The Community Service Committee is the Club’s vetting and management arm for all official, club-sponsored local service projects. Service projects are defined as projects within the community that 1) provide member opportunities for Service Above Self, 2) meet the 4-Way Test, 3) meet any additional criteria assigned by the committee, and 4) involve projects that predominantly require sweat equity from club members (i.e., committee funds may be granted to a project as long as the funds do not constitute the bulk ok the club’s support for the project. We do not select projects that require only funding). The committee receives annual funding from the club that has ranged from $2,500 to $10,000 per annum. The committee meets once a month on the 3rd Tuesday at 11:30 am at the Hilton prior to the regular club meeting. The committee roster is open to all club members in good standing. Contact the committee chair(s) to request membership or come to the committee meeting.
Model United Nations. A two day seminar gives students grade 9-12 in our Rotary District the chance to experience near real-world interaction by nations of the world. A great learning experience for the future leaders of our country. Eugene Rotary was only the 2nd in the US after San Diego to spearhead this important learning experience. So successful, it is to become an important event in the District as well. More.
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. More
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.
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, Tugman Park and Alton Baker Park.
The club supports Food for Lane County, Mini Homes and many other civic projects. The Rotary Club of Eugene supports Education and the Arts in area schools. The club is involved with International Youth Exchange Scholarships, local youth scholarships, Peace Scholarships, higher 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 100 years!