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:

  1. the development of friendships as an opportunity for service;
  2. 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;
  3. the application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian's personal, business, and community life; and
  4. 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:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


who is interested in an international experience as an ambassador

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Click on the link below to view our bylaws,  revised and adopted May 2007:

Bylaws of the Rotary Club of Grandville


About Us:

Grandville Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, the oldest and most prestigious service club in the world. Rotary’s motto, “Service above self” is evident in the many endeavors of the club.

Internationally, Grandville Rotary has worked to provide clean water to third world countries such as the Dominican Republic, and has contributed to the worldwide polio eradication program.

The club has joined with other area Rotary clubs to build Centennial Park’s fully accessible playground. Volunteer activities through Second Harvest Gleaners and contributions to area food pantries are examples of the group’s commitment to making their community a better place to live. Literacy is another focus: the club has partnered with Grandville Library on projects to promote literacy among its youngest patrons and their families.


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 promotes youth leadership through international student exchange as well as scholarships and programs that benefit local youth such as the Boy Scouts Troop 292.  The 4-way test essay and oratory contest for area seventh graders helps students to consider ethical standards when making decisions.


Grandville Rotary Club Fundraisers:

Annual fundraisers include the July 4 Pancake Breakfast, the Travelogue Series, Carrabba's lunches, and the Holiday Fruit and Nut Sale.

Along with the humanitarian work, weekly lunch meetings with speakers and programs of interest -- as well as a good helping of lunch with fellowship --make Grandville Rotary Club a great place to belong.



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