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The Student Council at Terrace Elementary School made a pledge of raising $1,000 for the all inclusive playground, the Richardson East Rotary Club signature project. This photo is from the check presentation on May 10 - the first half of their $1,000 pledge with the second half coming next fall. They are all on board and were early adopters, asking us to come present the project to them last fall. They raise the funds selling cotton candy after school on Wednesdays and at school functions.
The adults in the picture are Karen Ellis from Richardson East Rotary Club, Tom Brooks and Dan Baker, Assistant Director of the city's Parks & Recreation Dept. 
We had a great location for our booth at the Cottonwood Art Festival to be able to promote our Signature project.  Thanks to our volunteers who shared details and excitement around the project with many visitors. We also received a total of $449.62 for our project through individuals making donations.
Large & Small Gifts Boost Inclusive Playground Fund-Raising Total
A pair of large gifts vaulted fund raising totals for Richardson’s first Inclusive Playground to more than $210,000 – about 84 percent -- of the $250,000 goal.
The B.B Owen Trust recently donated $100,000 to the cause and the Richardson East Rotary Club added more than $50,000 from its annual Rotary Cares – Games & Gala. Combined with funds donated earlier, Richardson East Rotary has contributed a total of $65,000 to the cause.
“We are energized by these large gifts, but also by the myriad of small ways the community has responded to this project,” said Bruce MacPherson, chair of the fund-raising arm of the Inclusive Playground Committee. “We couldn’t get where we want to go without the large gifts, but also the many small donations that are coming in from all over the community. People want to feel a part of this.”
Bill and Karen attended the 5810 Assembly and enjoyed the good company of Jason Lemons, Ginger Mayo and John Moran from the Richardson Rotary Club.
Maria Krystofik from Austism Speaks was our speaker on 4/4/18

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The Richardson East Rotary Club welcomes new member Tommie Wright with the classification of Jewelerer.
On the picture Tommie is accompanied by her sponsor Mary Bedosky, her husband Roy and the RERC President D. Schieferstein.
Here are some more pictures from our fantastic Rotary Cares Games and Gala.
Karen is showing off the new logo with the "Rotary" before the Rotary wheel.
Karen Ellis bumped in to International President Elect, Barry Rassin of the Rotary Club of East Nassau, New Providence, Bahamas at PETS. Rassin, unveiled the 2018-19 presidential theme, Be the Inspiration
Tommie Wright is being proposed as a new member to the Richardson East Rotary Club. Tommie was proposed by President D, her classification is jeweler. Tommie never joined an organization before because she was always working 60-70 hours a week.  She now has time to give back and is willing to do whatever we need help with.  She says that she is a great cook and baker.  She is a hard worker, a people person and loves to raise money for good causes.  She once sold bracelets to raise money for Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.  She is originally from Israel; she came to the US when she was 22.  She had her first job at Richardson Square Mall at a jewelry store.  She has been with Pampillonia for 2 years. 
Bruce MacPherson, Chair of the RERC's Signature Project Committee, presents a check for $3,400 to Lori Smeby, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Richardson (COR), in support of the Inclusive Playground project. This donation was made possible by a grant from Rotary District 5810.
Richardson East Rotary Club put on a great Rotary Cares Games and Gala on 2/24. BIG thanks to all sponsors, patrons and members of the Richardson East Rotary club. Here are some pictures from the event.
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