Grosse Pointe Rotary Club

Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
War Memorial Reception Room
32 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236
United States
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Our Stories
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.