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Ardmore, OK
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Ardmore, OK 73401
United States of America
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THE ROTARY CLUB OF ARDMORE, OKLAHOMA

Are you an established professional who wants to make positive changes in our community and the world? Our members are dedicated people who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back.

 
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Date: May 25, 2022
 
Taylor Steele called the Club meeting to order.  Darrell Scott was the Rotarian of the day.  Darrell led the Club in prayer, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the 4-Way Test.
 
Announcements
 
We had two happy dollars.  Marcus Cunningham had a happy dollar for his oldest nephew and Ken Bohannon had a happy dollar because things are quiet at the Goddard Center this week.   
 
Speaker
 
Rotarian of the Day Darrell Scott introduced his speaker, Mike Whitson, owner of Financial Management Inc. in Ardmore.  Mike graduated from ECU in 1985 with a B.S. in Business Administration-Marketing.  He worked for 19 years for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He was also a coach for three years.  He joined Jack Riley at Financial Management in 2010.  Jack has retired and Mike is now the owner of FMI.
Mike’s presentation focused on the state of our economy and what is expected through the remainder of the year.  Problems with the supply chain may result in shortages of items especially in the fall.  The growth in inflation will most certainly push the US into a recession (we may already be in one).  The recent moves by the Federal Reserve to increase interest rates will probably be too late to soften the recession's impacts.  The future beyond the fall is murky and dependent on what is happening worldwide with the Russian invasion of the Ukraine and any future pandemic.  Mike invited members to ask questions and several Rotarians had questions and they shared their own thoughts about what may happen.
 
Attendance
 
16 members, 1 guest, for a total of 17.
 
Guests
 
None.
 
Date: May 4, 2022
 
Taylor Steele called the Club meeting to order.  Jordan Rickets was the Rotarian of the day.  Jordan led the Club in prayer, saying the Pledge of Allegiance and the recitation of the 4-Way Test.
 
Announcements
 
We had two happy dollars.  Eric Ward mentioned the Completion and Certification Ceremony that will be held on May 10, 2022.  Darrell Scott’s son-in-law has been accepted into medical school.  Treasurer Kevin Howard reminded the club that there is still time to make a donation that will be sent to Ukraine.
 
Speaker
 
Rotarian of the Day Jordan Rickets introduced his speaker, Susan Crews, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Blood Institute in Ardmore.  Susan has worked at OBI for almost 31 years.  The Oklahoma Blood Institute began in 1977. Before that there was no organization that worked to assure that the blood supply needs were met.   By 1980 the state was already self-sufficient in meeting its blood supply needs.  The OBI was the first to get free cholesterol testing of blood donations. When Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) became a blood supply safety concern in 1985, OBI was instrumental in the development of the original HIV Antigen test eventually used throughout the United States.   
 
The pandemic strained the blood supply as many blood drives were cancelled.  A blood emergency was declared recently when there was only a one day supply of blood available.  It has improved but it demonstrates the need for people to donate.  You can donate whole blood every 56 days.  Only 6% of the population donates blood.  There is a blood drive this Friday from 11:45 am - 05:00 pm at the Shops at Ardmore next to Hibbett’s Sports.
 
Attendance
 
16 members, 1 guest, for a total of 17.
 
Guests
 
Susan Crews, speaker, prospective member.