Rotary Lunch Speaker: Mike Krantz, Bend Chief of Police

On Tuesday, December 1, 2020, our lunch speaker will be Bend Chief of Police Mike Krantz. Krantz started his service here in Bend on August 10, 2020.

This meeting will be all-virtual. Join the Zoom Meeting here:

You can also call in to the meeting at (669) 900-9128 and enter meeting ID: 944 6074 6972.

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

Photos from The Giving Plate

See the photo gallery from the November 19th event at The Giving Plate, where we loaded Thanksgiving dinners into cars for 629 families!

Click here for photos

Letter from Ranae Staley of The Giving Plate

Good morning Rotary!


I wanted to take a moment to reach out to pass on a very heartfelt “THANK YOU” to you all. Though this Thanksgiving looks nothing like past Thanksgivings for any of us, one thing my heart is full of gratitude for is the support your group has offered to us so that we can funnel that support back into our community. 


Over the last two weeks, we were blessed to help 629 families with turkeys and sides that they can take home to sit around their tables and share with their loved ones. That equates to 2,255 people helped! Not only that, we gave out 869 Kid’s Korner bags to children in our community in addition to all the food-box love that flowed out. I can’t help but feel a little emotional as this is a 55% increase over what we did last year for Thanksgiving. The need for food support is greater than ever, but we have a remarkable community and those experiencing need are not overlooked. We had record days this Thanksgiving, with cars out to Division. The Rotary volunteers who came to help definitely got their workouts in, and at moments it felt a little chaotic – but in the same breath, it was so fun. I hope you realize what an impact you made and the hope that was shared because of your partnership. This Thanksgiving would have looked a little different for us at The Giving Plate without your help.


Also, a special thank you to Gary Meyer for tackling a grant on our behalf. I know grant writing well, which made his offer to write the request for us mean all the more to me. I know that he has had to jump through a lot of hoops to make this all happen, so thank you Gary for all your extra effort with this project.


May your hearts be filled with gratitude this Thanksgiving! I know mine is.


With thanks,


Ranae Staley

Executive Director - The Giving Plate

“Feeding the hungry today with compassion & hospitality.”

Sudara's Pajama Jammy Jam Fundraiser

Last week's speaker, Shannon Keith, would like to invite Rotarians to participate in their online fundraiser on Tuesday from 5-6:30PM:

Click here to reserve your spot

"Dear Sudara Friend,

We hope this email finds you well as we're nearing the end of this very interesting year! Things are tight financially for Sudara with the pandemic but we have kept up our commitment to the women we serve because of YOUR commitment to Sudara. We never stopped serving our mission - empowering women to escape or avoid a life of sex slavery. But, there's an even greater need right now...


The people of India who were already at high risk pre-pandemic are now facing additional hardships like starvation, disease and even deeper levels of poverty. In addition to serving our mission we're doing something about it, and we're asking you to join us. 


Whether it's through the gifts you purchase, the clothes you wear, the organizations you support, or how you direct your business budget, you are empowered to make a difference - right here and right now. Join us for our first Pajama Jammy Jam Fundraiser!

Hear stories and SEE FIRST-HAND how your support can reach around the world right now

Turn your gift giving this holiday season into doing good with exclusive products from Sudara and our impactful partners

Have FUN as we celebrate with Sudara giveaways plus some pretty cool auction items

Learn new ways you can support the mission personally and professionally

After all the storytelling and good news sharing we'll have amazing live music to enjoy while we usher in the holiday season!"

We received letters of gratitude from three COCC students our club sponsored with scholarships.

Click here to read their letters.

Thank-you Letter from SLT Scholars in Guatemala

Dennis Evans sent this thank you letter, along with photos (click here to see the photo album), about our recent help for our sponsored students in San Lucas Toliman:

"Dear friends and sponsors

This comes to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving, and to thank you.

In March Guatemala went into a serious lockdown, which lasted several months. We had a nationwide travel ban. No public transport, and the only cars allowed on the roads were those used for essential services. Police and army enforced a 4pm curfew. The only way to go anywhere was on foot. In San Lucas the lake and park were closed off. Masks had to be worn, and still have to worn, anywhere in public. And many of the sponsored students' parents and older siblings lost their jobs and family income.

We have been in crises before! People rallied around, and the resilience of our people showed. Informal groups started delivering food packages to senior citizens. Girls started doing embroidery at home to sell, even though there was no market. Boys walked miles to collect firewood to sell, so their Mums could buy food. Children wrote of eating only twice a day, or just having a guisquil (chayote) as a meal.

And you, you wonderful people, stepped up to the plate.

In spite of so many calls for help, you didn't forget your sponsored students. We have been able to give out, literally, tons of corn, to the families in the most need. Many of the students received financial help from their sponsors or with money sent for COVID relief.

Apart from the "knuckle down and let's get on with it" attitude of our people here, what has struck me most is the insistence of parents and students that they are not going to give up. The students stayed "in school", given all the difficulties of remote learning. I thought that with the economic situation as it is, we would have many students drop out or not go on. The opposite has happened. So many students want to carry on after ninth grade, and we have more students than ever - good sixth grade students - seeking sponsorship for 2021.

So, this Thanksgiving, we are truly thankful to you, for your help and continuing support. Thank you to those who have sent sponsorship money for 2021. Thank you to those who were able to send support for COVID relief. Thank you to those who have taken on new students.

THANK YOU for not forgetting us!


Rotary International Dues

Did you know...

Every Rotary club must pay its Rotary International & District dues on January 1st and July 1st each year--regardless of whether they've already received the dues from their members. These dues help fund our club projects, serving local, international, and youth needs.

District dues come back to us in grants that we use towards our club projects, while RI dues assist management of Rotary and provide training and assistance to clubs.


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