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SMC Luncheon Speaker: Becky Caulfield, Neighborhood Club

On March 12th, Becky Caulfield, the Wellness Program Manager for the Neighborhood Club, told us about the importance of exercise for seniors and how the Neighborhood Club can help. The Club is a community nonprofit that was established in 1911 to provide a professionally organized program of recreation and wellness services for families and individuals of all ages. Becky is a personal trainer, a group instructor, a yoga teacher, and a triathlete.

Past President Marty McMillan, Becky Caulfield, and 1st VP Ken Mokray

Becky explained that we need 150 minutes a week of exercise. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout and can be split into short blocks. It could include activities such as walking, gardening, singing, dancing, swimming, tennis, and bowling as well as more traditional exercise. Exercise is important for mental as well as physical health and can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. It can improve our balance to help prevent falls, and can reduce body weight, cholesterol, blood pressure, joint pain, and loss of bone density and muscle mass as we age. It also improves sleep and mobility as well as your mood and outlook on life.

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SMC Memorial

Name: Fred W. Whitehouse, MD

Born: May 6, 1926

Died: March 1, 2019 (92)

SMC Member: November 10, 2009 (9)

Memorial Service: March 16, 2019. Reception with Family: 8:30 a.m., Service: 9:30 a.m.
Location: St James Lutheran Church, 170 McMillan Rd, Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Fred W. Whitehouse, M.D. (May 6, 1926—March 1, 2019), of Grosse Pointe Woods, MI, was a pioneer in the treatment of diabetes, working tirelessly in patient care and diabetes research for 60 years. Read more

SMC Field Trip Report: The Holocaust Memorial Center


About 20 members and friends of the Senior Men’s Club went to the Holocaust Memorial Center for a talk by a survivor of the Holocaust and then a tour of the museum.  Finally, we had lunch at the Stage Deli, close by the Memorial Center.  As you might imagine, and with Bob Vogler’s moving brief comments on the tour, it was both educational and appalling just what happened back before some of us were born. Read more

SMC Luncheon Speaker: Linda Reid, Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce

On Tuesday, February 26th, Linda Reid, the Director of Membership of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce, spoke to us about the Chamber’s mission and purpose. The Chamber provides leadership and services to the Grosse Pointe business community, promotes economic vitality, collaborates with municipal governments for business Linda Reid GP Chamber_editeddevelopment and enhances the quality and of life for those who live, work and visit in the Grosse Pointes. The Chamber represents the varied interests of its membership while promoting commerce, events, and activities for the five Grosse Pointe communities through effective advocacy for local businesses.  How they do this is the main consideration for the numerous members of the Chamber. Linda listed four main items: Read more

SMC Memorial

Name: Nicholas “Nick” Kondak

Born: November 17, 1926

Died: February 17, 2019 (92)

SMC Member: April 10, 1990 (28)

Grosse Pointe Woods – Nick Kondak, age 92, has walked his last mile at The Rivers. He died Sunday, February 17, 2019. He will be sorely missed by his wife of 68 years, Anna. He dearly loved his family: William (Susan), Diana (Mark Domin) and Christopher (Jennifer); grandchildren Paul (Tegan), Scott (Katie), Alexander (Ashley), Sarah, Hannah, Eleni and Caroline, and great grandchildren Audrey, Charlie, Jana and Rowan. Read more

SMC Luncheon Speaker: John Joanette and Paola M Smith of the Detroit Children’s Choir

On February 12, 2019, the Senior Men’s Club members were introduced to the Detroit Children’s Choir (DCC.)


Paola Smith and John Joanette

John Joanette, the Executive Director, and Paola Smith, the Executive Program and Operations Manager of the DCC told us about the formation of the DCC in 2006 by Carol Schoch, who identified a need for quality choral musical experiences targeted toward the underserved youth of Detroit, Since then the DCC has leveraged the power and discipline of choral singing to bring together children in grades 3-12.  More than 3,900 students have participated to date, and this year the DCC has music programs in twelve Detroit Public Schools, with plans to increase that number. Read more

Grosse Pointe News Reports Grants Made by SMC Foundation

In a story posted February 6, 2019, the Grosse Pointe News reported on the first grants made by the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe Foundation at the SMC luncheon meeting on Januarry 22, 2019.



From left, Peter Poulos, Stu Alderman, Roxanne Brinkerhoff, Jan Shimshock, John Prost and Mason Ferry. Photo by George McMullen



SMC Memorial

Name:  William O. Grierson

Born: February 9, 1936

Died: February 2, 2019 (82)

SMC Member: November 9, 2010 (8)

William O. Grierson; Age 82; February 2, 2019. Beloved husband of Joanne. Loving father of Thomas (Laura), John (Lori), and Amy Ward (Harry). Dearest grandfather of Benjamin, Henry, Lucy, Amanda, Alex, and Nicholas. Dear brother of JoAnn Althoff and the late Robert. Also survived by his loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will take place at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church, 16 Lake Shore Dr., Grosse Pointe Farms on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Iroquois Avenue Food Pantry, 2411 Iroquois Ave., Detroit, MI 48214 

SMC Memorial

Name:  Paul E. Andrews

Born:  April 11, 1923

Died:  January 28, 2019 (95)

SMC Member: June 7, 1994 (24)

Paul Edward Andrews, Ph.D. passed away on January 28th in Grosse Pointe Woods at the age of 95. Son of Edward and Olga (nee Hirsch), he was born on April 11, 1923 in Detroit. Paul served for three years in both the Pacific and European Theaters with the US Army, which awarded him the Bronze Star with clusters. He made his career at Wayne State University, culminating in a position as Assistant Vice President of Alumni Affairs. He was a long time member of Triumphant Cross Church in St. Clair Shores, and a generous supporter of Wayne State University Athletics, and many Detroit cultural institutions. Read more

SMC at the 2019 North American International Auto Show


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