Posted by SWF
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.  
McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club, and their satellite, McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, wrapped up their year of service with a celebration of “service above self” recognition and the installation of incoming officers for 2019-20 at Eldorado Country Club on June 23.
 
 
Outgoing President Jeff Caserotti presented a list of accomplishments by the club this past year, primarily the completion and opening of the All-Abilities Playground in Bonnie Wenk Park, a $20,000 McKinney Sunrise Rotary endowment for scholarships at the McKinney Education Foundation, and funding of significant projects for youth services, international service and community service.
 
 
Hal Harbor, outgoing Chair of the McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, also spoke about the mission and accomplishments which included ongoing service projects at the Collin County History Museum, Crape Myrtle Trails, Shiloh Place, Sunrise Flag Program, and donations to the “End Polio Now” and Guatemala Literacy Projects.
 
 
The net profits from the annual sale of 2,400 U.S. Flag leases in west McKinney are used to fund local and global projects in a partnership with the Boy Scouts and other non-profit organizations.  The Sunrise Rotary club started the Flag lease program 24 years ago and has raised thousands of dollars to support Rotary International initiatives, such as the world-wide “End Polio Now” immunization project, and meet community humanitarian needs.
 
 
Past District Governor Nathan White installed Bill Bilyeu as the next President of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  His officers include Chuck Koehler, Secretary; Dennis Snavely, Treasurer; Steve Mitas, VP for Flag Fundraising; Larry Offerdahl, Director of Youth Services; David Azad, Director of Community Service; Kim Alvarado, Director of International Service; Scott Grigg, Director of Vocational Service; and Bobbi Wright, Director of Club Service.
 
 
Steve Barotta was installed as the incoming Chair of the McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, and Benita Sharpe was installed as the Chair-Elect.  Other officers will include Glenna Cromer, Director of Youth Services; Lenda Fidelman, Director of Community Services; and Debra Pope, Director of International Service.
Sandi Froese was named “Rotarian of the Year” and was presented the award by President Jeff Caserotti.  Sandi was cited for her service as the Director of International Service, We Care Coordinator, Flag Lease Committee and Database Team, and as a Co-Advisor for the McKinney Sunset Rotary Club. In past years, Sandi has served in every club officer position, including District Chair of Youth Services for District 5810.
 
 
McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM for breakfast at Eldorado Country Club in McKinney.  McKinney Sunset Rotary Club meets bi-monthly on the first and third Thursday at 5:30 PM.  The first Thursday meeting is at the Hampton Inn and the third Thursday meeting is a "happy hour" at a local pub or restaurant to be decided.   Potential members and guests are welcome!