News and Announcements

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Our Club has, over the 100 plus years since it’s founding, contributed several million dollars to help people around the world.  Some of that money has been in the form of monetary donations through programs such as Polio Plus.  Much of what we have done internationally has been accomplished because of members who were willing to spent their own time and resources to go out in the world and help make a difference.   A significant part of our involvement in international efforts was due to one man –  Bob Medley and the  team he helped build.  And it all started with a Rotary makeup while he was traveling.  As you know, Bob passed away right before Christmas and services for him were held last week.  It was a sudden and shocking loss for his family and for us too.  In his low key persistence Bob truly lifted this Club up and encouraged and implemented international activity as a way to impact the world.  We have received condolences from several of our international Rotary partners mourning the loss of a great Rotarian and a true friend to peoples around the world.

As a very small token of our respect for Bob our BASKET Change Collection was directed to  international projects  which meant so much to him.  $181.53 was collected.


Holiday Party – Jan. 17, 2017 – RSVP   – MUST have RSVPS

You can still make a pledge for our ROTARY PROJECT to purchase a van for El Sistema & ONE PLEDGE to support scholarships for Junior Rotarians, buy dictionaries for third graders and for domestic and international projects.  We have raised 80% of our goal of $80,000.  If you have not yet contributed, please consider a gift to start the new year. Pledge/Pay  

In the News

Stan Hupfeld has decided to enter the education arena by running for chairman of the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of education. While one member is endeavoring to enter the fray, another is leaving. Bob Hammack was featured in an article about service on the school board. He currently serves on that board but has decided not to seek reelection. And last but not least Joe McClendon was honored at a birthday celebration given by several of his friends most of whom are also Club 29 Rotarians.

Quote of the Day

Dr. Jonas Salk, – who discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines – “the reward for work well done is the opportunity to do more.”


Winter Party
For those of you that have made reservations – the Winter Party will be Tuesday evening, Jan. 17 @ 6:30 pm at a beautiful Home in Gaillardia – 5309 Pulchella Dr. RSVP


In the News

Karen Youngblood has been appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to serve on the Board of Juvenile Affairs which is the governing body of the Office of Juvenile Affairs.
Judge Gary Lumpkin has been elected to his fourth term as Presiding Judge of the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals .

Ruben Aragon was given a special Recognition Award from OKC Mayor Mick Cornett for his work as a Trustee of the Oklahoma City Metropolitan Area Public Schools Trust and he was also nominated by Mayor Cornett for another term.

ROTARY PROJECT & ONE PLEDGE forms are here We are inching towards our goal of $80,000. If you haven’t yet contributed I hope you will consider starting the new year with support for our project.

Quote of the Day

Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone and one time resident of Canada – “When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.”



Saddened to report the passing of Janet Vernon’s mother, Florence Martin, this past Sunday.  Services will be Saturday at 11:30 at Trinity Church in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.


Last week we had a wonderful Winter Party.  A special thank you goes out to Gail Huneryager, Linda Haneborg and Tom Parrish whose creativity and hard work created such a terrific and entertaining event.

We have another special event coming up. This year one of our meetings falls on Valentine’s Day and members are encouraged to bring their special Valentine as their guest. So invite your spouse, partner or a special friend to enjoy our Valentine’s Day program with Dr. Bob Long. Please be sure to rsvp if you will be bringing a guest.

In the News

Former Governor DAVID WALTERS and his wife Rhonda and Former Oklahoma Attorney General MIKE TURPEN will be honored at an event tonight by the Santa Fe Family Life Center. Mike will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award and David and Rhonda will be presented with the John F. Kennedy Community Service Award.

Chuck Wiggin was recently elected as Chairman of the board for Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc.

Sunbeam Family Services has named Pat Potts and husband Ray as its 2017 Aspire Award recipients which will be presented later this spring.

Liz Eickman is the newly elected chair of the Oklahoma City Arts Commission.


We are still raising funds to purchase a van for El Sistema to transport the students who participate in the after school music education program.  If you have not yet contributed please consider a donation to start the new year.  All contributions no matter the size are welcome.

Quote of the day

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” -Franklin D.  Roosevelt”



Two weeks from today we will be celebrating Valentines Day and it will be a great time for you to invite your Valentine to Rotary. Please be sure to RSVP  if you will be bringing a guest.

Rotary Happy Hour — will be Thursday, February 16 from 4-7 at Pizzeria Gusto. RSVP

Rotary After Hours Feb. 21st. Level III in Bricktown 5:00 to 7:00  RSVP 

Vocational Tour Day – March 7th locations are available to sign-up. Reservations as a must. No meeting that day. RSVP

In the News

Ted Streuli, Editor for the Journal Record was selected as the winner of the Oklahoma Natural Gas Editorial Writing Contest.

January 2017 Teacher of the Month – Linda Frantz – 3rd Grade Teacher at Rollingwood Elementary – Putnam City


President Terri Cooper; Dr.Laura Garrett; Dr. Joe Pierce, Linda Frantz (3rd grade teacher – Rollingwood Elementary – Putnam City) January 2017 Teacher of the Month; Jennifer Seal

In Sympathy

We are saddened to report the passing of Linda Haneborg‘s husband and Brooke Haneborg‘s father, Steve, passed away last night. Services are pending with Smith & Kernke. Also Ralayna Kennedy’s father in law Sed Kennedy And also Paul Moore‘s mother passed away.

Quote of the Day

― Ruby Wax, American/British actress and author and mental health advocate.

“Why, when you have a mental disease, is it always considered an act of imagination? Why is it that every organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy except the brain?”


In Sympathy

We would like to extend our condolences to Linda and Brooke Haneborg upon the death of Steve Haneborg.   The services —  Saturday, Feb. 11th @ 11:00  Christ the King Catholic Church.

In the News

FREDA DESKIN will be honored on April 6th as one of the “Ladies In the News” Awarded by the Oklahoma Hospitality Club for Her contributions to the community.

Kim Neese and Paula Porter were each featured in the business section of the Sunday Oklahoman in the past few weeks.

RICHARD SMITH was recently feathered in the Oklahoma
Q&A business section regarding stroke awareness.


Happy Hour group will meet Thursday Feb. 16 from 4-7 at Pizzeria Gusto.

Rotary After Hours   Feb. 21st. Level III in Bricktown 5:00 to 7:00

Vocational Tour Day  – March 7th  locations are available to sign-up.  Reservations are a must. There will Not be a meeting at the Petroleum Club that day.

Quote of the Day

Phil Knight American business magnate, philanthropist and co founder of Nike “Sports is like rock ‘n’ roll. Both are dominant cultural forces, both speak an international language, and both are all about emotions. ”

American sports journalist and broadcast personality Howard Cosell. “Sports is the toy department of human life.”



Rotary Happy Hour will be this Thursday, February 16 from 4-7 at Pizzeria Gusto at 24th and N. Walker.

Our next Rotary After Hours will be next Tuesday February 21st from 5 to 7 at Level III which located at 315 E. Sheridan in Bricktown.

Vocational Tour Day – March 7th locations are available to sign-up. Reservations as a must. No meeting at the Petroleum Club that day.

In the News

Bill Paul was recently honored with the Pace/Alexander Award for Lifetime Achievement presented by the American Bar Association Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Educational Pipeline. He has served as president of the American Bar Assoc. the American Bar Endowment, both the Oklahoma and Oklahoma Bar Associations and the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Congratulations Bill.

Our Rotary Project will purchase a van for transporting the students of El Sistema after school music education program. Our One Pledge campaign will make possible the purchase of Dictionaries for third graders, provide scholarships for Junior Rotarians and provide funds for local district and international Global grants. If you have not yet contributed and would like to direct funds to a specific project you may do so. Just check with the office on how to direct your gift.
El Sistema will be presenting a concert on February 28 at Oklahoma City Community College. The concert is at 6:30, there is no charge and is open to the public.

In Sympathy 

We extend condolences to Ashley Smith whose father Jack Smith unexpectedly passed away this past weekend. Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First Church of the Nazarene, located at 3001 S. Boulevard in Edmond. Please keep Ashley and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Quote for the Day

American writer Frank A. Clark
“Kindness makes a fellow feel good whether it’s being done to him or by him.”




Rotary After Hours will be this evening: Level III, 315 E. Sheridan from 5-7:30. The Burton Band will perform. Parking is available streetside as well as in the Garage located behind Level III.

Vocational Tour Day – March 7th. Reservations are a must.

Service Saturday – March 25th Regional Food Bank 1:30 – 4:00. Coincidentally that date is during the International Week of Service during which Rotarians and members of other service organizations such as Lions and Kiwanis are invited to partner together to do something for their communities.

As part of that same weeks activities, we have been invited to participate in a polio immunization with the Rotary Club of Agra Tajmahal, India. Information regarding that opportunity will be posted on our website for anyone interested in more information.

Club 29 members are invited to participate in the dedication of 3 International Global Grant Projects in Satu Mare, Cluj and Constanta Romania on May 20 to 31st. The cost is approximately $4,600 and financial assistance is available from a grant received through our district and Rotary International. You can read more about the trip on the Club’s website or call the Rotary office.

Quote of the Day

From retired NFL player and sportscaster Joe Namath – “When you have confidence, you can have a lot of fun. And when you’re having fun, you can do amazing things.”


As part of our service to our community we select an annual project which benefits a local organization. This year our Project Committee, after reviewing over 90 applications, selected El Sistema as the beneficiary of our fundraising efforts. El Sistema is an after-school music education program for underserved and disadvantaged students that not only teaches participants how to play a musical instrument but also helps transform their lives. Our grant will help purchase a van for transportation of El Sistema students. It is my pleasure to present a check for $30,000 from our Club 29 Foundation to Phil Busey who, along with his wife Cathy, helped create the El Sistema program here in Oklahoma City.

Donita Thomas Tim Dowd, Tim Strange, Pres. Terri Cooper, Emily Stratton, Kathleen Stevenson surround El SIstema Co-Founder Phil Busey

In the News

Last week the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women awarded County Commissioner Willa Johnson the Kate Barnard Award. This award commemorates Kate Barnard, who in 1907 became the first woman elected to office in Oklahoma. The award is given yearly to a woman elected or appointed public official whose work or career exemplifies Kate Barnard’s groundbreaking and crusading spirit.

Vocational Tour Day – March 7th. Reservations are a must.

Service Saturday – March 25th Regional Food Bank 1:30 – 4:00. This is during International Week of Service when volunteers through their service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis and Lions International will work together to do good in their communities.

Club 29 members are invited to participate in the dedication of 3 International Global Grant Projects in Satu Mare, Cluj and Constanta Romania on May 20 to 31st. The estimated cost is $4,600 and financial assistance is available. You can read more about the trip on the Club’s website or call the Rotary office.

Quote of the Day
From French writer, poet and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint- Exupéry – “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly, what is essential is invisible to the eye.”



For the last several years it has been our distinction to be the largest of the over 34,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. While that is currently still the case, due to the impact of the economic strains in our state we have lost several members and we need to build our membership to remain the largest. The only way we can do that is with your help. Now is the time to seriously consider sharing Rotary with your friends, colleagues and business associates. If you have someone to recommend, please contact Craig Clemons who is the chair of the Membership Development Committee.


Our next Rotary After Hours – Will be held at the new restaurant in Founders Tower 3 Sixty from 5:00 to 7:00 on Tuesday, March 21st. RSVP

Trip to Tulsa Rotary We will be chartering a bus to go to the Tulsa Rotary Club Meeting on Wed. April 12th . Of course we are hoping for a good turnout. Our Mayor, Mick Cornett will be the speaker so you know the program will be good. Please call the Rotary office if you would like to attend the meeting as well if you would like to take the bus or car pool. Lance McDaniel is Chairman. RSVP

Service Saturday – March 25th Regional Food Bank 1:30 – 4:00.
Our Service Saturday Committee has made arrangements for a team from our Club to volunteer at the Regional Food Bank packing food on Saturday March 25 from 1:30 – 4. We will be partnering with a team from the downtown Kiwanis Club as part of the International Week of Service which will be observed the week of March 25-31. Please join me in bringing to life our motto of Service Above Self. Register

Next week our club will be helping host a Wings of Rotary team that will be visiting from Japan. We are still in need of a host family for two girls for March 22-23. If you can host please contact Keith Oehlert or Valerie Aubert or call the Rotary office.

In the News  

LINDA HANEBORG was recently featured in Luxiere Magazine in their article entitled:  “Women of Influence”

Quote of the Day

“The soldier is the Army. No army is better than its soldiers. The Soldier is also a citizen. In fact, the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of bearing arms for one’s country”
― George S. Patton Jr.


Thursday Morning Breakfast Meeting will be changed for this Thursday only to the Waterford Marriott which is located at N.W. 63rd and Pennsylvania.
Rotary After Hours – Will be held this evening at the new restaurant in Founders Tower the 3 Sixty from 5:00 to 7:00.

Trip to Tulsa Rotary We will be chartering a bus to go to the Tulsa Rotary Club Meeting on Wed. April 12. Please call the Rotary office if you would like to attend the meeting as well if you would like to take the bus or carl pool. Lance McDaniel is Chairman.

Our Service Saturday Committee has arranged two service opportunities – this Saturday March 25th a group from our club will be working with a group from the Downtown Kiwanis Club at Regional Food Bank 1:30 – 4:00. We will be celebrating and participating in the International Week of Service.

We will also be manning a water station for the Red Bud Classic on April 9th from 12:45 to approximately 3:00 p.m. Our station will be located near the intersection of Wilshire and Penn.

In the News

Angela and Medhat Michael are overjoyed to announce the birth of their son, Mark Medhat Michael, born March 18.

On April 6 Cindy Batt, Freda Deskin and Nancy Hyde will be among the honorees at the Oklahoma Hospitality Club’s Ladies in the News luncheon.

Also on April 6 at 4 pm Pat Potts and Meg Salyer will be inducted into the Oklahoma Women’s Hall of Fame at a ceremony open to the public at the Oklahoma History Center.

Quote of the Day

“Foolish men occupy space but only visionaries inhabit the emptiness.”
― Beryl Dov, poet, rabbi and philosopher

“Visionaries play chess with Time and therefore must always be
three steps ahead of the future.”
― Beryl Dov


Teacher of the Month – Tina Clinton – Moore Public Schools Media Specialist for Brink Jr. High

Mark Neumeister; Tina Clinton – March Teacher of the Month; Pres. Terri Cooper

In the News

On April 20th, several Club 29 Rotarians will be among those honored as the Journal Record’s most admired CEOs and CFOs for 2017. They are Tim Berney-VI Marketing & Branding; John Higginbotham-Bank of Oklahoma-okc; and, Jim Priest-Sunbeam Family Services. In addition, Jason Reese and Ashley Smith were named to the Journal Record’s 2017 Achievers Under 40.

After Hours – Our next Rotary After Hours will take place on April 11th at Bellini’s Underground which is located under the Waterford Office complex at 63rd and Pennsylvania. RSVP

Trip to Tulsa Rotary We will be chartering a bus to go to the Tulsa Rotary Club Meeting on Wed. April 12th . Please call the Rotary office if you would like to attend the meeting as well if you would like to take the bus or car pool. Lance McDaniel is Chairman. RSVP

Service Saturday – April 9th Red Bud Classic
manning a water station from approximately 12:45 to 3:30. Our location will be on Wilshire Boulevard just west of Pennsylvania. If you would like to participate, please contact Dave Ortloff who is the chair. RSVP

Quote of the Day

Former United States Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor,

“Whether acting in the legal, governmental, or private realm, one concerned and dedicated person can meaningfully affect what some consider an uncaring world. So give freely of yourself always to your family, your friends, your community, and your country. The world will pay you back many times over.”


 The Upendo Children’s Home of Nairobi Kenya Choir performed. The choir is composed of 14 children between 8 and 15 who are orphans/vulnerable children from Juja, Kenya.
All choir members are in the top 5% of their respective classes in school and have won numerous awards in competition with their peers in Kenya. Upendo Choir is a program of Upendo Children’s Home located in Juja, Kenya which provides education, food and shelter to 40 orphans and vulnerable children.


After Hours – our next Rotary After Hours will be next week on April 11th from 5-7 at Bellini’s Underground. Please let the office know if you are planning to attend.

Trip to Tulsa Rotary We will be chartering a bus to go to the Tulsa Rotary Club Meeting on Wed. April 12th . Please call the Rotary office if you would like to attend the meeting as well if you would like to take the bus or carpool. Lance McDaniel is Chairman.

Service Saturday – this coming Sunday afternoon on April 9th our Service Saturday Committee has arranged for us to handle a water stop for the April 9th Red Bud Classic. This is a fun and easy opportunity for Rotarians and their family members to volunteer together. Please call the office or Dave Ortloff if you can participate.

Attention golfers – Monday April 28th is the Golf tournament. It will be a morning shotgun start at the Golf Club of Edmond (formerly Fairax).

District Conference is May 4-6 at the Grand Hotel in Shawnee. We will not have a meeting on Tuesday, May 2 due to the All Club Meeting held during the conference on Friday. There is no charge for the luncheon and all members are encouraged to attend.

Quote of the Day from professor and author Camille Paglia

“Art is not a luxury for any advanced
civilization; it is a necessity, without which creative intelligence will wither and die. In an age of alluring, magical machines, the
society that forgets art risks losing its soul.

“Art – in all of its forms – is not exclusive. It does not belong to any class, cast or country. Its matchless ability to express the most basic human impulses is only strengthened by its universality. It transcends language and culture, bridges social and political chasms and nurtures a collective understanding. It engenders hope, rebuilds self-respect and restores humanity. Art is a motivator, a force of empowerment and a source of support for people of all races, nationalities, ages, economic situations and genders. It is ageless, timeless and breaks through many barriers. Art brings strength to those who lack confidence, wish for a mental escape from harsh environments or who seek to restore happiness and hope in times of great need.” Artfully AWARE 5”
― Artfully Aware, The Story of the Acholi – A Village Tale from Uganda


April 28th is the Golf Tournament.  It will be a morning shot gun start at the Golf Club of Edmond.


The Rotary District Conference will be held on May 4-6 at the Grand Hotel in Shawnee. There will not be a meeting on Tuesday May 2nd due to the all-club Meeting to be held during the conference on Friday.

Quote of the Day

Lim Siong Guan, former Group President of the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and author

“Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; …it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigour of the emotions …. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.”
― Scottish philosopher Thomas Carlyle –
“Our grand business undoubtedly is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what lies clearly at hand.”



Mark Beffort and Jim Couch will be honored on June 1st at the Dean A. McGee Awards presented by Downtown Oklahoma City.  Mark will be  the recipient of the Neal Horton Award for the renaissance of the Central Business District in downtown and, Jim will receive the Dean A. McGee Award for his lifetime contributions to downtown OKC.

Will Beckman has been appointed to the Oklahoma Arts Council by Gov. Mary Fallin.

Phil Busey will be recognized by Oklahoma City University as one of their Distinguished Alumni at a dinner later this week.

Tom Phillips has been elected to his second term as treasurer of the Butterfield Foundation.

Donna Miller was featured last Thursday in an article in the business section of the Oklahoman.

Bill Paul  was recently honored and named “Phi Beta kappa of the year”  at their annual meeting.


Next week on Friday, April 28th will be the Club 29 Golf tournament. It will be a morning shotgun start at the Golf Club of Edmond (formerly Fairfax). You may register online or contact Eli Hellman, chair of the committee.

District Conference is May 4-6 at the Grand Hotel in Shawnee. All members are invited and encouraged to attend the all-club luncheon which will be held on Friday. There is no cost to attend the luncheon but you do need to let the office know if you are planning to be there. There will not be a meeting that week on Tuesday, May 2 due to the conference and the luncheon on Friday which will count as our meeting for that week.


Quote of the Day
From English author Douglas Adams – Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.


Thanks to Dave Ortloff, and the Service Saturday committee for manning water stations along the Red Bud Race Route

Thanks to Lance McDaniel- OKC – Tulsa Exchange Committee Chair for organizing a great day with the Tulsa Rotary Club on April 12.

TEACHER OF THE MONTH RECOGNITION  Mary Melon is the President and CEO of the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools. She introduced Patrick Dennis, Roosevelt Middle School Technology Education Teacher- OKC Public Schools.


 On-line directory announcement:

I’m excited to announce a new tool which I hope you will find very useful.  Since last fall Larry Stone and Cheryl Byrd have been working to develop an online directory.  Over the months a number of members have being testing a product from a program called DACdb, District and Club data base which will now be made available to the entire membership.  This afternoon members will receive an email with instructions on how to access this directory which can be installed on your computer, tablet or mobile device.  The instructions are simple and straightforward.  While it is hoped there will be no problems Larry Stone has very graciously offered to provide assistance.  If necessary we may set up a special tutorial session.  This online directory is an additional tool for our members to use to stay in touch with one another and is being made available for your convenience.  A reminder – the online directory, just like the printed roster is to be used for Rotary purposes only.


Our Golf tournament is Friday, April 28.  It will be a morning shotgun start at the Golf Club of Edmond (formerly Fairfax). You can sign up online or through the office but you better hurry if you want to participate.

District Conference is May 4-6 at the Grand Hotel in Shawnee.

We will not have a meeting on Tuesday, May 2 due to the All Club Meeting held during the conference on Friday. You must REGISTER to attend the Friday Luncheon… Attendance will be counted there.

After Hours    Will be Tuesday May 16th   5:30 to 7:00 at Twisted Spike Brewery at 1 N. W. 10th where  tours will be available.

Quote of the Day

In recognition and celebration of the Festival of the Arts which began its 6-day run today, our quote of the day comes from American Broadway producer David Binder – “Festivals …. increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well-being.  In short, they make cities better places to live.”


Several Club 29 Rotarians attended the District 5750 Conference Luncheon, featuring speaker Alan Mallory.

Back Row: Hans Thun; Alan Mallory (speaker); Harry Wilson; Donny Hector; PDG Page Dobson: DG Megan Law; PDG Bill Bowden Front Row: PDG Jerry Burger; President Terri Cooper; Pres-Elect Ellen Fleming; Teresa Johnston; Mary Jane Calvey









Mary Jane Calvey with PDG Page Dobson. Mary Jane Calvey received a Meritorious Service Award from Rotary International at Saturday night’s District 5750 Dinner.

DG Megan Law with Mary Jane Calvey

PDG Jerry Burger; Pres-Elect Ellen Fleming; Mary Jane Calvey; PDG Page Dobson


Mary Jane Calvey received the Rotary International Award for Meritorious Service which was presented at the District conference this past weekend.

Homer Paul will be one of the alumni honored with the OU Regents Awards on May 12th. His name will added to the permanent plaque displayed in the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

Jalal and Mohammed Farzaneh will each receive an honorary doctorate at commencement ceremonies at OU where Robert Henry will be the commencement speaker and also receive an honorary doctorate. In addition Mohammed is the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented each year on historic Ellis Island to honor those who embody the spirit of America in their celebration of patriotism, tolerance, brotherhood and diversity.

Kevin Gordon will be honored by the Oklahoma County Bar Association with its Leadership In Law Award. He is a director at Crowe & Dunlevy Law Firm.

Kathleen and Tom Stevenson are back from Puerto Rico where they brought home double gold medals at the International USA Archery Tournament.   They enjoyed handing out Oklahoma/US Flag pins and finding lots of Thunder friends.


After Hours    May 16th   5:30 to 7:00 at Twisted Spike where Brewery tours will be available. RSVP

Quote of the Day

From John C. Maxwell, internationally known leadership expert – “The next time you find yourself envying what successful people have achieved, recognize that they have probably gone through many negative experiences that you cannot see on the surface. “

From American journalist John Chancellor – “If you take a close look at the most successful people in life, you’ll find that their strength is not in having the right answers, but in asking the right questions.”


Club 29 Breakfast had an over-flow crowd at the May 11 meeting.

Club 29 Breakfast – 5-11-17 Thanks to Co-Chair Lesli Massad for the photo



At the Leadership Oklahoma City graduation on May 24th, Jim Sharrock will receive the Zach D. Taylor, Jr. Servant Leadership Award and Betsy Brunsteter will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award.

Junior Rotarian, Carly Driskill, was named an Academic All-State Scholar by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.


Teacher of the Month – May 2017

Pres. Terri Cooper; LaRadius Stephens – Classen School of Advanced Studies – Social Studies Instructor; Joe Pierce – Chair TOM Committee

This is a reminder that the Online directory is available. Instructions on how to access it were sent to each member in an email a couple weeks ago. If you need assistance with accessing the directory please contact Cheryl Byrd at the Rotary office.

It’s time to get ready for our next Rotary year. President-elect Ellen has been busy selecting committee chairs and it’s now your turn to sign up.=>> THE COMMITTEE SELECTION FORM FOR NEXT YEAR was emailed.

AFTER HOURS is this evening at THE TWISTED SPIKE BREWERY LOCATED at 1 N. W. 10th from 5:30 TO 7:00. Tours of the brewery will be available.

Quotes of the Day

From the  Anasazi Foundation- “I have learned that the point of life’s walk is not where or how far I move my feet but how I am moved in my heart.”

“That Native American cultures are imperiled is important and not just to Indians. It is important to everyone, or should be. When we lose cultures, we lose American plurality — the productive and lovely discomfort that true difference brings.”

―Native American author  David Treuer, Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life

“If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. If we never wonder, knowledge will never find us.”

― Grandfather


Mary Jane Calvey, Joyce Clark and Nancy Hyde are attending an International Project Dedication in Romania.

MJ Calvey and Nancy Hyde stand by a statue of Shakespeare on the Danube in Budapest

International Rotary Grants fund items all over the world that saves or enhances lives. They toured a hospital in Satu Mare, Romania where Rotary Club of Oklahoma City helped purchase vital equipment for laboratory testing and pediatric care.

Budapest Dinner Cruise

Friday evening near the River Daugava, Riga. Blackhead Guildhaus. #okcrotary. Hospital project successful.

Elk City Tornado Disaster Relief

This past week,  as a result of the recent storms including tornadoes, many of our fellow Oklahomans in the western part of the state have suffered devastation and loss including tragically loss of life.  In response, we are raising funds to be contributed to relief efforts.  Our Foundation will match dollar for dollar up to $10,000 in contributions made by our club members to the Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of these violent storms. We will be working with the Rotary Clubs in the City of Elk City and Woodward to see that these funds reach those who have been most affected. Thank you for your concern and consideration.  PLEDGE

Mark McAdow – receives a Paul Harris Fellowship

Mark has served as the Senior Pastor of First Methodist Church since 2007. He is a graduate of the University of Tulsa and has a Master’s in Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary. He is a Whiz Kid tutor at First Church.  Mark has served as chair of our Invocation Committee for several years and sadly this will be his last meeting at Club 29.  He is being transferred to the Methodist Church in Enid, Ok.

He has earned his Paul Harris Fellowship and we would like to give him that presentation and wish him the best at his new Congregation – they are lucky to have him.


Last night at the Annual Meeting of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic Jerrod Shouse was elected to the Board of Directors,  President Terri Cooper was elected President-elect and Eddie Walker announced the new music director of the Philharmonic, Alexander Mickelthwate who is currently the conductor of the Winnipeg, Canada Symphony.

Invitations are in the mail for the 107th Rotary Inaugural honoring President-elect Ellen Fleming and the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The date is June 27th @ 6:00 p.m. at the OKC Golf & Country Club.  Reservations are required. RSVP


Ashley Smith  and Jason Reese   have been named to Journal Record’s Achievers under 40.

Quote of the Day

“If we wonder often, the gift of knowledge will come. If we never wonder, knowledge will never find us.”

― an old Native American saying


Joyce Clark, Mary Jane Calvey and Nancy Hyde are attending an International project dedication in Romania. Below are a few photos from their trip.

Nancy Hyde and Joyce Clark visit ruins of a Roman Fort near Babadog Romania

In Constanta, Mattei, a client of the rehabilitation institute offers a friendly greeting.

Joyce Clark and Nancy Hyde join Dr. Adela Onteu at the Rotary Celebration in Cluj-Napoca Romania

History of the National Anthem

Several years ago, around the 4th of July there was  a program  showing a reenactment of a British naval war attack on September 13,1814 in Baltimore harbor. A young American lawyer and amateur poet witnessed the battle and when he saw in the early morning of the next day, the flag of the Americans was still flying, Francis Scott Key  penned the poem “In Defense of Fort McHenry.”  The poem was immediately put to music and became very popular as the Star Spangled Banner.  In spite of numerous attempts, this song did not become our national anthem until 1931, following a petition filed by the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1930 in which 5 million signatures were obtained in its support.   In recognition of Memorial Day which occurred yesterday, not only do we owe our veterans, the preservation of our freedom, we owe them our National Anthem.


ELK CITY TORNADO VICTIMS As a result of the recent severe storms, many fellow Oklahomans in the western part of the state have suffered devastating loss . In response, our Foundation will match dollar for dollar up to $10,000 in contributions made by our club members to the Disaster Relief Fund to aid victims of these violent storms. We will be working with the Rotary Club in the City of Elk City to see that these funds reach those who have been most affected. Thank you for your concern and consideration. (We have collected $2,500)  PLEDGE HERE

You should have received your Invitation for the 107th Rotary Inaugural honoring President-elect Ellen Fleming and the 2017-2018 Board of Directors. The date is June 27th @ 6:00 p.m. at the Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club.  Reservations are required. RSVP HERE


Randy Lewis has been named co-chair of the 2019 Festival of the Arts, following many Club 29 members such as Rick Vermillion, Carl Shortt, James Pickel, Barney Semtner, and Betsy Brunsteter,  as the leader of  one of the biggest volunteer activities in this community.

Quote of the day
From American and Oklahoma civil rights leader Roscoe Dunjee – “Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to.”


Rotary, the first international service organization,
was founded in 1905 and has constantly demonstrated its ability to make an extraordinary impact in the world. Every day, Rotarians around the globe work to help humanity. Just last week a team of Club 29 Rotarians, comprised of Mary Jane Calvey, Nancy Hyde and Joyce Clark, was in Romania to help dedicate 3 Global Grant projects in Satu Mare, Cluj and Constanta, each of which provided needed medical equipment in those cities. The team also researched a possible future global grant project. Participating in these grant dedication projects is a wonderful way to see how the monies you donate to The Rotary Foundation go to work in making a difference in the world and in developing relations and friendships with Rotarians around the world. Consider going on a future trip, it will do your heart good.

In Sympathy

Gene Binning, father of  Rotarian Bart Binning passed last weekend.  His services were June 6 at 1 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Services will be held at 10 am Wednesday, June 7, at St. Eugene for Greg Main who passed away Sunday.

Also services were held June 5 for Russal Brawley, Todd Brawley‘s father and Kathleen Stevenson and Eric Roberts‘ step-father.

Our condolences are extended to the Binning, Main and Brawley families.

Today, June 6,  marks the 73rd anniversary of the Allied Troop’s invasion of the Normandy beaches of France on D-Day.  Let us always remember the sacrifices our Service men and women have made and continue to make in defense of our freedoms.


The inaugural for President -elect Ellen Fleming is coming up on the evening of June 27. Ann Ackerman is the chair and a wonderful evening has been planned. Please make your reservations with the Rotary office or online.  RSVP

Many of you made a commitment to Bob Medley to become a member of the Paul Harris Society by making an annual gift to The Rotary Foundation.  This membership is different than the Paul Harris fellowship and is paid by each member direct to The Rotary Foundation.  Donations to The Rotary Foundation come back to our District and club through District and Global grant matching funds and enable us to do good in our community and the world.  This is a reminder from our District that in order for our Club and the District to receive credit for your donations, they must be received at The Rotary Foundation by June 30.  If you have any questions, please contact Marty O’Gwynn or Larry Stone.

We have several members who will be attending  the Rotary International Convention later this week in Atlanta.  Those going are president-elect nominee Tom Phillips and his wife Suzan, Mary Jane CalveyBill Bowden, and Keith and Bud Oehlert.

I know they will return will lots of wonderful ideas about Rotary and all the things we can do to make a difference as Rotarians.

ELK CITY TORNADO VICTIMS Because of the devastating storms last month in western Oklahoma we are collecting funds to help storm victims. Our foundation will match member contributions dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000. We will be working with the Rotary Club in Elk City to see that these funds reach those who have been most affected. Thank you for your concern, consideration and generosity.  PLEDGE

Our next ROTARY AFTER HOURS Will be held on June 13  from 5:30-7 at The Bunker Club, 433 N. W. 23rd, next to the Tower Theatre.  RSVP

John Yoeckel was the first  recipient of the Board Leadership Award presented by Harding Fine Arts Academy. The award was presented at the school’s recent commencement ceremony.

Quote of the day

From American humorist and Oklahoma favorite son Will Rogers – “It isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble; it’s what we know that ain’t so.”


 Perfect Attenders 

While we no longer have mandatory attendance requirements, we have members who have sought to enhance their membership in Rotary through achieving and maintaining perfect attendance. Having Perfect Attendance doesn’t necessarily mean coming to this meeting every week, it means that when a member is not able to attend the regular meeting that person takes the time to attend a committee meeting, club social function or attend another club meeting locally, throughout the country or internationally.

Starting with those with one year of perfect attendance –
Dawn Byram
Georgia Fiering
Ellen Fleming
Larry Hazelwood
Tom Parrish
Dennis Shockley
Tania Smith
Lisa Synar

2 years
Donny Hector
Eli Hellman
Blair Naifeh
Karen Youngblood

3 years
Tom Phillips
Ashley Smith
Tim Strange

4 years
Susan Adams
Dick Hefton
Anne Roberts
Ron Rocke

5 years
Mark Neumeister

6 years
Bart Binning
John Crain
Nick Harroz
Lesli Massad

7 years
John Frost
Chuck Wiggin

8 years
Mary Jane Calvey
Larry Stone

9 years
David Battles
John Hanes
Steve Kime

11 years
Reed Downey
Homer Paul
John Robberson
Jim Waldo

12 years
Ann Ackerman
Ron Sutor
Clayton Taylor

13 years
Jim Loftis
Wes Milbourn

14 years
Gean Atkinson

15 years
Keith Oehlert
Jeff Simpsen

16 years
PDG Jerry Burger
Emily Stratton

17 years
Cliff Branan
Bud Oehlert
John Wilkins

18 years
Ross Plourde

20 years
Terri Cooper

22 years
Mike McAuliffe
Leonard Sullivan

23 years
Lou Gasbarra

24 years
Jeff Brown
John Dobson

27 years
PDG Bill Bowden
PDG Page Dobson
Jim Farha

35 years
Rick Vermillion

37 years
Jim Daniel

38 years
Harry Wilson

40 years
Barney Semtner

43 years
Harold Armstrong

17-18 Rotary Inaugural – June 27, 2017 RSVP Deadline – June 19

17-18 Committee Selections – Due Wed., June 14 Please make your selection

ELK CITY TORNADO VICTIMS    A month ago devastating storms hit western Oklahoma.  We are collecting funds to help storm victims.  Our foundation will match member contributions dollar for dollar up to a total of $10,000.  We will be working with the Rotary Club in Elk City  to see that these funds reach those who have been most affected.  Thank you for your concern, consideration and generosity.

Quote of the Day
240 years ago on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted a new flag to replace the British flag. In honor of Flag Day tomorrow, our quote of the day comes from our first president, George Washington – “We take the star from Heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty.”


Club 29 Chorale provided a celebratory song for Awards Day. Thanks to Anne Roberts on tambourine, and David Hooten on Trumpet!

It was an absolute joy to wish happy birthday to Dean Robertson on the occasion of his 100th birthday June 21. Dean first became a member of this club in 1948 and even with a hiatus has been a member for 54 years. We were pleased to have his two daughters Sally Kern and Randy Hyde here to join us in celebrating him.


The inaugural for president-elect Ellen with be June 27 at the Oklahoma City golf and country club. If you have not done so already, reservations must be made by June 23

Please mark your calendars for our next rotary after hours which will be July 11 at the Drake.

ELK CITY TORNADO VICTIMS We are still collecting funds to help the victims of the severe storms which inflicted devastating damage last month in Elk City. At the end of this month we will be sending member contributions, matched dollar for dollar by our foundation disaster relief fund up to $10,000. Thank you for your concern, consideration and generosity.


June 20 was a day for Recognitions. Assisting Pres. Terri  in making the presentations were her Presidential Advisors. The advisors were: General Billy Bowden, Robert Clements, Honorable Jerome Holmes, Jim Sharrock and Rick Vermillion.

Presentation of PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS – people who have donated at least $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation.

Paul Harris Fellowship



The work and operation of the club would not happen without members who accepted the responsibility of chairing the numerous committees.

Steve Davenport -Club 29 Chorale
Alison Taylor -Visiting Rotarians & Guests
Donita Thomas -Luncheon and Parking Ticket
Brooke Haneborg -Attendance Scanning
Mike Hoang -Attendance Scanning
Cori Loomis -Greeters
Jane Jenkins -Introductions
Mark McAdow -Invocation
David Walters- Introduction of New Members
Karen Youngblood -Introduction of New Members
Ashley Smith -Website
Larry Stone -Website
Jennifer Anderson -Public Relations
Pat Rooney -Rotary News
Ashley Smith -Social Media
Eli Hellman- Golf Tournament
Larry Edwards -Historical Preservation
Kathy Williams-Care and Compassion
John Robberson -John Rex School
Jane Sutter -Exchange Students
Marty O’Gwynn- Rotaract
Steve Burrage -Budget
Nathaniel Harding -Facilities
Bill Bowden -District Relations
Clayton Taylor -Nominating
Blair Naifeh- Legal/Ballot
Mike Palmer- Legal/Ballot

Rotary is centered on the motto of Service Above Self with activities following designated Avenues of Service – Club Service, Community service, Vocational Service, International Service and Next Generations service.


Marion Paden – Inaugural
Brad Poarch- Media and Audio Visual
Brad Binning -Media and Audio Visual
Marty O’Gwynn -Media and Audio Visual
Gail Huneryager -Winter Party
Penny Voss- Rotary After Hours
Barbara Butner -Rotary After Hours
Craig Clemons- New Member Recruitment
Mary Jenkins- New Member Orientation
Sam Hammons- Past Presidents
Ron Rocke -Club 29 Breakfast
Lesli Massad- Club 29 Breakfast

Joyce Clark- District Grants
Andy Rine- District Grants
Joe Pierce -Teacher of the Month
Ron Stakem- Dictionary Delivery
Dave Ortloff- Service Saturday
Bill Hughes- Salvation Army
Emily Stratton -Project/One Pledge

Steve Brooks -Vocational Tour
Carl Shortt -Vocational Service Award – Club photographer
Vahid Farzaneh -Vocational Service Award – Membership video
Richard Parry -Club 29 Foundation
Lisa Hammond -Open World
Suzanne Mitchell -Open World
Steve Shepelwich -World Community Service
Valerie Aubert -Wings of Rotary
Keith Oehlert -Wings of Rotary

Wings of Rotary 2017 District 5750 Rotarians Art Bode and Keith Oehlert with Japanese hosts

Wings of Rotary 2017

Clay Cockrill -Junior Rotarian

Nick and Susan Harroz
Jerry and Carleen Burger
Sam and Joy Hammons

While attending dozens of events over the year,  certain relatively new Club members who, even though they weren’t in charge, always seemed to be there. So in appreciation of their active participation and enthusiasm, the following are honored for

Laura Garrett
Farooq Karim
Collins Peck

There are always people who go above and beyond in support of the Club. For extraordinary contributions in enhancing aspects of and service to the Club, Presidential Citations are presented to –

Karen Youngblood -new member introductions
Eli Hellman and initiative and effort to Michael Morrison enhance the member experience
Larry Stone -tireless effort to develop the Online Directory
Lance McDaniel -organizing a fabulousOKC/ Tulsa trip and directing the Holiday program
Blair Naifeh and Mike Palmer -developing online voting

Robert L. Medley International Service

This past year our Club unexpectedly lost a 40 year member who had a heart dedicated to international service. He lived the Rotary purpose of DOING GOOD IN THE WORLD with passion. In honor of his devotion, our International Service Award has been named the Robert L. Medley International Service Award. Thanks to  Bob’s wife Trina and his family members  for allowing us to honor Bob in this way.

Medley Family

And this year the Robert L. Medley International Service Award is presented to Mary Jane Calvey.

Rotarian of the Year Award 
The success of a Rotary year is measured by many factors, tangible and intangible. It is no surprise that the biggest factor is the quality of the programs – and the programs this year have been outstanding. We recognized both Betsy Brunsteter and Dawn Byram as Rotarians of the Year.

Presidential Advisors Jerome Holmes, Robert Clements Rotarians of the Year Dawn Byram and Betsy Brunsteter, and Presidential Advisor Bill Bowden


Our Rotary motto “Service Above Self” implies the urge within a person to help others. It identifies the giver in someone who places life’s values and responsibilities over and above their own. It is exemplified by one who gives without regard to personal advantage or gain. From time to time there is someone in our community who deserves to be recognized for their significant, continued exceptional service. We have in our club, such an exceptional person who gives tirelessly and unselfishly to Rotary and our community. This award to someone  who epitomizes our motto of Service Above Self – Jim Sharrock.

Service above Self Award was presented to Presidential Advisor Jim Sharrock by President Terri Cooper

From President Terri: Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to lead this incredible organization this past year. The time has flown by and I’ve enjoyed sharing it with you. I have tried to give you my best and, as Jay Hannah the emcee at my inaugural said, I’ve tried to leave the woodpile a little higher than I found it.

Quote of the Day
From American author Helen Keller – “So much has been given to me. I have no time to ponder that which has been denied.”

From French author Voltaire – “Appreciation is a wonderful thing; it makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well”

Thanks to MARTY O’GWYNN for photographs!!

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