Our goals are lofty when it comes to scholarships, and over the years we have increased the amount.

Did you know the first scholarship was for $250? Hardly enough to cover 2 text books!  In 2018, we awarded scholarships valued at $18,200!  

Rotary Peaceful Schools

The Rotary Peaceful Schools Program was launched at Driftwood Elementary School in Port Orford, Oregon on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 as a partnership project between the school district and the Rotary Club of Port Orford.


High School students from the Pacific High School Leadership Class conducted lessons with 1st & 2nd graders that focused on conflict resolution and perspective.  The high school leaders read the book Hey Little Ant by Phillip M. Hoose, which explores the subject of looking at a situation from someone else's point of view.  


A budding relationship between teenagers and six-year-olds was established and all are looking forward to the next session.


Developed by Rotary, the innovative Rotary Peaceful Schools Program promotes and supports safer, more respectful, bully-free environments for children and youth. Using social-emotional curriculum developed by experienced educators, Rotary volunteers work with teachers and students to modify the perceptions, attitudes and behaviors that often lead to ridicule, bullying and even violence.

Literacy Project:  Honor Books

Rotary meetings include guest speakers.  To honor our speakers for taking time to bring their stories to Rotary, we have them sign a specially selected book for our local libraries.  Each book has a bookplate indicating the Rotary donation, and the name of the guest speaker, which is then signed by our guests.


Book titles are requested by the librarians from the following local libraries, and are served in rotation:  Head Start, Driftwood Elementary/Middle School, Pacific High School, Langlois Public Library, and the Port Orford Public Library. 

Students of the Month

Each month during the school year, a student from Driftwood and one from Pacific High School is selected for Student of the Month. 

Students bring two guests (parents, guardians, grandparents, their choice), and speak about their favorite classes, share their sports endeavors, along with other after school activities, and a bit about their families.


ASPIRE is a mentoring program that matches trained and supportive adult volunteers with high school students to assist with the development of the educational goals beyond high school.


District 5110 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards offers Sophomores an opportunity to improve their leadership skills through a six-day summer camp.  The camp  promotes leadership development emphasizing team problem-solving, communication and conflict management, ethical decision-making, and community citizenship.

Rotary Youth Exchange

Allows students to travel to a foreign country, attend school, while living with a host family.  Our current foreign exchange student, Honoka, is from Japan.  See more on our Current Events page.

Head Start

Our Rotary club works with Head Start on many levels.  Recently we assisted with a complete renovation of their kitchen, and new flooring throughout.  The club funds learning materials, and assists with projects like cleaning the school each September in preparation for the new year.

Free Fishing

Each year the Elk River Fish Hatchery holds a free fishing day each Spring at Arizona Beach State Recreation Site.  

Young fishers learn to fish in a stocked pond, with ODFW (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife), and Rotary volunteers assisting. 


Rotarians also provide burgers & hot dogs.

2020-2021 Rotary Leadership

Ann Schmierer, President,

Rotary Club of Port Orford,  #359

Dave Bassett,

Assistant District Governor, 5110, Area 9

Cindi O'Neil, District Governor,  5110

Holger Knaack, Rotary International President

Currently, our club is meeting via ZOOM.

Please fill out the contact form on our home page if you would like to join us via our 

online ZOOM meetings.

Our meetings are held each Thursday at Noon.

5th Friday's & Holiday's Dark (no meeting)

Use the Contact Form to Request a ZOOM Link!

Rotary Club of Port Orford

P.O. Box 1284

Port Orford, Oregon  97465

Meetings: Join Us!  

Thursdays Noon

      (5th Thursdays Dark)

American Legion Hall

421 11th Street

Port Orford, Oregon  97465

RI President Holgar Knaack Theme is: Rotary Opens Opportunities: “We believe that our acts of service, big and small, create opportunities for people who need our help,” Knaack said. He added that Rotary creates leadership opportunities and gives members the chance to travel the world to put their service ideas into action and make lifelong connections. “Everything we do opens another opportunity for someone, somewhere,” said Knaack.

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