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Presidents Letter July

Now that July is here, summer is in full swing. While some parts of the country saw blistering heat in June or before, Michigan is fortunate to have the Great Lakes moderate the weather. The cooler Spring and warmer Fall doesn’t lengthen the overall growing season, but it does mean that we can plant later and still have a harvest before the winter frost. Although the saying is “Knee high by the 4th of July”, there are some varieties of sweet corn that can be planted right now for harvest in September. The same goes for some bean varieties and most cold weather vegetables. Check the back of the seed packet for varieties that mature in 60 days or less.

At the beginning of the month we celebrate the 4th of July — Independence Day. For most Americans it’s
a time for family and friends, picnics, and fireworks. We do like our fireworks. For others it may be a brief relaxation from work. Others are looking for stores that offer unbeatable holiday sales. Also in July the Men’s Club has elections for officers and directors to help guide us through the year. The elected board begins office on October 1st. There’s a full copy of the BYLAWS in the directory, but at the end of this letter I’ve included copies of Article V which describes the officers and duties and Article VI which pertains to our elections. For those who are new to the Men’s Club,we have 8 Officers and 8 Directors. Each year we elect all officers except the Past President, and 4 directors. For continuity, directors are elected for 2 year terms. Basically the process is as follows:

The President appoints a Nominating Committee which prepares a slate of candidates. There can’t be any current board members on the Nominating Committee. Marty Mc Millian and 4 other past presidents made up the committee.

The head of the Nominating Committee gives its slate of candidates to the Presiding Officer (Secretary or Treasurer) and reads it to the Club membership at the election meeting.

A voice vote of the members is usually sufficient for electing board members. The Presiding Officer (Secretary Ken McIntyre) makes the decision.

I hope that this is helpful in understanding the process.

ARTICLE V Officers
Section 1. The officers of the Club shall be a President, a First Vice President, a Second Vice President, a Secretary, an Assistant Secretary, a Treasurer, an Assistant Treasurer and the Immediate Past President. The President, the First Vice President in the absence of the President, the Second Vice President in the absence of the President and the First Vice President, the Treasurer and the Assistant Treasurer in the absence of the Treasurer are authorized to sign checks on behalf of the Club.

Section 2. The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and of the Club. He shall appoint all committees and be an ex officio member of them, except the Nominating Committee. He shall carry out the decisions and orders of the Board of Directors, and except as limited by the board, direct the affairs of the Club and put into operation its purposes as expressed in these Bylaws.

Section 3. It shall be the duty of the First Vice President to assist the President as requested by him and, in his absence or disability, to perform his duties and exercise his powers. The First Vice President shall be the Chairman of the Program Committee.

Section 4. It shall be the duty of the Second Vice President, in the absence or disability of the First Vice President, to perform his duties and powers. The Second Vice President shall be the Chairman of the Membership Committee.

Section 5. It shall be the duty of the Secretary, and the Assistant Secretary in the absence or disability of the Secretary, to faithfully record all actions taken at meetings of the Board of Directors of the Club, and to perform such other duties which usually devolve upon his office or which may be requested by the President.

Section 6. It shall be the duty of the Treasurer, and the Assistant Treasurer in the absence or disability of the Treasurer, to receive and care for all funds of the Club coming into his hands. He shall pay the bills and accounts of the Club with bank transfers or checks signed by the officers designated in Section 1 of this Article V, keep an accurate account of all his receipts and disbursements; furnish to the Board of Directors a report on the financial affairs of the Club as may be requested. At the end of his term, the Treasurer shall file with the President a financial report for the past fiscal year, and turn over to his successor the books and records of his office and the funds then in his hands.

Section 7. As soon as feasible, the new President, First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer are to be bonded by a qualified bonding company.

ARTICLE VI Election Procedures

Section 1. On or before the first regular meeting in May, the President shall appoint a Nominating Committee, none of whom shall be an officer or director of the Club, whose duty shall be to prepare a slate of candidates for the offices to be filled at the next Election Meeting, including four candidates to serve as directors. This slate shall be presented in writing to the Secretary and read to the Club membership at the Election Meeting. Additional qualified nominations from the floor may be made at that time.

Section 2.The officers, except the Immediate Past President, and the directors shall be elected by a majority of the members present at the Election Meeting, determined by a voice vote unless otherwise directed by the presiding officer (Secretary or Treasurer). All officers, except the Secretary and Treasurer, shall be elected for a term of one year and the directors for a term of two years and until their successors are elected. The Secretary and Treasurer shall be elected for a term of one year which may be extended until the President informs the Nominating Committee to nominate a new candidate to fill their vacancies. Their terms shall begin on the 1st day of October following their election. The terms of the directors shall be staggered so four directors are elected each year.

Section 3. No member shall hold more than one office, or be an officer and elected a director at the same time. No officer or director, except the President, who can serve only one term, shall be eligible to serve more that two successive years in the same office or position, unless he was appointed to finish a term except the Secretary and Treasurer who may serve more than two successive terms.

The Men’s Club would welcome any newer member of the Club contacting me with an interest in serving on the Board or on our many committees and Sub Clubs.

Henry Fischer

Hardy visitors to the Oudolf Garden with Duncan Campbell on a Hot June Day

Cathy Hasse spoke to the Club on June 14th about the Highland Games

Tim Matyn spoke to our Club on May 24th

Tim gave us a fascinating history of powerboat racing in the US in the twentieth century, focusing on the importance of the City of Detroit. Tim has authored three books on the subject and they may be found here:

Rufus McGaugh our speaker May 10th

Rufus McGaugh, traveler, author and retired Brownell teacher, spoke to the Men’s Club on May 10th. Rufus has spoken to the club before sharing stories from his lifelong quest to see the world.

SPECIAL EVENT – Friday, May 13, 2022


Bus Transportation will be provided from Windmill Pointe Park to the Detroit Institute of Arts. The bus departs Tompkins Center at noon and will leave the DIA at 3PM for return. Masks are required on the bus.

A docent will be available for a one-hour highlight tour for those in the group who want to participate. Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available at the John R and Farnsworth entrances. Kresge Court and Café DIA are open with a limited menu. Outside food and beverage is not permitted.

Contact Ed Benz to reserve your space at 313-885-3618 or email to

Guests welcome!

President’s Letter May

May is the shortest month of the year (3 letters), but the longest in expectations. The first of the month, May Day, is considered the start of the summer season. It’s a time of celebration as we can see the world around us changing from the dreary winter brown and grey to green. Daylight is getting longer and, except for a few frosty nights at the beginning of the month, temperatures are beginning to remain warm.  It’s time for planting or transplanting. Perennial flowers such as daffodils and tulips are in full bloom, as are Magnolia trees.  May also starts the beginning of outdoor grilling, although for some us that really went on all winter. At least it’s warmer outside. If nothing else, clean up the grill and practice for Memorial Day. 

There has also been new growth in membership. We’ve welcomed seven new members into the Club in March and April.  I believe that’s a net gain of 6.  At the Men’s Club luncheons we look forward to two great speakers. Many of us remember Christopher Pratt from his teaching and presentations with the Grosse Pointe South Choirs. The Tower Belles and The Pointe Singers earned national titles. While teaching he was President of the Grosse Pointe Education Association and now returns as UniServ Di-rector of South Oakland districts. He will be presenting on May 10th.  On May 24th  author and historian Tim Matyn will talk to us about the history of power boat racing and its ties to Detroit.  Tim is a long term enthusiast of hydroplanes and the races held on the Detroit River. He has also written three books on the subject highlighting: The Gold Cup, The Silver Cup and The Harmsworth races.  Please make reservations for these presentations, especially if you are bringing guests.  If you signed the attendance sheet at the previous meeting you’re covered, but we also need a count of guests. The email for attendance is If email is not available, call or text Marty Mc-Millan at 313-550-9661.  

Festivities, Fun, Fellowship

Henry Fischer

Nan Washburn, Conductor of the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra, spoke to the Club on April 26, 2022

President’s Letter April

It’s Spring!  Yep, it became official on March 20th , at least according to the calendar.  I had hoped that all of the erratic winds and funny weather patterns were behind us, but on April 1st  it was cold and some areas had a light snow. It’s not an April Fool’s joke by Mother Nature, just regular Michigan weather.

Bulbs that the squirrels didn’t try eat last Fall are beginning to grow into what the rabbits think is an endless salad bar.  In the Fall the squirrels follow my wife in order to dig up the bulbs she just planted. Usually one bite tells them that they don’t like the taste, but it’s enough to stop anything from growing. 

This is the month to retire the snow blower, tune up the lawn-mower, and put out the patio furniture.  Don’t forget to put an umbrella in the car. April showers bring May flowers, but we’ve all been stuck in a sudden downpour, with a cart full of groceries, knowing that there are two umbrellas in the car which is at the far end of the parking lot.  The chance of a sudden downpour is inversely proportional to how full the grocery cart is, and the distance to your car.  Extra points are awarded if your wife told you to bring the umbrella into the store and you didn’t.  In cases like this there is a 100% chance that somebody is going to get wet running to the car and bringing it back. Hint, it’s going to be you!  

When I first joined the Men’s Club my sponsor invited me to another get together.  Once each week he and some of the other Men’s Club members would get together for breakfast.  It was a rotating group of about 10 people with 5 or 6 showing up at a time. Being new to Grosse Pointe, it was one of the ways that I got to meet others, discover their background and interests and just discuss the topic of the day.  Bull sessions are common at work, but something I missed when I retired.  It was this group of friends that made me truly feel welcome and part of the Men’s Club. I’ve developed friendships with many others since then, but you can never have too many friends.    

With all of the great places for breakfast in the area, I’d like to see this practice restarted and/or continued. Our lunch meetings are great, but have some limitations due to their structure. You talk with your friends when you come early, during lunch and hopefully when you stay and play euchre  afterwards. 

Pick a day, pick a time, ask some friends to meet you and show up. While you might start off with the people you sit with at lunch, don’t forget other members who would be glad to come if they only had a ride.   Most of all, don’t forget those new members that you brought in to the club. I find that 10 am is good. Those who stop before work have already gone, you’re ahead of the lunch crowd and you can still get the breakfast special.

Festivities, Fun, Fellowship…It’s all at the Men’s Club!!

Henry Fischer

Charles Burke Updates MC on Status of War Memorial at March 8 Meeting

Charles Burke, President and CEO of the War Memorial, filling in for an ailing Christopher Pratt, gave us an outstanding talk about the status of the improvements at the War Memorial. His slide presentation was interrupted by applause when he announced that the WM was looking forward to hosting the Men’s Club in the Ballroom in November.

Charles Burke and President Henry Fischer
Irish music from the Chorus