This week's noon meeting is cancelled and moved to Happy Hour at Crux. Please join us starting at 4:30 pm on Tuesday, July 27th (yes, Michael Cottam, it is Tuesday, not Thursday).

We apologize for any confusion and look forward to fellowship with everyone in a casual, family atmosphere.

The address is: 50 SW Division St, Bend.

Each Friday leading up to the Duck Race on September 12th, we're giving away a gift card to a local restaurant (paid for by your local Rotary clubs). On Friday, July 30th someone is going to win $100 for Lemon Tree!

Every Duck Race ticket you purchase gives you another chance to win a gift card in each of the restaurant drawings. Buy your Duck Race tickets here:

And congratulations to Tran Miller, who won last week's $100 gift card to Deschutes Brewery! Thank you Tran for your support of the Duck Race and congrats to you.

Thank you to everyone who has supported this year's efforts with purchases of your Duck Race Tickets. 7 more weekly drawings to go. This week is Lemon Tree!!

Buy your Ducks now!!

Buy a Duck Change a Life!

The Duck Race proceeds are supporting 4 local charities this year, Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery and The Kids Center are two of our 2021 beneficiaries!

Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery is a nonprofit organization working directly with vulnerable families in an effort to keep children in Deschutes, Jefferson, and Crook counties safe from abuse and neglect.

The KIDS Center exists because we believe that we should live in a world without child abuse. KIDS Center is dedicated to the prevention, evaluation, and treatment of child abuse in Central Oregon.

Kids are the future and it is the responsibility of adults, not kids, to keep them safe. At KIDS Center, children and families can receive life-changing services to help them heal and overcome the devastating effects of child abuse.

Amy Ward presents a check for $1,500 to Heart of Oregon Corps

Heart of Oregon Corps provides vocational training and continuing education to opportunity youth ages 16-24. Through the WORK, EARN, LEARN model of their 6 programs, they strive to create pathways out of poverty for youth and encourage their self-sufficiency.

In addition to teaching youth job skills, the projects they work on help to keep our community beautiful and healthy, while the wages they earn stimulate regional economic growth. Youth in our programs WORK on public lands conservation projects, reduce fire fuels, build affordable housing, and run a thrift store, gaining the skills and readiness they need to succeed; EARN money and scholarships for their hard work and build their financial independence; LEARN while gaining high school credits and certifications, preparing for the GED, or taking their first college class.

Amy Ward presents a check for $1000 from the Rotary club of Greater Bend to Sandy Cassio of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon.

Why mentoring works in Big Brothers Big Sisters

A mentor assures young people that someone cares, will be there through challenges, and help them see the strength in themselves. Mentoring has been shown to improve the futures of mentees through better grades, achievement of higher levels of education, and improved relationships.

Essentially, young people with a mentor grow personally and have better social and economic opportunity than those who do not. Yet many kids in Central Oregon never have this opportunity.

For those who are mentoring, the experience not only offers the opportunity to have fun in our community and see the world through a youth's perspective, but builds leadership and management skills. It is an empowering way to touch the future.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon serves the Bend, Redmond, Madras, Prineville, and La Pine areas. We are a part of the nation’s largest mentoring network solely supported by donors and volunteers.

The Foundation was created in 1917 by Rotary International's sixth president, Arch C. Klumph, as an endowment fund for Rotary "to do good in the world." It has grown from an initial contribution of US$26.50 to more than US$1billion. It has one of the largest and most prestigious international fellowship programs in the world.

The Rotary Foundation transforms your gifts into service projects that change lives both close to home and around the world. Since it was founded more than 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than $4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects.

With your help, we can make lives better in our community and around the world. The Rotary Foundation helps Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

What impact can one donation have?

For as little as 60 cents, a child can be protected from polio.

$50 can provide clean water to help fight waterborne illness.

$500 can launch an antibullying campaign and create a safe environment for children.

Please make a donation to The Rotary Foundation today:


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