Original Rotary Club in Eugene

As the first Rotary Club in Lane County and one of the oldest in Oregon, The Rotary Club of Eugene has served the community well – and has sponsored many other Rotary clubs in Lane County, Oregon and even foreign countries.

This important club has been very involved in the life, business, government and service to people of this community for nearly a century.


Relationships and Friendships

As a leading service organization of Lane County, The Rotary Club of Eugene has provided a touchstone for generations of business and government leaders. Longtime relationships and friendships have come out of both Rotary’s natural ability to connect people and the place this club holds in the community. Generations have found camaraderie and networking opportunities at the meetings and in the work of this Rotary Club.

Outstanding Meeting Presentations

For nearly a century this club’s presentations have provided an insight into the workings of government, business, medical, education and society of the community and the world. Some of the best and brightest have presented at this club. Local, national and international speakers provide the members and the media insights and inspiration. The scholarship awards are inspiring and heartfelt.
This is a very special place to see and be seen.


Eugene has a new skatepark. It is the largest covered and lighted skatepark in the United States and cost 2.5 million dollars. This is a reality because the Rotary Club of Eugene became involved from the beginning. Recognizing the need for the skatepark to support youth, enhance a neighborhood and create economic development, the club championed the effort until it was completed.

Art Spark Eugene. Supporting arts education in the Eugene 4J School District. This club with a partnership with Lane Arts Council and Eugene Education Foundation has gone from 2 to ALL the elementary schools supporting the artists in residence program with one Gala Art Auction. That’s thousands of kids now getting arts education. 2018 goal is to continue every single child having the opportunity for an arts education in the Eugene 4J School District and working on expanding it more and even to middle schools. And April 26, 2018 becoming the biggest art event in Eugene.

The Schafer-Hult Humanitarian Award was created by the Rotary Club of Eugene to annually honor an outstanding citizen. Skinner Butte Park was saved and is now maintained as part of the club’s yearly efforts. State of the art Riverplay children’s playground was a club project. As was the Hult Center, Cuthbert Amphitheater, and Alton Baker Park.

The club supports Food for Lane County, I-5 Clean-up, Opportunity Village and The Great Rotary Duck Race, now called the Rotary Raffle to help fund charities that deal with Child Abuse. The Rotary Club of Eugene supports Education and the Arts in area schools. The club is deeply involved with International Youth Exchange Scholarships, local youth scholarships, Peace Scholarshipshigher education initiatives and Children With Special Needs. The club supports Rotary’s Interact and Rotaract Youth Groups. The list of projects and community support continues and expands each year.

The Original Rotary Club of Eugene is one of the main pillars of this community and has been so for nearly a century.


Polio is right on the verge of complete eradication in the world. $100s of millions have been spent on the effort. And Rotary International has been the pivitol organization to see that happen. When there is a disaster somewhere in the world Rotary sends in Shelter Boxes. In that box are shelter, food, tools and everything needed to keep a family or group of people well for 3 months.

Rotary International and World Peace. Rotary created Peace Centers around the world providing certification and Masters Degrees in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. The creation of the UN was a Rotary Project.
Rotary International and local clubs all support these international efforts through donations and grants.

Local Rotary Clubs support efforts in underdeveloped areas of the world and our country for water wells, cooking stoves, sanitation, housing, education and medical services.

Education is a huge part of Rotary in the US and throughout the world. Rotary International has a network of scholarships worldwide that provides student opportunities. Rotary Clubs build parks, music centers, schools, camps. And just about anything where there is a need.

The Arts are supported by Rotary in meaningful ways.
Rotary is the most widespread service organization in the world. If a person wants to do good in the world, Rotary is the best way to get involved and make a real difference.



You are invited to join us for a Rotary lunch meeting at the Downtown Hilton Eugene.


Be welcomed by the members of the first Rotary Club in Lane County. Meet some of the influential people in our community. See if this important service organization might be a good fit for you.


66 East 6th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon, 97401-2667

Upcoming Activities

International Service Committee Meeting
November 20th 2018 at 11:00 am
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Community Service Committee
November 20th 2018 at 11:30 am
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Weekly Meeting - Oregon Community Foundation
November 20th 2018 at 12:15 pm
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Weekly Meeting - The Next Great Cascadia Earthquake
November 27th 2018 at 12:15 pm
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Food for Lane County 6-9 pm
November 27th 2018 at 6:00 pm
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Weekly Meeting - The New Mobility and What it Means for Cities
December 4th 2018 at 12:15 pm
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Programs Committee - 7:30 am
December 11th 2018 at 7:30 am
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Weekly Meeting - The Fosbury Flop
December 11th 2018 at 12:15 pm
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Photos and Video can be seen at the Eugene Rotary Facebook and Vimeo pages. Click the symbols for viewing choice. Click the photo albums in Facebook photos to see specific projects and events. See the enthusiasm, fun and success this club enjoys.


New Blog section. Visit to see what is coming and what has happened at the club. Members will post committee activity and successes. Important presentations will be announced and remembered. Enjoy learning more about what this original Rotary Club has done and will do in the community.

ArtSpark River Road Claymation

ArtSpark is upon us. Final preparation time. Here's a cute little movie using the Claymation from the classes at River Road School. Victoria Wills, the Lane Arts Council Artist in Residency works with the class and shares some insight about how arts impacts general...

ArtSpark 2018 coming soon

ArtSpark Eugene Gala and Art Auction is little more than a month away. April 26th!!! Art is rolling in. Excursions. All kinds of auction items. 2017 was an absolute success. And 2018 will be even more successful. 2017 was so fun the crowd stayed far beyond the usual...

Mini House Completed!

The Emerald Village mini house is completed and a homeless couple has moved in. View this short video to see the progress start to completion. Emerald Village has 22 homes on around one acre. Remarkable small homes. Comfortable and simple nice homes. After landscaping...

Women In Rotary

For the 30th Anniversary of Women in Rotary, the women of all the Rotary Clubs in the Lane County area organized a day of service on October 14th. They painted, cleaned, gardened, organized and supported multiple service organizations in the area. The men joined in as...

Emerald Village Mini House Build Sat-Sun

Many more volunteers needed for the Emerald Village Eugene tiny house build that the Rotary Club of Eugene is sponsoring. Please let Jerry Harris know if you are willing to put in a 4 or 8 hour shift this Saturday September 30 or Sunday, October 1. A whole day shift...

Art Spark Eugene Movie debuts.

Eric Merrow's new movie Art Spark Eugene is now posted on the EugeneRotary, ArtSparkEugne and Lane Arts Council websites. Take a look. Only 5 minutes to paint the picture of the effort to fund the Artists in Residence program. Fun movie. Kids and more kids....