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Speakers
Donna Walsh
Jun 02, 2020 12:00 PM
Teaching With Jamaica
2019 Scholarship Recipient Program:
Jun 09, 2020 12:00 PM
Sam Dlott, Cat Scarborough & Melissa Wrobel
Mark Israelson, Plano City Manager
Jun 16, 2020
City of Plano's Pandemic Response
Alex Johnson
Jun 23, 2020 12:00 PM
Installation of Plano West Rotary's 2020-2021 Leadership Team
Zain Kalson & Bianca Weimer
Jun 30, 2020
Young Adult Initiative
DG John Moser
Jul 14, 2020 12:00 PM
District 5810 News
(no speaker - service project during lunch)
Aug 11, 2020
Service: Packing 35 lunches for CC homelessness
(no speaker - service project during lunch)
Nov 17, 2020
Service: Packing 35 lunches for CC homelessness
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
international
Immediate Past President
Membership
Benevolence Chair
Sargeant at Arms
Youth Services
 

We meet Tuesdays at 12:00 PM
Greek Isles Restautant
3309 N Central Expy #370
Plano, TX 75023
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Plano West Rotary was pleased to have Barry Jordan speak to our club this week on our Zoom meeting, sharing information about the various veterans organizations that Operation Veteran Support (OVS) researches and recommends for North Texas Rotary Clubs to donate.  OVS focuses on organizations that provide at least 92 or 93% of donated funds directly to veterans (and not operations).  Plano West will now research the recommended organizations, and donate $2137 in total, so STAY TUNED! Thank you, OVS!
Thanks to Plano West AND our honorary members, the Wellness Center for Older Adults!
 
Together, we made a total of 44 lunches, and had a few extra cuties & waters that we also left with Streetside Showers. Some of our clients were there at 11:00am and thanked us for the food, as well as the Streetside Showers staff. I didn't collect detailed statistics on the supplies, but I think we donated a little bit of everything on their list.  You can see their newly donated shower trailer in the background!
If you would like to know more about Streetside Showers and their mission to provide FREE showers (and lunches) to those without permanent homes, see their website:
 

Also, thanks again to those who also donated adult briefs to the Wellness Center for Older Adults! There are very appreciative of our donations, and 4 of their employees donated most of the sandwiches as well as other lunch items for this project, as well.
For more information on this organization that Plano West supports, please see their website and the many services they offer!
 
Plano West is SO pleased to donate $2700 to our favorite elementary school - Barron Elementary!
They have helped us make & serve funnel cakes at the Plano Balloon Festival for many years, so that we can earn money to donate to charities, education and other Rotary strategic focus areas.  Thank you, Barron teachers!
 
 
 
Barron wanted to have a big check to show the school that the community (and Rotary) are supporting them, so, thanks to Steve L, we got them their own Big Check for the kids to see when they return to Barron!
We had an awesome Zoom turn-out (75% of our members!) to hear an amazing speaker, Chief Stuart Blasingame from Prosper Fire & Rescue, who updated us on the status of various points related to COVID-19 in Collin County and Plano, including availability of hospital beds & hospital staff (doing good here!) and other stats around cases, recoveries, etc.
 
He spoke very highly of our Plano Fire and Police, reminding us that they are world class. (but we knew that, right?)
 
We also received praises for his talk after the fact.  One honorary member, Joy Hinkelman, from Wellness Center for Older Adults in Plano, said the following:
"All I can say is WOW!  I have “attended” multiple Zoom sessions seeking a method of filtering and navigating the overwhelming data that is plaguing the media.  The Chief’s presentation was by far the most informative and helpful session I have participated in.  Chief’s message was absolutely impressive!!!  I am very appreciative for the opportunity to hear his message today!"
 
Here is the link to the video presentation from Chief Blasingame: https://youtu.be/9V2CMcyKkUk
 
Also, here are some informative websites from Chief Blasingame regarding COVID-19:
 
 
Today, for our virtual Plano West Rotary Club meeting, we had Bruce Heller join us - he is a fellow Rotarian (Allen Sunrise) and a volunteer for ShelterBox.  
 
He talked about the wonderful things ShelterBox is doing to help families when they have lost everything!  They help people in areas of natural disaster as well as war zones, providing tents and other necessities for displaced families.  They gave helped 3500 families worldwide this year!
 
Plano West is so pleased to present ShelterBox with a donation check for $2500!
 
 
 
 
During this insecure time, we have neighbors who have increasing need for food.  Our Plano West Benevolence Committee "met" to address an opportunity from our District 5810 for matching grants to support N. Texas Food Bank during this time, and both our Committee and our club Board approved reallocation of funding to donate $500 to the food bank, and we were also approved by the District for matching funds!!  Yay!
April 27th, we gave the $500 check to N. Texas Food Bank, and next we will submit our final report to receive matching funds from the district, and then we can write ANOTHER check for $500!
Thanks to our club and to our Benevolence Committee!
Congratulations, Plano West!  One of our quarterly charity buckets last year for helping to address Hunger & Homelessness was recently donated to the N. Texas Food Bank (NTFB).
The amount was $236 and they told us that it would pay for over 700 meals!!  The NTFB is able to take funds and get volume pricing on food, so our dollars can buy more food!
Proud to be a member of this club - serving our community weekly!
Great team for our January 2020 Adopt a Highway!   Club members and Interacters! 
 
This December, Plano West Rotary donated our raised funds from our funnel cake sales at the Snow Day at Willow Bend Mall.  The funds were given to Christmas Cops and Toys for Tots.  We raised funds totaling $1906 and split the funds evenly between the two organizations.  We also had some members donate their time to Christmas Cops.  Both organizations provide toys to children at Christmas time, plus Christmas Cops also provides many other household needs to families, including supplies for babies and food.
 
Christmas Cops:
 
Toys for Tots:
Well, we seem to be growing! :)
We had 11 volunteers this time for our highway clean-up, including lots of Interacters as well as Plano West members.
We do this every other month, so come join us next time! Thanks, everyone!  
Plano East Rotary Club did an awesome job honoring our veterans with the Flags of Honor setup in Oak Park, and I particularly want to call out our own club member, Fred, who surveys the flags for setup every year - beautiful job, Fred! :)
  
We did our first funnel cake fundraiser with Shops At Willow Bend's Snow Day event, and raised over $2000 to be shared between Toys for Tots and Christmas Cops for this holiday season - supporting kids at this important time of year!
Thanks to all who helped pull this event together, including our awesome volunteers!
  
Our annual Halloween Party & Fundraiser with sister-club North Texas Pioneers was a big success this year!  
Thanks to everyone who donated wine, silent auction items, helped decorate, volunteered, and spent money - all to support our veterans!
We raised over $2000 combined, and each Rotary Club will donate their half to their chosen veterans organizations.