McKinney abounds with active, enthusiastic service clubs which benefit the community in countless ways. Read on to see what they’re all about. They undoubtedly have a spot for you!
President: Angie Sifferman
President-Elect: Jennifer Tinsman
Motto: Service, Respect and Leadership
Members: 900-plus women; worldwide, The Association of Junior Leagues International has approximately 155,000 members.
Annual dues: $175 for active members, $275 for provisional (new) members
The Junior League of Collin County holds general meetings throughout the year – on a Monday night, but not every month – at different area locations. Various committees also meet regularly for specific project attention.
The League’s focus is on promoting volunteerism, developing women’s potential and improving the community through effective action and leadership. Since its inception as the Plano Service League in 1976, the group has raised over $2.5 million and carried out some 200 community projects in Collin County.
Their headquarters are located at 5805 Coit Rd., Ste. 301, in Plano.
The group’s annual fundraisers include the ‘Neath the Wreath Holiday Gift Market, the American Girl Fashion Show and Trinkets to Treasures Resale.
History Note: The Association of Junior Leagues International has roots dating to 1901 New York City.
For more information, visit JLCollinCounty.org.
President: Rob Nelson
President-Elect: Jim Cairo
Motto: Serving The Children Of The World
Members: 101, locally; worldwide, Kiwanis International has approximately 600,000 members.
Dues: $88.50 annually, plus $42 monthly
McKinney’s Kiwanis Club meets Thursdays at noon for lunch, a business meeting and program at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 400 N. College St. in McKinney. The group supports local and worldwide charities and, in particular, assists McKinney schools. Three main fundraisers each year include a November barbecue, a spring Pancake Breakfast and the Historic McKinney Triathlon each March.
The most recent Triathlon drew approximately 350 participants and raised $17,000 to serve children, locally and abroad. Annual social events include a Family Fish Fry, an Awards Banquet and Christmas party.
History Note: Kiwanis International was founded in 1915 in Detroit. McKinney’s Kiwanis Club has been active since 1949. “Kiwanis” is an Otchipew Native American saying which means “we trade” or “we share our talents.” Kiwanis founders translated it as “we build,” which was the organization’s first motto.
For more information, visit McKinneyKiwanis.org.
The MLA Fashion Show is a hit.
President: Cynthia Nelson
Membership Chairman: Connie Gibson
Motto: Community, Heart, Home and Happiness
Members: approximately 80
Dues: $50 annually
The McKinney Ladies Association meets at 7 p.m. on the second Monday each month, September through May, at different locations throughout the community. Per the group’s website, these women are “dedicated to supporting the children and families of our community through special events and fundraising efforts.” Each month, MLA raises money for different local charities.
Major fundraisers include an annual Spring Fashion Show and a twice-a-year Yard Sale at Stonebridge United Methodist Church, which benefits the Public Safety Childrens’ Scholarship Foundation. In April, the Spring Fashion Show alone netted $10,000 for Meals on Wheels.
Membership is open to all ladies, not just McKinnians. The public is also invited to attend a meeting to learn about the MLA. Meetings include a different program each month.
History Note: Originally, this group was known as the Stonebridge Ranch Ladies Association. The name was changed to the McKinney Ladies Association in 2011.
For more information, visit McKinneyLadies.org.
McKinney Lions head to Lions Camp.
President: Lori Ellis
Vice President: JoEllen Zabel
Motto: We Serve
Members: 51; worldwide, Lions International has approximately 1.3 million members.
Dues: $45 monthly; associate members, $15 per month
The Lions Club meets each Wednesday at noon for lunch, a business meeting and program at Eldorado Country Club, 2604 Country Club Dr. in McKinney.
The group’s primary focus is improving the vision health of McKinney ISD students. Lions provide free eye exams and glasses for underprivileged kids of the district. The club stresses community involvement and is also active with disaster relief and other humanitarian causes, locally and abroad.
Globally, Lions International has raised millions of dollars to improve or restore sight to those in need.
The local Lions’ biggest annual fundraiser is their Chili Supper, held in each February at McKinney High School. The event has raised nearly $10,000 annually in recent years.
History Note: Lions Clubs were founded in 1917 and held their first national convention in Dallas that same year. McKinney’s Lions Club has been active since 1920.
For more information, visit LionsClubs.org.
President: Mollie McCune
Vice President: Elayne Matson
Motto: Serving McKinney With Clear Vision
Dues: $150 per year
The Morning Pride Lions meet Tuesday mornings at 7:30 at Market Street, 6100 Eldorado Pkwy. Gatherings include breakfast, a business meeting and a program. Their two major annual fundraising events are the FORESight Golf Scramble, held each spring at McKinney’s Eldorado Country Club, and a fall Holiday Wreath Sale. These events raise a combined $10,000 to $12,000 per year, with all proceeds going to local, national and international Lions projects.
Helping senior adults with limited resources get free eye exams and free glasses is a main focus of this group, though many other charitable causes are advanced, including the Lions Camp for disabled and diabetic children.
History Note: The McKinney Morning Pride Lions were chartered in 2002.
For more information, visit MorningPrideLions.com.
Rotarians boost McKinney’s 4th of July.
President: Doug Kowalski
President-Elect: Tommy Stanley
Motto: Service Above Self
Members: 75; worldwide, Rotary International has approximately 1.3 million members.
Dues: $221.50 per quarter
The Rotarians meet each Friday at noon at Rick’s Chophouse, 107 N. Kentucky St. in McKinney. Lunch is served, followed by a business meeting and program. These business men and women provide humanitarian service, throughout the community and the world, through fundraising and volunteerism. They particularly support McKinney schools and students.
Rotary International has contributed more than $1.2 billion to help eradicate polio and protect more than two billion children worldwide.
The club’s primary fundraiser is its U.S. Flag Lease Program, proceeds from which support numerous charities and youth programs. For $45 annually ($40 prior to April 30), residents may have a U.S. flag delivered and displayed on their property on five national holidays. Rotarians partner with local Boy Scouts in the effort.
Rotarians sponsor McKinney’s downtown Parade of Lights each December.
History Note: Rotary Clubs originated in Chicago in 1905. McKinney’s club was chartered in 1919.
For more information, visit McKinneyRotary.com.
President: Steve Mitas
President-Elect: Larry Offerdahl
Motto: Service Above Self
Dues: $155 per quarter
The McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club meets Wednesday mornings at 7:30 at the Eldorado Country Club, 2604 Country Club Dr. Breakfast is served, followed by a business meeting and a program.
This group of business men and women also support humanitarian service throughout McKinney and the world. Their main fundraiser is the U.S. Flag Lease Program, which it initiated in McKinney in 1993. Starting with 150 flags distributed then, the group now leases nearly 1,500 flags per year and has raised an average of $60,000 annually for charity and youth projects. Sunrise Rotarians also partner with local Boys Scouts in the effort.
History Note: The Sunrise Rotary Club is in its 22nd year of service.
(A new satellite Rotary Club now meets on Thursdays at 6 p.m. at the Louisiana Street Grill, 300 E. Louisiana St. in Downtown McKinney.)
For more information, visit McKinneySunriseRotary.org.
VFW members greet McKinney kids.
Commander: Jim Nichols
Senior Vice President: Lee Francis
Men’s Auxiliary President: Todd Viles
Ladies’ Auxiliary President: Shelly Rule
Motorcycle Group Chairman: Mike Nutterfield
Motto: Nobody Does More For Veterans
Members: approximately 280
Dues: $35 per year
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2150, “The Lone Star Post,” is located at 1710 N. Church St. in McKinney. Monthly meetings are held there on the second Monday evening of each month, followed by a meal. The Post’s main focus is supporting area veterans and active-duty military members and their families. They also support various national and state youth programs, and most every month a different local program is assisted. Regular Friday night gatherings include live entertainment and a meal.
Major annual fundraisers include the Veterans Memorial Golf Tournament in May that raises almost $4,000 per year for Collin County Veterans Memorial Park, and the Toys for Tots Motorcycle Run in December.
Eligibility requirements: must be a U.S. citizen who has served honorably in the U.S. military in an overseas conflict; more details at vfwpost2150.org.
History Note: VFW Post 2150 was chartered in June of 1936.