Oct. 24, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 16
Oct. 24, 2023 | Volume 112 | No. 16
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

October 24,  2023 |  Volume 112 | No. 16
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Available 11:55am    

"Dark Ride"

 Lou Berney is the author of the novels Dark Ride (Sept. 19, 2023), November Road, The Long and Faraway Gone, Whiplash River, and Gutshot Straight. His books have won the Edgar, Hammett, Steel Dagger, Barry, Macavity, Lefty, and Anthony awards, and he has been a finalist twice for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His short fiction has appeared in publications such as The New Yorker, Ploughshares,  and the Pushcart Prize anthology. He teaches in the MFA program at Oklahoma City University.  

Chair of the Day: Susan McVey
Invocation:  Fred Kempf
Introduction of Guests:  Tim Dowd
Introduction of New Rotarians: Miles Pringle
Intoduction of Teacher of the Month: Mark Neumeister

Attendance Scanning / Greeting:  Lana Ivy, David Hull
Registration:  Dawn Byram, Julia Kirt
Roving Microphone:  Ellen Fleming
Menu: House salad; Beet and goat cheese salad; Zucchini and squash; Shrimp scampi; Chicken marsala; Rolls  

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 

October 26 
- Wes Milbourn - "TV Talk"


In pickleball or leadership, don’t forget to keep your eye on the ball

by Julie Bisbee
Pickleball is a curious sport. It’s a jumble of several sports with a set of unique rules. The origin of the sport dates back to the 1960s when the game was cobbled together using a badminton court, ping pong paddles and a plastic wiffle ball.

The game was born when two families vacationing at Bainbridge Island in Washington used odds and ends to pull together a game to entertain their bored teen children, according to USA Pickleball.

Since then, the pickleball has grown from a pastime in vacation communities and retirement parks to one of the fastest growing sports in the country. Pickleball courts are now a fixture in large and small communities across Oklahoma.

Participation in pickleball nationally has increased by more than 150% in the past three years. Nearly a third of players are between the ages of 18-34, according to the Sports and Fitness Industry Association.

For the past two years, Club 29 has hosted a pickleball tournament as a way to get know fellow Rotarians. In 2024, the tournament will be Saturday, Jan. 27 at Chicken N Pickle. I would encourage you to consider about playing or coming out to support the tournament – regardless of experience. Our tournament attracts players at all levels. READ MORE


New Rotarians

Miles Pringle will introduce new rotarians Misti McClellan, Casey Reed, and Lauren Craig-O’Brien.

Teacher of the Month

Ginger Wilson, reading interventionist at John Rex Charter School will be introduced as the October 2023 Teacher of the Month by Mark Neumeister.

World Polio Day - Oct. 24, 2023

World Polio Day is a day for Rotary members, public health advocates, and all who want a world free from polio to come together, recognize the  progress in the fight to end polio, and talk about the actions needed to take in order to end polio for good.

Rotary AfterHours and Rotary Red Barn Dedication - 2021-22 Project

November 14, 2023 | 5:30-7:00
Restore OKC
2222 NE 27th St.  Okla. City, OK 73111
OnePledge benefiting the Dragonfly Home,  High School Rotarians, and Literacy Project 
Thank you to 123 Rotarians who have pledged. 
 Please make your pledge today!
Online OnePledge Form

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

November 14, 2023 -  Rotary Afterhours -   RestoreOKC & Dedication of the Rotary Red Barn
Dec. 1, 2023 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing
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  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.  


Oct. 31,  2023 -   Congresswoman Stephanie Bice
Nov. 7,  2023 -  OOOOOOOOOklahoma! - Bob Blackburn and Bob Burke 


Oct. 17, 2023 -  In-Person, Online, Makeups:  191
Total Present & Makeup: 34%

Oct. 17, 2023 -  588

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

These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 44 years to 1 year.  


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in October!

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