Welcome to the Rotary Club of Beaverton
Where friendships grow and our service impacts lives since 1959!
We are an organization of local business and professional leaders dedicated to humanitarian service in everyday life, high ethical standards in business and professions, and promoting understanding and goodwill through community and international programs.
2020 Holiday Food and Toy Project
Beaverton Rotary members are proud to annually support 80 needy families whose children attend Aloha-Huber Park K-8 or Kinnaman Elementary with food and toys. Families are identified through school counselors.
The project started 20 years ago at Kinnaman Elementary and was extended to Aloha-Huber Park K-8 three years ago. Club members organize and pack the food and toy donations and then happily deliver them to the families. This year, a special book The Wish Prince written by Beaverton Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Janet Chvatal and her partner Marc Gremm will be included. https://www.thewishprince.com
The children and their parents are so grateful for the assistance and surprises. Their smiles are priceless. It fills our hearts to know that we have brightened the holidays for these families.
Angel Tree Project
The holidays can be especially hard for children of incarcerated parents. Every December for more than 10 years, Beaverton Rotarians have supported 45 children who have a parent in prison by buying age-appropriate gifts on behalf of the parent. Our members love to shop for and then lovingly wrap the requested gifts. The gifts are personally delivered with a gift tag and brief message from the incarcerated parent to the child to show them they are loved. https://www.prisonfellowship.org
Peacebuilder Club Peace Pole Project
Three years ago, a small group of Beaverton Rotarians had a dream of becoming a Peacebuilder Club, a key initiative of Rotary International. The Beaverton Peacebuilder mission: To encourage and empower all members of our communities to exercise mutual respect, understanding and cooperation, and to advocate locally and globally for peace and the non-violent resolution of conflict.
Partnerships with local schools and organizations such as the Jubitz Foundation got the wheels turning to place peace poles around the Beaverton area. The peace poles are inscribed with ‘May Peace Prevail on Earth.’ This inscription can be translated into four or eight languages and printed on the sides of the peace poles. There are peace poles at several Beaverton schools (Beaverton HS, Westview HS, Elmonica, Oak Hills), City Hall plaza, at the City Park near the library pedestrian crossing, and the Denney Gardens Habitat for Humanity neighborhood. Coming in 2021, peace poles will be dedicated at the new Beaverton Public Safety Center and the Allen Estates Habitat for Humanity neighborhood.
Internationally, Beaverton Rotary recently co-sponsored with Eastern Europe Rotary clubs to place the first peace pole in Moscow, Russia, and another in Yekaterinburg in the Urals region. More collaborations are being planned.
In light of all that is going on with the coronavirus and COVID-19, we have decided to cancel our in-person meetings for the time being. We have elected to take a cautious approach, as the health and safety of our members is very important. We will keep you posted as to when we will be resuming our weekly in-person meetings. In the meantime, please see our calendar for our schedule of Zoom meetings and email us for a Zoom link.
At Rotary, we have no tolerance for racism. Promoting respect, celebrating diversity, demanding ethical leadership, and working tirelessly to advance peace are central tenets of our work. We have more work to do to create more just, open and welcoming communities for all people. We know there are no easy fixes and that challenging conversations and work lie before all of us. Rotary’s strength has long been our ability and commitment to bringing people together. We will tap into that strength now as we stand with those who are working for peace and justice.
Rotary will do our part to listen, learn and take action to ensure that we continue to contribute to making positive change.
Beaverton Rotary Celebrates 60 Years of Service
What a celebration! Inspired by Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, more than 100 Beaverton Rotarians, community partners and friends gathered to spotlight 60 years of devotion to building a better community here and around the world. Our 60 years of work includes projects such as:
- We gave more than 50,000 Beaverton 4th grade students a personalized dictionary; we also gave dozens of high school graduates more than $700,000 in post-high school scholarships for college or vocational education. Additionally, we shipped over two million books around the world to schools serving children in third world countries.
- We distributed nearly $425,000 in grants to our community partners for a variety of projects that may never have come to be without Rotary’s help.
- We sponsored more than 100 Rotary youth exchange students so they could learn how to increase world understanding by hosting youth from other countries and living a year abroad with a Rotary family.
- We funded nearly $350,000 international grants focused on building capacity for others to create their own businesses and become self-sustaining.
- In the area of health, we donated nearly $350,000 to pay for dental work for economically disadvantaged children in our community. And, after more than three decades, Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio worldwide is nearly complete.
Beaverton Rotary welcomes anyone in our community to join us in creating a better, more peaceful world.