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
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Our Stories
Ted Everingham moderated the discussion.   The first exchange occurred in Denmark in 1929 and there are currently 8,000 students taking part in 100 countries.  Inbound students come to our Club and outbound students are sponsored by our Club to travel abroad.  Katie Dotson was just accepted as an outbound student and will find out in January where she will be living.  Her top choice is Norway.  The Club currently has an outbound student, Anna Gleason, in Finland.
 
Having recently hosted a student, Jessica Keyser and Paige Niehaus (Simon) and Michelle Roberts (Sebastian) offered their perspectives.  Jessica and Michelle spoke about how their children bonded with their student and the overall adjustment of having a teenager in the house.  Paige reflected on how much she misses having Simon in her daily life and the little things that remind her of him.
 
Current and past Rotarians spoke of the impact of hosting a student.  John and Susan Mozena (8 students)...
On Thursday Grosse Pointe Rotary delivered 400+ coats to the Children's Center.  After we finish our final delivery we will have distributed 4,356 coats this year and a total of 27,156 coats over the past 7 years.
Annually, Northeast Guidance Center and the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe raise funds to purchase new coats to meet the needs of children who receive behavioral health services at NEGC’s Eli Z. Rubin Children’s Center, as well as homeless children at the Day of Restoration Nov. 3. Distribution of coats began Oct. 15, just in time for the cold snap that hit Detroit.  Read more here.
(Pictured from left, Grosse Pointe Rotarians Ted Everingham, Bob Lucas, Paul Rentenbach and Dick Allison.)
Brian Peterson-Roest is the Founder of Bees in the D.
 
Bees in the D is a non-profit whose mission is to create a cooperative effort between residents, schools, organizations, and businesses in Detroit and southeast Michigan to contribute to both the health of honey bee colonies and the education of their importance to our environment.  It started with 2 rooftop hives and...
Grosse Pointe Rotary arranged for coats to go to some kids at Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian's tutoring program, via Operation Warm. Here are a couple pictures of some very appreciative kids.  Especially on these unusually cold November days. 
Michael Spence is the Policy Planner for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). 
 
SEMCOG is made up of a 7 county region (www.semcog.org).  Its purpose is to support coordinated local planning with technical, data, and intergovernmental resources.  Its plans help improve the quality of the region’s environmental resources, make the transportation system safer and more efficient, revitalize communities, and encourage economic development.  SEMCOG coordinates local projects and its source of funding is from the federal and state governments that help pay for these projects.
 
Mr. Spence focused on two projects: (1) Walk, Bike, Drive Safe which educates the public and provides traffic accident data to its membership.  (2) Parkfinder App which can be downloaded to search our 2,600 parks for activities on land and water trails. 
Julie is a new member who gave a presentation to us back in February.  During her presentation we learned about her personal and on going involvement with Innocence movement coalitions.  So for her vocational talk she rounded out the picture by telling us a little more about herself.  Julie was born and raised in Detroit, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker, utilizes the flexibility her job to care for her father and is enjoying Rotary.