Chartered March 31, 1989
The Rotary Club of Wylie began as an idea in 1987. Chuck Trimble, a charter member of the Plano Metro Rotary Club worked at a CPA firm in Plano. In 1987, Chuck started a firm in Wylie and decided the drive was too long to Plano Metro Club. Asking the district for help, Trimble and a fellow Rotarian, Chuck Croissant, from the Plano Rotary Club, began the mission of starting a club in Wylie.
The Farmersville Rotary Club agreed to sponsor the Wylie club. Bob Tedford and Mont Hendricks, members of the Farmersville club, committed to meet with the Wylie club weekly until the official chartering on March 31, 1989. They Club's first President was Chuck Trimble. Initially the club met at a restaurant(Maria's) which was owned by Charter member Robert Arden. The meetings were Thursday mornings at 7:30 a.m. In 1990, it found a home meeting in the fellowship hall at the First Baptist Church in Wylie, until it came to its current meeting place at the Woodbridge Golf Club and changed the meeting time to Noon on Thursday.
The club established college scholarships given each year to Wylie students attending Collin County Community College. These $1,000 scholarships are given to students based on financial need and to students pursuing teaching careers though not a requirement. Several recipients have said the scholarships helped them make the decision to go to college. Each year two recipients have been chosen to receive the awards.
Sponsoring local students to Camp RYLA every year has also become an important tradition. The club has been very successful in the selection of students receiving this award. Usually anywhere between two and four students have been sponsored by the club each year.
The club has also been active in many local projects through the years such as painting and repairing elderly people's homes in Wylie, constructing and maintaining playgrounds at local parks, and international exchange programs with local students. Members are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to help those in need.
The club is probably best known for its good fellowship at the meetings, a tradition of singing, and the Wheel of Misfortune as a fun way to correct infractions of the members. The Rotary Club of Wylie has become a fixture in Wylie with its members involved in all levels of community leadership.