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November 6, 2022 Newsletter
Join us on Tuesday, November 8, 2022, to learn more about some of our newer members: Gary Crockett, Michelle Solley, and Fred Rafilson.  Gary is a Commercial Loan Officer at SELCO Community Credit Union, Michelle is the Philanthropy Officer at St. Charles Foundation and is on the board of Envision Bend, and Fred is Chief I/O Psychologist at Talview.  Come get to know more about these awesome new folks in our club.
This meeting will be both in-person at the Riverhouse (restaurant side), and virtual.  Join the Zoom Meeting here: RCGB Zoom Link  You can also call into 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 cannot attend at noon.

Proposed joint Rotary project to address regional food insecurity

Follow this link ASAP to give presidents Mark and Shannon your input!

Our club has been asked to join the eight other Rotary clubs in Central Oregon to help NeighborImpact raise the final piece of funding (~$100,000) for their new, expanded Food Warehouse in Redmond. 

Food insecurity is something that affects all ages: infants/babies, children, adults, and older adults.  Unfortunately, the number of people in Central Oregon needing food assistance has increased dramatically in recent years due to population growth, a rapid rise in the cost of housing, COVID, and deteriorating economic conditions.  Food demand has grown over 400% since the NeighborImpact Food program started in 1992 and it has doubled in just the past four years!  It has gone from serving 10,200 people per month when it first opened to now serving over 50,000 people per month!  During the height of the pandemic, this peaked to serving 90,000 people per month! 

NeighborImpact’s Food Program is literally the hub of a vital, regional food bank network, distributing more fresh food to more locations in the area than any other agency!  The Food Program addresses food availability, affordability, accessibility, and quality, supporting more than 50 non-profit food pantries, and shelters throughout the region including Bethlehem Inn, The Giving Plate, Family Kitchen, Shepherd’s House, and Mountain Star Family Relief Nursery. 

Unfortunately, current facilities just can’t keep up with the increased demand!  Located in Redmond, the current NeighborImpact Food Warehouse was built in 1992 at a size of 2,700 sq ft.  This limited space means a cap on how much food can be collected - from local stores and farms - and how much can be given away plus there are logistical issues of constantly having to rearrange types of food as new deliveries come in.  This takes up a lot of time and manpower. 

The solution is a new food warehouse!  Fortunately, a larger one has already been designed to increase capacity to 10,691 sq ft (~400% increase in capacity).  This additional capacity will create a storage capacity of 173,500 additional pounds of food, providing 138,000 more meals to people who are food insecure.  It will have increased space for dry goods as well as refrigeration capacity to take on perishables.  The cost of the new, larger food warehouse is estimated at ~$4.8 M; fortunately, much of this has already been secured through federal and state grants and private foundations. 

After all grants and donations are accounted for, there is still roughly a $100,000 funding gap.  The proposed project is to have the nine Rotary clubs in CO - Bend (4), Redmond, Sisters, Prineville, Madras, and Sunriver/La Pine – work together over an 18-month campaign to raise $100,000 by December 2023.  The idea is to rally the nine Central Oregon Rotary Clubs and collectively commit to raising that “last brick” of funding.  Clubs could raise funds through internal fundraising, District grant match, Duck Race proceeds, special events, etc.  Rotarian volunteer service activities would be included such as moving furniture and offices into the new facility, cleaning up the vacated space, installation of landscaping.  It is also recommended that every club member volunteer at least once at a food distribution site to personally experience the diversity of people who need food assistance. 

Seven of the nine clubs are already on board (and Crook County and Greater Bend are just now hearing the pitch).  Follow this link ASAP to give presidents Mark and Shannon your input!

The Rotary Foundation

At last week's meeting, we saw how the Foundation does so much good and helps us leverage funds and do more.  Contribute to The Rotary Foundation through either the Annual Fund, or PolioPlus & you acquire 1 Paul Harris Point for every dollar you donate. These points can be transferred to other Rotarians to help them get their first or next Paul Harris award.

Mike O’Neil, Brian Shawver, and Michael Cottam have pooled their Paul Harris points to try and help our club members get to (or closer to) their first or next Paul Harris award.   So, here’s the deal: whether it’s for your first Paul Harris, or your 10th, or your first donation to The Rotary Foundation ever, they’ll match your donation with points, up to 500 points per member.  The minimum amount we’re allowed to transfer to another member is 100 points, so that means a 100-point minimum cash donation from our member in order for us to match it.

So, no matter where you are today in your accumulated Paul Harris points, we’ll match any donation between $100 and $500 with points.  For some, that’ll get you your first Paul Harris; for others, It gets you a bunch closer; for the rest, it might get you to your next Paul Harris.

If you want to find out how close you are to your next Paul Harris:
Greg sends in donations once a quarter so if you donated recently it may not show up yet. Please be patient the website is slow. 

  • Login at
  • Click on your name in the top right, and in the pulldown menu, select My Donations
  • Then, click on Donor History Report under “Individual Reports”
  • The number next to PHF Recognition Amount is your total donations + points transferred to you to date…so, take a look and see what it’ll take to get you up to the next 1000 point mark.

IMPORTANT:  Please let Mike O’Neil ( know you’ve donated, so that we know to do the paperwork to transfer points to your account to match your donation.  
Download the Pledge Card Here

We are entering a season focused on being thankful! 
Here are just of few of the organizations that are thankful for our devotion to service and the work they do!
Follow this link to see some of our club's impact!

On Wednesday, Nov. 2 the Summit High School Interact Club put on a special Pasta Feed to raise funds for Operation Smile, a nonprofit that utilizes medical teams to provide life-altering cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries for children in 3rd world countries.  Borrowing from the Rotary technique, we gave each club member three $5 tickets and told them, “You can sell these to others or you have to buy them yourself!” 

The event was a huge success!  Most club members learned how to sell/ask for money (not an easy thing at that age) and many used that energy to ask for additional raffle and auction basket items.  An estimated 130 people showed up for the dinner which was prepared in the kitchen (with help from great Summit High School Nutrition Services staff) and served by Interact club members. 

Between ticket sales, donations, and raffle and auction basket sales the event raised over $4,200!  We are still tabulating expenses so the total proceeds we are able to forward to Operation Smile will be closer to $3,500, but it is still an amazing accomplishment! 

The Boys & Girls Club send their appreciation for all our work on their behalf!
Check out these fantastic opportunities to serve!

With the holidays quickly approaching, many less fortunate families in our community are going to need help in providing adequate food for their families.  We hand out groceries @ The Giving Plate on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. We have had morning and afternoon shifts on both Thursday and Friday. One shift on Saturday.  Each shift requires two Rotarians.  It's a great opportunity for our younger members to get to know other members of the club and help the less fortunate in our community - Kids over 12 are welcome.  All we are asking is a few hours of your time.  Once you sign up you will be sent a detailed email regarding who, what, where, when, and how a few days prior to your time. Questions?   See Tom Combs or Alan Glickman. (Alan will be out of town from  Nov 9-19)

The Giving Plate is the largest food pantry in central Oregon, serving over 3,500 individuals a month (90% of whom are our housed, hardworking neighbors next door), They are committed to ensuring that our food-insecure neighbors are not only offered the help they need but are served with dignity, compassion, and hospitality.

Thanks to everyone who raised their hand with a promise to give to the Giving Plate at last week's meeting.  If you haven't paid that promise yet you can make your donation online here.

We Still need Veterans Day Parade Volunteers

to join YouthBuild Heart of Oregon teens on Friday, November 11 @ 9:30 am to staff traffic barricades on streets off of Harmon where the parade is lining up.
Save the Dates

November 8 Remember to Vote
November 11 Veterans Day Parade
November 12 Flannel & Frost Fundraiser
November 22  No meeting this week
November 24  Happy Thanksgiving!

November 29 Happy Hour

Please feel free to reach out to the board to share your thoughts about Proposed New Member Tammy Gerber

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