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First Christian Church Fellowship Hall

220 S. Webster Avenue
Norman, OK 73069
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Posted by Jill Hazeldine

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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Andy Rieger, Don Adkins and Craig Heaton awarded perfect attendance

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Bob Usry updates the club on RYLA

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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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Posted by Jill Hazeldine

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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
Posted by Jill Hazeldine

Chad Thrailkill, assistant coach for OU women's basketball

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Regional Food Bank, & Drug Court grant recipients with Judge Bonner from Drug court.

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Posted by Jill Hazeldine

Secretary Jim Dembowski welcomes Rotarians and guests.

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Good food and fellowship!

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Showing off the new shelter at Rotary Park

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A big thanks to Hank Enterline longtime Rotary Park chair

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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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Rotarian Lynn Palmerton presents check to Infant Crisis Center

 

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Palmerton presents a check to Community Action

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Palmerton presents a check for RSVP

Posted by Jill Hazeldine on May 01, 2014

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OU Baseball Coach Pete Hughes

Posted by Jill Hazeldine on Apr 24, 2014

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Lee Crosby with Eagle Ridge Institute

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Welcoming customers Bueno Brunch 
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Posted by Jill Hazeldine on Apr 17, 2014

Germ shared with Norman Rotarians the updates of Rotary's mission to eradicate Polio.  He serves on the International Polio Plus Committee and is Vice President for RI in 2012-14. He was recognized in 2013 by the White House as a Champion of Change for his many years of service to numerous community and volunteer organizations.

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The singing senorita's - Jill Hazeldine, Barb Burcham, Sheri Shoemake, and Beth Brigham

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Russ Davoren, presents as the Rotarian Exchange Team Leader to Italy

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Posted by Jill Hazeldine on Mar 13, 2014

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

Posted by Jill Hazeldine on Mar 06, 2014

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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Posted by Korey McMahon on Jan 02, 2014

Walt Strong, longtime administrator of the Max Westheimer Airport on the University of Oklahoma north campus, spoke to Norman Rotary Club members on Dec. 5. Strong talked about the economic development produced by having a strong airport in a community.Image

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The Norman Rotary Club will hold its annual OU tailgate party Saturday after the game at President Andy and Karen Rieger's home, 1025 Whispering Pines. South on Pickard Avenue to Whispering Pines. It's the fourth house on the right. Park there before the game if you wish. It's about 8 blocks to the stadium. BBQ, Beans, Salad, Dessert and an assortment of beverages.Image

 

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Hayley Redwine from Norman High School and Abigail Baker from Norman North High School have been selected as November Students of the Month by the Norman Rotary Club.
The pair, both holding 4.0 grade point averages, attend weekly club meetings on Thursdays at the First Christian Church and are eligible for a year-end scholarship from the civic club.

 

Posted by John Rieger

Exchange student Alex Brigham, a student at Norman High School, spoke to the Norman Rotary Club about his year in Belgium. 

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Posted by John Rieger

The Norman Fruit Flies kicked off this year's annual fruit and gift basket sale at the club meeting Oct. 31. The skit was lead by Judi Knapp, longtime club member and chief fruit fly. Cast members were Kevin Speer, Stephen Koranda, Peggy Doviak, James Chappell, Barbara Burcham, Randy Ritchison, Beth Brigham, Sheri Shoemake, Vic Rose, Geri Krenek, Dick Krenek and Don Adkins. Photo by Judi Knapp.

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Posted by John Rieger

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

Posted by Neil Robinson

Three new members joined the Norman Rotary Club on Oct 24. They are Maj. Margaret Kennell, Jared Garner and Scott Johnson. Their sponsors were Phil Cotten, Ed Copelin and Don Adkins and Korey McMahon.Image

Posted by John Rieger

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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Posted by John Rieger

William F. Long and Hannah E. Connery will attend October meetings of the Norman Rotary Club.Image

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Rotarians are asked to bring their laptop computers to the Oct. 24 meeting. The technology committee will be working with members to get them signed up to the club's Website. Image

Posted by J. Rieger

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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Rotary 5770 District Governor Terry Godfrey, right, of Cyril visited the Norman Rotary Club on Oct. 3. President Andy Rieger presented him with a gift bag.Image

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Anna Maria Mazzoni, a student at the OU College of Law, visited the Norman Rotary Club Oct. 3.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

Posted by J. Rieger

A banner presented to the Norman Rotary Club at the Rotary International Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal, in June, finally arrived and was put in place at the Sept. 26 meeting at the First Christian Church by secretary Jim Dembowski and president-elect Mariann Lawson (holding banner).

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Posted by J. Rieger

Former Oklahoma Congressman J.C. Watts was presented a Paul Harris Fellow award Tuesday by former Rotary District Governor Don Adkins.Image

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Ron and Jetta Burton will ride on the float in Pasadena.

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Longtime Oklahoma Business woman Terry Neese spoke to Norman Rotary Club members about her efforts to work with women entrepreneurs in third world countries.Image

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This year's board was installed in July.

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Posted by J. Rieger on Jun 26, 2013

Dozens of Oklahomans traveled to Lisbon, Portugal this past summer for the installation of Rotary President Ron Burton and First Lady Jetta Burton. They joined the Burtons on the stage at the program's end to receive a large banner proclaiming the Norman Rotary Club as the home of Ron Burton.

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Posted by J. Rieger

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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Posted by J. Rieger

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.”

 

 

Posted by J. Rieger

 District Governor Terry Godfrey will make his official visit to the Norman Rotary Club meeting at noon Oct. 3. Godfrey began his term in July and replaced Phil Moss, Norman Rotary Club member. He will meet with members of the board of directors at 11 a.m. before the meeting at the First Christian Church of Norman.  

Posted by J. Rieger on Sep 06, 2013

The district governor from Fayetteville, Ark., recently brought a donation to the Norman Rotary Club for tornado relief. Accepting the donation was former District Governor Phil Moss.

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Posted by Korey McMahon on Sep 15, 2013

I am a Rotarian for two reasons:

1. Someone asked me to join.

2. I want to be able to make a positive difference in my community and in my world. At a certain point in your life, you begin to think about your legacy. Did you leave the world a little better than you found it. Would your kids be proud of what you accomplished and stood for?


As Rotarians, collectively we can do so much more than we ever could as an individual.

 

Posted by Shari Kinney

Sakuji Tanaka, president of Rotary International has chosen Peace Through Service as his theme this year. We often think of peace as the absence of violence or the absence or war, but peace can also mean the absence of conflict in our lives. This year we will focus on how we can achieve peace through Rotary.

Examples might be through service projects that help those in our community lead more peaceful lives by providing food and shelter, or by supporting water projects in countries that do not have clean drinking water, or by supporting the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. Each Rotarian by fully participating in Rotary as a Rotarian can contribute to Peace Through Service by attending meetings, inviting others to meetings and to join Rotary; by contributing to the Rotary Foundation, by participating on a club committee, in club social events, fundraisers, and service projects. Make your commitment this year as a club member to Peace Through Service!



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