Speaker Date Topic
Gayla Peevey May 27, 2020
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Inductee 2018
Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame Inductee 2018

Gayla Peevey is a former singer and child star from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  She is best known for her recording of "I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas".  Peevey recorded song when she was 10 years old.  She performed the Christmas classic on the Ed Sullivan Show.  It remains one of the most played songs on Spotify among all Oklahoma recording artists. 

In 1960, under the name Jamie Horton, she had another hit hit with the song "Robot Man".  She was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of fame in 2018.

 

Peevey graduated from San Diego State University with a Bachelor of Education degree.  She eventually left teaching and owned her own advertising firm for 15 years.  She is married to Cliff Henderson. They have a daughter, Sydney Forest, and 3 grandchildren.

Former Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven Taylor Jun 03, 2020
2009 Oklahoma Hall of Fame Inductee and OU College of Law Hall of Fame in 2017

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION STEVEN W. TAYLOR
Steven W. Taylor, from McAlester, Oklahoma, was appointed as a State Regent by Governor Kevin Stitt in May 2019, serving a nine year term ending in 2028. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education is the constitutional coordinating board for the Oklahoma colleges and universities responsible for allocating state funds, setting admission standards and academic policies.
Regent Taylor is a retired Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. He is also a former Mayor of McAlester, Oklahoma. Taylor served as the presiding judge in the state trial of the Oklahoma City Bombing.
Steven W. Taylor was born in Henryetta, Oklahoma. During his high school years at McAlester High School, he served as the student body president and as a member of the speech and debate team as well as the state and national honor societies. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Oklahoma State University (OSU) in Stillwater, Oklahoma and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Oklahoma (OU) College of Law in Norman, Oklahoma. While a student at OSU, he was actively involved in student government and honor society and was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.
From 1970 to 1978, Regent Taylor served in the United States Marine Corps. During his military career, after his training as an infantry platoon commander, he served as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and ultimately as a Special Court Martial Judge. He became the youngest judge in the U.S. Armed Forces at the age of 28. He was later promoted to the rank of Major.
From 1994 to 2004, he served as Chief Judge of the 18th Judicial District, which encompasses Pittsburg and McIntosh Counties. In his over 20 years as a trial judge, he presided over more than 500 jury trials, including numerous murder trials. Most notably, he presided over the state trial of the Oklahoma City bombing case. That historic trial of 161 counts of first degree murder against Terry Nichols was conducted in McAlester, Oklahoma after Judge Taylor ordered a change of venue from Oklahoma City.

Governor Brad Henry appointed Steven Taylor to the Oklahoma Supreme Court in September 2004. Oklahomans voted to retain him in the 2006 and 2010 general elections. He served a term as Chief Justice from January 2011 until January 2013. Justice Taylor retired from the Supreme Court on December 31, 2016, after 33 years of judicial service. After his retirement and in recognition of his long public service, the Pittsburg County Court buildings in McAlester, Oklahoma were named “The Justice Steven W. Taylor Courthouse Complex.”
Regent Taylor is active in several civic and professional organizations. He is a board member of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame and also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of the Puterbaugh Foundation in McAlester, Oklahoma and is past Chairman of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. Regent Taylor served for several years on the Board of Visitors of the University of Oklahoma College of Law. He is the co-author of University of Oklahoma College of Law: A Centennial History, a book published in 2009 detailing the 100-year history of the OU law school.
In recognition of his public service and significant contributions to Oklahoma, Regent Taylor has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors. In 1983, he was named one of the “Three Outstanding Young Oklahomans.” The Oklahoma Bar Association granted him the “Award of Judicial Excellence” in 2003. Oklahoma State University recognized Regent Taylor as a “Leadership Legacy” in 2002 and a “Distinguished Alumnus” in 2003, and he was inducted into the OSU Hall of Fame in 2007. Additionally, the University of Oklahoma presented him with its Regents Alumni Award in 2009, and with this award, Regent Taylor became the only person ever to receive the highest alumni recognition from both Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma. During the 2007 Oklahoma Centennial year, OKLAHOMA magazine named Regent Taylor as one of the “100 Who Shaped Us” – a list of living and past Oklahomans who influenced the first 100 years of our state. In 2009, Justice Taylor was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, the highest honor an Oklahoman can receive from the state. In 2017, Justice Taylor was inducted into the OU College of Law Hall of Fame.
Regent Taylor married his wife, Mary E.B. Taylor, a public school teacher, in 1978. They

have one son, Wilson.

Larry Ferguson Jun 10, 2020
TBD Jun 17, 2020
Installation Banquet — No luncheon meeting Jun 24, 2020 6:00 PM
Meet the team! Jul 01, 2020
Hear about all the exciting things for this coming year you can be part of!
Angela Rickman Jul 08, 2020
5750 District Governor for 2020-21
5750  District Governor for 2020-21