May 9, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 41
May 9, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 41
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

May 9,  2023 |  Volume 111 | No. 41
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Available 11:55am  

 Greater Okla. City Chamber Update 

Christy Gillenwater became the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber on January 5, 2023.

Christy previously served as President & CEO of the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, and prior to that, President & CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber and President & CEO of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce in Indiana
 Chair of the Day: Joe Hodges
 Pledge/National Anthem : Janet Vernon
 Invocation:   Ross Plourde
 Introduction of Guests:  Mary Jane Calvey
 Introduction of Teacher of the Month:  Mary Mélon-Tully

Attendance Scanning / Greeting:  Bill Orr, Bill Hughes, Paula Settle
Registration:   Evan Walter, Marion Paden
Roving Microphone:  Bart Binning
Menu:  Caesar Salad; Garlic Bread; Cacio E Pepe; Bolognese Pasta; Shrimp; Roasted Brussel Sprouts 

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 

May 11, 2023 -   Emily Taylor -  “Adoption”


Oklahoma is Great!

by Franci Hart
The rapid running scale that opens our state song, “Oklahoma,” is probably the most thrilling musical introduction in musical theater. And it perfectly captures my excitement and appreciation for my state.

Oklahoma is like no other place. It has a diverse topography and an even more diverse population. This brings a richness to our state that few others can emulate. I am proud of the fact that two great-grandfathers made the runs of ‘89 and ’93 and that my grandchildren and the fifth generation to be born in our great state.

But no place is perfect. And Oklahoma certainly has its share of problems. That is why Rotary means so much to me. As community leaders we gather weekly to learn about issues facing our community, nation and world. As fellow Rotarians, we work together to resolve many of these issues either through contributions or hands-on-work.  READ MORE 


Address Changes Needed

If your home or business address or other contact information has changed recently or will change in the immediate future, please let us know the changes here.  Inaugural invitations will go out very soon. 
Inaugural Invitations coming soon

May Teacher of the Month

Jessica Foley, Elementary Advanced Academic Specialist and Gifted and Talented Teacher at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, will be introduced by Mary Mélon-Tully.

Pickleball Lessons and Tournament Registration 

For those of you trying to figure out what pickleball is or how to play, a learning session has been organized at Oak Tree Country Club on  May 11 from 6 to 8pm in their indoor tennis facility. $20.00 per person - This can be billed on your Rotary Statement.
Register for Lessons

Pickleball Tournament - June 10, 2023  | 10 am - 1 pm 
Chicken N' Pickle  -  8400 N. Oklahoma Ave, 73114
$50.00 per player - This can be billed on your Rotary Statement.
Register to play in the tournament  

We encourage Rotary & family spectators, however there will be a $10 per person fee if they eat.
You may register them here

June 13, 2023 - Rotary Meeting will be moved to The Cowboy!

June 13, 2023 the Rotary Club 29 luncheon meeting will move to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum 1700 Northeast 63rd St. The speaker will be Pat Fitzgerald, President & CEO of The Cowboy. 
In order to achieve an accurate guarantee for the caterer, nametags, and attendance, please register your choice to attend.

RSVP Deadline - June 9 - NOON

World Community Service Reports
Disaster Relief 

by Matt Bown

Sadly, there has been no shortage of tragic news related to extreme hardship for people in disaster areas.  From ongoing refugee tragedies related to conflict in Ukraine and Syria to natural disasters of drought, flooding and earthquakes in Somalia, Pakistan and Turkey. Club 29, through the Rotary Club 29 Foundation, consistently strives to impact lives in these disaster areas

Through our Club’s partnership with ShelterBox as a Gold HERO club, we are participating in relief efforts in each of these areas, as well as many others.  In addition, our Club’s has recently participated with direct contributions to Ukrainian refugee relief and to Rotary International’s program to support earthquake recovery efforts in Turkey.

2022-2023 Membership Directory

The 2022-2023 Rotary Club of Okla. City Membership Directory will be available for distribution at  Rotary Meetings.
The directory is for the exclusive use of members of the Rotary Club of Okla. City, to conduct Rotary business.  Rotary International rules strictly prohibit the use of the Rotary Club directory for any other purpose.

Rotarians in Community Activities

If you have information about community activities of Club 29 rotarians or other Rotary Clubs, please list them in the form below, and we will try to include the information in the newsletter that goes out to the club!
Community Activities

Rotary International Announces 2023-2024 Theme

Rotary International President-elect R. Gordon R. McInally called for members to capture the world's attention and lead the way toward possibilities far beyond our current expectations.
McInally, a member of the Rotary Club of South Queensferry, West Lothian, Scotland, revealed the 2023-24 presidential theme, Create Hope in the World, during the Rotary International Assembly in Orlando, Florida, USA, on 9 January. He urged members to promote peace in troubled nations, help those affected by conflict, and maintain the momentum of initiatives begun by past leaders.
"The goal is to restore hope — to help the world heal from destructive conflicts and, in turn, to help us achieve lasting change for ourselves," McInally said at Rotary's annual training event for incoming district governors.

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

May 9, 2023 - Rotary AfterHours - OKC Zoo
May 11, 2023  - Pickleball Lessons at Oak Tree 
May 19, 2023 - District Conference Dinner - Okla. History Center
June 10, 2023 - Pickleball Tournament - Chicken 'n Pickle
June 13, 2023 - Meeting location changed to National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
June 27, 2023 - Inaugural 23-24 Officers & Directors, Lesli Massad President 

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.  


May 16, 2023 -Tracy Skinner, Associate Superintendent – Francis Tuttle: “Workforce Development” 
May 23, 2023 - Dwight Lawson - Okla. City Zoo -  "Expedition Africa"


May 2, 2023: In-Person, Online, and Makeups: 175
Total Present and Makeup:  30%


May 2, 2023 -  583 

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

These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 35 years to 1 year.  


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in May!

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