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Birthdays & Anniversaries
Member Birthdays:
  • Bob Shuttee
    January 5
  • Eugene Spillman
    January 11
  • Tom Evans
    January 11
  • Michael Ruby
    January 14
  • Brud Baker
    January 15
  • Keith Schwandt
    January 21
  • David Grissett
    January 23
  • Earl Mabry
    January 24
  • Joe Highberger
    January 27
  • Bob Berry
    January 29
Spouse Birthdays:
  • Kayle Costello Northcutt
    January 14
Anniversaries:
  • Jeffery Herbel
    Kitty Herbel
    January 21
Join Date:
  • Jon Ford
    January 10, 2011
    7 years
  • Kristy Skidmore
    January 30, 2012
    6 years
 
 
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Strate, who retired as CEO and superintendent at Autry Tech in 2015 after 24 years of service, was one of five CareerTech leaders inducted into the Oklahoma CareerTech Hall of Fame in November.

Strate moved to Enid in 1991, when he accepted the superintendent position at Autry Tech. During his tenure, enrollment rose from 2,000 to more than 16,000 students served annually, according to an Autry Tech press release. 

During his time as superintendent Strate also began the Autry Educational Foun­ dation, which awards grants to students in need. To date, more than $500,000 has been raised for the endowment.

Strate has served as the president and legislative chair for Oklahoma Technology Centers’ Superintendent’s Association, and was active in Oklahoma Vocational Education Teacher Development System, Oklahoma Vocational and Leadership Development Committee and Distance Education Policy Committee.

Strate holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Missouri State University and was awarded a doctorate of education by the University of Missouri.

In 2008, the James W. Strate Center for Business Development was dedicated. This incubator provides professional business training to those interested in starting, expanding or operating a small business.

Strate was named the Business Person of the Year for 2005-06 by Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce, Francis Tuttle Career Excellence Award from Oklahoma Vocational Association in 2001 and Greater Enid Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year in 2015.

In retirement, Strate raises registered Angus cattle on the family ranch southeast of Covington, and he remains active in Enid Rotary Club, the Community Development Support Association board, at First United Methodist Church and on the business selection committee at the business development center.

In January, Strate will become chair of the board of governors for St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center.

Strate said he’s seen Enid grow and diversify its economy since he arrived in 1991, when the community still was recovering from an oil bust.

“I think the big positives we have today go back to the all the cooperation we have had with industry and all the education institutions,” Strate said.

He said Autry has been able to work with community and business leaders, 10 area high schools, Northwestern Oklahoma State University and Nor­thern Oklahoma College to grow new businesses and train a diversified workforce.

“There’s just a real element of cooperation here, and that’s what makes it all click and work,” Strate said. “People are open-minded and they see the big picture, and that’s critical.”

Strate said that kind of cooperation will become even more vital as a generation of skilled workers and tradespeople approaches retirement.

“We can’t grow the economy without a skilled workforce,” Strate said. “The population is getting older, we’re going to have a lot of retirements and we’re going to need people to fill those positions. It’s important for people to realize how critical it is to have a skilled workforce.”

Strate said Enid’s future growth also will rely on its continued ability to home-grow businesses like GEFCO, Central Machine and Tool, Groendyke Transport, W B Johnston Grain and AdvancePierre Foods.

“Every community wants to land a Dell Computer, a Microsoft or a Google,” Strate said, “but the reality is in a community like ours, we have to home grow them, and we have to do everything we can to encourage that growth.”

Strate and his wife, Sharon, have been married 52 years.

The couple have one daughter, Christie, and one son, Jim Jr. and wife Janet, grandson Jarred, grandson Justin and wife Lexi and great-granddaughter Layton Jane.

 

 

Rotary Club of Enid Educational Endowment has been established with the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation. This will be an endowment, therefore only the earnings will be used to support educational causes in the Enid area.

The recipients will be determined by our Rotary Board and will include such items as scholarships to students and grants to local schools.

Ways to give –
o Part of your annual charitable giving
o Estate planning – will
o One-time gift to celebrate our 100th Anniversary

There is currently a matching program from an independent source of $1 for $1 up to $35,000 to celebrate our 100th anniversary on Sept 7th. Checks should be made payable to: Cherokee Strip Community Foundation – Memo line – Rotary Club of Enid Educational Endowment. Check may be taken to or mailed to the Cherokee Strip Community Foundation at 114 S Independence Ave Suite 140, Enid, OK 73701.

 
Upcoming Speakers
Upcoming Speakers
Frank Lucas
Jan 22, 2018
Frank Lucas - Oklahoma US Congressman
Ann Thompson
Jan 29, 2018
Ann Thompson - Oklahoma Humanities CEO
Robbin Davis
May 07, 2018
Robbin Davis - Executive Director Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center
Dan Schiedel
May 14, 2018
Dan Schiedel - Executive Director United Way of Enid and NW Oklahoma
Todd Lamb
May 21, 2018
Todd Lamb - Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor
Past Speakers
Leslie Osborn
Jan 15, 2018
Leslie Osborn - Oklahoma State Representative
Chancellor Glenn Johnson
Jan 08, 2018
Chancellor Glenn Johnson - Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education
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Jan 01, 2018
No Meeting - Happy New Year
 
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