For the first time in a long time, we are starting to get some good news on the economic front. Jobs are up, and there’s even upward pressure on wages. Home sales are up as are their prices. Good news for a New Year!
This was far from the case five years ago in 2010 when we published our first issue of Pointe Magazine. Home prices were plunging, bringing city, school, county and state revenue down with them. Home foreclosures were epidemic, and fears of bank closures were commonplace. Yet we weathered the storm and while we have a long way to go, we are heading in the right direction.
Plans are now under way as to how to best celebrate our fifth anniversary. In fact, our May-June Anniversary Issue, promises to be a good one, so stay tuned.
Another organization celebrating its fifth year is the Full Circle Foundation. Full Circle operates the Upscale Resale Shop on Mack at Harvard. The young adults with special needs there run the shop, a commercial laundry and, if that weren’t enough, the Edible Garden where Austin High School used to be, now occupied by the Riverview Health and Rehab Center. The young adults also go to school through the Grosse Pointe Public School System.
Full Circle is holding its third Raise the Roof fundraising event in February at the War Memorial. Be sure to attend if you can and support this worthy organization — the only such in the state!
Another great organization is Rotary. I’ve been a Rotarian for about 10 years — but in two stints. I was first inducted into the Grosse Pointe Rotary afternoon club in the 1990s. Attorney Dean Valente (“Dino” to most everyone) was, and is, my sponsor. After a few years, I had to stop going to Rotary as work prevented me from attending the Monday luncheon meetings, which could take two hours out of a deadline day. I rejoined Rotary in 2010 when we started the magazine and have never looked back.
As communications committee chair, I helped our club win the coveted Devlyn Award, one of the highest honors in our district. But an even greater honor was bestowed on me recently — not by my club but by our sister club, Grosse Pointe Sunrise Rotary, which meets Tuesday mornings at The Hill.
The good men and women at Sunrise Rotary named Sunrise Rotarian Tim Kelch and me Paul Harris Fellows, probably the highest honor one can receive in Rotary. I cannot adequately express my delight and humility in receiving such an honor. I never dreamed I would be a Paul Harris Fellow. Thank you, Sunrise Rotary!
Speaking of Rotary, be sure to read Yolanda Turner’s “Women in Rotary” article in this issue of Pointe Magazine. While there are 200,000 women in Rotary worldwide today, such was not the case 26 years ago!
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