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Rotary serves to provide a culture in which professionals of all different backgrounds can convene to foster leadership qualities, professional skills enhancement, communication networks and most importantly construct a blueprint for altruistic development of the surrounding community and world at large. 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.


The Rotary Club of Portland U40 program seeks to recruit 10 to 12 new members each year that will be brought in together as one class.

Are you or do you know someone who:

  • Is interested in building camaraderie and a long term commitment to Rotary? 
  • Is an established or emerging professional in their respective industry who is under the age of 40?
  • Demonstrates innovative qualities and a passion for philanthropic involvement?
  • Is an up and comer or potential successor to the current CEOS, president, etc. in their organization?

The U40 program will provide a unique opportunity to fast-track their initiation into the Rotary Club of Portland by:

  • Offering a six month class that will engage participants with community leaders, giving them upfront access to Portland’s movers and shakers (committed leaders include Wim Wiewel, Mark Goodman, and Katie Poppe, owner of Blue Star Donuts and Little Big Burger).
  • Pairing them in a one on one mentored relationship with a past Rotary President who will help guide their Rotary experience in a very focused and interactive style.
  • Requiring a project component giving the group oversight on a community service endeavor internally selected by them.