John Benjamin was a longtime member of Tulsa Southside Rotary and served our club in many capacities, including as president, secretary, and chair of the Southside Rotary Foundation. He was a two-time recipient of the Bill Crews Community Service Award and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
John's involvement in Southside Rotary also spurred us toward not just one, but two park-related projects: the Langenheim Park Murrah Memorial Children's Playground, for which Southside was awarded the Tulsa Park Department Council Oaks Award, and the Biscuit Acres Dog Park, later renamed Benjamin's Biscuit Acres in honor of John's leadership and fundraising efforts. He also served on the Henry Bellmon Awards Steering Committee, and his efforts there helped the committee raise $90,000 in gross revenue each year.
Although we most remember John as a Rotarian, he was also a dedicated public servant who served on the Tulsa City Council for six years and co-founded the Oklahoma Special Olympics.
As John was also an avid golfer, we can think of no better way to honor him and his legacy than a golf tournament whose proceeds will go toward scholarships for educating the next generation.