The Broken Arrow Rotary Club has created an event called Pints for People, a simple fundraiser where all you have to do is show up and buy a beer. Matt Hancock and Samantha Lynn of the Broken Arrow Rotary Club have created the event to raise funds for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards or RYLA.

The first Pints for People will be held at Broken Arrow Brewing Co., 333 W. Dallas St., in Broken Arrow from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 25. They will have live music, yard games, raffles, T-shirts for donations and more. The Broken Arrow Brewing Co. is selling a limited edition brew called the Roaring Rotarian. You can buy the beer on its own, or you can pay extra for a special pint glass.

I have been a Rotarian with Will Rogers Rotary in Tulsa since 1998 and love what Rotary does for our community and for communities around the world. RYLA is a camp held in October near Tahlequah that can change lives for kids.

This will be RYLA’s 29th anniversary and is the eighth year with Hancock as director. In the past seven years, Hancock and his team have served over 1,200 area kids, including the co-director of this event, Samantha Lynn. Lynn was so impacted by her experience at RYLA five years ago, that she joined Rotary at the age of 20 and has been dedicated to helping the camp grow.

This camp focuses on showing all kids that they have the gifts, talents and passions valued in their community and to the world. The staff and volunteer camp counselors (previous RYLA attendees) are responsible for teaching the students about leadership and the importance of engagement and presence in the community.

More importantly, these traits teach the campers they are capable of leadership and obtaining each and every one of their goals. RYLA aims to create the Rotarians of tomorrow by instilling the self-confidence and vision to make the next generation a force for goodness.

Rotary is an international organization with 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries with 1.2 million business and professional leaders, all volunteering their time and talents. Tulsa and the surrounding areas are in District 6110 — an Oklahoma district in which all high school juniors are eligible to submit an application to attend RYLA. For more information on RYLA, go to

All of the money raised will go back into RYLA and will be used for scholarships toward free attendance for the campers, as well as an international service project led by camp leadership.

Tom Gilbert


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Tom joined the Tulsa World in 1988 after being an intern and graduating from the University of Central Oklahoma. He lived in Saudi Arabia before graduating from Broken Arrow High School. He is married to Karen Gilbert and his three grown children.