Speaker Date Topic
Marilyn Olson Aug 17, 2018

Marilyn Olson, a native of Oklahoma City, Marilyn Olson is an Educator, Businesswoman and Caregiver Coach.  She began as a teacher then spending a decade in advertising before spending more than 30 years in the healthcare, retirement, nursing home and assisted living industries.  Her passion is to be a help to the caregiver.

Her experience includes opening ten retirement communities several of which are in the greater Oklahoma City area. Most recently she accepted the position of Executive Director for VillagesOKC. “It is NOT a Place – It is a PLAN! 

As a member of the “over-fifty-five club” herself, she knows full well the demands of the sandwich generation.  Marilyn and her husband Jim keep their interests in multiple worlds by staying involved in the lives of her 102 year old mother along with, three grown children and ten grandchildren.

Her humorous yet practical style has made her a favorite of adults and teens.  She says the challenges of aging are nothing new “because we’ve made it through childhood, teen years and middle adult life – and it’s basically all the same.”

VillagesOKC –It is NOT a Place … It is a PLAN! We are going to Age but we do not have to be old! VillagesOKC is a group of like-minded people in a geographic area who stay in their own homes that come together to figure out and develop the resources they will need to age comfortably. The VillagesOKC Concept embraces bringing services to people rather than moving people to services. 

Matthew Burch Aug 24, 2018
Urban Agrarian
Urban Agrarian

Started out of the garage in 2008, Urban Agrarian is a business that works with local farms, ranches,dairies and other food producers throughout Oklahoma. Headquartered in Oklahoma City's historicFarmers Market District, UA operates a brick-and-mortar retail storefront and online orderingsystem in addition to working on processing/manufactured foods, catering, special events,wholesale distribution and mobile retail markets.

Donna Cervantes Sep 07, 2018
Historic Capitol Hill
Historic Capitol Hill

Executive Director of non-profit Historic Capitol Hill, a multicultural neighborhood business improvement district.

Experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in the civic & social organization industry. Skilled in Management, Urban Planning, Local Government, Community Outreach, and Microsoft Office. Strong professional with a Bachelor of Science (BS) focused in Applied Earth Science from Stanford University.

Kendra Orcutt Sep 14, 2018
Home Mods by Therapist and Rely on Rehab
Home Mods by Therapist and Rely on Rehab

Kendra Orcutt is an occupational therapist whose professional career is specialized in providing geriatric services. She has played critical roles in organizing the delivery of therapy services in a series of different environments ranging from major hospitals, nursing homes, therapy organizations and finally in-home care settings. Currently, Kendra is the sole owner/operator of Rely on Rehab, PC.

Kendra Orcutt was awarded 2016 Occupational Therapist of the Year by the Oklahoma Occupational Therapy Association.  Kendra holds the Certified Aging in Place (CAPS) designation and specializes in remodeling client’s homes for accessibility. She is a member of the Builders Association of South Central Oklahoma (BASCO).


Katie Francis Sep 21, 2018
Girl Scouts STEM Camp
Girl Scouts STEM Camp

Katie Francis marked the 100th anniversary of Girl Scout cookie sales in style. The most successful cookie seller in Girl Scout history also set another world record. Three years after breaking the record for the most cookies sold in a single season, the Putnam City North student shattered the long-standing mark for the most cookies sold in a Girl Scout career in 2017.

Dream. Believe. Achieve.

Katie is a young entrepreneur who understands the importance of setting goals.

Achieving these goals requires lots of hard work and Katie learned at a very young age that applying determination, time and commitment to her cookie sale business helps her accomplish her dreams.

Katie has set a goal to raise money through public speaking to donate to the new urban camp that her Girl Scout Council is building. She is very excited about the opportunities that this camp presents. It is planned to be right next to the Oklahoma City Zoo and Girl Scouts will have opportunities to participate in capital STEM (science technology engineering and math) activities, high adventure activities, and much more. Katie sees this opportunity to donate as a way to do good in her community and help create something that will last for many generations of Girl Scouts and she has already given speeches to help towards this goal.

Nathaniel Batchelder Sep 28, 2018
Peace House
Peace House

Nathaniel Batchelder was born to English teacher parents who provided a stimulating household where reading and thoughtful pursuits were encouraged.

Batch spent his high school year as an AFS exchange student, living with a family in Germany, going to a German high school. After two years at Williams College, he enlisted in the US Army to be trained as a surgical technician. He served three years in Army hospitals, including 14 months in Vietnam (’68/’69). He says, “As a surgical technician, I never fired a weapon in Vietnam, and nobody ever shot at me, but we did surgery every day on wounded American, South Vietnamese, North Vietnamese, soldiers and civilians. That’s where I became a peace activist.”

After an honorable discharge from the Army, Batch joined his parents in Oklahoma City, where he attended Oklahoma City University, and attained a BA in Biology, in 1972.

Batch held jobs in Public Education and Publicity for the Omniplex Science Museum and Oklahoma City Zoo, before becoming, in 1985, a volunteer with the Sisters of Benedict at the Benedictine Peace House.

There, Batch found his calling, working full-time for justice and peace. In 1990, the Sisters of Benedict elected to devote full time to building their Benedictine Monastery and Retreat Center in Piedmont, OK, so Batch became the full-time Director at the Peace House, a position he still holds today.

Jack Mills - On Golden Pond Oct 05, 2018
Golden Pond Acessible Housing Community
Golden Pond Acessible Housing Community

Dubbed “Golden Pond” in honor of the 1981 movie, the last for Mills' favorite actor, Henry Fonda, the miniature community features duplexes especially tailored to the handicapped and elderly. All back up to Golden Pond, where ducks, geese and one very vocal guinea hen provide entertainment.

Mills, 80, and his family grew up in the big stone house, and Mills has lived there since his mother died 23 years ago.

Mills said marketing is his passion, and it has led him around the world. He routinely led junkets to Acapulco and other far-flung points through the 1970s, and he briefly tried life as a restaurateur with General Jack's Pizza in Norman before that.

On Golden Pond features duplexes tailored for the handicapped and elderly. Many of its residents have lived there for 15 or 20 years. Jack T. Mills built the duplexes on land owned by his family since the Dust Bowl using his own money to finance the project. He is a strong advocate for accessible house through not only his words, but his actions. His nominator Jack L. Werner, PhD wrote, “Jack Mills has built beautiful, accessible, thoughtful housing for handicapped and for aging in place long before universal design and build or certified aging in place became courses and designations for the National Association of Home Builders.” 

Ann Marie Eckart Oct 12, 2018
Medieval Fair of Norman
Medieval Fair of Norman

Ann Marie Eckart is the coordinator of the Medieval Fair, a department within University of Oklahoma Outreach. She received a bachelor of business administration degree in business communications from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Eckart brings to OU an extensive and diverse background. At the Kansas City Renaissance Festival, she was the apprentice program coordinator, training and supervising entry level performers. For Alliant Foodservice, she worked in accounting, contracts, margin management and also as the food show coordinator for their annual trade show. As a customer service manager at Wal-Mart she managed employees, scheduling and customer conflict resolution. While developing her professional career and skills over the last 20 years, she has also been involved with the Medieval Fair of Norman as a performer, vendor, volunteer and vendor jury member. Three years before accepting the position as the Medieval Fair coordinator in November of 2010, she was the assistant to former coordinator Linda Linn.  Since taking the reins of the Medieval Fair she has expanded the Free Lecture Series, formalized the Cast Training Program and added the educational Medieval Fair Ball.

CLUB ASSEMBLY Oct 26, 2018
Hugh Kinsey Dec 07, 2018

The USS Oklahoma was on Battleship Row in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. That was the morning that the Japanese Empire attacked the United States by surprise. The Japanese used dive–bombers, fighter–bombers, and torpedo planes to sink nine ships, including five battleships, and severely damage 21 ships. There were 2,402 US deaths from the attack.  429 of the deaths were from the USS Oklahoma. The crew of the USS Oklahoma did everything they could to fight back. In the first ten minutes of the battle, though, eight torpedoes hit the Oklahoma, and she began to capsize.  A ninth torpedo would hit her as she sunk in the mud.  14 Marines, and 415 sailors would give their lives.  32 men were cut out through the hull while the others were beneath the waterline.  Banging could be heard for over 3 days and then there was silence. 

After the battle, the Navy decided that they could not salvage the Oklahoma due to how much damage she had received.  The difficult savage job began in March 1943, and Oklahoma entered dry dock 28 December. Decommissioning,  September 1, 1944, Oklahoma was stripped of guns and superstructure, and sold December 5, 1946 to Moore Drydock Co., Oakland, Calif. Oklahoma parted her tow line and sank May 17, 1947.  540 miles out, bound from Pearl Harbor to San Francisco.  Today, there is a memorial to the USS Oklahoma and the 429 sailors and marines lost on December 7, 1941, located on Ford Island in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

Jessica Sherrill Dec 14, 2018
Rotary District 5750 Governor
Rotary District 5750 Governor
Jessica Sherrill is a Staff Attorney and Director of Unemployment for Oklahoma State School Boards Association where she has worked since 2008.  Jessica attended the University of Oklahoma (Bachelors of Arts in psychology - 2004) then went on to Oklahoma City University School of Law (Juris Doctor - December 2006).  She was sworn in as an attorney in April of 2007.
Jessica is a proud second-generation Rotarian; her late mother, Rebecca Walls, was a member of the Oklahoma City Northwest Rotary Club for nearly 21 years.  Jessica followed her mother’s footsteps into Rotary when Megan Law, Past District Governor, asked her to visit the newly-forming Midtown OKC Rotary Club. 
Shortly after having her son in 2009, Jessica transferred her Rotary membership to the Oklahoma City Northwest Rotary Club.  Jessica served as Membership Chair, Club Secretary, High School Rotarian Program Chair, Four Way Test Chair, Rotaract Chair, and President (2012-2013) and was selected as the club’s Rotarian of the Year (2011-2012).  During her President year, the club was recognized with a Silver level District Governor’s Citation award. 
On the district level, Jessica served first as a judge in the Four Way Test Speech contest, and then became the district chair of that speech contest before becoming the current District Membership Chair.  She is a Paul Harris Fellow +6 and was recognized by PDG Michelle Schaefer with Light of Rotary and Women in Rotary Awards.  Jessica is also a Rotary Leadership Institute graduate and facilitator.  Visiting Rotary clubs and meeting Rotarians became such a pleasure to Jessica that she developed a desire to return to the club that first got her started - Midtown OKC Rotary Club - which welcomed her back with open arms. 
CLUB ASSEMBLY Dec 21, 2018