McKinney Sunrise Rotary Provides Scholarships

May 2nd, 2012

mefscholarshipOn behalf of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise, President Stacey Kemp presented $4,000 to Melanie Perkins, Executive Director of the McKinney Education Foundation. The presentation was made at the weekly breakfast meeting of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise at Eldorado Country Club.

The funds will be used to provide four scholarships at $1,000 each to eligible graduating seniors from McKinney North, McKinney Boyd or McKinney High Schools this spring. Eligible students who are sons and daughters, grandchildren or great–grandchildren of Sunrise Rotarians will be given priority as well as those students who have served in their high school Interact Club or attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award camp.

The Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise generates it’s fundraising for local and global projects through the sale of flag leases in McKinney. The McKinney Education Foundation is one of several beneficiaries of the club’s annual fundraiser. For more information about the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise, go to

The Scholarship Awards Night for McKinney ISD graduating seniors who will be named as scholarship winners will be Friday, May 18 at Christ Fellowship Church. For more information about the McKinney Education Foundation, go to

Friends of Rotary

April 18th, 2012

Our Board recently approved a new program for our club, Friends of Rotary. It’s purpose is to connect with a larger group of people in our community who have hearts for service, but cannot for various good reasons accept an invitation into membership at this time.

Click Here for the Friends of Rotary Program

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

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 Starting New Year

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.

Children and Community Health Center: A Dream Come True

June 22nd, 2010

Donas Cole, President-Elect of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise presented a check for $2,500 to Mollie McCune, Board President of the Children and Community Health Center of McKinney at Rotary’s weekly meeting on June 9. Ms. McCune told a fascinating story about the creation of the current health center that came from a dream by the founder, Mary Nelle Cummins.

In 1998, Mrs. Cummins awakened from a dream about a children’s medical clinic that would be available to treat children whose families had limited means. She quickly wrote what she remembered in the dream which included smiling and comforting medical personnel, a rocking chair, colorful posters, stuffed animals and toys. Although her dream was delayed because of a personal illness, it was eventually realized when she read a devotional written by a retired physician who had started a clinic called “Volunteers in Medicine.”

The Children and Community Health Center, also known as CCHC, is an affiliate of Volunteers in Medicine Institute, which is funded by McNeil-Tylenol. The Volunteers in Medicine Institute known as VIMI, offers training and resources, but no monetary support. The original Volunteers in Medicine clinic is located at Hilton Head, SC and was founded by Dr. Jack McConnell. Until 2008, CCHC was the only Volunteers in Medicine clinic in Texas.

CCHC is a 501 ( c ) 3 non-profit free medical clinic serving the medically uninsured and underserved residents of McKinney and northern CollinCounty. Volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists, translators, and non-medical volunteers staff the clinic. CCHC has one part-time paid clinic manager, one paid full-time Executive Director, and three paid part-time Nurse Practitioners. All doctors donate their time.

Since CCHC opened its doors on August 2, 2004, there have been over 5,000 patient visits in space donated by the Medical Center of McKinney. The clinic is open four days a week in the Wysong Medical Building. CCHC also receives support from Presbyterian Hospital of Allen, Centennial Hospital of Frisco and Medical Center of McKinney and grants from the Collin County Healthcare Foundation since 2004. The clinic sees no patients who have medical insurance, including Medicaid or medical assistance. Patients are required to submit three documents before being treated—a picture ID, a utility bill showing a current address, and a statement of income. CCHC sees patients whose income is between the federal poverty level and 200% above.

Judge Nathan White is the current President of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise, which is one of over 67 clubs in Rotary District 5810 in North Texas that underwrites programs in global initiatives such as Polio-Plus, clean water, wheelchairs, shelter, disaster relief and literacy.  The Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise also supports local education initiatives such as the McKinney Education Foundation’s Classroom Teacher Grant program and resources for underprivileged children who attend the McKinney ISD with proceeds from their flag fundraising program.

For further information about CCHC, go to their website at or contact the clinic at 972-547-0606. For further information about the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise, “the flag club”, go to their website at or e-mail <>.

Thanks to our Club from Webb Elementary

January 26th, 2010

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McKinney Sunrise Rotary Partner Appreciation

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.

Veterans Day Events and Rotary Partners Appreciation

November 4th, 2009



The Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise will host a joint meeting with the members of the Rotary Club of McKinney, known as the “downtown club,” on Wednesday, November 11, at the Eldorado Country Club for breakfast at 7:30 AM.  In honor of Veterans Day, the program event will feature Calvin J. Spann, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen who provided exemplary military service in World War II.  Mr. Spann will speak about his experiences in the military as an African-American at a time when the military and many of our nation’s institutions were still segregated. The program speaker is sponsored by Judge Nathan White, President of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise. The President of the “downtown Rotary Club” is Jim Orr.

 Veterans Day is the last of five flag holidays in 2009 where the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise has leased over 1,233 flags to subscribers in west McKinney this past season.  The Flag Lease program which has existed for 12 years is the major fundraiser for the club.  Proceeds from the fundraiser are distributed annually to fund local needs and Rotary projects internationally.  Recent projects included a partnership with the Payless Shoe Store in McKinney to provide shoes for McKinney ISD school children in need, a send-off party for a terminally ill child and his family through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and support for the Children’s Health Clinic in McKinney.  A future project will provide gift cards to the parents of economically-disadvantaged students in the MISD for the purchase of Christmas gifts. 

 For the past two years, McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club has met the challenge of creating an endowment in the McKinney Education Foundation for the Classroom Grants program.  Melanie Perkins, Executive Director, and Patti Churner, Immediate Past President of the McKinney Education Foundation will accept a check for $7,000 as the last payment of a $20,000 endowment for this purpose.  The McKinney Education Foundation is now 18 years old and is the major source of scholarships for the graduates of McKinney high school students.  The Classroom Grants program provides funds on a competitive basis for McKinney ISD staff members who write a grant for an innovative project in their classroom or school.  In addition to Classroom Grants, teachers may also apply for a Professional Development Grant to enhance their knowledge of subject matter and skills.

The following Wednesday, November 18, 7:30 A.M., at Eldorado Country Club, Chuck Koehler and Jeff Caserotti, Vice Presidents for Fundraising, will honor the Rotary Partners for their service to the Flag Lease Program.  Those receiving checks and certificates of appreciation will include Lisa Zavala, Flag Coordinator of Boy Scout Troop 496, David Sutten, Flag Coordinator of Boy Scout Troop 531, Theresa Mills, Flag Coordinator of Boy Scout Troop 303, and Dr. Tom and Julie Marshall, Flag Coordinators of the McKinney Area Home School Association.  These Rotary Partners are responsible for the delivery and pick up the flags from the residences for each flag holiday.  Also, Deputy Ella Even, Collin County Sheriff’s Office SCORE program will be honored with a certificate. The SCORE program helps with the annual cleaning, construction and maintenance of the flags.  The local VFW provides a ceremony to retire worn and soiled flags that are no longer useable.

Members of area Rotary Clubs and their spouses are invited to both events; however, the courtesy of a reply would be appreciated by contacting Sandi Froese, Flag Corresponding Secretary at 972-569-8843 or e-mail her at, or phone Juli Smith, Club Secretary at 972-562-1866. The cost of the breakfast is $10.00 for visiting Rotarians and their guests.

Dr. Tom Parker Named Paul Harris Fellow

October 10th, 2009
Dr. Tom Parker Awarded Paul Harris Fellow

Dr. Tom Parker Awarded Paul Harris Fellow


Our club’s most recent Paul Harris Fellow is Dr. Tom Parker. His PHF certificate, medallion and lapel pin was awarded by Club President and PDG Nathan White on October 7, 2009. Donors of $1,000 or more to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Contributions to The Rotary Foundation support our goal of advancing international understanding, goodwill, and peace.  A contribution of $ 1,000 can help provide:

  • · A well for clean water to a community in India
  • · Equipment for a children’s library in Ecuador
  • · Polio vaccine for numerous children
  • · Playground equipment, musical instruments,
  • · Therapeutic toys for rehabilitation of children in the Czech Republic
  • · Eyeglasses for needy adults in the Philippines
  • · Funding for a portion of a Group Study Exchange
  • · And many more opportunities for people throughout the world


These programs can only be sustained with the ongoing support of dedicated Rotarians. Thanks to Dr. Tom Parker and his wife Karen for making The Rotary Foundation a charity of choice. 


Flag Building Party Update

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!