April 4, 2023 | Vol. 111 | No. 36
April 4, 2023 | Vol. 111  | No. 36
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

April 4, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 36
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55 

Livestream 11:55am   

OKC SPARK - Women's Professional Softball

 Tina Floyd is a former educator with over 20 years of experience, and a lifelong learner  She and her husband are successful business owners and entrepreneurs within the state of Oklahoma. She is passionate about giving back to the community and is involved with many non-profit organizations throughout the state. She enjoys public speaking and sharing life experiences with others. They have four adult children, with two females serving in the military. Providing females the opportunity to move forward professionally and personally is a mission dear to her heart. 
Chair of the Day:  Melissa Pepper
Invocation: Franci Hart
Introduction of Guests:  Andy Koester
Pledge/National Anthem Leader: Anne Roberts
Attendance Scanning / Greeting:   Laura Moxley, Jeanean Yanish Jones, John Robberson 
Registration:  Evan Walter, Mary Blankenship Pointer
Roving Microphone: Bart Binning
Menu:    Greek salad; Cucumber and tomato Salad; Pita; Gyros or Chicken Shawarma; Tzatziki Sauce
Roasted Zucchini; Wild Rice   

In The News

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

Club 29 Breakfast 

April  6, 2023
Quail Creek Golf & Country Club | 7:00am | Wingspan Room 
Bud Oehlert & Susan McVey, Chairs
Devery Youngblood, Oklahoma Aggregates Association, “Foundation for Security”


The Elegance of "No" 

by Ashley Perkins
Overcommittment in the Rear View Mirror
It is a good thing that no one has ever paid me to do things small.  I love to take on big projects with big outcomes and more than once I have taken on one too many. I am a recovering over-committer and struggle with the word, “no!” 

I can recall specifically working on the Downtown in December event in the very early years of its existence. Along with the amazing Mark Funke, a small group of volunteers put in the first skating rink downtown and grew a holiday parade into a multi-site, multi-week event.  We were all working long hours. 

My youngest son, then five years old, was at after-school care and had to be picked up at 6 pm or the school would begin charging me some horrific amount per minute.  I sped into the parking lot at Mach 3 with my air on fire and found him standing by the door with his little backpack on and his scowl matching the one on the teacher’s face.  He said not a word.  He climbed into the car; buckled up his booster seat; and crossed his arms across his chest.  I looked in the rearview mirror and he stared right back at me.

As I started to pull out of the parking lot he said, “Mom, you can do Christmas for the whole city, but you can’t even get our Christmas tree up!”


Memorial Marathon Seeks Volunteers

The OKC Memorial marathon and marathon relay will take place Sunday, April 30, 2023. About 10 more volunteers are needed to help work Relay Exchange #2 and give directions for through and relay marathon runners, from 6 am Sunday morning until approximately 9:30 am

Rotary OKC visit to the Rotary Club of Tulsa - May 3, 2023 RSVP

It's our turn to visit the Rotary Club of Tulsa for this annual tradtition. Tulsa rotarians have a fun and informative day planned.
Please let us know if you plan to take the bus, or ride in your own car.

RSVP - Trip to Tulsa

22-23 Membership Directories available at Weekly Lunch Meetings

If you haven't already, please plan to pick up the new 22-23 Rotary Membership Directory at a weekly luncheon meeting.  If you can't attend the meeting, the directories are also available at the Rotary Office.  

AfterHours - April 12, 2023 (Wed.)
and option to attend a show at 20% off

Lyric Theatre | 5:30-7:00pm
1727 NW 16th St
Cash Bar  | Bring Guests

Join the fun as Bricktown Rotary hosts annual Days of Wine and Rotary - All Club 29 Rotarians are invited

This annual fundraiser is Bricktown Rotary's primary event that helps them fund what the club does in the community throughout the year.
April 21st | 6:30 pm
Dunlap Codding
609 West Sheridan Ave
Oklahoma City, OK  73102

Get Tickets While They Last!

Rotarians in Community Activities

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

Rotary Magazine - April 2023  

 "We do it because we love our country." That's how Effat Naz, a polio survivor, sums up why she chose to join Pakistan's polio vaccinators. Women make up two-thirds of that workforce in a country where cultural norms prevent men from entering many people's homes. In this issue of Rotary magazine, you'll learn how women like Effat are not just helping end a disease, but driving change in their country.
April is Environmental Month for Rotary, and we'll take you to southern Turkey, where a warming world and historic wildfires have added peril for the semi-nomadic people of the Taurus Mountains. The region's Rotary clubs are leading an economic recovery effort aimed at preserving a traditional way of life. 
Also this month, meet Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee, who led Liberian women in a nonviolent movement that helped end their country's civil war. Don't miss the chance to see her in person on the mainstage of the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne:  Register now.
Prefer to listen? Check out our podcast for audio versions of the magazine's best storytelling along with full episodes featuring exclusive bonus interviews. Please subscribe, and, if you enjoy what you hear, give  a positive rating or review.   

Registration is open for the 2023 Rotary International Convention in Melbourne, Australia 

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.  

Contact Information Changes

If you have any unreported contact information changes, such as business or residence addresses, or email, please submit them here.
April 11, 2023 -  Dr. Mautra Jones - OCCC President - High School Rotarian Day
April 18, 2023 -  Joshua Landis, Ph.D.,  OU – Middle East Studies

Upcoming Events 

April 12, 2023 - Rotary Afterhours (Wednesday) -Lyric Theatre Social and Show at 20% off
April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon Service Opportunity
May 3, 2023 - Club 29 visits Rotary Club of Tulsa
May 19, 2023 - District Conference Dinner - Okla. History Center
June 10, 2023 - Pickleball Tournament - Chicken 'n  Pickle
June 13, 2023 - Rotary Meeting changed to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
June 27, 2023 - Inaugural of the 23-24 Officers & Directors, Lesli Massad President 


March 28, 2023 -  Online, Inperson & Makeups: 184
Total Present & Makeup:  33%
April 3, 2023 - 589


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in April!

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29 - April, 2023
 These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 51 years to 1 year.    
 Rotarian Membership Years of Service

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