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Founded in 1915, the Rotary Club of Tulsa has always been about service to others, both locally and internationally.

As Tulsa’s largest community service club and one of the largest out of over 33,000 Rotary Clubs around the world, we have evolved as a leader in bringing parties together and spearheading projects that help mankind.

tulsa-boys-home-first-locationTwo years after the club started in our new city and state, living conditions in Tulsa for some were hard. When a Rotarian came across a homeless orphan boy living in a discarded crate in a downtown alley, wheels were set in motion for our first major community project. That year, Tulsa Boys’ Home was formed.

When Tulsans recognized the lack of quality medical care for its youngest citizens, the Rotary Club of Tulsa founded Childrens’ Medical Center.

Rotarians organized Tulsa’s first Big Brother-style organization, and along with other community leaders, helped form the forerunner of today’s Tulsa Area United Way.

During war years, Tulsa’s largest service club organized blood drives and bond sales. We outfitted ambulances and provided them to the war effort, and then later to other Rotary Clubs for use in third world countries.

In 2000, we spearheaded an annual water well drilling program in Nicaragua. Working with a partner Rotary Club in Léon, each year Tulsa Rotarians travel to help bring fresh, drinkable water to the poorest parts of that Central American nation. With the support of individuals, The Rotary Foundation and other Rotary Clubs, we have successfully drilled more than 300 wells in villages, and at schools and hospitals, which has dramatically improved the lives of these Nicaraguans.

The Rotary Club of Tulsa founded the Medical Supplies Network, Inc., now a Rotary District 6110 project.  Monthly, MSNI ships container loads of no-longer-needed medical equipment from regional hospitals and clinics to medical facilities in impoverished nations.

From its beginning, Tulsa’s Up With Trees organization has counted on the Rotary Club of Tulsa – along with the 14 area Rotary Clubs – as a strategic and faithful partner.  You’ll find Rotary plantings all over Tulsa, and volunteer Rotarians helping maintain them.

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Tulsa Centennial Book – Celebrate! 100 Years of Rotary in Tulsa

For our Oklahoma Centennial Project, Rotary – with the benevolence of generous Tulsans – purchased and preserved the mammoth Beryl Ford Collection of historical Tulsa pictures and artifacts. The public can now access the thousands of photos through TulsaLibrary.org.

Through our local charitable foundation, Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation (formerly Tulsa Rotary Community Fund), Rotary has provided more than $1 million in grants to area charities. The fund is supported by the generosity of Rotarians and with proceeds from the club’s signature event, the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards.

Founded in 1999, the club’s annual Crescendo Music Awards bring to Tulsa outstanding musicians from prestigious colleges and conservatories to compete for prize money.  It is recognized as one of the top five competitions for students in the country.

In 1976, the club launched Camp Enterprise, an annual three-day camp for high school juniors, where lessons of free enterprise combine with fun, outdoor activities and team-building. This has been one of the nation’s most successful, longstanding weekend camps where students learn the basics of building a business.

Week after week since 1915, the Rotary Club of Tulsa has provided outstanding weekly programs of interest and entertainment. Nationally recognized speakers, politicians, authors, educators, entertainers and business leaders have sought the podium before our audience of influential and successful community leaders.

As the club approaches its centennial in 2015, a significant project of public art was a gift for the people of Tulsa. Rotary Plaza features five bronze sculptures representing Tulsa’s volunteer spirit and the role Rotary has played in the development of Tulsa and support of Rotary projects around the world. Designed by noted artists Jay O’Meilia and David Nunneley, the sculptures are a gathering place for noontime workers and enjoyed by tourists who visit our beautiful city.

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Meet athletes, coaches and celebrities at the 24th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards benefiting the Rotary Club of Tulsa Club of Tulsa Foundation. Monday, June 26, 2017 - Hard Rock Tulsa.

Celebrating the selfless act of giving back to the community, the annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards recognize two nationally known athletes who are generous of heart in their communities through their own or others’ charitable organizations. The annual dinner and award ceremony draws celebrities from across the country including professional athletes, Olympic champions, coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, sportscasters and more. The recipients of the award receive a trophy and a donation is made to a local charity in the athlete’s name from the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation.

During the event, two area high school citizen athletes are also honored for their prowess in their respective sports as well as their involvement in the community. These honors are called the Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Awards which singles out two players who best exhibit the traits of tenacity and unselfishness. In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, “tustenugee” means “warrior.” These citizen athletes are nominated by athletic directors from across northeast Oklahoma.

Event Details - 2017 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards:
Monday, June 26, 2017
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa
777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK.

5:30 p.m. VIP Celebrity Reception, Sky Room
6:00 p.m. General Reception, Sequoyah Ballroom Entry
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Presentation, Sequoyah Ballroom

Make plans now to attend as this is a sell-out event by contacting us at:
918-584-7642
Iba@TulsaRotary.com
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24th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards

June 26, 2017, 5:30pm - June 26, 2017, 9:00pm

Meet athletes, coaches and celebrities at the 24th Annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards benefiting the Rotary Club of Tulsa Club of Tulsa Foundation. Monday, June 26, 2017 - Hard Rock Tulsa. Celebrating the selfless act of giving back to the community, the annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards recognize two nationally known athletes who are generous of heart in their communities through their own or others’ charitable organizations. The annual dinner and award ceremony draws celebrities from across the country including professional athletes, Olympic champions, coaches, athletic directors, university presidents, sportscasters and more. The recipients of the award receive a trophy and a donation is made to a local charity in the athlete’s name from the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation. During the event, two area high school citizen athletes are also honored for their prowess in their respective sports as well as their involvement in the community. These honors are called the Eddie Sutton Tustenugee Awards which singles out two players who best exhibit the traits of tenacity and unselfishness. In the language of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, “tustenugee” means “warrior.” These citizen athletes are nominated by athletic directors from across northeast Oklahoma. Event Details - 2017 Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards: Monday, June 26, 2017 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa 777 West Cherokee Street, Catoosa, OK. 5:30 p.m. VIP Celebrity Reception, Sky Room 6:00 p.m. General Reception, Sequoyah Ballroom Entry 7:00 p.m. Dinner and Presentation, Sequoyah Ballroom Make plans now to attend as this is a sell-out event by contacting us at: 918-584-7642 Iba@TulsaRotary.com

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