December 2022 Edition
News From Around District 5810
DG Howard Templin's December Message
I am pleased to announce that the Selection Committee picked Mary Bedosky, Richardson East Rotary Club, as the District Governor Nominee Designate.  There were no subsequent challenges.  She will be District Governor in Rotary Year 2025-26. 
Mary Bedosky Selected DG 2025-2026
District Governor Howard Templin and the District 5810 Nominating Committee are pleased to announce the selection of Mary Bedosky of the Rotary Club of Richardson East as the District Governor for the Rotary year beginning July 1, 2025. Congratulations Mary! Read her bio.
Earn an Entry for District Cruise Raffle in December!
Win an entry for the District 5810 Cruise Raffle!! The District is giving away one room for the cruise on April 23 – 30, 2022. Winner will be announced in January. Each month (Oct-Dec), Clubs will have an opportunity to earn an entry to the raffle. To earn a raffle ticket in December, Clubs and individuals must make a donation to the Rotary Foundation. 
Reasons to Attend the 2023 RI Convention - Melbourne 
Here are a few reasons why you should attend the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia.
Plano Holiday Parade Returns in 2022 with “March of the Toys” Theme
The Plano holiday parade is back! On hiatus since 2020, the parade will take place on Saturday, December 10, and will be returning to its former home of Downtown Plano where many longtime Planoites remember watching the parade as children.
Park Cities’ Foot Care Clinic for the Homeless
On Saturday, November. 12, from 9 to Noon, Park Cities Rotary held a Foot Care Clinic at the Salvation Army’s Austin Street Center. Organized by member Holly Hollenbeck, club members with the assistance of Nursing student volunteers from Texas Woman’s University, Scheels Sporting Goods, and Soles for Souls, served almost 150 homeless people. They had their feet washed and were provided foot and diabetes health checks, a foot care kit and new socks and shoes.

Rockwall Rotarian Leads the Way to Improve Veterans’ Dental Health
For the fifth year on Veteran’s Day (taking a break in 2020 for COVID), Rockwall Rotarian Dr. Stan Lowrance has given of his time and talents, along with those of his entire dental staff, and 30 additional volunteers—all to benefit veterans’ dental health.
Mesquite Rotary Donates $3,000 to Mesquite Retired Educators Book Project
The Mesquite Rotary Club presented a donation of $3,000 to the Mesquite Association of Retired School Employees book project at their meeting on November 29th

Grand Prairie Metro Aids Local Santa Cop
Grand Prairie Metro Rotary participated in this year’s Santa Cop program, packaging toys for children in need this holiday season.

Plano West Rotary Welcomes Rotary Youth Exchange Student
In September, Plano West Rotary Club welcomed Olivia, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from the Provence region of France. Rotary Youth Exchange is a program where students ages 15-19 who are leaders in their schools and communities are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 different countries to travel and live abroad for one academic year. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens.
Rotary Club of Dallas Raises Funds to End Polio at 4th Annual Pints
October 24th the Rotary Club of Dallas hosted their Pints for Polio event at the Manhattan Project Beer Co. that attracted 30 members and nonmembers from 5 different countries to raise funds for the Rotary International End Polio Fund. The donations of the attendees combined with the generosity of a dozen sponsors to generate funds that will be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Outdoor Sharing Library Installation
On a cold chilly day in November, Preston Hollow Rotary Club installed its first outdoor library. This is a sharing library at Bachman Lake where children can play and come read a book.  With the help of 12 individuals, the library was installed in just an hour.. This library is full of children’s books.
Other members and children helped too.  Sometimes it takes two to hold the auger.

Melissa Rotary Joins The Homeless Fight
Members of the Melissa Rotary club recently teamed up with the Samaritan Inn in McKinney to help a homeless family move into an apartment.
Wylie's Flag Program Gift Package
Angel Wygant from the Wylie East Rotary Club wanted to raise money to buy new equipment for the Wylie Police Department's youth enrichment program. Now this is thinking outside the box! Check out this fundraising idea she developed: 

Rotary Club of Coppell Flags Were the Star at CHS Military Appreciation Night
Coppell Rotary and Coppell High School Football partnered for a successful Military Appreciation Night in October. Rotary supplied a flag for each player to enter the field and to hold for the Pledge of Allegiance. Spectators held their breaths at the sight of the football field awash with Old Glory.

Author Michelle Staubach Grimes Donates 400 Copies of her Book
AMRC has received a donation of 400 copies of Author Michelle Staubach Grimes' book "Pidge Takes the Stage". These books will be given to our Rotary District 5810 to support the District's International Global Grant Project supporting education in Roatan, Honduras and Cozumel, Mexico.

Rotary Club of Dallas Delivers Winter Coats to Special Needs Children
November 12th the Rotary Club of Dallas distributed 50 much-needed winter coats in all sizes to boys & girls with special needs.

Grand Prairie Metro Mobilizes to Rise Against Hunger
Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club joined with the South Grand Prairie High School Interact Club and others for the recent Rise Against Hunger event at First United Methodist Church in Grand Prairie. The group was able to package more than 10,000 meals in an hour! 

Plano West Rotary Continues Support of Nonprofit Bed Start
On Saturday, Nov. 19 volunteers from Plano West Rotary Club (PWRC) continued their support of Bed Start, a Plano nonprofit that provides beds and other large household furnishings free of cost to individuals in financial crisis. These individuals are often single mothers, military veterans, international refugees, and victims of domestic violence.
World War II Veteran’s Memories Inspire

Witness to the end of war with Japan is a symbol for what America could be again. Greta Friedman was kissed by a sailor in Times Square in this iconic photo that came to symbolize the country's jubilation about the end of World War II. Contributor Jeff Brady writes about a local veteran who witnessed the signing of the document that ended conflict with Japan. (Alfred Eisenstaedt/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).

Upcoming Events
Dec. Theme: Disease Prevention & Treatment Month
Dec 01, 2022 – Dec 31, 2022
Allen Rotary Christmas Parade
Dec 04, 2022 2:00 PM
Rotary Clubs of Plano's Holiday Parade
Downtown Plano
Dec 10, 2022
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
McKinney's 23rd Annual Parade of Lights
Downtown McKinney
Dec 10, 2022 6:30 PM
Deadline for Early Bird Registration - RI Melbourn
Dec 15, 2022
Club election results for 2023-24 officers due RI
Dec 31, 2022
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