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.
No Board Meeting in January
There will not be a board meeting on January 18th
Plano East Rotarians Major Remodel at Plano Food Pantry Rick Boyer 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Plans for January 25th Meeting:
LB SHOWALTER is up for an 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.
Plans for 25 January Meeting Randy Wright 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
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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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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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 .

Mark your Flag Calendar 2018 Gene Losey 2018-01-14 06:00:00Z 0
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: 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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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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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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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. 
12/28 Meeting Notice Randy Wright 2017-12-26 06:00:00Z 0
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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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
See Page 2
  • 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
FLAGS OF HONOR TRIBUTE TO THOSE WHO SERVE Randy Wright 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY YEARBOOK DELIVERY Sally Phillipp 2017-06-04 05:00:00Z 0
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!
Escape With Rotary Randy Wright 2017-03-12 06:00:00Z 0
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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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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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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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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