Monday, April 29th, 2013 at
The 4-Way Test Speech Contest was once again one of the District’s most popular programs. The “Final Five” contestants entertained and inspired Rotarians at the District Assembly on April 27th in Springdale, AR.
Ashley Stewart, a Muskogee senior sponsored by Muskogee Rotary, took top honors and the $1,000 first prize. Ashley is the daughter of Kevin Stewart. Ashley’s future plans include studying music education at Oklahoma Christian.
Others in the top five included: Nick VanSlooten from Bentonville, Madison Callison from Pryor, Lauden Baker from Joplin Daybreak, and Taylor Kilander from Broken Arrow.
Watch for the May Club Highlights for Ashley’s speech. It contains a powerful message for us all.
Friday, March 22nd, 2013 at
Darrell Ward put his mechanical expertise to good use recently by helping Nicaraguan villagers get clean water.
Ward, a member of Muskogee Rotary Club, spent nearly five weeks in Nicaragua digging water wells through a Rotary International project. He said he worked with crews to dig 14 wells for villages in western Nicaragua.
Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 at
In preparation for his year as President of Muskogee Rotary, Joel Cousins attended MAPETS (Mid-America President-elect Training Seminar) at Fort Smith March 14 – 16. The photograph at left memorializes Joel’s meeting with the incoming President of Rotary International, Ron Burton. The lady in the photograph is Karen Keith, former Channel 2 anchor woman and current Tulsa County commissioner who is the incoming President of the Downtown Tulsa Rotary club and sister of our very own Mike Garde.
Monday, March 18th, 2013 at
Chris Benge joined the Chamber in August of 2011 and is Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. He leads the Chamber’s regional advocacy efforts at the state and federal level, through the OneVoice process, as well as working with city officials on city policy issues. He served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives for 12 years from 1998 – 2010. His service included six years in leadership positions with three years as Chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Committee. He spent his last three years as Speaker of the House.
In 2008, as Speaker of the House, he led the effort to authorize state funding for the building of a new low water dam in Tulsa. He received recognition for his efforts to help the state create a favorable business climate from the State Chamber with that Chamber’s 2009 Defender of Free Enterprise Award.
Chris also worked in Mayor Dewey Bartlett’s administration after his legislative service as the Director of Intergovernmental and Enterprise Development. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from OSU.
Friday, March 1st, 2013 at
As we get ready for Party in the Park 2013, we have an update on activity to drill wells in Tanzania – our 2012 project.
The drilling rig as well as PVC well pipe, a solar-powered electric pump, 3 hand pumps, drilling mud, and other drilling materials for the first 3 wells have cleared customs and arrived in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The first of 20 initial wells should be drilled within the month of March.
Party in the Park committee members and the foundation agreed that access to clean, safe water is a world-wide concern that will worsen and that we should help attack. The Tanzania project was selected to receive Party in the Park 2012 proceeds because the need was demonstrated and there was opportunity to leverage the money by combining it with those of an organization with funds and plans underway.
Help Muskogee Rotary continue to Turn Wine into Water in areas of need around the world by being part of Party in the Park!