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For more information on membership in Oakland Rotary or to visit one of our weekly Thursday luncheon meetings, please contact Pat Williams, Executive Director, at or 510-451-2120 (ext 10)

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About Oakland Rotary
This is where business meets community service. Oakland Rotary regularly brings together a large and diverse group of civic, business, and professional leaders with an interest in service, networking and fellowship. Through the commitment and work of our 300 members, Oakland Rotary continues a 100 year history of creating widespread, meaningful impact in the Oakland community. Contact us.
Oakland Rotary
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Service Interested in using your talents to make an impact?

Opportunities to serve our local and international communities are plentiful at Oakland Rotary. Members lead a range of projects and programs. From helping children read and transition to kindergarten, to working with Oakland high school students to develop key business skills, Rotarians get involved.

Our service efforts also reach outside of Oakland, supporting projects such as installing wells, eradicating polio, and connecting students with communities abroad. Projects are varied in scope, scale and time commitment.
Networking Want to expand your network and meet local professionals in a variety of fields?

Members have many opportunities to develop and nurture connections with a broad network of professionals. Activities include a formal networking committee, club sponsorship opportunities, professional dialogue, and learning forums. You will connect with Oakland professionals dedicated to service.
Fellowship Want to build lasting relationships in service to community?

Our best work as Rotarians is done together, in a collegial environment. We create many experiences for members to connect with one another socially and build lifetime relationships. From regular outdoor adventures, to sporting events, to a range of fun, purpose-driven social events, relationships are forged in service to our communities as we enjoy the best of what Northern California has to offer.
For more information on membership in Oakland Rotary or to visit one of our weekly Thursday luncheon meetings, please contact Pat Williams, Executive Director, at or 510-451-2120 (ext 10)
Meet Jillian.
Jillian Loh, Broker Associate, Loh Realty & Investments:
“The service and the people I serve with draw me to Oakland Rotary. Above the service, is the people I serve with in this great city whose values and contributions align with my own and together hope to make the world a better place collectively through relationships and camaraderie.”
Meet Romeo.
Romeo Garcia, Executive Director, Peralta Colleges Foundation:
“Oakland Rotary has provided me with the opportunity to serve the community that I have grown up in. In this picture, I am interacting with children at one of the elementary schools I attended as a child. Giving back or paying it forward is a way of life in Rotary. My service at Oakland Rotary is meaningful, transformative and personally rewarding.”
Meet Sean.
Sean Marx, Founder and CEO, Give Something Back: “Oakland Rotary exemplifies my personal values in every way and I am proud to be a part of an group of people truly making a difference in our great city”
Commonly Asked Questions About Membership
Is there an attendance requirement? You’ll get the most out of your membership by actively participating in Rotary. For some, that means attending the weekly Thursday luncheons at least 50% of the time. The meetings provide opportunities to network and learn about people making a difference in our community. For others, it means focusing on a committee project, where our members enjoy personal and professional growth through opportunities to serve. Either way, you’ll benefit the most from Rotary when you stay involved. What are the networking opportunities? Seven times larger than the average Rotary Club, Oakland has nearly 300 members, and all are local business and professional leaders who care deeply about the Oakland community. As an Oakland Rotarian, you get a chance to meet and mingle with local business and community leaders, develop and enhance your leadership and speaking skills, and participate in a wide range of social and humanitarian activities. More specifically, our RB-13 Committee is a monthly networking group designed to cultivate relationships, increase collaboration, share best practices and generate business referrals between Rotarians.
Grants & Scholarships
Community Grants Oakland Rotary’s Community Service Committee provides a limited number of small grants to non-profit organizations who are working to benefit the Oakland community. Recent grant recipients include: Girls Scouts Camp CEO, Project Pride, Food Shift, and Elizabeth House.
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Scholarships A limited number of scholarships are awarded each year to Oakland students through their high schools.

Oakland Rotary provides two types of scholarships:
  • Saroni-Lena Scholarships – The Saroni-Lena Scholarship Committee has provided more than $1.2 million in scholarships to Oakland youth. The scholarship is for Oakland high school students who have demonstrated a need for financial assistance and are academically qualified to complete a 4-year college degree. (One student from each Oakland high school can apply, and the application form must be obtained from the guidance counselor or principal.)
  • District 5170 Scholarships/Grants – For scholars whose course of study is directed toward fulfilling the mission of The Rotary Foundation and lends itself to the Rotary International credo, which is “Service Above Self.” We prefer that your course of study involve some type of humanitarian emphasis. For more information and instructions please contact Karen Friedman at