By GasserOnline Correspondent, Tim Colwell
Photos By , Tina Miller
A milestone was reached December 4 when a 12-foot, 3,000-pound bronze globe arrived in downtown Tulsa and was installed on the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Centennial Plaza.
The globe, which represents Rotary’s presence in 220 countries around the world, will be the centerpiece of Rotary’s $1 million gift to the people of Tulsa. Other bronze sculptures by artists Jay O’Meilia and David Nunneley will also be installed on the Williams Center Green location.
“This is a great day for Rotary and a milestone in a five-year journey to create a public plaza for Tulsans to enjoy for generations,” said Bob Lengacher, co-chair of the club’s centennial project. “We are excited that the first installation was a success, and we now look forward to the installation of granite hardscaping, along with the other bronze figures.”
Four additional bronzes that represent the good works of Tulsa volunteers – and Rotarians specifically – will circle the globe. They include Serving Tulsans, Freedom from Polio, Better Understanding through Youth Exchange, and Drinkable Water Worldwide.
Completion of the plaza is expected by January in time for the Rotary USA Large Club Conference, which is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Presidents-Elect and Executive Directors of the 75 largest clubs in the country will assemble at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa – next door to Rotary Plaza – for the group’s annual conference. Official dedication of the plaza will occur in the spring, with the current and two former Rotary International Presidents expected to attend.
The $1 million project was entirely funded by the “downtown” Rotary Club and its members. The club will officially celebrate its first 100 years in 2015.
Besides Bob Lengacher, others serving on the Centennial Committee include co-chair Tim Colwell, Club President Phil Lakin, Keith Bailey, Bob Saied, Bob McKenzie, Chuck Wilson, Del Dreyer, George Shahadi, John O’Connor, Karen Keith, Linda Bradshaw, Steve Clark, Tom Klenda, Scott Petty, Rod Sands, and John Stava, who also serves as construction chair.
Alaback Design Associates designed the plaza, and Hunter Construction Management is the general contractor.