October 10, 2013You are invited — invited to join in any one of the many clubs based in Grosse Pointe catering to your sense of community, to your social and artistic side or educational side. The following is a short list of organizations that would welcome your attendance.
Daughters of the British Empire in Michigan
is a non-profit group raising funds for charities and the retirees in British retirement homes, as well as sharing information on the Commonwealth. Any adult with a Commonwealth ancestry can join the club that meets nine times a year. Annual dues are $25, plus chapter dues, fundraising and convention fees. Meetings are in members' houses or restaurants. For more information, contact Gail Weedon at (248) 738-8659 or firstname.lastname@example.org. In 1910, The Imperial Order Daughters of the British Empire in the United States was founded during World War I.
Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe
is a non-profit run by volunteers who have an interest in French language and culture. Through interesting, diverse activities and events, the group keeps the French culture alive in Grosse Pointe. Members can become friends learning more about, and enjoying, French culture, history, cuisine, art, literary works and conversation. Funds are raised for scholarships for high school students who excel in French studies.
AFGP is open to all who have an interest in France and the French. Members are of high school age and older and do not need to be fluent in French or have knowledge of the French language to participate. Members can commit a few hours a month to attend monthly events.
For more information, contact Christiane Stein at (586) 777-4602 or email@example.com
Detroit Historical Guild
is a non-profit service group that raises funds with flea markets at Historical Fort Wayne in October and April and Victorian teas in May and November at the Detroit Historical Museum to benefit the museum and the Dossin Great Lakes Museum. New members with a special interest in Detroit regional history, serving others, enhancing their historical knowledge and visiting historical sites can attend meetings and events taking place the second Saturday of each month, September through May, at the fort, the historical museums and other sites. Dues are $45 and the time commitment is 20 to 40 hours per year. Membership includes participating in behind-the-scenes tours, programs at the museum, assisting with setup, sales and tear down at the flea markets, teas, decorating and serving catered food and beverages. For more information, contact vice president Shirley Hartert at (313) 882-6107 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eastside Handweavers Guild
offers support and encouragement for those who enjoy weaving, spinning and other fiber arts. Adults of any age, experienced in the art, or willing to learn, can attend. Offshoot groups for knitters, spinners and study groups are also offered. Monthly meetings feature programs, lectures and workshops beginning at 6:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of the month at St. Clair Shores Adult Education facility, 23055 Masonic. Dues are $15 with additional charges for workshops and materials. For more information, call Janet Weber at (313) 881-6499.
Friends of the Grosse Pointe Public Library
is a non-profit organization sponsoring activities encouraging literacy, lifelong learning, love of reading and stimulating interest in the library. Anyone can join the group that sponsors the Friends' Down Under Bookstore, classical book lecture series, the Halloween costume sale, book give-aways, children and teen programs and author visits, among others. An individual pays annual dues of $25 and a family pays $30. For more information, call (313) 343-2074, ext. 204 or visit gplibraryfriends.org.
Friends of Vision Support Group
is a non-profit organization sponsoring support groups for the visually impaired living in Wayne and Macomb counties. The organization deals with the emotional turmoil that challenges people when faced with a life-altering condition. One-on-one discussion is encouraged prior to the day's speaker. Speakers and topics may not directly address the issues of visual impairment but attributes of living life well, such as nutrition, humor and health. Day trips and holiday parties are part of the schedule. Groups meet at the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology, 15415 E. Jefferson, Grosse Pointe Park and St. Lucy Catholic Church, 23401 Jefferson, St. Clair Shores, the first and third Mondays and Wednesdays of October, November and February through May. Morning and afternoon meetings are offered. For more information, call Nancy Pilorget at (313) 824-4710 or e-mail her at email@example.com. This is a volunteer arm of the Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology. All groups begin in September.
Grosse Pointe Camera Club
is a special interest club for individuals who would like to share their photographic interests. All ages with all levels of skills can attend the meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in room C-11 at Brownell Middle School. Images are taken outside the meeting. Annual dues are $20, plus expenses associated with taking and displaying photographs. The meetings provide educational opportunities for members to develop photographic interests and skills, contact with people of similar interests through feedback, participation in assignments, mini-programs, field trips and organized shoots. For more information, call Mike Florian at (313) 822-7080 or visit grossepointecameraclub.org. The club is a member of the Greater Detroit Camera Club.
Grosse Pointe Community Chorus
is a non-profit organization performing two concerts a year, mid-December and in April. All ages of choral singers can join. Rehearsals are from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays in the Grosse Pointe North High School choir room. Registration is $50. For more information, call (313) 882-2482 or visit grossepointecom
Grosse Pointe Friends & Neighbors Club
is a women's social club to provide a sense of community and network through activities and programs. Luncheon meetings are the first Thursday of the month at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial with a speaker. The group also has book clubs, gourmet and craft groups meeting once a month, plus a monthly salad luncheon at a member's house. Members also visit Detroit restaurants throughout the year. Women who live in the Grosse Pointe Public School District may join. For more information, contact Susan Budrys at (313) 882-9816 or suebu
Grosse Pointe, Michigan branch of the American Association of University Women
is a nonprofit 501(c)(4) organization advancing the equality for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. All fundraising proceeds are put toward scholarships for post-secondary education for those attending an accredited community college, four-year college or university or specialized program. Women with all skill sets can join AAUW. The group also has interest groups revolving around books, going to lunch, music, bridge and the performing arts. Annual dues are $74. For more information, call president Linda Marchildon at (313) 885-2855, vice president Vicki Granger at (313) 460-5250 or (313) 882-9878 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grosse Pointe Shores Garden Club Branch of the Women's National Farm and Garden Association
was founded in 1949. The non-profit organization focuses on all things gardening, volunteers in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial gardens and donates a portion of dues to charities and local garden projects for community enhancement. Members have monthly luncheons and educational speakers. All ages and abilities, with an interest in gardening and residents of Grosse Pointe, can join. Each member participates at least once a year in the organization's activities serving as host or co-hostess for a regular meeting. After lunch, program topics relate to various gardening aspects. Meetings are the first Fridays of each month September through May, except January. Annual dues are $45. Meetings are in members' homes, libraries and restaurants. Members also attend fundraising garden teas and network with other garden groups. For more information, call president Shirley Hartert at (313) 882-6107.
Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary
is a non-profit service organization composed of community service minded professionals, business owners, managers and teachers who meet at 7 p.m. every Tuesday at The Hill Restaurant. Those 22 years and older can join to help organize the Grosse Pointe Run, provide fundraising to benefit student scholarships, among other services. Annual dues cost $250. For more information, contact club president Steven Basile at (586) 530-0855.
Grosse Pointe Woman's Club
is a non-profit group whose purpose is for women to make friends, socialize, go to a 12:30 p.m. lunch and learn from diversified programs. Funds are raised to annually award scholarships for public school students. Residents, former residents, property owners, Grosse Pointe business owners or interested residents of a community whose boundaries legally border any of the Grosse Pointes can join the group that hosts seven lunches and programs per year. The annual dues are $65. Meetings are the third Wednesday of the month from September through May, with a speaker and business meeting at the War Memorial. For more information, call president Pam Zimmer at (313) 926-6726 or membership chairwoman Peggy Hickey at (313) 407-1842.
of Grosse Pointe
is a non-profit membership corporation organized in June 1937. Formerly known as the Rotary Club of Grosse Pointe, it has a membership of 90 men and women who give their time, talent and treasury in innovative ways to enhance Grosse Pointe's living environment, the surrounding communities, the district and the world. The club's motto is "Service Above Self." Service-minded adults, who live or work in the Grosse Pointes, are invited to join the group that meets at noon each Monday at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial, where lunch is served for $15. Annual dues are $320. Members are to be active on at least one club committee and participate in several service projects during the year. The club has speakers at meetings which the public can attend.
For more information, contact president Paul Rentenbach at (313) 300-7747 or email@example.com or membership chairman John Mozena at (313) 885-8178 or jmozena@the
blakecompany.net or the Rotary's website rotary.org or gprotary.org.
Service projects have included re-landscaping Mariners Inn's grounds, planting fruit trees at Barnes School for the Full Circle Edible Garden, weeding flower beds in The Village, organizing volunteers to staff the Shores-Pointes Adventure Triathlon, helping build a Habitat for Humanity house, gathering more than 340 desktop computers and monitors and re-programming them to give to local literacy agencies and preparing and serving meals to Crossroads children. The club awards scholarships to Grosse Pointe North and South high school students, hosts foreign exchange students and sponsors outbound exchange students. Its signature project, Operation Warm, raises more than $50,000 to buy and distribute 3,000 children-size winter coats through four local agencies.
Soroptimist International of Grosse Pointe
is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). The volunteer service organization of women strives to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment in local communities and the world. The annual Dine Around Town Restaurant raffle and garage sales raise funds for its three annual scholarships. The group is also involved in raising community awareness about human trafficking. SIGP seeks women from 20 to 90 who care about making the world a better place for their counterparts. The time commitment varies from sitting on a committee to coming to monthly business meetings that are at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club, except March and December. The annual dues are $125. For more information, contact membership chairwoman Marya Malkovich at (313) 310-6683 or firstname.lastname@example.org or president Mary Ellen at (313) 399-8964 or meb650 or pointe
Theatre Arts Club of Detroit
is a 501(c)(3) organization with a three fold purpose:
to encourage and develop amateur dramatic talent,
present stage entertainment and annually award a scholarship to a worthy female theater student.
Membership is open to women of all ages interested in theatre to become as involved as they like by providing backstage support, producing, directing or acting, assisting in scholarship fundraising, attending productions, participating in the group's book club or helping with the summer theater workshop at Alternatives for Girls.
Dues are $75 per year and $30 for students. Plays are performed at the Players' Playhouse on East Jefferson in Detroit. Annual meetings and holiday celebrations are held in various places.
Contact Susan at (313) 882-9706 or visit theatreartsclub.com for more information and a membership application.
The Family Center of Grosse Pointe and Harper Woods
is a 501(c)(3) group providing parent education and it acts as a community resource center. Volunteers from 21 years of age with any set of skills can help the center from one to four hours per month, provide in-kind services, stuff newsletters, help with events and write press releases. Volunteers can also join the Circle of Friends to help plan events. For more information, contact Debbie Liedel at (313) 432-3832 or Debbie.Liedel@familycenterweb.org.
The Lake House
The Lake House is a non-profit organization providing a safe harbor to support education and empower those touched by cancer. Volunteers should be 15 years and older with various skills to help others one to four hours a month. A TB test is required. Anyone who is touched by cancer can become a member and attend any support groups, wellness activities or events. Membership is free. It is located at 26701 Little Mack, St. Clair Shores. For more information, contact Kelsey Goland at (586) 777-7781 or pro
Toastmasters Club Â
is a special interest group focused on improving members speaking skills and increase self confidence. Adults can join the group that meets two hours twice a month. Six-month dues are $42. For more information, call Scott Wilson at (313) 881-5966.
Woman's Historical Club
is a non-profit group whose members are interested in studying and discussing a variety of ideas and issues, both current and historical. The 2013-2014 program is the influence of the war on the arts. Women of all ages and skills who are interested in joining should enjoy reading, studying and discussing a variety of subjects, attending 10 meetings a year, plus a Christmas party and luncheons in September and May. Annual dues are $15. Meetings are held in members' homes on a rotating basis, at 10:30 a.m. one or two Fridays per month. For more information, call the president, Marilyn Schorer at (313) 823-4295 or the vice president Vesta Dajani at (313) 885-4422.
Women's Connection of Grosse Pointe
is a non-profit organization whose members gather for dinner meetings. Programs are educational and empower women. Adult women with various skills and social and business interests can join the group that meets two hours once a month. Annual dues are $35. The Women's Connection meets in private clubs and at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.
For more information, call Jan Baumann at (586) 243-2241 or Marcia Pikielek at (313) 884-4201.