Welcome to Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary

The Carrollton-Farmers Branch club was chartered on November 30, 1960 and will celebrate its 60th birthday this year. Our club is made up of 70 business and civic leaders that meet each week and enjoy an informative program about many different interesting topics. Our club meets on Thursdays at Brookhaven Country Club at 11:45 a.m. for lunch. Come Join Us! (You may also attend our meetings on-line. Click on this link to request online meeting information.) 
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Attendance at CFB Rotary's in-person meetings has been growing steadily. Today's full-house underscored the fact that we are pretty much "back to normal." As a result—after over a year—we are finally saying goodbye to Zoom, effective Thursday, July 8. Note: Zoom will still be available one more time, for the meeting next Thursday, June 24. Rotary will not meet on July 1. 
CFB Rotary is pleased to welcome new member John Mahalik, shown above with fellow Rotarian Charles Heath (left). John recently succeeded Charles as Chief Executive Officer at Metrocrest Hospital Authority. A former Carrollton City Councilman (2005-2011), John also chairs the Board of Directors of the North Texas Tollway Authority. 
On Tuesday night, April 20, the City of Carrollton presented Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary with the 2021 Outstanding Community Organization Award (shared with Inspiring Lives Inc). The Club was specifically recognized for the construction of a handicapped-accessible playground at Mary Heads Carter Park and the donation of over $30,000 to Metrocrest Services to help the needy during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Noted local cellist Joseph Kuipers played selections of classical and contemporary music as he talked to CFB Rotary on Thursday, April 8, about Texas Cellos, a cello choir aimed at helping the next generation of Texans to learn great music in an inspiring environment. Kuipers invited all Club members to Music@Mill, a new music festival in McKinney, April 23-24, highlighting a wide variety of music and other activities. 
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary is now accepting scholarship applications from high school seniors and current college students who meet eligibility requirements. The electronic scholarship application must be submitted by April 16. Scholarship money will be used to advance college opportunities in Fall 2021 for those who have an established connection to the CFB Rotary Club. Please email scholarship@cfbrotary5810.org with any questions. 
CFB Rotary President Sonja Dodds has cancelled the meeting for Thursday, February 18. She writes, "Due to the weather conditions and power outages, all CFB-Rotary activities are cancelled for tomorrow. Everyone please stay safe and warm!" 
CFB Rotary set a new Valentine's Day sale record for West Haven and Blessed Assurance children's homes! We are very excited to announce that Rotarian Gary Embrey of Shamrock Precision generously donated $1,000 today, and since the Rotary meeting and Valentine's Day sale were cancelled due to the icy weather, Regina and Gary took the Valentine's Day party to Shamrock's break room with goody bags and small gifts for all 50 employees.
Valentine's Day is this Sunday, February 14, which means this week we will hold our annual Valentine's Day Sale for the two disabled children's homes in Jamaica. ALL proceeds will be sent directly to the homes to support these wonderful kids. Last year we raised $1,000 and $800 the year before. 
During our lunchtime meeting on Thursday, December 10, CFB Rotary Club members hand-signed Christmas cards to hundreds of service men and women, extending seasons greetings and thanking them for their service. We appreciate all those who serve our country and put their own lives at risk for the rest of us. To each of them, CFB Rotary says, "Dear Hero, thank you for your service!"
The Carrollton-Farmers Branch Rotary Club recently provided funding to the Rotary Club of Montego Bay, Jamaica, to install a water tank at Salt Spring Primary and Infant School. The tank was presented in memory of CFB Rotary Past President Peter Cross, who died at age 80 on July 29, 2015. Dominica Pradere, Montego Bay Rotary Club Past President/International Service Director, took the picture above of Club Secretary Lorraine Spence. 
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