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 will be held via Zoom until further notice.

Members will receive email invites each week.

Our Stories
There were several nice articles about our friend George McMullen in last weeks Grosse Pointe News.  If you have not seem them yet you can find them here...
 
https://www.grossepointenews.com/articles/in-tribute/
 
https://www.grossepointenews.com/articles/george-a-man-about-town/
 
https://www.grossepointenews.com/articles/george-robert-mcmullen-jr/
On December 16th our presenter was Jenny Boettcher, President of Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce.
 
Mrs. Boettcher started the presentation by expressing her frustration with the State’s constantly changing rules and shutdowns while offering businesses very little financial relief.  There are a couple of grants available through Wayne County and the State, but they are either relatively small or only available on a first come, first served basis.  Through its website, the Chamber provides Covid 19 resources to help businesses follow State guidelines.
 
Addressing the Covid 19 restrictions, shutdowns, and event cancellations, the Chamber has had to pivot with the times.  It is deferring membership renewal fees for up to 90 days, offering businesses free Covid signs and PPE kits and, on the website, they can post employment opportunities. The Chamber’s Legacy on the Lake event was changed to meal and wine dinner kits available for purchase, and there was a Santa Claus “drive-by” in lieu of the Santa Parade.
 
To help the community support local businesses, the Chamber’s website provides a list of restaurants and their contact information that offer carry-out or curbside service.  You can also purchase Chamber Bucks that are accepted at local retail stores, health & fitness locations, salons, and restaurants/bakeries.  To help with foot traffic, it has sponsored a gingerbread house contest at over 50 locations with a detailed map on its website.
On Dec 16th Phil MacKethan and Judy Masserang planned on giving the Oil Can to Fred Ollison to “grease” his joints after knee surgery.  Tuesday evening gave them another reason as Fred texted and e-mailed Phil the words “I can’t get in” and Phil knew immediately that Fred was trying to get into the Zoom meeting.  After informing him that he was a day early, Fred replied “oops”.
On December 9th our presenter was Roger Hull, the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe's Foundation Board President.
 
The Foundation Board is made up of 9 directors, with three new ones elected each year as three term out.  It is responsible for the stewardship of the Foundation balance sheet and its assets.  Duties include creating an annual budget, approving or amending grant requests received from the Club Board, and disbursing the funds directly to the organization requesting them or remanding to the Club Board for further action. 
 
Revenue comes from special events, such as the McNeill Raffle, Cruise for a Cause, and, in the past, bi-annual auctions.  Money is also received through District 6400 grants, donations, gifts from estates, and gifts in memory of a Rotarian.
 
Funding categories include education (scholarships), community projects (Tot Lot, Crossroads), and international projects (polio).  Accounting and bank fees makes up the operating expenses.
 
To continue to support our projects (without being able to conduct fundraisers), a letter will be sent out to the membership asking for a donation to the Foundation that is “right for you”.  Donations can also be made on the Club’s website.
On December 5th, Safety vested Rotarians Judy Masserang and Diane Strickler teamed-up with members of Grosse Pointe Memorial Church to contribute to and run a food drive for the benefit of Second Mile Center charity.   Drive by donating Rotarians were Lisa Gandelot, Jackie Dale, Nina Gazel and Doris and Vince Van Tiem.  This picture was taken a few minutes after 10:00 am at the beginning of the event.  By the 11:00 a.m. closing two vehicles were filled.  GP Rotary is committed to future monthly food drives with GPMC, the next scheduled to happen Saturday, January 9 (not pictured: workers and contributors Mark Cory and Dick Allison).  JOIN IN NEXT MONTH TO FILL THREE VEHICLES!    
On December 2nd we heard from Marc Pasco who is the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Communications Director.
 
The Conservancy is dedicated to keeping the riverfront a beautiful, clean, and safe gathering place for all.  It is responsible for the establishment, improvement, operation, maintenance, security, programming, and expansion of the Detroit RiverWalk and associated green spaces.  The 5 ½ mile RiverWalk will ultimately run from MacArthur Park at Belle Isle to the Ambassador Bridge.
 
The east riverfront includes Gabriel Richard Park, Milliken State Park, Mt. Elliott Park, the Dequindre Cut, and the Robert C. Valade Park,  It also includes a boardwalk in front of the Stroh Rive Place and there are  discussions to have public space on the former Uniroyal property.
 
The west riverfront stretches from the Joe Louis Arena site to the Ambassador Bridge.  A boardwalk has been built over the water in front of the Riverfront Towers and there are ambitious plans when construction beings on the Ralph C. Wilson Centennial Park.  
 
Numerous events are held for the public every year, including a Fishing Fest, Touch-A-Truck, and River Days, to name a few. www.detroitriverfront.org.

Please welcome our newest member, Frank Wilberding.  Frank grew up in Grosse Pointe, worked in advertising in Chicago for most of his career, received his Masters in social work at age 62, and is now a self-employed therapist.  He lives with his wife, Beth Conrad, in GP Farms.

The caption reads: Pure Grosse Pointe: Grosse Pointe Public Library Directory Jessica Keyser took advantage of the nice fall weather by, naturally, reading a book on the steps of the Central Branch library’s new entrance. The new outdoor space, funded by the Grosse Pointe Library Foundation, is handicap accessible (ramp is on the Fisher Road side) and has chairs, tables and Wi-Fi for anyone to sit and relax.
Up and Coming Speakers
Mil Hurley
Jan 20, 2021
Moross Greenway Project
Marie Horak & Adrien Carlier
Jan 27, 2021
Surviving WWII & working in the Belgium Underground
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