News and Announcements July-Dec-17

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7-11-17

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.”

7-18-17

Guests 

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.”

7-25-17

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.

Announcements

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.


8-1-17

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.

Announcements

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”.

8-8-17

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.”


8-15-17

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.


8-22-17

In the News

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

Announcements

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.”

8-29-17

August 2017 Teacher of the Month – Madison Wingate

Madison Wingate graduated with honors from Texas Tech University, and has been teaching since August 2013- all as a pre-kindergarten teacher at Pierce Elementary School. She started a Facebook group in 2016 called “Parents and Teachers of Oklahoma City Unite!” to facilitate communication and bridge the divide that seems to exist between parents and teachers in the community.
Madison participates on the “Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports” Committee, whose purpose is to implement a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports, and social culture needed for all students to achieve social, emotional and academic success. She credits her teaching career to her family legacy, and her first grade teacher.

In the News
Chris Smith
has been appointed to a 4 year term on the Oklahoma Advisory Committee of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.
Stan Hupfeld has been selected by Gov Fallin for the Task Force on Improving the State Aid Formula.

Announcements

AfterHours– will be on Sept. 12 at The Bossa Nova Lounge 2nd floor of Café Do Brasil, at 440 NW 11th. New time 5:00 to 7:00.

In light of the recent weather-related disaster needs in south Texas, we are researching ways that we as a Club can help. We will advise our Club members as soon as possible.

The Bricktown Rotary Club is holding a fundraising event called “Boots & Bourbon” on Fri Sept 15.  More info      

Yesterday was our annual Club 29 golf tournament. For the first time it was held at OKC Golf & Country Club. Nearly 90 players enjoyed the beautiful weather and course condition. I want to thank Golf Co-Chairs, Eli Hellman and Peter Vitali and their Committee and other volunteers

Golf Chairs Eli Hellman and Peter Vitali with President Ellen Fleming

Jim Sharrock, Terri Cooper and Lisa Synar greet and register golfers for the 8-28-17 Tournament

Thought for the Day: From Lewis Grizzard – humorist and former sports writer:
“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.”

Photos from 2017 Bedlam- Thanks to Carl Shortt for the photos!



9-5-17

Announcements

 

Hurricane relief: Club 29 is accepting donations to help provide disaster relief to the citizens in south Texas. Contributions may be made to our club 29 foundation, and a match from our foundation will be available. Pledge/Pay with a credit card

You may also get a communication from our district regarding a fund that has been set up with the Rotary International foundation, and you may choose to donate to that fund, however, those donations will not be matched by our club 29 foundation.

2017-18 Rotary Grant Applications available!

The Annual Project/OnePledge committee announced today at the Rotary meeting that we will be accepting applications for the 2017/18 Rotary Project. We need  your help! 

Please forward this information to a qualifying nonprofit.  You will find all the guidelines, requirements , timelines, and the application form here  This information is  on the home page of the website. Deadline for application submission is Noon, Sept. 29, 2017.

Thought for the Day

from Matthew Kelley- leading Catholic author & motivational speaker – speaking in OKC on Sept 30: “The biggest lie we tell ourselves: “Holiness is for someone else”.

9-12-17

ROTARY AFTER HOURS – was held  on Sept. 12th The Bossa Nova Lounge, 2nd floor of Café Do Brasil. 5:00 to 7:00. 440 NW 11th. – Thanks to Mike McAuliffe for the photos!

We salute the Rotary Club of Enid on their 100th anniversary. Club 29 sponsored the Enid club on September 1, 1917.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE ANNUAL PROJECT/ONE PLEDGE COMMITTEE announced last week that the club will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 Rotary Project. Please feel free to forward this information to a qualifying nonprofit. The guidelines, requirements, timelines, and the application form is on the home page of the website. Deadline for application submission is noon, Sept. 29, 2017.

CLUB 29 MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

FRED MORGAN has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Council of State Chambers of Commerce.
LOU KERR and ROBERT HENRY will be honored with the Door-Opener Award by the ASTEC Foundation at ASTEC Charter Schools Gala on November 14.

Thought for the Day

A Chinese proverb, author unknown: “The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”


9-19-17

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Over the life of our Club, we have donated several million dollars around the world to solve serious issues as water and sanitation, literacy, and education. In October a group of Club 29 members including Mary Jane Calvey, Larry Stone, Sherry Rhodes, and Allen Paine will travel to Romania for a dedication of one of our international service projects. The project is in the Orthopedic and Cardiology hospitals in Cluj-napoca Romania. It includes a cardiac ultrasound machine and central nurses station with monitors for critically ill patients. On October 13, this project will be dedicated in Bob Medley’s Honor with a special plaque made by an artist who is past president of the Budapest City Rotary Club, so I am very happy that we’ll have several Club members there in person.

THE ANNUAL PROJECT/ONE PLEDGE COMMITTEE is accepting applications for the 2017-18 Rotary Project. The guidelines, requirements, timelines, and the application form is on the home page of the website. Please feel free to forward this information to a qualifying nonprofit. Deadline for application submission is noon, Sept. 29, 2017.

THE NEXT ROTARY AFTER HOURS will be held on Oct. 10  at the JONES ASSEMBLY from 5:30 to 7:00  RSVP

MEMBERS IN THE NEWS

MARY MELON, President and CEO of the Foundation for OKC Public Schools, will represent Oklahoma on the National School Foundation Associations Industry Leadership Council.

ROBERT CLEMENTS will serve as Vice Chairman of the Heart of the City Campaign for the United Way of Central Oklahoma 2017 fundraising Campaign.

The 2017-18 Rotary Rosters will be available at the next several Rotary Meetings.  Please pick one up at the table at the back of the room

Thought for the Day:  Jon Gordon – Bestselling Author & Speaker “Navy Seals say when you’re under pressure, you don’t rise to the occasion, you sink to the level of your training. Train well.

9-26-17

Rotary Teacher of the Month – Shannon Larsen was named Teacher of the Month for September 2017 by Oklahoma City Public Schools and Rotary Club of Oklahoma City.
​As a proud graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, she received her Bachelor of Science in Special Education in May 2012 and her Master of Education Degree in Reading in May 2017.
Shannon is beginning her sixth year of teaching—her third year at Wilson Arts Integration Elementary teaching second grade this year; from 2012-2015, and she worked at Eugene Field Elementary teaching Special Education for K-5 students with mild/moderate disabilities.
​Her heartfelt desire is “to be that one that made a difference for the really challenging kids.” We need more like her. Thanks Shannon!

Rotary Club 29 celebrated the perfect attendance records of 63 Rotarians with a reception in their honor 9-26-17 at the OKC Golf & Country Club.  Hosts were Nick Harroz and Blair Naifeh.

Photo credit: Carl Shortt Photography

  

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THE ANNUAL PROJECT/ONE PLEDGE COMMITTEE is accepting applications for our 2017-18 Club Project. Please forward this information to a qualifying nonprofit. The guidelines, requirements, timelines, and the application form is on the home page of the website. Deadline for application submission is noon, Sept. 29, 2017.

THE NEXT ROTARY AFTER HOURS will be held on Oct. 10th at the JONES ASSEMBLY FROM 5:30 TO 7:00

New Rosters are available at the back of the room during the Rotary meetings.

HURRICANE DISASTER RELIEF
Our Club has donated more than $800,000 to disaster recovery around the world including major donations to victims and their families of the 9-11 Bombing and the Murrah Building Bombing here in Okla.City. More recently, we’ve received donations from several of you for those in Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey, and the Club’s Foundation will be matching those. We are currently researching organizations in Florida who can be the recipients of any donations we collect from you for Hurricane Irma victims. This is why I haven’t announced any collection effort for Florida, however, I will be doing so in the near future.

ROTARIANS IN THE NEWS
Our Club’s Treasurer Dennis Shockley has had a long and distinguished career in public service. Dennis is retiring as executive director of the Oklahoma Housing Finance Authority. Congratulations, Dennis!

Past President Jim Loftis was the second flight winner in the Scissortail Invitational Regional Croquet Tournament at OKCGCC, beating players from as far away as Palm Beach and The Hamptons. He wanted me to assure you that he has not quit his day job as architect extraordinaire.

Since formed in 1910, our Club 29 has always supported Rotary International and its philanthropic efforts.
Our Club has the largest number of Paul Harris Fellows and the largest number of Paul Harris Society Members in the Rotary world. The following have achieved new PHF levels.

FRANK SEWELL
JEFF CLOUD +1
CLIFF DOUGHERTY +2
ROBERT CLEMENTS +2
ANNE ROBERTS +2
DAVID FRENCH +2
CHERYL BORELLI +2
PAUL DUDMAN +3
ALAN NIEMANN +3
JALAL FARZANEH +4
MOHAMMAD FARZANEH +4
DANIEL MEDLEY +4
TODD BRAWLEY +4
TOM ROE +4
DICK WEGENER +5
JEFF BROWN +5
DAVID HOUSTON +6
CHUCK WIGGIN +7
JOHN CRAIN +7
JIM CLARK +8
MARION PADEN +3
MARY JANE CALVEY +6

Steve Shepelwich and Clayton Taylor view the International Projects Map created by Mary Jane Calvey

 

Projects Map

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – from Rotary International Founder, Paul Harris, from his book “My Road to Rotary”:
“Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built. Tolerance is the element which holds it together.”


10-3-17

ANNOUNCEMENTS

We are saddened to report Susan Agel’s  father Jack Griffith recently passed away and services were held Saturday at the Golden Plain Free Methodist Church in Newton, KA.  We extend our sympathy to Susan and her family.

IN THE NEWS
Robert Henry has been selected as an inductee for the 2017 Higher Education Hall of Fame.

Tony Caldwell has been elected Chairman and Karen Youngblood vice chair of the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs.

Our Club will be accepting donations to help provide hurricane relief to the residents of Florida. Contributions should be made to our Club 29 Foundation. A match from our Club’s Foundation will be available.

THE NEXT AFTER HOURS will be held on Oct. 10 at the JONES ASSEMBLY 5:30 TO 7:00

Thought for the day: From American Writer Arthur Golden
“Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that we see ourselves as we really are.”

10-10-17

BASKET COLLECTION
For the next few weeks, our basket collection beneficiary will be our Club’s Open World program. Committee chairs Suzanne Mitchell and Lisa Hammond and their entire Open World Legal Scholars Committee have arranged numerous events for the group of judges we’ll be hosting from the country of Georgia from Oct 21-28.
We receive a grant to offset the expenses associated with this program, however there are certain amenities that cannot be funded with this grant. One of the events planned is dinner with Senator James Lankford and in order to make this a special event, additional funding is needed. if you are interested in helping financially please let us know by filling out this form:   Pledge/Pay

Dictionaries

One of our annual projects is to provide a dictionary to each 3rd grade student in a public school in the OKC area. We fund the expense of these books, and add a sticker to each indicating it is a gift from the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. Members of our Club are needed to affix these stickers and personally deliver the dictionaries to the classrooms, and when possible, to say a few words about Rotary and our mission. The Dictionary Committee will have sign up sheets in the back of the room Oct. 17 and 24  so you can select the school that you would like to deliver dictionaries to. Dick Wegener’s daughter CARLY TRIBBEY is again helping us coordinate the distribution and will be manning the table. We need help from many of you , so please sign up. Even if you don’t have the time to deliver books during school hours, you can still help out by volunteering to sticker and pack the books. Often this is the first book that many of these children will own, so delivering these can be a meaningful experience.

Dave Ortloff and the Service Saturday Committee have arranged for members of our Club to volunteer at this year’s Haunt the Zoo event at the OKC Zoo. The Zoo needs quite a few volunteers, so please check your calendar and see if you can help with this fun event.  Volunteer Shifts vary from 8:15am- 12pm; 11:15a-2p; or 1:15p-5p on October 21, 22,  and 28, 29  to volunteer, contact volunteers@okczoo.org;  to sign up to volunteer, or reach out to Melissa Kesler at 405-425-0275

Haunt the Zoo Information and Flyer

Hurricane Disaster Relief – FLA

Our Club will be accepting donations for hurricane disaster relief in Florida. Please make checks payable to the Rotary Club 29 Foundation.  Pledge/Pay Hurricane Disaster Relief – FlA

Thought for the Day

from Phil Libin, former CEO of Evernote:
“There’s lots of bad reasons to start a company. But there’s only one good, legitimate reason, and I think you know what it is: It’s to change the world.”


10-17-17

Open World Legal Scholars

For the next few weeks, our basket collection beneficiary will be our Club’s Open World program. Committee chairs Suzanne Mitchell and Lisa Hammond and their entire Open World Legal Scholars Committee have arranged numerous events for the group of judges we’ll be hosting from the Republic of Georgia from Oct. 21-28. We will receive a grant to offset the expenses associated with this program, however there are certain amenities that cannot be funded with this grant. One of the events planned is a reception with Senator James Lankford and in order to make this a special event, additional funding is needed. Pledge/Pay

Dictionary Delivery

One of our annual projects is to provide a dictionary to each 3rd grade student in a public school in the OKC area. We fund the expense of these books, and add a sticker to each indicating it is a gift from the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. Members of our Club are needed to affix these stickers and personally deliver the dictionaries to the classrooms, and when possible, to say a few words about Rotary and our mission. The Dictionary Committee has sign up sheets in the back of the room so you can select the school that you would like to deliver dictionaries to. Dick Wegener’s daughter CARLY TRIBBY is helping us coordinate the distribution and is manning the table. We need help from many of you, so please sign up. Even if you don’t have the time to deliver books during school hours, you can still help out by volunteering to sticker and pack the books. Often this is the first book that many of these children will own, so delivering these can be a meaningful experience.

In the News

J Don Harris, has recently been elected to the National Board of Directors for the Academy of Sports Dentistry representing the NBA.

Announcements

We are sad to report the October 12 passing of Ed Long, father of Club Members Steve Long and Donna Lawrence. Ed was a member of Rotary for 58 years and the son of Past District Gov Lloyd Long from Garber. Please keep Steve, his sister Donna Lawrence and the rest of their family in your thoughts and prayers.

The Club will be collecting funds for hurricane disaster relief in Florida. Please make checks payable to the Rotary Club 29 Foundation.  Pledge/Pay

Service Saturday

The Service Saturday Committee, chaired by Dave Ortloff,  has planned a very special event in conjunction with Rotary International Foundation’s 100th Anniversary.  Our Club is going to DONATE one tree on behalf of each of our members to the citizens of OKC.  So that is over 600 trees – one in each of your names.   Rotary International chose this project as part of its Environment Sustainability Action initiative.  I have really good news for you:

1. You don’t have to pay for the tree – Club 29’s Foundation is underwriting this cost;

2. You don’t have to PLANT the tree either.   What we ARE asking is that you sign up to man a Rotary Club 29 table at the Myriad Garden’s Tree Education event on Saturday November 4 between 9 am and 3 pm. You won’t have to be there the entire time – shifts will be available.   This event is when the trees will be given away.  At our table, we’ll have information  about Rotary and its mission.   Many thanks to Board Member Lisa Synar and OKC Beautiful for helping Dave’s Committee work out the details on this. If interested, contact Dave Ortloff dave@dillinghambenefits.com

Club 29 Foundation accepts Memorial donations

Many of you may have seen where we lost two of our past members this past week – Bob Butcher and Don Philbin. In reading Don’s obituary in the Oklahoman on Sunday, I noticed that the family asked that donations be made in Don’s memory to our Club 29 Foundation. This was very thoughtful and a good reminder to all of us that indicating your wishes to your family sooner rather than later is a good practice. Hopefully many of you have named our Foundation in your will, but an additional way to honor you after your death is to ask that memorials be made in your memory to our Foundation.  Memorials 

Thought for the Day

Adlai Stevenson Jr- American politician and statesman: “Patriotism is not a short outburst of emotion, but is the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.”

10-24-17

TODAY WE WELCOME OUR 11TH OPEN WORLD DELEGATION, judges from the Republic of Georgia. We have been participating with Open World since the program’s inception. This congressionally sponsored program brings leaders from participating countries to the US in order to give them firsthand exposure to the American system of participatory democracy and free enterprise. Our Club’s Open World Co-Chairs are US Magistrate Judge Suzanne Mitchell and Judge Lisa Hammond.

DIMITRY GEGENAYA – Facilitator

DELEGATES:

Shota Bichia

Lasha Chkhikvadze

Maia Kokiashvilli

Nino Nachkebia

Tsitsino Rokhvadze

October Teacher of the Month

Each month our Club partners with the OKC Public Schools Foundation in recognizing a Teacher of the Month. October’s recipient is Phredd Evans, Millwood Public Schools.

​Phredd is a Kappa Delta Pi honor student in the Masters of Arts in Educational Leadership program at Southern Nazarene University and has also completed two undergraduate degrees at the University of Central Oklahoma; he has taught in the Millwood School District for seven years and for two years in other school districts in the greater Oklahoma City area. Phredd loves his kids and makes an incredible, wholistic impact in our community. We need more like him….

2017-18 Rotary OnePledge/Project Chair, Chip Oppenheim announced the recipient of the 2017-18 Rotary Project. Out of 48 grant applications, Mental Health Oklahoma was chosen.  The annual Onepledge/Project need is a total of $80,000.  It includes $30,000 to purchase a vehicle for Mental Health Oklahoma; $10,500 Dictionaries; $25,000 Jr. Rotarians; $14,000 Domestic/International Projects =>>Pledge/Pay

Dictionary Delivery

One of our annual projects is to provide a dictionary to each 3rd grade student in a public school in the OKC area. 29 more members of our Club are needed to personally deliver the dictionaries to the classrooms, and when possible, to say a few words about Rotary and our mission. The Dictionary Committee has sign up sheets in the back of the room so you can select the school that you would like to deliver dictionaries to. Dick Wegener’s daughter CARLY TRIBBY is helping us coordinate the distribution We need help from many of you, so please sign up. Often this is the first book that many of these children will own, so delivering these can be a meaningful experience.

The Service Saturday Committee, chaired by Dave Ortloff, has planned a very special event in conjunction with Rotary International Foundation’s 100th Anniversary. Our Club is going to DONATE one tree on behalf of each of our members to the citizens of OKC. So that is over 600 trees – one in each of your names. Rotary International chose this project as part of its Environment Sustainability Action initiative. Our Service Saturday Committee is recruiting members to assist with the Myriad Garden’s Tree Education Event, November 4th 9:00 to 3:00, which is when the trees will be distributed.
And finally, volunteers are need for Service Saturday’s volunteer activity, “Haunt the Zoo October 20-28th. More information on our website

Thought for the Day  

“Histories are more full of examples of the fidelity of dogs than of friends” (Alexander Pope)

10-31-17

Our Open World Committee, assisted by many other of our Club members hosted a group of judges from the Republic of Georgia for several days last week. A closing reception in honor of our guests was held at Wilson House on the OCU campus last Friday evening and Senator James Lankford addressed the group, which was very meaningful to all, as Sen Lankford chairs the Senate Committee that approves funding for this very worthwhile program which gives our international friends a view into the process and structure of our judicial system. This is the last week that our basket collection went  to offset expenses not covered by the grant we receive for Open World, so please give generously. Thank you again to Suzanne Mitchell and Lisa Hammond for organizing last week’s events.

In the News

Terri Neese was one of 24 distinguished leaders from the U.S. and around the globe who were recognized at the 21st annual Global Goddess Artemis Award ceremony at the Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. The women were recognized and honored as leaders, innovators and visionaries for impacting and supporting women.

As announced last week, our One Pledge Project this year is benefitting the Mental Health Association, funding the purchase of a van that will be used to transport individuals impacted by mental illness, homelessness, substance abuse, and criminal histories to access community resources and benefits with the help of the Mental Health Association staff. Other Club projects that will be funded through this pledge from you include Junior Rotarian Scholarships, the Dictionary Project and various other International and Domestic Projects that we’ve previously presented to you. Pledge/Pay

The Service Saturday Committee could still use a few more of you to with the Myriad Garden’s Tree Education Event, this Saturday November 4th 9:00 to Noon. Club 29 is donating about 635 trees (to the citizens OKC-free to the first 200) for each member of the Club in participation of the RI Environmental Stainability Action Group and the RI Foundation’s 100th anniversary. Please contact Dave Ortloff if you can help.

WINGS OF ROTARY APPLICATION DEADLINE IS DEC. 1ST.
The Wings of Rotary Short Term Youth “Cultural & Educational Exchange” will be take place next June. Area high school students selected for this program will have the opportunity to spend 2 weeks in Japan. It is an opportunity of a lifetime to interact with your host families, guides & Rotarians, visit high schools and interact with the Japanese students. The cost of the trip is about $2300.

Our next Rotary After Hours @ FLIPS Nov. 14th 5:30 – 7:00 pm. Be sure to  RSVP   

SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING DAY December 8th
The Committee will have sign-up sheets available soon.

Thought for the Day is from noted economist John Kenneth Galbraith: “The only function of economic forecasting is to make astrology look respectable”.


11-7-17

The Club 29 Chorale presented a Tribute in Song in honor of Veterans Day

 

Chris Griswold, Ellen Fleming, Robin Mills – Teacher of the Month, Mary Melon, Jason Engelke – Vice Principal Washington Irving Elementary

Teacher of the Month.
Teacher Robin Mills, special education teacher for the profoundly disabled. She teaches at Washington Irving Elementary, in the Edmond Public School Dist.

2018-19 Rotary Nomination Ballots for Officers and Directors

Marion Paden, chair of the Nominating committee announced the slate of officers and directors nomination for the 18-19 ballot

Review the Candidates

The election will be online, unless you ask for a paper ballot  

Deadline for requests for paper ballots must be received by Nov. 13. 9:00am otherwise a link from Simply Voting will be sent to your email address on Nov. 14, 6:00am    Election ends Dec. 1, 2017 Midnight.

Election results will be announced at the Tuesday Luncheon meeting, Dec. 5.

OUR ANNUAL CLUB PROJECT THIS YEAR IS BENEFITING the Mental Health Association as well as other projects: Junior Rotarian Scholarships, Dictionary Project and International and Domestic Projects. Pledge forms are  here and on the Club’s website, where more info on use of project donations can be found. Once again, a reminder that you can fulfill your pledge through a donation of appreciated stock. Call the office for details.

Jr. Rotarian Committee 

Lou Gasbarra and Susan Adams, co chairs of the Junior Rotarian Committee,  would welcome some volunteers this Saturday from 9 to 11 to assist with the Orientation Program. The Orientation will be held in the Boathouse District, Finish Line Tower, 4th floor. Anyone who volunteers would also be welcome to stay for the Dragon Boat Team Building Activity that starts at 11 am. Contact Lou Gasbara or Susan Adams if you can help out or for more info.

Rotarians in the News

Dave Lopez and Adam Rainbolt have been named to the Board of Directors of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.

Rotary District Conference – April 28, 2018 6:00pm – Edmond Convention Center

Thought for the Day

From British Cardinal and religious leader John Henry Newman: “A person would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault”.

 

11-14-17

Salvation Army Bell Ringing Dec. 8 Collins Peck Chair

Lou Gasbarra introduced the 2017-18 class of Jr. Rotarians, Seniors in High Schools in the Okla. City Area.

VOTING FOR 2018-19 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Last week we announced the slate of officers and directors for our 2018-19 year. The electronic voting from the Simply Voting’s link went out to everyone for whom we had an email address at 6:00 a.m. Nov. 14 Voting will end Dec. 1st midnight. The results will be announced at our regular meeting on Dec. 5th.

Our OnePledge Project this year is benefitting the Mental Health Association. We will be buying a van for that organization to allow them to transport individuals in need of mental health services. This is a very significant need in an unusually tough year for that nonprofit, so please donate generously. Your One Pledge will also help fund Junior Rotarian Scholarships, our Dictionary Project and various International and Domestic Projects. Pledge forms are on the tables and on the Club’s website. Remember that you can fulfill your pledge through a gift of appreciated stock.  PLEDGE  

In the News

GOOD NEWS TABITHA SMITH was born to Tania and Dwight Smith on October 20th. Healthy, baby girl @ 6lb. 9 oz.

Tim Dowd received the Wm. Majors Distinguished Service Award recently from the Oklahoma City Association of Petroleum Landmen.

Anne Roberts has recently received the National Advocacy Award from the American Music Therapy Association, for working with our State Legislature in 2016 to establish state licensure and regulation for the profession.

Larry Nichols was recently named the inaugural recipient of the Shale Visionary Award given by Hart Energy at their annual Executive Oil Conference.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Club 29’s admitting women as members. Shirley Kirschner was the first woman admitted to our Club.

Last week, FRIDAY Newspaper released its list of Most Powerful Women for 2017 and 37 women from our Club are on the list. To put this in perspective, while our Club first admitted women 30 years ago, it was TEN YEARS before our female membership rose to 37 women. The 37th woman admitted was Past President Terri Cooper. So it seems only fitting that another Past President of this Club- Meg Salyer– topped Friday’s list of Most Powerful Women. Other Club 29 Rotarians making the list were: SUSAN AGEL, NANCY ANTHONY, HILARIE BLANEY, SUSAN CHAMBERS, TERESA ROSE CROOK, FREDA DESKIN, LIZ EICKMAN, GOV MARY FALLIN, ANN FELTON GILLILAND, DEBBY HAMPTON, LINDA HANEBORG, JUDY HATFIELD, GAYLE HUNERYAGER, JANE JENKINS, BRENDA JONES, LOU KERR, Donna Lawrence, AURORA LORA, LOUISA MCCUNE-ELMORE, MARY MELON, VICKI MILES-LAGRANGE, TERRY NEESE, CATHY O’CONNOR, CYNDA OTTAWAY, MARION PADEN, JAN PEERY, PAT POTTS, JOY REED-BELT, SHERRY RHODES, SHANNON RICH KERR,DEBORAH SENNER, SUZANNE SYMCOX, LISA SYNAR, MARNIE TAYLOR, PENNY VOSS and KATHY WILLIAMS. 

Thought for the Day:

A line from one of my favorite Stephen Sondheim musicals “Into the Woods”: “Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor

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