Rotary Lunch Speaker: Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson

Michael Cottam

On Tuesday, May 19 2020, our lunch speaker will be Deschutes County Sheriff, Shane Nelson.   Sheriff Nelson has been in law enforcement and with the Sheriff’s Office since 1993. 

The meeting will be via web conference. To attend, either visit from your computer, or you may call in on (213) 226-1066 and enter conference ID 668-918-795.

We will record the presentation for others who aren’t able to attend at noon.

Recording of Last Week's Meeting

If you didn't attend last week's meeting, but would like to watch the video (our speaker was Dr. Marinus Koning, founder of Reach Another Foundation), it's here:

Dr. Koning showed a video about the foundation as well, and that video is here:

The Giving Plate Food Drive

Friday, 22 May, our club is trying to organize a grocery delivery for the growing number of hungry and needy families in Central Oregon which has been exacerbated by the Corona Virus pandemic. To do that, we are proposing that members of our club who are willing and able, please donate a bag of groceries to “The Giving Plate” food pantry.

The Giving Plate is located at Southeast 3rd Street C7 (behind the Super 8 by Wyndham Motel on SE 3rd Street). It might be nice if we arrived more or less at the same time or at least on the same day to show the impact and concern of our club (plus it would give us an opportunity for members to see each other, if only in passing, and at the appropriate social distance).

So, for those interested, I am proposing we arrive in our separate vehicles to drop a bag of groceries at the drop off location of The Giving Plate at 1100 am on Friday, 22 May. If possible, wear your Rotary Shirt.

Add to Calendar

If you cannot drive to “The Giving Plate” but want to contribute a bag of groceries, send Gary Meyer an email or phone him (757) 254-6836 . He is willing to deliver your grocery donation for you. You can leave it on your porch, driveway, whatever, just provide an address and a time and Gary will retrieve. Thanks.

Thank You from Pine Ridge Elementary

The kids at Pine Ridge Elementary made a video to thank us for the books from the Gift of Literacy. Here’s a note from one of the teachers.

"Hi Brian, Our first graders are LOVING their new books. Although learning at home has been less than desirable, the timing of the books was perfect. Not only were they a welcome distraction, but students were starting to become bored with their own books at home. I'm sure each and every book was read shortly after have been received! We've compiled a little video to say thanks. Feel free to pass it along to the members of the Rotary Club."

Watch the video here:

Art & Writing Contest for K-12 students in BLS

The Education Foundation announces an Art & Writing Contest for K-12 students in BLS! This fun contest will allow our students to showcase their creativity in art and/or writing, as well as having an opportunity to win a gift card from the Education Foundation ranging in value from $25-$50 depending on grade level. Two winners per category (art or writing) per grade level will be selected for a gift card prize. This contest is completely optional for students, but can be an assignment from a parent/guardian or teacher. The contest is open May 1-25, 2020. Information and instructions can be found on our website ( or by emailing us at

BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Every BLS K-12 educator can email us their name and the school where you teach to enter a drawing to win $100 in classroom credit funds from the Education Foundation as well! We support our teachers and their efforts in this intricate and evolving educational landscape facing each and every one of us. Teachers can simply email us at their name/school and that's it! We will randomly draw two K-12 educator winners on May 29th!

Contact our office at (541) 355-5660 or email: for any questions


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