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Rotary District 5750 supports the great work of 35 active community-based clubs with nearly 2,000 Rotarians.  In addition to our clubs’ amazing and impactful work, our District also promotes incredible programs that enrich lives near and far. To find out more, check out www.rotary.org to find a club near you or peruse our club directory in the menu above to visit your nearest club this week!
DISTRICT 5750 NEWS

 
 
Greetings Fellow Rotarians!
 
The Rotary word for January is Connection!
 
As I helped the West Oklahoma City Rotary Club hand out twenty-five scholarships in their December meeting, I saw and felt firsthand the “connection” these wonderful Rotarians had for each other and their community. I have felt this “Rotary Connection” time and time again across our 34 clubs as I visit. I have witnessed the pride and satisfaction that active clubs feel in the services they provide and the sheer joy of working together to make a difference in the quality of life of their communities. From this
vantage point of helping our local communities while sharing our local values, we develop a “sense of purpose and meaning, accompanied by the personal payback of greater self-work and engagement with the wider community.” (“A Welcome Embrace”, Rotary Magazine – January 2023).

Connection with each other as Rotarians is very important. This feeling of belonging to a “Rotary Family” develops lifelong friendships and a true enjoyment of spending time together in rewarding service. In a recent finding on Club Service, “what has come across more than anything is the shared laughter and camaraderie, the feeling of being valued, listened to and that you matter.” (Ibid) As West Oklahoma City Rotarians say, “Don’t forget the 5th part of the 4-way Test” and then they yell out together “Is It Fun.” This makes me smile every time. I love the “Connection” we have to each other from Oklahoma City Clubs to Stillwater Clubs, to Ponca City, to Woodward, to Clinton, to Weatherford, and points in between. Thirty-four shining lights for Rotary.

Finally, I leave you with the words of our R.I. President Jennifer Jones again in the January 2023 issue of our Rotary Magazine, “The single most important factor in member satisfaction is the club experience. How at home you feel in your club, how rewarding club meetings are, and how engaged you feel in service projects.” Again, it’s the formula for a successful Rotary Family making a difference in the world. The Rotary word “Connection” is very important for the comfort and care of our members.

In Rotary Service,
 
Deena Fisher
District Governor 2022-2023
 
 
Join Rotary’s pledge to eradicate Polio worldwide...The Polio Plus Society is a group of Rotarians who have committed to giving $100 per year until the world has been declared free of the wild polio virus...We’re 99.9% there!
 
Thanks to all that created the passion to launch the Polio Plus Society. I am excited to join a group of dedicated Rotarians in District 5750 that will End Polio Now!
 
On July 22, Rotarians from Oklahoma, Arizona, and North Carolina, visited Narok, Kenya, to participate in the dedication of Global Grant 1868701, Mara Talek Community Water Project, Narok County, Kenya. This $145,000 water project included contributions from from six Rotary districts and twenty-eight individual clubs. The project began in 2015 and completed in 2019. Due to COVID, the project dedication could not take place until 2022. 
 
Global Grant 1868701 built a water system for the rural East African community of Talek with little access to clean water. The project included drilling a borehole, installing a pump and a solar generator to power it, a water tower, and a distribution system. Over 5,000 Maasai community members benefited directly from this project as well as their cattle, goats, and sheep. Two schools, a beading cooperative, and an education center also received water access through this project.
 
Three clubs from District 5750, Woodward Rotary, Oklahoma City Rotary, and Weatherford Rotary, invested in this project along with our district and the Rotary Foundation. Our district’s contribution from all sources totaled $38,500. On the Kenyan side, Professor Meitamei Ole Dapash, the director of MERC (an NGO) organized and hosted the trip. He has extensive experience as a Rotarian, working in the Kenyan government, and as a member of the Maasai community.
 
The local Maasai community turned out for the dedication of this project as well as another water project. Bob Felt, a Rotarian from North Carolina, has worked on water projects with the Maasai over the past ten years. Felt led our delegation on our visit to a kiosk for local water distribution for its dedication, a water storage tower, the project well site, and to the gathering at a school where the community turned out to celebrate the successful completion of the project. 
 
This project, along with three related water projects, has changed the lives of many thousands of the Maasai community for the better. Community members no longer spend hours each day searching for water that may change location depending on weather patterns. Women and girls in particular have been freed to attend school. Men and boys have water for livestock and don’t spend their time herding animals to water sources that may lie far away.
 
I was humbled to experience the heartfelt gratitude of the community and their enthusiasm to greet us and celebrate the completion of this project. This is truly Rotary in Action.
  
 

Jack L. Werner is a forty-plus-year member of South Oklahoma City Rotary.  He has served the club in nearly every capacity   Jack and his daughter Lynn are both Paul Harris Fellows.  Through  Rotary, he works to help those with disabilities. He is currently working to raise funds for a ropes course for disabled children at the RYLA youth camp and is working with SOKC Rotary to sponsor a 5K Run to raise funds for Mobility Worldwide that furnishes mobility devices for disabled people in underdeveloped countries.  ShelterBox is also one of Jack’s passions for service through Rotary’s participation.  He serves as the district representative for ShelterBox.  

Jack Owns A to Z Inspections, a large commercial and residential inspection company in Oklahoma City. He is a forty-plus-year member of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.  A certified accessibility inspector, Jack provides inspections and advice to help achieve compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act   He was awarded the OKC Mayor’s Clearing the Path Award for his work toward accessibility.  The NAHB named him the national Instructor of the Year for his work teaching classes to help builders and others apply accessibility standards. Through his business career, Jack enjoys opportunities to mentor and help people lead a well-rounded life, always including an invitation to join Rotary!  

Jack served with the United States Army, December 1, 1966 – December 1, 1970; Russian linguist, 4th Infantry Division, K Co., 75th Airborne Rangers, two tours in Vietnam.

Jack enjoys sharing his life with his partner, Suzanne, and his four adult children and six grandchildren.

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