Dec. 5, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 22
Dec. 5, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 22
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

December 5 , 2023 |  Volume 112 | No. 22
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Available 11:55am    

Modern Day Girl Scouts

Janienne Bella Girl Scouts Western Okla. CEO
McKellyn Johnson, Olivia Stevenson
Chair of the Day: David Mayfield
Invocation:  Billy Coyle
Introduction of Guests:  Cliff Dougherty
Introduction of Teacher of the Month: Jill Hughes

Attendance Scanning / Greeting:  Blake Cherry, Natalie Fitzpatrick 
Registration: Barney Semtner, Evan Walter
Roving Microphone: Bart Binning
Menu:  Mixed green salad; Blackbean and Corn salad; Spanish Rice; Beef and Chicken tacos; Queso and chips 

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 

Dec. 7
- Mandy Heaps - Okla. Zoological Society


11-14-23 Ribbon Cutting and dedication
Rotary Red Barn & Forklift - a District 5750 Matching Grant
Skilled Trades and Community Space

Rotary Making An Impact In Our Community 

What is the Reason for Rotary?
Why does Rotary exist?

by Jerrod Shouse
After about a decade of membership in Rotary, I started pondering these questions, and what I believed the answer to be. And I have come to the conclusion that there is not just one singular answer.

When I first joined Club 29 fourteen years ago, Rotary was a great way for me to feel connected in our community. I immediately had the opportunity to fellowship with people from all over our city and from many different walks of life. I truly enjoy getting together once a week to hear a great speaker address issues of importance to our community or to our state. Everyone knows about our weekly meetings! To me, this fellowship is an important part of being a Rotarian.

But, Rotary is so much more than attending lunches and connecting with others. Over time, I realized that our club gives us the unique opportunity to collectively make an impact across Oklahoma City and in the world.

Last month, members of our club gathered at our November Rotary After Hours event to cut the ribbon on our 2021-2022 OnePledge Project, the Rotary Red Barn at Restore OKC. This large multi-purpose building will be a skilled trades and community space that Restore OKC will use to help provide hands-on job training and classes to allow those they serve to have an impact on their community. For all of us present, seeing the completed barn was a testament of how our members and our club make an impact in our community every day.

We are in the final stages of closing out our 2023-2024 One Pledge drive to fund the Dragonfly Home. If you have not yet pledged or given, I would encourage you to join me and the rest of our club members who have already answered the call. This is one of the best and easiest ways for our club to continue to build on our heritage of making an impactful difference in our community and in the world.


Teacher of the Month

Jill Hughes will introduce Patrick Runnels, English teacher at Putnam City North, as  the December Teacher of the Month.
OnePledge benefiting the Dragonfly Home,  High School Rotarians, and Literacy Project 
Thank you to 290 Rotarians who have pledged. 
 Please make your pledge today!
Online OnePledge Form

December 2023 - Rotary Magazine - The Food Issue

We're all just three missed meals away from experiencing food insecurity, it's been said. The global food system is straining under the triple crises of climate change, conflict, and COVID. In Rotary magazine's food issue, researcher Lisa Palmer takes us around the world to discover the ways farmers and ranchers are adopting regenerative and climate-smart agricultural practices. The author of Hot, Hungry Planet is more hopeful than ever that humankind will find a way not just to endure but to thrive.  Read Article
Also this month, find out what it's like to try to collect a recipe from every country where there's a Rotary club Read Article The varied dishes tell of community, culture, and camaraderie.

The celebration of all things food continues with a group of Rotary members dedicated to plant-based diets (better for you, better for the environment). And we'll introduce you to the Rotarian who co-created the world-famous Cinnabon, and to a Rotary Peace Fellow who found that food is a catalyst for connection. Read Article
Want to see your photography in Rotary magazine? There's still time to enter our 2024 Photo Awards, open to Rotary members and their families. Submit your photos by 31 December here Winning photos will appear in the June 2024 issue.

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

December 12, 2023 - Rotary Afterhours
Jan. 9, 2024 - Rotary Winter Party
Jan. 27, 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.  


Dec. 12,  2023 -   Mental Health Association Oklahoma - Terri White Executive Director
Dec. 19,  2023 -  Holiday Program featuring Lyric Theatre 
Dec. 26, 2023 - No Luncheon Meeting, and no Makeup Required
Jan. 2, 2024 - No luncheon Meeting, and no Makeup Required
Jan. 9, 2024 -  Rotary Winter Party - RSVP Required - No Luncheon at St. Lukes - No Makeup Required

Jan 16, 2024 - Human Trafficking – Whitney Anderson, The Dragonfly Home


Nov. 28, 2023 -  In-Person, Online, Makeups:  225
Total Present & Makeup: 40%

Nov. 28, 2023 -  595

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

These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 61 years to 1 year.  


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in  December!

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