On June 30, 2016 we completed another Rotary year (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Here’s a summary of what the membership accomplished:
- The club celebrated 100 years of existence on December 1, 2015 with a Centennial Banquet on December 5 (details below).
- Membership: Started Rotary year with 120 members and ended year with 130 members (16 new members added, 6 members lost).
- Club member donations to Rotary International Foundation totalled $16,039, with $14,133 going to Annual Fund (goal was $14,000) and $1905 to PolioPlus.
- Happy Dollars donated to Club Scholarship Fund totalled $747.
- Total Club Foundation income = $19,681 ($2684 from earnings on investments, $4,839 from member dues, $2000 from ConocoPhillips grant and $8700 from members for Centennial.)
- Total Foundation expenditures = $20,627 with $1000 for student scholarship, $5099 for Centennial, $12,530 for local projects and $1725 for international projects.
- Our club sent one BHS student to RYLA and two students to American Legions Boys State and Girls State.
- Our club co-sponsored with Daybreak Rotary Club the Bartlesville High School Interact Club.
- Club members helped serve meals once a month at the Bridges of Bartlesville meetings.
- Our club with help from the Boy Scouts continues to maintain the area around and under Memorial Bridge.
- Club members helped at the District 6110 Medical Supply Network in Tulsa
- To extend the club’s visibility and community outreach, we sponsored a Small Business session for Leadership Bartlesville, sponsored a Women in Business session, purchased an enhanced listing in Chamber Member Directory, developed and printed Club Vision and 4-way test cards to promote our Club and Rotary, and purchased a club banner.
Recent Community Contributions
Since the beginning of July 2016, the club has donated funds to support these l0cal causes.
- Sandy Koufax World Series of Baseball
- Indian Summer Festival
- Love Family Young Scholars Program
- White Rose Cemetery
- Concern Child Learning
- Bridges of Bartlesville – meal preparation and serving
Our 2015 Anniversary Year
The Bartlesville Rotary Club celebrated its 100th anniversary in December 2015 with the completion of a major community project and a year-end Centennial Banquet. Chartered in 1915, the club is the community’s oldest service organization and the 190th club formed in the worldwide Rotary International organization.
In keeping with Rotary’s long history of service to Bartlesville, local Rotarians launched a fundraising project related to the popular train display at the city’s downtown depot. The display has been a key part of the club’s service commitment since 1956, when members were instrumental in bringing retired Santa Fe locomotive No. 940 to Bartlesville for display in a city park. In 2009 the club provided assistance in having the locomotive moved to a new 200-foot-long display track at the depot, where it was later coupled to an oil tank car and caboose.
With a centennial theme of “On Track for 100 Years,” the club raised more than $29,000 to further enhance the depot display, including restoring the oil tank car, completing a video kiosk next to the depot visitor center and installing benches and interpretative panels. More information about the Depot Train Display can be found at www.BartlesvilleLocomotive.org
Lori Roll, club president, explained that the train display was an ideal choice because it is “a high-visibility project that provides enjoyment for residents of all ages as well as for visitors.”
Contributors to the project were honored with more than 70 inscribed paving bricks that were unveiled on May 23 in a special recognition area directly in front of the historic steam locomotive. In conjunction with the dedication ceremony, an excursion train made three hour-long trips from depot, providing rides for more than 500 visitors of all ages.
To wrap up its centennial year, the club held a Centennial Banquet on Dec. 5, which including Rotary officials such as Larry Long, District 6110 Governorand Karen Wentz, one of nine directors of Rotary International. The event also raised funds for two international projects in which the club is involved – Her Farm in Nepal and Zabuli Education Center in Afghanistan.
Her Farm in Nepal is a project of The Mountain Fund, founded in 2005 “to create healthy, vibrant mountain communities where people have access to healthcare, education and economic opportunity in an environment where human rights are valued and respected.” Her Farm is a self-sufficient women-owned and operated farm, where education classes are taught in English, computers available and a health clinic on site. It is currently home to 16 women and children. Domestic abuse in Nepal is rampant, with the leading cause of death among women of childbearing age being suicide. Women who are abandoned by their communities have no government support programs, no family support and no means of making an income. Longtime club member Bruce Price and his niece Anne Price, a frequent traveler and volunteer at Her Farm, offer matching donor funding and volunteer opportunities at Her Farm in Nepal. For more information on Her Farm, go to herfarmnepal.org.
The Zabuli Education Center, a Razia’s Ray of Hope Foundation project, receives significant support from Bartlesville’s Daybreak Rotary Club, which is a spinoff of the original Bartlesville Club. For more information on the Zubuli Education Center, see this recent article in the Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise. Razia Jan, founder and director of the center, was recently recognized as a Rotary “Global Woman of Action” and honored by the United Nations.
Contributions are still being accepted and additional donor recognition bricks will be added to the display. To make a donation to the project and receive a Locomotive No. 940 T-Shirt and Recognition Brick that will be placed in front of locomotive No. 940 (see illustration below), click on Donor Recognition Brick and T-shirt Forms.
Donors will be recognized in the following manner:
- Donations of $1,000 or more receive a 12×12-inch brick inscribed as donor directs.
- Donations of $500 or more receive a 8×8-inch brick inscribed as donor directs.
- Donations of $250 or more receive a 4×8-inch brick inscribed as donor directs.
- Donations of $100 receive a Locomotive No. 940 T-Shirt.
- All donors of $100 or more receive a Locomotive No. 940 T-Shirt (illustrated on order form).