Rick Olson, District Governor-Elect
Rick is a third-generation Oregonian from the Eugene area. Raised in a family of Rotarians that included his grandfather, father, sisters and now his daughter, Rotary has been part of the Olson family tradition of “Service Above Self” and giving back to the local communities we reside in. Rick is a graduate of the Engineering program at OSU.
Rick has been part of their family’s concrete products business, founded by his grandfather in 1922, for over 40 years. The value of the relationships with customers and specifiers has always mimicked the Rotary 4-way test. In 1991, Rick created R.K.O. and Associates, to provide oversite and leadership for a North American trade association for roofing product manufacturers. This leadership experience on a national level has helped Rick connect with a greater network of strong business leaders and organizations that share the same values of high ethics.
Prior to joining Rotary, Rick was very involved in community organizations that included Active 20/30 (serving from Club President, through National and WOCO international levels). Rick also served with Special Olympics, Boy Scouts, Junior Achievement, 4H, Kidsports, Sister Theodore Marie Society.
Rick joined the Rotary Club of Eugene in 1986 to serve Rotary alongside his grandfather (Hugh Ford) and father, PDG Dick Olson. During his tenure in the Eugene Club, Rick has served as committee chair for many of the committees and programs in his club, and served as its Club President in 2012-13. Rick’s passion has always been towards the youth related activities and providing a voice and opportunity for those in need. Rick was involved with the inaugural Rotary Duck Race committee in the Eugene/Springfield area to help raise money for child abuse programs.
Rick is a Leadership Academy Graduate (2014) and has served as an Assistant Governor for 3 years, moving up to the Executive Assistant Governor position for the last two years. Rick was selected as an Emerging Rotary Leader for Zone Training and has been involved in the Grants, Membership, Electronic Communication, and Public Image Committees at the District level.
Rick is a Multiple Paul Harris, Major Donor and Benefactor who supports the need to help those that we may never meet in person.
Rick and his wife Barbara live in Pleasant Hill, on a small ranch where they have raised sheep and other animals for their children to care and show in 4H programs. Barbara is very active in P.E.O. and 4H. They have four grown children and soon to have 6 grandchildren, including a set of twins. When time allows, Rick will try his hand at golf and fly-fishing.