Grosse Pointe Rotary Club

Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
788 Lake Shore Road
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI  48236
United States of America
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Meetings are in
The Venetian Room   (June - August)
The Fo'c'sle Room   (September - May)
Visiting Rotarians and Guests are Welcome!
The Grosse Pointe Rotary Tot Lot Re-Imagining
On Aug. 1, 2019, the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe unveiled the $250,000 “re-imagining” of its nearly half-century-old Tot Lot in the City of Grosse Pointe to make it an ADA/ADHD compliant, all-inclusive play park and learning development environment for kids 2 to 10 years of age. 
In 1973, Grosse Pointe Rotary designed and installed the initial Tot Lot play park for children 2 to 5 years of age at the corner of St. Clair and Waterloo in the City of Grosse Pointe. Then, in 1997-98, the club performed a true makeover of the original park and invested significantly in park improvements.

The Tot Lot is the only dedicated ADA-compliant and all-inclusive children's play park that is open at all residents and families of the five Grosse Pointe communities and Harper Woods.

It’s time to update and bring these insights and improvements to the Rotary Tot Lot with a design makeover involving an investment of $250,000. For more information please click here.
Our Stories
Our speaker on Jan. 29th was Tim Killeen, the Wayne County Commissioner.
Mr. Killeen has been the Commissioner for District 1 since 2007.  He provided an update on a few of the major projects he is working on as well as some of the day-to-day activities.
The major projects include: (1) his work with the Mental Health Authority which serve over 70,000 residents with mental disorders.  He believes it operates most efficiently as a non-profit and is fighting to keep it that way.  (2) The Lakeshore seawall is in serious need of repair and talks are progressing to obtain the 8-13 million in federal money that will be needed. 
On a more daily basis, he is working on a Jefferson Ave. crosswalk for students who will have to cross that street in the fall.  There will be road resurfacing on Lakeshore and Mack this summer and he’s working with a Mack Improvement Plan for Cadieux to Alter.  As a member of the auditing committee, he is a firm believer that sweating the small stuff helps save money.
At the January 29th meeting, Diane Strickler passed the oil can to Dick Allison for stepping up as a co-chair of the community affairs committee to help with the 18 service projects the Club participated in last year.
On January 15th we had a great turnout for Rotary Euchre Night.  With 12 player we had three tables going for three rounds.  David "The Shark" Colton took home the trophy while the rest enjoyed their season related consolation prizes. Bill Roche has stepped up to take over organizing future Euchre game and was therefore quite attentive to the subtle details of the event. Many thanks to Liz Vogel for launching this great new GP Rotary tradition.  
Ty Hinton, Economic and Community Development Director of Harper Woods, was our presenter on Wednesday 1/22/19.
Since last talking to our Club four years ago, Mr. Hinton’s department formed a community task force that meets at the Neighborhood Economic Development Center on Kelly Rd.  This group has put together a Neighborhood Improvement Plan that prioritized
areas of concern and offered recommendations to both the City’s administration and its citizens to help better the City.
Their biggest area of concern is Eastland Mall.  It needs new ownership that is willing invest in the property.  The location is 67 acres with the potential to be a health care campus or a tech park. 
Mr. Hinton is optimistic about many areas of the City.  Crime on Kelly Rd has been drastically reduced so the neighborhood is turning around.  The old Circuit City building is now a state-of-the-art facility being used by the Harper Woods School District to teach printing, culinary arts, and the performing arts.   The Poupard School location offers a great development opportunity for assisted living or single-family homes.
The vitality of Harper Woods, especially Eastland, is integral to the entire area.  Mr. Hinton is looking for more GP involvement, both personally and financially.
On Wednesday 1/22/20 Mike Carmody inducted Ted Coutilish.  Ted is the Executive Director of the Full Circle Foundation and he and his wife Marybeth live with their 19-year-old son in GP Shores.  Please welcome him to the Club and help him become involved.
On Wednesday 1/22/20 Julie Baumer passed it to Diane Strickler for all of her hard work as co-chair of the community affairs committee -- a position she will hold “for life”.  (Despite Diane’s protests, the membership was in agreement).
Paul Harris Pins were presented to Ted Everingham (PHx7) and Mark Brooks (PHx6).  Kudos to both for their continued donations.
Up and Coming Speakers
District Governor John Chambers
Feb 19, 2020 5:30 PM
District 6400 news
Tot Lot Committee
Feb 26, 2020
Tot Lot Update
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