It has been a busy two weeks for Norman Sooner Rotary. Meetings on Tuesday morning have been informative regarding the many service projects being sponsored within the club. A mini- support drive for our soldiers, a book drive for our Norman Seniors and Lunch Buddies Fellowships have given members great opportunities to fellowship and provide support to those in need.  For those who have not been able to attend our Tuesday morning meetings, these activities would be a great time to “make-up”. 


James Harp announced our Membership Drive that will begin in February and extend to June. Those with one guest joining the club during the drive will be able to forego club dues for July through September quarter. Those who bring in two new members will be entered in a drawing for their personal IPAD. The Goal: 15 new members over the course of the next 5 months.

In addition, our guest speakers have provided an insider’s look at happenings in Norman and around the state. The new president of the Norman Chamber of Commerce presented various activities that will not only contribute to the growth of Norman and it’s businesses, but will also reach out to those looking to relocate for jobs in the Oklahoma City area. Check out the Chamber’s website for additional programs such as the Wayfinder Project, plans to provide a “one-stop”inspection process for new business owners, and the plans for a proposed parking garage in the downtown area.

Paul Rachel with ODOT showed the plans for road and bridge improvement throughout the state and more specifically in the Cleveland County area. Catching up on the historical aspect of the situation, Paul made available handouts picturing the current road and bridge conditions, some bridges having been constructed some 80 years ago. Over the last decade many projects have been started and completed to reduce the hazardous nature of those roads. ODOT’s plan to improve the quality of transportation in the state is updated yearly with new projects added to continue the progress achieved so far.