February 16, 2021 | Vol. 109 No. 30
February 16, 2021 | Vol. 109  No. 30
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

February 16, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 30
Live Stream from Christian Life Center - St Luke's Methodist Church| 11:45a | No Club 29 Breakfast 

Live at 11:55

Please remember to register your attendance, and make your meal credit choice in the form, during the livestream. The form is located in the action tab.
Because of the spike in Covid-19 cases, our meeting has reverted to a virtual format following the board policy guidelines set in place. Our virtual format will still be filmed from St. Luke’s utilizing all of the people that it takes to run a meeting, but it will not include an audience. 
If any need technology help accessing the live stream, reach out to the office for assistance.

Rotary Club of Oklahoma City COVID-19 Preparedness Plan

Investing in a Collaborative Community

Erika Lucas Co-Founded StitchCrew and runs an accelerator program in partnership with the NBA Team, the Oklahoma City Thunder to support entrepreneurs in the middle of the country. Erika also Founded VEST, a curated network of influential women working together to expedite the pipeline of more women in power. Her TED Talk, America’s Trillion Dollar Blindspot is highly regarded in the Venture Capital Industry for addressing the funding gap that exists for women and entrepreneurs of color. Prior to launching StitchCrew and VEST, Erika was a Partner at a Private Equity Firm with investments in the U.S. and Europe. Before that she was the Deputy Director for the Oklahoma Department of Commerce. 
Brian Byrnes joined the Thunder organization in April 2005 and developed and executed the strategic sales and marketing efforts to launch business operations in Oklahoma City in 2008. Byrnes’ current responsibilities include oversight of revenue platforms including corporate partnerships, ticket sales, retention and operations; luxury suites, terrace lounges and unique inclusive experiences; game theatre, event planning and corporate hospitality; brand architecture and marketing disciplines.

Capitalizing on the unique platform of being Oklahoma’s first permanent major-league sports team, Byrnes continues to foster programming that extends the reach of the Thunder brand to fans throughout the region.

Chair of the Day


Sarah Roberts

Pledge/Song Leader

Janet Vernon 

In the News 

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


Leading with Hope

 by Jan Peery
History will forever remind us that 2020 was a year of the unexpected and challenging It was a time we found ourselves reexamining how we connect on personal, social and business levels. In many ways, we found ourselves looking through new/different set of lenses - from political unrest, turmoil and division to (what was for too many) an awakening of racial disparities and injustice still existing in our democracy.

The roller coaster of emotions in our country seem to have reached heights never before seen as friends, family and business peers struggled with the political aftermath, the economy and job loss, or tragically, the loss of thousands of lives due to the pandemic. Each of these elements of 2020 were overwhelming – combined they seemed at times crushing.

Yet, throughout, we looked for signs of hope. Businesses have in many ways morphed their modes of doing business and service delivery. Political parties at least TALK about finding “middle ground” and working together. In our personal lives, we have discovered creative ways to connect with loved ones and friends- even while social distancing. And, new vaccines brought hope for the future.

Even in the darkest days of 2020, we found sparks of hope. So, as we step further into 2021, consider:

If you only carry one thing throughout your entire life, let it be hope. Hope that:


Don't Wait to Nominate.. The time for Nominating New Members is NOW!

Membership is the life blood of Rotary Club 29.  The membership recruitment committee, co-chaired by Jane Jenkins and Janet Vernon, are giving all Club 29 Rotarians an incentive to nominate new members!  Starting February 8, 2021 for every nomination that converts into membership with entrance fee and dues paid, the lead sponsor will receive a $100 gift card from either a Good Egg or Hal Smith restaurant.  
Nomination form can be found in the "members" section of the website  okcrotary.club   Requirements for membership and submission form can be found => Online Nomination Form

Online Attendance Form includes a Meal Credit Option

Please remember to register your attendance and make your meal credit choice during the livestream.  The link to the form will appear in the "chat" area, but also the form is located in the "action" tab.  If viewing on a computer, the tab is on the upper right. If viewing from a phone, the tab is in the 3 drill down on the upper left. The meeting goes live at 11:55.  The link to view the livestream is the same every week:  https://stlukesrotary.online.church/

World Community Service Reports - Mercy Ships

from Ron Rocke and Steve Shepelwich

Mercy Ships: Opening Health Opportunities for All
A Rotary project becomes a passion to support healthcare in Africa

Like many things I have discovered in life, one phone call, opening one door, asking one question, or reading one email can lead you somewhere you never thought you’d be.  That is how I learned about a project that has since become a passion for me.  That project is Mercy Ships.

Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals, communities, and nations by using hospital ships to deliver free world-class healthcare services to people in need.  These services include training and educating local healthcare providers and doctors and nurses as well as providing a wide range of surgeries and follow-up care for sustainable development.
Mercy Ships has worked in more than 55 developing countries, providing services valued at more than $1.65 billion, and treating more than 2.8 million people with just one ship.  The ship is crewed by volunteers from over 50 nations, averaging 1,300 volunteers each year.  Professionals ranging from surgeons, dentists, and nurses to cooks, engineers, teachers and cleaning crews donate their time and skills. 

February Teacher of the Month

Janet Vernon will introduce Lisa Pitts,  5th grade Science and STEM teacher at Oakdale Middle School. 

In Memoriam

The Rotary Club 29 Foundation gratefully acknowledges a memorial gift in memory of Tom Parrish  from Michael Young. 
If you would like to make a donation to the Rotary Club 29 Foundation in memory of someone,
you may make that donation here.

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.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.


February 23, 2021 -    Dr. Bob Blackburn  - "POPS Museum and Route 66 Celebration"
Chair of the Day: Allen Wright
March 2, 2021 Governor Bill Anoatubby   - Chickasaw Nation
Chair of the Day:  Ann Ackerman


February 9, 2021  Online: 88
Total Present and Makeup: No attendance requirement
February 10, 2021:  557


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in February!

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29

 These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 42 years to 1 year.

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