Grosse Pointe Rotary Club

Grosse Pointe

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 5:30 PM
War Memorial Reception Room
32 Lake Shore Rd
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI  48236
United States of America
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Our Stories
Our presenters on May 15th were Lisa Gandelot and Stuart Grigg of The Grosse Pointe Historical Society.
Lisa provided a brief history of the Society.  It was formed in 1945 but didn’t really become an active organization until 1980 when a group of residents became concerned about the tearing down of historical buildings.  In the last 40 years, it has bought and preserved two buildings (including the Provencal-Weir house).  It has also placed historical signs around the Pointes and provided plaques to older buildings with architectural significance.   
Mr. Grigg talked about the new home that will be built for the Society.  It will be a 5,600 square foot building on Kercheval, across the street from the P-W building, with ample room for storage and areas to view blueprints, artifacts, and exhibits.  He is very excited about being able to digitize historical books in their possession through a recently purchased scanner that scans without having to take the books apart. 
Lisa is the co-chair of the fundraising campaign for the new permanent home along with Mason Ferry, who was also in attendance. The Society’s 16th annual fundraising gala will take place on June 13th at the Anderson Villa on Lakeshore.  To learn more about the Society, the gala, or to make a donation, please visit  (Pictured: Mason Ferry, Lisa Gandelot, Stuart Grigg and Paul Rentenbach)
On April 10th we heard Khris Mapp speak about his project to provide free clothing, school supplies and personal hygiene products to children in need in the Mt. Clemens area.  We also learned that the Khris Mapp Project is a one man show with limited resources.  One of our fellow Rotarians was so moved by Khris' efforts that he decided to help him by building a GoFundMe account.  Khris’ story is an interesting one. Click here if you would like to learn more.
Linda Dewey, our presenter this week, spoke about the Kassel Mission of World War II.
Ms. Dewey’s father, Bill Dewey, was a pilot in the 445th Bomb Group in WWII.  35 bombers and 336 men of this Group suffered the greatest single-day loss to one airfield in aviation history.  In what was supposed to be an easy mission, soon became a tragedy on the return flight to the airfield they were attacked without fighter support.  In a battle that took only 6 minutes, only 4 of the 35 planes returned. 
A video told the story of the battle and the losses sustained and ended with both the Americans and Germans coming together in 1990 at a ceremony memorializing the location of where the lead plane crashed. 
As Ms. Dewey stated – no one who dies for their country should be forgotten.
Scott Matthews, sponsored by Richard O’Neill, is the President of  He lives in GP Woods with his wife, Ruth Azar, and is a 3rd generation Rotarian.
Irena Politano described the recipient as someone who welcomed her into the club, is a bit of a joker, and may have suffered a recent injury (John Mozena), when she veered off course and gave it to Susan Mozena for living with John.  Nicely done!
Our presentors today were Chris Edwards and Elaine Weeks, co-authors of "5,000 Ways You Know You’re From Detroit"
Although Canadian, Mr. Edwards and Ms. Weeks have a love affair with the City of Detroit.  They focused their talk on the City being the Arsenal of Democracy in WWII and leading the car boom in the 1950s which led to greater mobility and independence for baby boomers.  Their book (available on Amazon) is close to 500 pages with over 1,400 pictures of Detroit music icons, TV & radio personalities, food & drink & entertainment venues, and local landmarks.
Mr. Edwards closed with the comment that Detroit’s current comeback is in the DNA of the city and its people.
George McMullen presented the individual Vocational Service Award to Ed Lazar for all he does in the community.  His involvement with community organizations is numerous, with a focus on veterans.