Jan. 10, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 26
Jan. 10, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 26
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

January 10, 2023 |  Volume 111 | No. 25
Rotary Winter Party - Oklahoma History Center | 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr. | 6:00 | RSVP Required
No Luncheon Meeting at St. Luke's and no makeup required  


If your plans have changed and you cannot attend, please inform the office.
Winter Party Committee
Crystal Bennett, Mary Jane Calvey, Terri Cooper, Tonnie Dosser, Tracey Frederick, Dean Higganbotham, Katherine Johnston, Cori Loomis, Michelle Morrow, Laura Moxley, Periann Pulliam, Suzie Symcox, Lisa Synar, Emily Taylor, John D. Williams, Kathryn Wilson Wheeler
Jeanette Nance, Chair
Appetizers Charcuterie board Mini crab cakes; Smoked salmon; Mini potatoes topped with caviar; Shrimp Bacon wrapped blue cheese stuffed dates; Mini beef tenderloin biscuits; Chicken poppers; Caprese skewers; Phyllo with Italian sausage, marinara, asiago cheese; Assorted crostini - pimento cheese, Sundried tomato pesto; Crudite with green goddess dressing; Lavosh, Pita, hummus, spinach artichoke dip;  Parfaits: Chocolate Mousse Lemon curd and strawberries; Iced cookies

In the News

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

Club 29 Breakfast 

Quail Creek Country Club | 7:00am | Wingspan Room
2022-23 Co-Chairs - Susan McVey and Bud Oehlert 
January 12, 2023   
Larry Stone - “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly about the Rotary Club 29 Website”

2022-2023 Officers and Directors
President Wes Milbourn,  President-Elect Lesli Massad,  Secretary Suzanne Mitchell
Treasurer Lisa Synar, Sgt.-At-Arms Collins Peck
Assistant Treasurer Mark Neumeister, Past President Jerrod Shouse
Farooq Karim, Ted Streuli, Dave Ortloff, Miles Pringle, Patrick Raglow
Clay Cockrill, David Mayfield, Scott Parman, Sherry Rhodes, Ashley Smith
Presidential Advisors 
Ellen Fleming, Terri Cooper, Bill Bowden, Jeff Simpsen


Playing the “Where were YOU ‘When”- Game?

by Dick Hefton
 Where were you December 7, 1941, when the Japanese Navy Attacked Pearl Harbor to force our nation into World War II?

I THINK WE HAVE A WINNER! (With no fear of contradiction, I doubt there is challenger to me found listed on our club roster.)

December seven, forty-one fell on a Sunday. It was one of those remarkably warm and sunny days Oklahoma City finds memorable even without the revelation at work changing our world that day. On that Sunday, by habit our little family had early breakfast before dressing up for church services. After Mother placed a roast in the oven for lunch, then off to church we drove. Nothing out of the ordinary altered morning routine, nor was the pastor’s sermon off season.

Back home again, conversation at lunch was pleasantly normal. So, thereafter I changed into grubbies and set out on my bike to hang with the neighborhood gang for a fun afternoon. But something seemed different, abnormal. So, I circled the block. There was no street traffic, nor kids on the lawns more like late evening when they head home and dads are putting cars up? But it was at about 2:00pm when I was deciding to turn for home, Guy Fuller came out of his house heading straight for me. He called me by name – oddly unfamiliar for an older guy, but then, I knew he took a shine on my older sis who was about his age. I parked at the curb as he came up and he asked me if I had heard the news? What news? “The Japs bombed Pearl Harbor today!” By ’41 people of all ages (including 11-year-olds like me) knew about the aggression the Japanese army and navy were prosecuting in the eastern Pacific with atrocities in China, Manchuria and Indochina. Our nation was nevertheless caught by total surprise by a force that took more than three thousand casualties in a shocking awakening that also delivered great material damage and greater psychological trauma to our country.

Guy had to explain to me “where is Pearl Harbor” before the consequences of his disclosure struck its meaning!     Life for a near-12-year-old had forever changed as had our world even as my bike got put away that afternoon.  READ MORE


Helping Hands $5625 matching funds available

The Rotary Club of Oklahoma City in partnership with the Rotary Club 29 Foundation has established a $15,000 matching grant fund using domestic service project funds from our foundation's annual spending policy. The Helping Hands Matching Grant fund will match dollar-for-dollar charitable contributions made on or after December 20, 2022 by Club 29 Rotarians, in good standing, up to $250 per Rotarian, through Jan. 31, 2023 or such time as the funding is depleted. 

For further information and guidelines, please follow the link provided below.

Rotary Magazine - January 2023

It's a hidden epidemic. Loneliness. And it's been made worse by pandemic isolation, the shift to remote work, and even, in some ways, social media and the digital technologies designed to connect us. In this issue of Rotary magazine, we'll explain the link between loneliness and your physical health and bring you the positive news of Rotary members who are finding that connection is a cure.

Click here to read the January 2023 issue

In the Our Clubs section, we'll introduce you to a Rotary club in Montenegro whose members are spreading awareness of Rotary through their work to preserve the cultural heritage of their medieval city on the Adriatic coast. And we catch up with a Rotarian from South Africa who, after suffering heartbreaking loss, found renewed purpose and unexpected opportunity at her school and in Rotary.

Prefer to listen? Check out our podcast for audio versions of the magazine's best storytelling along with full episodes featuring exclusive bonus interviews. 

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

Fellow Rotarians: 

At the Sept. 27 luncheon 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. 


Auto-Pay offered for Rotary Club Invoices

 If you would like to have a credit card on file to charge your Rotary CLUB invoices, please contact the rotary office.

Annual Dues Payment Offered

 If you would like to switch from quarterly to annual billing for Rotary CLUB invoices, please contact the rotary office.

Answer the Call of the Wild! - OnePledge 22-23
"Rotary Expedition Africa Playground"

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 

Watch the announcement from President Wes!

Upcoming Events

January 10, 2023 - Winter Party - History Center RSVP required
February 21, 2023 - Rotary AfterHours - Grand House
April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon Service Opportunity
May 3, 2023 - Rotary OKC visits Rotary Tulsa
May 5, 2023 - District Conference 

Address Changes

Please report any changes in business or home here.

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  okcrotary.com 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.  


January 17, 2023 -   Dr. Richard Lofgren, President – OU Health
January 24, 2023 -  Dr. William Orr - Clinical Professor of Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center -  "Why are drug prices so high?"


Dec. 20, 2022  -  Online, In-Person, Makeups: 186
Total Present and Makeup: 32% 

Dec. 30, 2022 -  597 

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29 - January 2023

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


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in January!

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