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

Our Stories
Chip Rohde, President, and co-founder of the Rivertown Detroit Association.
Established in May 2010, The Rivertown Detroit Association is made up of 3,000 business owners, residents and interested individuals who are focused on making Rivertown Detroit better for all. They call this area “The Sliver on the River” and it runs from the Belle Isle Bridge to the Ren Cen with E. Jefferson on one side and the Detroit River on the other. The Association holds monthly meetings at different locations in the area, bringing in speakers such as Mayor Duggan, Chief Craig, and Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence.
It works to better the area by bringing the DSO to the Aretha Franklin Amphitheatre (highly recommended), holding an annual Fishing Fest for children, and providing scholarships to high school students. It also “adopted” a fire station by providing them with a state-of-the-art grill and a power washer. It’s currently involved with the restoration of the Broadhead Armory that is being converted into a war memorial and housing.
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The GP South Interact club is back in session! The club had an early start, meeting on just the second day of school to share out upcoming service and introduce new leadership. The all senior team and club advisor Kevin Cox are eager to begin another year of putting service above self, with volunteer efforts like tree planting and the Rotary Fun-Run. Their latest service was with Greening of Detroit, where they gathered materials for a community art installation.
Rotarians met at Cellar 313 to kickoff another season of service. With plenty of charcuterie and good company, there were smiles all around. Rotarians reconnected by sharing stories, community updates, and club news. It was also the first official Rotary meeting for Communications Intern Fiona Lacroix. Meetings will return to the Village Grille on September 22, with a guest speaker attending.
View photos from the event here.
Rotarians celebrated a summer of service and received their tickets for the McNeill Raffle! It was the last smile-filled meeting of the Summer, until meetings resume Wednesday, September 15.

Kerrie M. Mitchell, VP of Marketing and Development at Matrix Human Services.

Matrix Human Services’ mission is to advocate for and serve the most vulnerable in the metropolitan Detroit community and empower individuals and families to enhance the quality of their lives and achieve self-sufficiency.  It operates multiple programs in more than 40 locations, with 500 employees, providing services to 20,000 individuals and families annually.

Matrix offers multiple services in three areas: (1) Early Childhood Education (birth to age 5).  It operates the largest Head Start program in the City, serving more than 1,500 children. (2) Youth Services (ages 11-17).  It strives to keep these children out of the judicial system and provide structure for college, a trade, or work.  (3) Adult Services.  This includes an on-line high school diploma program, assisting with personal economic goals, and training to secure employment.  It also includes a senior program to help them live healthy and active lives.  

To learn more about this great organization, please visit

On August 4th James “Jay” Lady spoke to us about Sojourning with Sasquatch & a Sleuth for the Truth.
Jay, a GP Park resident, developed his love of adventure growing up in southern Ohio with Davey Crockett and Daniel Boone as his heroes.  Both of whom have written about experiencing sasquatch encounters.  Davey Crockett’s was in 1836 and Teddy Roosevelt wrote about one in 1892.  In 1973, even the federal government recognized “big foot” 
Jay has one nighttime video encounter with what he firmly believes was a sasquatch and has audio recordings of their “language”.  He is in the process of making a documentary.  One thing he has learned over the years is to not talk about this subject with family and friends as it can lead to becoming a social outcast. 😊
As Mark Twain stated, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.”  To learn more about Jay’s search, visit, Michigan Aboriginal Project - YouTube
Please welcome Julie Jorgensen as our newest member!  Julie is a resident of GP Park, has three grown children, and works in the mortgage business for Direct Financial.  Not new to Rotary, Julie served as president of the Romulus Club in 2010-11.