Category Archives: Local Service Projects

Gold Beach High School Scholarships

The Rotary Club of Gold Beach’s Scholarship Committee works closely with the local high school in soliciting applications for scholarships and evaluating the applicants. Scholarships are awarded annually near the end of the school year.

The minimum scholarship amount is $500, maximum $1000. The scholarships are earned by students who meet the following criteria:

  • Students are eligible in the year that they graduate
  • Must have a 3.0 GPA or above
  • Submit a Resume
  • Type (12 font) a 500-word essay describing how you will contribute professionally and personally to your community in the future
  • Be available for an interview

Any amounts allocated by the Board of Directors for scholarships are allocated into four categories:

  1. Exchange Students
  2. Vocational
  3. Rotary Leadership
  4. Scholarship
  5. Criteria reviewed by the Scholarship Committee include the following:

Grades earned by the student
Class courses selected by the student
Scores on standardized tests
Participation in school leadership organizations, school clubs, and athletics
Participation in community activities and organizations
Student resume
Student essay
Oral interview

Youth of the Month Club

The Rotary Club of Gold Beach works closely with the High School teaching staff and administration to determine deserving candidates for recognition. The winners are invited to attend a a club luncheon meeting and asked to speak briefly about themselves and their goals and are awarded a certificate and a gift of appreciation.

Rotary Youth Leadership Award

The Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) is awarded to two deserving high school students annually. Consequently, the students participate in a ‘Leadership Camp’ and gain valuable leadership skills and experience.

Many prior attendees have gone on to become leaders at their school and beyond.

Youth Exchange

Each year, the Rotary Club of Gold Beach has the opportunity to sponsor both an inbound and an outbound exchange student.

The inbound student arrives sometime in August and spends the school year with at least three Rotary families in the community while attending Gold Beach High School. Recent exchange students have come to us from Ecuador, Brazil, and Columbia.

The purpose of the exchange program is to promote the understanding of different cultures. Our exchange student attends our weekly meeting and shares their week’s experience with the club. During the year, the student also regularly meets with the other exchange students in the District, often forming lasting relationships.

The student often prepares a presentation about their home country for the club.

Most recently we were pleased to host Olivier from Belgium! She stayed withGold Beach families in 2014 / 2015.Olivier attended most weekly Rotary meetings and it was a pleasure to see him transform during his time in Gold Beach. His language skills improved dramatically, he adapted well to small-town America from his familiar large city home, he visited with many other exchange students, and enjoyed travels throughout Oregon and beyond.

Recent Outbound students from Gold Beach have traveled as far as Brazil.

Rotary Exchange Students Over the Years.  Below are the students we have hosted.
1983 – Kuno Katto – Japan
1984 – Julia Sankalo – Finland
1986 – Janie Marshall – South Africa
1987 – Paula Pinto – Brazil
1989 – Jacob Bronner – Denmark
1990 – Carla Ferreira – Brazil
1991 – Miriam Branlich – Germany
1992 – Julien Lettilier – France
1993 – Anna Hovila – Finland
1994 – Fredirico Garcia – Mexico
1995 – Gail Smith – South Africa
1996 – Christina Imhof – Switzerland
1997 – Vincent Gneslan – Belgium
1998 – Katla Holejsvska – Slovakia
1999 – Jamie Box – Australia
2000 – Daniella Ruiz – Equador
2001 – Federico Gonzalez – Argentina
2002 – Diane Thake – South Africa
2003 – Delphine Vaudiau – France
2004 – Pri Aguiar – Brazil
2005 – Anna Hovila – Denmark
2006 – Gunnva Iila – Faroe Islands
2007 – Niko Echeverri – Columbia
2008 – Thibaut Ceuterick – Belgium
2009 – Michelle Bareno – Equador
2014 – Olivier – Belgium

Look at all the Gold Beach  Rotary Exchange Students we have sponsored over the Years.  Below are our local students that have traveled through the exchange program.
1983 – Beth Hallmark, Brazil
1984 – Phillip Rose, Mexico,
1985 – Jeff Waltz, Sweden
1986 – Joe Mross, Mexico, Kari Flynn, Chile
1987 – Marci Giottonini, S. Africa
1988 – Tracy Wilson, S. Africa, Becca Ellenbecker, Denmark
1989 –  Wes Southard, France
1990 – Jodi Giottonini, Brazil
1991 – Carrie Crook, Sweden, Crissa Crook, Mexico
1992 – Tami Walker, South Africa
1993 – Cam Gardner, Finland, Ryan Spicer, Sweden
1995 – Lacy Westfall, Belgium
1996 -Rachael BRown, South Africa
1998 -Brooke Stuart, Brazil, Mae Culbertson, Belgium. Michelle Clary Australia
1999 – Molly OʼDwyer, Brazil, Kyle Ringer, S. Africa, Camilla Jakacky, Ecuador
2000 – LeAnne Genovese, Belgium, Rain Halcumb, Mexico
2003 – Laura Rysdall, South Africa
2005 – Dana Rysdall, Brazil

Youth Dictionary Project

Gold Beach Rotary Club Dictionary ProjectEach year, the Rotary Club of Gold Beach works closely with the local school district to not only present each 3rd grade student with their own dictionary but also visit the school and instruct the students in their use. It is a fun occasion for both the youth and the rotarians!

The Rotary Club of Gold Beach participates each year in The Dictionary Project. The goal of this program is to assist all students in completing the school year as good writers, active readers and creative thinkers by providing students with their own personal dictionary. The dictionaries are a gift to each student to use at school and at home for years to come.

Reading is the most important skill of all. It is the starting point for all the economic and social opportunities this world has to offer. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn. Every year we watch The Dictionary Project grow by expanding our pool of sponsors, so more children can enjoy the benefits of owning their own personal dictionary.

Ready To Smile – Children’s Dental Health Program

Ready to Smile - Gold Beach RotaryReady to Smile provides much-needed dental prevention and educational services to
children in schools throughout Coos and Curry counties,

Ready to Smile is a citizen-driven effort to improve children’s dental health.

Ready to Smile coordinates and provides services that prevent and treat children’s dental health problems.

The program provides:
• No-fee dental screenings to grades 1, 2, 6 and 7 in most Coos and Curry county schools, plus  Reedsport. (Services are provided at the school.)
• Dental sealants, fluoride varnish and oral hygiene kits to participating students in the above grades. Licensed dental hygienists and assistants provide these services.
• Staff members provide assistance with dental insurance questions and referrals to dental offices
for urgent care.

Dental screenings and sealants are provided by dental professionals at no cost to the students, along with oral hygiene education to prevent cavities. Mobile dental van visits are organized to serve students who need cleanings and treatment. In addition, students are referred to local dentists for treatment.

Ready to Smile is managed by a local Steering Committee representing Coos and Curry counties. The program is coordinated by Cecilee Shull of Coos County Public Health.

In 2010, the Rotary Club of Gold Beach and the Curry Health Foundation coordinated their main fundraising event/goal to help support this effort.  The Annual ‘High on Health’ dinner raised over $21,000 which was then matched by the Oregon Community Foundation.  The Ready to Smile program is fully funded for at least three years.

Ready to Smile Program

During the 2010/2011 school year, kids in Curry County received over $75,000 in dental care, including screenings, sealants, fluoride varnishes, education and referrals to needed services for grades 1, 2, 6 and 7. In 2011/2012, these services will be expanded to also include dental vans at the schools as needed.

Ready to Smile
has been made possible by generous contributions from The Oregon Community Foundation, The Ford Family Foundation, Curry Health Foundation, Gold Beach and Bandon Rotary Clubs, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Soroptimists of the Coos Bay Area and many volunteers.

Find out more from the Ready to Smile Newsletters:

High on Health Annual Benefit Fundraiser

The Curry Health Foundation is dedicated to supporting health care in Curry County.  Many of the health services that you receive in Curry County have been made possible by help from the Curry Health Foundation. Here are just a few of the results of the Foundation’s grant program, that have assisted in making better health care possible throughout Curry County:

Each year, the Curry Health Foundation and the Rotary Club of Gold Beach work together to assemble this fundraising benefit dinner – High on Health. In 2018, we are pleased to have host Magician Adam the Great, with both live & silent auctions.  Proceeds from the event will be used for health related needs in the area.


Bike The Rogue



          September 11, 2021                     23 & 38 Mile Rides

Both Bike the Rogue routes follow the banks of the Rogue River in this spectacularly scenic  & remote southwestern corner of Oregon…where the Rogue River meets the ocean.  The 38 mile ride includes 7 miles along the Pacific Ocean  with panoramic views of beaches, sea stacks, & rugged coastline.

Both rides start and finish at Buffington Park in Gold Beach.   A continental breakfast is provided at start of the event with well stocked rest stations every 7-10 miles along the route.  A Sag wagon will have a mechanic for assistance with any problems you may encounter.

Registration  7:00  –  9:00 AM .  The 23 and 38 mile routes may start anytime between 8 and 9 AM. Registration fees and maps are as follows:

23 Mile Ride: ~1100 vertical feet . $30

38 Mile Ride: ~2000 vertical feet. $40


Registration: To register, download the application and waiver forms, complete, sign, and mail to the event along with payment for the desired ride.

You may also sign up and register at the event.  The ride starts at Buffington Park (3 blocks east of Highway 101 on Gauntlet St.) in Gold Beach, Oregon.

A big thank you to our sponsors who have helped make this event possible.

Gold Beach Rotary Club    Century 21              GB-logo         South Coast Bicycles

This is a SAFETY FIRST event and Helmets Are Required.

Gold Beach Rotary is an equal opportunity recreation provider operating under special use permit within the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Pictures From 2019 Bike-The-Rogue