Downtown Bend Executive Director Rod Porsche spoke to our club December 3, 2015. Rod replaces longtime director Chuck Arnold who held the position since 2006. Rod comes to Downtown Bend with a proven track-record of work in tourism and downtown management in Albany, Oregon for the last 4 years.
“I’m incredibly excited to be joining the Downtown Bend Business Association and look forward to working with the dynamic group of independent businesses in Downtown Bend.” Says Rod Porsche.
The Executive Director oversees many functions of helping keep downtown vibrant. The position entails multiple components that work together to drive business downtown including beautification, marketing, and events. The Executive Director works with property and business owners to help match tenants, the City of Bend to develop business friendly policies, and the community to ensure that Downtown Bend remains our celebrated community center.
The Kiwanis Club of Bend will not be selling See’s Candy in Bend, Oregon this year.
When we had the corner at Franklin & Third St near Safeway, we did very well. When we had to give that corner up, we were graciously given the parking lot that is now the new location of Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. While we appreciate being given that location, our sales plummeted in spite of the many, many true blue supporters who stuck with us. We tried it for two years and decided to focus our efforts on other fundraising activities such as our annual pie sales and wine raffle.
Please watch the Redmond Club’s website at http://www.redmondkiwanis.org/ . We believe they will be selling See’s Candy again this year.
We now meet on the first and second Thursdays of the month at NOON at Pappy’s Pizza, 20265 Meyer Dr., Bend, Oregon, next to Fred Meyer.
Guests should email KiwanisBendOr@gmail.com to be sure there is a meeting on any given week. We will endeavor to put it in our blog as well on our home page especially if there is no meeting. If a meeting falls on a holiday, there will be no meeting. Check our calendar of events.
Members should watch their email for meeting invitations and social events. We welcome visitors.
The raffle was a huge success, generating the second largest fund in its history. Next year a new Mustang will be raffled. Contact us in Summer to get tickets.
Contact us at Kiwanis at email@example.com to get your chances to win and more importantly to help the thousands of children who visit Doernbecher Children’s Hospital every year. Over 2000 visits per year from Central Oregon Children alone and thousands more from everywhere else.
We will be at Sisters Kiwanis for interclub on June 11, 2015. No meeting at Central Oregon Assn. of Realtors for the Bend club this date.
Interested in Kiwanis? Come visit!
It’s not a secret society. Just a bunch of great folks who pay it forward with their time and reap great rewards of fun and camaraderie in the process.
Guests should email KiwanisBendOr@gmail.com or call 541-617-0003 to be sure there is a meeting on any given week.
Meetings are usually at Central Oregon Association of Realtors in Bend at 7:00 am on Thursdays. 2112 NE 4th St, Bend, OR 97701.
Grandma’s House is a non-profit home and outreach center that provides safe shelter to homeless and/or abused pregnant, parenting and adopting girls between the ages of 12 and 19. Ms. Woody Mederios, Executive Director will enlighten us further about the services and stories of this wonderful oasis.
December 11 Meeting:
What: Bend Kiwanis Club
Where: Central Oregon Association of Realtors
When: December 11, 2014 – 7am
Why: Because we have fun, friendship and we serve the children of Central Oregon
This week we will have a roundtable presentation by our members on the topic of our own personal reasons why Kiwanis is our preference of service clubs.
Guests are welcome. If you are coming as a guest, we need to hear from you in advance. Please write to KiwanisBendOr@gmail.com or call 541-617-0003 to alert us of your plans to visit. There is no charge to visitors.
Where to Buy See’s Candy from Kiwanis in 2014
In SISTERS: Sisters Kiwanis: You can buy See’s Candy in Sisters starting Friday, November 21 through Tuesday, December 23, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in a trailer in the Ray’s parking lot. Questions? Call Tom Kopec at 541-588-6255.
In REDMOND: Redmond Kiwanis: Inside the Sears Store between Fifth and Sixth streets at Cascade Avenue.
BEND: It is with regret that the Bend Kiwanis Club will not be selling See’s Candy this year. Why, you ask? The Bend Kiwanis fundraiser was a huge success year after year for many years until we lost our usual location at Franklin and 3rd. For the past two years we tried a new location but sales were insufficient in order for the club to generate profits to make it a worthwhile endeavor. The club is saddened by the necessary decision to discontinue and expresses its appreciation to the steadfast supporters who, year in and year out, came to our trailer to buy candy.