April 5, 2022 | Volume 110 | No. 37
April 5, 2022 | Volume 110 | No. 37
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Rotary Club of Oklahoma City

OKC Rotary News

April 5, 2022 |  Volume 110 | No. 37
In-Person and Livestreamed from Christian Life Center -  St. Luke's UMC| 11:55 
Livestream link    


 Scott Marsh is a Partner and Director of Operations for the Jones Assembly. Marsh oversees the daily operations at Jones, including menu development, operations systems and the curation of the concert series. In addition to the Jones, he is a founding partner and Chief Operations Officer of In Luck Banquet LLC, which produces Willie Nelson’s events at his historic Luck Texas ranch and a partner in Hellfire Entertainment managing Domino Records recording artist Night Moves among other artists. READ MORE

After a chart-topping major label career, numerous TV appearances, and hundreds of sync placements Graham Colton continues to expand on the label “singer-songwriter.” He has logged thousands of miles on the road and shared stages with some of music’s biggest artists including Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Kelly Clarkson, The Wallflowers, Counting Crows, John Mellencamp, Maroon 5, and many many more.   READ MORE
Scott Booker began his career in the music industry as a clerk at Sound Warehouse in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
From there he moved on to manage the Rainbow Records record store chain in Oklahoma City while attending college at Central State University, now known as the University of Central Oklahoma. Shortly after graduating with a degree in education, he met local band the Flaming Lips and began managing the group in 1990, creating Hellfire Enterprises Ltd., an artist management company.

Chris Semrau is the General Manager of Paycom Center, home of the NBA’s OKC Thunder, and Prairie Surf Studios in Oklahoma City. 
Since Semrau’s arrival, Paycom Center has experienced a significant increase in touring events along with record-breaking shows by attracting some of the biggest artists in the world to OKC. 
Semrau is one of the youngest General Managers of a major professional sports facility in North America and was a finalist for Venue Executive of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association and Venue’s Today Magazine also selected Semrau four-times as a finalist for Booking Achievement.  

Chair of the Day
 Dave Rhea
 Jim Priest
Pledge/Song Leader
Lou Kohlman
Introduction of Guests and Visiting Rotarians
 Jeff Simpsen
 Crystal Bennett,  Sarah Barrow
 Jim Schroeder, Andy Rine
Attendance Scanners
Marion Paden, Robert Mills, Kelly Kay
Roving Microphone
Bart Binning
Menu     BBQ Chopped Salad; Potato Salad; Roasted Corn Spring Salad; Pasta Salad; Smoked Brisket;
Smoked pulled bbq chicken sliders 

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
April 7, 2022  
Speaker:  Michael Baron, Artistic Director  Topic: Lyric Theatre



On Behalf of Educators

 by Freda Deskin
 While it is no secret that there is a teacher shortage nationwide, I suspect that those who are not currently working in our schools cannot imagine just how bad it really is. As someone who has spent 5 decades in education, I can tell you that I have seen nothing like the crisis we are currently facing.

Most schools are not fully staffed. Substitutes who may or may not have a degree, and in most cases have no training, have filled the vacancies since the beginning of the school year, many for a month or more. While they do their best, in many instances they are merely a placeholder for a qualified teacher.

Of those teachers in Oklahoma classrooms, 60% are alternatively certified with no training in classroom management, pedagogy, researched best practices, or in the developmental appropriateness of how concepts should be taught. These untrained teachers are the most likely to leave the classroom without complete a contract year.

The learning loss due to COVID is real and measurable. The loss is compounded by the lack of teachers; qualified or not.  



Organ Donation Registration

In response to the March 29, 2022 program in which organ donation was the topic, several rotarians have asked for information about registering to be an organ donor.  This information was included in the program, and is also below.
Ways to register:
• www.lifeshareok.org
• Visit your local tag agency to update your ID or Driver’s License
• Click on the Health App on your phone
• Call 800.826.LIFE and request a donor card be mailed to you
• Register next time you get your hunting or fishing license

Volunteers Needed - Memorial Marathon

 April 24, 2022 | 6:00am-9:30am
The OKC Memorial marathon and marathon relay will take place Sunday, April 24, 2022.  This is a call for volunteers to work the relay exchange (Relay Exchange No.2) on the Chesapeake campus beginning at 6 am Sunday morning until approximately 9:30 am.   12-15 people are needed.
Volunteers can also be family members over the age of 14.  

Volunteer Today!

Afterhours -  April 12 | 5:30-7:00
Solo's Park & Pub

13310 Pawnee Dr | Chisholm Creek

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.  


April 12, 2022-    Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell – Guests – Tulsa Rotarians
Chair of the Day/Moderator -   Dave Ortloff
April 19, 2022 -   OKC Bombing Memorial Panel: Frank Keating, Susan Winchester, Terri Watkins
Chair of the Day - John Kennedy


March 29, 2022  -  Online, In-Person, Makeups:  187
Total Present and Makeup:  33%

April 4, 2022 -  593

Celebrating Years of Service in Rotary Club 29 - April 2022

These Rotarians have been members of Club 29 from 50 years to 1 year.  


Happy birthday to those Rotarians born in April!

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