February 28, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 31
February 28, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 31
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

February 28, 2023 |  Volume 111 | No. 31
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55 
Link to the Livestream  11:55am    

Criminal Justice Reform

 Kris Steele is a  former Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.
Feeling called to pursue a career in ministry, in 1997, he earned a bachelor’s degree in religion from the Okla. Baptist University
He uses his ministry training and experience along with the knowledge he gained as a legislator to serve as the executive director of The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM), a nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking cycles of incarceration and poverty through education, personal development and job readiness training.  READ MORE

Chair of the Day:  Drew Edmondson
Invocation:  Anne Roberts
Introduction of Guests:  Freda Deskin
Pledge/Song Leading:   Janet Vernon
Roving Microphone:    Sherry Fair
Registration:   Dawn Byram, Miles Pringle
Attendance Scanning/Greeting:  Cori Loomis, Josh Dougherty, Rick Vermillion
Menu:    Mixed Green salad; Coleslaw; BBQ Chicken Sliders; BBQ pork Sliders; Baked Beans; Okra

club 29 breakfast

March 2, 2023 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club | Wingspan Room
Chairs:  Susan McVey, Bud Oehlert
Speaker:    To Be Announced


Passing the Torch

by Lauren Branch

I’ve spent the past 26 years dedicating myself to my work, and it is important to me that I leave a legacy that can continue even after I retire (someday). As a CEO at the tail end of my career, I spend a lot of time thinking about what it looks like to pass the torch on to the next generation.

I have seen many changes in the business world, but one thing that has remained constant is the artificial constraints that are imposed on our workforce. Constraints like college degrees, years of experience, age, drivers’ licenses, etc. – the list of pre-requisites for filling specific types of roles can sometimes feel endless. These are the things we are using to identify and qualify people for jobs, but these are not things that automatically equate to success.

Drivers’ licenses, and other similar requirements, should be the first to be reevaluated. Especially if the position does not require driving as a mechanism of the specified role. Often, what the employer really means to say is that the individual must have a reliable system for getting to and from work, but the way they are going about it is reinforcing a bias that affects talented individuals with medical conditions, disabilities, or a commitment to utilizing other methods of transportation. Where does it say you have to have a driver's license to be a good employee? Some of the most talented colleagues I’ve had the opportunity to work with, walked to work every day. READ MORE  



My Fellow Rotarians!
I must report to you that I am amazed, gratified, and inspired by our Rotarians - true Rotarians - that believe and follow the philosophy that binds us all together in our clubs!
We are strong Rotarians in District 5750. Our numbers are 1,680 strong and we are building back from our long stretch of COVID passivity. To all who are helping retain and grow our members, I thank you. You motivate me and your fellow Rotarians. 
My absolute thanks to DGN Jack Werner for his dedication in bring back our Rotary Leadership Institute. We had a very successful first session and look forward to the second February 25th session. Please join us in fellowship, fun, and service... whether a shrimp boil, adult spelling bee with beer, Valentine dinner, steak dinner, or local club social and service. Just get involved in Rotary fund and fellowship!
Since our last newsletter, I attended our Past District Governors dinner. What a great time! I loved hearing the stories of their year of service. In addition, I had a great time with the hospitality of East OK County Rotary. What fun with them. 
It was also heartwarming meeting with our Wings of Rotary students at PDG Jessica Sherrill's home and listening to Keith Oehlert explain the logistics of their upcoming trip to Japan.

Community Activities

Check out Club 29 Rotarian Ford Austin in "Superstitions"  March 2-5 at  the Te Ata Theatre located in Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center.  Show times and more information 

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

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    

Upcoming Events   

April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon - Service Opportunity 
May 3, 2023 - Rotary OKC  visits Rotary Tulsa
May 19, 2023 - District Conference - Okla. History Center
June 13, 2023 - Rotary Meeting location changed to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
June 27, 2023 - Inaugural of the 23-24 Board, Lesli Massad, President

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory
DacDb has a new App 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.


March 7, 2023 -Sam Fulkerson, Ogletree Deakins – Human Resource Challenges
March 14, 2023 -Mark Thomas, EVP – Oklahoma Press Association: Sunshine Week & Freedom of Information 


February 21, 2023 - Online, In-Person, Makeups -  186
Total Present and Makeup -33%
January 24, 2023 In-Person, Online, Makeups : 167
Total Present and Makeup: 29%
February 27, 2023:  586

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in February!

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 44 years to 1 year.

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