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September 22—University Theatre Season--Dean Mary Margaret Holt and Helen Green, PR Coordinator, OU College of Fine Arts:
Mary Margaret Holt joined the dance faculty of the University of Oklahoma and was named chair of the Department of Dance in 1991 and director of the School of Dance in 1998, having taught every course in the ballet curriculum.  Holt holds BFA and MFA degrees in dance.  She was named dean of the Weitzenhoffer College of Fine Arts in 2015 and continues to teach and serve as a consultant. 
Helen Green is the Public Relations Coordinator for the College of Fine Arts.  Before joining the OU family she was an elementary teacher, then a stay at home mom of her four boys and avid volunteer for the schools they attended.  Helen grew up in Duncan, where her father, John Ray Green, is Duncan Rotarian; she came to OU for school and never left.  Outside of work, she is a member of the Norman Public School Foundation Board, Assistance League of Norman and immediate past president of First Christian Church.  It was a pleasure having you Dean Holt and Helen Green!

September 15--Dr. James Neel, cardiovascular surgeon, NRH:
Dr. James Neel, M.D., is a cardiovascular surgeon who recently established a practice with Norman Regional Health System.  He performs all aspects of cardiac, thoracic, and vascular cases.  He is also robotically trained.  A Tulsa native, Dr. Neel completed medical school at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, he did his residency training in Shreveport, and finished up a fellowship at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.  Dr. Neel is married with 4 children, enjoys all outdoor activities, and is fluent in Spanish.  Welcome to Norman Dr. Neal and thanks for coming to speak to our club.

September 8--Keith Gaddie-A look at the current Constitutional/Political Scene:
Keith Gaddie is President's Associates Presidential Professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Oklahoma, senior fellow of OU’s Headington Residential College, associate director of the OU Center for Intelligence and National Security and general editor of Social Science Quarterly.  He earned his B.S. degree from the Florida State University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science (1993) from the University of Georgia. From 1993-1996 he was Freeport-McMoRan Environmental Policy Postdoctoral Fellow and research assistant professor at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.  Keith joined the faculty of the University of Oklahoma in 1996 where he regularly teaches classes on southern politics, American government, elections and the architecture of democracy.
Keith’s wife, Kim, is a Norman Rotarian.

Beth Brigham announces Norman Rotary's portion of raising $15,000 for Le Tour De Vin with Lisa Wells, Shelley Clemmens, Erin Barnhart, and Kyle Hurley. Way to go Norman Rotary! Proceeds benefit Sooner Theatre and other Rotary projects.
Leona McKinley, volunteer and Amy Chase volunteer coordinator talk about the latest happenings and volunteer opportunities at the Sam Noble Museum of Natural History. Thanks for joining us!
Dennis Brigham examines his prize from John Waller for giving the correct answer to John's question. Winner winner!

Jefferson Elementary School physical education teacher Nan Schuchman (left) stands with Jefferson Principal Carla Allen. They are promoting the new Rotary Success Cycle program, which uses bicycles to help boost attendance during the 2016-17 school year. 
The photo was taken during Jefferson Elementary School's Back to School Night, Aug. 16.
- By Chip Minty, Norman Rotary Club
     The first step to being successful in school is showing up.
     Encouraging good attendance is a priority at Norman Public Schools because poor attendance leads to poor test scores and higher dropout rates.
     That is why Norman Public Schools and Norman’s Noon Rotary Club have partnered to initiate The Rotary Success Cycle, a program that rewards students just for coming to school each day.
     The program, which involves nine Norman schools, entices students to be consistent in their attendance to improve their chances to win bicycles through the school year. The better their attendance, the better their chances of winning a bike.
     Students who attend five days out of a week have their names added to their school’s drawing. The more weeks with perfect attendance, the more times their names are added to the hat. The schools will hold drawings after each nine-week period during the 2016-17 school year.
Norman’s Noon Rotary Club is sponsoring the program through nearly $10,000 in funding for the purchase of 66 bicycles. Each of the winning students will also receive a bicycle helmet and a bike lock.
     Participating schools include Kennedy, Wilson, Madison, Jackson, Adams, Lincoln, Jefferson, Reagan and Dimensions Academy South. The program involves more than 3,000 students in grades K through five.
     Noon Rotary President-elect Craig Heaton said the club is investing in the program to help children establish a stronger academic footing while in elementary school. But that is not the only reason.  The program also is intended to help the schools achieve attendance rates required for state and federal funding. Schools must achieve 95 percent attendance to be eligible for funding, and schools selected to participate in The Rotary Success Cycle program tend to be on the borderline of that requirement.  
     “We borrowed The Rotary Success Cycle idea from a similar program created by a Rotary club in Texas,” Heaton said.  The club met with district officials, who helped design the rules specifically for Norman schools and students. 
“It’s an exciting initiative and another great opportunity for us to contribute to the community,” Heaton said. “Through this first-year program, we hope to improve attendance, raise test scores and make a difference for schools that could use a shot in the arm at a challenging time.”
     “Besides all of that,” Heaton said, “We are going to give a bunch of bikes to kids who will really enjoy them, and that’s important too.”
      The bikes are being displayed at each of the schools through the school year. Signs accompanying the displays were created and donated by FastSigns of Norman. 
Al’s Bicycles of Norman assisted the Rotary Club by providing the 67 Haro brand BMX style bicycles at a discounted price. The Norman Police Department contributed about a third of the bicycle helmets that will be given away during the school year.

August 25— State Auditor Gary Jones, ”A billion here, a billion there . . . before long, you’re talking about real money!”: Gary Jones was born at Fort Sill 8/27/1954, the fifth of seven children to SFC James J. & Clara Jones.  He started school at Jefferson Elementary in Lawton, but like most military families moved and also attended school in Texas and Germany before returning to Lawton to attend Eisenhower Jr. High.  Jones graduated from Eisenhower Sr. in 1972.  That fall, Gary entered Cameron University full time while also working full time for Southwestern Bell. At age 20, Gary was promoted into management for Southwestern Bell as one of the youngest managers in company history. The following year he was promoted again to Southwestern Bell state headquarters in OKC and attended night school at Central State University.  Gary returned to Lawton in June, 1977 to marry his wife, Mary Jane. Gary attended night classes at Cameron and graduated in July 1978 with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting.  Jones worked for Bell for 10 years before starting a telecommunications company he owned and operated for 16 years. He was elected as Comanche County Western District Commissioner in August 1994 and served 4 years.  In January 1999, Gary returned to Cameron to finish the requirements needed to sit for the CPA exam. In May 2000, he fulfilled his original collegiate goal and became a Certified Public Accountant.  In November 2010, on his third attempt, Gary was elected Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector. He was re-elected in 2014 without opposition.

In addition to his many his civil obligations, Eran Harrill has serve as an infantry squad leader in the 179th Battalion of the Oklahoma National Guard, located in El Reno, with a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011-2012. His military awards include the Combat Infantry Badge, Air Assault Badge, Army Achievement Medal with star, and multiple combat campaign ribbons. Eran brings with him a strong leadership and sense of structure to the ONG. He will share some of his observations of his fellow Guardsmen.
A native of Sacramento, CA, Eran graduated from John Marshall High School; he attended Oklahoma State University as a history major with a focus on military history. Although he originally intended to pursue a career in law, the bulk of his professional career has centered on marketing and business development with several positions in advertising, marketing and related fields.  Eran was elected to the Black Chamber Board of Directors in 2012 and became Vice Chair in 2013. In October 2014, Eran was selected as the next President and took office in February 2015, becoming the youngest President to hold that position with the Black Chamber of Commerce – Metro Oklahoma City.

Fourteenth Annual Le Tour de Vin Posts Great Success,
Raises More than $150,000 for Norman Community
The 2016 Le Tour de Vin drew nearly 500 guests over the three-day event and raised more than $150,000 through sponsorships, reservations, auctions, a wine pull and donations.
This year’s event was dedicated to The Studio of The Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St., donating $50,000 of the proceeds. The Theatre is using the money to benefit its studio project, which teaches young people a variety of skills in the performing arts, such as acting, singing and stage design. Rotarians plan to raise an additional $50,000 for The Theatre again through the 2017 event.
Le Tour de Vin 2016 consisted of three separate functions over the course of a weekend in early June. It began with a small painting and wine affair on Thursday evening, followed by a Wine and Dine on Friday and ended with the big event on Saturday night at the Marriott Conference Center. The big event offers patrons opportunities to enjoy fine wine, good food, music and a festive atmosphere.
Since it was established in 2003, the annual wine tasting fundraiser has generated nearly $605,000 in direct benefit to organizations that serve Norman, such as Food and Shelter for Friends, Bridges high school living center, the Center for Children and Families, Mary Abbot House, Thunderbird Clubhouse, American Red Cross, and The Studio of The Sooner Theatre.
Starting out as a joint project between Norman’s Cross Timbers Rotary Club and the Cleveland County Chapter of the American Red Cross, the event has grown in size and stature. Le Tour de Vin has grown to be the second-largest event of its kind in Oklahoma.
In 2008, Le Tour de Vin picked up steam when the Cross Timbers Club joined forces with Norman’s Noon Rotary Club and the Sooner Rotary Club. Members from each club volunteer their time, donate auction items, and most importantly, attend with their friends, colleagues and other members of the community, making each year a big success.
Norman’s three Rotary clubs use the remaining proceeds from Le Tour de Vin to benefit other nonprofit organizations in Norman, helping to provide housing for our City’s homeless and many Rotary International Projects, as part of their continuing effort to fulfill a broad range of community needs. Since its beginning, Le Tour de Vin has raised a net income of $1,101,799. Rotary can make a difference!
Le Tour de Vin is not only one of the most enjoyable events sponsored by Rotarians in Norman; it is the most beneficial to the local community.

Brandon Meier joined the Sooner Vision staff in July 2007 as Executive Director of Video Production and was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Broadcast Operations in 2011. Since his arrival, Meier has led a media transformation in intercollegiate athletics.  OU has become an industry leader in a variety of areas including TV production, video board production, digital signage and video delivery over a variety of digital platforms. With 17 full-time and 100 part-time employees, many of whom who are students at OU; Meier oversees one of the largest broadcast departments in college or professional sports.  Meier earned his bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism and his master's degree in marketing from the University of Nebraska. Thanks for coming to speak at our club Brandon and we look forward to seeing the stadium renovations and the new, huge, world-class video screen and score board!

Our club members enjoyed hearing OU football coaches talk about the upcoming season while helping a good cause - the Citizen's Advisory Board of Cleveland County Child Welfare Unit. CAB was developed and implemented in 1989 with one specific goal: fulfill the Christmas wish lists of children in out-of-home care in Cleveland County. The annual Coaches Luncheon raises thousands of dollars to do just that.  To learn more, visit cabok.org

Norman Rotarian Clarence Warner’s second book, “A Promise Kept”, is a Christian historical fiction book about his wife, Jan’s, grandfather.  Tate Publishing released the book in May.  His first book was a devotional, “The Promises of God.”  Warner served as President of our Rotary club in 1996-97.  He serves on the Rotary Information Committee and he and Jan are a Major Donor, Level One to The Rotary Foundation. Thank you Clarence for speaking to your fellow club members to share about your life and your books, and thanks for all you do for Rotary!

Randy Woods hands over the reigns to Lori Cornelsen by presenting her with a President's pin. Thanks for a great year Randy! Thanks Lori for taking the reigns, we are looking forward to another great year!
President Lori addresses the club to talk up the upcoming year. There are great things in store!
As Rotarians are eager to jump up and follow her lead to do more of Rotary's good work, President Lori reminds us to settle in as there will be plenty of time to pace ourselves throughout the year.
Thank you Lori for having our District Governor come to do the inductions of our newly elected officers and directors.
Thank you for your years of service to the Rotary board. You will be missed but still be an important part of our club and service as always.
District Governor, Robert Greenstreet, helped induct the new officers and directors. 
President Lori and her beautiful and supportive family.


Le Tour De Vin held June 9 - 11, 2016 is a powerful collaboration of the Cross Timbers, Sooner, and Norman Rotary clubs to raise money for our current beneficiary, The Studio of The Sooner Theatre.  Thank you to the planning committee, those who donated and bought items, attended, and volunteered to make this event a big success to help our designated organization.  To see the photos from the event visit: https://flic.kr/s/aHsky43Ln.  To learn more about the event visit http://www.letourdevin.com/  Cheers!

Photos provided by CE Jones.

Lynn Palmerston presents grant to Eddie Brokeshoulder, Community & Resource Development Cleveland County.

Harold Brooks, National Severe Storms Laboratory
Clarence Warner presents grant to NAIC's, Teresa Collado.
Clarence Warner presents grant to Big Brother Big Sisters, Blossom Cravis.


Myles Deering, Status of Veterans Affairs in Oklahoma
Patricia Ingram of Full Circle, grant presented by Phil Cotton 
Matt Joplin, Rotary grant for Food For Thought Learling Insitute with Phil Cotton

Mary Sherman presentsgrant to Travis Humphrey, Bethesda
Don Atkins present grant to Dot Adkins, Assistance League of Norman
Grants to Meals on Wheels and Emergency Infant Care on 5/9/2016

RI Christine Grodecki with Bill Blum presents multiple Paul Harris recognition to Geri and Dick Krenek
Bill Blum congratulates Hepe Wachter and Tom Cooper, both multiple Paul Harris Fellows

Nyla Khan announces grants to Among Friends and Community Services Building

The annual, much anticipated, Rotary skit was a big hit with a rendition of "Hey Good Lookin' What you Got Cookin'" complete with celebrity chefs Julia Child, Rachael Ray, and Martha Stewart to name a few.

OU president, David Boren, talked to the club on the state of education in Oklahoma and other timely topics impacting our state.  It's always good to hear his perspective, knowledge and history of Oklahoma.

Loveworks director and students talk about the organization.
Students talked about success and leadership learned at Loveworks, Inc.

Dennis Brigham, Norman Rotary Rotaract sponsor introduced German visitors.
Christian and President Randy Woods.
Rotarian Karena Crawford has her daughter Casy join the club and our visitors for lunch.

Thanks fellow Rotarians, friends, family and community members for joining us! We had a great event that raised just over $10,000

Norman Rotary Club thanked for our support and contribution to the Ethiopian Water Project.
President Randy Woods with Tom Cooper

Dr. Brandi Coyner, OU museum biologist shared some interesting insight on animals in Oklahoma and at the Museum.

Thank you for supported the Rotary Fruit sale to benefit Norman social-service agencies! It was another success!

Norman Rotary club member Dr. Nyla Ali Khan recently presented  on "The Cost of Conflict in Southeast Asia" and has now released her website:  http://www.nylaalikhan.org/.  
Dr.  Nyla Ali  Khan is the author of three critically acclaimed books: The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism, in which she critiques the nostalgic support of subversive elements by the affluent diaspora from India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. In her second book, Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between India and Pakistan, she examine the seminal spiritual and political role of women in Kashmir. 
She is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma.  Her personal history, education, and scholarship have made her sensitive to the diversity of cultural traditions and the questions and conflicts within them. Thank you Dr. Khan for sharing your very insightful and compelling presentation and for all your good work!  To learn more visit http://www.nylaalikhan.org/.  

A good time was had by all at our annual holiday party. Thank you NCED-Marriott for being a great host and to all who planned it!  The party was complete with good food, good cheer, Santa and his sleigh, and a special place for the kids to do arts and crafts.  Everyone have a merry Christmas, happy holidays and happy New Year! Photos provided by Judi Knapp.

Club member Dr. Nyla Khan gives her presentation on "The Cost of Conflict in Southeast Asia."  She is pictured with club president Randy Woods. 
Dr. Nyla Ali Khan is a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma and former professor at the University of Nebraska-Kearney.  She did her Masters in Postcolonial Literature and Theory at the University of Oklahoma and obtained her Ph. D. at OU.  Kahn has recently been working as an editor for a publication on the region of Jammu and Kashmir with Oxford Islamic Studies Online. Her personal history, education, and scholarship have made her sensitive to the diversity of cultural traditions and to the questions and conflicts within them.  

She is the author of two books, including The Fiction of Nationality in an Era of Transnationalism and Islam, Women, and Violence in Kashmir: Between Indian and Pakistan, and several articles that focus heavily on the political issues and strife of her homeland, Jammu and Kashmir. To learn more visit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nyla_Ali_Khan

WWII Veteran Ed Bray spoke to the club about growing up during the depression, fighting in World War II and supporting literacy efforts. Beating the odds with the many challenges he faced, his message was from the heart and inspiring and he received a standing ovation from the club.  He is joined here with is son and five grandsons.

Presenter Kyle Hurley (center) talks with former RI President Ron Burton, Kathey Drummond and Bill Arnold. Thanks Kyle for sharing with the club more about yourself and what you do!

Congrats to Ellen Melton our Four Way Test Winner! Great job to you and to all the contestants.

Norman Rotary supports Bridges by helping with the housing and celebrates their 20 year anniversary.  Thanks for all you do Bridges for Norman's youth!
Becky Clinton talks with Bridges Director Debra Krittenbrink.
Norman Rotary Member Mark Krittenbrink at the Bridges reception.
Wall of Bridges Graduates

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, citrus sale skit 2015
The Rotary Players kicked off  the citrus sale  with reminders to "sell citrus."
Pictured L-R: Dennis Brigham Kevin Speer, Karena Crawford, Don Adkins, Geri Krenek Bob Lynn, Sheri Bookout, Tom Cooper, Dick Krenek, and Ed Adwon. 

DHS Child Welfare Unite Teen panel - Aleece Mann DHS, Kris formerly in foster care, Jaci Williams CAB, Heather formerly in foster care.  Thanks for coming to share your stories and remind us of the need for good foster care families and the good that comes from it.


Former RI president Ron Burton congratulates Jan and Clarence Warner for their generosity and achieving Level I Major Donor status.  The Paul Harris Society requires members to contribute $1,000 per year to the Rotary Foundation.  Jan & Clarence Warner have passed the threshold for designation as a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation.  Thank you for your generosity and commitment to Rotary.


Rotarians from West Haven, Connecticut exchanged banners with our club members Ron Burton, past president of Rotary International and current club president Randy Woods.

Members of OU's Rotaract club come to promote their upcoming Polio Plus benefit banquet. We are lucky to have such outstanding youth leadership for Rotary!  Visit their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/RotaractOU

Our club's newest members get their Rotary pin with their sponsors.

Our member spotlight was on Teresa Collado.  When not working as the Executive Director for NAIC, she shared her other passions of art, teaching exercise classes at the Y, her Rotary exchange to India, her family, and life growing up. You can see a picture in the background of her adorable young self.

It's United Way campaign time and President Von Allen shares all the great happenings to raise funds for Norman's social service agencies.

Just as Rotary works to improve access to and the creation of quality water, Peter Lochery, winner of the OU International Water Prize, is a pioneer to help solve global water sanitation crisis.  He presented his project at the Rotary meeting and shares his experiences with Ken Hoving and David Sabatini. 

Thank you Dr. Murali Krishna, president and chief operating officer of INTEGRIS Mental Health, for your presentation on VIBRANT: Making a Mindful Difference With Passion and Purposes and sharing insights from your experiences, expertise and your book, VIBRANT: To Heal and Be Whole From India to Oklahoma City.  Always great to hear you speak!

Brian Jensen is  the Regional Director of Services to the Armed Forces for the American Red Cross and shared about the Veteran's History Project. The goal is to surpass 100,000 stories. Interviews were held and recorded from many of our own club Armed Services members.  Their stories and others will be stored in the Library of Congress so they be archived as our nation's legacies and future generations to come can see and hear their loved one's story.
Steve Koranda learns about the building projects from NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano and Super. Asst. Dr. Nick Migliorino.
Nick shares with the club more details about the exciting projects at Norman High and Norman North.
Performers from Sooner Theater's "In the Heights" sing a wonderful duet for the club.  Bravo!

We enjoyed our annual picnic at Rotary Park under the new pavilion, topped with great food from Interurban!   Jud Foster and staff from the City of Norman Parks and Recreation department share with us all the exciting happenings and improvements at Rotary Park, neighborhood parks, the new Legacy Park, and the Norman Forward proposal. Rotary is proud of our partnership with the City of Norman!
Rick McKinney presents a check to Jud Foster for Rotary Park.
The renderings of Legacy Park show it will be spectacular!
Good food, friends and fellowship

Bob and Ellen Usry accept a grant for RYLA program on behalf of our club.
Eric Dembowski shares his experience at RYLA camp.

Presenting a check from our club Rotarians making donations for Food and Shelter for Friends to build family homes.
Jim Dembowski presents a check for Food For Thought from our grants program.
Another grant given to Project Outreach!

Randy Woods gets sworn in as our Rotary Club President by past District Governor Phil Moss
New board members get sworn in.
Thank you for your service outgoing board members!

President Mariann recognizes Don Adkins for his service
Jim Dembowski receives recognition for his service to the club.
Larry Pace is recognized for his service.
Dennis Brigham is recognized for his service.

Steve Koranda's kids come help their dad with his sergeant at arms duties.

Oct 06, 2016
Dr. Bob Greenstreet, Ed.D.
District Governor
District Governor
Oct 13, 2016
Thad Balkman
District Judge
Oct 20, 2016
Joe Castiglione
OU Athletic Department
Oct 27, 2016
Erinn Gavaghan
Norman Arts Council