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Rotary Club of B.A. Turns 50

On June 26, Broken Arrow Rotarians and community members commemorated 50 years of the organization and the mission its members strive to exemplify: “Service Above Self.”

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Ken Busby Advocates Tulsa, Rt. 66 ‘Experience’

By EMILY RAMSEY

Ken Busby is a flurry of energy. But within that constant movement, his love for Tulsa and the arts is clearly seen. So, it was quite fitting when he was announced in May as the executive director of the Route 66 Alliance. A large part of Busby’s focus for the foreseeable future will be the 44,000-square-foot Route 66 Alliance Interpretive Center – an “experience,” not a museum, Busby says – that will highlight the Mother Road, her stories and how Tulsa has played such a large role in her history.

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Tulsa Delegation Attends International Paris Air Show

By DEWEY F. BARTLETT, JR.

In June, I traveled overseas to attend the International Paris Air Show, a well-regarded and world-renowned international trade show that has received global attention for its 100-plus years of operation. Notably, in 1969, both the Concorde aircraft and Boeing 747 jumbo jet were one of their first public displays at the Paris Air Show. A year later, the world’s most popular commercial aircraft (Boeing 747) would begin its career in the skies with almost every airline in the world.

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Union in the ‘Center of the Community’

By EMILY RAMSEY

“Even though Union Public Schools doesn’t have its own city like Tulsa or Broken Arrow schools, we still want to be in the center of our community,” says Charlie Bushyhead, assistant superintendent for support services.

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Various Tulsa Area Organizations Working Toward a Collective Impact

An example of a new collaborative initiative for the betterment of society is IMPACT! Tulsa, an alliance seeking to improve local educational outcomes from “cradle to career.”

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Updated Zoning Code Needed for the Future

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

Tulsa has come quite a ways since the ‘70s. Our city is more sophisticated and complex than it was 45 years ago and along with that comes new challenges.

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TYPros Hosts Street CReD at Johnson Park

Tulsa’s Young Professionals hosted its fifth Street CReD (Community Re-Development) event May 30 at Fred Johnson Park to celebrate the positive change happening at 61st Street and Peoria Avenue and in the surrounding neighborhood.

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Warren Foundation, Saint Francis Health System To Endow $10 Million for OU-TU Med Students

University of Oklahoma President David L. Boren and University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham have announced the establishment of a $10 million endowed scholarship fund made possible through the generosity of the William K. Warren Foundation and Saint Francis Health System.

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Spavinaw Waterline Part V: 1924 Tulsa – The Quest for Clean Water Comes to an End

By CHARLES CANTRELL

Editor’s Note: This is the fifth article in a multi-part series focusing on monumental moments and events in the history of Tulsa and the many unique individuals making up the city’s illustrious legacy. The editors of GTR Newspapers wish to thank Tulsa Historical Society & Museum for research assistance, help in factual verification and the use of many of the marvelous photos accompanying these articles.

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Route 66 Center Announced

At a May 20 press conference in downtown Tulsa, representatives of the Route 66 Alliance announced the Route 66 Experience, an interactive interpretive center and hospitality complex.

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Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women Honors Seven with Pinnacle Awards

The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women has chosen seven women for Pinnacle Awards in 2015. Mayor Dewey F. Bartlett Jr. presented the awards at a reception on May 20.

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Saving Lives: Putting the Brakes on Distracted Driving

Commentary By DEWEY F. BARTLETT JR.

Everywhere you go, people are talking on their cell phones while driving and oftentimes are not giving their full attention to the task at hand, which can lead to disastrous results.

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B.A. Councilor Sees Bright Future

By EMILY RAMSEY

Scott Eudey, Broken Arrow’s newest city councilor, may not have grown up in Broken Arrow, but his affection for the community and the city as a whole is clear.
Eudey’s time in the greater Tulsa area began when he attended college at the University of Tulsa.

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Ken Busby Honored by Leadership Oklahoma

Leadership Oklahoma presented three awards for leadership at its board of directors meeting at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa on March 27.

The Distinguished Graduate Award honors a Leadership Oklahoma graduate whose recent leadership activities have exemplified the highest standards of Leadership Oklahoma and whose activities achieved results or set an example of statewide significance. The Distinguished Graduate Award belongs to Ken Busby, the former executive director and chief executive officer of the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa. Under his leadership for the past 12 and a half years, the Council, a service organization for more than 60 cultural organizations, has become one of the top 50 local arts councils in the nation. Busby is a visionary and has been instrumental in the revival of downtown Tulsa. He was previously the director of development for Tulsa Zoo Friends. Prior to that, Busby was with Gilcrease Museum for eight years, serving as membership director and director of communication. Busby is a graduate of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII.

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City Year Tulsa Features Joy Hofmeister

City Year Tulsa, an education-focused organization that unites young adults for a year of service in high-need urban public schools, hosted its inaugural Women’s Leadership Luncheon on April 21 at the Tulsa Garden Center. The event is a celebration of City Year Tulsa AmeriCorps members who serve on a daily basis as tutors, mentors and role models for students in Tulsa’s highest need public schools.

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