News and Announcements July – Dec 2018

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In the News:

Will and Nichole McGarry had a baby girl “Madeline Grace” on June 10th. Will is recuperating and doing well.

ROTARY AFTER HOURS –  July 10 at SKYLINE – on the Bricktown Canal – 12 E. California Ave # 300. 5:30 to 7:00 cash bar.

Photos from AfterHours at Skyline!

MEMBERSHIP ANNOUNCEMENT We have lost members in the last few years. Because of this attrition, the Membership Recruitment Committee needs your help The Club remains the second largest club with 610 members and Birmingham Is the largest with 655. Nashville is # 3 with 586. As Past President Jerome said “new members are the lifeblood of our Club.” You will be surprised as easy it is to propose a member. If you know of someone who should be in Rotary, please call Shirley, Tim Dowd Membership Chair Online Membership Form

Rotary Past Presidents Congratulate Tom Phillips at his first meeting!



On JULY 31  we will not meet at St. Luke’s. The meeting will be held at the Oklahoma City University School of Law @ 800 N. Harvey. Parking and entrance details

From President Tom:

Goals for 2018-19:

  1. To have a very successful “One Pledge Campaign”.  The “One Pledge” is our annual fundraiser and it covers our project of the year, our dictionary project, Jr. Rotarian scholarships, Domestic and International Projects.
  2. To increase membership.  Over the last couple of years, our membership has declined due to natural attrition. Not just for the sake of getting bigger, but because the larger we are, the more we can help others. To that end, I’m asking everyone in the club to do one think this year – just invite one guest to a meeting.  That’s all!  That’s 600 guests over 12 months. Incidentally, we are still #2 in the Rotary world, trailing Birmingham by about 40 members. As Judge Holmes said, “New members are the lifeblood of the club.”
  3. As we consider guests, be on the lookout for a younger demographic. When I joined in 1989, I was one of the youngest members, but I was energized by the work and commitment of the older members.  Let’s introduce other younger prospects to our dedication —– to Club 29.

Thought for the Day -from the great philosopher Yogi Berra: “You can observe a lot, just by watching.”



July 31- Meeting will be held at the OCU Law School 800 N. Harvey

The Next After Hours will be on Tues. Aug. 14th AC Hotel, 411 E. Sheridan, 5:30 to 7:00.

In the News

The following women Rotarians will be recognized at the Journal Record Woman of the Year Awards Gala on October 11th: They are: Dawn Byram, Mary Jane Calvey, Ann Felton Gilliland, Mautra Jones, Scarlet Le-Cao, Lesli Massad, Louisa McCune, Donna Miller, and Deemah Ramadan.

Club 29 women Rotarians have been recognized and included each year by the Journal Record.

It has been over 30 years since the Rotary world was enlightened by women who were leaders in their communities, who were accomplished executive in business and admired professionals in their fields. The women hit the ground running and quickly became involved in every avenue of service and in the leadership of our club.

And, as a former Journal Record Woman of the Year, Susan Agel, was recently recognized in the Luxiere Magazine as a “Woman of Influence” for her work as President of Positive Tomorrows, a school for homeless children in OKC.


Meeting at the OCU Law School, Dean Jim Roth. Dean Roth is the 13th Dean of the OCU Law School.


The Next After Hours will be on Tues. Aug. 14th AC Hotel, 411 E. Sheridan, 5:30 to 7:00.


Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner BOB ANTHONY has again been named to serve on the National Petroleum Council. Oklahoma is the third-largest natural gas producer in the US and the fourth-largest oil producer.

There are many Rotarians that have taken on not only a dedication to the Club 29 committees, but District 5750 as well. Chairing District Committees this year are:

KEITH OEHLERT Wings of Rotary Chair
LARRY STONE Global Grants Chair
JERRY BURGER Youth Exchange Co-Chair
MARY JANE CALVEY International Service Chair



The Next After Hours will be on Tues. Aug. 14th AC Hotel, 411 E. Sheridan, 5:30 to 7:00.

In the News

Several Club 29 members have been named to the Leadership Oklahoma City Signature Class #37. They are RaLayna Kennedy, Lance McDaniel, Jeremy Sanders, John Semtner, and Jake Trotter. Congratulations!

And, Carl Shortt will be honored with the James R. Tolbert III Crystal Orchid Award from the Myriad Gardens on October 28th.

Laura Garrett has been named to the Putnam City Schools Foundation Board of Directors.

Patti Davis has been named president of the Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA). She will lead the OHA as they enter their 100th year!

Membership Recruitment
We have lost members in the last few years.  The club is now close to 600 members from a high of 680.

It is surprisingly easy to nominate a new member.  If you know of someone who should be in Rotary, please call Shirley, Tim Dowd or  President Tom.


Welcome New Rotarians:

James Pepper Henry, Erika Lucas, Rebecca Kaye, and Paul Warren

The Next After Hours will be tonight Tues. Aug. 14th AC Hotel, 411 E. Sheridan,
5:30 to 7:00.

We all are looking forward to the Club’s annual OU/OSU BEDLAM LUNCHEON with Berry Trammel as Moderator. Please make a reservation with the Rotary office for your guest’s reservation so we will have plenty of great traditional tailgate food. It is also might be a good opportunity to invite a guest that should be in our Rotary Clubs. Someone shared Rotary with you, Tim Dowd and his Membership Recruitment Committee encourage to “pass it on.”


In the News 

Debby Hampton, CEO of the United Way, will be honored at the Heartline’s 17 Annual Festival of Hope Awards on Aug.17th at the Nat’l. Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.


We all are looking forward to the Club’s 14th annual OU/OSU BEDLAM Luncheon with Berry Tramel as Moderator. Please make your guest(s)’ reservation here


Former Governor David Walters will be honored with the 2018 International Global Vision Award at the Sister Cities OKC luncheon on Oct. 24th


September AfterHours will be held Sept. 11 at La Brasa, 1310 N. W. 25. RSVP

In the News
Meg Salyer will be honored at the Jesus House Anniversary Dinner with the “Be the Light” Award on September 20.

The Oklahoma Political Science Association presented Don Betz with the Robert Darcy Lifetime Achievement Award at the UCO Fall Forum.

Congratulations to August Teacher of the Month, Anthony Chancellor. Anthony Chancellor, the Leadership class teacher at Belle Isle Middle School, was the Teacher of the Year for Oklahoma City Public Schools, 2017-2018.

Tom Phillips, Chris Griswold, Anthony Chancellor, Carole Kelley

Photos from 2018-19 Rotary Bedlam

Chuck Ainsworth visited the Highlands, North Carolina Club recently



Rotary After Hours – La Brasa 1310 NW 25th  Sept. 11 5:30-7:00

Grants applications available now!  Deadline Sept. 25!


In the News

David Walters recently received the Worchester Award, the highest service honor given by the Cherokee Nation to a non-tribal member. The award is for his contribution toward protecting the Cherokee Nation’s heritage, culture and sovereignty.

Tim Dowd Chair of the Membership Recruitment Committee started a new “30 new members in 90 days” Campaign. At the weekly meetings, fill out the card on the table, and return it to the reception table… or you can nominate a new rotarian online: Nomination Form

Grant applications will be accepted until Sept. 25, noon! Notify a qualifying non-profit


Rotary AfterHours – October 16 5:30-7:00 at the BURN – Oklahoma City, Chisholm Creek.

Remember the 30 in 90 membership campaign.

Grant applications accepted until Sept. 25, noon!

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