Nov. 22, 2022 | Vol. 111 | No. 16
Nov. 22, 2022 | Vol. 111  | No. 16
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

November 22, 2022 | Volume 111 | No. 20
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55 
Link to the Livestream  11:55am  

oklahoma state auditor 

Cindy Byrd, CPA, is Oklahoma’s 13th State Auditor & Inspector and the first woman elected to serve as the taxpayer’s watchdog.
 A CPA with almost 25 years of government auditing experience, Cindy began her journey as an auditor in 1997.
Throughout her tenure, Cindy has moved through the ranks and conducted every type of government audit possible across Oklahoma. Her audits have identified millions of dollars in misappropriated tax dollars  READ MORE 

Chair of the Day/Moderator:  Mark Neumeister
Invocation:  Billy Coyle
Introduction of Guests:  Sam Hammons
Introduction of New Rotarians:  Mary B. Pointer
Pledge/National Anthem Leader:  Jeff Simpsen
Attendance Scanning / Greeting:   Kim Henry, Heidi Russell, Polly Anderson
Registration:   Bobby Mills, Barney Semtner
Roving Microphone:   Bobby Mills
Menu:    Southwest Salad, Corn and Bean Salad, Chicken fajitas, Pork Carnitas, Rice and Beans, 

In The News

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

Club 29 Breakfast 

November 24, 2022 
Happy Thanksgiving!
Quail Creek Golf & Country Club | 7:00am | Wingspan Room


Popcorn and Buttered Toast

by Ashley Perkins
At about this time of year, I get excited about the holidays.  I’m really a big kid at heart and I’m ready to put the tree up as soon as the turkey leaves the table.  I secretly listen to Christmas carols in my car right after Halloween and get excited when the Charlie Brown specials start advertising on tv!  My family harasses me to no end about my eagerness to celebrate.  It’s not that I want to skip over Thanksgiving, it’s that I want to have Thanksgiving with all the decorations and music of Christmas!

But the message is not lost on me that I should be focused on my blessings.

The great news about the end of the year is that it signals the beginning of a new one and an opportunity to begin again.  It’s a time to give thanks for the opportunities that we have been given and a time to think about how we maximize those opportunities in the coming year.  It is also a time to stop and say, “thank you” to those people in our lives that offer us grace and give us support.

I’ll start with you right now.


New Rotarians

Mary B. Pointer will introduce new rotarians Julie Partin, Shannon Cooper, Joe Dorman, and Susan Jordan. 

Winter Party - January 10, 2023

Oklahoma History Center | 6:00-8:30pm
RSVP required  for Rotarians and Guests
No 1-10 Tuesday Luncheon
$75.00 per person, billed on quarterly statement
RSVP Deadline- Dec. 30, 2022

Rotary AfterHours 

Dec. 13, 2022 | 5:30-7:00
The National
120 N. Robinson
Bring Guests!


Salvation Army Bell Ringing

December 2, 2022
144 Ringers are needed - 9 locations 
Kelly Kay, Chair

2023-2024 Officers and Directors Election  

Links to online voting were sent out the afternoon of Nov. 15. Please watch for an email from
If you didn't receive the email,
please contact the rotary office.  
Thanks to the Nominating Committee for their work in providing the slate.  Members of the Nominating committee are: Robert Mills, Emily Stratton, Lesli Massad, Mark Neumeister, Jerrod Shouse, Tom Phillips - Vice Chair,  Ellen Fleming - Chair 
Election will close Nov. 30, 11:59pm

Answer the Call of the Wild! - OnePledge 22-23

Help the Okla. Zoological Society establish a children's play area in Expedition Africa, the Okla. City Zoo's newest and largest expansion to date. 
Pledge or pay here
"Rotary Expedition Africa Playground"

Watch the announcement from President Wes!

Rotary Dues Increase - Jan. 1, 2023 - A Message from President Wes

Fellow Rotarians,

At the Sept. 27 lunch meeting, we shared some news about a conversation that began over two years ago. Prior to the pandemic, it was clear to our administration committee, budget committee, and board of officers and directors that a dues increase would be necessary for the club to maintain a balanced budget. With the arrival of the pandemic, we were able to delay that conversation. As we’ve seen a return to normal club operations, meetings, and service, we’ve also seen an increase in almost every expense of the club due to inflation and we were forced to revisit the conversation. At the recommendation of our administration and budget committees, the 2021-2022 board of officers and directors approved a dues increase of $15 per quarter, or $5 a month, effective January 1, 2023.   


Registration is open for the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia 

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory - APP available in the App/Play Store!

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.
Nov. 29,  2022 -  Jimmy Taylor, Taylor Ranch – U.S. Meat Export Federation/Okla. Beef Council
Dec. 6, 2022 -    Dr. Sean McDaniel - Okla. City Public Schools 

Upcoming Events 

December 2, 2022 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing  
December 13, 2022 - Rotary AfterHours 

January 10, 2023 - Winter Party 
April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon Service Opportunity


Nov. 15, 2022 In-Person, Online, Makeups: 187
Total Present and Makeup: 33%

Nov. 21, 2022 - 603


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in November!  

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29 - November

 These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 54 years to 1 year.    

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