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
Ernestine Lyons brings SOUP to Harper Woods
Harper Woods Soup is a spin off from Detroit Soup which was founded 5 years ago as a micro-granting dinner celebrating creative projects.  The concept – people make a $5 donation to listen to four individuals make a four minute pitch of a business idea and then ask questions. They then vote on the best idea while enjoying donated soup, salads, and other foods and there is typically entertainment.  The winner takes home the donated money and then reports on his/her progress at the next event.
The inaugural Harper Woods Soup takes place on April 28th at 6:30 PM at Eastland Center (Burlington).  The hope is to conduct one on a quarterly basis.
Phil MacKethan passed it to Irena Politano for her involvement in the Club.  After joining in 2018, she is already serving on the fundraising committee and will be a Club Board member next year.
With the mission of working to relieve hunger and prevent nutritious food waste in the metro Detroit area, Forgotten Harvest began in 1990 to rescue food surpluses from grocery stores, markets, restaurants, caterers, and more.  They also grow their own food on 95 acres of donated land. Volunteers repackage food which Forgotten Harvest then delivers free-of-charge to emergency food providers. Ten GP Rotarians and 2 GP North H.S. Interact members volunteered on Saturday afternoon, April 13 and helped bag 14,300 pounds of potatoes.  Looks like they were having a great time!
On April 10th our presenter was Khris Mapp of the Khris Mapp Project.
The Khris Mapp Project (KMP) is a non-profit founded in 2015 on the principles of charity, healing, and community.  Its goal is to help Mt. Clemens area kids, ages 3-12, in need of back-to-school supplies and clothing to help prepare them for a quality education and life.
Mr. Mapp grew up in the east side of Detroit where his mother instilled in him his need to perform community service. Last year, 75 families benefited from his donation of school clothes and supplies at August and Christmas giveaways. 
KMP is currently storing donated/purchased items at Mr. Mapp’s church.  Fundraising efforts are underway to raise money to purchase a home where he would provide students with clothes/supplies and also offer after-school tutoring.  $10,000 has been collected so far towards the goal of $35,000. 
Mr. Mapp’s hope is to improve the quality of life for as many children as he can.  For more information,
Johann Finkelmeier is the newest member of our Club as of April 10th.  Johann is a vice-president with Goodyear, an experienced pilot, and the significant other of Liz Vogel.  We look forward to seeing him become an active and involved Rotarian.
Our presenter last Wednesday was Natalie Jakub from Bee Green Business.
Ms. Jakub is the Executive Director of a non-profit called Green Living Science.  Its mission is to transform Detroit by teaching about waste and recycling and does this by offering educational programs through the Detroit Public Schools, sharing information with the community, and by working with businesses through its Bee Green Business program.
Bee Green Business educates and certifies businesses and their employees to become responsible corporate citizens.  It offers a free consultation about waste hauling services and then conducts an assessment to reduce waste.  In our area, Bee Green has worked with Red Crown and the GP Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Carmody inducted Bobby Barrett as our newest member.  Bobby lives in Grosse Pointe City and works for Raymond James in Birmingham.  Please make him feel welcomed and involved in the Club.
Last weeks presenter was Jody Pear of Jody Pear Designs.
Ms. Pear has trained to be a color expert where, for example, she is able to pick the right shade of white from the numerous variations available.  As an interior designer, she sees herself as a house coach in which she focuses on having empathy and a purpose in designing and decorating.  Whether it’s your desk, a room, or your house, she believes that it should be aesthetically pleasing but also should tell a story that is unique to you.
Another one of her focuses is treating your house as a “soul oasis”.  The idea is to turn the house into the foundation for you to live your best life because it reflects your soul and points you to the life you’re dreaming of.  As Ms. Pear stated, “house + love = home”.