8-16-16 News and Announcements

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In the News

Past President Tim Strange, Mary Lee Strange and Ashley Smith of CrowdSeekr.com were recognized recently with an award from the Journal Record’s Oklahoma Innovators Recognition Dinner.

President Terri Cooper, Jackson Ocker, Sarah Crain , Nathan Smith

President Terri Cooper, Jackson Ocker, Sarah Crain , Nathan Smith

Each year our club helps support The Wings of Rotary program which offers an international learning experience for young people chosen from an application process. The participants we sponsored on the Wings trip to Japan this summer are Sarah Crain, Jackson Ocker, and Nathan Smith.

Sarah Crain will be a Junior at Casady School this year. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and playing sports. She also volunteers in the nursery at her church on Sunday mornings. She aspires to be an orthodontist or working in another branch of medicine. Sarah is the granddaughter of Club 29 member John Crain.

Nathan Smith is a tenth grader at Edmond Santa Fe High School. He is the son of Drs. Erin Glasgow and David Smith. He is interested in automotive performance which led to an interest in Japanese car culture and ultimately learning the Japanese language. His goals include a job that will allow him to travel and further develop his language skills.

Jackson Ocker is the son of club members Karen and Devery Youngblood. He is a senior at Yukon High school where he is an Eagle Scout and Member of the National Honor Society. He is interested in pursuing degrees in aerospace engineering and mechanical engineering.


Principal, Linwood Elementary School, Susan Combs, August Teacher of the Month Rebecka Graffigna – Linwood Elementary, Mary Mélon – President and CEO of the Foundation for Okla. City Public Schools

Rebecka earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Ed from UCO, and has taught at Linwood Elementary for 6 years. She was in the first class of the Urban Teacher Prep Academy and now serves as a mentor for new teachers in the Urban Teaching environment.
Rebecka is a believer in life-long learning and has participated in the Lincoln Center Institute for Education, is an Oklahoma Energy Resource Board Educator and serves as a trainer and district leader for advancing science curriculum in the Oklahoma City Public Schools.
She also leads a Robotics team at Linwood, and also instituted a dog therapy program, an afterschool program, and has led efforts to build an outdoor garden
Rebecka was honored to be chosen by Linwood Elementary School as Teacher of the Year for 2015-2016, and was named District Teacher of the Year and has recently been named a finalist for the State of Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

Chair of the 2016-17 Teacher of the Year committee for the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City is Dr. Joe Pierce.


The club has agreed to participate in OETA’s fundraiser AugustFEST. The Service Saturday Committee needs volunteers to answer phones to take pledges on Saturday, August 27 from 11:30 to 6. You can sign up here   

On a sad note

Dr. Bob Morgan passed away last week and Services were held yesterday at Mayflower Congregational Church. Bob had been a member of this club since 1961.

Marnie Taylor‘s father, Jack Brehmer died August 7. A memorial service will be held this Thursday, August 18 at 4 pm at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church with a reception following at Clayton and Marnie’s home.

Quotes of the Day

From architect and urban planner Léon Krier – “A city is not an accident but the result of coherent visions and aims.”
From the ancient philosopher Socrates – “By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.”

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