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 GoToMeeting until further notice.

Members will receive email invites each week.

Meetings are in
The Venetian Room   (June - August)
The Fo'c'sle Room   (September - May)
Visiting Rotarians and Guests are Welcome!
The Grosse Pointe Rotary Tot Lot Re-Imagining
 
 
In 1973, Grosse Pointe Rotary designed and installed the initial Tot Lot play park in the City of Grosse Pointe for children 2 to 5 years of age at the corner of St. Clair and Waterloo. Then, in 1997-98, the club performed a true makeover of the original park and invested significantly in park improvements.
 
Now in 2020, the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe will once again be “re-imagining” the Tot Lot to make it an ADA/ADHD compliant, all-inclusive play park and learning development environment for kids 2 to 5 years of age. 

We have already raised $250,000 and purchased the new equipment.  Now we are looking for volunteers.  Click HERE to see a video about the project and HERE to see how you can volunteer and help with the installation.
Our Stories
The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe had it's first Virtual Meeting on April 1st.  We had over 30 participants joining via video and/or phone.  We ran the meeting as close to normal as possible and had Susan Mozena as our presenter.  
 
Susan shared her thoughts as a Minister and Hospital Chaplain. She started by reading an article she has written for the GP News’ Pastor’s Corner that will appear in next week’s edition.  She compared the current war against the Corona Virus to the Battle of Iwo Jima in WWII.  Although entirely different in terms of taking an active versus a passive role in the fight, both are similar in developing a sense of community and that a terrible price will have to paid (according to the models) before victory. 
 
Susan went on to say that in order to save our community, and to achieve victory in the biggest fight of our lives, is to avoid our community.  You can show your love for your neighbors as well as for all health care providers by staying home.
Another great night for Euchre.  The competition was tough but Philip MacKethan prevailed and took home the trophy, a green glittery bow tie and a new hat for St. Patty's day.
Our very own Richard Yeager-Stiver told us his story about... A lone cold road in Scotland.
 
Richard’s story began on a lone cold road in Scotland while on a religious pilgrimage.  He had pre-purchased trip packages and carried only credit cards while travelling by buses and ferries, which became a problem when he found out a key bus fare could only be purchased by cash.  This led to him coming across a character who sent him running around to various places in unsuccessful attempts to obtain cash with his credit cards.  Missing the last bus to Fionnphort, his next destination, Richard was forced to hitchhike. 
 
This part of his travels introduced him to a man name Frasier and his dog Moses.  Frasier took him on a series of unusual excursions, akin to kidnapping, all while commenting that hitchhiking was very dangerous and that people have gone missing.  He refused to let Richard leave his vehicle until they reached his cottage for an overnight stay with the plan being to catch a ferry the next day. 
 
At the cottage, Richard met Frasier’s wife, Hillary, who was suffering from Multiple Sclerosis and had completely given up on God.  Upon learning of Richard’s profession, she opened up, talking to the next morning, and almost caused him to miss yet another departure. His entire experience and ordeals worked to reveal God not only to him but especially to a woman in need of spiritual guidance.  As everything worked out, Richard believed he was blessed and can only describe his travels as a “Blessed Kidnapping”.
Rotary Youth Exchange helps build world peace one young person at a time. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary Clubs in more than 100 countries. These young people develop lifelong leadership skills and build lasting friendships with other young people from around the world.
The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe is excited to be able to host Gabriela from Poland. Her nick name is Gabi and she just turned 17 this past January. Gabi is due to arrive in Grosse Pointe in August and will be living with one of three host families for the next 10 months while attending Grosse Pointe South High School.
 
Anyone is interested in learning more about our Youth Exchange Program for both in-bound as well as out-bound students may contact: Bill Scott at 313-886-6919 or williamscott55@gmail.com
On March 4th, Regan Stolarski, GP Chamber of Commerce Director of Admiration and Liz Vogel, Clinton Township Deputy Supervisor gave an educational presentation on The 2020 census.
 
The census is important for three reasons: (1) it determines the number of seats the State has in Congress; (2) it determines the allocation of government money; and (3) it is mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
 
Ms. Stolarski noted that the 2010 census brought in $1,800 annually per person in the State of Michigan over the past 10 years.  The Grosse Pointes, surprisingly, didn’t have a near 100% participation rate, which means not all of the available government funds were allocated to our area.  These funds are used for  services such as Hospice care and to provide federal student loans and Pell Grants. 
 
For this year’s census, a postcard will be mailed out to each household explaining how to complete the form online.  If not completed in a reasonable amount of time, reminder postcards will follow.  After that, the actual form will be mailed out and, finally, a census taker will knock on each individual’s door. 
 
Liz is trying to use every available dollar to promote the census.  In addition to determining how government funds are allocated, the data gathered is used by businesses when deciding whether to open a location in a particular city.
 
Both of our speakers’ roles are to reach out to the public to eliminate some of the hurdles, such as distrust in the government, by explaining what it means to their community, and possibly their family, to accurately fill out the form.  They are also reaching out to stakeholders - business owners and civic leaders - to promote the importance of completing the census.
At the meeting on March 4th, George McMullen was in attendance and a group picture was taken before he starts his cancer battle on March 5th.  Our thoughts and prayers are with George as he starts his treatment process.
Up and Coming Speakers
Virtual Meeting Speaker - Jennifer Jones
Apr 08, 2020 5:30 PM
A conversation with Rotary Foundation Trustee Jennifer Jones
Virtual Meeting Speaker TBD
Apr 15, 2020 5:30 PM
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