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Ken Daniels, Voice of the Detroit Red Wings. Chris Perry, Executive Director of the Jamie Daniels Foundation, working to prevent substance abuse

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

CHRISTMAS PARTY—December 6th—Bayview Yacht Club

Save postage and bring your check to our meeting Tuesday.

$60 per person or $120 per couple, payable to Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe.

Hope you can come!

Nov 8th meeting with Richard White Speaker

November President’s Letter

Gentlemen,

Jim Hoekwater

Since the last newsletter, board member Steve Wasinger agreed to assume the position of assistant secretary and the board vacancy created was filled by the appointment of Jerry Teagan to the board. For the first time prior to the pandemic, there is a full complement of board members and officers!   

Committees are being revived and a complete list of chairmen and members will be published next month. Too many of our committees are a committee of one.  More members are encouraged to use their talents in serving the Club. Don’t wait for a chairman to contact you, contact one of them or me.  Getting involved is a great way to increase your  Festivities, Fun, and Fellowship.

It is appropriate that in November, the month of Thanksgiving, we return home to the War Memorial. The first meeting, which occurs during the same week as Veterans Day, will be a special recognition of our Veterans.   Our chorale is preparing music appropriate for the occasion and Vietnam Veteran Richard White will be our featured speaker.  

The Club’s veterans’ initiative continues to attempt to identify all members who are veterans, their branch, and their years of service. The Club’s list is an insert with this Newsletter.  Contact Chip Rohde, chiprohde@ameritech. net, or 313-259-1010 with corrections or additions.

The Club expresses its thanks and gratitude to The Tompkins Center, The Ark and Fishbones for hosting the Club while the War Memorial was closed.

Looking forward to December, the Christmas party will be held on Tuesday, December 6th, at the newly refurbished Bayview Yacht Club.  Chairman of Special Events Ed Benz and his elves, Jim Callahan and Tom Kneeshaw, are busy planning a memorable evening.  Make your reservations early with Ed!

December is also the month that the Directory is prepared.  If you have an address, phone, or email change that you have not reported, please contact Jim Regan.

The Club is rich with traditions. We will continue to face challenges as opportunities and respect traditions while surviving and flourishing.  

Wishing you and your families a Happy Thanksgiving.

Jim Hoekwater,
MC President

October 11th speaker, Joseph Striplin with Jim Hoekwater

October President’s Letter

Jim Hoekwater

I am honored to serve the membership as the 63rd President of the Men’s Club. Sixty-three years represents a lot of Festivities, Fun, and Fellowship!!! I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to thank our previous president, Henry Fischer for his leadership of the Club and his mentorship of those who follow. Henry will remain on the Board of course, as immediate past president. We will miss the Board members whose terms have ended. Thank you to Ed Benz, Al Spalding and Jerry Teagan. Ed Benz has faithfully led the Special Events Committee for a number of years and has agreed to continue on as its chairman and continue to attend Board meetings. Jerry Teagan will continue serving on the Site Committee, Attendance Committee, and Newsletter Committee. It is my sincere desire that he will agree to be a chairman of a committee and continue attending Board meetings. Dave Morrow decided not to stand for re-election as Assistant Secretary and we thank him for his services. Thanks to Chip Rohde, who elected not to stand for First Vice President but will continue heading the Veterans Initiative. Our Editor of the Newsletter, John Snyder, has not allocated enough space to do these gentlemen justice. Watch for their member profiles and the holdover Board members and officers in a future Newsletter.

We are welcoming four newly elected Board members: Phil Alber, Jim Callahan, John Prost and Ken Mokray to the Board. There will be four past presidents (Henry, Jim, John, and Ken) on the Board with a rich knowledge of history and tradition.

Every coin has its flip side. Although I am privileged to have these past presidents offer their support and advice, it is indicative of an issue that is very much on my mind. I am not aware of a past president needing to join a Board to fill a slate in the past. We need to identify our talent and encourage more members to use their talent in serving on the Board or Committees. Getting involved is a great way to increase your Festivities, Fun, and Fellowship.

I plan to form a strategic committee to look at what we do well and what we do not do well – membership, general meetings, sub-clubs, and how we communicate. I envision that the committee will gather facts and analyses to facilitate making decisions for the future.

The Club is rich with traditions. We will continue to face challenges as opportunities and respect traditions while surviving and flourishing.

Best regards,
Jim Hoekwater

Sept. 27th speaker, Christie Coggin with Henry Fischer

Sept. 13th speaker, Dr. David Dulio with Henry Fischer

September President’s Letter

Home again!  Home again!

The Senior Men’s Club was one of the first groups to meet at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and now we’re returning to a new and more beautiful building.   On August 30th   I joined with the Site Committee on a tour of the new, expanded facility of the War Memorial. The new building is the  Fred M. Alger Center for Arts, Culture and Humanities ..

     If you drive by today you may notice that work is still in progress. The construction of the new building is done, but now the workers are putting on the finishing touches. This consists of painting, paneling, finishing the floors, installing shades, putting in the garden and a few other things. All work is scheduled to be complete by the end of September.  

     The building has actually been expanded. To your right, as you enter, there is the Reflection Room. It’s actually more of an open area with a central infinity pool and a skylight. There will be benches on each side so that you can sit and just chill out.  Next, they’ve added a Community Room which is almost the same size as the old ballroom. Finally, there is the new Crystal Ballroom. There is still a beautiful view of the lake and the windows are even larger than before. In addition, they’ve added an outdoor deck along the side of the ballroom that overlooks the grassy area.  The building is filled with sunlight with the glass walls along the promenade and between rooms.  From the Community Room you can look through the ballroom to the windows along the lake. The kitchen area has been redone, so there is efficient access to 

both the Chrystal Ballroom and the Community Room. 

Along with the new facility comes an improved audio/visual system. Presentations will be made to moveable 85-inch TV monitors and new Bose speakers.     

We will be scheduled to meet in the Community Room, although the War Memorial will move us to the ballroom if nothing else is scheduled during our meeting time. I think that on a Tuesday, at midday, we will be in the ballroom. The new facility opens in November. With our meeting on November 8th, the Men’s Club will be one of the first groups to use the facility.   There may be a wedding reception or some other gathering over the preceding weekend, but it’s still something to which we can look forward. 

Finally, despite inflation, the lunch will still be $20 and will continue to be a true buffet. We’ll still be in the Tompkins Center for September and October.  I wish that we could include photos of the new facilities, but you will have to come and see a new reality.

Notice that annual 2023 dues are now being collected.  Our fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. The bylaws state that members whose dues are not paid by November 1 will be dropped from membership and the Directory. Like any organization, we need to know the membership numbers so that we can plan our budget. Dues, Directory ads, and the fifty-fifty drawings are our only source of income.  Contributions are always welcome, of course.

— Henry A. Fischer

August 23rd speaker, Michele Hodges with Henry Fischer