Event Types


Commissioner Mike Cantrell is a graduate of the Dallas County Sheriff’s Academy, and received his Basic and Intermediate Certificates in Law Enforcement. He served as a police officer for the Dallas County Community College District from 1976 to 1979 while attending Eastfield Community College, where he was a member of Phi Theta Kappa & Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Abilene Christian University at Dallas, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor degree at Southern Methodist University’s School of Law.

Commissioner Cantrell opened a private law practice and, in 1983, was appointed by the Garland City Council to the position of Municipal Judge for the City of Garland. He served in that capacity for two and one-half years and in 1986 was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4 (Garland area). He was elected to a second four-year term in 1990, and served a total of eight years. In 1994, Commissioner Cantrell was elected as the Dallas County Commissioner for District 2 where he currently serves.

While in office, Commissioner Cantrell has been active in a number of initiatives, including drug courts, law enforcement, domestic violence, child abuse, and juvenile issues, including truancy. He has led several collaborative initiatives including:

  • Juvenile Case Management System
  • Child Welfare Information System (CWIS)
  • Adult Case Management System: ACMS Courts & ACMS Prosecutor
  • Dallas County Specialized Truancy Courts Project

All initiatives seek creative and collaborative solutions and encourage intergovernmental cooperation, innovation, and more efficient use of resources.

Commissioner Cantrell currently serves on the Regional Transportation Council and the Texas Conference of Urban Counties.

Commissioner Cantrell was instrumental in the formation of the Protective Order Rapid Response Team and the Truancy Intervention High Impact Teams, and served on the DIVERT Drug Court Advisory Committee. He also chaired the Dallas County Community Plan from its inception in 1995 to 2002. He served on the North Central Texas Council of Government’s Executive Board and was President of the Board from 2001–2002. He served from 1998 – 2003 as an appointee of former Governor George W. Bush on the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. Commissioner Cantrell was appointed by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court to serve on the State Judicial Committee on Information Technology from 2001-2014.

Commissioner Mike Cantrell and his wife Lorrie have one daughter and two grandchildren

Sep 20, 2017

Traditional Chinese Culture & Shen Yun

Shirley Hu is the Director of Business

Development for Ticketingbox, a company that

provides ticketing system for Performing Arts,

while it is similar to Ticketmaster, it offers

superior service and much reasonable prices .

Shirley earned her bachelor’s degree in

Economics from National Taiwan University, a

master’s degree in Guidance & Counseling

from Tulsa University, and another master’s degree in Computer Science from

New Jersey Institute of Technology.

In her Information Technology career, Shirley has worked for Dow Jones, Bell

Labs, Johnson & Johnson, and Alcatel-Lucent as an applications development

manager and project manager.

Recently, Shirley has been devoting her time to various volunteering activities. She

provides community services for Rotary clubs, Dallas Arts District, Project

Management Institute and Global Federation of Chinese Business Women. She is

also the founder of her high school alumni association in Dallas. And when she’s

not doing all that, she volunteers as an events coordinator for the Shen Yun

Performing Arts to promote moral values.

Sep 27, 2017

Barbecue,Boots & Badges

Commissioner Maurine Dickey served two four-year terms as a Dallas County Commissioner from 2005 to 2013. Prior to her election to the Dallas County Commissioners Court, Maurine served as the former Chairman of the Parkland Hospital Board of Managers, and was the only County Commissioner to have ever served on the Parkland Board.

While a Commissioner, Maurine was very involved in regional issues such as transportation and high speed rail. She represented Dallas County on the North Central Texas’ Council of Governments’ Regional Transportation Commission, as well as serving on the COG’s Board of Directors. She chaired the County’s Clean Air Task Force and served as the Vice President of the Texas High Speed Rail Corporation. While at the County she also helped start and was chair of the non-profit Prostitute Diversion Initiative that partnered with the Dallas Police Department in changing the paradigm for many of the women caught in prostitution and provided a way to offer them an escape through treatment rather than jail.

For six and a half years she served on and was Chairman of the Texas Department of Protective & Regulatory Services, an agency that is devoted to the protection of children. She also served as chair of the Dallas County Child Welfare Board, served on the County Juvenile Board. She was a founding member of CPS Community Partners and The Rainbow Room in 1990.

Maurine and Roland Dickey have two grown sons. All are graduates of Southern Methodist University.

Since 1941, the Dickey family has taken pride in serving slow-smoked barbecue in their local communities. Today, the Dickey family and its family of restaurants takes pride in serving those who serve our communities, local police and firefighters.  This evolution in community involvement and civic stewardship is Barbecue, Boots & Badges. The foundation, enthusiastically led by Maurine Dickey, supports local law enforcement, firefighters and their families. The foundation is national, yet the support is intensely local — benefiting law enforcement and firefighters who put their lives on the line every day, serving the public. This is a way for Dickey’s Barbecue to serve in return.

Barbecue, Boots & Badges also creates partnerships between law enforcement and communities that are crucial in orchestrating crime reduction programs and initiatives.

Oct 04, 2017

Wildflower Grill


Join Us!

Be Part of the Grassroots Effort to "Make It Happen"




Tues., Oct. 10




Wildflower Patio & Grill (formerly Marcus Cafe)




5:30-9 pm

Special 3-course Dinner • Live Music

Happy Hour Drink Pricing Until 7 pm Raffle Prizes*

Come for drinks • Come for dinner

Come for the entire evening

Oct 10, 2017

Challenge Air for Kids & Friends Inc

About Us: Our Mission

Challenge Air was created to change the perception of children with special needs through the gift flight. Since 1993, we have been committed to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. With a network of 3,500 volunteers nationwide, we continue to grow through events called Fly Days.

By eliminating the belief that they are limited, the children can grow to their full potential. They are given the opportunity to find courage within themselves and build in areas where they lack self-esteem. Challenge Air provides an unforgettable growing experience that opens the door to possibilities while allowing the children to see if they can fly a plane they can do anything.

Challenge Air for Kids & Friends, Inc., exists to build confidence and self-esteem in children and youth with special needs through the gift of flight.


Program Goals:

1) To improve the quality of life for children/youth and families with special needs

2) Arouse children/youth with special needs to be excited about learning and inspired about their future

3) Educate children/youth about the aviation industry and encourage them to consider occupational roles other than the customary ones to which they are generally directed

4) Involve and promote civic and community engagement

5) Create an environment for peer interaction for children/youth with special needs.

6) Promote local organizational resources to families with special needs.


Oct 18, 2017

Club Assembly- Games and Gala

Various Chairs to speak regarding sponsors, silent auction, tickets, volunteers and media.

Oct 25, 2017

Fundraising oportunities

Nov 01, 2017

Casa Cha Cha 3613 Shire Blvd Ste 180

Our evening social for November will be on the covered Patio at Casa Cha Cha on Nov 8th. We will start at 5:30 pm to take advantage of their 5:30-6:30 happy hour. I hope all of you can join us. Please remember we will be on the patio and dress accordingly.

Nov 08, 2017

Nov 15, 2017
Nov 15, 2017
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Everyone enjoy Thanksgiving

Everyone enjoy your Thanksgiving

Nov 22, 2017

Parent's Escape from Nazi Germany

Eli Davidsohn, one of three children, was born in 1943 in La Paz, Bolivia, and was raised in Lima, Peru, where he lived until the age of eighteen. His parents ended up in Bolivia after having escaped Nazi Germany; his father became a mining engineer. Eli has played the accordion from the time he was a little boy, and has always loved leading services with his musical talents. Eli attended a Jewish day school in Bolivia, but shares that he experienced much anti-semitism in the country. He decided to move to America and ended up in Houston. Eli served in the U.S. Army, worked for General Dynamics in Fort Worth, and then married two months after the completion of his service. He is a proud father of four and grandfather of many, and continues to share his contagious energy and passion through his teaching and song-leading.

Nov 29, 2017
Dec 02, 2017
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Dec 02, 2017 6:00 PM –
Dec 14, 2017 9:00 PM

Dec 06, 2017
Dec 14, 2017
6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Christmas Party Mark and Kathleen Denny's house 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Dec 14, 2017 6:30 PM



To improve the health, safety, and well-being of our North Texas community by reducing the impact of alcohol and drugs.



Founded in 1946 as the Dallas Committee on Alcoholism by 30 prominent city leaders and nearly 200 committed citizens, our earliest mission was education of the public. By 1950, the Committee was accepted as an agency of the Community Chest of Greater Dallas (now the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas).

Often a pioneer and forerunner in the field for the state and country, The Council recognized alcoholism as a disease eight years before the American Medical Association. As early as 1952, several of the Committee’s founding members were instrumental in establishing the Texas Commission on Alcoholism (now the Texas Health and Human Services, Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services).

In 1959 the Committee obtained a state charter, becoming the Dallas Council on Alcoholism. In the 1960s, The Council recognized a disturbing societal trend and expanded its mission to include other drug misuse as well.

Over the years, The Council has responded to increasing community needs, focusing on larger target populations and widening our scope of collaborative, evidence-based initiatives. Recognizing a strong cause-and-effect linkage between substance misuse and HIV, The Council added HIV street outreach and HIV case management services in the 1990’s.

For 71 years, The Council has served as the foremost community-based organization in North Texas offering substance misuse prevention and intervention services. Our work has received accolades and awards, coverage by national publications, and inclusion in the Congressional Record.

But most importantly, since opening its doors in 1946, millions of North Texans have been reached, changed and/or saved from the #1 preventable health problem in the United States – substance misuse.

Dec 27, 2017

Club Assembly

Dear Members of Richardson East Rotary,


On January 3, 2018 we will be holding a Club Assembly to strategize about our upcoming Games and Gala Event in February.  As you all know this is our ONLY fundraiser and it has to be a success in order for us to fund the many projects we support and especially this year for the Inclusive Playground.


We have lost several members in the past few months and our existing membership will need to step up and do all we can to sell tickets, obtain silent auction items and get sponsorships.


I am asking that every member be at this Club Assembly and be involved in making our fundraiser a success.  We are small but mighty and I know we can do this!  Please show your support by attending.


Thanks so much and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you and your families.


Miki Mankin

Fundraising Chair

Jan 03, 2018

Location ---1381 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson

Come join us for our monthly social on January 10, at Cafe Gecko. This is located at t 1381 W. Campbell Rd  (South East corner of Campbell and Coit). We will run from 5:30 to 7:00 pm to take advantage of happy hour prices.

Jan 10, 2018

Battle of the Bulge

Bob has been a frequent visitor to our club and is a proposed new member.  He is a Senior VP and Wealth Management Advisor at The WEST Group/Merrill Lynch.  Bob has been a member of the Plano Club for the past ten years and is transferring his membership to our club. Welcome Bob!  Bob has been involved in fundraising with The Airforce Association, the Association of the US Army, The Military Order of World Wars and Temple Emanuel Brotherhood.
Jan 17, 2018

Network of Community Ministries

Kaylan VanPelt is the Program Director at NETWORK. Although Kaylan grew up in the Garland-area, she has moved around for the past six years while pursuing her education. She recently came back to Texas after living in Denver for 3 years, where she received a Master of International Human Rights from the University of Denver. Kaylan has worked in a variety of nonprofit organizations, settings, and roles. She is deeply passionate about poverty alleviation and has a heart for serving those in need. Kaylan and her husband are high-school-sweethearts, and they enjoy spending time with their herd of six “furry children” (two dogs, two bunnies, a cat, and a rat)!

Jan 24, 2018

Network Ministries

We will meet at Network Ministries for a service project. There will be a chance to tour the facility and plenty of work to do.

We will meet from noon to 1:00pm. Please eat either before or after so we have enough time to devote to the service project.

Network Ministries is located at 741 S Sherman St in Richardson.
Jan 31, 2018

Games and Gala

Feb 07, 2018

Location- Guitars and Growlers

Guitars & Growlers
581 W. Campbell Suite 101Photo of Guitars & Growlers - Richardson, TX, United States
Richardson TX 75080
1(469) 904-5165

Feb 14, 2018 5:30 PM

Annual Crime Update and State of the Department


Dr. Coby Pewitt joined the Richardson Police Department (RPD) as a police officer in 1996, after growing up in Richardson, Texas and serving as a youth member of the Richardson Police Department Explorer Post #761.  He currently serves as the Assistant Chief over the Operations Bureau, which includes executive command over both the Patrol and Investigative Operation Divisions for the Department.  He has previously served as Assistant Chief of the Services Bureau; Captain of the Special Operations Division, where he had oversight over Crime Prevention, School Resource Officers, Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS), Training and Personnel, Records, Property & Evidence, and Detention; a Lieutenant in both the Patrol and Investigative Operations Divisions; a Sergeant in the Crime Prevention Unit; and a Crimes Against Persons / Forgery & Fraud Detective.  In 1998, he was selected by his peers as the Rookie of the Year, and in 2002, he was named Richardson’s Detective of the Year.


Dr. Pewitt received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration (1996) from the University of North Texas.  He received a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management in 2002.  He was awarded a Doctoral degree in Public Affairs from The University of Texas at Dallas’ School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences in 2014.  His dissertation “Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS): A Case Study of a Medium-Sized Municipal Law Enforcement Agency” was inspired by his work with the Richardson Police Department’s VIPS program and the recognition of the program by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) as a recipient of the 2008 Outstanding Achievement in Law Enforcement Volunteer Programs Award.


Dr. Pewitt is a graduate of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA) 84th Class of Supervision, the 67th LEMIT Leadership Command College, and the ILEA 49th School of Executive Leadership, where he served as class president.  Dr. Pewitt is scheduled to attend the 273rd session of the FBI National Academy.  He is also a graduate of Leadership Richardson Class 32 and currently serves on the Leadership Richardson Alumni Association (LRAA) Board of Directors.


Additionally, he is an adjunct faculty member for Tarleton State University’s Masters of Public Administration program and a published author, where he co-wrote an article on Succession Planning for municipal agencies appearing in the journal, Review of Public Personnel Administration.  In his spare time, he is a passionate volunteer for the North Texas Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  Dr. Pewitt raises money for blood-cancer patients and their families by running marathons across the world.  His inspiration comes from the memory of a 22-year old Richardson apprentice police officer that died from leukemia.  To date, he has raised more than $80,000 for the charity.

Feb 21, 2018
Feb 24, 2018
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Brand Yourself

Feb 28, 2018

Improvement of quality of life for those affected by acquired brain injury

Valerie Gotcher, MS, CCC-SLP – Founder & Executive Director
Valerie earned a Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of North Texas in 2004. She has worked in a variety of acute care and outpatient hospital settings serving the needs of adults with acquired brain injury and other neurological disorders. Valerie is responsible for the incorporation of BIND in late 2011 and later the receipt of 501(c)(3) status in February 2012. She is the Executive Director of BIND and is a member of the Board of Directors for the International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance. She has been married for 15 years, has 2 children and 5 pets. She enjoys travel, reading and yoga.
The objectives of BIND include reducing the severity of depression, increasing return to gainful employment or productive community volunteering in survivors, and improvement of quality of life for those affected by acquired brain injury. BIND empowers members to maximize their strengths while developing strategies to meet personal goals for community reintegration, and provides a necessary link in the rehabilitative process that assist one in transitioning from therapy to the community upon discharge. This bridge helps the member maintain and improve abilities obtained through the difficult rehabilitative process.
Mar 07, 2018

Mena's Grill

Social will be at Mena's Grill located at 1851 N Greenville Ave #500 at the  Shops at Eastside. We will start at 5:30 pm and end at 7pm to take advantage of happy hour prices. They will have live music starting at 7pm.

Mar 14, 2018 5:30 PM