The Oil City Rotary Club recently received a district grant which help partial fund the latest community project. Now that the entire community is adjusting to a new "normal," our Rotary Club executed project, "Be Kind. Sanitize." We placed five heavy duty, automatic hand sanitizer units around Oil City to encourage the community to stay safe. These units will permanently be a fixture in these Oil City locations: YWCA, Oil City Library, City Hall, Venango Museum of Art Science & Industry, and The Pointe Drop-In Center. This is just another way Oil City Rotary is making a difference in our local community. ... See MoreSee Less
And at the Venango Museum of Art Science and Industry, another Oil City Rotary Christmas Tree was decorated today!!
A Community Christmas Tree Display will be held at the museum from November 27 - December 31st. Vote for your favorite display by making a cash donation, proceeds benefit the Venango Museum! Stop by and see them all! ... See MoreSee Less
With the help of the Oil City Fire Department, after four brisk hours, the Oil City Rotary Club has strung up the lights!!! We are all ready for light up night on December 4th! The Venango Catholic Bell Choir will be performing at 6 pm and Santa himself will be lighting the tree at 6:30 pm!! Be there!! ... See MoreSee Less
A very worthwhile organization that cares and gives back to their community! Oil City Rotary! Dictionaries to school kids - foreign exchange students - help in many many ways - these people care and our communities are so blessed to have them! Thank You All ! 🙏
Honorary Rotary Member, Ed Turner with Paul Bunyan Tree Service and Rotary Member, Jim Marshall with Kings Landscaping worked together with the Oil City Rotary Club and installed Oil City's Christmas Tree on Thursday, November 19, 2020.
It is a 50 foot Spruce that was donated from the McFetridge family, honoring five generations of their family living in the Oil City Area. Mrs. McFetridge is the matriarch of the family and is almost 100 years old! ... See MoreSee Less
Last week, members Kevin Frawley and Nancy Cubbon received special awards for all their hard work at the Rotary Community Gardens. Our gardens served hundreds of people in the community through the produce donations to the Salvation Army and the Open Door Cafè!!
President, Rebekah Deal is pictured here, giving Kevin his “Master Rotarian Gardener” certificate!! ... See MoreSee Less
This week’s Oil City Rotary meeting was a work day for two upcoming projects! We got dictionaries ready to be distributed to the 4th grade students of all the local schools. And it’s time to check the Christmas lights that will soon be on Oil City’s Christmas Tree. Light Up Night in Oil City is Friday night, December 4th! More details to come soon! ... See MoreSee Less
We all know Rotary's tremendous power to transform our communities and ourselves. However, in every community, people have been left out, and we have not made a strong enough effort to reach them.
The RI Board of Directors is taking action to make Rotary more welcoming and diverse. We formed a task force to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion to help clubs attract new members regardless of gender, race, religion, age, or other factors. This will help us speed up the change we all want and need. The selection of Jennifer E. Jones as Rotary president for 2022-23 — the first woman to lead our organization — is another step in this direction.
At the grassroots level, clubs drive inclusion and diversity. Alia Ali — who serves on the board of directors at the Big West Rotaract Multidistrict Information Organization and is a Rotary Youth Leadership Awards alumna and past president of the Rotaract Club of Surrey-Newton, British Columbia — offers her perspective.
I still remember the relief I felt as a RYLA participant four years ago. I had finally found my people: people who cared as much as I did. All over the world, Rotary has the same heart. We serve our communities and take action where others feel paralyzed by the size and scope of a problem.
Let's continue that spirit, especially when the conversation is difficult. Racism, prejudice, and discrimination take on different forms but exist in every country, in every city, and in every person. How do we root it out?
As a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant, I help organizations create a culture that empowers and attracts everyone using the power of empathy. When we feel with others as if they were ourselves, we cannot hold prejudice in our hearts. When every child reminds you of your own child, when every woman or man reminds you of your mother or brother, you start seeing the world differently.
We can apply The Four-Way Test through the lens of empathy. Are we building goodwill and friendship with everyone in our area, including women? Are things fair and beneficial to people of all ages? Who has to make choices that you don't have to make?
I made a heartbreaking choice between Rotary and my religion when a Rotary convention was held during Ramadan. I wondered: When we ask if this is fair and beneficial to all concerned, did that not include me as a Muslim? Would the convention ever be held over Easter? Only by asking difficult questions can we begin the work of creating a more inclusive and diverse Rotary.
We already connect so many people across the world. Imagine the possibilities when we bring even more people along for the ride. That's the future of Rotary I want to see: one where we are unstoppable in our service, relentless in our kindness, and intentional in the change we want to see.
Rotary has a big enough heart. If we open our door wider, we might find a lot of interesting people with new voices and new perspectives. We already have a variety of clubs offering different styles, cultures, and opportunities — and those who do not feel welcome in any particular club might be great candidates for new clubs created on different models. It's important that we make sure every new Rotary member is a good fit for their club. Rotary Opens Opportunities through diversity. ... See MoreSee Less
Our speaker on Oct. 29th was Alicia Ruiz-Orbin, joining us on zoom from Lower Macungie Township, Lehigh Valley in eastern PA. Alicia's presentation focused on International Service. She has been very active in the Allentown and Emmaus Rotary clubs in District 7430. Thank you, Alicia! ... See MoreSee Less