Rotary Point was conceived as a potential Signature project to combine the Annual Project with a significant one time legacy project. Early discussions in May,2014 between Bud Oehlert, Mike Knopp, Tim Strange and Judge Holmes centered on the Youth Pavilion and the Festival/Medal Ceremony Stage as possible projects. In September and October, 2014 the combined Annual project and Signature Project Committees met on several occasions to vet the projects mentioned above. After vigorous debate, the Festival/medal Ceremony Stage which would come to be known as Rotary Point was approved by the combined committees and recommended to the Board of Directors which approved the project as the Signature Project for the club encompassing the 14-15 and 15-16 years in their meeting on November 20, 2014.
Planning for the fundraising campaign began with the goal of raising $125,000 in the “quiet phase” of the campaign by the kickoff to the club at large and commencement of the public phase of the campaign “Rollin on the River” which began at the meeting on February 17, 2015 to the strains of “Proud Mary” seeking 100% participation from the members with no gift too small. Construction on Rotary Point began in March, 2015 and Victory was declared on the pledge goal of $275,000 at Past President Jerome’s last meeting on June 30, 2015 with a celebratory cake and all club singing of “Happy Rotary Point to President Jerome” where he was also presented with a kayak helmet (which displayed for the first time ever the logo of “Riversports Rapids”) signed by the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma City Boathouse District. Construction will be completed in time for the May, 2016 U.S. Olympic Canoe & Kayak Trials, the “Road to Rio.”