May 23, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 43
May 23, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 43
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

May 23, 2023 |  Volume 111 | No. 43
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55 
Link to the Livestream  11:55am    

Expedition Africa - Okla. City Zoo


Dr. Dwight Lawson joined the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden in May 2014 as Executive Director/CEO. As the Executive Director, he plans, coordinates, and directs the day-to-day operations and long-term management of the Zoo, and ensures the Zoo’s continued development. Dwight came to Oklahoma City from Zoo Atlanta where he served as Director, Senior Vice President of Collections, and General Curator. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Biology from the University of Pennsylvania.  READ MORE
Chair of the Day:  Peggy Kates
Invocation:  Billy Coyle 
Pledge/Song Leader: Jeff Simpsen
Introduction of Guests: Chip Oppenheim

Introduction of New Rotarians:  Evan Walter
Roving Microphone: Bobby Mills
Registration: Barney Semtner, Miles Pringle
Attendance Scanning/Greeting:  Jan Peery, Lana Ivy, Mary B. Pointer  
Menu:  Mixed Green Salad; Coleslaw; Brisket; Pulled Chicken; Baked Beans; Corn 

club 29 breakfast

May 25, 2023 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club | Wingspan Room
Chairs:  Susan McVey, Bud Oehlert
Speaker:  Rachel Holt, Executive Director of Oklahoma Juvenile Authority


Act "Glocal"

by Jim Priest

The phrase “think globally, act locally” has an interesting and disputed history.  According to that most reliable of sources, Wikipedia, several people claim to have coined the expression. The phrase has been attributed to Scottish town planner and social activist Patrick Geddes back in 1915. Friends of the Earth founder David Brower has claimed it was his idea in 1971 as has Pulitzer Prize winner and scientist Rene Jules Dubos, Canadian futurist Frank Feather  and French theologian Jacques Ellul. I think my mother also suggested that her son, Jimmy, came up with the phrase in the early 1960s.

Regardless of its origin, the concept is in need of refinement.  I would humbly suggest improving the phrase to “Act globally, act locally”.  You could call it “glocal action” because simply thinking about problems doesn’t solve them.  As Albert Einstein proclaimed, “We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them”.

Now I like thinking up a good plan as much as anyone, but without action you lapse into “Ready, Aim….Aim….Aim….without ever firing a shot of solution.  And what movie was ever made where the film director readied the actors and stage hands by saying “AAAAAAND—think about it!”


Rotary International Convention 

President-Elect Lesli Massad and Executive Director Megan Law will attend the Rotary International Convention in Melbourne Australia! They will be back the first week of June with stories to tell!

New Rotarians 

Evan Walter will introduce new Rotarians Daniel Adams, Melissa Richey, and Elizabeth Inbody. 

June 13, 2023 - Rotary Meeting moved to The Cowboy Museum - RSVP Required

June 13, 2023, the Rotary Club 29 luncheon meeting will move to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 
 1700 Northeast 63rd St.
In order to achieve an accurate guarantee for the caterer, nametags, and attendance, 
please register your choice to attend.  
RSVP Deadline - June 9 - NOON 

Pickleball Tournament

Pickleball Tournament - June 10, 2023  | 10 am - 1 pm 
Chicken N' Pickle  -  8400 N. Oklahoma Ave, 73114
$50.00 per player - This can be billed on your Rotary Statement.
Register to play in the tournament  

We encourage Rotary & family spectators, however there will be a $10 per person fee if they eat.
You may register them here    
Pickleball Lessons
May 11 Pickleball lessons were cancelled because of the threat of inclement weather. If you would like lessons, please contact Joel Alberts directly. 

2023-2024 Committee Selection Form Available

Fellow Rotarians:

The 2023-2024 Rotary year is quickly approaching and plans are in full swing for a meaningful and engaging year. But first, we need
your help.

When you became a member of the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City you became part of a large network of diverse men and women seeking to make a difference in our club, our community, and throughout the world. The difference we make doesn’t just happen. It is a direct result of your willingness to commit to serving on our many committees.

As a large club with high expectations, we rely on you to step up to serve alongside your fellow Rotarians. When you do, you not only empower each other, but you’re sure to have a lot of fun and make new friends in the process. And if that’s not enough to convince you, then heed the prudent words of William Shakespeare, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.

Rotary 114th Inaugural - June 27, 2023

Jones Assembly - 901 W. Sheridan | 6:00pm
Dress: Business Casual

$75.00 per person billed on statement 
No luncheon meeting at St. Luke's 
RSVP Rotarians and Guests Required

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   

June 10, 2023 - Pickleball Tournament - Chicken 'n Pickle
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  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.


May 30, 2023 -  Major Mike Hoskins (Ret.) – Fentanyl & Overdose Prevention 
June 6, 2023 -   Tim Herbel, Founder – Not Your Average Joe Coffee Shop and Nonprofit


May 16, 2023 - Online, In-Person, Makeups - 195
Total Present and Makeup -  34%
May 16, 2023 -   582

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in May!

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 35  years to 1 year.
Membership by Years of Service

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