Promoting Peace, Hope and Action in 2024
In Rotary International President Gordon McInally’s January 2024 letter, he expressed deep concern over the devastating impact of war, emphasizing Rotary’s unwavering commitment to peace. Rotary, with a global membership of 1.4 million, stands against harming civilians and advocates for peaceful solutions while maintaining a nonpartisan stance. Rotary has a rich history of promoting peace through humanitarian assistance, cross-cultural connections, and addressing root causes of conflict.
Rotary remains optimistic, urging members to utilize grants, engage in peace-focused projects, and participate in initiatives like the Positive Peace Academy.
“Still, we know that it is possible to bring all people together to work toward a shared goal. Rotary members do so every day in every part of the world. May our ability to unify in common purpose be a spark that helps light the path out of these dark days. Together, let’s Create Hope in the World,” said President McInally.
In District 5750, we have the opportunity to promote peace with variety of programs from our Wings of Rotary student exchange to a variety of service projects highlighted in this newsletter.
We are also promoting our next round of Rotary club leaders.  It is time to update Clubrunner, submit tax paperwork and start making plans for your President-elects to attend the Mid-America President Elect Training.
We also have an all star line-up at our upcoming Hope in the Heartland Tri-District Conference at Oklahoma’s only six diamond resort, the Choctaw Resort and Casino.  Please visit the District Conference landing page. CLICK HERE for the latest news and agenda.  For those of you who pre-registered for a discounted hotel rate, the hotel registration information has been sent to you.
This Rotary Year, we are promoting our theme of “Creating Hope in the World.”  Recently I completed Dr. Chan Hellman’s Hope Navigator certification about the Science of Hope. 
Defining Hope:  Hope is the belief the future can be better and you have a role to play in making it so.
Clarifying the Simplicity:  Hope is based upon three simple concepts of Goals, Pathways and Willpower.  We all set and pursue goals every day.  Hope is based upon our capacity to set and pursue the pathways toward the goals and dedicate the willpower to sustain those pathways pursuits.
Hope is more than Wishing:  Both pathways and willpower are required for hope.  Wishing is having the desire (willpower) but not having the pathways.  Wishing is passive toward the goals, hope is about taking action to pursue the future you desire.
Hope is the process and strongest predictors of the outcome of well being.
District 5750 Rotarians are People of Hope and Action.   Thank you for creating hope in the world!
I am honored to serve as your District Governor.  Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you achieve your goals as a District 5750 Rotarian. 
Upcoming Events
District New Member Orientation
Charleston's Restaurant - Bricktown OKC
Jan. 23, 2024
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
OKC Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee(r)
Oklahoma Contemporary
Feb. 16, 2024 5:00 p.m.
Save the Date for Valentine's Paella Dinner
Feb. 24, 2024 6:00 p.m.
Social Media Training
Albright's Barn
Mar. 02, 2024
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Welcome Wings of Rotary Hoedown
Atkinson Heritage Center
Mar. 16, 2024
2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Mid-America President Elect Training
Wyndham Hotel & Ft. Smith Convention Center
Mar. 21, 2024 – Mar. 23, 2024
Multi-District Conference
Choctaw Resort & Casino
Apr. 26, 2024 – Apr. 28, 2024
RI Convention 2024: Singapore
May 25, 2024 – May 29, 2024
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Happy New Year 2024 Greetings from Rotary Club of Dhulikhel, Nepal.
Hope you have a wonderful year ahead with a healthy and happy life.
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Ponca City Rotary's Busy Holiday Season 

Ponca City Rotary finished off 2023 strong by finishing off several annual projects.  Over 9000 dictionaries have been presented to Ponca City 3rd graders since 2008!  Additionally, a Bean Challenge was presented to benefit the NERA (New Emergency Resource Agency).  Rotarians contributed to a student in Ponca City Public School's Teen Prep program.  Finally, Ponca City Rotary worked as greeters at the Festival of Angels light festival.
Rotary Club of Edmond Member Finds Way to Outfit Student Athletes for Success
Rotarian Hunter Cottle works with Langston University Men's basketball coach to help senior athletes have professional attire for job fairs.  
There were scholarships for food and other needs, but some players could not afford clothing for job interviews.

On January 8th, Rotarians in Guthrie heard OKC Philharmonic's Music Director, Alexander Mickelthwate speak.  Also pictured is SGA President Anya Johnson and Secretary Alexus Lindsey.


Rotary Club of Guthrie meets on Monday's at noon at the Interbank Conference Room.

On December 18th, Guthrie Rotary welcomed  Brendan Clark, Stephanie Bice's Field Representative and the Directors from the Infant Crisis Services Organization.  Tyler Calvert the club's President and Rotarian Terry Moore is also pictured.
 On January 19th Guthrie Job Corps Center Business Community Liaison,  Terry Moore, was the Guest Speaker for the South Oklahoma City Rotary Club.  He spoke about the Job Corps Program to around 20 Business and Community Leaders providing valid information about the Center.  The Rotarians asked questions about the Centers progress and ranking status as well as left with information about the trades and the program.  This was a good meeting and looking for more opportunities to share the program to other Rotary Clubs in the State.
NWOKC Rotary Photo Project
Shawn Houk and Mike Veasey, with NW Rotary, worked a staggering number of hours from Thanksgiving to 3:30 Christmas Eve in North Park Mall. What a great friend North Park Mall has been to NW Rotary! 
I have been in Rotary 46 years and have never witnessed the amount of time and work these two put into NW Rotary’s Santa / Photo project.

I know that many Rotarians worked on this project and I thank each of you. (Shoot, I even saw John Robin working!) Mike Veasey and Shawn Houk deserve special recognition.
Thanks to everyone that helped on the Santa Project and a huge BRAVO to Shawn & Mike!

Jack Werner, DGE, SOKC Rotary
New Member Orientation
DGE Jack Werner & DGN Mack Patel are hosting New Member Orientation meetings around the district.  The first one is TUESDAY, JANUARY 23rd @ 6:00-7:30 PM at Charleston's-Bricktown.
New members/Interested Members and their sponsors are encouraged to attend to learn more about what it means to be a Rotarian.
OKC Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee(r)
Midtown Rotary Club's Spelling Bee(r)® is back! A tipsy spelling bee, local beer tasting and silent auction rolled into one, you will not want to miss it! Consider this an opportunity to redeem yourself from your school bee elimination, sip on some local brews, and raise money for the arts all at the same time! Spelling is optional but the winner takes home $500 cash! We hope you'll join us for the fun on February 16th, 5pm @ Oklahoma Contemporary in Midtown OKC. Tickets available here 
Save the Date for Paella Dinner
Mark your calendars for a fun Valentine's Paella Dinner on Saturday, February 24th.  More info coming soon.
Social Media Training

Save the Date for our first District Social Media Training with PDG Angela Rickman.  Join us for lunch and learn how to effectively manage your social media.

Welcome Wings of Rotary Hoedown

East Oklahoma City (EOC) Rotary and Midwest City Rotary are joining together to celebrate the inbound and Outbound Wings of Rotary students.  You are invited to join on Saturday, March 16th at 2-4 PM at Atkinson Heritage.  The cost is $15/person for a delicious country catered meal.  Wear your best country attire and be ready to for fun and games.

RSVP's are requested by February 23rd to Denna Lay at 405-642-3406.

Get your President Elect Registered HERE.

Learn about the event and register HERE.