Lawton Greater Rotary Club celebrates 100 years

Lawton Greater Rotary Club celebrates 100 years
Congressman Tom Cole addresses a room full of civic organizations during the 100 year celebration of the Greater Lawton Rotary Club.

LAWTON, OK (TNN) - The Greater Lawton Rotary Club is celebrating 100 years of service to the community. To commemorate, they held a luncheon at the McCasland Ballroom. The Greater Lawton Rotary Club was established 13 years after Rotary was formed. And they’ve been going strong ever since, touting an achievement held by no other club in the world.

“In 1925, this club decided to put on a track meet for its elementary kids," said Mark Brace, President of the Greater Lawton Rotary Club. "It’s changed over the years as of what grades came and went, but it’s the longest service project in rotary.”

Worldwide, Rotary has helped with the near eradication of polio, a push that started in the 1980s. Here at home, the club provides dictionaries and scholarships for local school kids, and more recently capitalized on the value of leadership in the community.

“We look out over the horizon here in Lawton and decided that’s an area we can make an impact in," said Brace. "So we have a separate 501(c)3 and separate board of directors and governance. Although it was formed by the club, it was established to promote and educate leaders in our community and surrounding area.”

Thursday’s luncheon celebrated those accomplishments. Congressman Tom Cole took the podium for a few remarks, followed by keynote speaker, Dr. Ronna Vanderslice. Mayor Stan Booker is a member himself and says the club has played a big part in his life when it comes to leadership.

“It gives you a platform to exercise your leadership and all the Rotarians in the room are helping you to improve your leadership skills so you can be a more positive impact in the community," said Mayor Booker.

If you’d like to be a part of the Greater Lawton Rotary Club, you’re encouraged to visit www.rotary.org.

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