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Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...
eBay Live Auctions that benefit Rotary
Each month, eBay, the world’s largest auction website, selects a set of upcoming Live Auction events and donates a portion of all sales proceeds to Rotary. Only U.S. auction sales are eligible. See the schedule of August auctions.
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Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self

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32 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236
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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.

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.

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

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.)

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.)

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)

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)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)
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.)


Our 3rd annual fundraising cruise on the yacht INFINITY will be held on Wednesday, June 8, 2016, 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. You can make reservations by sending a check payable to "Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation" to GP Rotary, 1125 Three Mile Drive, GP Park, MI 48230, or by registering on line and paying with a credit card.  Simply click on the image and follow the directions.  If you are a club member, enter your Clubrunner ID and password.  If you don't know them, or if you are not a club member, you will need to enter your first and last name and email address at the first screen, then "Select Options" to designate the number of tickets you want, and then the "Payment" link will ask for your credit card information.  During the cruise, we will be raffling off some fantastic prizes, and raffle tickets are $50 each.  The prizes are (1) one week in a one bedroom apartment in the Umbrian city of Citta di Castello (donated by Rich and Nancy Solak), (2) and (3) a case of fine wines to two winners (donated by Village Wine and Woods Wholesale Wine), (4) a Shinola watch (donated by George Koueiter & Sons Jewelry), and (5), (6) and (7) six $50 gift certificates to three winners for fine dining in Grosse Pointe (donated by the restaurants).


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.)

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.)

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.)

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.

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

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.)

Photo by John Minnis
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.

Sep 07, 2016
Judge Frank Szymanski
Juvenile Justice & Reform
Sep 14, 2016
Jeff Jay
Author & Intervention Leader
Sep 28, 2016
Jessica Keyser
Grosse Pointe Public Library
Oct 05, 2016
John Armaly
Armaly Brands
Oct 12, 2016
Michael Soviak
Revolution Flag Foundation
Oct 19, 2016
Robert Bury
Detroit Historical
Oct 26, 2016
Jessica Ayoub
Forgotten Harvest