Rotary Club of Grand Rapids East


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Grand Rapids East

Service Above Self

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Watermark Country Club
5500 Cascade Road SE
Grand Rapids, MI  49546
United States
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Rotarians and future Rotarians cook dinner at the Renucci House.
Incoming President Stan Moeggenborg takes the gavel from Keith Gohlke on July 7.  Terrific job Keith and a sincere thank you.  Also, this is Stan's third time in the Presidents chair.

Beautiful young voices graced the Club Tuesday, December 2, 2014.  Twenty three young ladies sang their hearts out.  Thank you to the ladies and their choir directors.  

Past President Mike Mason for 2013-2014 turns the gavel over to President Keith Gohlke 2014-2015 on July 1, 2014.  Our sincere thanks to Mike for a job well done.  Our support goes to Keith for his success in leading our Club for the upcoming year.



Please join us for our 40th Sale October 24-25, 2014, Friday 4p-9p and Saturday 9a to 4p at our new venue at Ada Christian School, 6206 Ada Dr., Ada, MI.  All proceeds go to Rotary East Charities, a 501(c)(3) with the mission to serve area youth.


In October of 2013 Paul Heroman of Rotary East Charities presents Patty Sabin, Executive Director of CASA, with a check for $3,000.  The Charities continues to support efforts in assisting our area youth.  Please join us October 24-25, 2014 at Ada Christian School for our 40th Vintage & Antiques Sale.  Proceeds go to 501(c)(3) organizations such as CASA of Kent County.



One of the fastest growing segments of Rotary services is the “Interact” clubs.  The Interact clubs are for young people ages 12-18 and are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs.  Worldwide, there are more than 10,700 clubs in 109 countries and 200,000 youth involved.  The 2012-2013 Rotary year marks the 50th anniversary of the first chartered Interact group.


Mike Mason receives the gavel from Kay Bernard as the new Club President.  Many thanks for Kay's wonderful year as President and best of luck to Mike.


Mat Peabody receives a crystal gavel as a thank you for a job well done by Kay Bernard.  In turning over the reins of the Club, a list of accomplishments are included in the bulletin.  Some of the accomplishments were: completed Vision Exercise & Strategic Plan, improved Balance Sheet, successful Vintage, Antique & Collectible Sale and increased membership.
Kay takes over as Club President for 2012-2013 from Mat Peabody.  Mat did an outstanding job leaving Kay an increasing membership.  Her fun attitude will make for a GREAT year!

Patty Sabin, Executive Director of CASA of Kent Count  received a grant of $3,000 from Paul Heroman President of Rotary East Charities at the Watermark County Club on June 5, 2012.  This Grant will have matching funds from the State of Michigan and will help in the training of new advocates.

 Please join us November 2-4, 2012 for the Sale benefiting local charities devoted to the needs of the area children.  In the past 38 years the Sale has contributed over $650,000 to the local charities.  The Sale will again be at the Delta Plex.  Last years attendance topped 1,700 patrons.  We are planning to surpass 2,000 patrons which benefits the local charities.

 In a very brief ceremony President Mat receives the gavel from President Stan on July 5, 2011.  Thank you to Past President Stan for all his service!  This was his second tour of duty as President.  We wish both Past President Stan well and all the best to President Mat.

New Rotary flag and banner materials available in Brand Center
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Rotary honors six women for leadership and humanitarian service
Rotary President K.R. Ravindran has named six Rotary Global Women of Action for 2015. The honorees were chosen for their dedication and service, which has improved the lives of thousands around the world. “Every day at Rotary I see firsthand how our members work to change lives and make a significant impact,” said Ravindran. “Rotary’s Global Women of Action embody Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self.” The women will be honored at Rotary Day at the United Nations in New York City on 7 November. They will address attendees and lead discussions on various topics related to their work. The six...
Showcase your project at the Seoul convention
Apply to host a booth in the House of Friendship at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, 28 May-1 June. This is an opportunity to showcase your club or district project, recruit members for your Rotary Fellowship, share information about your Rotarian Action Group, or market Rotary merchandise if you are a licensed RI vendor. The application deadline is 30 September. Booth allocations will be awarded by 1 November. Apply
Bringing education to rural Mexican area, one school at a time
When Mariana Day moved in 1989 to the small beach town of Chacala, in Nayarit, Mexico, she noticed that the surrounding rural areas struggled to maintain schools. And most children weren’t able to go beyond an eighth-grade education. Day, who is a member of the Rotary Club of Bahía de Jaltemba-La Peñita, in Nayarit, had started a local scholarship program before she joined Rotary. Called Changing Lives, the program provided students with high school tuition, uniforms, school supplies, and transportation. In addition, Rotary clubs from the United States and Mexico have been investing in the...
Meet our polio partners
From the September 2015 issue of The Rotarian Eradicating polio is a complex job. Since 1988, we’ve collaborated with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF to tackle the disease through our Global Polio Eradication Initiative. Here’s how our roles break down. The Strategist: WHO The World Health Organization (WHO) coordinates the management and administration of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative and provides technical and operational support to ministries of health in countries around the world. WHO is responsible for monitoring...
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