Soroptimist Club installs new officers, gives grants

Photo by Evelyn Cairns
Shelly Hass (left) of Yes Ma’am and Dr. David Wolf, chairman of the Center for Women’s and Children’s Health and Well-Being, display the checks they received for their organizations from Soroptimist International of Wyandotte, Southgate, Taylor. Looking on are Pat Anderson, Soroptimist of the Year, and out-going President Pam Bradford. The presentations were made June 6 at the Soroptimists’ 61st annual installation banquet at Michelangelo’s Italian Bistro in Wyandotte.

By Evelyn Cairns
Members of Soroptimist International of Wyandotte, Southgate, Taylor gathered June 6 at Michelangelo’s Italian Bistro in Wyandotte to install new officers and award grants to two local charities.

Lida Chapple is the new president of the club; Jill Gentner, vice president; Judy Wilder, treasurer; Mary Pilon, corresponding secretary; and Jennifer McFarlane, recording secretary.

Directors are Cathy Wilder, Lynn Watkins and Patricia Anderson.

Anderson was presented with a bouquet of yellow roses as Soroptimist of the Year in recognition of her service to the club.

Dr. David Wolf, chairman of the Center for Women’s Health and Well-Being, headquartered in Wyandotte, and Shelly Haas of the Yes Ma’am programs at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital and Brownstown Health Center, were presented with checks for $1,370 each to further the programs. Both spoke about their respective projects.

The CWCHWB Center was conceptualized by Wolf, director of the obstetrics and gynecology residency program at the hospital, to provide uninsured Downriver women with free or low-cost access to a wide range of healthcare services.

The center’s children’s initiative is the Infant Safe Sleep Program, which offers educational material for new parents on safe infant sleeping positions and patterns and provides sleep sacks for newborns’ stays in the hospital and upon discharge.

The Yes Ma’am program offers free mammograms to working uninsured Downriver women on an annual basis. Over the last 10 years, screenings were provided to 1,000 women at the two locations.

Salute to last for four days
The 20th annual “Salute to America” celebration, featuring family activities and a concert by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will take place from 6 to 10 p.m. June 30 and July 1, 3 and 4 at Greenfield Village, rain or shine.

Also performing will be the First Michigan Colonial Fife and Drum Corps, the Greenfield Singers and the River Raisin Ragtime Revue.

The celebration also will offer various activities for children, picnic areas and food by The Henry Ford’s award-winning chefs.

The evening will conclude with the symphony’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture as cannons roar and fireworks light the sky.

Tickets are $27, adults, and $17.50, youths (children 4 and younger are free). Discounts are available for tickets purchased in advance. VIP tickets, including a special parking and seating package, are $50. For additional information, call 313-982-6001.

DYPCA will Offer classes
The Downriver Youth Performing Arts Center’s Summer Arts Program will begin on June 26 and continue through Aug. 3 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

A variety of dance, vocal and art courses will be offered. The program will conclude with a grand finale at which artwork will be displayed and class members will demonstrate what they have learned.

Call 734-671-2202 for fees and additional information

Coming up . . .
June 27 — Concert, 6 p.m. at the Taylor Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 22314 Northline Road; performing will be Jerry McKenzie’s Just Jazz group, featuring Dave Bennett, clarinetist; Terry Lower, keyboardist; and Ray Tini, bassist; tickets are $5 at the door; refreshments and a cash bar will be available; in the event of rain, the concert will be held at Taylor Lanes Bowling Alley, 24800 Eureka; for cancellation updates, call 888-383-4108.

June 27, 28 — Music in the Park; 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Park, London and Fort streets, Lincoln Park; Devin Scillian and the Arizona Son will perform on June 27, and Mood Swing on June 28; admission is free.

July 13, 14, 15 — Annual Trenton Mid-Summer Festival, along West Jefferson, between Maple and Harrison; family activities, food, live entertainment, artists and crafters; for more information, call 734-675-7300 or go to