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Norman Cross Timbers Rotary Club


The Rotary Club of Norman Cross Timbers was chartered June 30, 1997. It is one of three Rotary clubs in Norman that are part of Rotary International (RI). RI has more than 1.2 million members and about 32,000 clubs in 200 countries and geographic areas. Rotary Club members represent a cross-section of business and professional leaders worldwide. Cross Timbers Rotary Club men and women enjoy fellowship by donating their expertise, time, and money to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding among cultures. This is accomplished through Club, Community, Vocational, International, and New Generations (youth and young adults) Avenues of Service.


Rotary Centennial Project

- the Cross Timbers Club joined with the other two Norman Rotary Clubs to fund construction of a (approximately) 4000 square foot building to include offices, two apartments, laundry facilities, a computer lab, storage, and a kitchen to benefit Independent Living Services for Youth (ILSY - Now called Bridges). The building was dedicated in October 2005.


- a Rotary sponsored service club for high school students – public and home schooled clubs

Rotary Youth Exchange

- High school student study exchanges between countries with the intent of promoting greater cultural understanding and world peace

Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)

– Camp for youth chosen for their leadership potential Students in our district attend a camp the summer after their junior year where the emphasis is leadership, citizenship, and personal growth

Bridges Program Christmas

- Provides Christmas presents for Bridges students from their "wish" lists. This program was formerly called ILSY (Independent Living Services for Youth).

Teen Heroes

- A service opportunity at Norman Regional Hospital where teens participate in service-learning activities that promote community health, wellness, and leadership

Dictionary Project -

Personal dictionaries presented annually to all third grade students in the Norman School System since 2006

Club Scholarships

– Multiple $1,000 scholarships have been awarded to area high school and technical

school students

Past support of other community services

- Meals on Wheels

- American Cancer Society - Relay for Life

- Random Acts of Kindness Week

- Health for Friends

- Back to School Immunizations at the Health Department

The Rotary Foundation International Programs

Rotary International initiates humanitarian programs that address today's challenging issues, such as health, hunger, poverty and illiteracy.

In keeping with the Rotary motto "

Service Above Self" and in coordination with our Rotary District 5770, Cross Timbers Rotary Club international projects include the following programs:


is Rotary's flagship program. The goal is to eradicate polio by immunizing the world's children against polio. Working in partnership with the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and national governments, Rotary is the largest private-sector contributor in the global polio eradication campaign.

Ambassadorial Scholarships

is the world's largest privately funded international scholarships program. In addition to their studies, scholars serve as unofficial ambassadors of goodwill giving presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups in the host country. Upon returning home, scholars share their experiences with Rotarians and others.

Rotary Centers for International Studies (World Peace Fellowships)

sponsors up to 60 scholars each year to study at one of the six Rotary Centers for International Studies located at seven distinguished universities around the world. Scholars are selected on a world-competitive basis and study in one to two year master’s-level programs in international studies, peace, and conflict resolution at the six centers.

Group Study Exchange (GSE)

is a unique cultural and vocational exchange opportunity between paired Rotary districts. The program provides travel grants for teams consisting of a Rotarian leader and four non-Rotarian members. The non-Rotarian members are young business and professional men and women between the ages of 25 and 40. For four to six weeks, team members experience the host country's ways of life, observe their own vocations as practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships, and exchange ideas. Local Rotarians provide meals, lodging, and group travel within their district.

Annual Fund Raisers

Le Tour De Vin –

Annual wine tasting event in partnership with the other two Rotary Clubs in Norman

Outback Luncheon

at the Outback Steakhouse

The club meets weekly on Tuesday evening at 6 PM. The location is The Rotary House in Rotary Park, 1531 West Boyd, Norman. For more information, contact Membership Chair