About the Club

The Round Table Club of Eugene, Oregon was founded on November 20, 1912
 for "the social and intellectual enjoyment of its members." Implicitly, the Club was also intended to serve as a town-gown organization, providing a forum in which citizens and members of the University of Oregon could share friendship and the opportunity for intellectual growth.

The Club meets eight times a year for a social hour, a dinner, and a presentation prepared by one of the members. Over the years, the presentations have ranged from Eric Allen's speech on the history of newspapers in 1913 to Wayne Morse's analysis of the Vietnam War in the 1960s and Martha Bayless' 2009 discussion of "What's the Difference Between a Duck?"

When the Club began in 1912 the enrollment of the University of Oregon was a mere 862, the faculty numbered 45, and the population of Eugene was 12,000. In the years that have passed, Eugene and the University have grown and changed in countless ways. But the Round Table has been remarkably stable, preserving the town-gown character and pursuing the same intellectual and social goals. 

The Round Table has become one of Eugene's core organizations, helping to define and preserve the culture of our community. Click here for more on the history of the Round Table.

The club celebrated its 100th anniversary with a black-tie-optional gala dinner at the Giustina Ballroom of the Ford Alumni Center at the University of Oregon on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, with retired Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers speaking on the topic, "The Round Table Club of Eugene: Into the Second Century."  Click here to see a 30-minute video describing the club's first 100 years.