March 14, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 33
March 14, 2023 | Volume 111 | No. 33
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

March 14,  2023 |  Volume 111 | No. 33
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55
Livestream Available 11:55am 

Oklahoma Press Association: Sunshine Week & Freedom of Information 

Mark Thomas is the Executive Vice-President of the Oklahoma Press Association, the trade association of Oklahoma’s 173 newspapers and online news organizations.  He has been the Oklahoma Press director for 27 years but has worked for press associations since 1983.
In addition to Oklahoma Press Association, Thomas also is director of Oklahoma Press Service, the Oklahoma Newspaper Foundation, and the Oklahoma Press Legal Services Plan.  READ MORE 

District 5750 Governor Deena Fisher

Deena K. Fisher currently serves as president of the Oklahoma Historical Society. Fisher is a dean/professor emeritus at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. She holds a doctorate in higher education administration from Oklahoma State University, and two masters’ in social science education and school counseling from Southwestern Oklahoma State University.
In 2006, she graduated from the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education. Fisher is an active member of the National Association of Branch Campus Administrators and serves as a mentor, coach, and guest lecturer.

Chair of the Day:  Ted Streuli
Pledge/National Anthem Leader: Lou Kohlman
Invocation:  Kelly Kay
Introduction of Guests: Mary Jane Calvey 
Attendance Scanning / Greeting:  Robert Mills,  John D. Williams, Jan Peery
Registration:  Jeff Simpsen, Barney Semtner
Roving Microphone:   Bart Binning
Menu:   Irish Salad; Rolls; Braised Beef; Beer Battered Cod; Baby Bakers Potatoes; Carrots 

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 
March 16, 2023  - Adam Wisniewski, OKC Convention & Tourism Bureau, “Sports Tourism in OKC and it’s impact on our community”


Hope and friendship: How Rotary provides a weekly chance for renewal in all seasons

by Charlie Price
As the seasons turn from winter to spring, we are reminded of our community’s vitality. Icy days turn to rain and finally to sunshine, and seeing our friends and neighbors lends to a perspective focused on hope and renewal.

Putting our best foot forward is easier to do with inspiration and on sunny days, but Rotarians are called to address community challenges no matter the season. More than a fair weather friend, we are committed to effecting local change in all seasons. Spring’s sense of rejuvenation is not only a once-a-year phenomenon at Rotary. Raising awareness of important issues, noticing details previously unseen and enjoying each other’s company are available to us throughout the year.

Just as the hope of spring waits on the horizon, we know to count on the good Rotary offers. Listening to speakers with an open mind plants the seed for curiosity and solutions to grow, blossom and flourish. When gardens are well tended, they bloom for all. Whether we are hearing about critical infrastructure, how to help our fellow Oklahomans or better understanding Rotary’s global mission to help vaccinate children throughout the world, the places we carry that knowledge can thrive.  READ MORE 


2022-2023 Membership Directory

The 2022-2023 Rotary Club of Okla. City Membership Directory will be available for distribution at the March 14 Rotary Meeting. The directories will be available at subsequent 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.

Paul Harris Fellowships to be Presented

Paul Harris Fellows: Mary Wolf, Michael Thomas, Barbara Newey, Bill White, Dawn Byram
Paul Harris Fellow +1: Blair Naifeh
Paul Harris Fellow +2: Ann Garrett, Phil Slaughter, Jim Farha
Paul Harris Fellow +3: Richard Farris
Paul Harris Fellow +4: Bill Paul
Paul Harris Fellow +5: Cliff Branan
Paul Harris Fellow +6: Alan Niemann
Paul Harris Fellow +7: Ron Rocke
Paul Harris Fellow +8: Larry Hazelwood, Paul Dudman, Cliff Dougherty
Major Donors: Robert Clements, Terri Cooper

Foundation Election March 21-31, 2023

 Election for positions on the upcoming Rotary Club 29 Foundation Board will be held electronically March 21, 2:00pm through March 31, 11:59 pm through Simply Voting.  Watch for the email link.
This is an Approve/Reject vote.
Meet the Candidates 

Rotary Afterhours - March 14, 2023 | 5:30-7:00pm

Will Rogers Lobby Bar
4322 N. Western

                                                                               Cash Bar | Bring Guests

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

March 14, 2023 - Rotary AfterHours - Will Rogers Lobby Bar
March 27, 2023 - Wings of Rotary Sayonara Party
April 12, 2023 - (Wednesday) Rotary Afterhours
April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon Service Opportunity
May 3, 2023 - Rotary OKC visits Rotary Tulsa 
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.  


March 21, 2023 -  Prof. Hugo DeCampos, UCO –  Supply Chain & Globalization
March 28, 2023 -  Chip Carter – Cristo Rey 


March 7, 2023: In-Person, Online, and Makeups: 176
Total Present and Makeup:  31%


March 13, 2023 -  586

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

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


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in March!

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