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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This weeks presenter was Anne Braise, the Executive Director of the Clinton River Watershed Council. 
The CRWC’s mission is to protect, enhance, and celebrate the Clinton River, its watershed, and Lake St. Clair.  It was formed in 1972 and covers 760 square miles, 4 counties, and 1.5 million people and its membership includes individuals, businesses, local governments, and community organizations. 
To fulfill its mission, the CRWC hosts numerous clean-up events, participates in preservation and restoration projects, and conducts presentations and educational workshops.  It also leverages the river’s assets by promoting recreation and access.  To learn more, please visit
One of our newest members, Heather Mayernik is a professor at Macomb Community College where she works with students least likely to succeed.  Her goal is to improve a student’s course completion and to help each meet his/her goals.  She also teaches teachers at Oakland U.
Forty-five Grosse Pointers, primarily from Grosse Pointe Memorial Church and Grosse Pointe Rotary, spent the better part of a day on Oct. 3 helping Life Remodeled in the neighborhood surrounding the Detroit’s Central High School and Durfee Elementary-Middle School.  Equipped with lawn mowers, weed wackers, loppers, and gloved hands, the team cleaned out over-grown fields and home flowerbeds to make the area safer for children to walk to school.  It has been 51 years since the 1967 Detroit uprising and the neighborhood surrounding these two schools is where it all began.  Based on the need and the vision of this community, Life Remodeled, along with their partners, broke their “one year per area” tradition and committed four years to this neighborhood.  (
Great article in the Grosse Pointe News about Operation Warm. This is one of Grosse Pointe Rotary's signature projects. Follow this link for the complete article.
The Grosse Pointe news has a section where they publish articles from the past.  This clip shows a 1943 article spotlighting a GP Rotary initiative. 
Through the MOT’s Department of Education and Community Programs, we were entertained by Mezzo Soprano Katherine DeYoung and Soprano Angela Theis in the War Memorial library.  They were accompanied by pianist Tessa Hartle and Arthur White, the Director of External Affairs.  Before performing each song (two by each singer), Mr. White provided a brief summary of the opera of the song’s origin, the character singing it, and the circumstances surrounding it.
New Red Badges were present to three new members today. Heather Mayernik, Doris Neal-Van Tiem and Vincent Van Tiem.  Welcome new Rotarians. 
(Pictured: Elizabeth Vogel, Heather Mayernik, Gary Niehaus, Doris Neal-Van Tiem, Vincent Van Tiem and Dean Valente)
Rebecca Fannon is the Community Relations Director for the GP Public Schools.
Mrs. Fannon talked about the school district’s bond proposal that will be up for a vote on November 6th.  The proposal is designed to (1) enhance student safety and school security, (2) make infrastructure improvements, and (3) upgrade technology infrastructure.  The idea is to keep students “safe” through new locks and entrances; “warm” with new boilers and HVAC (Richard School still has the original from 1928); “dry” through new roofs, windows, and masonry; and “connected” with updated wiring and cabling.