Monroe Missionary Baptist Church

Tom and Renee are members of the Monroe Missionary Baptist Church, located at 14260 South Dixie Highway in Monroe, Michigan, where Tom has been a member since 1956.  The church is associated with the Southern Baptist Convention and bases belief in scriptures found in the Holy Bible that acknowledges the life, death, burial and ultimate resurrection of Jesus Christ by His Father, the God of Abraham. This is His plan for the salvation of mankind and life everlasting with Him throughout eternity.  To learn more about the church go to their website at www.mmbconline.org.  To learn more about how to become a Christian click on the “Guided Ministries” tab above and read “His Plan for Salvation” or feel free to contact Tom or Renee at rttreece@aol.com.


The D.O.V.E. Fund

Tom and Renee are also members of the D.O.V.E. Fund (Development of Vietnam Endeavors), a non-profit, humanitarian group of Vietnam Veterans and Rotarians based in Toledo, Ohio and dedicated to helping ease the suffering of the poverty-stricken children of Vietnam.

Tom – a founding member of the group – serves as Secretary and sits on the Executive Committee while Renee serves as a member of the Advisory Board and Fundraising Committee. 

With nearly $1.8M they have raised since their inception in 2000 the D.O.V.E. Fund has constructed over 40 schools, built medical facilities, water purification plants, dug fresh water wells and developed latrine and micro-finance projects for the poor people of Vietnam.  They have also provided scholarships for hundreds of children who would never have been able to afford to go to school in that war-torn nation where the average annual income is under $1000.

With all profits from his 2005 book – “The Ghost Closet: Return to Vietnam on the Wings of D.O.V.E.,” Tom and Renee funded and built the Pho Phong Elementary “Spirit of Love” School in the village near where he served during the war with the 11th Infantry.

To read the account of their efforts, see pictures of the school and the children or to donate to help them fund a new Kindergarten for the school, please click on the “Pho Phong School” button above, or, click on “Products” and order your personally autographed copy of “The Ghost Closet.” 

To learn more about the D.O.V.E. Fund and their mission of mercy or to donate to their cause go to www.dovefund.org.

   


The Monroe Publishing Company

For as long as he can remember, Tom and his family has been associated with the Monroe Publishing Company, parent organization of the Monroe Evening News.  As a boy, Tom accompanied his older brother, Hal, as he delivered his daily newspapers and then eventually inherited the paper route.  His mother, Pearl, and sister, Janet, also worked at the News “stuffing” newspapers with circulars before the days of automation. 

Then in 2003 - forty-some years later - Tom returned to the News, this time to share his opinion each Monday in a weekly column.  His introductory offering was aptly titled, “From Carrier to Columnist,” and yet another aspect of Tom’s life was launched. (Tom’s second book – “But What Do I Know? Vol. 1” – is a compilation of the first seven years of his columns and is available for purchase; click on the “Products” tab above)

To read Tom’s column each week in the Monroe News online, go to www.monroenews.com and click on “News” to open the drop-down menu, then click on “Columnists” and scroll alphabetically to read Tom’s current or archived missives.


St. Michael’s We Care Telethon

The St. Michael’s We Care Telethon is an annual televised event held in conjunction with Valentine’s Day to raise money for families who have members suffering from life-threatening diseases or debilitating injuries and who have no insurance or whose insurance has been exhausted.

In 1992 Tom was asked to give a musical performance for the telethon. Also on stage that day, co-chairing the event and co-hosting with former Detroit Tiger great, Denny McLain, was his future wife, Renee.

During the following 17 years Tom continued to perform and serve the telethon as one of their masters of ceremony while Renee served on several committees and as an official Ambassador.  The organization remains one of their favorite charities, specifically because all monies stay in Monroe County.

If you would like to donate to help with this most important cause you can send your donation to St. Michael’s We Care ~ P.O. Box 2358 ~ Monroe MI 48161, or make your pledge online at www.stmwecare.org/home


Jack Krasula – “Anything Is Possible”

From early days of pressing a transistor radio to his ear listening to Ernie Harwell paint pictures of Detroit Tiger ball games to late night listens while on the road with his rock & roll bands, Tom has always been a big fan of Detroit powerhouse radio, AM-760, WJR.  Naturally he was flattered when a call came from the 50,000 watt station known as “The Great Voice of the Great Lakes” asking him to come for a live interview.

Jack Krasula - founder of the executive search firm “Trust in Us,” is host of the “Anything is Possible” show heard Sunday evenings from 7:00 till 8:00 PM on the station.  Each show features a guest “who shares their story of overcoming simple beginnings and many obstacles in their life to realize what most would term unachievable dreams. In addition, each guest will discuss how this journey has evolved into giving back to the community.”

In that interview, Jack asked Tom to share his humble beginnings and the ultimate drive that led him to write “The Ghost Closet.” And, how he and Renee used the profits from that book to build the Pho Phong Elementary School in the village near where Tom served during the Vietnam War.

Tom and Renee were honored to be a part of this show and associated with a true American patriot who dedicates his program to extol positive things in life. 

To hear that interview click on the following website:  www.anythingispossible.biz/showarchieves.html 


Vietnam Veterans of America, Monroe County Chapter 142

Tom is a proud American patriot who served his country honorably with the United States Army during the Vietnam War.  He is also a proud member of Monroe County (Michigan) Chapter 142, Vietnam Veterans of America where he served many years on its board of directors, as secretary and ultimately as president.

  He is one of the architects that helped design the various war-related, memorial displays featured at the Captain Norman W. “Heck Park,” located near the corner of I-75’s Exit 15 and North Dixie Highway in Monroe.  It is also home of the Monroe County Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the “Huey” and “Cobra” helicopter gunship static display memorials and numerous other memorials dedicated to those who served our country during the Vietnam War. 

For more information about Chapter 142 please visit the chapter’s website at www.vietnamveterans142.org.  To see a pictorial display of Heck Park go to www.vietvet.org/heckmem.htm


Veterans of Foreign Wars, Monroe Post 1138

Immediately upon his return from the Vietnam War the first thing Tom did was become a life member of this time-honored veteran fraternity.  He has served the organization as a Junior Vice Commander and supported fundraising efforts that allowed the group to construct their beautiful new facility, located at 400 Jones Avenue at the corner of LaPlaisance Road in Monroe.

The VFW continues to be a haven of rest for gallant soldiers who have served their country faithfully during time of war and Tom and Renee are proud of their membership and association with them.

For more information about VFW Post 1138 go to the Michigan VFW website at www.vfwwebcom.org/mi/post1138


Miss Monroe County Scholarship Pageant

          Tom and Renee are fervent supporters of the Miss Monroe County Scholarship Pageant and have been for over 17 years.  Renee is a former member of the board of directors and along with Tom serves annually as a mock interviewer.

          Also during those 17 years it has become a tradition for Tom to honor our great country with his soul-stirring renditions of our National Anthem to open the pageant. 

          To learn more about the pageant go to www.missmonroecounty.com.


River Raisin Centre for the Arts

          Days before the wrecking ball was scheduled to demolish the old art deco-era Monroe Theater in downtown Monroe, Tom and some of his fellow members of the Kiwanis Club of Monroe decided the building needed to be saved.  With some Kiwanis seed money matched by the local Monroe Bank & Trust, the building was purchased and soon after the non-profit River Raisin Centre for the Arts was founded.

          In addition to being a founding member, Tom is a past president and served for many years on its board of directors.

          Along with the preservation of a historic building, the completely renovated River Raisin Center for the Arts has captured a bygone era and allows the citizens of Monroe the opportunity to watch world class entertainment in a venue that almost steals the show by itself.

          For more information go to www.riverraisincentre.org