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At one of the first Live meetings of 2021, Giving Checks to 3 Charities:  Hope Center, Project 66, and Edmond Mobile Meals
Current Bulletin George Strecker 2022-06-09 05:00:00Z 0

Director Thrash Updates Club on Airport Improvements

Posted on Jan 13, 2020
Jim Thrash, Will Rogers Airport Ops Director, shown at left with Rotarian of the day  Suzy Thrash, provided an update on the $89 Million in improvements going on at the airport at the Jan. 7th meeting.  
The improvements include better TSA access, improved visitor concessions, an awesome viewing deck to view departures and arrivals and to see departing passengers as they leave the terminal to the planes.  Also improved handicap facilities, pickup and drop off zones, and increased aircraft flow with 4 additional gates.
Jim also provided statistics on the airport, including 12,000 employees, over 4.3 million incoming and outgoing passengers in 2019, Direct flights being added and deleted, and updates to the Amazon and Fedex centers. For more information on improvements and procedures in place at Will Rogers, go to .
Director Thrash Updates Club on Airport Improvements George Strecker 2020-01-13 06:00:00Z 0

Pictures from Buck$ 4 Bikes Build Day

Posted on Dec 09, 2019
Here are some pictures of the 2019 Buck$ 4 Bikes build day when over 1430 bikes were assembled. in less than 3 hours! 
District 5750 Rotary Participants.

Below, Rotarian Gary Jones at work. Picture taken by his son, Tanner Jones.

George Strecker in a sea of bikes! Over1430 bikes in one place!!
Pictures from Buck$ 4 Bikes Build Day George Strecker 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0

Foundation Banners Presented to Edmond Summit

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

Matthew Murphy (r), District 5750 Rotary Foundation Chair, presented President George Strecker with Sustaining Member and 100% Participation banners for supporting the Rotary  Foundation with at least $100 per members. The sustaining membership, or Every Rotarian Every Year banner was presented based on Edmond Summit having donated and having committed to donating this every year.

The Rotary Foundation was recently recognized with a 4 out of 4 star rating by Charity Navigator. This is the 12th year in a row for RI to achieve this award. Your Rotary donations really do get to those who need them.

Foundation Banners Presented to Edmond Summit George Strecker 2019-12-09 06:00:00Z 0
Club Logo Tee Shirts, Polos, and Caps Available George Strecker 2019-12-01 06:00:00Z 0

World Traveller Wayne Pettigrew Shares Alps Hike Adventure

Posted on Nov 17, 2019

Edmond businessman and former State Representative Wayne Pettigrew was our speaker at the Nov. 12th meeting. He recently completed a thru hike of the Carnic Peace Trail "The Karnisher Hohenweg" high altitude hike between Austria and Italy, spanning 175KIM from Arnoldstein to Sillan Austria.  The Route spans the border ridgeline between Austria and Italy and was the Front Line for WW1 and features trenches, gun entrenchments, and relics from the war to end all wars.  

The hike normally takes between 8-11 days and Wayne aimed to complete it in 7 days due to a commitment of a meeting at the end of the 7th day.  

A Thru-hike is an end to end backpacking trip on a long distance trail, and is usually on a challenging route.  Most thru-hikers are solo, therefore route and day planning are of utmost importance. Due to physical challenges including fatigue, blisters, injuries, and altitude sickness, the hiker must prepare by getting into the best mental and physical shape possible.  Practicing a sense of weight with the weight and pack that you will be carrying is a must.  Of course, lightweight gear is a must.  The hike, whether to a specific location or to meet another party is ultimately the hikers own. The happiness of knowing that the goal has been accomplished in the time allotted is the prize.  

During the hike, Wayne said he met no other Americans and very few others who spoke very much English so he had to rely on his German and it did improve during his journey!  

His next trip planned is Killimanjaro at 19,341 ft and he plans to begin that hike in July of 2020. That hike will begin in a desert and finish in Artic conditions.  What a challenge!

World Traveller Wayne Pettigrew Shares Alps Hike Adventure George Strecker 2019-11-17 06:00:00Z 0

November 2nd Skeet Shoot Results

Posted on Nov 08, 2019

The 2019 Skeet Shoot Results:
1st Place team members were Jack Wimberley (Club Shooter), Eric Roberts, Dennis McPhail, Robert Hogan, and Kallan Hallman:







2nd Place Team Members were Jim Seignious (Club Shooter), Johnny Hensley (Club Shooter), Mark Thomas (Club Shooter), and Tom Jourdan








3rd Place Team Members were: Chuck Black (Club Shooter), Gary Jones, Russell Riecken, Marty Hill, and Mark Chartney







Top Individual Shooters in the Pro Division were: 1st George Guerrero, 2nd Jack Wimberley, 3rd Mark Thomas and Chuck Black Tie (Mark won  the trophy by a coin toss)



















Top Individual in Amateur Division were: 1st Robert Hogan, 2nd Dennis McPhail*, 3rd Kallen Hallman* (Dennis and Kallen tied and a coin toss decided the placing)

November 2nd Skeet Shoot Results George Strecker 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0

Club Gets UCO Forensics Science Institute Update by Tom Jourdan at Nov 5th Meeting

Posted on Nov 08, 2019
Rotarian, Dr. Thomas Jourdan, professor and former assistant director of the UCO Forensic Science Institute was our guest speaker at the Nov. 5th meeting.  Rather than one of his usual behind the scenes looks at crime solving, he instead had us looking at the premier forensic programs for undergraduate and post grad students in the world. This program is right here in our community of Edmond.  

"The Forensic Science Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, is devoted to academic excellence, through a unique multidisciplinary program, that provides outstanding educational, research and professional training opportunities for practicing professionals and both undergraduate and graduate students. The Forensic Science Institute is a comprehensive training and research organization in all aspects of evidence collection, preservation, analysis, reporting and testimony. FSI will promote leadership, character and public service throughout all training events". UCO: Forensic Science institute website.  

Tom told of the earliest days of the development of the forensics program and the subsequent growth of the program to now having the 2nd largest enrollment on campus. The program has a 94% hire rate out of graduation and attracts students from around the globe.  The staff is heavy with over 300 combined years of crime fighting experience and more.  Check out the Forensic Science department at UCO on Google or your favorite search engine. You will be amazed!!!

Club Gets UCO Forensics Science Institute Update by Tom Jourdan at Nov 5th Meeting George Strecker 2019-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
Skeet Shoot and Raffle Results on upcoming bulletin George Strecker 2019-11-03 05:00:00Z 0

Message from the President about the Raffle! 

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

Note from the President:  WE NEED TO ROUND UP UNSOLD RAFFLE TICKETS!  PLEASE BRING ANY TICKETS TO THE OCT 29TH MEETING THAT YOU DON'T THINK YOU CAN SELL SO WE CAN GET AN IDEA OF HOW MANY ARE LEFT.  If you are not able to attend, let me know how many you have remaining.  (text me at 405-640-5724)  We may need to get some blanks to have on hand at the skeet shoot if we run short!     Also text me if you need me to meet you and pick up your stubs and money in case you will not be able to come to the meeting or the Skeet shoot..   Thanks for all you do! George Strecker

Prizes so far: A minimum of a $500.00 Gift Card; A B&WHitch, 5" Drop 2" +2-5/16" rotating Ball, stowaway Trailer hitch to fit a 2" receiver; an RTIC 28 Day Cooler with 2 -18oz RTIC stainless insulated bottles;  A masterbuilt smoker and cover; a year's supply of return air filters up to 24 from Filtertec (a local company) any style (including up to 4 aluminum frame permanent style with 24 replacement media).; a Fire Disc WOK cooking system; Smith Optics Sunglasses (2-pair); Scentsy Fragrance warmers; Semi-Guided Feral Hog Hunt to SW Oklahoma between Mid Jan and Mid Mar. 2020,  Drive down one day and hunt then spend one night at the location and next day hunting.  The accomodations are"lodge quality" with heat, air, flat screen tv and kitchen. Waiver signature required as well as scheduling with owner, (but very flexible); Also, a "Ladies Wine tasting and Ladies Night out" for a party of up to 12 at Maison Bleue Boutique; (NEW) a +$600 value  "Wellness Package and multiple Chiropractic consultations" to Hanson's Chiropractic Clinic.  4 each $50.00 Gift Certificates from Wilshire Gun Club.  A Condition 1 18" Insulated Carry Case.  

Approximately $2500 (@ list price) so far in prizes are being offered.   Something for everyone!  

Message from the President about the Raffle! George Strecker 2019-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

Janet Yowell from Edmond Economic Development Authority Updated Summit Club on Edmond Highlights Oct. 8th

Posted on Oct 13, 2019
The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) exists to offer resources that stimulate the growth of Edmond's economy by creating and maintaining an optimum environment for both new and existing businesses, offering services that facilitate the growth and expansion of those businesses and generating opportunities to increase the sales tax base of the city of Edmond.

Janet Yowell show at far right with Rotarian of the day Marcus Godsy,  has lead this organization for over 20 years and as a result her imprint is on many of Edmond's successes in the growth and expansion we have been seeing during her tenure. Janet brought a great amount of information to the meeting on the 8th to share with the club.

Per Janet, 
Just a few facts to consider:
Edmond has 99 square miles within its boundaries and 130 square miles within its School District limits.. We have 11 recognized Blue Ribbon Schools, the highest number in Oklahoma!.
Edmond has a public school enrollment of 25,281 students, Francis Tuttle has an enrollment of 28,161 students, UCO 15,393 and OCU 2,259 students.
We have a population of around 95,000 in 36,020 households.. Total Metro area population is 1.42 million
Edmond's unemployment rate is 2.8% and almost 55% of the population has a BS degree or higher.  Our Cost of living is 88.2% of the national average.  Average price of a new house in Edmond is almost $334,000 and the average sale price of a home is $286,599.00  (Mine certainly won't help that average!)
As Councilman Josh Moore once said, "Edmond has two big problems, Our schools are too good and our crime rate is too low".
Edmond is adding more industry, more retail, more eating places, and more entertainment like Heard on Hurd and Downtown Edmond Events! Aren't you glad you are a part of it!d
Janet Yowell from Edmond Economic Development Authority Updated Summit Club on Edmond Highlights Oct. 8th George Strecker 2019-10-13 05:00:00Z 0

DG Singleton's Message "Be More User Friendly" to Grow!

Posted on Oct 06, 2019

District Governor Lance Singleton(L) shown with club president George Strecker (R)was in town last week, on the way to hitting close to a dozen clubs during the week.  You would never know it by his impassioned  presentation expressing his belief that Rotary clubs need to find ways to rejuvenate themselves, and one way is  by gaining more members by involving family in our Rotary life. His question to the club was "Why not invite family to join? Or, just attend an upcoming meeting? Let’s make Rotary welcoming to family members. 

My take on this is for many in our club, your son or daughter, your Son-in-law or Daughter-in-law, your brother or sister, "needs" to be a Rotarian!  Invite them to socials and find ways to make your events family (user)-friendly.  The next member of our club maybe should be your next of kin!
Lance also touched on inclusion as being a part of growing a club. Looking at the demographics of a club that is trying to grow in a college community, it may be necessary to have satellite meetings on more than one day a week or at multiple locations to attract the diversity needed to remain relevant.  Rotary International has remained at 1.2 Million world wide for over a decade with big gains in growth in nations outside the USA but losing population inside the US.  Lance says the leaders of the Rotary zones in the US are aware and are working to reverse this and ideas such as being more flexible in meeting places, putting emphasis on service rather than attendance, and community involvement are huge parts of keeping Rotary at the forefront of being the organization of choice to join if a young professional wants to make a positive mark on the world.

DG Singleton's Message "Be More User Friendly" to Grow! George Strecker 2019-10-06 05:00:00Z 0

Nicole Stephens is the New Face of Rotoract - Interact in 5750

Posted on Sep 29, 2019
Nicole Stephens (L)and her daughter Nathalie (C) were our guests and guest speaker at the Sept. 24th meeting. Nicole is the District 5750 Chair for Rotoract-Interact and is very involved in sponsoring new clubs in schools across the district. Nathalie is a Junior at OU and is President of the Rotoract there.
Interact is for secondary students 12 to 18 years of age and Rotoract is for students and young professionals 18 to 30 who may not be ready to jump into a traditional Rotary Club, or due to lifestyle the younger Rotoract crowd is better suited to their needs.  Both are fully recognized by Rotary but cannot exist without the support of a Rotary club sponsoring them, either as a charter or as a full sponsoring club. There are Interact and Rotoract clubs ready to start but needing the support of a qualifying Rotary club to begin the journey.  
Since the creation of Rotoract in 1968, the organization has grown to over 10,900 clubs with well over 1/4 Million Rotoractors in 184 countries and counting.
Rotoract and Interact Clubs provide outlets to serve the community on a local level, Rotaract is for the individuals who want to develop leadership, presentation, or organization skills, and if they are into traveling and meeting people from different cultures and backgrounds, it’s a great opportunity.
For more information on both Rotoract and Interact, go to and search Rotoract or Interact.
Nicole Stephens is the New Face of Rotoract - Interact in 5750 George Strecker 2019-09-29 05:00:00Z 0

Project 66 Food and Resource Ctr Provides More than Just Groceries!

Posted on Sep 22, 2019
Eve Cook, Project 66 Food and Resource Center Development Coordinator was our guest speaker Sept. 17th. in 2018, Project 66 served over 5844 families and 17,944 individuals.  Over 500 Edmond families are regular monthly clients of their pantry.  Their grocery store-like pantry provides their clients choices that fit their needs. The center provides shelf stable foods, as well as fresh fruit, and vegetables, meat and dairy products and breads.  
The Regional Food Bank partners with Project 66 and other facilities in and around Edmond to provide several donations each year. Volunteers within Project 66 are continually scouring local grocers and other vendors for excess inventory, out of season goods, and shelf out of date produce that are perfectly fine for consumption but that won't sell in the market.  This and the shelving and processing of these items plus the assisting of clients by volunteers during 4 service times each week results in over 19,000 hours of volunteer work each year needed to keep the Project 66 afloat. Considering over 786,382 lbs of food was moved through their facility in 2008, they used their time well.  
The following is excerpted from the Project 66 website
The Mission:They are a nonprofit, faith-based ministry providing food to families in need. They work to feed our local population not only with food to meet their physical hunger, but to also feed their spiritual hunger through kindness, prayer, and the love of Jesus Christ. Their desire is to love God's people and commit to showing them His love through our words, actions, prayer and food.
Their Goal: They strive to reach those in our community who may go undernourished, such as children, elderly and working families who are facing unusually difficult economic times. Their goal is to provide each family with enough basic food for at least two weeks.


Project 66 Food and Resource Ctr Provides More than Just Groceries! George Strecker 2019-09-22 05:00:00Z 0

We Had A Busy Meeting on the 10th! 

Posted on Sep 15, 2019

The meeting September 10th was pretty full! First, we had a vistor from The Rotary Club of Dawlish Water, Devon England, Edmund (Ed) McLaughlin pictured with George at left, was visiting relatives in Edmond and did a make-up with Edmond Summit. A banner trade was made and we learned a bit about the Dawlish club.

We had two members from the Mustang Rotary Club (shown in picture to the right), Mark Wolf (l), and Dean Smith(r) next to George came over to sell raffle tickets to their Harley  Davidson Motorcycle. Tickets are $25 ea or 5 for $100 and are available at for credit card purchases or go to FundRazr for Paypal and Search for Harley Davidson. You will have a decent chance of winning this beast as less than 1000 tickets were printed and less than half have been sold so far..



We Had A Busy Meeting on the 10th! George Strecker 2019-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Mobile Meals EdFest Provided a Boost by Edmond Summit Rotary

Posted on Sep 15, 2019
Edmond Summit Rotary President George Strecker presented Mobile Meals Operations Manager Christi Twenter a check for $1000.00 to assist in the 2019 Mobile Meals EdFest Fundraiser.  Mobile Meals is one of Edmond Summit Rotary's Annual Focus Charities.  The annual EdFest is Mobile Meal's major fundraiser and typically raises enough to feed over 7,000 home-bound citizens.
EdFest is a street festival featuring local food trucks, a local beer tasting, wine tasting, a live band, a KidsZone, silent auction and more! The 7th annual EdFest event will take place at the Downtown Edmond Festival Marketplace on Friday, October 4 from 6pm - 10pm. The 2019 Bonus Live entertainment will include the amazing eclectic rock band SuperFreak. More details and information about Sponsorships are available at
After delivering the check, Strecker along with Summit Rotarian Koorosh Zahrai proceeded to deliver meals to one of the Friday Mobile Meal routes. The club has committed to deliver meals on a regular scheduled basis.  Other Routes are available and substitute drivers are always needed.  Contact mobile meals at 405-341-3111
Mobile Meals EdFest Provided a Boost by Edmond Summit Rotary George Strecker 2019-09-15 05:00:00Z 0

Two New Exchange Students Begin a Year in Edmond

Posted on Sep 08, 2019

Youth Exchange Students Marie (Mavie) Damonte of Genova, Italy, and Luigi Trevisan, of Curitiba, Brazil pose with long term  youth exchange chair, now emeritis, Jerry Burger at the September 3rd meeting.  Both students gave a brief run down of their home districts and their experiences so far with their Rotary Exchange.  Both are attending Edmond Memorial High School where Mavie has made the swim team, and Luigi has made it on the Soccer Team.  Both are blending into their classes successfully and are making new friends and gaining in the appropriate usage of  y'all and other necessary terms to make it in"Okie Land". 

Welcome Aboard these two fantastic young ambassadors!  We are so proud to be a part of their Rotary Exchange Experience!

Two New Exchange Students Begin a Year in Edmond George Strecker 2019-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Have You Heard What's Going on at the Railyard? We Have, and it's Going to be Awesome!

Posted on Aug 24, 2019

Chris Anderson, with the Grant Group was on hand Tuesday, August, 20th to fill the attending members and guests in on whats going on next to the tracks on 1st Street Edmond.  Taking over at the old lumber yard is a great family oriented dining and social gathering destination named Edmond Railyard. The Grant Group using plans drawn up by The Small Group Architects has created a unique haven for foodies to gather and quench all manners of cravings.  From "Hott Wings" (think Eddies), Gogi Go Korean BBQ, Oak City Open fire Pizza, 1884 tavern and snacks, and Cities Ice Cream, there is something for nearly every one.  All of the restaurants are working hard to open within the next 60 days with Hott Wings being ready for business this weekend, and Gogi Go not far behind.  Cities Ice Cream will quickly follow then 1884 and Oak City Pizza.  An enormous covered patio area opening into 1884 will seat over 200 for many types of events. More seating than tnat is available inside plus sit-down seating inside the restaurant areas give many options as the concept is to allow food from any vendor to be carried to any place in the building area.  

The site next to the railroad is going to be the. next. place. to. be., especially once the BNSF finishes the renovations needed to make the passage through Edmond a "No Whistle" zone.  Lots happening in Downtown Edmond and we were thrilled to hear from the source how the project is coming along.


Have You Heard What's Going on at the Railyard? We Have, and it's Going to be Awesome! George Strecker 2019-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
TLC Cards? A Few left (but we can get more)! See Gary! George Strecker 2019-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Kelly Burley Highlights S.L.U.O. Uniting Animal Shelters to Increase Adoptions.

Posted on Aug 18, 2019

Up until a few weeks ago, Kelly Burley was program director at KOSU, an NPR affiliate radio station.  Upon his retirement after 26 years of that profession, he finds himself heading up a new non-profit, Save Lives-Unite Oklahoma, started and primarily funded by the Kirkpatrick Foundation.  Its goal is to combine efforts of No-Kill animal shelters across the Metro in an attempt to increase the adoption rate of shelter/rescue pets to 90% by 2025.  The new program, Save Lives, Unite Oklahoma, (SLUO) will collaborate efforts of dozens of animal shelters and using the resources of the Kirkpatrick Foundation and the efforts of Kelley's newly developing team to explore methods of increasing awareness of neuter-spay programs, vaccination before sale or adoption of any pet, more regulation of puppy-mills, and any method needed to unit rescue animals with permanent families, including more social networking, advertising, etc.  Note, The Goal of 90% or below is effectively the entire population of healthy "adoptable" animals.

Note: Unfortunately due to gross abuse, neglect and accidents there will continue to be a portion of the animal population that cannot be saved, the shelters in many cases can only make the animal as comfortable as possible.  This is the last thing No-Kill humane shelters want to be, but is unavoidable.


Kelly Burley Highlights S.L.U.O. Uniting Animal Shelters to Increase Adoptions. George Strecker 2019-08-18 05:00:00Z 0

Club Passes the Hat for $165 for Buck$ 4 Bike$

Posted on Aug 10, 2019

Edmond Summit Rotary featured D'Anna Pulliam with the Women's Auxiliary of Salvation Army at the August 6th meeting. D'Anna explained the program that provided over 1400 bicycles to OKC children last year and is on track for that many or more this year.  She explained how the bikes are purchased direct from Huffy and shipped gratis by Fedex then assembled by volunteers then checked by professionals prior to presenting to the kids.  Safety helmets are donated by a local professional bicycle association.  Pictured from left to right, Treasurer Koorosh Zahrai, President George Strecker, D'Anna Pullium, Program Chair Julie Hovis.  

The club consented to collecting a donation over a couple weeks and was able to present a check to D'Anna for Buck$ 4 Bike$ for $165.00 which is enough for over 4 of the smaller bicycles or 3 of the medium bicycles.   The Red Bucket President Strecker is holding is placed at many businesses around the city and is a mainstay in the fundraising process, along with regular donations from businesses and organizations. For more information contact the Salvation Army and ask about the bicycle program or ask for the "bicycle lady". also

Club Passes the Hat for $165 for Buck$ 4 Bike$ George Strecker 2019-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Teacher of the Year is Melody Wright of Edmond Santa Fe HS!

Posted on Aug 10, 2019

   At the August 6th meeting,  Edmond Summit Rotary presented its annual “Service Above Self” Edmond Teacher of the Year Award to Santa Fe High School Teacher Melody Wright. Presenting the award Plaque and a $1,000.00 check was Rotarian Koorosh Zahrai who chairs and administers the award contest for the club. Also in attendance to applaud Melody in this achievement were her husband, J. Wright, daughter Cooper and Son Cale Wright, Jason Hays, Principal of Santa Fe High School, Syd Hammond, a student of Melody Wright, and Shannon Peregrin, friend and guest. Award Winner Melody Wright and Santa Fe H.S. Principal Jason Hays are pictured at right. 

      Melody Wright is a 22 year veteran teacher of English, Literature, and Language Arts and continuously strives to bring the English language and literature to life in her classroom. At the same time she is immersed in activities and after school functions where she constantly interacts with students and is attentive to those details that can affect the classroom.

     Edmond Summit Rotary hosts an annual online contest that allows students, parents, or anyone who wishes to enter a teacher for consideration for doing “Service Above Self” for the classroom. The winner of the contest is awarded $1000.00 and a plaque.  If there are sufficient entries, there may be additional prizes awarded. The contest is advertised in local newspapers and on social media and through school administration public relations.
Edmond Summit Teacher of the Year is Melody Wright of Edmond Santa Fe HS! George Strecker 2019-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

Dr.Olay Speaks on a Viral Topic: Measles

Posted on Aug 05, 2019

Rotarian of the Day Dr. Michael Olay, spoke about what is becoming a pretty critical topic these days. The common childhood disease, measles is on the rise in several parts of the country and around the world.  Measles is easily one of the most preventable childhood diseases due to the availability of effective vaccines since the 1960's.  However, an obscure article that appeared in medical journals that linked measles vaccine to autism, but have since been discredited and removed, is running rampant in social media and causing many clusters of society to refuse the vaccine.  This is a dangerous practice as measles can prove dangerous to some of the weaker populace.

Worldwide, Measle outbreaks killed over 110,000 people in 2017.  Before the introduction of measles vaccine in 1963 and widespread vaccination, major epidemics occurred approximately every 2–3 years and measles caused an estimated 2.6 million deaths each year. In the US, where the population is thankfully covered by better nutrition and education about sanitation, there have only been 1 or two verifiable measles fatalities in the past couple of years. 

(The measles vaccine has been in use for over 50 years. It is safe, effective and inexpensive. It costs approximately one US dollar to immunize a child against measles. The measles vaccine is often incorporated with rubella and/or mumps vaccines. It is equally safe and effective in the single or combined form. Adding rubella to measles vaccine increases the cost only slightly, and allows for shared delivery and administration costs.

In 2017, about 85% of the world's children received 1 dose of measles vaccine by their first birthday through routine health services – up from 72% in 2000. Two doses of the vaccine are recommended to ensure immunity and prevent outbreaks, as about 15% of vaccinated children fail to develop immunity from the first dose. © 2019 WHO)

Dr.Olay Speaks on a Viral Topic: Measles George Strecker 2019-08-05 05:00:00Z 0

Innovation Keeps Citizens Bank Strong in a Small Market

Posted on Jul 28, 2019

Jill Castilla, (left), President and CEO of Citizens Bank of Edmond was the speaker at the July 23rd meeting and presented an entertaining and informative overview of the history and the vision of Citizens Bank. Nearly 120 years of history and success at the same location in downtown Edmond say a lot about the stability of an institution. However there have been rough times also.  Having to sell remote facilities that had just opened to regain capital when the economy dropped was an example.  Citizens learned from this and became innovative in their approach to remote banking. Their latest fully automated system, undergoing patent review is near downtown Oklahoma City and can handle cash deposits and withdrawals of coins and paper currency up to $10,000 per transaction.  It is one of a kind and a direct result of Jill's diligence in investigation every avenue and lead until finding the team and technologies needed to accomplish the desired outcome.  She simply would not give up until she had all the information she needed and then putting the package together and working through the maze of regulations and contractors until the final product was acceptable. 

No wonder she has been named one of the top banking executives of North America, and most recently Community Banker of the Year, among other honors. 

Citizens Bank is also a sponsor of "Heard on Hurd", a monthly celebration of music, food, and arts held on the third Saturday of each month from March to October and each event benefits a local charity.  What began with a turnout of a few hundred on the first weekend event has grown to now an average of over 10,000 who attend these 4 hour family friendly events.

For more information on Citizens Bank and Heard on Hurd to to 

Innovation Keeps Citizens Bank Strong in a Small Market George Strecker 2019-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

Goodbye Letter from Doddy to the Club

Posted on Jul 22, 2019
July 22, 2019
From: Dorotea Gravellino []

Dear Edmond summit Club , THANK YOU! This year has changed my life for ever and thanks to your hospitality I had a wonderful experience. Thank you for your commitment and for your amazing and warming welcome . I am sure all the exchange students you will have in the future will be having a blast ! I am feeling blessed since the day I found a home here in Edmond thanks to this club and all the amazing people in it . I hope I will be able to visit soon , thank you again , I wish you all the best ! Good luck on your lives , I’ll see you soon , Love Doddy 🌟 I unfortunately don’t have anyone’s email anymore but here is mine , please let’s keep in touch it would mean so much to me !!! ❤️
Goodbye Letter from Doddy to the Club George Strecker 2019-07-22 05:00:00Z 0

Banner Exchange with Exiting Exchange Students 

Posted on Jul 15, 2019


District 5750 Rotary Youth Exchange Coordinator Jerry Burger was on hand at the July 9th meeting and assisted in passing on the Edmond Summit Rotary Exchange Banners to our exiting students, Dorotea Gavellino (left) and Elisa Bourgon (right).  Dorotea (Dotty) came to us from Cagliari Sardinia, Italy and Elisa from Madrid, Spain.  Both were honor roll students and had many memorable times in their nearly year-long stay in the U.S. Elisa has already returned home as of the 11th and Dotty will return to Sardinia;on the 26th of July. They certainly carried on the proud tradition of the Rotary Youth Exchange Scholarship program.  Bon Voyage Dotty and Elisa and best wishes for your bright futures!  

Edmond Summit is expecting two more inbound exchange students for the coming school year and Kayla and Jeff Blount have graciously agreed to be their first host family.  

Banner Exchange with Exiting Exchange Students George Strecker 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

President's Gavel Passed to George Strecker for 2019-2020 Term

Posted on Jul 07, 2019

June 25th, 2019.  Shown at left, Incoming President for 2019-2020, George Strecker presents immediate past president, Koorosh Zahrai, a handsome wall plaque with a permanently fixed gavel as a tribute to two consecutive years as president of Edmond Summit Rotary.

Previously, Koorosh handed out several recognition awards, including Distinguished Service Awards to Gary Jones for Fundraising, Julie Hovis for RYLA, School Book ordering and delivery, and program scheduling, and Eriech Tapia for facilitating the club move from Mercy to the new Downtown Citizen's Bank location.  Also perfect attendance recognitions were handed out to Michael Olay (20 yr), George Strecker(14 yr), Gary Jones (5 yr), and Koorosh Zahrai (4 yr).  

President's Gavel Passed to George Strecker for 2019-2020 Term George Strecker 2019-07-07 05:00:00Z 0

Our Final RYLA Recipient Attends June 18th Meeting

Posted on Jun 24, 2019

Celia Relland, pictured at right with RYLA Coordinator Julie Hovis (far Right) is our third RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) recipient this year with a scholarship to attend the RYLA camp to be held later this month near Guthrie. RYLA is a week of concentrated activities involving problem solving, peer and team relationship building, effective leadership training and above all a fun filled learning experience that carries over for a lifetime for many who participate. Congratulations Celia! 

Our Final RYLA Recipient Attends June 18th Meeting George Strecker 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

PIVOT Provides Turning Point for Homeless Teens

Posted on Jun 24, 2019
Pivot, Inc. is a nonprofit community organization that advocates, educates, intervenes and counsels youth and families to make a positive difference in their lives. Melanie Anthony, Director of Pivot OKC was our speaker last Tuesday, June 18, and spoke about this important non-profit that is making a huge positive impact on homeless teenagers in the Oklahoma City metro area. 
There are many young people in our community who need a safe, secure place to stay as well as access to basic necessities like food, personal hygiene items and clothing. Pivot offers support and resources through its food pantry and clothing closets, as well as short and long-term housing solutions. Whether in the child welfare system, living on their own without parental support, formerly juvenile justice involved, or runaway—they can provide safe, stable housing. Through Pivot, youth are equipped to dramatically change the trajectory of their lives — helping them transition from a life of fear and instability to that of hope and opportunity. 
Pivot strives to address the root cause of behaviors, circumstances and barriers the youth they serve face. Their licensed therapists, youth advocates and specialists are trained to identify adverse childhood experiences that range from physical, emotional or sexual abuse, to community violence, parental divorce or the incarceration of a parent or guardian. Each young person who comes to Pivot has access to resources and services that address their physical, emotional, spiritual and mental health needs. Pivot can also help with depression, poor nutrition, high risk behaviors, substance abuse, anxiety, unlawful actions and grief. 
 In late April, Impact Oklahoma awarded Pivot one of their coveted $100,000 impact grants for our Pivotal Impact – Independent Living proposal. Impact Oklahoma’s funds will be used to build three tiny homes, each one with a bed, small kitchen and bathroom, right here on Pivot’s campus. These tiny homes will be the first in a planned community of individual homes to serve as transitional housing for Pivot’s young clients.  Ultimately over 80 tiny homes are planned in this development.  This is the beginning of what Pivot believes to be one answer to youth homelessness in our community.  They believe the tiny home movement is a viable solution to housing youth desperately in need of a place to live. To find out more and to see how you can help go to
PIVOT Provides Turning Point for Homeless Teens George Strecker 2019-06-24 05:00:00Z 0

Two RYLA Award Winners Attend June 11th Meeting

Posted on Jun 17, 2019

Pictured with Club President Koorosh Zahrai are Katie Scott (L) and Sarah Stone, (R). These were  two of the three RYLA recipients who were chosen by Edmond Summit to attend the RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) Camp to be held in July near Guthrie this year. Both girls attend Edmond Sante Fe High School and were chosen based on recommendations from school counsellors and their written answers on the application form. Congratulations Katie and Sarah!

Two RYLA Award Winners Attend June 11th Meeting George Strecker 2019-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Andrea Stone Speaks for Moms Demand Action at June 11th Meeting

Posted on Jun 16, 2019

Our speaker at the JUNE 11TH meeting was Andrea Stone, pictured at left with Rotarian of the day, Roland Herwig. Andrea is a spokesman for Moms Demand Action, a group devoting itself to making it more difficult for criminals and persons under restraining orders etc., to obtain firearms.  They also advocate for the SMART Home gun safety program originated by the NRA and now furthered by the program.  Another cause they lobby for is to have common sense limits on when, where, and how loaded guns are carried and used in public.  They actively support policies that respect Second Amendment Rights AND protect people.

Moms Demand Action information can be found at and on facebook and twitter.

Andrea Stone Speaks for Moms Demand Action at June 11th Meeting George Strecker 2019-06-16 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Announces Venue Change Effective June 11th 

At the May 21st social held at Venue 102, Club President Koorosh Zahrai made the official announcement that Edmond Summit plans to begin meeting at Citizens Bank, 1 E. First St. Edmond, on June 11th.  The board feels that this will position Edmond Summit closer to a part of the business and social population that may not otherwise be able to attend. It also provides more activity to the thriving downtown scene.  For more details feel free to contact the bulletin editor. 

Edmond Summit Announces Venue Change Effective June 11th George Strecker 2019-06-03 05:00:00Z 0
MAY 28th MEETING WILL BE AT MERCY I-35, EDMOND, OK. 1st FLOOR CONF. RM. A 07:00 AM George Strecker 2019-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

President Zahrai Awards Citation 

Posted on May 11, 2019
Club president Koorosh Zahrai presented Rotarian George Strecker, far right, a Service above Self award at the May 7th meeting in recognition for taking care of "a lot of stuff" within the club. 
President Zahrai Awards Citation George Strecker 2019-05-11 05:00:00Z 0

Summit Assists Trailblazer's Admission to RYLA Camp

Posted on May 11, 2019
Tracie McCoy at left, Senior at Edmond Sante Fe High School was presented a check for $150 to assist her with her admission fee to District 5750 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) Camp this summer as a Trailblazer Counselor.  Tracie attended RYLA for the time last year and was selected to return in a counselor role this year.
RYLA Camp provides an intensive leadership experience that builds communication skills, teaches creative problem solving, and challenges participants to change not only themselves but the world. The District 5750 RYLA Camp is located near Guthrie.
Summit Assists Trailblazer's Admission to RYLA Camp George Strecker 2019-05-11 05:00:00Z 0
We Have Summit Rotary CAPS AND TEES RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW! George Strecker 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Earns Gold Level 2018-19 D.G. Citation

Club President, Koorosh Zahrai was presented the District Governor's Gold Citation at the 5750--5770 District Retreat held May 3-4 at the Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, Oklahoma. The award recognized the efforts Edmond Summit put forth in 2018-2019 in areas of Rotary service.  

We especially want to recognize the members in the club that are responsible for our Youth Exchange Students and our RYLA participation.  These two categories alone and the ancillary coordination required to make them a success made up nearly 40% of the points that pushed our club to the Gold level.  Thank you Kayla and Jeff Blount, Jeff and Andrea Amos, Julie Hovis, Bob Donaldson, and others, and our special thanks to Jerry Burger who has helped us so much in the Youth Exchange Program.  The Club officers including our President, treasurer, secretary, as well as our Foundation Chair also contributed significantly to reaching this goal.  The fact that Edmond Summit is a 100% sustaining member club in contributions to the Rotary Foundation every year also counted toward this goal, so everyone in the club had a part in this award!  GREAT JOB EDMOND SUMMIT ROTARIANS!

Edmond Summit Earns Gold Level 2018-19 D.G. Citation George Strecker 2019-05-05 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on May 05, 2019

Jessica Clayton (at left and at right with Rotarian of the day and Club President Koorosh Zahrai), Senior Development Officer with the Mercy Health Foundation was our guest speaker at the April 30th meeting.  She gave a brief history of Mercy, Sisters of Mercy, and then gave some figures of how Mercy Health has affected the medical community in the past few years and what is coming.

When a young Irish woman named Catherine McAuley received an unexpected inheritance, she gave thanks to God and her benefactor. Catherine used those funds to open the first house of Mercy, serving impoverished women and children in Dublin. Catherine founded the Sisters of Mercy, a new kind of religious community – one that lived outside cloistered walls. The sisters were known as the “walking Sisters” because of their willingness to go out and serve the community.

The Sisters of Mercy arrived in Oklahoma in 1884 and their mission continues today at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. The Sisters first purchased Oklahoma City General Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City in 1947. Thirty years later, the visionary Sisters moved Mercy to its current location along the John Kilpatrick Turnpike in thriving northwest Oklahoma City. Like the Sisters who pioneered health care in Oklahoma, Mercy remains forward-thinking and continues delivering exceptional and compassionate care to Oklahoma City.

Catherine’s legacy lives on through the generous gifts of donors like you. Gifts to Mercy Health Foundation Oklahoma City support critical projects in this community. That’s right. Every dollar you give advances health care right here at home. For more information, go to their website at


Bob Donaldson Awarded for Club Service

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

During the April 23rd meeting, Club President Koorosh Zahrai presented Bob Donaldson, pictured far right a plaque for Service Above Self for taking on the effort and responsibility for planning all the club socials over several years, as well as working with inbound Rotary Youth exchange students and staying involved in membership recruitment. 

Bob Donaldson Awarded for Club Service George Strecker 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Fleet Manager Enlightens Summit Rotary on Waste Management System

Posted on Apr 29, 2019
 Bobby Masterson, left,is the Fleet/ Solid Waste Superintendent for the City of Edmond. He also oversees all of Edmond's Fleet purchasing and maintenance, and oversees the facilities for Solid Waste disposal. We had him as our speaker this past Tuesday the 23rd of April.
We fill the big green and blue bins up with all of our used or unwanted household debris and set them on the curb in the morning.  When we get back home the bins are empty and the cycle starts all over. Or has it just started?? What happens to the stuff we toss away? Somebody has to be in charge of it, as well as all of the big trash truck maintenance and, by the way, if it has City of Edmond on the side, his department takes care of it. Lured to Edmond after spending 16 years honing his skills in Texas, Bob was first given the position of supervisor of the solid waste department. After transforming the department into the efficient model it is today, the city manager's office began to task him with more duties until now Bob holds sway over all of the rolling stock on the City of Edmond asset list, from fork lifts to Fire Trucks.   Every piece of rolling stock has its own ID number and all expenses incurred by that unit are now maintained in house, logged and charged to the unit and then back to the department that own the unit. This has made all departments able to track perfectly their expenses that in the past had been impossible.

Just a few facts about trash we learned from Bob at the meeting:
Edmond residents set out about 40,000 green trash carts per week.  Each trash truck in the fleet can pick up about 1590 carts per day with an ideal route containing a count of 1100 carts. 
Edmond spends approximately $2.5  million dollars per year in waste disposal fees.  $700K in Vehicle Repairs, $474K  Fuel,  $716K Fleet Funding costs, $267K cost per new truck (2 this year and 3 scheduled next year), $178,600 for tires. This covers operation for 12-14 trucks/day dependent on conditions. The approximate cost of waste for Edmond is $41.10 per Ton.
About Recycling: Environmentally and socially  justified but economically Edmond writes a check for nearly $1million a year ($983K)to recycle 4663.08 Tons of material for $196K savings (almost $700 to the red now, but steadily improving through education and improved efficiency at the recycling center).  He stated that Aluminum was the most recyclable material with cardboard closely following.  Plastic bottles are a "wash" as they can be made from scratch as cheap as recycled. 
Edmond is in the lead as far as most cities in their recycling and waste disposal efforts. Anything that needs to be disposed of can be handled but not all can be put in the green bins. Hazardous materials must be disposed of through a different pick up as well as electronics, building material (bricks, stone, etc). The directions for taking care of these can be found by going to

Many other services can be found on the website. 

Edmond Fleet Manager Enlightens Summit Rotary on Waste Management System George Strecker 2019-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Summit Rotarians Deliver New Books Honoring Speakers to Sunset Elementary 

Posted on Apr 15, 2019

Edmond Summit Rotarians, Suzy Thrash (far left in the picture and Julie Hovis next to her) recently delivered a shipment of books to the reading library of Edmond Sunset Elementary School.  The books were donated to honor guest speakers at Edmond Summit Meetings. In the club, every guest speaker has a book donated to a local elementary school with their name inscribed on the inside cover. This particular donation was around 35 books with a retail value of over $600.00. As the picture shows, the students in the library at the time were excited to receive new books. The gift of books insures the children have fresh literature to explore when they visit their school's resource library.

Summit Rotarians Deliver New Books Honoring Speakers to Sunset Elementary George Strecker 2019-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond's Newest Elected(s) Speak at April 9th Meeting

Posted on Apr 15, 2019

The Election is over and everything is smooth sailing in Edmond for now except for a couple of small problems.  "Edmond schools are too good and our crime rates are too low", and this is causing some big problems that we don't want to go away.  But we have to work to take care of our infrastructure to take care of the good people who continue to insist that Edmond is THE BEST PLACE to live!  This means better traffic control, even more schools, and more access to trails and activities.  All the newly elected officials, Mayor Dan O'Neal (left) Ward 2 Councilman, Josh Moore (top right) and Ward 1 Councilman, David Chapman, agree on this.  How we go about it may take some discussion and sleepless nights, but rest assured, these three individuals appear open minded and willing to work together to keep Edmond progressing and growing responsibly and responsively to meet the needs and many of the wants of future citizens, and even leaders of this wonderful city.  We are in good hands, even if we have to question the Mayor's choice of headgear for the meeting (you had to be there)! 

Edmond's Newest Elected(s) Speak at April 9th Meeting George Strecker 2019-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

The Grass CAN be Greener on Your Side of the Fence!

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

Greg Smith was the Rotarian of the day for May 2nd and he invited Master Gardener Shirley Ellis as his speaker.  Shirley has been an avid gardener since her youth, growing up with a truck gardening grandfather and always having her heart focused on the nature of growing beautiful plants.  

Her topics focused on the importance of utilizing the Oklahoma extension service as much as possible. Getting your yard soil tested is the first step in a successful lawn.  Oklahoma lawns are notorious for being low in acidity and nitrogen, especially if watered by sprinkler systems and city water.   Soil analysis can verify and can eliminate wasting unnecessary nutrients on the  yards that may result in dangerous runoff.  

"Oklahoma Proven" Look For It!! These plants are the ones that will survive our extremes of hot and dry to soaking and cold conditions and produce the most prolific blooms and harvest. Also, plant for the benefit of our migratory guests, Monarch Butterflies (milkweed), etc.  Beware of insecticides that may do harm to bees and other pollinators.  Above all, plant for your taste but have a plan.  START NOW. TAX DAY, APRIL 15th is her magic date for all things blooming to be planted so soil prep and analysis should already be done by then.  

Shirley handed out several OSU extension bulletins that are also available on their website

That leads to Edmond Summit Rotary Fundraiser TLC Garden Center Gift Cards, available from Gary Jones.  TLC Garden Center has Oklahoma Proven plants available and all your gardening needs ready for you.  $20 cards are good year round and never expire. 

The Grass CAN be Greener on Your Side of the Fence! George Strecker 2019-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

Mark Brim Updates Summit on Mercy Build

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

At the March 26th meeting Mark Brim (Right), Mercy Building Director overseeing the construction of the new facility to the south of the Mercy I-35 Health Center updated the club on the progress of its construction. Mark indicated the first patient would be admitted Oct 7th of this year.  He went over the various departments, including OB/GYN, Trauma, Imaging, outpatient, etc.  Nearly the entire lower floor is built into a hill and can be utilized as a disaster shelter if needed.  

A Drone Video showing the current state of the construction can be views at :


Mark Brim Updates Summit on Mercy Build George Strecker 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

How to Make a Village Work by Marilyn Olson

Posted on Mar 23, 2019
Our speaker at the March 19th meeting was Marilyn Olson with Villages OKC. 
Marilyn emphasised was that we should not try to look for VillagesOKC on a map since it is a Plan, NOT a Place. It is not a real estate development or a retirement community. It is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who come together and develop the resources they will need to age comfortably in their own homes. Villages bring services to people rather than moving people to services. It is a "hub" of neighbors helping neighbors to create networks of support and reduced-cost professional services.
The village movement is one of the most viable options to let our society cope with the upcoming “Revolution Aging.” The revolution is due to the unprecedented number of seniors in America over 55. This number is growing by 10,000 per day. This number is many times greater than the number of available retirement communities or assisted living communities available or even planned. Thus has developed another option - aging in place in one's own home. So far over 200 "Villages" are in operation across America and over 150 more are in the planning stages.
Villages OKC Northwest is the first Village in Oklahoma City and has started as anot for profit corporation established September 2017 by a group of volunteer neighbors. The boundaries are I-40, Sara Road on the west, Western Avenue on the east, and 206th on the north.
There are three levels of membership available:
  • Full Services Members can receive services in the home as well as attend all social and educational events as well as computer access to the vetted vendor list.
  • Social Memberships allow attendance at all social and educational events and also access to the vetted vendor list.
  • Associate Memberships are for anyone not living within the VillagesOKC Northwest parameters, with the same benefits and fees as social members.
Associate membes are likely considering the development of a spoke Village near their home. Life-long Learning: We believe the more we know, the better we age We plan regular seminars and workshops for our village members – for example, technology assistance for phone/computer/tablet/TV; information on Medicare supplements; Oklahoma gardening, and more.
Steps to becoming a member are simple: apply, complete the background check, pay the annual fee. A detailed explanation of the membership categories and fees is located on the Members Tab.

Many who are village members are also volunteers - because having a meaningful purpose adds value to life. "When you have something to give, you are never poor". 

How to Make a Village Work by Marilyn Olson George Strecker 2019-03-23 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Mar 17, 2019

Club President Koorosh Zahrai recently presented Rotarian Dr. John Polkinghorne, D.D.S., with a Service Above Self Award for doing extensive pro-bono dental work for one of our inbound Rotary Exchange Students. "Dr. John" is one of Edmond Summit Rotary's Charter Members, and while his busy practice keeps him from many of the club's normal activities, his work behind the scenes is invaluable to the Club's operation. 

If you're needing dental work done, give his office a call to see if he can work you in. While there, be prepared to find out about glass blowing, skeet shooting, dog raising, you name it, Dr. John has probably tried it or researched it!

"ATTA BOY!!" DR. JOHN!!! George Strecker 2019-03-17 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Edmond Fire Department EMS Chief Brian Davis(right) and Chief Training Officer Joe Elam Jr. were our special guest speakers at the March 5th meeting. Chief Davis was hired specifically to improve the readiness of the Edmond Fire department to work with medical emergencies and to augment EMSA Services. Due to his efforts, currently all Fire Department personnel are medically trained and will often arrive before an ambulance. Because the ambulance is not stationed at the Edmond fire stations, it usually takes longer for the ambulance to arrive on a medical scene. The firefighters will arrive and begin treatment immediately, often resulting in a better outcome for the patient. In a more complicated medical emergency, the Fire Department personnel will be needed to assist the two paramedics on the ambulance. The Fire Department is committed to providing the highest level of care possible, and this means getting the emergency responders on scene as quickly as possible. Edmond now ranks right up with the best in the nation in outcomes in cardiac arrest calls, time to arrive, and all other measurable factors.  This is a great tribute to the training regimen the Edmond Fire Department personnel complete to maintain their efficiency.


American Energy Swim Club Producing National Ranked Swimmers

Posted on Mar 03, 2019

Rotarian of the Day, George Glover, (right) presented a program at the Feb 26th meeting that focused on the American Energy Swim Club. This club was established as the Oklahoma City Swim Club in 1959, and since  then has been the Kerr McGee Swim Club, The Chespeake Energy Swim Club, then under Aubry McClendon's foundation, became the American Energy Swim Club.  After Mr. McClendon's passing their board voted to retain the name American Energy Swim Club in his honor.  This has happened over 60 years. 

  • Today, over 205 swimmers from over 170 families in the OKC Metro participate in the AESC. 
  • The AESC hosts the longest swim meets in the OKC Metro.
  • In 2018 the AESC sent the largest OK  swim team to the S. Central Y. Sectionals Championship and placed 4th against 45 teams from OK, KS, AR and MO
  • In 2018 they also sent the LARGEST OKS TEAM to the 2018 FUTURES CHAMPIONSHIP in Rochester, MN.
  • Two AESC Athletes were recognized as Central OK Athletic Conference Swimmers of the Year
  • Four AESC swimmers named to USA Swimmers 2018-18 Scholastic All Americans list ( Maintained at least 3.5 GPA and swam a time equal to a 2017 Winter Junior Olympic Championship Qualifying time!!! Wowsah!!!
  • At least 6 recent scholarship commitments to NCAA Universities.  
  • Provide Community Service to Angel Bins, OKLA Food Bank, and Blankets for Children's Hospital, among others
  • Named as one of the top 200 Swim Clubs by USA Swimming for the 2nd year in a row!
The Mission of the AESC from their Website:  "Our mission is to develop leaders with integrity, discipline and excellence in the water, in families, and in the community. Our vision for the future is twofold: To produce elite and national caliber athletes on a consistent basis. To foster communities where water safety and swimming are accessible to all."
For more information about American Energy Swim Club take a look at their website :


American Energy Swim Club Producing National Ranked Swimmers George Strecker 2019-03-03 06:00:00Z 0

Cary Osborne Herwig Provides Insights to Mystery Writing at Feb. 19th Meeting

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Cary Osborne (Herwig), was our guest speaker Feb 19th.  She is otherwise known in the industry as Cary G. Osborne the author of nine published novels in science fiction, fantasy, and mystery. These include the Iroshi series, the Deathweave series, and the new Sydney St. John mystery series. More than 20 short stories have been published in all of those genres, as well as horror. She is or has been a member of Science Fiction Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers, and Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc., 

Cary let us in on some trade secrets and some common sense ways of procuring information for research.  Some wise words like "write about things that you are interested in" topped the list, of course, but others hit the mark.  She insists on accuracy in her writing whether it is fiction or not.  "Just because it's make believe doesn't mean you can put something in the story that's just not right, or someone is going to call you on it"!  Details are important especially in mysteries. Weather especially in Oklahoma actually becomes like another character, she says.

Keeping several balls in the air and all the plates spinning is how I envision Cary working. She says she often is working on 5 to 6 projects at a time! However, She does say  that's too many and she has backed away from that much confusion now.  She does take the opportunity to attend writers conferences to "rub elbows" with like minded individuals and "recharge". These also are a good source of contacts for proofreaders and she does get some ideas and there are always opportunities for characters to present themselves. 

Cary is a frequent visitor to downtown Edmond where she can be found observing and absorbing the energy of the people to insert into her works.  Some of Cary's musings can be found on her blog at

Cary Osborne Herwig Provides Insights to Mystery Writing at Feb. 19th Meeting George Strecker 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

2019-20 Club Officer Slate Picked

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

The Edmond Summit Officers for 2019-20 were approved at the Feb. 19th Board Meeting.

The 2019-20 Executives will be:
President-Elect:  George Strecker,
Treasurer: Koorosh Zahrai, 
Secretary; Eriech Tapia (pending PHD notification from OU),
RYLA Chair: Julie Hovis
Social Chair: Bob Donaldson
Sgt at Arms; Roland Herwig
George Strecker will continue to do the bulletin unless/until another volunteers for it.

2019-20 Club Officer Slate Picked George Strecker 2019-02-25 06:00:00Z 0


Edmond Newspapers have been notified and Edmond School Admin has been contacted. We hope to start getting some results soon. However, any contacts you have at school boards, etc. need to be contacted to let them know about our new online contest to find at least three of the most deserving teachers in Edmond to recognize for SERVICE ABOVE SELF for 2019. 



The annual Edmond Summit Rotary "Service Above Self" Teacher Award contest is now open for entries.  Last year we awarded $1,500.00 in cash awards to the top three winners: Wes and Mary Singleton of Memorial HS, Lt. Col. Kenneth Young of North HS, and Elizabeth Pekrul of Clegern Elementary

Students or Parents wishing to nominate a favorite Edmond School teacher simply go to the Edmond Summit Rotary website and click on the menu item "2019 Edmond Service Above Self Teacher Award Entry Form".  It is recommended that the summary for why the teacher is being recommended be done on a separate program, ie Word, notepad, etc and then pasted onto the blank of the entry form so that spelling and grammatical errors can be corrected prior to submission.

We are looking forward to seeing lots of "teacher love" coming through these entries.


Edmond Summit Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

On Friday night, Jan. 18th, the Edmond Summit Rotary club met at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute to celebrate the club’s 20th anniversary.

With nearly 35 in attendance, Bob Donaldson, past club president, put on the social with the help of the current president Koorosh Zahrai, and other members. Special guests included District Governor, Jessica Sherrill, Past District Governors, Jerry Burger and Hal Stevens. Also in attendance was past President and charter member Alan Schaefer, Assistant District Governor Chris Koehler, and several others.

Live music, barbecue and a slideshow were a part of the celebrations. The event lasted from 6 p.m. until 8 that evening.

The Edmond Summit Rotary meets at 7 a.m. every Tuesday at the Mercy at 2017 W I- 35 Frontage Road with a guest speaker and a light breakfast.
Upper right, Bob Donaldson provides the club with a brief history of the club with assistance from other charter members in the crowd.  Below, Roland Herwig and Joe Herwig discuss events of the day and in the background, Gary Jones, Koorosh Zahrai and Julie Hovis discuss what to do with leftover adult beverages (LOL). Bottom right, Koorosh addresses the club with the achievements of the club since its inception.

Edmond Summit Celebrates 20th Anniversary George Strecker 2019-01-21 06:00:00Z 0

Jeff Amos Updates Summit Rotary on Exchange Student Elizabeth Nichols

Posted on Jan 13, 2019

Rotarian of the Day, Jeff Amos gave a presentation Jan. 8th about the Rotary Youth Exchange Program from a very personal perspective, a parent, and coincidentally as a host parent. Jeff and Andrea's daughter, Elizabeth is currently an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Madrid, Spain. They are also just beginning to host an inbound Rotary Exchange Student. 

Jeff explained some of the ins and outs of the processes involved, including visas, school transcripts, translation problems, etc. they had to work through, even with huge cooperation on both ends from the Rotarians involved in the process.  Now that Elizabeth is in her third month "in-situ" she is thriving and considering even more opportunities to study abroad. The opportunities the Rotary program has opened up for her and countless other young people is phenomenal!  Immersion in another culture is just about the only way to really get to know how another nation really works. The chance to see historical features and touch and walk the paths of people one has only read about opens the mind to see that there really was a process that lead up to how the world is now.  This information and these experiences will give these kids a boost and prepare them to become leaders with wisdom beyond their peers (and years).

Jeff Amos Updates Summit Rotary on Exchange Student Elizabeth Nichols George Strecker 2019-01-13 06:00:00Z 0

Peppers Ranch Benefits from Edmond Summit's 2018 Raffle

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Tonya Ratcliff at left, Executive Director of Peppers Ranch accepts a check for $1560.00 from Edmond Summit Rotary president, Koorosh Zahrai at the Dec. 11th meeting.  The money was a part of the proceeds from the club's annual Sportsman's Raffle and Skeet shoot.

Peppers Ranch was chosen as one of the recipients of Summit Rotary's 2018 fundraiser, in part, because of their successes in developing a widely recognized model for accepting and housing foster children. Once the children are brought into the foster care of Peppers Ranch, they are raised in a stabile family unit and strong community environment and taught to successfully integrate into a normal productive adult life upon graduating out of the facility. 

Peppers Ranch Benefits from Edmond Summit's 2018 Raffle George Strecker 2018-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

Positive Tomorrows Benefits From Summit Rotary Raffle

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Margaret Creighton, Director of Development for Oklahoma City's Positive Tomorrows, receives a check for $1,100.00 from Edmond Summit Rotary President Koorosh Zahrai at the November 27th meeting. The donation was a portion of proceeds from the annual Sportsman's Raffle and Skeet Shoot sponsored by the club.

Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma's only elementary school specifically for homeless children, they give kids stability and a quality education while their parents get the support they need to create a better life. Operating for over 25 years, they have had countless success stories, but the need continues. Through donations like those of Edmond Summit Rotary they will continue to work to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty.

Positive Tomorrows Benefits From Summit Rotary Raffle George Strecker 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0

Urban Agrarian Helps Fill Gap left by Food COOP

Posted on Nov 19, 2018

Chelsey Simpson (R) was our speaker at the Nov. 13th meeting. Chelsey is manager and partner of Urban Agrarian Markets located in South OKC and now in downtown Edmond.

Urban Agrarian is a local grocer and food hub offering all the best goods from Oklahoma farms and producers.
Their mission:

  1. Support sustainable, humane growing practices

  2. Provide access to good, healthy, high-quality food

  3. Foster a network of thriving farms  

  4. Build community, community, community

They work directly with farmers to offer customers a carefully sourced selection of produce, eggs, dairy, humanely raised meat and convenient grab-and-go options. Using their commercial kitchen, they preserve seasonal produce and create convenient prepared foods. They also offer  online, shopping with pickup points at their original storefront in the Historic Farmers Market District, or the new location in downtown Edmond at 1E. Main. Interior picture lower left.

Since their start in 2008, they have worked with more than 140 Oklahoma farms, ranches and producers and generated more than $3.8 million in revenue. To some, that’s small potatoes, but for those who grow potatoes lol,, it’s big business. To some of the producers they work with, Urban Agrarian is their largest buyer. At this level, they are able to communicate with growers in advance, letting them know what will be purchased in the coming season. This provides them the security to plant more spinach, build another hoop house or invest in more animals.  They also do the same for value-added producers by providing a marketplace for products like kombucha, granola and ice cream.

   Their vision for the future of Urban Agrarian includes using a market  infrastructure to expand the range of local products available in Oklahoma, whether that means contracting with a farmer to grow kiwis (yes, they grow here!) or finding the state’s best mozzarella maker and convincing them to set up shop in their certified kitchen. This kind of infrastructure support has proven essential to the development of thriving food systems from Vermont to California—they  believe Oklahoma deserves no less! (excerpted and modified from Urban Agrarian Website)



Urban Agrarian Helps Fill Gap left by Food COOP George Strecker 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0
Greg Smith Receives Paul Harris Plus One Pin. George Strecker 2018-11-19 06:00:00Z 0

Raffle Winners

Posted on Nov 12, 2018
All the tickets have been counted and the results are in.  Folks, we did a really good job moving tickets and bringing in funds for our worthy causes, Peppers Ranch and Positive Tomorrows.  In all, we brought in a total of nearly $6,200 in sales, donations, and Skeet shoot entries. Taking out expenses for all of our prizes and the cost of the skeet shoot and raffle tickets, etc. we are left with a profit of approximately $3,850.00. This more than tripled our investment in the prizes for the raffle!!! WELL DONE! We will begin distributing the proceeds to our charities before the Holiday Season in order to help both of them prioritize where the money needs to go in this critical time of year.

The winners of the raffle drawings are listed below.
 Third Prize Winner of the Arctic Cove Cooler: Anita Kelley!
Second Prize Winner of the MasterBuilt Digital Smoker: Koorosh Zahrai!

First Prize Winner of the Browning A5 Shotgun: George Strecker!!
Raffle Winners George Strecker 2018-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

Pepper's Ranch Director Highlights Latest Facilities

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

We were honored to have Tonya Ratcliff, Executive Director of Peppers Ranch Foster Care Community speak to us at the Oct. 23rd meeting. Tonya has been an advocate of foster care for many years and when given the opportunity to head the Peppers Ranch Facilities, took on the challenge of a lifetime. She is a full time mother, foster mother, adoptive mother, and the chief fundraiser and spokesperson for Peppers Ranch. Tonya explained the mission of Peppers Ranch is to "break the cycle" of child abuse and neglect through loving homes, counseling, and growth-oriented activities. By creating a network of caring foster parents and adult mentors on whom children can depend, Peppers Ranch foster care community is committed to providing a safe and secure environment where physical and emotional wounds can heal. She went on to tell us that with the acquisition of their newest 460 acre facility on HWY 74 they now have the capability of providing care for foster kids who would otherwise age out of regular DHS facilities. Peppers Ranch now is home to 130 foster kids including 32 sibling groups that are being kept together due to their capabilities of caring for these cases. 21 kids were adopted in the past year, and all this with only 5 full time employees. All the rest is with volunteers and foster parents.  

Their Vision is  "to provide safe loving homes to as many of Oklahoma's abused and neglected children as we are able. By providing the necessary resources and services to foster parents, we sustain a commitment to the children in their care. And, our safe and nurturing community will inspire and equip each child to break the cycle, reach their full potential, and become productive citizens of society".

The Peppers Ranch Black and White Gala is this Saturday evening and she graciously reserved a table for 8 Rotarians. If anyone in the club wishes to attend, let me (the editor) know and I will RSVP Tonya with the details. Tickets are $150.00ea  or $275.00 for a couple.  Details are on their website at :   Just scroll down the page and you will find the Black and White Gala information. 


Pepper's Ranch Director Highlights Latest Facilities George Strecker 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Oh. My. Gosh!  IT'S THIS SATURDAY !!!

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

All available Edmond Summit Rotarians please plan to attend the skeet shoot this Saturday Morning if possible.  We will need people to prepare food, sell tickets, prepare entries for the Skeet Shoot, and assist in greeting and other important duties.  We will start at 8:00 in the morning at the OKC Gun Club Shotgun Range, North Hiwassee Road, Arcadia, OK.  On Hiwassee Rd, about 1/4 mile north of Sorghum Mill Road on the left (West Side).

Oh. My. Gosh!  IT'S THIS SATURDAY !!! George Strecker 2018-10-29 05:00:00Z 0

Free to Live

Posted on Oct 14, 2018

Reagan Hamlin (L) Executive Director of Free to Live Animal Sanctuary was our speaker at the October 9th meeting. Established in 1984, Free to Live Animal Sanctuary is the largest nonprofit, no-kill animal sanctuary in Oklahoma. Whether they are strays, abused, mistreated, neglected or extreme medical cases – all of the dogs and cats there will live out their lives with love, companionship and a sense of family from their dedicated staff and volunteers.

Free To Live began as a dream of Bill and his late wife Pat Larson. In 1982, the Edmond couple purchased 20 acres of land north of Edmond and began construction. The Larsons and a handful of dedicated volunteers did much of the work. On August 7, 1984, Free To Live opened its doors and the Larsons’ dream became a reality.

FTL currently averages about 70 adoptions per year (contrary to some rumors that the facility does not adopt!!). Due to the nature of many of the pets, a no questions policy is in effect for any FTL adopted pet that is returned to the facility. 

Since the facility is non profit, donations of time and money for food and vet services are always welcome. Reagan highlighted many opportunities of volunteering that are always available and great for single family or for group activities. More information is available on their website

Free to Live George Strecker 2018-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

SBA at UCO IS Ready to Help Grow Oklahoma

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

Cindi Carter, Director of the Small Business Administration office at the UCO location in Edmond was our speaker at the Oct. 2nd meeting. The SBA has been assisting small businesses start, grow and succeed for over 65 years. They remain committed to helping entrepreneurs access capital, government contracts, counseling, and disaster assistance.

The SBA partners with over 300 SCORE chapters, 100 Women's Business Centers, 980 Small Business Development Centers, and 20 Veterans Centers to provide coverage for every phase of the business cycle. Through counseling and training, for free or at low cost, these organizations put expertise for obtaining loans and grants and developing business plans in the hands of small business owners. SBA Loans are beneficial to the owner because they are typically at very competitive rates, spread over longer terms and have lower up front equity requirements than conventional loans.  The failure rate of the SBA loan is extremely low and are highly desirable in the aftermarket.

More information on working with the SBA to launch your small business can be obtained at

SBA at UCO IS Ready to Help Grow Oklahoma George Strecker 2018-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

Get  Your Teams Signed up for Skeet Nov 3rd!!

Just around the corner! Start getting those teams lined up for the fun and thrill of seeing those pesky clay birds turn to dust as your precisely guided shot contacts and dusts the target! November 3rd is just a month away! Food, ammo, and fellowship for the whole family, what more could you want for a Saturday morning?  Sign up sheets are available or download from our website  (IN the HOMEPAGE Download Files Section) 
Get Your Teams Signed up for Skeet Nov 3rd!! George Strecker 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Virtues of Man(n) (Isle of) Extolled by Victor Neal

Posted on Oct 01, 2018
 Our guest speaker for September 25th was Victor Neal with Prime Travel of Edmond, Oklahoma. Victor brought a wealth of information of his native state of the Isle of Mann, UK and shared it with the club. Familiarity certainly did not breed anything but a sincere admiration for the tiny nation.  The Isle of Mann experienced a huge population growth in the '60s when England abruptly turned socialist and began taxing incomes above £10,000 at the rate of £1.20 for every £1.00 earned! Earning the moniker "The Great Brain Drain", England's loss of many of the brightest and most independent thinking population simply moved up the coast 100 Km or so and ferried out to Mann and settled there.  This migration soon ate up all the available properties, and created a boom in the housing market that exists today.   
Passionately proud of its history and culture, the Isle of Man boasts the world’s oldest continuous parliament and enjoys a semi-autonomous status within the UK. It also boasts some of the most beautifully maintained examples of medieval castles and prehistoric ruins dating to 6500 BC. 
Have you been dreaming of a trip to Ireland, but putting it off due to the cost? Victor told the club that the Isle of Man has much the same climate, many-many golf courses, castles out the wazoo, train rides, trolleys, history and more history, and all for a fraction of the cost of the more highly publicized tourist sites. If time permits, a 3 hour SeaCat Ferry Ride out of Douglas gets you to Dublin or Belfast if you really want to see some of Ireland or 2-1/2 hours to Liverpool UK. All in all, a great presentation and all the more reason to update the old passport photo and start saving up for that dream vacay for that next big anniversary! eh!
Virtues of Man(n) (Isle of) Extolled by Victor Neal George Strecker 2018-10-01 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. John Receives PHF+1 Pin

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Edmond Summit Rotarian Dr. John Polkinghorne received his Paul Harris Fellow + 1 pin at his dental  office last week.  In case you're wondering as I was, No John did not raid the Chihuly exhibit at the OKC Art Museum. Those are his own creations. Among his many talents, he is also an amateur glassblower!

The Paul Harris Fellow award is given in recognition of a Rotarian or by a Rotarian upon the donation of $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation began by Paul Harris and named in his honor. Every subsequent $1000.00 is awarded another + to the designation, along with another stone to the emblem.

Thank  you John for your contributions to Rotary.

Dr. John Receives PHF+1 Pin George Strecker 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Dynamic Dave Evans Revs Up Leadership Skills

Posted on Sep 17, 2018
Rotarian of the Day, Dave Evans (left) served up a rousing and inspiring talk about improving leadership skills that related to business, home, and social success. Meeting employees needs beyond basic food and shelter are important, per Maslow's Heirarchy, which Dave pointed out. Once basic living requirements are met, then Safety and Security are important, but immediately after those and what cannot be ignored in a competitive workforce place are Social needs of friendship and family.  A person must feel as if they belong and are important to an organization, and be recognized as such or can be easily swept away by any other group promising the same basics but more of the Social and self esteem and "ownership" portion of the need of the employee. Trust through good Character, high Competency, high Commitment, Courage to take on challenges, and good and gracious Conduct build trust in a company.  Rotary's 4-way Test is an example. Promote Standards of Excellence every day, not to meet the minimum, but to achieve that which has not been reached.  As Yoda stated, Not Try, DO! , then we can also say Not think, Plan, Not Hope, but Strive.  Keep sharpening skills and working on the Covey 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 
Good talk Dave! 
Dynamic Dave Evans Revs Up Leadership Skills George Strecker 2018-09-17 05:00:00Z 0

Randall Shadid Talks up Edmond Art

Well known Edmondite, and a fellow Rotarian, Randall Shadid, was our guest speaker at the September 4th meeting and his topic was the  Visual Arts Commission that overseas the public art that graces the streets and parks of Edmond.

In October 8, 2001, Ordinance No. 2653 was passed to provide for means to fund the acquisition of works of art by the City, which would become the City's collection, and to provide a means of selection of works of art for the collection and to provide for the display of the collection and to provide for the maintenance and repair of the works of art in the collection.  Randall said that an initial $100,000 fund was set up by the city council mostly funded by private individuals and matching money.  The collection of "Art in Public Places" has grown to over 200 pieces at the time of his talk. The latest was at the OnCue station just up the street at the 15th and I-35 Service Rd. intersection. I looked at it on the way home and it is a very impressive abstract piece. A list of the art pieces can be found at   An interactive map of most of the pieces is available online at   If you go the the Edmond Convention Center site you will find a list of many of the best of the pieces and a brief description of the art work and artist.

Randall  has been a big part of moving the structure of Edmond for over 40 years. He lists the Art in Public Places as probably the biggest impact due to the impact it will have long after his memory and any of ours has turned to vapor. We think so too!

Randall Shadid Talks up Edmond Art George Strecker 2018-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Jourdan Receives his PHF+1

At the August 21st meeting, Tom Jourdan finally shook the dust of the far left coast from his travelling clothes and club president Koorosh Zahrai, (r) was able to present him his  Paul Harris Fellow Plus One pin. 

Tom Jourdan Receives his PHF+1 George Strecker 2018-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

$1000.00 Donated to Support EdFest for Mobile Meals

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

Club president Koorosh Zahrai presented a $1000.00 check to Edmond Mobile Meals Executive Director, Cristi Twenter to support the 2018 "EdFest for Mobile Meals" event.  Last year this event raised enough funds to provide about 8,500 meals to needy individuals in our community. Over 5,000 people attended the event and this year looks like an even bigger turnout may happen.

Edmond Summit has made Mobile Meals one of our focus charities that we provide both financial and volunteer support through the year. Being an EdFest supporter with our donation is one way we are able to assist Edmond Mobile Meals in their goal of keeping more of Edmond's elderly and handicapped in their own homes for as long as possible by providing a daily meal and a contact by a volunteer Monday through Friday each week.

EdFest 2018 will be held October 12 at the Edmond Festival Marketplace beginning at 6:00 PM. There will be Music from Souled Out, Beer and Wine Garden, local Food Trucks, contests, and much more.  We will have more volunteer opportunities available also, so stay tuned!     

$1000.00 Donated to Support EdFest for Mobile Meals George Strecker 2018-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Soon to be Outbound Exchange Student Speaks at Aug. 14th Meeting

Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Soon-to-be outbound Exchange Student, Elizabeth Nichols, daughter of Jeff and Andrea Amos, spoke about her adventures at the Outbound Exchange Camp at Siloam Springs Arkansas, and ongoing issues with the Spanish consulate in obtaining her student visa at the Aug. 14th meeting.  Elizabeth is scheduled to leave for Madrid, Spain this Sept. 6th, and her visa will be ready Sept 12th! All despite working diligently with the State Department and the Spain Consulate, and the Madrid Sponsoring Rotary Host club! Ah,well, Elizabeth seemed to be taking it all in stride.  After surviving the week at the Rotary Exchange Camp she feels ready to take on nearly any challenge! 

Jeff, Andrea, and Elizabeth have been in Skype contact with the host parents in Madrid and are excited about the year that lies ahead for her. She will attend a local private school with the assistance of the host family, and experience first hand the immersion of the Spanish culture through the education system, living with a host family as one of their own, and travelling with Rotary sponsored groups on tours of Europe that equate to a once in a lifetime experience that right now is so close, yet has many loose ends to tie up.  Fingers Crossed for all the pegs to drop into the right slots and the visa and all required documents magically show up when and where needed!  

At left, Elizabeth speaks from the podium at the meeting. At right Proud dad, Jeff Amos, Elizabeth Nichols, (r)Youth Exchange Coordinator Jerry Burger. 

Soon to be Outbound Exchange Student Speaks at Aug. 14th Meeting George Strecker 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

New Exchange Student Checks in at Aug. 14th Meeting

Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Everyone say a big "CIAO!" to our newest Rotary youth exchange student, Dorotea (Doddy) Gavellino from the city of Cagliari, on the Island of Sardinia, Italy. Doddy is pictured at left between District 5750 Youth Exchange Coordinator, Jerry Burger, and Rotary host "mom", Kayla Blount.  If Sardinia sounds familiar, it is the home island of our former exchange student Gaia Calia, also of Sardinia, but another city on the island.

Doddy will attend Edmond Memorial as a Junior for the entire school year and experience first hand, life as an American high school student. CIAO Doddy! We hope to do our best to make you feel welcome at our club and in Edmond schools. Please enjoy your year in the USA!

New Exchange Student Checks in at Aug. 14th Meeting George Strecker 2018-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student Ashtyn Page Returns From Spain and Reports to Summit

Posted on Aug 12, 2018
The latest Edmond Summit Rotary Youth Exchange Student to return from a year of immersion into another nation’s culture and education is Ashtyn Page. Ashtyn, pictured at left, presenting her slides at left, along with her father Brandon were present at the August 7th meeting and presented a synopsis of her experiences of spending a full school year in Alicante Spain, on the coast of the Mediterranean.  
    The Rotary Youth Exchange program is open to top level high school Juniors or Seniors who meet stringent requirements and pledge to commit themselves to being honorable examples of America’s best foot forward.  The requirement for language studies in the requested country is important since the student is immersed in the native language at the host home and in the school environment often for days with little time for interpretation.   Almost all students chosen are adaptable and capable of becoming fluent in 3-4 months. They must be capable of “surviving” during those first traumatic weeks until the brain starts to make the many connections and the mind, ears, and tongue all start to work as one.  Ashtyn indicated that at 4 months she was just becoming comfortable and by the 7th and 8th month she was virtually a “native” speaker. 
   The "Host Nation" Rotary clubs provide many gatherings for the international students where life-long friendships are made. The host families are, of course, like a second home family once the new has worn off and these friendships are also deep and life long.
Learning other cultures and other cultures learning from us are important steps to promoting world peace and understanding. The Rotary Youth Exchange Program leads the way in preparing future leaders in deepening the understanding between nations and helping one culture grow to accept another entirely different one.

Shown in picture in the right from left to right, Jerry Burger, District Youth Exchange Coordinator, Ashtyn Page, and Club President, Koorosh Zahrai.

Exchange Student Ashtyn Page Returns From Spain and Reports to Summit George Strecker 2018-08-12 05:00:00Z 0

Owners of TEOLI and Inspirations Tea House Treat Club to Tasty Items

Posted on Jul 20, 2018

Larry and Tamara Rhoads at left were the guest  program speakers of Rotarian of the day, George Strecker (r) at the July 17th meeting. Larry and Tamara are the owners of the Inspirations Eatery and Two Hearts Inn Bed and Breakfast of Edmond, and the TEOLI Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar and Tea Room in Edmond and Norman.

The Rhoads brought several of their most popular items and prepared popcorn drizzled with butter flavored extra virgin olive oil and a yogurt and granola topped with an infused balsamic vinegar which were a great hit. Tamara also had the club sample the current seasonal varietal cold pressed extra virgin olive oil from California which  opened our taste buds to an olive oil so fresh and tasty that the entire room was truly impressed.  The Rhoads went on to explain that they only purchased from a specific COOP they were members and that they personally had been to the vineyards and groves of the growers from where their products were sourced.  We were provided some sheets with pairings of their vinegars and oils with various dishes and meals which were all well received.  Folks, this was one of those meetings you wished you would have made.  However, you can sample these premium  olive oils and balsamic vinegars at Inspirations Eatery 2118 West Edmond Road in Edmond or if you are in Norman, their TEOLI  location at Brookhaven Village, 3720 W Robinson Street, Suite 129.

Owners of TEOLI and Inspirations Tea House Treat Club to Tasty Items George Strecker 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

ONIE Works to Give SNAP Access to Healthier Choices

Posted on Jul 20, 2018

Koorosh Zahrai was acting Rotarian of the Day July 10th and introduced Jade Owen as our guest speaker. Jade is the Community Outreach Specialist for the ONIE Project. Her job is to increase ONIE’s presence in the community and foster collaborative efforts with other community organizations to further the reach of nutrition and physical activity education efforts across the state.   The ONIE Project is short for the Oklahoma Nutrition Information Education Project, and their mission is to improve the health and nutrition of Oklahomans by creating and disseminating nutrition and physical activity information and educational activities across the state, both online, and in person!

ONIE conducts many initiatives to help make it easier for Oklahomans to choose a healthy lifestyle. Here are a just a few examples of what they do every year:
  • Create quick, easy, healthy, and delicious recipes, which are distribute through our annual calendar (see picture at left) and recipe cards to schools and other organizations across the state.
  • Assist farmers markets in the process of accepting SNAP benefits, and helping them grow so that all Oklahomans have greater access to fresh produce.
  • Host FREE 5K Walk/Runs so that everyone has a chance to be physically active.
  • Conduct cooking classes and demonstrations, highlighting the importance of eating a well-balanced diet.
  • Develop online videos, blogs, social media posts and other print materials describing quick, simple tips for living more healthfully.
ONIE is physically located at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center in the College of Public Health in Oklahoma City, although being funded by a grant from the USDA through the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to share our information and resources across the entire state of Oklahoma.
Jade told the club that ONIE is currently attempting to get Edmond to allow the use of SNAP at the Edmond Farmers Market. It has generated much support but has met resistance at the upper levels of the Farmers Market Administration.
ONIE Works to Give SNAP Access to Healthier Choices George Strecker 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

New Paul Harris Plus Fellows Pinned

Posted on Jul 20, 2018

Edmond Summit Rotarians receiving their Paul Harris Fellow "Plus" pins were from left to right, Bruce Kelly and George Strecker, both received PHF plus 1 pins, and Bob Donaldson received his PHF plus 2 pin. The Paul Harris Fellow is awarded to Rotarians who have donated or have donated in their name, $1,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation. For each additional $1,000.00 donated, an additional + gemstone is added to the emblem.  The Paul Harris Foundation is Rotary International's primary source of funding for projects to improve the lives of world populations through projects that include disease prevention and eradication, education, clean water, sanitation, hospitals and hospital equipment, etc.

New Paul Harris Plus Fellows Pinned George Strecker 2018-07-20 05:00:00Z 0

LtCol Kenneth Young USAF (RET) Awarded Runner-up Teacher Award July10th.

Posted on Jul 16, 2018

Club President Koorosh Zahrai, right, presents Kenneth Young the Edmond Summit Rotary "Service Above Self" award as a runner-up in the first annual Edmond Summit Teacher of the year award contest. Along with the certificate shown, LtCol Young was presented a check for $250.00 and a 4-Way Test coin.  LtCol Kenneth Young USAF (RET) was the JROTC instructor at Edmond North High school for the past 19 years and has had many of his cadets go on to service academies and into distinguished military service after graduating from his program.  His retirement this last year was met with much emotion and the comments on his behalf during the contest were compelling enough to push him above several of his peers.  Congratulations to all of our winners, Wes and Mary Singleton  (Memorial), Elizabeth Pekrul (Clegern), and Kenneth Young (North).

LtCol Kenneth Young USAF (RET) Awarded Runner-up Teacher Award July10th. George Strecker 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0

Tapia and Chapman Discuss Effects of Gentrification on London Suburbs

Posted on Jun 17, 2018

Dr. David Chapman (far left) and UCO Post-Grad and Rotarian Eriech Tapia (r) discussed their findings gathered from a recent research visit to Great Britain as a part of the University of Central Oklahoma's Finance and Real Estate studies curriculum.  This is an annual trip that is a part of the curriculum of Dr. Chapman's course.  Students prioritize a select area and target individuals on the street and in businesses to gain perspectives of the general populace on what is going on in this particular area. Students gain ground roots knowledge of local issues and sometimes find issues that otherwise would not find the light of day reading the regular news of the day. Students also gain an international perspective that puts them outside their "comfort zone" and lets them gain a new horizon beyond the next county line.

The research centered on the effects of "Gentrification of London suburbs as a result of POPS or Private Ownership of Public Spaces or Privitization of Public Spaces, which is taking place as cities are finding themselves unable to manage parks and green areas and are in-turn, selling these spaces to "public minded" individuals to manage and sustain.  What was found is varied depending on the status of the people being interviewed. Private owners seem to appreciate the movement as it enhances their property values and more transient individuals find themselves being excluded from these areas in many cases.  Being privately held, these "public areas" are now more likely to be unfriendly to picnickers, protesters, and casual users and more likely to require permitting or passes to utilize the space. 

Another effect that took place as some government held apartments were placed on the market and made available first to the residents of the spaces was their purchase, then the subsequent resale as the market surged with demand and a more upper class of resident moved into the community. The resultant change in the purchasing power of the residents changed the retail venue available to residents moving much of the nearby merchants pricing out of the reach of those in the lower middle class remaining in the community. Also, the price of living in the communities sometimes became such that sacrifices had to be made to keep the budget intact.  The costs of living skyrocketed !

Unintended consequences of POPS have been to make access of many public spaces non accessible to those wishing to utilize them the most!  Local families with children but limited income to travel elsewhere for instance. And, of course, the rising price of property raises the value of property around it and thus raises the property taxes and it soon becomes a case of having property but not being able to keep it due to how much it costs in fees, etc.  The definition of property poor!

Dr. Chapman will return this coming Tuesday to discuss this phenomenon as it relates more locally and other topics.   

Tapia and Chapman Discuss Effects of Gentrification on London Suburbs George Strecker 2018-06-17 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Historical Society and Museum Undergoing Facelift

Posted on Jun 11, 2018
 At left, Anita Schlaht, Executive Director of the Edmond Historical Society and Museum was our guest speaker June 5th. She is holding a Rodkey flour sack with a print which could be made into a very popular stuffed doll during the depression and up into the 50's. She also explained and some of us remember the flour sacks and animal feed sacks that were printed in attractive patterns to be used in dresses, shirts, quilting, and many useful handmade items. 
Anita told the club about all the renovations that the museum has been undergoing including asbestos removal, upgraded bathrooms, lead paint removal, other hazardous material present in armory storage units, etc. Also improvements have been made in lighting and HVAC systems.  Much more natural light is being made available and the displays are now more accessible and attractive. She invited everyone to drop by and see what is going on at the museum, Just south of second street on Boulevard adjoining Stephenson park.  You will also see the Rodkey House which has been renovated and is available for rental for parties and receptions, etc.  
Edmond Historical Society and Museum Undergoing Facelift George Strecker 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Elizabeth Pekrul Awarded Runner-Up Teacher of the Year

Posted on Jun 11, 2018

Elizabeth Pekrul, Center, was awarded a certificate for Service Above Self for being selected as a runner up for Edmond Teacher of the Year by Edmond Summit Rotary. Club president Koorosh Zahrai,  left, awarded the certificate and a check for $250.00 at the June 5th meeting held at the new Hilton Garden Inn, Edmond, OK.  Elizabeth Pekrul is a 1st grade teacher at Clegern Elementary School. She was accompanied by her principal Teri Cowden-Draper who is also Principal at Clyde Howard Elementary.  Congratulations Elizabeth and all the other teachers who were nominated in the online contest.

Elizabeth Pekrul Awarded Runner-Up Teacher of the Year George Strecker 2018-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

Honoring Edmond Summit's Teacher of the Year

Posted on Jun 04, 2018

Earlier this year the Edmond Summit Rotary Club held their first annual online Edmond-wide election for Edmond Teacher of the Year. A prize of $1000.00 would go to the winner.  The criterion was to nominate an Edmond school teacher who most exemplified the Rotary motto “Service above Self”. The filing date for the nominations ended midnight CST April 15th.  During the contest, the winner of Summit Rotary “Charity Fantasy Football Pool” dedicated the pool to add to the teacher award. This allowed the club to award two additional $250.00 “Runner-up” awards.

Over 140 verifiable nominations were submitted during the contest.  From these; Edmond Summit chose Wes and Mary Beth Singleton of Memorial High School as the Edmond “Service Above Self” Edmond Teacher of the Year.  Runners-up were Elizabeth Pekrul, 1st grade teacher from Clegern Elementary and Lt. Col Kenneth Young (RET), JROTC Teacher from Edmond North H.S.
The Singletons received by far the most votes and some of the more moving explanations for their nomination for the award. Both of the Singletons work with the choir and orchestra of Memorial High School and spend many hours and weekends over and above normal work days with extra rehearsals and instruction, preparing their students for participation in contests and productions. They also accompany the students on all trips involving these activities and are responsible for documenting and maintaining instruments and related equipment.
The award was presented to the Singletons at the May 29th Meeting held at 7:00 AM at the Edmond Mercy I-35 Health Center. Runners up awards will be presented at future dates.  Shown in the picture from left to right, Edmond Summit President Koorosh Zahrai, presenting the award to Mary Beth Singleton, Wes Singleton holds the check for $1000.00, Memorial HS Principal Anthony (Tony) Rose was proudly on hand to tell more about the Singletons and the contributions they have made to Memorial and to praise all the teachers for making Memorial an amazing learning center. Gary Jones at right was Rotarian of the Day and read some of the comments provided by the nominees.

During the contest, many deserving nominations were received. The Edmond Summit Rotary Club wishes to thank all Edmond Teachers for their sacrifices of time, talent, and efforts on behalf of our students and their futures

Honoring Edmond Summit's Teacher of the Year George Strecker 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Jourdan Explains Fuel vs "Other Grades" of Uranium

Posted on May 27, 2018

Dr. Tom Jourdan, Rotarian of the Day and Professor of Chemistry and Forensics at UCO was our speaker this past Tuesday, May 22nd. His presentation centered on the refining of Uranium into its various isotopes via different means and what the degree of refining Uranium ore or "Spent Uranium Fuel Rods"creates. The refining of natural high yield Uranium or Pitchblend yields varying percentages of U-235 which is the fissionable isotope of Uranium and when concentrated to 6%or so of the total mass of a fuel rod constitutes the bulk of the fuel used in nuclear reactors used to generate electric power.  Concentrations approaching 20% are "weapons grade" and are what the non proliferation folks are on the lookout for. 

Tom also went on to explain that its not over when the fuel rods are removed from a nuclear reactor. These have minute amounts of Plutonium 239, which when concentrated become the basis for the Plutonium bomb.  Very nasty!  When foreign bigwigs not known to be particularly friendly to western culture are pictured next to banks of centrifuges running in close proximity to nuclear reactors, this becomes a concern to people charged with regulating certain phases of these countries nuclear industries. Wonder why?

Tom, as usual left us with some bewildered looks on our faces but just enough knowledge to begin a discussion certain to lead to questions for the next time he is up. In the mean time, safe journeys to the left coast and where ever your passport and  vast knowledge base takes you on your summer break!  

Dr. Jourdan Explains Fuel vs "Other Grades" of Uranium George Strecker 2018-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Red Cross Relies on Volunteers for 90% of Services

Posted on May 21, 2018
Lynn Horton, the CEO for Red Cross in Oklahoma and Arkansas was our guest speaker at the May 15th meeting. The American Red Cross prevents and alleviates human suffering in the face of emergencies by mobilizing the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors.​ 
Lynn explained what it was to become "Red Cross Ready". She told us affirm that:
  1. I know what emergencies or disasters are most likely to occur in my community.
  2. I have a family disaster plan and have practiced it.
  3. I have an emergency preparedness kit.
  4. At least one member of my household is trained in first aid and CPR/AED.
  5. I have taken action to help my community prepare.
History of the Red Cross: Since the founding by Clara Barton on May 21, 1881, the American Red Cross has been dedicated to serving people in need. We received our first congressional charter in 1900 and to this day we are tasked by the federal government with providing services to members of the American armed forces and their families as well as providing disaster relief in the United States and around the world.
Even while the Red Cross adapts to meet the changing needs of the people we serve, we always stay true to those roots. Are you familiar with the classic images of Red Cross nurses helping American soldiers and civilian war victims during World War I? In fact, as you read this Red Cross staff and volunteers are still deploying alongside America’s military. Maybe you’ve taken a class through the Red Cross, such as first aid certification or how to swim. Did you know we’ve been offering similar training since the early 1900s? Have you ever given blood or received donated blood? The Red Cross developed the first nationwide civilian blood program in the 1940s and we still provide more than 40% of the blood products in this country.
Today, as throughout our long history, the Red Cross depends on generous contributions of time, blood, and money from the American public to support our lifesaving services and programs. We invite you to learn about our history and hope you will feel inspired to become more involved with the Red Cross.
Red Cross Relies on Volunteers for 90% of Services George Strecker 2018-05-21 05:00:00Z 0

New Member! Hello Bryce Engelbert!

Posted on May 13, 2018

Edmond Summit Rotary President, Koorosh Zahrai,(left) welcoms Bryce Englebert as a member to the club and into Rotary at the May 8th meeting.

Bryce is an Auditor with Arledge and Associates P.C.. He is a resident of Edmond, married to Emily Engelbert and they have a one year old child, Ladyn.

Bryce has a history of service having volunteered for Special Olympics in basketball and track, and with Developmental Services of NW Kansas.

Welcome to Rotary Bryce!

New Member! Hello Bryce Engelbert! George Strecker 2018-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau Presentation

Posted on May 13, 2018

Cathy Williams-White from the Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau was our speaker Tuesday May 8th. Of course, her primary topic centered on the spanking new Hilton Garden Inn and Convention Center at Covell and I-35.   The center offers 20,000+ square feet of flexible meeting space, state-of-the-art break-out space and the capacity to host large groups. This is a cooperative project supported by the City of Edmond, the Edmond Economic Development Authority, the Edmond Convention & Visitors Bureau and the I-35 & Covell development partners.  With a big smile she stated that it also was the headquarters for the Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau.  Finally a location not hidden in a "Forgotten Corner" of some hard to find office in downtown Edmond.  Yeah!!!

Able to serve banquets of over 700 with flexible staging and lighting (the Convention Center can actually seat over 1000 in stadium type seating) it is an outstanding facility.  She was quick to point out that Edmond has many other facilities for special events including UCO, OCU, The MAC, The Lazy E Arena, The Downtown Community Center, The Fine Arts Institute, and several other hotels and restaurants with full AV equipped meeting rooms with and without food service.

Edmond is a great place to visit and now it is a great place to stay and meet.

Edmond Convention and Visitors Bureau Presentation George Strecker 2018-05-13 05:00:00Z 0

Dana Shadid Discusses Oklahoma Women's Sufferage 100th Year at May 1st Meeting.

Posted on May 06, 2018
Rotarian of the Day, Roland Herwig, far left, introduced Dana Shadid as our speaker at the May 1st meeting.  Dana, a long time Edmond resident, and former Executive Director of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce  was on hand to discuss the upcoming celebration of Oklahoma becoming the 21st state to give the right to vote in all elections. It was in November of 1918 that the amendment to the Oklahoma Constitution was added that gave the right to vote in all elections to women. It was two years later that the 19th amendment to the US constitution was ratified and became the law of the land. (Note: It was not until the comprehensive "Voting Rights Act" of 1965 which effectively removed the barriers which kept non-white Americans from voting in many predominantly southern states passed, that minorities fully realized their right to vote guaranteed in the 14th and 15th amendments to the Constitution).  It was through the many years of both active and passive actions of suffragists and suffragettes that the bill was finally introduced and passed the Oklahoma legislature with a veto-proof margin.  Dana explained the Suffragists were the militant women who "gasp!" actually picketed the capitol and marched in parades (of all the nerve!!), and the suffragettes were the ones working behind the scenes in small groups and at home meetings to rally support.

Dana is working with women today to raise awareness of the need for the younger generation (50-60 years minus at least one generation PLEASE!) to become involved in local politics and work their way up into State and even National leadership roles. There is way to much hidebound thinking for real progress to be made when strides in manufacturing and technology are being made at the rate of nearly doubling the knowledge base each decade or quicker.
The Shadids came to Edmond 30 years ago with Dana becoming Executive Director of the Edmond Chamber of Commerce.  From there she spent several years working in economic development for Career Tech and Oklahoma City Community College.  She closed out her career with 10 years at the Oklahoma Community Institute. After retiring, Dana served as interim director of several non-profits.  Most recently, her life has been consumed with growing Edmond Democratic Women, an organization she founded in 2017.  She and her husband Randal share a love of art, food and travel.
Dana Shadid Discusses Oklahoma Women's Sufferage 100th Year at May 1st Meeting. George Strecker 2018-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

Trooper Michael H. Shanholtzer Awarded Peace Officer of the Quarter 

Posted on Apr 29, 2018

At the April 24th meeting, OHP Trooper Michael H. Shanholtzer  was presented the Edmond Summit Rotary “Peace Officer of the Quarter" award. Presenting the award was retired OHP Troop Commander and Rotarian Joe Elam. Trooper Shanholtzer was nominated for the award for his performance in the professional and efficient manner that he responded to a major injury accident on I-35. His quick and decisive actions resulted in safely securing the scene of the accident and attending to the critical injuries of one of the victims of the accident. His treatment of the victim kept the victim from dying of blood loss from a nearly severed limb and enabling the survival of the victim until transport by medivac helicopter arrived. On hand were numerous support officers who work with trooper Shanholtzer and who verified his worthiness of the award.

Trooper Michael H. Shanholtzer Awarded Peace Officer of the Quarter George Strecker 2018-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Paws For Life Sponsors Mutts and More 5K run and Dog Walk.

Posted on Apr 23, 2018

Our Rotarian of the day April 17th was Dave Evans, who introduced Mary Robertson, (R), and Deb O'Day (C) who partner with Paws For Life to help the Edmond Animal Shelter at 2424 Old Timbers Dr, in Edmond keep adoption fees down as low as $25.00 by sponsoring fundraisers like the Mutts and More 5K run and 1K dog walk that was held Saturday at Mitch Park. Upwards of 200 participants attended and the weather cooperated.  The funds raised will pay for spay-neutering, bone setting, infections, shots, heartworm detection and correction if needed, as well as parvo treatment and so on. Some of these procedures would cost upwards of $600.00 or more but are all paid for and done when the pet is ready for adoption.

I encourage you to check out and donate to the tax exempt fund, Paws for Life’s “SPECIAL NEEDS MEDICAL FUND. at  

Paws For Life Sponsors Mutts and More 5K run and Dog Walk. George Strecker 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Pregnancy Resources / Hope Pregnancy

Lyn Smith with the Edmond Pregnancy Resources Center, pictured Center at left was our speaker last Tuesday.  Introduced by Rotarian of the day, Suzy Thrash, far right and was accompanied by co-worker Summer Garcia 
Lyn explained the Edmond Pregnancy Center / Hope Pregnancy Resources is a Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children funded Charity. They provide various services to women in crisis situations in a compassionate, non-judgmental environment.
A woman with an unplanned pregnancy can be feeling scared, lost, and alone. She might not know where to turn or what to do next. But she doesn't have to face these tough decisions alone. Hope Pregnancy Center is a free Oklahoma pregnancy resource center, and they want to be there for women in crisis.
Our caring and compassionate volunteers have helped hundreds of Oklahomans who were facing unplanned or surprise pregnancies. Our services are free and confidential. We simply want to help the individual  sort out her options and make the best decisions for her own future.
There are two things a woman needs to know: Is she really pregnant, and how far along is the pregnancy?
Hope Pregnancy Center offers free pregnancy tests, free ultrasounds, and free pregnancy option education to Oklahoma women who need guidance and support. If you know a young girl or woman who thinks she might be pregnant and needs confirmation or guidance, have her contact the nearest Hope Pregnancy Center today. or
Edmond Pregnancy Resources / Hope Pregnancy George Strecker 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Times UP!! "Service Above Self" Teacher Entries Have Ended

Posted on Apr 16, 2018

Time is up!  The entries are in and its time to begin sorting through the myriad of entries to find the one teacher who most represents the ideal of "service above self".  Nearly 200 entries need to be checked and categorized to narrow down the choices.  Needing volunteers!


Times UP!! "Service Above Self" Teacher Entries Have Ended George Strecker 2018-04-16 05:00:00Z 0

Health, Wealth and Lipstick has Resources for "Newly Single" Women  

Posted on Apr 08, 2018

Rotarian of the Day, Kayla Blount, far left, introduced Nichole Schoonover, Director of the Oklahoma City organization "Health, Wealth and Lipstick".  HW&L provides resources for women who find themselves suddenly single due to divorce, death, etc.  The primary focus of the organization as Nichole stated is "To get women able to stand on their own two feet".  Assistance with banking, insurance, credit, automobile, bills, and other mundane items that the husband may have handled are now the responsibility of the remaining spouse. She may have zero knowledge of how any of the bills are paid, where assets are, or, in the case of divorce, if any assets are hidden or worse. The organization is a group of "Life Coaches" to sometimes struggling women, or those who may just need a bit of advice in some area.

Nichole also stated that the organization was not out to promote divorce, but to give the wife some backing in order to hopefully strengthen and begin recovering and healing the relationship if possible. She stated that "In most cases it is hard to be mad at someone you don't care about."  The organization has its roots in California and has gained traction across the nation. The Oklahoma branch is independent and not tied to using the California rules and regulations.

The HW&L organization is looking for professionals (Female and Male) in automotive, finance, tax industries to volunteer to speak and become mentors to women who come to the meetings for assistance.  Meetings are held the first Saturday of each month, but the location was not revealed.  To learn more go to :

The website information states that HW&L is "Empowering women to make informed, confident decisions at a time when emotions are high. Their events are designed for those seeking to develop new skills they will need as a result of being separated, divorced (or in the process), or widowed. Participants will learn how to better manage their new lives and how to thrive in the new, and sometimes unexpected or unwanted role of "single person." Health, Wealth & Lipstick: Health - from self esteem to physical health, women have to take care of themselves; Wealth - money issues, legal issues, mortgages, buying a car, really all kinds of money issues; Lipstick - beauty both inside and out, women want to look good."

Health, Wealth and Lipstick has Resources for "Newly Single" Women George Strecker 2018-04-08 05:00:00Z 0

A Parent's Journey Through the Rotary Student Exchange Process by Jeff Amos

Posted on Apr 01, 2018

Multiple pages of forms, referral letters, Doctors physicals, references from teachers and administrators, and lots and lots of signatures have been the normal for the household of Jeff and Andrea Amos. The process of preparing to send their daughter Elizabeth to be a Rotary  Youth Exchange Student for her Sophomore high school year is well underway. Rotarian of the Day, Jeff Amos explained the adventure that began when Elizabeth first voiced her wish to have the opportunity to become a Rotary Exchange Student to a foreign  country of her choice for her sophomore year and leapt at the opportunity the Rotary Youth Exchange offered.

 Elizabeth Nichols, pictured with her dad Jeff, also gave some of her thoughts of the journey so far, including the "lottery system" she used to narrow her choices of destinations once she was given the nod by the Rotary Exchange Selection Board. It appears the effervescent Elizabeth will be headed to Spain for the coming school year. It should be noted that now at the same time, a student from  Spain is now preparing to come to America to study, thus the Exchange part of the Rotary program.

This is the basis of the Rotary Youth Exchange student program which exposes some of the brightest students from far flung nations to other cultures, which in turn encourages communication and ultimately brings about more understanding between cultures and eventually may lead to world peace.  We wish you well Elizabeth, as you join the host of other students going into the greatest adventure most young people could only imagine.   

A Parent's Journey Through the Rotary Student Exchange Process by Jeff Amos George Strecker 2018-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

March 16th Social at FAI was well attended. Thanks

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

Over a dozen Summit Rotarians plus wives and guests were on hand for the March 16th club social held at the Edmond Fine Arts Institute. Food was provided by Uptown Grocers with Coffee from Ellis Island Coffee and Wine Lounge. The Edmond FAI provided a quiet, casual atmosphere for the gathering and a tour of the facility and the works being presented were included in the pricing. Very nice event and thanks go to Bob Donaldson for all the arrangements.

March 16th Social at FAI was well attended. Thanks George Strecker 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Fine Arts Institute: 33 Years and Glowing

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

We were delighted to host Shannon Price, Executive Director of the Edmond Fine Arts Institute as our speaker at the March 13th meeting. Shannon is a native Edmondite and has been a part of the community her entire life. The Fine Arts Institute is an extension of her appreciation for her community.  She was recently awarded the 2017 Edmond Chamber Woman of the Year award.  Under her leadership, the FAI has initiated a wide assortment of art and cultural related program at the institute. These include programs for Alzheimer's patients, mentally and emotionally challenged students and adults, and senior adult classes.  Ongoing childrens programs including plays and arts and craft classes are continuing and expanding continuously.  

A big challenge for Shannon has been arts classes in the Edmond school system, not that the schools are unwilling to have them but the increasing demand of time and activities on the students.  Because art and music along with physical activity have been proven to improve the academic success of students, the arts have been encouraged by the Edmond school system and are growing in the schools. The FAI building is available to host private events and was the site of the March 16th Summit Rotary Social. 

Pictured Left is Shannon making a point during her presentation and at Right, Shannon Price with Rotarian of the Day Bob Donaldson.

Edmond Fine Arts Institute: 33 Years and Glowing George Strecker 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Summit Raffle Proceeds Presented to Boys Town Ranch of Edmond

Posted on Mar 06, 2018

Neal Wooldridge, far left,  Vice President for Planned Giving for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children was our guest speaker Tuesday. Neal was presented a check for $1000.00 by club president Koorosh Zahrai, from proceeds of the 2017 Edmond Summit Rotary Sporting Raffle and Skeet Shoot. The funds will be directed to the clothing fund of the Edmond Boys Town Ranch to help provide new clothes for the young men as needed and as they enter school for the 2018-19 school term. Clothing purchased will be modelled by the boys at the annual awards banquet this summer prior to the next school term.

 Boys Ranch Town (BRT) is a 145-acre working ranch located in a rural setting within the city limits of Edmond. The campus contains modern cottages, each with a capacity for eight residents and a married couple serving as houseparents. The family arrangement in the cottage models how a Christian household should operate. Each cottage contains a spacious living room, kitchen, and dining room for family style dinners. It also has a laundry room, four bedrooms, each with a private bath and an apartment for the houseparents and their family. In most cases two residents share a room and a bathroom.

Neal provided information on leaving a legacy to provide for care for young men and girls to try to assist in keeping them from getting lost in the DHS foster care system. OBHC currently cares for a little over 400 children through young adult age kids in family group home like Boys Ranch and crisis pregnancy centers for young girls kicked from their homes due to unwanted pregnancies. However, there are over 10,000 kids in the DHS system being cared for by foster parents and institutions who do not have the opportunities the OBHC can provide. For more information and articles on how to help go to:

In the past 3 years, Edmond Summit Rotary has donated over $12,000 to benefit local area charities through proceeds from the annual raffle and skeet shoot and their other fundraising events. This is in addition to providing funds to Rotary International for Polio vaccinations globally and assisting in projects including building schools and providing clean drinking water and sanitation and medical facilities in impoverished countries. 



Summit Raffle Proceeds Presented to Boys Town Ranch of Edmond George Strecker 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

New Rotarian Eriech Tapia inducted Feb. 27th

Posted on Mar 04, 2018

Summit Rotary President, Koorosh Zahrai shown at left pins the Rotary emblem to our newest Summit Rotarian, Eriech Tapia during the Feb. 27th meeting.  Eriech is a Reporter with The Oklahoman and his classification is Reporter - Journalist.
Welcome to Edmond Summit Eriech, more important though, welcome to the world of Rotary International.
New Rotarian Eriech Tapia inducted Feb. 27th George Strecker 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Central Oklahoma Humane Society is Focused on Finding Forever Homes for Furry Friends

Posted on Mar 04, 2018
Feb. 27th Rotarian of the Day, Scott Stewart (far left) introduced Central Oklahoma Humane Society Marketing and Communications Director, Melinda Prible as the guest speaker.
Melinda explained the role of the Central Oklahoma Humane Society, primarily rescuing adoptable cats and dogs from the Oklahoma County Animal Welfare Department and fostering them out until they can be adopted to a permanent home.

The Central Oklahoma Humane Society was founded in 2007. They work in close partnership with Oklahoma City Animal Welfare (OKC Animal Shelter) and other local shelters. Their primary focus is to eliminate the needless euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals in Oklahoma City.

They love animals and believe that central Oklahoma will see a day when every healthy and adoptable pet finds a home. Since our beginning in 2007, they have found homes for over 25,000 cats and dogs and fixed more than 115,000 pets. For more information on adoptions or fostering or donating to the society, their website is  .

Central Oklahoma Humane Society is Focused on Finding Forever Homes for Furry Friends George Strecker 2018-03-04 06:00:00Z 0

Your Yard is Dormant but You Shouldn't Be!

Posted on Feb 22, 2018

Greg Smith was Rotarian of the Day last Tuesday and he introduced as his speaker, Master Gardener Jackie Pogue, pictured at right. Jackie spoke to the club about winter conditions in Oklahoma and how best to prepare the yards and gardens for the coming spring and summer weather.  She said now is the time to use pre-emergent for crabgrass and henbit. Mulching around trees and bushes, but not right to the bark of the tree but to leave room for the bark to breath and not allow fungus and disease to get started. Mulch is ok all the way to the dripline but not piled up on the trunk. 

Oklahoma lawns, especially central Oklahoma yards need compost, and usually nitrogen.  Due to highly alkaline conditions, fertilizer blends probably are not needed, rather straight Urea nitrogen is favored above the 10-20-10, etc.  Again and again, she emphasized the importance of compost in our lawns as most already have enough alkaline salts from sulfates and potash.  Bermuda does not need weed and feed. It only feeds the weeds and Bermuda grass is not ready to take on the fertilizer until the weather is much warmer. Save your money. Spray broadleaf weeds with weed-b-gone if necessary. 

Soil samples sent to the County Extension service are the best bet for credible information on what the yard needs.  By the way, for winter damaged trees, a certified BONDED arborist is best for clearing branches from large trees around the house. A pruned tree is a damaged tree, never completely healed but to the extent most diseases are  kept out. However large heavy pruning opens lots of avenues for disease. Be careful.  A timely topic and several questions were answered during the presentation. 

Your Yard is Dormant but You Shouldn't Be! George Strecker 2018-02-22 06:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Awards YWCA Proceeds from Raffle

Posted on Feb 16, 2018
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.
Edmond Summit Awards YWCA Proceeds from Raffle George Strecker 2018-02-16 06:00:00Z 0

Michael Olay MD Discusses Adult Vaccination Schedule with Summit Rotary

Posted on Feb 06, 2018

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! 

Michael Olay MD Discusses Adult Vaccination Schedule with Summit Rotary George Strecker 2018-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Tom Unlocks the Mystery of H and He to the Club

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

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." 

Dr. Tom Unlocks the Mystery of H and He to the Club George Strecker 2018-02-05 06:00:00Z 0

OK Corp. Commission Chair Dana Murphy Provides "Wide Stroke" of Commission Functions

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

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.

OK Corp. Commission Chair Dana Murphy Provides "Wide Stroke" of Commission Functions George Strecker 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

2017 RYLA Attendees Thank Club for Camp Experience

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

From l to r, Matthew Ford, Turner Bogues, and Evan Oldham, our 2017 RYLA winners, all showed up at the January 23rd meeting and offered their sincere thanks and a short synopsis of what they came away with  from the 2017 RYLA camp. Turner Bogus, whose father was also in attendance expressed his interest in returning as a Pathfinder next year. RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) accepts applications from High School Sophomores and chooses applicants based on their merits to attend the leadership camp held at Guthrie.  Edmond Summit board has approved sending 3 more applicants to RYLA Camp again in 2018. 

2017 RYLA Attendees Thank Club for Camp Experience George Strecker 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0

Flashes of Memories Tell of Early Life by Roland Herwig

Posted on Jan 15, 2018

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.  

Flashes of Memories Tell of Early Life by Roland Herwig George Strecker 2018-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

State Chamber Recommends Agendas and Tracks Spending

Posted on Jan 08, 2018

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.

State Chamber Recommends Agendas and Tracks Spending George Strecker 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0

Local Author Provides Club With Valuable Insights for Writers

Posted on Dec 18, 2017

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.

Local Author Provides Club With Valuable Insights for Writers George Strecker 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Summit Vounteers Ring in Funds for Salvation Army

Posted on Dec 18, 2017
The Edmond Summit Rotary Club participated in the 2017 Salvation Army Bell Ringing at the  Hobby Lobby on 33rd and Broadway this past Tuesday Dec 12, from  4 -8 PM.  Thanks to all of those who participated at this and other sites across the area. Every bit helps and the Salvation Army makes it count more than almost any organization besides Rotary! (Had to put in a little plug for the home team!)
Summit Vounteers Ring in Funds for Salvation Army George Strecker 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Thanks For Two Great Events Last Week!

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

We want to thank some Rotarians for setting up two terrific events last week!

1st, Thank you Rotarian of the Day, George Glover for setting up the tour of Old North Tower on the UCO Campus. The tour went off great and everyone who was able to attend was treated to some really neat history. Thank also Bob Donaldson for getting up early and bringing the bagels and coffee to fuel those who attended.

2nd. Thank you Bob Donaldson for setting up the Christmas Party at Café Evoke and bringing the excellent Billy Sims BBQ Brisket. And kudos to  all the attending club members who brought such excellent side dishes. No one left hungry and pretty much every topic was covered in a plethora of conversations. We even had some guests attend from other clubs, Chris Kohler, our assistant District Governor and Anzi Gregory were welcome guests as was Ryan Tisserand from Standards I. T.  The coffee and tea were top notch as were the well drinks. 

Thanks For Two Great Events Last Week! George Strecker 2017-12-11 06:00:00Z 0

The Salvation Army - Continuing a Tradition of Reaching Out to the Poor

Posted on Nov 27, 2017
Our speaker at the November 21st meeting was Major Thomas McWilliams, Area Commander of the Salvation Army for Oklahoma and Arkansas. Shown at left emphasizing a point, Major McWilliams explained the roles the Salvation Army has played and continues to play when war or natural disasters strike. "Thank God for the Salvation Army" is not a term used lightly by those who have walked up to an open canteen and received a hot bowl of soup, coffee and donuts, a blanket or more, after struggling to claim property destroyed after a hurricane or tornado, etc. When nothing else is available, the Salvation Army is usually somewhere close by doing what it can to ease the hurt somewhat and very often just enough for a victim to become a survivor.

From its start in 1865 when founder William Booth began The Salvation Army as a means to help the suffering souls throughout London who were not willing to attend – or even welcomed into – a traditional church, the Salvation Army has continued to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ far and wide to the poor, the vulnerable, and the destitute. Though General Booth died in 1912, he laid a firm foundation for the lifesaving work that The Salvation Army continues to perform today in over 100 countries. From serving donuts and coffee in the trenches in WW1 to delivering letters from POWs. And now providing shelter for disaster victims, day centers for homeless vets and treatment centers for recovering addicts the Salvation Army is striving to be a bright spot in a dark world.

At right, President Koorosh Zahrai presented Major McWilliams a check from Edmond Summit for $100 for the start of the 2017 "Kettle Drive". The $100 came from the happy dollars collected that morning specifically targeted to go to the Salvation Army.

The Club will also participate in the 2017 Kettle Drive by ringing the bell in front of the Hobby Lobby at 33rd and Broadway Extension on December 12th from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. Plan to drop by and share your spare change for one of the best and most trustworthy organizations in existence (right up there with Rotary International).
The Salvation Army - Continuing a Tradition of Reaching Out to the Poor George Strecker 2017-11-27 06:00:00Z 0

Outstanding Peace Officer Award Goes to Edmond PD's Jason Carroll

Posted on Nov 20, 2017

Rotarian of the Day Joe Elam at left presented Edmond PD's Jason Carroll the Outstanding Peace Officer of the Quarter award for the 4th quarter 2017. 

Jason has been named the Officer of the year of the Edmond Police Department and Edmond Summit's Award was simply an affirmation of that distinction. Newly appointed Chief of police, J. D. Younger was on hand to provide some insight on the selection of Officer Carroll for the award and remained for a while to answer questions.

Thanks go out to the Edmond PD and to all the first responders in our area who take responsibility each day to keep our city safe.

Outstanding Peace Officer Award Goes to Edmond PD's Jason Carroll George Strecker 2017-11-20 06:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Previews Starbucks 2017 Holiday Blend

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

Rotarian of the day, Jeff Amos, left, introduced the special program at last Tuesday's meeting. He brought a team of store managers and baristas from Starbucks in to introduce the Starbucks 2017 Christmas Blend coffee.  Paired with a spicy pumpkin bread the smooth, medium roast was a big hit. The crew from Starbucks explained that Starbucks began with a Sumatran Arabica bean aged for 3 years and combined it with some other complementing beans from Central America then roasted to just past medium to bring out the maple and herbal notes plus hints of cocoa and other spices. (All without adding any flavoring to the beans).  The Holiday Blend is available only  for a limited time and then gone forever! Each year it is different. 

Starbucks Crew rom left to right are: Josh, Andrea, Becky, Tessa, and Amy.

Starbucks is recognized by the Ethisphere Institure for the 11th consecutive year as one of  "Worlds Most Ethical Companies". Starbucks strives to maintain the small farmer loyalty to their brand by always paying a fair price for the product, providing expertise in the proper raising and care of the plants and the gathered crop, and providing quality replacement plants when needed. 
 (The excellent Pumpkin bread served with the samples of coffee)

The information provided at the meeting led me to the Starbucks website and then to their newsroom site where many details of the growth and care of the crop and the landowner were provided. It shed a light on a side of the company that is overlooked and really should be more publicized than some of the craziness highlighted in social media. I recommend you judge yourself by taking a look at "their side of the story"!

Edmond Summit Previews Starbucks 2017 Holiday Blend George Strecker 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

2017 Skeet and Raffle Awards Presented at Meeting

Posted on Nov 13, 2017

At the November 7th meeting, Koorosh Zahrai was presented the iPad Pro tablet that he won as the 2nd prize winner of the 2017 Edmond Summit Shotgun Raffle. Koorosh commented later that he was torn whether to use it himself or as an awesome gift. Congrats Koorosh!

Also at the November 7th meeting, Tom Jourdan was presented his trophy and check for earning  third place in the individual skeet shooting competition at the 2017 Skeet shoot. Tom was also the GRAND PRIZE winner of the Browning A-5 shotgun in the 2017 Raffle. Congrats Tom!  

2017 Skeet and Raffle Awards Presented at Meeting George Strecker 2017-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Pictures from the Skeet Shoot 2017

Posted on Nov 06, 2017
Team Shooters:The members of the winning teams included (not necessarily listed in pictured order):
1st Place Team: Buck Sifford, Jeremiah Shaw, Joe Elam Jr, Joe Elam Sr. Chris Elam
2nd Place Team: Chuck Black, Gary Jones, Russell Riecken, Troy Peddicourt, Marty Hill
3rd Place Team: Jeff Petty, Mark Snyder, Chad Segress, Buddy Pfeiffer, Robert Davis
Pictures from the Skeet Shoot 2017 George Strecker 2017-11-06 06:00:00Z 0

Sports Raffle Will Benefit Two Unique Charities

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

THERE are only 5 more days to finish selling tickets for our annual raffle to benefit designated charities! Here are a few facts about the charities picked for this year:


  • The YWCA provides Education/Support groups and Trauma counseling for both adults and children.
  • The YWCA assures a SANE (sexual assault nurse examiner program) examiner to provide compassionate and legally binding collection and documentation of evidence to the victim in sexual assault cases. (At no charge to the victim)
  • The YWCA provides assistance in obtaining VPOs and restraining orders, as well as risk and danger assessment.
  • Oklahoma ranked #15th in the nation in one-on-one murders of women by men.  A sad commentary on our state! The YWCA works to break the cycle of violence by providing thousands of young people and adults with prevention education and resources on domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The Edmond Boys Ranch Town:
  • Is a 145 acre working ranch just east of Edmond, OK. The campus there is made up of modern cottages, each with a capacity for eight residents and a married couple serving as houseparents. The family arrangement in the cottage models how a Christian household should operate.
  • Provided at no cost to parents of the boys accepted into the ranch.
  • Residents attend Edmond schools and are encouraged to participate in school activities, sports, FFA, 4H, Band, etc.
  • Residents may live in the housing until 18, graduate from high school, or, if they have the need, the resident may continue to live on campus while attending college or beginning work until able to afford to live off campus.
  • The ranch is continually in need of supplies for the residents and for the maintenance of the facility.  Edmond Summit has been a supporter of the Edmond Boys Ranch Town for many years and feel the support is well and faithfully utilized by the facility for the benefit of the young men in residence there.
Sports Raffle Will Benefit Two Unique Charities George Strecker 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

The Zu was Great Venue for October Club Social.

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

Sorry, no photos were taken of the event, but the Zu Sports Bar and Grill was a really nice place for our October Social. The TV's stationed around the room allowed the Thunder Fans among us to catch the game and still enjoy the great menu items and adult beverages. The Zu is managed by the same folks who own Othellos and Around the Corner and manages to host a unique hometown grill with old fashioned good burgers and some gourmet items to satisfy most everyone's appetites. The Prime Rib Steak was one favorite as well as Fish and Chips along with the aforementioned burgers.  Highly recommended.! 

The Zu was Great Venue for October Club Social. George Strecker 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

YWCA is "NOT A GYM", but it is an Answer to Many Abused.

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

Rotarian of the Day, Bob Donaldson introduced Karla Doctor with the Oklahoma City YWCA as our program speaker for the Tuesday Oct 24th program.

The OKC YWCA will benefit from profits from this years Raffle and Skeet Shoot. The YWCA "is not a gym", says Karla, one of the misconceptions that has been hard to remove.  What it is however, is the Only domestic violence, Sexual assault, and stalking shelter approved by the Attorney General in Oklahoma County. Victims can enter and meet with an advocate who offers safety planning, support and linkage to community resources to help healing and a life free from violence. Oklahoma ranks terribly high in the rate of rape and domestic murder and assault in the nation. Not something to be thrilled about, folks!

Besides being a shelter, the YWCA also provides:

  • Education/Support groups and Trauma counseling
  • Domestic Violence Victim Assistance Program (DVVAP) helping with filing VPOs, risk and danger assessment, and support during court proceedings, etc.
  • Children's Counseling (TB-CBT) certified by the Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Professionals.
  • Sexual Assault Support Services including 24/7 Sexual Assault Forensic Exam emotional support and advocacy.
  • Provide a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner for the Forensic exam specifically  trained to attend to the emotional as well as the medical needs of the victim. SANEs are specifically trained to properly collect, preserve, and document evidence of sexual assault without re-traumatizing the victim.
For more information search and see how you can help.
YWCA is "NOT A GYM", but it is an Answer to Many Abused. George Strecker 2017-10-30 05:00:00Z 0

Capt. Nathan Welch, Explains Armed Forces Drug War Assistance

Posted on Oct 23, 2017
Rotarian of the Day for the October 17th meeting was our own, Captain Nathan Welch, USAF. Nathan has served several TDY's with the JIATF-S in Key West Fl. doing detection and monitoring operations to help fight drug and human trafficking in support of national and partner nation security. The military including AWACS from Tinker AFB is helping conduct a "Quiet war" in the Caribbean against "Go-Fast" boats often used to carry illicit drugs and other cargo across borders. Aggressive interdiction of a large fast deadly aircraft is often enough for the trafficker to unload their cargo and turn back to home  base without a shot being fired.
Cartels average an income of $650 BILLION (with a "B") annually as an estimate. and Cocaine accounts for $85 Billion of that. Cutting into this any can significantly decease the amount of drugs available on the street or increase the price to a point that it becomes prohibitive to be a user. By removing over 192 METRIC TONS of cocaine off the high seas in 2015, and 14 tons off of flights the task force made a significant dent in the trade of drugs. Still there is more work to do. Over 93% of smuggling between countries is done across high seas using fast boats, submersibles, jet skis, and planes. There are over 40 MILLION square miles of ocean that the task force has to track surface traffic. Truly this is a daunting task! The main objective is not to have an open door on the southern flank of the United States. We also want to avoid international incidents such as having a country like Honduras which has shoot-down authority, cause an international incident by shooting down an innocent aircraft or board a citizen's boat on a legitimate cruise. Their job is tough folks, and people with experience and common sense like Nathan help keep the task force on an even keel, and stay effective against the bad guys.  Hats off to our military on this important mission!
Capt. Nathan Welch, Explains Armed Forces Drug War Assistance George Strecker 2017-10-23 05:00:00Z 0

Enrique Ruiz: Insights on Edmond Events at Oct. 10th Meeting

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Club President, Koorosh Zahrai, left, introduced Enrique Ruiz with Altered Concepts Media as the guest speaker at the October 10th meeting. Enrique is the Special events coordinator for the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, and is also employed by Edmond Life and Leisure weekly news.  Altered Concepts Media strives to provide unique logos and media for local and statewide events. He explained the techniques that he tries to employ to provide the clearest most photogenic graphics possible. ACM relies exclusively on Vector driven graphics for nearly Pixel free graphics regardless of magnification.  For examples of ACM's portfolio look at  also find his work and details on Facebook at Altered Concepts Media @acm405   

Enrique Ruiz: Insights on Edmond Events at Oct. 10th Meeting George Strecker 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

EDFest 2017 Well Attended and Summit Rotary Was There!

Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Pictured at right, Summit Rotarians Julie Hovis and George Strecker hold signs for the 50/50 raffle for "milk money" that raised several hundred dollars toward the expense of purchasing milk for the daily meals provided by Edmond Mobile Meals. Shown on the banner behind them is a list of sponsors of the event, including Edmond Summit Rotary.

Not Pictured is Summit Rotarian Gary Jones who came on shift later and manned a ticket booth for folks purchasing adult beverages and kids bracelets that let kids go on assorted bounce toys, face painting booths and other games.

Last year the EdFest event raised enough money to cover the cost of over 7,000 meals to aid homebound citizen in staying and living comfortably in their own homes. EdFest is a street festival featuring local food trucks, a local beer tasting, wine tasting, a live band (Souled Out was great this year), a KidsZone, silent auction and more!.

Next year, plan to bring the family and attend this event and help feed the homebound in our community.

EDFest 2017 Well Attended and Summit Rotary Was There! George Strecker 2017-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

UCO Foundation Helps Keep Students in School

Posted on Oct 07, 2017

Rotarian of the Day, Suzy Thrash (l) introduced Amy Bowman, spokesperson for the UCO Foundation as the program speaker at the October 3rd meeting. The UCO Foundation provides loans, scholarships, and grants to students attending various colleges within the University of Central Oklahoma. 

Over 450 students were given assistance of some type by the foundation during the 2016-17 school year and they are on track for at least that much this year. All funding of the UCO Foundation is through private donations.

The Foundation was established as an independent 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization in Dec. 1975 to provide scholarship assistance to deserving students and support for faculty, campus activities and vital programs at the University of Central Oklahoma.
That mission still thrives today, but with a distinct difference. In 1994, the Foundation Board of Trustees made the decision to become an active fundraiser and the philanthropic steward for the University instead of solely an administrator of donated funds. Since then, the Foundation has more than doubled its assets, starting with more than $6 Million in donations, pledges and estate gifts in 1994 to more than $20 million today, reflecting the University of Central Oklahoma's continued growth in size, prominence and impact.
The Foundation places a high priority on growing the number of scholarships and awards we offer to UCO students. If you are a donor who would like to establish a new scholarship or award with your gift, please contact the UCO Foundation office at 405.974.3798.
For more information on giving or assisting the UCO Foundation you can get more information at .
UCO Foundation Helps Keep Students in School George Strecker 2017-10-07 05:00:00Z 0

UCO JAZZ LAB Was a Groovy Social Setting

Posted on Oct 02, 2017

All attendees of the Summit Rotary Social on Sept 21st agreed that this was a special evening. The rhythm trio from UCO provided nearly non-stop, conversation friendly, easy listening tunes throughout the evening and the pizzas, salad and sandwiches from Hideaway Pizza next door, were top-notch. 

The Jazz Lab provided the cash bar which provided great service  at reasonable pricing on adult beverages and even took care of most of the clean-up after the party. The only regret is that more members could not attend due to other commitments.  When, (not if) we have another social in this venue we highly recommend every member mark their calendar for that evening. Plan to invite a guest if you want (we may ask you to chip in a little extra for the food for them. We can always hop next door and order more!) But by all means plan to take advantage of the next opportunity to spend quality time "fellowsipping, er... fellowshipping" with the rest of the gang.

The site for the CHRISTMAS SOCIAL has been chosen and it is CAFE EVOKE'.  More details to come. Suggestions for the menu are invited, so plan to attend the next board meeting Thursday, October 12th to add your input for this event.  

UCO JAZZ LAB Was a Groovy Social Setting George Strecker 2017-10-02 05:00:00Z 0

Latest Updates Provided by Edmond's Library Manager

Posted on Sep 25, 2017
Ashley Welke, Edmond Public Library Manager, was introduced as the speaker at the Sept 19th meeting by Rotarian of the Day George Strecker.

Ashley gave updates on the recent remodeling at the Edmond library including improvements at the Edmond new automated checkout counters and an increased number of computer workstations. They have also improved the spacing and lighting and improved the accessibility of bookshelves for the handicapped. The Edmond library is the busiest library in the metropolitan area. The usage of the online library is also one of the highest in the metropolitan area with thousands of downloads and hits daily.
Of great importance, she gave a rundown of the virtual (online) library's content including the Overdrive application for ebooks, the Hoopla application for free videos, and Zinio which has recently become RBDIGITAL for online reading of over 300 editions of popular magazines. There are also applications such as the Gutenberg press for scanned additions of out of date and rare publications. There is also Indie for published editions available for reading. All of the above are available simply with the use of the library card which is also available for free at the local library. Everyone needs to check out the new library and the selections available through the virtual libraries.

By the way, these are all paid for by our ad valorem taxes. You bought it you might as well use it!

The url to get to the virtual library if you have a library card is The Edmond Library is physically located just one block north of 2nd street on Boulevard. It is a friendly place and another asset to our community that is highly recommended.

Latest Updates Provided by Edmond's Library Manager George Strecker 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

Emblem Embossed Wearables Available for Purchase

Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Koorosh has a supply of Tee Shirts, Polos, etc. embossed with the Edmond Summit Rotary Club emblem available.  Let him know if you are interested and he can let you know what is available and what it will cost if it isn't.  

Emblem Embossed Wearables Available for Purchase George Strecker 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond's Public Image Highlighted by Green Canopy

Posted on Sep 18, 2017

Greg Smith was the Rotarian of the Day at the September 12th meeting and introduced Ryan Ochsner, Director of Community Image, for the city of Edmond and the University of Central Oklahoma. Ryan may be familiar to some of us as the former Urban Forestry Coordinator for Edmond. 

Ryan's presentation centered on the enforcement branch  that  ensures the preservation of Native and important non-native vegetation that contribute to the existing "canopy" of greenery that makes Edmond an attractive environmentally friendly community.  New construction, primarily industrial and commercial is under the jurisdiction of his department and must conform to the city ordinances now in place. Some phases of the domestic housing that is widespread does not directly fall under these rules.  Fortunately these developments must pass rigorous oversight of the urban planning commission which so far has rigorously upheld the requirements for greenbelt and old growth preservation. The Code Enforcement Division strives to keep City of Edmond one of the cleanest communities in the metro area and helps to coordinate local volunteers to work on projects to assist those in need of help to maintain their property.

Maintenance of walking and bicycle paths, shade parks, abandoned lots, playgrounds, public garden areas, all fall under their jurisdiction and all work together to make Edmond an attractive and ecologically sound place to choose to live.

For more information about the Community Image department, look at  
Edmond's Public Image Highlighted by Green Canopy George Strecker 2017-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

Vision Farms Speaker Stung but Rotarian Reeser Stands in!

Posted on Sep 10, 2017
Jnnifer Bozarth, the scheduled speaker with Vision Farms was unable to attend due to an incident involving 32 bee stings to her face and neck. Rotarian of the Day Kathy Reeser took her notes and made the presentation which showcased the good work that Vision Farms does for the needy.  Vision Farms "borrows" unused property from willing landowners and plants vegetable gardens that produce food that is distributed to food banks and nursing homes. A good portion of  heirloom or specialty varieties are also sold to local restaurants as a way to keep the endeavor running.
 Mission Statement
We promote local food sovereignty and local food security by growing high quality, wholesome food for hungry people and donating the majority of this food to the local food distribution organizations in our county, educating children and adults through learning workshops, helping families start small gardens and promoting local CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture)
Vision Farms has an event coming up shown in the picture of their ad below:
See more information on Facebook  @visionfarms  ,Google Vision Farms, Guthrie, or go to
Vision Farms Speaker Stung but Rotarian Reeser Stands in! George Strecker 2017-09-10 05:00:00Z 0

Presenters from Toastmasters Show How It's Done!

Posted on Sep 03, 2017

At  the August 29th meeting, Rotarian of the Day, Michael Olay introduced Jing Herwig (L), Melissa Testut (C), and Suellen Miller (not shown) with Edmond Toastmasters club 170. Suellen Miller started off the program with the story of how she was forced into an emcee role at a previous employer and after a near disastrous day of it, she turned to Toastmasters.  Toastmasters encourages people to break out of their shells and become fluent public speakers through exercises at every meeting.  People attending meetings are assigned speaking tasks then are evaluated on their performances and through encouragement of their peers learn to improve on their speeches. 
Some participants like Jing come to Toastmasters to become more proficient in speaking the English language. Melissa, the winner of the District 16 humorist speaker award this year wanted to be more effective in ministry and reaching a congregation.  Others just want to learn to make proper toasts at weddings, and others aspire to politics or join to improve college skills. Whatever the reason, speakers of all levels are invited to try Toastmasters. The Edmond 170 club meets at Denny's on E. 2nd Street from 7:00 - 8:15AM on Friday Mornings. 
Presenters from Toastmasters Show How It's Done! George Strecker 2017-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Mobile Meals Receives $1,000.00 Summit Rotary Donation

Posted on Aug 27, 2017

It rained money for Edmond Mobile Meals on a rainy Friday when Edmond Summit Rotary Club President, Koorosh Zahrai (r) presented Mobile Meals Director Cristi Twenter a $1,000.00 donation to become a sponsor of EdFest 2017. Rotarian George Strecker, (L), was on hand preparing to deliver meals on Route 4 with fellow Rotarian Greg Smith, not pictured. 

Every year the EdFest fundraiser provides enough funds to cover the cost of over 7000 meals to shut-ins and elderly in Edmond. In many cases this service is what enables people to remain in their own homes that otherwise would need to move to assisted living or with relatives.

The 5th annal EdFest festival will be held at the Edmond Festival Marketplace which is located at 26 W. 1st street in Edmond on October 6th starting at 6pm.  Cristi Twenter says that this year, EdFest will have a KidsZone, local food trucks, a local beer/wine tasting, Live Music from Souled Out, a silent auction, and much more! 

For more information go to

Edmond Mobile Meals Receives $1,000.00 Summit Rotary Donation George Strecker 2017-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Cristo Rey High School Uses Work-Study Program to Fund Education  and Careers

Posted on Aug 27, 2017
Rotarian of the day for Tuesday, August 22nd, Matthew McKenna introduced Regina Birchum, with the soon to open Cristo Rey OKC High School. She is the Director of the school's Corporate Work Study Program that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.

The first Cristo Rey school opened in Chicago in 1996, and its impressive outcomes led to other communities seeking to replicate its success.  Matthew provided some insight that he had been involved in this program as a Catholic Brother serving in the Chicago Diocese and had seen how effective it had been  there.

Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School will be a Catholic learning community that educates young people of limited economic means to become men and women of faith, purpose and service. Through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, integrated with a relevant work-study experience, students will graduate ready to succeed in college and in life. The support from the OKC community has been overwhelming. Students were thrilled by the idea of going to a great school with opportunities to acquire work-experience and real world skills. Families were excited about the opportunities for financial assistance. Dozens of businesses have pledged to support the school and participate in its Corporate Work-Study Program. 

The school will first open its doors to a class of 9th graders. Each year thereafter, they will add another freshman class of 125 students.  By 2020, the school will serve grades nine through 12. The program insures that the student is prepared for college, knows how to act and communicate professionally, and will have a "mature" resume and a leg up when graduating with their peers.  It opens possibilities to low income students who otherwise might be left with no option but to attend low performing schools that would ill prepare them for the "real world".  For more information, take a gander at


Cristo Rey High School Uses Work-Study Program to Fund Education  and Careers George Strecker 2017-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

Newly Pinned Officers for 2017

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

Showing off their new officer pins for the 2017 term are l-r, George Glover 2017 Secretary and President-Elect, Koorosh Zahrai 2017 President, and Matt McKenna, 2017 Sergeant at Arms. Thank you fellows for your service!

Newly Pinned Officers for 2017 George Strecker 2017-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

Just for Seniors Can Help When Kin Can't

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

Deborah Wallace (L), owner of Just for Seniors, was introduced as our guest speaker by Larry Markham at the August 15th meeting. Just for Seniors is a service that provides personnel to handle chores for homebound adults when it is not handy for family members to attend to. Deborah gave some helpful advice for keeping senior relatives thriving longer. Among these tidbits were;

  • Openly address mental well being issues by offering or requesting emotional support. Provide or request advice and guidance.
  • Attend to physical needs, including physical activities, intellectual activities , hearing and vision, incontinence, and using adaptive technologies.
  • Addressing Environmental needs, transportation and home maintenance
  • Promote a sense of purpose, Keep them involved in church, hobbies, dinner out, social activities, misc.
  • Extra TLC for lost spouse
  • Help for the caregiver.  
Just for Seniors was begun with these things in mind when a relative needed help and had to rely on hit and miss aid from other relatives. A flexible rate schedule helps to make this service available to a wide range of caregivers and helpers. For more information you can go to
Just for Seniors Can Help When Kin Can't George Strecker 2017-08-19 05:00:00Z 0

New Rotarian Scott Stewart Welcomed July 25th

Posted on Jul 30, 2017

President Koorosh Zahrai (R) inducted our newest Rotarian and Edmond Summit member, Scott Stewart at the July 25th meeting. Scott is an Executive Account Representative for Cox Communications working with Business Customers. Welcome aboard Scott, and welcome to the World of Rotary.

New Rotarian Scott Stewart Welcomed July 25th George Strecker 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

New Parks and Sports Facilities Planned per Craig Dishman

Posted on Jul 30, 2017

Rotarian of the Day Julie Hovis pictured at right brought Edmond Parks and Recreation Director, Craig Dishman to her right as her guest speaker for the July 25th meeting. Craig Dishman. Craig is the Director of the Edmond Parks and Recreation Department.  He spoke primarily about what he sees on the horizon for Edmond's recreation and sports communities. For instance, in the plans are more walking and biking trails in town and around Lake Arcadia, more multi-sport practice fields and tournament ready sports facilities for tennis, softball and baseball. He said the city is looking for space for an additional dog park, and a nature ecology park. Pelican Bay expansions are planned or an additional water park. More of every sporting facility are needed to accommodate the rising population and the popularity of non-school tournament sporting events and the financial benefits these can bring to a community. Ah, all it takes is money and land, time and equipment, easy enough!

Right now,Edmond's parks are premier places for families to play and neighborhoods to interact. You can take a walk on a trail, enjoy a live concert under the trees at Hafer Park, or watch a live musical performance under the stars at the Mitch Park amphitheater. You can also escape the summer heat and watch a family-friendly movie from your float in Pelican Bay Aquatic Center.

With a variety of programs, events, and classes there is something for every member of your family. Step outside, stay active, and enjoy the benefits of Edmond's parks and recreation.  Take a look at the website to see links to things to do in Edmond

New Parks and Sports Facilities Planned per Craig Dishman George Strecker 2017-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

OK State Fair Visual Arts Scholarship Event (VASE) Funds School Arts

Posted on Jul 24, 2017

Rotarian of the Day Gary Jones introduced Nancy Norz, Director of the Oklahoma State Fair Visual Arts Department as our guest speaker for the July 18th meeting. Nancy spoke about the VASE program (Visual Arts Scholarship Event) and the fundraisers involved in its development. The Visual Arts Scholarship Event grew out of the OK Student Art Exhibits that have been a part of the programming for over 40 years.

After judging takes place on the at selected for the display, the judges select their choices for inclusion in the VASE art auction. A portion of the proceeds from this sale goes to the artist and the remainder goes to a scholarship fund that is made available to graduating Oklahoma seniors. The club was handed forms and given the opportunity to sign up to participate in the VASE event for 2017.  If anyone is interested in this program, go to and check it out.

Shown in the left photo, Gary Jones with artist Samuel Morgan and speaker Nancy Norz. In the Right photo is Samuel's Art instructor Arni Anderson, Samuel in the center and Samuel's mother, Meg Morgan who were also on hand to answer questions about the VASE event. Arni instructs Art at Holy Trinity Lutheran school where Samuel attends.

OK State Fair Visual Arts Scholarship Event (VASE) Funds School Arts George Strecker 2017-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Goodbye Girls! Rotary Youth Exchange Students are Headed Home

Posted on Jul 23, 2017

Our 2016-17 Rotary Youth Exchange Students Manon Venien and Gaia Calia shown above with Jeff and Kayla Blount stopped by for their final visit on the way to the airport and departure back to their home towns last Tuesday, July 18th.  It has been a great year with these two fantastic young ladies and also Renka Takahashi, our third student who departed earlier.  Hosted by Kayla and Jeff and other families, Manon and Gaia successfully completed their senior year and graduated from Edmond Memorial High School. Go Bulldogs!  We look forward to hearing from these girls as they pursue their goals with a year of American and OKIE culture to hopefully bolster their hopes and dreams.  We wish you all the best! 

Goodbye Girls! Rotary Youth Exchange Students are Headed Home George Strecker 2017-07-23 05:00:00Z 0

Ashlyn Page is Newest Summit Rotary Outbound Exchange Student

Posted on Jul 17, 2017
Edmond Summit was pleased to meet our latest outgoing Rotary Youth Exchange Student, Ashlyn Page at left with her father, Brandon, who were guests at the July 11th meeting. Introduced by Exchange Student Coordinator Jerry Burger, Ashlyn will leave for France in about 10 days and immerse herself in the culture and educational system of France for almost a year. During her time as an exchange student Ashlyn can expect many challenges with differences in language, food, and life in general. As a Rotary Exchange Student she will come away with a unique understanding of the many aspects of daily life of the culture she will become a part of.

The Rotary Youth Exchange Program is an excellent way for young leaders to personally and uniquely  experience cultures of other countries in the care of host families and Rotary Clubs.

We wish you well Ashlyn! Bon voyage!   

(As a side note, Edmond Summit also sponsored Ashlyn's sister Kaelyn Page as an outbound Exchange Student for 2015-16. Kaelyn is now preparing to attend her freshman year at OSU, Stillwater.)

Ashlyn Page is Newest Summit Rotary Outbound Exchange Student George Strecker 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Citizens Caring for Children Aids Most Vulnerable Kids

Posted on Jul 10, 2017
 Rotarian of the Day, George Glover welcomes Lynne Roller, Executive Director of Citizens Caring for Children at the June 27th meeting. CCC serves children in foster care, the most vulnerable children in the state, by providing clothing, personal hygiene products and continued support through mentorships focused on education to build for a brighter tomorrow. Their goal is "Providing hope, changing lives & creating healthy futures for Oklahoma's children in foster care". 
Providing new clothes, school supplies, and food to kids going into "the system" aids foster parents and gives the foster child a sense of belonging with items they chose themselves. For more information go to to learn how to provide assistance to this important organization.
Citizens Caring for Children Aids Most Vulnerable Kids George Strecker 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Earns District Governor Gold Rating 

Posted on Jun 19, 2017

Three Cheers!!!  The Edmond Summit Rotary Club earned the Gold Level District Governor Citation for doing many things right for the 2016-17 Rotary Year.  A HUGE shout out to our youth exchange student hosts Kyla and Jeff Blount and Bob and Leah Donaldson, etc. and our awesome RYLA coordinator, Julie Hovis, who combined,  accounted for nearly 35% of the points needed for the award. The rest of the points were obtained by doing many good things such as being a 100% sustaining membership club supporting the Rotary Foundation, having a good portion of our membership go above the minimum and being Paul Harris Society members. Lets keep doing good and having fun doing it!

Edmond Summit Earns District Governor Gold Rating  George Strecker 2017-06-19 05:00:00Z 0

What's Been Happening at Edmond Summit?

Posted on Jun 12, 2017
If you have missed a few meetings here are a few of the highlights you didn't see.

Three RYLA Honorees and a Trailblazer sent to Rotary  RYLA Camp 2017.


We've said goodbye to three Exchange Students:










We've had some great speakers!
































Brought in a new member, Jeff Amos:


Collected happy dollars and gave out some travelling money to some deserving Exchange Students:



Honored a Deserving Peace Officer:

And had a really great time doing all of these things.  Edmond Summit Rotary #100actsofgood !!!

What's Been Happening at Edmond Summit? George Strecker 2017-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Gaia and Manon Present Exchange Student Summaries

Posted on May 29, 2017

2016-17 Rotary Exchange Students Gaia Calia and Manon Venien presented their summaries of their year in the USA and Oklahoma at the May 23rd meeting. Manon's exit letter to the club is included in this article. Gaia's will follow in a coming bulletin.

At right, club president, Jesse Wenninger exchanges Edmond Summit club banners with Gaia left and Manon center.

Gaia and Manon Present Exchange Student Summaries George Strecker 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Matthew Ford Introduced as 3rd 2017 RYLA Honoree

Posted on May 29, 2017

Julie Hovis introduced Matthew Ford as the 3rd RYLA honoree for the 2017 camp from Edmond Summit Rotary. Matthew is advancing into his Junior year at Edmond Santa Fe High School and is very active in student affairs, sports and an academic leader in his class. Congratulations Matthew.

Matthew Ford Introduced as 3rd 2017 RYLA Honoree George Strecker 2017-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Boys Ranch Edmond Update Presented by Jennifer Kloeppel

Posted on May 22, 2017

Nathan Welch, the Rotarian of the Day May 16th, introduced Jennifer Kloeppel of the Edmond Boys Ranch as our guest speaker.  Jennifer is the Equine Director and a house parent at the Boys Ranch.

The Edmond Boys Ranch is a level 3 facility for boys who are living without the support of parents.  Jennifer likes to refer to the ranch as "a tool that God uses to mold boys into men".  Because no government funding is accepted the ranch is able to include a religious foundation in their daily routines. Because of reliance on donations and private grants, etc. the ranch has several fundraisers through the year, including a rodeo (Sept. 30) cattle sales, craft sales, and Christmas Nativity Play.

They provide counselling, vocational programs, including welding and animal husbandry, transitional living, and support for FFA and other public school projects. Current needs are a dog trainer, money, (always money) towels, sheets, quilts. The needs change from day to day so the ranch can be contacted to see what  the urgent "requirement du jour" is. Contact them at  or, For questions or comments please contact Brent Thackerson, campus administrator, or John Meeks, assistant administrator, at 405.341.3606.

Boys Ranch Edmond Update Presented by Jennifer Kloeppel George Strecker 2017-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Turner Bogues, 2nd 2017 RYLA Honoree at May 16th Meeting

Posted on May 15, 2017

 Edmond North student Turner Bogues is the Second of three 2017 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) honorees to attend a meeting after being selected to attend the Guthrie RYLA camp this summer.  Turner, a graduating sophomore at Edmond North High School is recognized for his leadership activities and achievements, including ROTC. Congratulations Turner. 

Turner Bogues, 2nd 2017 RYLA Honoree at May 16th Meeting George Strecker 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

First of Three 2017  Ryla Honorees Attends May 9th Meeting

Posted on May 15, 2017

Edmond Sante Fe student Evan Oldham is the first of three 2017 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Award) honorees to attend a meeting after being selected to attend the Guthrie RYLA camp this summer.  Evan, a graduating sophomore at Edmond Santa Fe High School is recognized for his leadership activities and achievements. Congratulations Evan. 

First of Three 2017  Ryla Honorees Attends May 9th Meeting George Strecker 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Planner Jan Fees Talks Trails Projects and Developments

Posted on May 15, 2017

Edmond City Planner, Jan Fees, was introduced by Rotarian of the Day Koorosh Zahrai at the May 9th meeting. Jan, who has lived in Edmond over 35 years and has spent over 30 years actively engaged in working for the city to improve the "CityScape" of Edmond, discussed the ongoing development of walking and biking trails in Edmond. 
At left, Nathan Welch assists Jan who is discussing the widely scattered trails that now comprise the bike trails in Edmond. Plans are in the works to eventually link these trails with markers to direct users to allow bikers to travel across the entire width of the city. Also in the works are plans for over 17 miles of trails around Lake Arcadia at the cost of $17 million.  Some opposition exists to the plan to link bike paths through gated communities which the city is working around. 
For more information go to

Jan had other topics she could have talked about but had to cut it short due to time constraints. She promised to return and give us more information at a later date.
At Right Koorosh Zahrai introduced Jan Fees at the May 9th meeting.

Planner Jan Fees Talks Trails Projects and Developments George Strecker 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

Live in a Blue Zone? You Might Live Longer Than Others!

Posted on Apr 29, 2017

Dr. Laura Garrett at left with Summit President Jesse Wenninger was our guest speaker Tuesday April 25th. Her topic was Blue Zones; Those areas of the world where the population has proven to have longer than average life expectancy.

Dr. Garrett pointed out the main connective points that seem to make up the reason for the longer life expectancy in the following bullets:

  1. Move Naturally, ie. grow a garden, walk, walk a pet daily, if you drive, park further away from the store.
  2. Have a Purpose. Know why you wake up in the morning!
  3. Down shift; Take time each day for yourself, Pray, meditate, take a nap, do happy hour, etc.
  4. Follow the 80% rule when eating. Stop when you are 80% full.
5.  EAT YOUR VEGGIES! 1/2 to 3/4 of your meal should be plant based (NOT TATERS LOL).
6.  Wine at 5; People in all Blue Zones excepts Adventists drink moderate amounts of alcohol regularly. The trick is to drink a glass or two of wine or equivalent per day. (It IS NOT acceptable to save up for the weekend!)
7.  Belong! All but five of 263 centenarians (that's 100 year old folks or older for some of the millennials reading this) belong to some faith based community. Denomination doesn't seem to matter. Just attending faith based services 4 times per month will add 4-14 years of life expectancy. (Do Rotary Meetings Count?)
8.  Keep Loved ones first. Keeping aging parents and grand parents nearby or in the home can add up to 3 years of life expectancy. (It just may seem like more in some instances).
9.  Be born into the right tribe; The social circle you are born into has a great influence in your life. Health minded society = longer life. Opposite of this = unfavorable.
10. Win the genetic lottery! Genetics seem to have at least a 25% factor in determining life expectancy. However a health lifestyle will extend the life expectancy of the ones who seem to draw the genetic "short stick" with the other 75% factoring into the equation.
More information can be found by Googling "Blue Zones" Life Expectancy
Live in a Blue Zone? You Might Live Longer Than Others! George Strecker 2017-04-29 05:00:00Z 0

Nathan Welch Back from Deployment with Stories of Strategies

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Nathan Welch, Rotarian and Captain, USAF was our speaker Tuesday April, 18th. Nathan has just returned from deployment in a ground based role in the fight against ISIS and Al Qaeda and had several hours of stories to tell that he tried to condense into a 20 minute talk. Rubbing shoulders with multiple nations of multiple ethnicities and religions and sects of religions, Nathan experienced first hand the idiosyncrasies of fighting a war where depending on where the bomb or missile drops a comrade one day may be a combatant the next.  We're glad you're back Nathan and look forward to hearing more about the issues we face "over there". 

Nathan Welch Back from Deployment with Stories of Strategies George Strecker 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Exchange Student, Manon Venien's  Dress Qualifies for Nationals.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

Congratulations to Manon Venien, our Rotary Exchange Student whose seamstress skills came to the fore on the cute dress shown in the picture at left.  The dress won the top honors at the state contest and qualifies to go to Nashville to be judged against garments from across the nation.

Edmond Summit is collecting "Happy Dollars" at the morning meetings to help offset Manon's expenses to Nashville. If you would like to donate, we can accept cash or credit cards or we can take a text or email donation and invoice you for that amount. 

Let's open wallets and purses and give Manon a big helping hand as she represents Edmond and Rotary in Nashville next month.

Exchange Student, Manon Venien's Dress Qualifies for Nationals. George Strecker 2017-04-24 05:00:00Z 0

Best Friends of Pets Assists Low Income Pet Owners

Posted on Apr 16, 2017

Rotarian Greg Smith (left) introduced Kim Schlittler with Best Friends of Pets at the April 11th meeting. Best Friends of Pets is an animal rescue service that works with various municipal animal rescue departments to provide placements to dogs that might otherwise have to be terminated. They also provide assistance for spaying and neutering pets to low income families. Best friends is also the center for a compassionate foster network that acclimates rescued pets to ready them to become "good citizens".

Kim stated in the program;
"The most effective way to reduce the number of homeless pets and the number of pets euthanized at animal shelters is through spaying and neutering.  During our years of helping find homes for pets at the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, it seemed like for every pet adopted, ten more came in the door.  This is why our primary focus is spaying and neutering through our Spay/Neuter Assistance Program.

Oklahoma City, surrounding areas and our state have a pet overpopulation problem – there are too many homeless pets. Each year, local animal shelters take in more than 25,000 cats and dogs, and more than 10,000 pets are euthanized. More than 70% of the pets euthanized are adoptable and more than one-third are puppies and kittens. Best Friends of Pets seeks to reduce this needless loss of lives and works toward the day every pet has a loving home.."
Find more about ways to assist the efforts of Best Friends of Pets by visiting their website
Best Friends of Pets Assists Low Income Pet Owners George Strecker 2017-04-16 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Apr 16, 2017
Message from Marty Postic: 

This next Saturday, April 22, 2017, Rotaractors from across the southwestern United States are gathering on the University of Oklahoma campus in Norman for the second annual Sooner Rotaract Institute (SRI).This full-day, PETS-style, Rotaract training event features a number of interactive speakers, panels, and workshops that focus on preparing Rotaract leaders for their year in office and on helping Rotaract grow at the club and district levels.
AFTER the Institute, there will be a cookout from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. and an Earth Day tree-planting service project in Reaves Park, located at 2501 Jenkins Avenue, Norman, Oklahoma 73072, and the Rotaractors have invited all of us. Please mark your calendars and make an effort to attend the post-SRI cookout Saturday, April 22nd from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. and join with Rotarians from our District as well as District 5770 (southern Oklahoma) to celebrate Rotary!
I would also like your help  in providing cookout food and materials for the Rotaractors as our way of supporting them. They are looking for people to bring; hamburgers (including veggie burgers), hot dogs, hot dog buns and burger buns, mustard, ketchup, lettuce, cheese ,tomatoes, pickles, plates, napkins, plastic utensils, soda, water, chips ice (and ice chests); and anything else you would like to bring to a cookout for 50 – 100 people.
If you would like to supply any of the above items or help prepare the food, please e-mail me at to let me know exactly what you plan on bringing NO LATER THAN THURDSDAY, APRIL 20TH. Finally, if you are interested in learning more about SRI of if you would like to attend it, you can find event and registration information on the SRI website here. I strongly encourage you to attend this event to interact with these amazing Rotaract leaders. The cost for Rotarians to attend SRI (not the cookout, but the actual event) is $20. There’s even a session on Rotarians working with Rotaractors. Please plan to come to this event. After all, they are Rotary's future!
PDG Martin "Marty" Postic, Jr.
District 5750 Rotaract Chair
2212 Shadowlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73159-7440
405/691-5080 (office)
405/250-7501 (cell) 
SOONER ROTORACT INSTITUTE (SRI) This Weekend April 22. George Strecker 2017-04-16 05:00:00Z 0


Posted on Apr 10, 2017

The Upendo Children's Choir from Jujo, Kenya, Africa were our special guests at the April 4th meeting. Robert and Eunice Menja of Edmond are Co-founders of the Upendo Children's home which houses 33 parentless children and provides for schooling for over 80 children in the Jujo area. The choir is in Oklahoma on a Make a Wish Come True Tour to raise funds to purchase property in Jujo that will allow the home to be more self-sustaining with land for gardening and small animals. The plan is also to build more dormitory space to allow more children to be accommodated. Many of the kids have been orphaned due to the Aids epidemic and other diseases that ravage this area of Africa. Some have been rescued from abusive homes and other reasons. The Gala that was held Saturday Evening was a great event and the choir still has time in the USA that they will spend performing at various clubs and events around the state.  For more information on how to support their efforts go to

UPENDO CHILDRENS CHOIR Rocked the Room! George Strecker 2017-04-10 05:00:00Z 0

Neal McCaleb Details Indian Nation Water Rights Agreement

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

Rotarian of the Day Kathy Reeser hit a home run with our guest speaker last week. 

Long time Republican political leader, Oklahoma Statesman and Native American spokesman Neal McCaleb was our guest speaker at the May 28th meeting. Neal spoke about the recent landmark case of Southeastern Oklahoma water rights sovereignty. He gave the history of the migration of the tribes and the rights duly  granted by Federal deed and fee simple title to the Five Civilized Tribes prior to statehood.  By this case decided in Oklahoma in 2016, the rights of the tribes to approve or deny water rights was finally recognized as binding.  As Mr. McCaleb put it, "the tribes gained much respect and not much else" by this the time.  However with the law and courts behind them, the Five Tribes now have the ability to self determine the use of the surface minerals on land still owned by the tribes.  Governments and municipalities must now negotiate with them for usage rights instead of going through government agencies that did not do a good job of protecting the rights of Native Americans in the past. While appearing to be a minor victory, it signaled a major turning point in legal proceedings for the foreseeable future.

Neal graciously stayed for some time after the meeting to answer questions and discuss other topics and reminisce about over 40 years of public service. We were honored to have him as a speaker and look forward to having him again should he have another topic he wishes to discuss. 

Neal McCaleb Details Indian Nation Water Rights Agreement George Strecker 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

Joe Elam Passes 48th Year as Rotarian with 100% Attendance!

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

48 years and counting! The March 21st meeting marked Joe Elam's 48th year as a Rotarian and all with perfect attendance!  Joe still contributes as a board member Emeritus and is active on multiple committees within the club. As a Past District Governor, he is also called on to participate in various District 5750 functions. Keep up the good works Joe!

Joe Elam Passes 48th Year as Rotarian with 100% Attendance! George Strecker 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Larry Stevens Says Edmond's Outlook Bright Despite Shortfall

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

Edmond City Manager, Larry Stevens pictured at left gave a quick but pretty thorough briefing on the "State of the City" at the March 21st meeting. He made it clear that despite being nearly 2% below budget income the city is still making all planned improvements to infrastructure with more to come.

Larry fielded several questions including about traffic and street improvements, school improvements, downtown changes and others. While more needs to be done, the flow of traffic is being monitored and actively controlled on 2nd street and on Danforth for the most part. Turning lanes at Bryant and Covell, and Covell and Sante Fe are in the works. Covell at I-35 is ahead of schedule.  All of these are good news. 

The Election coming April 4th will determine the development at 15th street and Bryant as well as the new Mayor.  He encouraged the club to vote.

As always more information was given than this writer was able to absorb but needless to say the city manager was impressive with his wit and knowledge of the goings on in our community. It was a great program and thanks goes out  to Rotarian of the Day Michael Olay for setting it up. 

Larry Stevens Says Edmond's Outlook Bright Despite Shortfall George Strecker 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0

Reverse Impact Oklahoma Benefits from Fantasy Football Pool

Posted on Mar 06, 2017

During the February 28th meeting, Rotarian George Glover presented Saul Armendariz with Reverse Impact Oklahoma (RIO) a check for $500 from proceeds of the Edmond Summit Rotary Fantasy Football League pool for 2016. RIO works in the inner city schools to bring kids out of gangs and keep them in school through mentoring and counselling. We can also thank the board for matching the pool to double the amount given to make the $500.00 possible. #100actsofgood !

Reverse Impact Oklahoma Benefits from Fantasy Football Pool George Strecker 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Arise Ministries; For and Mostly About Single Moms

Posted on Mar 06, 2017

"Aloha! I’m Pam Kanaly, President and co-founder of Arise Ministries. But actually, I think Arise found me wanting to bless single moms years ago. Ministry was never on my mind as a kid. All I wanted to be was a hula dancer. So Mother enrolled me in the tiny tots’ class. Guess God knew I'd have two grandbabies born in Hawaii. I love the great outdoors. You might even find me spending time with my husband grizzly bear watching or camping. In fact, it was on a turkey hunt that God gave me the name Arise Ministries in 2002". A quote from the blog page of Arise Ministries website.

Pam was our speaker on Feb 28th and the passion and message that she brought to the meeting was terrific.

Pam explained that Arise provides resources directed toward single moms primarily because of the fact that 87 percent of the child rearing in divorced households is left to the single mother.

If you know single moms or just want some great reading information grounded on biblical principles, I  would recommend you go to the Equip tab of the Arise website- the online education center designed specifically for single mothers. Here you'll find articles, podcasts and videos on topics relevant to moms raising children alone. Search by category, media type or author and discover helpful tools for navigating real life. New content is added each week so we invite you to check back often.

The Arise Ministries website gives a lot more information about this important resource than I have space for here. I recommend you look into:  for information on how to assist their ministry.

In the picture at the right, Rotarian of the day, Larry Markham introduced Pam Kanaly, President of Arise Ministries as our speaker.

Arise Ministries; For and Mostly About Single Moms George Strecker 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

Nita French's Program is a Living Example for Organ Donation

Posted on Feb 26, 2017

"I didn't know how sick I was until I got my new kidney and wasn't sick any more." Nita French, Community Outreach Coordinator for LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma told her story at the Feb. 21st meeting.  She was diagnosed with juvenile type II diabetes before her teenage years. Nita was undergoing dialysis treatments as a single parent and becoming more and more disabled from organ failure fatigue and had already had two "false alarm" calls for transplant when a viable kidney became available. A young soldier, Patrick, had been a victim of a rollover vehicle accident and as a registered donor his organs and tissue gave the opportunity of new life to numerous recipients.  Since receiving Patrick's kidney, Nita has travelled around the state and the country promoting LifeShare and sharing the story of the gift of life that Patrick left behind because of a check on his license.

Through efforts of LifeShare and their advocates, Oklahoma is #2 in the nation in donors per million population. The need is still greater than the supply of donors. There are over 125,000 individuals in need of lifesaving organ transplants. with 80% in need of a kidney and 13% of a liver. 

For more information and stories of transplant successes go to 

Nita French is pictured with Rotarian Julie Hovis, and with her family. Nita and her husband have been able to bear three healthy children since receiving her kidney.  It was a great testimony to the miracle of organ transplant.  

Nita French's Program is a Living Example for Organ Donation George Strecker 2017-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

Wilshire Gun Social a "Bang-up" Affair

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

The Edmond Summit Rotary Club enjoyed a great lunch at the Range Café inside the Wilshire Gun Club at the Saturday, Feb 18th social. Several members stayed to take advantage of range time provided by John Polkinghorne and the club. Edmond Summit strives to plan social events that will appeal to the majority of the membership.  The Range Café is highly rated on Yelp and we found the food to be excellent. We had a great time socializing and catching up with some members we hadn't seen in a while, including John Polkinghorne and Mel Stewart. Several spouses attended including Pete Reeser, Leah Donaldson, Cary Herwig and Paula Strecker. George Glover brought his son George. It was a great time and we hope more can attend the next one coming up soon.


Wilshire Gun Social a "Bang-up" Affair George Strecker 2017-02-20 06:00:00Z 0

OKC Gun Club Receives Fundraising Check From Club

Posted on Feb 12, 2017
Summit President Jesse Wenninger, far left presented a $1000.00 check from proceeds of the 2016 Edmond Summit Rotary Raffle and Skeet Shoot, to OKC Gun Club representatives,  Blake Randel and OKC Gun Club Youth Division Director, Brian Pribil.  Blake, an Edmond High School student, is a participant in the 4-H  Youth Division and has qualified for the 4-H National Youth Championship Shotgun competition in Grand Isle Neb. this summer.  He will be competing in three events, Sporting Clays, Trap, and Skeet. The OKC Gun Club will be using part of our proceeds along with other donations to help Blake offset the cost of this week long event. A portion of the funds will be used to promote gun safety and promote the appreciation of shooting sports to young participants. Kids from 4-H, Boy and Girl Scouts, and individual attendees are taught by Director Brian  Pribil and his dedicated staff of trainers at the Oklahoma Gun Club.
The annual Edmond Summit Rotary Shotgun Raffle and Skeet shoot has benefitted several causes, including The Cavett Kids Foundation, The Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts, Edmond Mobile Meals, Edmond Hope Center, and The Rotary Foundation among others. 
OKC Gun Club Receives Fundraising Check From Club George Strecker 2017-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

Raffle/Skeet Shoot Share Check Delivered to Cavett Kids Foundation

Posted on Feb 06, 2017

The $1000.00 check for the Cavett Kids Foundation was delivered to Tomas Manske, Executive Director of Cavett Kids this week. Tomas was thrilled to receive the funds and explained that 100% of the check would go to sending chronically ill kids to camp this year.  Mostly children going through treatment for cancer or chronic heart disease are the beneficiaries of the camps, but kidney and liver transplant list patients and other handicapped kids are accommodated.  The mission of the Cavett Kids Foundation is providing positive experiences for courageous kids diagnosed with a life-threatening illness to promote the development of character, coping and connections.

It takes an average of $700 to send a kid to camp which is totally covered by the Cavett Kids Foundation.   Our gift will send 1-1/2 kids to camp.

For more information you can go to

Raffle/Skeet Shoot Share Check Delivered to Cavett Kids Foundation George Strecker 2017-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

Supt. Towne Explains the Feb. 14th Bond Election

Posted on Feb 06, 2017

The Speaker at the January 31st meeting was Edmond School Superintendent Bret Towne.  Dr. Towne was on hand to explain all that was included in the upcoming $110 million bond issue to be voted on Feb. 14th.  Supt. Towne explained the bond issue will not increase taxes and would provide funds to increase classrooms, improve tornado safety and increase tornado safe rooms at some schools needing them.  It will also improve sports stadiums, provide for new school buses and improve and help redefine technology needs in nearly all  the schools in Edmond. 

With Edmond adding nearly 500 students per year it adds up to almost a new school every 1-1/2 years.  We don't know if this growth can be sustained but Edmond has never been a city to wait until it was in a crisis to start to act.  The foresight of the school administration has kept the city abreast or ahead of the curve on education and kept Edmond at the top of the academic achievement charts in the state and surrounding areas.  The city has NEVER denied a bond issue and with what is  riding on this one Supt. Towne is hoping to keep the  trend on track.

The election is February 14th.  Go Vote while you are buying that valentine!


Supt. Towne Explains the Feb. 14th Bond Election George Strecker 2017-02-06 06:00:00Z 0

More Auto Choices Coming per Volkswagen's Mory Richardson 

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Rotarian of the Day Roland Herwig at far left introduced Mory Richardson with Volkswagen of Edmond as the program speaker at the January 23rd meeting. Mory's topic was "Choices and Changes in the Auto Industry".

The time between "generations" of vehicles is shrinking more rapidly all the time.  Improvements in economy, safety, ergonomics and more drive automakers to make drastic changes each year.

Competition for buyers is changing the way sales take place. More online buying options make the purchaser more in command than ever before. Often the financing is more involved than the actual selection of the car.  The day of the "hard sell" may thankfully be drawing to a close, at least in the regular retail market.  (Still buyer beware in the used market). Sales Force turnover is a problem and is solved by more visuals and more information available to the buyer. 

Sales are "Millennial" driven. Female buyers are more respected and more powerful.  Much more interaction takes place due to available research material, consumer magazines, social media, etc. 

Mory also touched on the diesel problems that Volkswagen and other vendors have been fighting to overcome. The "rush to market" is the main blame for the issue with the real problem being the need for at least 3 - 4 more years of research and work to overcome the emissions problems (legitimately) before the current models were put on the market. Now lots with 2 - 3 year old "new" inventory are finally getting upgrades that will enable the dealers to move these off the lot. Don't expect "new" new inventory to show up as the liability and perception is just too negative right now, although there is a void in the 5 passenger 45-50 mpg automobile that the diesel cars were filling.   Thanks Mory for a great discussion.


More Auto Choices Coming per Volkswagen's Mory Richardson  George Strecker 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0

Jason Wint welcomed as newest Rotarian Jan. 17th

Posted on Jan 23, 2017

Jason Wint to the left of club president Jesse Wenninger is welcomed into Edmond Summit as the newest Rotarian.  Jason is an Architect with Rees Associates in Edmond. We are pleased to  welcome Jason and make him a part of our family.

Jason Wint welcomed as newest Rotarian Jan. 17th George Strecker 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

OU Public Relations Available for Community Support 

Posted on Jan 23, 2017

Joel Herdzina at far left introduced Kevin Henry, OU athletics Director of Community Relations as the speaker for the program at the January 17th meeting.

  In August of this year, Henry was named Director of Community Relations for the University of Oklahoma Athletic Department.  “This has been truly a blessing.  I get to continue my work with my community, albeit a new community, and my family is all under one roof for the first time in over 2 years.”  Kevin followed his family from Baylor in Waco to OU.

As Director of Community Relations, Henry works with schools and groups to promote the OU brand.  He has been diligent about adopt-a-school programs with the Oklahoma sports teams and the local, public schools in the Norman area and has assisted with request that come from Sooner fans from all across the great state of Oklahoma.  “I truly enjoy every aspect of my role here at OU.  I look forward to coming to work each day.” Henry gets to arrange sports figures from OU to attend and participate  in approved community functions around the state. Contact the Community Relations department of the University of Oklahoma if you want to have a speaker or a team mascot attend a community event.

In addition to his community relations work, Henry is also the color analyst for the OU men’s basketball team’s radio broadcast.

OU Public Relations Available for Community Support  George Strecker 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

Fantasy Football League Winner is...George Glover!

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

The "Turn Down 4 Watt" team managed by George Glover was the winner of the Edmond Summit Rotary Fantasy Football League Championship.  George's team was neck and
neck with Team
"From A to Zeke" managed by Jesse Wennnger but squeaked out a 1630 to 1618 total season point win. 

The Big Payoff !!! The charity beneficiary of the nearly $250.00 pot chosen by George Glover was Reverse Impact, OKC.   Reverse Impact OKC works out of schools where many young people are involved in gang activity to lead them out of that lifestyle into becoming fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.  Saul Armendariz with Reverse Impact OKC was on hand to accept the donation. 

Fantasy Football League Winner is...George Glover! George Strecker 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Reverse Impact OKC is Focused on Leading Youth Out of Gang Life

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

Saul Armendariz on the left side of the picture with Rotarian of the Day, George Glover, was our speaker Tuesday Jan. 10th. Ivan is with Reverse Impact, OKC, a program designed to lead at risk youth to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Chris.

The following is taken from the Reverse Impact Facebook page.  "Let me tell you about our program Reverse Impact OKC. We mentor kids from middle school until they are young adults. In the summer time we take them out and do community service like cutting our neighbors yard within our neighborhood. We find elderly and single moms by looking for the yards with the highest grass. We have youth leaders that are ex-felons, gang bangers, drug addicts, including myse...lf that go out and speak against gang violence in our local high schools, at rallies and community centers.

Some of our kids have never heard of God. Some of our kids and young adults had forgot about God and have come back to our savior through our Reverse Impact program. We are reaching one heart at a time, molding one mind at a time and building the body of Christ. We try to teach them that it is better to give than to receive. To season the world instead of pouring bitterness on it. To find sweetness in even bitterness. We struggle at times for lack of sponsors or donors and our attendance may fluctuate but we always have at least 30 kids and most times their are more. There have been times that it has only been myself and Mark Inscoe trying to overlook the whole program but God is good and he has given us a solid team composed with totally different backgrounds. It is a good thing what Reverse Impact OKC is doing on the southwest side of OKC.

We have learned in life that if you have something and plenty of it than why not share it. We have plenty of bad experiences that can do someone else good. We have had plenty of pain that can heal someone else's heart. We have had too much trauma that can help someone else from going insane. We have been lost and know how to be found. So the only right thing to do is to help people avoid those dark stages or help them get out of those darkness through the light of Christ.

Please like and share our page. Anything you can do to support our movement would be appreciated! God bless!"


Reverse Impact OKC is Focused on Leading Youth Out of Gang Life George Strecker 2017-01-16 06:00:00Z 0

Matt McKenna Presents Cremation as Dec 13th Program

Posted on Dec 18, 2016

Rotarian Matt McKenna, left,  Family Services Counselor with Baggerley Funeral Home led a discussion about cremation for the program on Dec. 13th.  Rapidly approaching half of the funeral type of choice in the US, cremation is the choice of only 39.8 % of Oklahomans. However due to several reasons, it is becoming more the choice of more families.

Financial, Environmental, Mobility, and Spiritual issues are some of the reasons people choose cremation over traditional funeral services.  People just move more than they used to and having a fixed burial plot just is not feasible or practical for many.  Cremation services typically run 30 - 40% less than traditional services. Changes in beliefs and doctrinal changes have led to an increase in the choice of cremation vs vault.  The choice needs to be made clear to the family prior to the event is the main thing, says Matt.

Another change to the funeral itself is a move from a grief session to more of a celebrating of the life of the deceased. Personalized talks and informal posting to social sites are also more common.

Matt also emphasized the importance of having all of ones documentation kept current and safe and with a trusted person or institute for access to the heirs. 


Matt McKenna Presents Cremation as Dec 13th Program George Strecker 2016-12-18 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Member Matt McKenna!

Posted on Dec 06, 2016

Edmond Summit inducted Matt McKenna as a Rotarian at the Dec. 6th meeting. Matt is a Family Services Counselor at Baggerley Funeral Home in Edmond. He has had a long career in ministry and missions. Welcome to Edmond Summit Matt. We know you will make a great Rotarian!

Welcome New Member Matt McKenna! George Strecker 2016-12-06 06:00:00Z 0

Exchange Students Presentation After First 100 Days

Posted on Dec 04, 2016

Rotary Exchange Students Manon Venion (L), and Gaia Calia (C), gave a presentation of their first 100 plus days in the US. Manon, a student from Lycée La Colinière, in Nantes, France, told of her school and showed pictures of the school campus. She is now participating in classes and is active in swimming at Edmond Memorial High School. Gaia is from Nuoro, a small city on the island of Sardinia, Italy. She showed pictures of her home and views of Sardinia. She is also attending Edmond Memorial High School.

Since coming to live here, Gaia and Manon have been hosted by Kayla(R) and Jeff Blount, who have immersed the girls fully into Oklahoma culture including OU and Thunder ball games, state parks, family gatherings, cookouts, and numerous Rotary functions. Christmas decorating is the latest adventure at the Blunts that they are experiencing. Both Gaia and Manon have thoroughly enjoyed their stay and are looking forward to the next portion of their stay and more holidays,  Rotary trips and functions.

Exchange Students Presentation After First 100 Days George Strecker 2016-12-04 06:00:00Z 0

Standards Provides Full I.T. Service at a Savings

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
Rotarian of the day, Koorosh Zahrai left, introduced Ryan Tisserand Standards IT  as the guest speaker at the November 22nd meeting. Ryan gave a very informative talk about the services that Standards provides and how their company can save many small companies money by providing a full service IT department often for less than the price of an IT employee.
Standards I.T. was founded in 2012 by Danny J. Slusarchuk and was joined by partner Ryan Tisserand in 2014. Together they have 24 years of experience including significant contributions to the D.o.D (department of defense), healthcare, financial, energy, Oklahoma Public Schools, and construction markets- both privately held as well as publicly traded entities. Standards I.T. is an Oklahoma based technology firm offering complete I.T. services with one physical office that will soon be moving into the new Campbell Corner. On January 8th, 2015 Standards I.T. was accepted into the Francis Tuttle Business Incubator in Edmond, OK where it is operating until the move to Campbell corner.
Standards Provides Full I.T. Service at a Savings George Strecker 2016-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Speaker Books Delivered to Sunset Elementary

Posted on Nov 28, 2016
Edmond Summit Rotarians Suzy Thrash, left, and Julie Hovis, Right, presented 27 new hardback elementary level books to  Sunset Elementary School on Nov. 16th. Sarah Hallmark, center, the media director at Sunset accepted the books and was thrilled to receive them.  Our club has donated nearly 170 books to Edmond elementary schools on behalf of guest speakers at our morning meetings.
Speaker Books Delivered to Sunset Elementary George Strecker 2016-11-28 06:00:00Z 0

Another Successful Fundraiser. Thank You Edmond Summit Rotary Team!

Posted on Nov 14, 2016

This is just a teaser article. Pictures of the Skeet Shoot will need to be compiled and edited then will be included in next weeks bulletin.

Winners of the Raffle are:
1st Prize, Beretta A400 Shotgun,  
Tom Jourdan

2nd Prize, iPad Air2, John Polkinghorne

3rd Prize, Weber Grill, Mark Snider

Congratulations to these winners and thanks to everyone else who contributed for your support of this year's fundraiser.

Another Successful Fundraiser. Thank You Edmond Summit Rotary Team! George Strecker 2016-11-14 06:00:00Z 0

Individual Skeet Shoot Winners 2016

Posted on Nov 13, 2016

Top Club Pro shooters at Left were 1st place Chuck Black (r), 2nd Place Joel Hubscher (l) , and 3rd Place, Charles Roller(c). Chuch and Joel had to do a shoot-off for first place with scores of 49/50.  It took 6 rounds of doubles from station 3 to decide the winner.  Charles Roller had a 48/50 score for 3rd place.


Top Amateur shooters Right were 1st place Chris Elam 36/50 (c), 2nd place Russ Schwettmann  35/50 (r) and 3rd place Scott Strecker 27/50 (l)

  In both Pro and Amateur the 1st 2nd and 3rd places received trophies and $100, $75 and $25 resp.

  Great Shooting Everyone!
Individual Skeet Shoot Winners 2016 George Strecker 2016-11-13 06:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Promotes Rotary at Fall Festival

Posted on Oct 31, 2016


It was a little breezy but that did not keep the kids from coming to the 2016 Downtown Edmond Fall Festival. Edmond Summit Rotarians Koorosh Zahrai and George Strecker manned the club's booth for what turned into almost 3 1/2 hours of bean bags and candy laughs. The looks on kids faces when we told them to "grab a BIG handful of candy" was priceless! (Dr. John, we're looking out for you!) Many downtown businesses were represented and there were several people expressing interest in Rotary and asking questions. Hopefully, next year we'll have some more folks on hand to help do some promoting while others help hand out candy and man the bean bag toss.  

The two teenage boys in the middle of the page, are Braden Nicholson and Matthew Ford from Santa Fe High School who volunteered their time to assist us in running the bean bag toss.  Thank you Braden and Matthew!

Edmond Summit Promotes Rotary at Fall Festival George Strecker 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Time's Running Out!! 2016 Shotgun Raffle Tickets and Skeet Shoot Sign-up Forms are Here!

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

ALL Ticket Stubs and money must be turned in before the drawing this SATURDAY!!!!!

This is our clubs main Fundraiser every year.  Huge publicity is possible and Rotary friendship and fellowship is showcased.  While we only printed 600, lots of Tickets for the 2016 Shotgun raffle are still available.  The Drawing will be held at the Skeet Shoot November 5th.  This year the fundraiser will benefit The Cavett Kids Foundation;The OKC Gun Club Youth Shooting Safety and Development Division; and the Rotary Foundation.

Three great prizes will be awarded: 1st prize is a SUPER SWEEEEEEEET Beretta A400 Action UNICO 12 gauge shotgun. 2nd prize is an excellent Apple iPad Air 2 WiFi with 64G memory, and 3rd prize is a top notch  Weber E-210 LP Gas grill.  Wilshire Gun just added a really nice "DATE NIGHT PACKAGE" for another prize!!!  There are some other prizes that have been donated and will also be given away at the shoot. 

Prizes are still being solicited and those may also be part of the raffle after the main drawing or used as door prizes at the Skeet Shoot.

Tickets sell for $20 each or 3 for $50.  Only 600 tickets are available to be sold.  We are only asking each member to sell at least 10 tickets and from previous years we know that many of our members will sell many more than that. Post and Share on Facebook, Tweet it Link it or how ever you connect to get the word out!

Skeet Shoot Sign-up.

To go along with the Raffle, the sign-up sheets for the Nov. 5th Skeet Shoot will be available at the meetings and an email will be sent to all bulletin subscribers with a pdf of the sign-up sheet to print out as needed.

Go SELL and PROMOTE this great event to fund these great causes. We also invite friends of Rotary and past / inactive members who want to help with this fundraiser to call or email the editor for a packet of tickets to sell.

Time's Running Out!! 2016 Shotgun Raffle Tickets and Skeet Shoot Sign-up Forms are Here! George Strecker 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

Farm Bill 777 Still Confused? Brian Jones Tried to Explain it!

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

 "Right to Farm" and "Right to Harm" are both phrases used to describe State Question (SQ) 777, which will appear on the Oklahoma ballot on November 8, 2016 along with candidates for president. This bill affects everyone who lives in Oklahoma who breathes air, drinks water or eats food, so it's important to know what it's really about. Brian Jones, from the Kirkpatrick Foundation as Director of Education, after six years as a trial lawyer and journalist brought this topic to the club for the Oct 25th program.  He explained in fairly simple terms that the bill would be a change to the Oklahoma State Constitution that would essentially isolate agriculture and related industries from most legislation to regulate it, unless an overriding state interest takes precedence. There are still arguments for and against. People who opposed it at first are now for it and vice-versa. Almost as many state farm organizations are against it as for it, so its a toss-up.  It will be up to the voter to decide next Tuesday, the 8th of November, if the state constitution needs to be changed to protect agriculture of if laws that are already in effect are sufficient.

At left, Rotarian of the Day Mel Stewart, brought Brian Jones (r) as the guest speaker to the Oct. 25th meeting.

Farm Bill 777 Still Confused? Brian Jones Tried to Explain it! George Strecker 2016-10-31 05:00:00Z 0

October 18th Meeting Moved Downstairs.

Not this week don't head upstairs or you will be attending someone else's meeting!! Stay on the ground floor. Head back toward the snack bar and keep going east until you can't anymore. Howdy, you will be at the right place.  



October 18th Meeting Moved Downstairs. 2016-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Megan Law Visits Edmond Summit Club

Posted on Oct 15, 2016

Edmond Summit Rotarian Kathy Reeser (left), Rotarian of the Day,  welcomed District 5750 Governor Megan Law (r)  to our October 11th meeting. Megan is the second youngest District Governor EVER, and we're not sure if she will be the first to give birth during her term as Governor or not, but certainly she is among a select few. BUT, These are not the things that make Megan Law the special District Governor that she is. Among other accomplishments, she started the Mid-Town Rotary Club, which is known for  providing tremendous support to the arts in the Oklahoma public schools. Their club has obtained a great number of District Grants and other Rotary support for causes that have made Mid-Town a driving force in District 5750.

Megan expounded on Rotary's role in Polio eradication, Education, Clean water, Mobile Meals, Food Drives, micro-loans, remote hospital and medical facilities and many more that keep us in the top 5 charitable organizations every year.  ROTARY ROCKS! It is due to leaders like Megan that help keep the wheels rolling and the fires burning!  Congratulations Megan! We are Proud you are our District Governor.

District Governor Megan Law Visits Edmond Summit Club George Strecker 2016-10-15 05:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Buck$ 4 Bikes in High Gear for 2016

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

D'Anna Pulliam, Buck$ 4 Bikes founder and chairwoman, at left with Gary Jones of Edmond Summit Rotary was our speaker Tuesday October 4th.  D'Anna spoke about the Buck$ 4 Bikes program and how it has grown since 2006.  

Who doesn’t remember their first bike? This sentiment, evoked in a recent column of The Oklahoman, helped give a big wheelie to the Buck$ 4 Bikes campaign of the Salvation Army Women’s Auxiliary to buy bikes for needy children this Christmas.

Following a July 5 article, a dozen or more readers sent in $1,328 toward the cause; consumers last month dropped $4,009 bucks into red counter-top kettles at some 30 other area retailers; while Paycom pitched in a whoppin' $10,000. Buck$ 4 Bikes founder and chairwoman D'Anna Pulliam is thrilled about the Paycom donation, which will buy 250 bikes. Other donations received include $2,500 from the Thunder Community Foundation and $10,000 from an anonymous donor.

The need is still great for Buck$ for Bikes this Christmas and Christmases to come. This year's goal is 1,275 bikes, which cost $33 to $49 each. Prior to adjourning, the club passed around the bucket and raised enough to purchase approximately 4 or 5 new bikes. Great job Edmond Summit!

You can still help. Send a tax-deductible donation now to The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary, 1001 N Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City, OK 73107, Memo: Buck$ 4 Bikes.

Salvation Army Buck$ 4 Bikes in High Gear for 2016 George Strecker 2016-10-10 05:00:00Z 0

Amazing Kaelyn's Exchange Year Began With Months of Toughing it Out.

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Kaelyn Page, our Rotary Exchange Student to France for School Year 2015-16 was our presenter for the September 27th meeting.  Kaelyn spent nearly a full year in Vedene France near Avignon. We were entertained by her emails during her time in France, but her report told a poignant story of language difficulties, days of hard classes due to the language barrier and teaching differences, and overall culture shock.  The friendship of fellow Rotary Exchange students was a salvation and breaks for Rotary sponsored tours were also a refreshing break from the stress.  Kaelyn stressed to Maron and Gaia, the two inbound exchange students in attendance at the meeting the importance of making friends. Something that she was able to do through the drama club at the school she attended. 

After nearly six months Kaelyn said she was finally able to freely converse in the local language and from that time on the experience was much more satisfying. Many tears were shed when it was time to finally end her exchange and lasting friendships still endure.  Great talk Kaelyn and we are proud of you for being a good representative for Edmond Summit Rotary.  Bienvenue à la maison Kaelyn!

Holding the US and French flags, at right, Kayla Blount, Host mom to inbound students  Manon left of center and Gaia, to the left of Julie Hovis at far right.  Inbound exchange Kaelyn Page Center gave sage advice to the two inbound students while presenting her talk.   

Amazing Kaelyn's Exchange Year Began With Months of Toughing it Out. George Strecker 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Hearts for Hearing Giving Babies Early Hearing Help

Posted on Sep 26, 2016
Christian Joy Boone, left and Audiologist Ester Kim, right, from Hearts for Hearing presented the program at the September 20th meeting.
Hearts for Hearing provides auditory-verbal therapy with one of the largest teams of Listening and Spoken Language Specialists in the region. They also are one of the largest providers of cochlear implant services in the region.
Collaborative Care: Audiologists provide comprehensive evaluations and customized fitting of appropriate technology. Speech-language pathologists, also certified as Listening and Spoken Language Specialists, work with patients and their families. The unique model of audiologists working closely with listening and spoken language specialists is internationally recognized for its remarkable outcomes.
History of Caring: Hearts for Hearing was established in 2003 to provide funding for the initial set of hearing aids for children with hearing loss in Oklahoma. In 2007, the mission was expanded to become a comprehensive hearing health program for both children and adults, offering auditory-verbal therapy. In 2013, to meet the growing demand for adult hearing healthcare, the mission expanded again to open a clinic specifically designed for adults. For more information contact  or look up at to contact or donate to their mission.
Hearts for Hearing Giving Babies Early Hearing Help George Strecker 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0

Armor Advantage Protecting Those That Protect US!

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Gary Jones was the Rotarian of the Day Tuesday, Sept. 6th and he had as his program speaker,  Michael Blackmore CEO of Armor Advantage out of Purcell, OK.

Michael is pictured holding a "Trauma Plate" armor piece that is packaged in the vest that Gary is holding.  The plates are "Brush Metal Titanium" capable of stopping multiple rounds of AK47, AR15, and .308 rifle from under 15 yards.  The plate that Michael is holding withstood over 50 rounds of 308 military ammo fired at 15 yards. At the meeting we saw there was barely any denting, let alone any sign of penetration. As configured the way Gary is holding the vest, it can be also used as a shield outside of or inside of a car door or on the officer or first responders themselves.

Michael explained that his mission is to provide every first responder with a vest at no charge to the individual, as funding becomes available, and he has pledged $2 million of his own funds and is raising funding to accomplish this. Departments wishing to go ahead and purchase the vests can, of course buy them and get them very rapidly.

"Armor Advantage is on a mission to protect police and first responders. If your agency needs help acquiring the protection you need, Please let them know and they will add you to their website and help to the best of their ability! You can also send them a short video explaining what you do and asking the public for help. They will publish your video to help to raise the funds necessary to provide your department with free body armor!"

The image provided on the Armor Advantage website at right shows the result of .50 caliber tests into one quarter inch thick material:  Four rounds of .50 caliber Beowolf, at 300 yards, produced indentation... but zero penetration!
Two rounds of .50 caliber, 750 grain, BMG, FMJ were then fired at 800 yards, and stuck into the plate...
but did NOT penetrate. Definitely would want a car door to absorb the shock, but an officer could survive!
More information is available online at and Michael Blackmore can be reached
at or by cell at 405-508-1829. 
Online donations are encouraged and can be designated for specific departments.


Armor Advantage Protecting Those That Protect US! George Strecker 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0

Peace Officer of the Quarter Awarded to Three OKC Sergeants

Posted on Sep 05, 2016

 At the August 30th meeting,  Edmond Summit Rotary Club awarded three officers from the Oklahoma City Police Department, Springlake Division,  the Officer of the Quarter Award for their outstanding performance in capturing a violent carjacking suspect who shot his victim twice in the head during the crime. The officers were Sergeants Jay Lowery (left), Greg Kennedy, and Wes Morrison (right).  Officer Kennedy was unable to attend the meeting due to official commitments.
It was on June 27, 2016, that Sgt. Jay Lowery found the suspect, who was identified as Patrick Kibler, in a car near NW 30th and May Ave. When Sgt. Lowery initiated a traffic stop the suspect fled the scene starting a pursuit. The suspect exited his vehicle and fled on foot. Sgt. Greg Kennedy, who was responding to assist Sgt. Lowery, joined in the foot chase and caught the suspect as he attempted to scale a fence. The suspect became combative and fought the officers. During the struggle the officers could see he was armed as a handgun protruded from the suspect’s pocket.  Sgt. Wes Morrison arrived and assisted the two officers in securing and handcuffing the suspect. The suspect later told the officers he considered pulling the gun and shooting them. The officers later learned the suspect was also involved in and had active warrants for a homicide.     
We are thankful no officers were injured and grateful for their service in taking an armed violent suspect off the streets.

The Club was honored to have OKC Chief of Police William Citty and several senior officers from the OKC PD present to recognize these officers.

Peace Officer of the Quarter Awarded to Three OKC Sergeants George Strecker 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0

Dr. Garrett Talks Price of Retirement in "Planning for 2040"


Posted on Aug 28, 2016

 Dr. Laura Garrett, Director of Resident Life at Epworth Retirement Community, and a fellow Rotarian, spoke at our meeting Tuesday August 23rd.  She discussed the aging of America and the changes in healthcare and assisted living. Living and aging "in-place" is a major consideration for many people looking ahead to their retirement years.  Having had relatives that have been forced to make hard decisions due to health and monetary reasons makes it very important that we take advantage of the time left to put aside for the years that we will be on a fixed income.  At the current level of inflation Dr. Garrett gave an example of a person that a few years ago would have felt comfortable retiring with $1 million. Now that person is saying more like $2 million to be sure! 


Dr. Garrett also spoke of societal changes that would affect the aging community, including communication, technology, and even religion.  A terrific presentation and one that we would recommend to any club or organization wanting to learn more about what to expect for our future.

Dr. Garrett Talks Price of Retirement in "Planning for 2040"   George Strecker 2016-08-28 05:00:00Z 0

2015 Fundraiser is Having a Positive Impact with BSA.

This rough looking crew is decked out in typical C.A.S.S. gear, and they are awaiting the arrival of hundreds of Boy and Girl Scouts eager to participate in one of the fastest growing shooting sports around.  Edmond Summit Rotary's donation of $3,000.00 to the Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts made it possible for the council to purchase the needed equipment to become only the second council in the US to participate in this program. Please read the thank you at right for the impact our donation is making. 

2015 Fundraiser is Having a Positive Impact with BSA.   George Strecker 2016-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

A Great Turnout for the Fire Station Visit




We had a great turnout at the Edmond Fire Training Facility last Tuesday.  Thanks to all the staff, including Joe Elam Jr. and Chief Dan Neeley at the fire station and to Chris Elam for setting up the meeting. 

A Great Turnout for the Fire Station Visit George Strecker 2016-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

Third Exchange Student Arrives to Attend Fire Station Tour

Posted on Aug 22, 2016

All three of the Rotary Exchange Students that Edmond Summit is sponsoring were in attendance at the vocational tour of the Edmond Fire Department's Training facility at the August 16th meeting.  From left to right, Gaia Calia (Italy), Manon Venien (France), and Rinka Takahashi (Japan).  Gaia and Manon are being hosted by Jeff and Kayla Blount and Rinka is temporarily being hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Burger and will soon be moving to her permanent host family.

Welcome y'all to the USA. You are amazing and we look forward to learning more about your countries and sharing our city, state, and country with you.

Third Exchange Student Arrives to Attend Fire Station Tour George Strecker 2016-08-22 05:00:00Z 0

Corporate Care Provides Ministry and Expertise to Businesses and Employees

Posted on Aug 15, 2016

 Who Do Your Employees Have to Talk to … Really Talk?

Boe Parrish, at right with Tom Fiordelisi, is President and founder of Corporate Care Oklahoma, and he  has an answer. He was our speaker at the August 9th meeting and provided insight of Corporate Care and the importance of having a chaplain as well as a network of other executives and services  available for assistance when an employee is hurting. With over 4,000 direct, 40,000 2nd tier and nearly 1/2 million active network contacts, Boe is able to put a person in contact with help almost immediatly.

There are many situations your employees face daily that are beyond your control; –automobile accidents, sudden illness, the tragic death of a loved one, family problems, divorce, and the list goes on. In many cases the manner in which employers handle these occurrences determines how quickly their employees rebound and refocus their efforts at work. "Life happens, and it is hard to leave a lot of that stuff at the house when you go to work,” Says Boe Parrish, Corporate Care president  "These are problems companies need to be prepared to help their employees deal with, because they often can affect productivity.”
CCI currently offers four areas of client service. Corporate Chaplaincy, Business Consulting, Executive Mentoring and Ministry Leader Support.
Please read about their services at  The website has several downloads that are well worth the additional time to look up.  It was a great talk and well worth the time to attend the meeting.  Thanks again for sharing Boe.
Corporate Care Provides Ministry and Expertise to Businesses and Employees George Strecker 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

A Letter of Thanks from Edmond Mobile Meals

Posted on Aug 15, 2016


Edmond Summit recently contributed $1000.00 to Edmond Mobile Meals and is a sponsor of their 2016 EdFest celebration.  The letter at left was received very shortly afterward but got shuffled around with the change in club officers.  Here it is to show how our contributions positively affect our community.

Thanks for your generosity Edmond Summit!


A Letter of Thanks from Edmond Mobile Meals George Strecker 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Hosts Two Exchange Students for 2016-17

Posted on Aug 15, 2016
Edmond Summit welcomed two new Rotary Youth Exchange students at the August 9th meeting. Manon Venien and Gaia Calia will be spending this school year attending Edmond Memorial High School. Jeff and Kayla Blount are hosting these two amazing young students for the first portion of their stay and are already busy acquainting them with the city activities.
Welcome to the USA Manon and Gaia! Please enjoy your stay!
From left, Rotarian "Host Mom" Kayla Blount, exchange student Manon Venien from France, and Gaia Calia from Italy.
Edmond Summit Hosts Two Exchange Students for 2016-17 George Strecker 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

RYLA Camper Lisa Zhang Returns to Thank Edmond Summit

Posted on Aug 08, 2016

This summer, Edmond Summit Rotary sent 3 young people to RYLA camp in Guthrie. Last Tuesday, August 2nd, Lisa Zhang, one of these campers was on hand to thank the club for the great experience she had at the camp. The training in leadership and cooperation as well as implementing the 4-way test will serve to benefit her for years to come.  She indicated that she is very interested in returning as a counselor at next year's camp.  Well done Lisa! 

RYLA Camper Lisa Zhang Returns to Thank Edmond Summit George Strecker 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

Dave Ross With DMR Consulting Highlights Communication

Posted on Aug 08, 2016

Dave Ross was our speaker last Tuesday, Aug 2nd. Dave is a coach, trainer, facilitator and founder of DMR Consulting. Since retiring as an Air Force Officer,  Dave has worked with public agencies and private concerns as a facilitator and trainer.

He is a long-time member of Toastmasters International and earned their title of World Champion of Public Speaking in 1991. He has a Bachelors Degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a Masters Degree from Oklahoma City University. Dave Ross is a member of ASTD (American Society for Training and Development), IAF (International Association of Facilitators), and Toastmasters International.

Introduced by Rotarian of the Day, Tom Fiordelisi show with Dave in the picture at right, Dave spoke about the importance of communicating ideas well in order to extract the most out of an organization.  Gaining mutual support and getting the "eagles" to agree on a goal are important in the success of an organization. Listening and really getting the understanding of the basic issue being discussed is a core value of what Dave provides in his time with a customer.  For more information about improving the overall communication and efficiency of any organization learn more at 

Dave Ross With DMR Consulting Highlights Communication str 2016-08-08 05:00:00Z 0

Creative Oklahoma: A Unique and Vital Way to Keep Talent in Oklahoma

Posted on Jul 31, 2016

What is Creative Oklahoma? An animated Dave Evans, at left, Executive Director of Creative Oklahoma, and an Edmond Summit Rotarian, explained the organization to the club at the July 26th meeting.
Formed in 2006, Creative Oklahoma is a statewide non-profit organization advancing Oklahoma’s economy through creativity and innovation based initiatives in education,
commerce and culture. The mission of Creative Oklahoma is to develop, promote and celebrate Oklahoma’s creativity and innovation in education, commerce and culture.

The purpose of Creative Oklahoma is to inspire, catalyze and promote ideas that lead to a more vibrant economy and improved quality of life.
With strategic counsel provided by national advisor Sir Ken Robinson, Creative Oklahoma became the first non-profit organization in the U.S. with a statewide strategy to encourage and support the development of creativity and innovation in the sectors of education, commerce, and culture. Creative Oklahoma served as a catalyst for the development of the National Creativity Network and is the only North American region member of the international Districts of Creativity Network.Creative Oklahoma encourages all individuals to nurture their creative talents and ideas to impact their home, school, work and community environments. Creativity and innovation drive solutions to our global economic and societal issues. They believe that regions intentionally developing environments that encourage and nurture creativity will be those in which  young people will want to live, all citizens will experience quality of life and will thrive economically.
Funded by interest from the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Trust, Creative Oklahoma has been able to keep many high tech jobs in Oklahoma that would otherwise have left to Silicone Valley etc. 
Their meeting places primarily are coffee houses, One Million Cup meetings, and other low key events that "introvert genius" types might frequent. More information on Creative Oklahoma can be obtained at
Creative Oklahoma: A Unique and Vital Way to Keep Talent in Oklahoma George Strecker 2016-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

The Story of Cavett Kids Presented by Board Member Larry Cavett

Posted on Jul 24, 2016

 Larry Cavett, Board Member of the Cavett Kids Foundation, and brother of the founder Danny Cavett was on hand Tuesday, July 19th to provide the background story of the Cavett Kids Foundation.  Danny Cavett is the Pastoral Care Minister of OU Children's Hospital and himself a cancer survivor.  

It was in 1996 that Danny decided to provide a camp for some of the kidney and heart patients he was counselling at Children's.  The first camp was at the Christian Church camp in Guthrie, OK and only lasted 1-1/2 days. The improvement in the disposition of the children was so noticeable that the physicians encouraged Danny to explore further options for getting the critically and chronically ill children out with others in the "same boat" so that these kids could find others to better relate to their state.  What followed has evolved into Cavett Kids Foundation which was officially founded in 1997. 

Cavett Kids provides up to 9 or more camps per year.  From fishing at Lake Texoma to skiing in Colorado or river rafting the camps provide challenges for all disabilities.  All activities are done in a safe and secure environment and overseen by a full staff of doctors and nurses and many volunteers (many are past campers and survivors of cancer and heart disease, etc) and all necessary equipment to provide needed services to the kids.  Equipment including dialysis and heart monitoring equipment, blood and plasma infusionists, internal medical specialists and others. Where wheel chair bound kids are involved, plenty of volunteers are available to make sure they can be transferred into the activity so none miss out on any of the fun.

Several videos are available showing the Cavett Kids Foundation in action.  Go to youtube and search for Cavett Kids. They can also be accessed on the web at  .  These videos are very motivational and highlight some of the reasons Edmond Summit has chosen Cavett Kids as one of the beneficiaries of this year's proceeds from our Shotgun raffle and skeet shoot.

The Story of Cavett Kids Presented by Board Member Larry Cavett George Strecker 2016-07-24 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Fire Department Chief Training Officer Speaks at July 12th Meeting

Posted on Jul 17, 2016

  Edmond Fire Dept. Chief Training Officer Jon Neely was our speaker at the July 12th meeting.  Chief Neely has been with the Edmond Fire dept. over 32 years and has been training for over 15 years.  Neely spoke highly of the facilities and the support that Edmond has provided the fire department over the years including building several new stations and the new training facility at Covell and I-35 that includes state of the art suppression equipment and training simulations. 

Chief Neely drew up a matrix that showed the amount of time spent in training for different risks.  These are High frequency but low risk, High Frequency and High Risk, low frequency but High risk, and Low frequency and low risk.  The highest priority of course are those activities that are high risk.  The most time spent on training is on Low frequency high risk because the High Frequency High Risk, though dangerous, is a routine procedure.  Whereas the low frequency high risk category requires more training time to become proficient. 

Chief Neely also told us that for every position open at the Edmond Fire Department, 80 to 100 people apply for it.  This is one of the highest sought after firefighting jobs in the state and possibly in the region.  The training facility and the pay are part of the reason. The culture of Edmond adds the cherry on the top. 

Edmond Fire Department Chief Training Officer Speaks at July 12th Meeting George Strecker 2016-07-17 05:00:00Z 0

Campbell Corner Hosts Edmond Summit for Vocational Visit

Posted on Jul 10, 2016

Campbell Corner was the site of the Tuesday, July 5th meeting.  Located just to the south of the Edmond Post Office and north of Hurd this new office and retail center is poised to become an iconic destination for folks visiting Downtown Edmond.  Already the home of School of Rock, Studio Z, Pink Petal, and soon to open Rocket Fizz and Snackzels flavored pretzels.  

The club enjoyed a tour of both levels of the new construction as well as the remodeled section which houses School of Rock and The Summit Clothing store. Edmond Summit Rotarian Koorosh Zahrai, VP of Development with Plaza USA LLC. was our tour guide and provided the club with interesting tidbits of the design and architecture of the building.  The second floor afforded an excellent view of downtown Edmond and West.  This is a great addition to the city of Edmond and should draw plenty of folks to its varied retail and business tenants.

The meeting this coming Tuesday will  be back at Mercy I-35 Wellness Center.   


Campbell Corner Hosts Edmond Summit for Vocational Visit George Strecker 2016-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Flags Exchanged at Our Last Meeting With Max

Posted on Jul 10, 2016

At the July 5th meeting Max Moncorger, our inbound exchange student, attended the last meeting prior to leaving for his home in Vedene France, close to Avignon.  Max and Club president Jesse Wenninger exchanged flags as friendship gesture between Rotary District 5750 and 1740.  Max was scheduled to leave July 6.  The picture was taken at the entrance to Campbell Corner where the club was holding a vocational meeting.

Flags Exchanged at Our Last Meeting With Max George Strecker 2016-07-10 05:00:00Z 0

Youth Exchange and Ryla Students Attend Club Meeting

Posted on Jul 04, 2016

 Outbound Exchange Student Sarah Dwerlkotte and RYLA Award Recipient, Mei Zhang were our guests at the meeting last Tuesday, June 28. Mei attends Crossings High School and will attend the RYLA camp this month. She will attend the Academy of Science and Mathematics this coming school year.

Sarah attends Bishop McGinnis High School and will live in Italy for the next school year rotating between three host families. While attending school there she will also be taking online classes to complete her Oklahoma diploma requirements. Sarah, in the picture at right speaks to the club about the process of her selection as an exchange student.

Youth Exchange and Ryla Students Attend Club Meeting George Strecker 2016-07-04 05:00:00Z 0

Chris Elam Receives Paul Harris Fellow

Posted on Jun 26, 2016
Chris Elam was the latest Summit Rotarian to receive the Paul Harris Fellow Award. 
Joe Elam, who presented the award to Chris at the June 21st meeting, bequeathed the 1000 points necessary to bring Chris up to the Paul Harris Fellow level.
Chris is the sixth Edmond Summit Rotarian to receive the PHF this year.  Well done Edmond Summit!
Chris Elam Receives Paul Harris Fellow George Strecker 2016-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

Max Presents His Exit Speech to Edmond Summit

Posted on Jun 26, 2016
Exchange Student Maxime (Max) Moncorger of Vedene France gave the club his exit speech at the June 21st meeting.  It hardly seems possible that this young man has been with us over nine months and is now time for him to return to France. 
From a new school to ski trips, Rotary Exchange events, Thunder games, Rafting the Rapids, Prom, OU ball games, and more swimming than some ducks Max has managed to fill his time with friends and acquaintances around the country.  He even got some studying done while he was at it.  We'll miss you Max and we wish you a great future and we look forward to seeing you when you return for your next U.S.A. adventure.
Max Presents His Exit Speech to Edmond Summit George Strecker 2016-06-26 05:00:00Z 0

James Wall: Engaged and Connected for a Great Speech

Posted on Jun 20, 2016

Competitive speaker James Wall was our speaker Tuesday, June 14.  James has reached the finals of the Oklahoma regional competition in the Toastmasters speaking competition and is headed to the nationals.  He explained his journey as a speaker from an embarrassing showing at an important government event to joining Toastmasters to overcome the trauma and then to become a competitor of the highest level.  Primarily he emphasized the importance of Toastmasters as a venue to get people to step out and learn to express themselves.  Bringing out the naturally competitive nature of some individuals and the reluctance of others to be embarrassed by their failures, Toastmasters is able to bring out that latent talent in all those willing to invest the time to attend and participate in the meetings.

James proceeded to entertain the club with the speech that he will present at the national competition and wowed us with the emotion and vitality of his delivery. Good luck in the completion James!

James Wall: Engaged and Connected for a Great Speech George Strecker 2016-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Adds Six New Paul Harris Fellows

Posted on Jun 13, 2016

Edmond Summit has added six new Paul Harris Fellows to the ranks of our 100% Paul Harris Club.  Those receiving the recognition of Paul Harris Fellow at the June 14th meeting were (pictured from left to right) Koorosh Zahrai, Dr. Jesse Wenninger, Dave Evans, George Glover, and Tom Fiordelisi.  Chris Elam (not pictured) had a scheduling conflict and could not attend but will receive his PHF at a future meeting. 

We were thrilled to have some special guests on hand to share with the club in the award ceremony.  Present for the awards was Holly Glover, wife of George Glover and their daughter Caroline.  We were also honored to have  Koorosh Zahrai 's father Saeed Zahrai on hand to watch him receive his award.  Also on hand to share some comments about the importance of the Rotary Foundation was Past District Governor  Jerry Burger.

Edmond Summit Adds Six New Paul Harris Fellows George Strecker 2016-06-13 05:00:00Z 0

Tom Fiordelisi Helps "Fill in the Blanks" About Middle East Conflict(s)

Posted on Jun 12, 2016

At the June 7th meeting, Suzy Thrash was the Rotarian of the Day and she had as her guest speaker, Summit Rotarian Tom Fiordelisi. Tom spoke of his multiple tours in the Middle East where he was training Iraqi military in aircraft maintenance and English, among other duties.

Stationed in Forward Operating Base Rustimayah, Iraq, Captain Fiordelisi helped graduate over 200 Iraqi officers from the Iraqi Army and Air Force courses. Of those many went on to the Air Force. Students in English Language Training must achieve a score of 70 prior to progressing on to pilot training, so the training is intense and complete discipline within the ranks is demanded. Once the English proficiency is obtained a student can go on to pilot training, air traffic control, and other career fields in the Iraqi Air Force.

Tom brought out that since the time of Abraham and Ishmael there have been conflicts in the region. No decision made by an outside nation can ever be entirely right or wrong. So many factions are in play at any time that some tribe or sect is not going to fare well.  Having the minority sect rule the majority for generations has fostered distrust and outright hatred between sects. Christian and other religions are minorities and never come out on the good side.  ISIS and Al Qaeda are often in opposition even though their targeted enemy seems to be identical. There are no permanent winners and partial victories are fleeting.  The mission of training and equipping a military that one day possibly might make a difference in bringing some stability to this region was one not taken lightly and, was done with great sacrifice and determination. The ultimate payoff is yet to be determined but the relationships that the people like Tom, who pushed and sweated to advance men who may become leaders one day may make the difference. Friendships formed with men like the one who presented Tom the traditional shawl and head scarf of an Iraqi dignitary shown holding in the picture at left, continue to the present and continue to be a source of good will across time and distance.

Once again Tom, thank you for your service and thank you for being a part of our club.  You had a very interesting talk and we are certain that there is much more to tell.

Tom Fiordelisi Helps "Fill in the Blanks" About Middle East Conflict(s) George Strecker 2016-06-12 05:00:00Z 0

Rotarian Nathan Welch Covers US Middle East Mission(s) of AWACS

Posted on Jun 06, 2016

Nathan Welch, Capt. USAF, Edmond Summit Rotarian and Rotarian of the Day presented a program that highlighted the AWACS platform and the duties it performs in the skies over the Middle East. Nathan commands the tactical ops portion of the AWACS mission with a crew of ET's serving with him to provide information to other members of the crew and ground personnel.  He spoke of the evolvement of the ground war and the constant push to contain the ISIS extremists.  Who is the enemy du jour? Who is the enemy of our enemy? Is he our friend? In this war, the answers are not easy. Thankfully there are competent professional men and women in the air and ground who are keeping track of movements of all the pieces to enable decisions to be made whatever the answer to the questions above may be.


Thank you for your service Nathan and we look forward to hearing more about your experiences.

Rotarian Nathan Welch Covers US Middle East Mission(s) of AWACS George Strecker 2016-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Summit Rotary Volunteers Serve at Edmond Touch-A-Truck

Posted on Jun 06, 2016

The Edmond Touch-A-Truck held Saturday, June 4th was well attended. Several Edmond Summit Rotarians volunteered during the event that benefited the Edmond Hope Center. Members who assisted at the event were, Al Strecker, Suzi Thrash, Julie Hovis, Tom Fiordelisi, Bruce Kelley, Koorosh Zahrai, Gary Jones and George Strecker.  (Apologies if any were missed). Go to our Facebook page and the Hope Center page for some great pictures of the event.

Summit Rotary Volunteers Serve at Edmond Touch-A-Truck George Strecker 2016-06-06 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit is Helping at Edmond Touch-A-Truck, June 4th

Posted on May 29, 2016

  Edmond Electric and Edmond Vehicle Maintenance are co-hosting the Edmond Touch-A-Truck on Saturday, June 4th from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the UCO parking lot off of 2nd Street and Baumann Avenue. Edmond Summit has volunteered to assist with the event and the signup sheet will be going around at the May 31st  meeting, or you can email me or  one of the officers back and let us know you can help.  We will get you the information on where to check in, etc.

Touch-A-Truck is a fundraising event that provides kids of all ages with the opportunity to experience life-size vehicles and interact with community support leaders like police officers, firefighters, electric linemen and many more. Families will have the opportunity for a hands-on exploration of many vehicles such as Edmond’s own fire trucks and police cars, an Edmond Electric bucket truck and even a solid waste truck.

By the way, admission for the Touch-A-Truck event is a suggested $2 donation with the proceeds going to the Edmond Hope Center to benefit local residents in need. To find out more about the event, you can contact Jessica Lyle with Edmond Electric at 405-216-7729 or 


Edmond Summit is Helping at Edmond Touch-A-Truck, June 4th George Strecker 2016-05-29 05:00:00Z 0

Big Thank You from The Hope Center!

Posted on May 27, 2016
Email Received 5/25/2016

Dear Edmond Rotary Club,

Thanks to the assistance of the Edmond Rotary, we are filling our warehouse shelves with food boxes of canned goods at record speeds! The Letter Carriers' Food Drive through the Regional Food Bank was a much needed contribution. We appreciate those individuals that participated in sorting foods and packing items in storage boxes here at The HOPE Center on Saturday, May 21st . Most of all, the spirit and willingness to assist us on such a short notice was invaluable.
This event is always a huge undertaking and we sometimes find ourselves understaffed/not enough volunteers. Because of your energy and organization, we are better prepared to provide food to the Edmond families in need.

Thank you all so very much for volunteering.  Your efforts made a difference. We hope that you will be able to help us next year.  

Christi Lewis, Warehouse ​Supervisor
HOPE Center of Edmond
1251 N. Broadway
Edmond, OK  73934

Big Thank You from The Hope Center! George Strecker 2016-05-27 05:00:00Z 0

Sorting it Out at Edmond Hope Center

Posted on May 23, 2016

The Edmond Summit Rotary crew was busy sorting a wild variety of food at the Edmond Hope Center this past Saturday, May 21st.. From boxed cereal to canned anchovies and cases of mac 'n cheese we found a place for it.  Going around the table clockwise are Julie Hovis, Roland Herwig, Suzy Thrash, Al Strecker, Mel Stewart, Joe Elam, George Strecker, Larry Markham and Kathy Reeser.  Martha Strecker kept the crew supplied with labels and offered suggestions as to where to put the more "exotic" offerings. 

The large containers of food were obtained from the Regional Food Bank Postal Food Drive.  This food will be distributed to needy families coming into Hope Center for assistance.

The sorting went so well because we were fueled up by some great casseroles and fruit brought in by the club members. The Hope Center work days are always fun events and our efforts are greatly appreciated by the staff of dedicated workers at this great facility.  A big thumbs up for the sorting crew! yes!!!!

Sorting it Out at Edmond Hope Center George Strecker 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0

Sheriff's View of the Civil War in Indian Territory

Posted on May 22, 2016

Mike Sheriff, at left with Rotarian of the Day Al Strecker, was the speaker on Tuesday May 17th.  Mike gave a very interesting talk about the impact of the Union and Confederate forces in the Indian Nation. 

Some of the important points Mike brought out during his talk were that the Union offered nothing (actually were going to remove their obligated protection and stop their agreed payments) to the Indians for assisting them.  However, the Confederates offered to Provide protection, recognize tribal sovereignty, Fulfill payments owed by US, and allow representation in Confederate Congress.

The Civil War took a terrible toll on the Indian Nation.  An 1863 census of Cherokees at Ft Gibson showed that 1 in 4 children were orphans and 1 in 3 women were widows. Losses as high as 25% of the population were recorded in different tribes in the 1863 census compared to the 1860 census.

Several important battles were fought in the Indian Nation (Oklahoma) and there are several Civil War memorial sites in the Eastern part of the state that honor those who fought.

Mike will be doing a seminar on Civil War in Indian Territory Monday and Wednesday July 16, 20, 25, and 27th at Osher Lifelong Learning Institute 655 Research Parkway, OKC.  For more information go to

Sheriff's View of the Civil War in Indian Territory George Strecker 2016-05-22 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit Delivers New Books to Sunset Elementary

Posted on May 16, 2016

Edmond Summit Rotarians Suzy Thrash, left, and Julie Hovis, Right, presented 28 new hardback elementary level books to  Sunset Elementary School last week. Sarah Hallmark, center, the media director at Sunset accepted the books and was very happy to receive them.  They will be ready for the new crop of children when school starts in the fall. Our club donates a book on behalf of every guest speaker at our morning meetings.

Edmond Summit Delivers New Books to Sunset Elementary George Strecker 2016-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Armstrong Theater

Posted on May 16, 2016

     This past Tuesday morning, May 10th, Shane Granger with The Armstrong International Cultural Foundation our speaker.  Shane is the director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Armstrong Auditorium. He also brought Edwin Trebels, Social Media Manager for the Armstrong Auditorium. 

Located just a few miles north of Edmond off Bryant Avenue, the Armstrong Auditorium Venue boasts the finest acoustics of any symphony hall in North America and rivals that of anywhere in the world. The ratio comparing the hall’s volume to each seat is more ideal in Armstrong Auditorium than in Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Boston’s Symphony Hall or Vienna’s Musikverein – the three world standards engineers use to measure acoustic quality.  The Auditorium was constructed with the finest decor available to enhance Oklahoma’s finest performing arts experience including; Swarovski STRASS crystal-trimmed chandeliers, Baccarat crystal candelabras, American cherrywood veneers, Spanish marble,and  Azerbaijani onyx.

From Left to Right, Shane Granger, Edwin Trebels with the Armstrong Auditorium, and Club President Joel Herdzina.


Armstrong Theater George Strecker 2016-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Thank You From Downtown Edmond Arts Festival

Posted on May 09, 2016

Koorosh Zahrai received this thank you note for the Edmond Arts Festival:

From: "Anna Studstill" <>
Date: May 3, 2016 9:50 AM
Subject: RE: Edmond Summit Rotary Club Arts Festival Volunteers 2016
To: "Koorosh Zahrai" <>

Hi Koorosh,
"I just wanted to thank you for organizing volunteers from the Edmond Summit Rotary Club this weekend. Please pass along my thanks to your group. It was really helpful to have them and if we can ever do anything for you all, let me know!"

At Right, Joel Herdzina holds a certificate of appreciation from the Downtown Edmond Arts Festival for our club helping to sponsor the festival.

Thank You From Downtown Edmond Arts Festival George Strecker 2016-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Health Conscious? Check Out the Oklahoma Food Coop!

Posted on May 09, 2016
Tuesday Morning, May 3rd, Adam Price with the Oklahoma Food Coop was our guest speaker.  Adam, pictured at right with Rotarian of the Day, Greg Smith, is the Logistics and operations manager for the Oklahoma Food Coop.  The Coop is a great source of made and grown in Oklahoma products, including organic foods and grass fed meats.
The Oklahoma Food Cooperative is a member-owned organization that connects Oklahoma producers with customers through our online store. They carry a high quality selection of over 4,000 local food items and craft goods – more than any other cooperative in the United States. Their mission is to make healthy living easy, affordable, and accessible for every Oklahoman. They pride themselves in their transparent operations, environmental stewardship and economic sustainability.
On the first day of each month, the ecommerce portion of their website , opens for business. You can then order 24 hours a day until midnight on the second Thursday of the month. Registered customers or members are able order from more than 5,000 different items grown or made right here in Oklahoma by the Cooperative’s Producers. Customers can browse the network of about 100 Producers and shop the online catalog of foods and products. (The number of Producers selling each month varies depending on their production.) On the third Thursday of each month, the Producers bring your orders for fulfillment to the Operations Center located at the Old Farmers Market near downtown OKC.  Volunteers sort the products into individual customer orders and they are then delivered to one of 52 locations around the state where it will be available for you to pick up your food items and craft goods
Health Conscious? Check Out the Oklahoma Food Coop! George Strecker 2016-05-09 05:00:00Z 0

Francis Tuttle Superintendent Updates Summit Rotary on Oklahoma CareerTech

Posted on May 01, 2016

Last week we had the Superintendent of Francis Tuttle Technology Centers, Dr. Tom Friedemann, as our guest speaker. Supt. Friedemann gave updates on what's happening on the campuses of some of the finest technology training facilities in the country... right here in Oklahoma County.

With a central focus of "Preparing Customers for Success in the Workplace", Students are offered courses tailored to the needs of the industries hiring them. Unnecessary or repetitive classes are eliminated and the schedules are able to be adjusted to allow students to progress at the fastest pace that is practical for the skills being learned.

Francis Tuttle has high school programs that have 6 school districts feeding into it. Adult education classes are offered during the day and evenings. All classes are electives so the students in the classes are there because they choose to be.

Operating out of 3 campuses and the Business Innovation Center, FY 2015 saw an enrollment of 36,205, including 14,105 in adult and career development courses.  More than 200 distinct industry certifications were available with 3, 172 granted in FY 2015. Francis Tuttle is another showpiece for Oklahoma to be proud of.

At right, Kathy Reeser, Rotarian of the Day and Francis Tuttle Board Member, introduced Dr. Tom Friedemann, Supt. of Francis Tuttle Career Technology Centers at the May 3rd meeting.

Francis Tuttle Superintendent Updates Summit Rotary on Oklahoma CareerTech George Strecker 2016-05-01 05:00:00Z 0

A Cruisin' We Will Go!

Posted on Apr 25, 2016

There may still be a few spots available for the Edmond Summit River Cruise Social coming up Friday, May 6th.  If you have not signed up yet, contact Bob Donaldson to see if any  openings are available for this 2 hour catered cruise.

Remember, we will need to be at the dock located at 701 S. Lincoln NO LATER than 5:45 PM (parking passes will be provided). Aunt Pitty Pats will cater the dinner and a cash bar is available. More information on the Oklahoma River Cruise is available on their website.  Aunt Pitty Pats Catering website is also included.

A Cruisin' We Will Go! George Strecker 2016-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Sign up for Edmond Arts Festival

Posted on Apr 25, 2016

Edmond Summit has volunteered to assist at the Festival of the Arts in Downtown Edmond this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  We are also one of the Silver level sponsors of the event that highlights some of the best artisans and features of Edmond and surrounding areas.

Koorosh has a signup sheet and information about who to contact for assignment when volunteering.  This is a wonderful opportunity to show Edmond the service side of Rotary. If you have any time to spare or were planning to attend the  Edmond FoA, go ahead and volunteer for an hour or so.  It will make a big difference and take some load off of another person. 

Hope to see you there and hope to see this as another Edmond Summit Rotary Success!  BTW, Find the Rotary emblem on the official Edmond Arts Festival website homepage below!

Sign up for Edmond Arts Festival George Strecker 2016-04-25 05:00:00Z 0

Social Media, It Can Supplement or Sink an Event!

Posted on Apr 18, 2016

Keep it relevant and keep it current! Two basic principles to make social media work for your organization.  This was just one of the golden nuggets garnered from Robert Talbot's talk last Tuesday, April 12th. Robert is a website designer and "social media guru" who helps companies utilize many kinds of media to maximize the exposure and effectiveness of advertising for those companies. 

Using "free" social media such as Facebook and Twitter may sound like a bargain but the payback is often negligible. Unless an organized campaign that utilizes the "share" feature between the members is used the posted ad may not be seen but by a few people.  But by sharing by numerous "friends" the ad may gain traction and thereby get hits by a multitude of other "friends".  Robert had a very timely discussion and fielded numerous questions during and after his talk. For more information go to Robert's website at

At left, Rotarian of the day, Larry Markham (L) introduced Robert Talbot as his featured speaker at the April 12 meeting.  

Social Media, It Can Supplement or Sink an Event! George Strecker 2016-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

New Volunteer Opportunity for Club Service

Posted on Apr 18, 2016

Turning Point Ministries is building several new homes for people who normally could not afford to buy a home in Edmond.  The homes are being built in the new neighborhood, Herigage Village between Thatcher and Hurd on the west side of Fretz, between Danforth and Second.  Here are details.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Turning Point Ministries. Please join us for interior painting @ 201 & 209 Promise Way, Saturday, April 23rd.

Please complete and sign a liability waiver form prior to volunteering. Liability waivers can be printed from our website ( or we will have copies available at the construction site. Turning Point will evaluate the abilities and competency of all volunteers and assign appropriate, safe activities as availability and conditions permit. Volunteers under the age of 14 may not work on Turning Point construction sites in accordance with state and federal laws and regulations. Volunteers under 18 must present a waiver of liability form signed by a parent or legal guardian, and must be accompanied by an adult when volunteering with Turning Point. There are very limited opportunities for volunteers under 16. The Turning Point volunteer coordinator will work with youth group leaders to provide opportunities for safe, meaningful participation in appropriate activities and settings that support the Turning Point mission. There is no maximum age for Turning Point volunteers. Please be sure to sign in when you get to the site. If you have some work gloves, please wear them. Thank you in advance for helping us provide affordable housing in Edmond! This is a construction site, with many possible hazards. Our volunteer’s safety is important to us, so please follow the safety guidelines below to ensure a safe working environment. Turning Point Ministries is not responsible for accidents.

Work at your own risk.

Eye protection is required when exposed to hazards from flying particles. Protective helmets are required when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects(Inside work this time, helmet not required). Ear protection is required when operating noisy equipment (also not required for this task). Sandals or flip flops are not allowed. Use proper posture when lifting heavy objects. You must receive training from the Turning Point supervisor prior to using power equipment (also not required for this task).  

Construction schedules are difficult to predict, and there is a slight possibility that our schedule will change and we will not have work available for volunteers as we had planned. In the event that this happens, we will let those signed up know of the cancelation via e-mail.

To sign up go to :

New Volunteer Opportunity for Club Service George Strecker 2016-04-18 05:00:00Z 0

Children's Center Rehab Hospital. From "Almost Gone" to a Place of Miracles and Hope

Posted on Apr 11, 2016

Former OU "Kicker of the Century" and NFL Dolphin Super Bowl Champion kicker, Uwe von Schamann was our speaker last Tuesday.  Uwe is the spokesman for the Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany, OK.

The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital has a rich history dating back to 1898 when Mattie Mallory, the founder, felt God's call to help the orphans of Oklahoma City. Through the years the mission has changed, but the primary focus on the well-being of children has always followed Mattie's basic principles based on faith, hope and love.

Serving all 77 counties and several patients from out of state, the center has 120 beds, sees over 1500 outpatient clients per year and 350 annually on an in patient basis.  The average length of stay for a patient qualifying for care at TCCRH varies from 25 days to 24 months depending on the degree of injury. Some have been residents longer but all receive the care of 550 loving and well respected paid staff and 1800 (avg per year) healthcare and social services interns and students who utilize the center each year for their training.  

TCCRH is currently undergoing a 2 floor expansion that will increase the capacity by 40 beds, add a new outpatient floor and an education center.  It will also add to the patient service facilities.    This is being done with the aid of a Mabee grant of $2Million.  TCCRH is trying to raise $22 Million by June of this year and is within $7.5Million. 

From the point of nearly being dissolved in 1996 to the current state of the art facility is a statement of how a group of dedicated professionals who have their hearts in the right place can make a difference. 

Children's Center Rehab Hospital. From "Almost Gone" to a Place of Miracles and Hope George Strecker 2016-04-11 05:00:00Z 0

District Conference is "THE NEWS"!

Posted on Apr 04, 2016

Now is the time to sign up for what will be a fun and exciting three days!!  PDG Michelle Schaefer has planned another AWESOME conference at the Grand Casino in Shawnee.  Beginning Thursday evening, April 7th with a Luau and ending Saturday April 9th with a Blackjack tournament, there is something for everyone.  Everyone in the District should have received a post card this past week listing the details of this fun event where Rotarians from around the District come together for fun and fellowship.

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District Conference is "THE NEWS"! George Strecker 2016-04-04 05:00:00Z 0

Edmond Summit's Welcomes New Member George Glover

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

Hey, Edmond Summit, welcome new member George Glover to the club. George (r)was inducted at the March 22nd meeting by club president Joel Herdzina.  We're glad to see George has his sleeves pulled back. We can sure put him to work.

Welcome aboard George!

Edmond Summit's Welcomes New Member George Glover George Strecker 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

Young Girls Gain Friends, Boost Self-Esteem at "Girls on the Run"

Posted on Mar 28, 2016

Last Tuesday, Leslie Littlejohn, shown at right with Rotarian of the Day Gary Jones, introduced us to to "Girls on the Run!" – a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Their mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community. Leslie gave information supporting the importance of physical activity coupled with bonding and goal setting in improving the overall well being of participating girls. GOTR is for 3rd through 5th grade and  Heart and Sole is for the 6th thru 8th grade girls.

GOTR Oklahoma County is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada. The Mitch Park YMCA hosts GOTR as well as the Northside OKC YMCA.  The program is fee based at $150 but income weighted to accommodate all children.  Scholarships are available so that no girl is left out.

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.  Leslie can be contacted at  The website is

Young Girls Gain Friends, Boost Self-Esteem at "Girls on the Run" George Strecker 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0

District Governor Lance Phillips Lauds Edmond Summit

Posted on Mar 21, 2016
District Governor Lance Phillips was in the house last Tuesday, March 15th and had many complements to say about Edmond Summit.  Having contributed over $55,000 to the Paul Harris Foundation since our inception, participating in several global grants, and being stalwart supporters of Rotary functions and benefits,Edmond Summit has been a strong force for a small club in district 5750.
DG Phillips went on to highlight some of the accomplishments of Rotary around the world, including eradicating polio in all but two countries, providing clean water for literally millions of people, providing funds and facilities for inner city school children's after school activities, micro-loans, medical facilities, and many more. 
Also on hand at  the meeting was immediate Past District Governor Michelle Schaeffer who spoke about the upcoming district conference.  Both she and Lance highly encouraged members to sign up to attend at least some of the functions as they are free and fun. 
District Governor Lance Phillips Lauds Edmond Summit George Strecker 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0

Stategies for Bulletproofing Organizations

Posted on Mar 13, 2016

George Glover  with bulletPROOF, a management consulting firm, spoke at the March 8th meeting about building a stronger organization by following the six tenets of a Bulletproof team. These are: to have a definable purpose; a definite plan; making sure to keep the right people; selecting the right leaders; by building relationships; and finally tracking the results and adjusting as needed to meet No. 1, the purpose.  George primarily focused on the first tenet, having a purpose. 

He explained that an organization's purpose should meet six criteria; 1.Is it a contribution to society - NOT a product or service? 2. Does it answer the question - Why is this work important? 3. Is it inspirational and motivational? 4. Does it use POWERFUL Words?  5. Is it brief in length so employees will remember it? 6. Is it broad enough in scope to allow for future opportunities and change?

George gave some examples of a companies purpose including his own; "We build bulletproof teams and therefore bulletproof organizations". He went on to explain that "A bulletproof team is one that exceeds expectations in an environment where people love both what they do and who they do it with".

We got some really good points from his talk and look forward to hearing more of his ideas in the future.  (George Glover is shown at right with Rotarian of the Day, Roland Herwig)

Stategies for Bulletproofing Organizations George Strecker 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0

Dr. Bret Towne, Edmond Supt. of Schools, Speaks at March 1st Meeting

Posted on Mar 07, 2016

Dr. Bret Towne, pictured with Rotarian of the Day, Julie Hovis, was the guest speaker Tuesday March 1st.  Dr. Towne heads up a system of over 1800 certified teachers and administrators and over 900 support staff.  The Edmond district covers 133 sq miles and has 23,994 students at last count and is increasing at about 500 students per year.  27% of these students are on free or reduced lunches.

Dr Towne told us that the Edmond School System ranks well above average in Oklahoma with some impressive statistics;

Our students scored a 23.4 average score on the 2015 ACT while nation wide the average is 20.9 and the state avg is 20.7.
EPS had 14 National Merit Finalists,  29 National Merit Semi-finalists, and 13 Commended scholars.
Only 14.6% of EPS Grads required remedial classwork compared to 39% statewide.
There are 10 National Blue Ribbon Schools in the EPS system and 149 Nationally certified Teachers.
13 EPS schools earned a grade of A on the state's A-F school report card in 2015.
All of this while receiving approximately $500.00 per student less than the state average for comparable school districts in funding.  Great job Bret! Great Job EPS teachers and staff!

Dr. Towne is a fellow Rotarian, a member of the Edmond (noon) Rotary Club. 

Dr. Bret Towne, Edmond Supt. of Schools, Speaks at March 1st Meeting George Strecker 2016-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

Exit Strategy Good For Business

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

Vince Synan with MassMutual (L) was the guest speaker of Rotarian of the Day, Tom Fiordelisi on Feb 23rd.  Vince spoke of the importance of planning for the time when the owner of a company will need to step down, step aside,  or sell the business in order to allow the business to grow.  The fact that over 70% of family owned businesses fail during the first generation and 70% of the 30% fail in the next generation is proof that planning how the succession process will happen is vital to the continuation of that business.  The owner who says "they will have to carry me out feet first" is setting his business up to go out with him.  Micro-managing, second guessing, and holding secrets from vital employees are other ways that cripple small businesses when the owner or principal become incapacitated.

Vince specializes in helping business owners set up successional models to assure the survival of the business when the inevitable happens.   

Exit Strategy Good For Business George Strecker 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0

Edmond Mayor and Planners Look Ahead

Posted on Feb 29, 2016

The club was honored to have Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb(R) and Chair of the Edmond Planning Commission, Jill Castilla (C), as our guest speakers Feb 16th.  They spoke about the projected growth of Edmond and plans for added infrastructure to accommodate this growth.  The subject of sales tax elections was covered and a very strong case was established for the passage of not only the existing 1/2¢ tax that has funded the new public service building, but another 1/2¢ sales tax to cover more public services including performing arts theater, library, and recreation facilities. 

We appreciate the fine work the mayor and the planners have done so far in making Edmond the jewel it is. By having projects "shovel ready" Edmond has been able to jump ahead of other cities in getting needed projects started.  Excellent work you guys! 

Edmond Mayor and Planners Look Ahead George Strecker 2016-02-29 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Rotarian Dave Evans

Posted on Feb 21, 2016

Dave Evans, at left, became the latest Edmond Summit Rotarian last Tuesday morning, Feb. 16th. He was sponsored by one of our newest members, Tom Fiordelisi to the right.

Dave is a motivational coach and consultant.  Welcome Dave to Edmond Summit!


Welcome New Rotarian Dave Evans George Strecker 2016-02-21 06:00:00Z 0

Trooper Mike Moler Receives Peace Officer Award for 1st Qtr. 2016

Posted on Feb 15, 2016
 Trooper Mike Moler with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, was the recipient of the Peace Officer of the Quarter award for the 1st quarter 2016. Trooper Moler was recognized for his contribution to the training of new OHP troopers for over 20 years. The diligence and depth of training provided by Trooper Moler has resulted in a decrease in Trooper accidents and improved professionalism within the OHP organization.
On hand to support Trooper Moler were some pretty impressive "OHP Brass", including OHP Commissioner Mike Thompson, OHP Lt.Col. Russell Maples, Capt. McClelland, Cdr Rick Adams, and others.  Rotarian of the Day, Joe Elam, himself a former OHP Trooper and Commander,  presented the award and a check for $50.00 from the Edmond Summit Rotary Club in appreciation of the service our community receives from officers like Trooper Moler. 
Trooper Mike Moler Receives Peace Officer Award for 1st Qtr. 2016 George Strecker 2016-02-15 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome New Rotarian: Nathan Welch

Posted on Feb 08, 2016

Tuesday, Feb 2nd, Joel Herdzina inducted Captain Nathan Welch into Rotary as the newest member of Edmond Summit Rotary. Nathan is stationed at Tinker AFB and comes from a Rotary family. Please join us in welcoming Nathan to the best breakfast Rotary club in Edmond!
Welcome New Rotarian: Nathan Welch George Strecker 2016-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

LIVESTRONG @ the YMCA Boosts Health of Cancer Survivors

Posted on Feb 08, 2016

Lori Love, Health and Wellness Director with The Edmond YMCA, was on hand this past Tuesday, Feb. 2nd, to give us information on the LIVESTRONG® program at the YMCA.  With Lori were Holly Glover, a cancer survivor and George Glover, her husband and LIVESTRONG® support partner. 

Lori explained that since the program started in 2007, nationwide there have been over 34,500 participants in 40 states.  The program is donor funded and open to any survivor with any diagnosed cancer and a support partner of their choosing.  The results are proving the program improves the quality of life of the survivor, increases cardio endurance, decreaces cancer related fatigue, and diminishes the side effects of chemo and radiation therapy. The goal is to assist participants in developing their own fitness program so they can continue to practice a healthy lifestyle.

The next LIVESTRONG® session begins Monday, Feb. 29th at the Edmond Rankin YMCA, 1220 S. Rankin.  Contact to enroll or for more information is  348-9622 or 330-4016.

Pictured from left to right, Lori Love, Holly Glover, George Glover, Rotarian of the Day, Chris Elam.

LIVESTRONG @ the YMCA Boosts Health of Cancer Survivors George Strecker 2016-02-08 06:00:00Z 0

Hyperbaric Oxygen Heals "Impossible Injuries"

Posted on Jan 31, 2016
President Elect, Jesse Wenninger with Dr. William Duncan, Founder and Director of Patriot Clinics.  Dr. Duncan was our guest speaker Tuesday, Jan. 26th.
Patriot Clinics offer state funded treatments for veterans and affordable treatments for other trauma victims, which include hyperbaric oxygen treatment for wound therapy, and chiropractic adjustments. 
Hyperbaric oxygen treatment (HBOT)has been useful in treating deep tissue wounds for over 77 years.  HBOT is now recognized by the Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs.  It has now been shown effective against various types of PTSD and other combat stress related illnesses.  Dr. Duncan showed actual slides of brain scans of patients before and after HBOT treatment that highlighted dramatic brain function improvements in patients even years after the damage took place. 

It’s Just Oxygen!  But, put it under pressure in the human body and amazing things happen. HBOT saturates body fluids and uses oxygen to repair. Oxygen is used in 5,769+ cellular processes. HBOT activates 8,101 Genes. It down regulates inflammation processes and Up regulates growth and repair processes. Normobaric 02 does not.  We know how it works! It acutely stops swelling/reperfusion injury and restarts stunned cellular metabolism. It regrows Blood Vessels and Activates Stem Cells at 8x Normal rate. 

A wound cannot heal without oxygen! Wounds heal 50% faster with less scar tissue and broken heal bones 30% faster & 30% stronger!

The Oklahoma Veteran Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Act is Now Law!  On Thursday, June 19th, 2014, Oklahoma became the First State to create a state fund so which enables hyperbaric treatment could be paid for and made available for our state’s battle casualties suffering from traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Heals "Impossible Injuries" George Strecker 2016-01-31 06:00:00Z 0

Welcome Back Alejandro!

Posted on Jan 25, 2016

This past Tuesday, we had the pleasure of seeing an old friend, former inbound exchange student, Alejandro DeAmore at the morning meeting.  Joining us to greet Alejandro was Past District Governor and now Chair of the Rotary Exchange program for District 5750, , Jerry Burger, shown at left in the picture. Alejandro is center and Bob Donaldson, Alejandro's primary host "dad" during his stay is at the right in the picture.  

Alejandro has finished his Business degree except for a few final exams, and is expecting to go back for two more years of college to get his business accounting degree to go along witht he administration degree.  We wish him all the good fortune in his future.  Come to a meeting and say hi to this fine young man who was an inspiration to all of us while he was our guest..

Welcome Back Alejandro! George Strecker 2016-01-25 06:00:00Z 0

SAVE THE DATE! 2016-17 PETS, Foundation, Officer, & Membership Training

Posted on Jan 18, 2016

Save the Date! On February 26-27 in Stillwater, District leaders and experts will be training next year's club leaders!

Please save the dates for the 2016 PETS on your calendar and plan to be in attendance. As a reminder, Rotary International requires all Presidents-Elect to attend PETS to be President of their club. Registration and meals for all Presidents-Elect and Presidents-Elect-Elect are paid for by District 5750.

All training sessions are held at the OSU Conoco-Phillips Alumni Center on campus. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Urban at
Friday 8-5 - PETS (lunch and dinner provided)
Saturday 8-12 - Foundation Seminar (lunch provided for those staying for both Saturday sessions)
Satuday 1-5 - Club Officer Training
Satuday 1-5 - Membership Seminar
Current President-Elects (2016-2017 Presidents) should plan to be at training all day Friday for PETS (President-Elect Training Seminar) and Saturday morning for the Foundation Seminar. Lunch and dinner Friday are provided. President-Elect-Elects (2017-2018 Presidents) are encouraged to attend as well.
Foundation Chairs and other interested parties should join Saturday morning for the Foundation Seminar. To be eligible to receive Rotary Foundation grant money, each club should have at least two members at the Foundation Seminar.
Saturday afternoon two training sessions will be held - one for club Secretaries and Treasurers and one for club Membership Chairs and others interested in Membership. President-Elects, Elect-Elects are encouraged to stay for the Saturday afternoon sessions.

SAVE THE DATE! 2016-17 PETS, Foundation, Officer, & Membership Training George Strecker 2016-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
Welcome New Rotarians, Chris Elam and Tom Fiordelisi ! George Strecker 2016-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

UCO's Dr. Lamb Presents a Strong Case for Edmond Fine Arts Facility

Posted on Jan 05, 2016
Koorosh Zahrai, Rotarian of the day for Jan. 5, introduced Dr. Brian Lamb (R), Director of Music for UCO.  Dr. Lamb presented a strong case for the support of a state-of-the-art fine arts facility in Edmond.

Using a base of 323 events per year, an estimated 147,500 visitors would spend $22.15Million. It is estimated it could lead to 433 full time jobs with a personal income of $11.2 Million for an output of $32.73 Million.  This would result in a net increase of $1.35 Million in local and $1.3 Million in state taxes. This is after the building is built, not including the economic impact of the construction project itself, which would be approximately $80 - 90 Million for a first class, multi (3 or more) stage facility.  
The City of Edmond Master Plan identified a retail "leakage" of $500 Million for 2012, projected to $700Mil by 2022.  This project, Dr. Lamb stated would reduce leakage by enticing current visitors to Oklahoma County to spend more $$ in Edmond.
The presence of a Fine Arts Facility of the quality envisioned would encourage professional artists to relocate here, making Edmond their home. It would also bring in other businesses that support the arts and residents that believe in the importance of the arts.
UCO's Dr. Lamb Presents a Strong Case for Edmond Fine Arts Facility George Strecker 2016-01-05 06:00:00Z 0

Junior Achievement Inspires Young People to Succeed

Posted on Dec 15, 2015

Terry Billen (L), Event and Communications Manager for Junior Achievement Oklahoma, was our speaker just before Christmas break. She brought a program describing the many programs that Junior Achievement offers to students, K - 12, introducing the business world into the classroom and empowering the students through exciting hands-on learning experiences. 

Junior Achievement of Oklahoma will inspire over 56,000 students statewide during the 2015-2016 school year. 

JA empowers young people to own their economic success. Their programs educate young people to value free enterprise, business and economics through the support of teachers, parents, and volunteers in the classroom. JA provides hands-on experiences to help young people understand how the real-world works.

In partnership with business and educators, JA helps educate students in personal finance and practical workplace skills, preparing them to pursue their careers as well as their dreams.
For more information on how to support by volunteering or donating to JA, , go to the JA website,

Jesse Wenninger (R) was the Rotarian of the day.

Junior Achievement Inspires Young People to Succeed George Strecker 2015-12-15 06:00:00Z 0

Fundraiser Proceeds Presented to Boy Scouts Last Frontier Council

Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Ryan Lemons, Director of Support Service for the Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America was our speaker December 8th.  He gave us a run-down of why shooting sports were important to the scouting program.  Chief among the reasons was the retention of senior level scouts.  The introduction of Cowboy Action Shooting to their shooting sports portfolio especially is geared toward the 14 and older group of scouts.  It is also an important part of the coed "Ventures" scouting programs. 

(R)Ryan Lemons, Last Frontier Council Director of Support Services, with club President Joel Herdzina (L) holds the check for $3,000 that Edmond Summit Rotary presented to The Last Frontier Council. The check represented the proceeds from the recent raffle and skeet shoot held by the club on behalf of the shooting sports program of the Last Frontier Council of Boy Scouts. 
The Last Frontier serves over 11,000 scouts from central and west/Southwestern Oklahoma and upwards of 5,000 volunteers.  This money received by the scouts will specifically go to fund the initial equipment purchase for the new Cowboy Action Shooting (CAS) program that will begin at the 2016 summer camp.  Over 2000 scouts are expected to participate in the camp that extends over 7 weeks.
The CAS program will conform to the SASS (Single Action Shooting Society) rules for this event including each participant choosing a cowboy "Alias" and dressing in period attire.  The Council believes this program will be of interest to many of the senior level (14 years and older) scouts and result in improved retention of these experienced scouts.  The program will also be available to the highly successful co-ed "Ventures" program. 
Edmond Summit expresses its thanks to all those who purchased tickets and participated in the skeet shoot for this fundraiser. We look forward to your support this coming year.
Fundraiser Proceeds Presented to Boy Scouts Last Frontier Council George Strecker 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Ringing in the Christmas Season for Salvation Army

Posted on Dec 14, 2015

Last Tuesday, Dec. 8th, Edmond Summit Rotary rang the bells for Salvation Army at the Hobby  Lobby at 33rd and Broadway in Edmond.  For 4 hours many members of the club participated and added their efforts to the major fundraiser for the Salvation Army.  A good time was had by all.  The weather cooperated and many "Merry Christmas" greetings and compliments were heard by the Hobby Lobby customers.

At right, club members Larry Markham and Al Strecker hard at work ringing those bells for the 6:00 to 7:00 PM shift. Thanks to all the rest of the club members who participated.  The Salvation Army puts these funds to work where it is "Doing the most good"!  Remember to drop that spare change in the next time you pass another kettle.

Ringing in the Christmas Season for Salvation Army George Strecker 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0

Salvation Army Serves Where the Need is to "Do the Most Good".

Posted on Dec 07, 2015
William Booth embarked upon his ministerial career in 1852, desiring to win the lost multitudes of England to Christ. He walked the streets of London to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute. This was the simple beginning of the Salvation Army.  In 1891, Salvation Army Captain Joseph McFee resolved to provide a free Christmas dinner for the destitute. He only had one major hurdle to overcome -- funding the project. He remembered how at Stage Landing, in Liverpoole, England, where the boats came in, there was a large, iron kettle called "Simpson's Pot" into which passers-by tossed a coin or two to help the poor. The next day Captain McFee placed a similar pot at the Oakland Ferry Landing at the foot of Market Street. Beside the pot, he placed a sign that read, "Keep the Pot Boiling." He soon had the money to see that the needy people were properly fed at Christmas.
Six years later, the kettle idea spread from the west coast to the Boston area. That year, the combined effort nationwide resulted in 150,000 Christmas dinners for the needy. In 1901, kettle contributions in New York City provided funds for the first mammoth sit-down dinner in Madison Square Garden, a custom that continued for many years. Today in the U.S., The Salvation Army assists more than four-and-a-half million people during the Thanksgiving and Christmas time periods, with much of the funding coming from the donations placed in the pots next to the volunteer bell ringers.
Last Tuesday, Kenny Kelly, the Operations Director for the Central Oklahoma Salvation Army presented a program that detailed what the Salvation Army was doing in our area. 
They had provided nearly $83 Million in rent and utility assistance in 2015. They had handed out 455 fans and so far 2774 warm coats. They have served over 55 thousand meals so far this year.  Also, they have 5 Senior centers that provide activities and care for around 220 seniors daily.  They stock a food store that served 2966 families between May and July with food that the family chooses to meet their preferences every 30 days.  This is in addition to the disaster relief they provide such as the Moore tornado relief and Springfield Mo. and other disasters world wide.  As an example, fire crews fighting grass fires in Guthrie this summer were provided drinks and food by the Salvation Army. Nearly 200 known "tent cities" around Oklahoma County are looked after by mobile crews of the "Army".  They provide warm food, blankets and coats to those who might have nothing to their names. 
Rotarian of the day, Suzy Thrash, at left, introduced Kenny Kelly as the guest speaker at the Dec. 1st meeting.
Salvation Army Serves Where the Need is to "Do the Most Good". George Strecker 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0

New Books Delivered to Sunset Elementary

Posted on Nov 21, 2015

On Wednesday, November 18 Julie Hovis (R) & Suzy Thrash (L) delivered our speaker dedicated books to Edmond Sunset Elementary School.  Debbie Murray, between Suzy and Julie is the Assistant Media Director of Sunset. The Media Director is Sarah Hallmark (not pictured).  Nearly 3 dozen books were in this delivery and the books were very much appreciated by the staff at Sunset.
Thank you Suzy and Julie for making this delivery to enrich the reading experiences of Sunset students. 
New Books Delivered to Sunset Elementary George Strecker 2015-11-21 06:00:00Z 0

WildCare Oklahoma to the Rescue!

Posted on Nov 16, 2015
Laura Kintz, at left shaking hands with Greg Smith presented the program Tuesday Nov. 10th. Laura is the director of Noble Oklahoma based WildCare of Oklahoma. WildCare provides care for rescued, orphaned, and injured wildlife. 
Laura brought out some important facts about Oklahoma wildlife. "One thing you can say about working in wildlife rehabilitation is that every day is different. Over six thousand patients of over 140 different species at ages ranging from egg to mature adult arrive at WildCare annually, and we never know who each day will bring".  When we moved into our new center in June (mid-baby season), our priority was getting all of the animal care areas up and running as quickly as possible. We are feeling nicely settled into our nurseries, clinic, and commissary, and are now moving forward during the slower season with the set up of the "human areas" such as offices and dorm rooms.

Urban areas are taking up more and more of our wildlife's habitat with each passing year. While some species are on the decline because of urbanization, others have adapted well to life in our cities. Sadly, many people have not adapted well to sharing that space with our wild neighbors. In our day to day work, wildlife rehabilitators are focused on individual animals in need of help, but the knowledge that is gained and compiled with each patient seen can have a much broader impact. Wildlife rehabilitators are one of the groups at the forefront of discovering emerging wildlife diseases. This is important research as it can not only provide necessary information for wildlife conservation, but may also provide knowledge helpful in human medicine.

To provide people a place to bring native wildlife struggling to survive, with the goal of releasing healthy individuals back to nature. We are a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the rehabilitation of injured and orphaned native Oklahoma wildlife.

If you find a wild animal in need, please contact us by phone (405) 872-9338 for professional advice before taking action.  Open from 9am to 7pm every day of the year to admit new patients. Not open to the public for tours.

Injured or orphaned wildlife my be transported directly to WildCare during these hours, or dropped off at the OKC animal shelter by 4pm where they will be picked up daily and transported to WildCare.

WildCare does not send staff out to the field for rescues.

WildCare Oklahoma to the Rescue! George Strecker 2015-11-16 06:00:00Z 0