Club Service Project

Tuesday, August 31 was our club's service week. Several of us gathered to paint a foundation layer of paint onto the Peace Pole rocks.
We created this small rock bed to keep the grass away from the Peace Pole and to keep maintenance workers from damaging the pole with yard equipment.
Check out the rest of the pictures by clicking on the Photo Album link at the top of our webpage.
 
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Club Program August 17

Our program for August 17 was  Lans Rothfusz, leader of the Norman Peace Team.
Some of you may have met Lans when we dedicated the Peace Pole.  He shares with the club what the Peace Team is all about.
 
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August 17 Club Meeting

During our August 17 club meeting, we inducted a new club member.
Introducing Ali Jaffery.
Marilyn Kaplan and Sara Kaplan performed the new member ceremony.
Welcome Ali!
 
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August 3 Program

Our program guest at the Aug 3 meeting will be Jill Cliburn, Principal at Jackson Elementary. 
She will give us an update on what's been going on at our neighboring school, and what the 21-22 school year has in store.
 
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Cross Timbers Returns to Rotary House

Tuesday, June 22, The Cross Timbers Rotary Club returned to The Rotary House after a year of absence due to COVID
The club dedicated our Peace Pole.
During the meeting, we inducted our new officers and board members for the new Rotary year.
 
 
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Cans of Hope

Greetings Cross Timbers Rotarians! 
 
Our District Day of Service, Cans of Hope, will soon be here. It is April 24th from 9:00-5:00. All four Norman Clubs will be involved. All nonperishable items can be dropped off that day at Rotary Park on the corner of Boyd and Wylie. The beneficiaries are Salvation Army, Food and Shelter for Friends, and Pantry Partners. 
 
Specific needs include: Boxes of Cereal, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Jelly, Canned Soup, Canned Chili, Pasta, Pasta Sauce, Boxed Dinners (Hamburger Helper), Boxed Mac and Cheese, Canned Vegetables, Canned Meats (Tuna or Chicken), Ramen Noodles, Pinto Beans, Granola Bars, Pop Tarts, Snack sized chips and cookies, Microwave popcorn, and Fruit cups.  Monetary donations will be accepted as well.
 
If you haven't already done so, I hope you will sign up to volunteer. To sign up online, click here
 
If you are unable to be there or volunteer, but would like to donate by writing a check, please : 
1)            decide which nonprofit to which you would like to donate 
2)            make out your check to the nonprofit(s) 
3)            mail your check(s) to  Conni Eckstein, 4405 Sherburne Rd., Norman, 73072.  
 
Questions? Call or email me - 405.919.5555 or pjmoss71@gmail.com.  
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Bell Ringing by Members and NHS Interactors

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. 
 
Click READ MORE... below to view additional photographs.
 
 
 
 
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ARCHIE BUENDIA

Archie Buendia receives his Paul Harris Society (PHS) +5 Pin from Joe Gil
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CLUB MEETING June 30

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
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Le Tour De Vin Update - Rescheduled

Le Tour De Vin 2020 HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED

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

 
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Service Before Self

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!
 
            
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Suicide Prevention - As important as CPR Training 

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 www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org. 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.
 
    
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Service Before Self - Meals on Wheels Service Project

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. 
 
                
 
Service Before Self - Meals on Wheels Service Project TRAVIS HUMPHREY 2019-07-31 05:00:00Z 0

More Scholarships!

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. 
 
    
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July's First Meeting? Pure Magic

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.
 
         
 
  
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Cross Timbers Scholarship Recipients

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. 
 
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Our Best Grub Club Yet!

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!
 
Our Best Grub Club Yet! Conni Eckstein 2019-02-07 06:00:00Z 0

Celebrate Good Times, Come on!

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!
           

 

Celebrate Good Times, Come on! TRAVIS HUMPHREY 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0

Grub Club Happenings

 
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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JIL CLIBURN JACKSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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Jil Cliburn is the principal at Jackson Elementary School located adjacent to Rotary Park. She recently spoke to the club about ways that the Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club may support the school.  Since that time, the club has donated clothing for students and provided a lunch for school teachers and staff.  The club looks forward to a continued relationship with Jackson Elementary.
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LE TOUR DE VIN CHECK PRESENTATION

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Another successful Le Tour De Vin is complete with a gross income of $153,948.30. This year we were able to distribute $95,408.26 to our major beneficiary ($50,000) and to each of the four Rotary Clubs of Norman ($11,350 each). Pictured above is Joe Gil, Executive Director LTDV, Beverly DeWitt , Club Representative presenting a check for $11,350.00 to Cross Timbers President Carlos Elwell. What an amazing example of this year’s motto, “ Be an inspiraton!”
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CLUB SITE VISIT

Club members tour Hard Edge Screen Print & Embroidery Shop
 
Cross Timbers Rotarian Patricia Billingsley arranged for club Rotarians to make a site visit to Hard Edge Screen Print & Embroidery Shop on April 24th.   The company is owned by the Billingsley family.  It started as Nom de Plume and acquired Hard Edge Design enabling service expansion to include screen printing, embroidery, direct to garment printing of apparel, and art services. Specialty items are apparel and promotional products on a local and national scale.
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CROSS TIMBERS ROTARIANS ASSIST IN TREE PLANTING

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Cross Timbers Rotarians and the Norman Arbor Board planted trees along Berry Road on March 31st to assist the Norman Park Foundation. Cross Timbers Rotary Club donated money and sweat equity to this cause.  Enough money was donated to plant a tree that represents each club member in this project. Young family members also had fun in helping with the project.
 
Rotarian Darrell Janaway is also a member of the Tree Board and acted as a liaison to coordinate the event.
 
Click on READ MORE for pictures.
 
 
 
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MARCH GRUB CLUB

 
The March Meeting was at Penny Hill Subs.  Guests included Rotarians from the Norman and Sooner Rotary Clubs.
 
Read about the Grub Club in the next article below titled GRUB CLUB FELLOWSHIP .
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NEW PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

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Halie Hites is the latest Cross Timbers Rotarian to be recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF).  She received her certificate from Joe Gil.
 
Congratulations to Halie
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GRUB CLUB FELLOWSHIP

Cross Timbers Rotarians meet for second Grub Club gathering
 
The Grub Club is an informal gathering of any members who wish to socialize and learn more about other members outside of the regular weekly meetings. It is held monthly at various restaurants in Norman.  The first gathering in November was at Tino's on Main. The picture above was taken at Bison Witches on Main. This has grown into an optional monthly activity and guests are welcome. 
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COMMUNITY RELATIONS

Vickie Riggs shares her Community Relations Experiences
 
Vickie Riggs was the guest speaker at the November 21st Meeting.  She has been at First Baptist Church since 1984 and she began her ministry as the Family Life Associate/Senior Adult Minister. She has a bachelor's in psychology/social work from Missouri Southern State College and a master's from OU, with an emphasis on therapeutic and church recreation.  The Family Life Ministry has always been a special focus of ministry because it allows her to be involved in ministry with the Norman community as well as all ages at First Baptist.
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MY POLIO ADVENTURE

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Rotarian Marion Paden (R) was the program speaker at the October 24th club meting.  That day is the birthday of Dr. Jonas Salk who was an early Polio researcher.   Rotary has declared that date as World Polio Day in honor of Dr. Salk.  Rotarian Paden gave a good overview of the End Polio eradication program since it began in 1985.  She traveled to India in 2012 to participate in a National Immunization Day and shared many of her experiences with the club.

 
 
 
 
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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT AND ROTARY PARK NEIGHBORS

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Cross Timbers RC has started a police and community partnership by hosting a National Night Out event on October 3rd at Rotary Park where the Rotary club meets.  Neighborhood residents were invited to the event where hot dogs and fellowship highlighted the evening.
 
Neighborhood residents visited with local police officers.  Police chief Keith Humphrey also dropped by and is pictured with Cross Timbers president Conni Eckstein
 
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PET THERAPY FOR CHILDREN

 
Cross Timbers Rotarian Travis Humphrey explains the use of Dog Therapy as one of a variety of therapeutic interventions to help children heal from the trauma of sexual abuse.
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CROSS TIMBERS ROTARY CLUB WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS
 

 
L to R: Halie Hites, Alyssa Giles, Beverly DeWitt, Travis Humphrey, and club President Conni Eikstein inducting two new Rotarians into the Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club on September 26th.
 
The new members are Alyssa Giles sponsored by Halie Hites and Travis Humphrey sponsored by Beverly De Witt.  Alyssa is an Archaeological Collections Assistant at the OU Sam Noble Natural History Museum.  Travis is Executive Director of Bethesda, a non-profit agency that provides expert care for all children in Oklahoma who have suffered the trauma of childhood sexual abuse.
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Hurricane Harvey Relief Donations Conni Eckstein 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Cross Timbers Goes Green for Dishes

 
Thanks to the suggestion and diligence of Phil and Peggy Moss, we are now dining on 'real' plates for our meeting meals. They are delivering clean plates and taking the used ones home to be washed prior to our next meeting.
 
While it's unknown how much in club savings we'll rake in, we know our imprint is reduced somewhat by recycling our plates.
 
If you would like to help Phil and Peggy, please let them know.
Cross Timbers Goes Green for Dishes Conni Eckstein 2017-08-29 05:00:00Z 0

Celebrating Food and Shelter

 
Cross Timbers toured the new Food and Shelter Tiny Home Village. April Heiple, Executive Director, gave us a behind the scenes tour and information about the services this gem in the Norman community provides.
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David Postic Discusses Social Media

Tuesday night, our program was presented by David Postic.
He described the different Social Media sites and how they can be used for our business or personally.
 
He also provided these sites we can use as resources.
 
Here are all of the tools I mentioned (I failed to put all the links in my presentation):
www.canva.com
www.snapstouch.com (with an 's' after snap)
www.unsplash.com
www.blog.rotary.org
www.hootsuite.com
www.buffer.com
www.surveymonkey.com
www.mailchimp.com
www.easel.ly
 
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Welcome Back Sara

Welcome Back Sara Kaplan!
DG Marilyn Kaplan inducted our newest club member .We're glad to have you back!
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AUGUST 18th MEETING

 
Cross Timbers Rotarian Joe Gil presents a check for $20,000 to club president Gary Beadles. Joe is the director of the annual Le Tour de Vin wine tasting event and he coordinates all activities of the annual fundraiser sponsored by three Norman Rotary clubs. The Center for Children and Families, Inc. (C.C.F.I.) is the 2014 and 2015 grant recipient.  The grant is helping to create a new Children's Therapeutic Area which serves children and youth who have experienced child abuse and neglect.
 
  Mr. Angelo Lombardo, city Transportation Engineer with 22 years of service in Norman, updated the club on many public works projects around Norman such as streets, highways, and other projects.
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A Message from Our President

 Conni Eckstein                                   

                                                     

We start our 21st year embracing the theme Rotary: Making a Difference. Cross Timbers has provided many local services to non-profits in the Cleveland County area in the past and we remain committed to making a difference in the future. We are excited to partner with a couple of international projects this year. Along with fellowship, service and our programs, we invite you to join us and make a difference in your life as well. 

 

The Rotary Club of Norman Cross Timbers was chartered on June 30, 1997

 

A Message from Our President Russ Davoren 2015-06-29 05:00:00Z 0

MEMBER PROFILE REMINDER

Posted on Jun 25, 2015

Please assist the club secretary by maintaining your own online member profile by clicking on the Member Area at the top of this page and logging in. 

Club members should take time to check and update their own member profile for information that is missing or incorrect.  You can also add a picture of yourself to the profile.

You will need your User Name and Password to access the Member Directory.  Any member needing help should contact Russ Davoren at rdavo@cox.net or 329-8882.

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LE TOUR DE VIN 2015

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Norman's three Rotary clubs sponsored the annual Le Tour de Vin wine tasting and other activities such as silent and live auctions on June 6th.  The venue was the Chesapeake Energy Stadium Club in the Oklahoma Memorial Stadium.  Event information is found at www.letourdevin.com   The clubs are also soliciting grant applications from Norman non-profit agencies for funding capital projects.  That information and grant application is found in the left column of this page under SITE PAGES.  Click on LE TOUR DE VIN 2016.
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HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS

The Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club will award up to four $1,000 scholarships to graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 or higher GPA and who will continue his/her academic education at an Oklahoma college, university, or technology center certification training during the 2016-2017 academic year. The student must live in Cleveland County outside of Moore and attend either Norman High School, Norman North High School, Noble High School, Little Axe High School, Community Christian School, or be home schooled and live within the attendance boundaries of one of these schools.
 
Application Due Date: will be in May 2016
 
Completed applications must be postmarked or received via email no later than May 6, 2015.
Click on HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIPS under SITE PAGES on the left side of this page.
 
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RI FOUNDATION RECOGNITIONS

RI FOUNDATION GIVING

Beverly DeWitt received her Paul Harris Fellow +2  pin from club Foundation chair Gary Beadles and club president Rob Norman.
Marilyn Kaplan received her Paul Harris Fellow +7 pin from club Foundation chair Gary Beadles and club president Rob Norman.
   
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FIRE DEPARTMENT PROGRAM

 

 
Zena Amer arranged for Norman Deputy Fire Chief Jim Bailey as the club program on February 10, 2015. 
 
Chief Bailey is second in command of the fire department. His presentation covered a brief history of the department and description of its services.  He explained his personal experience and provided facts and figures about the department.  Club members have a better understanding that the department does more than just put out fires.
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POLIOPLUS

We are this close to ending Polio worldwide!

 

We are especially dedicated to . Rotary members have persevered in this fight since 1979 and have now helped eradicate polio in all but three countries worldwide.

When you give to Rotary, you support the work we do in your community and around the world. We are a that uses nearly 90% of our funding for program expenses.

 

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GUEST ROTARIAN

ROTARIAN MAKES UP A MISSED MEETING

 Club banners were exchanged at the February 10th meeting between Rotarian George Alexander from the Sun Prairie, Wisconsin RC and president Rob Norman.
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CCFI $10,000 CHECK PRESENTATION

 Beverly DeWitt, Cross Timbers Rotary Club; Kate Stanton, President of the CCFI Board of Directors; Joe Gil, Cross Timbers Rotary Club; and Katie Fitzgerald, Executive Director of CCFI (Center for Children and Families, Inc.)

The Cross Timbers Rotary Club has presented a check for $10,000 to the Center for Families and Children (CCFI), to assist in the development of a former church facility into the center of operations for CCFI. The money will be used by CCFI to purchase security cameras for the facility, cameras in the play therapy room, exterior landscaping and furniture for the Youth and Family Center rooms.

Cross Timbers club president Rob Norman said  "The members of Cross Timbers Rotary Club are pleased to be a part in the development of this new home for CCFI." 

CCFI was established in 1969 under the name of Juvenile Services Inc (JSI) and offers therapeutic programs for children who have experienced child abuse, neglect or other traumatic experiences, and  prevention and education services for families. The Youth and Family Center will house afterschool and summer programs, parenting classes, support groups and supervised visits and exchanges.

Cross Timbers Rotary Club raises funds for its community efforts through activities like their annual luncheon at Outback Restaurant and Le Tour de Vin wine-tasting event.

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OU POLICE CHIEF SPEAKS TO CLUB

 
The University of Oklahoma Police Chief Elizabeth Woollen explained the organization and operation of the department and the many tasks that the OU police force are responsible for, both on and off campus.  She noted the joint agreements that the OU police and other law enforcement personnel share to make the university and the Norman area community safe.  Working relationships include the Norman PD, Cleveland County sheriff, and other state and federal agencies. 
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DISTRICT GRANT CHECK PRESENTATION

District 5770 Rotary Foundation Committee Chair Glenda Thomas presented a check to Cross Timbers RC for $5,000 at the October 21st club meeting.
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A BANNER DAY FOR CROSS TIMBERS

Posted by Russ Davoren on Aug 04, 2014

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Immediate past RI President Ron Burton presented a banner to the Cross Timbers Rotary Club in recognition of his Rotarian wife Jetta as his Rotarian spouse.  Ron said this type banner is a first for RI and he hopes future RI presidents will honor their Rotarian spouses with a banner presented to the Rotary club of the spouse.

A BANNER DAY FOR CROSS TIMBERS Russ Davoren 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

LE TOUR DE VIN CHECK PRESENTATION

Posted by Russ Davoren on Aug 04, 2014

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Cross Timbers Le Tour de Vin chairmen Joe Gill and John Rosser presented a check to club president Rob Norman for its share of the 12th annual multi-club wine tasting event that was started by the Cross Timbers Rotary Club.  Le Tour de Vin is a celebration of wine, food, and generosity by Norman's Rotary clubs that benefits local organizations.  This year's primary recipient is the Norman Center for Children and Families, Inc.  Individual club proceeds are used to benefit other charitable organizations.

LE TOUR DE VIN CHECK PRESENTATION Russ Davoren 2014-08-05 00:00:00Z 0

Cleaning Sports Equipment

Posted by C. E. Jones on Jul 28, 2014

Tonight, we met at the Norman Optimist Club. We had some pizza,, and then did a little low maintenance cleaning of some youth helmets and shoulder pads.  No expertise required!ImageImage

 

 

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Happy New Year!

Posted by C. E. Jones on Jun 30, 2014

What? Happy New Year? Yes, it's a happy new ROTARY year. We started off the year with a great meeting. 

Sadly saying bye to Hanks as he's leaving for home on Saturday.

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Then, Zena happily collected happy dollars.

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And then, Rob got down to business. He's leading the club to accomplish great things this year!

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RI CONVENTION - LISBON, PORTUGAL- JUNE 23-26, 2013

Posted by Russ Davoren on Aug 20, 2012
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The 2013 Rotary International (RI) Convention will be June 23-26, 2013 in Lisbon Portugal. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for district 5770 Rotarians. Ron Burton from the Norman Rotary Club will be inducted as RI president for 2013-2014. Cross Timbers Rotarians are encouraged to attend and show their support for Ron and our own Jetta who will be the first lady of RI during Ron's presidential year.

Click here for promotional convention video.

The District Convention Committee is making plans to make this a memorable event in Lisbon for all district attendees. Remember, registration, hotels, and optional events/tours are on a first come first serve basis. To assist your planning, Click on "MORE..." below for a flyer prepared by the district convention committee. NOTE: Pay particular attention to the "Hotel Registration" portion of the flyer as prior disseminated Sena Executive Hotel information has changed.
RI CONVENTION - LISBON, PORTUGAL- JUNE 23-26, 2013 Russ Davoren 2012-08-21 00:00:00Z 0

RUSS RECEIVES PAUL HARRIS FELLOW RECOGNITION PIN

Posted by Jenny Chen on Jun 14, 2012

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President Sara recognized Russ Davoren with a Paul Harris Fellow + 7 pin  at the June 12th regular club meeting.  Congratulations to Russ,  you have set such a great example for all the rotarians.

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CROSS TIMBERS SPONSORS GSE TEAM MEMBER

Posted by Russ Davoren on Apr 02, 2012
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Cross Timbers RC sponsored Amber Clour as a member of the District 5770 Group Study Exchange (GSE) Team.   The team of five visited Rotary District 9700 in New South Wales, Australia throughout March and returned to Oklahoma on April 1st.  

Amber is an artist and the Executive Director of Dreamer Concepts in Norman.  Dreamer Concepts, an Art Space for Emerging Artists, opened December 1, 2006.  The mission is to encourage, promote, and provide opportunities for growth for new artists in our community.  She recently took a position as the Interim Director of Development for the City Arts Center in Oklahoma City.  Visit Dreamer Concepts at
http://www.dreamerconcepts.org/

The GSE team will report on their trip at the District Conference in Weatherford, Oklahoma, April 13-14, 2012.  Group Study Exchange is one of many programs that is funded out of donations to The Rotary Foundation.

Click here to follow the team's Australian journey or follow them on Twitter - @OKGSE2012

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ZENA AMER REPORTED ON CROSS TIMBERS ROTARY SEEDS PROGRAMS

Posted by Russ Davoren on Nov 15, 2011
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Cross Timbers own Rotarian Zena Amer was the program speaker at the regular weekly meeting held on November 15th.  She reported on her experiences in Columbia in cooperation with the "Seed Programs International" organization.

Cross Timbers Rotary Club initiated its seeds program by shipment of vegetable seeds to Guatamala through the Peace Corps. Since that time, Zena recently completed her second ambassadorial trip, lasting a month, to Columbia to distribute packets of vegetable seeds and provided training material to school children, orphans, families and community groups enabling them to grow vegetable gardens. The vegetables produced are a rich source of important vitamins and minerals often missing in the diets of the poor. It is both self-help and cost effective as people receiving seed do all the work. The program enhances people’s self-esteem while boosting their teamwork skills. She is also working with various Rotary clubs in that area of Columbia.

Rotary involvement with the "Seed Programs International" can be found by clicking on the following address:

http://www.seedprograms.org/programs/rotaryclubs.htm

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NEW MEMBER INDUCTION

Posted by Russ Davoren on Nov 08, 2011

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Club President Sara inducted and welcomed Keith Giles as a member of the Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club at the regular weekly meeting on November 8th.  His wife Jeanne Giles (pictured right) is his sponsor.  There are now four Cross Timbers Rotarians whose spouses are also Rotarians.  

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ANNUAL DISTRICT GOVERNOR'S VISIT

Posted by Russ Davoren on Oct 03, 2011
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Pictured are President Sara Hildenbrand, District Governor Mike Blevins, and Assistant District Governor Debbie Tims  

One of the duties of district governors is to make an official visit to all Rotary clubs in their district during their year in office.  Governor Mike Blevins visited the Norman Cross Timbers RC on October 4th.  Governor Mike  addressed the club as our program speaker.  After the regular meeting, he met with the current club officers, board of directors, and other interested members.  Discussion items included membership, current/recommended club service projects, and anticipated changes resulting from the Future Visions Plan of The Rotary Foundation. He also speculated on future district personnel needs to incorporate upcoming changes from Rotary International at the district and club levels.

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THE STORK RETURNS

Posted by Russ Davoren on Aug 13, 2011
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Congratulations are in order for Rotarian Jeanne Giles, whose son and daughter-in-law, Josh and Sarah Lehmann, welcomed their new son into the world at 5 AM on Sunday, August 14.  Jacob Braden Lehmann joins older brothers Luke and Jackson at the family home in Dallas.  Grandma "Gigi" will be visiting for the next few days to get acquainted with little Jake.  Happy, happy day!


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CONGRATULATIONS TO RON AND JETTA BURTON

Posted by Russ Davoren on Aug 07, 2011
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Cross Timbers Rotary Club president Sara Hildenbrand is proud to make the following annoucement: 

"Today (August 8, 2011), is a special day in the life of Rotary and our Club.  I just received word that Ron Burton, Norman Rotary Club, has been selected by the Presidential Selection Committee to serve as Rotary Internationals President for 2013 - 2014!  Wow! What a wonderful announcement to get to make!  With Ron coming in as RI's President,  that means our club, Cross Timbers, is home to 2013-2014, RI's First Lady, Jetta Burton!  Ron and Jetta have given so much of their lives together in service to Rotary, and we simply could not be more proud of them or happy for them.  Please extend your congratulations to them, and we will begin plans for hosting a formal celebration on their behalf."

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CROSS TIMBERS ROTARIANS SUPPORT YOUTH EXCHANGE

Posted by Russ Davoren on Aug 06, 2011
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Norman Rotary clubs hosted this year's Rotary Youth Exchange Reunion Camp for 26 outbound students who studied abroad during the 2010-2011 high school year.  Reunion students attended from the South Central Rotary Youth Exchange (SCRYE) Program which consists of 15 states and 36 member Rotary districts in the south and central part of the country.  The reunion camp is designed to assist returning students adjust to being back home, share experiences, and allows returning students to enjoy fellowship with other students who attended a SCRYE outbound camp prior to starting their year abroad.  They were joined by five Youth Exchange (YE) alumni called ROTEX who meet for fellowship or to support YE programs through promotion and involvement in YE orientation.

Cross Timbers Rotarians Leah Irish (Cross Timbers Youth Exchange Officer) and Jeanne Giles helped provide lodging for three SCRYE adult leaders from other districts who participated in the camp during the weekend of August 5th in Norman.  Club members Leah Irish, Beverly DeWitt and Russ Davoren attended weekend sessions.  

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TWILA SMITH EXPLAINED NEED FOR NORMAN INDIGENT RESOURCES

Posted by Russ Davoren on Aug 02, 2011
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Twila Smith is pictured with club president Sara.  Twila was the program speaker at the August 2, 2011 club meeting and is the Outreach Coordinator at St. John's Episcopal Church in Norman.  Her presentation focused on those in need of assistance in the Norman area and explained some of the personal circumstances and challenges they experience on a daily basis.  Her talk was unique because it provided a perspective beyond that of merely covering what resource agencies, churches, etc. are available within the Norman community for those in need of help. 
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CROSS TIMBERS ROTARIANS SUPPORT OKLAHOMA REGIONAL FOOD BANK

Posted by Russ Davoren on Apr 02, 2011
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Cross Timbers Rotarians performed a three hour service project at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City on April 2nd.   They worked with other volunteers to form a team that bagged, weighed, and sealed frozen onions as part of food packages for distribution by the food bank.  The volunteer team processed 95 cases of onions totaling 3,610 pounds.  This equates to 2,777 equivelent meals.

 Thanks to all who participated. 

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ENGAGE ROTARY CHANGE LIVES

District 5770 is the home of Rotarians Ron and Jetta Burton

Ron was the 2013-2014 Rotary International President

Jetta is a member of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club

 

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AMBASSADORIAL SCHOLAR VISITS CROSS TIMBERS RC

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Ambassadorial Scholar Jomain McKenzie and Darrell Janaway exchange Rotary club banners

Jomain McKenzie was the program speaker at the September 2nd club meeting. He is originally from Jamaica and was an exchange student at East Central University (ECU) in Ada where he was a member and president of the ECU Rotaract Club. He was later selected to represent Rotary District 5770 as an Ambassadorial Scholar. He attended Bedfordshire University in the U.K. where he attained his Master of Science and Public Health degree. He currently serves as the Communications Focal Point for Developing Country NGO Delegation to The Global Fund Board which fights AIDS, TB, and Malaria.  The organization website address is www.developingngo.org

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CCFI CHECK PRESENTATION

Posted by Russ Davoren

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Erin Barnhart is the Mission Advancement Director for the Center for Children and Families, Inc. (CCFI).  She received a check on behalf of CCFI for $50,000 as a result of proceeds from the 12th annual Le Tour de Vin fundraiser.  This event is a powerful collaboration of the Cross Timbers, Sooner, and Norman Rotary clubs to raise money for various charities over the years.

This year’s funds will be used to renovate a children’s therapeutic area that also offers out-of-school enrichment programs, parenting classes, support groups, supervised visits, a kitchen, and a baby pantry.  A therapeutic playground, designed with input by Rotarians from the three clubs, is also on the drawing boards.

The sharing of fine foods, over 200 domestic and foreign wines, and a lifestyle auction, creates an exceptional event that raises money to do good in our community.  Since its inception, Le Tour De Vin has contributed over $650,000 to local nonprofit agencies and projects.

 

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YOUTH SERVICE PROGRAMS GUESTS

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Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) campers and Interact members Ashley and Jesse from Norman High School visited the Cross Timbers club on August 19th.  They were guests of John Rosser.

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Blue Star Mothers of America

Posted by C. E. Jones

Tonight, instead of a program, we packaged boxes for the troops. Blue Star Mothers of America brought the empty boxes and took away 30 boxes we packed.

 

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The Affordable Care Act

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For our July 23rd program, Rhett Stover with Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City brought us an overview of the Affordable Care Act.

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Darrell Janaway Inducted

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At the Cross Timbers July 2nd meeting, Outgoing Club President John Briscoe handed over the gavel to incoming Darrell Janaway.

The club presented John his own Gavel as a big THANK YOU for his dedication as club president for the past Rotary year.

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Joe Gill added to that with a special Rotary pin.

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Club President Darrell spoke about his passions for the club and what his goals for the club are for the upcoming year.

 

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Water Is Life

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Ken Surrite brought us the program Water Is Life. He demonstrated some of the methods used to make a difference to living conditions through clean water.

For more information, you can go to www.waterislife.com

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Full Circle speaks to the club

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Our speaker for April 16th was Jessica with Full Circle in Norman. She was accompanied by the first ever Cross Timbers club president, Geri Krenek.

Jessica mentioned that Full Circle will an Open House on May 3rd and encouraged us all to attend and learn more about the organization and the important work they do for Norman.

 

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RI PRESIDENT-ELECT RON BURTON ANNOUNCES 2013-2014 THEME

Posted by Russ Davoren

Ron Burton announced his RI Presidential theme at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California.

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Ron and Jetta Burton

Norman and Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Clubs

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ENGAGE ROTARY

CHANGE LIVES

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OUTBACK LUNCHEON A SUCCESS

Posted by Russ Davoren

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Rotarian Archie Buendia and Cross Timbers RC President prepare for luncheon crowd to arrive at the Outback Luncheon on October 10th

 

The  Outback Restaurant has supported the annual Outback Luncheon for many years.   This two day activity furnishes funds for service projects provided by the Cross Timbers Rotary Club throughout the year.  A sampling of projects include an annual dictionary distribution to third graders in the Norman school district, Little Axe, Noble and private elementary schools.  The club presents an annual scholarship to a senior student in a secondary school, sponsors international youth exchange students, sponsors   

Thanks to all club members who sold tickets and worked at the luncheon to guarantee another very successful year.   

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2013 GSE TEAM LEADER SELECTED FROM CROSS TIMBERS ROTARY CLUB

Posted by Russ Davoren

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Russ Davoren has been selected as Group Study Exchange (GSE)Team Leader to District 2070 in Italy.  District 2070 is a pilot district for the Future Vision Plan that will officially start for all of Rotary on July 1, 2013.  As such, Italy will send a Vocational Training Team to Oklahoma next spring.  The District 5770 GSE team will travel to Italy as a Vocational Training Exchange (VTE) team shortly after.

See the district website at www.rotary5770.com for more information.


 

 

 

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SOME ROTARY FIRSTS

Posted by Russ Davoren

Some Rotary "Firsts"

. The first Rotary club meeting was in Chicago, Illinois, on 23 February 1905.

. The first regular luncheon meetings were in Oakland, California, chartered in 1909.

. The first Rotary convention was in Chicago in 1910.

. The first Rotary club outside of the United States was chartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, in 1910.

. The first Rotary club outside of North America was chartered in Dublin, Ireland, in 1911.

. The first Rotary club in a non-English-speaking country was in Havana, Cuba, in 1916.

. The first Rotary club in South America was chartered in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1918.

. The first Rotary club in Asia was chartered in Manila, Philippines, in 1919.

. The first Rotary club in Africa was chartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1921.

. The first Rotary club in Australia was chartered in Melbourne in 1921. (Original idea from "Scandal Sheet")

Taken from The ABCs of Rotary by Cliff Dochterman

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2012-2013 INBOUND YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT HAS ARRIVED

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Our Cross Timbers RC inbound Rotary Youth Exchange student has arrived.  She looks forward to school, attending club meetings, and meeting club members.  Updates will be available during club meetings.    
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ROTARY INFORMATION

Posted by Russ Davoren

ROTARY EMBLEM HISTORY

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From Focus on Rotary Book

 Rotary’s early emblem was a simple wagon wheel (in motion with dust) representing “civilization and movement.” It was designed in 1905 by Montague M. Bear, member of the Chicago Club, who was an engraver, and most of the early clubs adopted the wheel in one form or another. Eventually, in 1922, authority was given to create and preserve an emblem for the exclusive use of all Rotarians.

Accordingly, in 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted, and a keyway added to signify that the wheel was a “worker and not an idler.” An official description of the emblem was adopted at the 1929 convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. Royal blue and gold were chosen as the official Rotary colors, and the flag of Rotary was designated as a white field with the Rotary wheel emblazoned on its center. The emblem, worn as a lapel button, now identifies Rotarians around the world.

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MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGE

Posted by Russ Davoren

Sara Hildenbrand kicked off a special membership program on August 14th that promises to be a fun-filled activity.   Club members have been assigned to two competitive teams that will assist Cross Timbers to be a better premium club.  The competition will track each team's progress in membership recruitment, development, and retention using the Rotary International Ignite Program concepts.
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Cross Timbers Rotarians join hands to show commitment to the club membership goals. 
  
                                                    

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UPDATE FOR WEBSITE TRAINING AT AUGUST 21ST CLUB MEETING

Posted by Russ Davoren
REMEMBER: Tuesday's meeting will be at Norman Regional Health System, in the Learning Resources Training Center, 3rd floor of the NE part of the Porter Campus. Enter the NE parking lot off of Findlay (just off Robinson, East of the Braums). Come through the NE entrance, and someone will be waiting to show you to the elevator that will take you to the 3rd floor. Points will be given if you bring something to show your team colors, and 5 bonus points will be give to the first two people who send me an email volunteering to highlight Rotary through our Rotary Minute! Russ will then help us navigate through the on-line information and opportunities available on the cluband district websites. Of course, we'll have food too!

Cross Timbers members should already know how to log-in to the club website - 
www.crosstimbersrotary.org  If you do not know or remember, contact Russ Davoren prior to the August 21st club meeting.  He may be reached at rdavo@cox.net or 329-8882. This preparation will save time in the classroom. 

If you have not completed your registration to utilize Member Access on the Rotary.org website, please complete your registration at least 24 hours before the club meeting. 
How do I register for RI Rotary.org Member Access? 

On the www.rotary.org homepage, click the Member Access button in the top right corner, then click Register Now to create an account with a valid e-mail address. You may be asked to provide additional information to help determine your relationship with Rotary and access your record. You will receive a verification e-mail with a hyperlink within 24 hours. You must click on the verification link to complete the registration process. If you do not see the e-mail in your Inbox, check your Spam/Bulk/Junk folder.

  

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DISTRICT FOUNDATION AND MEMBERSHIP SEMINAR

Posted by Russ Davoren

Cross Timbers Rotary Club was well represented at the district combined foundation and membership seminar.  There were two plenary sessions, separate foundation and membership breakouts, and each club did an exercise related to its goals in each area.  Each club shared their results with the whole group.  Beverly DeWitt reported for the Cross Timbers RC.

A special thanks is given to all who attended! 

The following is a copy of the seminar agenda.

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MEALS ON WHEELS SERVICE PROJECT

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The July 31st club meeting included a service project for Cross Timbers Rotarians and meeting guests.  They packaged bulk dried pet food into one gallon plastic bags to be delivered to Meals on Wheels clients who have pets.  The club provided the food and bags. This service assures client pets will have food and makes the handling of food more manageable for some seniors. 
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$45,000 DONATION TO FOOD AND SHELTER, INC.

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Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club President John Briscoe (R) and Sergeant-At-Arms/Club Representative for Le Tour de Vin Joe Gill (L) present a check representing the Rotary clubs of Norman proceeds from the annual Le Tour de Vin fundraiser to Food and Shelter Executive Director April Doshier.

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April Doshier shows club members Food and Shelter plans to build 4 to 6 living units to provide more emergency shelter to homeless families. Currently, Food and Shelter offers motel stays as a solution to homelessness. This is both expensive and inefficient. With the addition of emergency shelter units on their current campus, they will both save funds, expand the quality of services they can provide to homeless families and better serve our community.

 

 

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JULY 24TH CLUB PROGRAM

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On July 24th, the featured program speakers will be Dale Graham, Jerry Baxter, and Shirley Clark-Cowden from the Veterans Corner in Goldsby. The Veterans Corner has been recognized nationally, as well as locally, as a veterans assistance organization worthy of replication through out the country. 

Dale and Jerry are Vietnam veterans and Shirley is the widow of a Vietnam veteran who recently passed away due to complications from agent orange.  In order to provide these individuals with rightfully earned benefits, these volunteers provide free services to veterans and their families to assist them in navigating the complex regulations and bureaucracy of the Veterans Administation.

 

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RON AND JETTA BURTON ATTEND INDEPENDANCE DAY PARADE

Posted by Russ Davoren

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RI president Elect Ron Burton (Norman RC) and his wife Jetta (Norman Cross Timbers RC) are already busy preparing for his 2013-2014 presidential year.

Ron and Jetta marched in the Evanston, Illinois July 4th parade with the Evanston Rotary Clubs. Jetta remarked " It was hot but still fun!" This is a really big event in Evanston with 111 parade entries.

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NEW ROTARY YEAR

Posted by Russ Davoren

 

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July 1st started the 2012-2013 Rotary year.  The club and district websites have been updated  to reflect leadership changes.  Members are encouraged to review the sites and update their own personal profile information.

 

 

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CROSS TIMBERS 15TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Posted by Russ Davoren

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Cross Timbers Rotary Club was chartered June 30, 1997 as club number 50604.  


Cross Timber's 15th anniversary was celebrated at the Tuesday, July 3rd club meeting. An inside picnic at the Rotary House with all the trimmings and a special program honored the club's history.  

Jeanne Giles showed a series of slides highlighting the club's activities and members since it was charted.  Marilyn Geiger read a history of the club which included community and international service projects since 1997. 

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SARA HILDENBRAND RECEIVES RECOGNITION PLAQUE

Posted by Russ Davoren

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Incoming club president John Briscoe and Joe Gil presented a plaque to outgoing 2011-2012 club president Sara Hildenbrand for recognition of her service and leadership as president.

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CROSS TIMBERS AWARDS $1000.00 SCHOLARSHIP

Posted by Russ Davoren

Norman High School graduate Ally Renfroe is the 2012 recipient of the Cross Timbers $1000.00 scholarship award.  High school activities included two years as the Rotary Interact Club secretary.  Ally will attend OU.

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ImageProud parents Karen and Bruce Renfroe attended the meeting.

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PROGRAM SPEAKER BECOMES NEW MEMBER

Posted by Russ Davoren

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President Sara welcomes Jim Williams as a new Rotarian of The Cross Timbers RC

Jim was also the program speaker at the May 15, 2012 meeting.  He explained the history of the Cleveland County Election Board, how it functions, and even brought a sample voting machine.
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MAKE-UP BANNER EXCHANGE

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John Rosser exchanging banners with the President of the Lahaina Rotary Club, Maui Hawaii
Share your make-ups with the club!

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CLUB MEETING PROGRAM - JUNE 5, 2012

Posted by Russ Davoren
The June 5th meeting program speaker will be Newt Mitchell.  He is a Norman Sooner Club Rotarian and he will speak about The Royal Kids Family Camp which is the nation's leading network of camps for abused, neglected and abandoned children.

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Annually, 3.6 million cases of child abuse, neglect or abandonment are reported in America.

The primary purpose of Royal Family KIDS Camp is to give children a week of positive memories in a Christian environment.

In addition to receiving the attention and encouragement of an adult camp counselor and his/her "buddy camper," each camper is also exposed to a variety of fun activities, designed for their success and to build self esteem.

Activity centers, games, sports, hiking - sometimes even swimming, fishing and horse-back riding - are all part of the program...

Click here to view the Norman website.



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2012-2013 YOUTH EXCHANGE STUDENT UPDATE

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Cross Timbers RC is sponsoring a female youth exchange student from Italy for the 2012-2013 academic year.  The first host family has been recruited, the high school guarantee to accept the student has been obtained, and Jeanne Giles will serve as her counselor. 

Host family recruitment is still underway for second and third families. Rotary membership is not a requirement to be a host family.  Club members are asked to assist by canvassing friends, co-workers, church members, families with high school students, etc. who may be willing to host for part of the next school year.  Members and interested families should contact Keith Giles or Russ Davoren for more information about host family responsibilities and duties .  
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KEITH GILES SELECTED PAUL HARRIS FELLOW

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Cross Timbers Rotarian Keith Giles recently attended the district conference in Weatherford.  Being a first time conference attendee, his name was drawn and he was made a Paul Harris Fellow.

Congratulations to Keith!

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GREGG GARN IS PROGRAM SPEAKER FOR APRIL 3RD

Posted by Russ Davoren
Gregg Garn was recently named dean of OU’s Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education. Dean Garn will be speaking on“Excellence in Education”.He will cover new developments at the College and how those are affecting k-12 education in Norman.

Click on Gregg's name under "Speakers" on this page for more detailed information.
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JUSTIN COVEY - MARCH 27TH PROGRAM

Posted by Russ Davoren
JUSTIN COVEY
"Norman Next Organization of the Norman Chamber of Commerce"

Norman NEXT is an organization for young professionals, 21-40 years of age, working or living in Norman, OK and is a program of the Norman Chamber of Commerce.

NEXT's mission is to develop the next generation of leaders for Norman by creating a connected, active and engaged community of young professionals. Through leadership, mentoring, networking and volunteerism, Norman NEXT cultivates and inspires young professionals to BE A POSITIVE agent of change for Norman.

Click on the following address for more information: http://www.normannext.com/

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FOUR WAY TEST SPEECH CONTEST

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Don't forget to invite a guest to our club meeting that will showcase the club's annual high school speech contestants.  This is a highlight activity for Cross Timbers Rotary and the club has sponsored many district winners.  

The topic for this year’s contest is "How can Rotarians 'reach within to embrace humanity' through the 4-Way Test?”


Complete contest information can be found on the district website by clicking on Four Way Test Speech Contest under Site Pages in the left column of the Home Page at www.rotary5770.com 
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OU ROTARACT

Posted by Russ Davoren

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The OU Rotarct Club is practicing Service Above Self and is involved in many activities fostering Rotary mission and goals. They want to partner with the Norman Rotary Clubs in their effort. Cross Timbers Rotarians are invited and Rotaract meeting attendance will count as a make-up.  Meeting dates and times are listed on their website. 

Click here for a link to the OU ROTARACT website

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CLUB YOUTH EXCHANGE CHAIR NEEDED

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Leah has received a promotion and will be moving to the Fort Worth area soon where she will be looking for a Rotary club to join.  As a result, the vacancy of club Youth Exchange (YE) committee chair needs to be filled.  If you would like to work with the YE committee and interface with other Rotarians in or outside of the club, this is a position you may want to consider.

A club Youth Exchange chair plans, implements, and supports all activities involving sending and hosting long-term and short-term exchange students.  Training is available to anyone interested in working with YE in the club or district..

Contact president Sara to volunteer or discuss this position.

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JOHN ROSSER IS NEW CLUB RYLA CHAIR

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Thanks to John Rosser for his willingness to serve as the club RYLA chair.  He has already attended a district committee meeting and is off to a good start.  John can use help and serving on the RYLA club committee may be a club service fit for you.     

Camp counselors are also needed to help staff the camp from June17-22, 2012. 

If you are looking to be more involved with Rotary, working with RYLA may be for you.  This is an opportunity to meet and work with other Rotarians outside of the club.  It is a rewarding experience for everyone who works with these future young leaders throughout our district.

Join the fun at the 2012 RYLA Camp - Click here to see the 2011 RYLA Camp video 

Contact President Sara or John if you would like to be a member of the committee or serve as a camp counselor. 

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DISTRICT 5770 GSE TEAM VISITS CROSS TIMBERS

Posted by Russ Davoren

The May 29th meeting program featured the 2012 outbound GSE team.  They reported on their exchange trip to District 9700 in New South Wales, Australia.
If you did not follow their blog while they were in Australia or missed the club meeting,
you may click here to see their complete blog.

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GSE TEAM
Leanne Cheek, Leslie Tabor, Jennifer Warren, Linn Kruckeberg, Amber Clour
Jennifer Warren was team leader from the Purcell RC and Cross Timbers RC sponsored Amber Clour

 

   

 

 

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HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2012

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HELP US FIND QUALIFIED STUDENTS!

The Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club will award a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating high school senior with a 2.5 or higher GPA and who will continue his/her academic education at an Oklahoma college, university, or technology center certification training during the 2012-2013 academic year.  The student must live in Cleveland County outside of Moore and attend either Norman High School, Norman North High School, Noble High School, Little Axe High School, Community Christian School, or be home schooled and live within the attendance  boundaries of one of these schools.  The application deadline is March 31, 2012.

 

Click on the HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM link on the left side of the club home page under Site Pages.

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JANUARY 17TH CLUB PROGRAM

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DR. JOHN D. SCHWANDT is the speaker for our next club program.  He will speak about the "The American Organ Institute at the University of Oklahoma".  Click on his name under speakers for more information about him and the program.
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TAKING THE COMMUNITY HEALTH MOVEMENT TO THE COMMUNITY

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January 10th club meeting program speaker 

Paula Price, MPH, MS, RN is the Director of Health Promotion and Community with the Norman Regional Health System. She will share with us about her long term commitment toward leading Norman towards becoming a“Healthy Community.”

Paula’s passion has been improving the health and wellness of the broader community. She is a graduate of the University of the State of New York with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing, the University of Oklahoma with a Masters Degree in Public Health and Southern Nazarene University with a Masters in Nursing. Paula is also a graduate of the Oklahoma Public Health Institute and Leadership Norman.

During her career in nursing and community health, Paula has been recognized with the OCU Kramer School of Nursing Sliver Salute Award for Community Nursing, the Oklahoma Public Health Association Exceptional Merit Award for Public Health, the Junior League of Norman Woman of Honor for Community Service and the Athena Women’s Leadership Circle of Wisdom. She is the past Chair of the Oklahoma State Turning Point Council and a Past President of the Health for Friends Board of Directors. Paula has also served as an officer in the Sooner Rotary Club and is a long-time member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

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JANUARY 3RD CLUB PROGRAM

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David Postic is the president of the OU Rotaract Club.  He is a junior Management major at OU, and he hopes to attend law school and also earn an MBA. Outside of Rotaract, he works with the OU President's Leadership Class and the Campus Activities Council. On top of his school commitments, he enjoys volunteering, reading, and playing music.

The OU Rotaract Club has grown to over 50 members actively pursuing leadership and community service. Their goal is to advance Rotary at OU and change the way people there see the world.  Rotaract club members are anxious to expand their relationship with all of the Norman Rotary Clubs.

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SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING

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Cross Timbers RC rang the bell for Salvation Army at the Norman Sears store on December 10th. Pictured L-R are Christopher and Leah Irish along with Carol and John Briscoe.  Thanks to all club members, spouses and others who assisted in this annual service project. 

 

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CROSS TIMBERS RC ASSISTS THUNDERBIRD CLUBHOUSE

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Joe Gil presented a check to Pam Sanford who is the Executive Director of Thunderbird Clubhouse on November 29th.  The clubhouse was in need of a commercial freezer for their kitchen and the Cross Timbers RC donated $5,000.00.

The Thunderbird Clubhouse was also a beneficiary of funds raised by all three Norman Rotary Clubs at the annual Le Tour de Vin wine tasting event. 

More information about the clubhouse is found on their web site at http://www.thunderbirdclubhouse.org/welcome

 

  

 

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TWO MEMBERS INDUCTED INTO CROSS TIMBERS RC

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L-R Tom Koszoru and Tom Rosser were formally inducted by President Sara into the Cross Timbers Rotary Club at the regular meeting on December 6th.  Tom Koszoru recently retired from the United States Postal Service (USPS) and wants to extend his service to others by joining Rotary.  Tom Rosser is a former member of the Woodward, Oklahoma Rotary Club and has joined Cross Timbers since his recent move to Norman. 

Wecome to the club!

    

 

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ARMY NATIONAL GUARD SOLDIERS VISITED CROSS TIMBERS RC

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Joe Gil and the Cross Timbers RC hosted two Army National Guard guests whose units received "Care" packages prepared by our Cross Timbers Rotary Club while they were deployed overseas. SSGT Sarah Scott served in Afghanistan and 1SGT Eric Wilson served in Iraq. Their program on December 20th reported on personal experiences while in their respective countries.

The club thanked them for an informative meeting and for their military service.

 

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TRANSITION PROCESS OF MANAGING CHANGE

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Our own club president Sara will be our December 6th program speaker.  She says we hear a lot of talk about dealing with "change". There are books, workshops and strategies for managing the changes that occur in our lives. The truth is, it's usually not the "change" that does us in, it's the transition process it triggers. 

Help is on the way! Understanding the transition process may not make it "go" faster, but it can certainly minimize stress and position you to move foward and through the change to a new beginning.  Come learn how to manage the transition process.

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DICTIONARY PROJECT

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Thanks to Sara Kaplan for her leadership again this year in organizing the annual Dictionary Project.  Members are currently contacting grade schools and distributing books to third graders throughout Norman and surrounding areas.

There are still schools that need to be assigned to club Rotarians.  A list is available at club meetings for your review.  If you can help with this task, contact her at sara@nativerootsmarket.com or her cell 831-1711.

 

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SALVATION ARMY BELL RINGING DECEMBER 10TH

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Please come out and join the holiday spirit by helping the Cross Timbers Rotary Club raise funds for the Norman Salvation Army Red Kettle Program!  

Volunteer an hour of your time to man the kettle on December 10th between 10:00 AM and 8:00 PM.  We will be at one of the outside entrances to Sears at Sooner Fashion Mall.  The kettle will be indoors and climate controlled for the volunteer.  Thanks to Justin Covey for organizing this activity.

Members who are not listed can still participate by contacting either volunteer 1 or 2  of a time slot and inform him/her that you wish to ring the bell with them during his/her time period.

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PROGRAM SPEAKER INFORMATION

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For information about weekly program speakers and their topics, click on their name under speakers on this page.
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NORMAN POLICE CHIEF HIGHLIGHTS MISSION AND VISION OF POLICE DEPARTMENT

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Recently appointed Norman Police Chief Keith Humphrey points out parallels between the Norman Police values and mission statement and the Rotary Four Way Test during his presentation at the November 1st regular club meeting.

Chief Humphrey covered his law eneforcement background and policing philosophy of the Norman Police Department.  He emphasized community policing and noted the importance of partnering with residents and business rather than being a reactive police force.  

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THE ROTARY FOUNDATION

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The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. As we celebrate Rotary Foundation Month, we should all remember that The Rotary Foundation is our Foundation. It’s here for us and because of us; it allows us to do more, to be more, and to bring more hope to the world. The responsibility for keeping our Foundation strong lies with each of us.

It means so much to every one of the people touched by Foundation-supported programs every year – the children too poor to go to school, the families who have lost everything in a disaster, the communities that lack sanitation, clean water, and medical care.

It means so much to the two billion children now living lives free from polio. Because of the work that the Foundation has helped support, five million cases of paralysis and more than 250,000 deaths from polio have been prevented.

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Why do we have a Foundation? We have a Foundation because our Foundation lifts Rotary up. It lets every club and every district do the most it possibly can. It allows every one of us to be part of all of Rotary’s work, and it brings that work to greater and greater heights.

 Click on the following address for more information about The Rotary Foundation:

http://www.rotary.org/EN/ABOUTUS/THEROTARYFOUNDATION/Pages/ridefault.aspx

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THOUGHTS FROM HONORARY MEMBER SHERRI COALE

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COACH SHERRI COALE’S ADVICE
10 THINGS TO KNOW
 
1.      You will fail, but you will succeed.
2.      The kind of people you look for is the kind of people you will find.
3.      People who under promise and over deliver will always be in high demand.
4.      You will never be able to cross the bridge until you get to it.
5.      As you get older, time will move faster.
6.      Whatever you think you can or you can’t, you will be right.
7.      Wisdom will come in chips, not blocks, so pay attention.
8.      Life is good. 
9.      Your passion will make you rich.
10.  God is unchanging.
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ROTARY ORGANIZATION

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Rotary is essentially a grassroots organization, with most of its service efforts carried out at the club level.  The district and international structure is designed to support the clubs and help them provide more service in their communities and abroad.

 

CLUBS:  Rotarians are members of Rotary clubs, which belong to the global association Rotary International (RI).  Each Club elects its own officers and enjoys considerable autonomy within the framework of Rotary’s constitution and bylaws.

 

DISTRICTS:  Clubs are grouped into 534 RI districts, each led by a district governor, who is an officer of RI.  The district administration, including assistant governors and various committees, guides and supports the clubs.

 

RI BOARD:  The 19 member RI Board of Directors, which includes the RI president and president-elect, meets quarterly to establish policies.  Traditionally, the RI president, who is elected annually, develops a theme and emphasis for the year.

 

RI SECRETARIAT:  RI is headquartered in the Chicago suburb of Evanston, Illinois, with seven international offices in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, Japan, Korea, and Switzerland.  The RI in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) office, in England, serves clubs and districts in that region.  The Secretariat’s active managing officer is the RI general secretary, who heads a staff of about 600 people, working to serve Rotarians worldwide. 

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GLOBAL NETWORKING GROUPS

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ImageThe Rotary Fellowships program belongs to a parent entity known as Global Networking Groups. The entity includes groups of individual Rotarians organized to focus on shared topics of interest on an international basis. All existing and future fellowship groups with a service-oriented focus will be reclassified under a new category called Rotarian Action Groups, while existing and future fellowship groups focusing on fellowship of a recreational or vocational nature will remain under the designation of Rotary Fellowships.

Global Networking Groups currently comprise more than 90 independent Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups. Join the growing number of Rotarians who are sharing their favorite activities and professional interests through organized recreational and vocational groups in Rotary Fellowships, or explore new opportunities for international partnership in service in Rotarian Action Groups. Whether you are interested in bird watching, motorcycling, volunteer dentistry, or the fight against AIDS, Rotary’s Global Networking Groups are fantastic resources for all Rotarians to develop new friendships and to advance opportunities for service.

 

To see if there is a networking group you may be interested in joining, click on the following address http://www.rotary.org/RIdocuments/en_pdf/gng_directory.pdf 

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DECLARATION OF ROTARIANS...

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DECLARATION OF ROTARIANS IN BUSINESSES AND PROFESSIONS
 
As a Rotarian engaged in a business or profession, I am expected to:
 
1.      Consider  my vocation to be another opportunity to serve;
 
2.      Be faithful to the letter and to the spirit of the ethical codes of my vocation, to the laws of my country, and moral standards of my community;

3.      Do all in my power to dignify my vocation and to promote the highest ethical standards in my chosen vocation;

4.      Be fair to my employer, employees, associates, competitors, customers, the public and all those with whom I have a business or professional relationship;

5.      Recognize the honor and respect due to all occupations which are useful to society;

6.      Offer my vocational talents: to provide opportunities for young people, to work for the relief of the special needs of others, and to improve the quality of life in my community;

7.      Adhere to honesty in my advertising and in all representations to the public concerning my business and profession;

8.      Neither seek nor grant to a fellow Rotarian a privilege or advantage not normally accorded others in a business or professional relationship.
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ROTARY EMBLEM HISTORY

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ROTARY EMBLEM HISTORY
 
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Rotary’s early emblem was a simple wagon wheel (in motion with dust) representing “civilization and movement.” It was designed in 1905 by Montague M. Bear, member of the Chicago Club, who was an engraver, and most of the early clubs adopted the wheel in one form or another. Eventually, in 1922, authority was given to create and preserve an emblem for the exclusive use of all Rotarians.
 
Accordingly, in 1923, the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted, and a keyway added to signify that the wheel was a “worker and not an idler.” An official description of the emblem was adopted at the 1929 convention in Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. Royal blue and gold were chosen as the official Rotary colors, and the flag of Rotary was designated as a white field with the Rotary wheel emblazoned on its center. The emblem, worn as a lapel button, now identifies Rotarians around the world.
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DR. ARCHIE BUENDIA RECEIVES MEDICAL SERVICE AWARD

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ImageCongratulations to Dr. Buendia who recently received the Merli Fermo Service Award for 2011.  This annual award is given by the Philippine Medical Association of Oklahoma.  He received this award because of his involvement in humanitarian services such as charitable work, medicare service, and voluntary services.  The Cross Timbers Rotary Club is proud that Dr. Buendia excells in all of these catagories and that he is a charter member of the club.  He truly personifies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.

 For a summary of many of his accomplishments, click on the word MORE immediately below. 

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2011 OUTBACK LUNCHEON A SUCCESS

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The Cross Timbers Rotary Club thanks Rotarians and non-Rotarians who supported the annual Ouback Luncheon.  

Over 400 meals were served during the two day period.  Cross Timbers Rotarians either bought or sold extra tickets which allowed many volunteer literacy tutors from the Pioneer Library System to attend as guests of the club.  

Proceeds are used to support the purchase of over 1,000 dictionaries for third grade students in and around the Norman area, a music program for Full Circle Day Care, scholarships for deserving students...the list goes on.

Club President Sara Hildenbrand and Joe Gil took tickets and assigned tables to patrons.

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ROTARIANS HELP OKLAHOMA REGIONAL FOOD BANK AGAIN

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ImageCross Timbers Rotarians and their friends volunteered at the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank on September 10th.  They put together food packages for Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP).  Over 16,000 lbs of food was packaged, which is equivalent to 12,355 meals!  Thanks to Jenny for chairing this event and to Leah for pictures and bringing her non-Rotarian friends to help.

 

Click on MORE below for information about the CSFP. 

  

 

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CROSS TIMBERS PRESENTS CLUB SCHOLARSHIP

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Club Scholarship Committee Chair Jetta Burton presented a scholarship check to student Becky at the August 30th weekly meeting.  Becky was one of three club scholarship recipients and was also an outbound Rotary Youth Exchange student to Switzerland during the 2010-2011 year.   

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PROFESSIONAL WRITING IS ESSENTIAL

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Cliff McMurray is a freelance writer/copyeditor.  He was the meeting program on August 9th and believes many businesses and individuals do not realize the importance of professionalism in their written communications.  Good writing is every bit as much a part of your image as your grooming and clothing.  His presentation looked at the most common errors in business communications - errors that are made by college graduates every day - and ways to improve our image in writing.

Cliff is CEO at Antares Enterprises LLC.  It is an internet based direct marketing company devoted to information marketing, affiliate marketing, continuity programs, eBooks and online learning of all kinds.  He has publication credits with books, newspapers, websites, and nationally circulated magazines.

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LIBRARY VOLUNTEER TUTORS TO BE GUESTS OF HONOR AT THE OUTBACK LUNCHEON

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Pictured are Kay Ham who is a volunteer tutor and Jane Douglas who is the Literacy Program director at the Pioneer Library System (PLS).  They were the club meeting program on August 16th.  Jane explained the tutor program at the PLS and Kay talked about the various persons she has tutored since joining the program.  Currently, the Literacy Program at the PLS utilizes more than 80 tutors to help adults learn to read, write, and speak English.

To show appreciation, club members are encouraged to purchase an additional ticket so a volunteer tutor may attend the Outback Luncheon as a guest of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club.     

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OK REGIONAL FOOD BANK SERVICE PROJECT

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Club members are being solicited to help the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma pack food for distribution to individuals in the OKC area. The project will be on September 10th from 9AM til Noon.  Contact Jenny Chen for information and to volunteer your services for that morning.
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ANNUAL OUTBACK LUNCHEON

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Non-Rotarians and Rotarians alike from the Norman area are invited to attend the Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club Annual Outback Luncheon fundraiser on either September 7th (Wednesday) or 8th (Thursday).  It is held at the Norman Outback at 860 N. Interstate Drive.  The price is still $12.50 per ticket.  Select any one of two seatings each day at 11 AM and Noon.  Choose either prime or fowl as your main entree. 

Take someone special to lunch like staff/co-workers or even buy an extra ticket to sponsor a volunteer literacy tutor from the Pioneer Library System to attend as a guest.  Proceeds are used to support the purchase of over 1,000 dictionaries for third grade students in and around the Norman area, a music program for Full Circle Day Care, scholarships for deserving students...the list goes on.

Tickets are only sold before the event and cannot be purchased at the door.  Tickets may be purchased by contacting Russ Davoren at rdavo@cox.net or 405 329-8882.   

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CONGRATULATIONS SARA AND MATT

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As of 9:50 PM on July 29th, the "Kaplunkles" have added a new addition to their family: Stella Kathryn, 7 lbs, 9 oz and 20.5 inches of perfection.

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ROTARY YOUTH LEADERSHIP AWARDS (RYLA) CLUB PROGRAM

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The July 19 club meeting featured Rotarians Bob and Ellen Usry who presented a program about the recent district RYLA camp.  Angela (pictured left) was a student camper and was sponsored by Cross Timbers RC. 

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THUNDERBIRD CLUBHOUSE CHECK PRESENTATION

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A check for $45,000 was presented to the Thunderbird Clubhouse from the Le Tour de Vin fundraiser sponsored by all three Norman Rotary Clubs.  Pictured are Beverly deWitt, Cross Timbers RC; Pam Sanford, Clubhouse Executive Director; Steve Owens, Honorary Clubhouse Chairman, J.T. Johnson, Sooner RC; and Randy Woods, Norman RC. 

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PEACE SCHOLAR RECEIVES RECOGNITION

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Rotarian Nai Wu from the College Station Rotary Club (RC) visited Cross Timbers RC on July 5, 2011.  She was presented a certificate at the meeting from Rotarians Ron and Jetta Burton which named her as a benefactor of The Rotary Foundation.  The Burton's made her a benefactor for her work as a peace fellow and Rotarian.

Click on "MORE" below for additional information. 

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THE TORCH IS PASSED

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Immediate past club president Beverly DeWitt received a plaque recognizing her service during the 2010-2011 Rotary year.  The plaque was presented by Sara Hildenbrand the incoming 2011-2012 club president.  The June 28, 2011 club meeting also featured installation of the 2011-2012 club officers and board.

Congratulations to the new officers and board who are listed on the left column of the home page under DIRECTORS.   

 To view a picture of the installation click on "MORE" below.

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OU COACH SHERRI COALE ACCEPTS ROTARY HONORARY MEMBER CERTIFICATE

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The University of Oklahoma head women's basketball coach Sherri Coale is an honorary member of the Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club.  She received her Honorary Member Certificate at the June 21, 2011 meeting.  The certificate was presented by Beverly DeWitt (left) who is the 2010-2011 club president.

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CLUB ATTENDANCE REMINDER

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Club Rotarians are reminded of Rotary International's attendance requirements.  Click on "More" for specific guidance.

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