Scott Johnson Elementary School

Director Tom Parker of the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club presents a check to the Principle of Scott Johnson Elementary School in McKinney, Holly Rogers, for $4000 to support student activities this year.
Scott Johnson Elementary School Chuck Koehler 2021-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
2021/22 Installation of New Officers & Directors Chuck Koehler 2021-06-27 05:00:00Z 0 McKinney Sunrise,installation,new directors,new officers
Ceremony service for charting Collin County Rotary 2021-06-18 05:00:00Z 0

The Rotary Club of Collin County is Chartered!

The Rotary Club of Collin County was chartered as the newest club in RI District 5810 on May 11, 2021.  The Charter President is Benita Sharpe who will lead 21 charter members.  The club was originally a satellite club of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club which was formed in 2016 with Lyle and Sandi Froese as club advisors.
The 2020-21 District Governor John Moser, RI District 5810, will present the charter to the club at a celebration dinner on June 17, 2021, at the home of AJ and Lenda Fidelman, 4900 Brook Lane, Anna, Texas.  
Officers who will take office on July 1, 2021, are Lenda Fidelman, President; Jeff Shannon, President-elect; Benita Sharpe, Past President; Lyle Froese, Club Administrator; Sandi Froese, Club Secretary; and Stephen Barotta, Club Treasurer.  Club meetings are the First Thursday of each month, 5:30 PM at Caddo Offices Reimagined, 6401 Eldorado Parkway, McKinney, TX and Third Thursdays for a Happy Hour TBA. 
The Rotary Club of Collin County is Chartered! Sandra W Froese 2021-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

McKinney Sunrise to provide Scholarships for Collin County College Foundation

We are People of Action!
The club confirmed initiating a scholarship granting relationship with the Collin County College Foundation. The scholarship granting will be a partnership relationship whereby the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise will provide the initial funding of one scholarship Endowment by seeding the endowment with $5000.  
This endowment is scheduled to appreciate through additional gifts to a total of $30,000. During the growth period, only interest income will be available for granting scholarship grants. In addition, the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise will provide $45,000 for Technical Campus Scholarships in the area of Automotive Technology, Construction Management, HVAC Technology, Welding Technology, and Health Science professions.
McKinney Sunrise to provide Scholarships for Collin County College Foundation Chuck Koehler 2021-05-18 05:00:00Z 0 People of Action,Rotary,Scholarships
Our Flags will be out in the city for Memorial Day 2021-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

Jeff Shannon Awarded Paul Harris Fellow

Past District Governor and member of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club, Nathan White, awarded a new Paul Harris Fellow to Jeff W. Shannon of the Sunset Satellite Rotary Club at their December 2020 meeting. In a safe distancing effort, the award was conducted virtually via Zoom to Jeff's home. Jeff has a service heart and is the 2020-21 Service Chair for Sunset and an active volunteer in the community. In his work world he is Sales Manager for Striker Roofing and Construction. With Jeff, that makes eight Sunset club members who are Paul Harris Fellows. That is commendable for a club of 21 members.
Jeff Shannon Awarded Paul Harris Fellow 2020-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Debra Pope Awarded PHF

Foundation Chair, Dr. Tom Parker, awarded a new Paul Harris Fellow (PHF), Debra Pope, of the Sunset Satellite Club at their recent Happy Hour. Debra is a Charter member of Sunset Satellite, Membership Chair and active recruiter. She was pinned by her daughter, Lenda Fidelman, Sunset Satellite Chair-Elect, shown here on the left. Lenda is also a PHF. That makes seven Sunset club members who are PHF. We anticipate awarding the eighth at an upcoming meeting. That is commendable for a club of 20 members.
On 23 February 1905, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office in downtown Chicago for what would become known as the first Rotary club meeting and the beginning of an extraordinarily successful service organization. Rotarians around the world are encouraged to commemorate the late founder of Rotary by contributing to The Rotary Foundation which supports service efforts dear to Harris’ heart. 
Example; as of 2019, Rotary’s contributions from The Rotary Foundation to the global polio eradication effort, including matching funds from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, exceeded $2 billion.There are five other areas of focus to which Rotary applies its worldwide service impact. Thank you, Debra Pope, for adding your resources to all these efforts.
Debra Pope Awarded PHF Lyle Froese 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Meet Sunrise President Jeff Caserotti

Jeff Caserotti was appointed by the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise Board on September 9 to succeed Jana Rine as the next President for the remainder of 2020-21 Rotary year. This is the third time that Jeff has led his club as President. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance.
Jeff moved to McKinney, Texas, in 1991 and has been a resident and business owner for 29 years. As a new and young insurance agent to the area, Jeff realized he needed to be involved in his community. When asked to visit a local Rotary club by Early B. Milstead he jumped at the opportunity. He joined the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise in 1993 where he has held multiple directorship positions, helped develop and manage the club’s flag program, taught other clubs how to initiate and create their own flag programs, and lead the club as its President on two other occasions. Jeff was also a board member of the McKinney Education Foundation for nine years where he served as President-Elect.

In his spare time, Jeff enjoys remodeling older homes, working on his farm, helping those in need, and spending time with his family, friends and fur babies. Please welcome Jeff Caserotti as the President of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise!
Meet Sunrise President Jeff Caserotti Sandi Froese 2020-09-13 05:00:00Z 0

Meet Sunset Satellite Chair Benita Sharpe

When Benita Sharpe joined McKinney Sunset Rotary Club in October 2018, little did she know that she would become the Chair-elect for the 2019-20 year and the club’s presiding officer as Chair in 2020-21. However, with Benita’s leadership skills, dynamic personality and work experience as a small business owner and a representative with State Farm Insurance, she was a natural for the position.  Benita is the owner of B Sharpe Image Consultants, where she sells Mary Kay beauty products and other resources for women to feel good about themselves. Benita is especially good at “selling” empowerment and helping people reach their full potential.
Meet Sunset Satellite Chair Benita Sharpe Sandi Froese 2020-07-13 05:00:00Z 0

Awards and Installation Service for 2019 and 2020

Posted by SWF
McKinney Sunrise Rotary Installation of Officers 2020-21: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Bobbi Wright, Director of Club Service, organized a Happy Hour at Cavelli's Pizza Napolenta on June 24, 2020 to install the new officers for McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  They are Jana Rine, President; Mike Parrish, President-elect; Chuck Koehler, Secretary; Dennis Snavely, Treasurer; Bobbi Wright, Director of Club Service; Larry Offerdahl, Director of Youth Services; Scott Grigg, Director of Vocational Service; Kim Alvarado, Director of International Service; Jeff Caserotti, Director of Community Service; Tom Parker, Rotary Foundation Chair; Sy Shahid, Sergeant-at-Arms, and Beniita Sharpe, Presiding Chair of McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, a satellite club. Steve Mitas will continue as the VP for Flag Fundraising; Jonathan Alpart will be the Public Image and Bulletin Chair; and Kelley Stone will be the Membership Chair. 
McKinney Sunset Rotary Installation of Officers 2020-21 TBD:  McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, a satellite of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club, has not yet held their officer installation.  Incoming officers for 2020-21 are Benita Sharpe, Chair; Stephen Barotta, immediate past Chair; Lenda Fidelman, Chair-elect; Sandi Froese, Secretary; Hal Harbor,, Treasurer; Lyle Froese, Club Service Administration; Jeffrey Shannon, Services Committee Chair (including all 4 Avenues of Service); Helen Gibson-Nicholas, Rotary Foundation Chair; and Nate Tinglov, Sergeant-at-Arms. Appointments include Jessica Smith as the Public Image Committee Chair and Debra Pope as Membership Committee Chair. 
Meeting Date, Place and Time:  McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club meets weekly on Wednesday mornings at 7:30 AM for breakfast at Bill Smith's Cafe, 1512 W. University Drive in McKinney.  McKinney Sunset Rotary Club meets bi-monthly on the first and third Thursday at 5:30 PM.  The first Thursday meeting will be at the Yeager Office Building, 6401 Eldorado Parkway (Ridge Road and Eldorado Parkway) and the third Thursday meeting is a "happy hour" at a local pub or restaurant to be decided.   Potential members and guests are welcome!
The following photos are from the McKinney Sunrise and Sunset Rotary Clubs annual awards and installation dinner at Eldorado Country Club on June 23, 2019. 
Awards and Installation Service for 2019 and 2020 SWF 2020-07-09 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Recipients 2020

Each year McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club is proud to honor a number of recent high school graduates with a scholarship award toward furthering their education. Here are the 2020 graduates being awarded this year...
Scholarship Recipients 2020 Lyle Froese 2020-05-26 05:00:00Z 0

Sunset Satellite Helps to Meet Needs

When local non-profits in McKinney described mounting needs at a time when their scheduled fund-raising activities were cancelled due to the coronavirus quarantine, McKinney Sunset, a satellite of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club, stepped up. Using funds generated by the flag-lease program where the Satellite Club maintained several routes, each of five local non-profits were awarded $500 to apply to those needs.
Included in this distribution were Hugs Cafe, Ruth Thompson, Exec., Collin County History Museum, Mary Carole Strother, Exec., Shiloh Place, Dr. Eppy Thern, Exec., Warriors Keep, John Cody Hardin, Exec., and Meals on Wheels of Collin County, Zella Tyson, Exec.
Sunset Satellite has invited all five to a club meeting on May 7 at 5:30 PM to hear how each is doing in these challenging times. The meeting may be in person or virtual.
Sunset Satellite Helps to Meet Needs Lyle Froese 2020-04-22 05:00:00Z 0
Off to Camp RYLA klf 2019-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian of the Year

Posted by klf
The Rotarian of the Year 2018-19 was announced at the Awards and Installation Banquet in June. Sandra (Sandi) W Froese, was awarded the honor by President Jeff Caserotti. As Director of International Service for 2018-19, Sandi launched an ambitious plan to put a focus on service projects that match the six humanitarian areas identified by Rotary International of need throughout the world. You can read more about Sandi’s plan in the story “Putting International Into Rotary” on this website.
Rotarian of the Year klf 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Meet Stephen Barotta, Past-Chair, Sunset Satellite

Posted by Sandra W Froese on Jul 01, 2019
Stephen Barotta is the incoming Chair of the McKinney Sunset Rotary Club, a satellite of the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  Satellite clubs do not have a President, so their leader is known as a "Chair."  The satellite club is affiliated with a parent club until the new club has enough members to request a charter from Rotary International to be a stand-alone club. The McKinney Sunset Rotary Club began meeting in June 2014 with five Rotarians from other clubs along with four new members.    
Meet Stephen Barotta, Past-Chair, Sunset Satellite Sandra W Froese 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Meet Bill Bilyeu, Past-President

Posted by Sandra W Froese on Jul 01, 2019
Bill Bilyeu was installed as the next President of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club at the awards and installation dinner on June 23 at Eldorado Country Club. The new president is the Administrator for the Collin County Commissioner's Court.  President Bill was a member of the Plano West Rotary Club before transferring to the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club.  He previously served as President of the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club, so this is his second time around to provide leadership for a growing club.  He was the immediate past year's Sergeant-at-Arms for the club meetings.
Meet Bill Bilyeu, Past-President  Sandra W Froese 2019-07-01 05:00:00Z 0

Meet the Director of Community Service

Posted by Sandra W Froese
McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club's adheres to the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self."  When David Azad, a young attorney joined the club, he was a natural fit as the next Director of Community Service.  David has a passion for helping under-privileged children and economically-disadvantaged adults who are seeking a better life.  David inherited a tall order to continue a wide range of community service projects in Collin County that were started under the direction of Dr. Tom Parker.  Tom has served as the club's Community Service Director for over eight years.
Meet the Director of Community Service Sandra W Froese 2019-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Meet the Sunrise Club Secretary

Posted by Sandra W Froese on Jun 27, 2019
Meet Charles M. Koehler, the Secretary for the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club!  This Rotarian, who goes by Chuck, has been a member of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club for 28 years, and is currently our only charter member.  Before moving to McKinney, Chuck was a member for 10 years in the Sterling (IL) Rotary Club.  
Meet the Sunrise Club Secretary Sandra W Froese 2019-06-27 05:00:00Z 0

Flag-Lease Partners

Our flag partners are crucial to the success of our fundraising. We enroll more than 2,200 subscribers in our area of McKinney. To serve these folks five times a year requires a great deal of help in delivery and pickup. Included in our valued partners are BSA Troop 303, Troop 351, Troop 496, and Troop 2150. Another long-time partner is the Marshall family representing the McKinney Area Home School Association. We also have great assistance in maintaining our flag inventory from the Collin County Sheriff Department program, SCORE. Deputy Ella always brings a ready crew for work.

Flag-Lease Partners klf 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Scholarship Awards

Below we see Community Service Director, Tom Parker, and Club President Jeff Caserotti, presenting Scholarships to two outstanding seniors from McKinney ISD. Sydney McDaniel, McKinney North High School, will be attending University of Texas at Austin to study Biology and enter the Pre-Med program. Proud parents are Steven and Natalie McDaniel. Emily Lane, Boyd High School, will be attending Tarleton State University to study Animal Science Ranch Management and Construction Science. Proud parents are Patrick and Theresa Lane.

Also receiving a Scholarship Award is Anna Marie Snavely, here receiving her award from Community Service Director, Tom Parker.

Caleb Hemphill, was awarded a McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club scholarship at the club’s meeting on July 3. His parents are Misha’l Hemphill and Dr. Hayden Hemphill MD. Caleb attended Pleasant Grove ISD in Texarkana and will be attending Baylor University as a Pre-Med student. Both of Caleb’s parents are Baylor graduates. His grandparents are Dr. Tom and Karen Parker. Congratulations, Caleb!

Scholarship Awards 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Big Year for International Service

International Service Director for 2018-19, Sandi Froese, had an ambitious plan for this year. Included in International Service projects were contributions to Living Water, a partnership with Stonebridge UMC to drill fresh water wells in Central America, Shelter Box for emergency housing following disasters throughout the world, Wheelchair International to give mobility to those in need, Project Hand Up edutainment for children in Africa in response to AIDS, Heifer International to provide sustainable farming and ranching to those in need, End Polio Now which is a signature project of Rotary International to eradicate polio throughout the world, and The Guatemala Literacy Project to bring language and communication to this Central America country. The total of all international project contributions made by Sunrise Rotary Club for 2018-19 was $15,000.

Big Year for International Service 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

McKinney Education Foundation

Club President Jeff hands Ashley Sine, Executive Director for the McKinney Education Foundation, a check to complete a $20,000 endowment for MISD graduating seniors' college scholarships. We are proud to be a part of the McKinney Education Foundation.

McKinney Education Foundation 2019-06-22 05:00:00Z 0

Putting "International" in Rotary!

Posted by Dr. Sandra Froese on Jun 20, 2019
When McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered in 1991, the club members placed a focus on local community services, specifically, local services for children and youth.  Big projects from fundraising efforts were directed for college scholarships for graduating seniors from the three high schools in McKinney. There was an emphasis on the Rotary Youth Exchange program, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Interact clubs at two of the three high schools.   Global projects were sometimes addressed, but more or less were an after thought.  
Putting "International" in Rotary! Dr. Sandra Froese 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Making Differences

Flag Lease Subscribers Make it Possible

Our flag-lease program makes possible Sunrise Rotary Club's engagement with others to make difference in lives, like our recently opened All-Abilities Playground in McKinney shown above.

Making Differences 2019-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Our Interact Club Honored

We are proud of the two Interact clubs from McKinney ISD that were honored at Spring Fling 2019. The Interact Club of Boyd High School is one of our sponsored clubs. Thanks, Larry Offerdahl, Sunrise club sponsor, for working with this relatively new Interact club.

Our Interact Club Honored Lyle Froese 2019-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Our Rotary Club

Yes, we are sometimes called "The Flag Club." However, in more than 20 years of the flag-lease project, a majority of the Rotary clubs in North Texas are also doing the same. Why? First, we enjoy seeing the display of U.S. flags around our community on each of the flag holidays and see this as a valued service. Second, we also enjoy using the funds received from flag lease to offer service to many others in need. See the link "Avenues of Service" to see where these funds have been applied to our non-profit connections in the community and in the world.
Our Rotary Club 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

Quality of Life Award to Juli Smith

Posted by klf
Each year, the McKinney Community Development Corporation presents a Quality of Life Award to an individual or organization that has made a positive difference in the lives of McKinney citizens. The Quality of Life Award provides an opportunity to recognize an individual or organization that works to make McKinney a better place to live, work and visit.
The award for 2019 has been given to Juli Smith, past president of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club for her coordinating work on the All Abilities Playground project. Congratulations, Juli. Your award is very well deserved.
Quality of Life Award to Juli Smith klf 2019-03-22 05:00:00Z 0

ATHENA Award to Pamela Zeigler-Petty

Posted by klf

Please join us in congratulating our ATHENA Award recipient, Pamela Zeigler-Petty with Green Bank! We surprised Pamela was surprised with the news at a volunteer luncheon at the ArtCentre of Plano, where she currently serves as Board President. Be sure to join us in recognizing Pamela! 

ATHENA Award to Pamela Zeigler-Petty

Pictured: Camille Ussery, Sara Akers, Pamela Zeigler-Petty, Sue Whitehurst, Jean Newman, Alice Hobbs, and Tammy McSwain.

Pamela is a member of the Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise.


ATHENA Award to Pamela Zeigler-Petty klf 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0