If you’re interested in joining a service organization, you’ll want to know that the Rotary Club of Tulsa is our community’s largest service club and one of the largest clubs out of over 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world. The Rotary Club of Tulsa is also a perfect place to meet new people, share ideas, learn new things, and hear from some of the most outstanding speakers from around the world.
But there are so many other reasons.
REASON No. 1: The Opportunity to Serve
Rotarians provide service at both the community and international levels. Service programs address healthcare needs, hunger and poverty, illiteracy, and disaster relief, to name a few. As one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the world, the Rotary Club of Tulsa offers its members the opportunity to choose from 38 different committees. Through these committees, the objective of Rotary is fulfilled with projects and events that include ...
Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Award. For more than 21 years, this award has honored the nation's premier athletes not only for excellence in their sports but also for their actions to help others. Past honorees have included Peyton Manning, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Drew Bledsoe, Nancy Lopez, Tom Lehman, Shannon Miller, Nancy Kerrigan and Drew Brees. Past speakers and emcees have included Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci, Roy Williams, Paul Tagliabue, Lynn Swann, Mike Krzyzewski, Tommy Lasorda and Ross Porter.
Crescendo Music Awards. Founded in 1999, the Crescendo Music Awards mission is to find talented young musicians and offer them the opportunity to compete through live performance for cash prizes. The Rotary Club of Tulsa has auditioned more than 350 musicians and awarded over $100,000.
International Service. Rotary Club of Tulsa Rotarians has a long history of international humanitarian service. For example, the Club has provided hundreds of thousands of polio vaccinations to Third World children; delivered wheelchairs to persons in Mexico, Nicaragua and Haiti; drilled wells to provide potable water to needy Nicaraguans, and helped send hundreds of sea containers of medical supplies to more than 32 developing countries.
Shop With A Cop®. A fun and heart-warming holiday experience, Shop With A Cop is a cooperative youth intervention program joining the local Fraternal Order of Police, the Rotary Club of Tulsa and Walmart. At-risk youth are selected to participate in a Christmas shopping trip for their families, including wrapping gifts and sharing lunch with police officers and Rotarians.
Partners In Education. Celia Clinton Elementary, our Partners In Education school, has seen marked improvement, empirical and ancillary, due to the direct involvement of Rotarians in providing mentoring, clothing and food, financial support and countless volunteer hours. Ask any Rotarian who has been involved at this school, and they'll tell you they get much more than they give, evident by the improved self esteem and morale of the children with whom they interact.
Camp Enterprise. Since 1976, the Rotary Club of Tulsa has conducted Camp Enterprise, an intensive four-day, executive-style retreat for qualified high school juniors. Helping to prepare our youth for future opportunities, Camp Enterprise provides these students the opportunity to explore the fundamental challenges, opportunities and obligations of the free enterprise system.
Above and Beyond Awards. Established in 2008 by the Rotary Club of Tulsa, the Above And Beyond Service Awards annually recognize service above self by one Tulsa firefighter and one Tulsa police officer for outstanding acts of character, commitment and compassion to both their profession and community.
Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation. Established in 1972 as the Tulsa Rotary Community Fund and now known as the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation, this local 501(c)(3) organization has provided over $1 million in charitable grants to Tulsa area not-for-profit organizations.
REASON No. 2: The Opportunity to Hear Some of the Best Speakers in the World
As one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the world, the Rotary Club of Tulsa is privileged to welcome many of the best speakers from around our region and, in fact, the world. Past program speakers have included Government and Military leaders such as General Tommy Franks, former CIA Director James Woolsey, and a number of Governors, Senators and Representatives; Sports leaders and Coaches Bob Stoops, Mike Gundy and Todd Graham; Local corporate presidents and CEOs; prominent figures in education including college and university presidents, researchers and superintendents.
REASON No. 3: Professional Networking and Personal Growth
Membership in Rotary ensures continuing personal and professional development. A founding principle of Rotary was — and still is — to provide a forum for professional and business leaders. Members are leaders in business, industry, the professions, nonprofit management, the arts, government, sports, the military and religion.
REASON No. 4: Good Citizenship
Membership in Rotary makes one a better citizen. Weekly Rotary club programs keep members informed about what is taking place in the community, nation and world. It provides a venue for building goodwill and better friendships. and most of all, it provides an opportunity to come together with others in our own communities and throughout the world who believe in “Service Above Self”.