August 22, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 7
August 22, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 7
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

August 22, 2023 |  Volume 112 | No.  7
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55 
Link to the Livestream  11:55am    


Wear your School Colors!  Pre-Register your guests 
Toby Rowland
Voice of the Sooners
Berry Tramel
John Holcomb
Radio color analyst for OSU football 
Chair of the Day: Alex Kaiser
Attendance Scanner/Greeters: Penny Voss, Johnny Settle
Registration:  Mary Blankenship Pointer, Periann Pulliam
Introduction of Guests:  Clay Farha
Introduction of New Rotarians:  Carrie Blumert
Invocation/Pledge Leader:  Jim Priest
Roving Microphone: Ellen Fleming

Menu:   Hot Dogs; Brisket Sandwiches; Potato salad; Pasta salad;  House salad;  Chips

club 29 breakfast

August 24, 2023 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club | Wingspan Room
Chairs:  Susan McVey, Bud Oehlert

Speaker:   Sara Honegger - National Reining Horse Association


Embracing the Uncharted Waters of AI: A Personal Journey

by Lauren Branch
As I stand on the cusp of my 60s, reflecting on the rapid evolution of technology that has unfolded during my lifetime, one concept that has taken center stage is Artificial Intelligence (AI). Admittedly, for a while, I was apprehensive about the implications of AI – the idea of machines becoming smarter than humans seemed like something straight out of a science fiction novel. Yet, as time has gone by, I've undergone a transformation, from being wary of AI to wholeheartedly embracing its potential. This journey has been as much about personal growth as it has been about witnessing the capabilities of AI.

Growing up in an era when the idea of a pocket-sized computer was something reserved for science fiction, my generation has witnessed an unprecedented technological leap. However, it wasn't until recent years that AI truly began to creep into our daily lives. I have found myself grappling with the fear of the uncertainties that AI posed. Would it render certain jobs obsolete? Could machines truly replicate the complexities of human thought and emotion? What about the ethical ramifications? 
But as the saying goes, time is the greatest teacher. My perspective has shifted. It started subtly – from personalized music recommendations on streaming platforms to the convenience of voice assistants that answer my queries. These experiences highlighted the conveniences AI brings, streamlining tasks and offering insights that were previously unimaginable. What struck me was that, beneath the layers of algorithms and data, AI was designed by humans with the intention of enhancing our lives.


New Rotarians

Carrie Blumert will introduce new Rotarians Ellyn Hefner, Sarah Amis McCombs, Seth Paxton, and Sonny Wilkinson.

Rotary AfterHours 9-12-23

Restaurant 74 | 5:30-7:00pm
7412 N. Classen Blvd
Cash Bar | Bring Guests


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards+ - October 2-4, Oct. 6-8

Returning to Guthrie again this year, RYLA is scheduled for October 2-8, 2023! As the business world is now hybrid, RYLA is now hybrid as well. It starts on October 2, 3, and 4 with evening online team building followed by an in-person, more traditional RYLA camp on October 6, 7, and 8.  RYLA leadership is seeking Rotarians to jump in to be present and good role models for Rotary. If you are interested, please let Jessica Sherrill know 
RYLA+ (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) prepares a student for their life as a leader in this world. With the majority of jobs in the United States currently being at least hybrid, it is important for students to learn how to lead in every environment so opportunities won't be missed. Because we want sucess in life, we have designed RYLA+ to teach leadership skills in multiple environments-- part virtual, part in-person, fully active, RYLA+ is a student retreat experience like no other, which allows you to explore leadership qualities and to understand the qualities of others. Attendees learn how to most effectively utilize everyone on the team and how to stay sane in this crazy, busy world. Students participate in challenging activities, explore character qualities and learn about what it takes to be a leader in the community. RYLA+ accomplishes all of this in unique and fun ways.  

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

Sept. 12, 2023 - Rotary AfterHours - Restaurant 74 - Cash Bar | Bring Guests
December 1, 2023 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing 
January 9, 2024 - Rotary Winter Party

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.


August 29, 2023 - Asian Businesses in OKC Panel – Victor Flores, Asian Chamber & Andrea Schultz, Asian District
Sept. 5, 2023 -  Senator Roger Thompson - Oklahoma State Budget   


August 15, 2023 - Online, In-Person, Makeups: 191
Total Present and Makeup -34/%
August 15 , 2023 -   583

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in August!

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 56 years to 1 year.

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