Good aim?

Russell Claus

Planning Director

City of Oklahoma City

2012 Goals:

1. Continue to work toward making OKC the shining city on the plains that it must become.

2. Take the family to Yellowstone/Tetons this summer so that we can get as close to a grizzly as possible without being eaten. (Note to self: Stock up on bells and pepper spray.)

3. Read more physics books to determine options for either cloning or extending the space-time continuum to mitigate the limitations of the 24hour day.

Update:

1. The city becomes shinier every day. Accolades continue to pour in, and I take full credit for everything going right. For the things going wrong, you know who you are … stop it!

2. This one we accomplished, much to our collective surprise. We did, in fact, have a grizzly visit our camp one morning just outside Cooke City in northwest Yellowstone. We were about 20 feet from being eaten before the bear backed off. Lucky for us, it appears this bear was vegetarian, judging from the bear poo I collected, and which now resides in my freezer. The outcome of this meeting could have been vastly different, but we’re grateful for what will probably be the greatest wildlife experience of our lives. Next summer, swimming with great whites.

3. This goal is damned elusive. I hope someone else with a stronger physics background is working on it.


Judy J. Hatfield

Principal

Equity Commercial Realty LLC

2012 Goals:

To learn to play the harmonica and teach my grandson, and take a Spanish course.

Update:

I can now play “Piano Man” on the harmonica, and I gave harmonicas to my two oldest grandsons – much to their parents’ dismay. Instead of taking a Spanish course, I decided to co-chair the Allied Arts campaign with John Richels – probably better for our quality of life in OKC.

Tim Berney

President

VI Marketing and Branding

2012 Goals:

Back trouble limited my exercise in 2011, so I hope to get back to “most days,” instead of “a few days per week” — 250-plus workouts would feel good. My 20th wedding anniversary is in 2012, and I’d like my wife to feel like spending 20 more with me, so that makes my goal to be the best husband I can be to her. My family spent a lot of time in doctors’ offices in 2011; only wellness visits in 2012, please!

Update:

Fortunately, we didn’t have any major illnesses or other health issues in 2012. That was a goal that I had very little control of. As for the workouts, I have had a good year. My shoulder pain has made my back pain feel like it’s not that big of a deal. But you can get around shoulder pain. And I have done so a few hundred times — feeling pretty fit. That brings me to my wife and those next 20 years. I am still working on this. I have hired a hypnotist to help erase her memories of what has been a very busy year for me. (Translation: I have gotten home late most nights.) Here’s to 2013 – if it’s similar to 2012, I will be fortunate!

Mick Cornett

Mayor

City of Oklahoma City

2012 Goal:

To survive yet another year living Downtown and navigating the Project 180 street closings.

Update:

I’m still living Downtown and enjoying the new streetscapes on the completed sections of Project 180. And now I get to run errands from Bricktown to MidTown on Spokies bikes – occasionally making a little side trip south from Reno over the Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge to the river trail.

Meg Salyer

President

Accel Financial Staffing Solutions

Ward 6 Councilwoman

2012 Goals:

To elevate the conversation about the importance of the arts in the forward momentum of Oklahoma City. We’re making great strides, but we need to amplify the voice, and expand the outreach of our creative vision.

Update:

We’re doing great moving toward the goal. This fiscal year, the city of Oklahoma City added a full-time position titled “arts and cultural liaison” within the planning department. Working with the Cultural Development Corporation, a consultant was hired to develop a strategic plan bringing together the many diverse constituencies that make up our vibrant arts community. And the city placed an exciting new piece of public art on the lawn at City Hall. Not bad for a new year!

Roy Williams

President, CEO

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

2012 Goal:

To coax more fruits and vegetables out of my backyard organic garden.

Update:

Despite the extremely hot weather, I had a terrific crop of spinach, broccoli, salad peppers, jalapeños, cucumbers, tomatoes and blackberries. Other fruits were not very good, but the trees are still very young.

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