Eugene Southtowne Rotary
Club #341, District 5110, Chartered December 22, 1975
Southtowne Rotary in Eugene, OR has been dedicated to doing good in the world through local and international projects since our founding in 1975. With approximately 90 members, we’re currently the second largest Rotary Club in Eugene, and by far the most fun!
Our Rotary motto is “Service above Self” and to honor that commitment, Southtowne Rotary has devoted countless hours and raised hundred of thousands of dollars to help create new educational opportunities for youth, distribute aid to the disabled and homeless, provide food for the underprivileged, improve outdoor and recreational living environments, and support visual and performing arts. Our service to the community takes place not only with the direct involvement by our club members but also through our monetary contributions to local scholarships and projects through our Southtowne Rotary Foundation.
We gather once a week on Thursday at noon for lunch and fellowship. We have interesting speakers on many topics. We receive updates on our ongoing projects and coordinate with each other about our many activities. Together we make a difference. Please check out the articles below and other pages on this site to learn more about us, and if you’d like to come to a meeting, let us know.
Southtowne News & Program Summaries…
Below you will find the most recent summaries of our weekly programs, project and event updates, and other interesting news. The full Southtowne Blog can be viewed here.
Each of the articles below is summarized. Click on the image or “read more” link to get the full scoop!
Eric Jackson, a traveling activist, came to speak about the 9th Crest Court Case regarding the homelessness epidemic in Lane County. Jackson has worked in many communities and is in agreement with the court believing that homelessness cannot be criminalized without...read more
It's been 6 years since private contractors took over mental health, dental and medical services at the jail. The current provider since 2015 is WellPath, previously known as California Forensic Medical Group, and Cheryl Gifford is the Mental Health Supervisor and...read more
The Rwanda English Project provides intensive English instruction to teachers in rural schools in Rwanda. The most fluent teachers are then trained to continue instruction with the less proficient teachers in their schools during the rest of the school year. This...read more
Tourism is big money! The Eugene, Cascades & Coast region welcomes over 5 million visitors each year. Their spending brings the food & beverage industry $277.4 million, accommodations $142.1 million, retail shops $97.6 million, arts, entertainment and...read more
Soon to be a new project for Southtowne Rotary, ECCO is an alternative high school located at LCC. It was established for students who need a different learning environment because of homelessness, extreme poverty, trauma, pregnancy/teen parenting, etc. Most kids are...read more
Author, Bob Welch, shared four life lessons we can learn from high-jumper, Dick Fosbury, whom Welch profiles in his soon-to-be-released book, “The Wizard of Foz: Dick Fosbury’s One-Man High-Jump Revolution” (Skyhorse publishing, New York, hardback, $24.99). “Welch...read more