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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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Kindergarteners at Celia Clinton Elementary welcome members of their adopt-a-school partner, the Rotary Club of Tulsa. We're fortunate to work with such a great group of students, teachers and administrators at Celia Clinton. ... See MoreSee Less

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Have you met Robert Jones?
Originally from Tulsa, and a graduate of Jenks High School, Rob received a BS in Finance from Oklahoma State University. While attending OSU, Rob held multiple chair positions in his fraternity. Rob is an Eagle Scout with Troop 26. He spent his summers in Spiro, OK, and Van Buren, AR, working as a Roustabout in the oil & gas fields.

Currently, Rob is a Commercial Lender with @First Oklahoma Bank. Rob enjoys working on projects that help revitalize the Tulsa area whether it be on a downtown development or residential flips. He is serving on the Board of Directors for Rebuilding Together Tulsa which is an organization that provides repairs and maintenance to Tulsa neighbors who cannot afford to do it themselves.

Rob joined Rotary Club of Tulsa earlier this year after being introduced to Rotary through Camp Enterprise where he served as a counselor. In addition to Camp Enterprise, Rob is volunteering on the Visitor and Interact committees.
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Ever since the MIT-sanctioned Fab Lab Tulsa was started in Tulsa, area businesses have benefited from renting costly research and development time, while thousands of elementary students have been exposed to fun STEM activities presented at FabLab or the organization’s mobile FabLab.

Join the Rotary Club of Tulsa on Wednesday, September 20th at 11:30 to learn more about the exciting things happening at FabLab!
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The Each One Bring One Membership Drive is in full swing for the month of September!

We have started off the month with 2 new applications who will get to take part in the reduced initiation fee! Great job sharing about Rotary! Let’s keep it going by inviting guests to join you this week at our meeting.
What You Need to Know:
• Goals: 100 guests in September
o 7 applications for new members in September
• Incentive for New Members: $200 initiation fee waived if application is received in September
• Incentive for Guests: During the month of September, guests will receive gifts just for attending
• Incentive for Rotarians: During the month of September, Rotarians will be eligible for weekly prizes for bringing a guest
• Grand Prize: Each Rotarian that sponsors a new member in September will have their name entered into the Grand Prize Drawing for a Weekend for 4 at Shangri-La Condo on Grand Lake!
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Have you met Hannibal B. Johnson?

Hannibal B. Johnson, a Harvard Law School graduate, is an author, attorney, and consultant specializing in diversity and inclusion issues, human relations, leadership, and non-profit leadership and management. He has taught at The University of Tulsa College of Law, Oklahoma State University, and The University of Oklahoma. His books, including Black Wall Street, Up From the Ashes, Acres of Aspiration, and Apartheid in Indian Country, chronicle the African American experience in Oklahoma and its indelible impact on American history. Johnson’s play, Big Mama Speaks—A Tulsa Race Riot Survivor’s Story, was selected for the 2011 National Black Theatre Festival and has been staged in Caux, Switzerland.
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