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
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.
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”?     www.patrickhartory.com.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.