Jan. 24, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 27
Jan. 24, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 27
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

January 24, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 27
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55 
Link to the Livestream     

Why are drug prices so high?

William C. Orr, Ph.D., is Clinical Professor of Medicine, at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and President Emeritus and Founding Board Member of the Lynn Health Science Institute in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  Dr. Orr has published extensively on a variety of topics in sleep medicine and esophageal disease. He is invited to speak on these topics to medical groups both nationally and internationally, and has served on numerous pharmaceutical advisory boards.  He was among the first investigators to identify and describe the sleep apnea syndrome  
Chair of the Day:  Dr. Bud Oehlert
Invocation:  Jerome Holmes 
Introduction of Guests:  Ann Ackerman 
Introduction of New Rotarians:  Sarah Barrow
Registration:   Evan Walter
Attendance Scanners/Greeters:  Richard Smith, Laura Moxley
Roving Microphone:  Bart Binning
Menu:    Spinach salad; Salmon; Roasted Red Pepper Chicken; Fingerling potatoes; Broccolini; Rolls

Club 29 Breakfast

January 26, 2023
Quail Creek Country Club | 7:00am | Wingspan Room

Speaker:  Jeanean Yanish Jones – Health Alliance for the Uninsured
In the News
If you have good news - honors, awards, new achievements - to share with the club, please let us know!



by Peggy Kates
Yesterday I read a devotional about relationships and it made me reflect on the relationships in my life, I thought about all the people in my life and the wide diversity of those relationships.  I had an absolutely wonderful week – full of love, friendships – both old and new.  My week began last Saturday at the Jameson family Cousin Christmas There were 57 of us present – we laughed, told stories, ate (the Jamesons are all wonderful cooks!).  I left there thinking about how blessed I was to be a part of this heritage – to be a part of a family that loved one another – a family that showed respect and kindness to everyone regardless – the privilege to visit with my Aunt Carole, Aunt Phyllis, Uncle Hubert and Aunt Ramona – all of whom are over 80.

On Monday I had lunch with some very dear friends.  There were our neighbors in Cashion and ono one could ask for better neighbors.  Old friends that I cherish immensely.


Rotary Afterhours

February 21, 2023 | 5:30-7:00pm
Grand House Asian Bistro
2701 N Classen Blvd
Cash Bar | Bring Guests

Helping Hands $275 matching funds left

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

2022-2023 Rotary OnePledge - Answer the Call of the Wild - 
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. 
"Rotary Expedition Africa Playground"

New Rotarians

Sarah Barrow  will introduce new rotarians Alyx Picard, Kristin Killgore, and Jennifer Stevenson.

Amazon ending Amazon Smile Feb. 20, 2023

For those of you who have supported the Rotary Club 29 Foundation through Amazon Smile, the program is ending Feb. 20, 2023.  Thank you for your support.

Rotary Club 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.   

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory - App is 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.

December/January 22-23 District Newsletter

Greetings Fellow Rotarians!
The Rotary word for January is Connection!
As I helped the West Oklahoma City Rotary Club hand out twenty-five scholarships in their December
meeting, I saw and felt firsthand the “connection” these wonderful Rotarians had for each other and
their community. I have felt this “Rotary Connection” time and time again across our 34 clubs as I visit. I
have witnessed the pride and satisfaction that active clubs feel in the services they provide and the
sheer joy of working together to make a difference in the quality of life of their communities. From this
vantage point of helping our local communities while sharing our local values, we develop a “sense of
purpose and meaning, accompanied by the personal payback of greater self-work and engagement with
the wider community.” (“A Welcome Embrace”, Rotary Magazine – January 2023).

Connection with each other as Rotarians is very important. This feeling of belonging to a “Rotary
Family” develops lifelong friendships and a true enjoyment of spending time together in rewarding
service. In a recent finding on Club Service, “what has come across more than anything is the shared
laughter and camaraderie, the feeling of being valued, listened to and that you matter.” (Ibid) As West
Oklahoma City Rotarians say, “Don’t forget the 5th part of the 4-way Test” and then they yell out
together “Is It Fun.” This makes me smile every time. I love the “Connection” we have to each other
from Oklahoma City Clubs to Stillwater Clubs, to Ponca City, to Woodward, to Clinton, to Weatherford, and points in between. Thirty-four shining lights for Rotary.

Finally, I leave you with the words of our R.I. President Jennifer Jones again in the January 2023 issue of
our Rotary Magazine, “The single most important factor in member satisfaction is the club experience. How at home you feel in your club, how rewarding club meetings are, and how engaged you feel in
service projects.” Again, it’s the formula for a successful Rotary Family making a difference in the world.
The Rotary word “Connection” is very important for the comfort and care of our members.
In Rotary Service,
Deena Fisher
District Governor 2022-2023
2022-2023 Program Schedule
January 31, 2023 -  Rotary Club 29 Foundation Update Matt Bown & Tim Dowd; District Governor Deena Fisher
February 7, 2023 - Amazon OKC Distribution Centers – OKC1 General Manager, Bryan Coppock
(At the request of the speaker, no livestream will be available)

Upcoming Events

February 21, 2023 - Rotary AfterHours
April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon service opportunity
May 3, 2023 - Rotary OKC visits Rotary Tulsa


January 17, 2023  In-Person, Online, Makeup: 201
Total Present and Makeup:  35%

January 23, 2023 - 590

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29

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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