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August 9, 2011

Norman resident Ron Burton selected president of Rotary International

NORMAN — Ron D. Burton, a member of the Rotary Club of Norman, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for president of Rotary International in 2013-14. Burton will become the president-nominee on 1 Oct. if there are no challenging candidates.

“This is an exciting time to be a Rotarian,” Burton said. “I believe we are well poised to capitalize on our strengths as we embrace the [RI] Strategic Plan and the Future Vision Plan. My vision is to have every Rotarian appreciate what it means to be a Rotarian. With these two tools, we can make that happen.”

The selection came Monday. Burton was in Chicago today and will return to Norman later this month. He was in charge of the Rotary International Convention in New Orleans this past May and has traveled extensively for Rotary since his retirement from the University of Oklahoma.

He retired as president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation Inc. in 2007. He is a member of the American Bar Association, as well as the bar associations of Cleveland County and the state of Oklahoma. He is admitted to practice in Oklahoma and before the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a former president of the Norman Rotary Club. Burton and his wife, Jetta, are natives of Duncan. He is the son of Marie and the late Alton Burton Jr. They have two children, Ronna Ellen Schenk of Leesburg, Va., and Josh Andrew Burton of Amarillo, Texas, and three grandchildren.

Active in his community, Burton is a founder and past president of the Norman Public School Foundation, and founder and past board member of the Norman Community Foundation. A recipient of the Silver Beaver Award, he is a past vice president of the Last Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Burton believes that Rotary’s promotion of high ethical standards is one of the qualities that sets it apart from other organizations.

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