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January 12, 2014

Newest Rotary Club receives its charter

NORMAN — There wasn’t a roll call, no pledges were recited and not an agenda item was in sight. Instead, food, wine and paint were abundant at Norman’s new Rotary Club meeting Thursday.

Legacy Rotary Club celebrated its beginning at a monthly social event Thursday night at Be Wild For Art, where members were presented with their official charter from Rotary International.

Legacy Rotary Club of Norman officially received its charter this month signed by Ron Burton, Rotary International president, who is from Norman.

It is the fourth Rotary Club in Norman after Norman Rotary Club, Sooner Rotary Club and Cross Timbers Rotary Club.

Moore and Purcell also have clubs. Worldwide, there are more than 1.2 million Rotarians in 200 countries. Legacy Rotary Club already boasts 36 charter members.

“I’m excited for them. It’s a very youthful group. They’ll have a lot of new ideas,” said Terry Godfrey, Rotary district governor, who made the trip from Cyril for the presentation.

Eric Fleske, Legacy president, said the club still goes by traditional Rotary values, but its format is more flexible. The club will host two regular meetings a month, with a third meeting being a scheduled community service event.

Dawn Hallman, Legacy founding member, said she had never been involved in a civic organization until Fleske asked her to help start the new club.

Hallman said the traditional aspects of several civic organizations and big-time commitments were never appealing, so she was excited to be a part of a club that reflects a young professional lifestyle.

“I’m really looking forward to the community service projects, too,” Hallman said.

Carol Dillingham, Legacy community service chair, said the primary motivator for the new club’s members was serving the community.

Dillingham said this is why the new club has built-in community service to one meeting every month.

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