November 16, 2021 | Volume 110 | No. 19
November 16, 2021 | Volume 110 | No. 19
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

November 16, 2021| Volume 110| No. 19
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Link
REMINDER:  Everyone attending our Tuesday luncheon will be asked to wear a mask, except when eating. Masks will be available at registration.
In keeping with Rotary’s mission of service above self, we strongly recommend that only those members and guests that are vaccinated attend our in-person meetings.  READ MORE     

Statehood Day!  

Michael Williams is a Curator at the Oklahoma Territorial Museum in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma History/Museum Studies program. He has two sons and lives in Oklahoma City.
Chair of the Day
Chuck Wiggin
Harold Armstrong
Pledge/Song Leader
David Dobson
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Kathleen Stevenson
Roving Microphone
David Battles
Jeff Simpsen, Frank Sewell 
Melanie Stillinger,  Dennis Shockley
Attendance Scanners
Stacy Dykstra, Crystal Bennett, Kathryn Wilson

Romaine Salad; Fall pasta salad with sweet potatoes, broccoli, onion, cranberries; Roasted chicken in a mole sauce; Crab cakes; Risotto

club 29 breakfast

November 18, 2021 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club | Wingspan Room
Speaker:  William Orr , Ph.D.  “Vaccines and the Role of Rotary in the Development of the Polio Vaccine”
Reminder: Please wear a mask, unless eating


Start Missing People Early

by Jim Priest
 I miss Mike McAuliffe.

I miss other people who have passed, especially those who died from Covid, but I especially miss Mike.  And I’m sorry I didn’t start missing him earlier.  Permit me to explain.

Most Rotarians knew Mike before his passing a year ago.  He was a Rotarian of the highest order.  Service above self was Mike's personal credo.

I met Mike when we were both young and skinny.  The year was 1988 and we were both members of Leadership Oklahoma City Class VII.  Mike was so cool, knowledgeable, well connected.  His winning smile and easy ability to carry a conversation made him a favorite in the class.

I became Mike’s friend that year.  But all of us thought of ourselves as Mike’s friend.  He made each of us feel that way.

Mike and I both later joined Rotary and we rang bells together one year for the Salvation Army.  During our stint by the red kettle we talked about our plans for the future, about my career aspirations, about his desire to serve the City.  We connected a little more deeply that day.

We also talked about spiritual matters and Mike told me he kept a Bible by his front door and stopped on his way out each morning to read a verse and contemplate on it.  In one of my last conversations with Mike at Rotary I reminded him of that conversation and he smiled.

I’m sorry to say I was not a close friend of Mike’s. When he was alive and we didn’t see each other for a long time I can’t really say I “missed” him.  But I’m missing him now that he's passed away and I wish I had begun missing him earlier.  I wish I had sought out time with him more deliberately.

Mike’s death a year ago reminds me it’s best to miss people before they’re gone.  To send flowers to the living.  To hit the pause button of our busy lives to connect—really connect—with people who warm our hearts with their smile.


Rotary OnePledge $100,000 Goal 

The OnePledge Committee would like to wrap up the OnePledge campaign by Nov. 30.  We are still about $20,000 away from the $100,000 goal. Thank you to the 235 Rotarians who have made their OnePledge!   If you haven't "Answered the Call" please do do now! 
$75,000 goes to the Rotary Red Barn; $10,000 to Junior Rotarian Scholarships; $15,000 to Literacy Project.  Pledge or Donate here

Junior Rotarians - 2021-2022 Class

The Jr. Rotarians have been selected, and will be present at the meeting. Please welcome these young leaders.

ASTEC Charter - Adrian Enciso
Bishop McGuiness - Lilianna Gavula, Lindsay Best
Classen SAS @ NE - Romeo Cortez, Jessie Shelton
Harding Charter Preparatory- Anna Boevers, Reyna Sun
Harding Fine Arts Academy - Blake Bussey
Millwood- Jaylen Dillard, Cambrie Cannon
Mount St. Mary - Dane Malzahn, Miranda Renteria
Putnam City North - Ykin Vuong, Talia Thompson
Western Heights - Nicole Bustillos, Stephany Arevalo 
The Jr. Rotarians attended orientation last Saturday, will attend tomorrow's luncheon meeting, participate in community service activities, and write essays.  They will conduct the meeting on April 26, 2022

2022-2023 Nomination for officers and Directors

Links to online voting will be sent out the aftenoon of Nov. 16.  Thanks to the Nominating Committee for their work in providing the slate.  Members of the Nominating committee are Betsy Brunsteter, Jake Krattiger, Wes Milbourn, Lisa Synar, David Walters, Vice Chair Ellen Fleming, and Chair Jim Sharrock. 

Paper Ballot Request

The slate of the 2022-2023 Rotary Officers and Directors will be online for the November 2021  election. If you would like a paper ballot, please request one here.    
Phone calls requesting paper ballots will not be accepted. If no paper ballot is requested, a link will be sent to your email address for voting purposes. 

Deadline for requesting a paper ballot: Nov. 16, 2021, Noon.

By requesting a paper ballot, you will be precluded from voting online in this election, and will not be given access to the online voting system.  

New Rotarians

New rotarians William Mee, Joshua Snavely, Aaron Collins, and Catherine Armitage will be introduced by Brittany Attaway. 

Online Voting - 2022-23 Officers and Directors Election

Links for Online Voting will go out tomorrow, Nov. 16 around 3:00.  Please check your inbox and spam folders for an email from "Vote@simplyvoting"     The election ends Nov. 30, 11:59pm.

Bell Ringing - Dec 3 - Time Slots Available

This year we will be ringing Friday, Dec 3. Please choose your location and time by clicking on the link below.  In order to cover the 6 locations with 2 ringers per location each hour, we'll need 96 ringers.  Bell Ringing not only fulfills an important community need, but it’s a great way to get to know your fellow Rotarians and have a little fun in the process.   Please Sign Up Here   

Save the Date

Rotary Winter Party - January 11, 2022 - Ellison Hotel 

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    

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  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.


November 23 2021 - Sharina Perry - Utopia Plastix
Chair of the Day:   Jeanette Nance

November 30, 2021 -  First Lady Sarah Stitt, Justin Brown - Hope Rising
Chair of the Day:  Stacy McNeiland


November 9, 2021 - Online, In-Person, Makeups -192
Total Present and Makeup -  34%

November 10,  2021 -   582 

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in November!

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 53 years to 1 year.

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