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

Our Stories
Don Riddell spoke to the club as PDG of District 6380 and Past President of our Club.
Mr. Riddell’s key words are footprints and impact. An individual’s footprints tell the story of their life and, in Rotary terms, their service. One’s impact is putting these footprints into motion, with one way being through the Rotary Foundation.
Due to its strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency, the Foundation has received the highest possible score from Charity Navigator for the last 16 years. It was named the World’s Outstanding Foundation in 2016.
The impact of Rotary is putting one’s dream into motion through the power of 1.4 million Rotarians. One of these dreams is eliminating polio, which, in football terms, is at 4th and 1, and we need to cross the goal line.
Since its inception, our club has donated $853,066 to the RI Foundation and have averaged $11,507/year over the last three years. During that time, we have received global grants and are currently pursuing one with a club in Egypt. Mr. Riddell challenged our Club to partner with an international club for a water program.
Lauren Feldman spoke to the club about her job as COO of the Grosse Pte Animal Adoption Society. 
The GPAAS was formed in 1991, became a 501(c)(3) in 1996, and had its first brick and mortar shelter in 2012. Their current location, at 20542 Harper Ave., has dog runs, a connected dog park, and cat suites.
The organization brings in 800 stray and injured animals a year. This doesn’t include animals that are safe harbored from crime scenes or due to neglect. 30% of the strays, which they must legally hold for 5 business days, are returned to their homes.
Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods public safety departments do not have animal control officers and rely on a staff of 4 at GPAAS to assist them. The GPAAS used to help other local cities, but the need has become too great and had to limit it to GP and HW.
As of 10/24, they had 48 canines and 48 felines in its care. Feeding them requires 168 cans of wet dog food, 420 pounds of dry dog food, 11 bags of dry cat foot, and 336 cans of wet cat food a week. Its funding comes from adoption fees and donations, and it also relies heavily on volunteers to walk the dogs, play, and socialize with the animals, and even help with the laundry.
Rebecca Fannon gave her vocational speech to the club regarding her personal life and job as Community Relations Specialist for the GPPSS.
Rebecca began by describing her family, which includes her husband, and their four sons. She attended Albion College as an English major, which allowed her to get a variety of internships and work opportunities leading her to her current position as GPPSS Community Relations Specialist, a position she has held for 17 years.
Rebecca stressed just how passionate she is about her job, and how much she loves the schools. Each day of work for her is something different, which she greatly enjoys. As Community Relations Specialist, she manages social media, is the liaison to the homeless/foster students and families in the district, manages the “School Pointes,” and a variety of other things.
Rebecca mentioned just how much her job affects her and her family’s lives, because of things like how she “can never go to Kroger without a question.” However, she is still incredibly enthusiastic about her position and made sure to emphasize just how much her job means to her.
On October 12, Dr. Jon Dean was officially inducted into the club. Dean is the Superintendent of the Grosse Pointe Public Schools System, and lives in Grosse Pointe woods with his wife and two college-aged children. Dean is a true-blue Detroiter, growing up on the westside, attending Wayne State, and has a love of Detroit sports. Welcome, Jon!
Steve Kiefer, Chairman of the Kiefer Foundation spoke to the club about his foundation's mission to end distracted driving.
Kiefer shared the tragic story that inspired the Kiefer Foundation. On 9/17/2016, Mr. Kiefer’s son, Mitchel, was driving to MSU on I-96 and was stopped due to traffic when the car behind rear-ended him at 82 mph. This pushed his car across the median into upcoming traffic, killing him instantly.
The foundation was formed to combat distracted driving with three strategic pillars: awareness, policy, and technology. Through awareness, it educates as to the dangers of distracted driving through safe driving programs and has formed the “Just Drive” campaign. Through policy, it is trying to enact laws like Hands Free USA (which is already in 24 states) that will ticket drivers who are on their phones. Through technology, vehicles may soon have driver monitoring systems that recognize when your eyes are diverted. To learn more, visit
District Governor Traci Sincock spoke to the club giving the annual "Governor's Report."
Traci talked about how Rotary International's goal for the year, as it battles back from the pandemic, is to put its members first and to recognize that every member is unique, and their differences should be embraced. With Jennifer Jones from our District as the first female RI President, diversity and inclusion are important themes for her year.
As the District level, Sincock asks that Clubs focus on the significant impact their projects have on their communities.  She promoted this with a Day of Service on September 17th, with 38 clubs participating.  She is asking for Clubs to concentrate on familiar current projects and to not overload what they want to accomplish.
Sincock promoted two upcoming events:  (1) A Holiday Party at Phoenix Mill on December 1st in Plymouth and (2) To celebrate the years accomplishments, the District Conference will take place from 5/5 to 5/7 at Caesars Windsor. Speakers will include RI President Jennifer Jones and Mitch Albom. You can register at
Pamela Good spoke the club as the Beyond Basics Co-Founder and CEO.
Beyond Basics is a nonprofit working to eradicate illiteracy, which it views as America’s largest and most solvable disability. It addresses the Literacy Gap, which includes any student reading more than one grade level behind. This is a huge issue, with 85% of the 43,000 Detroit Public Schools students falling into this gap. It may be surprising, but the percentage in the GP Public Schools is 31%. A child who struggles to read becomes an adult who struggles to succeed.
Beyond Basic’s solution is to provide intensive one on one hour long, daily, tutoring that delivers results: seeing students achieve grade-level movement in an average of six weeks.  This is done through four different programs. They offer 14-week Readiness for those two or more grade levels behind, 10-week Read to Rise for those at least one grade behind, 4-week Scholars for those less than one grade level behind, and Scholars Plus to assist with college and career readiness. Beyond Basics has a staff of just under 160, which includes paid tutors, and have impacted 90,000 students since incorporating.
To learn more, please visit or watch mchLd3UmqdU
Superintendent Jon Dean spoke to the club, giving the State of the Grosse Pointe Public School System (GPPSS) Address.
The District’s vision is to be one inclusive community learning together with a mission to cultivate educational excellence by empowering students, valuing diversity, inspiring curiosity, and pushing possibilities. Dr. Dean wants every student to meet their desired outcome, whether it be Harvard, U of M, the military, or skilled trades.
GPPSS is an outstanding school district, ranking in the top 2% nationally. A fact sheet available at (GPPSS By the Numbers) promotes its achievements. These include 18:1 student-teacher ratio, 30 high school sports with 120 teams participating, and 13 National Merit Semi- finalists.
In addition to the website, the District offers many sources of information. Board meeting are televised, surveys and focus groups are conducted, and, to receive the weekly E-Newsletter, School Pointes, email Two-way communication opportunities are also available at Listening Sessions With Dr. Dean, which can be found on the District website calendar. 
Up and Coming Speakers
Phil Gilchrist, Executive Director
Nov 30, 2022 5:30 PM
Anton Art Center, Mt. Clemens MI
Hold for Club Forum
Dec 07, 2022 5:30 PM
Club Forum (hold) at village grille
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