Nov. 29, 2022 | Volume 111 | No. 21
Nov. 29, 2022 | Volume 111 | No. 21
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

November 29, 2022 |  Volume 111 | No. 21
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Available 11:55am

U.S. Meat Export Federation / Okla. Beef Council

Jimmy Taylor, Cattle Rancher - U.S. Meat Export Federation, Treasurer of Beef Council
 Jimmy Taylor and his wife Tracy own and operate Taylor Ranch which is located south of Cheyenne, Oklahoma.  His great grandfather started putting the ranch together in 1914.  The ranch has grown to 12,000 owned and leased acres in the heart of the rolling red-shale hills of western Oklahoma. 
The focus of their operation is to create the best steak possible to give the consumer a great eating experience.    READ MORE   
Chair of the Day: Emily Taylor 
Invocation: Kelly Kay
Pledge and National Anthem:  Lou Kohlman
Introduction of Guests:  Mary Jane Calvey
Attendance Scanning / Greeting:   DeShawn Heusel, Alan Schaefer, Valerie Aubert
Registration:   Miles Pringle, Kathy Frankenfield
Roving Microphone:  Ellen Fleming
Menu:   Mixed Green Salad; Coleslaw; Pulled Pork Sandwiches; Pulled Chicken Sandwiches; Chips

In the News

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

Club 29 Breakfast 

Quail Creek Country Club | 7:00am | Wingspan Room
2022-23 Co-Chairs - Susan McVey and Bud Oehlert 
December 1, 2022   
Dr. William Orr
, President Emeritus, Lynn Health Society Institute, “Importance of Sleep:  Why a Good Night’s Sleep is Really Good.”


Historical Perspective

by Pat Rooney
There is a reason Proverbs says with age comes wisdom.  As interest rates continue to rise rapidly in 2022, such wisdom can come in handy.  For many young people in business have never seen rates this high and the result for them is often a wide eye and hand wringing.

One of my senior bankers, of my generation, and I were talking about the rising interest rates saying we really need to sit the younger guys down and give them a history lesson.  Most of them were in junior high school when rates were at this level for any length of time.  What I want to point out to them is that prior to 2000 the Prime lending rate averaged much higher than the 7.0% we see today.   Charts from the Federal Reserve show that from a 1960 bench mark, the national prime rate started rising in 1966 from 6% to an average of 8% into the 70’s.  Rates peaked in 1979-80 at the remarkable rate of 20%.  And for a newly minted 21-year-old (me) trying to buy a house it was a scary time indeed.  Personally, I wasn’t sure we would ever see low rates again.  Inflation was rampant and government discipline seem..


don't forget to VOTE for officers and directors!

Election Closes Nov. 30, 11:59pm
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Bell Ringing - Friday!

Dec. 2, 2022 is Club 29's day to ring bells for the Salvation Army.  BELL RINGING SCHEDULE!!
Thanks to chair Mr. Kelly Kay, and captains  Larry Wagner, Michael Anderson, Pat Rooney, Sherry Rhodes,  Janienne Bella, Joe McKenzie, Anne Roberts, Jim Farha, Kathy Frankenfield, Jeanean Yanish Jones, Don Wetekam, Lexi Skaggs,  Bobby Mills, Kermit Frank, David Hull, John Wilkins   

World Community Service Report - Project Dedication
Mara Talek Community Water Project, Narok County, Kenya

by Larry Stone
On July 22, Rotarians from Oklahoma, Arizona, and North Carolina, visited Narok, Kenya, to participate in the dedication of Global Grant 1868701, Mara Talek Community Water Project, Narok County, Kenya. This $145,000 water project included contributions from from six Rotary districts and twenty-eight individual clubs. The project began in 2015 and completed in 2019. Due to COVID, the project dedication could not take place until 2022. 
Global Grant 1868701 built a water system for the rural East African community of Talek with little access to clean water. The project included drilling a borehole, installing a pump and a solar generator to power it, a water tower, and a distribution system. Over 5,000 Maasai community members benefited directly from this project as well as their cattle, goats, and sheep. Two schools, a beading cooperative, and an education center also received water access through this project.  READ MORE

Rotary Dues Increase - Jan. 1, 2023 - A Message from President Wes Milbourn

Fellow Rotarians: 

At the Sept. 27 luncheon meeting, we shared some news about a conversation that began over two years ago. Prior to the pandemic, it was clear to our administration committee, budget committee, and board of officers and directors that a dues increase would be necessary for the club to maintain a balanced budget. With the arrival of the pandemic, we were able to delay that conversation. As we’ve seen a return to normal club operations, meetings, and service, we’ve also seen an increase in almost every expense of the club due to inflation and we were forced to revisit the conversation. At the recommendation of our administration and budget committees, the 2021-2022 board of officers and directors approved a dues increase of $15 per quarter, or $5 a month, effective January 1, 2023. 


Auto-Pay offered for Rotary Club Invoices

 If you would like to have a credit card on file to charge your Rotary CLUB invoices, please contact the rotary office.

Annual Dues Payment Offered

 If you would like to switch from quarterly to annual billing for Rotary CLUB invoices, please contact the rotary office.

Answer the Call of the Wild! - OnePledge 22-23
"Rotary Expedition Africa Playground"

Help the Okla. Zoological Society establish a children's play area in Expedition Africa, the Okla. City Zoo's newest and largest expansion to date. 
Pledge or pay here 

Watch the announcement from President Wes!

Upcoming Events

Dec. 13, 2022 - Rotary AfterHours - The National
January 10, 2023 - Winter Party - History Center
April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon Service Opportunity
May 5, 2023 - District Conference 

Address Changes

Please report any changes in business or home here.

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 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.  


December 6, 2022 -  Dr. Sean McDaniel - Okla. City Public Schools
December 13, 2022 -  Russell Perry - The Black Chronicle


Nov. 22, 2022  -  Online, In-Person, Makeups: 154
Total Present and Makeup: 27% 

Nov. 28, 2022 -  601

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29 - November 2022

These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 54 years to 1 year.  


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in November!

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