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
Melissa Roy, is the Executive Director of Advancing Macomb. Her background includes working for the Detroit Regional Chamber and media relations for Macomb County Executive, Mark Hackel, before taking on her current role in 2015.  Advancing Macomb is a business and community leadership group whose mission is bring people together to positively transform Macomb by strengthening its communities, economy, and natural resources.
On August 7th, members of The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe volunteered there time to help make and distribute free lunches through a Crossroads program. Crossroads is a social service outreach agency with two locations in Detroit. Founded in 1971, Crossroads exists to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need.
 
For more information about Crossroads please visit. https://crossroadsofmichigan.org/
Johann Finkelmeier is a Automotive Hall of Fame Board Member.
 
With a distinguished career in the automobile industry, Mr. Finkelmeier is one of 32 board members from various fields, such as academic, media, auto suppliers, and legal. All of whom are individuals interested in preserving the industry’s legacy.
Our very own Liz Vogel, Deputy Supervisor of Clinton Township, was our speaker on July 25th.
 
As Deputy Supervisor, Liz describes her job as putting out daily fires, ranging from the mundane to the extraordinary.
 
Her topic: Fix the Damn Roads! 
Did you know that there has been no proactive road funding since 2007?  The majority of the funding comes from state and federal gas taxes but it is not enough.  As an example of how behind road repairs are, Sterling Heights has spent (and has allocated) $500 million dollars to fix their roads since 2014 and it’s not enough.  With the money the communities have, most of the repairs are stopgap fixes.
The Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe is pairing up with the Grosse Pointe Public Libraries to collect school supplies for Northeast Guidance Center. NEGC distributes these supplies to needy students at the beginning of the school year. Follow this link for details on where and what to donate. 
http://www.gp.lib.mi.us/gppl-gives-back-3-2/
Lucas Ottinger, Business Development & Sales, at Rocket Fiber.
 
Rocket Fiber, part of the Quicken Loans family, is a Detroit based internet company.  Internet service provided through fiber optics offers hyper-fast home internet speeds at a cost of $70/month without a contract.  For businesses, it offers services that cater to the individual company’s needs with 24 hour customer service. 
Anna Gleason, who graduated from GP South in three years, will be an outbound exchange student in Finland.  Her father, Joe, was reluctant to send his daughter off to live with strangers but after hearing the stories from past inbound and outbound exchange students and their host families, he is very excited for the opportunity she is undertaking.
We had a fun group for our Fellowship Dinner this month.  We even got to meet the owner of the restaurant. (seated front and center) If you click on "Read More" you will see pictures of the murals which include a likeness of the owner and a touch up job on his past partner.