You’ve likely heard of Rotary International, but what you may not know is that Claremore has two separate clubs, who ultimately work together. Today we’re going to tell you about Reveille Rotary! As you may have guessed by the name, Reveille Rotary is a breakfast club. (Minus Molly Ringwald.) They meet every Thursday morning at 6:45a at the Claremore La Quinta meeting room.
Meeting discussions focus on community activities and leadership, as well as whichever topic the weekly guest speaker presents. Speakers vary widely, so there is always something to catch your interest! During the meeting, club members enjoy a hot breakfast, including waffles, eggs and bacon, biscuits and gravy, and more. Everyone is invited! Come as you are and enjoy camaraderie and fellowship. Club members come from all walks of life, from a former university president to a county commissioner to a financial advisor.
One big project that Rotary is involved with is the dictionary project, which provides personalized dictionaries to every third grade student in Rogers County. While the noon club works to get dictionaries to the Claremore students, Reveille focuses on the outlying, rural schools. Reveille Rotary also provides an annual scholarship to a graduating Rogers County senior.
The main fundraiser for the club is Boots & BBQ, which is held June 1 and 2 at the Claremore Expo. It’s a fierce barbecue competition attended by the best barbecue chefs around! It’s a KCBS-sanctioned event, so the top cooks come from all over to compete. Attendees can purchase tasting kits to try all kinds of yummy meats! Proceeds from Boots & BBQ are used to fund the dictionary project.
Other activities that Reveille Rotary is involved with are the annual Back to School Bash, where they provided school supplies to students in need, and Shoes for Claremont, when each member donates two pairs of shoes for local children. The club has also been active with the Salvation Army’s Food for Kids backpack program. Other volunteer events include No-Shave November, Toys for Tots, CASA, Bluegrass & Chili Festival, and West Bend Winterland.
It’s an exciting time to get involved with Reveille, as 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the Claremore club. Incoming president Tanya Andrews is excited, as the anniversary will be celebrated with a milestone celebration and a large project that will benefit a local school.
If you would like to learn more about Reveille Rotary, follow them on facebook and check out a meeting! If you decide to join, the dues are $17 per month. New members receive free breakfast for the first six months. Afterward, breakfast is just $5 per meeting.