President's Page

Welcome to the website for the Rotary Club of Ashland.

We are People of Action

We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about the Rotary Club of Ashland and Rotary International. Celebrating our 81th year and founded in 1941, the Rotary Club of Ashland is one of over 35,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries. With over 100 members, the Rotary Club of Ashland is involved in many projects locally and internationally. We are a diverse club that boasts members from a wide variety of backgrounds who are committed to making the world a better place for everyone.

As People of Action, our focus is in seven (7) main areas:

  • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution.
  • Disease prevention and treatment.
  • Water and sanitation.
  • Maternal and child health.
  • Basic education and literacy.
  • Economic and community development
  • Supporting the environment.

Members of the Rotary Club of Ashland deliver and support many local projects. Among them are Ashland Reads, a youth literacy project that delivers personalized books to all first, second, and third graders in the Ashland School District. Our members run the Rotary Garden which delivers tons of fresh produce to the Ashland Emergency Food Bank each year. Our Foundation which was established in 1971, The Ashland Rotary Foundation, has given nearly $1M in scholarships to deserving students of Ashland High School and Southern Oregon University. 

Our club also participates in the Rotary Youth Exchange. This program sends students abroad for a full academic year to learn leadership skills, become a global citizen, develop new friendships, and experience new cultures and languages while living with host families. The Rotary Club of Ashland also participates and supports RYLA – Rotary Youth Leadership Awards. This outstanding summer camp helps students build communication and problem-solving skills and become a dynamic leader in the community.

Rotarians participate in thousands of projects globally. The Rotary Club of Ashland also partners with the Rotary Club of Guanajuato, Mexico, to provide clean water, housing, and promoting health care to Ashland’s sister city. 

Whether you just want to experience a Rotary meeting or are ready to decide if the Rotary Club of Ashland is the right service club for you, please contact us ( and arrange to be our guest for an upcoming meeting. We welcome you!  

John Scarborough

President 2022-2023