Sept. 5, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 9
Sept. 5, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 9
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

Sept. 5,  2023 |  Volume 112 | No. 9
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Available 11:55am    

Oklahoma State Budget

Senator Roger Thompson was first elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in November 2014. He represents Senate District 8, which is comprised of Okmulgee, Okfuskee and McIntosh counties as well as portions of Creek and Muskogee counties.
Thompson is the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, vetting all legislation with a fiscal impact on the state, including all budget bills. He also serves as co-chair of the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding. 
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Chair of the Day:  Clay Taylor
Invocation:  Jalal Farzaneh
Introduction of Guests:  Kathy Frankenfield

Attendance Scanning / Greeting:   Dick Porter, Brad Poarch
Registration:  Anne Holzberlein, Evan Walter
Roving Microphone:  Bart Binning
Menu:   Mixed Green Salad; Broccoli Salad; Mashed Potatoes; Corn; Chicken Fried Steak; Chicken tenders; White gravy

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 
Sept. 7 - Albert Gray, Exec. Chairman, Bethany Children’s Health Center


A Cog in the Wheel of Rotary

by Vered Harris
When I attended my first Rotary orientation in 2013 I remember watching a video that welcomed us as “cogs in the wheel of Rotary.” To be fair, maybe it said that we were not just cogs in the wheel of Rotary and I only tuned in to hear the second part of the message. Sitting in the room of high achieving professionals striving to improve our society, the humbling ego check of being a necessary but individually insignificant cog made me laugh. It reminds me of an old Jewish story about a person who kept two notes in their pockets to be pulled out when they needed them most. In one pocket the note read: For you the world was created. In the other pocket the note read: You are but dust and ashes.  

This is a recurring theme for my Rotary experience. I attend the in-person gatherings as much for the informative programs from top leaders in our state as to meet other Rotarians. I feel proud to support the mission of Rotary and to show up. However, despite this pride, prioritizing Tuesday lunch meetings is often the extent of my commitment. At meetings I hear about the important work of others in our Club, see the dedication of our officers, past presidents, and Paul Harris Fellows, as well as the influence of Rotarians improving lives all over the world, and I realize that indeed I am but a cog: a necessary but individually insignificant part of the wheel.   


Rotary AfterHours - September

Sept. 12, 2023 | 5:30-7:00 
Restaurant 74
7412 N. Classen Blvd., OKC


New Rotarians

New rotarians Brent Hart, Tami Bearden, and Mike Hoskins will be introduced.

Advertising Space Available 

 Advertising support makes it possible for Club 29 to publish news and information critical to our members, such as meeting notices, speaker schedules, and other crucial communications. Your message would be seen by our community's most prominent leaders and gain incredible exposure on the world wide web. The advertising revenue pays for the software we use to design and distribute the newsletters as well as Club 29's website hosting, so your support is important to all members.
There are a few ad spaces available, but filling them is very important for our club’s member communications. If you are interested, you may find more information here or contact the Rotary office.     
Thanks to Rotarians Joe McKenzie, Bill Hughes, Pat Rooney, and Tom Phillips for renewing your OKC Rotary News Advertising!

September 2023 - The Rotary Magazine

Singapore's first prime minister became known as the "Chief Gardener" for his vision of the city's green future. Today, the merging of nature and ultra-modern cityscape is an example of the 2024 Rotary Convention city's frequent self-reinvention. In this issue of Rotary magazine, editor Wen Huang examines how Singapore's shape-shifting is a key to its success. Register for the convention and experience it for yourself.
September is Rotary's Basic Education and Literacy Month. We're celebrating with a look at how a simple backpack distribution drive in Panama — a classic Rotary service project — led to momentous efforts to end the country's digital divide. In another of this month's features, we'll take you to Italy to see how COVID-19 relief interventions by the Rotary-USAID partnership — including in education — have found a second life.
Prefer to listen? Check out our podcast for audio versions of the magazine's best storytelling, along with full episodes featuring exclusive bonus interviews. 

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.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 12, 2023 -  Rotary Afterhours -  Restaurant 74
Dec. 1, 2023 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing
Jan. 9, 2024 - Rotary Winter Party
Jan. 21, 2024 - Rotary Pickleball Tournament 
April  25-28, 2024  - Multi District Conference -  Choctaw Resort & Casino in Durant, OK

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.  


Sept. 12,  2023 -  Ground Zero – Becky & Barry Switzer Dog & Trainer
Sept. 19,  2023 -  OKC’s Economic Advance to the Future – Dr. Robert C. Dauffenbach


August 29, 2023 -  In-Person, Online, Makeups: 211
Total Present & Makeup:  37%

August 31, 2023 -  584 

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29 - September, 2023

These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 47 years to 1 year.  


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in September!

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