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Our flag-lease program makes possible Sunrise Rotary Club's engagement with others to make differences in lives, like our recently opened All-Abilities Playground in McKinney shown above.

Club President Jeff hands Ashley Sine, Executive Director for the McKinney Education Foundation, a check to complete a $20,000 endowment for MISD graduating seniors' college scholarships. We are proud to be a part of the McKinney Education Foundation.

International Service Director for 2018-19, Sandi Froese, had an ambitious plan for this year. Included in International Service projects were contributions to Living Water, a partnership with Stonebridge UMC to drill fresh water wells in Central America, Shelter Box for emergency housing following disasters throughout the world, Wheelchair International to give mobility to those in need, Project Hand Up edutainment for children in Africa in response to AIDS, Heifer International to provide sustainable farming and ranching to those in need, End Polio Now which is a signature project of Rotary International to eradicate polio throughout the world, and The Guatemala Literacy Project to bring language and communication to this Central America country. The total of all international project contributions made by Sunrise Rotary Club for 2018-19 was $15,000.

Below we see Community Service Director, Tom Parker, and Club President Jeff Caserotti, presenting Scholarships to two outstanding seniors from McKinney ISD. Sydney McDaniel, McKinney North High School, will be attending University of Texas at Austin to study Biology and enter the Pre-Med program. Proud parents are Steven and Natalie McDaniel. Emily Lane, Boyd High School, will be attending Tarleton State University to study Animal Science Ranch Management and Construction Science. Proud parents are Patrick and Theresa Lane.

Also receiving a Scholarship Award is Anna Marie Snavely, here receiving her award from Community Service Director, Tom Parker.

Caleb Hemphill, was awarded a McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club scholarship at the club’s meeting on July 3. His parents are Misha’l Hemphill and Dr. Hayden Hemphill MD. Caleb attended Pleasant Grove ISD in Texarkana and will be attending Baylor University as a Pre-Med student. Both of Caleb’s parents are Baylor graduates. His grandparents are Dr. Tom and Karen Parker. Congratulations, Caleb!

Our flag partners are crucial to the success of our fund raising. We enroll more than 2,200 subscribers in our area of McKinney. To serve these folks five times a year requires a great deal of help in delivery and pickup. Included in our valued partners are BSA Troop 303, Troop 351, Troop 496, and Troop 2150. Another long-time partner is the Marshall family representing the McKinney Area Home School Association. We also have great assistance in maintaining our flag inventory from the Collin County Sheriff Department program, SCORE. Deputy Ella always brings a ready crew for work.

Stories and Projects
Bill Bilyeu was installed as the next President of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club at the awards and installation dinner on June 23 at Eldorado Country Club. The new president is the Administrator for the Collin County Commissioner's Court.  President Bill was a member of the Plano West Rotary Club before transferring to the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  He previously served as President of the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club, so this is his second time around to provide leadership for a growing club.  He was the immediate past year's Sergeant-at-Arms for the club meetings.
Stephen Barotta is the incoming Chair of the McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, a satellite of the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  Satellite clubs do not have a President, so their leader is known as a "Chair."  The satellite club is affiliated with a parent club until the new club has enough members to request a charter from Rotary International to be a stand-alone club. The McKinney Sunset Rotary Club began meeting in June 2014 with five Rotarians from other clubs along with four new members.    
The Rotarian of the Year 2018-19 was announced at the Awards and Installation Banquet in June. Sandra (Sandi) W Froese, was awarded the honor by President Jeff Caserotti. As Director of International Service for 2018-19, Sandi launched an ambitious plan to put a focus on service projects that match the six humanitarian areas identified by Rotary International of need throughout the world. You can read more about Sandi’s plan in the story “Putting International Into Rotary” on this website.
McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club's adheres to the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self."  When David Azad, a young attorney joined the club, he was a natural fit as the next Director of Community Service.  David has a passion for helping under-privileged children and economically-disadvantaged adults who are seeking a better life.  David inherited a tall order to continue a wide range of community service projects in Collin County that were started under the direction of Dr. Tom Parker.  Tom has served as the club's Community Service Director for over eight years.
Meet Charles M. Koehler, the Secretary for the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club!  This Rotarian, who goes by Chuck, has been a member of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club for 28 years, and is currently our only charter member.  Before moving to McKinney, Chuck was a member for 10 years in the Sterling (IL) Rotary Club.  
When McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in 1991, the club members placed a focus on local community services, specifically, local services for children and youth.  Big projects from fundraising efforts were directed for college scholarships for graduating seniors from the three high schools in McKinney. There was an emphasis on the Rotary Youth Exchange program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Interact clubs at two of the three high schools.   Global projects were sometimes addressed, but more or less were an after thought.  
McKinney Sunrise and Sunset Rotary Clubs held their annual awards and installation dinner at Eldorado Country Club on June 23, 2019.  Presiding was Jeff Caserotti, the outgoing President of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  Hal Harbor is the outgoing Chair of the  McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, which is a satellite of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  Judge Nathan White, Past District Governor of RI District 5810, installed new officers for both clubs.  Bill Bilyeu is the incoming President of the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club for 2019-20 and Stephen Barotta is the incoming Chair of the McKinney Sunset Rotary Club.  
Yes, we are sometimes called "The Flag Club." However, in more than 20 years of the flag-lease project, a majority of the Rotary clubs in North Texas are also doing the same. Why? First, we enjoy seeing the display of U.S. flags around our community on each of the flag holidays and see this as a valued service. Second, we also enjoy using the funds received from flag lease to offer service to many others in need. See the link "Avenues of Service" to see where these funds have been applied to our non-profit connections in the community and in the world.


McKinney Sunrise

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Eldorado Country Club
2604 Country Club Dr.
McKinney, TX  75070
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