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Sunrise Rotary Club Shares U.S. Flag Proceeds with Local Scout Troops

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011


McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club, also known as the “flag club”, showed their appreciation to BSA 496, BSA 303,  BSA 531, BSA 2150 and the McKinney Area Christian Home School Association at a breakfast on December 14 at Eldorado Country Club.  Five organizations provided delivery and retrieval for a record number of 1,380 U.S. Flags to homes and businesses on five holidays in 2011.

Jeff Caserotti, Vice President for Flag Fundraising, was Master of Ceremonies.  Also helping distribute certificates and checks were Chuck Koehler and Mayor Brian Loughmiller, also members of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  Those attending and receiving certificates of appreciation included:

BSA 496 – Lisa Zavala, Flag Coordinator; Ken Davis, Assistant Scout Master; and Joseph Davis, Scout.  The BSA troop delivered flags for 10 routes and received a check for $4,500 and certificates for all Scout helpers.

BSA 303 – Tom Fris, Flag Coordinator, was unable to attend, but sent Gene Sera and Bill Bilyeu to accept certificates for all Scout helpers and a check for $2,550 for delivering flags for 6 routes.

BSA 531 – Tim McGranahan, Flag Coordinator, and his wife Margaret accepted certificates for all Scout helpers and a check for $1,800 flags for delivering 4 routes.

BSA 2150 – Laliya Agrawal, Flag Coordinator; and Sarah Ammons, troop treasurer, accepted certificates for all Scout helpers and a check for $1,050 to maintain 2 routes and provide for the retirement of damaged flags.

McKinney Area Christian Home School Association, represented by the family of Dr. and Mrs. Thomas Marshall and their five children, received a check for $450 and certificates of appreciation for maintaining one route.

Also attending and receiving a certificate of appreciation were three officers from the Collin County Sheriff’s Office who provided assistance in helping Rotarians prepare the flags for service from the S.C.O.R.E. program.  The officers were Deputy Ella Even, Lt. Eddie Dent, and Sheriff Terry Box.

A total of $10,350 was distributed to the five non-profit organizations as their share of the flag proceeds for community service.   Throughout the 2011-12 year of Stacey Kemp’s presidency, donations either have or will be distributed to local and global projects such as the McKinney Education Foundation, the McKinney YMCA, Collin County Meals on Wheels, Clean Water projects in Africa and India, the Wheelchair Foundation, and the Rotary International Polio Plus project in cooperation with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to immunize all the world’s children from the ravages of polio.

Local funding also includes the Rotary Youth Exchange program and Rotary’s 4-Way Test Speech competition for high school students.  McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club sponsors two Interact Clubs for students at McKinney North and McKinney Boyd high schools and will co-sponsor a Rotaract Club with McKinney Rotary Club at the Collin College Central Park campus.

The McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Eldorado Country Club for a breakfast meeting on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM.  For more information about McKinney Sunrise Rotary, please go to our web site at <> or contact a local Rotarian.

McKinney Sunrise Rotary Partner Appreciation

Monday, November 16th, 2009

The McKinney Sunrise Rotary Partner Appreciation breakfast at Eldorado Country Club will be this Wednesday, November 18 at 7:30 AM.  Awards and checks will be presented to three Scout troops and the McKinney Area Home School Association for delivering and picking up flags for the five flag holidays in 2009, and two other organizations for their outstanding community service. 

Vice Presidents for Fundraising, Chuck Koehler and Jeff Caserotti will present the awards and checks totaling $8,800.  Three Scout troops and the McKinney Area Home School Association will each receive a check for $450 per route. The organizations will also receive certificates of appreciation for their Scout helpers to be distributed at a future Scout meeting.  Those organizations receiving awards and checks include:

·  McKinney Home School Assoc.– Dr. Tom and Julie Marshall:  $450.00 (delivery and pick up of 1 route)

·  BSA 531 – David Sutten:  $1,800.00 (delivery and pick up of 4 routes)

·  BSA 303 – Theresa Mills & Cameron Chandler:   $2,700.00 (delivery and pick up of 6 routes)

·  BSA 496 – Lisa Zavala & Charles Meachum:   $3,600.00 (delivery and pick up of 8 routes)

Two organizations will receive donations for providing other community services in 2009.  They are:

·  BSA 2150 – Bill Fisher & Sarah Ammons:   $150.00 (disposing of torn and soiled flags)

·  Collin County Sheriff’s Office SCORE Program– Deputy Ella Even, Lt. Amy Lanier, and Sheriff Terry Box:   $100.00  (cleaning and repairing flags)

 The Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise and their Scout partners have provided over 1,200 flag leases to subscribers in Stonebridge and Eldorado neighborhoods for Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day for the past twelve years.  For those who live in our service area, the 2010 flag lease information and applications are posted on the club web site at  The “early bird” cost of the flag lease if paid before April 30, 2010, is $40.00.  After May 1, 2010 the cost of the flag lease will be $45.00.

The proceeds of the flag lease program are used to provide ongoing support of local and global projects that advance the goals of education, eliminate hunger, provide clean water, collection of books and materials for literacy, immunization through Polio Plus, purchase of wheelchairs, and affordable housing.  Recent local projects include the creation of a $20,000 endowment for the Classroom Teacher Grants program through the McKinney Education Foundation, and donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Santa’s Rotary Helpers for shoes and clothing for needy school children.

 Judge Nathan White is the current president of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise.  The club meets each Wednesday morning at Eldorado Country Club at 7:30 AM for breakfast and a program.  Although membership is by invitation, interested persons who are in managerial or executive positions are invited to visit the club, contact a Rotarian, or go to for more information.

Flag Building Party Update

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

If it is raining at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, October 7th, we will postpone the activity until Thursday, October 8th at 5:00 PM. Thanks!

Flag Building Party

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Due to the overwhelming success of our flag program this year, we are running short on flags for the last flag holiday of the season. On Wednesday, October 7th at 5:00 PM the club is looking for volunteers to come to our storage shed to build 50+ flags. If we have enough volunteers we should be able to finish in about an hour to an hour and a half. Please mark your calendars.