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February 19, 2023 Newsletter
On Tuesday, February 21, 2023, our program will be a presentation on the City of Bend Transportation Plan and improvements.  Presenting will be Garrett Sabourin (Principal Engineer), Eric King (City Manager) and Meghan Goss (Executive Assistant).
Make sure we have food for everyone - SIGN UP FOR LUNCH!
This meeting will be in-person at the Riverhouse (restaurant side), and virtual.  Join the Zoom Meeting here: RCGB Zoom Link. You can also call in to the meeting at (669) 900-9128 and enter meeting ID: 692 491 9146. If you're asked, the passcode is 5110.  We will record the presentation for others who aren't able to attend at noon.
Enjoy pictures from last week
Last week BEND FIRE & RESCUE explained the need to increase the levy.  Find out more below or with the enclosed QR code.

1. Support staffing levels that improve response times, which saves more lives and property. Fast response times mean better outcomes.

2. Help maintain our cardiac survivability rates which are higher than the national average. More resources means smaller service areas assigned to each station, meaning quicker responses to emergencies. 

3. Allow Bend Fire & Rescue to keep pace with the increasing call volume & growing demands for service. Increasing emergency calls means more firefighters/paramedics and equipment needed to respond. If resources are tied up on emergency calls, response times are longer.

4. Bend Fire & Rescue uses the community’s tax dollars wisely.  They strive to implement innovative cost-efficient programs that maximize tax dollars and have not asked for a levy increase since 2014, even though the demand for service has increased 60% over that same time period. 

J.D. Davis Memorial Wine Raffle

Turn in all your tickets by Tuesday, February 21 but remember online sales are still live.  Let's raise  awareness to raise funds for our programs!

Share All these wines with your friends!
Seeking Host Families for Next Year
Have you ever thought about hosting a foreign exchange student? Do you live in the Summit HS attendance boundaries?  If so, we have a great opportunity for you.  Every year, Rotary Club of Greater Bend sponsors an inbound exchange student at Summit HS and we are starting the process of recruiting host families for the 2023-24 school year.  We will know in approximately a month who the student will be & what country they are from. I can guarantee they will bring a good spirit of adventure and want to share experiences and learn about a new culture.
We are seeking three host families for next year:
  • Host Family #1 – approx mid-August arrival to Thanksgiving 
  • Host Family #2 - roughly Thanksgiving Break to Spring Break
  • Host Family #3 - roughly Spring Break to late-June
There is no compensation for hosting, but students receive a monthly allowance, and some large expenses (e.g. ski pass or comparable) are covered by the Rotary club.  Many club members have been host families and have developed lifelong friendships!
If you are interested in learning more about this great opportunity - to expose your own family members to another culture or just wanting to help a young student from another country - please contact via email Bruce Abernethy call 541-771-0463.

Boys & Girls Club is currently accepting sponsors for their Throwback Prom. Click HERE to learn more about sponsorship opportunities and the perks that come with them!

To apply, please fill out their (digitally fillable) sponsor application and send the completed document to  Please contact Alice if you have further questions.

Making Dinner @ Ronald McDonald House  Here's how to sign up
We are committed to serving dinner once a month in 2023 :)

Healing Reins Work Project Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 8th 10AM - until we finish. These new arena doors need to be stained inside and out. There are a total of 4 large doors. We need some additional ladders if you can bring one which would be great. If you have some extra brushes that would be helpful also. Stain and some brushes will be available. Sign up here.

Save the Dates

February 21  Lunch meeting at the Riverhouse
February 21  RGB Board Meeting
                      5pm @ The Bulletin conference room
February 21 We're making dinner @ Ronald McDonald House 
February 24  Charter Night & Wine Raffle Drawing
March 4         Celebration of Life for Les Stiles
Red Badge News
Michelle Solley is moving from red badge to blue! Congratulations Michelle!

Adam Osborn, Team Lead at Ryan Walker Insurance, has been approved as a proposed member by the board. Please provide feedback to Shannon or Mark.
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