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 presenter on August 14th was Anna Gleason, one of our outbound exchange student who lived in Finland. 
 
Anna’s presentation focused on family, friends, school, trips, the Finnish culture, and what she learned. 
 
Her love for her three host families was obvious as she considers each to be part of her family.  Because the Finnish people are so reserved, Anna had to really push herself, which involved speaking Finnish, to find friends.  In school, she enjoyed the International Club and practicing dancing for months for a formal ball.  Her travels took her all over Finland as well as to Estonia, Sweden, and Russia.
 
Anna found the country to be beautiful and the Finnish people to be very reserved, with very little small talk.  She felt that learning the language was very important (the 6th hardest to learn) and is proud of what she accomplished.
 
Anna will be studying marine biology, and become a Rotaract member, at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia this fall.
A huge thank you to Jon and Lisa Gandelot who, as trustees of the Edward and Ellen Dryer Foundation, donated $35,000 to sponsor one of the big playscapes.  As of 8/14/19 the current donation total is $102,236 ($250,000 goal) from 36 donors.
Therese Maggioncalda was a visiting Rotarian at the last meeting.  She is a member of the Taylor Michigan Rotary club. (Pictured on the left with our Julie Baumer)
We have broken the $100K mark thanks to many generous donations.  But we a ways to go.  Please click here to learn more and help. 
 
Elizabeth Weigandt is the Author of the Queen Bee.
 
Ms. Weigandt grew up in Royal Oak and has lived in Grosse Pointe Farms for three years.  She believes that Grosse Pointe is a great literary community with its 3 libraries, 2 newspapers, and a magazine.  Her career has been in public relations but she has always wanted to write a book. 
 
Writing at night, it took her three years to finish the Queen Bee.  It’s a story about a worker bee, Manuka, and her friend, Cotton, who are banished from their hive for trying to warn the queen bee about a problem with the honey making everyone sick.  Their adventures are situated on Belle Isle and take place inside the Conservatory. 
 
Ms. Weigandt says there are three parts to telling a great story: (1) Set the stakes -- create tension with a problem that needs solving. (2) Develop the arc – build momentum and show what is happening.  (3) Resolve the stakes – a strong ending with the problem being solved.
$65,000 has been donated or pledged.  Thank you to Mark and Gail Zmyslowski for purchasing the Comfort Cave and to Jennifer Boettcher and the Grosse Pointe Chamber Foundation for donating $35,000 to purchase the 5-10 Playscape.  (Pictured; Ted Everingham and Jennifer Boettcher)
Ted Everingham presented Florence Seltzer with the Service Above Self Award as she was unable to attend the Passing of the Gavel.
 
Up and Coming Speakers
Gail Marlow - in the Venetian Room
Aug 21, 2019 5:30 PM
Motor City Mitten
Bud & Sue Ozar - in the Venetian Room
Aug 28, 2019 5:30 PM
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