Giving Child a Polio Vaccine

Rotarians know no geographical boundaries.  They seek world peace and cultural understanding.  And they make things happen – from eradicating polio to supporting women scale businesses to bringing clean water to communities. At Rotary Club of Oakland, we serve through the following three committees.

Youth and Local

For the last 100-plus years, Rotarians have committed to making Oakland a better place.  We are proud of this legacy and continue to put “service above self”  through the following ten committees.


Club members take care of each other and our Club. They help each other develop professionally, and they develop deep friendships and business connections.  They enjoy meeting new people and building community. To fulfill their commitment to the Club, they may serve on a committee in one of four areas.

Watch this short film about Oakland Rotary's service

International Committees

We work with Rotary clubs in developing countries to plan, finance, and implement community service projects. We also work on special projects, such as student exchanges, to promote world peace through increased understanding among people in the world.

Promotes better international relations through youth exchange programs, including the long-standing student exchange with Oakland Rotary’s sister-city club, the Fukuoka Rotary Club.

We promote the work of the Rotary Foundation. We coordinate and maintain records on our Club's Paul Harris Fellows and other Club members contributions to the Rotary Foundation, and we ensure that appropriate recognition materials are presented to donors.

Youth and Local Committees

We organize a local speech contest for local high school students, the winners of which move on to participate in the District Speech  Competition.

Vision Statement
"Oakland Community Rotaract is a humanitarian organization of Bay Area-based artist-entrepreneurs aspiring to empower our low-income neighborhoods to become self-sufficient. We seek to bridge the financial education gap between our struggling community and an evolving...

Develop a plan for a project to help Oakland's unsheltered residents.

We support organizations that provide direct services to improve the quality of life of those who live in the Oakland community.

Funding for grants in our 2023-2024 year have been spent.  We encourage you to reapply in July 2024 for our 2024-2025 grant period.


We sponsor high school juniors from Oakland schools to work in leadership teams, to expand your networks and explore education and career options after high school.  Each Spring since 1982 the Enterprise Institute has taken place in a dormitory style camp in Aptos, just south of Santa Cruz. ...

We provide mentoring to a select group of students, starting in their middle school years and continuing through high school graduation. If a HOPE mentee meets specified grade and attendance requirements and satisfies other criteria through the end of high school, he or she receives up to $10,...

We develop and support InterAct Clubs, which are service clubs for students in Oakland high schools. Through Interact, students develop leadership skills and a love of community service.

We provide materials, supplies, field trips, classroom volunteers, enriching experiences, and other program support to the Transitional Kindergarten program of the Oakland Unified School District.

We identify and select high school students to attend  the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) camp each summer.

We award college scholarships to deserving Oakland high school seniors who will be attending a four- year college or university.  The application and selection process takes place in the Spring. During the rest of the year, committee members serve as advisors to scholarship recipients.


Club Committees

Supporting Oakland Rotary with the Comittees:
Membership, New Member Orientation,  New Member Events and Business Development 

Supporting Oakland Rotary with the Committees:
Brown Bag, Entertainment, High Adventure + Sports, Gala, and Speakers 

Supporting Oakland Rotary with the Committees:
Public Image/Communications and Live Oak.

Supporting Oakland Rotary with the Committees:
Audio Visual and President's Support