Downton Rotarians – Service Saturday Committee

Members of the Rotary Club 29 Service Saturday Committee helped answer phones and take pledges for the annual OETA “Augustfest” on Sunday, August 16th The volunteer crew consisted of 9 people:  Ellen Fleming, Community Service Group Chair; Ron Suttles, Service Saturday Committee Chair; Ron Stakem, Service Saturday Committee, Vice-Chair; Steve Rassmussen, Jay Hoey and his […]

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Rotary Youth Exchange Student Arrives in OKC

President Tim Strange, Past-President Marion Paden, Marylee Strange, and Jerry Burger (not shown but taking photo) greeted the new Club 29 Rotary Youth Exchange Student upon his arrival from Bordeaux, France last evening.

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What It Means to be World Class

– Mike Knopp It was nearly 15 years ago when I nervously described to Club 29 what a modest boathouse could do for our river – a river that, in fact, had yet to emerge from its decades-long existence as weed-infested drainage ditch. How times have changed. Weeds have been replaced with thousands of rowers […]

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Samantha Murch, August Teacher of the Month

Samantha Murch has been named Teacher of the Month for August 2015 by The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools and Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. Samantha has been teaching for five years, four of which have been at Star Spencer High School. Samantha received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Communication/Theatre from the Western […]

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Polio Update

Just a few days from now, on 11 August, we will mark a tremendous milestone: one full year without a single case of polio caused by wild poliovirus in Africa. The magnitude of this achievement can hardly be overstated. A polio-free Africa has been within sight, so near and yet so far, for over a decade. The hard […]

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An Inconvenient Fact – All Volunteer Service Isn’t Doing Its Job

– Dick Hefton   A recent Letter to the (Oklahoman) Editor from OSU Hall of Fame athlete Dick Soergel was both refreshing and “conveniently” provided a lead-in to this column in the planning stages in early May. Entitled “A New Draft” Soergel wrote; “I just returned from my granddaughter’s graduation from the (US) Air Force …basic […]

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The Beginning of Truth

Continuation of Observations on the Elements of The Rotary Four Way Test:  Is It the Truth? – John A. Frost The inspired ethical standard of The Rotary Club embodied in The Four Way Test opens up a path to discovery and revelation.  I have dwelled on the notion of “Truth” my entire adult life.  I have […]

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Where Are The Stars?

Whatever happened to real movie stars?  Mostly, due to my age, I have pre-conditioned expectations of a movie star, regarding looks, speech, acting ability and dressing habits. Is there a John Wayne, Humphrey Bogart, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Kirk Douglas, Bert Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, James Garner, Dale Robertson, Charlton Heston, Rock Hudson, Cary Grant, Tony […]

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Welcome From the President

I am so humbled and excited to be your President of Rotary Club 29 for 2015-16. The legacy of Past Presidents is not lost on me, including following in the footsteps of immediate Past President Jerome. I will do my best to uphold that legacy and prove worthy of the trust you have placed in […]

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Foundations of Democracy (Part 1)

– Bart Binning, Ed.D.  The Arab Spring has come and gone, with the hope for democracy in many of those lands being replaced with ISIL’s Caliphate, whose objectives seem to be very anti-democratic.  Why do we lose this opportunity?  I would submit that we have lost sight of what makes democracy work, and therefore don’t […]

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Quality Matters

Cathy O’Connor By now we all probably know which New Year’s resolutions we are truly going to keep and which didn’t make it. The list more than likely contained two of my favorites, lose weight and get back (as if you ever were) in shape. I hope all of you also included and left on […]

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