Rotary Club of Portland: Service Above Self

Committee Information

Business Exchange

Plans, promotes, and coordinates the quarterly Rotary luncheons which take place at the businesses of Rotary members. Meets as needed.

Charitable Trust Advancement

Promotes financial support of the club’s community service activities through the annual fundraising campaign. Meets as needed.

Community Grants

Awards grants to local not-for-profit agencies. The committee chair receives applications for grants, and committee members make site visits. The members report back to the committee on how well the request meets Rotary’s criteria. The committee members then vote on whether the grant request should be passed on to the Charitable Trust Board for final approval. Meets monthly.

Domestic Violence SOLUTIONS

Raises awareness of the presence and impact of domestic violence in our community, and assists organizations that aid individuals in need. Meets monthly.

Enterprise Academy

Recruits high school students for a weekend retreat focusing on the free enterprise system and future opportunities available to them. Meets monthly.

Golf Tournament

Organizes and conducts the annual Rotary Golf Tournament. Meets as needed.

Homelessness Education

Organizes and conducts the annual Rotary Golf Tournament. Meets as needed.


Determines the need and interest at local high schools for the establishment of Interact Clubs. Helps establish Interact Clubs, which are an opportunity for high school students to get involved in community service. Meets as needed.

International Service

Initiates, promotes, facilitates, and oversees the club’s involvement in partnerships with other clubs locally, regionally, and internationally in developing service, economic, cultural, and friendship projects and programs. Meets monthly.

Meals-On-Wheels Delivery

Delivers meals for Loaves & Fishes Centers, the Portland Meals-On-Wheels program Members deliver lunches in teams of two every Friday to homebound seniors. Each team delivers once every 12 weeks or so. The delivery route is in the downtown area and can be driven in about one and a half hours.


Coordinates membership development activities by meeting regularly with team members to examine short- and long-term strategies for growing the club. Meets monthly.

Oregon Ethics in Business

Promotes the Oregon Ethics in Business Awards to club members and encourages members to nominate Rotarians for this prestigious award that honors businesses and individuals in the community for their ethical standards. Meets as needed.


Paul Harris the founder of Rotary was asked what is the one word he felt Rotary should stand for; his reply was “toleration”. In the tradition of Paul Harris, your Rotary Peacebuilders Committee will: promote tolerance of all different political perspectives, promote tolerance of all different religious paths and we will promote tolerance of all different cultures, languages and countries. Meets once a month.

Preserve Planet Earth

Promotes environmental awareness, preservation, and improvement in the Portland and world communities. Sponsors a yearly award, the Environmental Achievement Award, which is presented each year on Earth Day. The award is to an organization, person, or community that promotes environmental awareness. Sponsors a fall afternoon hike in the Portland area. Does an occasional project in cooperation with the Nature Conservancy.  Meets monthly.

Program Planning

Selects, recruits, and schedules speakers for the weekly Rotary program. The team’s goal is to keep the quality of the program high in order to be attractive to members and guests. Submitted ideas are always welcome. Meets monthly.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

Recruits ages 19- to 29-year-old applicants to attend District 5100 RYLA Camp, a weeklong retreat tomotivate young adults through team business projects and interaction with outstanding speakers. Meets as needed.

Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Coordinates Rotary’s participation in the Salvation Army’s Christmas fundraising program. Bell ringing is done across lunchtime and is followed by a fellowship luncheon. Meets as needed.


Coordinates club social events, involving members and their families. Meets as needed.


Currently, the Rotary Club of Portland has a dedicated membership actively serving and looking ahead to ensure the torch will be passed onward. With that purpose in mind, the U40 or "under 40" program has been developed to induct an annual class of new candidates desiring to emerge as leaders and become lasting Rotarians. Meets monthly.

Wheels of Power

Awards powered scooters and chairs to Portland's mobility-challenged people. Applications are evaluated for financial, proposed use, physical and special merit criteria. Committee members personally interview the applicants. Recommendations are presented to the Charitable Trust Board for final approval. Meets monthly.

Youth Exchange

Selects outbound high school students, hosts inbound high school students, and coordinates the club’s Youth Exchange student’s activities. Meets monthly.