The Rotary Club of Newport was founded in 1955, chartered by the Rotary Club of Corvallis.
There were 25 Charter Members. Today, we have 60 Members.
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The Rotary Club of Newport identifies and works on community service projects each year. One community project is the building and continued support of Newport Literacy Park, adjacent to the library. Each summer, hundreds of youngsters take part in the Summer Reading Program and the addition of Literacy Park has provided the ideal venue for a variety of entertaining programs to encourage them to read.
The Rotary Club of Newport refurbished the Mombetsu Sister City Park. We honored long time supporters and friends of our Sister City Mombetsu with new tiled benches. Coupled with our work on the park, we hosted a group of friends from Sister City Mombetsu. Our club created and held a literacy night for Head start children and their families. The night included connecting the children with our local library.
We also built a picnic shelter at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, worked on the playground at Big Creek Park.
Our projects are supported by a variety of fund raising activities, which have included the "Newport Collection" Wine Raffle, Piano Concert to raise funds for literacy projects, as well as other activities.
Rotary Has a Global Presence
The Rotary Club of Newport participates in projects around the globe. The most famous and ambitious is Polio Plus which has nearly wiped Polio off the face of the earth. We have also worked with Rotarians in Peru and provided a commercial bake oven to feed the orphans, provide bake goods to sale to support the orphanage and to educate older boys to be bakers so they can make a living as adults. We are the lead Rotary club building a literacy center in rural Thailand. This center will care for young children and provide opportunities for them to learn to read.
We also fund both inbound and outbound Exchange Students, promoting world understanding.
Newport's Yaquina Bay Bridge photo in page banner courtesy of past president Mark J. Miranda