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In case you were out last week, we had Michael Grant of Shelterbox USA as our program.  Shelterbox is a Rotary International partner program that offers temporary shelter for people displaced by natural or man made disasters.  Their boxes are $1,000 each and include tent, tools, lighting, rope, tarp, stove, cooking equipment; everything a family needs to survive.  They have been in the Caribbean since Harvey, Irma and Maria; they are in Somalia and Syria on a long term basis.  The organization is primarily volunteer driven, with 97% of donations going directly to the provisions.  If you have missed the presentation, I encourage you to look at their website at:  https://www.shelterboxusa.org/  Hopefully, we can partner by providing funds to assist in their work.  
 
Last week we also hosted Students of the Month from Centennial High School with their principal, Alicia Maphies.  As always, it was encouraging to hear from 2 of the outstanding students in Frisco ISD.  
 
 
In Case You Missed Us Laura Elmore 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Our most recent Project of the Month was to re-stock the Frisco Family Services Food Pantry, which was depleted due to the increased demand created by people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, among other events. 
 
It's a pleasure to report that we raised enough funds to provide:

60 Boxes Mac & Cheese, 50 boxes potatoes, 40 rice meals, 30 hamburger helper meals, 10 ketchup, 10 mustard, 15 jellies,  12 oatmeal packages, 20 pounds sugar, 20 pounds flour, 20 pounds macaroni, 12 muffin mixes and more!  This is a help to those who are in need; thank you.  

Frisco Family Services Food Bank Laura Elmore 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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When was the last time you really looked at the Rotary symbol?   As I reflect on the many pieces of our club, I realize how appropriate it is to have a wheel with spokes.  All the pieces are based on the common center which is service above self; the application of that service varies from that common source. 
 
Our club has multiple applications of that principle: youth scholarships, promoting citizenship, encouraging service in the next generation; in short, raising leaders.  We help in community projects like the food bank, Boys and Girls Club, Camp Craig Allen, YMCA, Frisco Family Services; support of community events like Pioneer Days, Trick or Treat at Safety Town, the Community Parade.  Our international support is still in its fledgling stages with last year’s Nicaragua trip; we hope to expand by joining forces with other clubs in their work. 
 
The Farmer’s Market is an example of how those spokes work together – we are providing a community support by making it possible.  It also provides funds that allow our support of other activities. I am establishing a Special Committee to consider the options of how best to use the funds we raise.  We receive a lot of requests for funds ranging from small to large; how do we determine where those should be applied?  I have asked Chris Johnson to head this group to establish a format under which we best consider these requests and prioritize them. 
 
Back to the wheel:  have you looked closely at the center of the wheel around which the spokes revolve?  It requires a key to unlock and you are the key.  It is up to each of us to choose how we unlock the key to our Rotary involvement.  Have you found your fit?  If not, I’d welcome the opportunity to have coffee and talk about the possibilities.
President's Message Laura Elmore 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.   This is the last market under our current agreement before possibly going into partnership with Four Seasons Market.  Go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS   Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
Halloween Costume Party October 20 at Stefanie Wagoner's home 7 - 8:30 pm.  Dress up with your significant other, bring a favorite treat (food or otherwise) and let's enjoy some spook-tacular social time!  Kids are welcome--there will be movies and activities to include them.  
 
Safety Town Trick-or-Treat:  our club will be distributing 2,000+ books to kids, so keep that costume handy and come for the fun of watching the kids enjoy their new book!  We are always one of the favorite stops for the participants. . . we are expanding our set up this year to help with the bottle neck, in fact.  Our Interact kids have signed up to help but we need Rotarians to lead the efforts.  Bill Markell is coordinating volunteers; a background check is required so see him to get the form submitted immediately.  
 
Community Parade:  Save the date of November 11 for our parade participation.  We will have our float representing Rotary, with brochures and candy to distribute to the crowds.  More details to come.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Happenings Laura Elmore 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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This week we are working on the spokes of our wheels, with committee meetings taking the place of our speaker time.  Our committee chairs will be ready to use the time to update and discuss the various options we have open to our club.  
 
Future programs include Frisco ISD Superintendent Mike Waldrip, FastPacs and Texas Revolution CEO.  If you have ideas for future programs, pass that along to Tony Felker or Laura Elmore.  Don't forget to invite your friends and colleagues for our meetings; it's a great way to see what Rotary is about.  
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Silly as a goose or not?
 
The saying “silly as a goose” is one we’ve all heard, but this week I learned some things about geese that cause me to wonder how accurate that statement may be.  Here are some things we can learn from geese:
 
  1. As geese fly in formation, the aerodynamics orientation reduces air friction, and as a result, the whole flock achieves a 70-75% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.  I use the acronym for team of Together Everyone Achieves More which is the principle the geese illustrate.   Our club makes more of a difference if we work together than any of us can achieve individually.  
  2. The lead goose focuses on setting the pace and navigating for the group.  The position rotates periodically, and the lead drops back into the formation.  As in every good organization, responsibility is shared and rotates from time to time.  It is important to empower others to lead, providing opportunities to mentor those who will lead in the future.  No one in our organization should be indispensable; we should each be seeking others to replace us.  Our club is fortunate to have a group of past and current leaders who support one another.  Stefanie, Josh, Mark, Dawn and I try to meet monthly, which provides input from 2 past Presidents, current President, President elect and President nominee for continuity in leadership.  I benefit from Stefanie's and Josh’s input and hopefully provide similar help to Mark and Dawn as they prepare for their year as President.
  3. The honking you hear as they fly comes not from the leader but from the geese in formation.  It lets the leader know they are following, and maybe provides encouragement to the leader to continue the pace.  Praise and encouragement are things we all benefit from receiving; let’s not forget to thank those around us for the efforts they expend to benefit our Club. 
  4. When a goose is sick or wounded, two geese drop out of formation and follow it to help and protect it, remaining with the injured goose until death or the ability to fly again. Then, they join another formation or re-join their flock. That's a beautiful  picture of the help we all need during difficult times, whether short or long term.  One of our club's goals is to provide that help to our members and extended families.  
  5. The geese migration routes never vary from year to year.  The flock members may change, but the basic route remains.  Our core purpose—service above self—is constant and has been for the 32 years of this club’s existence.  How that purpose is fulfilled; for and with whom, may change, but the core purpose and values remain constant.
All told, I find encouraging reminders of how we can best form our club to reach our intended destination--making a difference.  
 
 
 
President's Message 10-9-17 Laura Elmore 2017-10-10 05:00:00Z 0
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Join us this week to learn about Shelterbox USA , a Rotary International partner program.  Laura and Mark Heuchert first saw Shelterbox in the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta last summer and immediately asked to be on their presentation list in the belief that our club will want to share in their work.  
 
Shelterbox provides emergency shelter, tools and life needs for families displaced by disaster or war.  They are currently coordinating the provision of aid across six countries, including Antigua and Barbuda, the Dominican Republic, Dominica and the British Virgin Islands.  They are also assisting victims of the monsoons in Bangladesh and Nepal as well as those displaced by the conflict in Syria and other countries.  
 
Future programs include Frisco ISD Superintendent Mike Waldrip, FastPacs and Texas Revolution CEO.  If you have ideas for future programs, pass that along to Tony Felker or Laura Elmore.  
Programs Laura Elmore 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Interact meeting at CATE Center will be working on designs for our Community Parade float.  Jon Kendall has graciously offered to lead the efforts to coordinate between Rotary and Interact on putting the design into action.  Stay tuned for more details on work days and ways to be a part of the parade float preparations and presentation.  Rene McGruder and Jon Kendall
 
Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.   Two more markets until we complete this season--come join the fun if you have not been there yet.  Go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS   Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
Halloween Costume Party October 20 at Stefanie Wagoner's home 7 - 8:30 pm.  Dress up with your significant other, bring a favorite treat (food or otherwise) and let's enjoy some spook-tacular social time!  Kids welcome too.  
 
Safety Town Trick-or-Treat:  our club will be distributing 2,000+ books to kids, so keep that costume handy and come for the fun of watching the kids enjoy their new book!  We are always one of the favorite stops for the participants. . . we are expanding our set up this year to help with the bottle neck, in fact.  Our Interact kids have signed up to help but we need Rotarians to lead the efforts.  Bill Markell is coordinating volunteers; a background check is required so see him to get the form submitted immediately.  
 
Community Parade:  Save the date of November 11 for our parade participation.  We will have our float representing Rotary, with brochures and candy to distribute to the crowds.  More details to come.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Rotary Happenings Laura Elmore 2017-10-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Fire Chief Mark Piland is our speaker this week, to update us on trends within our growing community's emergency response providers.  
 
Next week we have Shelter Box, a Rotary International partner organization, which provides shelter for persons displaced through natural disasters or conflict.  
 
October 19 our meeting will be devoted to committee meetings so we can update member involvement in the various projects of the club.  We have important decisions pending in the next month for Farmers Market and Fundraising, so please come prepared to participate.  
 
As always, you are encouraged to invite friends and colleagues to our meetings to hear these dynamic speakers and learn more about Rotary.  Who knows, they may be interested in joining!  
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Safety Town Trick-of-Treat book sort and label party will be Tuesday, October 3 at 5 - 6:30 pm at CATE Center.  Interact members will be working on the project and Rotary members are encouraged to bring their families to help.  Pizza is on the agenda, too, so be a part of the preparation for Trick or Treat at Safety Town.  
 
Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.    If you can work, go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS
Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Week in Rotary 10-2-17 Laura Elmore 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0
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Narrowing the Choices
 
Opportunities abound as we make a difference in our community and around the world.  In the last two weeks alone we were approached to sponsor Frisco Pioneer Days; a representative from Frisco ISD contacted me with a need for bicycle for a physically disabled student to ride tandem with family members plus some international projects.  Emails arrive a couple of times a week with requests; narrowing those to what we can really do with the time and funds available is a continuing process.  
 
Service above self is the Rotary motto and our primary limitation to increased service is manpower.  There is a common belief in volunteer organizations that 80% of the work is accomplished by 20% of the people. The volunteer sign-up sheets we’ve been completing indicate that we have 83% of the club involved to some degree over the last 90 days.
 
Of course, that indicates that 27% of the club is not involved in service (or not completing the form).  What is keeping members from participating in service?  Lack of time or lack of interest or commitment to the projects in which our club is involved?  I want to know as my #1 goal as President is to increase service participation to 95% during my term.  For those of you who have not served on a project, I would welcome your input as to what is keeping you from serving.  No recrimination or hassle; I just would like to know how we can improve the opportunities we offer to members. 
 
An example is the Citizen of the Quarter program and Interact.  We have been approached several times by elementary and middle school principals, and parents to expand the program to the schools which do not have it.  Since this school term began, I have received over eight requests for this expansion and our reason for turning down those requests is lack of members willing to assist.  
 
Open World is another great opportunity to work with international guests to build their knowledge of civic and business matters in the US.  This creates relationships with our guests that will foster better international understanding and possible future projects.   Please consider hosting members of this delegation or helping to coordinate connections to add value to their time in Frisco.
 
I always welcome your thoughts and input; please reach out as I will make time for coffee or lunch to talk about any concerns or ideas you have as to how to expand what we are doing to make a difference.   
 
President's Message 10-2-17 Laura Elmore 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Open World 2018
 
The Open World Program is available to Rotary clubs in the United States, and provides an opportunity to build fellowship and friendship to strengthen international understanding by hosting emerging Eurasian leaders from various countries. A club hosts six-participant delegations for eight days and nights and prepares a professional program related to business, community, and civic life in the United States.
The program focuses primarily on helping a network of leaders with an understanding of how American communities deal with contemporary issues. Often, these collaborations lead to service projects between Rotary clubs in the two countries.

We need to determine if our club is interested in hosting six Open World participants for eight days, and willing to develop an intensive week of programs based on a selected Open World theme. Specifically, we need: 1) 6 host families for 8 nights, 2) a coordinator to oversee the schedule of events and meetings, 3) help scheduling meetings for specific topics of interest.
 
The targeted dates we are considering are May 4 – 12, 2018 with topics of citizen engagement in legal reform and child welfare including foster care and adoption.  This would be hosting a group from the Ukraine. 
 
Please let President Laura know immediately if you are willing and able to participate in any of these details for the Open World program.  A decision needs to be reached by October 15.   
 
Open World Laura Elmore 2017-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Citizen of the Quarter will be at Bright Elementary School on September 25 and at Vaughn Elementary School on September 29.  This program recognizes 1 student from each class (as selected by their teacher) who best exemplifies the principles of Rotary. During a weekly assembly the students receive a certificate and Rotary coin from a club member and featured speaker.  
 
Interact kick off is Tuesday, September 26 at CATE Center at 5 pm.  If you have a teen or know any teen aged 13 - 18, please invite or bring them to the meeting.  Interact is the youth arm of Rotary, and the aim is to instill the Rotary values and service mentality in the next generation.  We can also use more adults to participate; it requires nothing more than a love for Rotary and enjoyment of kids.   
 
Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.    If you can work, go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS
Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
Interact Leadership Summit is Saturday, September 30 9 am - 3 pm at Collin College Spring Creek campus.  Drivers may be needed; if you are available, please contact Rene McGruder.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
This Week in Rotary 9-25-17 Laura Elmore 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
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Good things are on the horizon; some new and some that are old favorites.  
 
Safety Town Trick or Treat is October 27 6 - 9 pm.  Once again we have received 2,000 books from Half Price Books store, and will be distributing these.  Our booth is always a highlight to participants and their parents and it's a fun chance to enjoy them.  We will have a sorting and labeling party with Interact on Tuesday, October 3 at 5 - 6:30 at CATE Center.  Bring your kids and come for all or part of that time (there may be pizza!)
 
Farmer's Market has been negotiating with Four Seasons Market for several months for possible partnership.  After lengthy discussions and due diligence investigation, an agreement has been roughed out and reviewed by two attorneys in our club.  The Farmers Market committee has reviewed and agreed to move forward with the agreement which will be emailed to all members in the coming week.  All members are asked to read and consider the agreement and submit andy questions, concerns or feedback to Mark Heuchert or Laura Elmore. The Board of Directors will make a  decision on October 19.  
 
 
Good Things Laura Elmore 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
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Last Saturday, President Laura and Rene McGruder enjoyed the District Awards Dinner.  Among the many awards presented, Rene received a Star Award for Youth Service.  Her nomination reads as follows:
 
“Rene has worked tirelessly to expand our Citizen of the Quarter program, which was in four schools when she began, and is now in six elementary schools locally.  She is training six members to have full responsibility for that quarterly program, expanding the membership involvement and engagement.   
 
In addition, Rene has built Interact from one school under our Club's mantle to two clubs, one of which is inclusive of all high schools in Frisco ISD.  This group started with 10 students, and ended the year with over 30.  At our August leadership meeting, we had over a dozen teens on the leadership group alone, planning for the coming year events.  We anticipate a large group this year that includes all high schools and is building relationships that extend beyond individual school boundaries.  
 
As part of this effort, Rene has worked with school counselors and now has two FISD representatives from different schools as permanent members of her team.  In addition, there is a second Interact Club she oversees at a local middle school, which is feeding into the high school level club seamlessly.   As she continues to expand membership involvement, we hope to expand the middle school program. 
 
Our Club also has a high school scholarship program she oversees, working with the Club Scholarship Coordinator to assure it is inclusive and handled according to the charter.  
 
As Youth Services Chair, Rene also works with the Four Way Speech Contest, assuring that a Club Member is coordinating in a timely manner.  Further, she oversees responsibility for the RYLA participant selection from our Club and when we have more qualified participants than we can send, she refers them to other clubs.  For example, this year, we had three superbly qualified young men and could only send two.  Rather than keep the third as our alternate, Rene provided him to our sister club in Frisco, and as a result, he participated as their representative. 
 
Aside from her Club activities in Youth, Rene is also involved at the District level.  This year she served as RYLA Treasurer and participated in RYLA as an adult leader at camp.  Her connection and relationship with the teens and adults involved continues to expand and nurture the involvement of all. 
 
Rene encompasses all aspects of the Four Way Test, and represents the best of consensus building and leadership.  Her example of building bridges between schools, as well as between Rotary Clubs, is one that befits the best of the Rotary principles and the Star Award.”   Congratulations Rene!
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There is a story of a water bearer in ancient times who carried two pots of water daily on a shoulder brace.  One pot was pristine and the other had a crack which allowed water to leak during transport.  For many months, the man carried the water from the well to his home daily with 1 pot arriving full and the other with about 80% of the water.  The cracked pot felt inferior about the crack and its failure to provide the same value as the perfect pot, and finally spoke to the man. “I am embarrassed and sad that my crack means I do not have the same value as your other pot; maybe you should replace me”, said the pot. To which his owner replied, “You do not see that along the path on your side are flowers which have flourished due to the water your crack provides. Those flowers provide beauty and pleasure to me and many others, as well as nectar to the bees which they use to make honey.”  Which pot has the higher value?
 
We all have cracks or flaws in our lives; some more than others and some more obvious than others. Regardless, we all have a choice of focusing on the negative of those cracks, or looking for the positive. In my own life I know that my failings can loom larger than successes while in others I see the good more rapidly than the downfalls.  
 
There was another item carried in pots in ancient times: coals.  The coals were to start new fires or light their way.  I encourage everyone to carry 2 similar pots in your mind--water and coals.  When you see embers that need stoking to build a greater fire, use your coals.  When you see others needing warmth or fire for cooking, you have assistance to give.  With the water you can nurture growing seeds of ideas or new members; you can quench the thirst of a needy person.  That same water can be used to put out a fire that will bring destruction if allowed to grow.  Sometimes that can be negative attitudes which will spread if allowed to burn.  
 
We see the devastation from the floods, hurricanes, earthquakes and other disasters, and yet we also see the outpouring of help and support.  These times remind us of the blessings in our daily lives and to put aside petty differences.  Keep your coals and water ready to make a difference in the lives around you.  
 
 
 
 
Two Buckets Laura Elmore 2017-09-24 05:00:00Z 0
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Lori Walker, President of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club, is this week's speaker.  Her club was recently featured in The Rotarian magazine for their innovative ways of building club fellowship and community outreach.  October programs will include Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland, Shelter Box and Committee Updates.  Invite friends and colleagues to our meetings--the Program Committee is providing an interesting variety of information.  If you have suggestions for possible speakers or programs, please pass those along.  
 
 
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When our younger son, Kenny, was about 4 years old, we made our usual Sunday stop at the country store on the way to church with our kids from the youth ranch.  The drive to church was an hour and the store at the halfway point was a good chance to stretch their legs, make a drink (and candy) purchase and gas the vehicle.  Kenny came back to the van with some gum I didn’t buy and neither did Bryan.  I took Kenny back into the store, explaining that you don’t just take it because it is there; at the store, you pay for what you take.  He had just started receiving a small allowance, so he had to consider whether to relinquish the coins or to have the gum, a tough choice for a 4 year old.  I almost waited to pay the store on our next stop, as this process would make us a few minutes late to church but decided to handle it with Kenny immediately and be tardy instead. 
 
A week later, we were discussing integrity with the teens over dinner.  When Bryan asked someone for an example, one of the girls immediately referred to that incident.  We didn’t realize the girls even noticed the event, and reflected how glad we were that we took the time to take the corrective steps immediately. What impact might it have had if the reverse was true?
 
“Actions speak louder than words” is an old saying but speaks volumes.  Each week we end our meetings with The Four Way Test which is the measuring stick of our thoughts, words and deeds.  Does it apply only between ourselves or with everyone?  Obviously the latter is supposed to be the case, but it is important to realize that it effects the attitude of outsiders towards Rotary if we fail to live up to those standards.  We never know who is observing; we should always fulfill the standards of the Four Way Test.
 
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Board Meeting is this week--Thursday, September 21 at 11 am at Toyota Stadium.  
 
Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.    If you can work, go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS
Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
First Interact meeting Tuesday, September 19 5:00 - 6 pm at CATE Center.  If you know of a teen aged 13 - 18 in Frisco ISD, bring them and join the fun!  Or if you want to enjoy the interaction with teens, come and check it out.  Rene McGruder
 
 
 
 
 
 
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We heard from Audie Adkins, who was discharged from Clements Hospital over the weekend and is back home to continue her recovery.  Hopefully we will have her back in our midst sometime during October.  
 
  
Audie Update Laura Elmore 2017-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
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Due the increased demand in the Food Pantry as a result of our growing community, combined with our support of those evacuated to the area as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Frisco Family Services Food Panty is in dire need of stocking. The most pressing specific needs are:
flour, sugar, pasta, oatmeal, boxed potatoes, boxed meal helpers (Hamburger or Tuna Helper).  Please bring any of these items to our next club meeting and we will have them delivered to the Food Pantry.  
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We heard from Audie Adkins, who entered Clements Hospital last Friday for surgery.  She will be there for two weeks to get an abdominal incision healed.   From Audie:  "After surgery, I will have a wound vacuum placed on the incision to help it heal properly. I am just ready to get everything healed and back to retired life!  So I will be out Rotary for a bit longer. I am missing some excellent speakers! Good job, everyone!"  
 
 
  
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Finance Committee Meeting Thursday, September 14 at 11:00 am at Toyota Stadium.
 
Flag pick up on September 15 at 6:00 pm at Warren Park.  Bring your family and support the patriotic spirit in our local parks.  Steve Weible
 
Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.    If you can work, go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS
Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
Interact kick-off event Saturday, September 16 1:00 - 2 pm.  If you know of a teen aged 13 - 18 in Frisco ISD, bring them and join the fun!  Or if you want to enjoy the interaction with kids, come and check it out.  Rene McGruder
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Gary was released from the hospital by the doctor yesterday after his 2nd round of chemo & they are home.  He is now on outpatient treatments, going to the clinic twice a week to have his blood tested.  The chemo treatment will now be 3 days only at 60% strength.  His blood numbers are all good and biopsies show no cancer cells.  (From Wanda)
 
From Gary: "Tell everyone I feel great; have not had a bad day yet and look forward to seeing everyone soon.  Thanks for everything the club has done!"
 
At this time they tell me that no meals or assistance are needed but we will stay in touch with them and pass along word as received.  
Gary Carley September 11 Laura Elmore 2017-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
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The most recent update from Red Cross and Rotary District 5810 is a need for diapers, wipes, and baby formula.  Of course, funds are also helpful as that allows the Red Cross to purchase specific items locally and save transport.  
 
Bring these items and we will get them to the Red Cross for distribution or we will have a collection of funds to submit.  
 
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Sixteen years ago, we stood transfixed in our Tulsa living room as we watched the World Trade Center building struck by the second plane and then the collapse of both buildings.   My first thought was, “Our son will go to war”.  Kenny, our younger son, was a senior in high school and took early enlistment in the Marine Corps in August 2001.  He became an example of his generation’s belief in protecting our country and serving to protect the world from terror.  Kenny was called to active duty in early January en route to his first class at Oklahoma State University (he was Marine reserve); dropped everything and shipped to San Diego within 48 hours.  His unit was the “tip of the spear” from Kuwait to Baghdad; the first into the city.  We watched his progress on Fox News, as we knew Rick Levanthal was imbedded with his battalion, but had no idea how close to Kenny he was until Kenny’s return at summer’s end.  We were surprised to learn that Levanthal was in Kenny’s vehicle for a good portion of the reporting.  I was relieved to have been spared that knowledge as I watched him report from the thick of the battles. 
 
As we remember this anniversary, there are still threats to our country from the far corners of the world, and in every area, there are military men and women standing guard for us.  We must never forget the sacrifice of not only the service people, but of their families, who suffer separation, uncertainty and fear for little more than the knowledge that they are making a difference. 
 
 
President's Message September 11 Laura Elmore 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
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We've all watched the news and seen the reports of devastation over the Caribbean islands.  For many of these people, the basic living conditions before a hurricane are very rudimentary; to lose what little they have is beyond belief.  
 
Whenever we travel, Bryan and I utilize an organization named Pack for a Purpose:  www.packforapurpose.org  to supply needed items to schools in the area to which we travel.  On last week's trip to Jamaica, we had 1 suitcase full of school supplies which we had the pleasure to deliver to Whitehouse Early Childhood School on the south coast.  These 3 dedicated teachers provide education to over 60 preschool children each day with limited supplies.  An hour spent reading to the children and helping the teachers while providing an assortment of badly needed supplies is always the highlight of our trip.  
 
The Reading Road Trip is a program sponsored by Sandals Foundation, a non profit organization established by the founders of Sandals & Beaches Resorts.  They build, supply and support schools in needy areas of every island on which they have a resort.  In response to the current hurricanes in the Caribbean, they are accepting donations to provide needed items to the affected islands.  Go to https://sandalsfoundation.org/ for more information.  
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We're back at Toyota Stadium this week; our speaker is Frisco Chief of Police John Bruce.  We will also meet our first group of Students of the Month for this academic year; these from Frisco High School.   
 
Next week we have Rotary District 5810 District Governor Rick Amsberry; Frisco Fire Chief Mark Piland, and Shelter Box are future programs.  Invite friends and colleagues to our meetings as the program provided by the Program Committee is certain to be of interest.  
 
 
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There is a request for volunteers for "Rotarians Helping Rotarians" to help do clean up in Houston & Southeast Texas on September 16 & 17. We do not know what kind of work you will be doing. It may be sheetrock in Houston, it may be cleaning out houses in Beaumont. For this operation, people will need to bring all tools, work boots, gloves, rakes, brooms, etc. they have.  
 
Meet at the HEB parking lot at 9am 
130 Sawdust Rd, Spring TX 
It is right off 45 in Spring.
 
If you are interested in volunteering or have more questions, please contact Assistant Governor, Joanna Nichols. She is the lead on this project. Her contact info 2104672044 or jjfromtexas@yahoo.com 
 
NOTE:  This requires independent transport to Houston.  
Hurricane Harvey Assistance Opportunity Laura Elmore 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0
Social Chair Linda Pardue is coordinating a gathering for later this month; stay tuned for further details.  If you have ideas for places to get together for an evening social to include spouses/significant others, let Linda know.  
Social for September 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 04, 2017
CHANGE OF LOCATION FOR THIS WEEK:  Our September 7 meeting is not at Toyota Stadium.  We will be at Crest Infiniti Event Center, located at 6100 State Hwy 121.  Donny Churchman is our speaker--invite friends to enjoy our fellowship.  
Change of Location September 7 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Elmore on Sep 04, 2017
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”, said Charles Dickens in A Tale of Two Cities.  I am reminded of that as I view Hurricane Harvey with the worst of nature and the best of human nature. 
 
Facebook and the news are filled with stories of overwhelming help pouring in to the Houston area, including 227,000 meals packed by District 5810 volunteers last Saturday.  Other work days will be announced in coming months and as I am notified, I will pass those along. 
 
While at the youth ranch, we received a lot of clothing, much of it inappropriate for teens.  It created extra work for us and volunteers and while we appreciated the intent, the funds spent to mail those clothes would have been more helpful.  CBS ran an excellent piece this weekend on misguided relief efforts and I encourage you to watch it at: 
 
Bearing that in mind, I believe the best way for us to help is to answer specific needs.  For now, another request for diapers, wipes and baby formula came through and we will continue that as our Project of the Month.
 
Recovery from the effects of Harvey will be a marathon effort.  Unfortunately, experience has shown that within a few weeks attention will turn to the next disaster, and those in Houston will be carrying on with the difficult task of re-building their lives.  Through Rotary we will stay in touch with the area and be there to help for the long haul.   
President's Message Laura Elmore 2017-09-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2017
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Gary Carley Update
Gary is returning to the hospital for another round of chemo starting Wednesday, September 6 and will be in the hospital for approximately 5 days. Upon his discharge we will see if assistance is needed for meals and let you know.  In the interim, keep Gary and Wanda in your thoughts and prayers.  
Gary as of September 6  Laura Elmore 2017-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 01, 2017
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Gary Carley Update
Gary is returning to the hospital for another round of chemo starting Wednesday, September 6 and will be in the hospital for approximately 5 days. Upon his discharge we will see if assistance is needed for meals and let you know.  In the interim, keep Gary and Wanda in your thoughts and prayers.  
Gary Carley Update September 1 Laura Elmore 2017-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
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Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.    If you can work, go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS
Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
Flag pick up on September 12 at 5:30 pm at Warren Park.  Bring your family and let's add some patriotic spirit to our local parks.  
Steve Weible
 
 
 
 
This Week in Rotary 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Last Thursday we didn’t know what our project of the month would be; then Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area!  The Red Cross is collecting multiple items for area families including:  Diapers, wipes, toiletries, socks, shoes for all sizes children and adults, underwear for children and adults
 
Obviously there are a multitude of items needed and we cannot meet all needs.  But, for now, these will at least get people set for the interim before they even have housing.  Bring items and we will get them to the Red Cross for distribution. 
 
Our Rotary District has been in touch with the Houston area District leadership and as soon as things settle, we will have District projects with which we can assist.  There will be months of help needed, but these items will be a start.  
Helping Houston and the Surrounding Area Laura Elmore 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2017
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Farmers Market Saturday 6:30 am set up - 1 pm tear down.    If you can work, go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS
Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
Flag deployment September 1 at 5:30 pm at Warren Park.  Bring your family and let's add some patriotic spirit to our local parks.  Flags will be removed on September 12 as they will remain in the parks for Labor Day and 9/11 Remembrance.  
Stev Weible
 
 
 
 
This Week in Rotary 2017-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Tanner Micheli is the newest addition to Rotary Club of Frisco.  Tanner is the Senior Real Estate Development Manager for Topgolf USA and while his work requires a lot of travel, he is already becoming involved in Youth Services.  Before moving to Texas Tanner was already familiar with Rotary, as he served with the RYLA Camp program in northern California.  
 
Tanner and wife Jamie have been residents of Frisco for about 2 1/2 years and in the Dallas metroplex for over 5 years.  The are approaching their fourth wedding anniversary and have a son who is almost two years old.  
 
It's a pleasure to have Tanner and Jamie a part of our Rotary family and we look forward to the impact they will have on our youth programs.   
Welcome New Member Tanner Micheli 2017-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
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The most recent Project of the Month was art supplies for the Boys and Girls Club of Collin County after school program.  Between physical items and cash donations, we provided:

900 sheets construction paper, 1500 markers, 300 crayons, 10 canvasses, 64 oz. modeling clay, 5 hot glue guns with 100 glue sticks, 5 large art pads, 100 Popsicle sticks, 50 tubs washable paint, 75 Paint brushes, 300 Paper plates, 50 paper bags, 12 croquet needles, 3 skeins crochet yarn and 2 Croquet pattern books.  

In addition, Rotarian Al Brewster presented a check for $1,000 to Boys and Girls Club CEO Mike Simpson.  It's a pleasure to serve our community and make a difference in the lives of area young people.  
 
 
Last Month's Project 2017-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Laura Elmore
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A couple of weeks ago, Bryan was looking for a carpet cleaning service and was drawn to a firm that had the four-way test statements on its website.  He called and, of course, inquired if the owner was a Rotarian, and was surprised to hear no.  The owner explained that his child received a coin at school last year that had those statements on it and since it summarized his business approach, he put it on his website.  When the cleaner came to our home, he proudly showed the coin which he carries at all times.  I encouraged him to look for a Rotary Club in his community, and gave him a coin from our club so he could return the original coin to his son. 
 
Who would have guessed that distributing Citizen of the Quarter coins would lead to the four-way test being promoted as strong business ethics by a non-Rotarian?   Our objective with the Citizen of the Quarter is to encourage those standards among elementary school students, but to see that spread to their parents should stand as further encouragement to see this program continue.  If you would like to work with an elementary school to offer the Citizen of the Quarter, let Rene McGruder or me know and we’ll get you started. 
Presidents Message August 28 Laura Elmore 2017-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
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September 7 we have a change of location again; this time we will be at Crest Infiniti Event Center at 6100 State Hwy 121.  Donny Churchman, developer of Patio and Towers at the Rail will provide a view of these exciting projects that will add to Downtown Frisco.  
 
Next weeks' speaker is Frisco Chief of Police John Bruce.  We will also hear from our first group of Students of the Month for this academic year; these from Frisco High School.  We will be back at Toyota Stadium on September 14.  
 
Rotary District 5810 District Governor Rick Amsberry, Frisco Fire Chief, and ??? are future programs.  Invite friends and colleagues to our meetings as the program provided by the Program Committee is certain to be of interest.  
 
 
Programs 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
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60 years old!  That number sounds unbelievable to me, but my driver’s license says it’s true.  With this milestone birthday, I remember a year after we married, when Bryan’s family had a reunion at which I got acquainted with his 70-year-old grandmother.  As we walked together and visited, she looked at me (all of 21 years old!) and said, “In my mind I am you; it’s only my body that has changed”.  I smiled and nodded, but was thinking, “you’re crazy, because you’re old”.  However, with each passing decade, I realize more fully the truth in that statement. 
 
While at the Interact meeting last Saturday, I reflected that it seems like only yesterday that my kids were this age; now my oldest has a son approaching the age for Interact.  Where did the time go?  I also reflect on the friends scattered across multiple states where I have been privileged to live, the varied careers that led me to own my business; opportunities to travel to dozens of countries across three continents; learning from and serving those less fortunate than myself. 
 
All of which leads me to face this new decade exhilarated as I am free to explore further new horizons I have yet to experience.  As President of the Rotary Club of Frisco I am privileged to work with the best and brightest of the second-fastest growing community in the nation—wow!  This is an extraordinary assembly of leaders focused on serving our city; my goal is to support and expand those efforts.  The best birthday gift to me is the impact of our Club both here and around the world. 
President's Message 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
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August 18 Interact had a planning meeting to start the year with strong preparations.  We were pleased to have 15 or 16 teens participating, representing different schools across FISD.  Our adult leaders include Kimberly Church of Lebanon Trails High School and Kimberly Hemenway of CATE Center, led by Rene McGruder of our club.  
 
Included in plans were a list of 8 community service projects and 2 international service projects they will support through gifts and hand on participation.  Among preparations were creating a social media distribution system, establishing election schedule and starting a committee structure.  
 
The school year kick-off will be Saturday, September 16 from 1 - 2:30 at CATE Center with a beach themed party.  If you want to hear more about the Interact plans and get to know these motivated teens, join us for some fun and food.  
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Gary Carley Update
Great news!  The most recent bone marrow test showed no cancer cells!  He is now home but cannot have guests.  The cancer treatment has compromised his immune system and he must not be exposed to anyone outside the family.  If you want to take a meal sign up below.  When delivering the meal, Wanda asks that you ring the doorbell, leave the meal on the front porch and leave.  They hate to seem inhospitable, but this is important for Gary's protection.  
 
Further, the chemo has caused mouth sores, so nothing crunchy or spicy is enjoyable for him.  If you are interested in providing meals, go to:  
 
 
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This Week August 21 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
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This Week in Rotary
Farmer’s Market Saturday—we have a new vendor, JoJo’s Sweet Treats, joining this week + Tikiz shaved ice and all our favorite weekly vendors. If you can work, go to: http://signup.com/go/EEAUDeS
Mark Heuchert and Brandy Miles
 
Youth Services has an Interact planning session on Saturday at 9:30 – 12 at Lebanon Trail High School.  If you are interested in getting to know some of our best local teens (maybe share some pizza, service and laughs), come for part (or all) of the meeting.  Rene McGruder
 
The Fundraising Committee is tasked with identifying and planning one additional major fundraising event for our club. This means that whatever we decide and whatever we plan should impact our Rotary Club for years. What an awesome opportunity to MAKE A DIFFERENCE!   I am inviting you to STEP UP and become a member of the Fundraising Committee. Our next meeting is Monday, August 21 at 5 pm at Frisco Style Magazine Office.  Chris Johnson
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Last Week in Rotary
Youth Services participated in Frisco School District Back to School Bash last Saturday and distributed almost 200 pencils and stickers to students, 100 flyers to parents and garnered over 30 additional teens who might participate in Interact. 
 
Farmers Market is past the half way point of the season; we’re enjoying a variety of vendors and members helping at the market, having fun and making a difference. 
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Change of Meeting Location This Week
This week’s meeting will be at LaunchPad City,
6170 Research Road
Frisco, Texas
 
Our speaker is Mayor Jeff Cheney, updating our membership on his 100-day plan. 

 
Bulletin August 14 Laura Elmore 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
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This month's Project is for Boys & Girls Club of Collin County, to provide art and project supplies for the children's after-school activities.  Please pick up any of the following and bring with you to the meeting:
Clay
Legos
Construction Paper
Markers
Crayons
Art Pads
Canvas
Paint Brushes (small- Med –large)
Hot Glue Guns
Hot Glue Sticks
Colored Felt Fabric
Colored Buttons
Paper Plates
Colored Yarn
Brown Paper Bags
Ice Cream/Popsicle Sticks
Cotton Balls
Croquet Needles
Science Kits
Croquet Thread
Washable Paint (all colors)
Croquet Patterns
Boys & Girls Club Project of the Month 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
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At the August 3rd meeting, Community Services Chair, Bill Markell, presented Nicole Bursey, Director of Frisco Family Services the hygiene items we collected for distribution to local teens in need.  Thankfully, we received enough items and funds to purchase a 3 month supply for 23 kids!  Thank you for your generosity.  
 
This month's Project is for Boys & Girls Club of Collin County, to provide art and project supplies for the children's after-school activities.  Please pick up any of the following and bring with you to the meeting:
Clay
Legos
Construction Paper
Markers
Crayons
Art Pads
Canvas
Paint Brushes (small- Med –large)
Hot Glue Guns
Hot Glue Sticks
Colored Felt Fabric
Colored Buttons
Paper Plates
Colored Yarn
Brown Paper Bags
Ice Cream/Popsicle Sticks
Cotton Balls
Croquet Needles
Science Kits
Croquet Thread
Washable Paint (all colors)
Croquet Patterns
Project of the Month 2017-08-07 05:00:00Z 0
Our first social event of the new year resulted in 2 couples offering their homes for events in the coming months.  If you have a pool and space to host us for a pool party, that would be a great end of summer.  Let Linda Pardue know and we’ll coordinate a date.    
Let's Get Together! 2017-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

Something for Everyone

May 6 through October 21, 2017
Every Saturday - rain or shine
 
8:00am to 1:00pm or Sell Out
 
 
Introducing: Food trucks!!
Located in Historic Downtown Frisco
Just off of Main Street Between 3rd and 4th Street
(behind Frisco Chamber of Commerce)
8821 4th St, Frisco, Texas 75034
 
Started in 2007, the Frisco Farmers' Market continues to grow in popularity.  New for 2017, starting in June the Farmer's Market will have food trucks with tasty surprises for breakfast and lunch. 
 
The market was founded by the Frisco Noon Lions Club for the benefit of our community.  Today, the market is managed by the Rotary Club of Frisco. Local growers offer juicy melons, peaches, vine-ripened tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob and lots more. Also offered are baked breads, meat from local ranchers, honey, arts and crafts, and various other products.
 
The market allows consumers to have access to locally grown, farm fresh produce, enables farmers the opportunity to develop a personal relationship with their customers, and cultivate consumer loyalty with the farmers who grow the produce.
 
Come grow with us!  Leashed dogs welcome!
 
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Posted by Laura Elmore
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