On February 12, 2019, the Senior Men’s Club members were introduced to the Detroit Children’s Choir (DCC.)
Paola Smith and John Joanette
John Joanette, the Executive Director, and Paola Smith, the Executive Program and Operations Manager of the DCC told us about the formation of the DCC in 2006 by Carol Schoch, who identified a need for quality choral musical experiences targeted toward the underserved youth of Detroit, Since then the DCC has leveraged the power and discipline of choral singing to bring together children in grades 3-12. More than 3,900 students have participated to date, and this year the DCC has music programs in twelve Detroit Public Schools, with plans to increase that number. Read more
In a story posted February 6, 2019, the Grosse Pointe News reported on the first grants made by the Senior Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe Foundation at the SMC luncheon meeting on Januarry 22, 2019.
From left, Peter Poulos, Stu Alderman, Roxanne Brinkerhoff, Jan Shimshock, John Prost and Mason Ferry. Photo by George McMullen
At the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon on Tuesday, January 22nd, Ty Hinton, the Economic and Community Development Director of Harper Woods talked to us about the redevelopment of Eastland Mall. Ty is an accomplished and active 77-year old. Last year he was honored by being named a recipient of one of the Michigan Chronicle’s 2018 Man of Excellence awards. In addition to his ECD position at Harper Woods, Ty runs their home improvement loan program using community improvement block grant dollars. This program also includes the Grosse Pointes. He also helps out at The Helm, including with the installation of their standby generator. Read more
At the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon on Tuesday, January 8th, Bailey Sisoy Igro talked to us about her book, Rosie, a Detroit Herstory. Bailey is the owner of Detroit History Tours and the proprietress of the Detroit History Club. She has appeared on television as a contributor on the Travel Channel’s Tough Boats and Globe Trekker series and is a common guest on history-themed podcasts.
The Senior Men’s Club heard from Peggy Hayes, the Executive Director of The Helm, previously known as SOC, or Services for Older Citizens. She mentioned the PAATS Bus transportation service that might be some help in getting our SMC members to the regular meetings. Rides are available for a nominal cost by calling 313-343-2580 at least two days in advance of the need. Another option the SMC is pursuing is a Member Car Pool from your neighborhood to the meetings. We would like anyone interested in being driven to the meeting to contact our 2nd Vice President, Jim Callahan, at (313) 220-8315, or our President, Chris Walsh.
We are pleased to announce a new opportunity for SMC members to provide information and career advice to students at Grosse Pointe North and Grosse Pointe South High Schools
This is a voluntary program that offers mutual benefits to the SMC members and the participants. We will organize a series of panels, each panel composed of three SMC members who share a common profession, such as, engineering, medicine, law, etc. and students interested in that area. Please scroll down when completing the following form. Read more
SPEAKER: NATALIA TARNAVSKY
At the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon on Tuesday, November 27th, Natalia Tarnavsky, the Executive Chef at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, talked to us about how she became a chef and shared her culinary philosophy that guides her work. She grew up in a Detroit-area Ukrainian family and her best early memories are of their kitchen, where everything seemed to happen. Although she was a picky eater, food was always a passion of hers. She attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York, one of the best culinary schools in the world. She moved back to Michigan to be near her family and worked at, among other places, the Edsel & Eleanor Ford House and Tom’s Oyster Bar. She began her current position in July of 2018. Natalia has three children, aged between 6 and 12 years old, and appreciates that her position does not involve the crazy hours of many restaurant chef jobs. Read more
At the Senior Men’s Club Luncheon on Tuesday, November 13th, Robin Ferriby, who until recently served as the Vice President and General Counsel at the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, reported to us on the work of the Foundation and how it promotes community philanthropy in the seven counties of southeast Michigan, investing in programs that will have a positive impact. As a permanent community endowment built by gifts from thousands of individuals and organizations, the Foundation supports a wide variety of activities benefiting education, arts and culture, health, human services, community development, and civic affairs. Since its inception in 1984, the Foundation has distributed more than $941 million through more than 61,000 grants to nonprofit organizations throughout southeast Michigan. Robin is a Grosse Pointer, and he explained that many Grosse Pointe charities, community organizations, schools, and arts and cultural organizations have benefited from grants from the Foundation.
SMC members and guests enjoyed a VIP tour of the Yankee Air Museum on October 25th.
Mickey Lolich (sitting) and Tom Gage (standing)
Mickey Lolich was a Major League pitcher for 16 seasons, 13 of them with the Detroit Tigers. He is best known for his performance in the 1968 World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals when he earned three complete-game victories, including a win over Bob Gibson in the climactic Game 7. Tom Gage worked for The Detroit News for 39 years, including 35 years as the Detroit Tigers beat writer until retiring in 2015. Gage was awarded the J. G. Taylor Spink Award in 2015.
At the Senior Men’s club luncheon on October 23rd, Lolich and Gage discussed their new book: Joy in Tigertown: A Determined Team, a Resilient City, and our Magical Run to the 1968 World Series. Tom started the discussion by explaining why he got involved with this book and why he feels that Mickey belongs in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and he provided supporting statistics. Read more