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Grosse Pointe Men’s Excursion NEXT WEEK!

DIAMOND JACK BOAT CRUISE

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2018
1:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Meet at Sindbads at 11:00/11:30 AM

Lunch at Sindbads is on your own.DiamondJack

Shuttle will depart from Sindbads at 12:30 PM and will arrive at Stroh’s Riverplace for embarkation at 1: 00 PM.

Cost: $20.00 per person inclusive of shuttle costs.

Cash bar and snacks are available on the ship.

Cruise proceeds from Stroh’s Riverplace to beyond the Ambassador Bridge, then around the Canadian side of Belle Isle, then to the Detroit side of the river back to Stroh’s Riverplace with narration regarding the scenic and historical points.

Payment of $20.00 to be made to James Callahan or David Buckley on or before May 22.

Any questions please call James Callahan at 313-220-8315.

SMC Memorial

Name:   Alexander J Bongiorno

Born:   August 21 , 1931

Died:   May 26, 2018 (86)

SMC Member: February 26,  2002 (16)

Alexander Joseph Bongiorno was born in Detroit on August 21, 1931, to Anthony and Josephine (née Garofalo). After graduating from Southeastern High School, Al enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He served from 1951 until 1955, becoming a cryptographer, deciphering and forwarding coded messages to commanding officers. Even in his later years, Al never divulged those secret codes. In 1959, Al married Margaret Hopko. They settled in Grosse Pointe Woods and became active members of Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish and its schools.

Alexander J. Bongiorno passed away peacefully at home on May 26, 2018, at the age of 86. He was the beloved husband of Margaret; dear father of Alexia (Brian Lucid), David, Julie Froggett (Jeffrey), and Michael (Karen); loving grandfather of Dana and Carley Froggett; and brother of the late Marie Bongiorno. Read more

SMC Memorial

Name:   Peter R. Gilezan

Born:   August 11 , 1927

Died:   May 14, 2018 (90)

SMC Member: February 10, 1998 (20)

Peter is survived by Star Gilezan, his beloved wife of more than 67 years; daughter, Gay Tosch (Paul); son, Grant Gilezan (Krisztina); granddaughters, Lauren, Charlotte and Holly, and many other family members and friends.  Peter served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean War.  At Chrysler Corp., he received the Chairman’s Award for outstanding contributions to corporate quality initiatives. He retired in 1994 as Chrysler’s first executive director of environmental and energy affairs.

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Calendar of Events

June calendar

Avoid the New Medicare Card Scams

Please see article from SOC Communicator May-June 2018 CLICK HERE  on possible medicare scams with intro of new medicare card. The article is on the front page of the May/June edition.  The entire May/June Communicator follows the cover sheet when  you click on the link above.

SOC Communicator

The Encore Years: Ed and Fran Benz

This is an inspiring article on Ed & Fran Benz that is in the March 2, 2018 issue of the Grosse Pointe News.  Their lives reflect a dedication to serve others as well as each other. Ed & ran are role models and we are proud Ed is a member of SMCGP.

Life continues to be an adventure for City of Grosse Pointe residents Ed and Fran Benz.

Benz

The two met on the SS South American, a Great Lakes steamer. He was a busboy and bellhop while he worked his way through school, then after serving in the U.S. Army, he returned and served as a bartender.

“Every year a nurse would do medical records and draw blood,” Ed Benz said. “That was (Fran).”

They met in the dining room and argued about Ayn Rand, Fran Benz said. It was the start of a long-lasting and eventful relationship.

After they married, they applied to the Peace Corps and were ready to head to North Bornea, “but that was the week we found out I was pregnant with Brian,” Fran Benz said, so they were unable to go. “Three years later we found out about Extension Lay Volunteers, which is like the Catholic Peace Corps. We spent a year (in Rowena, Texas).” Read more

2018 Sponsors of SMCGP Directory, Thank you!

2019 ADS

Detroit International Marathon Relay

Tom Coles, 86, has been a member (now emeritus) of the SMCGP since 1998. He has done 13 marathons (last at 80) and 2 halfs (last at 85) to raise research funds for the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. Two sons and two grandsons joined him in doing the Detroit International Marathon Relay on October 15

His Team finished 339th of 540 relay teams, completing the 26.2 miles in 4 hours, 51 minutes.

marathon

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation has been around for 30 years. Its original acronym was NARSAD (National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression). The name was changed five years ago. They still award NARSAD Research Grants. For its 30 years it has been a unique charity because 2-3 family foundations have paid 100% of its overhead costs so that 100% of money donated for research, goes to research.

In the photo, left, we are L to R (legs 1 to 5), Peter Coles (Grosse Pointe South HS ’76), Logan Coles (son of Michael Coles, GPSHS ’85), Brian Coles (GPSHS ’81), Chris Nemes 2(son of Kath-leen Coles, GPSHS ’77), and Tom Coles, M.D. The photo was taken by Dennis Coles (GPSHS  ’81).

New Lunch Menu Receives Round of Applause

The new lunch menu at a $15. rate was inaugurated at the March 14, 2017 meeting and received approval based on the applause generated after President Bob Murphy asked from the podium what the members thought of the new luncheon offering.                fresh-food

The buffet included salad, pasta, vegetables, meats, and dessert. To help facilitate movement through the buffet line, tables were called and there were 2 serving lines. The biggest improvement will be the variety of meals offered compared to the 3 – ¼ sandwiches previously offered at every meeting for a lot of years.

Syracuse Policy Brief on aging Dr. Lichtenberg

This publication is based on the Syracuse Seminar Syracuse_Policy_Briefon Aging, which is a yearly lecture sponsored by the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center located at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  The mission of the Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center is to improve the health-care delivery to older adults through enhancing geriatric education of health and allied health professionals.  This seminar is an effort to promote geriatric education in the Syracuse area.

This Research Brief series is a collection of essays on current public policy issues in aging and related research done by or on behalf of the Aging Studies Institute (ASI) at Syracuse University.  Prior to 2014, this series was published as part of the Syracuse University Center for Policy Research (CPR) Policy Brief Series.

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