Monday, September 28, 2015

Featured Speaker on September 30th

Jeannine Gant, CEO 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit 

Jeannie Gant brings over 20 years of nonprofit experience to her role as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit.  Before taking her current position she was Executive Director of Playworks Michigan, which leverages recess to support the social and emotional learning for elementary school children.  Prior to that, she was director of development at Wayne State University.
She's also held top fundraising jobs at The Children's Center, the Epilepsy Foundation and Barat Child and Family Services.  Outside of nonprofits, Gant was an account supervisor at J. Walter Thompson from 1998 - 2002.  There she played a role in launching the Ford Division's $32 million national cause marking campaign promoting breast cancer awareness and research.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 23rd Rotary at Comerica Park: Tigers vs. the Chicago White Sox

Lunch at Noon under the Tent in the DAC Pavilion


The Detroit Rotary lunch this week will take place outside under the tent at the DAC prior to the Detroit Tigers vs Chicago White Sox game (it begins at 1:08pm). Good news: the dress code is more relaxed at the DAC under the tent: denim is OK if it is not torn or tattered.

Tigers Tickets are $40/each.

Lunch and parking is $26/person.

Go Tigers!


Monday, September 14, 2015

September 16th Featured Speaker: John J. George Co-founder, Motor City Blight Busters


This week’s program is the 27th Annual Golden Oldies award luncheon. Presented in collaboration with the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit, the Golden Oldies program honors our communities’ most senior volunteers, all of whom are 80 or better. This year four of our seven honorees are better than 90 years old – and still faithfully serving others. Don’t miss this heartwarming event, which begins with a tea for our honorees at 11:30 in the Pontchartrain Room, followed by lunch at noon in the main dining room.
At this week’s luncheon Detroit native John J. George will address club members, guests and our honorees.
John co-founded the Motor City Blight Busters (MCBB) in 1988, when he and two neighbors took a stand to make their own neighborhood safer. Unhappy about an abandoned house on their northwest Detroit block that was attracting drug dealers and other unsavory characters, George , Albert Mack and Felix Wright bought plywood and paint, boarded up the windows and doors, mowed the grass, trimmed the bushes and stabilized the property. When the drug dealers returned at night, they couldn’t get in, and left. This one small act of defiance has led to a decades-long fight against the decay and blight that have plagued Detroit and so many other urban areas.
Over time MCBB has grown into an internationally recognized, grass-roots non-profit organization committed to revitalizing, stabilizing and beautifying the cithy of Detroit. Working with thousands of volunteers each year, George’s “Blight Busters” tear down abandoned houses, renovate existing homes, clean up parks and other public spaces, and help people become home and business owners.
Supported by corporations, foundations and individual donors, MCBB brings people together from all walks of life from both the city and the suburbs to make George’s vision of creating safe, clean, healthy and viable neighborhoods for all children a reality.
George was a founding chairman of the Brightmoor Alliance, and past president of the Old Redford Business Association.  He was awarded a Point of Light from President Bill Clinton; was named Michiganian of the Year in 1995 by the Detroit News, and has been recognized by Oprah Winfrey as one of the nation’s community heroes. In 1995 he coined the phrase “Angel’s Night” and convinced then Mayor Dennis Archer to take MCBB’s Blight Flight citywide, later renaming the event Clean Sweep.
George and MCBB have been featured on CNN Live, and also have been the subject of articles in magazines, newspapers and online publication around the world, including Time Magazine.
A former insurance salesman, George is a graduate of Bishop Borgess High School. He and his wife Alicia George have three grown children, all of whom have worked in various capacities furthering their father’s cause.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 9th featured speaker

Bob Morris, Author 
Built in Detroit: A story of the UAW, a Company and a Gangster

Bob Morris, Author 
Built in Detroit: A story of the UAW, a Company and a Gangster 

Bob Morris has spent his entire career involved with public service. He started out as a teacher in the Detroit Public Schools and then worked in Lansing for the Michigan House of Representatives, Governor  James Blanchard, the Michigan Department of Transportation, as well as the Michigan Department of Education.  In the 1990s, Bob was an Assistant Wayne County Executive.  Bob helped write the Wayne County Airport Act, and also ran the county's legislative office in Lansing.  Bob recently retired as a policy advisor to the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG). 
Bob grew up in Southeastern Michigan during the 1950's and 1960's at the knees of some of the greatest labor leaders in Michigan.  These men and women told the stories that Morris hasconfirmed through his research for this book.  For more about Bob and his book, check out  Books will be available after Bob's presentation or can be purchased at Amazon or


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2nd Featured Speaker

Bud Liebler
The Whitney, Owner 
The Liebler Group, President 
 Rear Admiral John E. Jolliffe
This week our speaker will be Bud Liebler a board member of Midtown Detroit, Inc. He will provide an update of the latest activities in that part of the City. 
He is the owner of the Whitney mansion which is world famous for upscale dining in Detroit.  Completed in 1894, the Motor City landmark retains the exquisite charm of Detroit's early upper echelon as a venue for all to enjoy.
Mr. Liebler is also President of the Liebler Group a public relations and strategic communications counseling firm with experience in virtually every kind of communication and every kind of audience.  He was the former Sr. Vice President of marketing and communications for Chrysler Corp