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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
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!
 

 
 
Greetings Fellow Rotarians!
 
What a fun and exciting time I am having with my official visits to our clubs in 5750. I have now visited 29 out of 34 clubs! I had a wonderful steak and lobster dinner with the Stillwater Centennial Club. They conducted an impressive silent auction for Polio Plus. In addition, Service Above Self was in action at the Midwest City Rotary Club as I heard about the numerous projects that the club is doing. I also participated in the swearing-in ceremony of four new members. I am still amazed at the vitality of that club. Soon thereafter, I attended the energetic and civic-minded Midtown Rotarians where fun, food, fellowship and good works were in full display. What fun they are having while doing great service projects on behalf of Rotary.
 
As I write this report to the membership, my day started with the wonderful stories of community service from our Del City Rotarians. This club meets at 7:00 a.m., and every member is a recognized Paul Harris member. The Del City Rotarians are making a huge difference in their community and the Rotary Foundation. At noon, I heard a colleague and fellow Rotarian Trait Thompson’s presentation at the Rotary Club of Oklahoma City. They are the third largest club in “Rotary World” and have been active in the State of Oklahoma for 115 years! The warmth, fellowship, and service reports were uplifting as well as so many Junior Rotarians in the audience. I love Rotarians, and I love the philosophy of Rotary in action that I am observing in all the clubs I am visiting.
 
As Rotarian and Foundation Trustee, John F. Germ, reminds us, “Every great project begins in the minds of our members.” I am impressed with the clubs I have visited since assuming the role of District Governor. Let’s continue to improve people’s quality of life in our communities and our world.
 
Thank you club presidents, district leaders, RYLA, and district assistant governors for this wonderful opportunity to serve as your Governor.

In Rotary Service,
 
Deena Fisher
District Governor 2022-2023
 
 
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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