mission of World War II.
Ms. Dewey’s father, Bill Dewey, was a pilot in the 445th Bomb Group in WWII.  35 bombers and 336 men of this Group suffered the greatest single-day loss to one airfield in aviation history.  In what was supposed to be an easy mission, soon became a tragedy on the return flight to the airfield they were attacked without fighter support.  In a battle that took only 6 minutes, only 4 of the 35 planes returned. 
A video told the story of the battle and the losses sustained and ended with both the Americans and Germans coming together in 1990 at a ceremony memorializing the location of where the lead plane crashed. 
As Ms. Dewey stated – no one who dies for their country should be forgotten.
Presenter - Linda Dewey 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Irena Politano described the recipient as someone who welcomed her into the club, is a bit of a joker, and may have suffered a recent injury (John Mozena), when she veered off course and gave it to Susan Mozena for living with John.  Nicely done!
Oil Can 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
New Member Induction - Matt Pingel 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Scott Matthews, sponsored by Richard O’Neill, is the President of  He lives in GP Woods with his wife, Ruth Azar, and is a 3rd generation Rotarian.
New Member Induction - Scott Matthews 2019-05-08 04:00:00Z 0
Our presentors today were Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks, co-authors of "5,000 Ways You Know You’re From Detroit"
Although Canadian, Mr. Edwards and Ms. Weeks have a love affair with the City of Detroit.  They focused their talk on the City being the Arsenal of Democracy in WWII and leading the car boom in the 1950s which led to greater mobility and independence for baby boomers.  Their book (available on Amazon) is close to 500 pages with over 1,400 pictures of Detroit music icons, TV & radio personalities, food & drink & entertainment venues, and local landmarks.
Mr. Edwards closed with the comment that Detroit’s current comeback is in the DNA of the city and its people.
5,000 Ways You Know You’re From Detroit 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
George McMullen presented the individual Vocational Service Award to Ed Lazar for all he does in the community.  His involvement with community organizations is numerous, with a focus on veterans.
Vocational Service Award 2019-05-01 04:00:00Z 0
Defer Elementary School has an eco-friendly gardening and weeding project where no pesticide or herbicide treatments are put in the ground.  Again this spring, a few Rotarians, even one who only weeks ago submitted his application for membership, showed up with gloves and tools to clean out flowerbeds and hedges, and pull some of the largest dandelions ever seen!  Pictured are Dick Allison (project champion), Diane Strickler, Julie Baumer, and Matthew Pingell (clearing leaves from bushes using a borrowed rake -- too recent a homeowner to possess his own).
Eco-Friendly Gardening 2019-04-27 04:00:00Z 0
Phil MacKethan passed it to Irena Politano for her involvement in the Club.  After joining in 2018, she is already serving on the fundraising committee and will be a Club Board member next year.
Oil Can 2019-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
Ernestine Lyons brings SOUP to Harper Woods
Harper Woods Soup is a spin off from Detroit Soup which was founded 5 years ago as a micro-granting dinner celebrating creative projects.  The concept – people make a $5 donation to listen to four individuals make a four minute pitch of a business idea and then ask questions. They then vote on the best idea while enjoying donated soup, salads, and other foods and there is typically entertainment.  The winner takes home the donated money and then reports on his/her progress at the next event.
The inaugural Harper Woods Soup takes place on April 28th at 6:30 PM at Eastland Center (Burlington).  The hope is to conduct one on a quarterly basis.
Presenter - Ernestine Lyons 2019-04-17 04:00:00Z 0
With the mission of working to relieve hunger and prevent nutritious food waste in the metro Detroit area, Forgotten Harvest began in 1990 to rescue food surpluses from grocery stores, markets, restaurants, caterers, and more.  They also grow their own food on 95 acres of donated land. Volunteers repackage food which Forgotten Harvest then delivers free-of-charge to emergency food providers. Ten GP Rotarians and 2 GP North H.S. Interact members volunteered on Saturday afternoon, April 13 and helped bag 14,300 pounds of potatoes.  Looks like they were having a great time!
Forgotten Harvest 2019-04-15 04:00:00Z 0
On April 10th our presenter was Khris Mapp of the Khris Mapp Project.
The Khris Mapp Project (KMP) is a non-profit founded in 2015 on the principles of charity, healing, and community.  Its goal is to help Mt. Clemens area kids, ages 3-12, in need of back-to-school supplies and clothing to help prepare them for a quality education and life.
Mr. Mapp grew up in the east side of Detroit where his mother instilled in him his need to perform community service. Last year, 75 families benefited from his donation of school clothes and supplies at August and Christmas giveaways. 
KMP is currently storing donated/purchased items at Mr. Mapp’s church.  Fundraising efforts are underway to raise money to purchase a home where he would provide students with clothes/supplies and also offer after-school tutoring.  $10,000 has been collected so far towards the goal of $35,000. 
Mr. Mapp’s hope is to improve the quality of life for as many children as he can.  For more information,
Presenter - Khris Mapp 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Johann Finkelmeier is the newest member of our Club as of April 10th.  Johann is a vice-president with Goodyear, an experienced pilot, and the significant other of Liz Vogel.  We look forward to seeing him become an active and involved Rotarian.
New Member Induction 2019-04-10 04:00:00Z 0
Our presenter last Wednesday was Natalie Jakub from Bee Green Business.
Ms. Jakub is the Executive Director of a non-profit called Green Living Science.  Its mission is to transform Detroit by teaching about waste and recycling and does this by offering educational programs through the Detroit Public Schools, sharing information with the community, and by working with businesses through its Bee Green Business program.
Bee Green Business educates and certifies businesses and their employees to become responsible corporate citizens.  It offers a free consultation about waste hauling services and then conducts an assessment to reduce waste.  In our area, Bee Green has worked with Red Crown and the GP Chamber of Commerce.
Presenter - Natalie Jakub 2019-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
Mike Carmody inducted Bobby Barrett as our newest member.  Bobby lives in Grosse Pointe City and works for Raymond James in Birmingham.  Please make him feel welcomed and involved in the Club.
New Member induction 2019-04-03 04:00:00Z 0
This week George McMullen passed the Oil Can to Phil MacKethan who, since becoming a member in 2016, is already on the Club’s Board of Directors, chairs the communications committee, and runs our website. 
Oil Can 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Last weeks presenter was Jody Pear of Jody Pear Designs.
Ms. Pear has trained to be a color expert where, for example, she is able to pick the right shade of white from the numerous variations available.  As an interior designer, she sees herself as a house coach in which she focuses on having empathy and a purpose in designing and decorating.  Whether it’s your desk, a room, or your house, she believes that it should be aesthetically pleasing but also should tell a story that is unique to you.
Another one of her focuses is treating your house as a “soul oasis”.  The idea is to turn the house into the foundation for you to live your best life because it reflects your soul and points you to the life you’re dreaming of.  As Ms. Pear stated, “house + love = home”.
Presenter - Jody Pear 2019-03-27 04:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotary members joined approximately 430 other volunteers on Saturday, March 24 to help the Kids Coalition Against Hunger.  KCAH has developed an efficient process of packing nutritious meals that were developed by food scientists.  Each packet contains a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates, and vitamins needed by undernourished children and is acceptable to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world.  Thanks to the host, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church (GPMC), and the many helping hands, we were able to complete 75,586 food packets.  Also in attendance were members of GPMC, Scout Troop 86, Detroit Kiwanis, Grosse Pointe Friends and Neighbors, Grosse Pointe South Interact, GPN and GPS Honors Society, The Tutoring Tree from Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church, and many local families.
GPR joins KCAH 2019-03-23 04:00:00Z 0
The lunch bunch crowd was notably larger as we had special guests back in town visiting.  John and Carrie Maliszewski came in for a couple nights before they headed off to Carrie's mother's 100th birthday party.  Thanks to the Master Modeler, Roger Hull, John was presented with the completed model of the plane he flew in the Vietnam War.  The model was originally gifted to John, unbuilt, at his send off party.  
Fellowship Lunch 2019-03-22 04:00:00Z 0
A good crowd for Fellowship Dinner last Thursday.  And it is always fun when old friends come back to visit, and Mr. Paul's Chophouse did not disappoint.
Fellowship Dinner 2019-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Dan Dempsey is the VP of Sales and Operations at Hyer.
Mr. Dempsey talked about the “Gig Economy” which believes that, by 2020, 40% of the workforce will identify as independent contractors, working on their own time and schedule.  This is where Hyer comes into play.
Hyer is a new company doing work in the Detroit area with a goal of expanding internationally.  Its role is to facilitate an employer’s ability to hire a worker on a labor on demand basis.  Individuals can develop a profile (vetted by Hyer) on their website and, through a messaging system, introduce businesses to prospective workers. 
The company is looking to take the place of businesses like Kelly Services which are much more expensive and cumbersome.  With Hyer, you can hire an individual to fill an immediate need.  The businesses pay into an account for the work completed and Hyer then directs the payment to the independent contractor and supplies the 1099.
Presenter - Dan Dempsey 2019-03-20 04:00:00Z 0
Stu Alderman is the Executive Director of the Grosse Pointe Neighborhood Club.
The Neighborhood Club was formed in 1911 as a service organization.  From its beginning, it has focused on recreation and wellness for the community.  Its mission, as a non-profit, is to provide a professionally organized program of recreation and wellness services for families and individuals of all ages. The Neighborhood Club is a leader in developing cooperative, coordinated plans and programs with other public, private and voluntary agencies that provide recreation and wellness services.
The building more than doubled in size to over 48,000 square feet in 2013 at a cost of $10.6 million.  A loan of $7 million was needed and Mr. Alderman is proud to report that about $3.5 million remains to be paid.  Beaumont Health System leases 25% of this space.
Having a membership provides access to a fitness center, over 60 group exercise classes, a pool (with aquatic classes), a gym, and discounted fees toward its many youth and adult sports leagues.  The Neighborhood Club also has a preschool and runs a thrift shop at University and Mack.
Presenter - Stu Alderman 2019-03-13 04:00:00Z 0
Patrick Hartory's presentation on the 6th was called, Reaching Your Community in a Noisy World.
Mr. Hartory is the founder and former head of a national marketing firm that has worked with companies such as Monster Energy and Pro Bull Riding.  His job required him to deal with audiences by enhancing customer experience and engagement and this, quite often, led him to speak to local civic groups.  Today, he is a nationally recognized speaker and marketing influencer.
Looking at the idea of getting your message heard, Mr. Hartory talked about his “three way test” (not wanting to steal from Rotary).  First, is to tell your own story, to make it personal.  Second, is to be authentic and true to yourself.  Third, is to be helpful without being asked.  He highlighted all three with personal, humorous stories.
Mr. Hartory concluded with an addendum to his three way test (3 ½, if you will) with “don’t wait, make a difference today”.  In this noisy world, ask “how can I help”?
Presenter - Patrick Hartory 2019-03-06 05:00:00Z 0
Atticus Henry was our presenter on Feb. 27th and spoke about his Six Weeks in Russia.
The eldest son of Peter Henry, Atticus is a junior at South.  This past summer, he spent six weeks in Russia through a National Security Initiative for Youth program.  The NSLI-Y is run by the State Department and the NSA with the purpose of helping youth learn languages that are important to our government (Russian, Chinese, etc).  It offers programs in 13 countries with 7 different languages.
Presenter - Atticus Henry 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a global youth leadership program.  GP South students, Madeline Campbell (right) and Enya Nguyen (left), gave a short slideshow presentation of the November weekend they spent with over 100 District 6400 students at Schoolcraft College learning how to engage their peers and to be leaders. Three students from North also attended.
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards 2019-02-27 05:00:00Z 0
Shelly Watts is the Chief Development Officer at Humble Design.
Humble Design was formed in Detroit in 2009 and has expanded to Chicago, Seattle, and San Diego.  Its mission is to serve individuals, families, and veterans emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty house into a warm, welcoming, and uplifting home with donated furniture and household goods.
The organization partners with homeless shelters and social service agencies to find those who would be good candidates.  The furnishing of a home is a three day process.  Day 1, the designers meet with the family to determine their tastes.  Day 2, the designers pick
Presenter - Shelly Watts 2019-02-20 05:00:00Z 0
Periodically Friends and Foundation of the Grosse Pointe Public Library have a book sale to make room on their selves for new books and to raise money for the libraries.  Those that do not sell get donated.  That's where representatives from GP Rotary, GP South Interact, GP North Interact and National honor Society stepped up to lend a hand.  Each volunteer hauled hundreds of unsold books out to the truck for donation. A heavy task made lighter with many hands.
Grosse Pointe Library Book Sale 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Congratulations to Richard O’Neill for picking the joker and kudos to him for donating his winnings back to the Club!  Thank you to Charvat The Florist for the beautiful flower arrangement. Murray Davis was substituting for Florence Seltzer as the official raffle MC when Richard drew the magic card.  50% of the ticket sales go directly to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation.  Thanks to Richard's generosity, this round contributed 100% of the $1,570 in ticket sales.
Flower Raffle Winner 2019-02-18 05:00:00Z 0
Kim Towar presented Ted Everingham with a Paul Harris x 6 pin.  Great job, Ted!  Making donations through automatic payments (Rotary Direct) is the way to go.
Kim emphasized the good that the RI Foundation does.  An incredibly high 91% of all money donated goes directly to projects.  Kim met a former Rotary Scholar who received a masters degree at MSU and is now the President of Ghana’s chief of staff.  He credits Rotary for his success.
Paul Harris Fellow x6 2019-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Our presenter on Feb. 13th was Mary Short who is the Marketing & Programming Coordinator for the Grosse Pointe Public Library. (GPPL) 
As part of her job, Ms. Short is trying to increase public awareness, the number of cardholders, and the use of online databases.  She is also helping to create a new website and providing an overall refresh of the brand.  The GPPL’s strategy is to be an essential community resource with a key message of offering a free service to people of all ages in the Grosse Pointes and Harper Woods.
To make all of this happen, the GPPL has revamped its flyers and website with consistent colors and type face. It has increased its advertising and public relations though the GP newspapers and magazines and has enhanced its presence on social media.  It also has increased its community outreach which helps keep its name in the public.
Presenter - Mary Short 2019-02-13 05:00:00Z 0
Our presenter on Feb 6th was John C. Mozena, who is the President of the Center for Economic Development.
The Center was founded in 2018 as an independent, non-partisan, non-profit with a purpose of education and advocacy.  Its mission is to ensure Americans have all of the information they need to demand meaningful transparency, accountability, and reform of wasteful economic development subsidies and incentives in their local communities.

John presented a view of these incentives through the prism of the 4-Way Test.  Is it the TRUTH?: The proposed benefits derived
Presenter - John C. Mozena 2019-02-06 05:00:00Z 0
Nine Grosse Pointe Rotarians and a couple "tag alongs" friends volunteered there time at the Gleaners Food Bank in Detroit.  They bagged and boxed over 3,000 lbs. of sweet potatoes that will be dispensed to people in need.  Click on Read More to see some pictures of them in action.
Rotarians and Gleaners 2019-01-26 05:00:00Z 0
Our speaker this week was Craig Donnellyis.  Craig is the WSU Assistant VP of Economic Development and Chief Strategy Officer of TechTown Detroit.
Mr. Donnelly focused on his work with TechTown, Detroit’s entrepreneurship hub.  Its purpose is to help tech startups and local businesses, as an incubator and accelerator. TechTown operates under three legs.
(1) Space:  It provides workspace at its location near Wayne State.  It has 30 full-time tenants and over 300 members who co-work where they can share desks and offices and use the facility for meetings and events. 
Presenter - Craig Donnelly 2019-01-25 05:00:00Z 0
Ted Everingham talked about the Power of the Human Spirit in his continuing recovery from alcoholism. 
Ted was born in Buchanan, MI, grew up in Jackson, and described his childhood as a Norman Rockwell painting.  This idealistic life, at least from an outsider’s perspective, continued through college/law school, his becoming a husband and father, and then a successful lawyer at a prestigious law firm. 
This all changed at age 38...
Presenter - Ted Everingham 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Once again we heard from one of our new members. Paige Niehaus is Provost and Executive Director of the Design Center at Wayne County Community College.  In her 28 years of experience with community/junior colleges, Paige enjoys serving the students and believes people aren’t aware that these colleges offer a low cost education with credits that transfer to 4 year universities.
Vocational Talk 2019-01-16 05:00:00Z 0
Liz promised the Euchre Tribe one winner this time around, but of course all the losers still got scratch off tickets.  Jim Fikany managed to secure the main prize - a $20 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.  The Euchre group surprised Liz with an extremely generous gift card and gift certificate to have dinner at The Whitney.  She was blown away by the generosity and looks forward to scheduling euchre in February, March and April.
Euchre Night 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Nick Monacelli is the morning reporter for WDIV.  He starts his day at 2:00 AM, arriving at work at 3:30 AM to prepare for the 5:00 AM newscast.  After the morning show, he continues to work on stories for the evening newcasts, with his day ending at 12:30 PM. 
He is proud to be a reporter on a local news station.  Studies show that local TV is the primary and most trusted source for news.  Some of the national stories that came about by local reporting are the Flint water crisis, the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption case, and the Larry Nasser case.  There are also national stories, such as hurricanes, that requires the local TV news to notify its viewers of available shelters and which areas are being hardest hit.  Mr. Monacelli flew down to Houston to cover Hurricane Harvey so that the local reporters could take care of their families and property.
Presenter - Nick Monacelli 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Kim Towar recognized Roger Hull as being a multiple Paul Harris Fellow with a PHx7 pin.  As Kim stated, Roger has embraced all the good work the RI Foundation does.
Paul Harris Fellow 2019-01-09 05:00:00Z 0
Following out meeting on the 19th we had a good turnout for a little euchre fun.  We had enough people for three tables and Philip MacKethan was the big winner.
The Euchre group strikes again 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
On the 19th, instead of having a presenter we had a performance by the Grunyons.  The a cappella men’s group entertained us with witty banter in between holiday songs, both familiar and new.  To learn about the group’s history, go to
The Grunyons 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Kim Towar presented a Paul Harris pin to Phil MacKethan for accumulating $1,000 in donations to the Rotary International Foundation.  The RI Foundation’s purpose is “to do good in the world” by, among other things, trying to eradicate polio (2.5 billion immunized since 1985), establishing Peace Centers around the world, and providing grants that come back to local charitable projects.
Paul Harris Fellow 2018-12-19 05:00:00Z 0
Looking for a few good host families
Rotary Club promotes youth exchange program
By Mary Anne Brush on December 12, 2018

Hosting an exchange student through the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe can be a life-changing experience, according to former hosts. The cultural exchange enriches not just the visiting students, but the families who open their homes, schools and communities throughout the yearlong stay.

The Rotary youth exchange program started in Copenhagen, Denmark in 1927. More than 90 years later... Read More Here

Grosse Pointe Rotary In The News 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
Rev. Susan Mozena gave us a fascinating presentation about her trip on a B-52 Bomber.
Susan’s father, Charles d’Olive, was a reserve pilot in WWI as a part of the Army’s 93rd aviation squadron.  He achieved the first aerial kill in the squadron’s history, ultimately shooting down 5 planes over a week period.  This earned him the honor of a Flying Ace (although it took until 1963 for the fifth plane to be confirmed) and he was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross.
His time as a pilot in the war shape his life and, as Susan describes it, her house’s décor.  She has quite a bit of WWI memorabilia which she has periodically loaned to the squadron.
While attending the squadron’s 100th anniversary last year...
Presenter - Rev. Susan Mozena 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
The Club welcomed Paige Niehaus.  Paige, as everyone knows is President Gary’s wife, is also the Provost and Executive Director of the Design Center at Wayne County Community College.  Steve McMillan will be her mentor.
New Member Induction 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
This was posted on Facebook...
"Families and individuals living in our affordable housing are receiving new winter coats thanks to the generosity of The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary, and The Rotary Club of Detroit. The three local Rotary Clubs donated nearly 300 coats that are being distributed at our Housing offices this week. This is the second consecutive year that the Rotary Clubs have donated coats to help our tenants in need. Any leftover coats will be given away at Southwest Holiday Fest this Saturday."
Article on Facebook 2018-12-12 05:00:00Z 0
On Thursday Grosse Pointe Rotary delivered 400+ coats to the Children's Center.  After we finish our final delivery we will have distributed 4,356 coats this year and a total of 27,156 coats over the past 7 years.
Operation Warm Update 2018-12-06 05:00:00Z 0
Our very own Rev. Susan Mozena was the Pointer of Interest in Dec. 5th Grosse Pointe News.
Pointer of Interest: Farms woman has experience of a lifetime
Rev. Susan d’Olive Mozena
By Jody McVeigh on December 05, 2018

With pounding heart and mile-wide smile, the Rev. Susan d’Olive Mozena recently got the experience of a lifetime in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber.

The flight — which included a couple simulated bomb runs — was in honor of the service of Mozena’s father, 1st Lt. Charles d’Olive, a fighter pilot during World War I. But her story starts long before the Grosse Pointe Farms resident was fitted for flight.

Click here to read the full article.

Grosse Pointe Rotarian in the News 2018-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
Ted Everingham moderated the discussion.   The first exchange occurred in Denmark in 1929 and there are currently 8,000 students taking part in 100 countries.  Inbound students come to our Club and outbound students are sponsored by our Club to travel abroad.  Katie Dotson was just accepted as an outbound student and will find out in January where she will be living.  Her top choice is Norway.  The Club currently has an outbound student, Anna Gleason, in Finland.
Having recently hosted a student, Jessica Keyser and Paige Niehaus (Simon) and Michelle Roberts (Sebastian) offered their perspectives.  Jessica and Michelle spoke about how their children bonded with their student and the overall adjustment of having a teenager in the house.  Paige reflected on how much she misses having Simon in her daily life and the little things that remind her of him.
Current and past Rotarians spoke of the impact of hosting a student.  John and Susan Mozena (8 students)...
Youth Exchange Panel  2018-12-05 05:00:00Z 0
The Lunch Bunch Strikes Again 2018-11-30 05:00:00Z 0
Annually, Northeast Guidance Center and the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe raise funds to purchase new coats to meet the needs of children who receive behavioral health services at NEGC’s Eli Z. Rubin Children’s Center, as well as homeless children at the Day of Restoration Nov. 3. Distribution of coats began Oct. 15, just in time for the cold snap that hit Detroit.  Read more here.
(Pictured from left, Grosse Pointe Rotarians Ted Everingham, Bob Lucas, Paul Rentenbach and Dick Allison.)
GP Rotary In The News - Because of the need 2018-11-29 05:00:00Z 0
Brian Peterson-Roest is the Founder of Bees in the D.
Bees in the D is a non-profit whose mission is to create a cooperative effort between residents, schools, organizations, and businesses in Detroit and southeast Michigan to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the education of their importance to our environment.  It started with 2 rooftop hives and...
Presentor - Brian Peterson-Roest 2018-11-28 05:00:00Z 0
Beyond Basics received 408 coats from Grosse Pointe Rotary this year and hustled to get them to students before Thanksgiving. (Pictured is one of the happy recipients.) They provide them to the schools listed below, along with other services (e.g., tutoring, literacy aids, etc).  Learn more about Beyond Basics here: 
Thirkell Elementary (Detroit Public Schools)
Mumford High School (Detroit Public Schools)
Burton International School (Detroit Public Schools)
Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy (Detroit Public Schools)
Southeastern High School (Detroit Public Schools)
Central High School (Detroit Public Schools)
Westside Christian Academy (Detroit)
Durfee Elementary (DPS)
Durfee Family Literacy Center (Life Remodeled Durfee Center)
Myers Elementary (Taylor Schools)
Whitman Elementary (Pontiac Public Schools)
Pontiac Dream Center (after school program)
Beyond Basics 2018 Coat Drive 2018-11-20 05:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotary arranged for coats to go to some kids at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian's tutoring program, via Operation Warm. Here are a couple pictures of some very appreciative kids.  Especially on these unusually cold November days. 
Operation Warm Thank yous 2018-11-15 05:00:00Z 0
Julie is a new member who gave a presentation to us back in February.  During her presentation we learned about her personal and on going involvement with Innocence movement coalitions.  So for her vocational talk she rounded out the picture by telling us a little more about herself.  Julie was born and raised in Detroit, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker, utilizes the flexibility her job to care for her father and is enjoying Rotary.
Vocational Talk - Julie Baumer 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Michael Spence is the Policy Planner for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). 
SEMCOG is made up of a 7 county region (  Its purpose is to support coordinated local planning with technical, data, and intergovernmental resources.  Its plans help improve the quality of the region’s environmental resources, make the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalize communities, and encourage economic development.  SEMCOG coordinates local projects and its source of funding is from the federal and state governments that help pay for these projects.
Mr. Spence focused on two projects: (1) Walk, Bike, Drive Safe which educates the public and provides traffic accident data to its membership.  (2) Parkfinder App which can be downloaded to search our 2,600 parks for activities on land and water trails. 
Presenter - Michael Spence 2018-11-14 05:00:00Z 0
Susan and John Mozena started their day (Friday) at the Rotary Club of Sydney Cove where they had breakfast on a cruise boat moored in the harbor at Round Quay, with the bridge and the opera house in view. 
Susan said in an email, "Photo is the club president (long blond hair), a new member and her sponsor, Rotary visitors from Ghana, today’s speaker, and a new Paul Harris Fellow. Great meeting, neat club, beautiful setting. Exchanged flags, bringing theirs back to give our club." John Mozena is hidden in the back, 5th from the right and Susan Mozena is 3rd from the right.
Rotarians Abroad - The Mozenas in Australia 2018-11-09 05:00:00Z 0
Megan Owens is the Executive Director of Transportation Riders United (TRU).
TRU is a nonprofit dedicated to improving public transit throughout the greater Detroit region through education, engagement, and advocacy.  It is an advisor to the Regional Transit Authority. 
Megan Owens 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Doris is a lawyer who covers all of the basics of law with her husband, Vince Van-Tiem.  She met Vince on a cruise and they were married by his father, a 36th District Court Judge.  Doris is also a certified scuba diver.
Vocational Talk - Doris Neal 2018-11-07 05:00:00Z 0
Our presenters on Oct 24th were Patty Kaufman, Baker College President, and Karen Bratus, DDS, VP of Academic Affairs.  Since 1911, the mission of Baker College is to provide quality higher education and training which enable graduates to be successful throughout challenging and rewarding careers.  It offers 7 fields of study at 9 campuses and online.  Last year, 4,579 students graduated from their programs.
Baker College 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
At our Oct 24th meeting we presented one of our annual Vocational Service Awards.  The Vocational Service Awards are presented to deserving individuals and companies, or organizations who put service above self and who have implemented policies, demonstrated compassion and/or other exemplary treatment of employees, customers, or the public they serve. The award is presented twice a year. The spring recipient is an individual and the fall recipient is a company or organization.  This years organization recipient were the three little league programs in the Grosse Pointes.  Accepting the award for each organization and pictured with Gary are Scott Lupo (GPFC), Andrew Harr (GPP), and Paul Summers (GPWS).
Vocational Service Award 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0

We were please to have as our guests Katie Dotson, our future outbound exchange student, and her grandfather, John Getz. (Pictured: John Getz, Katie Dotson and Bill Scott)

Future outbound exchange student 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
Vince VanTiem. Vince is a lawyer who works with his wife, Doris.  He is a former eagle scout, a “bad” drawer on any piece of paper, and a stand-up comedian/screen writer who is part of comedy troupes.
Vocational Talk - Vince VanTiem 2018-10-24 04:00:00Z 0
When you play euchre with Rotarians, you enjoy great fellowship and everyone leaves a winner!
Euchre Night 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
John McElroy is the host of the television program Autoline, which covers all aspects of the automotive industry. 
His subject was autonomous vehicles & mobility and he highlighted that 87% of the public fears self-driving cars.  GM & Google’s work in the field are ahead of others and new electric vehicles will be designed for 1 million miles service life (traditional cars --100-150k miles).  New mobility options are open to all customer segments which mean more miles traveled and more cars needed.  By 2040, GM & Ford anticipate lower demands for traditional vehicles so the industry needs to get the public onboard with electric vehicles and the ‘start-up’ culture.
John McElroy 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
Irena Politano, born in Serbia, came to U.S. as an exchange student.  She moved with her attorney husband to Grosse Pointe and are Fred Ollison’s neighbors.  She formed a new family conservator company, serving as family mediator and Guardian Ad Litem for the St. Clair County courts.
Vocational Talk - Irena Politano 2018-10-17 04:00:00Z 0
One of our newest members, Heather Mayernik is a professor at Macomb Community College where she works with students least likely to succeed.  Her goal is to improve a student’s course completion and to help each meet his/her goals.  She also teaches teachers at Oakland U.
Vocational Talk - Heather Mayernik  2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
This weeks presenter was Anne Braise, the Executive Director of the Clinton River Watershed Council. 
The CRWC’s mission is to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair.  It was formed in 1972 and covers 760 square miles, 4 counties, and 1.5 million people and its membership includes individuals, businesses, local governments, and community organizations. 
To fulfill its mission, the CRWC hosts numerous clean-up events, participates in preservation and restoration projects, and conducts presentations and educational workshops.  It also leverages the river’s assets by promoting recreation and access.  To learn more, please visit
Anne Braise 2018-10-10 04:00:00Z 0
Great article in the Grosse Pointe News about Operation Warm. This is one of Grosse Pointe Rotary's signature projects. Follow this link for the complete article.
Operation Warm spreads the heat in and around Grosse Pointe 2018-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
The Grosse Pointe news has a section where they publish articles from the past.  This clip shows a 1943 article spotlighting a GP Rotary initiative. 
GP Rotary in the News 2018-10-04 04:00:00Z 0
New Red Badges were present to three new members today. Heather Mayernik, Doris Neal-Van Tiem and Vincent Van Tiem.  Welcome new Rotarians. 
(Pictured: Elizabeth Vogel, Heather Mayernik, Gary Niehaus, Doris Neal-Van Tiem, Vincent Van Tiem and Dean Valente)
New Members 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Forty-five Grosse Pointers, primarily from Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and Grosse Pointe Rotary, spent the better part of a day on Oct. 3 helping Life Remodeled in the neighborhood surrounding the Detroit’s Central High School and Durfee Elementary-Middle School.  Equipped with lawn mowers, weed wackers, loppers, and gloved hands, the team cleaned out over-grown fields and home flowerbeds to make the area safer for children to walk to school.  It has been 51 years since the 1967 Detroit uprising and the neighborhood surrounding these two schools is where it all began.  Based on the need and the vision of this community, Life Remodeled, along with their partners, broke their “one year per area” tradition and committed four years to this neighborhood.  (
Life Remodeled Project 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Through the MOT’s Department of Education and Community Programs, we were entertained by Mezzo Soprano Katherine DeYoung and Soprano Angela Theis in the War Memorial library.  They were accompanied by pianist Tessa Hartle and Arthur White, the Director of External Affairs.  Before performing each song (two by each singer), Mr. White provided a brief summary of the opera of the song’s origin, the character singing it, and the circumstances surrounding it.
Michigan Opera Theatre 2018-10-03 04:00:00Z 0
Rebecca Fannon is the Community Relations Director for the GP Public Schools.
Mrs. Fannon talked about the school district’s bond proposal that will be up for a vote on November 6th.  The proposal is designed to (1) enhance student safety and school security, (2) make infrastructure improvements, and (3) upgrade technology infrastructure.  The idea is to keep students “safe” through new locks and entrances; “warm” with new boilers and HVAC (Richard School still has the original from 1928); “dry” through new roofs, windows, and masonry; and “connected” with updated wiring and cabling.
Rebecca Fannon 2018-09-26 04:00:00Z 0
Periodically, Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library has a Used Book Sale to raise money and make room for new books.  When the sale is over the leftover books are donated to Good Will.  That's when Grosse Point Rotary steps in.  Along with the help of Grosse Pointe Interact Club members, we helped to move an estimated 14,000 books (5.5 tons) from the Ewald Branch to the Good Will truck.  A heavy job made light due to the many helping hands. (Pictured: Mark Books, Murray Davis, Philip MacKethan, Mark Cory Lee Johnson, Adam Johnson, Dean Valente, Molly Marrocco)
Grosse Pointe Library Book Sale Clean-up 2018-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
Defer Elementary School has an eco-friendly gardening and weeding project where no pesticide or herbicide treatments are put in the ground.  So once again a few tough Rotarians showed up with their gloves and tools and helped support the school by pulling weeds. (Pictured: Judy Masserang, Richard Allison, Theodore Everingham)
Defer Elementary Eco-Friendly Gardening 2018-09-22 04:00:00Z 0
John Maliszewski (IPP) and his wife Carrie are moving to Fort Collins, CO to be closer to family.  They will be greatly missed and so we had to throw them a little farewell party. You can find the pictures here.
Farewell to friends 2018-09-21 04:00:00Z 0
Beth Vernon, Director of the GP Library Foundation.  
Ms. Vernon’s presentation started with references in the NY Times and Rotarian Magazine about the importance of public libraries.  If not already known, our Club started the tool collection, where residents can check out tools for whatever chores they may have. 
The Grosse Pointe Library Foundation (GPLF) was founded in 
2004.  Its mission is to strengthen, 

support, and advocate for a superior free public library system.  It is dedicated to raising and responsibly administering private donor funding to enhance services and ensure the long-term financial stability of the Grosse Pointe Public Library.  Funds have been used to  build/renovate/preserve Ewald in 2005, Woods in 2006, and Central in 2013.  
Beth Vernon 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotarians did not mind getting there hands dirty as they harvest the bounty at an urban garden ran by Northeast Guidance Center. The garden is located on the corner of Charlevoix Street and Anderdon Street and sells freshly picked organically grown vegetables to locals once a week. (Pictured: George McMullen, Molly Marrocco, Philip MacKethan)
Northeast Guidance Center Farm Stand 2018-09-19 04:00:00Z 0
Operation Warm 2018-09-18 04:00:00Z 0
Paul Sincock is the Rotary Governor of District 6400.  Long a Rotary member in Plymouth, MI, with multiple Paul Harris Fellow awards, Paul’s remarks landed firmly on the fact that to sustain your Club today we must all keep evolving through change as the only way to engage current and recruit new members.
Consistent with the goals of RI’s President Barry Rassin:
-Support and strengthen your club focus.
- Focus and increase humanitarian service.- Enhance public image and awareness by using traditional and social media channels to tell your story and build your relevance in the community.
Paul Sincock District 6400 Governor 2018-09-12 04:00:00Z 0
Another successful Cruise for a Cause party.  This was our 5th annual fundraising cruise on the yacht INFINITY to raise money for our scholarships that we give out each year. If you would like to help by donating to our Foundation, please click here.
More pictures of the party can be found by clicking here.
2018 Cruise for a Cause 2018-09-06 04:00:00Z 0
Jeffrey Huebner and Dan Hughes spoke at our September 5th meeting about the Grosse Pointe Farms Foundation.
The Foundation was formed in the early 1980s and has raised over $2 million towards 20 small and large projects.  They have included the Dog Park and the Kerby Field gazebo   Future projects will focus on the Farms Pier.  As a way to show off the Pier to all of GP, the Foundation is hosting its 11th Concours D’Elegance from Noon to 3:00 PM on 9/30.  195 unique, classic, and vintage GP owned cars will be showcased.
GP Farms Foundation  2018-09-05 04:00:00Z 0
Sean Scholthoefer is the current Grosse Pointe Yacht Club Commodore.  The GPYC was founded in 1914.  At first, there was just a harbor at the foot of Vernier Rd. that was constructed by Grosse Pointe Shores along with its municipal building in 1915.  Construction of the current clubhouse building didn’t take place until 1927 and was completed in 1929, months before the start of the Great Depression.  The total cost was $1 million ($12 million today).
Sean Scholthoefer 2018-08-29 04:00:00Z 0
Another successful day at Crossroads. More than 95 people were served. Kudos to our selfless Rotarians and Chef Dave. With Mike Carmody, Dean Valente, Dave Colton, Diane Stickler, Bob Lucas and Judy Masserang
Crossroads Lunch Program 2018-08-28 04:00:00Z 0
A few Rotarians got together for a little fun on the Lochmoor golf course. Perhaps the beginning of a new tradition?
Rotarians Golfing 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
DEFER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL has an eco-friendly gardening and weeding project where no pesticide or herbicide treatments are put in the ground.  Our club, along with Grosse Pointe South Interact did a cleanup this weekend as a followup to the one in July.  We will do it once more in September. 
Defer Elementary Eco-Friendly Gardening 2018-08-25 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe sponsored a young man for the 2018 summer program of Kids on the Go. The picture to the left is a thank you drawing from the young recipient.  Click on Read More to see the certificate of recognition from KOTG and a thank you note from the family. 
Kids on the Go Sponsorship 2018-08-24 04:00:00Z 0
Karan Bates-Gasior is the Development Officer at Turning Point of Macomb, MI.
The organization, founded in 1980, provides services to victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.  It opened its emergency shelter in Mt. Clemens in 2013 which offers 13 rooms and 52 beds.  Its services include providing a case manager for each individual, counselors for children, and a staff to help seek personal protection orders and legal advocacy (which can be simply acting as a buffer in court).
Karan Bates-Gasior 2018-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Phil Gilchrist is the Executive Director of the Anton Art Center.  The Anton Art Center is located in Mt. Clemens at a location that was originally a Carnegie Library, built in 1904.  Due to size constraints, the Library moved to a new location with the Art Center taking over in 1969.  
Phil Gilchrist 2018-08-15 04:00:00Z 0
Melissa Roy, is the Executive Director of Advancing Macomb. Her background includes working for the Detroit Regional Chamber and media relations for Macomb County Executive, Mark Hackel, before taking on her current role in 2015.  Advancing Macomb is a business and community leadership group whose mission is bring people together to positively transform Macomb by strengthening its communities, economy, and natural resources.
Melissa Roy 2018-08-08 04:00:00Z 0
On August 7th, members of The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe volunteered there time to help make and distribute free lunches through a Crossroads program. Crossroads is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need.
For more information about Crossroads please visit.
Crossroads Lunch 2018-08-07 04:00:00Z 0
Johann Finkelmeier is a Automotive Hall of Fame Board Member.
With a distinguished career in the automobile industry, Mr. Finkelmeier is one of 32 board members from various fields, such as academic, media, auto suppliers, and legal. All of whom are individuals interested in preserving the industry’s legacy.
Johann Finkelmeier 2018-08-01 04:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe is pairing up with the Grosse Pointe Public Libraries to collect school supplies for Northeast Guidance Center. NEGC distributes these supplies to needy students at the beginning of the school year. Follow this link for details on where and what to donate.
School Supplies 2018-07-26 04:00:00Z 0
Our very own Liz Vogel, Deputy Supervisor of Clinton Township, was our speaker on July 25th.
As Deputy Supervisor, Liz describes her job as putting out daily fires, ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary.
Her topic: Fix the Damn Roads! 
Did you know that there has been no proactive road funding since 2007?  The majority of the funding comes from state and federal gas taxes but it is not enough.  As an example of how behind road repairs are, Sterling Heights has spent (and has allocated) $500 million dollars to fix their roads since 2014 and it’s not enough.  With the money the communities have, most of the repairs are stopgap fixes.
Liz Vogel 2018-07-25 04:00:00Z 0
We had a fun group for our Fellowship Dinner this month.  We even got to meet the owner of the restaurant. (seated front and center) If you click on "Read More" you will see pictures of the murals which include a likeness of the owner and a touch up job on his past partner.
Fellowship Dinner @ R.P. Murphy's 2018-07-19 04:00:00Z 0
Lucas Ottinger, Business Development & Sales, at Rocket Fiber.
Rocket Fiber, part of the Quicken Loans family, is a Detroit based internet company.  Internet service provided through fiber optics offers hyper-fast home internet speeds at a cost of $70/month without a contract.  For businesses, it offers services that cater to the individual company’s needs with 24 hour customer service. 
Lucas Ottinger 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Anna Gleason, who graduated from GP South in three years, will be an outbound exchange student in Finland.  Her father, Joe, was reluctant to send his daughter off to live with strangers but after hearing the stories from past inbound and outbound exchange students and their host families, he is very excited for the opportunity she is undertaking.
Anna Gleason to Finland 2018-07-18 04:00:00Z 0
Matthew Wollack, VP of Strategic Development, Wolverine Human Services was our speaker on July 11th.
WHS was founded in 1987 by Robert Wollack.  How Mr. Wollack, who was born in New York, came to Michigan is an interesting story involving Serpico, prison time, and the Gambino crime family.
The organization supports diverse treatment needs such as juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, rehabilitation, foster care placement, adoption, and high security residential treatment.  It operates in all 83 counties and is funded through the state of Michigan.
Matthew Wollack 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Niehaus' First Meeting 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Even though its summer time GP Rotary and GP South Interact are hard at work today Helping Defer Elementary school spruce up the property for the summer and we will be back in August to help get ready for the next school year.
Helping Defer Elementary school 2018-07-11 04:00:00Z 0
Several of us gathered to give Simon Drehmer a farewell party.  Simon was our exchange student this year from Sweden and we wish him well. Click on Read More to see more pictures.
Farewell to Simon 2018-07-06 04:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Lunch 2018-06-22 04:00:00Z 0
On June 19th, Life Remodeling held their annual appreciation Breakfast to honor the many who have volunteered time and donated funds.  A squad of Grosse Pointe Rotarians were proud to help greet guests, oversee the coffee station, help with the breakfast and then help with the tear down after the event.
Click on Read More to see more pictures.
Life Remodeling 2018-06-19 04:00:00Z 0
The 2018 Passing of the Gavel took place on June 18th at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Incoming 2018-19 President, Gary Niehaus, graciously accepted the gavel from outgoing 2017-18 President, John Maliszewski. Click HERE for more pictures.
2018 Passing of the Gavel 2018-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
President and President-Elect 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Erin Schrieber is the Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Engagement at the Methodist Children’s Home Society.

The MCHS was founded in 1917 and has been at its Redford location since 1929. Its original mission was to care for orphans and it has now shifted to caring for abused and neglected boys referred by the Dept. of Health and Human Services. It has 60 available spots with each child having their own room. The average resident is 12 years old, having been in foster care for 3 years and having lived in 5 homes.
Erin Schrieber 2018-06-13 04:00:00Z 0
Gerald Piro is the Executive Director of Covenant House Michigan.  Covenant House is a homeless shelter for 18 to 24 year olds located on MLK Blvd at I-96 in Detroit.  It has 75 beds available and Mr. Piro described it as not just a shelter, but a program.
When a person enters the facility...
Gerald Piro 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Mike Carmody inducted Julie Baumer, who recently talked to the Club about the Innocence Project.  Julie is a Roseville resident and a realtor at Caldwell Banker.  Please make her feel welcome.  Thank you to John Mozena for sponsoring and Diane Strickler for being her mentor.
New Member Induction 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
It is Simon’s last meeting before he leaves for an east coast exchange student tour on June 9th.   He gave a heartfelt thank you to the Club for giving him a sense of comfort and he believes that he has really grown through his experiences.
Simon Drehmer 2018-06-06 04:00:00Z 0
Evan was awarded our Club’s Interact Scholarship and was appreciative of the speaking and leadership skills that the Club has helped instill.
Interact Scholarship 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Today was Interact Club Day.  The officers from Grosse Pointe South Interact not only presented their accomplishments for the year but ran the meeting as well. President Julianna Joseph, Vice President Elliott Gunnell, Secretary Wyatt Dennis and Treasurer Evan Nguyen
Interact Club Day 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
Beatrice Castro, a GP North student who will be attending Hope College, received a Sladen Scholarship.  She was very appreciative and we wish her well. 
Sladen Scholarship 2018-05-30 04:00:00Z 0
On May 19, six members of The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe joined more than a dozen others from our community to plant vegetables and flowers in the Full Circle Foundation’s 3-acre Edible Garden.  Full Circle students learn about gardening techniques and producing fresh food.  Their crops are sold to area supporters.
Full Circle's Edible Garden 2018-05-19 04:00:00Z 0
Fellowship Dinner at The Masters 2018-05-17 04:00:00Z 0
Joel Hatline and Catherine Belte taked about their time in the Peace Corps.
The idea of the Peace Corps was first announced by John F. Kennedy at U of M in 1960 and became a reality in 1961. It started in 9 countries, has been in 141 countries total, with 60 active countries today. The average age of a volunteer is 28 with a surprising number of people over age 50 participating. The four areas in which the Peace Corps focuses are health, education, economic, and community.
Hatline and Belte 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
- Caitlin Mayernik thanked the Club for the scholarship and read her college essay about how she has persevered through a condition called Best Disease that is causing her to lose her eyesight.
Caitlin Mayernik 2018-05-16 04:00:00Z 0
There was a great turnout for the Grosse Pointe Library Friends Book Sale setup.  Of the many there were 10 (+1) Rotarians on hand to help.  Some pictured here.
GPPL Friends Book Sale 2018-05-12 04:00:00Z 0
This weeks speaker was Ms. Karen Dybis, the author of four books about Detroit and our local history.  Her latest is Secret Detroit: A guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.  She described it as a travel guide meets fun facts about the city.
Author, Karen Dybis 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Kim Towar, after a nice update on the importance of the Rotary Foundation, provided a Paul Harris Fellowship pin to Carrie Maliszewski and a Paul Harris +5 pin to Ted Everingham.  Congratulations to both.
Click on Read More for pictures.
Paul Harris Fellowship 2018-05-09 04:00:00Z 0
Twelve Rotarians, spouses, and Interact Club representatives worked at Forgotten Harvest on May 5th.  Most repacked dried beans for distribution to food agencies around the city, and some worked at bundling up cardboard boxes for recycling.  A good time was had by all.
Forgotten Harvest 2018-05-05 04:00:00Z 0
Andra Watkins, best-selling author and a very active Rotarian in South Carolina.  She is the author of four books; To Live Forever: An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether LewisNot Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace, Tracks in Time (a book of photos taken during her 15-mile daily hikes) and Hard to Die. 
Today she entertained us with a humorous presentation on Not Without My Father: One Woman’s 444-Mile Walk of the Natchez Trace.
Author Andra Watkins 2018-05-02 04:00:00Z 0
Principal Hussain Ali, from Poupard  Elementary School spoke to us about the Leader in Me program.  Poupard is in its third year of the Leader in Me program which recognizes that students need a broad based skillset that includes core academic subjects and skills involving the ability to communicate, problem solving, goal setting, and self-management. The belief is that every student can be a leader.
Houssain Ali - Poupard Principal 2018-04-25 04:00:00Z 0
On April 21, six members of the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe joined others from our community in the Moross Greenway project in picking up debris from the Moross/I94 entrance and exit ramps, the Moross median from I94 to Mack, and from several abandoned homes.  Many in the group cleaned up and trimmed the sustainable greenscapes near St. John Hospital.  Thanks to the many drivers who honked their thanks as they passed by. (Click Read More for more pictures.)
Moross Greenway 2018-04-21 04:00:00Z 0
Fellowhip Dinner at Mr.s Paul's Chophouse 2018-04-19 04:00:00Z 0
In keeping with its mission of “service above self,” Rotary recognizes individuals, as well as companies and service organizations, who exhibit the high ethical standards of Rotary.  The annual Individual Vocational Service Award is presented every April.
Edward J. Russell III received the 2018 Rotary Individual Volunteer Service award for his outstanding service to others in the community.
Volunteer Service Award (Individual 2018) 2018-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Today's presenters were Elizabeth Carey (CEO) and Lynn Komasara (Gifts Officer) with Starr Commonwealth.  They provided an overview of their 105 year-old social services non-profit that serves the emotional needs of children and families by educating and training professionals in multiple southeastern Michigan counties. 
An invitation was also extended to attend and support their upcoming 105 anniversary celebration at the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, October 6, 2018…for details visit
Starr Commonwealth 2018-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
Richard O’Neil was inducted into the Grosse Pointe Rotary Club. He is pictured here as our
newest ‘Red Badger’ along with his sponsor/mentor, Judy Masserang.
New Member Induction 2018-04-18 04:00:00Z 0
On April 14th, eight Grosse Pointe Rotarians and three Grosse Pointe South Interact members (Including Mr. Cox), joined the 1pm volunteer shift to collectively manage 4,026 pounds of food which will provide 3,221 meals for our hungry neighbors!
Volunteers for Gleaners makes it possible for them to distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to the needy in southeastern Michigan.  40% of their recipients are children.  
Gleaners Food Bank 2018-04-14 04:00:00Z 0
Tim Killeen, Wayne County Commissioner, provided an update on three issues impacting the County. (1) The Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority, (2) The seawall along Lakeshore in the Farms and Shores, and (3) The Wayne County Jail.
Tim Killeen 2018-04-11 04:00:00Z 0
The Detroit Institute of Arts 2018-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Today we heard from Devankar Mukhi the President of Wayne State University Rotaract.
With 22 dues paying members and just a year old, WSU Rotaract, is focused on the key areas of leadership, service, friendship and professional development.
Wayne State University Rotaract 2018-03-21 04:00:00Z 0
Kids Coalition Against Hunger 2018-03-17 04:00:00Z 0
Pamela Jackson(Pictured with John), Director of Sales and Charlotte Klein, Work Study Coordinator gave a presentation on the Detroit Cristo Rey High School.  Detroit Cristo Rey, formed in 2008, is a Catholic high school that provides a college-preparatory education to students from economically disadvantaged families in Detroit. It is a part of 32 school network around the country that implements a school/work program.
Detroit Cristo Rey High School 2018-03-16 04:00:00Z 0
Today we heard vocational talks from two of out fellow GP Rotarians.  Bill Roche (right of John), an investment banker with Hutchinson, Shockey, Erley & Co and John Ellis (Left of John), the CFO at Motor City Industrial.
Vocational Talks 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
Another great Rotary Euchre night thanks to Elizabeth Vogel. The luck of the Irish was on Philip MacKethan's side this time.
Click Read More for a couple more pictures.
An Irish Euchre Night 2018-03-14 04:00:00Z 0
On March 7th our speaker was Kristy Schena, the founder and Executive Director of Kids on the Go.
Kids on the Go (KOTG) is a pediatric nonprofit that relies on sponsors to provide special needs children with therapy during the summer break from school. The therapy comes at no cost to often already overburdened families with the goal of helping children maintain the skills developed during the school year.
Kids on the Go 2018-03-07 05:00:00Z 0
Julie Baumer gave a powerful presentation on the University of Michigan Innocence Project. The Innocence Project was started in New York in 1992 with the goal of exonerating, through DNA evidence, those who have been wrongly convicted. The organization is now across the country working with law schools and has since expanded to include non-DNA cases.
University of Michigan Innocence Project 2018-02-28 05:00:00Z 0
Joel Hatline, spouse of new member Catherine Belte, was inducted today. Joel is a Wayne State law student and he and Catherine live in Grosse Pointe Farms. It is evident that Joel and Catherine are going to be very active Rotarians.  Bob Lucas (in the middle) will be his mentor.
New Member Induction 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Phil MacKethan passed the Oli Can (in poem form in lieu of it being Valentine’s Day) to Susan Mozena for the positive attitude and the level of involvement she brings to the Club.
The Oil Can 2018-02-14 05:00:00Z 0
Kim Fix, Community Outreach and Marketing Coordinator for the Huron-Clinton Metroparks, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 7, evening meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at The War Memorial. She was greeted by immediate Past President Ted Everingham, who officiated the meeting in President John Maliszewski's absence.
Kim Fix on Metro Parks 2018-02-07 05:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Dick Allison, author of Begging for Chocolates; A Story of World War II Italy, was the featured speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 24, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. Dick and his wife, Susan, were welcomed by President John Maliszewski.
Dick’s second book on World War II, Begging for Chocolates focuses on the U.S. forces fighting in Italy (the “Forgotten Front”) in 1944-45. He started his research years ago when he finally went through his father’s belongings and read letters from his time in the army. Through his father’s letters, diaries, and poems, along with those of three other soldiers, he provided insight on what was happening in Italy at that time.
The first thing Dick noticed was how censored the letters were. They couldn’t provide details about locations or the names of any officers. He also noted an innocence and humor found in many of them, including one soldier’s attempt to date an Italian girl.
It was apparent that the writing of this book was a labor of love for Dick.
Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.
Begging for Chocolates 2018-01-24 05:00:00Z 0
Rotarian John Mozena, wanting to start 2018 in a lighthearted manner, lined up Michael Mode, a magician and corporate speaker, as the guest speaker for the Jan. 10 evening meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at The War Memorial.  Mr. Mode, pictured here with club President John Maliszewski, has been a magician for 30 years and has performed with David Copperfield. It’s hard to describe how talented Mr. Mode is and how entertaining his performance was.  A great way to start the new year.
Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.
Magic at Rotary 2018-01-10 05:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotary members recently led an effort to collect school supplies and backpacks for the Northeast Guidance Center's annual back-to-school event.
(Grosse Pointe News, December 7, 2017)
GP Rotary in the News 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotary makes the news for their work with Operation Warm Detroit.
(Grosse Pointe News, December 7, 2017)
Rotary in the News 2017-12-07 05:00:00Z 0
Volunteer work at the Gleaners Food Bank 2017-12-02 05:00:00Z 0
At the Wednesday, Nov. 8, meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, President John Maliszewski presented the 2017 Vocational Service Award to President Kay Agney of Higbie Maxon Agney Inc. The annual award is presented to the individual, company or organization that puts service above self and has implemented policies, demonstrated compassion or other exemplary treatment of employees, customers or the public. Higbie Maxon Agney was nominated by Rotarian Bob Lucas. Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.
Vocational Service Award 2017-11-13 05:00:00Z 0
In honor of Veterans Day, a handful of Rotarians at the Wednesday, Nov. 8, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe told their stories of serving their country during time of war. 
Those attending described the meeting as the most powerful they had ever attended.
Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.
Rotary Veterans Have Their Day 2017-11-08 05:00:00Z 0
Fellow Rotarian Jessica Keyser, Director of the Grosse Pointe Public Library, was the guest speaker at the Oct. 11 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the The War Memorial. She was welcomed by President John Maliszewski and introduced by fellow Rotarian Paul Rentenbach, who serves on the library's board of trustees. Keyser's talk was about the library's recently adopted Strategic Plan.
Photo by John Minnis
Library Strategic Plan 2017-10-11 04:00:00Z 0
Laurie (whose Rotary resume is pretty amazing) spoke about her work with a think tank, the Institute of Economics & Peace and on a project in Mexico with the MacArthur Foundation.
Laurie Smolenski - Rotary PeaceFellow 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
While on sabbatical, President Elect Richard Yeager-Stiver spent some time with Brittish Rotarians at the London Rotary club.  In following the long-standing Rotary tradition where clubs exchange flags, Richard left one of ours and returned with one of theirs. 
London Rotary club flag 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
The long wait is over as Lee Johnson was able to pick the joker. Congratulations! Thank you to Charvat the Florist for the beautiful flower arrangement.
Flower Raffle Winner 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Our very own George McMullen will be partnered with professional dancer, Rae Hines, as he competes against four other couples at a fund raiser for Full Circle. 
A Rotarian Under the Stars 2017-10-05 04:00:00Z 0
Susan Mozena, Mary Tipp, Ron Vitale and Roger Hull participated in the District Governors Golf Outing and our very own Roger Hull took home the award for the Men's Longest Drive.
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The Grosse Pointe Symphony Orchestra 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
You can't beat Lake St Clair. A few fellow Grosse Pointe Rotarians along with our exchange student, enjoyed a boat ride to the DYC for dinner - just for fun and fellowship. The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle is looking good!
Fellowship Dinner on the Lake 2017-09-25 04:00:00Z 0
Dr. Lisa A. Manz-Dulac and Marty Petz were the guest speakers at the Sept. 4 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the The War Memorial. Their topic was HART — Haiti and Africa Relief Team — out of St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church in Grosse Pointe Farms. The speakers were welcomed by club President John Maliszewski. 
HART was created in response to an earlier devastating event in Haiti — the 2010 earthquake. Moved by compassion, the Rev. Sama Muma, assistant pastor at St. Paul, and some parishioners with diverse skills, traveled to Haiti to provide medical aid, medical supplies and physical labor. Later in the year, the group formed the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization HART.
Dr. Manz-Dulac and Mr. Petz discussed their recent trips, challenges and needs.
(Photo by John Minnis)
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In addition to collecting supplies and funds to support the Northeast Guidance Center's Back To School program, several Rotarians volunteered their time to help setup for the big day.
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Services for Older Citizens Head Addresses Rotary 2017-08-23 04:00:00Z 0
Murray Davis, Director of External Affairs for Vehicles for Change – Detroit, was inducted into Rotary at the Wednesday, Aug. 23 evening meeting of the Grosse Pointe club. He was sponsored by Past President Paul Rentenbach, right. The induction ceremony was conducted by Past Area 1 Assistant Governor and Executive Secretary Mike Carmody. Murray and his wife, Kim, live in Redford. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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2017 Crossroads Lunch Program 2017-08-22 04:00:00Z 0
Ted Everingham proudly introduced his granddaughter, Melanie Taylor, the winner of the Distinguished Young Woman of Michigan 2018, as the guest speaker at the Aug. 16 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial.

Distinguished Young Woman, Indeed! 2017-08-16 04:00:00Z 0
District Governor Elect Paul Sincock and Rotary Youth Exchange 2017-08-09 04:00:00Z 0
Karen Pope - Grosse Pointe Artist Association 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
Friday Lunch Bunch 2017-08-05 04:00:00Z 0
On Wednesday August 2, over 60 people from Grosse Pointe chose to recognize the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Riots by working to clean up blight with their Detroit neighbors.  Volunteers came from Grosse Pointe Rotary, Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and the Family Center, among other groups.
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Peter Dame, City Manager for the City of Grosse Pointe, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, July 26, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President John Maliszewski.
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A wonderful presentation from Father John Phelps and Judge Thomas (Tom) Hathaway about “Life Directions”…. Their mission is to motivate young adults, ages 13-35, especially the economically poor and “at-risk” to mature into responsible, productive adults through self-direction.
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 With mixed emotions Grosse Pointe Rotary said goodbye to our Exchange student Sebastian Tsai who had the distinction of being the only Grosse Pointe Rotary exchange student to be awarded a varsity Letter in track and field.
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The 2017 Passing of the Gavel event June 28 at Assumption Cultural Center was reportedly "our best ever"! Incoming 2017-18 President John Maliszewski graciously accepted the gavel from outgoing 2016-17 President Ted Everingham. Click HERE for pictures.
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Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Ted Everingham had the pleasure of greeting this year's scholarship winners from among Grosse Pointe graduating seniors. Presentations were made by Scholarships Committee Chair Dr. Mark Weber.
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Grosse Pointer Tom Gage, former Detroit Tigers beat writer and author of The Big 50: Detroit Tigers: The Men and Moments that Made the Detroit Tigers was the guest speaker at the June 21 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. he was welcomed by President Ted Everingham.
The Big 50: Detroit Tigers: The Men and Moments that Made the Detroit Tigers is an amazing, full-color look at the 50 men and moments that made the Tigers the Tigers. Award-winning beat writer Tom Gage recounts the living history of the Tigers, counting down from No. 50 to No. 1. Big 50: Tigers brilliantly brings to life the Tigers' remarkable story, from Ty Cobb and Kirk Gibson to the rollercoaster that was the "Bless You Boys" era to Justin Verlander's no-hitters and up to today.
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Cruise for a Cause 2017 a Success! 2017-06-18 04:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Farms Public Safety Officer Zielinski on patrol at Wednesday's graduation ceremonies for Grosse Pointe South High School.  Note the back on the back of his bike.
GP Rotary Logo Sighting Dino Valente 2017-06-14 04:00:00Z 0
Karl Kratz, center, co-founder of the Full Circle Foundation, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, June 7, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham and introduced by George R. McMullen Jr. of the Program Committee.
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Ed Conlin was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, May 24, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was greeted by President-Elect John Maliszewski, who ran the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence. Conlin's subject was YouthWorks-Detroit.
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Matt Mancinelli, CEO of Eagle Children’s Charities, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, May 17, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham. Eagle Children’s Charities is made up of Soar Detroit, a tutoring program, and Eagle Sports Club, which provides sports leagues for Detroit children. 
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Grosse Pointe North High School Principal Kate Murray was the guest speaker at the May 10 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. She was greeted by President Ted Everingham and introduced by George R. McMullen Jr. of the Program Committee.
North Principal Schools Rotarians 2017-05-10 04:00:00Z 0
An annual tradition, the Grosse Pointe South Interact Club, Rotary's high school level organization, took charge of the May 3 evening meeting of the Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Students running the meeting were President Frank Yenchick, Vice-President Julianna Joseph, Secretary Cassie Valice, Secretary and Treasurer Louise Brady. Introducing them at the meeting were Interact liaison the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver and Interact Committee member George R. McMullen Jr.
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Gregory Sumner, author of "Detroit in World War II," was the guest speaker at the April 26 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse at The War Memorial. He was greeted by President Ted Everingham.
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Interact Committee members the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver (Chair), left, and George McMullen welcomed Grosse Pointe South High School Interact Club members Louise Brady and  Frank Yenchick to the April 26 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe.
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Bob Hendrikx (with bowtie), co-founder of The Motown Movement, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, April 12, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. He was accompanied by Martha Kosters and Sjoerd Van Hoof. They were welcomed by Past President Fred Ollison III, who ran the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence.
The Motown Movement 2017-04-12 04:00:00Z 0
At the April 12 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, George R. McMullen Jr., chair of the Vocational Service Committee, presented the 2017 Vocational Service Award to Diane Renee Soulliere. 
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Brad Coulter, center, President and CEO of Matrix Human Services, was the keynote speaker at the Wednesday, April 5, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left, and Club Treasurer Paul Rentenbach, right.
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Our 4th annual fundraising cruise on the yacht INFINITY will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, leaving from Jefferson Beach Marina at 7:00 pm.  Boarding will begin at 6:30 pm.  We return at 9:30 pm and enjoy 1/2 hour of fellowship at the dock. Tickets are $150 per person.

Cruise For a Cause Paul Rentenbach 2017-04-04 04:00:00Z 0
Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen, right, was the guest speaker at the March 29 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, above, and introduced by Rotarian George R. McMullen Jr. (not shown).
Killeen updated the Rotarians on issues impacting the county:
1) The state of the seawall along Lakeshore in Grosse Pointe Farms and Shores is in the early stages of being looked at by the Army Corps of Engineers — how bad is it, what will it take to fix it and where will the money come from to fix it?
2) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) allocations— $100,000 to SOC (Services for Older Citizens) for building and handicapped accessibility improvements and $200,000 to Harper Woods for small home repair.
3) Detroit Wayne Mental Health Authority — Separate from the county, Commissioner Killeen helped create the authority; he reported that the authority is doing great work and is financially sound.  
4) The Wayne County Jail: The County is looking to restart building this summer at the Gratiot site. If the deal with Rock Financial moving the jail goes to a different location makes sense financially, he will support it. Otherwise, he wants to get moving on it at its present location. 
(Photo by John Minnis)
'The Commish" Updates Rotary 2017-03-29 04:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 6400 Gov. Sue Goldsen and her husband, Past District Gov. Bruce Goldsen, right, paid a visit to the March 29 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. Greeting the Goldsens were, from left, President Ted Everingham and President-Elect John Maliszewski. The Goldsens hail from the Adrian Morning Rotary Club. The district governor took time out to especially congratulate Grosse Pointe Rotarian Dr. Al Ceravolo, below, on 50 years of perfect attendance in Rotary. Ceravolo joined Rotary in 1966. He is a retired anesthesiologist and lives in Grosse Pointe City with his wife, Norma. (Photos by John Minnis)
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Glennys Warsocki, right, from the Centreville & Chantilly, Va., Rotary Club, arrived as a visitor to Rotary of Grosse Pointe's evening meeting March 22 at The War Memorial. She came bearing her club's flag, which she presented to Grosse Pointe club President Ted Everingham who in turn presented her with our flag. Thanks for dropping by, Glennys!
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Jon Carolin, right, of The Children’s Center in Detroit was the guest speaker at the March 22 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was greeted by President Ted Everingham.
The Children’s Center has been around for over 85 years and is located at 79 Alexandrine West, near the Detroit Medical Center. Its mission is to help children and families shape their own futures. The center serves over 7,500 children a year, from birth to age 22. Its staff of psychiatrists, psychologists, and therapists work with children struggling with behavioral and emotional challenges who may have experienced trauma. Studies show that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys have been the victims of trauma.  
In addition to “healing the hurt,” the Center has a Head Start Academy, provides parent education and conducts activities such arts and crafts. They also host monthly birthday parties for children who may never have celebrated a birthday. 
There are numerous ways our club and individuals can help out — either financially by underwriting outings and activities, donating goods to their clothing store or for the upcoming Back to School Bazaar or by volunteering. To learn more, please visit For more details, please contact Jon at
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At the March 15 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial, Executive Secretary Mike Carmody awarded Rotarian John Mozena, right, with his second Paul Harris pin for his support of Rotary and "Service Above Self." (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
For He's a Paul Harris Fellow ... Again! 2017-03-15 04:00:00Z 0
Harper Woods City Manager Randolph "Randy" Skotarczyk was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, March 15, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by Rotary President Ted Everingham. A takeaway for Rotarians about our neighbors in Harper Woods was that while there are certainly many challenges, there are also very positive things happening and issues being addressed than news stories and “rumor” would lead a person to believe. (Photos by George R. McMullen)
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Clinton Township Supervisor Robert Cannon, right, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, March 8, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by Past President Diane Strickler, who presided over the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence, and was introduced by Grosse Pointe Rotarian Liz Vogel, below with Cannon, who is the Deputy Clinton Township Supervisor.
Cannon grew up in Grosse Pointe Shores, graduated from Wayne State University and taught high school for 25 years in the Utica Community Schools. Now age 68 and in his fourth four-year term as elected supervisor, Charter Township of Clinton, Michigan, a community encompassing 100,000 residents supported by an $82 million dollar operating budget, Cannon is happy with his job. He is a longtime member of the Mount Clemens Rotary Club, where he met Liz.
“When I saw what she could do, I knew I had to hire her,” Cannon chuckled with a nod of respect. He explained the difference between a township and a city, with a city having an elected mayor and responsibility for water, sewer and police. “Townships run fire departments," he said, “and the counties get money for roads.” The township has a keen interest in maintaining infrastructure, however, from fixing road potholes to huge sinkholes, and funding is allocated by Clinton Township and shared for this purpose.
“Eighty-three mils are collected to run our township,” he responded to a question. Clinton Township is involved in business development, maintaining parks, trails and paths for residents and many special events from patriotic celebrations to recreational events for youth to senior-citizens," the supervisor said.
Following the meeting, Liz organized a fellowship euchre gathering.
(Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Bridgett McDevitt, a Peace Corps volunteer, was the guest speaker at the March 1, 2017, meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. (A brownout, most likely due to heavy winds, threatened to cancel the weekly Wednesday evening Rotary meeting at The War Memorial; however, with the help of a generator and candles, the show — and Bridgett's presentation — went on!)
Bridgett was a member of Interact at GP South who attended Denison University and studied abroad in Ecuador for a semester. (At the same time, her family was hosting Prisi Calderon, a 2012-13 exchange student from Ecuador). Her interest in being a volunteer developed from her time abroad and the fact that her father was a Peace Corps volunteer himself.  

Bridgett served from 2014-16, teaching English as a second language to 11th-graders in Ethiopia. After three months of learning the national language of Amharic, she taught at the only high school in the city of Mehal Meda, about 180 miles from the capital. Her class size was between 30 to 50 students and one of her projects was to set up a pen pal exchange with Interact Advisor Kevin Cox’s students at South High School.
In addition to classroom teaching, Bridgett helped with extracurricular writing and vocabulary clubs and, in the summer, she helped run local camps.  
Bridgett’s knowledge of Ethiopia’s culture and history was extensive, and she gave a great presentation.
(Photo by John Minnis)
Bridget McDevitt, Peace Corps Volunteer 2017-03-01 05:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe South students Oliver Lardner and Alyssa Czech were the guest speakers at the Feb. 15 evening meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. They talk abouted their RYLA experience.
Richard Yeager-Stiver, the Interact Club Chair, provided some background about RYLA, which stands for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. In our District, it is a two-day event held in November at Schoolcraft College. Through group activities and speakers, RYLA’s intent is to encourage students to be more effective leaders. Areas of focus surrounding the topic of leadership are 1) its fundamentals, 2) ethics, 3) the importance of communication skills, 4) conflict management and problem solving, and 5) community and global citizenship.
In additional to the friendships that both students established at the event (198 attendees), Oliver walked away with an appreciation as to what being a leader actually is.  In the two clubs Oliver helps run at South, the leadership skills learned have been incorporated by giving members more responsibility and making them feel a part of the clubs.  Alyssa hopes to utilize what she learned as an editor for the school newspaper and as a captain on her sports teams.  She learned that you need to build personal relationships with those you are leading and walked away from the event feeling empowered, inspired, and optimistic.
All are invited to this year’s RYLA which will take place from 11/16/17 to 11/18/17 at Schoolcraft College.
(Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Chris Lambert, founder and CEO of Life Remodeled, center left with Kelly Cleaver, director of development, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 8, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left, and introduced by Rotarian Bob Bury, right.
Life Remodeled is a non-profit that was formed in 2010 to help rebuild Detroit neighborhoods. In 2016, it committed $5 million in cash, labor and materials to the Denby High School neighborhood. It helped repair occupied homes, put together a six-day volunteer project to remove blight from 300 city blocks and built a park, designed by students, right next to the high school.
In 2017, Life Remodeled plans on tackling a two-year project with the same financial and labor commitment around Central High School. In addition to repairing homes and removing blight, the organization is moving into the Durfee School building, and the students will move across the campus to the under-capacity high school. The plan is to make the Durfee building a "business incubator" and community innovation center with tech companies moving in and interacting with the students as guest lecturers and through employment.
Life Remodeled chooses neighborhoods which show “significant need but radical hope.” The impact of its work is reflected in reduced crime and increased hope (the forming of neighborhood clubs) and investment. Mark your calendar to participate in this year’s blight removal and beautification the week of July 31 - Aug. 5.  To learn more or to register to volunteer, visit its great website at
(Photo by John Minnis)
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Father Tim McCabe, the Executive Director of the Pope Francis Center, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Feb. 1, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. He was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left, and introduced by Programs Committee Co-Chair John Ellis, right.
In 1990, Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in downtown Detroit opened its doors to those seeking refuge from a winter storm. Father McCabe said Father Hartigan put on a pot of coffee, set out some folding chairs and offered people a place to get warm.  This commitment to ministry has continued for over two decades.
The Pope Francis Center (renamed in 2015) is a Jesuit ministry located at 438 St. Antoine Street in Detroit. With an $800,000 donation from the UAW-Ford Foundation in 2013, the facility is now equipped with a state-of-the-art kitchen and laundry facilities for the 150+ it serves on a daily basis. It also provides hot showers and access to doctors, dentists, lawyers, mental health professionals and housing providers through its free clinics. A subsequent $240,000 donation has allowed it to implement a nutritious food program.
Father McCabe believes it is very important to treat all homeless as human and to acknowledge them.
To learn more, visit
(Photo by John Minnis)
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At the Feb. 1 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, past Oil Can recipient George McMullen, left, passed it to Paul Rentenbach for all he does in Rotary and the community. Since retiring, Paul has ramped up his involvement in projects and does a great job leading by example. The Oil Can was once bestowed upon Rotarians who had committed a faux pas, but today the can is used to recognize Rotarians for good work or deeds and "Serve Above Self." (Photo by John Minnis)
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Brian Farkas, Director of Special Projects for the Detroit Building Authority, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 25, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. His topic was about the Detroit Demolition Program.

In the last 2 ½ years, over 10,000 homes have been demolished, he said. His department’s goal is to remove blight to stabilize neighborhoods and let the market take over to increase the value of the surrounding homes.
Below, Club President Ted Everingham welcomes Farkas to Grosse Pointe Rotary.
(Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
'Demolition Man' Addresses Rotary 2017-01-30 05:00:00Z 0
Past President Roger Hull, left, acting on behalf of President Ted Everingham, welcomed Vocational Talks from Michelle Roberts and Mike Bergman, above, and Neil Sroka, below.(Photos by George R. McMullen)
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Charlie Davis, right, was recognized for 50 years in Rotary at the Jan. 18 evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at The War Memorial. Past President Roger Hull, left, who led the meeting in President Ted Everingham's absence, congratulates Charlie on his half-century of service to Rotary. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Charlie Davis: 50-year Rotarian 2017-01-18 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Roger Hull, right, was honored as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow by Past President and Past District Gov. Kim Towar at the Jan. 18 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Hull joined Rotary in 1999 and served as president in 2006-07. He currently serves as secretary of the Rotary of Grosse Pointe Foundation. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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At the Jan. 11 meeting at The War Memorial, President Ted Everingham led a very informative Grosse Pointe Rotary meeting. The keynote speaker was Odis Bellinger, Director and Founder of  "Building Better Men." Their goal, best said by their mission statement, “is to empower young men with the skills needed to become leaders in their community”. For additional information on "Building better Men simply click on the attached link ....
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Ashish Sarkar, Past President of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, Jan. 4, evening meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. His topic was the upcoming Rotary World Peace Conference.

The Conference takes place from March 31st to April 1st at the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. It is hosted by the Michigan, northern Indiana, northwest Ohio and southern Ontario based Rotary clubs.

Over the two days there will be plenary meetings with breakout sessions on the following themes: (1) Peace and Conflict Resolution; (2) Poverty, Hunger and Health; (3) Role of Faith Based Organizations in Peacemaking; (4) Role of Media in Peacemaking; (5) Preserving Basic Human Rights; (6) Violence Prevention; and (7) Role of Youth in Peacemaking and Conflict Resolution -- Taking Action. The panels will primarily consist of academics, religious leaders, and medical professionals from the local area and around the world.

The goal of this gathering is to empower community leaders, Rotarians, youth, and others to promote and practice peace in their own communities and beyond. Mr. Sarkar’s role is to help raise funds by asking local Rotarians to provide contacts as potential sponsors and to attend the event.

Attendance is not limited to Rotarians. To learn more, go to
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Jeff Jay, center, founder of Love First: Intervention and Recovery Services, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 14 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He and fellow guest Steve Anderson, right, was welcomed by President Ted Everingham, left.

Jeff grew up in Grosse Pointe and was an alter boy, president of his class and merit scholar. By age 26, he was an alcoholic and drug addict, living in a park in California.  His recovery began when his family held an intervention and got him into treatment.  

Although many think addiction is a will power issue, it is actually a medical problem requiring treatment.  When one develops a chemical dependency, the drugs he/she takes (alcohol or other), react differently in their system.  It becomes perceived as a need, not a choice.

Jeff believes it is up to all of us to intervene when there is an addiction issue.  Loving intervention requires paying attention to the details, following through in the recovery process, and accountability (changing one’s own environment to assist in the recovery).    

Jeff, and his wife Debra, have a book on the subject titled Love First, A Family’s Guide to Intervention.
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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At the Sept. 14 meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary, Mike Carmody (not shown) inducted Maria Kokas, left, who was sponsored by Peter Stroh, right.  Maria is the Director of Learning Systems and Resources for the Henry Ford Health System and resides in Grosse Pointe Park.  (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

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At the club's Sept. 7 meeting, Sebastian, Grosse Pointe Rotary's youth exchange student from Taiwan, was introduced to the club by Rotarians Bill Scott, above, and Steve McMillan, below. He will be living with Rotarian Michelle Roberts’s family and attending Grosse Pointe South High School. A picnic was scheduled at the Farms Pier Park on Sept. 15 to meet Sebastian and get to know him better. 
Grosse Pointe Rotary President Ted Everingham, left, and guest speaker Judge Frank Szymanski, right, also welcomed Sebastian to Grosse Pointe. 
(Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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The Hon. Frank Szymanski, 3rd Circuit Court, Juvenile Division, was the guest speaker at the Sept. 7 meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Judge Szymanski believes that the single biggest problem facing our community is kids not being in school. He believes this to be the driving force behind many other problems, including crime, homelessness, and poverty.  

He is very proactive and some of his outreach programs include: 1) KKIS – Keep Kids in School.  He believes that zero tolerance was well-intentioned but with bad results.  For the kids to not feel degraded or unwanted, every attempt should be made to keep them in school.  2) KAREN – Kids Are Reading Every Night.  Reading at least 20 minutes every night helps a child learn to read and to develop a lifelong love of it. 3) Teach Transcendental Meditation and yoga to juvenile offenders as a way to self-regulate.  4) Guitars Not Guns.  A program to teach music to at risk youth.  5) A Youth Deterrent Program in which life offenders counsel at risk youth on the consequences of crime.

Judge Szymanski is also the author of the book, Identity Design: Design the Identity You Need to Get the Life You Want.
Below, Rotary President Ted Everingham with Judge Szymanski at the club's meeting.
Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.
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Rotary District Gov. Sue Goldsen, above, was the guest speaker at the Aug. 10 meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. She was welcomed, below, by President Ted Everingham. Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.
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Grosse Pointer Mary Lamparter introduced guest speakers Carol Borden, above, Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs Inc. founder and CEO, and regional coordinator, Jolanthe Bassett. The organization raises, trains and donates service dogs, mostly German shepherds, for veterans. The training process can last 18 months to over two years at a cost of up to $22,000/dog. The dogs can assist those who are hearing impaired, have mobility problems, or suffer from PTSD. Through sense of smell, they can anticipate good dreams from bad dreams and when an anxiety attack is about to occur. Veterans commit suicide at a rate of 22 a day and have a 90 percent divorce rate. Ms. Borden is proud to say that both of those numbers are zero for those who have been given one of their service dogs. For more information, visit
Mary Lamparter introduces the guest speaker, Carol Borden, founder of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs.
From left, Grosse Pointe Rotary President Ted Everingham, Carol Borden, Jolanthe Bassett and Mary Lamparter.
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Shirley Roseman from Detroit Rotary invited our club to participate in a Rotary-sponsored Kids Against Hunger event on Oct. 15. The goal is to make 100,000 meals and they are seeking 20 volunteers and a $2,000 donation. Visit
New Kids Against Hunger 2016-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Bergman, sponsored by George McMullen, became the newest Rotarian. Mike is a former Marine who works for Ucontrol Energy and resides in Grosse Pointe Woods. Pictured with Mike, center, at the Aug. 3 induction are Past President and Past District Gov. Kim Towar and Past President Fred Ollison III.
Former Marine Inducted Into Rotary 2016-08-03 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Farms Det. Lt. Richard Rosati, picture here with Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Ted Everingham, was the guest speaker at the club's July 27 meeting. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Det. Lt. Rosati Addresses Rotary 2016-07-27 00:00:00Z 0
Under the leadership of Dave Colton and Diane Strickler, Rotarians and family members served 71 lunches at Crossroads on July 26. For several years, this has been one of our most heart-warming community projects. When summer begins, the opportunity for a decent lunch ends for some Detroit area students. We are delighted to know that these children enjoyed a nutritious lunch. (Absent from the photo but taking part were Robert Lucas and Florence Seltzer.)
Rotory 'does lunch' at Crossroads 2016-07-26 00:00:00Z 0
Corinne Martin, founder and executive director of the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, was the guest speaker at the July 20 meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Educated in specialeducation and then working in the auto industry, it was  Martin’s love of animals that won out. She started the GPAAS 20 years ago in her garage and is currently located on Harper Avenue next to Harper Woods Veterinary Hospital. GPAAS conducts its Saturday adoption days at SOC. She is the only full time employee.
Last year, the GPAAS took in 600 animals working with Harper Woods Veterinary Hospital and with G.P. Shores, Woods and Harper Woods. It can house 25 cats and 25 dogs at a time, and the rest reside at volunteer foster homes. The foster homes are comprised of people who would like to trial run a pet with the possibility of adopting or those who like the occasional playmate for a family pet.  
With vet bills of over $100,000 a year, the GPAAS funds itself through adoption fees and donations. If anyone is looking for some exercise, the dogs need to be walked at 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m. everyday. To volunteer, donate, or learn more, visit (Photo by Fred Ollison III)
GPAAS Founder Addresses Rotary 2016-07-20 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Ted Everingham, center, welcomes Laurie Smolenski and Flo Wackerman as special guests at the club's July 20 meeting. Smolenski is from Grosse Pointe and has been an outbound exchange student, a Rotary Global Scholar, and is currently a Rotary Peace Fellow in Australia, at one of the five world peace centers. She is one of 50 students selected worldwide.  Side note: The Smolenski family has hosted 17 Rotary exchange students. Wackerman was a G.P. Rotary exchange student in 1998-99. Since then, he has run Rotaract (college level Rotary) in Germany and co-chaired the Rotaract portion at last year’s RI Conference He recently became a Rotarian, joining a Club in Munich. Below, Everingham and Wackerman exchange club flags. (Photos by Kim Towar)
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Margaret Williamson, Executive Director of Pro Literacy Detroit, pictured with President Ted Everingham, was the guest speaker at the Wednesday, July 13, meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. 

Unfortunately, Williamson told the Rotarians present, approximately 1 million Detroit and Michigan residents are unable to read, even though there are some 150 literacy organizations out there offering assistance. Pro Literacy Detroit helps adult learners 16 and over become literate. Most of the students come through referrals from fellow/former students and from work force entities, such as Focus Hope.   

Pro Literacy Detroit has used a RI grant (the first of its kind in the U.S.) to create 250 trade tutor workshops. Williamson is proud of Rotary’s participation through the Rotary Literacy Initiative and an exchange program where Australian Rotarians helped tutors in 2 six week sessions.  

Ms. Williams believes that every dedicated student, no matter at what reading level, paired with a volunteer tutor will succeed.  
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Pro Literacy Detroit at G.P. Rotary 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
Immediate Past President Fred Ollison III proudly shows a framed picture taken by Rotarian John Minnis at a meeting last year featuring Fred, past District Governor and Past President Kim Towar and Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, who was visiting the club. The frame was presented by current President Ted Everingham. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Past Presidents, RI Director Framed 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
President Ted Everingham introduced Liz Vogel, a former Mount Clemens Rotary Club member, who was inducted into the Grosse Pointe Club at its July 13 meeting. Liz is the Deputy Supervisor for Clinton Township and was a member of the first Interact Club at Grosse Pointe South High School. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Liz Vogel Inducted Into Grosse Pointe Club 2016-07-13 00:00:00Z 0
2016-17 President Ted Everingham took charge of his first meeting July 6 as head of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He also had the honor of opening the first meeting on a new day and time — Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. — and in a new venue, the Reception Room of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Founded in 1937, Grosse Pointe Rotary previously met on Wednesday at noon in the Ballroom of the War Memorial until the 2016-17 year in compliance with bylaw changes unanimously approved by the club. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Wayne County Commissioner Tim Killeen, here with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the June 6 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at the War Memorial. 
Killeen is proud to have been recently appointed to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG), whose role is to improve the quality of the region’s environmental resources, make the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalize communities, and encourage economic development.  He believes that government’s most important job is maintaining the 
Locally, he is working with the Grosse Pointes to have the Army Corp of Engineers assess the seawalls. If they are in need of repair, water getting through could impact Lake Shore, a county road. Once completed, any cost to repair will need to be established and the source of the funds determined.
One of his biggest headaches is dealing with the building of the new jail in Detroit. With all of the money already spent, the large cost of relocating to Mound Rd, and the loss of business if county employees and the court system are moved, Killeen is a proponent of building the jail where it currently remains unfinished. The resolution of a lawsuit against the project’s architects due to cost overruns will determine what the next steps will be. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
'The Commish" Addresses G.P. Rotary 2016-06-06 00:00:00Z 0
As is the annual custom prior to the end of the school year, members of the Interact Club at Grosse Pointe South High School conducted the May 23, 2016 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Interact Club at the Helm 2016-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Geoff Nathan, Waye State University Professor of Linguistics, above with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the May 16 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary.
Linguistics is the scientific study of language. In the gathering of data, it was found that languages can be really different from each.  This includes the sounds and structure. For example, in Japanese the verb is last in a sentence, in English it follows the subject, while in Hebrew it is always near the beginning. It is very hard to say how a language changes over time. For example, our current English is much different than early modern English (“hallowed be thy name”) which is much different than early English, which we would not even understand. 
The “parts” of linguistics are: 
1) sounds,
2) words,
3) syntax (grammar),
4) semantics (meaning),
5) historical (how it changes over time) and
6) social (reaction to what is being said).  
When speaking, don’t break the conventions of the language for the location/audience. It is the social judgments and reactions that allow one to be understood.
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Geoff Nathan — "Linguist" 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Choirmaster Steve McMillan led his fellow Rotarians in a rousing "Happy Birthday!" to President-Elect Ted Everingham at the club's May 16 luncheon meeting. Happy Birthday, Ted! (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Happy Birthday, Mr. President-Elect! 2016-05-16 00:00:00Z 0
Fanny Segers, our exchange student, above and with President Fred Ollison III, was the featured speaker at the May 9 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Fanny lives just outside the city of Liege, Belgium. The country is known for its chocolate, beer, and waffles and the city is known for its train station and the Cathedral St. Paul. She is an only child and became interested in becoming an exchange student after her family hosted a student from New Zealand and another from Texas. Her Rotary District is 1630. Fanny’s school in Belgium is much smaller than Grosse Pointe South and doesn’t offer any extracurricular activities.  At South, she has participated on the cross country and track & field teams (even though she doesn’t like to run). 

Below, Fanny thanked her host families — Craig and Katherine Bates, Brandi Towar and Nycki Keating and Andor and Joan Reiber.  With these families, she was able to travel to Chicago, Florida, and Mexico, and celebrate a birthday in Ann Arbor.
Upon returning to Belgium, Fanny plans on studying Communications in Brussels and furthering her studies later in Chicago.
Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.
A Fanny Farwell! 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotarian the Rev. Peter Henry attended a Rotary meeting in Wheaton, Ill. recently and brought back their flag.  Remember that our club has flags available to present to Clubs you visit. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Henry Captures Wheaton, Ill. Flag! 2016-05-09 00:00:00Z 0
State Sen. Bert Johnson, left, with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the noon luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Johnson, D-Highland Park, represents Michigan’s 2nd Senate District, which includes northeast Detroit, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Harper Woods and all five Grosse Pointe communities. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
State Sen. Bert Johnson Address Rotarians 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Gary Niehaus, Superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public School System, was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellow pin at the May 2 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe by Rotary Foundation Chair Kim Towar, past President and past District Governor. A Paul Harris Fellow pin is awarded for every $1,000 donated to Rotary International. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
For He's a Paul Harris Fellow! 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Past President Steve McMillan, right, was recognized by President Fred Ollison III at the club's May 2 luncheon meeting with a pin for recruiting two new members this fiscal year for Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Good work, Steve! (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
2-Member Pin 2016-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
John Sullivan, left, with President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the April 25 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at the War Memorial. A Windsor-Roseland Rotarian, Sullivan talked about his occupation as a marriage counselor. He is trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, which focuses on a connection between the frustrations experienced in adult relationships and early childhood experiences. For example: If you frequently felt criticized as a child, you will likely be sensitive to any criticism from, and feel criticized often, by your partner. The idea is to stretch one’s self to find a way to meet your partner’s needs (to address the negatives learned while growing up). His therapy includes “intentional dialogue” where the partners 1) mirror what they hear and not just react to what they think they heard; 2) validate that what the other person says make sense, not that its right or wrong; and  3) empathize with what the other person is saying.  The idea is to communicate safely, to eliminate the negative, and to amplify the positive. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Windsor Rotarian Talks About Marriage 2016-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotary President Fred Ollison III presents Marty McMillan, left, with the 2016 Service Above Self Award at the April 11 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Nominated by Rotarian Dino Valente and introduced by Rotarian George R. McMullen Jr., McMillan is involved with the Lion’s Club, St. Clare of Montefalco Catholic Church, Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe and youth sports, especially Grosse Pointe Park Little League. McMillan is brother of Rotarian Steve McMillan. Below, from left, are Steve McMillan, Valente, Marty McMillan, George Arsenault (the McMillan brothers' step-father) and President Ollison. While at the meeting, bottom photo, Steve McMillan, and fellow Rotarians, had the opportunity to sing "Happy Birthday" to his brother. (Photos by George R. McMullen Jr.)
2016 Service Above Self Award 2016-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Laura Lepczyk, center, with Program Committee Chair Jenny Boettcher and President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the April 11, meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Lepczyk, who is obtaining her Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from Michigan State University Medical School, recently went on a medical mission to Peru, funded in part by Grosse Pointe Rotary and Rotary International. Peru Global Outreach started in 2009 and has delivered over $1 million in medical supplies and treated over 10,000 patients. Thirty medical students and 30 professionals go on the two-week mission. There are three steps in the program: 1) visit medical schools and hospitals in Lima, 2) treat patients in Iquitos, and 3) travel down the Amazon on boat, taking the clinic into the jungle. For more information, go to (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Kurt Kazanowski, right, was the guest speaker at the April 4 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. He was introduced by George R. McMullen Jr, left, of the Program Committee, with President Fred Ollison III. Kazanowski is a speaker and author on the topic of home health care and the owner of Homewatch Caregivers, located on Jefferson in Grosse Pointe Park.
Kazanowski’s father needed home and nursing home care for years and his mother, who was living with his brother, fell when left alone. Even though he works in the medical field, these instances made him realize how unprepared he was to provide the proper care. A service offered by his company is to provide a geriatric case manager to help create a plan and to be proactive before these situations arise. It also offers home safety assessments.
Kazanowski doesn’t believe that the caregiver should exclusively be a loved one because this leads to burnout — especially with cases of dementia. It’s very important to ask for help to have the opportunity to take breaks and take care of one’s self.

There are typically four different ways to pay for personal care: 1) out of pocket; 2) long-term care insurance; 3) a reverse mortgage; and 4) through VA benefits. VA benefits are extremely underutilized.  For our area, contact the VA Benefits Support Center at (734) 453-9300 and ask for Aid & Attendance.  
Our speaker would be happy to help and can be reached at (734) 658-6162.
Prior to the guest presentation, Roving Reporters Lisa Gandelot and the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver teamed up to deliver the news!
Photo by George R. McMuillen Jr.
Suddenly a Caregiver 2016-04-06 00:00:00Z 0

President Fred Ollison III welcomes Grosse Pointe and Grosse Pointe Park Public Safety Director Stephen Poloni as the guest speaker at the March 21 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. 

After holding this position in Grosse Pointe Shores since 2004, Chief Poloni retired in 2011 to take over in the City. Upon the same position opening in the Park in 2015, it was agreed upon by both city councils to have one person do both jobs. 

Chief Poloni says that there is great collaboration between the two cities and all of the Grosse Pointes. His two departments now use the same dispatch unit, which he believes has not disrupted services for either city. Further examples of combining services in all of the Grosse Pointes is the K9 unit housed by the Farms, a special response (SWAT) team that consists of two police officers from each department, a car seat program run by the City for all, and a joint auto theft team that has helped to greatly reduce thefts and aided in their recovery.   

Because the amount of crime is so minimal there are no real trends, just spikes.  To help keep it this way, he asks that everyone do the simple task of locking their cars when parked. 

(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

Chief Poloni Addresses Rotarians 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Past Presidents Steve McMillan, standing, and Bill Scott led Grosse Pointe Rotarians in a rousing "Happy Birthday To You!" to fellow Past President and Past District Governor Kim Towar at the March 21 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. To the refrain, "How old are you?," Kim declined to comment... Happy Birthday, Kim! (Photo by George R. McMullen III)
Happy Birthday, Kim! 2016-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
Club President Fred Ollison III, left, welcomes guest speaker Peter Poulos, Community Engagement Manager for the Michigan Humane Society, at the March 14 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. To engage the Club, Poulos presented a “pup” quiz that included questions about the humane society as well as fun questions about animals in popular culture.
Rotarians learned that the MHS was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest and largest humane societies in the country. Unfortunately, it investigates over 6,500 charges of animal cruelty a year, which include abandonment, neglect and dog fighting. Over 2,000 families receive pet food once a month through a pet food bank. Finally, one out of every 10 adoptions in the state go through the MHS and 100 percent of all healthy and treatable animals are adopted.  
The MHS just christened their new 35,000-square-oot Detroit facility on March 11. The intent is to be an anchor for the community for the next 139 years. To learn more, go to
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
MHS' Peter Poulos at Rotary 2016-03-14 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Judge Ted Metry, left, with club President Fred Ollison III, was the guest speaker at the Monday, March 7, luncheon meeing of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. Judge Metry was first elected in 2009 and ran unopposed for his second term in 2013.
The Grosse Pointes have the last four municipal courts in Michigan. Judge Metry believes they could be consolidated into one district court due to the somewhat light workload, cost, and some of the limitations imposed on these courts, but he does feel there is a benefit to having such a local system handling Grosse Pointe cases. One of the limitations is that civil suits cannot exceed $3,500 while districts courts can go up to $10,000.
Judge Metry is concerned about the increased number of crimes and drug use he is witnessing.  He believes that marijuana is a gateway to harder drugs and that medical marijuana makes it easier to obtain and that being sold in an edible form makes it more potent.
His court operates three days a month handling traffic citations, zoning offenses, landlord-tenant cases, and arraignments and probable cause hearings for felonies.  Although only in session 36 times a year, he estimates that he was in court an extra 50 times last year to handle warrant requests and arraignments.
Judge Metry believes that an important part of his job is working with kids who get in trouble.  He tries to avoid incarceration and prefers counseling and probation to deter further incidents. 
(Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Woods Judge Metry Addresses Rotary Mark Brooks 2016-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
The Rev. Susan Mozena, left, and the Rev. Peter Henry, right, with Past President Bill Scott, who ran the Feb. 29 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary, told Rotarians about their recent trip to Israel, including stops in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Jerusalem is important to two-thirds of the world’s population (Muslims, Christians, and Jews), Henry said. It is the crossroads of civilization and has been disputed land for a series of empires.
After WWII, the Zionist Movement sought the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the area that is now Israel.  This caused the land owned by Palestinians at that time to become greatly diminished.  Jerusalem was all Arab before the war. 
Mozena noted the irony between the plights of the Jews and Palestinians, especially when the group visited Yad Vashem (The World Holocaust Remembrance Center).  Pre WWII in Europe, the Jews were transformed from equal citizens to outcast subjects.  The same is true for the Palestinians post-war.   A quote by Kurt Tucholsky, a German-Jewish journalist, that “A country is not only what it does but what it tolerates” can be found at the Center but has also been written on the wall that has been built to separate the West Bank. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
Rotarians Travel to Israel Mark Brooks 2016-02-29 00:00:00Z 0
Guest speakers Dr. Murari Suvedi and Patrick Livingston, below, left and right, respectively, with Past President Steve McMillan, who ran the Feb. 22 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe in President Fred Ollison III's absence, talked about the the Empower Nepal Foundation (ENF). Livingston was a Peace Corp. volunteer in Nepal in the 1970s, and Suvedi is a professor at Michigan State and a native of Nepal. The mission of the ENF is to develop a global network of individuals and organizations, pool ideas and resources from network participants, and disburse the pooled resources to support the people of Nepal improve their quality of life and that of the environment.
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Tyrone "Ty" Hinton, left, Economic and Community Development Director of Harper Woods, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 15 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. With him following the meeting is Past President Mark Brooks, who ran the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's absence. Ty has lived in Harper Woods for five years and has two children at Parcells Middle School. He has held his current position for nine weeks. He concedes that the city has too many rental properties, which brings in many who do not have a vested interest in the community.  The city is at a tipping point where the adults need to take back the streets.  

His department’s community development process will take place in a series of five meetings for a section of Harper Woods with the idea of forming a community organization. What he calls “turf reclamation” will happen when adults become neighbors again and not just owners of houses. With the city’s affordable housing available and its proximity to downtown Detroit, his hope is to attract new families who want to maintain the urban experience.
Eastland Mall is an integral part of the City and the surrounding communities and there is a vested interest in seeing it succeed. In addition to needing more stores, ideas for the area include moving the municipals offices there and putting a high tech trade school where Sears used to be.   

Ty calls his job a mission and we wish him the best of luck. (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)
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Kristy Schena, left, head of Kids on the Go, was the guest speaker at the Monday, Feb. 8, luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. Past President and Membership Chair John Mozena, right, led the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's abasence.

Kids on the Go offers physical, occupational and speech therapies in a fun “summercamp” setting.  The Mission of Kids on the Go (KOTG) is to address individualized education plan goals of special needs children that were established at the end of the school year and to maintain their current skills during the summer.  It has been in existence for 14 years, servicing the metro Detroit area by providing therapy up to two times a week at no cost to the children’s family.  


KOTG offers 20 activities, including art classes in Birmingham and tennis clinics at the GPYC, to children from age 3 to 14. Kristy was really excited about the basketball camp started last year that was run by former MSU player, Anthony Ianni.  


KOTG offers 250 openings each summer which services approximately 175 children and spots are typically filled by word of mouth.  The organization has a tremendous impact on the kids, gives the parents hope and is solely supported by local businesses, corporations, charitable organizations, and private donations.  To learn more, please go to (Photo by George R. McMullen Jr.)

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Three Rotarians gave their "Vocational Talks" at the Feb. 2 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary: from left Bernadette Banko, the Rev. Susan Mozena, (Past President Diane Stricker, who ran the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's absence), and Bob Lucas. (Photo by George McMullen)
Vocational Talks 2016-02-01 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotarian Beverly Hall Burns, left, and Betsy Reid Creedon, discussed their recent trip to the Amazon at the Jan. 25 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. Club Treasurer and Recording Secretary Paul Rentenbach, below, ran the meeting in the absence of President Fred Ollison III. (Photos by Vocational Chair George R. McMullen Jr.)
The Amazon 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
John Ellis III, second from left with new-member Red Badge, was inducted into Rotary at the Grosse Pointe club's Jan. 25 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Ellis work at Edward Jones Investments, Grosse Pointe Woods. John and his wife Wen live in Grosse Pointe Farms. Below, following an introduction by Executive Secretary Mike Carmody, right, and pinning by Rotary Mentoring Chair Steve McMillan, Ellis was presented to the club, above, by from left, McMillan, Ellis, Carmody and Club Treasurer and Recording Secretary Paul Rentenbach, who was chairing the meeting in President Fred Ollison III's absence. (Photos by George McMullen Jr., Vocational Service Chair)
New Member John Ellis III 2016-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Julie Roe Lach, second from right, deputy commissioner of the Horizon League, announced at the Jan. 4 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe that Horizon League's Men's Basketball Championship, dubbed "Motor City Madness," will be held this year in Detroit — March 5-8 at Joe Louis Arena. She as introduced by Sandy Richmond along with Programs Committee Chair Jennifer Boettcher, left, and President Fred Ollison III. Photos by John Minnis
Motor City Madness Coming to The Joe 2016-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Trombly Elementary School fifth-grader Adam Johnson, center, son of Rotarian Lee Johnson, was the guest speaker at the Jan. 4 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. His topic was the refurbishing of the greenhouse at his school. With him displaying the Trombley greenhouse plans were, from left, Rotary President Fred Ollison III, Trombly PTO President Michele Lindsay, his mother Beth Newhart, and Trombly Principal Walt Fitzpatrick. (Photo by John Minnis)
Reclaiming the Trombly Greenhouse 2016-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
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Rotarians from nearly a dozen District 6400 clubs turned out to hear Rotary International Director Jennifer Jones, center, address the Dec. 14 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the War Memorial. She was introduced by past District Governor Kim Towar, right, with Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Fred Ollison III, left. Below following the meeting, Ollison got a big hug from a the guest speaker after presenting her a $500 check to the District 6400 Water and Sanitation Endowment Fund.
RI Director Pays a Visit to Grosse Pointe John Minnis 2015-12-14 00:00:00Z 0

​Veronika Scott, center, founder and CEO of The Empowerment Zone, a non-profit organization, was the guest speaker at the Dec. 7 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary. She was introduced by Jenny Boettcher, right, of the Program Committee, and President Fred Ollison III, left. Scott started her venture as a college project to create a humanitarian product which focused on the homeless. For three days a week over a five-month period, she interviewed people at a homeless shelter and came up with the concept of making a coat that doubled as a sleeping bag. The idea became much more than a college project. Using humor and colorful language, Scott talked about how she learned to sew and, after numerous attempts at a functional product, she finally saw some success. It was at this time that she approached her college (College for Creative Studies) for funding. The college put her in touch with Carhartt Inc., which supplied her with sewing machines and material and personal check from Carhartt CEO Mark Valade. Today, Scott has a facility that has hired 30 people from the homeless shelter to make the coats. The organization is on pace to make 6,500 coats this year and has shipped them to 30 states and around the world. Below, President Ollison tried on the coat for the homeless, which, he said, was quite warm and comfortable! To learn more about the organization, go to To watch a You Tube video that highlights the organization’s work, go to (Photos by John Minnis)

Helping the Homeless Becomes Fashionable! 2015-12-13 00:00:00Z 0
our members of Grosse Pointe South High School's Interact Club attended the District 6400 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards assembly in November at Schoolcraft College in Livonia. The students — from left, Fanny Segers (exchange student from Belgium), Erykah Benson, Cassie Valis and Ethan Utley — were recognized at the Dec. 7 luncheon meeting or Rotary of Grosse Pointe and were awarded certificates by Interact-RYLA Chair the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver (right). (Photo by John Minnis) 
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The Rev. Faith Fowler, center, executive director of Cass Community Social Services, was the guest speaker at the Nov. 30 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. With Fowler following the meeting are Bernadette Banko, of the Program Committee, and President Fred Ollison III. 
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Sara Delegado, center, from Kerby Elementary School, was recognized at the Nov. 23 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, for her students' participation in Operation Warm, the new-coat drive effort by the A.M. and P.M. Rotary Clubs in Grosse Pointe and Detroit. Presenting Delegado with a plaque were Paul Rentenbach, Operation Warm chair, and Diane Strickler, Community Affairs chair. Photo by Fred Ollison III.
​Kerby Kids for Operation Warm! 2015-12-07 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Richard "Dick" Dunlap, center, with Membership Committee Chair John Mozena, left, and Executive Secretary Mike Carmody, right, was inducted as a new member of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the club's Nov. 16 noon luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Dunlap is a retired dentist and lives in Grosse Pointe with his wife, Connie. Photos by John Minnis
Dr. Dunlap Inducted as New Member 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Garrett Koehler, right, was the guest speaker at the Nov. 16 luncheon meeting of Rotary Grosse Pointe. He was introduced by Bernadette Banko, center, of the Programs Committee, along with President Fred Ollison III, left. Koehler is founder of Assemble Sound, a collaborative effort to bring Detroit musicians together to produce and perform music. Assemble Sound recently purchased a 19th century church building in Corktown, near the Michigan Central train station, to make into a meeting and recording space for Detroit musicians. The church was a natural choice, Koehler told the Grosse Pointe Rotarians present, since it is a place where people with shared beliefs traditionally get together. Named among Crain's Detroit Business's "20 in their 20s," Koehler and his partner, Kevin Krease, raised some $30 million in pledges, including support from Dan Gilbert, in an effort to get ESPN's "X Games" moved to Detroit. Although Detroit was among the finalists, ESPN chose Austin, Texas, as home for "X Games." A native of Chicago, Koehler moved to Detroit three years ago after hearing about the exciting things going on in Detroit. "There's something in Detroit, maybe it's in the water, that has given rise to great music in Detroit," Koehler said. Photo by John Minnis
Assemble Sound in Detroit 2015-11-17 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotarian George McMullen, left, was awarded his first Paul Harris Fellow pin at the club's Nov. 16 luncheon meeting. McMullen joined Rotary of Grosse Pointe in 2014. He is a director, member of the Community Affairs Committee and chair of the Vocational Service Committee. Past President Steve McMillan, vice president of the Rotary Club Foundation, presented the Paul Harris Fellow pin, which is awarded for every $1,000 donated to Rotary International. Photos by John Minnis
For He's a Paul Harris Fellow 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Robert Muha, left, of the Detroit International Academy for Young Women, dropped in at the Nov. 16 luncheon meeting to say "thanks" for the new winter coats provided through the four-club Operation Warm effort. He also thanked Rotarian Lee Johnson for his assistance in providing books for the academy through the club's Literacy Project. "Your efforts are making a profound impact," Muha told the Grosse Pointe Rotarians after being introduced by Past President Paul Rentenbach, right, chair of the Operation Warm. Photo by John Minnis
Rotary Appreciation from Detroit International Academy for Young Women 2015-11-16 00:00:00Z 0
Amy Elliott Bragg, author of Hidden History of Detroit, was the guest speaker at the Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. She was introduced by Jenny Boettcher, Program Committee chair. Following the meeting and before autography copies of her book for Rotarians, Bragg is pictured, above, with Rotary President Fred Ollison III. (Photo by John Minnis)
Hidden History of Detroit 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Ashley Holmer, second from right, who previously spoke to our club in February about the Red Sweater Project in Tanzania, provided a brief follow-up. The project has built two schools in the last 10 years, currently has two Detroit area volunteers (a teacher and an officer manager), and has raised $42,000 through a global grant. Holmer told Grosse Pointe Rotarians that along with building, equipping and staffing a school, she also has to concern herself with water purification, solar power and farming. With Holmer following the meeting are, from left, Past President Diane Strickler, current President Fred Ollison III and Interact/-RYLA Chair and Directory Richard Yeager-Stiver. Photograph by John Minnis)
UPDATE: Red Sweater Project, Tanzania 2015-11-13 00:00:00Z 0

Richard Caron, right, a Windsor 1918 Rotarian, talked to our club in March 2014 about a Rotary trip to Tanzania with his daughter, Julie. His followup talk at our Oct. 19 luncheon meeting was about a subsequent trip to the African country. Julie visited Tanzania originally in 2009 and bonded with a family that cared for their two children and eight orphans. After the parents died in 2012, she formed a Tanzanian chapter of the Canadian World Education Foundation, which provides financial assistance for the education of poor children in need. Subsequently, a Tanzanian formed an organization to work with the CWEF called the Saidia Agriculture and Social Care Organization. With Caron following the meeting were, from left, visiting Detroit Rotarians Liz Smith and John Chambers and Grosse Pointe Rotary President Fred Ollison III.

Windsor Rotarian Discusses Tanzania Trip 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

C hristine Roeder, center, Regional Director for Retention and Growth at the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), was the guest speaker at the Nov. 2 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. She was introduced by Bernadette Banko, left, of the Programs Committee. They were joined by club President Fred Ollison III, right. The MEDC has 180 regional partners with programs for business development, community revitalization, business to business procurement and local support and collaboration. The business development arm tries to grow and retain existing companies and attract new ones. For community development, it works with cities like the Grosse Pointes that have a “downtown.” The MEDC also works through the Pure Michigan campaign to have businesses attract new business.  One of their current issues is finding enough high tech and skilled trades individuals to meet the existing need. To learn more, please go to

Photo by John Minnis
Michigan Economic Development Corporation 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotary Executive Secretary Mike Carmody, right, presented President-Elect Ted Everingham, left, and immediate Past President Jon Gandelot, center, with Paul Harris Fellow pins at the club's Nov. 2 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. A Rotarian is named a Paul Harris Fellow for contributing $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. Everingham and Gandelot are "Mulitiple Paul Harris Fellows" because they have each donated $2,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation. Everingham, a two-time Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, received a single-sapphire label pin for $2,000 contributed, while Gandelot, a three-time Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, received a two-sapphire pin for his $3,000 in contributions to The Rotary Foundation. Photo by John Minnis
Multiple Paul Harris Fellows 2015-11-05 00:00:00Z 0

During the week of September 14 Habitat for Humanity held a Blitz Build in the Morningside Community, just west of Mack at Buckingham. Rotarians from Grosse Pointe Rotary and Livonia worked several days that week priming and painting two homes to be ready for occupancy in December. Above, Grosse Pointe Rotarians John Maliszewski, George McMullen, Richard Yeager-Stiver, Diane Strickler and Paul Rentenbach weary after a day of paint priming. 

Rotarians at Habitat Blitz Build 2015-10-27 00:00:00Z 0
As part of their Literacy efforts, Grosse Pointe Rotarians were on hand Aug. 26 and Sept. 10, respectively, for the installation and dedication of two "Mini Libraries" at Windmill Pointe Park in Grosse Pointe Park, above, and at Grosse Pointe Woods Lake Front Park, below. Joining the Rotarians were members of the Grosse Pointe Library Board and Foundation, Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library, municipal officials and the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce. 
Park, Woods Mini Libraries Installed 2015-09-16 00:00:00Z 0

EndPolio Now t-shirt on the Spirit of Detroit

Visit the Spirit of Detroit

Last Friday morning RID Jennifer and DG Wayne and I got to the Spirit of Detroit extra early to see the installation of a red EndPolio Now t-shirt on the Spirit of Detroit.  It will be there thru September 13.

Please take the time to VISIT the Spirit THIS WEEK. Wear your End Polio Now or Rotary garb, and hang out for a little while.
Chat with folks, answer their questions, take lots of photos, selfies, and use #spiritofdetroit and #endpolionow so we can all find your photos.

Do the "ThisClose" pose.  Pose like the Spirit!  Use your imagination!

Post to your personal and club FB, Twitter, etc.  Let's flood the stream with the Spirit in red.
Best photos in the afternoon and evening, that's when the sun is on it!  Of course, it's open all day!
Looking forward to seeing your photos!
DG Liz
EndPolio Now t-shirt on the Spirit of Detroit 2015-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
The second "Mini Library" funded by the Rotary of Grosse Pointe Foundation was unveiled Monday, Aug. 24, at the Rotary Tot Lot at Elworthy Field in Grosse Pointe City. Joining Rotarians were members of the Grosse Pointe Library Board and Foundation and Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library. The third Mini Library is to be unveiled Tuesday, Sept. 1, at Windmill Pointe Park in Grosse Pointe Park.
Mini Library Unveiled at Rotary Tot Lot 2015-08-28 00:00:00Z 0
Mark Wallace, center, CEO of the Detroit River Conservancy, was the guest speaker at the Aug. 10 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. He was introduced by Rotarian Jennifer Boettcher, left, and President Fred Ollison III, right. Wallace talked about having grown up in Chelsea, Mich., before going to Princeton and returning to Detroit to teach school. He later became highly successful in real estate and is credited with bringing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan back to downtown Detroit.
Detroit River Conservancy 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Grosse Pointe Rotarians, from left in kitchen, John Maliszewski, Dave Colton, John Mozena and Florence Seltzer prepare and serve lunch July 29 to the children at the Grand Avenue Crossroads of Michigan center in Detroit. During the school year, children receive lunches through the National School Lunch Program, but not during the summer. Grosse Pointe Rotarians furnished and served three lunches this summer at Crossroads. For more than two hours each day, the children ate lunch and played games supervised by the Rotarians. (Photo by Diane Strickler)
Rotarians 'do lunch' at Crossroads 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
As his last official act as 2014-15 President of Grosse Pointe Rotary, Jon Gandelot, right, presented fellow Rotarian Richard Yeager-Stiver with the 2014-15 Directors Award plaque. The Rev. Yeager-Stiver is chair of the Interact Club & RYLA. He also serves as a director of Rotary of Grosse Pointe and as a member of the club's Rotary International Foundation committee. (Photo by John Minnis)
2014-15 Directors Award Recipient 2015-08-10 00:00:00Z 0
Members of Grosse Pointe Rotary Club and Foundation, the Grosse Pointe Public Library Board and Foundation, the Friends of the Grosse Pointe Library and the City of Grosse Pointe Shores City Council and administration were on hand July 30 for the ribbon cutting for the first "Mini Library" in Grosse Pointe Shores' Osius Park. Funded by Rotary of Grosse Pointe Foundation and built with reclaimed wood by End Grain Woodworking Co., "Mini Libraries" are planned for the municipal parks in Grosse Pointe Farms, Woods and Park and, of course, at the Rotary Tot Lot at Elworthy Field in Grosse Pointe City.
First 'Mini Library' Installed at Shores Park John Minnis 2015-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
2015 Passing of the Gavel 2015-06-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Minnis on May 17, 2015


Dr. Gary Niehaus, right, recently hired Superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public School System, attended his first Rotary of Grosse Pointe meeting May 18. He was warmly introduced by President Jon Gandelot, left, and fellow Grosse Pointe Rotarians. Niehaus was a member of the Charleston Rotary Club in his home state of Illinois, outside of Chicago, before moving to Grosse Pointe and immediately becoming a Rotarian in his new hometown.

New School Superintendent Joins Grosse Pointe Rotary John Minnis 2015-05-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Minnis on May 11, 2015


Former Commodore Brian Geraghty, left, spoke on the subject “Celebrating the Bayview Yacht Club Centennial” at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's luncheon meeting May 11 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. He was introduced by fellow past commodore, Ted Everingham, right. Geraghty is researching the club's history and is helping with publication of a book commemorating Bayview's first 100 years.

Bayview Yacht Club Centennial John Minnis 2015-05-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Paul Rentenbach on Mar 16, 2014


 Committee Chairs:

We are in need of Rotarians to chair the following committees during the Rotary year 2014-15: Speaker Committee; Rotarpointe Committee; Youth Exchange Committee; Vocational Awareness Committee. If you are interested, contact Paul Rentenbach or Jon Gandelot.

We also need a Club Historian. Again, if you are interested, contact Paul Rentenbach or Jon Gandelot.

 Literacy Organizations

We are looking for agencies and organizations that would like to receive some of our books that we will need to sort and package during the next two months. If you know of any such groups, let Lee Johnson or Paul Rentenbach know.


Leaders needed Paul Rentenbach 2014-03-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Feb 13, 2014

Image' Dr. Michael Kosinski, one of Rotary of Grosse Pointe's most well-liked and supportive members, passed away last night. Mike served the Club as a Director, a Roving Reporter and in many other roles. Blessed with a great sense of humor and even better gentle nature Mike will be missed. 


Donations can be made to the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation in Mike's name.


Missing Mike Mark Wilson 2014-02-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 29, 2013

On October  28, 2013, the Club members present unanimously approved the proposed amendments to our club Restated Bylaws.  A composite set of Bylaws will be emailed to everyone and mailed to the 3 members who don't use computers.

On November 11, the Nominating Committee will put into nomination the candidates it has selected for election as President-Nominee, Club Directors and Foundation Directors.  Any member is permitted to add a candidate of his or her choosing by making a nomination from the floor on that date.  You must be at the meeting to make a nomination.

Our elections will take place on December 9, at the Club's annual meeting of members.

A copy of the Amendments and new Bylaws are available to download in Download section of this Home Page-- lower right corner.

Click on "More" to see a copy of the notice from the President.

Club Bylaw Amendments/Election Schedule Mark Wilson 2013-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Oct 08, 2013

Very sad news was reported on the passing of Dave Allard the Club's rookie of the Year in 2012.

The funeral arrangements are these:  Thursday there will be a visitation at Verheyden's (Mack and Whittier) from 5:00 to 8:00 PM; there will be a funeral service at St. Paul's on the Lake at 10:00 AM on Friday, followed by a luncheon at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club.  

Sad News- Dave Allard Mark Wilson 2013-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Sep 30, 2013
To date,  the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, as a part of the Rotary Literacy Initiative, has collected and redistributed 261,450 books and 587 Computers to the community service organizations serving the Metropolitan Detroit community.
Rotary Literacy Initiative Keeps Changing Lives Mark Wilson 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Sep 01, 2013
ImageGrosse Pointe Rotarians spent an early Saturday morning recently helping build Habitat for Humanity homes in the Alter Road-East Warren area of Detroit.
Rotarian builders Mark Wilson 2013-09-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 14, 2013
Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Paul Rentenbach, along with a bevy of fellow Rotarians, turned out at the Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathalon on July 20 in St. Clair Shores and Grosse Pointe. They didn't come to compete, however. Image
GP Rotarians Work Triathlon Mark Wilson 2013-08-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 12, 2013
ImageDuring the month of August, Rotarians met in The Village each Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. to weed the public flowerbeds. The Rotarians divided into 2- to 3-person teams to weed and trim and remove trash.
Rotarians at Work! Mark Wilson 2013-08-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 11, 2013
ImageGrosse Pointe Rotarian Bob Bury, executive director and CEO of the Detroit Historical Society, center at left, hosted the Aug. 12 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Detroit Historical Society. Following routine business, led by President Paul Rentenbach, a delicious box lunch and a brief introduction by Bury, Rotarians got the to tour the newly renovated Detroit Historical Museum under the guidance of knowledgeable and trained docents.
Historic Rotary Meeting at NEW Detroit Historical Society Mark Wilson 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Literacy Initiaitive- 344 computers put to good use Mark Wilson 2013-08-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Aug 04, 2013
ImageEd Nakfoor, center, a Birmingham-based retail public relations and branding consultant working with the City of Grosse Pointe Downtown Development Authority to help market The Village, discussed his work at the Aug. 5 luncheon meeting of Grosse Pointe Rotary.
Future of the Village Mark Wilson 2013-08-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jul 18, 2013


Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Paul Rentenbach attaches Rotarian Ted Everingham's first Paul Harris Fellow pin at the July 8 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.

For He's a Paul Harris Fellow Mark Wilson 2013-07-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 30, 2013
Image2013-14 President Paul Rentenbach called to order his first meeting July 1 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Rentenbach has been a member of Rotary of Grosse Pointe since 2005 and has excelled in numerous leadership positions and projects. He takes over for Diane Strickler, who led another successful year for Grosse Pointe Rotary. He took control behind a new finely crafted lecturn donated by President Elect Jon Gandelot.
Rentenbach takes charge Mark Wilson 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 30, 2013


John Minnis, center, was named Rotarian of the Year by Rotary of Grosse Pointe recently.  Minnis was recognized for his efforts as Communications Committee chairman, winning Rotary District 6400's coveted Frank Devlyn Exemplary Public Image Award.

John Minnis- 2013 Grosse Pointe Rotarian of the Year Mark Wilson 2013-07-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 23, 2013
ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe held its annual President's Ball and Passing of the Gavel on June 24 at the Greek Assumption Cultural Center. The gala was outgoing President Diane Strickler's farewell event and a chance to award Rotarians who in some way stood out during her term in office. Fellowship Chair and Immediate Past President Bill Scott presented his successor, President Diane Strickler, with a crystal keepsake in recognition of an outstanding year under her leadership. A gift from the club, the crystal states, "Presented in recognition of extraordinary leadership, taking the club to a new level of 'Service Above Self.' Presented by a grateful membership." CLICK ON MORE for more awards

Club Honors President Diane/ Passing the Gavel-2013 Mark Wilson 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 23, 2013
Image2012-13 President Diane Strickler, left, and Rotary Foundation Trustee Dr. Suzanne Klein presented Frank Sladen scholarships to graduating seniors Sina Ghobadi, left, of Grosse Pointe South High School, and Marcel Taylor, Grosse Pointe North High School, at the Grosse Pointe Rotary President's Ball and the Passing of the Gavel held June 24 at the Greek Assumption Cultural Center.
2013 Rotary Scholars Mark Wilson 2013-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 16, 2013


World War II historian John Wukovits regaled Grosse Pointe Rotarians at their June 17 luncheon meeting by telling the heroic, and tragic, story of the Samuel B. Roberts, a destroyer escort that charged a Japanese destroyer off the Philippines during WWII. The story of the Samuel B. Roberts is the subject of Wukovits' newest book, "For Crew and Country."

For Crew and Country' Mark Wilson 2013-06-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 13, 2013

Operation Warm begins its fundraising efforts this month. Our target is to raise $60,000 by October in order to distribute 3000 new winter coats to children who are served through Matrix Human Services, Crossroads of Michigan, For the Seventh Generation, The Children’s Center of Detroit and the National School Lunch Program in Grosse Pointe.  We need your assistance in identifying businesses and foundations that would support this initiative. Please contact Diane, Dave, Jon or Mike if you have suggestions.

Operation Warm Goal $60,000 Mark Wilson 2013-06-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 12, 2013
... but their hairlines do! 1989-90 German exchange student Flo Wackerman, right, visited his old friends, including his "host dad" Steve McMillan, past president, at the June 3 noon luncheon of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memoiral. To see the changes click on MORE
Rotarians never change... Mark Wilson 2013-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 02, 2013
ImageAs chairman of the U.S. House Intelligence Committee, Congressman Mike Rogers gave Grosse Pointe Rotarians his own version of the National Intelligence Estimate at Rotary of Grosse Pointe's noon luncheon June 3. It was a sobering presentation.
Congressman Rogers talks intelligence Mark Wilson 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Jun 02, 2013


At June 3 luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe, the Flower Raffle jackpot was finally claimed (after being down to the final two cards) by Dino Valente, who after much deliberation, was able to find the joker. Flower Raffle organizer Florence Seltzer verifies the winning ticket while Dino displays the coveted-but-elusive joker. Congratulations, Dino, and many thanks to Dave Charvat for the beautiful flower arrangement.

Flower Raffle winner! Mark Wilson 2013-06-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on May 26, 2013
ImageRetired Lt. Col. Harry T. Stewart Jr., one of America’s most decorated Tuskegee Airmen from World War II, was the guest speaker at the May 20 noon luncheon meeting of Rotary of Grosse Pointe. As a “Tuskegee Airmen,” Stewart flew 43 long-range bomber escort missions in the P-51 “Mustang” fighter plane.
Tuskegee Airman at G.P. Rotary Mark Wilson 2013-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on May 05, 2013
ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe came home from the Distriict 6400 annual conference with several top awards. From left are the Super District 6400 Hugh Archer Collaborative Club Project Award, the Club Service Award and the Frank Devlyn Exemplary Public Relations Award certificate.
Rotary of Grosse Pointe Earns Top Awards Mark Wilson 2013-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on May 01, 2013
 ImageFormer exchange student Saara Seppalainen (2007-08), of Finland, paid Rotary of Grosse Pointe a visit at its April 29 luncheon. It also happened to be her birthday that week, so she was feted to a rousing rendition "Happy Birthday to You" led by Rotarian crooner Steve McMillan.
Past exchange student pays a visit Mark Wilson 2013-05-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 21, 2013
 ImageRotary of Grosse Pointe inducted four new members at its April 22 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The new members are Jennifer Boetcher and Mary Jo Harris of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce and Tamekia Baker and Soha Wahid of PNC Bank on the Hill.
GP Rotary Inducts 4 New Members Mark Wilson 2013-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 14, 2013
 ImageCongressman Gary Peters was the Rotary of Grosse Pointe luncheon speaker April 15 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. U.S. Rep. Peters, D-Rochester Hills, gave a Washington, D.C., legislative update and spoke enthusiastically about his efforts get light-rail transit up Woodward to Eight Mile Road.
Congressman Peters address G.P. Rotary Mark Wilson 2013-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 11, 2013
 ImageKristy Schena, founder and executive director of Kids on the Go, gave Grosse Pointe Rotarians, at their April 8 noon luncheon meeting, an update on her summer camp program for special needs kids, which the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation has supported for many years. With her was parent Regan Wright, who gave a heart-warming, first-hand account how Kids on the Go has helped her family.

Kids on the Go! Mark Wilson 2013-04-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 10, 2013
ImageIn an effort to increase its visibility in the community, Rotary of Grosse Pointe has purchased an inflatable wheel to accompany members at special events, fundraisers, etc.
Rotary Wheel Set to Travel Mark Wilson 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 10, 2013
 ImageErrol Service, owner of the new McDonald's on Mack at Moran in Detroit, was the guest speaker at the April 8 noon luncheon of Rotary of Grosse Pointe at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Service told Rotarians how he came to the United States as a boy with his parents from Jamaica.
'Mr. McDonald's' Addresses Rotarians Mark Wilson 2013-04-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 08, 2013


ImageMeals on Wheels on Easter morning was great!
Paul, Belle, and I arrived at Matrix Human Services just before 8. There were delicious Dunkin Donuts bagels, doughnuts, coffee, and water to fuel us, and check-in went very smoothly. Belle put on a few impromptu performances up on the stage there at the center until the meals arrived at 8:15.

Meals on Wheels at Matrix Human Services Mark Wilson 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Apr 08, 2013


Grosse Pointe Rotarian Paul Rentenbach lent his time, tools and knowledge recently to help Nikhil Patel with his Eagle Scout project. Patel and enlisted volunteers planted 11 fruit trees — apple, pear, peach, cherry — in the nature area behind Barnes School. Among the group were, from left, Amit Patel, Christian Franck, Richard Shetler, Nikhil Patel, Paul Rentenbach, Mikehl Hafner, Mike Franck, Mikehl Hafner and Adam Hafner. (Not pictured: Arthur Mitchell).

Rotarian Assists Eagle Scout Project Mark Wilson 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by John Conway on Apr 08, 2013

Congressman Gary Peters will speak to our club on April 15th.

U.S. Representative Gary Peters has 22 years of business and management experience as a financial advisor.  He has served on the House Financial Services Committee since he was first elected in 2008. Gary was elected to a second Congressional term in 2010.  In that term, his commitment to small businesses earned him a seat on the Small Business Committee. Congressman Peters authored and passed legislation to promote growing sectors, he supported small business tax cuts and he led the fight to kick start small business lending to create jobs.Gary also helped lead the fight to ensure the survival of Chrysler and General Motors, saving thousands of jobs, and is now helping the industry look to the future, including authoring and passing the Advanced Vehicle Technology Act to create 21st Century jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The son of a World War II veteran, Congressman Peters served America as a Lieutenant Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Gary again volunteered to serve our country in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

In addition to his 22 years of business and management experience, Gary has served as a Michigan State Senator, a Rochester Hills City Councilman, the Michigan Lottery Commissioner and as the Griffin Endowed Chair of American Government at Central Michigan University.  He holds degrees from Alma College, the University of Detroit-Mercy, Wayne State University and Michigan State University.





Congressman Peters to speak on April 15th. John Conway 2013-04-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Mar 06, 2013

ImageShauna Vercher-Morrow accepts new laptop computers from Grosse Pointe Rotary on behalf of the Mariners Inn. A laptop was presented to Vercher-Morrow by Rotarian David Allard, left, and his son, Ryan Allard. The computers are a portion of 200 laptop computers donated to the Rotary Detroit Literacy Initiative by Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Detroit.


Mariner's Inn Receives Laptop Mark Wilson 2013-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Mar 06, 2013
Lynda Charow, coordinator of the annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon, co-hosted by the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation, addressed Rotary of Grosse Pointe at its March 4 luncheon meeting. She again needs volunteers. Interested, click on more!
Rotary Volunteers Sought for Triathlon Mark Wilson 2013-03-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Mark Wilson on Feb 28, 2013
ImageTom Gordon, president and owner of Synergy HomeCare of Grosse Pointe, was inducted Feb. 25 into Rotary of Grosse Pointe. He was sponsored by Ted Everingham. Gordon and his wife, Kathleen, live in Grosse Pointe Park. From left, following the induction, are Everingham, Gordon, Rotary President Diane Strickler and Executive Secretary Mike Carmody.
Tom Gordon Inducted into Rotary of GP Mark Wilson 2013-03-01 00:00:00Z 0
This Close to Ending Polio