Eugene Southtowne Rotary is a service club of committed members partnering with Rotary International to provide support in service to local and worldwide communities through truth, fairness, goodwill, and better friendships, beneficial to us all.

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For years, Southtowne member Lauren Alexander worked as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital. When River Bend opened, new equipment and supplies were purchased, and there was a surfeit of older, usable materials. Lauren suggested to hospital staff that, as a Rotarian, he could probably find a good use for those materials, and thus began Lauren’s second career, as procurer and supplier extraordinaire of medical equipment and supplies for developing countries.

Lauren has been involved in the shipment of 7 or 8 container loads that have gone to countries such as Honduras, Ivory Coast (West Africa), Ethiopia, People’s Republic of Congo, and Ghana. Those large shipments have included everything from hospital beds and gurneys to bed linens and scrubs. In addition, smaller volumes of supplies have been carried as checked baggage to Uganda, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Kenya, as well as boxes shipped to the Philippines. He often works with other Rotary clubs or other partners (e.g. Holt International and Ghana Hope Foundation) to make the shipments happen.

One shipment came about as a result of a TV program called “Secret Millionaire” that was shot in Oakridge in which a millionaire couple gave over a million dollars to Oakridge because of their depressed economy. The gift included a new ambulance. Lauren saw the show on TV and then read an article about it in the Register Guard. He talked with the Oakridge Fire Chief, which led to a connection with Dr. Ellen Heinitz, who lives in Grants Pass. Dr. Ellen had spent part of a summer working at a clinic in the Congo, and she knew that they needed an ambulance. She offered to buy Oakland’s old ambulance to ship to Africa, but the Oakridge city council voted to donate it to her. The ambulance was loaded with medical supplies, some of which came from Lauren’s ‘stash,’ and shipped. The ambulance has arrived intact at its intended destination. The people there celebrated.

Family Day is coming up on Thursday, November 6th from 5 PM to 7 PM!

Family Day is an annual Southtowne sponsored event, put on for Fairfield Elementary Head Start families and friends.

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We have the need for many, many volunteers!

If you'd like to help out, we need a variety of different volunteers! Come paint faces, make masks, read to kids, or whatever you would enjoy!

Free Pizza at 5:00pm
Free book for every child! 5:00-7:00

Come to 3745 Royal Ave. inside Fairfield Elementary

This year’s Duck Race saw not one but two Southtowne members who sold winning tickets. Good job to Ray Schneidmiller who sold the third place winner and Burnell Ambrose who sold the $1,000 Oldfield’s Shopping Spree!

The McKenzie After 5 Rotary Club and the Springfield Rotary Club are hosting the 3rd annual McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival on November 7th and 8th at the Willamalane Center, 250 S. 32nd Street in Springfield. Come join in the fun at Willamalane Center from 5p-11p on Friday November 7th and 12 noon – 11 p.m. on Saturday, November 8th. Children are welcome from noon-5 p.m.

With 75 different brewers and cideries represented; with televisions for watching football; with awesome music on Friday (Jimmy Bobby Band and Halie Loren) and on Saturday (Satin Love Orchestra); and with the opportunity to raise funds for local non-profits that assist children at risk, this event has something for everyone.

Tickets are $15 at the door or $12 in advance (until October 31) and can be purchased on our websiteIf you are interested in volunteering to help at the event, there is a sign up form on the website. If you are a craft beer brewer, there is an opportunity to submit up to 3 of your own brews for judging. Best of Show will have their beer/cider professionally produced and there will be awards for the top three winners in each of 13 categories. Check out the website & like our Facebook page. Then, plan to join us on Nov. 7 and 8 for the time of your life.

The primary recipient of this benefit event will be Bags of Love, a non-profit organization that is “Helping children in crisis one Bag of Love at a time.” A Bag of Love includes a handmade quilt, stuffed animal, toiletries, clothing, books, games and school supplies for children who are in crisis due to neglect, abuse, poverty or homelessness. Also receiving funds is Belly-Full, a non-profit that is “feeding Springfield’s hungry children” with a mobile pantry, snacks, school gardens and food-access information.

Construction begins in just six short months on the Greater Rotary Habitat Build home for the Jiminez family, located at 3609 Yogi Way in Santa Clara.

Now It’s time to begin procuring “in-kind” donations which will help to significantly reduce our costs.

In-Kind Donations Needed:

  • Tree Removal
  • Excavation
  • Footings
  • Concrete
  • Sheathing
  • Trusses
  • Plumbing-materials & labor
  • Drywall-materials & labor (Rotary)
  • Gutters & downspouts
  • Interior & Exterior paint & labor (Rotary)
  • Garage door
  • Exterior doors
  • Finished Hardware
  • Landscaping
  • Tub/shower surround/doors
  • Mirrors
  • Fencing
  • Gravel-3/4 minus (7-8 truckloads)
  • Survey & Stake lot & house
  • Lumber package
  • Foundation wall-materials & labor
  • Lumber package
  • Roofing materials & labor
  • Siding-materials & labor (Rotary)
  • Electrical-materials & labor
  • Cabinets
  • Windows
  • Flooring materials & labor
  • Interior wood doors/trim
  • Locks
  • Bathroom hardware
  • Medicine cabinet
  • Sidewalk
  • Rotary labor -- foreman and work parties

If you, or someone you know, is able to donate from this list please contact Michael Raz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 541-741-2324

We are off and running with our food box program.

In early September, the food box sub-committee of our Local Community Service Committee assembled and distributed 14 food boxes to the Head Start programs at Whitaker, Lane County and Fairfield and to Fairfield Elementary School. At this time we are delivering a total of 28 boxes each month.

Each box includes canned goods such as tuna, soups, fruit and vegetables, pasta, oatmeal, peanut butter, jam and a variety of food.

-Walt Meyer

Southtowne members Bill Slattery, Bert Toepel, Ray Schneidmiller, Lonny King, and Dick Briggs help a veteran build a shed at his home.

San Miguel School for the Deaf is the recipient of Southtowne’s International District Grant for 2014-2015. Our grant will be used to support Earthspeak teachers in working with the School for the Deaf to train teachers, parents and students in speech training as part of total communication skills. Other project funds will help students’ literacy skills by providing books and materials for the school library. Lastly, some funds will provide vocational training in candle making, glass making, and stove production. There are local job possibilities in each of these skill areas, which local Rotary clubs have helped establish.

In an effort to find a source of continued funding, the school has applied and was accepted by the Global Giving Foundation. To become a fully-fledged member of Global Giving, the school must reach the threshold of raising $5,000 and enlisting 40 new donors during the September Challenge, between September 1 and September 30. This will enable them to gain access to GG’s corporate partners and their donor networks wordwide, connecting them with new individual and institutional donors. All of these connections will allow the school opportunities over the years ahead to raise funds on-line for various projects.

Even small donations, as little $10, can make a big difference and will help drive the project to success! If you or any of your network of friends, family and associates are unable to give monetarily, please post on your Facebook page and ask folks to help by spreading the word about Escuela de Educación Especial and the September Challenge, perhaps by email or by sharing the project with their friends on Facebook.

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On August 25th, at this year's Backpack Night at St. Vincent de Paul, Southtowne members stuffed backpacks that went to kids in need in the area. The club also made a $500 donation to this worthy cause!

For years, Southtowne member Lauren Alexander worked as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Hospital. 

When RiverBend opened, new equipment and supplies were purchased, and there was a surfeit of older, usable materials. 

Lauren suggested to hospital staff that, as a Rotarian, he could probably find a good use for those materials, and thus began Lauren’s second career, as procurer and supplier extraordinaire of medical equipment and supplies for developing countries.


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Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

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We are known in the Eugene/Springfield community as the “fun” club, where our members come to listen to engaging programs each week and are entertained by our spirited Sergeant-At-Arms. The ideal member for our club is someone who is passionate to help the youth in our community, and who enjoy positive business and personal camaraderie on a weekly basis.

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