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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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As we get closer to Thanksgiving, we want to continue to show our gratitude to the Rotarians that inspire us. Today's "Be the Inspiration" is none other than James Vierheller, better known as "Mr. Ed."

Mr. Ed is called upon at weekly Rotary luncheons to "auction" items and raise funds for our foundation, and he always accepts his duty and gets top dollar. He is an inspiration to all for this ethical character, dedication, high standards, and willingness to help others. We are most fortunate to have Mr. Ed in our club, but we sure aren't the only ones. Just ask anyone in the City of Catoosa about his inherited "Iris Garden."

Thank you Mr. Ed for being you! You are our inspiration!
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Another great Rotary meeting was had yesterday! Informative information was shared by Oklahoma FBI Special Agent in Charge, Kathryn Peterson AND we had two new Rotarians join our club! #betheinspiration ... See MoreSee Less

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We're very excited to host Special Agent in Charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office, Kathryn Peterson. Prior to joining the FBI in 1990, Ms. Peterson served as a U.S. Army intelligence analyst in occupied Berlin.

During her years in the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation she has worked within the National Security Division, the Counter-terrorism Division, and Inspection Division at the FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Join us as we learn more about Ms. Peterson and her work with the FBI this Wednesday, Nov.14th at 11:30am when our doors open for lunch!
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Thank you to all of the veterans that have served this country!

Meet Past Rotary President Scott Petty. Scott served as with the U.S. Army as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. During his years of service, he earned a Bronze Star, Air Medal and a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. By the time Scott finished his military, he held a captain rank.

Do you have a loved one that has enlisted and fought for our country? If so, share their story below!
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