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Speakers
Glen Thornton
Sep 17, 2019 12:00 PM
Navajo Water Project
No Meeting
Sep 24, 2019 12:00 PM
Recovery Day - Plano Balloon Festival
U.S. Congressman Van Taylor
Oct 01, 2019 12:00 PM
Shirley Hsia
Oct 08, 2019 12:00 PM
Traditional Chinese culture & Shen Yun
Steve Longo
Oct 15, 2019 12:00 PM
NextStep College to Career Coaching
Jan Sullivan
Oct 22, 2019 12:00 PM
End Polio Now
Linda McCarley
Nov 12, 2019 12:00 PM
Plano Art Association
Plano West Rotary Club Christmas Dinner
Dec 17, 2019 6:30 PM
We will have a dinner in place of a lunch meeting.
(no speaker - service project during lunch)
Jan 07, 2020
Service: Packing 35 lunches for CC homelessness
 
 
Club Executives & Directors
President
President Elect
Treasurer
Secretary
international
Immediate Past President
Public Relations
Membership
Benevolence Chair
Youth Protection Officer
Sargeant at Arms
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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PLEASE go to > Http://tinyurl.com/PWRC-BalloonFest < to sign-up for the FUN at the 40th Year of this event in Plano, TX
Sep. 20, 21, & 22 help us help many of our neighbors in the up coming Rotary year.
We had a great turn-out of Rotary Clubs (all 6!) at the annual July 4th parade in Plano!  
We gave out candy to kids, had our decorated Rotary float, a sign showing the local organizations Plano Clubs support and a bunch of corvettes, some of which had signs for the different Rotary clubs.
   
Plano West also had participation from the Interact and Rotaract Clubs we sponsor! Yay!  We had the new president for our Clark High School Interact club - Arianna - as well as the new president - Vivi - and a couple members from our Community Rotaract Club!  So glad to have the support from our young people!
A core team of Plano Wester's, under the lead of Mike Walker, facilitated a Funnel Cakes fundraiser with Allen Sunrise at their annual July 4th celebration called Celebration USA.  The goal was to load our equipment and consult, in exchange for some of their proceeds.  Although a bad storm came through 1.5 hours into the event and lasted at a couple hours, we were STILL able to sell TONS of Funnel Cakes, with huge lines the minute we were up and running again.  Although we may not make a whole lot of money from this first-time event, it was great to have some camaraderie and fellowship with another Rotary Club, led by Bruce Heller (our friend who works at ShelterBox).
 
 
Allen Sunrise's President-Elect and President, holding the tent from blowing away!
 
Other Allen Sunrise members, getting Funnel Cakes out the door ASAP (and still smiling!)
 
The Plano West team, Glen, Tim, Tim's friend Mickey, and Mike!  They were cranking out lots of funnel cakes!
 
Makin' batter...
Thank you, Plano Westers!
What a great turn-out to our club meeting where we packaged up hearty sandwiches and healthy snacks for folks in Plano who are experiencing homelessness right now.  We made over 40 sandwiches - ham & turkey, with cheese - as well as bagging up some grapes, and pecans, as well as other snacks and waters.  Thanks, also, to Daniel & Michelle who handed out the lunches the next day at the Assistance Center of Collin County, where we probably served over 25 people in need.
Thanks, again, to all!  #PeopleOfAction
 
  
Interact Spring Fling is an annual end-of-the-year celebration of what the District 5810 Interact Clubs have accomplished for the school year.  The 58 Interact & 65 Rotary Clubs work together on 2 service projects while the Interact students play games and get honored for their achievements.
 
Clark High School won honors for both:  Small Interact Club of the Year & Most Successful First Year Interact Club
 
There were 293 high school Interact students from all over District 5810 in attendance.  The Puerto Rico School Supply Drive, that was a multi-club, multi-district International Service Project was a complete success!  500 Backpacks were collected and 2,102 pounds of school supplies! And, the Sock Drive collected 566 pairs of socks for the Samaritan Inn Homeless Shelter - What to go, Interact!!
 
And, we are proud of our club member, Alex Johnson, who is leading our young adults for our whole District as District Interact Chair! Way to go, Alex!
Plano West sponsors the ONLY community Rotaract Club in District 5810, and they made us proud at our recent District Assembly and Training meeting by having a table with information about their service projects, as well as a raffle to raise money for a wheelchair for a young man in Columbia with level 5 Cerebral Palsy.  #PeopleOfAction
  
Every year, Barron Elementary invites Plano West Rotary Club to come help them with their Field Day event for all the kids, and it's always lots of fun watching and helping the kids with their different challenge events.
 
  
 
Barron also invites us every year to have our lunch meeting in their library, where we sit and each with their Student Council, and get a tour of the school.  These kids are SO amazing and smart, and we are excited for their futures!  This year we were able to present them with some books for the kids to read over the summer and with a small financial donation ($600) to help out where they need it.
Our first Rotary Adoption Awareness Fair in Plano was a success - especially if you are basing it on smiles!
Thanks to our Plano West participants, as well as volunteers from Addison Rotary, Royse City Rotary, Dallas & eClub Rotary clubs, North Texas Pioneers, Plano Sunrise, Plano Club, Plano Metro, and additional friends & family members!  We couldn't have done so well without all the help!  
CPS invited 26 kiddos, 23 attended, and they invited 50 potential parents and about 40 attended.  We will report any other statistics we may receive from CPS.  
We had delicious hamburgers, hotdogs, tator tots and french fries, as well as snow cones, popcorn, waters and sodas.  We also had crafts, games and virtual reality, plus candy and prizes for the kids.  The pictures are limited since we cannot post pictures of any of the kiddos, but we saw many happy kids.
Here are a couple pictures with some of our Plano West'ers and some N. Texas Pioneers.
From Plano West club, we had Daniel, Rose, Don, Tom, John, Alex, Lisa, Michelle & Glen (almost 50% of our club!)
 
 
Plano West Rotary was happy to assist our Wellness Center Honorary Members by helping them move in to their new offices this last Saturday.  The new building is beautiful and their offices are right up front!  Thanks to Mike, Don, Rose, Glen & Michelle from Plano West (sorry! forgot to take pictures!)
In this week's program, the Wellness Center will share about all their recent changes.
Plano West Rotary was excited to participate as some of the judges for the 2nd Annual Chili Cook-Off at Barron Elementary.  There were 7 different chilis, including several beef, plus turkey, buffalo and two vegetarian chilis, one with Jack fruit!  They were ALL delicious, but we could only pick one winner!
We love to support our favorite elementary school, and eating chili was just a bonus!
Thank you all for a wonderful Valentine's Dinner party!  The company and the food were fabulous.
Congratulations to Diana for guessing the count & winning the jar of candy, and to Tom & Daniel for winning the Valentine's Trivia game.
 
Thank you, also, for all the food & monetary donations to support Cub Scout Food Donation to the North Texas Food Bank!
Daniel will be delivering the donations to our Cub Scouts ASAP.
 
        
Thank you to our Adopt-A-Hwy crew this month:  Founder, Tom; friend of the Thornton's, Jeff; President's hubby, Glen; and newest member Alex, and his wonderful family!  Y'all rock!
  
What a great time, and thanks to all who came to celebrate our 39th club anniversary, and to honor current member and founder, Tom Posey!
We had some delicious appetizers, enjoyed talking with one another, passed around some older pictures and club bulletins, and heard some stories from our club's history.
What a Great Day to be a Rotarian!
 
 
 
Thank you, Plano Westers!
Almost the WHOLE club (17 out of 21, I think) showed up at this Tuesday's meeting to make sandwiches and pack other lunch items to help provide for those experiencing homelessness in Plano - woohoo!!  I only wish we remembered to take a picture of our service together.
 
We made a total of 44 sandwiches (ham and turkey), bagged up 21 baggies of cashews and 19 baggies of grapes, as well as providing 35 waters (left over from Plano Balloon Festival) and also 15 bananas and 48 nutrigrain bars!
 
Thanks to Don and Rose who helped distribute the food at the Assistance Center of Colllin County, on 18th street, about 3 buildings down from Chuck's place.  We probably served about 25 to 30 people.  Another couple brought soup, and there were also some clothing items there for the taking.  The recipients were very appreciative and really seemed to enjoy the food choices we brought.  Thanks, again, to all!
 
Our 3rd Quarter Charity Bucket donations will support Food Donations & Homelessness!
Your contributions will go to good causes.  
For example, we are making & delivering sandwiches for homeless in Plano on Jan 22nd, and we will also save up to support our new Sam's Gift initiative with all Plano Rotary Clubs in June (which started last year, honoring Sam Johnson).
 
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"!
 
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!!