Governor Howard Templin RAM 2022-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Project HAND UP Ramil Paredes 2022-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member - Mohamed

Please welcome Mohamed Abdallah to Plano East Rotary! He is a bookkeeper and financial manager and he comes from the Comoro Islands on the southeastern coast of Africa.
Welcome New Member - Mohamed 2022-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

Congratulations to Our New Officers!

We welcome our 2022-2023 Officers: President Ramil Paredes, President Elect Satinder Baweja, Secretary Kym Darden, Treasurer Chris Henry, Sergeant-At-Arms Gene Losey and Director L.B. Showalter.
Congratulations to Our New Officers! 2022-06-14 05:00:00Z 0

District 4-Way Test Speech Contest - 2nd Place

Extraordinarily bright and articulate students participated in Saturday’s district-wide 4-Way Test speech contest with impressive speeches ranging from gender issues to moral relativism, the war in Ukraine to challenges immigrants to the U.S. face, and so, SO much more. 2nd place winner, Joshua Li of Plano West Senior High (sponsored by the Rotary Club of Plano East).
District 4-Way Test Speech Contest - 2nd Place 2022-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Non Perishable Food Drive for Salvation Army 2022-05-05 05:00:00Z 0
Human Trafficking Awareness Month lb 2022-01-04 06:00:00Z 0

World Polio Day

World Polio Day is Sunday, October 24th. 
The eradication of Polio is one of Rotary International's areas of focus. 
Rotary's fight against polio:
* Rotary was a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Iniative in 1979.
* Since the first vaccination clinic in the Phillipines in 1979 the number of polio cases has been reduced by 99.9%.
* Rotary members have contributed more the $2.1 billion dollars to fight polio in addition to an incredible amount of volunteer hours.
* This initiative has protected nearly 3 billion children in 122 countries.
* Rotary's advocacy efforts played a role in decisions by governments to contribute more than $10 billion to the fight.
* Today polio is only an epedemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan.  However, it's crucial to continue efforts to stop the spread of polio in these countries.  
* If we stop fighting polio in these two countries, within 10 years, polio could paralyze over 200,000 children a year. 
As part of Rotary District 5810's efforts to raise money to eradicate Polio, we are asked to contribute at least $10 to the effort, your $10 will be doubled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Your $10 turns into $30 to help eradicate this disease.  
Donate Now to End Polio Now 
World Polio Day Lisa Bloomer 2021-10-23 05:00:00Z 0
Randy is Ready for Flags of Honor Lisa Bloomer 2021-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Meet our new District Governor Max Duplant 2021-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
PERC Pickleball Social Fun 2021-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Veterans Center of North Texas Golf Tourney Lisa 2021-07-06 05:00:00Z 0
Roaring 20's Gala LSB 2021-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
Plano East Supports District 5810 Service Project LSB 2021-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
PERC Volunteers assemble Veterans Hygiene Kits LSB 2021-04-27 05:00:00Z 0
WWII Veteran Burnie Sutter Celebrates his 100th Birthday in Style Lisa Bloomer 2021-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Easter Egg Project

It was great to see many of you in person at our combination Social/Service Project.  We had a great time stuffing Easter eggs for the Salvation Army Easter Egg Hunt.  
Salvation Army Easter Egg Project LSB 2021-04-07 05:00:00Z 0
Jerry's Wine Seminar Lisa Bloomer 2021-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

PERC Bell Ringers

Jan Sullivan along with other members of the Plano East Rotary Club rang the bell outside of Hobby Lobby to help raise money for the Salvation Army.  It was a lot of fun!  We played holiday music and sang along.
PERC Bell Ringers Lisa Bloomer 2021-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Lots of Rotary

These three each have around fifty years as Rotarians: Jeff Frauenheim, LB Showalter, Randy Wright. at the Plano East Rotary Club 5:30 Thursday meeting.
Lots of Rotary Randy Wright 2020-02-28 06:00:00Z 0

Happy Independence Day 

Wishing Everyone a Happy and Safe Independence Day. 
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
Enjoy the 4th.
Happy Independence Day 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Have you Paid your 2nd Quarter Dues????

It is halfway through the Quarter, and only a few people have paid their dues. Please bring your check for 2nd Quarter Dues to the December 13th meeting. We have only this meeting left in the year, which will make your dues past due after that time. In this busy Holiday Season, it would wise to finish this simple task Right Now! Take a break, grab a nice cup of tea and sit down and write us a check. We would really appreciate it. 
Have you Paid your 2nd Quarter Dues???? 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Minutes for the November 8, 2018 Meeting

  1. Ken Roberts called meeting to order at 5:45
  1. Earl Simpkins gave the devotional. 
  1. Marianne Elwell led the Pledge (and was the greeter)
  1. Treasurer’s Report –Dues are due – LB Showalter
  2. George and Marianne Elwell presented Paul Harris fellow awards by Ken Roberts.
  3. President’s report –
    • Events:
      1. Nov 9, 10, 11 – 4:00 – 5:30 PM   Oak Point Park
      2. Nov 10 Blood drive
      3. Dec. 6th Christmas Party for all Plano clubs – Haggard Party Barn – 6:30 pm, $25 per person + it’s also a Coats for Cops/Kids drive
    • Elections upcoming –
      1. We need candidates to stop for for PR Director and Foundation Director
      2. Election for officers for the 2019 – 2020 year will be 12/13
      3. LB wouldn’t be sad if someone else ran for Secy/Treas
      4. Pres Elect (for 2019-2020)  to serve as president starting 7/1/20
      5. Director at large – odd year, to serve a two year term beginning 7/1/19.
  4. Projects:
    • Flags of Honor – Gene Losey
      1. Chris Henry gave update on using online marketing – response/costs
      2. Lisa – club members worked to attach chains to dog tags and cards during meeting
      3. Need help on Fri AM with flag efforts
      4. Need help on Mon AM – for take down
      5. Encouraged everyone to come out
  5. Rick Boyer told about project at Plano Food Pantry – landscaping – went well.
  6. Discussion on doing a food collection for the food pantry for Christmas holidays – Rick to follow up.
  7. Lynne McNamee gave details on Rotary eClub – as follows:
  8. Number was drawn – no winner
  9. Four-way test
    1. Adjourn – 6:15
Minutes for the November 8, 2018 Meeting 2018-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

PERC Newsletter for 11/6/2018

Posted on Nov 07, 2018
Rotarians Needed – Thursday (tomorrow), 11/8 for installation of 1000 flags) and peripheral equipment – 9:00am Oak Point Park Plano….
Rotarians Needed – Nominees for President elect, to serve as president starting 7/1/2020; Secretary/treasurer, to serve as secretary/treasurer 7/1/19; Director at large, Odd year, to serve a two-year term beginning 7/1/19.
Meeting: 5:30 PM Thursday, (tomorrow) At Escape Experts for General Meeting with awards, nominations and raffle drawing.
PERC Newsletter for 11/6/2018 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Agenda for November 8, 2018

Posted on Nov 07, 2018
November 8, 2018
Greeter –
Devotion –  
Pledge -   
Sargent at Arms – Rick Maucieri, (Pro Temp)    
Treasurer Report – LB Showalter
President’s Report
Nov 9, 10, 11 4:00 – 5:30PM Oak Point Park
Dec 6th – Christmas Party @ Haggard Party Barn 6:30PM, $25/person, Coats for Cops/Kids
Paul Harris fellow awards – George & Marianne Elwell
Nominations are open:
Nominating committee recommendations
Nomination from the Floor
Elections are at the general meeting December 13th.
Election for officers for the 19-20 Rotary year will be conducted on 12/13/18.
President elect, to serve as president starting 7/1/2020.
  • This person will serve as president elect designee through 6/30/19, and president elect through 6/30/20 and will attend PETS in February
Secretary/treasurer, to serve as secretary/treasurer for one year starting 7/1/19.
  • LB Showalter currently serves in this position.
Director at large, Odd year, to serve a two-year term beginning 7/1/19.
Plano Food Pantry on 18th St. final report – Rick Boyer
Manager, Plano Flags of Honor – Gene Losey, Randy Wright, Sally Phillips
Raffle drawing
Four Way Test
Agenda for November 8, 2018 2018-11-07 06:00:00Z 0

Rotary eClub

Joint Happy Hours for
Rotary eClub | Engage
have been discontinued
as of August 2020.
Rotary eClub 2018-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

The Plano Food Pantry Project

Posted on Oct 29, 2018
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The Plano Food Pantry received a “Facelift” on Saturday, October 27th
A project led by Rick Boyer, with help from about 12 club members and their children, worked to remove wild vegetative growth from the fence line, along with repairing the flower beds by spreading new dirt and mulch cover, trim hedges and add new drainage to the problem areas.
The Plano Food Pantry Project 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Killer Ken Runs a Marathon 

Posted by Sally Phillipp
Ken Runs a Marathon - 
Planning for our Club's up-coming projects, the club members almost died of starvation and dehydration. The Club's meeting ran for a whole hour and three quarters, and the troops were definitely getting restless towards the end. Surprisingly, no one left before the Jackpot ticket was drawn, with the pot being over $3500.
Killer Ken Runs a Marathon Sally Phillipp 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Flag Progress Tracked With Chart

Plano East Rotary Flags of Honor Sponsor Progress Displayed 
One thousand sponsored flags is the club goal for the Plano Flags of Honor program scheduled for November 9-11 at Oak Point Park in Plano.
Goal progress is tracked on the clubs Flag Sponsor Progress Chart on the front page of PlanoEastRotary.Org for viewing by members and the public. The chart shows each member's involvement and a "thermometer" reflecting the progress toward the goal. $50,000 is the potential for the club and included partner organizations soliciting sponsors for honorees. 
Some club members are working with the partner organizations to assist them in securing donations and honorees for the project. Partner organizations have the potential of raising thousands of dollars for their organization by participation in Plano Flags of Honor.
Honorees designated by name by November 4th are assured of having a placquered with information about the honoree attached to their flag.
Example of flag tag from 2017 Plano Flags of Honor
Flag Progress Tracked With Chart Randy Wright 2018-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

PERC Club Members Solicit Sponsors

HELLO PLANO EAST ROTARY CLUB MEMBERS! Complete your Flag Member Commitment Form now on front page of!
Our club is now offering the opportunity for YOU to participate in the GIANT, 1000 PLANO FLAGS OF HONOR  DISPLAY November 9, 10, and 11 at Oak Point Park in Plano. Members are making their commitment to secure sponsors for the program and names of military personnel, veterans, first responders and KIA’s to be honored in this awe inspiring patriotic display. Details and opportunity to donate, sponsor, and designate honorees are available at PlanoFlagsOfHonor.Org
Members of the Plano East Rotary Club are gathering sponsors and honorees for the Plano Flags of Honor Program. Club members make their commitment and view the progress toward our goal of 1000 sponsored flags on the front page of the club web site,  In the left column  you can  download the Member Commitment Form, view the progress chart, make copies of the  Member Honoree Form that includes instructions for gathering sponsors and providing honoree information, and download theFlags Partner Opportunity flyer that describes how other organizations can create their own fundraiser by cooperating in this great project.
So PERC MEMBERS, make your commitment NOW, and SEE YOU ON THE CHART at our 10/25 meeting!
PERC Club Members Solicit Sponsors Randy Wright 2018-10-20 05:00:00Z 0

Escape  Canceled Sunday - Flash for 10/16/18

With the following Caveat:
If anyone still wants to come they can book a room as a normal customer on the Escape Expert website and  50% of the proceeds will go to the Plano East Rotary Foundation.
There will not be a "Rotary Hospitality Room."
Insufficient promo to make it a fun event.
We will try it again another time soon.
Plano East Rotary Club
Escape Canceled Sunday - Flash for 10/16/18 Randy Wright 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Minutes of September 13, 2018 Meeting L. B. Showalter 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0
Minutes of Thursday August 23, 2018  Sally Phillipp 2018-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
180816 Board Meeting Minutes  Ken Roberts 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
180816 Randy Wright Wins District Award  Jan Sullivan 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 1


Thirteen members of the Plano East Rotary Club met on Saturday, 4/28/18 to tackle our strategic planning process. The session was facilitated by Rotary District 5810 volunteers George Ritcheske and Peter McClellan.
Photos of the session include all of the final flip charts as well as our members at work. SEE PHOTOS HERE
The draft mission statement created by the group for the Plano East Rotary Club is: “To engage with our community through service, fellowship and fun to address local and global needs.”
The vision statement says “The Plano East Rotary Club is a diverse, vibrant organization which assesses and responds to community needs.
Our club will spend the next two meetings refining the work of the committee and developing follow-on action items. Our meeting on May 10th will be presented by Ean Sullivan and will address “What is the Plano East Rotary Club doing now?” Ean will help us develop a list of all the current and planned rotary activities in which our members on involved.
Then, on May 24th, George Ritcheske will return and help us finalize our report as we discuss “what next?”
Thanks to George, Peter, and all who participated in Saturday's session. These are exciting times for PERC where we are fine tuning what we are and what we are going to be.
180429StrategicPlanningReport Randy Wright 2018-05-01 05:00:00Z 0


Academy High School Presentations
Hello fellow Rotarians and friends of the Plano East Rotary Club!
Need your help Mon-Wed Apr 23-25 at our Academy High School as panelists reviewing our learner's project CAPSTONE PRESENTATIONS.
As you know, the Academy teaching tool is "projects" around which all academics are based. Serving as a panelist is guaranteed to "BLOW YOU AWAY" when you see what these young people have achieved. Click HERE for the Capstone overview page. See tabs for the three days of presentations. Click on the day you are available. Read abstracts of the students projects, then click to sign up to review projects of your choice.
READ MORE for additional details and to share this message on your personal Facebook page. 
ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL PANELISTS NEEDED Randy Wright 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0

Meeting Report for 2/8/18

Meeting Report for 2/8/28

Score for 2/8/2018 Satinder Baweja expanded classification talk: 4.4

Thursday – February 8, 2018         Meeting started at 6:05 PM           

Jan Sullivan called the meeting to order at 6:05

Chris Henry led the Pledge and Ken Roberts provided an inspirational moment.

Jan talked about the Rotary International Convention – in Toronto – in June.  Recommended attendance if possible.

David Rogers introduce his guest – Downa Davis

Treasurer’s Report.  LB Showalter commented that people owning dues were not present at the meeting.

Club applied for matching funds for the flag program.

Jan to confront District Gov. at Roundtable meeting on Saturday – where is our money?

Ean Sullivan commented that Dist Gov needs to sign off on the funds request – all clubs are waiting for their money.

Need service projects for February and March.  Gene Losey suggested that they be a little less hands-on.

Randy Wright distributed cards asking for bulletin project suggestions and who we would like to hear a classification talk from.

Jan said the Cuban trip has been postponed until October.

Lisa Bloomer gave an update on RYLA committee progress:

  • Committee members include – Lisa, Sally Philipp, Ellitt Braud, Satinder Baweja, LB Showalter, Ken Roberts and David Rogers.
  • She made contact with people at Plano Academy (committee’s choice for school to pursue) and they were knowledgeable about the program and interested in pursuing.
  • They will post flyers, mention program in electronic media at the school, and at a Junior class function in a few weeks.
  • With input from Ken Roberts, Sally created a draft of the questions that would be asked of the students during the interview process.  She is receiving suggestions from the committee.
  • Lisa requested that we have student applications by March 9.
  • Committee will begin interviews the week after Spring Break (which is 3/12 – 3/16)
  • Next RYLA committee meeting week of 2/12
Jan mentioned strategic planning meeting now April 28 (Saturday) with lunch included. no time/place yet.

Jan also mentioned Rotary Clubs of Plano Presidents meeting which she attended with 4 other club presidents- some of their upcoming events include:

  • Plano Metro Mardi Gras Casino night at Glen Eagles on the 24th.
  • Pioneer Sip and Sample – Oak Point Park – Feb 14
  • Thanks to Plano West who provided land survey for setup of flag program.
  • Jan spoke about Citizen of the Month sponsorships.
  • Banquet for Sam Johnson – May 31 – Glen Eagles – lunch
  • Prior to May 31st, Plano clubs will hold a food drive – and food to be given to Plano Food Pantry under Sam Johnson’s name.

RI President Ian Reisling suggested participation in a plant a tree program.  City is planning to plant a grove of trees.  Club cost for trees about $1,000 – we provide the labor.

Satinder gave an interesting recap of his educational, travel, and work history – entailing travels and education in many corners of the world. 

  • Satinder is the President of Milestone Consultants – a company he founded in 1994.
  • Prior to that he worked in a variety of project and management consultant capacities for several corporations.
  • Satinder attend ·school in India, as well as several other countries – encompassing many different educational styles and philosophies – requiring adaptation and flexibility.
  • He has a Bachelor of Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Transportation from B.M.S. College of Engineering.
  • He also has a ME, in Engineering  - from Texas A&M University

Chris Henry mentioned that his son accepted a full – tenured professorship at UT.

See complete meeting photo album at: photoalbums/170309-meeting-photos-for-march-9-2017

Meeting was adjourned at 7:00 after Four Way Test.

See attendance report under “read more.”

Meeting Report for 2/8/18 Sally Phillipp 2018-02-13 06:00:00Z 0
A Great Time Was Had by All! Randy Wright 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

RYLA Activity Under Way

RYLA Activity Under Way
President Jan has appointed Lisa Bloomer and Sally Philipp as chairs of our Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) committee. Lisa attended the District RYLA roundup, Saturday, Jan 27th. The committee is getting our RYLA process under way immediately with the first committee meeting on February 2nd. Initial action is to contact the PISD Plano Academy as our primary school. Planning is under way to promote the program, interview and select students, and support the program with transportation and follow-up. Committee members include Sally Phillipp and Lisa, Co-chairs, LB Showalter, David Rogers, Satinder Baweja, Ken Roberts, and Ellitt Braud. The minutes of the committee’s first meeting are available under club documents, here: documents/en-us/4a08c074-3584-4470-a142-309d247647cb/1
RYLA Activity Under Way Lisa Bloomer 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0


ABOUT OUR BULLETIN: We publish our bulletin every Tuesday as a means to keep our members informed about club activities past and coming up.
  1. Concept is to aggregate information from various sources and try to get everything in a weekly bulletin instead of multiple messages from multiple source.
  2. Archived bulletins are listed and can be accessed on the lower left of front page of PlanoEastRotary.Com
  3. Bulletin stories are provided by the person most familiar with the activity.
  4. The editor writes some stories from scratch.
  5. The editor edits and assembles stories into a bulletin with photos and text designed to make our members (and others) say, "Oh wow, that was great."
  6. The bulletin committee figures out what it takes to make #3 come true.
  7. Photos of club activities are taken by the PHOTOGRAPHER and others, then loaded into albums on the ClubRunner site. For example, Ean is going to create a CUBA album and start uploading photos there. All of our albums are currently public and can be accessed from the top menu bar on PlanoEastRotary.Com.  
ABOUT OUR BULLETIN 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Report on Jan 25, 2018 meeting

Meeting of 1/25/2018
Chris Henry rang “his” bell to bring us to order at 6:00.  President Jan invited Chris to ring the bell that he donated to the club.  The bell was acquired during a cruise that Chris and Patty were on last year and mounted to a beautiful plaque built by Rick Boyer.
Kenny Wilson delivered a short and sweet prayer for our inspirational moment.  Lynn Schwartz would have been pleased.
Guests –
  • David Rogers reluctantly introduced his guest Donna Davis (he said she has been introduced many times before, to which someone said she would be introduced until she becomes a member – hint, hint.)
  • Lisa Bloomer introduced her husband Mark Bloomer
  • Jerry Kezhaya introduced his wife Dr. Laura Shwaluk
  • Randy Wright then interrupted the meeting to tell everyone the correct way to introduce guests being sure to say their name last because we are all incapable of remembering the name unless it is the last thing we hear.
Visiting Rotarians –
President Jan introduced special guests from the Interact club of Plano Senior High and told them that as Rotarians they should introduce themselves, being mindful of Randy’s admonitions –
  • President Evan Hedroe, a Senior with plans to attend either Texas A&M or the University of Houston with a major in mechanical engineering.  Evan likes Interact because he enjoys giving back.
  • Director of Community Service Mira Banerji, a Senior with plans to attend the University of Virginia to study civil engineering.  Mira enjoys Interact because she likes being with other students that enjoy giving.
  • Secretary/Historian Hayley McCrossan, a Senior with plans to attend either Texas A&M or the University of Texas.  Holy enjoys Interact loves community service and being with other students that are doing it because they want to and not just for the hours.
  • Director of International Service, Belle Maucieri, daughter of Rick Maucieri.  Belle had to tolerate a lot of abuse because of her relationship to Rick but she acquitted herself admirably.  She enjoys Interact because she likes to meet new people.
President Jan asked Rick Boyer to tell about the recently completed service project which involved at least 143 man hours of volunteer labor.  Rick reported that over the MLK weekend, about ½ the members of the club completely remodeled the receiving room at the Plano Food Panty.  Pictures were published in last weeks bulletin.  Rick tried to downplay his role in the project but others in the room would not let him pointing out that probably ½ of the hours were his.  Well-deserved kudos to Rick.
President Jan inducted a new member but long time Rotarian, Jerry Kezhaya with a moving ceremony reminding Jerry that he was joining the “premier” Rotary club of Plano East.  Then as a special moment, President Jan presented Jerry with his Paul Harris +4 pin representing Jerry’s investment in The Rotary Foundation of more than $5,000.  Jan reminded us all the importance of giving to the foundation and how this money not only does great work around the world, it also comes back to us locally as in our District Foundation grant of approximately $3,800 this year.
President Jan announced a strategic planning session to be led by Rotarian George Ritcheske on April 21st.  Please mark your calendar and plan to attend.
President Jan presented some changes to the previously announced joint Plano Rotary club luncheon honoring retiring Congressman Sam Johnson. It will now be on Thursday, May 31st.  Cost and location TBD.
President Jan thanked Lisa Bloomer for agreeing to attend the upcoming RYLA meeting which will qualify our club for 2 spots in the camp next year.
President Jan made several announcements –
  • Invited everyone to consider going on the Cuba Trip this March 3-10.
  • Announced that she was doing Citizen of the Month on Friday, January 26, 2018 at 7:30 and invited participants.
  • Next weeks meeting will be a social at Urban Rio from 5:30 to 7:00
Jan tried to introduce the speaker but was interrupted by Randy demanding that as program chair, he was supposed to introduce.  Jan demurred. 
Randy started his introduction with the observation that in 1972 there was 1 CPA firm in Plano – Severns and Showalter. 
L.B. Showalter is a local CPA and Real Estate Guru.  He opened a CPA firm under that name of Severns and Showalter in 1972 when the only marketing you could do was word of mouth and your business card. 
He joined Rotary in April of 1972 and began serving as an officer in June of that year.  L.B. met a man named David Howard and they became Real Estate partners in 1978 developing their first residential community in Parker Texas and L.B. got out of Public Accounting in 1983.    Since that time they have developed several other communities in Castroville, Frisco, and Garland. 
In the early 80’s they took their Real Estate knowledge and entered into the commercial real estate business.  They built three commercial buildings and purchased several others which they still own and manage today.  They even ventured into the fast food industry and opened a Jack In The Box in Lubbock.   L.B. shared the ups and downs of the real estate business including borrowing money from a Sheik in Saudi Arabia and the concerns for his life if he wasn’t able to pay it back.  He has weathered the Real Estate market crashes and numerous bank failures and even told young whippersnapper at the bank that he had lost more money than the young man would ever make in his life! 
L.B. got back into public accounting in 1990 but continued his work in the Real Estate business.  He also did consulting work for a surety company for about 15 years.  In 1999 L.B.’s daughter Lisa Bloomer joined him in the CPA business.  In 2012 they purchased a local tax practice and expand their business and continue to work together today. 
L.B. was asked to share with our student guests a bit of advice that would help them as they start their lives after High School.  He told them honesty and keeping your word are very important in maintaining your integrity.  Ean Sullivan shared a story about L.B. as District Governor.  They had a vision that each club would perform a community needs assessment and present them for consideration for a grant to be awarded to the selected program.   The idea was that even if a club didn’t win the grant, the process of identifying a need would spur the Rotary clubs to find a way to fill the need.  In fact, there are numerous projects around the district that trace their origins to this process.  When L.B. wasn’t able to secure outside funding for the promised grant, he dug deep in his pockets and wrote a personal check for the entire grant. 
Report on Jan 25, 2018 meeting Ean Sullivan 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Food Pantry Service Project Complete

Food Pantry Service Project Complete
Service committee chair Rick Boyer and Gene Losey worked through the week of January 16 2018 to finish the January service project of upgrading the front room customer area of the Plano Food Pantry. A GLORIOUS job! Thank you Rick and volunteers that helped make this dream come true.
Food Pantry Service Project Complete  Randy Wright 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0


Bulletin and Web Site Sub-Committees meet Thursday 4:45 to discuss progress and plans. Topics are:
How the bulletin and web site work.
Do we want a weekly bulletin? How do we improve it?
How do we improve our web site?
Member participation with ClubRunner.
Replacement for Randy:
Bulletin March 6 and 13, Randy Skiing
Bulletin permanently June 1. Randy gone for 3 months
Web Site permanently June 1. Randy gone for 3 months.
BULLETIN: Randy Wright Acting Chair; Rick Maucieri, Ellitt Braud, Ean Sullivan
WEBSITE: Randy Wright Acting Chair, Jeff Fraunheim, Andrew McJannet/Smith

SubCommitteesToMeet 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Plano East Rotarians Major Remodel at Plano Food Pantry

Plano East Rotarians Major Remodel at Plano Food Pantry
By Rick Boyer
Plano East Rotary Club (PERC) started their January service project on 1/11/18. The Plano Food Pantry on 18th Street was the beneficiary. PERC remodeled the receiving room where families come to receive their food. It had been badly damaged by the shopping carts that are used to distribute the food. The project started on Friday with some prep work and material delivery; Saturday was demo day, the floor was removed and beadboard and chair rail were installed; Sunday the ceiling and walls were painted; Monday the new floor was installed. There are a couple things to finish this week. (Rick is working on them personally)
Participants in the project included: Kenny Wilson, Rick Maucieri, Ean Sullivan, Patti Henry, Sally Philipp, Gene Losey, David Rodgers, David Roger’s son Jason, Ellitt Braud, Randy Wright and Rick Boyer.
Thank you to all the participants.
Rick Boyer,
Service Chair
PHOTOS: TOP: David Rogers, Rick Boyer, Jason Rogers,  and Gene Losey contemplate installation of first floor plank. NEXT: First plank in place.  #3: Cutter Gene stands by as Jason and Rick align tile and adhesive applicator Randy Wright stands by for next "smear." BOTTOM: Success! Gene, Jason and Rick cheer 70% of floor installed. You can see wall finish in background.
Plano East Rotarians Major Remodel at Plano Food Pantry Rick Boyer 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Plans for 25 January Meeting

Plans for January 25th Meeting:
LB SHOWALTER will present his expanded classification talk about his experience as an accountant and real estate developer, with observations about the state of the local commercial real estate market.
JERRY KEZHAYA has been approved for membership and will be inducted on 1/25.
SCORE 3.8 on our 1/11/17 meeting featuring Alex Johnson on AVID/Junior Achievement and Ken Roberts expanded classification talk on HR activities.
See list of future Thursday plans below.
Plans for 25 January Meeting Randy Wright 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Report on 11 January Meeting

By Sally Phillipp
1.Ken Roberts called meeting to order at 6:10 pm
2.Ellit Braud gave inspiration/prayer.
3.Kenny Wilson led the pledge of allegiance.
4.LB Showalter – Treasurer’s Report
a.Some still need to pay dues
b.Money coming from district should be to club in next couple of weeks (per Ean Sullivan)
c.Money being spent for storage of flags ($170/month)
5.Lynn Schwartz spoke on history of Rotary and Foundation.  Billions given away all over the world.  Some of the money donated under Paul Harris Foundation membership comes back to the club.
6.Paul Harris presentation to Rick Boyer – Lenny Schwartz presented the recognition certificate for $1000 investment in the Rotary International Foundation commemorating his recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow.
7.David Rodgers introduced his guest – Downa Davis.
8.Lynn went over year 2017 flag project results.
a.Gene Losey has volunteered to be chairman next year (See separate story)
b.They were happy with logistics (field set up)
c.Chris Henry has a promising marketing plan.
9.Jan Sullivan spoke about banquet honoring Sam Johnson.
a.Date:  March 31st
b.Venue and cost not determined yet (probably $35 - $50/ person)
c.Asked for potential attendees (to give number to arrangers) – probably 10 people.
10.Ken Roberts mentioned that we would have 2 RYLA scholarships for the club.  Asked for volunteer from club to be on selection committee.  Sally Philipp will be our volunteer on the committee.
11.Ian Sullivan and Jan Sullivan spoke about next Cuba service trip. (See Separate Story for details)
a.Kenny Wilson said trip will change your focus on the world.  He cautioned that accommodations are meager, as is food.  No hot water, no AC, diet of beans and rice, working conditions tough.
b.Open to anyone who wants to go (doesn’t need to be Rotary member).
12.Rick Boyer spoke on service project this weekend at Plano Food Pantry and need for volunteers. (See separate story)
a.Saturday 9 – 5 taking up old floor, reinforcing and refurbishing walls
b.Sunday 1 – 5 painting
c.Monday 9 – 5 installing new floors, baseboards
d.Volunteering at the meeting were Sally Philipp, Oscar Long, David Rogers, Randy Wright.
13.Alex Johnson (from Plano club) spoke on JA /AVID partnership in PISD.  He was looking for a volunteer for a committee which he chairs.  Sally Philipp volunteered.
a.Conversation followed on Wilson Middle School being a club project – with volunteers needed for teaching classes on personal finance (instruction provided by AVID/JA.
b.Primarily service high risk/high potential kids.
c.Good lead-in to when kids move on to Vines HS – Interact Club
d.Conversation followed with several volunteers – David Rogers, Sally Philipp, Kenny Wilson (potentially), LB Showalter (potentially)
14.Ken Roberts gave a ‘classification’ talk about his background, and current work responsibilities.
15.Randy Wright passed out info-sheet detailing volunteers needed for –
c.Project subcommittees
16.Jan Sullivan asked that we keep track of hours spent on Rotary work/ month (in answer to a request from higher up)
17.Meeting was adjourned at 7:10 after Four Way Test.
Thanks to KENNY WILSON for acting as photographer. See the photos in the album at
Thursday – January 11, 2018         Meeting started at 6:10 PM       In attendance:  X
Johnson (Plano Rotary)
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180116 Cuba Trip Sponsored by Plano East Rotarians

Plano East Rotary Sponsors Cuba Trip
Cuba - March 3 - 10, 2018
By Ean Sullivan
Once again the Plano East Rotary club is sponsoring a great service opportunity in Cuba.  All Rotarians, family and friends are welcome to join us on this unique opportunity.  Our last trip in September had 17 members representing 11 different clubs and 3 districts.  Don't miss out.  The nation of Cuba is changing rapidly and you shouldn't miss this.  Shortly after you land in Camaguey the first thing you will notice is obviously the mid 50's Chevys, Oldsmobiles and the like but when you leave the city and get to the town of Cespedes where we will be working you notice that there are more horses and carts than there are cars.  It is like stepping back 75-100 years.  There will be Rotarians on the trip that have been there before and you will have a translator and guides every step of the way.  There is only one way to describe the people of Cuba that we will interact with - INCREDIBLE!  We have wonderful friends in Cuba now that we look forward to seeing again.  Please join us, expand your world, and help show the world the work of Rotary.
I am happy to answer any questions but the better source of information is Alexandria Carruth, the Director of Development of Proclaim Cuba!, our partner organization. She can be reached at 817-805-8555 or
NEXT TRIP DETAILS: Cuba - March 3 - 10, 2018 Experience the eastern portion of Cuba,  countryside, cities and beautiful beaches. An incredible opportunity for cultural exchange!  Join Plano East Rotary on a work trip to the island. We will be working on the plumbing and electrical work at a community center. No special skills are required. Trip cost is $1,875 and includes airfare, travel visa, lodging and transportation, and most meals. For information please contact, or call 817-805-8555. 
I know the timing is short but if there is any way possible you can join us, I personally guarantee that you won't be disappointed. 
PDG Ean Sullivan
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Mark your Flag Calendar 2018

Plano Flags of Honor 2018 Planning Under Way

By Gene Losey

Planning the 'Flags of Honor' project for 2018 is already under way. I have accepted team leadership responsi- bilities and look forward to an exciting and successful experience for everyone.


Last years' program was a stunning success and will be hard to top in many ways. The community, both public and private, were put on notice that Plano East Rotary Club is planting their stake (no pun intended) in the Plano landscape. Statements like:

".. what a moving experience"

“..a job very well done.."

"..are you doing this next year”

"..what can I do to support this project.."

and of course ".. where is 'whats his name flag'.."

were expressed by many Plano residences and public officials. A multitude of visitors were observed at 'Flags of Honor' throughout  the day and night.  Many with questions and many kindling fond memories or seeking closure.

If you missed the opportunity to observer or 'walk among the flags', you missed a moving experience. For me, it was an honor to be just a small part of the event.


My team goals for 2018 do not stray far from the original goals established last year. However, starting the event planning earlier  permits us to calibrate those project elements that went well and to focus on those elements that we now see with 20/20 hind sight. We now have the time to get every club member involve to lighten the load and implore the 'best-of-the-best' skills throughout the club membership. My past experience is that "friends can be made in any social event, but relationships are made when we sacrifice for a common objective".

The 'Flags of Honor' is a project that strives to be fun, impact our community, create memorable experiences, and raise financial resources to help our fellow men. I might add that participation in this project will create or expand your relationships within our club membership.


So, I ask you to mark your 2018 calendar on November 9,10,11 for the 'PERC Flags of Honor' event and experience. I will respond with additional information and specific call for action as the project moves forward. Please feel free to step-up to the challenge by offering specific skills, ideas and resources that help us make the 2018 project even greater. Communications should be directed to .

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Rotary Clubs of Plano Joint Project-Minnies Food Pantry

You may recall during the holiday season Plano East Rotary participated with the Rotary Clubs of Plano in a major food drive for Minnie's Food Pantry. Rotarian Pat Miner passed on to our service chair Rick Boyer his congratulations and thanks for our participation. GREAT WORK, PLANO EAST ROTARIANS!
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Bulletin Development Progress

BULLETIN DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS: You are getting to see it step-by-step as man-hours are available. Trying layout this week with stories down the left double column with club information on speakers, meetings, calendar and other items down the right hand single column. Time not available to fix right column this week. Also going to see how to get rid of ClubRunner shoved advertising on the right. PLUS, there is an opportunity to have our own sponsors and advertisers in each bulletin. Randy's objective is to have enough sponsors to pay our ClubRunner fees and have that much more left over. Sooo... a "minor fundraiser."
INFORMATION is the objective with graphics coming in second. The world is hiring too much graphic design that frequently obfuscates the information content.
Three out-of-office meetings today slowed me down. Have to keep reminding myself, "Better is the enemy of 'good enough!'"
Randy Wright, Interim Editor
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1/11 Meeting Announcement

THURSDAY'S MEETING (1/11) Will feature president elect KEN ROBERTS'  expanded classification talk... all about Ken, his company (Huawei), his human resources activity, and how the latest developments in human resources might affect YOU and the Plano East Rotary Club. YEA KEN! We're excited.
Additional items on the agenda are RYLA rep nomination, Sam Johnson Tribute, Alex Johnson AVID JA teaching opportunities, and Cuba Trip we sponsor. BE THERE OR BE SQUARE!
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180101 January Service Project Plano Food Pantry

Please click below to respond to service chair Rick Boyer's alert and request for volunteers. 
Plano East Rotary is going to remodel the the front entry room at the  Plano Food Pantry (2200 18th Street, Plano) Saturday - Monday.
We will need 4-5 volunteers each day. We plan to work:
Saturday 1/13 - from 9:00am til 5:00 pm
Sunday 1/14 - from 1:00pm til 5:00pm
Monday 1/15 - from 9:00am til we finish
Monday is MLK holiday and the Pantry is closed.
We will be removing and replacing vinyl flooring, painting, and replacing molding.
Please click here to let Rick know what days and times you are available. AND, let him know the skills you have to perform these tasks.
Here is the location:
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12/28 Meeting Notice

THURSDAY 12/28 MEETING: Be sure to attend our regular meeting on 12/28 to elect our officers for 2018. Chris Henry will provide a business briefing if there is time after the election. You can still nominate candidates for President Elect, Secretary/Treasurer or Director. See ELECTION DETAILS below for information on current nominees and how to nominate additional candidates. 
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ELECTION DETAILS: You can nominate any active member of PERC for any of the three open offices: president elect, secretary/treasurer or two year director starting 7/1/18. Please confirm their willingness to serve.  Current nominees are:
President-Elect for 7/1/18 -6/31/19 (Serves as president 7/1/19 – 6/31/20) Current Nominees are:  OSCAR LONG and CHRIS HENRY.
Secretary/Treasurer for 7/1/18 -6/31/19 Current Nominee is: LB SHOWALTER
Even Year Director (2 year term) for 7/1/18 – 6/31/20 Current Nominees are: CHRIS HENRY and TRACI MC-JANNETT-SMITH (incumbent)
To nominate someone, forward the information to Ken Roberts KRobs@Yahoo.Com and Jan Sullivan Jan@Cinco.Net.
I nominate : ____________________________________ For (Position): ________________________________________
Each nominee will make a short presentation prior to the election at the 12/28 meeting. 
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about our bulletin

By Randy Wright
We are looking for a permanent bulletin editor to publish our bulletin every Tuesday. Key function is to aggregate information from multiple sources to create one great weekly  communication and minimize multiple emails from multiple sources. The editor (Randy this week) writes stories and takes other information to create the bulletin each Tuesday. Our administration committee action plan sez:
BULLETIN: Establish weekly bulletin for our members and subscribers. (Q1-18)
1.Get permanent bulletin editor.
2.Make the bulletin SO GOOD, and SO INFORMATIVE that members want to read it. Important information, but irreverent, and humorous OK.
3.Publish bulletin by email every week by Tuesday evening.
4.Use ClubRunner bulletin system.
5.Bulletin content:
  • Meeting report on the last meeting. Minutes may be provided by someone else.
  • Information on programs and activities coming up next week (10 days) with reference to details on ClubRunner.
  • Details on next social. Ask for sign-up?
  • Photos from meetings and club activities
  • Aggregate from multiple sources information members need to know to minimize multiple messages from multiple sources throughout the week. For example, admin messages re: ClubRunner might be included in bulletin rather than another random message.
You will win the "Hairy Arm Award" if you report three errors in this bulletin. RW
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Join us in honoring those who serve 
1000 3X5 Ft. Flags On Display November 10, 11 & 12
Simulation of 1000 Flags of Honor display
Rotarians register under events, lower left.
Sponsorships available at http://PlanoFlagsOfHonor.Org
The public is invited to join the Plano East Rotary Club to “honor those who serve” in their presentation of the Flags of Honor. 1000 3X5 foot flags will be displayed Nov. 10, 11, and 12 at Plano Oak Point Park ½ mile north of Parker Road on East Spring Creek Pky.
The 348 KIA (Killed in Action) from Collin County will be memorialized along with recognition of veterans and first responders.
Each flag will bear a customized plaque with the name and picture of the honoree, along with their branch of service and dates of  service. The plaque will be given to the sponsor at the end of the event.  Sponsorships are available for individual flags and higher levels. Information at
A one-hour program at 4:30 each day will feature local speakers and patriotic music to include The Star Spangled Banner and Dueling Taps. Friday is the Marine Birthday Celebration, followed by Veteran’s Day Celebration and Memorial Celebration the next two days.
  • 11/10/17    4:30PM          Marine Birthday Celebration
Presentation of colors
Star Spangled Banner, performed by members from ‘Vocal Majority’ and ‘Rich-Tones’
Speaker: Hon. Rick Grady, Plano Mayor Pro Tem
Salute to the Armed Forces, performed by
Members from ‘Vocal Majority’ and ‘Rich-Tones’
Speaker: Hon. Jeff Leach, Texas Legislator
Song, TBA, performed by members from ‘Vocal Majority’ and ‘Rich-Tones’
Dueling Taps
  • 11/11/17    4:30PM          Veteran’s Day Celebration
Program Introduction
Presentation of colors
Star Spangled Banner, performed by ‘Saturday Singers’
Speakers, Plano Chiefs: Police, Greg Rushin; Fire, Sam Greif
God Bless the USA or Armed Forces Medley performed by ‘Saturday Singers’
Speaker: Hon. Van Taylor, Texas Senator
God Bless America, performed by ‘Saturday Singers’
Dueling Taps
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  • 11/12/17    4:30PM          Memorial Celebration
Program Introduction
Presentation of colors
Star Spangled Banner, performed by Ladies Liberty
Speaker: Ean Sullivan, Retired, USMC
God Bless America, performed by Ladies Liberty
Speaker: Major General Keith Thurgood, US Army Retired
Song, TBA, performed by Ladies Liberty
Dueling Taps
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MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY YEARBOOK DELIVERY Sally Phillipp 2017-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Escape With Rotary

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Plano East Rotary  First Community Service Fundraiser Great Success
If you missed it you can learn about escape rooms in this 3 minute video from the CBS Morning Show:
and you can participate in your own escape at
Congratulations to the organization and the participants on a successful event!
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Helping people with disabilities make their own music

Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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Finding Safe Haven

For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
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Saving lives in Ghana

What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
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India celebrates three years without polio

Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
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