Nov. 15, 2022 | Volume 111 | No. 19
Nov. 15, 2022 | Volume 111 | No. 19
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

November 15, 2022  |  Volume 111 | No. 19
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center - St. Luke's United Methodist Church | 11:55 
Link to the Livestream  11:55am    

 Oklahoma State Capitol Restoration

Trait Thompson is the Executive Director of the Okla. Historical Society as of January 4, 2021. Thompson began his career with the state as policy director for former Okla. Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman. During that four-year service, Thompson read every bill submitted to the senate, met with citizens from across the state and learned how to work with others to achieve shared goals. He has been the project manager for the Oklahoma Capitol Restoration Project, shepherding the preservation and restoration of one of Oklahoma's most important historical artifacts—the State Capitol.
Chair of the Day: Julia Kirt
Invocation:  Club 29 Chorale
Introduction of Guests:   Freda Deskin
Pledge/Song Leading: David Dobson
Roving Microphone:   David Battles
Registration:  Evan Walter, Marion Paden
Attendance Scanning/Greeting:   Vered Harris, Stephen Zahn, Amy Roush
Menu:   Pot roast; Chicken; Mashed Potatoes; Carrots; Roll; House Salad

club 29 breakfast

November 17,  2022 | 7:00am
Quail Creek Country Club | Wingspan Room
Speaker:   Allison Flaig, Chief of Staff, USA Softball, “Upcoming Events and Community Outreach Initiatives”


A Connection of Service

by Brad Poarch

     The last few articles I have written for Rotary Reflections have focused on our motto of “Service Above Self”. This time, I was convinced it would be different. I had planned to write about a growing issue facing the leaders in this post-COVID environment - the employment market and using our core values to help grow high-quality teams.

     Then, I attended a 4th grade Veterans Day assembly.

     I sat in the crowd of parents listening to our children sing with the choir. I watched my son join in the celebration of our country’s heroes. It took a group of 9-year-olds to remind me of the meaning of service, family, freedom, and the sacrifice made by our veterans to this country. It was at that moment, I realized I had no choice but to talk about selfless service once again.

     Although I didn't serve in the military, I come from a family full of service men and women. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and even the Coast Guard. The Poarch family has worn each of these uniforms with pride. We grew up hearing stories about their time in the service. They would reminisce about the friendships, the challenges, the fears, and the pride that came along with serving their country. I looked up to each of them as heroes. READ MORE


2022-2023 High School Rotarians

The 2022-23 class of High School Rotarians (formerly Junior Rotarians) will attend the Nov. 15 Rotary Luncheon.   Please welcome them.  Co- Chairs of the committee are Carole Kelley and Jessica Sherrill
23 have been chosen from 13 Oklahoma City High Schools.  

Review the Candidates - 2023-2024 Officers and Directors Election  

Review the Candidates 
Links to online voting will be sent out the afternoon of Nov. 15.  Thanks to the Nominating Committee for their work in providing the slate.  Members of the Nominating committee are: Robert Mills, Emily Stratton, Lesli Massad, Mark Neumeister, Jerrod Shouse, Tom Phillips - Vice Chair,  Ellen Fleming - Chair 

Paper Ballot Request

The slate of the 2023-24 Rotary Officers and Directors will be online for the November 2022  election. If you would like a paper ballot, please request one here.    
Phone calls requesting paper ballots will not be 
accepted. If no paper ballot is requested, a link will be sent to your email address for voting purposes. 
Deadline for requesting a paper ballot: Nov. 15, 2022, Noon.

By requesting a paper ballot, you will be precluded from voting online in this election, and will not be given access to the online voting system.    

December 2, 2022 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing 

Choose your Bell Ringing time today!
144 Ringers are needed - 9 locations 
Kelly Kay, Chair

Answer the Call of the Wild! - OnePledge 22-23 

Help the Okla. Zoological Society establish a children's play area in Expedition Africa, the Okla. City Zoo's newest and largest expansion to date.  Pledge or pay here
"Rotary Expedition Africa Playground"

Watch the announcement from President Wes!

Rotary Dues Increase - Jan. 1, 2023 - A Message from President Wes

Fellow Rotarians,

At the Sept. 27 lunch meeting, we shared some news about a conversation that began over two years ago. Prior to the pandemic, it was clear to our administration committee, budget committee, and board of officers and directors that a dues increase would be necessary for the club to maintain a balanced budget. With the arrival of the pandemic, we were able to delay that conversation. As we’ve seen a return to normal club operations, meetings, and service, we’ve also seen an increase in almost every expense of the club due to inflation and we were forced to revisit the conversation. At the recommendation of our administration and budget committees, the 2021-2022 board of officers and directors approved a dues increase of $15 per quarter, or $5 a month, effective January 1, 2023.   

In the News

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

Contact Information Changes

If you have any unreported business or home contact information changes or if you would like a new photo for your listing in the Rotary Membership Directory, please make those changes here    

Upcoming Events   

December 2, 2022 - Salvation Army Bell Ringing    
January 10, 2023 - Rotary Winter Part

April 30, 2023 - Memorial Marathon - Service Opportunity

Rotary Club 29 Online Directory
DacDb has a new App 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.


Nov. 22, 2022 -   Oklahoma State Auditor - Cindy Byrd
Nov. 29, 2022 -   Jimmy Taylor, Taylor Ranch - U.S. Meat Export Federation/Okla. Beef Council


November 8, 2022 - Online, In-Person, Makeups - 196
Total Present and Makeup - 34%

November 14,  2022-   602

Happy Birthday to those Rotarians born in November!

Celebrating Years of Service in Club 29

These Rotarians  have been members of Club 29 from 54 years to 1 year.

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