Founded in 2007 as a chapter of the American Recorder Society, a national organization, the mission of the Portland Recorder Society is as follows:
- To promote recorder playing for enjoyment in the greater Portland Oregon area
- To raise the level of proficiency among the members
- To provide performance opportunities for members
- To spread the joy of playing music
The Portland Recorder Society was incorporated August 18, 2008 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.