A Brief History of Grandville Rotary Club:
Grandville Rotary Club began with twenty men meeting in the fall of 1938 to organize a Rotary Club with the sponsorship of the Zeeland Rotary Club. On November 4, 1938, the first meeting was held in the Grandville High School gym (on Ottawa Ave.) with two hundred in attendance. The first officers of the club were: Grant MacEachron, President, W.J. Davies, Vice President, J. John Pope, Secretary, and Henry Alkema, Treasurer.
Meetings have been held at the Masonic Hall, Burch Hotel, Crackle's Grill, Grandville Congregational Church, Kenmar House, By-Pass Motel, Sunnybrook Country Club, Gerribees, D&W Food Center, Land's Inn, Day's Inn, Rivertown Crossings Mall, and Carrabba's.
Two Grandville Rotarians have been elected Rotary District Governors: Herrick Gibson and Doyle Hoopingarner. The Grandville Rotary Club has awarded more than 55 Paul Harris Fellows.
For more information about Rotary Disctrict 6290 encompassing Western and Northern Michigan, Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and part of Ontario, Canada, visit www.rotarydistrict6290.org
A Brief History of Rotary International:
Paul Harris, an attorney in Chicago, founded Rotary in 1905. Initially, Harris' idea was to promote fellowship among business acquaintances, but soon the purpose evolved into a higher calling: Service to Others. The first club met in rotation at the offices of members., so the name "Rotary" was adopted. The diverse membership of the first club continues to be a goal of Rotary.
In 1911, Rotary become "international," establishing clubs in Canada, England, and Ireland. Rotary became the forerunner of other service clubs such as Kiwanis (1915), Lions (1917), and Optimist (1919).
Rotarians have had far-reaching influence throughout the years, with Service Above Self as its primary goal.
Currently, there are nearly 30,000 Rotary Clubs around the globe with a total membership of over 1,180,000 men and women.
For more information about Rotary International, visit www.rotary.org
The Objective of Rotary: Service Above Self
The object of Rotary is promote the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and in particular, to foster:
- the development of friendships as an opportunity for service;
- high ethical standards in business and professions, and the recognition that all useful occupations have worth and can offer an opportunity for service to society;
- the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; and
- the advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world of fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.
The Cornerstone of Rotary: The Four Way Test
Of things we think, say and do, we ask these four questions:
- Is it the TRUTH?
- Is it FAIR to all concerned?
- Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
- Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
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Click on the link below to view our bylaws, revised and adopted May 2007:
Children enjoy Thomas the Tank
Engine Table donated by the
Grandville Rotary Club to the
Grandville Library in 2006.
Grandville Librarian Patrice Vrona
receives bags from
Grandville Rotary Club for the
2007 Preschool Literacy Project
Youth Leadership Development:
Grandville Rotary Club Fundraisers: