Rotary of Grosse Pointe
Service Above Self since 1937
We meet Mondays at 12:10 PM
War Memorial Community Center
32 Lake Shore RdGrosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236United States
Meals 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.
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).
Shauna 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.
See how close: http://thisclose.endpolio.org/en
Grosse Pointe Rotarians were quite impressed with the "new" Neighborhood Club Fitness & Wellness Center as presented to them Jan. 21 by Executive Director Stuart Alderman and Marketing Manager Amy Roy, who were introduced by Rotarian Suzy Berschback, community affairs manager, Beaumont Grosse Pointe. .
Many thanks to the choir from Mariners Inn. They helped you see the REAL meaning of Christmas! Click on the link to the GP Rotary facebook page at the left to hear their wonderful sounds.
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Rotary of Grosse Pointe crooners, from left, Steve McMillan, Steve Brownell and the Rev. Richard Yeager-Stiver, led fellow Rotarians singing "Happy Birthday" to Rotarians John Maliszewski, Jon Gandelot, Dave Howell and Linda Mackool during the club's Monday, Dec. 10, noon luncheon. They then led the group in a rousing rendition of "Vive le Rotary!"
As part of Rotary's Operation Warm coat drive, 110 new coats were delivered to the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System on Monday, Dec. 10, to be given to students participating in the National Lunch Program at Defer and Poupard Elementary Schools and Parcells Middle School. On hand to deliver and take delivery of the coats were, from left, Rotary President Diane Strickler, Poupard Principal Penny Stocks, Defer Principal Karen Sullivan, Rotary Community Affairs Chair and former schools Superintendent Dr. Suzanne Klein and current Superintendent Dr. Thomas Harwood. Operation Warm is an effort by four Rotary District 6400 clubs in Detroit and Grosse Pointe to distribute 12,000 coats to children in Detroit, Harper Woods, Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores. For more information, go to SnuggleRotary.org.
Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler presented Past President Kim Towar and daughter Brandi Towar with roses and a club-wide, heartfelt thanks for their tremendous — and successful — efforts in organizing and pulling of the Snuggle gala Oct. 27 at the Roostertail. Not only was the event a great time had by all, it also netted some $22,000 for Operation Warm, a four-club effort to purchase 12,000 coats for children in Detroit, Harper Woods, the Grosse Pointes and St. Clair Shores. Participating clubs are the A.M.and P.M. Detroit Rotaries as well as the Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary.
For more information on Operation Warm or to donate, go to www.snugglerotary.org.
Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, at the Monday, Oct. 29, Grosse Pointe school board meeting, announced the donation of $1,720 for the school system's pay-to-play programs. The money was raised at the second annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon this summer. Checks for $1,720 were give to each of the five public high schools in Grosse Pointe and St. Clair Shores. Along with Strickler at the school board meeting were Lynda Charow, organizer of the second annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon, and Rotary of Grosse Pointe Vice President Paul Rentenbach.
Tom Perna, of Aventric Technologies, gave Rotary of Grosse Pointe members a demonstration on use of the Automated External Defibrillator at the club's Oct. 29 luncheon meeting at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Perna, of Grosse Pointe Woods, was introduced by Suzy Berschback of Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe.
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Grosse Pointe Rotarian of the Year in 2002 --
Dr. McNeill died on Thursday, October 18, 2012. A Memorial Service will held be Wednesday October 24th at 3:30 p.m., Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Our condolences go out to Marcy and the entire McNeill family. Our Club will miss him.
In lieu of flowers family requests donations to Rotary International.
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Three hundred years ago, the first and only battle engaged in the Grosse Pointes occurred in what is now the Windmill Pointe area of Grosse Pointe.
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Three new members were inducted Oct. 27 into Rotary of Grosse Pointe. From left, are District Assistant Governor Mike Carmody, Membership Chair John Mozena with new members Yolanda Turner, Charlie Fisher, Mark Heppner and President Diane Strickler.Photo by John Minnis
Lynda Charow, organizer of the second annual Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon this summer, along with Rotary of Grosse Pointe President Diane Strickler, presented checks for $1,720 to each of five high school athletic directors to support their pay-to-play programs. From left are Sean Zaborowski, Lakeview High School; John Hartley, Lakeshore H.S.; John Larsen, Southlake H.S.; Jeremy Hawkins, Grosse Pointe South H.S.; Laura Huff, Grosse Pointe North H.S.; Strickler and Charow.
Rotarians standing together for Peace: Peace Walk sponsored by Windsor Roseland Rotary Club held at twilight Sept. 21 along the world's longest and most peaceful border.
12 Grosse Pointe Rotarians, children and spouses attended - Vitales, Yeager-Stivers, Hulls, Stricklers, Jason Verbrugghe and children and Kim Towar
DETROIT (August 7, 2012) – Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP is donating 200 laptop computers to the Rotary Literacy Initiative, begun in 2010 by the Rotary Clubs of Grosse Pointe, Detroit, Detroit AM and Essex Ontario. The laptops have been refreshed and a new operating system, also donated, will be downloaded, making them immediately useful to recipients.
President’s Log for August 2012
Volunteer & Fellowship Opportunities
We are in need of RotarPointe volunteers. If we wish a newsletter, then we need reporters! (contact Mark Brooks)
Aug. 4 Transporting of donated computers to receiving center. (contact Lee Johnson)
Through out August: load the operating system onto each computer (1.5 hours). Withseveral discs, one person can load several computers simultaneously.
Aug. 8 Receiving Center 7 to 9pm.17848 Mack Ave. (contact Lee Johnson)
Aug. 23 Operation Warm at 6pm. (contact Linda MacKool)
Aug. 16 Rotary Board meeting at Pier Park at 7:30am.
Aug.16 Supper Club (contact Florence Seltzer)
Aug. 22 Join Detroit AM Rotary for an evening at the Ballpark. $60 includes
parking, ballpark food and the Tigers vs Blue Jays game. (Contact Diane)
Aug. 22 Receiving Center 7 -9pm.17848 Mack Ave. (contact Lee Johnson)
Throughout August, Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays 9 – 11am. at Full Circle’s Edible Garden located at 18,300 E. Warren on the grounds of Riverview Health Center
Mark Your Calendar:
Sept. 5 Club Assembly at Pier Park at 6pm.
Sept. 8 Village Fest – we need volunteers throughout the day to promote Rotary
Sept. 9 Village Fest – spokespersons for Rotary needed noon to 5pm. Contact Diane
Sept. 10 Governor Kehoe visits Grosse Pointe Rotary
Sept 21 Peace Walk along the Windsor waterfront. Think about sponsors for your 5km. walk to raise funds for our Peru project.
Thanks to the 22 Rotarians, spouses and Interact students who volunteered at the Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon. Proceeds will impact 5 area high school athletic programs.
Rotarians Richard Yeager-Stiver, Lina Bowman and Diane Strickler along with Kevin Cox, Staff Advisor and 10 students from Grosse Pointe South's Interact Club volunteered at World Medical Relief February 4. The volunteers sorted donated medical supplies which will be shipped to third world medical clinics and hospitals.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of two of our Club's finest Rotarians:Songleader extraordinaire Remie Laenen passed away Sunday, February 19
Past President (1986-87) Robert Pytell passed away Monday, February 20
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The Members of the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe are deeply saddened by the sudden and tragic loss of our friend, Jane Bashara. In celebrating Jane’s life and to help comfort those who she loved, the Club, as it has done for 75 years in Grosse Pointe and throughout our world community, will endeavor to find and do more “service above self” projects to help those in need.
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2011 Club Election results are reported as follows:
President Elect: Diane Strickler (Pres. 2012-2013)
First VP Elect: Paul Rentenbach (Pres. 2013-2014)
2nd VP Elect: Jon Gandelot (Pres. 2014-2015)
Club Board members elected-2 year term (2012-2014)
Foundation Board members -3 year term (2012-2015)
Please be sure to thank those members who ran who were not elected. Having lost 10 elections myself, I know how it feels but understand that one or two votes separated many of these excellent candidates. These people offered up their time and talent to help the Club and make the choices extremely difficult. Please encourage each of them to run again when offered. It will keep our club strong. Their input to the Club is very valuable.
Finally thank you to Past President Teresa for making the process so informative and allowing it to run so smoothly.
Immediate Past PresidentRotary Club of Grosse Pointe
On July 29, we received word from the Rotary International Foundation that the Rotary Literacy Initiative global grant has been formally approved. It is believed to be the first Future Vision Global Grant given to a project in the United States.
For a video look at the Rotary Literacy Initiative click on the arrow below
On June 29, 2011 Committee Chair Mike Carmody reported that the goal set in July 2009 of 3 Million pounds of clothing, food and books had been reached. This vast collection of resources has been distributed to various community groups, shelters, soup kitchens and food pantries. The collection center in Grosse Pointe, located at the Memorial Church of Grosse Pointe 16 Lakeshore Drive, will be converted to a book collection center beginning July 1 and it will be open every other Wednesday from 7-9 PM.
SO FAR WE HAVE RAISED 3,079,401 POUNDS
At the annual "Changing of the Gavel" Presentation, DG Kim inducted Bill Scott as the 75th President of the Club. The Club also honored some of its members for their extraordinary service above self. The Honorees were:
Infinite Sky Lifetime Service Award: Al Ceravolo & Pete Higbie
Rotarian of the Year: Mike Carmody
Director Award: Paul Rentenbach
Sladen Visionary Award: DG Kim Towar
Rookies of the Year: Lee Johnson & Richard Yeager-Stiver
DGN Mary Kehoe inducted Robert Louis Ferdinand as the Club's tenth new Members since May 2010. DG Kim honored the Paul Harris recipients and videos of the 3 Million Pound Challenge and Rotary Literacy Initiative entertained and informed the guests. The Club also received the Presidential Citation with Distinction Award. Bill Scott provided his vision for the future of the Club as it enters its 75th year.
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On Friday June 17, 2011 our club was honored with the “Greater Detroit Community Volunteers of the Year” award by Matrix Human Services of Detroit. Matrix Human Services was founded in 1906 by the League of Catholic Women. Matrix Human Services serves their community through twenty-three service locations with a staff of five hundred employees and countless volunteers.
Having returned from DisCon 2011, I wanted to let you know that our DG Kim put on a show that will be remembered for a long time. The event was staged in the Lombard Westin outside of Chicago. Not a single detail was overlooked. She could not have represented our club in any finer fashion.
The two extraordinary highlights were the the flash mob in downtown Chicago Millennium Park to highlight the End Polio Now campaign of RI and the Tonight Show featuring the RI President. President Elect; Treasurer; incoming and outgoing RI Trustees; President's representative and other distinguished RI dignitaries talking about their visions for Rotary. Even President Ray commented on the fact that this not only hadn't happened at a District Conference before ( because he doesn't attend them) but likely had never happened in a public forum. Leave it to our KimPOSSIBLE to assemble such a group and then have them speak to us in depth about Rotary and its future.
Our 2011 Vocational Training Team (VTT) is bound for Australia and East Timor on April 25, 2011. They are excited about the opportunity to represent Rotary International and Super District 6400 and to meet and work with Rotary clubs in District 9550 in Australia and East Timor.
Leading the team is Grosse Pointe Rotarian Michael Carmody. Click on more for details and team photo.
Members of the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe and their friends gathered at the War Memorial for an evening of relaxing fellowship and friendly cards. 44 players shuffled, dealt and played the night away. Proceeds went to assist the Club in its service above self activities.
Before a crowded War Memorial Ballroom US Rep Hansen Clarke spoke to the club on his path to Washington and the importance of education and support along the way. He showed interest in the Club's Rotary Literacy Initiative. His passion for the job at hand is not only evident but refreshing.
Memorial contributions to the Old Newsboys’ Goodfellow Fund or the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation Evergreen Fund (at PO BOX 36366, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236) would be appreciated.
Club Members and honored guests enjoyed a wonderful chocolate and champagne holiday event this week at the Strickler's and raised more than $1,200 to fight illiteracy as part of the Rotary Literacy Initiative.