4-19-16 News and Announcements

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On a sad note

Bill Boulton passed away last Friday morning. Bill was a wonderful guy, passionate about Scouting and a 61 year member of Club 29. Services were Tuesday, April 19  at 1:00 Metro Baptist Church. Please keep  his family in your thoughts and prayers.

In the News

American Mothers, Inc. has named Susan Winchester as their national mother of Achievement Award winner.
She will recognized at a Gala in Washington D.C. on April 26th.

Judy Hatfield has been named to the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.

Larry Nichols will be honored with the OCPA’s Citizenship Award at their annual dinner at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum on May 12th.

Elizabeth Tyrell was featured recently in the Executive Q&A Business Section of the Oklahoman regarding heailthcare law.

The Honorable Vicki Miles LaGrange and Governor Mary Fallin will be honored by Langston University at their annual Women in Leadership luncheon on April 21st.

Lou Kerr will be awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Bacone College on May 7th.

The University of Oklahoma announced a $4 million gift for the College of international Studies and the establishment of a new center for Iranian and Persian Studies from the Farzaneh Family Foundation and OU alums Jalal Farzaneh and Mohammad Farzaneh.

Cynda Ottaway was named president of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

The United Way of Central Oklahoma and CEO Debby Hampton were recently awarded by the Center for Non Profits the Cherokee Nation and Potts Family Foundation Community Award and also received the most prestigious honor, The Charles Schusterman Award for Excellence.

Mary Melon was featured on the front page of the Sunday Oklahoman as a cheerleader for OKC Public Schools; think she knows how to do a Herkie?

Breaking News

Last but not least, the parents of our Inbound Exchange Student, Malo, Marie and Gael arrived last night from Bordeaux, France for a few fun days in OKC. Malo, Marylee and I picked them up at the airport and took them to that haven of fine dining, Malo’s favorite, Johnnies Hamburgers.

Project Dedications

2 Global Grant Project Dedications
Budva, Montenegro May 30
Riga, Latvia June 10
Please see Mary Jane Calvey or Bob Medley for
details – District 5750 may have some travel funds available!!!

Rotary Point Dedication
RSVP for May 6, 6-8 pm for the dedication of Rotary Point

21st Anniversary of the Murrah Building Bombing

As you all know today is the 21st anniversary of the Murrah Building bombing. Driving to work on the morning of April 19th, 1995 neither Past President Jim Daniel or the Club’s two staff members would have known that; within a few minutes, the word would be focused on OKC by a senseless tragedy.

At the time, the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City had the only Rotary Club Foundation in the state other than Tulsa Rotary. Rotary International directed all phone calls and funds to Club 29.
Immediately, the Club formed a Disaster Fund to benefit the victims of the Alfred P. Murrah Bldg. bombing. By 2002 the fund had grown to over one-half of a million dollars with donations as far away as Japan, Canada, Israel, Denmark and Australia. Not only did Rotarians and Rotary Clubs from around the world send donations but individuals made donations as well.

Jim Daniel was president of the Club and within minutes of the disaster, stepped forward with his leadership, dedication, and deep and persistent compassion for the victims and their families, led the Club’s involvement in the Unmet Needs Committee of the OKC community which brought money, manpower, and resources to a neutral table where all people in need had a case manager and most importantly, a source to avoid duplications.

The Resource Coordination Committee was comprised of 16 churches 8 service clubs, 17 non-profits, 3 government agencies and 2 private foundations. Members of Club 29 that served on the Club 29 Disaster Committee were: Jim Daniel, Chairman; Fred Morgan, Vice Chairman, committee members: Larry Wagner, Carl Shortt, Rick Vermillion, Ed Porter, Dick Parker, Ed Leslie, Duane Thelen, Tony Caldwell, Billy Bowden and Jerry Park.

In 2001, after determining all the needs had been met, the Disaster Fund of the Foundation was dissolved by providing $120,000 to benefit the survivors of the 9-11-01 Pentagon and World Trade Center terrorist bombing. Past Presidents Page Dobson and Chuck Wiggin represented the Club at the meeting of the Rotary Club of New York City in observance of the 10th anniversary of the attack.

Let’s give all those people a round of applause in appreciation for their service above self and a job well done.

1 Comments for : 4-19-16 News and Announcements
    • Harry Wilson
    • April 20, 2016
    Reply

    Bill Bolton’s funeral was a beautiful tributes to this great American and long-time member of Club 29. Chris Speligene, Jim Daniel, Harry Wilson and former Rotarian Bob Sprinks were in attendance. The service was conducted at the Metro Baptist Church.I really was disappointed that more members of our Rotary Club weren’t in attendance, considering Bill’s many contributions to our community and nation. He was in the second wave that landed at Normandy on June 6th. and served his country throught his 93 years, 61 in Rotary.

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