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August 23 – Michelle Hodges, President and CEO of Belle Isle Conservancy

Sept 13 – David Dulio, Professor and Director of the Center for Civic Engagement at Oakland University


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MICHAEL E. UNSWORTH

Writer And Lecturer Of Military History
August 9, 2022

Michael Unsworth will speak on the Japanese FU-GO balloon attack on North America. Thousands of high-altitude hydrogen balloons armed with incendiary and high-explosive bombs, designed to follow the westerly winds of the upper atmosphere and drift to the west coast of North America, were deployed, He has written several articles and given numerous presentations on the Japanese balloon attack.

Unsworth is a co-author of the annotated bibliography Future War Novels (1984) and the editor of Military Periodicals. He has written numerous articles, concentrating on military history.
Michael received his undergraduate degree as well as a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from Indiana University. He followed that with a Master of Science in Administration – Non-profit/Public/Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame.

After stints with the libraries of Notre Dame and Colorado State University, he joined the Michigan State University Libraries in 1984. Unger retired in 2016. He initially served as History and Canadian Studies librarian. From 1999 to 2008, he was of Assistant Director of the MSU Canadian Studies Center.

Unsworth is an avid bicyclist and advocate of bicycling.



BRIGADIER GENERAL
ROLF E. MAMMEN

July 26, 2022

BRIGADIER GENERAL ROLF E. MAMMEN became the Commander, 127th Wing, Selfridge Air National Guard Base in May of 2019. The 127th Wing is home to 1,700 Citizen-Airmen operating both the A-10 and KC135 aircraft, as well as the host to more than 70 tenant organizations from all branches of the military and numerous Department of Homeland Security organizations. More than 5,000 Active, Guard, Reserve, and civilian personnel call Selfridge home.

A native of Grosse Pointe Woods, General Mammen earned his commission and Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics through Michigan State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps in 1986. After graduating from the Euro-NATO Joint Jet Pilot Training (ENJJPT) program at Sheppard Air Force Base in 1988, he served as an Instructor Pilot in the T-38 aircraft at the ENJJPT schoolhouse teaching advanced pilot training to students and instructors representing twelve participating NATO nations. Joining the Michigan Air National Guard in 1994, General Mammen completed C-130 Pilot Initial Qualification course as a distinguished graduate and has flown numerous operational missions domestically, in the Pacific, European, and South American theaters. In addition, he deployed to Southwest Asia in 2004-2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as the 738th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron’s Operations Officer- – managing the daily C-130 flying operation into Iraq and Afghanistan.

In his civilian capacity, the General is a pilot with a major airline logging more than 10,000 flying hours in the B737, B757, B767 and the B777. The General also serves on the Board of Directors of the Grosse Pointe War Memorial and the Grosse Pointe Foundation.

FLIGHT INFORMATION
Rating: Command Pilot
Flight hours:  More than 3000
Aircraft flown: AT -38B, C 26A/B, C -130 E, T37, T38EDUCATION
1986 Bachelor of Science in Astrophysics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
1993 Squadron Officer School (SOS), by correspondence
2000 Air Command and Staff College (ACSC), by correspondence
2005 Air War College (AWC), by correspondence
2015 Advanced Joint Professional Military Education (AJPME)
2018 Harvard University, Leadership in Homeland Security
2019 Master of Science in Administration, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan
2020 Enterprise Leadership Seminar (ELS), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
2021 Regional Seminar – Africa, Alan L. Freed Associates Inc., Alexandria, VA
2021 Senior Leader Orientation Course (SLOC), Joint Base Andrews, Md.

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Legion of Merit
Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters
Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster
Air Force Achievement Medal
Meritorious Unit Award with two oak leaf clusters
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star
Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal
Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
AF Longevity Service with silver cluster and three oak leaf clusters
Armed Forces Reserve Medal with ‘M’ device and silver hourglass
Air Force Training Ribbon
Michigan War on Terrorism Service Ribbon with ‘M’ device
Michigan Broadsword Service Medal with silver star
Michigan Oconus Ribbon

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION
Second Lieutenant Dec. 4, 1986
First Lieutenant Dec. 4, 1988
Captain Dec. 4, 1990
Major Oct. 1, 1998
Lieutenant Colonel Oct. 24, 2002
Colonel June 17, 2013
Colonel June 17, 2013
Brigadier General May 4, 2019


FR. RICH BARTOSZEK

Director of Spiritual Care,
Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe

Spirituality and faith are an important part of health and recovery. Chaplains are professionally trained to provide spiritual and emotional care to patients and families who are dealing with a stressful situation. All religious traditions are valued, and support and comfort offered aligned with the patient’s personal faith experience.In his role as a Chaplain Fr Rich offers

  • Grief support and guidance
  • Facilitating end-of life decision making
  • Crisis intervention
  • Assistance in communication with caregivers
  • Conflict resolution among patients and family members
  • Emotional and spiritual support to health care staff

Fr. Rich was born in Manistee and attended St. John’s Provincial Seminary, and St. Mary’s College in Orchard Lake. Fr. Bartoszek was ordained March 11, 1989, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

His first assignment was as associate pastor of St. Jude Parish, Detroit. He served as director of pastoral care at the Oakwood – Heritage Center in Taylor while also helping with weekend Masses at Our Lady of the Woods Parish in Woodhaven. He then became pastor of Our Lady of the Woods while also serving as the Vicar of the former Downriver Vicariate and the archdiocesan Presbyteral Council before returning to hospital ministry as Chaplain of Bon Secour Hospital and continues at Beaumont. It was his ministry to those living with HIV and AIDS in the early ninety’s, which lead him, through the support of his bishop, into healthcare ministry.

He is active in the National Association of Catholic Chaplains having held positions of leadership. He currently serves as a Non-Resident Pastor at St. Joan of Arc and as Chaplain for a number of local organizations.

Fr Rich initiated the No One Dies Alone program. In addition, his Chapel Fund supports the stocking of the Patient’s Clothes Closet (often patients need clothing to wear on discharge), supporting the Hospice and Cancer Suites as well as funding further education for nurses. Contributions can be made to The Grosse Pointe Chapel Fund in care of Father Rich, Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe, 468 Cadieux Rd, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.

An excellent speaker and writer, Fr. Rich enjoys a reputation as an impactful homilist. Members of the Mens Club report his “sermons” are concise, on point and memorable!


RJ KING

Editor, Author and former Detroit News business reporter
June 28, 2022

RJ King is editor of DBusiness Magazine, DBusiness Daily News, Tech and Mobility News, Detroit 500, and Michigan Makers, all of which cover companies in metro Detroit and Michigan that are expanding locally, nationally, and internationally. DBusiness magazine has been honored with more than 45 Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals in the Editorial Excellence Awards from the Alliance of Area Business Publishers, including being named the top regional business magazine in the country.

He has authored four books – “Detroit: Engine of America,” a gold medal recipient of the Midwest Book Awards, “8 Track: The First Mobile App,” “Passport to the Corner Office: The Starter’s Guide to Corporate Life,” and “Mystical.”

Prior to launching DBusiness in 2006, RJ was a business writer for The Detroit News for 16 years. He wrote more than 4,000 articles covering economic development, automotive, aerospace, health care, technology, transportation, and other business sectors.

RJ is a board member of the board of Directors of Brother Rice Business Alliance, Beyond Basics, Detroit Aircraft Corp., Detroit Spacecraft Corp., ASX, and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce. In addition, he serves on the Board of Trustees for The Parade Co. and Detroit Sessions. He is a member of the Detroit Athletic Club (formerly on board of directors), on the board of the DAC Executives Club and the DAC Car Club as well as a member of the DAC Marketing and Communications Committee.

Named a Knight of Woodward, he is a member of the Boston-Edison Historic District and the University of Michigan Alumni Association. In 2014, Mr. King was inducted into the International Heritage Foundation’s Heritage Hall of Fame.


CATHY HASSE

Highland Games Chair, St Andrews Society of Detroit
JUNE 14, 2022

Cathy Hasse, a native Detroiter and lifelong resident of Michigan is a retired educator having taught in Michigan public schools for 36 years.

Cathy has been active in history groups for the past forty years.  She was a founding member of the Friends of Historic Fort Wayne.  Cathy served as the president of the Abraham Lincoln Civil War Round Table of Michigan and served on the Midwest Civil War Round Table Conference Planning Committee for over twenty years.   She was the newsletter editor of the Greenfield Village paper for over ten years and served as a docent at the Village.

Cathy is involved with Children’s Hospital of Michigan in major fund-raising events and served on the Board of the Michigan Philharmonic for over six years.  She is an active member of the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit, including serving on the Highland Games Committee for twenty years, and several years as the Games Chair.

The Annual Highland Games sponsored by the St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit are the oldest, continuous Games in North America.  On August 6, 2022, the Games will celebrate their 173rd year. Originally held at a park in downtown Detroit, the Games have been held in many locations.  For over fifty years the games were held on Bob-Lo Island. They have been held at Kensington Park, Ford Field in Dearborn, the University of Detroit campus, Historic Fort Wayne, the Eleanor and Edsel Ford House.  The Games have called historic Greenmead Village in Livonia home for the last twenty years. The Games have become a way for those of Scottish lineage to share their love of Scotland, its music, traditions, and culture with others, as well to pass traditions to future generations.

The three main areas of the Games are the Highland Dancing Competition, the Heavy Athletic Competition, and the Bag Pipe Band Competition.   There are many other areas of interest and events, too long to list in this space.

Great Scottish and Celtic music can be heard and enjoyed all day in the entertainment tent.   A Whisky Tasting is held twice during the afternoon for guests to enjoy the main export of Scotland – a good Single Malt Scotch. On the Friday night before the Games a Celiidh (pronounced Kay-Lee) is held.  Bands perform in the tent delighting guests as they enjoy adult beverages and celebrate friendships.

The St. Andrew’s Society of Detroit is the oldest benevolent organization in the State of Michigan.  Continuing in the tradition of helping others, all money raised at the Highland Games is donated to charities in the Detroit area and Scotland.  The raffle profits from the Games are earmarked for scholarship funds, including a special scholarship for the continuation of Scottish Arts, such as highland dancing or bag piping.

The Games are put on entirely by volunteer members of the St. Andrews Society.


RUFUS MCGAUGH

Traveler, Author and retired Brownell Teacher
May 10, 2022

The scheduled speaker for today cancelled yesterday due to an out of state death in the family.

Fortunately, sought-after speaker Rufus McGaugh was willing to squeeze us in this morning between speaking yesterday at Macomb Community College and Thursday at the SCS Friends of the Library Annual Meeting. He last spoke to the SMC four years ago (March 2018) on his lifelong quest to see the world.  Today will be Part II of the topic.

The last time Rufus was with us he had completed his goal of visiting every country in the world and had published Longitude & Latitude with Attitude: One Man’s Quest to See the Entire world.  Since then, he has published two more books: 1) Joyriding with a Terrorist in Yemen: and Other Travel Tales and 2) Drowning in all Seven Continents.

Rufus was born in Detroit.  He grew up wanting to be a marine, a spy, and a teacher.  Rufus enlisted in the Marines and fought in Viet Nam (1970-1971).  He was wounded in 1970 and earned the purple heart.

After graduating from Wayne State University, he taught in Grosse Pointe Middle Schools from 1974 to 2010.

Mc Gaugh describes his two favorite trips as to Russia in 1966 to pick up and adopt their oldest son, and in 2006 to 11 Mile and Van Dyke to pick up their foster son, whom they later adopted. He and his wife live in Grosse Pointe.

His favorite activities are backpacking, mountain trekking, mountain climbing, and travel.


NAN WASHBURN

Conductor, Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra
April 26, 2022

Winner of the American Prize in Orchestral Conducting, professional division, The American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music, professional division, and 19 ASCAP awards for Adventurous Programming from the League American Orchestras, Nan is one of the most innovative and dynamic conductors working in the US today.  Critics have hailed her work as having “perspicacity, nerve, and all-around savvy” for her fresh approach to concert programming.

Nan earned her Bachelor of Music from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her Master’s degree in performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. A professional flutist for many years, Washburn began her studies in conducting in 1984 with Denis de Coteau at CSU Hayward, continued with Harold Farberman at the Conductors Institute and at the Aspen Festival with Paul Vermel. Nan has also participated in several masterclasses with world class directors.

Washburn first came to national attention as a co-founder, the Artistic Director, and Associate Conductor of the San Francisco Women’s Philharmonic from 1980 to 1990.

For five years Nan was the Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Hollywood Orchestra.  She also held the posts as Music Director of Orchestra at Sonoma, the Camellia Symphony in Sacramento as well as Principal Conductor of the Channell Islands Symphony, the Acalanes Chamber Orchestra, and San Francisco State University Orchestra. She made her opera conducting debut with the full production of Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel with the El Dorado Opera Company (LA). Washburn has conducted numerous orchestras throughout the United States.

The Michigan Philharmonic is in its 76th year with Nan in her 23rd season as Music Director. Under her leadership, the orchestra has experienced unprecedented growth in artistic excellence and in the scope and diversity of its programs throughout Southeast Michigan. National recognition for the orchestra during Washburn’s tenure includes 6 ASCAP awards, several prestigious grants from the Knight Foundations and second place honors from the American Prize, professional orchestra division.

Websites at:

www.michiganphil.org

nanwashburn.com

A small group from the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the Ford House Tunes from the Terrace Series.  They will return on August 11, 2022, with the number of musicians determined by the Ford House budget.

A small group from the Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra perform at the Ford House Tunes from the Terrace Series.  They will return on August 11, 2022, with the number of musicians determined by the Ford House budget.


MASON FERRY
STUART GRIGG

GP Historical Society
April 12, 2022

Mason Ferry and Stuart Grigg from the Grosse Pointe Historical Society will present The Future of Grosse Pointe Past.

The Society has been collecting stories and artifacts about the Pointes since 1945. In the 1990s, the group acquired and restored the oldest surviving structure in the area, the c. 1823 Provencal-Weir House. Originally a ribbon farmhouse on Lake St. Clair, it was moved several times and now sits at 376 Kercheval.  Tucked behind the house museum is another historic treasure – a log cabin c. 1836. Originally located in Macomb County, the cabin was moved to Christ Episcopal Church in the 1930s, where it served for many years as the home of  a donkey featured in nativity plays. When the livestock departed, the cabin was disassembled and rebuilt in the current location.

An Administration and Collection Resources Building  Building under construction at 275 Kercheval, across from the Provencal-Weir house, is scheduled for completion by June. The new 5000 sq. ft. building includes space for permanent storage of the extensive collection of information about Grosse Pointe buildings and homes, including 5000+ original blueprints. A dedicated digital lab will feature the custom hardware and software used to preserve and share information and stories on the internet. There will be space for changing exhibitions and displays, public activities and programs, workspace for volunteers and researchers, and a collection of special-focus books about our community.

From the first peoples hunting and gathering on the shore of Lake St. Clair through today’s residents and the future Pointers in schools today, there is a clear theme: a great place for a community to grow and thrive with resources and amenities to make a good life.  Grosse Pointe is fortunate to have an organization dedicated to the community’s unique and important history. The Society’s website is www.gphistorical.org.


JEFF LAETHEM 
MARY SUE LANIGAN

Michigan Parkinson Foundation

March 22, 2022

Parkinson’s disease affects approximately 1.5 million people in the United States. Although Parkinson’s disease most commonly affects people over age 60, it can occur as early as age 20.

When Jeff Lathem’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, he left school to be totally immersed in the family’s car dealership business.

Mary Sue Lanigan, CEO

In addition to being Chairman of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, Laethem is actively involved with the St. John Hospital Guild, is an officer of the Children’s Charity at Adios and a Director of the Grosse Pointe Youth Nautical Education Foundation. An avid boater, enthusiastic singer, and struggling golfer, Jeff, his wife Alysia, and their three children live in GP Shores.

Mary Sue Lanigan is the Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation, an organization that provides direct patient services and education to people living with Parkinson’s disease and their families. The Foundation is headquartered in Bingham Farms, serving the entire state of Michigan. Mary Sue has been with the foundation for six years.

Jeff Lathem, Chairman

Prior to that, Mary Sue was the Development Director for the Arthritis Foundation, Great Lakes Region for fifteen years. Additionally, she is a patient educator at the Cleveland Clinic and community education director at the Diabetes Association of Greater Cleveland. Mary Sue has 31 years of experience in program development for chronic disease management in both the non-profit and the private sector.

She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Health Education from Kent State University.  The website of the Michigan Parkinson Foundation is www.parkinsonmi.org


CHARLES BURKE

President and CEOThe War Memorial
March 8, 2022

A special thank you goes out to Charles for filling in for Chris Pratt who became ill the day before scheduled to speak. When reached at home that night Charles responded, “I will be happy to help you out at the last minute.  The relationship of the Men’s Club with the War Memorial is a special one.”

Burke reviewed the impressive improvements to the WM. With the announcement that the War Memorial will be opening November 3 with the first major event being a celebration of Veterans Day, the Club interrupted with spontaneous applause. The Club again interrupted the presentation with applause when Charles announced, “We want you back.”

A Virginia native, Charles received his Bachelor of Music from West Virginia University,’ his Master of Arts from George Mason University and did Doctoral Work in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Michigan.  He began his career teaching for five years in Fairfax.  He then spent 15 years as the Senior Director of Education & Artistic Director and Conductor of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Youth Ensembles. During 2013 he served as guest instructor in orchestra directing.

Burke joined the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association in March of 2014 and is the President and CEO. The War Memorial is a venerable institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality, and connectivity. Located on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, it offers programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, combined with a substantial grant from the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, the Association has embarked on a long–range planning process, PLAN 2025, to revitalize its stance as a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan.

The WM website is located at www.warmemorial.org


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