Nov. 21, 2023 | Volume 112 | No.20
Nov. 21, 2023 | Volume 112 | No.20
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

November 21, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 20
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Available 11:55am  

An Entrepreneur’s Story 

In 2002, Piyush Patel  left his tenured teaching position at a local college to start his own business. Digital-Tutors began as a small company creating online training for 3D animators and digital artists — the legions of men and women who create the breathtaking visuals and the impossible action we see in Hollywood’s blockbuster films. or the first couple of years, everything was great.Digital-Tutors was financially successful, the entire team was awesome, and he loved coming to work every day.  READ MORE
Chair of the Day:  Jake Yunker
Invocation/Pledge Leading:  Ted Streuli
Introduction of Guests:   Clay Farha
Scanning/Greeting:  Jill Farrand, Reed Downey
Registration: Dawn Byram, Kathy Frankenfield
Roving Microphone:  Ellen Fleming
Menu:   Mixed green salad; Three bean salad; Garlic cheddar biscuits; Chicken pot pie; Shepherd's pie  

Club 29 Breakfast

November 23, 2023
Quail Creek Country Club | 7:00am | Wingspan Room
Chairs: Susan McVey, Bud Oehlert
In the News
If you have good news - honors, awards, new achievements - to share with the club, please let us know!


Spring Thaw

by Ron Page
 In past years I have written about my childhood in the 1950’s on our farm in northern Illinois, very near the Wisconsin border. What I never mentioned was our spring thaw, an issue in places where the ground remains frozen solid during the winter months. In our county, soil freezes to a depth of 8” to 20” depending on the severity of the winter. In summer, our moist black loam soil was soft and a bit spongy; in winter it was as hard as concrete.

While freezing deeper and deeper, the ground gradually expands upward. When spring comes in the March/April timeframe, the ground is ready to settle back down. For a period of two-three months, county roads are “posted” with warning signs and weight limits. Asphalt roads are subject to abrupt “collapse” under the tires of a vehicle, gravel roads become a maze of deep ruts, and dirt roads are impassable.  Our school bus did not run its route in the springtime, and we got to school the best way we could.

Parallel roads, east-west and north-south, created a checkerboard of “sections”. As most of you know, a section is 640 acres, or one square mile. We farmed a half section, one mile deep and one-half mile wide, big by 1950 standards, small by 2023 standards. The roads passing the back and side of our farm were dirt. Our house and outbuildings were situated on a gravel road and atop a slight rise in the otherwise “flat as a pool table” featureless terrain. From our lofty perch of possibly 30 feet, we had a good view of the “traffic”, which consisted of two or three neighbors on their way to a farm implement dealer, and, on occasion, a lost family trying to take a shortcut to one of the towns whose water towers were visible on the horizon. We waved to anyone who drove past. It was the kind of wave you don’t see anymore now that car windows are tinted and rolled up.  READ MORE


Election - Simply Voting 

November 14, Club 29 Rotarians were sent a link to vote in the 2024-25 online  Rotary Club of Okla. City Election. Please watch for the link from Simply Voting.  
Election closes November 30, 11:59pm. So far, 267  have voted!
Please don't forget to vote!  Reminder emails will be sent to those who have not voted.  
More information and sign up coming soon!

Lost and Found

The Rotary Office has a pair of sunglasses that were left at a Rotary meeting several weeks ago. 
If you think the sunglasses are yours, please call the office, identify them, and they will be at the Tuesday meeting, or in the Rotary Office. 

2023-24 OnePledge - Online Pledge Form

Oct. 3  we announced the OnePledge Committee’s selection of The Dragonfly Home for the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City’s 2023-2024 project.

The Dragonfly Home is a vital organization that specializes in providing comprehensive support and resources for victims/survivors of human trafficking. The Dragonfly Home is dedicated to helping victims/survivors rebuild their lives, regain their independence, and find healing.  They play a crucial role in raising awareness, offering safe spaces, and providing survivors with the tools and support they need to escape the cycle of exploitation.  

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory - App is 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.
2023-2024 Program Schedule
November 28, 2023  -  Justice Modernization - Tricia Everest 
December 5 , 2023 -  Modern Day Girl Scouts - Janienne Bella & Gold Star Girl Scouts

Upcoming Events

12-1-2023 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing
12-12-2023 -  Rotary Afterhours
1-9-2024 - Rotary Winter Party
1-27-2024 - Rotary Pickleball Tournament
April 24-28, 2024 - Multi District Conference - Choctaw Resort & Casino
4216 US-69, Durant, OK  74701


November 14 2023  In-Person, Online, Makeups:  197
Total Present and Makeup: 35%

Nov. 14, 2023:  590

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

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 55 years to 1 year. 


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in November!

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