Historian John Dwyer Leads Tour of Oklahoma's Past 

 
Renown journalist and Oklahoma historian John Dwyer took Rotarians on a brief tour of Oklahoma history, introducing them to little-known facts about our state and the people who helped shape its character.
 
Dwyer recently published The Oklahomans, The Story of Oklahoma and Its People. The book covers Oklahoma’s colorful history, starting with Native Americans in ancient times and continuing to statehood.
 
The writer also discussed other books, such as Shortgrass, a novel set in early-day Oklahoma, portraying the adventurous life of an Oklahoma farm boy who became a football star and an aviator in the midst of World War II.      
 
 
John Dwyer Chip Minty 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2017

Chamber President Scott Martin

 
     Norman Chamber of Commerce President Scott Martin says Norman has many components of a successful community, such as quality education, safety, good streets, health care, a strong business environment and good quality of life. He said his role as leader of the chamber is to help the community pull it all together to make the city an even better place to live.
     Martin, a former state representative from House District 46, told the noon club that Oklahoma’s legislature is a challenging place to work right now with pressing issues involving the state’s budget crisis.
     He said he’s excited about his new role leading the chamber, and he urged Rotary members to join the organization if they have not done so already.
 
Scott Martin Presentation Chip Minty 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2017

Lindsey Street Update

 
Public Works Director, Sean O’Leary gave an update on the progress of construction underway at W Lindsay Street, telling Norman Rotarians that all four lanes of traffic are expected to be open by the end of September. Once the project is completely finished by the end of the year, Norman will have one of central Oklahoma’s most picturesque urban thoroughfares, with bike lanes, bus turnouts, and trees lining both side of the street as well as the center median.
O’Leary said West Lindsey had become a notoriously dangerous street with a crash rate that was three times the national average. Transportation officials also considered Lindsay the most congested traffic corridor in the Oklahoma City area.
O’Leary said the Lindsey Street widening project and the adjacent Interstate 35 bridge and interchange system had a price tag of about $107 million, largely paid for through federal transportation funds. The result will be a modern new entryway for visitors and Norman residents to use and enjoy.
While Lindsey Street was the most visible and drew the most discussion, the main purpose of all the work on Lindsey was to improve drainage in the area. He said the project included construction of enormous channels buried as much as 30 feet below the street. That project is also drawing to conclusion and will soon alleviate the notorious flooding problem on McGee Street.
 
Lindsey Street Update 2017-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Road Rally 2017-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 10, 2017

Legacy, Cross Timbers Clubs Say Hello

 
Norman Rotary Club Member Charles Hollingsworth visits with speakers Andrew Seamans and Connie Eckstein. Seamans is a member of the Legacy Rotary Club in Norman and Eckstein is a member of Norman's Cross Timbers Rotary Club. 
 
 
 
Legacy, CrossTimbers Chip Minty 2017-08-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 27, 2017

District Governor Arlie Daniel  

Arlie Daniel, district 5770 governor, spoke to the Norman Rotary Club about his goals for the upcoming year, highlighting his vision with a three-legged stool. Daniel said the club, the district and Rotary International are interdependent. All three branches must work together for Rotary to be successful.
“If you need some help, let us know,” the district governor said. “If we don’t work together, there will not be a Rotary in 100 years.”
Daniel also said his objective for the district is for each club to earn a presidential citation, for each Rotarian to plant at least one tree, to increase membership and for greater engagement at the community, district and international levels. 
District Governor 2017-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 20, 2017

Rotary Success Cycle

 
Dr. Nick Migliorino and Holly Nevels with Norman Public Schools updated the club on the year-long project of giving bikes to elementary students.  In short - it was a success!  Attendance improved throughout the district.  Click here to see pictures from the schools.
 
Rotary Success Cycle Update 2017-07-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 29, 2017

Installation of New Officers

 
Craig Heaton being sworn in as club president by past Rotary International President Ron Burton.
 
 
Installation of Officers 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 18, 2017

Women Rotarians Tell Their Stories

 
Mary Sherman, Marilyn Kaplan, and Kathey Drummond tag teamed the podium to give a very powerful and informative history of women in Rotary.  All three are past club presidents and two are past district governors.  Mary discussed her Rotary experiences before women were allowed in Rotary in 1987.  Marilyn talked about being a district governor and the challenges that she had to overcome.  Finally, Kathey summed up what Rotary has meant to her, her family, and why it is so important to remember Service Above Self.
Women in Rotary 2017-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
On April 6th, Norman Rotarians visited Norman Regional Health System.  Booths were set up showcasing many of the life-saving services provided by the health system, along with posters describing the 70+ years of care that has been provided to the community.  Richie Splitt (President & CEO) gave an extremely informative talk about healthcare in general and also what the future of Norman Regional will look like.  Members asked questions related to primary care physicians, medical insurance, the expansion of the HealthPlex, and status of Norman Regional as an independently-run organization.  Thank you Norman Regional for being a fantastic host!  Click here to see more pictures of the event.
Richie Splitt and Norman Regional Health System 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 09, 2017
Dr. Isbell graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine. He completed his residency at Carolina Medical Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he was the Chief Surgery Resident. He is skilled with laparoscopic techniques using minimal incisions to treat conditions such as hernia repair, reflux, colon, and adrenal surgery. He also uses Norman Regional’s da Vinci Robotic Surgical System, another way of performing minimally invasive surgeries. Dr. Isbell is the Medical Director of the Norman Regional Vascular Access Center and performs vascular access for dialysis patients. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Daniel Isbell, MD-Gastric Reflux and Surgery 2017-03-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 02, 2017
Former Norman Rotarian Stacy Bruce will share information about Bridges of Norman with the club.  Stacy is a 1993 graduate of Norman High and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Leadership.  After college, Stacy began a career with the YMCA, working in Dallas, Tulsa, OKC, and Norman.  She held positions from health and wellness director to branch director to most recently Vice President of Operations at the Cleveland County Family YMCA.  In November 2016, Stacy left a career of almost 20 years with the YMCA to become the Executive Director at Bridges. Thanks Stacy for joining us and for all the work you do to help Norman's high school students.
Stacy Bruce, Executive Director of Bridges 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Our Foundation celebrates 100 years of Doing Good in the World which empowers Rotarians to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people in need. Donations to the foundation help globally and locally. Every dollar a Rotarian donates, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match it 2:1, tripling the gift!
 
Members show that we are "this close" to eradicating Polio.
Our Club's Foundation Chair, Bill Blum, talks about all the projects the Rotary foundation supports including eradicating polio, providing clean water, helping women and children and promoting peace.
Wiley Kerr was recognized for his Paul Harris Follow Donation.
 
100th Birthday Celebration for the Rotary Foundation 2017-02-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 02, 2017
Rotary After Hours social event for the Moore and Norman clubs had a great turn out at The Sooner Theatre Studio on Main in Norman. Thanks all who attended! 
Rotary After Hours 2017-02-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 19, 2017
 
January 19 – Third Thursday—Member Recognition and Badge Talks:
Paul Harris Fellow recognitions and a Red to Blue Badge change, along with Red and Blue badge talks, was featured.  Chip Minty is an Oklahoma native who has lived in Norman for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in psychology.  Minty's background includes 20 years writing and editing for two daily newspapers, including The Oklahoman and 12 years in corporate communications for Devon Energy Corp.  Dr. Kim Gaddie, a Georgia native, has been a resident of Norman for over 20 years.  She and her husband, Dr. Keith Gaddie, moved here from New Orleans when he took his faculty position at OU.  Kim is the managing editor for Social Science Quarterly housed at the University of Oklahoma.  
 
Multiple Paul Harris Fellows, Craig Heaton, Steve Morren, Jim Dembowski, and Ed Adwon are not only generous, but humble contributors. 
 
Third Thursday—Member Recognition and Badge Talks 2017-01-19 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 12, 2017
January 12 -- Kyle Hurley: Citrus Sales Review, Survey Feedback, Website:
Kyle reviewed the results of the Citrus Sales, presented about how the program surveys work and gave an overview of the redesigned Norman Rotary website. Kyle joined Norman Rotary in June 2015.  He is the chair of the Citrus Sales committee and the co-chair for Programming; has redesigned the website and is slated to join the Board in July 2017.  He has been with Norman Regional Health System for 17 years - the first 15 as a paramedic and the last 2 as a business planning specialist.
 
Thank you Kyle for all you've done by chairing the Citrus Fruit Sale, the Speaker Programs, and redesigning and adding new features to our website. Ed Copelin put it best by saying, although you've been with us just a short time, you're already a "true Rotarian!" 
Kyle Hurley talks fruit sale and speaker programs 2017-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 05, 2017
January 5 -- Drs. Peter Liesenfeld and Scott Beck: NPS High School Update:
Dr. Liesenfeld (Norman North) and Dr. Beck (Norman High) are going to do a special presentation on both high schools.  It will be based on the survey results that members submitted.  Peter Liesenfeld, a lifelong resident of Norman, has been an educator in Norman Public Schools for 17 years.  He attended Norman Public Schools and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Education Administration from the University of Oklahoma.  He serves as head principal at Norman North High School.   Scott Beck is the Principal at Norman High School. He joined the Norman Public School System in 2004 and has served as an Assistant Principal and as a social studies teacher and coach. Beck holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Central Oklahoma, a Master's degree in Education Administration, Curriculum and Supervision from the University of Oklahoma and a PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from OU.  Thanks for all you do and for taking time out of your busy schedules to come tell us the latest happenings going on at our schools.
 
Dr. Scott Beck  with Jim Wade and Jason Smith
 
Dr. Peter Liesenfeld with Jennifer Baker 
 
Norman's High School Principals - A dynamic duo! 2017-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 22, 2016
Resident joke teller Andy Rieger is back! His tag line after each joke? "Tell your friends I'm here every Thursday."
 
Sarah Michelle Getto was born blind and with a severe cleft palate. Sarah was mainstreamed through Norman Public Schools, where she learned Braille. During her early education, she developed a love of music of all types. In high school, she sang in the choir and played violin in the orchestra. Sarah graduated from high school with a 4.0 grade point average and nearly maintained that with the exception of a couple of “B’s” throughout college. In 2007, Sarah graduated “summa cum laude” from Southeastern Oklahoma State University with a degree in music education.  Since graduating from college, Sarah has performed all across the country at music shows, conventions, RV resorts, rallies, and jamborees. Sarah also enjoys performing and recording Christmas music, producing the CDs herself. On her recordings, she plays and sings all of the instrument and vocal parts. Sarah performs several holiday concerts each year. Thank you Sarah, and family, for joining us and blessing us with your wonderful voice and spreading Christmas cheer. We sure enjoyed it. It doesn't get much better than that!
Singer Sarah Getto: Holiday Program 2016-12-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 15, 2016
 
Paul Harris Fellow Chair, Bill Blum announces new Paul Harris Fellow Teresa Collado and honors multiple PHF's Don Adkins, and second time PHF's Cindy Nashert and Kathy Hallren. Congrats and thanks for your generous leadership giving!
 
Erinn Gavaghan is an art historian and arts administrator.  She served as the Executive Director of the Norman Arts Council since August 2010. Errin graduated from Webster University in St. Louis with an MA in Art History in May, 2010. She specializes in 16th and 17th century European art and architecture as well as socially engaged contemporary art.  In addition to her work with the NAC, she is an adjunct professor of Art History at Oklahoma and Oklahoma City Community College.  Her current interests, research, and projects revolve around the arts’ role in economic development and quality of life in communities. 
Speaker Errin Gavaghan, Norman Arts Council and Paul Harris Fellows 2016-12-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 09, 2016
COLD WORK! Dick & Geri Krenek help put together the fancy fruit baskets.
 
Jocelyn adds her finishing touch to the baskets with help from her Rotary friends.
 
Delicious fruit and a good cause - A sweet deal indeed! 
 
Thank you who worked, sold and bought fruit for our fundraiser!
 
 
Rotarians Hard at Work for the Citrus Sale Benefit 2016-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2016
This past June, the University of Oklahoma sent 19 students and 5 faculty to begin a new service-learning course, working with Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe at her St. Monica's orphanage in northern Uganda. Two OU students and one of their faculty members, Dr. Jim Chamberlain, will present on their activities regarding water challenges - needs, design, and solutions. A Rotary grant was used to purchase water storage tanks for one of the newest orphanages. It's great to see and hear about how our Rotary dollars are at work helping humanitarian efforts in other countries. Thank you Dr. Chamberlin for all you do and for coming to speak to our club!
Speaker Dr. Jim Chamberlin: Uganda water project 2016-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2016
 
December 8 -- Dr. Jim Chamberlin, Uganda Water Project Report:
This past June, the University of Oklahoma sent 19 students and 5 faculty to begin a new service-learning course, working with Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe at her St. Monica's orphanage in northern Uganda. Two OU students and one of their faculty members, Dr. Jim Chamberlain, will present on their activities regarding water challenges - needs, design, and solutions. A Rotary grant was used to purchase water storage tanks for one of the newest orphanages.
 
 
Uganda Water Project Report and Rotary's Support 2016-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 08, 2016
A good time was had at our annual Christmas Party held at Sooner Legends. We had good food and fellowship and donated toys for the Secret Santa program.
 
Annual Christmas Party 2016-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 01, 2016
Patrick Cody is an emergency room physician working for TeamHealth, which is the group contracted by Norman Regional Health System.  Prior to going to medical school, Dr. Cody received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in music from the University of Oklahoma.  After graduating from the OSU School of Medicine in Tulsa, Patrick completed his residency through INTEGRIS Southwest in OKC.  In addition to seeing patients in the emergency department, Dr. Cody also serves as medical director for EMSSTAT (Norman’s EMS), the Norman Fire Department, the Norman Dispatch Center, and the Norman SWAT team.  Dr. Cody also started Norman Regional’s first physician residency program in 2015 for residents pursuing a career in emergency medicine.  Dr. Cody is passionate about teaching and stays closely involved with the training of each of his areas of responsibility.
 
 
Speaker Dr. Patrick Cody, Emergency Medicine, Norman Regional Hospital 2016-12-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 17, 2016
These three students nailed it on the Four-Way Test speech contest! We enjoyed having you and hearing your inspiring speeches about our code of guiding principals. You all did a great job! Pictured is Wes Hall introducing students Case Harding, Harrison Morey and Jessica Harrison. 
 
THE FOUR-WAY TEST

Of the things we think, say or do

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Rotary's Four-Way Test Speech Contest 2016-11-17 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 10, 2016
Thank you Rotarians, Craig Heaton and Nick Migliorino, along with Holly Nevels, Director of Elementary and Secondary Education at Norman Public Schools, for giving us the latest scoop on the bike give-a-way. What a great incentive to encourage good attendance! If kids aren't in school, they can't learn. As some of our club members have witnessed, seeing the look on their faces when they win the drawing for the bike is priceless. Thank you Craig and Nick and all who have helped make this possible! This service project has definitely become a new club favorite !
 
Rotary Success Cycle is a Big Success 2016-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 09, 2016
One of our club's favorite service projects is serving up pancakes and sausage with a smile to students at Norman High. Our club loves to see and serve these youth.  We serve on the 2nd Wednesday of every month during the school year.
 
Don Adkins and Teresa Collado get the O.J. ready for the student rush. Don usually sings a cheerful "Good morning, good morning!" diddy to the students.
 
"Those pancakes don't make themselves!" says Larry Pace with Jeff Ahl.
 
Joe Paslay drew the short straw and gets to do the dishes.
 
Darry Stacy and Kyle Hurley are ready and waiting for the slew of student to begin arriving!
Serving up Pancakes to Norman High Students 2016-11-09 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary members shared the good news that most kids here today don't even know what Polio is, but it was a very real, everyday, threat when they were growing up and still is in a few countries.  Thank you club members for matching Rotaract's gift and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation will match our gift, helping provide over 22,211 immunizations - all done at last Thursday's meeting. Way to go!  That is great collective impact! We are this close!
 
Jaci Williams talks about not being able to go to the pool or to the movie theater as a kid because of  the fear of catching Polio.
 
Kyle Hurley reminds us of the two biggest medical inventions in history that have made the biggest impact on reducing mortality rates and illness: 1) Immunizations and 2) Penicillin.
 
 
John Waller shares his memories of how his family dealt with the Polio threat.
 
 
Jim Dembowski donned the Rotary Polio Plus garb he wore in India when he administered the drops of the Polio vaccine to children.
 
Don Atkins puts into perspective on how far we've come to eradicate Polio and save people's lives, but gives us the charge to do more because we are not done yet!
 
 
Erin Barnhart shares how her father had Polio and decided to become a doctor because of it in spite of the challenges Polio has physically affected him.
 
Clarence Warner reminds us of the importance of giving to the Rotary Foundation to help eradicate Polio.
 
November 3--Dennis Brigham/Clarence Warner, Polio Plus:
Thursday’s meeting is devoted to PolioPlus using members of our club to present interesting stories of experiences with Polio or information of Rotary International's PolioPlus campaign.  Last week, Norman Rotary was presented with an oversize check for $3,500 from the OU Rotaract Club payable to The Rotary Foundation for PolioPlus.  During the presentation, our club was challenged to "Meet or beat" this amount for PolioPlus.  Rotary's 4th Annual World Polio Day event was held on October 24th at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.
 
   
Club raises $4,500 to match Polio Plus challenge from Rotaract 2016-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
October 20--Joe Castiglione, VP Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:
Joe Castiglione arrived on the Sooner campus in summer of 1998 and is the 11th and second longest serving director of athletics at OU.  During his17-year tenure, OU has realized 10 national championships and 72 conference titles, including five in the 2014-15 academic year. Facility improvement and construction of athletics facilities has been carried out at a record pace and Castiglione takes pride in the fact that those improvements have been paid for with private money. The most recent facility completion is the $75 million Headington Hall, which provides housing for the general student population as well as student-athletes. The bowling in of the football field was completed for the fall season and work continues on many other stadium upgrades.  Thanks Joe C. for joining us again! Go Sooners!
 
Speaker Joe Castiglione 2016-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
The Rotary players are getting us buzzed about our annual fruit sale to benefit local non-profit organizations. Thanks for the entertaining skit writer & director Judi Knapp and to the skit players!
Pianist Barbara Wymore, Yves Badaroux, Geri Krenek, and Dick Krenek
 
Citrus skit performers Nyla Khan, Karena Crawford, Yves Badaroux, Randy Richison, Alice McGrew, Theresa Collado
 
Fruit flies Nyla Khan, Alice McGrew, Randy Richison, Barbara Burcham, Theresa Collado
 
 
 
The Rotary Players “When the Fruit Flies Come Home to Capistrano” 2016-10-20 05:00:00Z 0
October 13--Thad Balkman: How to be an informed voter:
Thad Balkman is a district judge for the District 21 Court in Cleveland County, Oklahoma. He was appointed by Governor Mary Fallin to carry out the remainder of Judge Tom A. Lucas's term, who retired in August 2013.  Balkman ran for re-election in 2014 to the 21st District Court. As an unopposed candidate, he was automatically re-elected without appearing on the ballot.  His term expires on January 13, 2019.  Balkman earned a B.A. in political science from Brigham Young University in 1994, and a J.D. from Oklahoma University School of Law in 1998.  He and his wife Amy have 4 children. It's always good to have you Thad! You are a wealth of information in helping us find information to be a more informed voter on the candidates and the state questions.
District Judge Thad Balkman 2016-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
October 6--District Governor Bob Greenstreet’s official club visit:
Bob joined the Ada Rotary Club in 1990, but he had several years of Rotary experience prior to being asked to join.  As a speech and debate team director at East Central University, he provided judges for the annual Four Way Test Speech Contest for several years before joining.  Job scheduling conflicts caused him to resign and join the Ada Sunrise Rotary Club.  Bob has served the ASRC as both President and Secretary.  He is a member of the Paul Harris Society. He and his Rotarian wife, Jennifer, are multiple Paul Harris Fellows and Major Donors. Bob and Jennifer have had perfect attendance since each joined Rotary. Thank you for your visit. We enjoyed having you! Thank you for all you do for Rotary.
Welcome District Governor Greenstreet! 2016-10-06 05:00:00Z 0
September 29—Dr. Brett Dees, NRH--Headaches and Neurology:
Dr. Brett Dees is the director of the Norman Regional Health System headache center. He was the Medical Director of OU Physicians Adult Services and the Medical Director of OU Physicians Adult Neurology before coming to Norman three years ago. He completed his neurology residency and medical degree at the OU College of Medicine and is board certified in Neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Dees’ areas of expertise include diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the central nervous system including headache, seizure and stroke. His academic interests incorporate medically-refractory headache, “spells”, nutrition-induced neurologic diseases and difficult-to-diagnose neurologic cases.
Kyle Hurley and Karena Crawford pick Dr. Dees' brain by talking with him after his presentation.
Speaker Dr. Dees, Neurologist at NRH 2016-09-29 05:00:00Z 0
 
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!
 
Speaker Mary Margaret Holt 2016-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
 
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.
Speaker Dr. James Neel 2016-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
 
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.
Speaker Keith Gaddie 2016-09-08 05:00:00Z 0
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!
 
Sept 1 meeting full with fundraising, volunteerism and a prize! 2016-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 28, 2016
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.
 
The Rotary Success Cycle to Make a Difference for Norman Schools 2016-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 24, 2016
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.
August 25— State Auditor Gary Jones 2016-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
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Posted on Aug 17, 2016
 
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.
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Posted on Aug 03, 2016
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!
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Posted on Aug 02, 2016
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
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Posted on Jul 06, 2016
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!
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Posted on Jun 22, 2016
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.
 
 
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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.
 
 
 
 
 
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Lynn Palmerston presents grant to Eddie Brokeshoulder, Community & Resource Development Cleveland County.
 
 
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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.
 

 
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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
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Mary Sherman presentsgrant to Travis Humphrey, Bethesda
 
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Don Atkins present grant to Dot Adkins, Assistance League of Norman
 
 
 
 
 
Grants to Meals on Wheels and Emergency Infant Care on 5/9/2016
 
 
 
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Nyla Khan announces grants to Among Friends and Community Services Building
 
 
 
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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
 
 
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Copy of Eric Franklin, retired director of Corrections, Division Manager 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Copy of Robbie Tenenbaum is in his first season as the associate head coach for the Oklahoma women's rowing team 2016-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Joe Siano, Superintendent Norman Public Schools 2016-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2016
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.
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Norman Rotary Club's Annual Bueno Brunch 2016-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
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Loveworks director and students talk about the organization.
 
Students talked about success and leadership learned at Loveworks, Inc.
 
 
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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.
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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.
 
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Dr. Brandi Coyner, OU museum biologist shared some interesting insight on animals in Oklahoma and at the Museum.
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Kris Steele former Speaker of OK House, "Breaking the Cycles of Incarceration" 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Norman Rotary Club thanked for our support and contribution to the Ethiopian Water Project.
President Randy Woods with Tom Cooper
 
Ethiopian Water Project 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
A Fruitful Venture - Thank you! 2016-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
 
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/.  
 
 
 
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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.
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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
 
 
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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.
Ed Bray with son and five grandsons. WWII veteran and literacy supporter 2015-12-11 00:00:00Z 0
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!
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Congrats to Ellen Melton our Four Way Test Winner! Great job to you and to all the contestants.
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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
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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
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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.
 

 
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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. 
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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.
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Rotarians from West Haven, Connecticut exchanged banners with our club members Ron Burton, past president of Rotary International and current club president Randy Woods.
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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.
Rotary club member Teresa Collado 2015-11-12 00:00:00Z 0
It's United Way campaign time and President Von Allen shares all the great happenings to raise funds for Norman's social service agencies.
 
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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. 
 
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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.
Red Cross Veteran's Services and Big Check Presentation 2015-08-20 00:00:00Z 0
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!
 
 
Dr. Krishna VIBRANT: Making a Mindful Difference With Passion and Purpose 2015-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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!
 
 
 
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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
 
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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!
 
 
 
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Bob and Ellen Usry accept a grant for RYLA program on behalf of our club.
 
Eric Dembowski shares his experience at RYLA camp.
 
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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!
 
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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.
 
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Don Adkins "Light Up Rotary" Video 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Leon Zelby, retired OU professor/WW2 Prisoner of War Survivor 2015-04-08 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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.
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Norman High Head Baseball Coach Brandon Kitch 2015-03-12 00:00:00Z 0
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Steve Koranda's kids come help their dad with his sergeant at arms duties.
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Posted by Dennis Brigham on Feb 08, 2015

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.

 

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Posted by Jill Hazeldine on Jan 14, 2015

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!

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Korey in Dubai

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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!

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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.

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Roy and Judy Knapp

 

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The Heaton Family

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Karen Rieger, Jodie Foote and Andy Rieger

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Andy's parents with Joe Foote

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Joe and Melinda Wilhite

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

 

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Dennis Brigham and Randy Hopper help serve up pancakes.

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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By Andy Rieger
Transcript Executive Editor
A small crutch leaned against a podium inside an Oklahoma Memorial Union room Wednesday evening. It was a prop, retrieved and held aloft by Shawn Arnold as he described his early battle with polio.
The 55-year-old attorney and Norman resident was one of Maine's last polio victims in the early 1960s. He contracted the disease as a toddler when his mother feared having him immunized would give him the disease, as was reported at the time.
At an OU Rotaract banquet Wednesday night, Arnold was the local face of polio, a disease now nearly eradicated through the efforts of world health organizations and Rotary International. Polio now exists in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Nigeria.
In 35 years, the disease has been eliminated in more than 120 countries. Organizations have spent more than $9 billion in hopes of declaring the world polio free.
 We need to finish the journey, Tennessee engineer John Germ told Rotarians and guests. It was Rotary's initiative that got the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Unicef to adopt a resolution in 1988 that said we want to make the world polio free.
Germ is a past director, vice president and vice chairman of Rotary International. He is a past trustee of the Rotary Foundation and currently serves on the organization's International Polio Plus Committee.
OU's Rotaract Chapter raised more than $2,000 in the fight to eradicate polio. The chapter's weeklong events raise money for and awareness of Rotary's polio initiative.
Germ has been a leader in fundraising for Rotary International's polio eradication campaign. Germ talked of the millions pledged and donated by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda, through their personal foundation.
Germ also spoke Thursday to the Norman Rotary Club. Rotary's effort at polio eradication began in 1979 with a commitment to vaccinate children in the Phillippines. By 1988, 350,000 children a year still were contracting polio.
That's almost 1,000 children a day. Think about the devastation. Think about the children, he said.  We must do it because we promised the children we would do it.
India is the latest country to be declared polio free, and Nigeria may be next. While the success is celebrated, isolated cases have been reported in Africa, Ethiopia and Syria in the past few months.
I'm still convinced that success is achievable, Germ said. We have to continue the fight.

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Terri White, Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner, and Durand Crosby, Chief Operating Officer of the Department, presented the organization's role for Oklahoman's well-being.  White serves as CEO for one of the state’s largest agencies and is a passionate advocate for individuals experience mental illness and addiction.  She was appointed by Gov. Brad Henry as the first woman to serve as Oklahoma Secretary of Health.Image

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Youth Exchange Student Gainluca DiTano “Tano” from Italy shared his experiences with the club and exchanged banners with Club President, Andy Rieger.


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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

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February 12—Four Way Test Speech Contest:

The club’s annual Four Way Test speech contest is this week’s program.  Students from area high schools will be speaking on this year’s contest topic “How can Rotarians use the 4-Way Test to Light up Rotary?”  The club presentation will be videotaped and sent to the District for competition at the District Conference in April.  The District 5770 Champion will receive $500 at the Saturday luncheon of the District Conference.

 

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Hello Rotarians,
You are invited to the following event:

OU Rotaract PolioPlus Banquet

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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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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!!!” 

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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

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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!

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

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

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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

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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!

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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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Good Morning, good morning! sings Don Adkins as he shares good-will and good food to Norman High students at the pancake breakfast.

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Rotaract Chair, Dennis Brigham, took OU's Rotaract students to the Balloon Festival in Albuquerque, NM to meet other Rotaract students.

 "I taught I taw a Rotaract." "I did! I did see a Rotaract!" exclaimed Tweety.

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Dennis and Rotaracts

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"This was a cool moment. I was behind the basket shooting up into the balloon and the pilot walks around the corner and says, "bah! that's not the shot!" he then grabs me by the arm and leads me around to the top of the balloon, rips open a flap and says, "that's the shot!,"  - Dennis

 

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The Rotaractors couldn't believe they were allowed to paint on it... and even questioned me sternly about it. Seeing the big grins on their face as they painted to the last drop convinced me that stopping here was a good idea - DennisImage

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OU School of Journalism Dean Joe Foote, former RI President Ron Burton, and Club President Mariann Lawson with visitors from Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

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Exchanging Rotary flags

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Ed Copelin, artist Tim Kenney 50  paintings/50 states, Tom Seale, Alan Hendrick
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Geri and Dick Krenek honor Amy Williams for her work in Uganda

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Geri Krenek, Amy Williams, David & Linda Hopper

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Going way back - Norman Rotary Club of 1921

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Judi Knapp shares the history of our Rotary Club from 1919 - 2014

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President Mariann welcomes new member Shannon Cook with her sponsor Craig Heaton

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Dr. Dave Sabatini with OU WaTER Center, along with PhD student Teshome Lemma and visiting professor Dr. Feleke Zewge talk about their project of providing safe drinking water in Rural Ethiopia.

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August 14 meeting was chalked full of more good things we get to experience as Rotarians

Rotary club check was given from the Le Tour de Vin proceeds presented by President Mariann Lawson and Joe Gill, Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club member, to Katie Fitzgerald, Executive Director of the Center for Children & Families, Inc.

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National Guard Commendation – fellow Rotarian Phil Cotton is at the podium as his daughter is making a presentation of a commendation from the National Guard recognizing us for all that we did to assist with the deployment of the Lexington National Guard Unit. She is pictured with Don Adkins and Mariann Lawson.

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Welcome new member Dan Schemm! He is with sponsor Randy Laffoon.

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Welcome another new member Karen Renfro! Sponsor Eric Melton is presenting her with her Rotary badge.

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District Governor Bob Dill with a challenge to "Top That" to the club.

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Geri Krenek and Bob's wife, Nancy Dill

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Just returning from his year as Rotary International President, Ron Burton swears in new Rotary Club President, Mariann Lawson, making it a very special occasion for all.

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Ron Burton shares his travels abroad as RI President and engaging the club as Rotarians and a newly elected board. Welcome back Ron!

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Lori Cornelson and Randy Laffoon (center) are recognized for their years of board service by Andy Rieger and Don Adkins. Thank you!!

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Mariann Lawson addresses the club on her vision as incoming president. 

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Passing the gavel - Thank you Andy!  Welcome President Mariann!

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Welcome 2014 - 2015 Board of Directors!

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By Andy Rieger
Rotary International President Ron Burton was on the stage inside the opulent Rashtrapati Bhavan complex in February when India became the latest country to be declared polio-free. Beside him were India's prime minister, the minister of health and various other national and world dignitaries.
 
He brought with him Rotary International's highest award, the Award of Honour, for Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the President of India. The event was attended by thousands and broadcast throughout the nation.
 
"At the end of the ceremony he came straight over to me and shook my hand and thanked me," recalls Burton. "This was the president of India." 
 
Burton, back in Norman this past week after a year as president-elect and then his presidential year, said he had to remind himself it was about Rotarians worldwide.  He became immediately recognizable to members of 34,000 clubs worldwide. His signature added thousands of dollars to charity auction items. Shirts, soccer balls and books arrived daily for him to autograph.   "I could walk into an airport and people would recognize you, he said. At the convention, they treat you like a rock star. It can be a big ego trip but you have to remember it's not about you. It's about Rotary International."
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He retired as head of the OU Foundation and Jetta retired as a public school teacher. The year took Ron and Jetta Burton around the world, attending hundreds of Rotary functions. This past week, they bid goodbye to the Evanston, Ill., headquarters staff of 650, packed and locked the condo door and pointed the car back to Norman.  
 
"Living in a high-rise is nice but sometimes it's nice to walk out in your grass in bare feet," he said.  In Illinois, they missed chicken-fried steak and Mexican food but loved Chicago pizza and Italian food. They soon discovered there were no Braums ice cream stores. In Norman, they can do just about everything they need within two miles of their westside home.
 
As Rotary's president and first lady, travel was a constant. They were on the road about 250 days. During the bedlam football game, they were in South Korea listening to the end of the game at 3 a.m.  As president-elect in 2012, he was amazed at the world interest in the U.S. presidential election. "It's amazing how the world is attuned to what is happening here politically," he said.
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World eradication of polio remains a top priority. It's down to just over 100 cases in three countries Pakistan, Nigeria and Afghanistan. A few outlying cases have popped up this year, mostly due to travel.
 
"We're going to continue to have those until we beat this thing and that's going to happen soon."  His goals for the year were to grow membership, contributions and family involvement. He believes membership is up by about 35,000 members to about 1.2 million. Contributions to the Rotary International Foundation's largest donor category are up.
 
Back in Norman, he'll be back to attending his own home club gatherings at noon on Thursdays and Jetta to hers on Tuesday evenings. He'll remain involved in Rotary International but gets a year to wind down.
 
"We always said we just wanted to leave the wood pile a little higher when we left and I think we did. It's just been an incredible year."
Andy Rieger366-3543editor@normantranscript.com
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Blake Wade of the American Cultural Center makes a compelling speech about the need to provide the funds to finish the center and make it an icon of Oklahoma's history and culture.

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Stacy Ford, NPS Teacher of the Year, Librarian at Kennedy Elementary spoke to Rotary at May 22nd meeting. Jill Hazeldine 0
Scott Sturtz, Norman Public Works, presents on I-35 Lindsey Interchange Jill Hazeldine 0
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Bueno Brunch - Another Great Year! All for a Good Cause Jill Hazeldine 0
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Legendary Oklahoma Meteorologist Gary England will visit the Norman Rotary Club on Nov. 14. He is retiring from his day-to-day duties at Channel 9 in Oklahoma City but will remain part of the station's management. He served as grand marshal of this year's University of Oklahoma Homecoming Parade. Image

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Rotarian Dr. Bill Blum presents Paul Harris benefactor certificates to, from left, Bob Danner, Richard Krenek and John Waller at the Oct. 17 meeting of the Rotary Club of Norman. Photo by Judi Knapp

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Paul Wolf, President of OU Rotaract Club, presents District 5770’s Governor Terry Godfrey with $2,500.00 the Rotaract Club has raised for The Rotary Foundation’s Polio Plus effort during Godfrey’s club visit to the Rotary Club of Norman. OU Rotaract would also like to thank Dean Joe Foote for being such a gracious host to their meetings and Dr. Leon Price for his tireless efforts with the club.Image
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Rotary District Governor Terry Godfrey from Cyril, second from left, is greeted at the Norman Rotary Club meeting Oct. 3 by, from left, Past District Governor Phil Moss, Assistant District Governor Carter Waid of Waurika and Past District Governor Don Adkins. Adkins and Moss are members of the Norman Rotary Club.Image

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Kathryn Selmon and members of her family spoke to the Norman Rotary Club Sept. 26 about their experiences in Rainbow Town, Liberia. Image

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LISBON, Portugal — At the end of the 104th convention of Rotary International, incoming president Ron Burton and his wife, Jetta, were escorted away from the throng of wellwishers to a corner of the massive auditorium where a group of Oklahomans had VIP seating.

They wanted their photograph taken with the nearly 30 Oklahomans who waited patiently for the end of the final session and concert.

“Thank you all for coming so far,” Burton said. “This is really exciting for us.”

Local clubs represented included the Norman, Norman Sooner and Norman Crosstimbers clubs as well as Rotarians from Ada, Pauls Valley, Cyril, Purcell and Oklahoma City. Jetta Burton is a member and former president of the Norman Crosstimbers Rotary club.

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LISBON, Portugal — Immediately after giving his first speech during Rotary’s 104th International Convention here Tuesday afternoon, Norman’s Ron Burton was descended upon like a rock star after a sold-out concert.

Speaking dozens of languages, Rotarians rushed the stage to have their photo taken with and shake hands with the incoming president of the 1.2 million member organization. Convention attendees handed over presents, banners and business cards to Burton who seemed to take it all in stride.

“I don’t mind having my picture taken with folks now because in two years no one will want their picture taken with me,” Burton joked at a luncheon in his honor. “As we say in Oklahoma, I’m going to ride this horse as far as we can go.”

 

 

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