McKINNEY, TX – July 20, 2015. McKinney Rotary announced its new Board of Directors, sworn in by District Governor Larry Webb at the regular weekly meeting at Rick’s Ballroom. The monthly board meeting, prior to the swearing in ceremony, featured presentations from outgoing and incoming directors.
Incoming Board of Directors are:
President – Tommy Stanley
Immediate Past President – Chief Doug Kowalski
President Elect – Chief Danny Kistner
Treasurer – Cathie Walner
Secretary – Tim Baker
Sergeant at Arms – Bob Tomes
Community Service Chair – Melanie Carroll
Rotary Foundation Chair – Bill Cox
Public Relations Chair – Laura Kayata
Membership Chair – Ron Johnson
Youth Services Chair – Liesl Friesenhahn
Administration Chair – Dana Riley.
FISCAL YEAR 2014-15: The presentation to the Board by outgoing President Chief Doug Kowalski highlighted the many successes achieved by the club during the fiscal year 2014-2015:
• Rotarian of the Year Award: The award went to C.C. Theophine Chamakala for his work on the International Rotary Outreach Project in organizing the shipping of a container filled with donated medical supplies to Zimbabwe in December of 2014.). The value of the gift topped $150,000, and was donated by Baylor Health Care System.
“McKinney Rotary is proud to have partnered with Baylor, who donated the medical supplies, to complete this important international healthcare outreach project,” said incoming President Tommy Stanley.
• Flag Lease Program: residential and business flag leases increased from 450 in 2013, to 550 in 2014, to over 765 flags for the current year. The flag lease program is the club’s largest fundraiser, bringing in a total of $30,000 in gross revenue. The flag program also promotes patriotism in the community and increases the public’s awareness of Rotary.
• Annual McKinney Rotary Christmas Parade of Lights: The club hosted the largest and best-attended parade in its 15-year history. Between 10,000 and 15,000 attendees lined the streets of the historic downtown square to watch 68 floats and 3 school marching bands as night fell on December 13th, 2014. Funded in part by McKinney CDC, the parade was well-advertised and garnered media attention throughout the region.
PLANS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2015-16:
Goals for the club include plans to:
• Increase the visibility of the club in the community; step up marketing, media outreach, and messaging to tell our story – “What is Rotary?” – and to grow the organization’s membership base.
• Grow the flag lease program to 1000 flags for FY 2016-17 • Increase contributions to local charities and nonprofits, as well as to Rotary Foundation
• Continue international outreach (St. Thomas Asylum has been selected as this year’s beneficiary) • Foster education outreach through our scholarships, Student-of-the-Month Program and Youth Programs • Participate in Collin County Meals on Wheels delivery
• Grow the Rotary Caroling program at hospitals and nursing homes • Plan the 16th Annual Christmas Parade of Lights: this year’s theme is “the Gift of Christmas” and the parade will be held on December 12
“This year, McKinney Rotary will implement the Rotary International theme: ‘Be a Gift to the World’ through our many local and international projects,” said Tommy Stanley, incoming president.
About Rotary: Rotary brings together a global network of volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work impacts lives at both the local and international levels, from helping families in need in their own communities to working toward a polio-free world. For more information, visit mckinneyrotary.org.
Submitted by Laura Kayata – McKinney Rotary Public Relations Chair