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 area schools. This club has gone from 2 to 10 schools supporting the artists in residence program of Lane Arts Council with one Gala Art Auction. That’s thousands of kids now getting arts education. 2018 goal is every single child gets an arts education in the Eugene 4J School District. 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

Eugene Rotary Board Meeting
February 27th 2018
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Photos and Video can be seen at our Facebook page. Click the Facebook symbol at top. Go to photos or video. You can also click the photo albums to see specific areas. Club members wanting to join the photo committee can contribute to the lasting achive of photos and video.


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.

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....