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Local Women Honored

On April 11, the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Tulsa held its inaugural Madam President event, where 34 Tulsa-area women were recognized for their leadership and community service.

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Tulsa Roots Run Deep for G.T. Bynum

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: G.T. Bynum is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. GTR was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.
This article is part of a yearlong series of articles featuring each of GTR’s “10 People to Watch,” with next month’s issue to feature Gilcrease Museum Executive Director James Pepper Henry.

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Passage of Vision Tulsa a Huge Positive

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT, JR.

I want to express my deepest thanks to the citizens of Tulsa for acting in a spirit of innovation and enterprise by voting for Vision Tulsa. Tulsans have shown their support for some truly remarkable projects that will help preserve the safety of our community, improve our streets and implement game-changing economic development projects.

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TCC Leader Selected for Presidential Fellowship

Tulsa Community College President and CEO Leigh B. Goodson, Ph.D. has been selected for the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, D.C., announced that Goodson joins the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellows, a diverse group of 40 extraordinary leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

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A Gathering Place Attracts Millions More in Pledges

George Kaiser Family Foundation has announced commitments from 19 additional donors for A Gathering Place for Tulsa totaling over $14 million in contributions. The group of donors includes a blend of Tulsa companies, foundations, families and individuals, further showcasing the support of the entire community around this transformational park. The total contributions to A Gathering Place for Tulsa are now nearing $150 million.

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Flight Night Funds Power STEM Learning

Flight Night, the local nonprofit gala focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, has presented $501,000 in event proceeds to its 2015 beneficiaries, Fab Lab Tulsa and the Tulsa Regional STEM Alliance.

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Golden Driller Stands Tall 50 Years

At one time, Tulsa was known as the “Oil Capital of the World.”

But Tulsa did not build Tulsa’s giant oilman. It was built by Mid-Continental Supply Company of Texas, which set him up in 1953 for the International Petroleum Exhibition at the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. Dubbed “The Golden Driller,” the giant roustabout resembled an oversized brass statuette, with a broad grin, a tin helmet tipped back at a rakish skew, and a gloved right hand raised in a kind of limp-wristed OK sign. The statue proved so popular that the Texas company returned six years later with a second temporary giant.

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Gathering Place Playground Takes Shape

By EMILY RAMSEY

Progress is steadily moving ahead on A Gathering Place for Tulsa, the much anticipated 100-acre park along Riverside Drive by the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

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Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful Plans Rose Garden

By EMILY RAMSEY

In April and May, Keep Broken Arrow Beautiful (KBAB) will hold three events that continue to further the organization’s goal “to clean up the city” and, in effect, keep Broken Arrow beautiful, says Board Chair Peggy Striegel, while also raising money and awareness for the organization’s next large rose project.

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Honoring Our Vietnam Veterans and Their Families

By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

In Washington, D.C., there are numerous memorials, museums and monuments to American history. Most of these locations are grand examples of Classical and Neoclassical architecture, featuring high ceilings, tall columns and marble statues. However, there’s a different kind of memorial in our nation’s capital.

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Daniel Regan Talks ‘Street Cred: 66,’ Activism

By EMILY RAMSEY

Editor’s Note: Daniel Regan is one of Greater Tulsa Reporter’s “10 People to Watch in 2016,” as announced in its January 2016 issue. GTR was the first news group in greater Tulsa to introduce “10 People to Watch,” which launched in January 2009.

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GO Plan Looks to Increase Transportation Options

By EMILY RAMSEY

It is no secret that Tulsa has a robust cycling community. The consistent growth of Tulsa Tough alone has proven that.

However, Tulsa’s group of what is termed “confident cyclists,” who are willing to cycle on main roads, makes up not even 10 percent of the local community, says James Wagner, principal transportation planner for INCOG (Indian Nations Council of Governments).

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Civic Leaders Endorse April 5 Vision Vote

Vision Tulsa is an $884.1 million tax renewal package that goes to a vote April 5. The package addresses Tulsa’s public safety and streets needs while also investing in job opportunities without raising taxes. The Vision Tulsa package has three major parts:

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Alcohol Awareness for a Safer, Stronger Tulsa

Commentary by DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

For many Tulsa citizens, moderate alcohol consumption is an acceptable choice. Some alcohol users, however, do not practice moderation and instead abuse alcohol, putting themselves and others at risk of health dangers and even death.

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Women of the Year Pinnacle Awards Presented

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett presented 10 outstanding Tulsa women with Women of the Year – Pinnacle Awards and one Anna C. Roth Legacy Award winner Feb. 2, in the YWCA Patti Johnson Wilson Center, 1910 S. Lewis Ave. The awards are sponsored by YWCA Tulsa and the Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

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