SpeakEasy Program Videos and Introduction to Bill Harris

The Southtowne SpeakEasy was a dinner, auction, mystery theater. costume contest, and multi-media event, with loads of fun elements, a Mystery Radio play, and the “Hunt for the Hidden Chalice.”  Through the use of multimedia presentations, clues were revealed to help tables compete for the grand prize, the super-stocked “Hooch Wagon!”

In addition, throughout the night, videos were presented to introduce different segments of fundraising, and the work we do at Southtowne Rotary both locally and Internationally.  In the end, more than close to $70,000 was raised for a variety of charity and club-focused projects.

The Event Program is Loaded with Information, details, and THANK YOUs to everyone who participated.
Click the Link Below to Download a PDF version of the SpeakEasy Program!

Follow along with the fun…the information…and the clues!

The SpeakEasy Intro to the Mystery and Introduction to Bill Harris

The Next Segment Introduced our Emergency Food Box Program, along with the Dessert Dash.
Southtowne Rotary does more than 400 Emergency Food Boxes each year, for families in need from our Head Start program partners.

Next on the agenda, was the Special Appeal for Friends of Buyijja.
At Southtowne Rotary, we have begun supporting the work being done by Friends of Buyijja, started by our own Rotarian, Patric Miller. The primary mission of this small but vital group, is providing education supplies and books for the village school in Buyijja. This school services 270 students, who before Friends of Buyijja became active, had no books, clean drinking water, electricity, or sanitary bathrooms.

This Special Paddle Raise plea, raised $5,900. Enough to fund an entire year of books and supplies.

The passing of one of our most beloved Southtowne Rotarians hit us all hard. But knowing that we could continue the kind of work that made him a passionate volunteer for decades, has allowed us to carry on his name.

The Bruce Shaw Scholarship for Homeless Youth is made possible through the Southtowne Rotary Foundation. This Special Appeal raised more than $15,000, and was matched dollar for dollar with another $15,000 by the Foundation.

While dinner was being served,  a video reminder of the work we do, and a “Mystery Chalice Clue” was given.

Eugene Southtowne Rotary personifies the motto, “We Get Things Done, While Having Fun!” With a huge list of Local and Internationally projects, the work we do at Southtowne Rotary is felt here and around the world.

Fighting homelessness and hunger, creating educational opportunities with grants and scholarships, filling needs in foreign countries, and making sure that youth is served for a brighter future, Southtowne Rotary’s legacy is broad and active.

And it’s all done by members who know how to have fun!

Finally…it was time to reveal the location of the “Chalice of Service” as well as the recipient of the first Bill Harris Award for Getting things Done while having Fun!

The culmination of the amazing Southtowne SpeakEasy FUNdraiser, was the “final reveal” of the location of the “Sacred Chalice.” Carried throughout the century by Paul Harris’s brother, Bill, the Chalice came to rest in the storage area of the the Vet’s Club, where Southtowne Rotary meets!

The final surprise, was the First Annual Bill Harris Award, presented to the member who best personifies, “Getting Things Done While Having Fun!”

Thanks to Everyone who participated in this amazing event!  It could not have been possible without the amazing efforts of our volunteers, donors, those attending, and of course, the amazing Bill Harris!



Photo Booth Contest and Event Pics

Let’s just start with saying that everyone looked Amazing!  People really stepped up to the mirror, and dressed to the nines for this event…with many actually entering our Costume Contest for a chance at an amazing prize!

The Prize Winner will receive:

  • A Gift Basket from Wildcraft Cider Works
  • Gift Certificate from 6th St. Grille
  • Growler, fill certificate and T-shirts from Growler Guys

So here’s the problem with a contest... to win, you have to follow the rules!!
Here’s what it said in the program, and on the huge poster next to the booth…

So…if we are going to go with the rules, all of the large group pics are automatically eliminated. 

Then…we have to go with couples who paid as singles…(of which there were none)…which leaves us with deciding if there was one person who truly exemplified both the spirit of the event, and the spirit of Rotary…

And that would be Walt and Nancy…except that they already won the raffle and the yellow line drawing (and enough winning already!).

So…there is one person who looks the part of a genuine flapper (including the gloves, and very 1920s looking shoes), and stayed behind more than an hour to help me clean up, including helping to take down the photo booth…
So, I award the Photo Booth Winning Pic to Kathileen Wagner, one of our newest, and most active members at Southtowne Rotary!

But, let’s be honest… you are ALL Winners to Us!

Thanks to all who dressed up, and made the night magical!

In Service…
Patric Miller
SpeakEasy Chairman

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Our Photo Booth Photographer – Maddy Miller

OUR PHOTO CONTEST WINNER – Kathileen Wagner and her daughter Melissa McKnight

Some Random Shots from friends on FaceBook

And Some Amazing Shots from talented Southtowne Rotary friend,
Sarah Andrews!

Auction Items For the SpeakEasy Event

We have an ever-growing list of items donated from an amazing list of individuals and businesses that are growing by the day!  CHECK BACK REGULARLY…as this list will change, and you will have a chance to buy a variety of items online after the event has concluded!

Businesses that have donated:


  • Leather Crafting by Scott and Leather Guild Friends
  • Pottery by Linda Carnine
  • Fused Glass by Susie
  • Quilts by Zola (Sam’s wife)
  • Watercolor painting of Spencer’s Butte by Maurice Van
  • Handmade Silver Rotary Wheel Necklace by Jody Stokes
  • Handcrafted Pens by Pat Farr


  • Wine Rack and 6 Bottles of Wine
  • Travel Cocktail Set & Vintage Cocktail Recipe Book
  • Ascot Picnic Set and w/ Mellen Meyer Sparkling Wine
  • Gin, Scotch, Fine Wine and More

Restaurant Gift Certificates:

  • Willie’s
  • Los Portrillos
  • Viking Braggot and Co.
  • Chapala’s
  • Steelhead Brewery
  • Turtles
  • 6th St. Grille
  • Marche’


  • Car Detailing
  • Interior Design Consultation
  • Cleaning
  • Life and Leadership Coaching
  • Carpet Cleaning
  • Commercial Lighting

Dinners with Fellow Rotarians

  • Japanese Night for 4 at the Stokes
  • A Swiss Raclette Dinner for 6 at the Meyers
  • A non-traditional Amish dinner for 4 at the Gissner’s

Other Goodies

Gift Baskets

  • Teatime
  • Gardening: Get Ready for Spring
  • Pamper Yourself
  • Skin Care/ Hair Products
  • Love Your Pets (dogs and cats)
  •  Go Ducks
  • Travel
  • Coffee
  • Tool kit with Case
  • An American Flag that was flown over the Capitol

Oral Auction Packages with estimated values

  1. Pacific Beach House $1000
  2. A Day on the Water w/Captain Doug $800
  3. Wine Lovers Weekend at Steamboat Inn – $900
  4. Rafting the McKenzie . $600
  5. Handyman Package . $800
  6. Provisions Pizza Making – $800
  7. Karasan Rug $1,399
  8. 4 Night Albuquerque Cultural Sightseeing Adventure . $2500
  9. Ems Baseball Package – $800
  10. Shadow Hills Package – 4 Rounds, 2 Carts, $400 Golf Shop/Food Voucher- $800
  11. Custom Jewelry Package from Beaudet Jewelry and Design – $1,500
  12. World of Wine Tours with Glen – $800
  13. Complete Paint Project Package from Forrest Paint – $900
  14. Neopoliital Pizza Making Class with Rocky Maselli – $750
  15. Romance “Staycation” at the Inn at the 5th, Marche’ and SweetCheeks – $550
  16. Financial Planning Package Personalized Financial Services from Roehl & Yi – $1,500

Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company

“A vineyard is an expression of the place and the farmer. Using meticulous and earth-friendly farming techniques, we make sure that each vine is individually nurtured to yield grapes that achieve the optimal ripeness and sugar levels.”

— Gene Bennett

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Heritage Distilling Co.

110 Madison St
Eugene, OR 97402
ph. 541-357-4431
On the Web- https://www.heritagedistilling.com

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Shadow Hills Country Club

Shadow Hills Country Club
Address: 92512 River Rd Junction City, OR 97448
PO Box 41285 Eugene, OR 97404-0326
Main Ph. (541) 998-2365
Pro Shop: (541) 998-8441
Web Site: https://www.shadowhillscc.org/

Shadow Hills Country Club is a private, member-owned club which offers the amenities of a golf resort, just minutes from downtown Eugene. We are a family-friendly social community, without the restrictions of a traditional country club. Our facility is set in a gorgeous rural setting that offers an escape from the rigors of everyday life, with a sense of “home” that is welcoming and inclusive to members of all ages.

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Forrest Paint Company

Phone number: 541-868-1222
Store Manager: Phil Barry – pbarry@forrestpaint.com
990 McKinley Street, Eugene, Oregon

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Lucky Dog Day & Night Care

Address: 423 Q St, Springfield, OR
PH. (541) 744-BARK (2275)
Web Site- https://luckydogcare.com

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Annie Libertini – Leather Masks and Art

Handmade leather masks, accessories, and art pieces

I can be reached via email at:
Or via my Facebook and Etsy pages:

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Elevation Bouldering Gym

Elevation is a modern climbing facility built by and for the people of Eugene, Oregon. Through innovative setting, thoughtful design, and an enjoyable multi-sensory experience, we hope to inspire the community to connect and grow healthier together.

Address: 348 Lincoln St, Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 972-3595
Website- https://www.elevationgym.com

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Annie Margarita Studios

Annie Margarita Studios is located at McKenzie River Inn, 49164 McKenzie Hwy, Vida, Oregon 9748.
Please call 541-215-2022 with any questions or to place an order.
Website- https://www.anniemargarita.com

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Eugene Ballet

Address: 1590 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 485-3992
Website- https://www.eugeneballet.org

Since its founding in 1978, and under the leadership of award-winning Artistic Director and Resident Choreographer, Toni Pimble, Eugene Ballet has grown to become one of the West’s busiest and most versatile professional dance companies. Built upon an engaging repertoire of full-length classical ballets, contemporary works, and accessible family programs, Eugene Ballet continues to collaborate across multiple cultural disciplines to create innovative new pieces, as well as showcase the works of many of the country’s finest choreographers.

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Wine, Spirits and Cider Sponsors

Our Generous
(and completely legal)

SpeakEasy Beverage Donors

An event like this would not be possible without the generous donations from our great list of Wine, Spirits and Cider Donors!  What’s a SpeakEasy without the “hooch,” right?  Well, these amazing folks put the “H” (for happy) in the hooch, and you can sample, buy, and win if you attend!

While the name of the event implies an era of bathtub gin, and small stash wine brewing, we are pleased to have beverages from some of the finest names in brewing, distilling and wine making in the Willamette Valley!


Bennett Vineyards & Wine Company
Handcrafted Pinot Noirs

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Heritage Distilling Co

Distillers of Fine Spirits


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More Beverage Donors and Sponsors






SpeakEasy Event Details

The Basics:  Southtowne SpeakEasy FUNdraiser
Friday, March 1st – beginning at 5:30pm
LCC Event Center, Lane Community College

Formerly the Southtowne Wine and Salmon Festival, SouthTowne Rotary is “changing things up” with an event that broadens the pallet, broadens the beverage choices, and ramps up the FUN, all while raising money for the amazing list of work that Eugene Southtowne Rotary Does in here in the community and in countless projects worldwide!

It can only be successful with your involvement, and there are loads of ways to participate, before and during the event!

Silent Auction Pre-Bidding and Event Bidding
You can bid early with “Buy It Now” Pricing, on a wide variety of products and services, with final bids being concluded on the night of the SpeakEasy!

Live Auction Pre-Bidding and Event Bidding
The biggest items will be auctioned off the night of the event, but you will have a chance to bid early as items are added. There are some amazing offers…don’t miss your chance, even if you can’t make the event in person!

The SpeakEasy Event Night Agenda
There are loads of ways we are going to make this event different, fun, and yes…challenging!

  • Table Teams will try to solve the “Mystery of the Golden Chalice” with clues being given throughout the night, as well as being offered for purchase or prizes. The Grand Prize for winning…will be sure to please!
  • Raffle tickets awarded for trivia contest, as well as purchased during the night.
  • COSTUME CONTEST to be judged by the members of “Nick’s Crew”
  • Live Radio Mystery Theater to entertain, as well as help give clues to table teams
  • Jail Break Dessert Dash- There are no files in the desserts… but there may be clues!
  • Loads of Secret Surprises throughout the night

Where the money goes…
All proceeds go toward the work that Southtowne Rotary and the Southtowne Rotary Foundation do here and abroad.  Be part of the solution…while having a ton of Fun!

Southtowne Rotary is one of the most active Rotary Clubs in our District, and the funds raised for this event go toward our expansive work both here and internationally.  Focusing on helping kids in need, our efforts reach local and international youth, with unconditional gifts of peace, hope and love.

Proceeds benefit these local and far-reaching projects in which our Rotary club is involved (and many others):

  • College scholarships for promising students who likely would not have the opportunity to attend college w/o the scholarship- This effort will be the focus of our new “Bruce Shaw Scholarship Fund for Homeless Youth” in honor of Bruce Shaw, a legendary Rotarian in our club and beyond.
  • School Books and Supplies for the Village School in Buyijja, Uganda
  • Food boxes for families in need, in connection with Food for Lane County
  • Educational materials for Head Start
  • Project Amigo, helping to support education for students in Mexico
  • Stove Team International, providing healthy and efficient wood cook stoves
  • San Miguel de Allende School for the Deaf
  • Countless other Local Projects that deal with homelessness, hunger and education.
And Did We Mention the Food?

This year, you will have the choice of FOUR different menu options,
each bundled together with an entry ticket. Food, Drink and fun…with loads of options to participate!

See all of the menu items, food descriptions and prices by clicking the link below!


What You Get When You Donate To or Sponsor Our SpeakEasy

Thank you for your consideration!
We know that local area businesses in Lane County are amazingly generous in their support of local non-profit and fund raising events.  We realize that a great relationship is a bit of a “quid-pro-quo,” so the event team at Southtowne Rotary are going the extra mile to make sure that your business receives the recognition, exposure and support your generous donations warrant!

For this reason, we are adding a variety of added value opportunities
for our Sponsors and Donors! Our Way of Saying THANK YOU!

  1. Full Page Sponsor Directory Listing
    This listing includes up to 500 words, 3 pictures, location information and URL Link to your web site and social media pages. This will remain live for a FULL YEAR, telling the public, other Rotarians, and your potential customers all about your business.
  2. Cross Promotion on Social Media including FaceBook and Instagram, featuring our key sponsors and the offers they are making for this event.
  3. Secret SpeakEasy Event Gift Guide
    This is a chance for you to get the full benefit of donating a retail item or service, set the “Buy it Now Price” and be featured in our special Online Shopping guide which will begin prior to the Main Event, and continue in weeks following. This will be done as a Certificate Redemption Sale…which will bring the winner into your store to redeem their purchase, allowing you to have a chance at another retail sale.
  4. Featured listing in our Event Brochure
    Logo/100 word description/Items donated
  5. Platinum Sponsors Listed in all online, print, and electronic media

What we are asking from you…
Donations of goods or services at the levels listed below At least one item that can be featured in our live auction (at least a $650 value) or our Silent/Online bidding auction (More than $100- but Less than $650).
Platinum Sponsors – $1,500 and above Gold Sponsors – $750 – $1500 Silver Sponsors – $100 – $750

Sponsor Benefit Details
Full Page Business Directory Listing
– Tied to Your Auction/Donation Item

  • Up to 500 Word Description with Links to your Web/Social Media sites.
  • Business Logo plus up to 3 pictures describing your business
  • Web Presence for a Full Year
  • Featured/Shared on our Web Site and Social Media
  • Night of Event Rotator and MultiMedia Donor Showcase
  • Business Directory Link in our Event Program

Southtowne SpeakEasy Secret Deals & Deep Discounts (Runs up to the event, and then in the weeks following the event)

This Event Shopping and Gift Guide will be launched to help bring added value to your participation and customers to your business! Every item you donate to this Special Directory will be cross-promoted on Social Media, the Southtowne SpeakEasy Web Site, and by email list-serve sharing, across multiple platforms.  This will reach members of more than 60 Rotary clubs, as well as boosted shares through social media.

  • This is a “BUY IT NOW” format, that offers the buyer a certificate that must be redeemed at your place of business, bringing you new customers, and a chance for additional retail business
  • All Offers Posted on the Super Deals & Deep Discounts site, will earn full Business Directory exposure and cross promotion to your company’s web and social media sites.

Email Us Here: southtownespeakeasy@gmail.com
Or Call Event Chair Patric Miller, at 541-912-3975