May 25, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 44
May 25, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 44
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

May 25, 2021 | Volume 109 | No. 44
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55   

In-Person Meeting is open - no rsvps required
no attendance restrictions

The Realities of Oklahoma's economy

Gene Rainbolt is an Oklahoma native, well known businessman, civic leader and philanthropist who embodies the American Dream. Raised during the Dust Bowl, Rainbolt graduated from Norman High School in 1947 and earned his bachelor’s (1952) and master’s (1957) degrees in business from OU, before graduating from the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin. He received the Bronze Star and Army Commendation Medal during the Korean War and returned to Oklahoma to become the president and CEO of Federal National Bank in Shawnee in 1967



David Houston


David Hooten - Trumpeter
Terri Cooper


Ann Ackerman
Larry Stone, Jacquelyn Berney


Sarah Roberts, Lance McDaniel
John Robberson, Simon Hsu, Jan Peery


Homemade meatballs, Roasted Chicken, Pasta with marinara, broccoli, garlic knots, antipasto skewers  
In the News
If you have good news - honors, awards, new achievements - to share with the club, please let us know!


Speak the Language of the Country You're In

 by Jim Priest
 A number of years ago my wife and I travelled to England and France for an anniversary.  England I was ready for.  France?  Not so much.  The reason was I didn’t speak French, despite Mrs. Caderat’s best two year effort to facilitate French language learning in middle school.  Later, my two years in Mr. Becker’s Spanish class created a mashed up hodge podge of foreign languages in my brain from which I never fully recovered.  Is that “La” or “El”? I perennially wondered to myself.  Sufficient to say I was a little scared about going to France.  How would I order food?!

On top of my language anxiety I heard the French people were not that crazy about American tourists.  “The French people are rude”, I was told.  My fears were thus compounded.

So I came up with a game plan.  I studied some quick courses on basic French phrases to utilize while en francais.  I’ll admit, my pronunciation was poor. My grammar deplorable.  But I found, in France, when I struggled to speak their language the French people were patient and even appreciative of my stumbling efforts.  Instead of starting every sentence with “Do you speak English?” I would start with “Mon francais n’est pas trop bon” (My French is not too good) and the native would smile sympathetically.  Sometimes they would break into English to assist me but sometimes they helped me limp along in their language.  I found no rude people in France when I tried to speak their language.


Fellow Rotarians: 

Your Board of Directors, which is full of diverse voices and opinions has impressed me all year for being thoughtful and open with their views.  Last Friday after a full discussion in which everyone participated, they voted to lift the restrictions on Rotary attendance, effective May 25.  The adhoc Rotary Public Health Safety Committee of Dr’s. Harris and Lasser and Oklahoma Hospitals Associations President Patti Davis were also consulted and concurred.  The CDC elimination of a mask requirement and social distancing for our COVID-19 vaccinated population and the low 7-day average of now only 35 new cases a day in Oklahoma City and County, motivated the Board to act.

The mechanics of food guarantees and other logistics did not allow us to open for this week’s meeting although we raised the limit on reservations to above 140.  However next week, May 25, when we gather to hear from Gene Rainbolt about Oklahoma’s economy and future, we will be open for all to attend.

This has been a long path. Since March of 2020, our Board of Directors have been working diligently to ensure the safest possible meeting conditions given the many challenges our world has faced. From our initial Zoom meetings, to Live Stream….first with no audience and then various in-person meeting attendance caps, you’ve stayed the course and have been patient and understanding through the many transitions.

What does this action mean specifically? Reservations are no longer required to attend our lunch meetings, visitors and guests are welcome, and we will begin tracking attendance, so perfect attenders take note! If you are not yet vaccinated and wish to attend an in-person meeting, masks are recommended for your safety.

For those members who have faithfully joined us online, our livestream which has been well received will continue.

We made it.  Rotary Oklahoma City survived its second pandemic in its storied 111 year history.  Thank you for your great cooperation and record setting generosity throughout this year.  I hope to see you at our next meeting!

All the best to you.

David Walters |  President 2020-2021  

Rotary Club of Oklahoma City, Club 29  

Perfect Attenders

For those who have perfect attendance, attendance tracking will start June 1, 2021.  Signing into the livestream will count as an in-person meeting.  Video Makeups will be allowed, 2 per quarter. 
If you wish to maintain perfect attendance, starting June 1, you must either attend in-person, watch the livestream and sign -in the online form, makeup the meeting at another Rotary Club, attend a committee meeting, attend a Club 29 breakfast, watch the video (2 per quarter allowed) or otherwise makeup the meeting. If you have any questions, please contact the rotary office.

Jerrod Shouse | 2021-22 President

Fellow Rotarians:

Over the years, my favorite thing about being a Rotarian has been participating in our many committees. For me, some of my favorite committees have been One Pledge, Membership Recruitment, and Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians. My participation in each one allowed me to make new friends in the club and understand how our committees make Rotary work!  

We have more than 40 committees that provide avenues of service, which include the administration of our club, assisting with our Tuesday luncheon meetings, community engagement, and international service. As a member of Club 29, I hope you will consider signing up for at least a couple of committees that are a good fit for you and your interests. 

As the world opens back up and our club meetings return to normal, all of our committees will be active and will provide you with opportunities to utilize your talents for the betterment of our Rotary Club and our community. Serving on a committee is easy, and the work is meaningful and fun! 

Please click the link in this email and sign up for committees today. If you have questions about what a specific committee does, each grouping of committees has a link to a description of the committee work. And don’t hesitate to email me or the club office if you have any questions. 

Thank you for being a member of Club 29! Thank you for your service to the club, and I look forward to working with you in your committees to make the upcoming year our best yet!  

~ Jerrod Shouse   

Inaugural of the 2021-2022 Officers and Directors, Jerrod Shouse, President
Okla. Contemporary Arts Center  | 11 N.W. 11 | Evening Event | June 29, 2021
No Luncheon Meeting at St. Luke's 

2020-2021 Printed Rotary Membership Directory

The printed Rotary membership directories are scheduled to be at the May 25 in-person meeting.  Only one per rotarian, please. If you can't attend in-person, please call the office for arrangements to pick up your directory.   

Club 29 Breakfast

May 27, 2021
Quail Creek Country Club | 7:00am
Speaker:  Rick Warren - Oklahoma County Court Clerk
RSVP Required - 20 Maximum   Deadline: May 25

April 13, 2021 Afterhours - Program recorded

For those unable to join in to the April 13, 2021 Rotary Afterhours, featuring a tour of the First National Center with Gary Brooks, his presentation was recorded.  You may view it here.

SAVE THE DATE!!! June 12-16, 2021

The Rotary International Convention, scheduled for 12-16 June 2021, in Taipei, Taiwan, will now be a virtual event in response to the ongoing threat of COVID-19.  This decision, made by the Rotary Board of Directors, is necessary to protect the health of everyone involved. We will share more details about the 2021 Rotary International Virtual Convention soon.

Amazon will donate .5% of qualified purchases to the Rotary 29 Foundation.  No fees, no extra cost! Sign up for personal AND business accounts TODAY! - Search for Rotary Club 29 Foundation

Or Scan the QR Code in the photo (you can use the camera on your phone)   

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.


2020-2021 Program Schedule

June 1, 2021 -    James Pepper Henry - First Americans Museum Preview
Chair of the Day: Kathy Williams  

June 8,  2021 -  Quraysh Ali Lansana - Tulsa Race Massacre 100 Anniversary
Chair of the Day: To Be Announced   

June 8 Meeting location changed to Oklahoma Hall of Fame  Gaylord Pickens Museum - 1400 Classen Drive

New Address for the Rotary Office

Rotary Club of Oklahoma City
625 N.W. 13th St.  Ste 105
Oklahoma City, OK 73103

Phone number will remain the same.
Contact email:
Executive Director Megan Law -
Membership Services  Cheryl Byrd -


May 18, 2021 
In-Person and Online - 171

Total Present and Makeup:  No Attendance requirement

May 18,  2021 - 559

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 33 years to 1 year.


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in May!

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625 NW 13th Street, Ste 105, Oklahoma City, OK 73103
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