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Name:   Carl Baranski

Born:    June 18, 1926

Died:    May 14, 2019 (92)

SMC Member:  May 14, 2019 (92)

Carl was born in Detroit to Charles and Celia Baranski. Carl lived through the tumult of the Great Depression and World War II. As a young man, he spent summers working on his grandparents’ farm in Kinde with his cousins. The days of hard work in the fields with his cousins and lake outings became treasured memories. He often returned to the area in the summers for family reunions and vacations.

After high school, Carl was drafted into the Army, and fought in the Philippines and served as an MP in the occupation of Japan. Back in Detroit, he became an apprentice plumber with his father and later was joined by his brothers in the trade (and later his children, Donna and Tom, and several nephews). He remained a proud member of Plumbers Local 98 throughout his life.

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Name:  Lawrence F. DuMouchelle

Born:   July 3, 1934

Died:   May 16, 2019 (84)

SMC Member: February 25,  2003 (16)

Longtime Grosse Pointe resident and renowned auctioneer-appraiser Lawrence F. DuMouchelle died Thursday, May 16, 2019, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 84 years old.

Larry was born in Detroit to art dealer Joseph N. DuMouchelle and his wife Charlotte LePain, and lived above the family store on St. Aubin, later moving to the Boston-Edison District where he spent much of his youth. The oldest of five children, he attended Blessed Sacrament, the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and the University of Detroit, where he served in the ROTC.

As a young boy, Larry spoke French before he spoke English and enjoyed spending summers with his grandparents and cousins at the family farms in Windsor — fondly recounting stories of selling vegetables door to door. Larry was introduced to his family’s business, DuMouchelle Art Galleries, at a young age as an apprentice at eleven years old. His first experience as an auctioneer was at the age of sixteen when his father had him stand on a crate at an estate sale selling floor lamps. Although Larry had hoped to study accounting and law at Notre Dame, he was needed at home to assist with running the family business — as his father had become terminally ill.

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SMC Luncheon Speaker: Deirdre Groves of Challenge Detroit

Deirdre Groves, left, with President Chris Walsh and former Fellows of Challenge Detroit

Deirdre Groves, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Challenge Detroit was the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon Speaker on Tuesday, May 14th. Deirdre gave us a short history of Challenge Detroit and then introduced four former Fellows of Challenge Detroit and asked them to tell their story.

Challenge Detroit is a leadership and professional development program that invites approximately 30 of tomorrow’s leaders to live, work, play, give, and lead in and around the greater Detroit area for one year. During the course of the year, Fellows contribute intellectually and through hands-on service making incremental impact in the community. Learning by doing is a cornerstone of the program and the Fellows have the courage, passion, and drive to make a difference. Challenge Detroit was founded in 2008 by Doyle Mosher and Deirdre Groves. Both saw the need to attract and retain young talent in the greater Detroit area. And, in the true spirit of entrepreneurialism, the two made countless sacrifices to bring the idea to reality.

Fellows live in Detroit and around the city of Detroit engaging in the city throughout their daily lives.  Each Fellow works for a host company in Detroit approximately four days per week. One day a week they participate in challenge projects designed to positively impact the community while keeping the Fellows as well as the followers of Challenge Detroit engaged.

Challenge Detroit has continued the success of the program. When the program launched in 2012, the city was facing its largest population decline in its history. Since that time, Challenge Detroit has attracted over 4,000 applicants and drawn nearly 225 leaders to join as Fellows. Following each year, approximately75% of the Fellows receive offers from their host companies and 85% make their home in Detroit.

For more info on Challenge Detroit, see their website.

Thank you, Deirdre and your four Fellows, for reporting on this new venture in Detroit.

Reported by George Arsenault

Sharing Your Talents – Engineering

Please review the first Share the Talent Panel for the Grosse Pointe high schools. Click on link to view the Sharing Your Talents video