Chili Cook Off
Annual Fundraiser. Proceeds to benefit all of the various projects of The Rotary Club of Tyler.
Belize Medical Missionary Trip
For over 30 years, Dr. David Nichols has been leading medical missionary trips to Belize, usually two or more per year. He assembles an outstanding team of doctors, dentists, assistants and support personnel to travel to the jungles of this Central American country, and dispense badly needed health care to the native people. Many members of our club have participated in this trip, and most consider it a “top of the mountain” experience. The Tyler Rotary Club supplies people, supplies, and funds for this important work.
Texas Missions of Mercy
Dr. David Nichols, a club member and past President, is the primary organizer for this annual medical and dental event held in Lindale, Texas. Physicians, dentists, ophthalmologists, and other health care providers are recruited from across the region to provide a weekend of free health care to thousands who would otherwise do without.
Rotary Youth Exchange Program
Each year, members of our club host young adults from other countries who travel to America to learn more about our country. These young people are usually graduate and post graduate students who are family members of Rotarians in other countries.
Rotary Ambassordial Scholarships
Purpose is to provide scholarships to students who will serve as ambassadors of goodwill to improve international understanding. Each scholarship provides $23,000 for one year of academic studies abroad.
Group Study Exchange Award (GSE)
This is a program for teams of outstanding young non-Rotarian business and professional people. Participants travel to Rotary districts in different countries to learn more about other cultures.
Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA)
Each year our club sponsors an outstanding boy and a girl student chosen by their high school counselor to attend a three-day conference at Camp Pirtle. The training is designed to teach leadership and team-building skills, and create lasting friendships with other top students.
Rotary Young Citizen’s Club
This program was organized in1930 by the late Dr. Edgar H. Vaughn, a charter member. His objective was to create in students an awareness of the qualities that contribute to the development of useful citizens, and the promotion of important phases of character that would serve to strengthen the American way of life. A young man and woman are chosen annually from each of the participating public and private schools and colleges in Smith County. They are recognized at an awards luncheon at Tyler Junior College with their parents. This program has now spread to other Rotary clubs worldwide.
A program for college students in the form of a club organized at a college or Jr. College level presently being organized at UT Tyler & Tyler Junior College under the sponsorship of the Tyler Rotary Club.
Outstanding High School Students Award
Outstanding high school students, as determined by their teachers, are recognized at our weekly luncheons along with their parents and school administrators. The students are presented an engraved award.
Memorial Paul Harris Fellowship Award
Presented to the family of a deceased member of The Rotary Club of Tyler who has given at least 10 years of active service to the club. The Paul Harris Fellowship, which is funded by fellow members of the club, is usually directed towards Rotary International’s goal of worldwide eradication of polio.