Grapevine Rotary Club - Grapevine, TX

The 3rd Annual Grapevine Rotary Duck Race was a success! Rested and ready to race, 2,800 ducks raced in the lazy river at the Rec of Grapevine hoping to be the first duck to cross the finish line.....This year for the first time, Grapevine Rotary ducks also visited many yards in our community to share their excitement!

A big thank you to our main sponsors, Five Star Subaru and Republic Services, and the many donors and adopters who helped the Grapevine Rotary Club raise over $29,000 to provide scholarships to area graduating high school seniors.

Ducks are relaxing now and getting ready for the 4th Annual Grapevine Rotary Duck Race-2021.....Quack Quack!



On Saturday September 26th, members of the Grapevine Rotary Club picked up their gloves, buckets, and grabber sticks for our quarterly highway cleanup. The Grapevine Rotary Club is a participating organization in the Keep Grapevine Beautiful Adopt a Highway program. Every two months we patrol Northwest Highway picking up everything from soda cans to car parts. In addition, individual Rotarians pick up litter on a regular basis on the streets near their homes. This helps keep our community clean and safe. One of our members recently picked up 20 discarded masks and gloves while making his rounds.

For two years running, Grapevine Rotary Club received the Governor's Cup for 2019-2020 (recognition as top club in District 5790) by Past District Governor Peter Scott.  Immediate Past President Kevin McNamara spoke after receiving the award on behalf of the club, thanking its leadership and members for maintaining their focus on "Service Above Self" during a year fraught with unprecedented challenges.  At least nine other members of Grapevine Rotary Club participated in the ceremony, including President Darlene Freed, Janice Kane, Conrad Heede, Marci Junge, Jay Terry, Duff O'Dell, Dr. Merlin Sayers, Dr. Elaine Free-Roberson, and Deb Hinton, which also included recognition as one of the Governor's Vibrant Club Award winners.

There are now two ways for members of the Grapevine Rotary Club to get together during these times of staying safe.  Our weekly in person meetings are back on Wednesdays at Noon at the Grapevine Convention Center.  We are wearing masks, maintaining appropriate distancing and the food is served in a very safe manner.  Just RSVP to the weekly email and come back and see your friends.   Still not sure?  Every weekly meeting is available in real time via Zoom.  You can see everything going on in the Lancaster Theater on your computer or your phone.  Never used Zoom before?  Just call one of the board members to get connected.



Five out of six World Health Organization regions are now wild polio-free

EVANSTON, Ill. (June 23, 2020) — Rotary and its partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) are proud to announce an historic public santé achievement as the World Health Organization’s African region is now agréé wild poliovirus-free.

The milestone comes four years after Nigeria – the last polio-endemic country in Africa – recorded its final case of wild poliovirus following decades of effort from GPEI partners, local and national leaders, and health workers throughout the African region. Over the course of the effort, 9 billion doses of oral polio vaccine have been administered, hundreds of millions of children have been immunized, and 1.8 million cases of wild poliovirus have been averted throughout the region.

Today’s announcement is in partie a result of the cumulative actions of Rotary and its members, who have contributed nearly US$890 million—and countless volunteer hours—to eliminate polio in the African région.

“In the face of a pandemic, the world has had very little good news to celebrate in global health this year, and the challenges ahead are formidable,” said Rotary International President Holger Knaack. “That is why we must recognize this great achievement and commend all of the people who played important roles in eradicating wild polio in the African region. It took tremendous effort and partnership over many years. I’m particularly grateful for the Rotary members throughout Africa and around the world who have dedicated themselves to making polio a disease of the past.”

The road to the African region’s wild poliovirus-free certification has been paved by the dedication of health workers—mainly women—who traveled by every form of transportation imaginable to reach children with the polio vaccine; those who found solutions for reaching children in regions rife with conflict and insecurity; those leading surveillance activities to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus, and the leadership of all 47 countries in the African region.

Polio vaccination efforts throughout the African region must continue, and routine immunization must be strengthened to keep immunity levels high so the wild poliovirus does not return and to protect children against rare occurrences of circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus. The wild virus continues to circulate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and as long as it circulates anywhere, all children are at risk.

Rotary’s nearly 32,000 members in Africa have played a critical role in helping the region achieve its wild polio-free status by holding events to raise funds and awareness for polio, and working with world governments and national and local leaders to secure funding and support for polio eradication. Rotary members around the world have donated their time and money to supporting polio eradication, the organization’s top priority.

About Rotary

Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. We connect 1.2 million members from more than 36,000 Rotary clubs in almost every country in the world. Their service improves lives both locally and internationally, from helping those in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world.

About Rotary and Polio

Rotary has contributed more than $2.1 billion to fight polio, and countless volunteer hours since launching its polio eradication program, PolioPlus, in 1985. In 1988, Rotary formed the GPEI with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Gates Foundation, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance later joined. When the initiative launched, there were 350,000 cases of polio every year. Today the incidence of polio has plummeted by more than 99.9 percent. Visit and for more about Rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.


"What we’ve seen is our female vaccinators are driving every single operational gain that is being made." -- Aidan O'Leary, UNICEF’s chief of anti-polio efforts in Pakistan

Pakistan and Rotary are cutting through a whirl of migrating families and cultural barriers to turn what was 'a badge of shame' into a model for disease eradication. See the whole story here.

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Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main Street
Grapevine, TX 76051
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Darlene Freed

Vice President & President Elect
Brad Schnautz

Immediate Past President
Kevin McNamara

Morgan Nichols

Greg Jordan

Sergeant-at-Arms / Community Service
Kevin Mitchell

Paul Slechta

Sean McGaughey

Sergeant-at-Arms / Club Service
Christian Ross

Strategic Planing
Allen Barraclough

Dee Boyett

Rory Dunham

Rotary Foundation
Conrad Heede

Disctrict 5709 Liaison
Janice Kane

Vocational Service
Darrell Brown

Youth In Service
Mark Assaad

International Service
Marci Junge


The unique working partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary means more families around the world receive emergency shelter. Grapevine Rotarian Debra Fantz is this area's ShelterBox USA Ambassador! She would be happy to answer your questions or present at churches, workplaces, or other venues that would benefit from learning about ShelterBox USA. The unique working partnership between ShelterBox and Rotary means more families around the world receive emergency shelter. More info

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Dr. Brad Schnautz
Oct 28, 2020 12:00 PM
GCISD Fall 2020 At A Glance/ exchange student
Conrad Heede
Nov 04, 2020 12:00 PM
Rotary Foundation
Veterans of the Rotary
Nov 11, 2020
Veterans Day Program
Annette Blount
Nov 18, 2020
Metroport Meals on Wheels
District Governor
Dec 02, 2020 12:00 PM
Visits Grapevine
Kate Barlow
Dec 09, 2020 12:00 PM
Healing humans