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

Our meetings are 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
Nine outstanding students from Grosse Pointe South and Grosse Pointe North have been honored with scholarships from the Rotary Club. These scholarships, wille support these students as they pursue their college education in prestigious Universities like Michigan State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Michigan and more.
On Wednesday, May 1st, we were joined by Todd Linton, one of our newest Rotary Club members and a red badger. He shared with us a presentation about himself and his family and allowed us to get to know him more. 
 
Todd is a Grosse Pointe Farms resident who currently works with Hillyard Co. a floor-finishing company for NCAA basketball courts. He is married with three children ages thirteen, nine, and four.
 
His first job as a teenager was working at a bakery where he learned the fundamentals of working hard and the importance of work ethic. The knowledge he gained from working at this bakery he careered through to his career in tech. After making a career change from working in the Casino business for SHFL Entertainment, he found himself working for NILFISK, working to repair and clean vacuums. This job taught him community in work, something he values greatly. 
 
Even at his current position at Hillyard Co., he carries with him the skills and values that he has gained from his variety of positions. Welcome Todd Linton to the Rotary Club!
Linda Boyle, Local Artist
 
Linda grew up in Grosse Pointe and obtained a degree in landscape architecture as MSU.  She used her artistic talents to hand draw landscape illustrations until the 2008 
 
economic downturn.  She then acquired graphic design certificates andworked for the Red Wings for 9 years, until pursuing painting full time in 2018.  Linda did this until Covid hit, requiring her to find full-time employment with the City of GP Park, where she was able to use her artistic talents, coming up with the City’s new logo. Since 2023, Linda is back to painting full time.  
 
On the business side, Linda makes money at juried shows and outdoor art fairs, but both require fees to have exhibits.  She also sells her artwork through galleries and social media and is commissioned to paint.  She is constantly learning, by attending exhibits of famous painters like Dali, Monet, and O’Keeffe and by attending classes, workshops, and presentations.  
 
With painting as her career, she is constantly inspired by day-to-day activities, but especially by traveling, pointing out recent trips to Glacier National Park and Africa.  Linda is very excited about her new studio in the Pioneer Building in Detroit and will soon be teaching an oil painting class.
 
www.lsbdesign.com (http://www.lsbdesign.com/)
Grosse Pointe Theatre’s Board of Directors President Danielle Caralis and Executive Director Linda Zublick.
 
The Grosse Pointe Theatre was formed in 1948 by Russell Werneken, a 22-year-old drama teacher. It began with 30 members and now numbers 300 to 400 in any given year.
 
In its first 25 years, the organization would rehearse and perform anywhere, until the War Memorial Fries Auditorium opened in 1962.  It continued to perform at that location until their last play, Beauty and the Beast, in 2017.  Since then, GP Theatre has performed in schools, churches, and community centers.  
 
In 1982, GP Theatre purchased a building on Fisher Rd, which has had many renovations over the years, and is now their administrative and ticket offices, its rehearsal home, and its set building location.  Besides main stage productions, the organization also hosts youth camps and productions where children build confidence and learn life skills. It also offers sensory sensitivity programs for those with cognitive disabilities to enjoy.
 
The committed membership is looking forward to adding to the 353 stage plays conducted over the years at the new Schaap Performing Arts Center. The location will have 424 seats with state-of-the-art lighting and world-class acoustics.
 
Its next play will be Disney’s Newsies, running from May 3rd to May 12th at Parcells Middle School. To learn more or buy tickets, go to www.gpt.org (http://www.gpt.org/).
Michelle Boggess-Nunley, owner of Posterity Art Gallery
 
After being treated graciously be a GP homeowner where her car stalled on the way to an enjoyable job
 
interview at the CCD (her employer for 14 years), Ms. Borgess-Nunley knew she wanted to remain in Grosse Pointe.  When the opportunity arose to become the owner of Posterity Art Gallery a year and a half ago, she jumped at it.
 
As an internationally known artist, Ms. Borgess-Nunley was well associated with the Gallery as she spent over 3 months during the pandemic, sitting at its front window, drawing a world record breaking maze. To officially break the record, one of the many requirements is that the drawing had to be witnessed and videotaped.  When finished, it measured 1,126 feet long. She has loved drawing mazes since she was a child.
 
As the owner of Posterity, Ms. Borgess-Nunley is promoting local living emerging and well-known artists through community events, and public art displays. Its framing business, with its own woodworking shop, offers high quality frames.
 
www.boggessart.com (http://www.boggessart.com/)
www.posterityartgallery.com (http://www.posterityartgallery.com/)
 (located in The Village)
Roger Hull – Impressions from his recent trip to southern Africa.
 
Roger and Jeanie Hull vacationed in Africa from January 7th to the 23rd after an 18-hour plane ride from Detroit to Atlanta to Cape Town, South Africa.  The City was founded by the Dutch in 1652 and earned its independence from the UK in 1910.  While there, they traveled to Stellenbosch and wine country, climbed Table Mountain, went to the Cape of Good Hope, and visited Robben Island, where Nelson
 
Mandela spent 17 years in prison.  The prison is now a museum.
 
The next part of their trip took them to Victoria Falls and Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe, then on to Botswana, where Roger presented great close-up pictures of animals from the safari they went on.  They finished up by going to Pretoria and Johannesburg, where they visited Kapama Game Preserve and the township of Soweto.
 
Despite suffering tremendous poverty and unemployment, Roger said that Africa is beautiful, and the people could not have been nicer.  If it wasn’t an such a long plane ride, he would consider annual trips to the continent.
Mark Mals, Executive Director of the Mercy Education Project.
 
The organization’s mission is to provide the tools for educational equity, economic stability and mobility; and cultural enrichment opportunities for women and girls who have limited access to resources
 
– empowering them as they work towards a brighter future.
 
Formed in 1992, the MEP is located at Trumbull and Howard and primarily serves southwest Detroit. Since its formation, it continues its core purpose, which is to help girls and women with reading and math through its volunteers. The organization has a budget of $1.25 million, which is 70% financed through government funds and 30% through private donations/grants.
 
Due to the hardships faced by many of their students, it is hard for them to recognize their potential, let alone try to reach it. The safe space offered by the MEP gives them a chance to focus on bettering themselves, and not just surviving. As a former philosophy teacher at U of D Jesuit, Mr. Mals believes in Plato’s pursuit of perfection, making oneself better every day, even if it is something that can never be fully attained.
 
To learn more, please visit www.mercyed.net (http://www.mercyed.net/).
Up and Coming Speakers
Michael Tengler
Jun 05, 2024
the charity Happycheeks
Donna Hill
Jun 12, 2024
SAVeD, Save a Voiceless Dog Rescue
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