December 2018 Edition
News From Around District 5810
District Governor Bill Slicker's January Message
Greetings to all Rotarians & their families in the New Year!
The New Year finds us all back in the saddle again.
January is Vocational Service month. In RI President Barry Rassin's message in the Rotarian, he highlights the importance of vocational service.
Our new Rotary International/Rotary Foundation Annual Report is now online. Read it here
Saturday, January 12th is our next Roundtable meeting. We appreciate all the work of presenters & on attendees.
I am grateful to be a Rotarian.
Mardi Gras Party - February 16th
Join us on Saturday, February 16, 2019, for our Mardi Gras party at 6:30 in the evening at Prestonwood Country Club, 15909 Preston Road, Dallas,TX 75428. The Rotary Clubs of District 5810 plan to celebrate in style while raising money for PolioPlus! Everyone is invited. Bring your friends and neighbors! Tickets are $50 each. Click here to register. 
Santa receives surprising request, delivers Christmas miracle

As a professional Santa Claus, it’s not unusual for Bill Dendy to get Christmas requests and letters from kids. What is unusual is the email he received just a few weeks ago. “Yeah, I got a letter and it was not from a kid, but it was actually from their mom,” Dendy said.

RYLA Roundup for All Clubs to Kick Off the 2019 RYLA Year
The RYLA Roundup for the District 5810 2019 Camp RYLA Program will be held Saturday, January 26, 2019 at the Addison Conference Centre, 15650 Addison Road, Addison, TX 75001. Rotary Club RYLA Chairpersons should attend this training program designed to get Camp RYLA 2019 recruiting and selection started. The meeting is the only chairpersons training of the year so every club should be represented. The training is from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. RYLA manuals and recruiting materials will be distributed, including copies of the brand new Camp RYLA video. The meeting is also open to any Rotarian interested in learning more about Camp RYLA prior to the 29th annual leadership camp. July 28 – August 2.
McKinney's 19th Annual Parade Of Lights
The 19th Annual McKinney Rotary "Parade of Lights" held in downtown McKinney on Dec 20, 2018. It was a huge success after rescheduling and was enjoyed by all. The McKinney Rotary Club parade attracts groups from all over McKinney and Collin County area such as:  Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops, McKinney High School Marine Corps JROTC Color Guard Cadets, McKinney Fire and Police personnel, and many other worthy participants.
This annual McKinney Rotary Club event has proven to be a great way to continue expanding our Rotary brand, visibility and service effectiveness within the City of McKinney and surrounding communities. See the photos
Wreaths Across America
The Rockwall Breakfast Rotary participated in the December 15, 2018 Wreaths Across America at Resthaven Cemetery and Memorial Park, Rockwall, TX. 
Donation/Grant Enhance Inclusive Playground
Several large donations, including one for naming rights by a prominent Richardson couple, are helping accelerate construction and enhance the amenities available at Richardson’s first inclusive playground, located in Cottonwood Park. Construction on the project is estimated to begin in January 2019, with completion in mid-April 2019. The naming rights donation of $100,000 has been provided by Charles and Ann Eisemann, long-time community benefactors and prominent civic leaders.
Rotary Club of Park Cities and Scottish Rite Popcorn
When years ago the polio epidemic necessitated specific programs to treat the children, some of the pediatricians of the time did not want the children to dread coming to a place that smelled like a hospital. Their solution was to pop popcorn and keep popping it, so the children would be greeted by a much more appealing smell. 
All Assessible Playground - Rosemead Park
The Rotary Club of Carrollton-Farmers Branch in partnership with The City of Carrollton is raising money to purchase and install All Assessible Playground Equipment for the park located at Rosemeade Rec Center.
North Texas Pioneers "Fur Angel Tree"
North Texas Pioneers Rotary brought some much needed Christmas cheer to the Plano Animal Shelter this season. Each member choose an angel off the tree and bought the items listed.  They gathered many small beds for cats and small dogs, lots of toys, cat nip, dog and cat treats, cat litter, etc.... And many other items the shelter needs to keep all the sweet creatures comfortable. 
RYLA Volunteering for Angle Tree Over 20 years
Volunteers from the RYLA Student Advisory Group, RYLA Alumni, and the Dallas Trinity Rotary Club enjoyed their annual Angel Tree event at North Park Mall on November 25th--the Saturday after Thanksgiving.  Historically, this particular Angel Tree, on this particular day, is the busiest Angel Tree in the nation.  Our district is always well-represented, as volunteers offer smiling faces while they assist folks selecting angels to adopt, document angels that have been chosen, receive and safely store gifts as they are received, and answer questions all along the way.  This annual experience is a holiday favorite for everyone involved.
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Upcoming Events
January Theme - Vocational Service Month
Jan 01, 2019 – Jan 31, 2019
International Assembly
Jan 12, 2019 – Jan 19, 2019
January District 5810 Roundtable
iHeart Media Center
Jan 12, 2019 9:30 AM
RYLA Roundup Training
Addison Conference Centre
Jan 26, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
February Theme - Peace & Conflict Month
Feb 01, 2019 – Feb 28, 2019
February District 5810 Roundtable
iHeart Media Center
Feb 09, 2019 9:30 AM
Mardi Gras Party - End Polio Fundraiser
Prestonwood Country Club
Feb 16, 2019 6:30 PM
Rotary's 114th Birthday
Feb 23, 2019
Lone Star PETS
DFW Hyatt Regency
Feb 28, 2019 – Mar 03, 2019
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