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Tim Matyn spoke to our Club on May 24th

Tim gave us a fascinating history of powerboat racing in the US in the twentieth century, focusing on the importance of the City of Detroit. Tim has authored three books on the subject and they may be found here:

Rufus McGaugh our speaker May 10th

Rufus McGaugh, traveler, author and retired Brownell teacher, spoke to the Men’s Club on May 10th. Rufus has spoken to the club before sharing stories from his lifelong quest to see the world.

SPECIAL EVENT – Friday, May 13, 2022


Bus Transportation will be provided from Windmill Pointe Park to the Detroit Institute of Arts. The bus departs Tompkins Center at noon and will leave the DIA at 3PM for return. Masks are required on the bus.

A docent will be available for a one-hour highlight tour for those in the group who want to participate. Wheelchairs and motorized scooters are available at the John R and Farnsworth entrances. Kresge Court and Café DIA are open with a limited menu. Outside food and beverage is not permitted.

Contact Ed Benz to reserve your space at 313-885-3618 or email to

Guests welcome!

President’s Letter May

May is the shortest month of the year (3 letters), but the longest in expectations. The first of the month, May Day, is considered the start of the summer season. It’s a time of celebration as we can see the world around us changing from the dreary winter brown and grey to green. Daylight is getting longer and, except for a few frosty nights at the beginning of the month, temperatures are beginning to remain warm.  It’s time for planting or transplanting. Perennial flowers such as daffodils and tulips are in full bloom, as are Magnolia trees.  May also starts the beginning of outdoor grilling, although for some us that really went on all winter. At least it’s warmer outside. If nothing else, clean up the grill and practice for Memorial Day. 

There has also been new growth in membership. We’ve welcomed seven new members into the Club in March and April.  I believe that’s a net gain of 6.  At the Men’s Club luncheons we look forward to two great speakers. Many of us remember Christopher Pratt from his teaching and presentations with the Grosse Pointe South Choirs. The Tower Belles and The Pointe Singers earned national titles. While teaching he was President of the Grosse Pointe Education Association and now returns as UniServ Di-rector of South Oakland districts. He will be presenting on May 10th.  On May 24th  author and historian Tim Matyn will talk to us about the history of power boat racing and its ties to Detroit.  Tim is a long term enthusiast of hydroplanes and the races held on the Detroit River. He has also written three books on the subject highlighting: The Gold Cup, The Silver Cup and The Harmsworth races.  Please make reservations for these presentations, especially if you are bringing guests.  If you signed the attendance sheet at the previous meeting you’re covered, but we also need a count of guests. The email for attendance is If email is not available, call or text Marty Mc-Millan at 313-550-9661.  

Festivities, Fun, Fellowship

Henry Fischer