May 11, 2021 | Vol. 109 | No. 42
May 11, 2021 | Vol. 109  | No. 42
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

May 11, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 42
In-Person and Live Stream from Christian Life Center - St Luke's Methodist Church| 11:55a  


RSVP REQUIRED- Maximum 100
If registration is not at capacity by Monday afternoon, you may register guests for the in-person meeting. 
Your account will be charged for the guests who attend.


Please remember to register your attendance, and make your meal credit choice in the form, during the livestream. The form is located in the "Register Attendance" tab.
If any need technology help accessing the live stream, reach out to the office for assistance.

Rotary Club of Oklahoma City COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

derby day panel

 Matt Vance has been in the horse racing business for the better part of his whole life. Born in Kentucky, the son of Remington Park’s original President and General Manager, David Vance, Matt was around racing and racetracks from an early age when his father was President of the Kentucky Jockey Club and General Manager of a small racetrack in Kentucky. His first job was in F&B at Remington Park. After working in various departments at the track through the good and bad changes in the Tracks ownership, 
Tim Williams grew up in Mount Pleasant, MI and started his jockey career at the age of 15 riding unsanctioned races at the county fair in Michigan. He began riding official races at the age of 16 in 1978. From that time forward he rode races all over the United States, Canada and Mexico. He rode until 1989  at which time he hung up his tack to pursue a career in training race horses.  He and his wife Deb, along with their two sons, Dayton and Brock, made their home in Texas.  They spent many years training racehorses and operating an equine rehab facility. In 2002, instead of buying a Corvette like most 40 somethings, he lost 30 pounds and went back to being a jockey for a few years. 
Kelly O’Hara, born and raised in New York, began her career as a professional jockey at Belmont Park.
At the time riding for notable horse owners David Cassidy, Joe Pecci and A.J. Foyt.
Proclaimed as one of her best experiences was galloping 1987 Kentucky Derby winner Alysheba.
She raced all over the United States until a major spill at Fairgrounds Racecourse
ultimately ended her career. Her time spent at racetracks in Japan and Dubai have brought a broader understanding of the sport to her resume.
Currently Kelly is Remington Park’s paddock host. This position enables her to share her passion for the thoroughbred athlete as well as the sport of horse racing.   
Kole Kennemer is a sixth generation Oklahoman, having grown up in Western Oklahoma on land that his ancestors secured at the turn of the 20th century. Much of Kennemer’s youth consisted of following his dad as they worked cattle horseback for area ranchers and spent time riding on his family’s ranch.
Kennemer attended Oklahoma State University where he graduated with degrees in finance, accounting, and management. Kennemer was afforded the opportunity to move to Washington, D.C., to work for United States House of Representatives Congressman Frank Lucas of Oklahoma. Lucas was serving as the House Agricultural Committee chairman at that time, which exposed Kennemer to the processes and insights of both the committee and the House of Representatives as a whole.

Chair of the Day 
Jill Farrand Merritt   
Emily Taylor

Phil Greenwald

Pledge/Song Leader 
Georgia Fiering
Brittany Attaway, Hal Hoxie
Bob Klabzuba, Kelly Kay
Roving Microphone
Cori Loomis
(Served Buffet)  Smoked salmon, roasted beef tenderloin, wild rice, Romanesco vegetable blend, roasted beet salad

In the News 

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


Dear Mom

 by  Ted Streuli
 I don’t think I was more than 3-years old, when one day you were bringing me home from Spreckle’s Lake. On the way out of the park, I tripped and skinned my knee. You picked me up and made it better.

That’s as far back as I can remember, but it sure seems like you did that a lot over the years. You were pretty good at fixing owies.

I might have been 5 when I got that terrible case of the flu. My stomach was rejecting everything, and each time I headed to the bathroom you were right behind me, holding my forehead.

As I look back, I’m really amazed at how you managed to cart me around without a car. Dance lessons from that lady with the awful breath, ice skating lessons at Legg’s, Sundays spent at Fairyland, piano lessons, the bowling league, swimming lessons – how did you do it? You must have had more information about the bus system than the bus system did.

Remember how we used to stand in the living room window and wave goodbye to Daddy?

You could have made a living staging birthday parties. I had the best parties of any kid I knew. Funtier Town, Disney on Ice, the Hobo party – your imagination was incredible. Who else would have written the entire invitation as a poem, just so it could be signed, “Yours Truly, Teddy Streuli?”



Club 29 Breakfast 

Quail Creek Golf & Country Club | 7:00am
May 13, 2021 - Mark Liotta Chair, Hopper Smith ED - Okla. Workers Comp Commission Speakers
Topic: Results in Workers Comp since 2013 Reform
Maximum Capacity - 20 persons - no guests
RSVP Required.  Deadline -  May 11  RSVP online Form

May In-Person AfterHours
No Zoom Option

The Parlor OKC - 11 NE 6th St.
May 11| 5:30-6:30pm 

Teacher of the Month - May - 2021

 Mark Neumeister will introduce Jennifer Sinclair, Nichols Hills Elementary Kindergarten teacher.

Online Attendance Form includes a Meal Credit Option

Please remember to register your attendance and make your meal credit choice during the livestream.  The link to the form will appear in the "chat" area, but also the form is located in the "action" tab.  If viewing on a computer, the tab is on the upper right. If viewing from a phone, the tab is in the 3 drill down on the upper left. The meeting goes live at 11:55.  The link to view the livestream is the same every week:

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 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.  

Contact Information Changes

If you have any unreported contact information changes, such as business or residence addresses, or email, please submit them here.


May 18, 2021 - Burns Hargis -  The Cowboy Rides Away 
Chair of the Day:  Ellen Fleming
May 25, 2021 -   Gene Rainbolt - The Realities of Oklahoma's Economy
Chair of the Day:  Kim Henry


May 4, 2021  Online and In-Person:   165
Total Present and Makeup: No attendance requirement
May 6, 2021:  553


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in May!

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29

 These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 33 years to 1 year.

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625 NW 13th Street, Ste 105, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
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