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Edmond Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Mercy Edmond I-35
2700 West I-35 Frontage Rd
www.edmondrotary.org
Edmond, OK  73034
United States
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Edmond Rotary Club honored four senior students with a $2,000 scholarship each recently. The club honored Santa Fe High School student Damilola Lajuwomi, and Rebecca Hatton, Sameem Malakouti-Nejad and Amber Pentz , all North High School students.
 
Damilola Lajuwomi/Santa Fe will be attending University of Oklahoma with future plans to study law at Baylor University. She has a heart for volunteerism, serving daily as a teacher’s assistant for an elementary special needs class, for Special Olympics and through National Honor Society activities. She works for a drug-store chain.
 
Rebecca Hatton/North will be attending University of Arkansas, studying psychology toward becoming a nutritional therapist, minoring in Spanish. She serves on the Special Care Teen Board, volunteered for the all-school philanthropic BALTO week for two years in various chair capacities, and is on the music worship team for her church and for FCA. This summer, she’ll be a Kamp Kanakuk “princess,: and has worked as summer life guard and school-year nanny.
 
Sameem Malakouti-Nejad/North volunteers at the Edmond Library, TOP Soccer, elementary-school family fun nights for Key Club, the Bahai Center and the Interfaith Alliance. “It’s 10 times more beneficial to see someone have a better day,” he said. He plans to get his basics at Oklahoma City Community College, then on to the University of Oklahoma ROTC program and, afterward, medical school in radiology. This summer, he will be interning at Emory University in Atlanta in biomedical research.
 
Amber Pentz/North is an OU Academic Achievement Scholar, where she plans to major in journalism, then law, working for those who have a “diminished voice,” she said.  She is a cheerleader, top-three medalist in state DECA contest, freshman student advisor; volunteered at TOP Soccer for those with mental/physical disabilities, and has served on mission trips to Jamaica and Kentucky, among other activities. Also, she works in childcare.
 
The scholarships are awarded annually and a good portion of the selection is based on community service and need. For more information, go to www.edmondrotary.com.
The service organization meets at noon every Wednesday at Mercy Edmond I-35, located south of 15th on the west I-35 Service Road.
The Edmond Rotary Club welcomes any interested party to attend its weekly meetings. Lunch is available for $15.00. Reservations may be made by contacting club secretary Allison Calhoun at acalh@cox.net.
 
 
 
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the Rotary Club of Edmond.  Photos from our Christmas Program and Luncheon.
 

 
 
 

You are invited to join the Rotary Club of Edmond for a Pancake Breakfast,: Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015
8:00-10:00 a.m.

Great food and fun for all!!!

Flatire Burgers 318 E. Ayers Street Edmond, OK 73013

$8.00 per person

Proceeds will support the Rotary Club of Edmond Service Projects

 

 
 
The Edmond Rotary Club Installs new officer for the 2015 -2016 year during this week’s meeting.  We are looking forward a great year working in the community and around the world with this enthusiastic and talent leadership. Guests are always encouraged to attend our lunch meeting to enjoy time with our members, listen to interesting speakers and learn what Rotary Clubs do locally and around the world. We meet each Wednesday from 12:00 to 1:00pm at the Mercy Clinic on I-35. Cost of lunch is $15.00.
 
Cris Price – President
David Hornbeek- President Elect
Rusty Hale- Treasurer
Chris Koehler – Vocational Service
James Kerr- Sergeant at Arms
Jeanean South – Secretary
Barbara Matthews- Club Service
Leah Avey- Community Service
Kyle Thompson- International Service
Jay Buxton – Past President
 

 
 

District Governor Michelle Schaefer presented Past Club President the Women in Rotary Award for the Edmond Rotary Club. Mitzi is a loyal, hand working and loved member of our Club.Image

 

 
 

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Edmond Rotarians read to Ida Freeman Elementary School students recently for “Read Across America,” which highlights the books of Dr. Seuss. Edmond Rotary Club ‘adopted’ the school more than a decade ago, and commits to read to every class weekly if not every week. The Seuss day fit right into their mission. Keith Kersten has read regularly for a decade to Nichols fifth-graders. Carol Hartzog, complete with a ‘Cat in the Hat’ hat has read to the school’s first graders for 17 years.

 

 

 
 

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ImageJImageJingle bells jingle bells! Rotary Club of Edmond helping Oklahomans in need this Christmas. Come by and donate at Walmart on Danforth and Santa Fe or or I-35 and 15th Street Also you can give at www.okckettle.org

 
 
 

Rotary Club of Edmond sponsored the new Kid Zone at Edmond Turkey Trot 2014 ImageImagebenefiting, Turning Point which is a faith based ministry providing quality, affordable housing for worthy families in Edmond, Oklahoma. Our purpose is to develop new neighborhoods and build new homes for modest income clients who work in or need to live in Edmond. To acquire and lease “step-up” Edmond homes to those in the process of qualifying for home ownership.

 

 
 

Edmond Rotary provided 27 Thanksgiving Food baskets, gift cards for turkeys and hams and additional funds for fresh fruit for the students at Summit Middle School.

Pictured are:8th Grade Students : Caleb Griffin ,Ryan Chastain, Parent’s Organization leader and food pantry organizer – Lisa Chastain, school administrator:Paula Turpin and Edmond Rotary Club Community Service Chairperson; Jeanean SouthImageImageImage

 

 

 
 

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Rotary playground many years in making!!!!

Edmond Rotary Club dedicated the Route 66 city park playground Aug. 20 with kudos handed around to the City of Edmond staff and the numerous funders of the project.

The club partnered with the Rotary district office, international office, 35 local donor Rotarians and a Rotary Club in Fortaleza-Planalto, Brazil to raise the $46,000, not to mention the services provided at no charge by the city and parks department to build the playground at the not-yet-opened amateur softball park on State Highway 66.

The project was four-and-a-half years in the making, after the city bought a 146-acre flood plain to repurpose for the $6 million park and ball fields in 2007.  Two years ago, ground was broken and phase I has four fields, a concession stand and the playground. The fields are not yet open, and the playground needs a special net over it to prevent fly balls from hurting children and a special safety-surface on the playground field installed.

Jay Buxton, this year’s president of the Club, was the inspiration behind the Rotary playground seven years ago. It was designed by member David Hornbeek, and furnished by Shan Shepard and his wife, owners of Noah’s Park and Playgrounds, which worked “tirelessly” to accommodate the needs of the club and the city, said Buxton.

Buxton also credited granite provider Brian Cogbill for helping with the granite stone for the plaque, and ensuring it did not look like a “gravestone.”

The playground was dedicated to the children who will enjoy it, Buxton said.

 

 

 

 

 
 

ImageWe will NOT be meeting at Mercy I-13 Edmond tomorrow as we will having our regular meeting out at Route 66 Park--specifically at the new playground.  We will have lunch out there (catered by MILLIE'S!!) and our program will be the official playground dedication.  The playground was a project co-sponsored by our club and the Rotary Club of Fortaleza-Planalto, Brazil, and its completion is certainly an event to celebrate!! 

The playground is not air conditioned :), and this, of course, is turning out to be the hottest week of the summer (sometimes things just don't go according to plan. . .)--so please dress sensibly and join us for a good meal and fellowship together.  And feel free to bring guests to show off our project!

                               For directions to the playground: 

https://maps.google.com/maps?ll=35.652693,-97.353716&z=14&t=m&hl=en-US&gl=US&mapclient=embed&q=post+road+and+route+66,+Edmond,+OK+73003

 

 

 
 

The Rotary Club of Edmond is sponsoring the Kids Zone at the Edmond Turkey Trot supporting Turning Point Ministries Image If anyone has any booth ideas, face painting, arts and activities, etc. please call me at 405-694-6154 or email jsouth@jsouthinsurance.com! Thanks! www.turningpointoklahoma.org

 

 
 

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Local attorney Jay Buxton was selected as the organization’s new president, succeeding Daniel Chavez, local insurance representative, who remains on the Rotary Board as immediate past president.

New to the board of directors for the upcoming year are Edmond architect David Hornbeek, club secretary; Myron Pope, vice president/student affairs at University of Central Oklahoma and Melissa Mahaffey, executive director of Touchmark at Coffee Creek. ImageRemaining board members are president-elect Cris Price; treasurer Rusty Hale, James Kerr, Victoria Caldwell, and Jeanean South.

For more about the Edmond club, go to www.edmondrotary.com. The club welcomes any interested party to attend its weekly meetings at its new location at Mercy Clinic, 2017 W. 8-35 Frontage Road, beginning July 16. Lunch is available for $15. Reservations may be made by contacting club secretary Allison Calhoun at acalh@cox.net

 

 
 

Stan Kelley, last year’s Edmond Rotarian of the Year, nominated this year’s honoree, Mike Roark, executive director of the Edmond Y.Image

 
 
 
 

We are currently accepting applications for this year's RYLA camp. High school students who will complete their sophomore year before summer break are eligible. This is a Youth Leadership camp that our Rotary District has sponsored for many years. I have attached information regarding the camp as well as the application form. Although we are working with high school counselors, if you know of any good candidates, please forward them this information and have them send the completed applications with all of the appropriate signatures to Natalie Bonney at nabonney@hspgcpas.com by Wednesday, May 28th.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is a program that originated with Rotary International and has subsequently been specifically designed by Rotary District 5750 for the students in Oklahoma. RYLA encourages servant leadership in youth by recognizing and rewarding deserving 11th grade students who are chosen to attend RYLA as an "award" for their past and present leadership and service activities. These select young people attend an all-expenses-paid camp where they are inspired by a diverse group of exceptional speakers, make life-long friends through fellowship activities, and discuss the ethical and social issues of today. These activities are conducted in an atmosphere of trust and respect. The result is that these students return to their schools and communities motivated to take on additional leadership roles and to find additional ways to serve.

RYLA's intent is to encourage students to be more effective servant leaders. RYLA is not a camp intended to teach leadership skills (it is assumed that the students in attendance already possess those skills), however the following topics naturally arise in the course of RYLA activities and discussions:

Fundamentals of leadership
Ethics of positive leadership
Qualities of a "servant leader"
Importance of communication skills in effective leadership
Conflict management and problem solving
Building self-esteem and self confidence
Elements of community and global citizenship
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A native Oklahoman, State Senator Clark Jolley has been a leader for conservative principles in Oklahoma's state government and in Washington, D.C.  Whether as the author of major legislation to reduce taxes, balance the budget, or protect the lives of the unborn, Clark is the proven conservative leader we can count on.

 Clark Jolley was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate in 2004, and has been a consistent, conservative leader since being elected.  A budget hawk who has led the efforts to consolidate numerous government agencies and eliminate waste in Oklahoma's budget, Clark has served as Chairman of the State Senate Appropriations Committee, a position in which he led the fight to reduce Oklahoman's tax burdens by cutting wasteful spending and reducing government waste.  He has also served on the following State Senate Committees: Energy, Education, Finance and the Rules Committee.

 In the State Senate, Clark has also been a leader in the fight to stop Obamacare, promote positive changes in our education system, enact meaningful tort reform and implement true workers compensation reforms.

 Clark attended public schools in Del City and graduated from Del City High School. He received two degrees from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Law degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Clark and his wife, Verlyne, live in Edmond, and have two children in Edmond public schools. They are active in the community and in Henderson Hills Baptist Church, where Clark has been on the Worship Ministry staff since 1990. An educator with a passion for teaching, Clark is an Adjunct Professor at Oklahoma Christian University where he teaches in the MBA Program.

 

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Each year, Edmond Rotary Club 'adopts' Ida Freeman Elementary School in many ways -- donating books each week to their library, sponsoring the chess club, providing food over the holidays and providing test monitors in the spring, just to name a few.

One of the most visible programs involves the annual "Rotary Reader" effort. Each year for the last  severalImage years, a Rotarian is assigned to a classroom for the entire year, and reads a book to that class weekly or every other week. In recent years, every elementary class had a 'Rotary Reader." That's a lot of classes, from kindergarten to fifth grade.

If you would like to know more about Rotary, the service organization meets at noon every Wednesday at Henderson Hills Baptist Church, located at 15th and the east I-35 Service Road. The Edmond Rotary Club welcomes any interested party to attend its weekly meetings. Lunch is available for $12.50. Reservations may be made by contacting club secretary Allison Calhoun at acalh@cox.net.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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Contact us:  Rotary Club of Edmond  P.O. Box 1426  Edmond, OK  73083 / acalh@cox.net / (405) 535-0742