We pledge, in partnership with the community, a commitment to educate citizens, resolve problems and address needs with excellence, initiative and integrity.
 
 
The March 21, 2019 meeting was called to order by Vice Pres. Ed Stanton.  The prayer was provided by Rot. Gerron Smith and the pledge by Rot. David Posey.  Our talented music leader, Rot. Mitch Williams, lead the group in celebrating Spring with the Beatles’ classic song “Here Comes the Sun”.  The Rotarian of the Day was Tim Elliott who introduced Chief of Police Dee Rowell with the Chickasha Police Department.  Catering was provided by Chicken Express.
 
Vice Pres. Stanton giving the Fun Facts for the day:
National California Strawberry Day!
National  Common Courtesy Day!
Local History – photo of the first library for the Indian Territory in Chickasha via a grant from Andrew Carnegie in 1903.
 
GUESTS:
Bob Chamberlain, with his brother Rot. Ed Chamberlain
 
Kimmy Loggins, with Rot. Steve LaForge
 
Rot. David Posey with Dr. Lew Sterrett
 
Margo Calhoun and Rori Hodges with Grady County Reading Council
 
Mike Van Sickle with Rot. Sharon Bowman
 
GRANT:
A check for $1,062.50 to the Grady County Reading Council for medals to award their outstanding readers. Pictured are Margo Calhoun, Rori Hodges, and Vice President Stanton.
 
Rot. Hal Brock providing the Sunshine report.
 
When you get a look like “THIS” from the Sgt. of Arms Brad Duvall, you need to NOT make eye-contact.  Trust me, it’ll cost.
 
FINES:
Rot. Cody White – some issue with his singing?
 
Rot. Bowman – where does your guest work?
 
Rot. Bob Hays not quite doing his part for National Common Courtesy Day.
 
Rot. Bill McVey couldn’t seem to get his phone to silence quickly enough.  Thanks for the donation!
 
Rot. John Mosley felt bad about Cody’s singing as well.
 
The perfect joke is all about delivery of the punch line, Rot. Tim Elliott.  (Ouch!)
 
ROTARIAN OF THE DAY:
ROTD Tim Elliott
 
Chief of Police Dee Rowell with the Chickasha Police Department (the first female chief for Chickasha).
 
Catering was provided by Chicken Express, Chickasha.
(Pictured Rot. Mark Tibbetts)
 

Kathryn “Dee” Rowell will made history when she was sworn in as the City of Chickasha’s first female Chief of Police. Rowell joins the Chickasha Police Department after retiring from the Fort Worth Police Department, where she served for 32 years.

A native of Fort Worth, Rowell has a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from Midwestern State University, and a master’s degree in Management in Leadership from Tarleton State University. Rowell started her career in law enforcement when she enrolled in the Fort Worth Police Academy in November of 1986, graduating from the Academy in March of 1987.

Making her way up the ranks in Fort Worth, Rowell worked all shifts and spent a considerable amount of time patrolling the streets. She led the department’s Community Programs Division, Professional Standards Division and, most recently, the East Division.

“Working in the East Division was a bit of a homecoming,” Rowell said. “It was one of my first assignments as an officer, and it was the fifth time in my career I served in the East Division. As Captain of the East Division I oversaw 190 employees and a $23 million budget.”

Rowell says her favorite thing about being a police officer is getting something accomplished for citizens in her community.

“A lot of times when people need the police, something’s gone bad,” Rowell said. “It’s not always a good response. I try to have a positive interaction with citizens and leave them feeling good by taking a couple of minutes to talk to people.”

Rowell said she has an open-door policy, and she strives to create a good relationship between the police department and citizens. She has confidence that the Chickasha Police Department will provide the quality of service the public expects from them.

No stranger to blazing the way for women, Rowell was the first female helicopter Flight Officer in Fort Worth, a position she held for two years before being promoted. As Chickasha’s first female Chief of Police, Rowell said she does not take for granted being a role model for the community’s youth and shares a word of wisdom.

“Do the right thing and tell the truth,” she said. “For any youth, that’s an important value to hang on to. If it’s something your mother would be ashamed about, you shouldn’t be doing it.”

When she is not at the Chickasha Police Station, you may find Rowell spending time with her cats, Panther and Miss Grayheart, or scuba diving. She is a Dive Master with PADI certification and has done more than 500 scuba dives.