By Gasser Contributor, Forrest Cameron
Thomas M. Klenda, a shareholder with the Newton, O’Connor, Turner & Ketchum law firm, has been installed as president of the Rotary Club of Tulsa succeeding Phil Lakin, Jr., who served as president for 2011-12. Tom began his year-long term in July.
Klenda, who has been a Rotarian since 1985, expressed his excitement about the opportunity to serve as president of the twelfth-largest Rotary Club of 34,000 Rotary clubs around the world.
“I have so much admiration for The Rotary Club of Tulsa and all it does for the community.” Klenda said. He added, “This is a milestone year for many of our Club’s projects: the 5th annual Above and Beyond Awards Luncheon honoring Tulsa police officers and firefighters; 10th year for drilling water wells in Nicaragua; 15th annual Crescendo Music Awards Program; 20th annual Iba Awards Dinner honoring exceptional athletes that are also good role models; 36th year of Camp Enterprise which teaches Tulsa area high school juniors about our free enterprise system; the 40th year of the Club’s Foundation which has made over $1.2 million in grants to Tulsa area non-profits since 1972; and we recently dedicated Rotary Plaza, a $1 million gift of bronze sculptures to the City of Tulsa in downtown Tulsa.”
Since 1915, the first meeting in July indicates a new year for the service club and a change of administration. Klenda will serve as the 99th president of the club.
Brenda Melancon, Vice President of Operations at Secure Agent Software, will be board chairman for 2012-13.