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The Rotary Club of McKinney Sunset wants to be the third Rotary club in McKinney. A satellite club of McKinney Sunrise is now being formed in the city’s historic downtown. The acting Chairs for this new effort are Sandi and Lyle Froese, members of McKinney Sunrise and active participants in District 5810. Getting a new club started is always a work in progress. Rotarians throughout the district are encouraged to assist in this effort by showing up and offering support to the folks who are new to Rotary. You can help by putting McKinney Sunset on your makeup list and dropping by these informational and organizational gatherings. This satellite club is a happy hour club that meets each Thursday afternoon at 5:15 PM at Louisiana St. Grill, 350 E. Louisiana St., McKinney, TX 75069. The Grill is two blocks east of the historic downtown square. There is no meal, just a bunch of folks with hearts for service on tabs or having a complimentary glass of iced tea, chips and salsa. Join us and encourage others who may be potential members. 

Showing the power of social media, a Rotarian from Branford CT found McKinney Sunset on Facebook and attended the second gathering of this new satellite club while on a trip through Texas. Shown here is Charlotte Mattei receiving a mini banner from club co-Chair, Lyle Froese.



Light Up District 5810 - Spotlight for 8/29 - Richardson East Rotary Club

Club President: Kathy Higgins
Project: Girls' School Toilet Block
CASINO NIGHT, held on the last Friday of January or the Friday prior to the Super Bowl each year.  This is our primary fundraising event of the year that provides funding for a wide variety of community, national and international projects.

Our Casino Night held on January 31, 2014 resulted in over $68,000 in funds raised, an all-time record. After expenses the RERC netted over $46,000 to put towards a wide variety of important programs. The past five years, with an average club size of 40, RERC has raised over $280,000 from our Casino Night efforts. 

Projects supported this past year include: Ark House; Richardson Christmas Parade; Eisemann Educates; Neighborhood Youth & Family Center; Network of Community Ministries; Richardson Adult Literacy; RISD School Supplies; Rotary/Network Dental Clinic; Richardson’s Santa’s Village; College Scholarships for five graduating High School Seniors; Texas Ramp Project; YMCA; and the Kellerman Foundation’s support of the Batwa Pygmies in Uganda to name a few.
The Richardson East RC also participated in a project installing block toilets in India. Here's an excerpt from their newsletter that details the proect:
"Some of Rotary’s best work has been done in India, notably on Ending Polio and Water & Sanitation projects.  About eight years ago, our Club worked with a District in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu to provide improved schoolrooms for the kids there.  Our main contact was District Governor (DG) Purushothaman, who goes by Puru.  Since that successful collaboration, we’ve been saving some Casino Night money each year in a bucket called Water Project and it has built up to $8,000 with some additional proceeds from this year’s successful evening.  Ken Schwartz, our Foundation Treasurer, recently got an email from Puru to help on another project.
This project, glamorously entitled Girls School Toilet Block, would provide water and sanitation for girls schools in Puru’s District.  That District has started an application for a Global Grant with Richardson East as its partner.  Woody Alexander, as International Services Chair, is working with the Indian team along with Ken and David Loughridge, who has been to Puru’s home in India.  We thought we could only do seven girls schools until DG Ean Sullivan and PDG Sandy Forster stepped up the District contribution to fund a total of twelve girls schools.
The Project is moving fast with work scheduled to start and end in 2014.  After it is finished, Sandy says she will go inspect and bring some pictures of (vacant) toilets so Casino Night participants can see where there money is going….into toilet blocks!"


July 15, 2014

In accordance with Rotary District 5810’s Manual of Procedure, the District Nominating Committee is pleased to invite any Club in the District to submit its suggestion for District Governor for the Rotary Year 2017 – 2018 to the District’s Nominating Committee.

Nomination s must be submitted by midnight of September 15, 2014.
The Nominating Committee will meet for the selection process on September 20, 2014.
GREAT NEWS!!!  Rotary University is Back with Rotary Basics and New Member Orientation scheduled for Saturday, September 6th.
Retaining Members:  Imagine if you had attended PETS training when you first became a Rotarian.  Well, this is your chance to send your Rotarians to training that far exceeds PETS training when all of the Rotary U courses are combined.  This training gives your members an insight into Rotary as they launch or further their Rotary career.  The more they know, the more Rotarians are ENGAGED.
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GREENVILLE — Greenville’s Noon Rotary Club has made a big donation toward the effort to purchase new seats for the Greenville Municipal Auditorium (GMA).
“We believe in the motto of ‘service above self’,” said President David Weiland as he presented a $5,000 check to the Greenville City Council Tuesday night.
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SARASOTA, Fla., April 1, 2014 – As National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, approaches, Bruce Heller, a member of the Rotary Club of Allen Sunrise of Rotary District 5810, has been recognized by President Obama and humanitarian organization, ShelterBox USA with the President’s Volunteer Service Award for his efforts in 2013 to assist disaster survivors.

Please read more.

Once a month, Park Cities hosts a networking happy hour at different venues around Dallas and this month we were at the Inwood Theatre Bar.  As we were all mingling, a 35 year old patron asked several of us what we were doing and we told him we were with Park Cities Rotary and that we were having a networking happy hour.  He got a very confused look on his face and said isn’t Rotary a bunch of guys from the 1930’s and 1940’s and not relevant for him.  Several of us talked to him and then another guy who was at the bar and talked about different projects that Rotary had done from Kenya to Nicaragua to Childs Play at Bachman Lake to the 4th of July Parade.  He came across very intrigued and might actually show up to our meeting on Friday.  He was also very impressed by a potential new member of Park Cities who was at the happy hour and was talking about his time spent in Pakistan and Afghanistan giving the polio vaccine to people
I am not sure the best way to circumvent the perception that people have of Rotary other than showing them where it is different.
Rob Banes

Rotary Club of Desoto project to support Project Hand Up
As Rotarians you know about fundraisers.  There are so many types.  Golf tournaments and flag programs are great examples of tried and true methods.  At the last District Roundtable, however, we all saw something completely new.
It's an animatronic character that sings and dances and teaches ethics to children.
The links below are for videos that have been created to raise awareness about Rotary for members and non-members alike.  Please feel free to use them as you see fit. As we find more videos they will be added to the top of the list.

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