Cross Timbers Rotary Club President Travis Humphrey and three of his children ring bell for Salvation Army
On December 12th, despite cold weather and COVID restrictions, nine members and six Interact students volunteered to ring the bell for the Salvation Army Red Kettle program.
Along with some of our members, some brought their children to help. Sadly, I wasn't able to get photos of everyone, but we need to thank the the following, Sara and Stella Kaplan, Gary Beadles, Carlos and Mary Elwell, Kimberly Barr, Barbara Schindler, Zena Amer, Joe Gil, Travis Humphrey and three of his children, and the following Norman High School Interactors, Connor Willis (2 1/2 hrs.), Mollie Benn, Emma Hunter, Julia Ketch, Noel Mena, and Joya Hull. We were also blessed with a beautiful Oklahoma sunset
    Service Above Self. 
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Travis Humphrey is club president for 2020-2021. He and board members were inducted at the June 30th meeting. 
Immediate past president Joe Gil gifted Travis making him a Paul Harris Fellow
Archie Buendia receives his Paul Harris Society (PHS) +5 Pin from Joe Gil


NEW DATE: Saturday May 22, 2021
NCED Conference Center and Hotel
2801 E State Hwy 9, Norman, OK 73071
6:30 pm

The Le Tour de Vin Board of Directors has rescheduled the 2020 event to Saturday, May 22, 2021. This decision gives time for our community and businesses to recover from the public health situation, and to return stronger than ever before. The 2021 event will be held at the NCED  Conference Center and Hotel. The rescheduling probably comes as no surprise, and although it is disappointing that we cannot hold the event this year, it is necessary and the best for all concerned. The 2020 beneficiary, The Virtue Center, will now be the LTDV beneficiary for 2021 and 2022. We hope you will join us in looking forward to this fun event and the time together

The LTDV Board thanks you for understanding and support. Your support and generosity means the world to us. Our beneficiary, the four Norman Rotary Clubs, and I thank you. wishing you continued good health and prosperity!

Joseph A. Gil, Executive Director

During the September 3rd meeting, Conni Eckstein presented information concerning the nation-wide epidemic of suicide. This sad reality hits Oklahoma hard, with increased rates of suicide among youth, veterans and seniors. Conni shared her powerful story, as well as ways that we can equip ourselves to prevent suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling, please reach out to the trained folks of the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK, or learn more at Most importantly, be there for anyone struggling, don't be afraid to ask if they are thinking of suicide, and, if so, be there with them as they call the hotline or call on their behalf. You learned CPR just in case. Now, be ready to help save a life from suicide.
The March 6, 2020 meeting was jammed pack! The club received a number of thank you cards from students of Jackson Elementary. They thanked Rotary for volunteering at the I Heart Art Night. Greg of Exchange Club of Norman spoke about April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Rotarians will post signs in the yards of their residence and business to inform the public about Child Abuse Prevention. Jessica of Center for Children and Families and Tara of Mary Abbott Children's House spoke about the signs of abuse and what to do if you suspect child abuse. Rotarians also collected food items to donate to the Norman High School Food Pantry, making sure students have enough to eat. Cross Timbers is busy putting service before self!
Cross Timbers met Tuesday, July 31st, and collected non-perishable food items, dog food, and cat food to donate to Meals on Wheels. Members brought what they could, to include canned goods, Ensure protein drinks, and food for pets. The pet food was divided into smaller bags for easier distribution. The donations were loaded and taken to Meals on Wheels. Meals on Wheels keep a food pantry for their patrons. Some items will be delivered to patrons throughout the week. The dog food and cat food will also go out to patrons for their pets. Way to go, Cross Timbers. This is service before self in action. 
Norman Cross Timbers Rotary provided two more scholarships to high school graduates well on their way to changing the world for the better. Congratulations to all the recipients of this year's scholarships. We wish you the best moving forward in your education. 
During the first meeting of July 2019, Joe Gill led as Club President. Students from Norman High and Norman North came in an effort to raise funds for United Way of Norman. Tracy Mowdy graced the club with a hilariously entertaining magic act.
During the June 11th regular meeting, three high school students received scholarships from Cross Timbers Rotary. These aspiring professionals received a scholarship to help them on their journey to become a physical therapist, a nurse and an engineer. Two of the students graduated from Noble High School and the third graduated from Community Christian School in Norman. Cross Timbers will hand out two more scholarships in the coming weeks. Congratulations to this year's grant recipients. We wish them the best. 
We were also glad to celebrate Archie Buendia who received the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Award for his continued support of the Rotary Foundation. 
Cross Timbers broke another Grub Club attendance record when we met January 25th at Thawan Thai. Fifteen members and family dined on Thai cuisine and experienced excellent service by the staff. This is a locally owned restaurant, btw. Thanks to all who attended!

Celebrate Good Times, Come on!

Congratulations to Cross Timbers Rotary Club's newest member, Leonard Billingsley. He was officially welcomed as a member to the club on Tuesday January 22, 2019. 
Leonard and his wife, Patricia, are long-time members of Rotary, and are part owners of Hard Edge Design.
 Membership in the club is easy! If you'd like to learn more, click "Join" in the menu bar. 
 Welcome, Leonard!


Cross Timbers instituted Grub Club outings last year and the tradition continues. While most are lunch affairs, over the holiday break, we ventured into breakfast territory at Juan Del Fuego's. Our next lunch is Jan 25th, please check the website for details. Our Grub Clubs are open to Rotarians in the area and it's a great opportunity to learn more about your fellow Rotarians. For example, at the breakfast Grub Club we learned it was Russ and Donna Davoren's 50th wedding anniversary! You never know what you'll discover.

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Tuesdays at 6:00 PM
Rotary House at Rotary Park
1531 West Boyd
Norman, OK 73069
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