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Speakers
2018 Scholarship Recipients: Abigail, Hisham, Sean
Dec 18, 2018
Sharing 1st Semester Experiences
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Dec 25, 2018
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
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Jan 01, 2019
Happy New Year!
Jim Wilson
Jan 08, 2019
Microlending
Stephanie Jennings, Heard Natural Science Museum
Feb 26, 2019
Bringing Nature & People Together
 
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Rotary Foundation
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Youth Services
 
 

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Greek Isle Restaurant
3309 North Central Expressway #370
Plano, TX  75023
United States
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Home Page Stories
Our new Clark High School Interact Club is going strong!
They meet every couple of weeks (please see calendar for upcoming meetings - Plano West members can attend!) during block lunch.  This week, Steve, Alex & Michelle attended the meeting where they were making school signs to sell pecans & collect coats for people in need.
They are collecting coats for the All-Plano Rotary Clubs Coat Drive where we bring them to the Christmas/Holiday Party (this year it's Dec 6th) at Haggard Party Barn, and the Christmas Cops representatives are there to collect them from Rotarians.  Coats collected after Dec. 6th will be delivered to Christmas Cops organization.  Thank you Clark HS Interact for your support!
Plano West's Board also offered our Interact Club (and Rotaract Club) the opportunity to sell our pecans and collect $2/bag for the charity of their own choosing (rather than the funds going to scholarships, like our pecan proceeds).  
Clark HS Interact is selling pecans to support victims of hurricanes.
We are so proud of their "Service Above Self"!
 
Our pecans are in earlier this year!
Some have already been distributed to Hirsch's Meat Market in Plano, as well as Southern Maid and the Collin County Clerk's office.
We will have them next Tuesday at the meeting, so you can take some home with you, and find other places where they will help sell them for us!  The 14 oz. bags are $10.00 and our profits will go to scholarships for Plano seniors in high school, same as usual.
Thank you to everyone who came to our annual Halloween party and/or supported us with your donations of money or items to auction!  We are still sorting through the funds raised, but it looks like we beat last year!
 
Our proceeds will go to veterans, which is one of the areas we have always supported with our fundraisers and service projects.
We LOVE having this fundraiser hand-in-hand with our sister-club, North Texas Pioneers!
 
This panorama shows the awesome Greek buffet by Greek Isles, the wine pull, silent auction items, then the guests, DJ and dance floor!  Opa! 
We had a nice cozy World Polio Day event yesterday, despite the rain!
So far, Rotary has contributed more than $1.8 billion to the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.  https://www.endpolio.org
 
I believe we had representation from at least 4 Plano Rotary Clubs: Plano West, North Texas Pioneers, Sunrise and Plano Metro....and a couple people from a Dallas club (don't recall which one!).
 
And, I have to give a shout-out mainly to Vivi from our sponsored Community Rotaract Club who used her cellphone to provide sound to our live stream Polio video, but also to Daniel, Glen and John who all helped make it work, so we could watch together!
 
Thanks to John & Greek Isles for donating 10% of food & drink proceeds to End Polio, and for letting us "sneak peek" the Ghost - his specialty drink for our Halloween Party next week!   Halloween Party Details
 
Thanks to those who were able to help us clean up our Adopt-A-Highway stretch in east Plano this past Saturday!  We had three from Plano West Rotary, 1 from our new Interact Club at Clark HS, and 1 from our Rotaract Club!  We really appreciate the help!
 
Julia, president of Plano West's first Interact Club (at Clark HS), did a great job sharing information about Rotary and Interact to other students at Clark HS!  There were up to 14 people at the meeting, as well as Mike & Michelle from Plano West.  Julia had some great ideas and goals for this club, including 1 community service project each month & 1 international service project each quarter.  The club expects to meet at lunch every 2 weeks.
Also, Vig, our Rotaracts Club's president, did a great job as the speaker at Julia's first club meeting.  He is a former RYLA student as well as Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) student, and that's what he talked about.  He shared how RYE works as well as his experiences in Taiwan and showed off is RYE blazer with all the pins he exchanged with other RYE students.
 

Interact Summit 2018

 

What a great Summit, totally planned by our 5810 youth!

 

Plano West president with the 5810 Interact Chair & Plano West's new Clark HS Interact Club president

 

There were various Rotary tables in the hall for Interactors to get more information.  The Rotaract info table just happened to have Plano West's awesome Plano Community Rotaract Club members!

 

The Interactors planned a Refugee Care Package service project as well as this Peanut Butter collection for North Texas Food Bank.  The goal was over 1000 pounds of peanut butter and they BEAT the goal with 1,312 pounds of peanut butter, loaded with the help of Plano West, and delivered by Glen to the NTFB Monday after the event.

Our Pictures with Fire Station #12

We had a great turnout for our lunch & tour of Fire Station #12 B - Thank you to all who came!
Plano West, with great support from our sister club North Texas Pioneers, enjoyed Greek Isles lunch together with Fire Station #12 in the bay, said the pledge of allegiance, presented them with an official Texas state flag from House of Representatives rep Jeff Leach, and got a tour of the site.
About half way through our tour, they showed us a beautiful handcrafted table made from wood salvaged from various fires they fought.  Right after that, about half of the on duty team was dispatched on a call.  Not 10 minutes later, the rest of the team was also dispatched, and we watched them take off in the fire engine!
 
This week's program was Jeffrey from the North Texas Food Bank, sharing what's new and the Grand Opening of their new building in Plano on Sept 16th.  Afterwards, we presented our speaker with a Certificate of Appreciation acknowledging a $10 donation in his name to the PolioPlus Fund.  With the 2 to 1 matching funds from The Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation, this donation provides a Polio vaccine for about 50 children!
#EndPolio
 
Plano West #PeopleOfAction listened to a program about Send Hope (http://www.send-hope.org) and how they are improving the lives of children in Honduras with education, medical attention and packaged nutritional food.  Afterwards, we donated funds and packaged food for these children and families.
 
We packaged 1,080 meals in about 30-40 minutes!  That will feed 3 children for 1 year!!
 
 
Our Charity Bucket will go towards books for our sponsor school, Barron.
 
You may also buy and bring books - see left column for book list links, by grade.
Plano West Rotary club had our 9th annual meeting at Barron Elementary.   The 5th Grade Student Council entertained us and showed us around.    
This is the Plano West crew that served dinner to Journey of Hope on Nov 7th.!! 
 Greek Isles for providing the meal!
The Bemenderfer Crew getting ready for the Saturday night crowd!    We sold a gazillion funnel cakes!  All proceeds going to our charities!
 
Plano West Rotary jumped in to support those in need in the Houston area.   Here is a picture of the goods we purchased for $500 to go towards helping those in need after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.