Ted Cantrell, President of the McKinney Education Foundation, was the featured speaker to present an update about the programs of the McKinney Education Foundation on Wednesday, Oct 10 at their weekly club meeting at Eldorado Country Club. Also attending were Margaret Harsch, Director of Operations and Ashley Sine, Program Coordinator, who are MEF Staff members.
After Mr. Cantrell's presentation, Gary Taylor, President of McKinney Sunrise Rotary, presented him with a check for $8,000 for MEF college scholarships. Of that amount, $4,000 will be awarded in May 2013 to four students ($1,000 each) to MISD seniors who are Interact or RYLA participants at McKinney Boyd and North High Schools and/or who are children/grandchildren of a McKinney Sunrise Rotarian. An additional $4,000 will be the first installment of the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Scholarship Endowment of $20,000 to be completed in 4 years.
Four students from McKinney North High School who attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp last June attended the breakfast meeting to tell about their experiences at camp last June. The RYLA students, who will also be eligible to compete for the $1,000 Rotary scholarships, included Tyler Criss, A.J. Laudenslager, Cassie Bell and Ashley Simo. All are members of their campus Interact Club. The students’ parents and Interact faculty sponsor Tammi Saffell and Principal Jimmy Spann were special guests. Mrs.Saffell is also a MEF College Advisor based at McKinney North High.
The first Endowment of $20,000 from the McKinney Sunrise Rotary club was established for the Classroom Teachers and Professional Development Grants in 2010, and the club is establishing a second Endowment of $20,000 for college Scholarships this year. Three additional $20,000 Endowments for MEF have been established by McKinney Sunrise Rotarians, 1) the Spencer Taylor Band Endowed Scholarship funded by his parents Gary and Rhonda Taylor, 2) the Lyle and Sandra Froese Endowed Fund for Classroom Grants and Professional Development, and 3) the Jeff Caserotti Endowed Scholarship Fund for a total of $60,000. In addition to other donations made in the past five years to MEF, five Endowed Funds at $20,000 each is a significant achievement for a club this size to commit a total of $100,000 in endowments. McKinney Sunrise Rotary encourages other service clubs in our community to join them in making education a priority.
McKinney Sunrise Rotary is a small club of 27 members whose major fundraiser is selling U.S. flag leases to the community to raise money for local and global charities. Education is a priority! The McKinney Sunrise Rotary club has a partnership with BSA Troops 496, 303, 531 and 2150 and Dr. Tom and Juli Marshall family on behalf of the McKinney Area Home School Association to deliver over 1,450 flags to residences and businesses in west McKinney for five flag holidays. The donation to the MEF Scholarship fund was made possible under the leadership of Dr. Tom Parker, Director of Community Service, as part of an initiative to fund worthy projects that benefit children and youth. Persons who are interested in learning more about Rotary are invited to go to our website at www.mckinneysunriserotary.org. Meetings are each Wednesday at 7:30 AM for breakfast and a program at Eldorado Country Club.