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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


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

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.


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 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,


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

August 24
Jon Dean
Superintendant GPSS


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


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.

President’s Message

Almost back to normal. I feel like we have been through a war. The victor has not been declared, but we believe that mankind will prevail, God willing!

I hope you attended our May 11 meeting at the Ark. It was wonderful to see so many of you. Our Board of Directors is interested in what you thought of the Ark, the lunch served, the speaker, and the overall atmosphere surrounding the meeting. This is your club and we want to make it as enjoyable for you as humanly possible. Remind your friends and encourage them to join the Club. We need other people, just like you, who enjoy the camaraderie that the Club supports and enhances.

The Nominating Committee, chaired by Marty McMillan, is looking for members interested in leading the Club as either a director or officer. If you feel that you can help the Club in either capacity please call Marty at 313 824 1443.

It looks as though our cruise on the Detroit River is in preparation stages. We will all enjoy this excursion, being put together by Ed Benz

Jim Callahan, President

Return to In-Person Meetings is a Rousing Success

On May 11, the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe met at The Ark at St Ambrose for a presentation on Single Malt Scotch Whiskies by Elliot MacFarlane, a Certified Whisky Ambassador and Bard of the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit. Elliot has trained, studied, traveled, researched, and presented the World of Whiskies for many years, and is a consultant to a variety of distilleries and whisky groups.

MacFarlane has visited dozens of distilleries in North America and more than 100 in the rest of the world. He will be leading an exclusive tour to all five whisky regions of Scotland on his Whisky Dream Trip in September 2021.

According to MacFarlane, whisky goes back about 1000 years and has been made in Scotland since the late Middle-Ages. There are currently about 22 million barrels of whisky in Scotland and they export 42 bottles per second. Elliott feels life is too short to drink bad whisky, so he doesn’t bother with blends. Single-malt scotch is made in five regions of Scotland, with the most important being the Spey Valley. Others include the Highlands, the Lowlands, Cambeltown and the Isle of Islay. Scotch may only be made from water, yeast and malted barley. If the barley is dried over a peat fire, the smoky flavor infuses the Scotch, and it is referred to as “peated.” Whisky is a $5 billion a year industry in Scotland, but it doesn’t employ a large number of workers.

Single malts are made in the same distillery using the same barrels for aging. Barrels are made of oak and may have been previously used for wine or beer. A bottle of aged whisky must contain no whisky younger than the age stated on the bottle, but most also contain older batches as well. The age is determined by the amount of time in the barrel, not the bottle. Unlike wine, whisky does not improve while in the bottle. In good single malts, all of the color comes from the barrel, although some cheaper whiskies use a coloring agent. A certain amount of the whisky will evaporate from the barrel over time, which is known as the “angel’s share” The flavor of the whisky will depend on the barrel, where it came from , how large it is, and what it was used for previously, as well as the water that is used and where it comes from, how long the whisky was aged, and many other factors.

When tasting whisky, start with the smell, which may or may not be reflected in the taste. Leave the shot in your mouth for a while before swallowing and note the flavors and then the finish. Many good Scotch whiskies have a particularly long finish. Don’t bother adding water, because the single-malt maker diluted the whisky when it went into the bottle in an amount they determined would produce the best taste.

Elliot suggests that novice Scotch drinkers start with something like a Balvenie, a maker with a variety of different single malts. He answered a number of questions about Scotch, including how to cool Scotch without diluting it with ice.

Thank you, Elliot for your entertaining and illuminating presentation.

President’s Message

In-Person Meetings to Resume
Vacant Officers Positions Filled

Men, April is upon us. I hope you and your loved ones have already been vaccinated, that your taxes have been filed and the return is on its way. We have much to be thankful for, not the least of which is our life, having this pandemic ever-present in our lives.

Our Club is alive and well. We are planning to hold the Club’s first actual in person meeting since the pandemic began. Mark your calendars for May 11th at The Ark, located at St. Ambrose Church, 15020 Hampton, off Jefferson in GPP.

An exciting speaker is lined up for the event. Elliot MacFarlane will cover highlights of Single Malt Scotch whisky–peaty & non-peaty, the various regions of Scotland, and his favorites Single Malts, with time left over for some Q&As. An actual tasting session will be scheduled for a later date at an appropriate time of the day. I hope you can attend on the 11th of May. Tables of six will be placed six feet apart and all attendees must wear masks if not seated at their table. The current Michigan requirements expire on April 19th . Watch the May newsletter and eBlasts for any changes which may occur that could alter the Club’s plans.

The once open Secretary position has now been filled by John Klobuchar. The Club owes much to David Morrow for having done a yeoman’s job in doing all the secretary work for well in excess of a year. John will clearly need our help and that of David for some time to come, but he is energetic and committed to the Club’s success. He will do an excellent job. Thanks David and John. John will be featured in May’s newsletter as the third in a series of “Meet Fellow Member…”

Chip Rohde has agreed to fill the 2nd Vice President role heading-up Member-ship. What a find he has been. Chip is featured on page 4 of this month’s Newsletter. We all need to help our new leaders in every way we can. Please promote the Club and get your friends to become members. The more members we have, the easier it will be to keep our Club alive and relevant. Chip has some great ideas as to how to promote membership, but as you all know, your family members and friends are the best and easiest sources.

Let us all seek out new members every chance we get. I look forward to seeing you in the Zoom meetings in April and finally getting together in person at our May meetings.

Jim Callahan, President