Welcome to the Rotary Club of Collin County

"The Fun Bunch Service Club"


Are you a person with a Heart for Service who wants to make positive changes in your community and the world? Our club members are dedicated people who share a passion for service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of individuals who share your drive to make a difference.
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It takes a crew of club members and their friends to clean up and beautify the landscaping around Ovation Academy, a unique School of Performing Arts in McKinney.
 
This non-profit academy provides onsite training in the disciplines of Dance, Acting, Musical Theatre and Theatrical Production & Design as well as the business of being a professional artist and the life-skills needed to succeed in the industry.
 
Here students are trained to be highly technical artists with a sense of community and humility. Philanthropy and Community Outreach are central themes at Ovation Academy. Through their talents students strive to make a difference in the community by giving back and helping those around us.
 
We just enjoy helping out where we can, and on this Saturday morning, it was landscaping. Service Above Self, the Rotary way.
 
 

Challenge Air provides a once-in-a-lifetime experience to kids with special needs between the ages of 7-21 through the gift of co-piloting an aircraft. This experience is offered at no cost to the kids and their families. Our club did our part to help more than 65 children and parents experience flight. One of the pilots was Tony Watson, Rotarian and friend from Midlothian.

Loaders were assigned to help each person get safely onboard and hooked up to headphones. After the 20 minute roundtrip flight from McKinney National Airport, the special needs person received a set of wings from the pilot and then they walked the red carpet to a rousing cheer. Thanks to our club members who helped to make this special event successful. Service to change lives.

https://www.challengeair.com/

 

 

Adam Earls, Executive Director of The Warrior’s Keep and shown here with President Lenda Fidelman, was the guest speaker at Collin County Rotary Club on March 3, 2022.

Warrior’s Keep is a non-profit organization that provides mental health services in the form of outdoor adventures for military veterans. There is no charge for their services; however, for those who want to sponsor one participant, the cost is $500.

The Warrior’s Keep's mission is to unite, empower and enhance the quality of life for veterans with the use of Outdoor Therapy.

We at The Warrior's Keep believe that sometimes the best medicine is nature's medicine. Our programs provide Veterans with free access to outdoor activities, designed to educate and assist with the difficulties of reintegrating back to civilian life.

https://www.thewarriorskeep.org/

 

We inducted Vince Whitehead as our 7th new member since we chartered in July. Vince's classification is Insurance Claims Team Manager. He was inducted by Club Administrator, K. Lyle Froese via Zoom. Vince's sponser, Past President Benita Sharpe, will place the official Rotary pin him at our next face-to-face meeting. Welcome, Vince.
 
 
 
 
 
We inducted Monique Whitehead as our 6th new member since we chartered in July. Monique's classification is IT Technology Health Services. She was inducted by Club Administrator, K. Lyle Froese. Monique's sponser, Past President Benita Sharpe, placed the official Rotary pin her. Welcome, Monique. 
 
We can do amazing things with our partners for Shiloh Place McKinney, Embrace Texas. Thanks to club members and our partners, Maylee Thomas-Fuller of the Love Life Foundation and McKinney Mayor George Fuller. Also, we had the pleasure of handing checks to Warrior's Keep, Hugs Cafe, Collin County Museum & Historical Society and Meals On Wheels of Collin County.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Get to know our club President, Lenda Fidelman:
 

 
Career: Project Manager for Fidelco and a Farmer/Co-Owner for Fields of Fidelis lavender farm

Joined Rotary: June 27, 2018

Offices held in Sunset Satellite and Collin County Rotary Club: Service Chair, Program Chair, Chair Elect, Chair President

Membership in previous Rotary clubs: Sunset Satellite, a satellite of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club

Honors received: Rotarian-of-the-Year for Sunset Satellite in 2019, Paul Harris Fellowship Recipient

Where I attended school or college: Basic Training at Fort Jackson South Carolina, Advanced Individual Training (AIT) Fort Jackson South Carolina, Dallas Baptist University Bachelor of Business Studies, Dallas Baptist University Master of Business Administration in Project Management

Special interests or hobbies, and info about family members: Texas Army National Guard veteran, lavender farmer, wife of a veteran, mother of two boys. Our family works our farm together for both income and bonding time. My hobbies include volunteering, gardening, crafting, and traveling.

 
Jeff Shannon is the current Director of Service and President-Elect for 2021-22, and the next President of Collin County Rotary Club beginning July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023. Jeff has implemented hands-on service projects for club members and partnerships for local and global non-profit organizations, including the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Flag Project, Hugs Café and Greenhouse, Shiloh Place, Embrace Texas, Warrior’s Keep, Meals on Wheels of Collin County, and the Collin County History Museum. Members also produced over 100 blankets in 2021-22 for the Linus Project for children in hospitals and foster homes who faced trauma.

Jeff is an Owner Operator of BIRDCREEK Roofing, a company that provides home and commercial construction and roofing services in Texas and Louisiana. His former managerial work experience includes Striker Roofing and Construction of McKinney. He is a graduate of Arlington (Texas) High School and the University of Texas at Arlington. Jeff is married to Jacqueline Shannon and the couple has two boys.
When Benita Sharpe joined McKinney Sunset Rotary Club in October 2018, little did she know that she would become the Charter President for the Rotary Club of Collin County, Texas USA. However, with Benita’s leadership skills, dynamic personality and work experience as a small business owner and a representative with State Farm Insurance, she was a natural for the position.
 
Benita is the owner of B Sharpe Image Consultants, where she sells Mary Kay beauty products and other resources for women to feel good about themselves. Benita is especially good at “selling” empowerment and helping people reach their full potential.
 
 

When local non-profits in McKinney described mounting needs at a time when their scheduled fund-raising activities were cancelled due to the coronavirus quarantine, Collin County Rotary Club, stepped up.

Three sources of funds were used to benefit local and global projects: Collin County Rotary Club member donations, Striker Construction of McKinney, and funds generated by the flag-lease program  of McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club. The Collin County Rotary Club members maintained three flag routes to participate in a city-wide program to sell flag leases to business and homes for a patriotic display. 

Five local non-profits were awarded funds to apply to immediate needs that they identified.  The local distribution included Hugs Cafe and Greenhouse, Ruth Thompson, Executive Director; Collin County History Museum, Kristin Spalding, Executive Director; Shiloh Place, Dr. Eppy Thern, Executive Director; The Warriors Keep, John Cody Hardin, Executive Director; and Meals on Wheels of Collin County, Zella Tyson, Executive Director. 

Three global projects also benefited from donations:  End Polio Now, Guatemala Literacy Program, and the tree planting project sponsored by Heifer International.   The End Polio Now program is world-wide and co-sponsored by the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eliminate the scourge of polio in every country.  Only two countries remain that have not completed the vaccinations for every child:  Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Guatemala Literacy Project meets the "gold standard" for improving literacy rates for impoverished children in  Central America.  The  tree-planting program is supported by numerous organizations to counteract flooding and drought caused by changes in weather patterns and climate.

For a major hands-on project, the club members participated in making over 100 comfort blankets for Project Linus.  The comfort blankets are given at no charge to law enforcement and case workers who remove children from abusive situations and also to hospitals for children who are seriously ill or facing surgery.   The students from the Ovation Performance Academy were partners in making the comfort blankets. 

 

 

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The Fun Bunch Service Club

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Thursdays at 5:30 PM
Caddo Office Reimagined McKinney
6401 Eldorado Pkwy
McKinney, TX 75072
United States of America
Phone:
(903) 815-4779
Twice a month meetings. First Thursday of each month for a program and speaker. Third Thursday of each month at a local pub or restaurant for a Happy Hour. Hands-on Service projects on selected Saturdays.
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Jun 02, 2022
Embrace Texas
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Jul 21, 2022 5:30 PM
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