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
Liz promised the Euchre Tribe one winner this time around, but of course all the losers still got scratch off tickets.  Jim Fikany managed to secure the main prize - a $20 gift card to Dunkin Donuts.  The Euchre group surprised Liz with an extremely generous gift card and gift certificate to have dinner at The Whitney.  She was blown away by the generosity and looks forward to scheduling euchre in February, March and April.
Nick Monacelli is the morning reporter for WDIV.  He starts his day at 2:00 AM, arriving at work at 3:30 AM to prepare for the 5:00 AM newscast.  After the morning show, he continues to work on stories for the evening newcasts, with his day ending at 12:30 PM. 
He is proud to be a reporter on a local news station.  Studies show that local TV is the primary and most trusted source for news.  Some of the national stories that came about by local reporting are the Flint water crisis, the Kwame Kilpatrick corruption case, and the Larry Nasser case.  There are also national stories, such as hurricanes, that requires the local TV news to notify its viewers of available shelters and which areas are being hardest hit.  Mr. Monacelli flew down to Houston to cover Hurricane Harvey so that the local reporters could take care of their families and property.
Kim Towar recognized Roger Hull as being a multiple Paul Harris Fellow with a PHx7 pin.  As Kim stated, Roger has embraced all the good work the RI Foundation does.
Beyond Basics received 408 coats from Grosse Pointe Rotary this year and hustled to get them to students before Thanksgiving. (Pictured is one of the happy recipients.) They provide them to the schools listed below, along with other services (e.g., tutoring, literacy aids, etc).  Learn more about Beyond Basics here: 
Thirkell Elementary (Detroit Public Schools)
Mumford High School (Detroit Public Schools)
Burton International School (Detroit Public Schools)
Sampson-Webber Leadership Academy (Detroit Public Schools)
Southeastern High School (Detroit Public Schools)
Central High School (Detroit Public Schools)
Westside Christian Academy (Detroit)
Durfee Elementary (DPS)
Durfee Family Literacy Center (Life Remodeled Durfee Center)
Myers Elementary (Taylor Schools)
Whitman Elementary (Pontiac Public Schools)
Pontiac Dream Center (after school program)
Following out meeting on the 19th we had a good turnout for a little euchre fun.  We had enough people for three tables and Philip MacKethan was the big winner.
On the 19th, instead of having a presenter we had a performance by the Grunyons.  The a cappella men’s group entertained us with witty banter in between holiday songs, both familiar and new.  To learn about the group’s history, go to
Kim Towar presented a Paul Harris pin to Phil MacKethan for accumulating $1,000 in donations to the Rotary International Foundation.  The RI Foundation’s purpose is “to do good in the world” by, among other things, trying to eradicate polio (2.5 billion immunized since 1985), establishing Peace Centers around the world, and providing grants that come back to local charitable projects.
Our very own Rev. Susan Mozena was the Pointer of Interest in Dec. 5th Grosse Pointe News.
Pointer of Interest: Farms woman has experience of a lifetime
Rev. Susan d’Olive Mozena
By Jody McVeigh on December 05, 2018

With pounding heart and mile-wide smile, the Rev. Susan d’Olive Mozena recently got the experience of a lifetime in the cockpit of a B-52 Stratofortress bomber.

The flight — which included a couple simulated bomb runs — was in honor of the service of Mozena’s father, 1st Lt. Charles d’Olive, a fighter pilot during World War I. But her story starts long before the Grosse Pointe Farms resident was fitted for flight.

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