June 29, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 49
June 29, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 49
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

June 29, 2021| Volume 109| No. 49
Oklahoma Contemporary - 11 NW 11| 6:00pm |RSVP Required

Rotarians and Guests RSVP LIST
If you have an RSVP and cannot attend, please inform the Rotary Office   

No Luncheon Meeting at St. Luke's 


Silver Sponsors $2500 
Rhonda and David Walters

Bronze Sponsors $1000
Ellen & Tim Fleming | Heather & Evan Walter 
Tom Phillips 
Jerrod Shouse 
Smith and Kernke

Rotary Wheel Sponsors $500 
Ann Ackerman and Wayne Stone
Calvey Family
Robert Clements
Terri Cooper
Jim and Cyndi David, David Capital Partners, Inc.
Tim Dowd
Kermit Frank, Dolese Bros. Co.
Donny Hector
Jerome A. Holmes 
Bill Hughes, T.S. Phillips Investments Inc.
Jones PR
Farooq Karim, REES Associates Inc
James Loftis  FAIA,  James Loftis Architects
Sandy and Wes Milbourn
Suzanne Mitchell, and Sam Fulkerson
Jeanette M. Nance
Jim Sharrock
Larry and Dana Stone
Rick and Sarah Vermillion
Rotary Wheel Sponsors $250 
Chip Oppenheim
Dr. Marion Paden
Ross Plourde
Meg Salyer
Ron Stakem
Lisa B. Synar


Interview with Rotary President David Walters

by Emily Stratton
 I had the opportunity to interview President David Walters this past week and had a most interesting conversation, hearing the inside of his year as president and his thoughts on his unusual Rotary presidential term. Enjoy!

Remind us how your year started—from your inauguration to first meetings.
We initially planned a wonderful evening for my Inaugural at the Oklahoma Contemporary, which I am pleased will be used by President Jerrod for his upcoming Inaugural. The pandemic changed my plans. Instead, we found a good videographer, who shot the event at President Ann’s home and then at my home.   We needed a scene with President Ann passing the gavel to me, and my returning “pink” roses to her. The videographer was able to do that but with each of us filmed at different houses. Rotarians could see Ann handing the gavel, and then the scene shifted to my house and showed my reaching out and taking it and returning the flowers.  We each provided brief statements. Rhonda and I then hopped in the car and stopped at three watch parties that were held, standing outside visiting with Rotarians.  As they say —"Necessity is the Mother of Innovation.”

     When my presidential year started, the social distancing mandate had somewhat lightened. After President Ann had led a number of club meetings late in her term Zooming from her home, she was interested in having full attendance—as much as possible—for her final meetings. The first pandemic wave had lightened up a bit, and St. Luke’s said that they could accommodate 130 in attendance, with social distancing of three per table for her last two or three meetings.

          My first meeting on July 1 was a full meeting. Many were wearing masks, though some felt it wasn’t necessary. The former Club Presidents traditional handshake was an awkward mix of elbows, fists and a few handshakes. Almost immediately after this, the second COVID wave hit. It was clear that COVID was on its way back. We were watching state, city and county data in deciding what to do! We immediately got three Rotarians with deep public health experience to be our advisors and, with the Board, crafted some case “gateways” to help us adjust our meeting attendance to the ferocity of the disease in our community.  We started live streaming from St. Luke’s, with a small crew of Rotarians,    



Vocational Tour Day - seeking hosts

August 3, 2021 will be Vocational Tour Day - Please mark your calendars!!!! -No meeting at St. Luke's.   

The Vocational Tour Committee Co-Chairs are seeking about 15 tour sites.  Please contact Heidi Russell or  Heather Walter, or the Rotary Office if you are interested in hosting.   

Perfect Attenders

For those who have perfect attendance, attendance tracking  started June 1, 2021.  Signing into the livestream will count as an in-person meeting.  Video Makeups will be allowed, 2 per quarter. 
Starting June 1, you must either attend in-person, watch the livestream and sign -in the online form, makeup the meeting at another Rotary Club, attend a committee meeting, attend a Club 29 breakfast, watch the video (2 per quarter allowed) or otherwise makeup the meeting if you wish to maintain perfect attendance.  If you have any questions, please contact the rotary office.

In the News

If you have good news - honors, awards, new achievements - to share with the club please let us know!

Contact Information Changes

If you have any unreported business or home contact information changes or if you would like a new photo for your listing in the Rotary Membership Directory, please make those changes here    

2021-22 Committee Selection form

 So far, 235 Rotarians have made their committee choices for the 2021-2022 year.  
There are more than 40 committees that provide avenues of service. As a member of Club 29, please consider signing up for at least a couple of committees that are a good fit for you and your interests.  Serving on a committee is easy, and the work is meaningful and fun!  Please click this link and sign up today! If you have questions about what a specific committee does, each grouping has a link to a description of the committee work. 

club 29 breakfast

July 1, 2021 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club
Organizational Meeting
RSVP Required - 20 maximum
RSVP Deadline -  June 29
RSVP online

New Address for the Rotary Office

Rotary Club of Oklahoma City
625 N.W. 13th St.  Ste 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone number will remain the same.
Contact email:
Executive Director Megan Law - megan@okcrotary.com
Membership Services  Cheryl Byrd - cheryl@okcrotary.com

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory

Rotary Club 29 has an online membership directory which contains current content information for all club members. The link to access the Club 29 directory can be found at the top of  the home page of  okcrotary.club  or by clicking  here.
OKC Rotary has provided this tool as a convenience  to help members stay in touch with one another. The online directory,  just like the printed roster, should only be used for Rotary purposes.  If you need help in accessing the directory,
please email the office.


July 6, 2021 -  No Meeting, No Makeup Required

July 13, 2021Shelley Zumwalt  - Okla. Employment Security Commission
Chair of the Day: Susan Winchester     


June 22,  2021 - Online and In-Person - 153
Total Present and Makeup: 28%

June 22, 2021 -   561

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in June!

Don't forget to fill out the birthday information request during your birthday month. 

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 47  years to 1 year.

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