News and Announcements July-Dec-17

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Rotary Past Presidents offer congratulations to the 2017-18 Rotary President Ellen Fleming –  at her first meeting.

Past President Jeff Simpsen

Past President Jerome Holmes

Past President Barney Semtner

Past President Robert Clements

Past President Harry Wilson

In the News

Sister Cities of Oklahoma has recently named 4 members of Club 29 to their Board of Directors- Vicki Gourley, Nancy Hyde, Mark Stonecipher and Paul Dudman.

Richard Ogden has been appointed by Governor Fallin to the position of District Judge for Oklahoma County and he was sworn into office on June 27th.

1st quarter’s Change collection will be for Polio Plus.  End Polio Now!

All Club Rotary Golf Tournament – August 28th – Okla. City Golf & Country Club Register here

Rotary After Hours  5:30 to 7:00 at The Drake, 519 NW 23

Rotarians gathered at The Drake for the July Afterhours

Exchange Student from France with Pres. Ellen, and PDG Jerry Burger

Thought for the day

From noted leadership guru John Maxwell:
“People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision.”



In the photo left to right are:  Dr. Terry Neese, Kobra Dastgirzada, Zahra Jafari, Ellen Fleming, Nancy Hyde (host), Nuriat Kaka, Chantal Munanayire, Delphine Uwimbabazi, Mary Jane Calvey (host)

They are all representing the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women.  Kobra is a trainer in our PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) program in Afghanistan. Zahra is the President of our PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) Network (alumnae association), a board member of Leading Entrepreneurs for Afghanistan Development/Afghan Women’s Chamber of Commerce and Industries. Nuriat is the President of the Alumnae Association of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) Rwanda. Delphine is the Vice President of the Alumnae Association of PEACE THROUGH BUSINESS(r) Rwanda.

In the News

It is always fun to follow our Club members as you continue to serve in many leadership roles in the community, and receive honors and awards.

Michael Brooks-Jimenez was been elected to the Oklahoma State Senate for District 44.
Vicki Miles-LaGrange was named to the board of directors of the Oklahoma City Ballet.
The following members of our Club were selected for the 31st class of Leadership Oklahoma: James Finch , OG&E; Jan Peery, YWCA. And finally – our own Mohammad Farzaneh will be participating as a celebrity dancer in the upcoming Dance for a Miracle on Aug 29. The dance contest, which is fundraiser for the Childrens Hospital Foundation, pairs a celebrity with a professional dancer.

Please email the Club office of similar noteworthy recognitions by our members.

AFTER HOURS –  The next After Hours will be held on August 8 at the SideCar at Chisolm Creek across from Top Golf at Memorial and North Western. The After Hours Committee met last week and planned their entire year – many new and exciting venues in store for our Club!  RSVP

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT– Sign up here Monday August 28th OKC Golf & CC- 1 pm shotgun Limit 124 Players. Each Rotarian may bring up to 3 guests. This is a great opportunity to entertain a client who might also be a great prospective member. Many of you have said that other than bringing a prospective member to a lunch meeting, you struggle to find other ways to introduce them to our Club. Inviting them to play in this golf tournament is a great way to introduce them to the fun & fellowship side of Rotary.

Thought for the Day– From noted Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget:

“The goal of education is not to increase the amount of knowledge but to create the possibilities for a child to invent and discover, to create men who are capable of doing new things.”


PDG Jerry Burger attended a Southern Rotary Convention in Houston TX July 21-23. He was transported from the airport to the conference in this Hummer Limo!

Keith Oehlert attended too!

In the News

Positive Tomorrows was featured on the Saturday Nightly News with Lester Holt .  Rotarian Susan Agel is featured in the video

Several of our Club members have been elected to positions on the governing board of The Economic Club of Oklahoma. Nick Harroz was elected 2nd VP, Todd Lisle as Treasurer, and Bruce Day and Susan Winchester have been elected to the Board of Directors.

Also, Cynda Ottaway has been elected Chairman-elect of the OKC Museum of Art Board of Directors and Jerome Holmes will serve on the board as immediate past-Chairman.

Recently Mark Funke and Kristen Peck were elected to the State Chamber Board of Directors.


The next after hours will be held on August 8 at the SideCar at
Chisolm Creek, Edmond.

Golf Tournament

Monday August 28 OKC Golf & CC- 1 pm shotgun Limit 124 Players. Each Rotarian may bring up to 3 guests. This is a great opportunity to entertain a client who might also be a great prospective member. Our Golf Committee has lined up box lunches, beer, and snacks after the round, all included in the registration. Also, our good member Coleman Clark is offering a hole in one prize courtesy of BC Clark Jewelers. We are going to open up the tournament to other OKC area Rotary Clubs starting next week, so please sign up this week to be sure you get a spot.

Thought for the Day

From Henry Ford: If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.


In the News

Hank Bradley has been elected Chairman of both the Oklahoma Development Finance Authority and the Oklahoma Industrial Finance Authority.

David Dobson appeared in Lyric Theatre’s production of West Side Story last week, playing the role of Lt Shrank.


AFTER HOURS –  Our next Rotary After Hours will be held on August 8 at the SideCar at Chisolm Creek, Edmond.  As always, please RSVP online.

Our Club 29 GOLF TOURNAMENT  will be  Monday August 28th  at OKC Golf & County Club, 1 pm shotgun.   We are ¾ of the way to our maximum capacity and are going to open this up to other Rotary Clubs in our District this week.   You can also register online.

Thought for the Day

From Vince Lombardi – “The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary”.


Keith Oehlert who led the Wings of Rotary Trip to Japan introduced  three of the students club 29 sponsored on this trip –  Brennan Schlitter, son of Club member Connie Schlittler, Enrique Thompson and Thomas Hara.

In Sympathy

On a sad note, Club 29 member Bob Allen passed away last week.  His services will be on Aug 9 at Hahn Cook Street & Draper.  

In the News

Five of our members have been named to “Fifty Women Making a Difference” by the Journal Record newspaper. Sheena Karami, Cori Loomis, Donna Miller, Suzanne Mitchell and Lisa Synar, will be honored at the Woman of the Year Awards Gala on October 26th.

Gean Atkinson has been elected to the Oklahoma History Center Board of Directors.

Pat Potts and her husband, Ray, will be inducted into the Oklahoma Commerce & Industry Hall of Honor at the Oklahoma City University’s Meinders School of Business. They are receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Brenda Jones CEO of Jones Public Relations, was invited as one of only 100 small business owners around the US to attend a briefing by President Trump.

The following members of our Club have been chosen for Class 36 of Leadership Oklahoma City: Kim Anderson, Jon Bowers, Vahid Farzaneh, Kami Kuykendall, Tara LaClair, Lesli Massad, Todd Pefferman, and Ashley Smith

Jerry Steward has been named a director of the greater OKC Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Our Club 29 Golf Tournament will be Monday August 28 at OKC Golf & County Club, 1 pm shotgun. You can  register online.

Rotary Afterhours – at SideCar – Chisholm Creek

Thought for the day

from Winston Churchill:
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”


Joyce Clark, co-chair of our District Grants Committee, presented a special report about the most recent Project Dedication. There is another Project Dedication in Romania scheduled for mid-October.. Please contact Joyce Clark if you want to travel.

Rotary News Network – monthly District 5750 News video

In Sympathy

We extend our sincere sympathy to Amy Smith on the recent loss of her father, Elmer Smith.  And our condolences to Donna Rinehardt-Keever, whose mother, Lois Jones, passed away on  August 7.

In the News

Kit Letcher has been elected to the board of directors of the American Advertising Federation OKC Ad Club.

Anne Roberts has recently been elected President of the Board for the Oklahoma Women’s Coalition.

Lou Kerr will be honored by ASTEC with the Door-Opener Award. Her presentation will be at the ASTEC Fund Gala in November.

Registration continues for our Club 29 Golf Tournament which  will be  Monday August 28th  at OKC Golf & County Club, 1 pm shotgun. Deadline is Aug. 22.


Thought for the Day

From Saint Augustine: Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.


In the News

John Kennedy was recently named to the Board of Directors for the new Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School.


ROTARY AFTER HOURS – will be on Sept. 12th at Café Do Brasil in the Bossa Nova Lounge, which is on the 2nd floor. The restaurant is at 440 NW 11th. New time 5:00 to 7:00. RSVP  

ROTARY GOLF TOURNAMENT Monday August 28th OKC Golf & CC – 1 pm shotgun. Deadline to register is Aug 23. Weather forecast: High of 85! We are also appreciative of anyone whose company can offer a $250 nonplaying sponsorship. Please contact Cheryl Byrd or Eli Hellman if you are interested.

Quote of the Day from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”


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