OKC Sunrise Rotary

OKC Sunrise

Service Above Self

1st & 3rd Thursday @ 7am
Hampton Inn
920 SW 77th Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73139
United States
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April 2019
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
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Last Thursday of the Month
Apr 25, 2019 5:30 PM
Fassler Hall, 421 NW 10th St, OKC, OK 73103
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Rotary members know that #VaccinesWork. We’ve contributed $1.9 billion and countless volunteer hours to protect more than 2.5 billion children from polio. Show your support by taking action during World Immunization Week:
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Donate to End Polio Now and your contribution will be tripled, thanks to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Meet 5 Rotary women who are leading the fight to end polio:

Every two minutes, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth. And babies whose mothers die within the first six weeks of their lives are far more likely to die themselves than babies whose mothers survive. As I've traveled around the world as president of Rotary, I've met families for whom these aren't simply tragic statistics. But I've also met people who are devoting themselves to helping mothers and children — and because of them, I'm hopeful. And because many of those people are Rotarians, I'm also proud. April is Maternal and Child Health Month in Rotary, so it's a perfect time to tell you about some things Rotarians are doing that will make you proud too.

Last fall, I paid a visit to a hospital in the town of Jekabpils, in Latvia. It's a modern hospital, and the doctors and nurses there are caring, dedicated, and skilled. But despite all their hard work, the maternal mortality rate at the hospital had remained stubbornly high, due to a factor that was beyond their control: a lack of vital diagnostic equipment and even basic items like incubators.

And that's where Rotary came in. Twenty-one clubs from around the world joined forces for a global grant that provided what the hospital required. And in September, when I walked into the maternity ward there, I saw state-of-the-art equipment, and I met patients who were getting the care that they needed — and that every mother and child in the world deserves to have.

In Brazil, club members worked with fellow Rotarians in Japan on a global grant project that dramatically increased the capacity of an overstretched neonatal intensive care unit. New incubators, monitors, and other equipment have enabled the local hospital to save many more babies' lives each year.

And in Mongolia, a vocational training team from New Zealand organized instruction in emergency response techniques for doctors and midwives, set up a program that taught midwives modern best practices, and researched and wrote a culturally relevant childbirth education manual. Between 2013, when the team first went to Mongolia, and 2017, the neonatal mortality rate in the country fell from 11.2 to 9.1 per 1,000 births, and the maternal mortality rate has decreased as well.

That's what I mean when I talk about transformational service, and it's what Rotarians do best. Because of our networks, which span the globe; our community presence, which allows us to see what's most needed; and our expertise, which encompasses countless skills and professions, we're able to serve in a manner that has no equal. And we're able to Be the Inspiration as we help those who need us most.

Get whisked away to a relaxing Rotary Weekend Getaway to the elegant Artesian Hotel!  Bring your family and friends to this year's District Conference.  

Friday, May 3

Kick off with a service project at a local school before a happy hour leading into a Special Dinner to Honor Outstanding Rotarians with special guest, Rotary International President Rep Patrick Eakes.  Enjoy a night-cap in the Rotary House of Friendship and explore fellow Rotary club's successful fundraisers, service projects, membership innovations, and more! KidsCon will run from 5:30 - 10 pm which includes dinner and supervised kid-focused activities.

Saturday, May 4

Rise and shine to a Past District Governor celebration breakfast before jumping into dynamic break-out sessions for Rotarians and KidsCon before a special All Club Luncheon featuring Dr. "Bowtie" Todd Jenkins who will knock your socks off!  

After lunch, you're on your own for the afternoon to enjoy local gems like the Rusty Nail Winery, Bedre Chocolate Factory, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Sole'renity Spa, natural springs, Okie Twister and other shoppes, local art galleries, Arbuckle Fried Pies, Turner Falls, and more. . .  Groups & guides will lead the way!

We'll gather back together for a lively Kentucky Derby Party, including entertainment, design your own hat/fascinator/bowtie, delicious food and libations, and more!  KidsCon will run until 10 pm to allow you to enjoy the festivities and shenanigans.

Reserve your hotel room now at our Conference Hotel, the Artesian, where you can enjoy the ultimate getaway for you and your family.  Call 580-622-8110; code is ROTARY.  Rooms in this boutique hotel will go fast!  Other accommodations available nearby, including but not limited to Echo Canyon Resort and Super8.

To help us create the ultimate weekend getaway experience, please take our quick interest survey: Click here to take the interest survey.  

As always, Rotarians are FREE of charge; registration fees will apply to guests, Interact/Rotaract, and kids.  Registration details coming soon!  Also corporate sponsorships available.

I hope to see you at these wonderful events and encourage you to invite your family and friends!

Jessica Sherrill
District Governor 2018-19

Roosevelt Middle School, part of Oklahoma City Public Schools formed the District’s newest Interact Club recently. The Interact club is sponsored by OKC Sunrise Rotary and one of Sunrise’s own members, Felix Linden will be the faculty sponsor.
Marty Postic, PDG and current Interact Chair presented the charter to the school during the Induction Ceremony in late January. “We are excited to have over 100 more students join Interact; and we look forward to working with the Roosevelt school” said Mr. Postic. Other members from OKC Sunrise were in attendance and spent time with the students. Present were Club President, Gareth Williams, President Elect, Margie Bone, John Baker, Jim Browning, Bob Frakes, Felix Linden, and District Governor Elect, Lance Singleton.
Also, on hand were the Co-Presidents of the Classen School of Advanced Studies Interact club. Both Don Nguyen and Chau Phan shared their experience as an Interactor and participation with the OKC Sunrise Rotary on several service projects. Gaining leadership skills and learning from Rotarians has been a very rewarding experience both stated.
Interact clubs bring together young people ages 12-18 to develop leadership skills while discovering the power of Service Above Self. Interact clubs organize at least two projects every year, one that helps their school or community and one that promotes international understanding. Rotary club sponsors mentor and guide Interactors as they carry out projects and develop leadership skills.
Currently, there are 468,556 Interactors in 20,372 clubs throughout 159 countries.

Female surveillance officer for WHO pushes through gender-related obstacles to help end polio in Pakistan


Dr. Ujala Nayyar dreams, both figuratively and literally, about a world that is free from polio. Nayyar, the World Health Organization's surveillance officer in Pakistan’s Punjab province, says she often imagines the outcome of her work in her sleep.

In her waking life, she leads a team of health workers who crisscross Punjab to hunt down every potential incidence of poliovirus, testing sewage and investigating any reports of paralysis that might be polio. Pakistan is one of just two countries that continue to report cases of polio caused by the wild virus. 

Dr. Ujala Nayyar, surveillance officer for WHO, talks about polio eradication efforts in Pakistan. 

In addition to the challenges of polio surveillance, Nayyar faces substantial gender-related barriers that, at times, hinder her team's ability to count cases and take environmental samples. From households to security checkpoints, she encounters resistance from men. But her tactic is to push past the barriers with a balance of sensitivity and assertiveness.  

"I'm not very polite," Nayyar said with a chuckle during an interview at Rotary's World Polio Day last year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. "We don't have time to be stopped. Ending polio is urgent and time-sensitive."

RI President-elect Mark Daniel Maloney’s theme for 2019-20, Rotary Connects the World, asks Rotarians to strengthen the many ways that Rotary Connects the World, building the connections that allow talented, thoughtful, and generous people to unite and take meaningful action through Rotary service.

Mark Daniel Maloney is a principal in the law firm of Blackburn, Maloney, and Schuppert LLC, with a focus on taxation, estate planning, and agricultural law. He represents large farming operations in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, and has chaired the American Bar Association’s Committee on Agriculture in the section of taxation. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar Association, and the Alabama Law Institute.

He has been active in Decatur’s religious community, chairing his church’s finance council and a local Catholic school board. He has also served as president of the Community Foundation of Greater Decatur, chair of Morgan County Meals on Wheels, and director of the United Way of Morgan County and the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce.

A Rotarian since 1980, Maloney has served as an RI director; Foundation trustee and vice chair; and aide to 2003-04 RI President Jonathan Majiyagbe. He also has participated in the Council on Legislation as chair, vice chair, parliamentarian, and trainer. He was an adviser to the 2004 Osaka Convention Committee and chaired the 2014 Sydney Convention Committee.

Prior to serving as a district governor, Maloney led a Group Study Exchange to Nigeria.

He also served as Future Vision Committee vice chair; regional Rotary Foundation coordinator; Foundation training institute moderator; Foundation permanent fund national adviser; member of the Peace Centers Committee; and adviser to the Foundation’s Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene in Schools Target Challenge Committee.


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