December 2023 Edition
News From Around District 5810
John Curtis' Message for December
Yuletide Greetings to all Rotarian, families and friends! Together, we can celebrate our time together and what we have accomplished as a District this Rotary year. We have done much. We have volunteered on many service projects with most clubs creating a project during my visitation.
Grand Prairie Metro Donates Pumpkin Run Proceeds to Local Non-Profits 
Following the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary’s 37th Annual Pumpkin Run, the Club held a celebration to donate $32,000 from this year's run to deserving non-profits in Grand Prairie! Over 75 guests attended the event led by Immediate Past President Debbie Dobbs.
Park Cities Rotary Invites You to the Tree Lighting 
The Rotary Club of Park Cities invites you to enjoy the fun at the 17th annual Snider Plaza Tree Lighting on December 3, 2023, from 3:00 to 7:00 pm. Bring your family. Kids of all ages are welcome.
Monday Night Football event supports Rockwall scholarships 
Recently, the Rockwall Rotary Club hosted a Monday Night Football party to support the club's community efforts towards student scholarships and our mission of polio eradication. While having a great time, attendees ensured the event was a huge success raising over $5300 in just a few hours!
Coppell Always Parties with a Purpose! 
Coppell Rotary knows how to have a great time while making a meaningful impact. During our latest social gathering, we came together and collected over 1,000 lbs of canned goods for Metrocrest Services - just in time to spread Thanksgiving joy!
Pancake Breakfast Honoring Veterans and First Responders 
The Addison Rotary Club and Addison Midday Rotary Club united together on Veteran's Day to host a pancake breakfast to honor and thank the men and women who served our nation and serve our community. 100% of proceeds raised from the breakfast support Santa's Heroes, a joint program of the Addison Fire and Police Departments, respectively, to ensure children of families facing financial hardships will have a gift under the tree. 
Melissa Rotary and Melissa Interact Join Forces for Community Service 
Melissa Rotary Club and Melissa High School Interact Club have joined forces to serve the community, including Melissa's Fall Fest, Flag installations, and the Veterans' Day Ceremony. These service projects include helping with parking and booth set-up at the local Fall Fest sponsored by Krogers and supported by the local Chamber of Commerce, and Interact is sponsoring the Fall 2023 Food Drive benefitting the First Melissa Christmas Angel Program and the Melissa Community Outreach Food Pantry, which the Melissa Rotary Club also supports. 
33rd Addison Rotary Open
On November 10, the Addison Rotary Club presented the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas the net proceeds from the 33rd Addison Rotary Open - $188,000! The Addison Rotary Open, presented by Walker & Dunlop, is the signature fundraiser of the club.
Irving Sunrise Makes Blankets for Project Linus
The Irving Sunrise Club gathered on Saturday, November 18 to make fleece blankets in the 1st Annual Project Linus Blanketeer Day.  
Plano West Rotary Club Helps Provide Student with Custom Wheelchair 
Bethany Elementary 5th grader Kate Chudy uses a wheelchair. Kate was worried she wouldn’t be able to participate in the upcoming 5th grade camp because of the design of her wheelchair, which isn’t suitable for “off-roading” without a second person to help push. 
Mesquite Retired Educators Book Project 2023
The Mesquite Rotary Club presented a donation of $2,000 to the Mesquite Association of Retired School Employees book project at their meeting on November 28th.  In accepting the check from Rotary president Jones Doughton, MARSE president Stephanie Wiley expressed her thanks for Rotary’s financial support and volunteer assistance. 
RHS Interact Club highlights service projects at recent Rotary Club meeting
Rockwall Rotary Club welcomed the Interact Club at Rockwall High School to their November 16 meeting to share updates club accomplishments and upcoming service projects. Rockwall High School teacher and club sponsor, Cheri Whitelock introduced the Senior officers:
Serving the Veterans 
The North Texas Pioneers Rotary Club’s service projects for November were raising money to help the veterans in our area. We had a dinner to honor Veterans Day and were honored to have sixteen veterans attend for dinner
Plano West Rotary Club Going Strong with 6 Years of Avenue K Clean-ups 
Plano West Rotary Club has been supporting the city’s Adopt-a-Highway Project for 6 years this December. The project was initiated by Rotarian Glen Thornton in December 2017, and the first clean-up service project was January 2018. The club’s assigned stretch of roadside is Avenue K between Spring Creek Parkway and Parker Road. 
Save the Date for North Texas Mental Health Forum
You are invited to participate in the inaugural North Texas Mental Health Forum for individuals and organizations in Denton, Collin, Grayson, Tarrant, Cooke, Wise and Parker counties to be held on January 31, 2024, from 9am – 3:30pm at the Denton County Courthouse 2020 Room in Denton, Texas.
Coppell Rotary Honors Veterans Across Coppell
Coppell Rotary was very busy during this last flag holiday. Our beautiful flags were all over Coppell during a variety of events honoring our Veterans.
Grand Prairie Metro Serves Lunch at Veterans Day Celebration
The Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club was honored to cook hot dogs and serve lunch to veterans and guests following the annual Veterans Day Celebration held by the City of Grand Prairie. This yearly event is a highlight for the Grand Prairie community and the Grand Prairie Metro Rotary Club. 
Upcoming Events
Rotary Parades of Plano - Holiday Parade
Dec 02, 2023 2:00 PM
Rotary Clubs of Allen Christmas Parade
Dec 03, 2023 2:00 PM
McKinney's 24rd Annual Parade of Lights
Dec 09, 2023 6:30 PM
Deadline for Club elections 2024-25 Officers
Dec 31, 2023
January Theme - Vocational Service
Jan 01, 2024 – Jan 31, 2024
January District Roundtable
Scottish Rite Hospital in Frisco
Jan 13, 2024
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
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