Dear District 5750 Rotarians,
As we celebrate Earth Day and observed a solar eclipse, it reminds me of what an honor it is to serve Rotary International around the globe.
President R. Gordon R. McInally's words in the April 2024 Rotary Magazine are a poignant reminder of the importance of peace and empathy in today's turbulent world. His call for Rotary to work aggressively towards peace echoes Rotary’s commitment to fostering understanding and cooperation globally. His reference to Senator Robert Kennedy's speech highlights the transformative power of empathy in diffusing tensions and promoting unity. As Rotarians, let us heed President McInally's message and strive to be beacons of peace, empathy, and understanding in our communities and beyond.
Our Rotary Magazine shares impactful and critical stories from around the world.  Here are a few highlights from the most recent issue:
  1. A Labor of Love: A Rotary-supported initiative in Nigeria aims to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality, supported by a Rotary Programs of Scale award.
  2. Hot Spots: Cities are working to transform heat islands and protect their citizens as temperatures rise.
  3. A Spectacular Sight: Rotary members across North America observed the 2024 solar eclipse wearing eclipse glasses.
  4. Q&A with Claire Chiang: Entrepreneur Claire Chiang, speaking at the Rotary convention, reflects on a life and business of purpose.
  5. Together We Promote Global Understanding: Former U.S. assistant secretary of state recognizes Rotary's contributions to addressing pressing global challenges.
  6. Food of the Future: Can breadfruit help feed a warming world?
  7. Rotary's First First Gentleman: Nick Krayacich discusses his unique position as his wife became Rotary president.
  8. Projects Around the Globe: Learn about Rotary clubs' projects in the U.S., Australia, Nigeria, Macao, and Suriname.
  9. Hope in Grief: Rotary members who've lost loved ones to suicide are working to prevent more deaths as suicides rise in the U.S.
  10. Engineer Follows the Science of Water: A Rotary scholar dedicates her expertise to altruistic causes.
In District 5750 in Oklahoma, you are making an amazing impact in our community and world as People of Action.  Please enjoy this newsletter and highlights from our fellow Rotarians.  I hope to see many of you in Durant at our Tri-District Conference “Healing in the Heartland.”   Here is a link to the program and the fantastic work of the Conference Committee including our District Administrator Amy Hollas.
Thank you for the opportunity to serve you!
Upcoming Events
Multi-District Conference
Choctaw Resort & Casino
Apr. 26, 2024 – Apr. 28, 2024
Weekly Rotary Rides
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
Apr. 28, 2024
River Clean Up Project
OKC Boathouse
May 03, 2024 10:00 a.m.
Weekly Rotary Rides
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
May 05, 2024
South OKC Rotary Hosts Vicki Behanna
Hidden Trails Golf & Country Club
May 10, 2024 1:00 p.m.
Ponca City Trailblazers Rotary Club Crawfest
May 11, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Weekly Rotary Rides
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
May 12, 2024
Weekly Rotary Rides
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
May 19, 2024
RI Convention 2024: Singapore
May 25, 2024 – May 29, 2024
Weekly Rotary Rides
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
May 26, 2024
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Weekly Rotary Rides
Inviting all Rotarians, family, friends and want to be Rotarians to join us for a weekly no drop fellowship bike ride.
We meet on Sunday's at 8:00 AM at the OKC Ferris Wheel. Bathrooms available.
Wheeler Ferris Wheel
1701 S Western Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73173
For questions, reach out to:
Alfonso Nieves
Rotary Club of South Oklahoma City
(405) 537-3461

Rotary Club of Edmond - Service Above Self

Rotary Club of Edmond members continued their tradition of Service Above Self by hitting the ballfields to help baseball players with disabilities, collecting trash along a city thoroughfare, and planning a Spring golfing fundraiser.

Teacher of the Month - Rotary Club of Okla. City
In cooperation with the Mayor's office and City Council, the Rotary Club of Okla. City recognizes an outstanding teacher in our community.
Lisa Ummel-Ingram was named Teacher of the Month for April 2024.  She  serves as an Instructional Coach at Wheeler Middle School and has, through her 30 years of teaching, evolved to the ever-changing educational environment. 
Midwest City Rotary
Midwest City Rotary hosted their 10th Annual Service above Shrimp Boil on April 6th. 
Two days later, on April 8th they hosted a solar eclipse watch party.
Bricktown's Days of Wine & Rotary
Bricktown Rotary hosted their 21st Annual Days of Wine & Rotary fundraiser.
Stillwater Frontier Rotary Club
continues to deliver mobile meals every week. Member Cristy Morrison prepares to load for her turn to deliver.
Rotary Club of Guthrie holds weekly meetings on Monday's.  Their guests have included Northcare's VP of Growth, Executive Director of OASSP and Carrie Fryar and the 89er Queen and Princess.
Global Grant 2238850
Thanks to so many District 5750 Rotary Clubs for their support and also the hard work the Rotary Club Miraflores in Piura, Peru, this long awaited grant has been approved after more than a year of generating support and raising funds.  Many iterations of the Memoranda of Understanding passed between the Oklahoma City and Piura Clubs as well as the local trade school where the grant activities will take place.
In District 5750 clubs from Perry to Mustang and many points in between supported the grant as well as Rotarians making contributions from their retirement accounts required distributions.  This is truly a global grant and several clubs with which RC Oklahoma City has partnered with on other grants also contributed.
The grant fits into the Economic Development Area of Focus and will benefit people in this relatively poor part of northwestern Peru.  The grant funds will go toward setting up a workshop for repairing cars and tuk-tuks, where students who have received their classroom training in auto mechanics can do the actual repair estimates and the repairs, learning as they go how to manage an auto repair shop.
This kind of training helps young people get good jobs as well as assisting the community members in getting their vehicles back into service.  Rotary Club members may serve as mentors for the young graduates.
Many thanks to all who listened and responded so generously. And also, thanks to District 5750 Treasurer Lance Singleton who facilitated gathering the contributions from individual clubs so that foreign transaction fees would not take a bite out of our budget.
Wings of Rotary Highlights