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Oklahoma City FRIDAY, Friday, November 19, 2010, Page C-1
OKC Rotary Club 29 is 100
It’s now third largest club in the world;
540 strong and donating over $3 million
By Ryan Piersol
The largest and oldest
civic club in Oklahoma
City is having a birthday
– and it’s a significant
Monday will mark
exactly 100 years since
the Rotary Club of
Oklahoma City, also
known as Rotary Club
29, filed for official
admission to the Nation-
al Association of Rotary
Clubs of America.
Rotarians Rick Ver-
million and Cindy Batt
are the Centennial Co-
Rotary Club 29 has
raised $2,602,00 for
OKC projects including
the Leaping Fountains
at the downtown library,
literacy, Iron Arrow at
the airport, parks and
An additional THE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS for OKC
$500,000 was raised Rotary Club 29 began with a festive meeting at
from the club to fund the Petroleum Club, above left. Next club mem-
bers raise the Rotary Centennial flag in Flag Plaza
“unmet needs” after the in front of the Hilton Skirvin Hotel, above. Then in
Oklahoma City bomb- June, 2010 -2011 President Clayton Taylor’s Okla-
ing. homa Heritage Center inaugural featured a surrey
Another almost with the fringe on top, shown with wife, Marni, and
$250,000 has been surrounded by his family, in photo left.
raised for the Salvation Rotary Club pictures her and on Page C-7 provid-
Army when members ed by Carl Shortt, John Crain, Bob Hammack and
ring the bell at the ket- Cheryl Byrd.
tles one day every year.
The Club’s centennial Above Self” has proved attracted industry and Club of Oklahoma City
project funded more so inspiring that the club built an infrastructure after Lee B. Mettler
than a $100,000 for The has grown to be the with railroads and trol- from the Kansas City
Guardian statue. third largest Rotary club ley cars. club visited and realized
Club 29 members out of more than 33,000 Just before Oklahoma how similar the group’s
have donated more than in the world. City officially managed mission was to Rotary.
$800,000 to Rotary It all began not long to move the state’s capi- The Oklahoma City
International and the after Oklahoma was tal from Guthrie on June club was accepted and
Polio Plus campaign to declared a state in 1907. 11, 1910, a group of Rotary’s 29th club char-
eradicate the disease Oklahoma City was businessmen formed the ter was issued on Nov.
world-wide through buzzing with life, Iron Cross Club. Seven 7, 1911.
vaccination. downtown Oklahoma the plaza in front of the thanks to early city lead- leaders from seven dif- There were 19 char-
A celebration took City on Tuesday, where Skirvin Hotel to mark ers like Henry Over- ferent professions ter members of the club,
place in the lobby of the “The Guardian” statue the occasion. holser, John Shartel, formed the first club, although the change to
Chase Tower at 100 N. by Sen. Enoch Kelly Rotary Club 29’s James W. Maney and which soon became Rotary kept only two
Broadway Ave. in Haney was unveiled in motto of “Service Anton Classen who had known as the Rotary [Continued on Page C-7]
32 club past presidents A grand year
are still active Rotary
Club 29 members of celebration
Rotary Club 29 living Richard F. Vermillion, Current officers will guide Rotary
past presidents are James R. Daniel, Fred S.
Robert D. Angerman, Dr. Morgan, Carl L. Shortt, through its 100th birthday year
Dean Robertson, Ralph Jr., James A. Pickel, The current officers Evan Walter; Interna-
Jenks, Otto Hess, Tom William P. Bowden, of the Rotary Club 29: : tional Group, Larry
Denner. Alvan E. (Ed) Porter.. President Clayton Tay- Stone; Club Administra-
Henry W. Browne, Jr., Page Dobson, James lor; Vice President and tion Group, Kermit
Chris V. Speligene, Ron C. Clark, Larry L. Bled- President-Elect Chuck Frank; President-Elect
L. Powers, Harold D. soe, Margaret S. Salyer, Wiggin; Secretary Emily group, Chuck Wiggin;
Armstrong. James W. Sharrock, Ray- Stratton; Treasurer President Group, Clay-
Gabriel J. Zablatnik, V. mond B. Ackerman, Cindy Batt; Sergeant-At- ton Taylor; and Pro-
Burns Hargis, Harry L. Samuel G. Hammons, Arms Chris Kenney; grams Group, Carol
Wilson, Stephen P. Gar- Gean B. Atkinson, James Immediate Past Presi- Troy.
rett, Bernard L. Semtner, L. Loftis, and Jeffrey H. dent Jeff Simpsen. The Members of the Rotary
J. Leland Gourley, Simpsen. directors are: Jerome Club 29 Foundation
Holmes, Robert Keating, Board are:
Perfect attenders from Ross Plourde, Larry Jeff Simpsen, Founda-
Stone, Carol Troy, Ker- tion Chairman; Clayton
20 years to 34 years mit Frank, Donna Taylor; Chuck Wiggin;
Lawrence, Chip Oppen- Barry Gangwer; Tim
Rotarians WITH perfect Rick Vermillion, 28 years; heim, Cynda Ottaway Dowd; Robert Clements;
attendance for more than Max Crandall, 24 years; Centennial Presidents and John Wilkins. John McCharen; Keith
20 years: Dawn Davis-Rutledge, 21 President Clayton Taylor, left, and presidential advisors:: Oehlert; Bob Medley;
Harold Armstrong, 34 years; Bill Bowden, 20 Immediate Past Prez Jeff Simpsen Jim Loftis, Meg Salyer Ron Sutor; Jeff Brown;
years; Barney Semtner, 33 years; Page Dobson, 20 shared Centennial leadership duties and Page Dobson. Tom Phillips; Ann Ack-
years; Harry Wilson, 31 years; Jim Farha, 20 years; because the club inaugurates new offi- The group chairs are: erman; Jim Daniel; and
years; Jim Daniel, 30 years; and Ed Porter, 20 years. cers in June. Youth Programs Group, Meg Salyer.
Salutes Oklahoma City Rotary Club 29
okcFRIDAY on the occasion of its 100th birthday.
Thank you for all you have done for our community.