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The Rotary Club of Grand Haven held its organizational meeting on November 11, 1929, and received its charter on December 27, 1929.

The Rotary Club of Grand Haven was preceded by an Exchange Club and by a Community Club, which were absorbed by the 1929 charter organization. Thus the group became identified with a worldwide organization dedicated to civic, charitable, educational, and business service.

Today, the Rotary Club of Grand Haven has approximately 150 members. The local club has one of the largest memberships in District 6290 and has established several enduring service enterprises.

Of particular note is the establishment of the predecessor organizations for the local United Fund and the Grand Haven Community Foundation; the Crippled Children and Handicapped Adult program, which provide medical equipment to persons in need; the hospital magazine program; and a very active involvement in the international student exchange program.

Rotarians are prominent, both on a Club and individual basis, in the conduct of most community projects. The influence of the Rotary Club of Grand Haven extends well beyond the community. For example, it has provided three District Governors: Gordon Laughead (1949), Glenn H. Olsen (1965), and Ralph Van Volkinburg (1974). Grand Haven's club has also provided two Assistant District Governors: Don Moss ( ), and Chuck Vonesh (1999 to present).

The Rotary Club of Grand Haven has assisted in establishing three separate Rotary Clubs: Coopersville (1947), Baldwin (1950), and Spring Lake (1958).