Southwest Rotary Honors Work of Grace Flight Pilot

Wichita Falls, Texas, July 9, 2010

Members of the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls recently surprised John Key with a $1,000 contribution to assist him as a volunteer pilot for Grace Flight of America. "We are proud to honor John with this contribution toward the fuel he uses as he assists those who must seek medical treatment outside our area," said Club President Charles Gurley as he announced the award. "John is a very fine example of what it means to be a Rotarian."

Grace Flight of America helps people with free air transportation for medical and humanitarian purposes. Their goal is to remove the transportation burden from patients so they can get to specialized medical treatment not available locally. Many Grace Flight patients either do not have access to conventional transportation or are too ill to drive or fly commercially. Grace Flight is completely free of charge and relies completely on volunteer pilots and donations from individuals, foundations, clubs and corporations.

Key, who practices law in Wichita Falls and is a Past President of the Southwest Rotary Club, began volunteering for Grace Flight over a year and a half ago. "Grace Flight gives me the chance to be of some help to others while doing something I enjoy more than about anything: flying," said Key. In discussing the patients flown by Grace Flight, Key said, "many are facing an acute medical crisis in their lives." Key said that he is impressed with the courage and graciousness shown by Grace Flight patients while facing circumstances that can seem overwhelming. "And I'm proud of Southwest Rotary for being a part of making this possible," said Key.

Fellow Rotarian Dan Campbell first proposed the award. "We are all very proud of what John is doing for people in our area who need this kind of assistance," said Campbell, "and I am very pleased that our Rotary Club is able to support him in his efforts." To learn more about Grace Flight of America, you can visit their website or call 888-500-0433. For more about the Rotary Club of Southwest Wichita Falls, see