Done in a Day Projects
Miss Oklahoma
Scholarship Competition

Key Clubs
Young Children:
Priority One
Chili on the Green:
Oklahoma Chili Cook-Off
The Eliminate Project


 

 


 

 

The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa is a hands-on community service organization that believes that the leaders of tomorrow are the youth of today. Through projects that focus on the Tulsa area youth, the Kiwanis Club of Tulsa works hard to enhance the educational opportunities, social improvement, and leadership development of our young citizens. Through all of this we build strong relationships with one another and at the same time have fun while we impact the Tulsa area.

You can learn more about our projects through the links at the left hand side of this page. We invite you to participate in any of our projects and see first-hand what we do and why.

If you represent a local non-profit agency and would like our club to provide manpower to assist in your program, please use the "Contact Us" feature on this website.

Done in a Day Projects
The Done in a Day Projects are monthly service projects bringing Kiwanians to the front lines of community services with agencies such as Catholic Charities, Community Food Bank, and Special Olympics Oklahoma. Projects are designed as a short, hands-on event.

Each Done In A Day Project is a service project designed to take only 2-4 hours depending on the nature of the project and the number of members participating. Each project is easy and has compnents designed for every ability level.

If you represent a local non-profit agency and would like our club to provide manpower to assist in your program, please contact kiwanis@tulsacoxmail.com.

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Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Competition
This is one of our signature projects. It is literally a year-round effort which culminates in activities lasting the the entire first week of June.

The Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Competition gives young women in our state valuable leadership experience. More than $10 million have been made available and nearly 10,000 women have participated in the Miss Oklahoma program in state and local competitions since The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa started sponsoring the competition in 1972.

This competition is more than just a beauty contest. Our goal is to find a beautiful young woman who focuses on her scholastic achievements and demonstrates the importance of giving back to her community through service projects. Each year, as part of the pageant, the Kiwanis Club of Tulsa gives additional recognition to the contestants who excel in the area of service through the Community Service Awards. These awards are presented during a luncheon during competition week.

Four young ladies have gone on to win the title of Miss America since the club has taken over the pageant operations.

Click here to go to the official website of the Miss Oklahoma Organization.

Pictured to the right is Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry crowning Miss America 2007 Lauren Nelson
which marked the back-to-back wins for the Miss Oklahoma Scholarship Pageant on the national stage.

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Key Clubs
Key Club International is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization whose goal is to teach leadership through serving others. Key Club International is a part of the Kiwanis International group. Each local Key Club is, in turn, sponsored by a local Kiwanis club.

The Kiwanis Club of Tulsa currently sponsors 10 Key Clubs in the metropolitan Tulsa area. In addition to sponsoring the Key Clubs and providing member assistance to helping each club be successful, we annualy present scholarships to members of our sponsored Key Clubs to be used for their college education. The Key Club Scholarship Program began in 1964. With the 2020 awards, in the amount of $35,000, the total presented to Tulsa Area seniors is now at $1,001,137!

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Young Children: Priority One

This is a part of our annual activities which provides much satisfaction within our the hearts of our members. YC:PO was established to address the needs of young children in the areas of nutrition, child abuse, child care, early development, maternal and infant health, safety and pediatric trauma, and parenting skills. While many projects fall under this category, we annually conduct two main projects under the heading of YC:PO.

The Children’s Christmas Party provides a Christmas party with dinner, entertainment, and gifts for more than 100 children and their families. This project takes many hours of preparation and includes donations fro mthe Kiwanis Club of Tulsa Foundation, members' contributions, and donations from local foundations. Representatives from our sponsored Key Clubs also participate in the event providing additional manpower to faciltate the evening. Miss Oklahoma and Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen also participate in making the night special for everyone involved.

Back-to-School Child Spree provides a morning of breakfast, entertainment, and shopping for back to school clothes, shoes, and school supplies for needy school-aged children. Our club partners with various area agencies in locating those children in need. This project also takes many hours of preparation and includes donations fro mthe Kiwanis Club of Tulsa Foundation, members' contributions, and donations from local foundations such as CoxCommunications Empoloyees Foundation. Representatives from our sponsored Key Clubs, and other area groups also participate in the event providing additional manpower to faciltate the evening.

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Chili on the Green: Oklahoma Chili Cook-Off
The Chili on the Green Cook-Off Championship is an annual event held at Tulsa's Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa. Guests can watch professional chili chefs concoct mouthwatering dishes while competing for a spot in the International Chili Championship. Live music, a kids' zone, and car show round out the vast activities on hand at this delicious event. Proceeds from the event suppoort Special Olympics Oklahoma and Kiwanis Club of Tulsa projects. This event was first held in 2019 and replaced the annual Kiwanis Club of Tulsa golf Classic which was held for 25 years.

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The Eliminate Project
With The Eliminate Project, Kiwanis International and UNICEF have joined forces to eliminate maternal and neonatal tetanus. This deadly disease steals the lives of nearly 60,000 innocent babies and a significant number of women each year. The effects of the disease are excruciating — tiny newborns suffer repeated, painful convulsions and extreme sensitivity to light and touch.

To eliminate MNT from the Earth, more than 100 million mothers and their future babies must be immunized. This requires vaccines, syringes, safe storage, transportation, thousands of skilled staff and more. It will take US$110 million — and the dedicated work of UNICEF and every member of the Kiwanis family.

Kiwanis and UNICEF joined forces to tackle iodine deficiency disorders, achieving one of the most significant public health successes of the 20th century. Now, they are eliminating MNT from the face of the Earth. And in doing so, the project will reach the poorest, most neglected mothers and babies with additional lifesaving health care. The end of this one disease means the beginning of better health for so many families.

Click here to learn more about Project Eliminate through the Kiwanis International web site.

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