Grosse Pointe Rotary Club
Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
The Village Grille
16930 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe, MI 48230
United States of America

Meetings are now Hybrid Meetings.

Members will receive email invites each week to join in person and a link to join virtually.

If you wish to be a guest please contact a member or Email us at GrossePointeRotary@gmail.com

Our Stories
Our fellow member, Jackie Dale, titled her talk today as, Is It Fair To All Concerned, Our Water
 
Jackie was impacted by a documentary on the Netflix series Rotten about the Nestle Corporation’s access to water in Michigan.  It pays very low fees for city water in some areas and to pump water in others. 
 
With the amount of bottle water consumed in the world, under Rotary’s 4 Way Test, is the company’s low-cost access to water, and the possibility of depleting water supplies, fair to all concerned?  At the very least, she believes it’s an area to explore.
Our speaker on May 26th was Aruna Kousik, the 2021-22 District Governer Elect for District 6400.  Aruna spoke to us about India and Rotary over this last year
 
India is being hit hard by Covid 19 with the cremation locations full and dead bodies being lined up in front of people’s homes.  Many of the rural hospitals and clinics don’t have the equipment necessary to treat those who have the virus.
 
So far, Rotary has raised $200,000 for oxygen concentrators to be delivered to India.  Our District is partnering with another to raise funds and Rotary is partnering with Sewa International, a Hindu faith-based humanitarian non-profit that specializes in disaster relief and has Asian connections, to manufacture and deliver the concentrators.
 
Rotarians in India are also very involved in the process.  The concentrators are first delivered to large cities, like Calcutta, and then transported to government hospitals which treat the poor and to rural locations.
 
With vaccine production, storage, and delivery being patchy, the crisis created by Covid 19’ in India could continue for a while.  The best way to help is to contribute financially. 
On Saturday, May 22, seven Grosse Pointe Rotarians joined with ten Grosse Pointe Memorial Church members to clean up the grounds of The Second Mile Center of Detroit, founded in 2006 by Ruth Azar, wife of GP Rotary member Scott Matthews.  The Second Mile Center of Detroit provides services and develops partnerships to empower and strengthen people who live in Detroit’s 48205 zip code, considered to be the most dangerous in Detroit due to gang activity.  Ruth provides support services through charitable and educational means without discrimination based on race, color, national or ethnic origin – services like free after school programs, food pantry twice a week, free clothing and baby supplies, free community dinners, and no cost mobile health fair.
On May 19th Beth Konrad gave us her "New Member Presentation".
 
Beth grew up in Poletown where her neighborhood spoke Polish.  Back in the 1950s, the cities were very segregated and her family had difficulty buying a home in Grosse Pointe due its point system and, after moving here, was unable to join any of the clubs.  These childhood obstacles helped define who she is and she is a firm believer in inclusion and equality. 
 
After college, Beth’s goal was to become a broadcast journalist.  At the time, there were no women on the radio and the only ones on television were doing weather forecasts.  Her first job was at WRIF where she provided hourly news updates and had a half-hour newscast at 4:30AM (as was required by the FCC).
 
Beth then moved to Chicago to work at a radio station, where her expanded duties included covering speeches, such as one by Spiro Agnew, and providing daily 5-minute national newscasts.   She returned to WRIF and part of her job involved researching and putting together news documentaries, which included stories on skydiving, the Moonies, and the lack of rules regarding the referral services for abortions.
 
After a long time away, Beth believes that Grosse Pointe has become a much more inclusive community and feels comfortable being back. 
Our speaker on May 12th was Dez Squire, the Senior Racial Equity Organizer for the Michigan Roundtable for Diversity & Inclusion.
 
The Roundtable’s mission is to empower individuals to transform communities and the workplace to overcome racism, discrimination, systemic inequities, and institutional and inherent bias.  It centers its work on anti-racism with historical analysis through multi-generational storytelling. 
 
A component of the Roundtable is ALPACT which examines issues affecting police and community relations.  Its members (law enforcement, community leaders and elected/appointed government representatives) work to enhance the bonds of trust between the two by recommending strategies. There are now eight regional ALPACTs with 500 members state-wide.
 
To build bridges, the Roundtable brings people together to have tough conversations and discuss lived experiences.  This has been a struggle through virtual meetings this past year, but it is finding ways to stay connected by making phone calls to check on people and by putting together a resource sheet.
 
Our presenter on April 28th was Eric Oberg, the Director of Trail Development at Rails-To-Trails Conservancy.
 
The Rails-To-Trails Conservancy’s mission is to build a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike, and be active outdoors.  Since 1986, it has worked to bring the power of trails to communities and there are now more than 40,000 miles across the country.
 
As an advocacy group, it works with states and the federal government to include trails and greenways in their budgeting.   The organization has expanded its role from simply promoting individual trails to having states collaborate and build comprehensive trail systems.
 
Three main components of this organization are: 1) the Great American Rail-Trail that would cover 3,700 miles, connecting Washington DC to the State of Washington and is over 50% complete; 2) Trail Nation, which brings to life their vison of trails at the heart of healthy, thriving communities; and 3) TrailLink, which, on your desktop or through an app, can help find trails around the country.  Links to all three can be found on www.railstotrails.org,
 
There is an inherent legacy in trails, one that honors the past, enriches the present, and provides a gift to the future.
On April 28th Cindy Eggleton was inducted as a new member. Cindy is the CEO of Brilliant Detroit and a resident of Pleasant Ridge.  Cindy became interested in joining after sitting in on a few meetings, including her presentation, and seeing all of the good that the Club does and the camaraderie of the members.
On April 28th Beth Konrad was inducted as a new member. Beth is the head of Konrad Communications and a GP Farms City Councilperson. Besides an impressive list of past and current designations, she is also the spouse of Club member, Frank Wilberding.
Up and Coming Speakers
Mark Webber
Jun 16, 2021
Sladen Scholarship Winners
tbd
Jun 23, 2021
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