January 12, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 25
January 12, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 25
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

January 12, 2021| Volume 109| No. 25
Live Stream Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:45am |No Club 29 Breakfast   


Please remember to register your attendance, and make your meal credit choice by filling out the form
during the livestream!
  If any Rotarian needs technology help accessing the live stream, reach out to the office for assistance 

Homeless Alliance

 A lifelong resident of central Oklahoma, Dan Straughan (Pronounced Strawn) was born and raised in Oklahoma City and currently lives in Norman.  He attended Putnam City Schools and got both his degrees from the University of Oklahoma.

Dan spent ten years as a manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Oklahoma City before joining United Way in 1997 where he served as Vice President for Agency Relations, Allocations and Community Investment.

Dan became the founding Executive Director of the Homeless Alliance in 2004 to build the community’s capacity to better care for the homeless.  The Alliance has developed and implemented a networked computer database that allows agencies serving the homeless to share data on shared clients, developed and implemented community standards for homeless shelters, and developed the WestTown Homeless Resources Campus, a “one-stop shop” covering a city block with Oklahoma City’s only day shelter serving 350 homeless people daily, a resource center filled with comprehensive services available for the homeless and those at-risk of homelessness and housing for chronically homeless individuals and veterans.


Chair of the Day


Susan Agel

Song/Pledge Leader

Jennifer Seal

Thomas W. Parrish

November 26, 1949 - January 6, 2021
31 Year Rotarian; Paul Harris Fellow+1
Foundation Director; 4 year perfect attender

A private family service will be held at All Souls’ Episcopal Church on Monday, January 11 at 11am. Guests are invited to join a livestream

If you would like to make a donation in memory of Tom, please do so here.

Read his Obituary

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 2020-21 Rotary Membership Directory, please make those changes here   
The information will go to the printer soon!


Nietzsche to Existentialism

by John Frost
This Reflection is a continuation of the philosophical underpinnings of our Great American Republic.  We have discussed in the past contributions of Aristotle, Socrates and recently Plato.  I have chosen Dr. Friedrich Nietzsche whose political philosophy, though often maligned, eventually gave rise to the most American of political philosophies, Pragmatic Existentialism.  His contribution was one of opposition rather than affirmation of his beliefs.

He was a German philosopher who became one of the most influential of all modern thinkers.  He is noted for his challenges to traditional Western religion, morality and philosophy.  He turned out to be the cause of many beliefs held in contradiction and opposition to his beliefs.  I have chosen only a few topics which seem to surface as the most challenging.

After great distillation process, I suggest that Nietzsche is better known for his writings on the concepts of good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the concept of a “super-man” (not a Superman made of steel, faster than a speeding bullet fighting for truth and justice but a “super” man, a man of self-awareness, self-confidence, and self-control.).  His philosophical principles and arguments are not easily challenged or brushed aside.  He was a person of great influence in the nineteenth century giving rise to many experimental governments which eventually failed.  I am referring to Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan and North Korea, Middle Eastern dictatorships, African tribalism and the old Soviet Union.  All this will lead to a greater understanding of the American Way based on Existentialism and Representative Democracy.  If you have a year or so free to read a book, try “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” by Nietzsche.


Helping Hands Matching Grant Request - Increased to $15,000
(Less than $500 remaining)

The Rotary Club of Oklahoma City Board of Directors has established a $15,000 matching grant fund that was made possible through the unused portion of dues that would have supported our Tuesday in-person meetings. The Helping Hands Matching Grant fund will match dollar-for-dollar charitable contributions by Club 29 Rotarians, in good standing, up to $250 per Rotarian, through February 7, 2021 or until such time as the funding is depleted. 

Rotary Virtual Afterhours
January 12, 2021 5:30-6:30pm

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

1 Year, 1 Rotarian, 1 New Member

President David has asked each Rotarian to identify and nominate one new member over the next Rotary year.  “Each of us can identify friends, family, acquaintances, vendors or clients who are highly qualified for membership in this organization.  This is a challenging time for organizations like ours and we can either be declining or we can be growing.  I hope we choose to grow.  Otherwise our impact for good will be less.”   Rotary offers the best week to week program in Oklahoma, a 600 member network of leaders, professional and executives, the oldest and largest civic organization in Oklahoma and for that matter Oklahoma history….second largest in the U.S. and 3rd largest out of 35,000 clubs international.  “I am proud of that distinction but know the responsibility that we have, as one of the largest clubs in this massive world-wide Rotary organization, to help not only those in our community but many internationally.  So while YOU are giving back by your membership and activity, please find and nominate someone who can join us in this endeavor.”  

Online Nomination Form

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.


2020-2021 Program Schedule

January 19, 2021 - Lance Frye, M.D. and Keith Reed - "Vaccination Rollout"
Chair of the Day: Joe Hodges
January 26, 2021 -   Anita McBride - "White House Transition"
Chair of the Day:  To Be Announced


January 5, 2021: 100 Online
Total Present and Makeup:  No Attendance Requirement

January 6,  2021- 559 

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in January!

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 38 years to 1 year.

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