Rotarians Give Centennia Gift to Tulsa

Rotary Club of Tulsa

GLOBAL PEOPLE: Present at the placement of the bronze globe in downtown Tulsa Dec. 4 are, front row from left, Rotary Club of Tulsa Past President Linda Bradshaw, who launched the project in 2001; Bob Lengacher, project co-chair; and Jay O’Meilia, sculptor. Back row, David Nunneley, sculptor; Jason Dickinson and Dan Alaback of Alaback Design Associates, plaza designers; and Tim Colwell, project co-chair.

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A milestone was reached Dec. 4 when a 12-foot, 3,000-pound bronze globe arrived in downtown Tulsa and was installed on the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Centennial Plaza.

The globe, which represents Rotary’s presence in 220 countries around the world, will be the centerpiece of Rotary’s $1 million gift to the people of Tulsa. Other bronze sculptures by artists Jay O’Meilia and David Nunneley will also be installed on the Williams Center Green location.

Four additional bronzes that represent the good works of Tulsa volunteers — and Rotarians specifically — will circle the globe. They include Serving Tulsans, Freedom from Polio, Better Understanding through Youth Exchange, and Drinkable Water Worldwide.

Completion of the plaza is expected by January in time for the Rotary Large Club Conference, which is being hosted by the Rotary Club of Tulsa. Presidents-elect and executive directors of the 75 largest clubs in the country will assemble at the Hyatt Regency — next door to Rotary Plaza — for the group’s annual conference. Official dedication of the plaza will occur in the spring, with the current and two former Rotary International presidents expected to attend.

The $1 million project was entirely funded by the “downtown” Rotary Club and its members. The club will officially celebrate its first 100 years in 2015.

Updated 12-19-2011

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