Join us at the Grand Hotel May 6th-9th, 2021  for a Grand Experience.       Register today by clicking on the following link: 

Reg Form V’Day download here    

You can also print this card and register that way, though if possible registering thru DacDB would be preferred.





Dear Friends and Family of Rotary 6400,    

Some of our attendees have raised relevant questions concerning their stay this May 6-9 which we would like to address and share with all registrants.    Before we address those questions, we want everyone to know that our TOP PRIORITY IS YOU!

– your health, your safety, your comfort and your enjoyment.

Q: Will we have ferries and taxi’s working within the precautions necessary?

A: Shepler’s Ferry and the Grand Hotel taxi service have already had experience in 2020 taking the necessary precautions to keep their passengers safe and we will confirm with them these precautions will continue. Click here for safety measures taken by Shepler’s Ferry: 2020-21 Operational Updates – Shepler’s Ferry

Q: Will there be General sessions?

A: Yes, we are working on the schedule and we will keep safety precautions in mind as we finalize the schedule.

Q: Is there a buffet?

A: It’s unlikely the hotel will be allowed to have the Grand Buffet but they will provide plated lunch and dinner that will still consist of their wonderful cuisine

Q: Is the conference still going on if the Canadian members are not able to attend?

A: We hope that the bridge will be open so that our Canadian members can attend. If not, we will continue with the conference and make arrangements to provide a virtual view of the conference so they can still participate.

Q: What date will you decide if there is a live conference or not?

A: We have not set a specific date to make that determination. A decision will be made subject to policies in place by the State of Michigan, Grand Hotel and DG Noel Jackson. Grand Hotel and District 6400 are cautiously optimistic that we will be meeting as planned.

Q: Is there a location where we can see what Grand Hotel is doing to keep their guests safe?

A: Yes. There is an excellent link to the hotel website that will offer up-to-date information from 2020; there will be updates for 2021. Click on this link to view a video: Health and Safety Information | Grand Hotel Mackinac Island

Q: Is there a medical center or hospital on the island?

A: Yes, the Mackinac Island Medical Center, available 24/7 for any health needs from emergency care to routine office calls. Click this link for more information: Medical Center on Mackinac Island ·

Q: What is the cancellation policy?

A: CANCELLATION POLICY: Individual group reservations are subject to a 10-day cancellation policy. Reservation deposits will be refunded if cancelled 10 or more days prior to arrival, less a $45.00 processing fee. Reservations cancelled less than 10 days prior will forfeit the room deposit.

Another source of great information is: This is where you can find more FAQs, reassuring messages from management, and numerous reminders of why Grand Hotel is America’s Summer Place.

GOOD NEWS: The Promo Team has come up with yet another Free Drawing open to new registrants and those already registered. “WIN A FREE SUITE UPGRADE”! (I call it the “Sweet Suite Deal”) Drawing: Valentine’s Day at 2 pm.

DG Noel, Co-chairs Rose Angela and Mike encourage you to hope for the best, be patient and have faith that we are up to the challenge and have a watchful eye focused on Priority One – YOU! Make your deposit today and join us for the Friends and Family of Rotary Reunion.

Let’s get Back to Mack,

Rose Angela Gronda                    Mike McCullough

Grand DisCon Co-chair                                     Grand DisCon Co-chair

Valentines Day promotion! In celebration of Valentine’s Day we are offering another chance to ‘WIN A FREE’ Suite Upgrade Package for the 2021 District Conference at Grand Hotel, May 6 – 9, 2021 

Winner will enjoy one of the famous  ‘Named Suites’ at Grand Hotel along with a ‘Sweetheart Surprise’ package in your room. ALL previously registered attendees will be eligible for this promotion, including all NEW registrations. Drawing will be held at 2pm on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2021.




Important Information Regarding Activities and Amenities (as of (9/8/2020):

Please know that for the safety of our guests and to ensure that we continue to comply with government directives, some activities and programs that don’t allow for social-distancing measures will be impacted. We know you may have questions as you are preparing for your upcoming arrival to Grand Hotel and have prepared an FAQ page to help answer them. We also encourage you to visit our site and learn more about the health and safety measures we are taking in light of the current environment. Please check back as the information is updated frequently.
Reservations may be changed or cancelled with notice at least 10 days prior to your scheduled arrival. Your reservation deposit will be refunded, less a $45.00 processing fee. Please see our cancellation policyfor more information. Please know that if the hotel’s opening is delayed and you have an existing reservation that cannot be fulfilled we will automatically cancel your reservation with no penalty. You will receive an email notification and full refund.

Does your club have representation at the Grand Experience?  Make sure it does!    Click and download  to see  the registration break out by clubs!  Bottom Line (01 18) latest registrations by Club! CLICK HERE




Alyce Henson, a visual storyteller for more than 20 years, served as the first staff photographer for Rotary International from 2004 to 2019. 



Grace Agwaru

By the time Grace Agwaru was four years old, the doctors had already informed her parents that she would not live to more than 16 years of age. She needed corrective open heart surgery, and her condition continued to worsen daily. With no facilities in Uganda to perform the surgery she needed, it appeared as though she would die.   Through contacts made by doctors and the Rotary Club of Kampala, Grace and her family were soon told there was hope. The Rotary Club of Manhasset and St. Francis Hospital, both on Long Island, New York, had offered to help Grace.  Grace and her father traveled to the United States for the operation nearly 35 years ago. (To this day, Mr. Agwaru is still amazed the hospitality he received from everyone he met as he traveled to the United States.) Finally, on the 15th of November, 1975, Grace received her “Gift of Life,” at the age of 5.

Grace believes her second chance at life motivates her in important making life choices. Currently, she is completing her master’s degree in agricultural extension and management. Through her career with the Pearl of Africa Foundation, she has worked with disadvantaged communities both at her work place and in her home village, encouraging them to appreciate themselves as well as being self-sufficient.

This year, she and her father formed a Rotary Club in her hometown of Soroti. Working with the Gift of Life, she is hoping to help children with heart defects get the same second chance at life that she received.  Grace notes, “I will forever be thankful to Rotary, my family, and the entire Gift of Life family.”



We have some great video’s you can view and share at your meetings:

Check out this one by clicking here:     2 Minute Promotional video

1 minute promotional video: