Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Mike Waldrip, Superintendent of FISD Oct 26, 2017
Frisco Schools

As a student in Post, Texas Waldrip says his coaches, along with his fourth grade teacher, inspired him to pursue a career in education.  At a towering 6’6,” Waldrip played basketball for a year after high school at Angelo State University. He went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, where he studied physical education and biology. After graduation, he spent 16 years as a biology teacher and basketball coach. He served as assistant principal at Seminole High School and earned his master’s degree from Sul Ross State University in 2000. In 2002, he came to Frisco ISD, where he served first as principal at Clark Middle School and then as the District’s first-ever director of secondary instruction. Waldrip opened Liberty High School as principal in 2006.  

Waldrip earned his doctor of education from The University of North Texas in 2008 and in 2010 moved to central administration.  In 2014, Waldrip acepted the position of superintendent of schools in nearby Coppell ISD and returned to Frisco ISD this fall.  FISD is home for Waldrip and his wife Lisa, who have two sons who graduated from Frisco ISD schools. 

Heather Canterbury Nov 02, 2017
Frisco Fast Pacs
Frisco Fast Pacs
Rotary Foundation Nov 09, 2017
Rotary Foundation Celebration
Tommy Benizio Nov 16, 2017
Texas Revolution

The indoor football league team was formed in 2012 and moved to Frisco this year.  

With over 20 years of experience running and owning professional sports teams, Tommy Benizio built a staff that includes former colleague with the Odessa Roughnecks Professional Football team, Charlie Hildbold. Hildbold, in his fifth season with the team and the third season as team President has over 10 years of sports experience, winning a Game Ops of the Year award in Odessa, before starting the Richmond Revolution, the team that won an IFL Franchise of the Year award and Media Relations of the Year award in their first season in 2010.

The Revolution have gone 13-1 at home over the past two seasons, finishing with the league’s best record in 2016. The team took home a majority of league awards including Franchise of the Year, Executive of the Year (Charlie Hildbold), Game Ops of the Year, MVP (Robert Kent, Jr.), Offensive Player of the Year (Robert Kent, Jr.), Coach of the Year (Victor Mann).

Happy Thanksgiving! Nov 23, 2017
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Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Dec 21, 2017
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Happy Holidays ! Dec 28, 2017
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Alicia Bush Jan 04, 2018
Treasured Vessels
Jim Gandy, EDC Jan 11, 2018
Economic Development Corporation

As the president of the FTIDC, Mr. Gandy was instrumental in establishing the Frisco Texas International Development Center. Mr. Gandy is also the president of the Frisco Economic Development Corporation (FEDC) and is responsible for the day to day operations of the corporation. Jim brings an expertise to the corporation by negotiating and closing deals; negotiating economic incentive agreements, acquisition and sale of land and buildings; facilitating governmental approvals of project plans, zoning and permitting; all for the purpose of enhancing the quality-of-life for Frisco residents through the generation of quality job opportunities and expansion of the tax base.

Mr. Gandy holds a Bachelor’s degree of Business Administration from Texas A&M University and is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) and a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM).

Club Meeting Jan 25, 2018
Don Graves Feb 15, 2018
Iwo Jima survivor

Don Graves was one of 118 Marines who walked off the island out of the 338 who landed in his unit.  A 19 year old who weighed 140 pounds, they strapped a 70 pound flame thrower on his back and he landed to help the fight to Mt Suribachi.  In fact, he was just out of the camera view of famous photo of the Marines raising the flag.  This will be a stirring reminder that the freedom we enjoy carries a cost; please invite guests to hear this incredible piece of living history.