Rotary Lunch Speaker: Abe Shehadeh, CEO of Blackstrap


On Tuesday, July 14th 2020, our lunch speaker will be Abe Shehadeh, Founder & CEO BlackStrap Industries Inc. He'll be talking about how his local Bend business has successfully pivoted during the COVID-19 crisis.

If you'll be attending in person, are you vegetarian or do you have dietary restrictions? Email Brian Shawver ( so that the Riverhouse can prepare an appropriate meal for you.

Dirt for the Sergeant at Arms: email dirt to Paul Taylor (

A big “thank you” to Blackstrap for the donation of 50 masks (value of $675). Since April 1st BlackStrap has delivered over 35,000 donated facemasks to agencies from coast to coast via their Civil Mask Donation program - learn more here

Join us from noon till 1:15 at the Riverhouse Convention Center, 2850 NW Rippling River Ct, Bend, OR 97703.

We will be live streaming the meeting as well. To attend the meeting virtually, please click the following link:

Check out the promotional Duck Race 2020 video we're running on local TV - click here.

Please Share this Duck Race Facebook Post

As you know, each week we're holding a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to a local restaurant (paid for by an individual Rotarian), to help promote online Duck Race ticket sales.

Please go to our club's Facebook page, find this week's post--it looks like this:

Here is the link to our club's latest posts:

Click that link, then scroll down to find the post shown above, then click the Share button at the bottom right, then select Share Now (Public).

Thank you!

Our Club's Food Drive for The Giving Plate, Round #2

As most of you are aware, in May, members of the Rotary Club of Greater Bend conducted a very successful food drive and donated close to 1000 lbs of food to "The Giving Plate". Unfortunately, the number of families needing food has only grown since then. To follow up on our previous effort, we are organizing another food drive for The Giving Plate that will occur on Friday, 24 July, at 11:00 am. The address of The Giving Plate is 1245 SE 3rd St C7. It is in a small strip mall just south of where Division St runs into SE 3rd St, just before the Super 8 by Wyndham Hotel.

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Please bring your food donations to the front entrance of The Giving Plate. The long line of cars going to the rear of The Giving Plate are families looking to receive food donations. Do not get in the line leading to the rear of The Giving Plate.  There will be fellow Rotarians waiting near the entrance of The Giving Plate (wearing masks) who will receive your donations. If you prefer to stay in your car, just pull up, and we will collect your donation directly from your car and add it to our collective club contribution. The on-site Rotarians accepting the donations will be standing near the front entrance from approximately 10:45 am to approximately 11:15 am.  

This is not a contest, but it would be great to exceed our previous donation amount of circa 1000 lbs. Whatever we contribute will be a blessing for those less fortunate in our community. If you have any questions or get lost trying to make your food delivery, please call/text Gary Meyer at (757) 254-6836.

Here's a list describing needed contributions.


We will gladly receive any fresh



Peanut Butter


Boxed Meals

Dried Beans

Pasta & Pasta Sauce

Rice A Roni


Mac n' Cheese



- Cake, Bread, Cornbread, Etc.


Canned Fruit

Canned Vegetables

Canned Meats

Canned Beans

Soup / Chili


Milk: Soy, Rice, Canned


Baby Food & Formula



Body Soap: Bar & Liquid

Can Openers

Dish Soap


Laundry Soap

Toilet Paper

Toothpaste & Toothbrushes

Paper Towels & Napkins



Juice boxes


Fruit Snacks / Fruit Rollups

Cups of Mac & Cheese or Ramen


Fruit Cups / Fruit Squeeze

Individual Servings - Peanut




Individual Servings - Chips

Microwave Popcorn


Mix or Items to Make It

Last Week's Meeting

If you couldn't make it to last week's meeting (live or virtually), our speaker was Annette Liebe, from the Governor's office - we have the recording of it here:

A key chart from Annette's slides was this one, on guidance on reopening (link to larger version is here).


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