Rotary Club of Norman

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First Christian Church Fellowship Hall
220 S. Webster Avenue
Norman, OK  73069
United States
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Steve Koranda's kids come help their dad with his sergeant at arms duties.
 

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

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

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

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

 
 

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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

 

 
 

 

 

 

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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Cheers,
OU Rotaract Club

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 
 

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

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

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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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Sabrina Rice

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Erin Barnhart

 

 
 

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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.

 

 

 
 

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

 

 
 

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

 

 
 

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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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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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
 

 
 
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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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

 

 
 

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OU Baseball Coach Pete Hughes

 
 
 

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Lee Crosby with Eagle Ridge Institute

 
 
 
Welcoming customers Bueno Brunch 
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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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Russ Davoren, presents as the Rotarian Exchange Team Leader to Italy

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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

 

 
 

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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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

 

 
 

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
 

 
 

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

 

 
 

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

 
 
 

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

 

 
 

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

 
 
 
 

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.”

 

 

 
 
 
 

Directors

President
Past President
Co-Director, Fundraising
Co-Director, PR
Co-Director, PR
Co-Director, Fundraising
President-elect
Co-Director, International Service
Co-Director, International Service
Co-Director, Community Service
Co-Sergeant At Arms
Co-Sergeant At Arms
Co-Director, Community Service
Co-Director, Vocational Service
Co-Director, Membership
Co-Director, Youth Service
Co-Director, Youth Service
Co-Director, Membership
Vice President
Co-Director, Administration
Co-Director, Administration
Secretary
Treasurer
 
 
 
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