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Summit President, Koorosh Zahrai presented YWCA OKC Director Karla Doctor a check for $1,000.00 from proceeds of the 2017 Shotgun / Sportsman Raffle and Skeet Shoot. The Oklahoma City YWCA is the only Attorney General recognized shelter for rape victims, and abused, stalked and battered women in Oklahoma County.  The check will help fund supplies needed to aid victims of abuse.
Summit Rotary chooses several local charitable organizations each year to assist by fundraising events and in-club activities. The local Edmond Boys Ranch Town is another organization the 2017 raffle and skeet shoot will benefit.
Rotarian of the day, Kathy Reeser, (L), introduced Jacob Whitney, with the Oklahoma Council on Economic Education as our speaker at the Feb. 13th meeting. Jacob spoke of the mission and capabilities of the OCEE and the importance of teaching economics to our students K-12. The OCEE provides seminars, free material, and ongoing assistance to teachers in Oklahoma to encourage the teaching of Economics as a routine part of the curriculum.
Here are some interesting items from the "About" menu bar of their website  :

The Oklahoma Council on Economic Education (OCEE) is a 501(c)3, not-for-profit educational organization whose mission is promoting economic and financial literacy in Oklahoma.

Established in 1954, OCEE is affiliated with the Council for Economic Education – a national network of state councils and university-based centers.

We accomplish our mission by training K-12 teachers how to incorporate principles of economics and personal finance into the classroom curriculum.

Economic education is real life, because all young people will grow up and become part of the marketplace. OCEE provides resources and training to teachers in both public and independent schools in Oklahoma. Our principle is that through training teachers, the multiplier effect is achieved. Each school year, the training a teacher receives through OCEE will impact new children.

Ensuring our students understand economics and know how to manage their financial resources are the keys to growth and development in our great State of Oklahoma.


Entries are starting to come in for Edmond Summit Rotary's Teacher of the year award.  The winner will be the teacher who most represents the Rotary motto of "SERVICE ABOVE SELF" as decided by the board of directors based on an online survey from Edmond School students. 

The survey is accessed by going to our website and clicking on the menu bar "NEW:EDMOND SUMMIT ROTARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARD" and answering the survey.  We hope there are some really great stories out there and that we are able to recognize a truly fantastic teacher who might not otherwise get noticed. Spread the word to the school administrators you know!

Edmond Summit Rotarian and avid Red Raider fan, Dr. Michael Olay presented a timely topic last Tuesday on Adult Vaccinations.

Of particular interest is a new version of shingles vaccine that has nearly 50% improvement above the current Zoster vaccine that many of our group has taken. Also, the HPV vaccine that had been prescribed primarily to the female population is not being recommended for the teen male population also to  help prevent the spread of genital herpes, etc..

The topic was of great importance and relevant to our membership. I highly recommend readers access the CDC website listed in the paragraph below where you will find charts to print out to remind you of when you need to be expecting to get the next important vaccine to help keep you aging along with the rest of the population, as opposed to the alternative, eh!

Michael discussed the schedule recommended by the CDC using their adult vaccination chart, and interjected some findings that have not made it to the CDC (Center for Disease Control) chart as of the meeting regarding the latest vaccines that have been approved by the FDA and findings from the latest influenza outbreak. The vaccination chart can be viewed and downloaded in pocket size and poster size at:

Great presentation Michael! Thanks! 

So, the question on everyone's mind these days is, "Since Hydrogen and Helium are lighter than air and have been escaping the atmosphere since, well forever, why is it still around?" Oh, you thought it might have been "Just how many times do I have to delete my trash before those emails are 'really, really' gone?" or along those lines! Nope. Nada!

So, how come, you ask?  The answer is there is enough radioactivity going on around the earth that H and He atoms are constantly being generated n enough quantities that we are not going to run out of gas for party balloons any time soon.  This and several other neat facts relating to radioactive decay and the byproducts created were touched upon by our own Dr. Tom Jourdan at last Tuesday's meeting.

Helpful hints on just how long to keep something in the fridge until carbon dating was no longer useful. Well over 50,000 years!  Getting rid of radon gas. Simple exhaust fan will work because build-up is so slow. etc.

(FYI: excerpted from his UCO Faculty Intro  Page) Tom "now holds two positions at UCO, those positions being Assistant Director, Forensic Science Institute (FSI) and Professor of Chemistry.  Over the course of his career in the FBI, in addition to being a field agent and later an FBI Laboratory forensic examiner in the areas of chemistry and toxicology, he participated in a number of bombing investigations, to include Pan Am 103, the World Trade Center, Atlanta’s Olympic Park, UNABOM, Oklahoma City, and the Dar es Salaam and Nairobi U.S. Embassies, organizing the Bureau’s response to the latter two events as the Unit Chief of the Explosives Unit." 

The Chairman of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, Dana Murphy, was our guest speaker at the Jan. 23rd meeting. Murphy, who was elected by her fellow commissioners as their chairman in 2017 provided much information on topics ranging from Wind Energy, Earthquakes, Phone bills, and Gas pricing at the pump.  She also discussed the appropriation process and the role the commission plays in tracking and disclosing the efficiency of the various branches of regulatory agencies under their administration.

The OCC is the largest of the various state government agencies with over 350 employees and total budget of over $300Million.

The Commission regulates and enforces the laws and supervised the actives associated with:

  • The exploration and production of oil and gas
  • The storage and dispensing of petroleum based fuels
  • The establishment of rates and services of public utilities
  • The operation of intrastate transportation

Early emphasis for the commission was on regulation of railroad routes and rates. Through changes by the Legislature, and the change in services considered essential to the public welfare, the commission presently regulates public utilities, oil and gas industry (exploration, drilling, production and waste disposal), motor carrier transport, and petroleum products industry (transportation, storage, quality and dispensing). The commission also monitors a number of federal programs for compliance in Oklahoma. The commission also oversees the conservation of natural resources, avoiding waste production, abate pollution of the environment, and balancing the rights and needs of the people of Oklahoma with those of the regulated entities.

Dana had finished her discussion of the Commission and in her closing remarks did mention that she has tossed her hat in the running for Lt. Governor in the coming election. She gave a very short request for us to consider her qualifications when we go to choose at the next election.

Gary Jones (L) was the Rotarian of the day January 9th and asked fellow Rotarian Roland Herwig to be the program speaker and regale the club with memories of his youth. Born in Germany in 1943 during the height of WW II, Roland was told by his parents and relatives of being shuttled back and forth between the relative safety of a seaside cottage and his home near a highly targeted industrial complex.  "It seemed I was born with a target painted on my back" he said, jokingly now. He remembers the wars end and the British dropping candy and gum on little parachutes as they flew over and the kindness of the relief workers posted there after the war.  Roland's parents were circus and vaudeville performers and through contacts gained in this industry gained sponsors who eventually allowed the Herwigs to emigrate to the US.  At the age of 10, Roland and his family boarded a commercial steam liner and headed to America. Many fond memories of that crossing are etched in Roland's memories as, being ten years old and basically having the run of the ship, he left no door unopened or stair unclambered.  He remembers the ship docking and being able to see the Statue of Liberty and the road trip from NYC to Utah. Playing Cowboy and "packing" his 6-shooter cap pistol.

Roland vividly remembered watching the sky light up from their home in SW Utah when one of the White Sands Atomic Bombs was tested. The early life of a young boy from war-torn Germany who eventually became the spokesperson for the FAA in Oklahoma made for an entertaining half-hour program. Several questions were fielded regarding his early education, bullying, and related to the entertainment side of his family that had to be abandoned for the times being what they were. Roland promised a "rest of the story" segment to come at a later date and we certainly look forward to it.  

Summit Rotary President Koorosh Zahrai (L) visits with State Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President of Government & Political Affairs, Mike Jackson (R), and Nicole Boyles(C), State Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Strategic Partners after the December 19th meeting. Mike and Nicole presented the State Chamber of Commerce assessment of the 2017-18 budget and appropriations for the state. They also discussed the roles the Chamber plays in relaying interests of state business into the appropriations made by the legislature for coming years. The chamber also scrutinizes  how money is spent and tries to hold accountable the various agencies charged with those funds.  Through their efforts a greater degree of efficiency using our tax dollars is graphically realized.

Patience, Perseverance, Proofread, Proposals, Publish it yourself if you have to.  Author and speaker Cary G Osborne, AKA Cary G Herwig spoke at the December 12th meeting and had some interesting perspectives on the current state of literature and publishing. Independent publishers rule for the amateur writer as oft times they are the only means of getting ones hard work published.  If the public catches on and accepts then it may be off to the races or a bad review can be a train wreck in progress. 

Osborne, who has a number of books in print and in digital format has been through the minefields of getting her works into the hands of readers. From horror short stories in anthologies to a series of Sci-Fi novels now on Amazon and a new detective series rooted in Oklahoma weather she is an eclectic writer.   From her first book which took years to write, to a much more accelerated pace Cary says that the key is to just keep at it.  Write some every day whether you feel like it or not.  If you don't feel like writing on a story in progress at least write something, You never know what is going to develop.  Stray thoughts, concepts, characters, scenes, all and any  may or may not be used in a story or plot some where.  Find your place to write that is right for you. Some like peace and quiet. She likes a busy, constantly changing, yet familiar environment like a coffee shop or sandwich place where she can observe and type without much interruption but not total isolation either. 

Cary cited "Writing Fiction"  by Barnaby Conrad as a great source of ideas for the beginning writer. She also recommended one read,  always be reading all genre and writers for ideas. Don't read to plagiarize, but for methodology and inspiration of style and usage of terms and expression.

Broadway, nah! Nowadays it's "If you can make it on Amazon you can make it anywhere" in the publishing world,.  A click and a promise of adventure or inspiration.  A smooth slide of a  tome or novel from a library shelf or bookstore rack, the flip of a few pages to see if a summary or scene or phrase catches the imagination and the reader is off to another world or into the mind of the hero or heroine or a small child as another's world unfolds. Such is the goal of every writer; to be the one who unlocks the imagination of another reader.

It was a great topic and great presentation Cary G Osborne. We'll welcome you back any time.

Above, speaker, Cary Osborne is pictured between Rotarian of the day Roland Herwig (left) and club president Koorosh Zahrai (r).  Shown on the table are some anthologies where her works appear. Also shown are  her latest novels, Oklahoma Wind and Black Ice, etc.

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