Celebrated journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson have been longtime friends, despite their different perspectives on pretty much everything. On February 8th, they spoke to the Club about The Civility Project. The Civility Project seeks to bring people of opposing viewpoints together for healthy disagreement, personal interactions and constructive conversations. In their hour-long enlightening presentation, they spoke of how the increased divisions in our society have impacted their work and how they decided to do something about it. They described how we can learn to have civil conversations with friends, family, and strangers whose views differ from ours. It all starts with listening to the other person and learning why they hold the views we disagree with. For more information on The Civility Project, click here.
While February is the shortest month in the year, fortunately there’s enough time for two speakers at the Men’s Club luncheon meetings. We’re almost back to normal…well as normal as we can be given the circumstances. It looks like Covid has settled on a contagious version with milder symptoms. I’m sure that there will be future versions, just as there has been with the Flu. This means that we can get back to something approaching normal while still remaining vigilant and cautious. Remember, the virus doesn’t want to kill us, it just wants to take over the world.
We don’t need more testing for the virus; we need a test for antitoxins. It’s been a tough couple of years; first with the Covid virus and how it should be handled. On February 8th we have the pleasure of hearing from Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson.on one of the most important challenges confronting our nation – Building Civility. And please plan to bring your spouse or a friend; all are welcome.
Civility – a cornerstone of our society – is under siege at all levels, MIA. People with opposing viewpoints talk down to one another or past one another, or insult one another, totally dismissing their neighbors, impugning their character, shouting them down, or calling them names. And yes, it even happens here in Grosse Pointe. But people with differing points of view can and should be civil toward one another and can even be friends. Award-winning journalists Nolan Finley and Stephen Henderson are a perfect example of good friends who disagree on almost everything except fine Kentucky bourbon. They will show us why Building Civility is so critical to our future and how to do it.
Henry Fischer, President
It’s now a new year and many of us have made, or will make, resolutions for change toward a better future. Perhaps the ancient Romans started this when they named this month after the god Janus. Janus was considered the god of beginnings future. We follow this when we show Father Time and Baby New Year. I don’t know if Julius Caesar used this time of the year to say “forget the Gauls I’m making a resolution to invade Britain,” but he could have.
Maybe we should keep our resolutions a little bit more down to earth. Let’s all make a resolution to bring a friend to a lunch meeting. We are, after all, a social organization. The friend could be someone that is not yet a member or it could also be a current member who has no way of getting to meetings. We have almost 400 members, but only about 60 make it to the meetings. Some of those others may want to attend. If you are bringing a guest, please let our attendance team know by email email@example.com. You can also call or text Marty McMillan at 313-550-9661 if email is not available.
Fortunately the Men’s Club has been getting back to normal. We’re scheduled to continue meeting at the Tompkins Center through the first quarter of 2022. We’ll see where it goes from there.
Our January speakers are both impressive and entertaining. We’ve got a great line-up that combines local history, art and architecture and is sure to please members and their guests.
On the 11th we have Jeremy Dimick, Director of collections at the Detroit Historical Society (DHS). The DHS is the day-to-day manager of the Detroit Historical Museum, the Dossin Great Lakes Museum and all of the artifacts in their collections.
On the 25th we will have Annie Dennis from Pewabic Pottery. Pewabic Pottery was founded in 1903 and is been a cultural icon in Art, Architecture and Decoration not only in Detroit but around the world. As I said before, make a resolution to bring a friend. Not only will they enjoy the meeting, but it’s another possible Euchre player afterward.
I know that Jim Callahan wanted some of the photos of the Men’s Club Chorale’s visit to the Helm on Veterans Day included in the Newsletter, but there wasn’t room in the January Newsletter. We will have them in the February Newsletter. The photos are on The Helm’s Facebook page however, listed by date.
Henry A. Fischer President
“MERRY CHRISTMAS” and “HAPPY NEW YEAR” The two statements go together, don’t they? Both expressions mark a new beginning of something, and I’m not talking about Star Wars. Of course I could just use the all encompassing term “HAPPY HOLIDAYS”, but that seems over-used these days.
Regardless, another Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas Season is underway. When you’re a kid Christmas is the most important day of the year. It’s the expectation leading up to Christmas that really counts. Christmas time means parties at school, the school play, being with friends, various get-togethers and dream trips to the Toy Store. It also means presents from Santa followed by a week with no school. What could be better?
Spoiler alert, there is no Santa Claus! It was really Mom and Dad, Grandma and Grandpa and maybe an Uncle Joe or Aunt Jane. Now that we’re adults the good times don’t have to stop. We may not get as many presents, but that’s OK. We’ve learned that giving is often better than getting and besides by this time we’ve got most of what we need anyway. I don’t know about you, but I’ve got three or four unopened pairs of slippers in my closet. As for parties, that doesn’t have to stop! Begin with the Men’s Club Christmas Party on December 14th . The party is at Barrister Gardens Banquet Center , 24225 Harper Ave, St. Clair Shores. It starts at 4 pm and goes to 8 pm. So, be a kid again! Meet with old friends, make new friends, treat your spouse or significant other to a great dinner and enjoy the entertainment. Hey, feel free to bring Uncle Joe and Aunt Jane or your neighbor if you want. At $60 per person with an open bar, everyone will have a good time.
Call Ed Benz (313-885-3618) right now to make sure you’re not left out. Or call Jim Callahan at 313-220-8315.
Henry Fischer, President
Merry Christmas!!! The Club’s annual Christmas Party is scheduled for Dec. 14, 2021 at the Barrister Gardens located at 24225 Harper Ave., St. Clair Shores, MI between 4pm and 8pm. (Live music, choral entertainment, open bar, 3 entrees served family style, DJ for dancing, door prizes and the presence of some of the best people we know: the Chorale, our Club members and spouses and/or significant others will all be present. I hope you have made your reservation and plan on attending. It will be a wonderful evening. The cost is $60 per person. If you have not made your reservation as of yet, call me at 313 220 8315. You can then pay me at the door of the event.
Due to the difficulties faced by Fishbone’s in obtaining staff sufficient to handle large groups, we will not be able to return there in the near future. We will hold our second August meeting and all of our September and October meetings at the Tompkins Center at Grosse Pointe Park.
In addition to receiving a certificate for his presentation before the Club on July 17, 2021, Devin Scillian of WDIV Channel 4, Detroit, was given an Honorary Membership in the Club. Scillian emphasized the importance of news providers reporting the facts rather than their opinions.
Although adversity has confronted us with the pandemic and the floods, our Club survives and prospers. It is due in large part to the devoted members of the Club, the Board of Directors and the eternal grace of God. We must be doing something right. Who could have imagined the adversities that we have recently encountered with a positive future for the Club. We are truly blessed!
Make arrangements to attend our future meetings. With your participation and joining one or more of the committees, our Club will prosper and excel. Join a committee and lend a hand to this worthwhile endeavor. You will be rewarded immensely. We all, collectively, will benefit from your participation. No one can predict what the future holds in store for us, but without your involvement and support the Club’s mere existence could be in jeopardy. With your involvement the Club will have a long and cherished history. Pick a committee and join it. Contribute to it and reap the rewards that the other members will provide to you.
Support our advertisers, who have so graciously placed ads in our Directory. Tell them when you use their services or frequent their establishment that you are a member of the Men’s Club of Grosse Pointe. Prove to them that their advertising dollars were well spent and that had it not been for their advertisement in the Directory you may not have gone to their restaurant or used their facilities. In this way we can build a strong bond between our Club and its supporters.
A dues invoice for the fiscal year 2022 (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022) is included in this newsletter. Seventy-five percent of the Club’s revenue comes from your dues (65%) and contributions (10%). The other 25% comes from sponsors who purchase ads in the Membership Directory. Please consider a voluntary contribution to support the Club’s activities.
Nearly half of our Club is made up of Life Members who are not required to pay dues. The Club remains unique in that the majority of our Life Members continue to pay dues, and we are grateful for their continued support. I suggest each of us reach out and say “thank you” to a Life Member.
Jim Callahan, President