Speaker Date Topic
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
CLUB ASSEMBLY Feb 22, 2019