Rotary Lunch Program: Dr. Richard Koning, Reach Another Foundation


On Tuesday, May 12 2020, our lunch speaker will be Dr. Richard Koning, founder of Reach Another Foundation.  

The meeting will be via web conference. To attend, either visit from your computer, or you may call in on (213) 226-1066 and enter conference ID 668-918-795.

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

Dr. Koning, a neurologist, saw a need 10 years ago after traveling in Ethiopia. He donated time to perform surgeries on children with spina bifida. He then created a foundation to help eradicate spina bifida through getting Vitamin B to pregnant mothers. With addition of Vitamin B in salt in their diets, spina bifida can be drastically reduced, thus reducing the needs for surgery.

His presentation will be on his 10 year journey, working with Rotary, CDC, government of Ethiopia and others. We will record the presentation for others who aren’t able to attend at noon.

Recording of Last Week's Meeting

If you didn't attend last week's meeting, but would like to watch the video (our speaker was Eric King, City of Bend), it's here:

5110 Answers the COVID Call

More than 1.2 million people in 34,000 Rotary International clubs are dedicated to the organization’s service mantra conquering global, national, regional and local projects for more than 115 years. The pursuit of those projects in 2020 has never been easier as Rotary has been at the forefront of community assistance in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic challenging humankind in an unchartered fashion.

The list of service efforts already completed and continuing in Rotary’s District 5110, encompassing central and southern Oregon as well as northernmost California, is indicative of Rotary International’s #RotaryResponds project globally. From making and distributing masks and sanitizer, raising major dollars for those in need, feeding and equipping the tireless medical community and first responders, assisting food banks, providing support for challenged businesses, school districts and senior centers, and so much more, the 3,500 Rotarians in this District have been there for their respective communities and beyond.

Rotary grants in the tens of thousands of dollars are being multiplied by 5110 dollars from club memberships into the hundreds of thousands of dollars presently exceeding $300,000!! The current leadership of District Governor Rick Olson of Springfield and Governor Elect Cindi O’Neil of Bend have gathered the collective list of Rotary goodwill in the area and couldn’t be prouder of the effort. Click here for the list of all the projects and fundraising performed by 5110 clubs over the last couple of months...with more to come!


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