On Tuesday, October 5 2021, our lunch speaker will be Dr. Steven Cook, the new District Superintendent for Bend/La Pine School District.

Dr. Steven Cook is a Kansas native, making way to Bend-La Pine Schools via Coeur d’Alene Public Schools in Idaho, where he served as Superintendent. Prior to Idaho, he served as Deputy Superintendent in Douglas County, Colorado. He and his wife, Stephanie, have three grown children and a new rescue puppy.

Dr. Cook is passionate about public education, having spent his life dedicated to serving schools and students - 13 years as a teacher, 12 years as a building administrator, and now beginning his eighth year as a district leader.

As a longtime educator, Dr. Cook believes strongly in trying to follow the Platinum Rule: treat others the way they want to be treated. To him, this means creating an environment in which every student feels welcome, starting with small steps that can make a huge difference: Every student gets eye contact; and every student hears their name used positively - from our hallways and classrooms to buses and ballfields.

He believes in holding students to high expectations where staff won’t accept anything less from them than their very best - when students have an anchor in great relationships, they can do great things. Dr. Cook believes that strong relationships, built on collaboration, listening and trust, are at the foundation of any great school system… much like Rotary’s mottoes of Service Above Self and One Profits Most Who Serves Best.

This meeting will both in-person at the Riverhouse (Convention Center – Room Cascade AJ), 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.

There's still plenty of work to do at the Vets Village. This weekend OSU Cascades students will be helping out.

If you are an OSU grad, or just like the Beavers, join in on the fun and work helping at the Veteran's Village.

Use the signup link below and Tom Coombs will send you directions and more information.

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

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.


Meet Polly Cohen. Polly joined the GBRC this year and really enjoys being a part of women and men who are like minded. Rotarians are service members to not only the community, but the world, and she's proud to be a member.

Polly is the Executive Director at Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center. They do amazing work there, if you're not familiar with it, check out this link. Polly has been in the therapeutic riding industry for over 20 years. She began her career at Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center in Redmond, Washington, then founded Bright Horizons Therapeutic Riding Center in Newport, Oregon in 2007.

Prior to taking on the role of Executive Director in the summer of 2020, she was the Healing Reins Therapeutic Riding Center Program Director for over 9 years.

Polly enjoys spending time with her husband, two active boys and all of her critters.

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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