CENTENNIAL RECOGNITION: Standing in Rotary Plaza on Williams Center Green in downtown Tulsa, are, from left, Rhonda Daniel, 2014-15 club president, and centennial co-chairs Linda Bradshaw and Tim Colwell.
Courtesy Rotary of Tulsa
The Rotary Club of Tulsa will celebrate its first 100 years at The Tulsa Rotary Centennial Gala at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on April 1. The black-tie-optional gala will feature entertainment, visiting dignitaries and the premiere of a video by Tulsa historical video producer Jack Frank. A limited number of gala tickets are available to the public for $75 by calling the Rotary office, 918-584-7642.
In addition, the 100-year-old club will introduce a hardbound coffee table history book, Celebrate! 100 Years of Rotary in Tulsa. The book, authored by Rotarians Jerry Cornelius and Tim Colwell, will feature photos from the Beryl Ford/Rotary Club of Tulsa Collection, along with images from the Meyers and Jerry Cornelius Archives. Most of the photos have never before been published.
Tulsa’s largest service organization, “Downtown” Rotary was chartered on April 1, 1915, and is credited for contributions to the community such as founding the Tulsa Boys’ Home and Children’s Medical Center, preserving the Beryl Ford Collection of Tulsa photography and artifacts, and dozens of projects benefitting youth, the arts and education. The club’s annual Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards helps to fund the club’s international projects such as polio eradication and the drilling of more than 400 water wells in the poorest parts of Nicaragua. Since its inception in 1972, the Rotary Club of Tulsa Foundation has provided more than $1.7 million in grants to local nonprofits and charitable causes.