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SOKC Rotary

Service Above Self

We meet Fridays at 12:00 PM
Integris Southwest Medical Cancer Center
4401 S Western Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK  73109-3413
United States
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Upcoming Speakers
Sep 02, 2016
No Meeting
Have a nice Labor Day Weekend!
Sep 09, 2016
Brig. Gen. Ben Robinson
Oklahomans Response to 9/11
Sep 16, 2016
Matthew Whitney, Park Ranger, Community Outreach
National Park Service Centennial
Sep 23, 2016
Blair Humphreys, Humphreys Group
Wheeler Park Project
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The following South OKC Rotarians are being recognized for perfect attendance for the 2015-2016 year:
Jim Bowers
Jimmy Bowers
Jamie Crowe
Jim Mainard
Gus Pekara
Jack Werner

"We can't keep books in stock," said Richard Maxey, chief of the medical center's voluntary service. "Patients, family members and visitors take a book to help pass time with loved ones.”
The medical center receives magazines from community partners, and the magazines are kept on the wards and in the waiting areas. The books go to the library on the main floor, and the library staff puts some of the books on display 
shelves outside the library for after-hours visitors. 

"Most of the books we receive are geared toward women," Mr. Maxey said. "There just aren't enough with men interests in mind." 

Mr. Maxey has been the chief of voluntary service for 12 years and has worked at the medical center for a total of 18 years. He coordinates voluntary efforts and oversees donations and fund-raising activities, designed to make veterans more comfortable during their visit. He came to the VA with a mission to give back to something that supported his dad, a Vietnam veteran. 

According to hospital records, about 125 patients stay at the hospital on any given day, and patients stay an average of six days. 
August 26 through September 30.
Bring your books to be donated to the weekly meetings starting August 26
for collection and delivery to VA Hospital on September 30.

August 26 Brian Wall & Reese Allen
September 2 NO MEETING - Have a nice Labor Day Weekend!
September 9 Dawn Mahiya
September 16  Charles Goldsmith
September 23  C. J. Barrett

(The numbers in parentheses identify the relevant legislative enactments).
Attendance Ability to change rules. Clubs may relax or tighten attendance requirements and termination policies for non-attendance. However, clubs are still expected to forward attendance reports to the governor. Any club that wishes to continue adhering to the traditional attendance requirements may do so. (16-21)
Rule of 85. Rotarians can be excused from attendance if the combined total of their years of membership in one or more clubs plus their age equals at least 85, with their years of membership totaling at least 20. (16-35)
Club Board Treasurer. A club treasurer is now a permanent member of the club board. (16-02)
Board meeting minutes. Written minutes should be prepared for all club board meetings and be made available to members within 60 days of that meeting. (16-01)
Club Finances Admission fees. New members can be admitted without paying admission fees. However, clubs may also choose to retain these fees, and they have the flexibility to add admission or other fees to their bylaws. (16-07)
Club dues increased. To address both financial challenges and the need to improve service to clubs, RI semiannual dues were increased by $4 for each of the next three years — to US$30.00 per half year in 2017-2018, US$32.00 per half year in 2018-2019, and US$34.00 per half year in 2019-2020. (16-99)
Club Meetings Ability to change meeting schedules. Clubs can now vary their meeting days and times, and can cancel meetings, as long as they meet at least twice a month. However, any club that wishes to adhere to the traditional requirements regarding meetings and cancellations may do so. (16-21)
Canceling a meeting. Clubs can cancel a meeting if it falls during a week that includes a holiday. (16-26)
In-person and online meeting participation. Clubs can have in-person meetings, online meetings, allow online participation for an in-person meeting, or switch between any of these formats. (16-30)
Council on Legislation Proposed legislation. Only two types of proposals will be considered: enactments, which seek changes to RI’s constitutional documents, and position statements from the RI Board. (16-113)
Council representatives. Representatives will serve for three years, starting on 1 July of the year following their selection. For example, the 2019 Council representative would take office on 1 July 2017 and serve until 30 June 2020. (16-114)
Council on Resolutions. A Council on Resolutions consisting of Council representatives will meet online annually to consider recommendations. Resolutions may be proposed by a club, district conference, the RIBI general council or conference. Those resolutions adopted by a majority vote of council representatives must be submitted to the general secretary by 30 June of the year prior to the Council on Legislation. (16-113)
District Changes Moving clubs into adjacent districts. The Board can merge a district with fewer than 1,100 members, or divide districts with more than 100 clubs by moving clubs into adjacent districts. (16-84)
Two years for districting changes to take effect. Any decision by the Board to eliminate or change district boundaries won’t become effective until at least 24 months after it is made. (16-86)
District Leadership Vice governors. Having a vice governor is no longer mandatory. This role replaces the governor in case of that person’s inability to perform their duties. If the district uses a nominating committee, the committee selects a past governor proposed by the governor-elect. If the nominating committee doesn’t receive a nomination, or if a nominating committee was not used, the governor-elect may choose a past governor as vice governor. The vice governor serves in the year following his or her selection. (16-74, 16-76, 16-77)
Procedures for failing to adopt the annual statement and report of district finances. The statement and report of finances must be discussed and adopted within three months of the conclusion of the district conference or at the next district meeting to which all clubs are entitled to send a representative and for which 30 days’ notice has been given. If no district meeting is held, the governor must conduct a ballot by mail within 60 days of the end of that three-month period. (16-88)
Mishandling of district finances. Anyone who fails to follow Rotary’s financial requirements, including improperly administering the district fund, is prohibited from holding any Rotary or district office until the irregularities are resolved. (16-89)
E-clubs E-clubs and Rotary clubs. The distinction between traditional clubs and e-clubs was eliminated. While references to e-clubs have been removed from Rotary’s constitutional documents, e-clubs may continue to name and promote themselves as Rotary clubs that meet exclusively or primarily on-line. (16-82)
Elections Concurring with a governor selection challenge. The number of clubs that must concur with a club’s challenge to the nominated candidate has been increased to 10 other clubs, or 20 percent of the total number of clubs in the district, whichever number is higher. Only clubs that are at least one year old as of 1 July of that year are counted in the total and may concur with a challenge. (16-71)
Special elections nominating procedure streamlined. If a district restarts the governor selection process due to special circumstances, the governor does not need to repeat the request for suggestions from clubs if there were none made during the first nominating process. (16-72)
Magazines Joint magazine subscriptions. Two Rotarians residing at the same address may choose to subscribe jointly to The Rotarian or to the regional magazine prescribed for their club. (16-96)
Membership Rules and qualifications. Clubs may determine their own rules or requirements for transferring members, dual membership, and honorary members. They’re also free to continue following the traditional provisions for these members. The only mandatory qualifications for membership are that Rotarians must be adults who have demonstrated good character, integrity and leadership; have a good reputation in their business, profession and community; and are willing to serve in their community and around the world. (16-36, 16-38)
New membership types. Clubs may offer associate, corporate, family, or other membership types. Clubs offering these additional types would report these members to Rotary as “active” for purposes of inclusion on the club invoice. Other financial obligations (club dues, meal costs, etc.), attendance requirements, and service expectations for these members are determined by the club. However, only active members may be considered for office and count in determining a club’s voting strength. (16-36)
Dual membership in Rotary and Rotaract clubs. Rotaractors can simultaneously hold separate membership in a Rotaract club and a Rotary club. (16-40)
Transferring member statement. Potential members who owe money to another club are ineligible for membership. Clubs must seek confirmation that a former Rotarian does not have any outstanding debt to their previous club. When a club requests a statement from the club of a member who wishes to transfer, or who was previously a member, as to whether that person owes money, the request must be responded to within 30 days. If no response is provided, it is assumed that the member doesn’t owe anything. These changes are in the RI Bylaws but are no longer repeated in the Standard Rotary Club Constitution. (16-51)
New Clubs Charter member minimum. New clubs need at least 20 members to be chartered. (16-83)
Suspension Suspension of membership. Clubs may now suspend a member for a maximum of 90 days. At the end of that time, they must either terminate or reinstate the member. A suspended member has the right to appeal the suspension or request mediation or arbitration. (16-49, 16-50)
Suspension or termination of clubs because of litigation. Clubs can be suspended or terminated if one of their members takes legal action against RI or The Rotary Foundation — including action against directors, trustees, officers, and employees — before exhausting all Rotary remedies. The Council also clarified the conditions under which the RI Board may take action against districts with repeated election complaints. (16-81)

In 2016/17, our Rotary Foundation turns 100. That’s a century of Rotary     members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And    that’s definitely something worth celebrating.
Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education,  and grow local economies. We’ve also been a leader in the fight to eradicate  polio worldwide.
The centennial is the perfect time to share this impressive record with the      world. Join us in making sure that every Rotary member and people in every   community know about the vital work of Rotary and its Foundation.
We are marking the centennial with a year of festivities beginning with the    2016 Rotary Convention in Korea. Make a note of these celebration            opportunities:
At the Korea convention
Visit the Centennial booth in the House of Friendship
Attend the breakout session The Rotary Foundation: 100 Years of Doing Good in the World
Have your copy of “Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary  Foundation’s First 100 Years” signed by its author, David C. Forward (you can   purchase the book at the Rotary Resource Center)
At the Atlanta convention:
Register for the Atlanta convention, 10/14 June 2017, so you can take part in  the Foundation’s 100th birthday party
Join past and current Rotary leaders and author David Forward for book signing
Visit The Rotary Foundation centennial exhibit in the House of Friendship
Ways to celebrate
  1. Here are just a few ways you can join in and commemorate this historic milestone:
  2. Plan a special Rotary Day and invite everyone in your community to      participate. It can be anything from a concert to a race to a birthday     party with a giant cake in the shape of the  Rotary wheel.
  3. Hold a fundraiser in your community to support a Foundation grant       project, the Rotary Peace Centers, or PolioPlus.
  4. Organize or participate in a global grant or district grant project.
  5. Promote your club or district projects that are funded by the Foundation.
  6. Dedicate some club meetings to Rotary Foundation topics.

These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our       relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
FIRST: The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;
SECOND: High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s   occupation as an opportunity to serve society;
THIRD: The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal,       business, and community life;
FOURTH: The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the   ideal of service.
The Four/Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been   translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
Of the things we think, say or do
  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
We channel our commitment to service at home and abroad through five     Avenues of Service, which are the foundation of club activity.
  1. Club Service focuses on making clubs strong. A thriving club is anchored by strong relationships and an active membership development plan.
  2. Vocational Service calls on every Rotarian to work with integrity and      contribute their expertise to the problems and needs of society. 
  3. Community Service encourages every Rotarian to find ways to improve   the quality of life for people in their communities and to serve the public   interest. 
  4. International Service exemplifies our global reach in promoting peace and understanding. We support this service avenue by sponsoring or        volunteering on international projects and seeking partners abroad.
  5. Youth Service recognizes the importance of empowering youth and young professionals through leadership development programs such as RotaractInteractRotary Youth Leadership Awards, and Rotary Youth Exchange.

Stop by and visit with our new Executive Secretary Samantha Tritten has been selected to fill that position. We are excited to have her join us and look forward to a bright future for the Rotary club of South Oklahoma City!

Rotary district collecting relief funds for Louisiana flood victims
Rotary clubs of District 6200 are collecting relief funds to help thousands of victims after record flooding devastated communities in southern Louisiana, USA, earlier this month. Torrential rains caused rivers, streams, and bayous to swell, damaging or destroying more than 60,000 homes and killing at least 13 people. The U.S. Coast Guard and emergency responders helped rescue more than 30,000 residents from the rising flood waters. As of 25 August, more than 3,000 residents were still in emergency shelters even after the water receded. Donate to District 6200 disaster relief fund.
Hall of Fame singer Donovan becomes a Rotary polio ambassador
Legendary singer and polio survivor Donovan Leitch, better known simply as Donovan, has joined Rotary in its fight to eradicate the paralyzing disease that afflicted him during much of his childhood. Donovan contracted polio at age three in Glasgow, Scotland. The disease weakened his right leg and left it thinner and shorter than the other. Confined to his bed for much of his childhood, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said his father would read him poetry. In a recent interview with the Daily Express, Donovan said that listening to poetry piqued his interest in creative writing. “If I...
World Polio Day toolkit available — start planning now
Rotary's fourth World Polio Day celebration, on 24 October, will highlight extraordinary progress in the eradication campaign and emphasize the work that remains before we wipe out the virus for good. With the number of new cases worldwide nearly halved from this time last year, we have the opportunity to rally our resources and see the last case of polio this year. Health officials and Rotary's celebrity polio ambassadors will head to Atlanta, Georgia, USA, for the event, the first to be held at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It will be streamed live and then will...
Young member uses leadership positions to promote diversity, inclusion
The way Rotary member Todd Jenkins puts it, he's the first generation in his family "to do everything": first to go to college, first to fly on a plane, first to visit another country, and the first to live across state lines. Jenkins, 28, grew up in a low-income neighborhood in Columbia, South Carolina, USA. His family worked hard just to make ends meet. So travel and college seemed out of reach. The eldest of ten children, Jenkins says his goal was to break out of the family status quo and set a positive example for his siblings. He credits his mother with helping him avoid falling into the...
Rotary recommits to ending polio in Nigeria
The World Health Organization has confirmed two cases of wild poliovirus type 1 (WPV1) in Nigeria, the first cases in the country since July 2014. After passing a year without a case of the wild poliovirus, Nigeria was removed from the list of polio-endemic countries in September 2015. These cases – from two local government areas of Borno state – occurred in July 2016. The Government of Nigeria – in partnership with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative – will take immediate steps to respond quickly to the outbreak to prevent further spread of the disease. This response will include...