Rotary Welcomes Tulsa’s Newest U.S. Citizens

By GasserOnline Correspondent, Jeri Barrientos
Photos By Rotarian, John Howland

NATURALIZATION-MB-and-Marines-2-13-13-shrunk-for-websiteTwenty-seven men and women were sworn in as Tulsa’s newest U.S. citizens at Thomas Hall in First United Methodist Church, which was turned into a U.S. District Courtroom at the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s regular luncheon meeting on Feb. 13.

A fellow Rotarian, U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Frizzell presided over the U.S. Naturalization Ceremony before a packed room that included scores of family and guests of the new inductees.

These citizens are from among 20 different countries, including Rotarian Matthew Bristow from the United Kingdom.  As Matthew emotionally spoke to the courtroom about his journey to the U.S., he described the three things that meant the most to him about becoming a citizen: family, freedom and opportunity.

Matthew and his wife, a native Tulsan, moved to Tulsa in 2007 to raise their family.  Matthew said he was especially thankful for God and the men and women who serve our country to maintain its freedom.  He said he is passionate about the U.S. being the land of opportunity as he described the start of his business, ClearRidge Capital, www.ClearRidgeCapital.com<http://www.ClearRidgeCapital. com>.

For more on the Rotary-hosted U.S. Naturalization ceremony, see <http://www.ktul.com/story/21188403/twenty-seven-new-us-citizens-attend-ceremony-downtown> for coverage on KTUL-8.

PROUD CITIZEN: Rotarian Matthew Bristow from the United Kingdom speaks to the courtroom during the U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at the Rotary Club of Tulsa meeting Feb 13. At far right is Rotarian and U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Frizzell, who presided over the ceremony. In the middle is Federal Judge John Dowdell.

PROUD CITIZEN: Rotarian Matthew Bristow from the United Kingdom speaks to the courtroom during the U.S. Naturalization Ceremony at the Rotary Club of Tulsa meeting Feb 13. At far right is Rotarian and U.S. Chief District Judge Greg Frizzell, who presided over the ceremony. In the middle is Federal Judge John Dowdell.