Republican women gather for their 2013-kickoff luncheon in Grosse Pointe Park on January 27

Harper Woods mayor pro tem Cheryl A. Costantino with daughter Catherine preparing the fresh pastries for May 1 gathering
Harper Woods mayor pro tem Cheryl A. Costantino with daughter Catherine preparing some of the fresh pastries for the May 1 gathering.
Jenny Nolan, Marie Hackleman, Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly, and Carol Hackleman gather before the meeting in Grosse Pointe Park
From left, Jenny Nolan, Marie Hackleman, Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly, and Carol Hackleman gather before the meeting in Grosse Pointe Park.
Republican Women
Enjoy Winter Luncheon
Judge Kirsten Frank Kelly's home in the Park was the setting for the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe's 2013 kickoff luncheon on Sunday, January 27.
Newly elected officers of the group are Cynthia Cassell, president, Linda Solterisch, treasurer, and Marjorie Parsons, secretary.
For more information about the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe, contact president Cynthia Cassell at (313) 355-0006.
Pointe Officials Theokas and Stempfle
Boost their City in May Talks to Republican Women
Boosting their respective cities, Greg Theokas, mayor pro tem of Grosse Pointe Park, and John Stempfle, councilman of the City of Grosse Pointe, made presentations May 1 to the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe.
Meeting in a member's home the municipal leaders addressed several dozen women and their husbands about recent and planned developments in their community.
Rep Womens Club of GP officers, from left, Angela Jones, president, Marjorie Parsons, treasurer, Linda Solterisch, secretary
Republican Womens Club of Grosse Pointe officers, from left, Angela Jones, president, Marjorie Parsons, treasurer, Linda Solterisch, secretary.
Stempfle covered the plans to build a theater project on a portion of city-owned parking lot 2 along St. Clair, behind the north side of Kercheval between Caribou Coffee and Chase Bank.
He explained that two proposals were received March 30. One for a movie theater project proposed by Emagine Entertainment, and the other a live production theater project proposed by Grosse Pointe Theatre. >>More Theatre proposal.
Theokas explained recent community improvements through efforts of the private, Grosse Pointe Housing Foundation.
Gregory P. Theokas, Grosse Pointe Park mayor pro tem
John Stempfle, Grosse Pointe city councilman
Grosse Pointe Park mayor pro tem Gregory P. Theokas with microphone, standing at left, and John Stempfle, Grosse Pointe city councilman.
He said the foundation's goal is to create educational housing incentives for university students using housing grants, while also adding vitality to the Grosse Pointe Park rental market and the surrounding commercial districts.
The program offers grants to eligible students, medical students, and nursing students for housing expense of up to 50% of rent, but not to exceed $350 per month. >>More Foundation.
In addition to work of the foundation, Theokas covered other development initiatives in the Park.
Both officials answered questions posed by members of the audience.Linda Solterisch at 2011 Tribute Banquet
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Pictured above are officers of the women's GOP group for the current year. They are Angela Jones, president, Marjorie Parsons, treasurer, and Linda Solterisch, secretary.
For more information about the group or information on future meetings, call Marjorie Parsons at 886-1290.
Linda Solterisch Selected by GOP Women for Service Tribute
Honored on May 21, 2011, by the Republican Women's Federation of Michigan at their annual Tribute banquet in Troy was Grosse Pointe Park activist Linda R. Solterisch.
Ladies of all ages enjoy 'lipstick' and a party!
Mary Treder Lang, center, welcomes ladies to the event
Women show their support for the GOP ticket
Michigan Federation president Nancy Steckler of Grand Rapids announced the purpose of the annual event was to recognize Solterisch and other honorees for outstanding service and dedication to their local club, the state federation, and support for Republican Party values and good government.
Solterisch has been an active member of the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe since 2003, and is currently serving as its treasurer. >>Read more Solterisch.
Leadership Meeting Announced
Cynthia Cassell, president, has announced that the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe will hold its annual leadership meeting at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, at the Grosse Pointe Yacht Club. In addition to elections, members will select their nominee for Republican Woman of the Year.
Cassell invites area women to attend, and to contact Shirley Lamar at 822-5651 for more information or to RSVP.
Local GOP Women Host 'Lipstick Party' Charity Event
Gov. Palin at rally attended by est. 60,000 at The Villages, Florida, on September 21, 2008. Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel.
Gov. Palin at rally attended by est. 60,000 at The Villages, Florida, on September 21, 2008. Photo by Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel.
The Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe held a charity event Sunday, October 5.
According to Cynthia Cassell, president of the Club, the free “Lipstick Party” honored vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, and candidate Mary Treder Lang who is running for State Representative.
The party was from 4 to 6 p.m., Sunday, October 5, 2008, at the East Side Republican Headquarters, 17329 Mack Ave, Detroit (across from Staples).
Cassell had invited ladies to bring an unopened lipstick as a donation to “Dress For Success Detroit.” The mission of Dress for Success Detroit is to advance low-income women's economic and social development, and to encourage self-sufficiency through career development and employment retention.
Cassell says that each attendee received free lipstick samples provided by cosmetic vendors. For more information about the club, call Cassell at 882-2084.
The event was hosted jointly by the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe and the McCain Women's Coalition.
Terri Lynn LandLocal Republican Women Host Luncheon for Terri Lynn Land
Recognizing women in politics and government service, the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe will host a luncheon with Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land on Friday, February 29, 2008, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial.Luncheon celebrating 'Christmas in January' at Andiamo's, Grosse Pointe Woods. January 2008.
According to Cynthia Cassell of the club, cost for the noon luncheon is $21 per person.
Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m. with lunch and the program in the Alger House dining room starting at noon. For more information, contact Marti Miller, 886-3785.
Land was elected to office in November of 2002. With more than 1.7 million votes, she carried more votes than any other candidate on that year's ballot, securing her place as Michigan's top-elected Republican official.
The granddaughter of Dutch immigrants, Land held her first job as a teenager. She worked alongside her Grandma Jenny as they cleaned rooms in the family's hotel. It was this family business that taught Secretary Land the value of hard work.
Of all her accomplishments, Land is most proud of her family. She married Dan Hibma in 1983, and the couple has two children together, Jessica and Nicholas.
They attend Corinth Reformed Church, where Land was nursery supervisor for many years. A graduate of Grandville High School, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Hope College in Holland, Michigan.Cynthia Cassell, president of the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe.
Cassell is also GOP candidate for Michigan Senate, district 1
Christmas Luncheon Set for December 10
Cynthia Cassell, president, has announced that the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe will host its annual Christmas Luncheon at 1 p.m., Sunday, December 10, 2006, at Andiamo's Trattoria, Grosse Pointe Woods.
Fall Kick-Off Meeting Set for September 18
Cynthia Cassell has announced that the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, September 18, at the Eastside GOP Campaign headquarters.
The headquarters is located just below Moross at 18495 Mack Ave., Detroit (corner of Opal/Cloverly), and has been provided by the Ed Gaffney reelection campaign with the assistance of other GOP supporters.
Dick DeVos Set for Reception at Grosse Pte. War Memorial Dick DeVos
Republican Dick DeVos, campaigning to replace the incumbent Michigan governor, will be guest of honor at a Tuesday, November 15, 2005, reception sponsored by the Women's Republican Club of Grosse Pointe.
According to Cynthia Cassell, newly elected chairman of the women's group, “Our annual fund raiser will be DeVos' first appearance on the eastside of Detroit since he announced his candidacy for governor.”
Women's Republican Club of Grosse Pointe
2005 Officers
President: Cynthia Cassell
Vice President: Therese Joseph
Secretary: Shirley Lamar
Treasurer: Patty Lapansie
2005 Woman of the Year Honoree: Gloria Schmitt
The November 15 reception will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. A special photo opportunity will begin at 5:30 p.m. For further information, contact Cassell at 882-2084.
DeVos is a Grand Rapids businessman, and husband of former State GOP chairwoman Betsy DeVos. >>More about Dick DeVos.
Representative Gaffney Featured at Republican Women's 2004 KickoffRep. Ed Gaffney
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District 1 State Representative Edward Gaffney addressed the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe on February 6, 2004, in the Grosse Pointe War Memorial library.
“The time has come for Michigan to stop being the dumping ground for other people's trash,” he said, referring to his backing of a measure approved by the legislature imposing a two-year moratorium on granting permits for new landfills in Michigan.
Gaffney also commented on his co-sponsorship of a resolution just introduced by Rep. Gary Newell to place before voters in the next general election a Constitutional amendment to establish that only marriage between one man and one woman be recognized as valid in Michigan.
Noting that he is serving the second year of a two-year term, Gaffney expressed his gratefulness for the support he has received from the group, and asked for continued support as the general election season approaches.
The group's president, Cheryl Costantino, welcomed husbands and guests, and provided information on how people could become involved in the Bush campaign.
Reduction of Media Violence, Vulgarity Topic of GOP Dinner Speaker
Broadcast-journalist Teresa Tomeo shared her secrets for making a difference in the media at a November dinner sponsored by the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe.Journalist Teresa Tomeo
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She spoke to the group Friday, November 7, 2003, at the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club.
At the top of her list of needed changes is a reduction in violence and vulgarity, which she notes is so common on today's airwaves.
Tomeo, speaking from her more than 20 years of reporting experience in the Detroit radio and TV market, provided practical instruction on how people can be a positive influence on today's media.
Local Republican Women Host Second Annual High Tea
The Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe hosted area ladies on Saturday, September 27, 2003, for high tea.Hostess Patty Lapansie
The event was held in the Villa DuLac Clubhouse on Marter Road, St. Clair Shores.
Hostess Patty Lapansie had asked ladies to “join others in bringing your favourite tea cup with you to enjoy with your tea!”
She reported that last year's even was enjoyed by everyone, and that this year was another success. Ladies under the age of 10 were free, while the cost for all others was a nominal $5. In addition to being served tea and sandwiches, the ladies were treated to special piano entertainment from a number of soloists.
As a result of the social event, three new members were added and a number of others indicated interest in future Club activities.
McKeehan Receives State GOP Honor 
Lita M. McKeehan, Eastside Republican Club member and Chairman of the ERC-PAC, was recently recognized by the Republican Women'sShirley Sadler with McKeehan and Mary Abel Federation of Michigan as "2003 Republican Woman of the Year" at their 21st annual Tribute to Women banquet.
Members of the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe nominated McKeehan for the honor.
Escorting McKeehan to receive her award was Michigan Republican First Vice Chairman, Andrew "Rocky" Raczkowski. Attendees heard guest speaker Shirley Sadler, Vice President of the National Federation of Republican Women, talk about the significance of women to future GOP victories.
Mary Abel, president of the Federation, presided over this year's event held at the Monroe Golf & Country Club.
Homeland Security was Topic for June Meeting at Coast Guard Station 
Coast Guard Lt. Patricia Mitrowski provided a station tour and briefing for guests and members of the Republican Women's Club of GrosseDown the hatch... Bridget Hennigan gets a look inside.
>>More photos Pointe at its Flag Day meeting on Saturday, June 14. Lt. Mitrowski is commander of the U.S. Coast Guard's St. Clair Shores Station.
According to club president, Cheryl Costantino, following a continental breakfast at the Station, the group was taken aboard a Coast Guard vessel, and then shown the unit's hydroplane--designed to travel over ice and snow.
Costantino, said, "We were pleased with the attendance of more than 20 members and guests of all ages. Some of the teenagers even were allowed to try on some of the gear worn by rescuers." >>See photos.
Financial Trends Topic of GOP Women's January Meeting at Hunt Club
Charles "Chip" Kleinbrook, local attorney and stockbroker, addressed the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe at its January meeting.
'Chip' KleinbrookKleinbrook, who has counseled Michigan families on estate matters since 1990, will speak on “market trends and financial issues.”
According to Cheryl Costantino, president of the group, Kleinbrook addressed "very important educational issues."
Costantino reports, "Chip is so knowledgeable as a stockbroker and an attorney that he answered questions about all of our concerns about investing, trusts, or finances."
 Women's Events
Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe
Sunday, April 21, 2013
1 p.m. Rocky Raczkowski speaking on 'Future of the GOP,' Grosse Pointe Park.
For more information or reservations, call (313) 886-1290.
The dinner meeting was held Friday, January 31, 2003, at the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club, 655 Cook Road, Grosse Pointe Woods. For more information contact the ERC or Marti Miller directly at (313) 886-3785.
Mother/Daughter Tea Party
When the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe convened on Saturday, September 14, 2002, the ladies had a decidedly different agenda.
According to Cheryl Costantino, rather than the usual partisan message, the group hosted a Mother/Daughter Tea Party, billed as High Tea.'It's different,' Cheryl Costantino “This is something we've been wanting to do for a long time,” said Costantino, “to bring generations together--regardless of their ages.”
In addition to a being served tea and sandwiches, the ladies were treated to a flag etiquette demonstration by Mary Jarosz and special music provided by Englishman Drew Curtis.
The Mother/Daughter Tea was held in the Lounge of the Grosse Pointe Woods Presbyterian Church. For information on future events, Costantino invites eastside women to contact the ERC or to call her directly at (313) 371-6333.
October Women's Club Meeting
The group's October meeting was combined with the ERC Forum Tuesday, October 15, at which local Republican candidates discussed key November General Election campaign issues at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. >>Details.
2002 Christmas Party
The group's December meeting was the Republican Women's annual Christmas luncheon on Friday, December 6, 2002. Again this year, as a part of their celebration, the ladies made donations of Christmas gifts to the "Toys for Tots" campaign conducted locally by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
Women Focus on Military Readiness 
Elaine Donnelly, President of the Center for Military Readiness, addressed the Republican Women's Club and answered questions on Elaine DonnellyFriday, May 10, 2002. The evening event was held at the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club and included dinner.
The Center for Military Readiness is an independent, nonpartisan educational organization which takes a leadership role in promoting sound military personnel policies in the armed forces. It is a unique alliance of civilian, active duty and retired military people, and is the only organization that concentrates on military personnel issues full-time.
Donnelly is a former member (1984-86) of the Pentagon's Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS), and the 1992 Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Services. Its Board includes distinguished retired military personnel and civilians who have volunteered advice and guidance on issues concerning military personnel.
>>See photo >>Photos of a past Republican Women's Club meeting.
Republican Women Celebrate, Contribute to "Toys for Tots" Fund
The Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe celebrated the holidays on December 5, 2001, by making a donation of ChristmasChristmas Party gifts to the "Toys for Tots" campaign conducted locally by the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve.
According to Alice W. Baetz, the holiday celebration included “a terrific meal, a brief meeting, and a Christmas gift exchange.” She reported that the event, at the home of member Lois Smith, also provided an opportunity for members to give toys to the children's charity project.
Republican Women Learn of W.W.II Roles 
Recounting their personal W.W.II experiences, three women spoke at the May 16, 2001, meeting of the Republican Women's Club of Grosse Pointe.
WWII Women's Army Corps posterThe ladies were Iris Gribble, Janet Sharpe, and Regina Trembath. These remarkable women recounted personal memories of their military service during World War II.
According to Shirley Mantay, club president, "Though they each served in different corners of the world, their bravery and fortitude were impressive."
The Wednesday, May 16, 2001, meeting was held at the First English Evangelical Lutheran Church, 800 Vernier Road, Grosse Pointe Woods.
>>"Visit" the Woman's Army Corps Museum