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President’s Letter

Fellow members,

It’s now a new year and many of us have made, or will make, resolutions for change toward a better future. Perhaps the ancient Romans started this when they named this month after the god Janus. Janus was considered the god of beginnings future. We follow this when we show Father Time and Baby New Year. I don’t know if Julius Caesar used this time of the year to say “forget the Gauls I’m making a resolution to invade Britain,” but he could have.

Maybe we should keep our resolutions a little bit more down to earth. Let’s all make a resolution to bring a friend to a lunch meeting. We are, after all, a social organization. The friend could be someone that is not yet a member or it could also be a current member who has no way of getting to meetings. We have almost 400 members, but only about 60 make it to the meetings. Some of those others may want to attend. If you are bringing a guest, please let our attendance team know by email gpmcattendanced@gmail.com. You can also call or text Marty McMillan at 313-550-9661 if email is not available.

Fortunately the Men’s Club has been getting back to normal. We’re scheduled to continue meeting at the Tompkins Center through the first quarter of 2022. We’ll see where it goes from there.

Our January speakers are both impressive and entertaining. We’ve got a great line-up that combines local history, art and architecture and is sure to please members and their guests.

On the 11th we have Jeremy Dimick, Director of collections at the Detroit Historical Society (DHS). The DHS is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and all of the artifacts in their collections.

On the 25th we will have Annie Dennis from Pewabic Pottery. Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 and is been a cultural icon in Art, Architecture and Decoration not only in Detroit but around the world. As I said before, make a resolution to bring a friend. Not only will they enjoy the meeting, but it’s another possible Euchre player afterward.

I know that Jim Callahan wanted some of the photos of the Men’s Club Chorale’s visit to the Helm on Veterans Day included in the Newsletter, but there wasn’t room in the January Newsletter. We will have them in the February Newsletter. The photos are on The Helm’s Facebook page however, listed by date.

Henry A. Fischer President

President’s Letter

“MERRY CHRISTMAS” and “HAPPY NEW YEAR” The two statements go together, don’t they? Both expressions mark a new beginning of something, and I’m not talking about Star Wars. Of course I could just use the all encompassing term “HAPPY HOLIDAYS”, but that seems over-used these days.
Regardless, another Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas Season is underway. When you’re a kid Christmas is the most important day of the year. It’s the expectation leading up to Christmas that really counts. Christmas time means parties at school, the school play, being with friends, various get-togethers and dream trips to the Toy Store. It also means presents from Santa followed by a week with no school. What could be better?

Henry Fischer

Spoiler alert, there is no Santa Claus! It was really Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa and maybe an Uncle Joe or Aunt Jane. Now that we’re adults the good times don’t have to stop. We may not get as many presents, but that’s OK. We’ve learned that giving is often better than getting and besides by this time we’ve got most of what we need anyway. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got three or four unopened pairs of slippers in my closet. As for parties, that doesn’t have to stop! Begin with the Men’s Club Christmas Party on December 14th . The party is at Barrister Gardens Banquet Center , 24225 Harper Ave, St. Clair Shores. It starts at 4 pm and goes to 8 pm. So, be a kid again! Meet with old friends, make new friends, treat your spouse or significant other to a great dinner and enjoy the entertainment. Hey, feel free to bring Uncle Joe and Aunt Jane or your neighbor if you want. At $60 per person with an open bar, everyone will have a good time.

Call Ed Benz (313-885-3618) right now to make sure you’re not left out. Or call Jim Callahan at 313-220-8315.

Henry Fischer, President

Christmas Party!

Merry Christmas!!! The Club’s annual Christmas Party is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2021 at the Barrister Gardens located at 24225 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI between 4pm and 8pm. (Live music, choral entertainment, open bar, 3 entrees served family style, DJ for dancing, door prizes and the presence of some of the best people we know: the Chorale, our Club members and spouses and/or significant others will all be present. I hope you have made your reservation and plan on attending. It will be a wonderful evening. The cost is $60 per person. If you have not made your reservation as of yet, call me at 313 220 8315. You can then pay me at the door of the event.

Men’s Club meetings moved to Tompkins Center beginning August 24th

Due to the difficulties faced by Fishbone’s in obtaining staff sufficient to handle large groups, we will not be able to return there in the near future. We will hold our second August meeting and all of our September and October meetings at the Tompkins Center at Grosse Pointe Park.

First Vice-President Henry Fischer with David Egner, President and CEO of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation, who spoke to us on August 10th at Fishbone’s

Devin Scillian, news anchor at WDIV-TV spoke to the Club on July 17th.

In addition to receiving a certificate for his presentation before the Club on July 17, 2021, Devin Scillian of WDIV Channel 4, Detroit, was given an Honorary Membership in the Club. Scillian emphasized the importance of news providers reporting the facts rather than their opinions.

Letter from the President

Men,

Although adversity has confronted us with the pandemic and the floods, our Club survives and prospers. It is due in large part to the devoted members of the Club, the Board of Directors and the eternal grace of God. We must be doing something right. Who could have imagined the adversities that we have recently encountered with a positive future for the Club. We are truly blessed!

Make arrangements to attend our future meetings. With your participation and joining one or more of the committees, our Club will prosper and excel. Join a committee and lend a hand to this worthwhile endeavor. You will be rewarded immensely. We all, collectively, will benefit from your participation. No one can predict what the future holds in store for us, but without your involvement and support the Club’s mere existence could be in jeopardy. With your involvement the Club will have a long and cherished history. Pick a committee and join it. Contribute to it and reap the rewards that the other members will provide to you.

Support our advertisers, who have so graciously placed ads in our Directory. Tell them when you use their services or frequent their establishment that you are a member of the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe. Prove to them that their advertising dollars were well spent and that had it not been for their advertisement in the Directory you may not have gone to their restaurant or used their facilities. In this way we can build a strong bond between our Club and its supporters.

A dues invoice for the fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022) is included in this newsletter. Seventy-five percent of the Club’s revenue comes from your dues (65%) and contributions (10%). The other 25% comes from sponsors who purchase ads in the Membership Directory. Please consider a voluntary contribution to support the Club’s activities.

Nearly half of our Club is made up of Life Members who are not required to pay dues. The Club remains unique in that the majority of our Life Members continue to pay dues, and we are grateful for their continued support. I suggest each of us reach out and say “thank you” to a Life Member.

Jim Callahan, President

TIM JACKSON and NICOLE LINDSEY discuss the mission of Detroit Hives at Fishbone’s on July 13th.

Letter from the President

Water Damage at The Ark Forces Club to Find Alternative Meeting Locations.

July 9th at 1 pm: The Annual Ever-Popular Men’s Club Detroit River Cruise is back. Let Ed Benz know if you plan to attend 313-885-3618 or email at efbenz@mac.com

July 13th Meeting Will be Held at Fishbones, 23722 Jefferson (lakeside of road), just below 9 mile in Saint Clair Shores at 11 am.

July 27th Meeting, “A Picnic at the Park with Devin Scillian” to be held at The Tompkins Center in Windmill Pointe Park at 11 am.  Spouses and Guests Encouraged.

Men,

A lot has occurred since we last met as many of us have dealt with flooding and electrical outages.   Unfortunately, The Ark, our home for the last four meetings also suffered damage and we have had to scramble for meeting locations. Our hearts go out to the folks at St. Ambrose who need to deal with this clean up and restoration as well as to all the users of this terrific space.  The Ark made the Men’s Club feel very much at home.

The July speakers will be impressive and entertaining.  What a line up!  Invite your friends to all future Club meetings.  They will be impressed and hopefully will join as a member.

The speakers at the first meeting in July, Tim Jackson and Nicole Lindsey, will enlighten us on the art of urban beekeeping.  This is a very timely topic as it relates to the environment and preservation of the species.  I understand that the GPYC is raising bees on their roof for both pollinating and producing honey for the chef to use.

The second meeting will be at Windmill Pointe Park and we are calling it “A Picnic in the Park with Devin Scillian.”  Devin Scillian, Channel 4 News Anchor, will speak.  Given the anticipated interest in the speaker and the venue of the Tompkins Center, I want to encourage you to invite your spouses and friends for this meeting.

Do not forget to make a reservation for luncheons by calling or texting Marty McMillan (313-550-9661, or if you have email respond to gpmcattendance@gmail .com

The ever-popular special event, the Detroit River Cruise, will be on July 9th.  Several of us will meet at Sinbad’s for lunch before the cruise between 11 and 11:30 am.  The boat departs at 1 pm for the one-hour cruise. Please let Ed Benz know of your plans. Email to efbenz@mac.com or call him at 313-885-3618. Welcome Aboard!

Despite flood and pestilence your club is doing well and prospering.  Thanks to the many members who have joined our ranks and undertaken leadership roles in the Club we are communicating with each other better and forming a nucleus of future leaders of the club.

We need more of you to join one of our many committees so thar your expertise and contacts will be maximized, and the Club be more interesting to you and others.  See the list below, call one of the Committee Chairmen and get involved.

Alternative Site – Jim Hoekwater 313-720-4310

Advertising – Jim Callahan 313-220-8315

Events – Ed Benz 313-885-3618

Foundation – Marty Mc Millan 313-822-8454

Membership – Chip Rohde 313-882-8454

Newsletter – John Snyder 313-885-6388

Speakers – Henry Fischer 313-473-8625

Information Technology – Dave Morrow 313-303-1570

The Charter Member badges belonging to members prior to September 2019 remain available for a donation of $20.  Call me at 313-220-8315 so I can locate yours and make it available.

If you need a ride to meetings, see our article on how to obtain a free ride from PAATS to and from meetings.

Jim Callahan,
President


AUGUST SPEAKERS

August 10
David O. Egner
Ralph C. Wilson JR Foundation

August 24
Jon Dean
Superintendant GPSS

Memorial

Name:  Eugene T. Ignasiak 

Born: December 22, 1923

Died: July 2, 2021 (97)

MC Member: November 24, 1987 (33)

Eugene (“Gene”) Thomas Ignasiak passed away on Friday, July 2nd, 2021, at the age of 97. He leaves behind his loving wife of more than seventy years, Dorothy Ann (Reckio) Ignasiak. Gene is survived by his four children, Susan, Michael, Gregory, and Robert Ignasiak (Francine) as well as his grandson James Ignasiak. He also leaves behind several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Gene was born in Detroit, Michigan, on December 22, 1923, to father John Ignasiak and mother Anne (Mentlikowski) Ignasiak. He was preceded in death by his siblings Florence, Bernard, and Norbert. Gene served as class president of 525 students in the graduating class of Northeastern High School in June, 1941.

After attending the University of Detroit, Gene enlisted in the United States Navy and served from September 21, 1942 to December 24, 1945. He was aboard the PC 1260 and YAG 18, vessels deployed for convoy and other duties in the Caribbean and South Atlantic Seas. Gene had an Honorable Discharge as Electrician’s Mate First Class and received the Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. When telling about his Naval service, Gene always ended by saying, “It was an honor to serve.”

Gene began studies at the University of Michigan, College of Engineering in February 1946. He graduated in February, 1950, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He then worked in the automotive industry from 1950 to 1987. His employers were Packard Motor Car Company, the Budd Company, Fisher Body, and the Ford Motor Company. During his twenty-five year tenure at Ford as a principal design engineer, Gene was presented with four major awards (i.e., a new car or the equivalent in U.S. savings bonds) for adopted cost-savings ideas not related to his area of responsibility. He was a member of the American Society of Body Engineers and the Edgard DeSmet Alumni Association.

A long-term resident of Grosse Pointe Woods, Gene was actively involved in several community organizations. He served as President for The Association for Retarded Citizens Grosse Pointe/Harper Woods. He was also a lifetime member of the Scarab Club in Detroit for his photographic skills. He was a member of American Legion Post 303. Gene also was a member of the Patrol Craft Sailors Association. For over fifteen years, he and his wife Dorothy enjoyed world travel as Nomad travel club members.

Gene is remembered as a devoted husband, father, and grandfather who was committed to faith, family, and his country. He will be dearly missed.

Funeral visitation will be held at A.H. Peters Funeral Home in Grosse Pointe Woods on Wednesday, July 7th, from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with a special veteran’s service conducted by American Legion Post 303 at 7:00 p.m. A funeral mass is scheduled for Thursday, July 8th, at 10:00 a.m. at Our Lady Star of the Sea in Grosse Pointe Woods. The mass will be preceded at 9:30 a.m. with a final visitation service. A burial service will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton Township.

Condolences and memories may be shared with family and friends by visiting www.dignitymemorial.com.
 

SPECIAL EVENT

Ed Benz has arranged for a Special Event on July 9th…his Detroit River Cruise that we have held for several years. We will meet at Sinbad’s for lunch on our own tab and then drive or carpool to Cullen Plaza and the Rivard/Atwater parking lot for embarking on the Diamond Jack Cruise Boat for its trip up to the Belle Isle Bridge and then down to the Ambassador Bridge and back to the Atwater dock.

Hope you can make it.