Club History


The journey of service for the Rotary Club in Tulsa began with a street corner conversation between business leaders in 1914.  Still a young city not long from Indian Territory, Tulsa was experiencing an economic boom that would shape for generations, the Tulsa Spirit of philanthropy, volunteerism and community pride.

Soon after Rotary granted the Tulsans their club charter on April 1, 1915, plans were launched to tackle community needs.  The Tulsa Boy's Home and the forerunners of the Tulsa Area United Way, Big Brothers, and Children's Medical Center all can trace their roots to the early can-do problem solving spirit of the Rotary Club of Tulsa.

Rotary is the oldest, most prestigious service club organization in the world and in Tulsa.  The club symbolizes service based on high ethical standards in business and professions and a genuine interest in civic affairs.