June 1, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 45
June 1, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 45
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

June 1, 2021| Volume 109| No. 45
In-Person and Live Streamed Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55am  

in-person meeting is open - no rsvps required

first americans museum preview

 James Pepper Henry is the Director and CEO of the First Americans Museum (FAM), a new cultural institution located in Oklahoma City. Its mission is to educate the broader public about the unique cultures, diversity, history, and contributions of the 39 federally recognized tribes that were removed to Indian Territory, now the state of Oklahoma. The facility is scheduled to open in September 2021.
Most recently, “Jim” was the Executive Director of Oklahoma’s premier art, history, and culture museum, the Gilcrease Museum. He co-led the successful $65 million campaign to update and expand the facility. Jim also served as a commissioner on the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission and was a key proponent and facilitator to establish “Native American Day” as an official City of Tulsa day of recognition
Kathy Williams
Billy Coyle
Brittany Attaway   
Dean Higganbotham
Patti Davis, Hal Hoxie
Dwight Lawson, Amber Sharples, Larry Wagner
Michelle Morrow, Mark Neumeister
Jim Loftis

Mixed green salad, Grilled vegetable pasta salad, honey glazed chicken, pot roast, carrots and rosemary potatoes

Perfect Attenders

For those who have perfect attendance, attendance tracking will start June 1, 2021.  Signing into the livestream will count as an in-person meeting.  Video Makeups will be allowed, 2 per quarter. 
Starting June 1, you must either attend in-person, watch the livestream and sign -in the online form, makeup the meeting at another Rotary Club, attend a committee meeting, attend a Club 29 breakfast, watch the video (2 per quarter allowed) or otherwise makeup the meeting if you wish to maintain perfect attendance.  If you have any questions, please contact the rotary office.

Paul Harris Fellows Recognized

Tuesday, the following Rotarians will be recognized as having achieved a new Paul Harris Fellowship, or an additional level.
Paul Harris Fellowship: Janienne Bella, Spence Carson, Clay Cockrill, Tom Friedemann, Steve Kerr, Dr. Bob Long, Brad Martin, Lance McDaniel, Iva Salmon, Ted Streuli, Susan Winchester, Jeff Woolsey, Allen Wright
Paul Harris Fellowship +1: Lauren Branch, Doug Claycomb, Drew Edmondson, Kim Neese, Bill Paul, Mark Schweighart, Vicki VanStavern, John Waldo, Heather Walter, Bob Zahl
Paul Harris Fellowship +2: Wes Milbourn, Pat Potts, Bob Sullivan
Paul Harris Fellowship +4:  Marion Paden, Ron Rocke
Paul Harris Fellowship + 5 : Donny Hector
Paul Harris Fellowship +6:  Cliff Dougherty, Ellen Fleming, Ron Suttles
Paul Harris Fellowship + 7:  Cheryl Borelli, Terri Cooper
Paul Harris Fellowship +8:  Andy Rine, Ba Luong  

Videographer - at St. Luke's

There will be a videographer at St. Luke's both before and after the meeting to capture Rotarians' thoughts on what you have learned during this year.  It only takes a minute. We hope you'll consider lending your voice to this effort.

Thank You!

Words cannot express how grateful we are for your generous gift of books for our students.
With this difficult year coming to a close, our appreciation is paramount.
Thank you, 
Van Buren Elementary, OKCPS

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    


Tulips in Full Bloom

by Pat Rooney
 Today’s crypto currency runup in prices reminds me of the famous Tulip Mania of 1636 in Europe.  There, inexplicably, tulip bulb prices started rising and people began speculating on the ever-rising prices of bulbs.  The end result was an unprecedented crash a year later.  It seems silly now but it was quite serious at the time.

Today it’s not tulips but digital currency, such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, litecoin and others.  My personal favorite is Dogecoin.  Started as a joke last year, the value of Dogecoin, per The Wall Street Journal, was up 8,000% or 50 billion in total as of April 20, 2021, which, as the Journal notes, is a higher valuation than Ford Motor Company.

Cryptocurrencies were probably inevitable, given the advances in technology today, and seem to be here to stay.  Figuring out what they are good for, other than speculation, is the trick.  I mean the digitalization of the dollar has already been happening for quite a while already.  U.S. dollars now move as blips on screens all across the world in seconds.

Today’s technological advances allow for much innovation and Bitcoin and its ilk are manifestations of that.  Created shortly after the last financial crisis in 2009, Bitcoin has been around for a decade.  “Coins” are mined using super computers solving complex mathematical equations to create new ones.  Like gold, Bitcoin today is more of a store of value than a real currency.  And, like gold, it has a limited supply creating a scarcity that helps it hold value.


2021-22 Committee Selection form

 So far, 90 Rotarians have made their committee choices for the 2021-2022 year.  
There are more than 40 committees that provide avenues of service. As a member of Club 29, please consider signing up for at least a couple of committees that are a good fit for you and your interests.  Serving on a committee is easy, and the work is meaningful and fun!  Please click this link and sign up today! If you have questions about what a specific committee does, each grouping has a link to a description of the committee work. 

club 29 breakfast

June 3, 2021 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club
Speaker:  Mark Johnson Topic:  Angel Flights
RSVP Required - 20 maximum
RSVP Deadline -  June 1
RSVP online

New Rotarians

Miles Pringle will introduce new rotarians Heather Rouba, and Cindy Kyle.
Angela Rickman
District 5750 Governor

District 5750 News - May 2021

Happy May!
It is youth service month in Rotary and whether it's Rotaract, Interact, RYLA, Youth Exchange, all play an essential part in developing youth and imparting critical leadership skills. While this past year has required that we cancel youth exchange and programs like wings of Rotary, we have also done some great things virtually as is demonstrated by our eRYLA, which is being planned again this year thanks to many talented people in our district. As we continue to return to being able to have in-person events, I continue to encourage all of the clubs to consider how we can take the advantages of what we have learned about meeting in new ways and utilize that to make us even stronger as we move forward.

I want to remind all that our virtual District Conference will take place on Thursday, June 17th, from 6 pm to 7 pm. A link to register is shown ...... 


New Address for the Rotary Office

Rotary Club of Oklahoma City
625 N.W. 13th St.  Ste 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
Phone number will remain the same.
Contact email:
Executive Director Megan Law - megan@okcrotary.com
Membership Services  Cheryl Byrd - cheryl@okcrotary.com

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  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.


June 8, 2021 -  Quraysh Ali Lansana - Tulsa Race Massacre 100th Anniversary
Chair of the Day: Dr. Mautra Staley Jones 
June 8 Meeting location changed to Gaylord Pickens Museum - 1400 Classen Drive

June 15, 2021 "Guberathon" Featuring Governors George Nigh, Frank Keating, and Brad Henry
Moderator:  Governor David Walters

Save the Date

 Inaugural of the 2021-2022 Officers & Directors, Jerrod Shouse, President
June 29, 2021 | Evening Event
Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center | 11 N.W. 11
No Tuesday Luncheon at St. Luke's
RSVP Coming Soon!


May 25,  2021 - Online and In-Person - 185
Total Present and Makeup: No Attendance Requirement

May 26, 2021 -  557

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in June!

Don't forget to fill out the birthday information request during your birthday month. 

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 47  years to 1 year.

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