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. Our Club is a service organization whose motto is “Service Above Self”. Rotarians are people of action who are not content with sitting on the sidelines.
In addition to several “fun(d) raising” events, we also have regular hands-on service projects directly addressing any number of issues/problems facing our neighbors and fellow citizens of Central Oregon. From collecting and passing out food to those in need, to cooking meals at the Ronald McDonald House, to building homes for homeless veterans, there are multiple ways that the members of Greater Bend Rotary are involved in making our community a better place.
Since Rotary is an international organization, our club also plays a very active role overseas. For the last several years we have been particularly active in Guatemala with multiple projects benefiting the indigenous Mayan community living near/around Lake Atitlan. Projects have included providing X Ray equipment for a local clinic; water filters, smokeless stoves and latrines for hundreds of households; and textbooks and scholarships for deserving Mayan students attending secondary schools near San Lucas Toliman.
If you want to be part of something that is bigger than yourself; if you want to be part of the solution and not part of the problem; if you truly want to begin or build your legacy, please consider joining Rotary.
Join us for a weekly meeting and learn more. You won’t be disappointed. We are looking forward to meeting you.
Mark Capell and Shannon Bennett, Co-Presidents, Rotary Club of Greater Bend