News and Announcements – Jan – June 2018

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January 9, 2018 Winter Party Photos

Chair Cori Loomis; Tim Fleming; President Ellen Fleming

Past President Terri Cooper; Barbara Newey

Nathaniel and Amanda Harding; Rachel and Jake Trotter

Joyce Clark; Larry Parman; Tom and Suzan Phillips

David and Emily Stratton; Leonard Sullivan; Millie Prince Roberson

John Robberson; Lisa Synar; Lynn Robberson

Jim and Carolyn Clark; Cheryl Davenport; Page Dobson; Ron Sutor

Harry and Doris Wilson; Marion Paden

Debbie and Richard Forshee; Jim and Cindi David

Camille Gunderson; Brian Jackson; Tisha Tate: Brian Busey; RaLayna Kennedy; Dawn Byram


1-16-18

Starting this week, there will be an addition to our weekly program.  Following the singing of the National Anthem.  For many decades, Rotary Clubs and Rotarians around the world have used The Four Way Test as an instrument to develop respect and understanding among people.  The 4 Way Test was authored by a Rotarian named Herb Taylor, and he actually created it as a tool for instilling the principles of ethical behavior among the employees at his company

4 way test history

Chris Griswold, Elizabeth Dalton, Teacher of the Month Andrea Selfridge, President Ellen Fleming, Dr. Fred Rhodes – Superintendent Putnam City

Andrea graduated Summa Cum Laude from OBU with a degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. She taught Pre-K for one year in Shawnee, but has now taught 4 and 5 grades at Hilldale Elementary School for the past 8 years.  She is active in church and enjoys volunteering in the community.

In The News
Liz Eickman has recently been awarded the Governor’s Award by the Oklahoma Arts Council. The award recognizes longtime leadership and significant contributions to the arts.

Cori Loomis has been elected Chair of the Board of the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany.

ROTARY AFTER HOURS Feb. 13 5:30 to 7:00 The Garage & Lounge 800 N. Bdwy. Our host that evening will be one of our newest Club members, Taylor Fudge.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY  – from The Ethics Guy – Bruce Weinstein. Weinstein recommends your New Year’s resolutions focus on the 5 principles of what he calls “ethical intelligence”:  1. Do No Harm; 2. Make Things Better; 3. Respect Others; 4 Be Fair; and 5. Care.


1-23-18

ROTARY PROJECT/ONE PLEDGE We are really close to our goal of $80,000. $73,745 has been pledged by 297 Club members. Reminder letters to those who have not yet pledged will be going out this week. An anonymous $2000.00 matching donation will be given, if the balance of the funds are pledged.

ROTARY AFTER HOURS    Feb. 13   5:30 to 7:00  The Garage & Lounge 800 N. Bdwy

Luncheon meeting location
Several months ago your Board and officers authorized appointment of an ad hoc Venue Committee to research alternative venues for our regular Tuesday noon meetings.  Jane Jenkins was asked to chair that Committee and she was assisted by Brad Poarch, Ashley Smith, Lisa Synar, and Devery Youngblood.

Your Board and officers voted last week to move our regular Tuesday luncheon meetings to St Luke’s United Methodist Church. The Petroleum Club management was notified yesterday that our last meeting at the Petroleum Club will be on February 27. Many thanks to Jane and her Committee for the countless hours they spent on this research. I would also like to thank the Petroleum Club management and staff for hosting us for many years.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – from Theodore Roosevelt:
“The best thing you can do is the right thing; the next best thing you can do is the wrong thing; the worst thing you can do is nothing.”

1-30-18

In the News
LISA SYNAR was recently named one of the Journal Record’s 50 Women Making a Difference in Oklahoma. As a third-time nominee, Lisa was inducted into the “Circle of Excellence.” Lisa also serves as a Club 29 Board member.

STAN HUPFELD received the Oklahoma Mentoring Trailblazer Award from the Oklahoma Foundation For Excellence. Stan received the award for his pioneering work at the foundation for Integris Positive Directors Mentoring Program. For 26 years, Stan has made a commitment to mentor one child per week for at least one hour. Among other things, Stan taught one of his mentees how to play chess.

MARK MARKS JENKINS was presented the 2017 Distinguished Service Award by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence in recognition of her leadership of #CelebrateOklaed, a social media campaign that celebrates public education successes..

UCO PRESIDENT DON BETZ received the World Experiences Foundation’s Lifetime Achievement Award in Global Citizenship in recognition of his inclusive leadership at UCO.

ROTARY PROJECT/ONE PLEDGE We are up to $78,820($1,180 from goal) from 322 Club members!

ROTARY AFTER HOURS The evening of Feb. 13 5:30 to 7:00 The Garage & Lounge- 800 N. Bdwy

As was announced last week and in our e-newsletter, our last meeting here at the Petroleum Club will be February 27. We will start meeting at the Christian Life Center at St Lukes United Methodist Church on March 6. A letter was mailed to each Club member informing them of this change.

Thought for the Day: From Wilbur Wright 1901 ” If you are looking for perfect security, you will do well to sit on a fence and watch the birds.But if you really want to learn, you must mount a machine and become acquainted with its tricks by actual trial. ”

2-6-18

In the News
LAUREN BRANCH and JOHN HIGGINBOTHAM have each been named one of the Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO’s by the Journal Record. Lauren and John will be honored for this recognition at an event on April 30.

DAVID GREENWELL has been recognized as the Citizen of the Year
by the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

REMINDER – NEW MEETING LOCATION – ST. LUKE’S
As was announced last week and in our e-newsletter, our last meeting here at the Petroleum Club will be February 27. We will start meeting at the Christian Life Center at St Luke’s United Methodist Church on March 6. A letter was mailed to each Club member informing them of this change. We are preparing a FAQ to address all your burning questions. Please call or email any questions to the Club office or me.

ROTARY AFTER HOURS Feb. 13 5:30 to 7:00 The Garage & Lounge 800 W Sheridan. RSVP online or by calling the office. RSVP

Rotary OnePledge

The $80,000 goal has been reached! Thanks to all Club 29 Rotarians who participated.  We’ll be able to fully fund Dictionaries, Jr. Rotarian Scholarships, the Mental Health Assn. Oklahoma Vehicle, and Domestic and International Projects… Chip Oppenheim chaired this very successful campaign.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY 

Warren Buffet: “Calling someone who trades actively in the market an investor is like calling someone who repeatedly engages in one-night stands a romantic.”


2-13-18

Scholars from the Nigh Institute of State Government with Carl Reheman; Gov. George and Donna Nigh; Dr. Jarrett Jobe – ED of Leadership at UCO

February  2018 Teacher of the Month

Chris Griswold; Pres. Ellen Fleming; Freda Deskin; Chad Harper – TOM; Edward McCabe – Navy Wing – Tinker AFB

Chad Harper has been named Teacher of the Month for February, 2018. He grew up in Mustang, graduated from UCO with a bachelor’s in English Education and began teaching at Mustang High School in 1999. He taught communications until 2006, instructed an automotive and small engine mechanics class until 2012 and started the STEM Class “Engineering Design” which he currently teaches. Chad serves on the state’s Superintendent’s Advisory Committee, sponsors the Engineering Club/Technology Student Association and also coaches high school varsity boys’ golf and varsity football. He was named one of 12 finalists in the state for Okla. Teacher of the year for 2017.

February 2018 Rotary News Network… DG Hal Stevens

IN THE NEWS

DONITA THOMAS has recently been selected as one of the Oklahoma Hospitality Club’s “Ladies in the News” and will be honored at their annual luncheon on April 6th

REMINDER – NEW MEETING LOCATION – ST. LUKE’S
First Meeting at St. Luke’s March 6th.  We will have what some of you have been waiting for: A Buffet. (Assistance will be available as well as a served meal if needed). St. Luke’s Staff and our Greeters will be at the Christian Life Center to welcome you to our new location.

Wings of Rotary Hosts Needed

Valerie Aubert, Chair of the our Wings of Rotary Committee  announced that our guests from Japan will visit OKC March 24-26. Anyone interested in hosting a couple of these young women or driving them around during the day please contact Valerie Aubert or the Club Office. Also we are looking for about 16-18 tickets to the Thunder game on March 25 so we can take our guests. If anyone has access to some for Sunday, March 25 game please advise the office.

VOCATIONAL TOUR DAY is MARCH 20TH.

Sign up here.  Paper forms will also be available at the meetings.  Kermit Frank and his Committee have done an excellent job in lining up a broad selection of 12 venues.

2-13-18 Rotary AfterHours – Chip Fudge’s Garage

Thought for the Day: GO VOTE!!!!

2-20-18

The basket collection  benefits Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and continues to be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary International has been at the forefront of the crippling disease polio, with an ambitious goal of eradicating polio in the world. That is close to becoming reality after more than 30 years of efforts and $1.5 billion fundraising campaign by Rotarians. Our Club has collected over $5,000 in pocket change this year!

Announcements

Jake Trotter and his wife, Rachel, welcomed their new son “Theo”, who made his appearance 3 weeks earlier than expected. Rachel said Theo is doing good and Jake is “pretty good.”

Remember that NEXT WEEK, Feb 27, will be our last Tuesday luncheon meeting at the Petroleum Club. Our new meeting location will be the Christian Life Center located at the south end of St Luke’s United Methodist Church. You can find a map and parking information on our web site concerning the move, including the FAQ I promised.

Our Vocational Tour Day is March 20. Sign up form is in the Rotary News and an email went out last week with the link to sign up. Kermit Frank and his Committee have done an excellent job in lining up 12 venues.  Choose your venue

Valerie Aubert, Chair of the our Wings of Rotary Committee announced that our guests from Japan will visit OKC March 24-26. Anyone interested in hosting a couple of these young women or driving them around during the day please contact Valerie Aubert or the Club Office. Also we are looking for about 16-18 tickets to the Thunder game on March 25 so we can take our guests. If anyone has access to some for Sunday, March 25 game please advise the office.

Thought for the day from author and management consultant
Orrin Woodward:
“One person with commitment accomplishes more than a thousand with an opinion”


2-27-18

This year’s basket collection benefits Rotary International’s Polio Plus campaign and continues to be matched 2:1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Our Club has collected over $5,000 in pocket change this year.

THIS IS OUR LAST MEETING AT THE PETROLEUM CLUB which has been our home for almost 20 years. We would like to thank the staff at the Club for hosting us for
all these years, and especially we want to thank the dedicated team of food servers.

The club also personally thanks our Club’s Media & AV Committee, chaired by Bart Binning and Brad Poarch, with Committee members David Battles, Marty O’Gwynn and Dick Wegener. This Committee, along with Cheryl Byrd, always arrive early and spend significant time preparing for and videoing our meetings. Starting next week, those weekly tasks will be assumed by the technical staff at St Luke’s under the supervision of our AV Committee.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Our new meeting location will be the Christian Life Center located at the south end of St Luke’s United Methodist Church. Everyone should enter the south door, facing 14th, between Robinson and Harvey. You can find a map and parking information on our website, including the FAQ I promised. Please arrive a little early so you can orient yourselves to this new location.

Our Vocational Tour Day is March 20. Sign up form is in the Rotary News. Kermit Frank and his Committee have done an excellent job in lining up 12 venues.

Valerie Aubert, Chair of the our Wings of Rotary Committee announced  that our student guests from Japan will visit OKC March 24-26. Anyone interested in assisting with driving the young folks around during the day please contact Valerie Aubert or the Club Office. Also we are looking for about 16-18 tickets to the Thunder game on March 25 so we can take our guests. If anyone has access to some for Sunday, March 25 game please advise the office.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY from Groucho Marx: “Only one man in a thousand is a leader of men. The other 999 follow women.”

3-6-18

THANK YOU TO OUR CLUB 29 MEMBERS: BOB LONG AND PHIL GREENWALD for making this historic move so smooth. We feel very welcome and comfortable here at the Christian Life Center.
Our Club has had only had 7 previous meeting locations before this move. The Club 1st met at The Savoy Cafe until 1913; 2nd location was the Huckins Hotel; 3rd was the Biltmore Hotel; 4th was the Skirvin Tower, 5th was the Skirvin Hotel; 6th was the Sheraton Hotel; 7th was the Petroleum Club. Meeting History Video

Click here=>Pictures by Carl Shortt from yesterday’s first meeting at St. Luke’s

 

Guest of Dr. Mary Jane Calvey was DR. GIOCONDA GAUDIANO  from the Rotary Club of Panama City.  She was the leading inspiration for the very successful Rotary International Global Grant through which Club 29 partnered with the Rotary Club of Panama City to eradicate scabies in the indigenous population of the Kuna Yale islands off the coast of Panama.  A chair of the projects committee of the Panama City Club, her appeals to the Kuna chiefs and the village mothers for treatment of skin cancer and scabies infestation enabled our clubs to implement the very successful project  View the Video 

FREDA DESKIN   recognized the Oklahoma Charter Schools Association’s Teacher of Significance:  DR. CLARISSA URBINA  from the ASTEC CHARTER SCHOOL.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

VOCATIONAL TOUR DAY     MARCH 20     Please remember to sign up for the numerous tour locations available.  Kermit Frank has done an excellent job with his committee in creating a selection of 12 venues.  Choose your venue

Our student guests from Japan will visit OKC  March 24-26 as part of our Wings of Rotary initiative.   Anyone interested in assisting with driving the young folks around during the day please contact Valerie Aubert  valandmarty@sbcglobal.net or the Club Office.

Rotary AFTER HOURS WILL BE MARCH 13TH   at BRENT’S CAJUN SEAFOOD IN EDMOND, 3005 S. Broadway RSVP

Thought for the Day “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” – Charles Darwin

3-13-18

ROTARIANS IN THE NEWS

Jane Sutter has been named 2018 Oklahoma Mother of the Year by the American Mothers organization. Jane will be honored at the American Mothers Convention next month.

John Semtner, has been selected an “Achiever Under 40” by The Journal Record.

Susan McVey will be presented with the Lee B. Brawner Lifetime Achievement Award by the Library Endowment Trust at the Literary Voices event on April 12th.

Mike Turpen, has been reappointed to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Don Betz and Lou Kerr have been designated by Governor Fallin as Oklahoma Creative Ambassadors. At a ceremony on April 9th Don will be presented the award in the category of Education, and Lou in the category of Philanthropy and Community Development.

Dr. Donna Nelson, Professor of Chemistry at OU, was awarded a Citation of Recognition by the Oklahoma State Legislature commending her on her election as President of the American Chemical Society and her continuing service to the scientific community in Oklahoma, the US, and abroad. And of interest to our speaker today, Dr. Nelson has also supported Oklahoma law enforcement system in prosecutions involving drugs and chemicals.

2017-18 OnePledge – Project Check Presentation

Chip Oppenheim presented the Mental Health Association Oklahoma a check for $30,000.  The MHAO will purchase a large vehicle to transport those in need to Lottie House.  MHAO was the recipient of the 2017-18 Rotary Club 29 Grant. Present from the MHAO were Mike Brose – CEO, and Beth Svetlic – Director of Recovery Services.

Chip Oppenheim; Mike Brose; Beth Svetlic; President Ellen Fleming

ANNOUNCEMENTS

After Hours will be 5:30 TONIGHT, March 13, at Brent’s Cajun Seafood in Edmond. 3005 S. Broadway

The Service Saturday Committee, Chaired by Dave Ortloff, is recruiting volunteers to help at the Redbud Classic run on Sunday April 8th @ 1:00. Volunteers are needed to man a water station. Please call the office or Dave to volunteer. (dave@dillinghambenefits.com)

In Sympathy
On a sad note, former member Tom Hoskison passed away and services are pending.

 

NEXT MEETING WE WILL NOT HAVE A REGULAR MEETING AS IT IS VOCATIONAL TOUR DAY – Kermit Frank is Chairman. There are a few openings at selected venues if you have not yet signed up for a tour. Please call the Rotary office for more information.

Thought for the Day From General George Patton:
“Success is how high you bounce after you hit bottom”.


3-20-18

140+ Rotarians attended Rotary Vocational Tour Day at 11 different locations.  Kermit Frank, Chair

OMRF – Penny Voss Host

Devon Energy – Lance McDaniel / Mark McDaniel Hosts

Okla. City Zoo – Dwight Lawson, Host

Tom and Kathleen Stevenson Okla. City Zoo

ADG/ Museum 21C – Betsy Brunsteter and Matt Cowden Hosts

Palomar – Bob Funk Jr./ Kim Garrett Hosts

Positive Tomorrows – Susan Agel Host

Tinker AFB – Bill Bowden Host

Dolese Davis Quarry – Host Kermit Frank

Okla. Media – Chris Reen and Clytie Bunyan Hosts

Bricktown Ballpark Host Michael Byrnes

 

KFOR/ KAUT – Wes Milbourn Host

 


3-27-18

Basket Collection Designation

Our basket collection through the rest of my term as President will go to support services that benefit the students of the OKC Public Schools. This is a very uncertain time for those students, and if there is in fact a teacher walkout next week that requires schools to close, the most immediate impact on students will be very basic: A need to eat. A large % of the students in the OKC Schools system are on free or reduced cost meals, and many of them receive their best and only hot meal at school each day. In addition, those students whose parents work will need someplace to go during what would have been a school day. There are several agencies in OKC whose mission is to provide services to school age kids that are preparing to step up and expand those services – the Boys & Girls Club is one example. But there is a cost to expanding those services. That’s where you come in.

In consulting with Mary Melon who runs the OKC Public Schools Foundation and Debby Hampton who runs our United Way of Central OK, I learned there is a way for the United Way to distribute funds to those various support organizations that are United Way partner agencies, in the event of an emergency. I’ve decided that we will be giving March 27th’s  basket collection to the OKC Public Schools Foundation to help with expenses of food distribution. In the event there is no teacher walkout , your donations will be made to the United Way, for further distribution to United Way Partner Agencies that support our young people in need.

Paul Harris Fellows presentation

44 Club 29 Rotarians received Paul Harris Fellows credentials 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

CONGRATULATIONS TO ELI AND LESLIE HELLMAN on the birth of their first child, son Ethan Lucas.

Please remember to register for the District Conference Dinner on Sat evening April 28 at the new Edmond Conference center. It is FREE to Rotarians and there is a small charge for your spouse. Should be a very fun event with a world reknowned magician as entertainment. You can find a link to register on our website.

APRIL ROTARY AFTER HOURS April 10th at McClintock Saloon & Chop House, 2227 Exchange Avenue – 5:30 to 7:00

THE SERVICE SATURDAY COMMITTEE, Chaired by Dave Ortloff, is recruiting volunteers to help at the Redbud Classic run on Sunday April 8th @ 1:00. Volunteers are needed to man a water station. Please call the office or Dave to volunteer.

I want to thank Kermit Frank and his Vocational Tour Day Committee. I received a lot of positive feedback about how entertaining, educational and fun it was to visit the various worksites of your fellow Rotarians.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY from Ralph Waldo Emerson:
“Do not go where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”.

4-3-18

Guests at the meeting were Rotarians from the Rotary Club of Tulsa. President Mike Homan

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

April Rotary Afterhours  next Tuesday evening April 10th at McClintock Saloon & Chop House, 2227 Exchange Avenue – 5:30 to 7:00

The Service Saturday committee, chaired by Dave Ortloff, is recruiting volunteers to help at the Redbud Classic run on Sunday April 8th @ 1:00. Volunteers are needed to man a  water station.  Please call the office or Dave to volunteer.

District Conference

Saturday evening, April 28th at the new Edmond Conference Center. It is free to Rotarians and $65 for your spouse. Should be a fun event with a world renowned magician as entertainment. You can find a link to register on our website.

Thought for the Day: A quote from the early 1800’s that is still relevant today, from American attorney, soldier and write Albert Pike: “ What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal”.


4-10-18

Jr. Rotarian Graduation Day welcomed this year’s class of Junior Rotarians. Our Club has participated in the Junior Rotarian program for high school seniors since the 1920’s. Many members of our Club today had their first Rotary experience as a Junior Rotarian with us – Jim Clark is one. We look forward to having our current class of Junior Rotarians continue that tradition by joining our Club in the future.

Our special thanks to this year’s Co-Chairs of our Junior Rotarian Program, Lou Gasbarra and Susan Adams, who’ve spent many hours coaching, leading, and herding, but more importantly, imparting the Rotary values to this year’s program participants.

Jr. Rotarian Co-Chair Susan Adams; Acting president Ken Nguyen – Classen SAS; Acting Introductions Joshua Wyland -Western Heights; President Ellen Fleming; OSU Head Football coach Mike Gundy; Acting Chair of the Day Langley Branan; Acting Invocator Erica Browne; OSU President Burns Hargis

25 Jr. Rotarians from 14 high schools. $19,500 in scholarships made possible by the Annual OnePledge.

Announcements

REMINDER – Everyone please remember to be sure to have your badge scanned so we have an accurate count for lunch.

Rotary AFTER HOURS is this evening at McClintock Saloon & Chop House, 2227 Exchange Ave, from 5:30 – 7:00 pm.

Thanks to Mike McAuliffe for these photos from the AfterHours at McClintock’s

Thanks also to DAVE ORTLOFF and Service Saturday committee members who handed out water at the RedBud Race on April 8, Sunday.

Thought for the Day: From famous football player, coach and NFL Executive Vince Lombardi: “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses or the problems of modern society. ”


4-17-18

Membership announcement: Sponsor a member!!
It has been several months since I mentioned membership growth. Let me give you an update: The good news is that we’ve added 30 new members since July 1. The bad news is that we’ve lost around 60, so our total membership is down to 615. Much of this loss is understandable, as our members age and find themselves no longer able to drive to meetings. And we always have a number of members each year who relocate away from OKC or whose careers change, so naturally they resign. Because of this natural attrition, it is necessary to recruit regularly if we want to retain our status as one of the largest, if not the largest Club in the world. Now that we have a terrific new meeting location here at St Luke’s, which is much more convenient to get to, I am asking that each of you propose someone for membership in our Club. Since the best way to see if a prospective member is interested is to expose them to the Club, start by inviting them to a meeting as your guest. To help with that initial step, your Board has decided to offer you this incentive: If you bring someone to lunch as your guest and then nominate that person for membership, we will reimburse you for that lunch expense. One reimbursement per prospective member, please. If you’ve never proposed someone for membership, I encourage you to channel your inner Russell Westbrook and ask yourself “Why not?” I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy the nomination process is. If you have any questions, or want to nominate someone now, call the office and talk to Shirley,or call President Ellen or Jerrod Shouse, our Membership Chair.

=>Online Nomination Form

Rotarians in the News:
Marnie Taylor  received the President’s Spirit of Commitment Award from the Junior League of OKC at the League’s Legacy & Legends Reception on April 12th. This award recognizes community leaders who have created real change in the local community through significant volunteer achievement and commitment to the community. Congratulations, Marnie!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Club 29 Board Member- Elect Marty O’Gwynn has notified us that he will be leaving OCU and Oklahoma City and taking a new position with North Greensville University in South Carolina, and thus must resign from Club 29 this month. Your Board voted at its meeting last week to ask Blair Naifeh to assume Marty’s Board position effective July 1 and Blair has graciously agreed. Blair received the next highest # of votes for the Board position in last year’s election. I personally want to thank Marty for his service as a Club member, especially helping with our AV at the Petroleum Club. We wish him well in South Carolina.

Volunteer Help Needed
As you may remember one of our Club’s project that received funding as a District Grant will benefit the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The grant is paying for materials to support caregivers who take care of friends and family members affected by Alzheimer’s. We need volunteers from our Club to help assemble the bags that will be distributed to caregivers. We are meeting at 4 pm on Tuesday May 8 at the Alzheimer’s Association offices at 63rd and Broadway Extension to put these bags together. We only have 125 to assemble, which won’t take very long. More details on our website.

DISTRICT CONFERENCE Saturday evening, April 28th at the new Edmond Conference Center. It is free to Rotarians and $65 for your spouse. Should be a fun event with a world renowned magician as entertainment. You can find a link to register on our website.

And finally – we have another newlywed among us. Miles Pringle was married on Friday April 6, right here at St Luke’s. Please join me in congratulating Miles and his new bride Andrea.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
From the always-quotable Will Rogers, Oklahoma’s Favorite Son, who provided an epigram on his most famous epigram, which read: “When I die, my epitaph, or whatever you call those signs on gravestones, is going to read: “I joked about every prominent man of my time, but I never met a man I didn’t like.” Rogers went on to say, “I am so proud of that, I can hardly wait to die so it can be carved.”

4-24-18

APRIL TEACHER OF THE MONTH RECOGNITION
Teacher: Amanda Trimble 5th grade teacher at Southern Hills Elementary introduced by Darin Kent.

Chris Griswold; Ellen Fleming; Amanda Trimble- April Teacher of the Month; Jennifer McKay – Southern Hills Principal

Amanda is a graduate of UCO where she received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in Dec. 2011.  She is in her fifth year of teaching, and has spent her entire teaching career at Southern Hills Elementary, OKC Public Schools.  Community service is also very important to Amanda. Her 5th grade class participates in “Southern Hills Elementary Gives Back,” where students and staff collect donations from the community to assist families at their school.  Amanda’s personal teaching philosophy is threefold: Teaching is about the relationships that are built with students and their families; There must always exist an excitement and passion for the subjects being taught; Success is based in having high expectations for both students and the teacher.

IN THE NEWS

DONNA NELSON, was selected as one of the “70 of the Most Inspirational Women Leaders Impacting the World” by Business.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

At the request of several of you, we will be collecting cash donations to benefit the farmers and ranchers in Northwestern Oklahoma who’ve been affected by the devastating wildfires. One of our members has already pledged $500 to kick-start this effort. We will be sending our donations, along with a match at some level from our Club’s Foundation, to the Woodward Rotary Club. President Ellen spoke to that Club’s President, Deena Fisher, this weekend and she agreed to disburse the funds among the areas affected. Deena also thanks the members of our Club for their generosity. She said the stories are tragic and related incidents where ranchers are having to shoot their cattle because of the extent of their injuries. Your donations will be made to our Club 29 Foundation and our Club’s Foundation Board will determine the level of matching from our Foundation.

Pledge/Pay by credit card

Many of you have commented how much you’ve enjoyed our programs this year. The credit goes to our Program Co-Chairs Kathy Williams and Bill Bowden.

April Rotary News Network

DISTRICT CONFERENCE   This Saturday evening, April 28th, at the New Edmond Conference Center.  It is free to Rotarians and $65 for your guest.  Should be a fun event with a world renowned magician as entertainment.

SERVICE SATURDAY COMMITTEE  We need  volunteers to assemble care giver bags for the Alzheimers Association @ 4:00 on May 8th at their offices – 6601 North Broadway Extension Suite 120. (Located in the Salvation Army building at I-235 & N.W. 63rd). This is one of our Club’s projects that received funding as a District Grant.  Many of us have friends and family who’ve been impacted by this devastating disease, so I ask you to do your part in helping caregivers in this small way.   With a sufficient number of us  helping, we could  complete this project in about an hour.  Volunteer RSVP

MEMBERSHIP  

Now that we have a terrific new meeting location here at St Luke’s, which is much more convenient to get to, President Ellen is asking that each of you propose someone for membership in our Club. Since the best way to see if a prospective member is interested is to expose them to the Club, start by inviting them to a meeting as your guest. To help with that initial step, your Board has decided to offer you this incentive: If you bring someone to lunch as your guest and then nominate that person for membership, we will reimburse you for that lunch expense. One reimbursement per prospective member, please. If you’ve never proposed someone for membership,  you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy the nomination process is. If you have any questions, or want to nominate someone now, call the office and talk to Shirley, or call President Ellen or Jerrod Shouse, our Membership Chair. Nominate a new Rotarian here


Patrick J. Ryan 1938-2018
Former Oklahoma City Councilman Patrick J. Ryan died Friday in Texas. He was 79. 

Councilman Ryan served on the City Council from 2005 until he chose not to seek re-election in 2015, representing Ward 8 in northwest Oklahoma City. He was known for doting on his family and late wife, Grace, and his passionate advocacy for Oklahoma City and public service.

Councilman Ryan began his Council service at the conclusion of a 36-year career as an executive at OG&E. His private sector experience also included ownership of Proflight Aviation Services, serving as CEO of Laser Eye Network and as a consultant to St. Anthony Hospital.

He also served on many local business and nonprofit boards, including as president of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Society, campaign chairman of the Allied Arts Foundation, president of the St. Anthony Hospital Foundation and board chairman of the United Way of Metro Oklahoma City.

Councilman Ryan was a registered professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma. At age 76, he earned a master’s degree in energy management from Oklahoma City University.

Services will be at a later time.

 5-1-18

Rotarians in the News

VERED HARRIS was one of 56 people nationwide to receive the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award on April 20th in Washington, D.C. Vered received this award for her role as a bridge to bring diverse groups in the community together.

Also, Club 29 member Jerry Burger received a special award at last Saturday’s District 5750 Conference. He was recognized for his many years of work on Youth projects.

Distirct 5750 Presidents were recognized at the Conference

Club 29 is collecting cash donations to benefit the farmers and ranchers in Northwestern Oklahoma who’ve been affected by the devastating wildfires. We will be sending our donations, along with a match at some level from our Club’s Foundation, to the Woodward Rotary Club for distribution among the areas affected. We have already collected $2500 from members of our Club. All donations should be made to our Club 29 Foundation and this is the link to pay online .

SERVICE SATURDAY COMMITTEE MAY 8
We need volunteers to assemble care giver bags for the Alzheimer Association @ 4:00 on May 8th at their office – 6601 North Broadway Extension Suite 120. (Located in the Salvation Army building at I-235 & N.W. 63rd). This is one of our Club’s projects that received funding as a District Grant. If you can help, please contact Andy Rine (andyrine5750@gmail.com)

May After Hours

MAY 22nd from 5:30 to 7 at the NEW Mercedes Dealership, 14240 Broadway Extension in Edmond. It will be Catered by Café 7.   RSVP

2018-19 Committee selection forms are ready!  Please sign up to serve on a committee next year. 18-19 Rotary Committee Selection Form

2018-19 Roster – Any Changes?

We are preparing next year’s Roster and want to make sure we have all your correct contact information. Please take a minute to look at your Roster and please let the office know of any
Unreported Roster Address Changes

MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT

Now that we have a terrific new meeting location here at St Luke’s, which is much more convenient to get to, I am asking that each of you propose someone for membership in our Club. Since the best way to see if a prospective member is interested is to expose them to the Club, start by inviting them to a meeting as your guest. To help with that initial step, your Board has decided to offer you this incentive: If you bring someone to lunch as your guest and then nominate that person for membership, we will reimburse you for that lunch expense. One reimbursement per prospective member, please. If you’ve never proposed someone for membership, I encourage you to do so. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy the nomination process is. If you have any questions, or want to nominate someone now, call the office and talk to Shirley,or call me or Jerrod Shouse, our Membership Chair.  ONLINE NOMINATION FORM

 

5-8-18

Chris Griswold; Carole Kelley; Abby Hernandez – TOM; Ellen Fleming; Guest – teacher’s father

May Teacher of the Month – Abby Hernandez – 2nd grade teacher at Westwood Elementary, OKC Public Schools

In the News

The Journal Record presented Larry Nichols with its inaugural Legacy Award recently at Oklahoma’s Most Admired CEO Event. Other members of our Club who were Honored as Most Admired CEO’s were: Evan Anderson, Vahid Farzaneh, Jalal Farzaneh, Brad Poarch, Timila Rother, John Higginbotham, Lauren Branch, Cathy O’Connor, and Paula Porter.

Announcements

Club 29 is collecting cash donations to benefit the farmers and ranchers in Northwestern Oklahoma who’ve been affected by the
devastating wildfires. So far all of your donations total nearly $4700, which is terrific! We will be sending all donations received through this coming Friday, May 11 , along with a match from our Club’s Foundation, to the Woodward Rotary Club for distribution among the areas affected. All donations should be made to our Club 29 Foundation. Our Club’s Foundation Board has agreed to match your donations dollar for dollars up to $5,000.  Pledge/Pay

The next Rotary After Hours will be MAY 22nd at the new Mercedes Dealership located at 14240 Broadway Extension, from 5:30 to 7 pm. It will be catered by Café 7  RSVP

2018-19 Committee selections

Please sign up to serve on a committee next year. You can do this online

Any changes to your listing the OKC Roster?  Make those changes here

Thought for the Day

Jane Jacobs, urbanist and activist, whose writing championed a fresh community based approach to city building: “Old ideas can sometimes use new buildings. New ideas must use old buildings. “

Thanks to Andy Rine, and several Club 29 volunteers who stuffed Alzheimer CareGiver Bags..

Joyce Clark, John Francis, Andy Rine, Susan Beaty, Laurie Stansbury, Vered Harris, and Matt Bown. Also volunteering was Barbara Newey.



5-15-18

In the News

Meg Salyer will be receive the Dean A. McGee Award for her civic leadership and support of downtown Oklahoma City at the 32nd annual Dean A. McGee Award dinner to be held on May 31st.

Mike Turpen, has been selected for the University of Tulsa College of Law Hall of Fame. He will be honored at the annual TU Law Alumni Gala.

Anne Roberts will be honored at the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Annual Recognition Event honoring visionaries for Service to Charity. Anne will be recognized for her life-long dedication to advocacy. The celebration will be held on Nov. 27th.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Wildfires Disaster Relief
We have collected donations of $5,075 to benefit the farmers and ranchers in Northwestern Oklahoma who’ve been affected by the devasting wildfires. Thanks to all of you who pledged. We will be sending our donations, along with a $5,000 match from our Club’s Foundation, to the Woodward Rotary Club for distribution among the areas affected. So that means we’ll be sending a check for $10,075 to our friends in NW Oklahoma.

After Hours was held May 22nd at the Mercedes Dealership located at 14240 Broadway Extension in Edmond. Catering was provided by Café 7 from 5:30 to 7:00.

Please sign up for 2018-19 Committee Service… Deadline June 5

Inaugural for the 2018-19 Rotary Board, Tom Phillips, President  will be held on Tuesday, June 26th, Oklahoma History Center. Invitations will be mail to your home soon. RSVP is required by June 15.

Thought for the Day

“Wishful thinking is not sound public policy.” Danish scientist Bjorn Lomborg


5-22-18

Rotarians In The News

Stan Hupfeld has been appointed to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board of Directors by Governor Mary Fallin.

4 Club 29 Rotarians have been named to the Journal Record’s Achievers Under Forty. Congratulations to Kim Anderson, Casady School; Sheena Karami, with Express Employment Professionals; John Semtner, FSB Architects + Engineers; and Moira Watson, Hall Estill.

Announcements

We are saddened to report the death of VIDA BOWLES, mother of Terry Neese and Grandmother to Kim Neese. She was 96 1/2 yrs. old and passed away on May 16. The services are 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23rd, at Buchanan Funeral Home. Our sincere condolences to Terry, Kim and their families.

Rotary After Hours social event will be May 22 from 5:30 to 7 pm at the new Mercedes Dealership located at 14240 Broadway Extension in Edmond. It will be catered by Café 7. Valet parking will be available.

2018-19 Committee selection forms 
Please sign up to serve on a committee next year.  Committee Selection Form — Deadline, June 5

Tom Phillips’ Inaugural event will be held on Tuesday, June 26th, Oklahoma History Center. Invitations have been mailed to your home. Reservations are required by June 15th. This will be a fun and casual party and President Tom asked me to announce that ties and socks are optional.  RSVP are required

Thought for the Day
– from Cancer Center Chaplain Deacon Wayne Charlton: If the only miracle we are looking for is the big one, then we will most likely miss the other miracles that are unfolding before our very eyes, each and every day.


5-29-18

In Sympathy

We are saddened to report the passing of Past President Tim Strange’s father, Bill. His services will be at 2:00 May 29 in the chapel at Crossings Community Church.

In the News

Cindy Batt and David Cottrell have been named to the Infant Crisis Board of Directors.

Our annual Inaugural event for our Club’s next President Tom Phillips will be held on Tuesday, June 26th, at the Oklahoma History Center. Invitations have been mailed to your home. Reservations are required by June 15th. This will be a fun and casual party. Entertainment will be Mountain Smoke which has twice been selected Oklahoma’s Favorite Band by The Oklahoman’s reader’s poll and Oklahoma’s Best Country Band by the Oklahoma Gazette Music Awards. They have performed at The White House and for Presidents Bush, Carter and every Oklahoma Governor since 1973. And Club 29 member Roger Mashore is a long-time member of Mountain Smoke.

Thought for the Day

from Albert Einstein: “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere”.

6-5-18

Announcements

We are in the throes of preparing next year’s roster.  Please take a minute to look at your contact info in the current roster and alert the office ASAP of any necessary changes before we go to print.  Roster Changes

Everyone received an email regarding an anonymous survey about your participation on non-profit board of directors.  Please return the survey to the Rotary by June 12th Non-Profit Survey

Inaugural RSVP – Due June 15  RSVP Online

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – from Steven Ivy – Attorney Entrepreneur:
“Real estate is the best investment on earth, however, when the music stops playing, which happens occasionally, don’t be the one left without a chair.”


6-12-18

Everyone received an email regarding an anonymous survey about your participation on non-profit board of directors. Please return the survey today.

INAUGURAL
The Club’s 108th Inaugural will be June 26th at the Oklahoma History Center starting at 6:30. A fun and casual evening is being planned with the famous Mountain Smoke Band as entertainment. No noon luncheon that day. Please remember to RSVP by June 15th. Tim and Sherry Rhodes are co-chairs of this event.

Next week is Awards Day and as I mentioned previously, MAYOR DAVID HOLT will also be speaking to our Club, so let’s please have a good turnout to welcome him. As you know, the City Council meets on Tuesday mornings, so Mayor Holt will likely not arrive until after our meetings starts. We appreciate his willingness to rush over here to address us.

Thought for the Day
From novelist C S Lewis: “ The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles, but to irrigate deserts.”


6-19-18

Awards

CLUB SERVICE

John Dobson chaired our Budget and Audit Committee this year, and I leaned on him heavily not only to develop our budget, but also to explain it to me. I appreciate John’s financial savvy and patience this year.

Cori Loomis – attorney by day, party planner by night – was a tremendous help to Ann Ackerman and me in planning my Inaugural last year and in stepping up to coordinate the Holiday party at the History Center. Cori’s husband Michael has definitely earned honorary Rotary status.

Jerrod Shouse chaired our Membership Committee this year, and we made his job even more difficult than ever with our focus on quality over quantity. Our Board also asked Jerrod to address and recommend to us on several sensitive issues that have routinely plagued us, and in typical Jerrod style, he graciously accommodated us

Evan Walter, Social Media chair, identified early on a gap in our members-only communication and offered to create a members-only Facebook page for our Club.

Thanks to the work of Ron Rocke and Joe Fleckinger, co-chairs, our Thursday morning breakfast group has risen to new levels in terms of attendance and quality of speakers.

And finally, in the Club Service category, Board member Wes Milbourn stepped up and offered the services of KFOR-TV to create a new Orientation video for our Club. As a result, we will have a high quality, updated video at little or no cost to our Club.

Club Projects

Joyce Clark co-chaired our District Grants Committee and worked diligently to streamline our selection process by capitalizing on work already done by our Club project committee.

John Wilkins chaired our Dictionary Committee, and working with a smaller than usual number of volunteers, managed to prepare and deliver dictionaries to all targeted schools.

Chip Oppenheim chaired our Club Project/OnePledge Committee and worked tirelessly to make sure we not only achieved, but exceeded our goal.

International Service

Mary Jane Calvey and Larry Stone continue to be the face of our Club internationally and at the District level. I appreciate the diligence with which they pursue and monitor projects we support, and as you know, Mary Jane has also been recognized by Rotary International for her international service work.

In addition to his work internationally, Larry has been leading the effort to move to an online member directory, which means we all have a roster that is up to date at all times, available on your mobile device, and at a significant savings to our Club.

Suzanne Mitchell and Lisa Hammond co-chaired yet another successful Open World Legal Scholars visit, culminating in an event at Robert Henry’s home where we were able to recognize Senator James Lankford for his support of the funding of this initiative.

Next Generations

Valerie Aubert chaired our Wings of Rotary program, which required not only recruiting quite of a few of our members to host, drive, and arrange activities, but also meant coordinating with other Clubs in our District.

Keith Oehlert was also actively involved in the Wings program, but also played a significant role in Youth programs at the District level, as she has for a number of years.

President’s Citation

In the President’s Group category, I would first of all like to recognize Richard Parry for his work with our Club Foundation. Richard chaired our Foundation’s Investment Committee and reorganized our reporting, so that we now have better oversight and visibility into how funds are invested and what is available to spend.

I want to present a “Making a Difference” award to Jane Jenkins.  Over a year ago, when our frustration with issues at our previous meeting location was reaching a peak, Jane reached out to me and offered to lead a search for alternative meeting sites. Board members Ashley Smith, Lisa Synar, and Devery Youngblood volunteered to help Jane and their task force conducted a very thorough search of various prospective sites, before recommending to our Board that we move here to St Luke’s. A big thank you to Jane, Ashley, Lisa, and Devery.

I want to award Presidential Citations to Jim Sharrock, Nick Harroz, and Ann Ackerman.

As a Presidential Advisor, Jim Sharrock was invaluable in his guidance with regard to Club finances, policies, and overall the “why” associated with the “what”. I cannot tell you how many times our Board turned to Jim during meetings for his wisdom, insight, and historical perspective.

Nick Harroz chaired a new committee I created that focused on Business Continuity within our Club’s administration. Nick’s efforts, while not visible to the majority of you, included succession planning that will help ensure our Club is ready to face the challenges associated with being one of Rotary’s largest clubs.

Finally, Ann Ackerman not only chaired last year’s Inaugural event, she also served as our Club Secretary. I asked Ann to our help me streamline our Board agendas so our meetings could be run more efficiently and with more focus on policy and less on routine matters. Thank you, Ann, for your tenacity and attention to detail.

I am pleased to announce our co-honorees as Rotarians of the Year, Billy Bowden and Kathy Williams. Kathy and Billy held what is undoubtedly the most difficult chairmanship in our Club, as Program Chairs. Finding the caliber of speakers and topics that our Club demands is no small feat, and these two delivered. As every member who has chaired Programs will attest, you never breathe easy until the speaker arrives. Kathy and Billy aimed high and delivered, and I am grateful to them for making our meetings so successful this year.

2017-18 Board

Directors: David Battles, Cliff Branan, Clytie Bunyan, Wes Milbourn, Anne Roberts, Ashley Smith, Lisa Synar, David Walters, Susan Winchester, Devery Youngblood.  Past President Terri Cooper.  Presidential Advisors Jim Sharrock and Clayton Taylor. Sergeant at Arms Larry Stone. Assistant Treasurer / Treasurer Elect Lesli Massad. Treasurer Dennis Shockley. Secretary Ann Ackerman and President – Elect Tom Phillips.

To say this Board was proactive and action-oriented is an understatement. This year, the Board was asked to come prepared for our meetings by reviewing financial reports and other materials in advance of our meetings. In exchange, I promised our meetings would be streamlined. We both lived up to our commitment. I especially appreciate the fact these Board members were not afraid of change. We were able to have very candid and open discussions, with a high level of trust among us. You represented our Club well. To soon to be President Tom and those of you whose terms will continue next year, I look forward to serving on your Board as Past President in the coming year. Thank you.

I want to recognize two people who are so important to our Club’s success: Shirley and Cheryl, would you please come forward? Shirley is our Club’s Executive Administrator, a position she has held for 44 years. She was also the first female member of our Club. When Shirley joined our staff, we had 341 members. Cheryl is our Account Administrator and Club Pianist and has been on our staff for over 30 years. When Cheryl joined our staff full time, our membership was at 376.

I cite these membership stats to put in perspective the fact that while our Club’s membership has increased significantly, our staff size has not. I appreciate all the work Shirley and Cheryl to do support our Club, even as our head count and the scope of what we are involved in has increased exponentially.

And finally, a personal thank-you from me to everyone in the Club for all your support as your President this year

Next Tuesday, we will NOT have our luncheon meeting, as Tom Phillips Inaugural will be that evening at 6:30 pm at the Oklahoma History Center.  And we will have no meeting on July 3.

Thought for the Day:  From inspirational author Shannon Alder:

“There comes a time in your life when you can no longer put off choosing. You have to choose one path or the other.  You can live safe and be protected by people just like you, or you can stand up and be a leader for what is right.  Always remember this: People never remember the crowd; they remember the one person that had the courage to say and do what no one would do”.

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