Annual Allen Rotary Christmas Parade
Sunday, Dec. 3rd - Starting 2:00PM
Downtown Allen

Sponsored By Allen Sunrise & Allen Noon Rotary Clubs
Theme: A Storybook Christmas

Entries will be accepted for the 2017 Allen Rotary Christmas Parade starting October 1. The parade, which is sponsored by the Allen Sunrise and Allen Noon Rotary Clubs, will be held on Sunday December 3 starting at 2 p.m.  Local youth groups, schools, churches, businesses and community organizations are welcome to march or enter a float in this year’s parade.  Group entry fees are $40 for non-profit organizations and $50 for commercial businesses through November 22. The entry fee increases $10 after November 23 with the final entry deadline on Monday November 27 at 5 p.m. Proceeds from the parade fund charitable Rotary projects in the Allen community.
The parade route will begin at North Cedar Drive and St. Mary's Drive and proceed south to the Main Street.  The parade will head west on Main to Allen Drive and then north on Allen Drive to the traffic circle at St. Mary’s Drive.  A grand prize will be awarded along with “best of” awards in eleven different categories. The theme for this year’s parade will be “A Storybook Christmas.”    Look for more information here:

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Posted by George Chrisman
The DFW Chapter of Heroes on the Water were back on our favorite lake at Frito Lay Corporate Headquarters.  Some 50 plus veterans, spouse, children, and volunteers attended this outing hosted by the Valor Team of Frito Lay with lunch provided by the Rotary Club of Allen Sunrise.  The grounds around the lake provide easy shoreline fishing for those not wanting to venture out on the water.  The lake is stocked with largemouth bass, catfish, and koi.  One creative veteran made dough balls and caught several catfish, one turtle, and a Koi.  With folks scattered on the lake and around the shore it is difficult to determine how many fish were caught, but everyone did catch fish.
One of the features of the September outing is a fishing tackle give away to all attending veterans.  During the year we gather up donated fishing rods, reels, tackle boxes, and any other fishing related items for a big giveaway.  This year we had enough for every veteran to receive at least two items.  Scroll through the photos to view many of the participants including kids with fish they caught and one service enjoying his first ride in a kayak.
Many thanks to the Allen Sunrise club for their continued support of Heroes on the Water.
To view pictures of the event, please click on the following link:
ALLEN SUNRISE SUPPORTS HEROS ON THE WATER George Chrisman 2017-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
Helping people with disabilities make their own music 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0