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SMC Luncheon Speaker: Bailey Sisoy Igro

At the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon on Tuesday, January 8th, Bailey Sisoy Igro talked to us about her book, Rosie, a Detroit Herstory. Bailey is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the Detroit History Club. She has appeared on television as a contributor on the Travel Channel’s Tough Boats and Globe Trekker series and is a common guest on history-themed podcasts.img_1145

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Visit the Detroit Auto Show with SMCGP


Members are invited to meet January 23rd at Sinbad’s at 11:00 a.m. for lunch and to take the Sinbad bus to the North American Auto Show.

Members are on their own for the cost of the lunch and auto show tickets. Show admittance for seniors is $7. After the show, we will return on the Sinbad’s bus.

SMC Memorial

Name:  Arthur Jacob Roshak

Born:  February 25, 1924

Died:  January 5, 2019 (94)

SMC Member: September 10,  2013 (5)

Arthur Jacob Roshak, 94, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Grosse Pointe, passed away Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. He was born Feb. 25, 1924, in Scranton, Pa., to Anthony and Alice Roshak. His family moved to Detroit while Art was in high school. On May 1, 1943, he married Honoria Persa while serving as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In 1962, Art opened Colonial Dodge in Eastpointe.

An ardent traveler, Art visited many places around the world, including Australia and Africa.

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SMC Memorial

Name:  Bruce D. Kennedy

Born:  July 8, 1926

Died:  December 31,  2018 (92)

SMC Member: June 10, 1997 (21)

Loving husband of Italia (nee DiCurzio) for 67 plus years. Beloved father of Daniel Bruce (Shirley) Kennedy, Mario Bruce (Amy) Kennedy, Vita Marie (Christopher) Morse and John Francis Kennedy. Dear grandfather of Kelly Kennedy, Katie (Anthony) Bologna, Daniel Kennedy, Jonathon Morse, Christina Morse and great grandfather of 5. Brother of the late Betty Galloway, the late Mary Jane Bryant, the late Norma Decker, Patricia Hall and Jenny Siemianowski. He was also predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Ethel (nee Bruce) Kennedy. A funeral Mass was held January 5th at St. Paul on the Lake Catholic Church, 157 Lakeshore, Grosse Pointe Farms. Share a memory at Read more

Calendar of Events January 2019


Need a Ride?

The Senior Men’s Club heard from Peggy Hayes, the Executive Director of The Helm, previously known as SOC, or Services for Older Citizens. Taxi mobile app.  Smartphone isometric with cabdriver pin. Vector illustration.She mentioned the PAATS Bus transportation service that might be some help in getting our SMC members to the regular meetings. Rides are available for a nominal cost by calling 313-343-2580 at least two days in advance of the need. Another option the SMC is pursuing is a Member Car Pool from your neighborhood to the meetings. We would like anyone interested in being driven to the meeting to contact our 2nd Vice President, Jim Callahan, at (313) 220-8315, or our President, Chris Walsh.

SMC Christmas Party success


Great fun was had at the Bayview Yacht Club by all that attended the SMC Christmas Party 2018. For more photos, together with photos and a video from our last Luncheon Meeting featuring the Grosse Pointe North Choir, see this link on the Events page.

Share the SMCGP Talent

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We are pleased to announce a new opportunity for SMC members to provide information and career advice to students at Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South High Schools

This is a voluntary program that offers mutual benefits to the SMC members and the participants. We will organize a series of panels, each panel composed of three SMC members who share a common profession, such as, engineering, medicine, law, etc. and students interested in that area. Please scroll down when completing the following form. Read more

SMC Luncheon Speaker report


At the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon on Tuesday, November 27th, Natalia Tarnavsky, the Executive Chef at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, talked to us about how she became a chef and shared her culinary philosophy that guides her Natalie 20181127_122847work. She grew up in a Detroit-area Ukrainian family and her best early memories are of their kitchen, where everything seemed to happen. Although she was a picky eater, food was always a passion of hers. She attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, one of the best culinary schools in the world. She moved back to Michigan to be near her family and worked at, among other places, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Tom’s Oyster Bar. She began her current position in July of 2018. Natalia has three children, aged between 6 and 12 years old, and appreciates that her position does not involve the crazy hours of many restaurant chef jobs. Read more

SMC Luncheon Speaker Robin Ferriby

At the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon on Tuesday, November 13th, Robin Ferriby, who until recently served as the Vice President and General Counsel at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, reported to us on the work of the Foundation and how it promotes community philanthropy in the seven counties of southeast Michigan, Robin Ferriby P1080293_editedinvesting in programs that will have a positive impact. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has distributed more than $941 million through more than 61,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout southeast Michigan. Robin is a Grosse Pointer, and he explained that many Grosse Pointe charities, community organizations, schools, and arts and cultural organizations have benefited from grants from the Foundation.

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