Rotary Club of Norman

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Welcome to our Club!


Be a Gift to the World

We meet Thursdays at 12:00 PM
First Christian Church Fellowship Hall
220 S. Webster Avenue
Norman, OK  73069
United States
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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.

Thank you for your support and hope to see you there!

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:  
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  

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

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:

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.

Contestants Dannye Carpenter, Dillon Dawson and Harrison Morey did a great job presenting their speech on Rotary's Four-Way Test.

Contest winner, Dillon Dawson with president Mariann.
Contest judges Judi Knapp, Wes Hall, Randy Woods, Beth Brigham, and Sheri Lashley.

NHS Booster Club President, JD Northcutt; NPS Asst. Superintendent Dr. Nick Migliorino; President Mariann Lawson; Coach Kitch and Jill Hazeldine

March 26--Bob Funk, Jr. OKC Sports
Bob Funk Jr. is owner and president of Prodigal LLC.  In addition to operating OKC Energy FC and the Oklahoma City Barons AHL hockey franchise, Prodigal co-promotes professional bull riders’ events in Oklahoma City and Tulsa and operates the Ram National Circuit Finals Rodeo in Oklahoma City.  Funk and his family are actively involved in community efforts within the state of Oklahoma. Bob has participated in events with: Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Youth Hockey Association and Sexual Assault Awareness month.  Bob serves as Chairman of the newly formed Greater Oklahoma Sports Consortium.



2013-2014 RI President Ron Burton talks with Wally Kerr and Russ Daveron.

February 5—Ron D. Burton, ”Being President of Rotary International”:

A Rotarian since 1979, Ron D. Burton is a member and past president (1983-84) of Norman Rotary Club.  He has served RI as district governor, Council on Legislation representative, International Assembly group discussion leader and moderator, zone trainer, Rotary information counselor, committee and task force member, RI president’s representative and aide to the RI president. He also chaired the 2011 New Orleans Convention Committee.  Ron served as RI President 2013-14.  He is the recipient of many RI and Rotary Foundation awards in recognition of his many contributions to Rotary






Hello Rotarians,
You are invited to the following event:

OU Rotaract PolioPlus Banquet


Event to be held at the following time, date, and location:

Monday, April 20, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT)

Oklahoma Memorial Union
Governors Room (3rd floor)
900 Asp Ave
Norman, OK 73019

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Please join OU Rotaract for our 4th annual PolioPlus Banquet! Our special guest and speaker this year will be Michael McGovern, Rotary International Trustee and PolioPlus Chair. All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to help fight polio. 

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This past Saturday a group of OU Rotaractors and Rotarians from our club reported for duty at The Oklahoma Regional Food Bank in Oklahoma City.

Our mission: To take 2,000 lbs. of bulk gluten free pasta and package it into 2 lb. bags.



When our shift was completed we had packaged over 1,500 meals for familes in need.




Korey just completed a month long exchange program with the Department of State.  He visted Bangladesh and Nepal and had a brief time in Dubai. Welcome back Korey and thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us. Looks like you met a lot of new friends!






Korey in Dubai




Thank you Dr. Z for having your talented students come sing Christmas carols and play music for us, we even sang along! A wonderful way to enjoy and celebrate the holiday!





A proud grandfather of his grandson's high academic achievements and ACT score, Jim surprised and honored Eric by making him a Paul Harris Fellow.  Congrats Eric and Jim!




Norman Rotary will have an active member recognition session this week as we induct four new members, have a member exchange heir red badge for a blue one and a couple of Paul Harris Fellow recognitions.  Dr. Z has arranged for Christmas music to be provided by Nicole Robertson, John Morrow and Rodney Westbrook.  Dr. Z says, “Get ready to sing-a-long with your holiday favorite songs!!!” 








Andrew speaking December 11 on “Careers in the Department of State”: 

Robert B. Andrew is the Diplomat in Residence at OU and, as such, is a recruiter for the U.S. Department of State for the Central Region.  This includes the states of Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and South and North Dakota.  He is a Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Department of State. Before becoming the Diplomat in Residence, Robert was the Political Section Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Stockholm, Sweden from 2011-2014.  In that capacity, he reported extensively on Sweden’s evolving relationship with NATO as well as Sweden’s leading role in the European Union’s outreach to Eastern European countries.  Prior to the posting in Sweden, he served as the Deputy Political Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica from 2007-2010.  In this capacity, he worked closely with Costa Rican authorities to help train and equip their police force to combat drug trafficking.  As the political-military officer at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow from 2005-2007, Robert reported on Russia’s defense and security policies.  He also served in several capacities within the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico from 2003-2005.  Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Andrew was a U.S. Army officer from 1989-2002 Born in Norman and raised in Northern California, he has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from California State University, Chico and a Master of Arts in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California.  Robert is transferring his Rotary membership to Norman Rotary from the Stockholm International club.

Meet me in "St Louis" teaser from Sooner Theatre





Sabrina Rice


Erin Barnhart




David Floyd worked up a sweat and probably an appetite making over 600 pancakes and serving it up with a smile.



Dennis Brigham and Randy Hopper help serve up pancakes.



You want butter on your pancakes? - Jill Hazeldine and Jetta Burton 



A motley crew - Ron Burton, Paul Wilson and Ed Copelin


What a great mother - son team! Kathey Drummond and Kevin Hopper.



This page would not be complete without showing Don leading the students in a patriotic song.




Norman Rotary Club members and their families were able to celebrate OU''s win and Perine's record at the OU/Kansas tailgate at a warm, cozy place at Rotary Park.


Roy and Judy Knapp



The Heaton Family


Karen Rieger, Jodie Foote and Andy Rieger


Andy's parents with Joe Foote


Joe and Melinda Wilhite



District 5770's Foundation Chair, Glenda Thomas, gives the club the run down on how our donations to the Rotary Foundation helps abroad, but also comes back to help locally.  Thank you Glenda!




David Postic and Katie Canon present on Rotaract's efforts to end polio.


Katie Canon pins an End Polio Now crocus on Craig Heaton 10/23/2014 which happens to match perfectly with his tie.




Cheryl Parsons (center), with Kathey Drummond and Judi Knapp, was the club's first woman member and woman president of Norman Rotary. Glad to have you back for a visit! 10/16/2014




Rob Andrew exchanges a Rotary flag from Stockholm International Rotary Club with president, Mariann Lawson. Rob is one of our club's newest members. He is a Foreign Service Officer with the Department of State at OU. Welcome Rob!




The Rotary players put on a show for Rotary's Annual Fruit Sale that raises money for Norman non-profit agencies.  From left: Steve Koranda, The Godfather; John Waller, Genie with the light brown hair; Randy Richison, fruit sale chair; Karena Crawford, chorus; Vic Rose, chorus; Dick Krenek, chorus; Barb Burcham, Godmother; Sheri Shoemake, I Dream of Jeanie; and Sheri Lashley, piano.




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