Burton is a member of the American Bar Association and retired president of the University of Oklahoma Foundation. He has served as Rotary Foundation Trustee, Rotary International Director, District Governor, and Norman Rotary Club President and is a Paul Harris Fellow, Arch C. Klumph Society member and Benefactor.
He recently unveiled his presidential theme at for his rotary international term to be “Engage Rotary, Change Lives.” Delegates elected him last May at the Rotary International Convention in Bangkok, Thailand, and he was officially named president-elect this past October. He will take office in June 2013 at the Rotary International meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
A Rotarian since 1979, he is a member of the Norman Rotary Club and his wife Jetta, a member of the Cross Timbers Rotary Club.