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
Kathryn Woodstock is the Methodist Children’s Home Society’s (MCHS) Chief Development Officer.
The MCHS was formed in 1917 to take care of children without parents (either orphaned or parents were away from home fighting/supporting WWI).  With an 80-acre campus in Redford, the MCHS is home to 50 boys between the ages of 5 and 18.  Most have bounced from home to home and have suffered multiple traumas, which can include sexual, physical, and/or just what comes from the lack of food and necessities due to poverty. 
With a $10 million budget, provided primarily by the State, the mission of the extremely passionate staff of 140 is to advocate for the boys.  They do this by providing therapeutic services, teaching health and wellness life skills, and offering educational services to help the children catch up to their grade level.  A major initiative for 2020 is to open a “trauma based” charter school, the first in Michigan.
The ultimate goal is for each boy to live with a family, whether biological or foster.  The MCHS offers support and guidance to these families after the child is in their homes. To learn more about this organization, please visit
Congratulations to Diane Strickler who was presented with her Paul Harris (x8) pin.  Diane directed her donation to polio eradication as her mother suffered from the disease.   
Our presenter on Dec 4th was Todd Scott, the Executive Director of the Detroit Greenways Coalition.
The Coalition’s vision is for a strong, healthy, vibrant City of Detroit and region where a seamless network of greenways, green spaces, blue ways, and complete streets is an integral part of people’s active lifestyle including day-to-day transportation and recreation.  It was able to sell this vision to the city with the improved health of its population and the resulting economic development.
Mr. Scott talked about bike lanes around the city (Jefferson, Bagley, and Livernois), the building of RiverWalk, the Dequindre Cut, a westside cut called the May Creek Greenway, the possibility of turning I-375 into a boulevard, and the ambitious 32-mile Joe Louis Greenway.  The Coalition even helped to make sure there is a bike/walk lane on the Gordie Howe Bridge.  To learn more, please visit
Lisa Gandelot passed it to Scott Matthews for becoming an active member so quickly and helping to market the Club through videos and testimonials to be posted on the website.   
City of Dearborn recognizes employees who are veterans.  Click here to read the article which includes our very own Murray Davis.
Jackie Gleason passed the Oil Can to Lisa Gandelot for her work on the progressive dinner and her successful tot lot grant writing. 
George McMullen presented the 2019 Vocational Service Award to the Full Circle Foundation, a unique Grosse Pointe organization that assists those with special needs from ages 18-26 (and beyond).  Representing Full Circle were Ted Coutilish, Sue Banner, Mary Fodell, Carl Kratz, and Mark Weber.
Our presenter on November 20th was Madeline Bialecki.  Madeline is the Director of the Gilda’s Club Lake House location in St. Clair Shores.
The Lake House became a part of Gilda’s Club in April 2019 but still continues its same mission -- to provide support, education and wellness activities for those impacted by cancer.  As part of Gilda’s Club, the location has better financial and organizational access.
Through our speaker and Pam Stanley, a cancer survivor and volunteer, we learned about the importance of love, hugs, and support for all dealing with cancer.  508 people were served last year. 
Visit to learn more and to view the St. Clair Shores location’s calendar.
Up and Coming Speakers
Ty Hinton
Jan 22, 2020
Harper Woods Planning & Economic Development
Tim Killeen, Wayne County Commissioner
Jan 29, 2020
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