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 will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Members will receive email invites each week.

Our Stories
Our presenter on the 7th was Chris Lambert, founder of Life Remodeled. (Pictured between Liz Vogel and Ted Everingham)
Life Remodeled is bridging people across divides to help transform each other’s lives.  Since 2014, the organization has spent $35 million working on four schools (Cody, Osborn, Denby, and Durfee Elementary), the first three still operating as schools with Durfee becoming an innovation society.   All of this work, plus cleaning up blight in 1,660 city blocks was accomplished through the help of over 68,000 volunteers.
Other work that the organization performs includes repairing owner occupied homes by providing either a new roof, furnace, or windows.  Believing that working shoulder to shoulder on projects allows polar opposites to find common ground, it offers “race remodeled”, a program bringing people of different backgrounds and race together to have difficult discussions. 
The Durfee Innovation Society is a way for Life Remodeled to create a dynamic environment for the best and brightest, instead of creating new programs themselves.  It is very selective in picking its tenants, requiring that they either work in education, or human resources or offer workforce development. For the community, the location offers a safe center for online learning and after-school tutoring. Pre-pandemic, it also offered space rentals and programs/events for children, youth, adults, seniors. 
Our Club has participated in Life Remodeled’s Six Day Project in the past, which is scheduled for October 4-9 this year.  Details on registering to volunteer will be sent out when available.  To learn more about this organization, please visit
Our presenter on March 31st was Alex Bunker from Recycle Across America.
Recycling is one of the most important actions society can do to simultaneously improve the environment, create jobs, grow the economy, contribute to sustainable manufacturing, reduce waste from going into oceans and waterways, and to mitigate climate change.
For recycling to work in the U.S., it will require that all 380 million of us know how to recycle properly.  Inconsistent and confusing labels on recycle bins lead to mistakes which cause people to be apathetic and/or skeptical about recycling.
Garbage being thrown in recycling bins destroys the economics, quality, and demand for recyclable materials. Unacceptable contamination levels on our recycling shipments to foreign countries have led them to stop or drastically reduce what they will accept.
RAA is working with Congress toward federally standardized labels for recycling bins.  Studies have shown that these labels have substantially reduced hauling fees for school districts/companies.  Recycling correctly will help eliminate the costly and crippling contamination crisis.
To learn more, visit
Our newest member was inducted on March 31st.  Sierra Donaven, a GP Farms resident and city council member, was a field agent in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Explosives Division of The Justice Department.  Since retiring, she has become a Spiritual Practitioner in the Center of Spiritual Living in Colorado with an affiliation with The Urban Ministerial School in Detroit. Please welcome her
Ted Everingham passed the Oil Can to Suzanne Klein as someone he has been meaning to thank, as she always says “yes” when asked to participate and played a lead role in transitioning our meetings to Wednesday evenings.
The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe had their first official Hybrid Meeting on March 31st.  15 members attended in person at the Village Grille while another 25 joined through Zoom. The meeting as a huge success and we all look forward to more in person meetings in our future.
Our speakers on March 24th were Psychologist Sarah Emerson, & Psychotherapist Nicole Runyon.  Together they spoke to us about the Mental Health Impact of the Past 12 Months
Both Ms. Emerson and Ms. Runyon have seen an increase in therapy services for children and adults over the past year.  Social isolation, through fear and/or government mandate, has been of the major concerns and has led to conditions such as agoraphobia. It has also magnified the intensity and frequency of anxieties such as a fear of driving or becoming obsessive compulsive about germs. 
The isolation has led to increased challenges at home, either marital or between children and adults.  Parents can also be spread too thin, finding it convenient to put their children in front of electronic devices, leading to increased disconnection.  This lack of social interaction can cause mental health issues for children and teens and the therapists are preparing for a ripple effect on different age groups.
Feeling tremendous guilt is also impacting their patients.  They feel guilty for not being able to see parents in nursing homes or hospitals.  If a parent should pass away, the guilt is amplified by not being able to celebrate their life through a traditional funeral. 
Both therapists highly recommend checking in on one another.  This helps to lessen the feeling of loneliness and can also allow for those reaching out to see if someone is really suffering and possibly suicidal. 
Our presenter on March 17th was Lori Ziolkowski, the Regional Director of the Mid-Michigan Chapter of Families Against Narcotics (FAN).
There are two paths to addiction: (1) “Zero Entry Pool”, which can start with smoking, vaping, and then slowly escalates; and (2) “Cliff Dive”, where a person is given a prescription narcotic after an injury or surgery and then becomes addicted.    Since 1999, there have been over 450,000 opioid overdose deaths, with a 13% increase in 2020 over 2019.
FAN is helping to address substance abuse disorders through coaching, support, and education.  Coaching includes peer/family recovery where a person/family will provide assistance through their life experiences.  Support includes Hope Not Handcuffs that partners with police departments to find treatment centers for those requesting help and Comeback which provides post overdose wellness checks.  Education consists of Naloxone training and outreach to eliminate the stigma attached to those suffering from the disease.
Ms. Ziolkowski founded the Great Lakes Bay Region chapter of FAN after her daughter, whom she describes as athletic, beautiful, smart, and funny, became a heroin addict in high school.  She is now in her fifth year of recovery. 
As stated by a former Surgeon General – “addiction is a chronic disease and not a moral failing.”

Diane Strickler passed the Oil Can to Ted Everingham on March 17th for always being one of the first to volunteer for service projects and for championing a few of them himself.

Up and Coming Speakers
Todd Scott
Apr 21, 2021
Eric Oberg
Apr 28, 2021
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