March 16, 2021 | Vol. 109 | No. 34
March 16, 2021 | Vol. 109  | No. 34
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

March 16, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 34
In-Person and Live Stream from Christian Life Center - St Luke's Methodist Church| 11:55a  



Live at 11:55

Please remember to register your attendance, and make your meal credit choice in the form, during the livestream. The form is located in the action 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


 Growing up in Oklahoma, Ann Ackerman received a B.S. in Mathematics from OSU and earned a M.S. and Ph.D. from OU.  Making her home in Oklahoma City, she began her career as an engineer, but quickly changed to education and spent 25 years in the higher education system.  Her positions included Professor of Mathematics, Department Chair of Mathematics, Dean of Science and Mathematics, and Vice President for Economic and Community Development. After leaving academia, she served as the Chief Executive Officer for Leadership Oklahoma, a position that she held for almost ten years. Then from January 2016 – October 2020, she served as the President and CEO of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, Oklahoma’s primary economic development support organization, providing critical private funds in support of the economic development efforts of the Governor, Lt. Governor, Oklahoma Department of Commerce, and other partners. Dr. Ackerman is an executive decision maker with over thirty years of organizational management and experience as an educator, administrator, economic developer, and nonprofit chief executive officer.  READ MORE
 Steven C. Shepelwich   is a senior community development advisor at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Oklahoma City Office. Steven leads the Branch efforts to promote economic development and fair and impartial access to financial services in Oklahoma’s low- to moderate-income communities and manages the District’s workforce development program areas. In this role, Steven has lead a research and outreach initiative on the District’s unbanked market, organized national conferences on innovations in consumer financial services, asset-based approaches in rural development and workforce development strategies. READ MORE
 Clayton C. Taylor of Oklahoma City serves as the principal of the Taylor Group that he established in 1994.  The Taylor Group is a full-service lobbying and consulting firm specializing in Oklahoma business issues.  Their service capabilities include business management and communications consulting, direct lobbying of state and federal legislative and regulatory agencies, community relations, political action committees and campaign management, marketing, client recruitment and development.  Their in-depth experience ranges from local to statewide to federal, and includes extensive international business and political management, as well.

Chair of the Day


Paul Moore

Pledge/Song Leader

Clayton Taylor


Sarah Barrow 

Roving Microphone

Ellen Fleming

In the News 

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


Embers of War

 by  Pat Rooney
“Ho Chi Minh had a secret alliance with the United States.”  For those of you with even a passing familiarity with Vietnam, this statement will surprise you.    But it’s true, back in 1943 that is, when Japan occupied French Indochina and the U.S. needed Vietnamese help.

This is just one of a number of interesting subplots in a story artfully told in Frederik Logevall’s excellent Pulitzer prize winning history of Vietnam titled Embers of War.  As the above statement emphasizes, the U.S. has a long and complicated history in Vietnam roping in multiple Presidents, Congresses, and defense secretaries as they tried to manage their way out of Indochina.  While the narrative ends in 1959, before the U.S. is center stage in the conflict, this history helped my understanding of the root problems and the underlying forces in the country and gave me much clarity as to the difficulties there.

To me, America’s Vietnam was always a confusing mismash of separate hill fights serving no real purpose and resulting in no notable progress, at least on our side that is.  Logevall’s history explains this dilemma, how it affected the French before us, and now foreshadows the U.S. problems in the next decade.  To this point, he details the extraordinary sacrifices the Vietnamese people were willing to endure to achieve independence, and not just the military, either.  Lay country men and women were active in the conflict.


Club 29 Breakfast meetings will resume March 25
Quail Creek Golf & Country Club | 7:00am

Maximum Capacity - 20 persons - no guests
RSVP Required.  Deadline - March 22nd 

New Rotarians

Mark Neumeister will introduce new rotarians Scott Blubaugh, Kim Henry, and Wendi Wilson.

In Memoriam

The Rotary Club 29 Foundation gratefully acknowledges a gift in memory of Robert Gilliland, Jr.  from Jeff Brown. 
If you would like to make a gift in memory of anyone, you may do that here.

Don't Wait to Nominate.. The time for Nominating New Members is NOW!

Membership is the life blood of Rotary Club 29.  The membership recruitment committee, co-chaired by Jane Jenkins and Janet Vernon, are giving all Club 29 Rotarians an incentive to nominate new members!  Starting February 8, 2021 for every nomination that converts into membership with entrance fee and dues paid, the lead sponsor will receive a $100 gift card from either a Good Egg or Hal Smith restaurant.  
Nomination form can be found in the "members" section of the website   Requirements for membership and submission form can be found => Online Nomination Form

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.


March 23, 2021 -   Peter Dolese - Arts Council Oklahoma - Arts Festival
Chair of the Day:  John Semtner
March 30, 2021 - McGirt V. Oklahoma - AG Mike Hunter
Chair of the Day:  Chip Carter


March 9, 2021  Online and In-Person : 119
Total Present and Makeup: No attendance requirement
March 11, 2021:  559


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in March!

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29

 These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 40 years to 1 year.

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