Social Justice Committee

Promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity within our club and throughout our community



We talk


We touch sometimes difficult subjects


We learn about ourselves, each other, and especially how and why injustice impacts everyone


And, we grow as individuals and a community that is dedicated to living in a more equitable world.

The Activities that Keep Us Engaged

Diversity, Inclusion & Equity
Diversity, inclusion and equity begins with our club. We are developing a plan to Increase the diversity of our membership and promote inclusion and equity in Club operations.
Workshops, Dialogues & Conversations
We offer Club members and their guests special programs that engage, inform, educate and that challenge self-reflection and the capacity to listen to understand.
Online Resource Library
Our resource library provides suggestions on readings, viewings, and music that promote the understanding of social justice issues. Visit our resource library and join the conversation.
Book Club
We stretch ourselves to read books that support and counter our beliefs, and provide an opportunity to participate in discussions that broaden our knowledge of social justice issues.


For many years, the Portland Pearl Rotary Club has supported Lincoln High School in many ways, including our Student of the Month Program. We have begun a NEW relationship with Madison High School and will present an award to one student from each school monthly during the school year.

Advancement Via Individual Determination

AVID is a college readiness program designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in college. The program places special emphasis on growing writing, critical thinking, teamwork, organization and reading skills.
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Madison Stats

  • Grade 9-12
  • Top 10% in # students
  • 66% minorities
  • 74% graduation rate
  • Diversity Score: 0.78% (Top 1% in OR)
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Highlights from Past Speakers and Events

Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Our Summer Social Justice Committee Book Club Read: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

Trying to figure out what you should read this summer? Check out the Social Justice Book Club's choice for September, Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. What does education, global warming, and rare monarch butterflies have in common? All convene in this Women's Prize for fiction tale.

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Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Joel Shapiro: What We're Doing to Stop the Sex Trafficking Business

Most of us have heard about sex trafficking across national borders, mainly involving poverty-stricken women from such countries as Russia, China, and Mexico. But did you know that sex trafficking is also a big problem within our country? Portland area attorney Joel Shapiro told Pearl Rotarians June 4th about some of his experiences trying legally […]

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Monday, 20 May 2019
Pearl Rotarians at the Women of Excellence Awards

Last week several Portland Pearl Rotarians attended the 2019 Women of Excellence Awards.

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Becoming - Michelle Obama

In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing herself as a powerful advocate for women and girls in the U.S. and around the world, dramatically changing the ways that families pursue healthier and more active lives, and standing with her husband as he led America through some of its most harrowing moments. Along the way, she showed us a few dance moves, crushed Carpool Karaoke, and raised two down-to-earth daughters under an unforgiving media glare.

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites readers into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her—from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work, to her time spent at the world’s most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it—in her own words and on her own terms. Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations—and whose story inspires us to do the same.

Monday, December 9th

Potluck at Kelly Morrow's House
Portland Pearl Rotary Club - One of Portland, Oregon's Fastest Growing Clubs