2014 Past Presidents' Dinner

The Kiwanis Club of Oklahoma City held its annual past presidents’ dinner for Rachael Weber, the 99th president of the club. Held at the Petroleum Club North in Edmond, the event attracted 16 of the club’s past leaders. Dick Webber, president in 1966, was the eldest attending, although B.C. Clark, Jr., and Dick Clements precede him.

Chairman for the traditional dinner was Carol Sorensen, and Randall Stoner, outgoing president conducted the program. In addition to the traditional and often witty giving of advice by former presidents, this year’s event featured two notable project presentations.

John Martin, moving his way up through the Texas-Oklahoma Kiwanis District leadership, is the T-O Chair for New Club Building. Martin discussed Kiwanis International’s Eliminate Project, a joint endeavor between Kiwanis and UNICEF to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus worldwide. Sundy Corbin, president-elect for 2015-16, gave an update on the Downtown Club’s fundraising effort for its community center in the Carver Mark Twain/Westlawn area of Oklahoma City. For the past few years, the club has purchased property around its current building, engaged architect Steve Bockus of Bockus-Payne Associates to design the new facility, enlisted Matt Lowery at VI Marketing and Branding to produce a project video, hired professional grant writer Adrienne Elder, and begun securing internal and external funding. Corbin and Steve Slawson are co-chairs of the community center project.

Presidential advice varies greatly. Examples include outstanding weekly programs, sincere and long-term relationships, service projects in the community, membership, the club’s youth leadership organizations, and even introducing humor into the meetings. The round of advice is introduced chronologically, and past presidents bring their special donations for the Kiwanis Special Activity Fund, the charitable arm of the club. The mission of Kiwanis and the point of KSAF spending is “Serving Children.”

Rachael Weber, a CPA and an Edmond resident, is chief financial officer for Carl Gungoll Exploration in Oklahoma City. She is the fourth female president of the club since its chartering in 1918.