Rotary Club of McAlester, Oklahoma

Club Number 2484
(Organized October 14, 1914 - Chartered in 1915 as Club Number 164)
Weekly Meetings Tuesday at noon
The Meeting Place 104 East Choctaw, McAlester, Oklahoma, USA


Rotary District 6110
Rotary International

The Rotary Club of McAlester is one of more than 29,000 Rotary Clubs around the world. From the beginning in Chicago, Illinois, where Rotary was founded by Paul Harris along with 3 other men in 1903, Rotary has grown to more than a million members, located in nearly every country around the globe. Extensive information about Rotary - what it is, what it does, how it works - is easily found in the webpages of Rotary International (q.v.). Rotary is a service club above all, while providing fellowship among Rotarians, local and worldwide, who are united to work together in a sincere, non-partisan, non-sectarian effort to improve the local community and the whole world. Membership in Rotary carries certain obligations and responsibilities which are an inherent part of Rotary and which have been developed over many decades by Rotary International as the best way for Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians to achieve the Object of Rotary. If you are interested in Rotary, talk to a local Rotarian about visiting your local Rotary Club - in McAlester, feel free to send an e-mail message of inquiry to the Webmaster

McArota is now available in PDF format

Rotary Club of McAlester, Oklahoma 2006-2007 Officers
Ann Owens was installed as the 95th president of the McAlester Rotary Club
Pictured above from left to right
Brett Smith Vice-President, Steve Brock President-Elect, Betty Talley board member, Jim Henley Secretary-Treasurer, Ann Owens President, Richard Gorman Retiring President, Louise Washington board member, Karl Scifres board member, Mike Lowber  board member


Up with Trees Update

The Trees are looking good, west of town. Slow down and take a look when you pass that way.
There were 30 to 35 to help with the tree planting in June of 2005

See photos from the tree-planting work at Rotary Park on Saturday, March 31st, when a couple of dozen good people from the Tulsa Up With Trees group and the Up With Trees Committee of the Rotary Club of Tulsa (the old downtown club and the largest club in our Rotary District) joined with 30 McAlester Rotarians and a few others to plant nearly 3 dozen new trees at Rotary Park, to help replace some of those destroyed in the terrible ice storm of last December.

The tree-planters! Front and center are District Governor Don Wasson, McAlester Rotary Club past-president Bob Saunier (longtime leader of the Rotary Park project over the past 3 decades), and our Rotary Youth Exchange student Veronica Pradoborja (her Rotarian host Ronnie May brought her along to enjoy the beautiful spring day at Rotary Park).

Ann Owens President
President McAlester Rotary Club
President, 2006-2007

Peggy George
6110 District Governor

Peggy George
2951 E. 78th Street
Tulsa, OK 74136-8733
Phone  (918) 492-1622

Governor’s Message
By Peggy George

As I begin my trek to the 77 clubs in our District 6110, I am fi lled with excitement when I consider the great good that can be accomplished by the 5,200 (or so) Rotarians in our four-state area. I ask each one of you to keep me in your thoughts and prayers as I travel around the district. I realize clearly that very little can be accomplished by one individual. As your new District Governor, I am one small soldier in the army of Rotary. I need each one of you on board with us to chart the course and reach the goal. Every club is important, whether you have 15 members or 500. Every Rotarian is significant because there is work for us all. Please review these goals that I set forth at our District Assembly and strive with me as we work for ROTARY…FOR A BETTER WORLD.

My number one objective and greatest hope is that I can somehow inspire, energize, and mobilize every one of our 5,200+ members to join hearts and hands and work together as one family to overcome our natural tendency toward Service For Self and truly dedicate ourselves to Service Above Self.

Strive for a net increase of one new member in each club, for it is through a growing membership that we can grow our service. Membership is the lifeblood of Rotary!

Meet or exceed the Annual Programs Fund Foundation goal of an average of $100 per member per year for our District. This is less than one cup of coffee every other week at your local Starbucks. Not really a sacrifice is it?

Continue to increase our growing list of Paul Harris Society members, Benefactors, and Bequest Society members.

Encourage more members to use EFT to meet their Every Rotarian Every giving goal. It’s painless, and this way you won’t forget to give.

Provide dictionaries to every third grader in District 6110, including rural area schools, with every club in the District participating. It’s the best investment in the world of education, and the dividends are great.

Seek opportunities to introduce adult literacy projects in District 6110 clubs. Literacy is a powerful antidote for poverty.

Aim for 50 new water wells in Nicaragua in 2006–07 Rotary year. Help a country fight disease, grow their own food, and get back their dignity.

Partner with the Wheelchair Foundation and give the gift of mobility to those who have never known it.

Host more students in our District for Youth Exchange and recruit more outbound students to meet new friends around the world. Our tomorrows depend on how well we forge these international bonds today.

Warmly welcome our GSE team from Romania and recruit an enthusiastic group of young professionals to represent us in our partner country.

Insure that every president-elect honors his or her commitment to attend our Mid America PETS to prepare responsibly for his/her year of leadership. Encourage president nominees to attend for better preparation for their presidential year. A president cannot adequately lead a club without instruction and the support of other leaders. We will host this meeting in our District this Rotary year at Fort Smith.

Enjoy Rotary and LEAD THE WAY!

Governor’s Message
By Peggy George July 2006


Rotary International
William B. Boyd

1 July 2006

My year as president-elect was busy but immensely rewarding. I traveled to more than 60 different cities and approximately 20 countries in all corners of the world and met thousands of Rotarians. Some of the countries I visited included the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Mexico. Furthermore, I met with old friends and discovered new ones at the always remarkable and inspiring Rotary convention, which this year was in Malmö, Sweden, and Copenhagen, Denmark.

Everywhere I went, Rotarians impressed me with their energy and compassion for their club projects, and I was touched by the kindness of their hospitality. Of the many different cultures that I experienced, I noticed many similarities among Rotarians. To be a Rotarian means making the world a better place through compassion and being able to Lead the Way one positive act at a time.

I look forward to serving you as your Rotary International president for a year, starting 1 July. As I continue with my travels — which in July and August include France, India, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, and South Africa — I know you will keep affirming my belief in the power of Rotary and ordinary people coming together for a common belief in helping humankind.
McAlester Rotarians serving in District work

Jacques Chatenay, Chair of District 6110 Website Committee and Webmaster

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Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

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Phone: 918-426-5555 (work) 918-429-0675 (home)
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