On June 30, 2019, the Bartlesville Rotary Club completed another Rotary Year (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019). Here’s a summary of what the membership accomplished:
- Membership: Started Rotary year with 120 members and ended year with 135 members (26 new members added, 11 members lost).
- Our club sent three BHS students 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 or twice a month at the Bridges of Bartlesville meetings.
- Our club continues to maintain the area around and under Memorial Bridge.
- Members provided regular support on Service Saturdays at the Tulsa-based Medical Supplies Network, Inc to sort and pack medical items for shipment to developing nations.
- Maintained the Memorial Bridge overlook and bridge approach along Bartlesville’s Pathfinder Pathway.
- To extend the club’s visibility and community outreach, we sponsored an event with Young Professionals and had monthly social events at local coffee shops and restaurants.
- Club Foundation funds dispersed during the year totaled $16,236 with $1,000 for student scholarship, $13,036 for local projects and $2,200 for international projects.
- Happy Dollars donated to Club Scholarship Fund totaled $932.
- Donations to the Rotary International Foundation from current club members totaled $17,063 into the Annual Fund (surpassing goal of $13,500) and $7,513 into the PolioPlus Fund.
Recent Community Contributions
The club regularly support local nonprofit projects and causes including:
- Bartlesville Boys & Girls Club
- Rogers State University
- Lowe Family Young Scholars Program
- Bartlesville YMCA
- Paths to Independence
- Bartlesville Police Department Foundation
- Friends in Deed Christmas Dinner
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