Officers & Directors
Five Avenues of Service
Becoming A Member
District Award 2009-10
Best International Project
Sports Program Info
Donation Requests/Duck Race
End Polio Now
Pints For Polio
Excellence in Education 2012
Sports Program, Winter 2011-12
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Download an Invoice for 2012-13
Welcome to the new Greater Bend Rotary Club website.
Please look around and see what the site has to offer. And check back, because we will be adding more information and updating the site soon...
The Rotary Club of Greater Bend was chartered in 1976 by a group of dedicated and resourceful business leaders who saw Rotary as a way to effect a positive change for people - with a focus on youth- around our region and around the world. Over the past 36 years, we’ve raised and distributed over $1.2 million plus provided volunteer labor to help build the Rosie Bareis Campus, The Boys and Girls Club, Volunteers in Medicine Clinic and Centennial Park on Reed Market Road. Hundreds of other nonprofit agencies have been the beneficiary of our local fundraising efforts, as have local high school athletic and extracurricular programs. We are also involved in worldwide service projects including the fight to end polio, and several water projects in third world countries.
Our major fundraiser is the High School Sports Program (which includes pictures of all the fall and winter varsity sports) that we distribute at the Bend area high school football games and other varsity sporting events. The clubs sells ads in the program to area businesses and the proceeds are used to fund our local and international projects. The Great Drake Park Duck Race is another well-known fundraiser that is a joint effort of all the Bend area Rotary clubs, with nearly $80,000 being raised and distributed to local non-profits in 2012. Thousands of plastic ducks “race” down the river as eager spectators gather in Drake Park for a full day of music, prizes, food and fun!
In the area of education, our winter wine raffle (where one winner receives an “instant wine cellar” of over 100 bottles of wine) results in scholarships given to students who otherwise might not be able to attend COCC. Earlier this year, the club also pledged $25,000 to the OSU-Cascades 4 year campus plan. In addition, 12 mini-scholarships are awarded to over-achieving high school seniors in a quarterly student recognition program.
Our club meets every Tuesday at 12 noon at The Riverhouse. Each week, we have an engaging program featuring speakers on a wide range of social, political and economic topics, and our members and guests always come away more knowledgeable than when they arrived.
If you are a person, young or old, who is interested in joining an organization that is actively working to provide a better quality of life for in-need families and youth, please contact us so that we may introduce you to The Rotary Club of Greater Bend.
Rotary Theme 2012-2013:
"Peace Through Service"
Sakuji Tanaka - President, Rotary International
Dell Gray - District Governor, District 5110
Jerry Upham - President, Rotary Club of Greater Bend