|Rotary Club members, high school students help families for Thanksgiving|
by Bickley, Jane
From Grosse Ile Camera, Dec 2, 2011
The Grosse Ile Rotary Club, with the help of Sacred Heart
Catholic Parish and the Grosse Ile Kroger, donated complete Thanksgiving
dinners to local families. Terry Morreau of the Grosse Ile Food Pantry provided
the Rotary Club with a list of disadvantaged families in the area that are in
need of assistance.
Grosse Ile Rotary members delivered the packages on Nov 19th to more than 50 families in Grosse Ile,
Trenton, Wyandotte, Ecorse and southwest Detroit. The care packages consisted
of all the trimmings to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, including 15-
to 20-pound turkeys, mashed potatoes, yams, corn, green beans, gravy, rolls and
brownies. Rotary and Interact members met at Perdino’s Restaurant on Nov 18th
to put the packages together.
The idea was the brain child of Roberto Sanchez, past District 6400 governor of
Rotary, and Bambang Soedarjatno, the current president of the Grosse Ile Rotary
Club. “Today we are here to share our time, talents and treasures to help those
who are less fortunate than us to enjoy the meaning of the Thanksgiving
holiday, to share what we have during these hard financial conditions,”
Grosse Ile Rotary is involved with other projects such as the Island Directory,
Guatemala Literacy Program, Grosse Ile High School Interact Club, the Rotary
Youth Exchange Program, Del-Ray neighborhood activities, Grosse Ile Citizen of
the Year, scholarship programs and medical missions. “We have been involved
with so many international activities that sometimes we forget to take care of
our own local neighborhood,” Sanchez said. “The least we could do is to help a
family in the Downriver community.”
The local Rotary members thanked Morreau for her assistance in providing the
list of families, Grosse Ile Kroger store Manager John Dozny for assisting with
the large order and how to receive the best possible pricing, and Perry Tsipis
for allowing the club members to meet and package the items at his restaurant.
Grosse Ile Rotary Club President Bambang Soedarjatno helps donate food to the needy.
Grosse Ile Rotary Club members and Grosse Ile High School Interact Club members provide food for families for Thanksgiving.
Bambang Soedarjatno (left), Grosse Ile Rotary Club president, and club members Chuck Moyer and Roberto Sanchez help sort through Thanksgiving food donations for needy families.
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by Bickley, Jane
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