Centennial Celebration event planned for October 4, 2018

For the past 100 years, the McKinney Rotary Club has served the community — both locally and worldwide — in ways that have made a positive impression on the community.

“I am so very grateful for our McKinney Rotary Club.  They took a lead role in bringing the All-Abilities Playground Project to fruition, once again demonstrating their commitment to serve all in our community.  Thank you Rotary!,” said McKinney Mayor, George Fuller.

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, the McKinney club will celebrate its 100th anniversary with a formal dinner at the Eldorado Country Club. This event will include a video presentation of the impact McKinney Rotary has had on the community, and is by invitation only.

“I am so proud to be associated with Rotary,” said Celeste Haiduk Cox, the McKinney club’s president. “We strengthen communities, promote peace, support literacy, provide scholarships, and help prevent diseases. Rotary makes a difference, and the McKinney club has done so for 100 years, making me honored to be this year’s president.”

The McKinney Rotary Club was officially chartered on April 15, 1919. Today, it has 62 members who meet each Friday at noon at Rick’s Chophouse.

“We are so fortunate to have a Rotary club that is active and engaged in our community,” says Lisa Hermes, President of the McKinney Chamber of Commerce. “As they celebrate their centennial anniversary, it’s really a celebration of the dedicated men and women who roll up their sleeves and serve not only our community, but people and places around the world.”

The McKinney Rotary Club is one of over 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide. Rotary.org gives a brief history:

“Grassroots at the core, Rotary links 1.2 million members to form an organization of international scope. It started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.”

A big way that Rotary serves the world is through their active participation in the fight to rid the world of polio. In 1988, Rotary teamed up with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

During the past 100 years, the Rotary International Foundation has spent more than $3 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. These efforts have wiped out 99.9 percent of all polio cases. In addition, the Rotary Foundation trains future peacemakers, supports clean water, and strengthens local economies.

On a local level, the McKinney Rotary Club participates physically and financially in a variety of events, fundraisers, programs, and projects to serve and support the community, including the following:

Flag Lease Program Student of the Month Program
All Abilities Playground McKinney High School Interact Club
Annual Christmas Parade of Lights Camp RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards)
International donations of funds/supplies annually Rotary Model UN
McKinney Youth Leadership Program MEF Spelling Bee
Monthly donations to dozens of local charities  

In addition to the many student programs the club provides, McKinney Rotary annually awards scholarships to McKinney students for college.

As the McKinney Rotary Club looks ahead to the next 100 years, Cox said they are looking “to partner with individuals and organizations in providing opportunities to interact and participate in the Rotary mission and make a positive difference in the community.” She invites anyone interested in Rotary and service above self to join her at one of the weekly meetings.

For more information about McKinney Rotary or the Centennial Celebration, contact President Elect Mike Bell at mbell_tx@msn.com.