The Rotary Club of Bixby is active in many projects including:

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT AND SUPPORT

 

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 High School is a self-governing Rotary high school club. The students will

complete at least two 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.

 

Shop-with-a-Cop is a cooperative youth intervention program involving local law enforcement, Bixby Rotary and the Bixby Wal-Mart store. Youth are selected to participate in a Christmas shopping trip with Police Officers and Rotarians. The average cost per student is around $100 and is funded from proceeds from the BBQ 'n Music Festival.

FAMILY SUPPORT

 

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 over $150,000 to this organization.

 

Daily Family YMCA – Every year, our club helps the YMCA build strong kids, strong families and strong communities with major financial support.

 

Annual Christmas Parade – Hosted by the Rotary Club of Bixby, the annual Christmas Parade is held in Downtown Bixby, which is south and east of 151st and Memorial. A favorite holiday event, this community and family oriented parade features a variety of floats, autos, bands and walking groups!

 

Bixby BBQ & Blues Festival – Without question, this is Bixby's largest and most successful community event. Officially sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. From the beginning, the festival was designed as a "family friendly" event. This event has allowed our club to funnel close to $700,000 into the programs mentioned above.

 

Memorial Day – Every year our club sponsors and host a major Memorial Day Celebration to honor our veterans who have protected our freedom. Hosting this event is a privilege we are proud to be entrusted with.

INTERNATIONAL PROJECTS

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.

 

Belize Water Projects – We Helped Improve the Lives of of People in Another Country. The District 6110 Water & Health Committee 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. The project has since been successfully taken over by the local Rotary community in Belize.