Archive for August, 2010

McKinney Sunrise Rotary Starting New Year

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

When Donas Cole took office as President of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise at the annual club banquet on July 7, 2010, he had ideas to inspire the membership to meet Rotary’s Four Way Test and motto Service Above Self. The club invites speakers from the community to present programs at their weekly breakfast meetings on Wednesday mornings at Eldorado Country Club at 7:30 AM. In reference to the importance of literacy, President Cole presents a book to the John and Judy Gay Library in McKinney every week in each speaker’s honor. Mrs. Sheila Miller, Executive Director of Volunteer McKinney was the first honoree after she spoke to the club on July 28. The second honoree was Randy Clark, Director of Collin County Adult Detention on August 4. Susie Pointer, Cataloging Technician, accepted the first book on behalf of the McKinney Public Library.

This year’s Rotary International theme is “Building Communities – Bridging Continents.” A tireless supporter of international relief efforts sponsored by Rotary, President Cole and Immediate Past President Nathan White presented certificates of appreciation on July 28 to Mrs. Patsy Turner, Principal of Faubion Middle School; Mrs. Fran Gratt, Principal of Wolford Elementary School; and Preston DeWitt, Club 360 Site Coordinator for their partnership efforts with Rotary International to raise over $6,350 to purchase ShelterBoxes for Haiti Relief.

President Cole has lived in McKinney for five years where he is the Vice President of Operations and co-Ethics and Compliance Officer at the Medical Center of McKinney. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Texas A&M – Commerce, where he majored in Business Administration and later earned the designation of Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives. In addition to the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise, he is a member of the Communications Committee of the McKinney Education Foundation, Alpha Sigma Lambda National Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, Alpha Chi, Texas A&M – Commerce Alumni, North Texas Association for Healthcare Quality, and a 2008 graduate of Leadership Citizenship McKinney.

In his leadership role with Medical Center of McKinney Mr. Cole provides administrative direction for varied departments within the facility, implements appropriate courses of action critical to efficient operations and ensures operation objectives and results are in accord with overall hospital needs. Through his oversight and dedication to the HCA Ethics and Compliance program, Medical Center of McKinney earned a “5” in a recent compliance audit, the highest score awarded by HCA. He is married to Dr. Virginia Menchaca, a pediatrician in McKinney and the couple has one child, Chloe.

On July 7, Past President Nathan White, who is also a Past District Governor, introduced Governor Linda Elliot, Rotary District 5810, who installed the new officers at the annual club banquet. In addition to Donas Cole as president, other incoming officers are Stacey Kemp, President Elect; Phyllis Davis, Secretary; Weldon Copeland, Treasurer; Bryan Northington, VP for Fundraising; Trevor Castilla and Dr. Ed Miles, Club Service Directors; Dr. Tom Parker, Vocational Service Director; Kris Falvo, Community Service Director; Bill Smith, International Service Director; Jim Pearson, Rotary Foundation Chair; Gary Taylor, Webmaster and Bulletin Editor; and Ron Danforth, Sergeant-at-Arms.

Gary Taylor was the recipient of a District 5810 award for outstanding club bulletins for clubs of medium size. Dr. Lyle Froese was named as an Assistant Governor for District 5810. Past President White was presented a plaque for his service as President for 2009-10 and Juli Smith, the Immediate Past Secretary, was named as “Rotarian of the Year” for her service to the organization.

Other international projects sponsored by Sunrise Rotary include safe water well projects in India and Africa, and wheelchairs for Mexico. Rotary International is a sponsor of one of the largest medical projects in the world in partnership with the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate Polio. To date all countries with the exception of four countries (Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq and Nigeria) are polio free.

The McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club supports numerous local projects, including a $20,000 endowment for the McKinney Education Foundation to fund classroom teacher grants and the purchase of coats and shoes for economically disadvantaged children in the McKinney ISD. President Cole also was instrumental in arranging for the club to provide funds for the Collin County Children’s Health Clinic located in the Wysong Building. The health clinic provides medical services for children and adults who do not have health insurance or resources to purchase medical care. This past year, the club donated $2,500 to Mollie McCune, President of CCHC for essential services at the clinic.

Known also as the “flag club” there are more than 1250 flag leases throughout McKinney to support fundraising for the various projects of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise. For more information about club activities or to order a flag in time for Labor Day weekend, go to the website at or contact President Donas Cole at 972-548-5482.