Every year, on the first Friday and Saturday of May, Washington Irving Memorial Park in Bixby is transformed into the largest BBQ festival in all of Oklahoma. It is two days of the State’s best Barbeque and music all rolled into one and is a community fundraiser created by the Rotary Club of Bixby.
The Rotary Club of Bixby used funds from past festivals to build the Rotary Club of Bixby Amphitheater which is located in Washington Irving Memorial Park.
Proceeds from the first festival enabled the Club to present Bixby Public Schools with a large electronic marquee sign, complete with a digitized message board. Located on Memorial Drive, the sign promotes school activities from PTA meetings to athletic events.
Bixby Outreach Center
BOC provides help with food, clothing and other essential services to families in crisis in our community. Our club was the primary sponsor that helped establish BOC and we have remained its primary source of funding since its inception. To date, we have donated well over $140,000 to this organization.
Throughout the year Rotarians work with BOC on major projects such as Shop With a Cop. Several Rotarians serve as volunteers and in leadership roles at the Bixby Outreach Center.
Shoes for Local Souls
Shoes for Local Souls started out as Shoes for Orphan Souls, a ministry of Buckner International. While the program has made a difference in many lives, in 2012 we realized that we could put the same effort to play and serve our own people througn the Bixby Outreach Center.
Daily Family YMCA
Last year, our club helped the YMCA build strong kids, strong families and strong communities with a $5000 donation. The Rotary Club of Bixby has been a major supporter of our YMCA since our club's early years.
Third Grade Dictionaries – Eliminating illiteracy is one of Rotary’s key projects. Last year, we distributed over 800 dictionaries to 3rd grade students in Bixby, Liberty, Mounds, Glenpool, and Haskell. Each student receives a dictionary with their personalized nameplate inside.
InterAct of Bixby
InterAct of Bixby High School is a self-governing Rotary high school club. The students will complete at least two community service projects, one of which will further international understanding and goodwill.
Rotary Youth Leadership Camps
Several students a year participate in Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), a camp where students develop leadership, communication, and problem solving skills in a safe, friendly, and supportive environment.
High School Scholarships
Each year, three high school students are awarded college scholarships. Since inception, over $30,000 in scholarship monies have been granted.
Belize Water Projects
We help improve the lives of people in another country. The District 6110 Water & Health Committee has worked for two years developing an international project that would partner with Rotary and Interact clubs in Belize. This project originated with the Rotary Club of Bixby.
Medical Supplies Network, Inc.
Medical Supplies to Developing Countries – Thousands of lives in developing countries are being saved by the efforts of the Medical Supplies Network, Inc. Through M.S.N.I., Surplus medical supplies and equipment are donated and shipped to 38 countries around the world. Members of the Rotary Club of Bixby sponsored the shipment of containers to Uganda and Belize.
Vision Quest Eye Glass Kits
People living in remote locations of developing countries have a difficult, if not impossible, time of obtaining simple reading glasses. This has a tremendous impact on their livelihood and quality of life. This project provides eye glass kits that can make 300 pairs of glasses per kit. This project began in 2009 and to date, 1600 pairs of glasses have been made available to people in 5 countries.
The Rotary Club of Bixby meets every Tuesday at Michael V's Restaurant
103rd & Memorial • www.BixbyRotary.com