Pandemic Brings Out Best and Worst in People

Pandemic Brings out Best and Worst in People By Russell Ray If you think people are inherently good and honest, the COVID-19 pandemic has provided a lot of evidence to prove that thesis. In Oklahoma, we have seen businesses big and small give millions of dollars to relief efforts aimed at helping the unemployed, homeless […]

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The Sliver Lining

The Silver Lining By Dave Rhea The past couple of months have been devastating in a multitude of ways. We’ve re-arranged our offices at home and tried to figure out how to stock our refrigerators without risking our lives. Perhaps some of our fellow Club 29 members have experienced disruptions in employment – whether as […]

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Heroes Tragedies and a Life Layered with Opposites

Heroes, Tragedy and a Life Layered with Opposites by Emily Lang “Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy,” said the great F. Scott Fitzgerald. As a lifelong lover of good writing and more specifically, a Fitzgerald fan, the juxtaposition in that simple line hits me right between the eyes. Hero. Tragedy. Juxtaposition […]

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The Novelty of the Coronavirus has worn off

The Novelty of the Coronavirus has worn off By Ted Streuli There is little to think about besides death. Our only break from the COVID-19 pandemic, which as of this writing, has claimed more than 200,176  lives, was a pause to remember the Oklahomans lost 25 years ago in a bombing. Most Club 29 members […]

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Remembering April 19, 1995

Remembering April 19, 1995 by Terri Watkins As we get closer to April 19th, I wanted to share a few memories of that morning. I had gone to the doctor office. I was just sitting there when the building moved. I was next to the window, looked out and saw the smoke. I got up, […]

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The Times, they are A-Changin’

The Times, They are a-Changin’ by Paul Moore These are strange and scary times.  Those of us who are older remember the threat of polio and how much it affected people, and that was long before instantaneous communication among all the corners of the world.  As Rotarians, we know how difficult it has been to […]

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Rotary Reflections

Rotary Reflections by Dick Hefton The present environment, for lack of a more definitive word for “these days,” should be giving us all some long moments of “Reflection!” It has for me, and struck quickly. I ran across an obituary in the Sunday paper this week for a veteran of the U.S. Air Force which […]

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The Republic According to Plato

The Republic According to Plato by John Frost            There is nothing like reading The Republic by Plato in the original Greek.  That’s what I did in Philosophy Class at St. Louis University.  Of course, I didn’t read the entire massive work, just the methods (dialectic discussion) and main conclusions.  The dialectic style which purported […]

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Rotary’s Role in Battling COVID-19

Dear Fellow Rotarians, The COVID-19 coronavirus is affecting every aspect of our lives in real time, and this puts Rotarians in an unfamiliar place. As People of Action, we are most comfortable when we are fully engaged in the world – moving freely, meeting openly, and offering helping hands. These are very difficult times for […]

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It’s Not That Complicated

IT IS NOT THAT COMPLICATED by Drew Edmondson In 1982, Chicago, Illinois, seven people died from potassium cyanide poisoning after taking Tylenol.  The first death was on September 29th.  On October 5, Tylenol voluntarily recalled 31 million bottles of their product at a cost in excess of $100 million. In 1994 on April 15, the […]

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When does Short-Term become Long-Term? And Zero-Sum Thinking

When does Short-Term become Long-Term? And Zero-Sum Thinking Bart Binning, Ed. D.   Short-Term vs Long-Term In examining ripples on a pond, the event that creates the ripple is the now, and the initial ripples moving through time are the short-term.  The question then becomes, “when do we arrive at the long-term”, and why is […]

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Dreaming of those “Far Away” Places

Dreaming of Those “Far Away” Places by Leonard Sullivan As a young farm boy in school in Oklahoma, as we studied our history and geography lessons, we never dreamed the impossible dream of one day traveling to “far away”places.  The only persons I knew, or knew of, who had traveled out of the USA were […]

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