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.

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Our Stories
Tonight, we had the pleasure of welcoming Dio Rockers, a member of Rotary for over a year. Dio has consistently contributed to our weekly meetings with his willingness to take on various responsibilities. In a town where many are lifelong residents of Grosse Pointe, Dio brings a unique perspective shaped by his trips to over 40 countries and all 50 states.
Tonight we were joined by Ryan Berns, a dedicated member of Rotary for over 6 months. Burns is a real estate agent at Saros Real Estate, located on the corner of Mack and Cadieux. At Saros, he focuses on selling single family homes in the five Grosse Pointes.

Tonight we were joined by Donna Hill from SAVeD, Save a Voiceless Dog. SAVeD is a rescue that aims to help all dogs in need, but focuses on pregnant female dogs. Pregnant female dogs are the hardest dogs to get adopted. Often if these dogs are left on the streets, pregnant, chained, unfed, unhoused and helpless. When Donna is able to get to these dogs she helps the mothers give birth to their puppies. SAVeD aims to pay the medical bills, which can be quite costly, to help these mothers safely give birth. 

At just 16 years old Michael Tengler started a non-profit, Happycheeks, aimed to help the unhoused. Since starting in 2020, Happycheeks has now donated over 24,000 pairs of socks and underwear with the help of the community. 

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. (
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 (
Up and Coming Speakers
Casey Kempton
Jul 24, 2024
Milk & Honey Bakery
Tom Gage
Jul 31, 2024
Tom Gage (former Tigers beat writer), new book: "The Enchanted Season"
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