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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 gpmcatten-dance@gmail.com. If email is not available, call or text Marty Mc-Millan at 313-550-9661.  

Festivities, Fun, Fellowship

Henry Fischer

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