Oct. 26, 2021 | Vol. 110 | No. 16
Oct. 26, 2021 | Vol. 110  | No. 16
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

October 26, 2021 | Volume 110| No. 16
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church| 11:55am 
Link to the Livestream  
REMINDER:  Everyone attending our Tuesday luncheon will be asked to wear a mask, except when eating. Masks will be available at registration.
In keeping with Rotary’s mission of service above self, we strongly recommend that only those members and guests that are vaccinated attend our in-person meetings.   READ MORE      
  A proven nonprofit professional in leading programs that promote positive social and economic development, Jenna Morey was named the Executive Director for ReMerge of Oklahoma County in June 2020. Prior to joining ReMerge, she served as the Vice President of Workforce Development for Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma. Morey has also led statewide efforts to expand apprenticeship and work-based learning opportunities under the Office of Workforce Development and spent nearly a decade working abroad with international nonprofits in Afghanistan, Switzerland, and Indonesia. Jenna serves on the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development and as a founding steering committee member of the Oklahoma Employment and Training Alliance. Throughout her career, Jenna has found great purpose in driving policies and programs that help others seize opportunities and reach their full potential. Jenna holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of International Affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Chair of the Day
Steve Shepelwich
Larry Wagner
Pledge/Song Leader
Lou Kohlman 
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians
Marion Paden
Attendance Scanners
Brooke Haneborg, Betsy Brunsteter 
Sarah Barrow 
Eddie Walker, Chip Oppenheim
Roving  Microphone
Sherry Fair
Menu  Classic Caesar Salad; Pesto Pasta Salad with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil; Chicken in a parmesan sauce; Italian Beef; Broccolini; Scalloped Potatoes

In the News 

If you have good news - honors, awards, new achievements - to share with the club, please let us know!


The Curtain Once Again Rises

 by  Elizabeth Gray
 It was March 15, 2020 when the Civic Center Foundation made the call to close the doors to the Civic Center Music Hall for, what we thought, would be a few weeks – maybe a month tops. After all, Oklahoma had just a handful of confirmed COVID-19 cases. ‘We are different’, I thought! Little did I know we were just beginning a long term journey that would have lasting effects on performing arts and live entertainment for years to come.

However, we WERE different. We were one of the first performing arts centers in the country to re-open, LITERALLY. It was October 17, 2020, and after having planned, crumpled up the paper and re-planned at least 20 times, we jumped off the proverbial ‘cliff’ hand in hand with the OKCPHIL to host a live (but socially distant) concert for the first time in over 7 months. We prepared for this 10-fold more than we did for HAMILTON – if that tells you anything! And it worked.

It wasn’t a ‘barn burner’ by any means. Everyone struggled to break-even financially but there was a sense among us all that it wasn’t about the money. We filled a void for a few hundred loyal patrons that no one knew existed until this pandemic kept us apart for months on end. We brought people back together to collectively experience the emotion of performing arts. It wasn’t until we had figured out how to live stream performances and/or offer them on-demand for those patrons still not comfortable attending that we realized we were different. No one else was doing this. Over the next several months, organizations and performing arts centers reached out from all over the country to ask us how we did it. We were nominated for national awards because of our ingenuity and use of technology to bring the arts into living rooms.

Something was still missing though. It was the early Monday mornings of watching 5-10 semi-trucks pull down Couch Drive to line up and get unloaded. Everyone scrambling for 20-36 hours straight to hoist hundreds of tons of equipment, lighting and scenery in the air, prepping for a 7:30pm Tuesday performance. The process of loading in a national touring Broadway show is itself a work of art, a seamless choreographed dance before the actual choreographed dances.  READ MORE


New Rotarians

Sarah Glaser, Lindsay Dawkins, Jordan Gould, and Amber Shelton will be introduced by Jim Priest.

Answer the Call and support the Rotary Red Barn!!

Our Annual OnePledge project is the ROTARY RED BARN at RestoreOKC located in Northeast Oklahoma City.  We need your help to raise $75,000 to build a multipurpose barn that will help RestoreOKC increase food access for this community of 34,000, expand fresh food production on a 5-acre urban farm, increase free home repairs for widows and seniors, and create jobs in the community!
This is the only time all year we ask ALL of our members to donate.  The OnePledge campaign also funds scholarships for Junior Rotarians and our Literacy Project. Our total goal is $100,000. Please watch the video to learn more about this incredible project and join us in supporting OnePledge!
   Please Answer the Call by making your donation or pledge TODAY by clicking on the following link:

   Answer the Call -2021-22 OnePledge Online!!

Survey from Rotary International

In the past week, Rotary International sent a survey to a random selection of club members in response to a recent Global Grant our club and foundation are participating in. Because this grant has received funding from the USAID Hearts of Europe program, there are some monitoring and reporting requirements that go beyond what The Rotary Foundation usually requests of grantees. One requirement is a survey of each member of the sponsoring clubs at the start of the project. 
An objective of the Hearts of Europe program is that Rotary clubs in Eastern Europe positively influence their communities through increasing opportunities for transatlantic networking, collaboration and friendship with the international sponsor Rotarians. Thus, this survey will help us understand where you, as an individual Rotarian, feel you are with respect to your opportunities for networking, collaboration and friendship with Rotarians in other parts of the world. 

If you have received this survey request, we ask that you please take a moment to complete it.

Club 29 Breakfast 

October 28, 2021
Quail Creek Golf & Country Club | 7:00am | Wingspan Room
Reminder: When not eating, please wear a mask!
Speaker:  Ron Stakem – Topic:  Rotary Park Centennial

Save the Date

November 9, 2021 - AfterHours
December 3, 2021 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing  
January 11, 2022 - Winter Party - Ellison Hotel

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  okcrotary.com 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.  

Contact Information Changes

If you have any unreported contact information changes, such as business or residence addresses, or email, please submit them here.


November 2, 2021 Mark Snead - The State of the Economy
Chair of the Day:  Clayton Taylor

November 9, 2021 Dr. Steven Magness, Dr. JT Glomset, Dr. Charles B. Pasque   
"Combat Medicine"

Chair of the Day/Moderator:  Ron Perry


October 19 2021  Online and In-Person, Makeup:  192
Total Present and Makeup: 34%

October 20, 2021:  581


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in October!

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29 - October

 These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 42  years to 1 year.

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