January 25, 2023
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Welcome Members & Guests!
McKinney Sunrise

We are People of Action!

Wednesdays at 7:30 AM
E. J. Wills
1910 North Stonebridge Drive
McKinney, TX 75071
United States of America
(972) 861-2244
Come a little earlier to socialize with the 'early birds'.
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Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise
Club 28762
District 5810
Chartered May 22, 1992
Meeting every Wednesday at 7:30 AM
E. J. Wills
1910 North Stonebridge Drive 
McKinney TX 75071
Our Club meeting will feature Vicki Chen, General Manager, of the 'Community Impact' newspaper. 
"How About Those Cowboys"!
Executives & Directors
President Elect
Vice President of Fundraising
Immediate Past President
Sunrise Rotary Foundation
Club Service Director
Vocational Service Director
Community Service Director
International Service Director
New Generations Director
Rotary Foundation Director
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Executive Director
The January Rotary Theme 
 is Vocational Service 
It all began almost one hundred fifteen years ago on February 23, 1905 in the windy city of Chicago. At that time the Chicago Rotary Club’s constitution had two objects. The first was the “promotion of the business interests of its members” and the second was the “concept of friendship.” 

Paul Harris had the idea that friendship and business might mix and result in more business. In that era, most large cities like Chicago were in grips of growing business and industry, with fierce competition. Such slogans as “Cutthroat Competition”, “Let the Buyer Beware”, “Dog Eat Dog” and “The Public be Damned” were popular in the lives of giants in industry. Competitors were the enemy -- just making money was the goal. It was in this atmosphere that Paul Harris began to wonder if one person from each business or profession could actual work together in a non-competitive atmosphere. This is how classification came into existence. If they were not rivals or competitors, they could work together to help each other improve their business and income. Through the idea of friendship and business combined-the idea of Rotary evolved.

T.A, Warren a British Rotarian who became RI President in 1945-46 made this statement in an earlier book on history of Great Britain: “The only unique feature of Rotary is vocational service; everything else that we do is repeated by some other organizations.”

  • Board Meeting 02-21-23 at 6:01 PM

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Rotary's Board of Directors voted in 2021 to adopt an updated DEI statement affirming the importance of these efforts- titled Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

“At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.

We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages are spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.

Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.

We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong. 

In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.”

This statement is an exciting step forward in Rotary's commitment to creating a positive environment for current and future members, as well as the communities they serve. 

DEI was one of the shortcomings in our Strategic Five Year Plan. 

What do you think?
Vicki Chen, General Manager, said - the Community Impact Newspaper is a chain of local monthly newspapers delivered for free to homes and businesses in Texas. John P. Garrett is the CEO and founder, along with his wife Jennifer Garrett. In May 2022, Community Impact Newspaper had more than 40 print editions delivered to more than 2.7 million mailboxes in the Austin, Houston, Dallas–Fort Worth, Phoenix, and Nashville areas.
Come to the meeting and meet Vicki Chen and bring a guest.
A new member application has been received from Michael Knowles. 
Do you have any comments regarding his application? 
If so, send it to asap. 
Service Above Self

Birthdays & Anniversaries For January 2023

Tracy pounders - 1-4-61
Steve Mitas - 1-6-69
Trevor Minyard - 1-12-20
Chris & Jamie Rothe - 1-3-03
Sy & Phil Shahid 1-6-79
Please make note of the following!
  1. The next Board meeting is on Tuesday, February 21st, 2023, beginning at 6:01 PM.  If you have not sent in your report to Chuck, please do so by Monday, 02-20-2023.
  2. NEW WEBSITE  Everyone should go check out the new website.
  3. ARE YOU CURRENT ON YOUR DUES?  Did you know that you can pay your dues online?  Well, now you can.  Just follow these easy instructions.  

    Go to “”

    Log on as a member – if you don’t have a login, create one.

    Once on as a member, look to the right side of the home page and see “ Members Only”. Click here.

    Select 'Pay Club Dues' for  Sunrise  – you can also select the optional RI Foundation payment of $37.50.

    Follow your nose and the instructions. It will take you to either PayPal or Credit Card payment.

    If you need to pay more (or less) than the set amounts, go to “Other Payment” and enter the details when you “Continue”

    Hope this helps, if you need to, you can always send a check to Rotary Club of McKinney Sunrise at P.O. Box 2244, McKinney, TX 75070.

  4. We are looking for suggestions for speakers, please let Bobbi or Staci know if you have some ideas.

  5. We currently have 3,300 flags going out on the flag holidays with our flag program IN 2023.

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E. J. Wills
1910 North Stonebridge Drive
McKinney, TX 75071