75th Anniversary Party a Huge Success!

Around 50 people met at Golden Corral on August 22, 2023 to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Will Rogers Toastmasters Club on August 20, 1948.  The event was attended by current members, past members, District 16 officials and Channel 6 news.  The party was an epic event, and a considerable amount of credit goes to Sandy Knox who was the principal organizer of the event. There were many photos taken and a few will be shared below.

President Sandy Bach, DTM, presents a special gift to Sandy Knox who organized the event.

Attendees meeting in a decorated room with a patriotic theme.

District Director Ray Willis, DTM, congratulates The Will Rogers Club for its success.

President’s Distinguished Party

The Will Rogers Club celebrated being President’s Distinguished for 15 straight years at a meeting held on June 27, 2023. The picture below shows the past presidents of the club over the past 15 years. The picture includes a screen photo of Mahesh Pujari who was able to participate from India via zoom. The meeting was a huge success. Credit goes to Sandy Knox who coordinated the program and did an outstanding job in putting the program together. Two of the past presidents were unable to attend. 

Festive, patriotic cakes were provided at the meeting to all who attended. These were prepared by Sandy Knox. 

Club Elects New Officers for 2023-2024 Year

The Will Rogers Club can expect another good year due to an outstanding slate of officers that was installed at the meeting on June 27, 2023. Our new President is Sandy Bach, DTM, a long-term member.

From left to right: Michelle Craig, VP Public Relations; Lydia Fantoni, Secretary; Ray Poudrier, Treasurer; Chris Hickey, Sergeant at Arms; LiChing Hickey, VP Membership; Michelle Stewart, VP Education; Sandy Bach, President

A Job Well Done

Joe Charleston did an outstanding job as President for the 2022-2023 year. Past President Andy Craig presents a plaque to Joe Charleston in recognition of his strong leadership during the year. 

Congratulations to Chandra Nandikolla

Congratulations to Chandra Nandikolla, DTM, for recently receiving an MBA degree from the University of Oklahoma. He has worked hard over the past four years and his dream for receiving an MBA has been achieved. Chandra credits Will Rogers members for their encouragement and for the high standards promoted by the club. Chandra is the past Program Quality Director for District 16. 

Andy Craig Shines at the District Conference

Andy Craig, DTM, “knocked it out of the park” at the District Conference held on April 29, 2023 with his speech “Choosing to Win”. His 30-minute presentation was well-received and we are proud to have him represent the Will Rogers Club.

Andy Craig, DTM, is presented an award certificate by Chanda Nandikolla, DTM, Program Quality Director, and also a member of the Will Rogers Club

Meet the Most Patriotic and Enthusiastic Member!

President Andy Craig said it so well at our July 6 meeting when introducing Jon Danh as the Toastmaster for the evening. Jon is an immigrant to this country from Viet Nam and has become a proud citizen of the United States.


Andy Craig Joins Professional Speakers Bureau International

The Will Rogers Club is proud to announce that Andy Craig has joined Professional Speakers Bureau International as one of its elite speakers. Andy is an international keynote speaker and trainer. This is indeed a true honor for Andy and our congratulations! The link below provides additional details.


 Andy Craig’s New Book

Andy Craig has written a new book that is available on Amazon. His book is entitled Passion Power: Discover the 3 Indispensable Keys to Your SuccessAndy Craig walks you through the three key areas in creating the success you seek in life. He starts with the question: “Are you settling?” He shares his own journey in the pursuit of his desires in life. He continues and discusses the 3 keys to empowering your success. (1) Your Past. Break through the bondage that has held you captive in your past. (2) Your Provision. Uncover the hidden resources you have in your provision. (3) Your Purpose. Unleash what you were created for with your purpose. Follow these three keys to wield your Passion Power and fuel the achievement of your hidden desires.

Early reviews of the book were very positive.

 New Members

The Will Rogers Club welcomes several new members to the club. These include: Liz Olstroem, Carmen Portillo, Debbie Rowden and Lydia Fantoni.

Liz Olstroem: Liz is a capable, enthusiastic new member and has already performed various duties within the club. 

Carmen Portillo: Carmen is a former Toastmaster and has recently joined the Will Rogers club. She originally comes from Mexico. 

Debbie Rowden: Debbie has been a Toastmaster since 2017 and recently joined Will Rogers coming from another club. She is currently serving as the Area U2 Director and appointed as the District16 Finance Manager for the upcoming 2023-2024 term. Debbie is an accountant for the QuikTrip corporation. 

Lydia FantoniLydia is an assistant sales coordinator at HICORP, a local advertising company. In her spare time, Lydia enjoys taking long walks, reading heartfelt books, watching random YouTube documentaries, visiting friends, and spending time with family.

Andy Craig, DTM welcomes Liz Olstroem into the club

Carmen Portillo is welcomed into the club by LiChing Hickey

 Chandra Nandikolla, DTM, welcomes Debbie Rowden into the club.

Lydia Fantoni is welcomed into the club by Barbara Crockett, Educational VP