April 25, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 39
April 25, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 39
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

April 25, 2023 |  Volume 111 | No. 39
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55 
Link to the Livestream  11:55am    

 A former 13-year University of Oklahoma assistant coach who won a national championship with the Sooners and two more with Clemson University during a highly successful 10-year stint as defensive coordinator, Brent Venables has been named OU’s 23rd head football coach.
Venables served as co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at Oklahoma from 1999-2003 and as associate head coach, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach from 2004-11 under former head coach Bob Stoops. Venables has coached in eight national championship games between his time at OU and Clemson, winning titles with the Sooners in 2000... READ MORE
Chair of the Day:  Frank Keating
Invocation:  Patrick Raglow
Pledge/Song Leader: Brittany Attaway
Introduction of Guests: Jill Hughes 
Roving Microphone: Sherry Fair
Registration: Evan Walter, Ann Ackerman
Attendance Scanning/Greeting:  Nicole Nantois, DeShawn Heusel, Valerie Aubert

Menu:  Mixed Green Salad; Indian Cucumber Salad; Turmeric Rice; Chickpea Curry; Beef Vindaloo; Chicken Tiki Masala; Vegetable Samosas

club 29 breakfast

April 27, 2023 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club | Wingspan Room
Chairs:  Susan McVey, Bud Oehlert
Speaker:  Aaron Collins, MetroTech CEO & Superintendent


Words Have Power

by Charlie Smith

As a former copy editor, I’m a words guy. Yet, through 20 years of ministry, I realize the transformative truth of Joseph Sittler’s quote, “When grammar cracks, grace erupts.” I appreciate the truth of the saying attributed to St. Francis, “Preach the gospel; if necessary use words.” I cling to the idea that we minister best as Spirit-led Pentecost people, recreating in our own contexts the story from Acts 2: Speaking in other languages, and still everybody understanding each other, even if they couldn’t translate the words.

I wish I was proficient at a foreign language. I remember precious little from high-school French. For three years in the 1990s, I lived in Germany. Though my reading knowledge of Deutsch was passable, I never could master conversations in the native tongue. As hard as I would practice the words I would need to ask a question of the bank teller, the immediate response was incomprehensible. The response from most Germans: “Let us speak English to you; we hate how you are butchering our language.”

Just hearing a language not English spoken can be exhilarating in and of itself. Even without knowing the words, you get the sense of what is being conveyed. Last week, hearing a prayer in Korean; the Spirit was so alive! (The same Korean speaker was asked about their faith journey: “How did you get to where you are today?” The answer was a reminder of the quirks of English and literal interpretation: “By foot, car and plane.”   READ MORE


New Rotarians

New Rotarians Don Bullard and Blake Cody will be introduced to the club.

Pickleball Lessons and Tournament

 For those of you trying to figure out what pickleball is or how to play, a learning session has been organized at Oak Tree Country Club on May 11 from 6 to 8pm in their indoor tennis facility. $20.00 per person - This can be billed on your Rotary Statement.
Register for Lessons  

Pickleball Tournament - June 10, 2023  | 10 am - 1 pm 
Chicken N' Pickle  -  8400 N. Oklahoma Ave, 73114
$50.00 per player - This can be billed on your Rotary Statement.
Register to play in the tournament  

We encourage Rotary & family spectators, however there will be a $10 per person fee if they eat.
You may register them here

March/April 2023 District Newsletter

"The foundation upon which Rotary is built is friendship; on no less firm foundation could it have stood." - Paul P. Harris
Let's Celebrate the 2022-2023 Rotary year together! Join us on May 19, 2023, at the Oklahoma History Center.  =>Club 29 Rotarians' dinner is free, but you must Register.  
If you bring a guest, the cost is $75.00

My year as your district governor is coming to a close on June 30th so I have started the downhill slide of my year and I am in the mood to CELEBRATE! Therefore, I want to invite my fellow Rotarians to join me in fun, food, fellowship, and friendship on May 19. My heart is happy at the thought of a room full of Rotarians enjoying being Rotarians!
My focus this year has been togetherness and teamwork and unity and harmony has been the goal in getting us all back together after Covid. Let's have some fun after this rebuilding year as we are rebounding stronger than ever.  READ MORE

Rotary AfterHours - May 9

Okla. City Zoo | 5:00-6:30- NEW TIME!
2101 N.E. 50th St. 73111
Cash Bar | Bring Guests

If you have information about community activities of Club 29 rotarians or other Rotary Clubs, please list them in the form below, and we will try to include the information in the newsletter that goes out to the club!
Community Activities

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    

Upcoming Events   

April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon - Service Opportunity 
May 3, 2023 - Rotary OKC  visits Rotary Tulsa
May 9, 2023 - Rotary AfterHours - OKC Zoo
May 11, 2023 - Pickleball Lessons - Oak Tree Tennis Center
May 19, 2023 - District Conference - Okla. History Center
June 10, 2023 - Pickleball Tournament - Chicken 'n Pickle
June 13, 2023 - Rotary Meeting location changed to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
June 27, 2023 - Inaugural of the 23-24 Board, Lesli Massad, President

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory
DacDb has a new App 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  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.


May 2, 2023 -  Stacy McNeiland - The Care Center
May 9, 2023 -  Christy Gillenwater, President/CEO – Greater OKC Chamber 


April 18, 2023 - Online, In-Person, Makeups - 180
Total Present and Makeup -  32%
April 24, 2023 -   590

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in April!

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 51 years to 1 year.
Membership by Years of Service

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