This morning was catch up time for Norman's Sooner Rotary. Announcements were made from various committees to bring all the members up to date on activities scheduled over the next month.

First Terry  gave out a big THANK YOU to the club for their participation in our crossing guards project Norman's first day of school . The biggest turnout ever provided guards for all schools during the morning and all but 3 positions in the afternoon. Principals were elated to know we were able to offer protection for their students just returning from their summer holidays. 

The core of the meeting time was devoted to preparations for Slice of Night Gold Tournament. The premiere source of monies used to support projects promoted by Sooner Rotary, Slice of Night will be held at the Jimmy Austin Golf Course on September 23, 2011. Opportunities to serve include providing "Hole Sponsors", Auction items to be raffled (every committee met to determine items that could be provided by the committee), and 12 - 15 volunteers required to make the night a success. Volunteers will be used in different capacities including manning holes along the course, serving refreshments, and generally being an ambassador for our club. 
The tournament will offer an opportunity to win outstanding prizes including a "Green Hole", a Diamond from Mitchell's Jewelry, a Bass Boat, and a 55" TV from Sam's. Other items include golf lessons, computer tech time, flowers for the year, and an airplane ride with lunch at Ozzie's. Ticket sales will be limited to 200, so the odds of winning are the best ever. Every club member is asked to sell one ticket ($100 each) and those able to sell more are asked to contact Kevin Murphry for additional tickets. A band will provide dancing music (Lucinda, put on your dancing shoes).  

Jenny Chen from the Crosstimbers Rotary Club announced the upcoming Fund Raiser for tomorrow and Thursday at Outback Steak House in Norman. Tickets are $12.50 each and support from our club would be greatly appreciated.

Trash Pickup is scheduled for this coming Saturday morning, September 10, at 8 am. Volunteers are meeting at the Soccer Field parking lot on SE 12th and Robinson St. to get their vests and bags. This counts as a service project for those Red badgers working on their Blue badge requirements.
Bob and Ellen Usry are hosting the Sooner Rotary Annual Picnic at their home Saturday at 6pm. Bob and Ellen will provide burgers and the condiments and request others to provide side dishes. Requests were made for a couple of teens to help park cars. They will be compensated for their time. In addition, 5 - 6 members are asked to come set up tables in preparation for the evening. The Usry's live at 2247 NE 60th in the "White House" just north of Robinson St. Emails will be sent later today to give more details about dishes to be provided.
Alan Southerland announced an opportunity for business owners to participate in the St. Michael's Country Fair to be held on September 17. Booths are available to vendors for $40 per space and those interested can contact Alan for more details. 

The Hispanic Festival sponsored by the Norman Public Library on September 18th is fast approaching. Sooner Rotary is responsible for providing help in the children's section from 2 to 4 pm. Contact a service committee member if you would like to volunteer.

Steve Clark reminded those attending of the Lunch Buddies scheduled for next Tuesday, September 13th at Interurban in Norman. It's a great day to take advantage of their lunch Hamburger special for just $5. Meet at Interurban at 11:30. RSVPs would be welcome.

Mary Sallee announced that she had received information from Project Amigo regarding 10 students available for "adoption". $100 will sponsor one child throughout the school year and provide books, school supplies, Christmas gifts and various other items needed for these children to attend school. Pictures are available to help with choosing students to sponsor.

Grover gave out perfect attendance awards to Alan Southerland, Lucinda Francis, Kevin Murphry and Rose Wilderon. Kevin and Rose were recognized as having 19 years of perfect attendance. Glenda recognized Paul Harris recipients including Bobby Hare, Linda Holt, Leanne Bratton, and Christi Moore. Congratulations to all.