Plano West Rotary Club once again showed its commitment to protecting the environment and keeping its city beautiful on July 16 when club volunteers cleaned up an assigned stretch of roadside along Avenue K in east Plano.
  Six times a year Plano West club members, led by service project coordinator Glen Thornton, don gloves and reflective vests and venture outside – no matter the temperatures – to pick up and discard roadside litter. This effort has been led by Glen for several years now as part of the city’s Adopt-a-Highway program.
  The project reinforces Rotary’s focus on protecting the environment. Removing unwanted litter also keeps residents, pedestrians and drivers more safe. And club members feel a sense of pride in keeping this area of the city so clean.
  On this particular Saturday it was extremely hot! A total of 10 volunteers faced near-100-degree temps to get the job done in two hours.
 Rotarians that joined Glen included Alex Johnson (Plano West’s immediate past-president), Laura Johnson, Fred Bemenderfer, Peter Niehaus and Mark Israelson. Peter and Mark are two of the club’s newest Rotarians, having joined Plano West in June. Four community volunteers also joined the effort, two of which were teens.
  The volunteers picked up 13 large bags of trash on this particular day. Way to go, Plano West Rotary!