Lunch meeting today at the Riverhouse
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Lunch meeting at the Convention Center

On Tuesday, January 18 2022, our lunch speaker will be our president, Gary Meyer.

Based on his career, part biography/part war story, Gary will be speaking about life as a Operations Officer in the CIA.

This meeting will both in-person at the Riverhouse Convention Center, 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.

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

It's important to sign up for our in-person lunch meetings so we can give an accurate count to the Riverhouse. Please use this link to sign-up.

Gail Klein, who was inducted into the GBRC in October, will be moving from Red Badge to Blue Badge at today's meeting.

Congrats Gail on making the move so quickly!

Amanda Ferrari is our newest Red Badge member. Please make a point of introducing yourself to Amanda and the other 7 Red Badgers in the club.

A special thank you to all of our member sponsors and to Terri Shephard for her hard work in membership. Terri reports we currently have 8 red badgers, 4 potential members in the pipeline and an additional 4 pending.

Keep in mind..... every member of the club is part of the membership team. All you have to do is Ask!

Rotary Youth Leaders (RYLA) Amaze in 2022 By Mary Hoskins We're excited to report that active planning is underway for RYLA 2022 - after a two-year hiatus, District 5110 will hold an in-person camp, June 18-23, 2022 (Saturday-Thursday). We'll be returning to Grove Camp, Dorena, Oregon, with our professional partners from True North Consulting at the helm.

Click here for all the details of this latest RYLA activity.

So we can keep Rotarians up to date, it's important that we have current, correct information about club RYLA contacts. Please reach out to RYLA Chair Mary Hoskins directly by phone (541-531-8538) or email ( with questions or updates to your club information. We thank you for your patience, and for your enduring support of young leaders.

GBRC monthly Board meeting will be held via zoom today at 4:00. Use this link to join.

(This is a great way to sign off on one of the red badge requirements).

Next week's meeting will be a Happy Hour starting at 4:30. Watch your emails for the location.

Handshakes, Hugs, Fist Bumps & Vaccines

By Gerry Kosanovic, District 5110 Governor

It’s safe to say that the curveball pitched to us by the current COVID variant continues to challenge our capacity to replicate normal routines of the past. For example, this year’s customary District Governor club visits were first impacted by the Delta variant in July, then Omicron in December. The pandemic spike in our district continues to disrupt normal activity. Nonetheless, the third iteration of my club visit schedule finds me traveling to selected district clubs for in-person service and fellowship where possible, as well as meeting virtually when needed with ZOOM. When personally meeting members, to be safe, I give a simple protective fist bump; no handshakes, no hugs. I am fully vaccinated and defensively cautious.

The essential message in this climate is safety. To ensure the care of fellow members, Rotary International President Shekhar Mehta, along with Rotary Foundation Chair John Germ, endorse and strongly encourage vaccination for all individuals including our members who are currently able to be vaccinated against COVID-19. I share this endorsement with Rotarians in District 5110. At the same time, we salute health care workers as they continue to provide lifesaving services. Local recognition of these heroes by each of our clubs can help to encourage them to continue their important work.

Rotary International and Rotary Foundation Position Statement on COVID-19 Vaccination:

As the first organization to envision a polio-free world through mass immunization of children, Rotary believes the decision to vaccinate is a humanitarian imperative. The Rotary International Board of Directors and Rotary Foundation Trustees believe that:

1. Global vaccination is the path to ending the pandemic, and we strongly encourage vaccination for all individuals, including our members.

2. Misinformation hinders the fight against COVID-19, and we are committed to providing our members with science-based information.

3. Rotary is engaged in assuring equity in vaccine access to all people. Through joint efforts with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance we are leveraging our frontline experience with polio to facilitate vaccine delivery.

4. Rotary salutes health care workers everywhere as they continue to provide lifesaving services. We encourage clubs to offer recognition and encouragement to these heroes.

5. Rotary and Rotaract clubs are encouraged to redouble their efforts to support COVID-19 prevention and vaccination efforts.

6. As one of the greatest advances of modern medicine, vaccines are safe, effective and save millions of lives each year. They have eliminated or controlled numerous diseases such as polio, smallpox, measles, and Ebola, and now, there is the opportunity to end the COVID-19 pandemic through vaccination.

7. The eradication of polio remains the goal of the highest order for Rotary. We can continue to apply the lessons we have learned in fighting polio to COVID-19 response efforts

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.

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.


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