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On 10/31 a number of individuals from RERC volunteered at Network of Community Ministries.
Karen Ellis, Ted Ellis, Joe Allinder, Tommie Wright, Laurie Garvey, D. Schieferstein, Tom Hummel, Doug Crosby, Kenn Smith, George McKearin and Bill Walker helped with sorting clothes.
Ann and Charles Eisemann visited RERC and presented a check of $125,000 to the Richardson East Rotary Foundation Chair David Frazee towards the Inclusive Playground. In the picture Charles is flanked by RERF Chair David and RERC President Karen Ellis. Ann and Charles are the Naming Right Donors for the park.
For more information on the story, see https://www.cor.net/Home/Components/News/News/3877/73…
NOW is the perfect time to give, as any donation received by Dec. 15 will be matched up to $50,000. It's like doubling your money!
We had a fun night at the Fiesta on Saturday.  Thanks to David & Barbara Frazee for opening up their beautiful home to this crazy bunch and sharing their gift of hospitality!  Kudos to D Schieferstein for inviting 4 guests that will hopefully consider membership!
A fun scavenger hunt enabled conversations and made it extra fun. Here are the items we had to hunt for. It was not easy to find all of them but many were successful.
The Inclusive Playground is about to become reality with the announcement of Charles and Ann Eisemann as Naming Rights Donors, a matching grant opportunity and an estimated start date in January!
Richardson East Rotary Club has far exceeded its original goal of raising $250,000. The total now exceeds $400,000 with the opportunity for much more with a matching grant provided by The Rees-Jones Foundation. Construction is estimated to begin in January with completion by April 2019. 
Get the entire story here in the city's press release.
NOW is the perfect time to give, as any donation received by Dec. 15 will be matched up to $50,000. It's like doubling your money!
Two of the latest renderings (note - the fence will be wrought iron rather than chain link when built),
Great day at Richardson East with the RISD Athletic Directors in the house! Pictured are District Assistant Athletic Director Kevin Pitts, Pearce AD David Collins, RHS AD Greg Pels, BHS AD Jim Ledford, RERC President Karen Ellis, LHHS AD Lonnie Jordan, and RISD Athletic Director Leslie Slovak. These fine directors are building character and moral integrity into the youth of RISD - THANK YOU!
District 5810 Governor Bill Slicker visited us last week to give an update on a number of exciting Rotary projects in the world and district 5810.
Bill is flanked by President Karen Ellis and President Elect Mary Bedosky
RERC Received an email from Lori Smeby Director of Richardson Parks and Recreation Department
I just want to offer my sincerest of thanks and gratitude to the members of the Richardson East Rotary Club for the amazing show of support through your volunteer efforts at the inclusive playground open house!   As I've said, this has truly been a labor of love for both the club and the city, and that was never more evident than last night.  Everyone is so positive about this project and RERC has sooo very much to be proud of...look at the amazing financial success you've had!   I know giving up an evening can be a challenge sometimes, but the Rotary motto of "Service before Self" was definitely on display last night.  I can't imagine working shoulder to shoulder with anyone else on this project.  The work's not done, but we are oh so close!   Many thanks to your amazing club members for their commitment and courage in taking on this project!   I think you guys have definitely defined "signature project"!
Richardson East Rotary Club had the honor to welcome two new members to the club, Laurie Garvie (on the left) and Gwen Walraven (in the middle). Our President Karen Ellis (on the right) is the sponsor and also had the pleasure of inducting the new members.
Gwen Walraven
Gwen resides in Richardson and is an Attorney.  She is active in the community:  graduated LR Class 28, served as an LR Advisor for 3 years and is a member of Heights Baptist Church.  She also serves on the board of the Richardson Symphony.  She has been asked and has accepted the role of Secretary for RERC for 2018-2019!  She is especially interested in helping with the Inclusive Playground project – having a special needs family member herself. 
Laurie Garvie
Laurie is a Richardson resident and the Executive Director of the Richardson Symphony.  She is a graduate of LR, a current LR Advisory Board member, an Elder at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, and Secretary of P E O Chapter EZ.  She also is a Past President of the Friends of the Library Board and involved with the Richardson Symphony League. 
The officer installation for 2018-2019 took place at the Richardson Woman's Club in Richardson on 6-14-18.
Outgoing President D Schieferstein introduced the presidential gavel that he handed over to incoming President Karen Ellis.
For all the pictures from the event please follow the link to the photo album photoalbums/officer-installation-2018-2019
BOARD, 2018-19
President -- Karen Ellis
President Elect -- Mary Bedosky
President Nominee -- Bill Alsup
Secretary -- Gwen Walraven
Treasurer  -- Ted Ellis
Sergeant-at-Arms --  Joe Allinder
Past President --  D Schieferstein
Club Administration -- Keith Kockler
Club Service -- Byron Johnson
Public Relations -- Per Treven
Foundation Representative -- Ron Wilson
Vocational -- Tom Hummel
Community -- Miki Mankin
International -- Doug Crosby
Fund Raising -- Bill Walker
Scholarships -- Byron Johnson/Miki Mankin
Programs -- Monica Scott
Webmaster  -- Per Treven
The second annual picnic for the playground was held on 6-16-18. A big crowd came out to support the effort and to have some food and refreshments.
Bruce announced that $217,000 had been raised to date, but then got two more checks of $5,000 each - putting the total at more than $227,000.
One of the checks was from the "other" Rotary club in town, Richardson Rotary. They supported us with a donation of $5,000 to the project. Thank you!
J.J. Pearce HS student Josh Roberts put his time where his heart is. Josh sat outside the lunchroom for two weeks at Pearce pushing for donations to the playground. He raised more than $200. Way to go, Josh!
Terrace Elementary is "all in" for the inclusive playground. The Student Council identified the project as a fund raising goal and pledged $1,000 from their cotton candy sales. They are already half way there! That's Student Council sponsor Alicia Post and members of the council. — with Alicia Post and Tom Brooks.
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