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!


Teacher of the Month – Dwight Cunkle – Horace Mann Vocal Music Teacher – introduced by Mary Melon



Sara Jane Smallwood-Cocke has been selected for Leadership Oklahoma City’s LOYAL, Class XIV.

Meg Salyer will be recognized Thurs. with OSU’s Community Impact Award as this year’s “Paint This Town Orange” scholarship fundraising dinner.

Julie Knutson recently received the Harley Venters Humanitarian Award from the Interfaith Alliance,

OCTOBER AFTER HOURS October 16 5:30 to 7:00
@ Burn-Oklahoma City – at Chisholm Creek.

ROTARIANS AND THEIR GUESTS are invited to “An Evening with Argus & Will” Wed. Oct. 10th @ Will Rogers Theater. Tickets are $30 for Gen. Admission and $100 for a reserved table of 2 (tickets through Ticketstorm). The evening will benefit Oklahoma History Center.


Grants Seminar – Oct. 13, 2018, District 5750 hosted a seminar featuring District and International Grants. Presenting from Club 29 were: Joyce Clark, and Larry Stone.  Also attending were: Bill Bowden, Mary Jane Calvey, and Keith Oehlert

Accepting Club 29’s award for financial support of “End Polio Now: Countdown to History” Campaign were Mary Jane Calvey, and PDG Bill Bowden


Club 29 Rotarian Joyce Clark – Presenting at the District Seminar

Larry Stone, presenting at the District Seminar








Thanks to Keith Oehlert for the Photos!!


The Journal Record recently held their annual Woman of the Year Banquet which honors Oklahoma’s Most Influential Women. This year several of our Rotarian Honorees were: Mary Jane Calvey, Mautra Jones, Lesli Massad, Donna Miller, Louis McCune, Dehma  Ramadan, AND Ann Felton Gilliland was named “Woman of the Year.”


Teacher of the Month : Joanna Eldridge – Edgemere Elementary School – Pre-K through 6th grade OKCPS

Photo: Chris Griswold, Teacher of the Month Committee Chair; Freda Deskin – Introduction of Teacher of the Month; Joanna Eldridge – Special education teacher at Edgemere Elementary (OKCPS); Joanna’s husband

Joanna came from Poland 11 years ago to attend Oklahoma City University, earning a Bachelor of Music in 2011, and a Masters of Music in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Master of Education at UCO.

Since 2016, Joanna has served in the role of lead mentor teacher, and to help her special Education students learn coping skills, Joanna has implemented a meditation class. She also works closely with El Sistema to provide students with disabilities the opportunity to participate in symphony orchestra, while receiving private music lessons. Joanna believes that being a teacher is an amazing and extremely powerful task, and that teachers can change a child’s life tremendously and have everlasting impact.

Oct. 24 is World Polio Day…. Change collected at the Club 29 meeting on Oct. 23 will be donated to:Rotary International’s “End Polio Now: Countdown to History Campaign” Change collected: $877.57 and it will turn into $2632.71 to immunize almost 4400 children at 60 cents each!


November AfterHours – Nov. 13 – Red Prime Steakhouse – 504 N. Broadway 5:30-7:00
Red PrimeSteak boasts unprecedented style in Oklahoma City. Ensconced in the elegant 1911 Buick Building, ours is a world-class vision of modern restaurant design.

Eighteen-foot ceilings, skylights and sheer volume of the space establish spectacular urban beauty and drama. Designed by internationally-recognized and award-winning architect, Rand Elliot of Elliot + Associates Architects, the Buick Building was meticulously renovated during the renaissance of Automobile Ally

Parking may be limited. Please know the parking lot across the street is privately owned and not affiliated with Red PrimeSteak. They charge $5 and have an app that allows guests to pay for parking much easier. The parking lot is labeled “Zone 363”  RSVP and parking link


Dictionary Project

Club 29 is continuing its long-standing project to distribute dictionaries to the third-graders in the greater OKC area.

This year Club 29 will distribute approximately 4800 dictionaries to the schools in the Oklahoma City and Putnam City public school districts.

Success is possible only through a very generous commitment of Rotarians’ time and effort. Many Rotarians have already signed up to deliver books, but more volunteers are needed to deliver these books or to prepare the books for delivery.

We need volunteers on Tuesday evening, October 30, from 5:00 to 8:00 to place Rotary labels in all 4800 dictionaries. The work address and also the address to pick up books is: HEARTLAND TRUCK SALES AND SERVICE:  5701 SW 5th Street, OKC. 73128. Pizza and refreshments will reward the volunteers!

Rotarians who will deliver to the schools will obtain from Carly Tribbey their school assignments, including the name and phone number of the Principal to call to schedule a time to deliver. Rotarians may pick up the books they will deliver at HEARTLAND TRUCK SALES AND SERVICE: 5701 SW 5 STREET, OKC. 73128, during business hours, 9am to 5pm. If you are unable to pick up the books please email John Wilkins at or call him at 405-782-0200 to make special arrangements. You may also contact Susan Beaty at 405-556-9511, or email

All deliveries should be completed by Friday, November 30  to ALL SCHOOLS.

Special thanks to Carly Wegener for her continued direction of the program.

30 in 90 Campaign


Thirty members in 90 days

On September 4, 2018, Club 29 introduced “30 in 90.” The goal is to secure 30 new members in 90 days. Below, I will try to address frequently asked questions or statements regarding new members and membership in Rotary.

Q:        Is being the largest club in the world really important?

A:        Being the largest club in the world is not, by itself, important.  However, being the largest Rotary Club in the world does have its advantages. Rotary’s matter is Service Above Self. Service opportunities increase by virtue of having more members. More members allow more people to be available to help with Club projects.

            Further, being the largest club in the world allows us to secure prominent speakers who are more eager to address a club of significant size.

Q:        What standards are necessary to become a Rotarian?

A:        The Constitution says that a prospective member should be an adult of good character and have a good business, professional or community reputation. The Bylaws indicate that any three members of the club in good standing may nominate any person for active membership by using the membership nomination form. It is generally considered that someone is eligible for membership if they are in a managerial, professional, or has discretionary authority within their company or organization.

Q:        Where do I get a Membership nomination form?

A:        It is available on the Rotary website or call the office – 405-235-5100.  Nomination Form

Q:        I’m interested in submitting somebody for membership, but I’m concerned about the embarrassment if they are not selected. 

A:        This is a common concern among club members who nominate prospective members. One important thing to note is that it is important to have a diverse club. Therefore, when an individual is not selected, it is frequently because they are in  a category or occupation that is full or has numerous members.

If a Rotarian wants to nominate somebody, but is concerned as to whether they will be approved by the Membership Recruitment Committee and by the Board of Directors, I would encourage them to contact Shirley, President Tom or myself in advance. Although each one of us cannot speak for the entire Committee or the Board, each of us has a pretty good feel as to whom is likely to be approved by the Committee and by the Board.

Q:        I’m not sure of the interest of a colleague.

A:        If you are uncertain whether an individual would be interested in Rotary, the easiest way to guage their interest is to invite them to our Tuesday lunch.


Q:        I don’t know anybody who I can nominate.

A:        If you truly do not know anybody that you can nominate, then it may be time for you to expand your circle of friends and find new friends.


President-Elect Ann Ackerman went on a trip to Africa, and
traded Rotary banners with the Rotary Club of Nairobi and Rotary Club 29

The 2018-19 Rotary Project was kicked off today! The Recipient of the One Pledge funds will be the Jesus House – for kitchen improvements ($41,500); Jr. Rotarian Scholarships ($20,500); Dictionaries $14,000); International and Domestic Projects ($14,000)  Project Chair Cliff Dougherty announced that 100% of the current Rotary Club board, and One Pledge committee have pledged.

President Tom Phillips; Mike Bateman – Executive Director – Jesus House; Cliff Dougherty – 18-19 One Pledge Chair


November  After Hours will be held Nov.13 @ Red Prime Steak 504 N.  Broadway. 5:30 to 7:00.  Cash bar and guests are welcome

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