Today our lunch speaker will be Tom Byler, Director, Oregon Water Resources Department. Tom has been in this position for 7 years; prior to that, he was Executive Director of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Tom was also a policy advisor to Governor Ted Kulongoski from 2001-2004.

This meeting will both 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. 

We are excited to announce 6 new members to our club!

Gail Klein - Blue Anchor Wealth Management

Michelle Loftsgard - OnPoint Community Credit Union

Tyler Swanson - Miller Ferrari Wealth Management

Mark Roberts - Kirby Nagelhout

Bess Goggins - Boys and Girls Club (above)

Kristi Schmitt - Compass Commercial Real Estate (above)

Also, take time to get to know our other Red Badge Members:

Sharun Gueck and Derek Williams

Red Badge members will sit where the red napkins are, dispersed around the room, so you can get to know them better. If you are not a Red Badge member, please sit next to a red napkin.

We have even more proposed members coming in the next two weeks!

Everyone in the club is a part of the Membership Team, invite your friends, professional acquaintances, or even competitors to have lunch with you and see what a great club we have.

We completed our signature project (3-year project) of donating a total of $75,000 to J Bar J Youth Services for their vocational building and project, by awarding the final check of $25,000 at last week's meeting.

The funds for our signature projects comes from our Duck Race ticket sales each year. If you have an idea for our next signature project, let Kim DeBroux know.

Join Erik Tobiason and all the many individuals and local businesses that have made the Veterans Village a success. Come to the Village open house today from 3-7 pm.

This has truly been a community project. You will be impressed with vision and the reality of the dream. If you worked it see the fruits of your labor. If you haven't there is still time, but in any case join us.

Google map to the village

Use this link to sign up for weekly lunch meetings, special events and community service opportunities.

Scan this QR code to pay your Sargent of Arms fines.

The Giving Plate Returns for Thanksgiving

Once again we have the opportunity to help the less fortunate in our community. Those of you who participated in last year's Giving Plate Thanksgiving meal grocery handout know what a rewarding experience it was. New members now is your chance to participate!

This year we will conduct a one day food drive for all club members and three days of grocery handout opportunities. All standard safety precautions will be followed and the Giving Plate has had no Covid cases – they are very careful! Food is placed in the trunks of the vehicles with no person to person contact.

THE FOOD DRIVE THIS SATURDAY, NOV 13TH: This year The Giving Plate has requested we bring kid's snacks - they are running low. Check this link to get an idea of what they are looking for. From 10am -12pm we will be out in front of accept Rotarians donation. Last year we collected of 1800 lbs of food! We are also looking for 4 Rotarians to sign up to help. Can't make it that date? Give your food donations to another Rotarian to bring.

GROCERY HAND OUT NOV 18,19, 20: There are 3 hour blocks to hand out the dinner fix’ins. (Saturday is a 4 hour block). We need two Rotarians per shift and kids over 12 are welcome to assist. See our sign up page to help out.

Share your good fortunes with those who need our help. As we did last year we have a food drive this Saturday, the 13th at The Giving Plate.

Bring food from 10am - 12pm

1245 SE 3rd (Enter off SE Hayes) Rotarians will be there to unload your car. Presently, the greatest need for families that visit The Giving Plate is for kids’ food.

The items highlighted below are in shortest supply:

Juice boxes

Fruit Snacks / Fruit Rollups

Cups of Mac & Cheese or Ramen

Pudding (individual serving size)

Fruit Cups / Fruit Squeeze



Cheese Sticks

Individual Servings Chips

Microwave Popcorn Trail Mix or Items to Make It

Individual Servings Peanut Butter

Apple sauce individual cups

OTHER Baby Food & Formula


The club will be dark (no meeting) on Tuesday, November 23rd. The following Tuesday, November 30th, will be a Happy Hour.

As announced at our August 24 meeting, all club members and guests attending in-person club meetings must be vaccinated.

The same requirement has been made for all speakers who address our club at in-person meetings. Speakers will need to be vaccinated. Unvaccinated members who are interested in staying active in the club can attend meetings virtually using zoom.


President Gary has set a goal for our club's donations to The Rotary Foundation and is tracking it weekly. You can set up to have a monthly or quarterly amount deducted automatically from your bank account, or make an annual donation. You can donate at a weekly meeting or go online to make your donation.


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