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
Venue Map
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
Rebecca Fannon is the Community Relations Specialist for the Grosse Pointe Public School System.
The topic was the upcoming millage proposals on the November 5th ballot.  (1) Operating Millage Restoration and Extension which funds textbooks, technology tools, and other instructional materials for the students. (2) Sinking Fund Renewal which funds the construction and repairs of school buildings and facilities.  Studies have shown that the district needs to spend $10 million/year to maintain its facilities.  If these millages don’t pass the GPPSS would lose 25% of its operating budget and $3 million of the funds needed for its buildings.  Although not legally able to state so on the ballots, both proposals will only renew what everyone is already paying. 
Ms. Fannon began her talk about an area she believes is often understated – the quality of the GPPSS.  It is the #1 place to teach and its teachers are constantly at the top in best teachers polls.  The GPPSS is the #4 district in the State, #1 in Wayne County, and in the top 5% nation-wide.  There will be an open house to promote our schools from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM this Sunday, 10/20.
Tom Halpin has been the principal in a small sales agency that has repped 40 companies over the last 15 years.  He is becoming more of a consultant and is the author of the book The Customer Prevention Culture.
This culture is based on 5 common missteps: (1) the customer is not king, (2) company-centric (not customer-centric) infrastructure, (3) tribes and silos with a lack of shared organizational outcomes, (4) too many unnecessary customer touchpoints, and (5) no values to form culture, not being proactive to inspire team members.
Mr. Halpin’s remedy is the “culture of commerce” that flips 1 – 5 around by inspiring team behavior that drives the customer experience.  This behavior is maintained through listening mechanisms to track the experience which should be all flow and no friction. 
An innovative video of the customer prevention culture can be viewed at
Last week Dave Colton, went old school and passed it on for a faux pas, to Mark Brooks for misstating in the Rotarpointe that Dave was a volunteer cook this summer at Cornerstone (University) and not Crossroads.
Lawrence Burns is the President & CEO of the Children’s Foundation.
The Foundation (formerly the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation) was formed when the DMC hospitals were purchased by Vanguard Health Systems and became for-profit entities.  It began with $100 million that was in the coffers of the foundation that had to legally dissolve.  
In trying to help children stay on the path to healthy lives, the Foundation’s focus areas include mental health, oncology & cardiology research, abuse & neglect, injury prevention, and nutritional wellness.  It does this by partnering with 70 non-profits, civic organizations, and other foundations.  This year, $6 million in grants have been awarded from 200 proposals received.  A total of $55 million has been awarded since 2011.
The Foundation looks to work with other organizations to expand outreach, awareness, and fundraising initiatives.  It does so by running 501(c)(3)s such as the Jamie Daniels Foundation and handling the marketing for the Paul W. Smith Golf Classic.
To learn more, please go to
Mark Cory presented a $600 check from the Grosse Pointe Rotary Foundation to Ruth Azar, the Executive Director of the Second Mile Center, to help provide meals for children.
Paige Niehaus, admittedly “not a cook”, passed the Oil Can to Dave Colton for his talent and love for cooking, evident at the Cornerstone lunches.