Rotary Club of Tulsa Awards $19,125 in Grants
The Rotary Club of Tulsa has announced that it has awarded $19,125 in grants to Tulsa area charitable organizations. The funds came from the club’s Community Fund, a foundation that has contributed $1.1 million to area charities.
The most recent grants include $5,100 to the Tulsa Arts & Humanities Council for banners and standards; $5,000 to the Parent Child Center of Tulsa for laser printers and a scanner; $2,195 to the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden; and $6,880 to Operation Aware for a new phone system and a printer.
Created by Rotarian Allan Edwards Jr. in 1972, The Rotary Club of Tulsa Community Fund invests proceeds from events such as the Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards and individual contributions from Rotarians. Interest generated from the $1.4 million fund is used for the charitable grants.
Besides the Iba Awards, the downtown Rotary Club sponsors the Crescendo Music Awards, which promotes and showcases the talents of college and high school musicians. Club volunteers also drill water wells in impoverished areas of Nicaragua, plant trees for Up With Trees, and supports students at its adopted Celia Clinton Elementary School. The Rotary sponsored-Camp Enterprise welcomes outstanding area high school juniors to a weekend of fun and learning about the entrepreneurial spirit. Internationally, the club supports Rotary’s effort to eradicate polio, promote literacy and eliminate poverty.
The Rotary Club of Tulsa was founded in 1915 and with 485 members, it is the 9th largest of the 31,000 Rotary Clubs in the world. It meets Wednesdays at noon at the First United Methodist Church. For more information about Rotary, please visit the club’s website, www.tulsarotary.com.