Doug Bryan Meets International President

President-Elect Doug Bryan recently attended President-Elect Training Seminar [PETS] in Dallas.  This training includes all 10 Rotary Districts in Texas and is one of the largest PETS in the country.  Because of it's size (we are Texas anyway), the 2020-21 Rotary International President, Holger Knaack from Germany was one of the keynote speakers. He gave an inspiring speech the importance of working together despite any differences we may have. 
The theme for the new Rotary year is "Rotary Opens Opportunities".
Bryan got to meet Knaack after the presentation.
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Now Meeting on 1st & 3rd Tuesdays

As of the beginning of the year, we began experimenting with twice monthly meetings.  The purpose will be to see if there is an increase in attendance as well as making it easier for new members to commit to only two meetings per month instead of weekly meetings.  Additionally, we plan to have a third get together during the month at other venues.  Could be an after-hours happy hour or a breakfast get together.   
Things change over time and GP Metro Rotary is embracing change.  This experiment is scheduled to last until the end of March when it will be re-valuated.  Join us on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday at noon at the Ruthe Jackson Center.  Check back on this website to see what other activities we have planned.  We plan to make 2020 a banner year for growth and service!
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Beverly Grogan Day in Grand Prairie

June 18, 2019 - Incoming District Governor, Beverly Grogan attended the city council meeting believing that the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club was going to be recognized.  She was stunned (and brought to tears) when Councilman--and fellow Rotarian--Greg Geissner began to read a proclamation naming June 18th as Beverly Grogan Day in the City of Grand Prairie.
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How To Propose a New Member 2019-05-07 05:00:00Z 0

Members Honored with PHF (multiples!)

David Awe presents Silvia Dean with her 2nd Paul Harris Fellow (PHF). Jeanine Walker
received her 5th PHF while Don Goldsmith received his 4th and Doug Bryan received his
3rd one.  President Glen McCrary on the left also received his 3rd PHF.
A Paul Harris Fellowship is given to those Rotarians who contribute $1,000 to the Rotary
foundation.  An easy way to receive a PHF is to become a Sustaining Member. A Sustaining
Member is someone who contributes $100/yr to the Rotary Foundation.
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Upcoming Speakers & Events

March 17th - Census & Crime TaxAmy Sprinkles with the City of Grand Prairie will update us on these topics.
April 7th - Four Way Speech Contest - Come and watch high school students compete with a 5-minute speech that incorporates the Rotary 4-Way Test using topical scenarios.  This event is a club favorite.
April 21st. - Orphans of the World Update - Former Rotarian Cam Gray will update us on a thriving humanitarian mission to provide shoes, clothing and necessities for children and their parents throughout Central America.  His mission began almost 40 years ago by taking duffel bags full of children's shoes to El Salvador.
Looking ahead...
June 30th - 2020-2021 Officer Installation - Come and support Doug Bryan as he takes the reigns of the club for the next Rotary year.
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32nd Annual Lake Joe Pool Pumpkin Run-- Sat. Oct. 13th

Thirty Two Years Ago our club conducted the first Lake Joe Pool Pumpkin Run.  (Side note:  Lake Joe Pool wasn't even open at that point.  It was still filling up to become a lake!)  
Since then we have raised over $560,000 for local and regional charities.  This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and requires not only 100% commitment from our club, but over 150 volunteers from the community help make this an HUGE success every year.
The Pumpkin Run is actually 3 runs--One Mile, 5K and 10K.  The 5K and 10K offer CASH AWARDS for the fastest times as well Team Awards for largest teams and a School Challenge with awards for the largest turnout from schools.
If you'd like to register yourself or your team, click here.
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Melinda Polley Receives Paul Harris Fellowship

A well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS to Melinda who did an outstanding job leading this club over the past Rotary year.  In addition to receiving the gavel plaque (pictured), she was also honored with a Paul Harris Fellowship.  Click here to learn more about this fellowship.
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International Relief Project-Rise Against Hunger

Stop Hunger Now is an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other life-saving aid to people in developing nations. Founded in 1998, it has mobilized over 500,000 volunteers to send more than 224,000,000 meals to 71 countries.
On Saturday, May 19, GP Metro Rotary will team up with Bon Air Service Company to package 10,000 meals for people in developing countries. We will meet at 8AM in the warehouse at Bon Air located at 1905 W Jefferson St in Grand Prairie.  Volunteers are welcome and needed.  For more information, or if you are interested in helping, contact 
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Thanks to All Who Attended our 31st Annual Pumpkin Run!

Posted by Glen E. McCrary on Oct 31, 2017

Thanks to all of our volunteers & attendees for this year's Lake Joe Pool Pumpkin Run festival!  It was definitely a TEAM effort!  And we had 1,142 runners in attendance!

Photos can be viewed at: Movin Pictures!

Check the website for Race Results.

Our luncheon to give away our proceeds will be at the RJC on November 14th.  Please plan to attend and bring a guest!

Thanks to All Who Attended our 31st Annual Pumpkin Run! Glen E. McCrary 2017-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Relay for Life - 2017

Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against cancer.
Again this year, Marilyn Gonsiorek - cancer survivor - is leading the GP Metro Rotary team.  The goal once again this year will be to raise $10,000 (which we smashed last year).  If you would like to join our team, or donate you can contact or click here.
The Grand Prairie event will take place at Tarrant County College - Southeast campus on Saturday April 8th from 5 - 10 pm.
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2017-18 Club Officers Announced

Our slate of officers for the 2017-18 Rotary year has been approved by the Board.
[drum roll please]
President - Melinda Rodgers
President-Elect - Glen McCrary
Secretary - Marilyn Gonsiorek
Treasurer - Rae Ann Forester
Sergeants-at-Arms - Jim Cummings/Mike Grace
Board of Directors
Club Service - Shebra Hacket
New Generations - Erica Paige
International Service/RI Foundation - Judy Broyles
Training - Beverly Grogan
Communications & Public Relations - Doug Bryan
Membership - Darcy Harris
Immediate Past President - David Awe
This is another great group of leaders who have offered to step up and serve.  However, they will need the support of every member so that our club can continue to grow, thrive and serve.  Looking forward to another exciting year!
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2017 Raffle Ticket Winner!

Posted by Glen McCrary on Sep 13, 2016

Congratulations to Terri Walker whose name was drawn as the 2017 winner of the Lone Star Park Suite giveaway!  The winning ticket was sold by Judy Broyles and $3,080.00 was raised by the club that will go toward the 2017 Pumpkin Run funds.

2017 Raffle Ticket Winner! Glen McCrary 2016-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Holiday Schedule

Due to the Christmas Holidays, our December 22 and December 29 meetings have been canceled.  Please be safe as you gather with friends, family & loved ones this season.
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Children First Grand Prairie ISD & District Grant project 2014

Posted by Rae Ann Forester on Jun 29, 2015

Grand Prairie Metro Rotary applied for and received a grant from Rotary District 5810 to provide outdoor playground and equipment for Children First, Inc.  Coordinating with Grand Prairie ISD, Rotarians provided 1 table, 3 benches, a goal and pavement for half-court basketball.




Children First Grand Prairie ISD & District Grant project 2014 Rae Ann Forester 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0

Meeting Cancelled for Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Posted by Rae Ann Forester on Jan 03, 2015

Our January 6, 2015 meeting has been canceled in honor of the Celebration of the Life of LR "Squat" Cannon, who passed away on January 1. Squat served proudly in the Grand Prairie Fire Department from December of 1958 until his retirement as a Lieutenant in 1986,  We will resume normal meeting schedule on  Tuesday, January 13, 2015.

Meeting Cancelled for Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Rae Ann Forester 2015-01-04 00:00:00Z 0
Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Hosts 4-Way-Test Speech Competition Rae Ann Forester 2014-04-26 00:00:00Z 0

Alzheimer’s Association--March 4th program (Don't forget!!)

Posted by Douglas Bryan on Jan 26, 2014

ImageTheresa Hocker has been the executive director of the Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter since 1991.  During her tenure the agency has grown from two to 30 employees and expanded from a service area of ten to 40 counties.  The agency has four offices and an annual budget that is over 2 million dollars.

Alzheimer’s Association--March 4th program (Don't forget!!) Douglas Bryan 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Foundation - program for January 28th, 2013

Posted by Douglas Bryan on Jan 26, 2014

ImageDistrict 5810 Foundation Chair, Glen Rowe will be our speaker on January 28th.  Glen has been a Rotarian for 31 years and has an impressive record of service not only in our district, but in 5890 (Houston) as well.

He will be sharing with us the latest news on the Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Foundation - program for January 28th, 2013 Douglas Bryan 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Giving Back to Our Community

Posted by Glen E. McCrary on Nov 11, 2013

The Grand Prairie Metro Rotary is proud to announce the award of our proceeds from the 27th annual Pumpkin Run!  In spite of the down economy, and thanks to our many sponsors, we were able to raise over $35,000.00 to give to over 30 local and international charities at our dinner on November 12th.

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September 10th--The Disabled Children of Africa and how we can help

Posted by Douglas Bryan on Aug 09, 2013

On September 10th our speaker will be Shannon Benton--Executive Director & Founder of CLASP International.

Shannon R Benton, graduated from Baylor University with her bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and with her masters for the University of Texas at Dallas in Communication Disorders. She worked at the University of Texas at Dallas/Callier Center as a speech pathologist for 8 years. She provided clinical services for children and adults in aural habilitation, feeding, fluency, language and speech. Shannon was a member of the cochlear implant team and provided auditory verbal therapy for children with severe hearing loss. She also conducted a summer camp for children and adolescents who stutter. Shannon has provided services for children with all types of disabilities including hearing impaired, autism and craniofacial disorders.

Currently, Shannon is the founder and executive director of CLASP International, as well as, practices privately as a speech pathologist with children with a variety of disorders. As this vision has unfolded, Shannon has been overwhelmed by the privilege of being a part of something bigger than self. The process of envisioning a project this huge, building a team and executing the plan has been nothing short of the Lord. She feels grateful and blessed to play a small part.

September 10th--The Disabled Children of Africa and how we can help Douglas Bryan 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

Department of Family & Protective Services

Posted by Douglas Bryan on Aug 09, 2013

This Tuesday, August 13th, we will hear from Esthela Hernandez with the Department of Family & Protective Services.

Esthela Hernandez was born in Mexico City and grew up in the DFW area. In 2005, she graduated from the University of Texas in Arlington, with a B.A. in Criminal Justice/Criminology; in 2007 she obtained a Master’s Degree in the same field. Esthela started working with the Department of Child Protective Services (CPS), immediately after that. She is currently working as a Family Services Specialist and continues to be involved with the community. As a member of the Speakers Bureau, Esthela  participates in community engagement and has volunteered her time in community agencies, one of those is Hope for Tomorrow; it is an agency certified for the Batters Intervention Program. Esthela loves to empower families.

Department of Family & Protective Services Douglas Bryan 2013-08-10 00:00:00Z 0

Board Meeting

Posted by Glen McCrary on Apr 23, 2012

The Club's next Board Meeting will take place at 5:30 P.M. at Environmental Services on Tuesday, April 24th at 5:30.

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26th Annual Pumpkin 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run

Posted by Glen E. McCrary on Mar 15, 2012
Please join the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary for the annual Pumpkin Run fund raiser. Over the last Twenty-five years we have raised over $300,000 for various charities. This year we are planning on our biggest year ever.
26th Annual Pumpkin 10K, 5K, and 1 Mile Fun Run Glen E. McCrary 2012-03-16 00:00:00Z 0

Orphanage Project in El Salvador

Posted by Glen McCrary on May 17, 2011
The Rotary Club of Grand Prairie Metro has teamed up with Club Rotario de San Salvador Sur to provide needed improvements to to the ISNA Orphanage.  This project encompassed restoring the roof and ceiling of the building, installing a new fence and the repair of bathrooms and walls that were badly deteriorated.
Orphanage Project in El Salvador Glen McCrary 2011-05-18 00:00:00Z 0

Rotary Pilot Programs

Posted by Glen McCrary on Apr 04, 2011
Two new models of Rotary club membership have been authorized on a trial basis. They are:
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The Rotarian

Posted by Glen McCrary on Mar 29, 2011
 Beginning last July, The Rotarian can bring you the same print content you’ve enjoyed for years -- in paperless form. If you switch to digital, a link to the new issue will be delivered to your e-mail inbox each month from Zinio , the world’s largest digital newsstand.
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Help Rotary End Polio!

Posted by Glen E. McCrary on Jan 17, 2011
 After 20 years of hard work, Rotary and its partners are on the brink of eradicating this tenacious disease, but a strong push is needed now to root it out once and for all. It is a window of opportunity of historic proportions.
Help Rotary End Polio! Glen E. McCrary 2011-01-18 00:00:00Z 0

Our RYLA Kids Say Thanks!

Posted by Rae Ann Forester on Jul 19, 2010
Andre Rodiriguez, 2011 Senior at South Grand Prairie High School and Deanna Morrison, 2011 Senior at Robert E Lee High School in Tyler, TX, along with Rotarian Mark Healy shared their 2010 Camp Ryla slides and experiences with us on Tuesday, June 20.
Andre is a member of SGPH National Honor Society and is a Mastor Tutor in the AP Tutoring Program.  He hopes to be accepted at MIT or Texas A&M University.
Deanna is a member of RLHS' National Honor Society, Spanish Club & Yearbook Staff.
Both Andre and Deanna are members of Varsity swim teams at their schools.
Our RYLA Kids Say Thanks! Rae Ann Forester 2010-07-20 00:00:00Z 0

G.P. Metro Rotary wins District Awards!

Posted by Glen E. McCrary on Jul 07, 2010
 It was announced at the District Awards ceremony held on July 7th that the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary has been awarded the International Service Award as well as the Community Service Award for our work over the last Rotary year 2009-2010!
G.P. Metro Rotary wins District Awards! Glen E. McCrary 2010-07-08 00:00:00Z 0

Report From RYLA Campers

Posted by Douglas Bryan

On Tuesday, August 12th we'll get to hear the report from our RYLA campers.  If you haven't seen this presentation before, it's usually pretty darn good.  RYLA tends to have a MAJOR impact on participants.  Come and hear how it's changed our campers!

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Agelica and Maria have arrived from Guatemala!

Posted by Rae Ann Forester

We are blessed to have Angelica with us from Guatemala!  She arrived with her mother, Maria, at DFW Airport on Monday, May 5, 2014. We will be working with Orphans of the World for the next few months to help her get some plastic surgery on her burned face.

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Treating Cancer by Getting to Know the Whole Patient

Posted by Douglas Bryan
Dr. John Adams will be our speaker on Tuesday, April 29th.  Dr. Adams is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He received his medical degree from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo., and completed an internship and residency program in internal medicine at Sun Coast Hospital in Largo, Fla. Dr. Adams also completed a fellowship in oncology/hematology at MD Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute in Houston. He believes in getting to know the whole patient — not just the cancer — and is known to inspire patients with his personable and determined attitude.
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July 30th--Marketing YOU! Speaking for Your Success...

Posted by Douglas Bryan


George Hendley--speaker trainer

(Or How to Use Free Presentations to Double Your Clients and Your Income)

This 20 minute interactive presentation shows you why and how

·        Effective speaking skills can quickly double or triple your business income

·        You can become your clients first choice for your service/product offering

·        Trust and credibility are lavished on you when you present well in public

·        Speaking well gives you instant connections and opened doors

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July 23rd--RYLA Report!!

Posted by Douglas Bryan

One of my personal favorite annual programs is coming up on July 23rd when we invite our RYLA student report on their week.  Every year we hear about a life-changing week.  Usually very inspirational.  This year, we're going to hear from Nigel, our student from Dubiski as well as David Awe's daughter who was sponsored by the Cedar Hill club. 

You're not going to want to miss it!

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Mogbuama Water Well

Posted by Glen McCrary
Our Water Well in Mogbuama, Sierra Leone is complete!  A special thank-you to all the Grand Prairie Metro Rotarians, in cooperation with Water H2O Thrive, who helped with this worthy Rotary project out at our garage sale at Orphans of the World & to the Pumpkin Run volunteers who made this well happen!
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Who We Work With

Posted by Glen E. McCrary
 Representative network

otary International appoints representatives each year to UN bodies and nongovernmental organizations worldwide.
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Why Join Rotary!

Posted by Glen E. McCrary

Here is your opportunity to give back to our community through the combined power of Rotary.  Watch a 3-1/2 minute video.

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