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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.
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.
Rotary Club of Edmond sponsored the new Kid Zone at Edmond Turkey Trot 2014 benefiting, 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 South
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.
We 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!
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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. Remaining 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Rotary's purpose of service to the community and world
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.
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 several 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 email@example.com.
Edmond Rotary Club meets each Wednesday, 12:00 to 1:00pm at Henderson Hill Church. Visitors are welcome!!
Friday, May 16th, at 6:30 p.m., enjoy wine tasting, great food and fellowship at Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery. Cost: $75 per person, to support our annual Coats for Kids campaign.
Tickets are available each Wednesday at weekly luncheon or contact Daniel Chavez 405-942 8867
Edmond Rotary Club recognized Gooden Group with the ‘Four-Way Test’ award for exhibiting the four overriding principles of Rotary to a non-member business – truthful, fair, beneficial and promotes goodwill. Andy Lester, former Rotary president, nominated Brent Gooden, left, wife, Valerie, and their company. ‘No matter how controversial the issue, he puts these principles to practice, even in private when no one is looking,’ Lester said.
The club honored Santa Fe students Annamarie Jiwa and Travis Christensen, Tessa Goetz of Memorial and Aubrey Haas of North High school.
Tessa Goetz has a great love of the arts with young children. She served as an art instructor to elementary students at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, and she submitted her artwork for sale at an auction which benefited Limbs for Life. She has been a Youth Volleyball coach at the Y, helped a church in Louisville, KY repair dilapidated homes, and sponsored the education of a 9-year-old Filipino girl. And she is a leader – co-creating a charity project for Memorial’s DECA classes to collect hundreds of clothing donations for Cross and Crown Church, just to name a few.
Travis Christensen’s middle name is leadership. He is co-editor of the Santa Fe student newspaper, First Christian junior deacon, recipient of Kiwanis Leadership Camp Scholarship, Youth Group leadership team and Varsity Tennis team. He has volunteered at: Breakfast on Boulevard outreach program for 100 homeless and poverty-stricken; and Tiger Club tutoring program of Central Middle School kids at First Presbyterian; and Jesus House; and distributed free school supplies to needy families in Edmond.
Annamarie Jiwa has a goal, and she plans to achieve it. Thus far, she’s accomplished McDonald’s crew trainer, Character Counts recipient, 1st place in DECA state contest in entrepreneurship; Founder and president of the Santa Fe German Club, leadership role in Heather Harkness Memorial events, and selectee for United Methodist Young Women’s Leadership Conference. Her junior year, she moved to Washington State to care for her critically ill uncle. It was difficult to leave friends and family. But, she quickly got involved in the community and school, and became a leader and tutor at Kids Kamp.
Aubrey Haas is a care-giver, not just in title, but in character. During times when her mother must stay for long periods at her stepfather’s side in the hospital, Aubrey cares for her five younger siblings, ages 2-13. She is a leader: North Senior Class president, junior class VP, show choir social chair, Freshman mentor, and is a LifeChurch student leader. Of his former student, David Nichols, Ida Freeman elementary school chess team teacher adviser, says, “She has the rare combination of inspiration, empathy, drive and creativity that only an old teacher can see in a young one,” as Aubrey plans to follow suit.
The scholarships are awarded annually and a good portion of the selection is based on community service. For more information, "Like us on our Edmond Oklahoma Rotary Club Facebook Page.