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Tulsa Rotary’s First 100 Years

In 2015, the club celebrated its first 100 years since its charter in 1915. As its official centennial project, the Rotary Club of Tulsa dedicated a $1 million gift of public art on Williams Center Green. Five bronze sculptures by noted artists Jay O’Meilia and David Nunneley reside on a granite plaza, located at 3rd and Boston. The pieces reflect the role of Rotary in Tulsa and around the world and serve as a downtown gathering place during lunch times and downtown festivals. The centennial celebration included the book Celebrate! 100 Years of Rotary Tulsa by Rotarians Jerry Cornelius and Tim Colwell, a Rotary Centennial Salute video by Tulsa historian and videographer Jack Frank, and a Centennial Gala, featuring honored guest, Rotary notables and superlative entertainment.


Rotary Plaza on Williams Center Green is a $1 million gift of public art celebrating the role of Rotary in Tulsa and around the world. It’s located in downtown Tulsa, at 3rd and Boston. It was dedicated in 2012.

The Rotary Centennial Gala was held 100 years to the day of the chartering of our club in 1915. Close to 500 members, families and honored guests help celebrate. Past Rotary International President Wilf Wilkinson and Governor Mary Fallin provided special congratulations and guests enjoyed a variety of musical entertainment. A dvd of the Gala can be purchased at the discounted rate of $25 by contacting the Rotary office.

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Celebrate! 100 Years of Rotary in Tulsa is a 164-page, hardboard pictorial history was introduced at the end of Rotary’s centennial observance. Written by Rotarians Jerry L. Cornelius and Tim Colwell, the coffee table book features many never-before published photos from the Beryl Ford/Rotary Club of Tulsa Collection and the Meyers and Jerry Cornelius Archives. The book may be viewed at branches of the Tulsa City-County Library, or can be purchased at the discounted rate of $50 by contacting the Rotary office.

Centennial Gala Gallery

04-01-2015 Centennial Gala

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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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