About the Club
What does the Greater Albany Rotary Club do?
The Greater Albany Rotary Club meets at noon every Monday at the Fair Expo. Currently made up of 65 members, our Rotarians are active in varying ways in many service projects, both locally and internationally. Some members donate money, some donate their time, others – their job skills and technical expertise. Each project is studied prior to our involvement to determine if it meets our goals of sustainability, betterment of community, and greatest impact for the greatest good. Some examples of our current and recently completed service projects are shown below. And while we work on these service programs, we remain united in the global campaign to eradicate polio.
Water Projects – In Tanzania, through grants and volunteer labor, we helped build a cement “pool” to contain, and keep clean, spring water before it’s piped downhill to serve over 150,000 residents. In Sierra Leone, also through grants and volunteer labor, Greater Albany Rotarians helped build four towers to install and hold water distribution tanks. These tanks receive water from the new piping system of over 5,000 lineal feet.
Scholarship Programs – We help provide funding for approximately 30 students to attend school from 1st through graduation in Uganda and Mexico. Our financial help pays for tuition, books and school uniforms.
Children – Greater Albany Rotarians financially support the Albany Parks & Rec’s Children’s Performing Arts Program by sponsoring free quality presentations to children and their families; and the Newspapers in Education Program which supplies newspapers to various elementary classrooms in the Albany area as a teaching tool. We originated the now district-wide Dictionary Project where each third- grade student in Linn County receives a free dictionary.
Students – During the school year, we have a Student-of the Month presentation where one student is recognized for demonstrating a significant turn-around or overcoming a major obstacle in their life. Students are awarded a certificate and a $200 gift card to the LBCC book store. Also, three scholarships in the amount of $1000 are awarded every year to three graduating students of a Greater Albany High School based on the same criteria as the Student of the Month.
Youth Leadership – We provide camp scholarships to three students to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA). These incoming high school seniors are provided leadership training and the opportunity to develop life-long friendships during their week-long stay at RYLA camp. Greater Albany Rotarians also administer the club-sponsored Interact Club at West Albany High School. Each year, Interact completes at least two community service projects, one of which furthers international understanding and goodwill. Through these efforts, Interactors develop a network of friendships with local and overseas clubs, learn the importance of developing leadership skills and personal integrity, demonstrate helpfulness and respect for others, learn to understand the value of individual responsibility and hard work and advancing international understanding and goodwill.
In September 2016, the Greater Albany Rotary Club held the fifth Craft Brew Smackdown in downtown Albany. Partnering with the Historic Carousel & Museum and the Albany Downtown Association, the Smackdown hosted over 26 local breweries that were featured in 22 local businesses. 700 craft beer “enthusiasts” attended the event to sample beer, cider, distilled spirits and food samples provided by local restaurants. From ticket sales, sponsorships by several Greater Albany Rotary Club members and local businesses, and the donation of all alcohol by the breweries, the event raised over $20,000 to be split amongst the two non-profits.