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August 30 2018

BIKER WISDOM: Some people call it adventure, but we call it a way of life.

BIKER EVENTS:

THIS SATURDAY! SEPT 1CENTRAL OREGON SHAKEDOWN! Set your alarms and wax up those rides. Patriot Pin Ups brings you “2018 Shakedown Motorcycle and Car Show”. Live music by Shade 13, food and beer garden, an amazing raffle and let’s not forget the pin up contest ($5 registration 18 and older). This year’s pin up contest winner will receive some pretty cool prizes. Ladies, get yourselves dolled up and get ready to strut your stuff! This event benefits the Redmond VFW in their efforts to reach out to our local Veterans and their families. We have many local businesses sponsoring this event and there will be awesome veterans in attendance. Come support the Patriot Pin Up Gals and the Redmond VFW as they support our community. Registration is $10 per car or bike at the gate. Arrival time is 9 am. Raffle tickets $5 each or 5 for $20. T-shirts available for $20 each. More info: 541-389-4408.

SEPT 1 – 3 – REDWOOD RUN in Piercy, CA. Must be 21+ to attend. Live music, T-shirt contests, bike games, vendors, on-site camping & showers, etc. Info: http://www.redwoodrun.org/

UPDATE! SEPT 7 – 8 – OVMA’s 16th ANNUAL 9-11 RUN Friday 9/7/18: Golf Tourney at The Greens in Redmond. Signup for golf adventure at franlink@bendbroadband.com Then, party at Big Dog Saloon on Friday evening: Bike Game practice plus Texas Hold’em Tourney. Saturday Sept 8: Poker Run Sign-up at Northside at 9 a.m. Last bike out at 10 am, last bike in at 2 pm @ Big Dog Saloon in Crooked River Ranch. Hi Hand – $500; Low Hand $250. Vendors, 50/50, Longhorn BBQ Dinner, Bike Show, Bike Games, Raffles, DJ music. Overnite camping available. Sunday Sept 9: Breakfast served at Crooked River Ranch by RodeHouse Ministry. All proceeds benefit C.O. Vets Ranch, Fireman’s Honor Guard, Deschutes County Rescue, and OVMA.

SEPT 8 – END OF SUMMER PICNIC 2018 The American Legion Riders are hosting @ AL Post 44 in Redmond, 704 SW 8th Street from 12:00 Noon to ??. If you’re a Vet who rides (2 or 3 wheels), and/or MA member, take your ride in the AM. Then stop by the Post. The Post Lounge will be open for your refreshment purchase. Have lunch which costs (your donation), then ogle the bikes, and just kick-back. The cook needs to know how much Tri-Tip and/or Pulled-Pork to BBQ, so please RSVP one of the following: Kit at kitmichaels4902@gmail.com or Cliff at breecher51@gmail.com or Dennis at 75crazyhorse69@gmail.com

SEPT 14-16 – CMA’s OREGON ROADS AND TRAILS RALLY, Florence OR. More info: ctbrd02@gmail.com

ALERT! SEPT 15 – ABATE’s TEDDY BEAR RUN One of the most popular runs in Central Oregon! Admission = $10, or just $5 with one (1) new, unused stuffed teddy bear/toy. Deliver teddy bears to all 4 major hospitals for use by kids in the hospital as well as cardio patients during breathing exercises. Meet at Northside on Boyd Acres at 8:30 to 10 am. Group ride departs at 10:00 am. Ride ends at Hub City in Redmond for high and low hands, 50-50, raffles, music and rollicking good fun. More Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

SEPT 22 – JOE FETTER’S MEMORIAL RIDE – Leaves Wildhorse at 10:30 a.m. for a ride to celebrate Joe’s legacy and impact on so many, many lives. There will be a time to share stories and memories of Joe. For information – Dennis 541-280-0478 or hdriderinor@bendcable.com.

NEW POST! SEPT 22 – “22” POKER RUN In Conjunction with the Classic Car Show and Suicide Prevention EXPO at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 430 SW Fairgrounds Rd., in Madras. First Bike Out at 8:00am, Last Bike Out at 9:30am. Last Bike In and Poker Draw at 3:00PM. Registration fee $10. High Hand Wins 40%. Low hand wins 10%. Bring a camera or document your run – poker hands will be dealt upon completion of your ride and will require pictures. Sponsored by Madras VFW Post 12141. All Proceeds benefit COVO. “Show & Shine” after poker run at Wild Winds Station, 107 NE Cedar Street, Madras. More info: Len Parsons at VFW Post 12141 Email: madras@vfw12141.org

SEPT 26 – 30: STREET VIBRATIONS® FALL RALLY in Reno, Sparks, & Virginia City, NV. Info: http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php

OCT 11 – 14: 18th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST. More info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

Every Thursday: BRING OUT YOUR BIKE NIGHT– Sponsored by Red Wrench Cycles. From 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday night at the corner of 6th and Cedar in downtown Redmond. Free beverages and snacks, or grab a burger across the street at Redmond Burger Company! 

BIKER NEWS:

UPDATE! Rodehouse Ministry – A church custom-built for bikers! RodeHouse is now meeting at Wildhorse HD every Sunday at 9:30 am. On Sundays, the “RoadServices” rides to different destinations for fellowship and Bible studies. Also, MEN’S GROUP meets on Tuesday nites at 5:30 at Black Bear Diner in Redmond. To know what’s happening, keep in contact with Chaplain Kinne at kinnecallaway@gmail.com or 541-508-6039 or the RodeHouse website: www.therodehouse.com

STEELHEAD CUSTOM CYCLES: Gary Franklin at Steelhead has adopted a new business track this year: just-in-time motorcycle work. This means scheduling repairs and serviceing to minimize bike “sleepovers” at the shop. Gary believes that, due to our short riding season, you should be riding your bike, not waiting three weeks to get it fixed!! So Gary only books one week out to achieve quick turn around to maximize your riding time!! Steelhead is located at 2442 S 1st St, Redmond, OR 97756. Give him a shout at: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

JUSTICE BIKES – Special Military & PGR promotion for 2018 — patriotic FREE T-SHIRT for customers who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, who are Veterans, and/or ride with the PGR. Location: 517 SE Evergreen Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756. Only bike shop with a paint booth! Info@justicebikes.net or 541-527-5380

RED WRENCH CYCLES – New hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with additional appointments open on Monday. Plan and schedule out your winter work with Doug now and save on parts and labor. www.redwrenchcycles.com. 736 SW Umatilla Ave., Ste. D in Redmond. Phone: 541.420.8603.

WANT TO SEE YOUR RUN or M/C EVENT here? Need to UPDATE your run info? Postings are free! Send me an email: sgwilkes73@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes
Associate with friends who are encouraging, positive and kind and who will be honest with you. – Proverbs 13:20

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August 23 2018

BIKER WISDOM: No matter how bad your day is, a motorcycle ride will always make you feel better…

BIKER EVENTS:

THIS SATURDAY! AUGUST 25 – VETERANS APPRECIATION POKER RUN and BBQ!All Veterans are welcome! Organized by VFW in Redmond. Poker Run registration at 9 am at Redmond VFW. Last bike out at 10. Free BBQ for Veterans starts at 11, continues thru 2 pm. Last bike in at 1 pm. Cash prizes for poker winners, live music! 50-50, raffle prizes, Patriot Pinups, & Camaraderie! If you know a Veteran who has not connected with other Vets, invite him/her! Especially a Vet who rides a motorcycle. All makes & models accepted. C u there!!

AUGUST 31 – SEPT 2 – OVMA PAINTED HILLS RALLY Meet in Powell Butte at 10:00 am for group ride to Mitchell. More info: Tank @ skiddaddy@cbbmail.com or tank281@cbbmail.com

NEW POST! SEPT 1CENTRAL OREGON SHAKEDOWN is back! Mark your calendars, set your alarms and wax up those rides. Patriot Pin Ups brings you “2018 Shakedown Car and Motorcycle Show”. Live music by Shade 13, food and beer garden, an amazing raffle and let’s not forget the pin up contest ($5 registration 18 and older). This year’s pin up contest winner will receive some pretty cool prizes. Ladies, get yourselves dolled up and get ready to strut your stuff! This event benefits the Redmond VFW in their efforts to reach out to our local Veterans and their families. We have many local businesses sponsoring this event and there will be awesome veterans in attendance. Come support the Patriot Pin Up Gals and the Redmond VFW as they support our community. Registration is $10 per car or bike at the gate. Arrival time is 9am. Raffle tickets $5 each or 5 for $20. T-shirts available for $20 each. More info: 541-389-4408.

SEPT 1 – 3 – REDWOOD RUN in Piercy, CA. Must be 21+ to attend. Live music, T-shirt contests, bike games, vendors, on-site camping & showers, etc. Info: http://www.redwoodrun.org/

UPDATE! SEPT 7 – 8 – OVMA’s 16th ANNUAL 9-11 RUN Friday 9/7/18: Golf Tourney at The Greens in Redmond. Signup for golf adventure at franlink@bendbroadband.com Then, party at Big Dog Saloon on Friday evening: Bike Game practice plus Texas Hold’em Tourney. Saturday Sept 8: Poker Run Sign-up at Northside at 9 a.m. Last bike out at 10 am, last bike in at 2 pm @ Big Dog Saloon in Crooked River Ranch. Hi Hand – $500; Low Hand $250. Vendors, 50/50, Longhorn BBQ Dinner, Bike Show, Bike Games, Raffles, DJ music. Overnite camping available. Sunday Sept 9: Breakfast served at Crooked River Ranch by RodeHouse Ministry. All proceeds benefit C.O. Vets Ranch, Fireman’s Honor Guard, Deschutes County Rescue, and OVMA.

SEPT 8 – END OF SUMMER PICNIC 2018 The American Legion Riders are hosting @ AL Post 44 in Redmond, 704 SW 8th Street from 12:00 Noon to ??. If you’re a Vet who rides (2 or 3 wheels), and/or MA member, take your ride in the AM. Then stop by the Post. The Post Lounge will be open for your refreshment purchase. Have lunch which costs (your donation), then ogle the bikes, and just kick-back. The cook needs to know how much Tri-Tip and/or Pulled-Pork to BBQ, so please RSVP one of the following: Kit at kitmichaels4902@gmail.com or Cliff at breecher51@gmail.com or Dennis at 75crazyhorse69@gmail.com

SEPT 14-16 – CMA’s OREGON ROADS AND TRAILS RALLY, Florence OR. More info: ctbrd02@gmail.com

UPDATE! SEPT 15 – ABATE’s TEDDY BEAR RUN One of the most popular runs in Central Oregon! Admission = $10, or just $5 with one (1) new, unused stuffed teddy bear/toy. Deliver teddy bears to all 4 major hospitals for use by kids in the hospital as well as cardio patients during breathing exercises. Meet at Northside on Boyd Acres at 8:30 to 10 am. Group ride departs at 10:00 am. Ride ends at Hub City in Redmond for high and low hands, 50-50, raffles, music and rollicking good fun. More Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

SEPT 22 – JOE FETTER MEMORIAL RIDE – Leaves Wildhorse at 10:30 a.m. for a ride to celebrate Joe Fetter’s legacy and impact on so many, many lives. There will be a time to share stories and memories of Joe. For information – Dennis 541-280-0478 or hdriderinor@bendcable.com.

NEW POST! SEPT 22 – “22” POKER RUN In Conjunction with the Classic Car Show and Suicide Prevention EXPO at Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 430 SW Fairgrounds Rd., in Madras. First Bike Out at 8:00am, Last Bike Out at 9:30am. Last Bike In and Poker Draw at 3:00PM. Registration fee $10. High Hand Wins 40%. Low hand wins 10%. Bring a camera or document your run – poker hands will be dealt upon completion of your ride and will require pictures. Sponsored by Madras VFW Post 12141. All Proceeds benefit COVO. “Show & Shine” after poker run at Wild Winds Station, 107 NE Cedar Street, Madras. More info: Len Parsons at VFW Post 12141 Email: madras@vfw12141.org

SEPT 26 – 30: STREET VIBRATIONS® FALL RALLY in Reno, Sparks, & Virginia City, NV. Info: http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php

OCT 11 – 14: 18th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST. More info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

Every Thursday: BRING OUT YOUR BIKE NIGHT– Sponsored by Red Wrench Cycles. From 5 to 7 p.m. every Wednesday night at the corner of 6th and Cedar in downtown Redmond. Free beverages and snacks, or grab a burger across the street at Redmond Burger Company! 

BIKER NEWS:

EVERY SUNDAY! Rodehouse Ministry – A church custom-built for bikers! RodeHouse is now meeting at Wildhorse HD every Sunday at 9:30 am. On Sundays, the “RoadServices” rides to different destinations for fellowship and Bible studies. To know what’s happening on Sundays, keep in contact with Chaplain Kinne at kinnecallaway@gmail.com or 541-508-6039 or the RodeHouse website: www.therodehouse.com

STEELHEAD CUSTOM CYCLES: Gary Franklin at Steelhead has adopted a new business track this year: just-in-time motorcycle work. This means scheduling repairs and serviceing to minimize bike “sleepovers” at the shop. Gary believes that, due to our short riding season, you should be riding your bike, not waiting three weeks to get it fixed!! So Gary only books one week out to achieve quick turn around to maximize your riding time!! Steelhead is located at 2442 S 1st St, Redmond, OR 97756. Give him a shout at: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

JUSTICE BIKES – Special Military & PGR promotion for 2018 — patriotic FREE T-SHIRT for customers who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, who are Veterans, and/or ride with the PGR. Location: 517 SE Evergreen Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756. Only bike shop with a paint booth! Info@justicebikes.net or 541-527-5380

RED WRENCH CYCLES – New hours: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with additional appointments open on Monday. Plan and schedule out your winter work with Doug now and save on parts and labor. www.redwrenchcycles.com. 736 SW Umatilla Ave., Ste. D in Redmond. Phone: 541.420.8603.

WANT TO SEE YOUR RUN or M/C EVENT here? Need to UPDATE your run info? Postings are free! Send me an email: sgwilkes73@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes
Associate with friends who are encouraging, positive and kind and who will be honest with you. – Proverbs 13:20

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August 20 2018

Hello, Veterans and Fans of Veterans-

Below is latest edition of the Veteran Events Calendar as of 8-20-18.

Very interesting Events and News pertaining to Vets in this issue.
Pls read all the way thru to maximize your awareness.

A digital copy is also attached for sending out digitally, or for printing in quantity.

Please spread this info around your organization and among your Veteran friends, neighbors and associates.
Let’s keep our Veteran brothers & sisters informed and involved!

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL

VETERANS EVENTS, NEWS, & OPPORTUNITIES

8-20-18

THIS WEEKEND! August 25 – Veterans Appreciation BBQ & Poker Runall Veterans are welcome! Veteran organizations are welcome to display information materials & opportunities for Veterans. Spread the word! Contact laurajones@bendbroadband.com for details & info. Poker Run Registration at 9 am at Redmond VFW. Last motorcycle out at 10. Free BBQ for Veterans starts at 11, continues thru 2 pm. Last bike in at 1 pm. Cash prizes for poker winners, live music, 50-50, raffle prizes, Patriot Pinups, & Camaraderie…

NEW POST! AUGUST 25 – KOREAN WAR VETERANS HONORING – 11 am to 2 pm at Kah-Nee-Ta Resort & Spa in warm Springs. Lunch & Entertainment Tickets – $55. Presented by Eugene Greene, Sr. American Legion Family #48. More info: 541-460-8212 or www.wsala48.org

NEW POST! AUGUST 24 & 25 – AIRSHOW of the CASCADES. Night show on the 24th and daytime show on 25th. Veterans get in FREE!! Must show I.D. At the gate. Also, motorcycle show at the event! If you want to enter your bike, click here: https://www.cascadeairshow.com/motorcycle-show General airshow info: www.airshowofthecascades.com

SEPT 6 – SIXTH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT From 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015. For community providers who work with Veterans, non-profit agencies, government and VSO organizations. RSVP required to attend: 503-816-8159.

SEPT 8 – American Legion Post 45 ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT at Quail Run golf course. It is a 4 person scramble. Cost is $75 per person and includes cart, range balls and lunch at Post 45. There will also be a number of raffle items. Info: Ron Bamer at archery4life55@hotmail.com or Quail Run Golf Course, 16725 Northridge Dr, La Pine, OR. 541-536-1303

UPDATE! SEPT 12 – CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL MEETING Location scheduled at Jefferson County Senior Center from 2:00-4:00. Featured Speaker: Kristopher Saccurato, Mission 22. The Senior Center is located at 860 SW Madison, Madras, OR 97741.

PLUS! SEPT 12 — Free Dinner and Back-to-School Supplies for military families! 4:30 pm to 6pm at Jefferson County Veterans Service Office (VSO) at 860 SW Madison Street, Madras, OR 97741. More info: 541-475-5228. Supplies are limited and will be distributed on first come, first serve basis. 

NEW POST! SEPT 15 – WALK the BUTTE for a VETERAN IN NEED! Fundraiser in Pilot Butte State Park from 7 am to 7 pm. Minimum donation = $5. All proceeds go to bend Band of Brothers & Central Oregon Veterans Outreach to support Veterans in need.

SEPT 19 – BEND STAND DOWN More info TBD. Contacts: David Nieradka, 541-383-2793 or Tasha Sloan, 971-200-0351.

NEW POST! SEPT 11 — VA Long Term Care Fair Join VA staff & special guests to learn information about Long Term Care (LTC) at Portland VA Medical Center from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. Need help at home? Wondering how to pay for care? Considering in-home care or assisted living? Are you and your family planning for the future or wondering how the VA can help if you’re a veteran? If you’re a Veteran or a family member of a Veteran, then please attend on Tuesday, September 11, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Portland VA Medical Center Auditorium on second floor at 3710 SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239. See all the details on the web here .

SEPT 22 – SUICIDE PREVENTION & AWARENESS EVENT at the Madras Fairgrounds from 9:00-3:00. Car Show, Vendors, Kids games, Entertainment, Suicide Prevention Education, and Can Food Drive to support COVO. More info: 541-475-5228.

SAVE THE DATE! SEPT 29 – SCOTCH GOLF TOURNEY and C.O. VETERAN COUNCIL DINNER: At Wallace Ranch on Hiway 20 west of Bend. The event is the after party for the annual Scotch Golf Tournament and Dinner. This year the Central Oregon Veterans Council is donating two pigs and supporting the event with volunteer labor. Each year the Scotch donates money to Save A Warrior and to other local 501c3 orgs that serve veterans. This year, COVC looks forward to being recognized as one of those deserving agencies. To volunteer & more info: pam.mindt@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER OPPS!

DAV SHUTTLE VAN NEEDS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS! Volunteers needed to drive Veterans to Portland VA Medical Center and to clinics in Bend for medical appointments. No special license needed, DAV pays for gas & lunch for driver. Contact Paul DeWitt at 541-647-2363 or pauldewitt@bendbroadband.com

Ernie Tafalla, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for Partners In Care is looking for Veterans to be part of a VET2VET HOSPICE VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, providing veterans on hospice service with camaraderie, companionship and more. Info: Ernie Tafalla: email erniet@partnersbend.org or 541-749-0492.

PRACTICAL NEWS for VETERANS!

Veterans may be eligible for tax refunds on disability severance. Find out if you are eligible: https://www.wearethemighty.com/eligible-big-veterans-tax-refund

VISIT THE WELLNESS RANCH — Volunteers are invited to visit the Wellness Ranch. The Wellness Ranch is located on Couch Market Road and will be starting a Equine Assisted program for Veterans soon. The program also includes Yoga and Acupuncture. Come see what the Ranch has to offer plus help spruce up the place and assist in completing both the outdoor and indoor yoga studio. To volunteer & more info: pam.mindt@gmail.com or 503-389-0431 or info@thewellranch.org NEW POST! The Department of Education is sending letters to veterans with severe disabilities notifying them that they may be eligible for a
tax-free discharge of their outstanding student loans. Watch your mailbox!

NEW POST! “Forever GI Bill” expands VA educational benefits. Check the link:
https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/51050/forever-gi-bill-expands-va-educational-benefits/

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON is still in business and taking Korean War veterans from Central Oregon on 4-day trips to Washington,
DC to see their Korean War memorial, the US Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and other memorials. WWII veterans can also still apply for these
trips. For more information, contact Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or HFCO.Deannalynn@gmail.com

AVOIDING VA BENEFITS OVERPAYMENTS: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/50310/avoiding-va-benefits-overpayments/

15 WAYS THE VETERANS ADMIN (VA) IS IMPROVING ITS SERVICES: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/50253/15-ways-va-improving-veterans-experience-right-now

ANYONE with a certified hearing impairment is eligible for a FREE CLEAR CAPTION PHONE. Jeff Houston is the local Rep and can be contacted at 541-200-5892 or jeff.houston@clearcaptions.com

FREE ONLINE 25 MIN SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING from the VA, covering these topics:
Suicide as a public health issue in the U.S.

Signs that a Veteran may be at risk for suicide

Actions people can take if they identify a Veteran at risk.

More info for video: https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/ or
read the article: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/49409/va-psycharmor-institute-offer-online-suicide-prevention-training/

WHAT TO DO BEFORE A VETERAN DIES. A GUIDE TO PRE-PLANNING is a pamphlet published by the American Legion has a pamphlet titled more info: https://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/files/legion/publications/What-to-do-before-a-Veteran-Dies-WEB.pdf . Free of charge. Also, What a Veteran can do on his/her own: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-10007.pdf

VHA has published online products that explain WHEN A VETERAN SHOULD SEEK EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE, and how VA can pay for a Veteran’s service-connected and non-service connected emergency care from a community provider. Check out the links below:

· Video – Emergency Medical Care

· Fact Sheet – Emergency Medical Care

· Fact Sheet – Emergency Transportation (Ambulance)

· Website – Emergency Care

TAKE A VETERAN FISHING! Information about using the Bend Band of Brothers’ fishing boat, contact East Lake Resort in La Pine at 541-536-2230 or email at eastlakeresort@gmail.com

Veterans…Interested in EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING? Please contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case Manager, COVO, at 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email: lee.griego@covo-us.org

Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees. All veterans with honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is a Home Loan Specialist. She can get you started by providing you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility with just a copy of your DD214. Call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer NMLS #1543278, Stearns Lending, LLC, Email: dkenyon@stearns.com

The FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you   need help. Click on the link for more info:

Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility

 

TRANSPORTATION TO CBOC: If you are a veteran, have no other means of transportation, and you need a ride to the Bend CBOC, contact Paula at COVO at least 4 days in advance 541-383-2793. If you need a ride to the VAMC in Portland, call DAV as soon as possible 503-721-7804.

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at sgwilkes73@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes
Associate with friends who are encouraging, positive and kind and who will be honest with you. – Proverbs 13:20

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August 17 2018

BIKER WISDOM: Motorcycles are constant proof that God loves to see us happy.

BIKER EVENTS:

THIS WEEKEND! AUGUST 17-19 – 2018 OREGON STATE CMA RALLY in Madras, OR. More info: http://cmanwr1.org/OR/state-rally-form.aspx OR ctbrd02@gmail.com

NEXT SATURDAY! AUGUST 25 – VETERANS APPRECIATION BBQ and POKER RUNAll motorcycle-riding Veterans are welcome! Organized by VFW in Redmond. Register at 9 am at Redmond VFW. Last bike out at 10. Free BBQ for Veterans starts at 11, continues thru 2 pm. Last bike in at 1 pm. Cash prizes for poker winners, live music! 50-50, raffle prizes, Patriot Pinups, & Camaraderie! C u there!!

AUGUST 31 – SEPT 2 – OVMA PAINTED HILLS RALLY (details TBD)

SEPT 1 – 3 – REDWOOD RUN in Piercy, CA. Must be 21+ to attend. Live music, T-shirt contests, bike games, vendors, on-site camping & showers, etc. Info: http://www.redwoodrun.org/

UPDATE! SEPT 7 – 8 – OVMA’s 16th ANNUAL 9-11 RUN Friday 9/7/18: Golf Tourney at The Greens in Redmond. Signup for golf adventure at franlink@bendbroadband.com Then, party at Big Dog Saloon on Friday evening: Bike Game practice plus Texas Hold’em Tourney. Saturday Sept 8: Poker Run Sign-up at Northside at 9 a.m. Last bike out at 10 am, last bike in at 2 pm @ Big Dog Saloon in Crooked River Ranch. Hi Hand – $500; Low Hand $250. Vendors, 50/50, Longhorn BBQ Dinner, Bike Show, Bike Games, Raffles, DJ music. Overnite camping available. Sunday Sept 9: Breakfast served at Crooked River Ranch by RodeHouse Ministry. All proceeds benefit C.O. Vets Ranch, Fireman’s Honor Guard, Deschutes County Rescue, and OVMA.

SEPT 8 – END OF SUMMER PICNIC 2018 The American Legion Riders are hosting @ AL Post 44 in Redmond, 704 SW 8th Street from 12:00 Noon to ??. If your a Vet who rides (2 or 3 wheels), and/or a MA member, take your ride in the AM. Then stop by the Post. The Post Lounge will be open for your refreshment purchase. Have lunch which costs (your donation), then ogle the bikes, and just kick-back. The cook needs to know how much Tri-Tip and/or Pulled-Pork to BBQ, so please RSVP one of the following: Kit at kitmichaels4902@gmail.com or Cliff at breecher51@gmail.com or Dennis at 75crazyhorse69@gmail.com

SEPT 14-16 – CMA’s OREGON ROADS AND TRAILS RALLY, Florence OR. More info: ctbrd02@gmail.com

UPDATE! SEPT 15 – ABATE’s TEDDY BEAR RUN One of the most popular runs in Central Oregon! Admission = one (1) new, unused stuffed teddy bear/toy. Deliver teddy bears to all 4 major hospitals for use by kids in the hospital as well as cardio patients during breathing exercises. Meet at Northside on Boyd Acres at 8:30 to 10 am. Group ride departs at 10:00 am. Ride ends at Hub City in Redmond for high and low hands, 50-50, raffles, music and rollicking good fun. More Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

NEW POST! SEPT 22 – JOE FETTER’S MEMORIAL RIDE – Leaves Wildhorse at 10:30 a.m. for a ride to celebrate Joe’s legacy and impact on so many, many lives. There will be a time to share stories and memories of Joe. For information – Dennis 541-280-0478 or hdriderinor@bendcable.com.

SEPT 26 – 30: STREET VIBRATIONS® FALL RALLY in Reno, Sparks, & Virginia City, NV. Info: http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php

OCT 11 – 14: 18th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST. More info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

BIKER NEWS:

EVERY SUNDAY! Rodehouse Ministry – A church custom-built for bikers! RodeHouse is now meeting at Wildhorse HD every Sunday at 9:30 am. On Sundays, the “RoadServices” rides to different destinations for fellowship and Bible studies. To know what’s happening on Sundays, keep in contact with Chaplain Kinne at kinnecallaway@gmail.com or 541-508-6039 or the RodeHouse website: www.therodehouse.com

STEELHEAD CUSTOM CYCLES: Gary Franklin at Steelhead has adopted a new business track this year: just-in-time motorcycle work. This means scheduling repairs and serviceing to minimize bike “sleepovers” at the shop. Gary believes that, due to our short riding season, you should be riding your bike, not waiting three weeks to get it fixed!! So Gary only books one week out to achieve quick turn around to maximize your riding time!! Steelhead is located at 2442 S 1st St, Redmond, OR 97756. Give him a shout at: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

JUSTICE BIKES – Special Military & PGR promotion for 2018 — patriotic FREE T-SHIRT for customers who are currently serving in the Armed Forces, who are Veterans, and/or ride with the PGR. Location: 517 SE Evergreen Avenue, Redmond, OR 97756. Only bike shop with a paint booth! Info@justicebikes.net or 541-527-5380

RED WRENCH CYCLES is a full service motorcycle shop specializing in American V-Twins. 736 SW Umatilla Ave, Suite D, Redmond, OR 97756. PH: 541-480- 4282.

WANT TO SEE YOUR RUN or M/C EVENT here? Need to UPDATE your run info? Postings are free! Send me an email: sgwilkes73@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes
Associate with friends who are encouraging, positive and kind and who will be honest with you. – Proverbs 13:20

July 07 2018

Hello, Heroes & Heroines-

Below is latest edition of the Veteran Events Calendar as of 7-7-18.

Lotta new stuff in this edition. 

Please spread this info around your organization and among your Veteran friends, neighbors and associates.
Let’s keep our Veteran brothers & sisters informed and involved!

 

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL

CALENDAR of VETERANS EVENTS

7-7-18

NEXT WEDNESDAY JULY 11 — CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL (COVC) meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701.

NEW POST! JULY 19 — Community Presentation hosted by the Jefferson County Veterans Service Office located at 860 SW Madison Ave (inside the Senior Center) in Madras. All Veterans, spouses, and community providers are encouraged to attend. Topics include COVO, Housing, Willamette Cemetery info, Assistive Technology, and Suicide prevention. 0845 to 3 pm: Includes breakfast and lunch. FREE to Veterans and $5.00 donation requested for all others. Info: 541-475-5228

NEW POST! JULY 25 – FREE Veterans Breakfast at 8:00 am at the Madras Fairgrounds. More info: 541-475-5228

NEW POST! AUGUST 11 – PAIN & DYSFUNCTON RELIEF CLINIC from 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Riverhouse Convention Center located at 3075 N Hwy 97, Bend. Presented by the Counterstrain Academy, 9555 SW Barnes Road, Portkland, OR 97219. This organization is seeking volunteers that suffer daily pain. Counterstrain instructors use a gentle approach highly effective in the treatment and management of most painful conditions: Headaches – migraines and tension* Breathing Issues* Fibromyalgia* Sports Performance* Lower back pain* Cervical Pain* Chronic Pain* Rotator cuff Syndrome* Sciatica* PTSD* Post-Concussion Syndrome*Athletic Injuries* and more. RSVP by July 15 to Michelle at: (503) 894-9039 or info@counterstrainacademy.com or Paula at COVO, (541) 838-2793 or paula.laswell@covo.us.org

UPDATE! AUGUST 25 – VETERANS APPRECIATION BBQ and POKER RUN – All motorcycle-riding Veterans are welcome! Organized by Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association (OVMA). Register at 9 am at Redmond VFW. Last bike out at 10. Free BBQ for Veterans starts at 11, continues thru 2 pm. Last bike in at 1 pm. Cash prizes for poker winners, live music! 50-50, raffle prizes, Patriot Pinups, & Camaraderie…

NEW POST! SEPT 6 – SIXTH ANNUAL MENTAL HEALTH SUMMIT From 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM at Camp Withycombe, 15300 SE Minuteman Way, Clackamas, OR 97015. For community providers who work with Veterans, non-profit agencies, government and VSO organizations. RSVP required to attend: 503-816-8159.

SEPT 22 – SUICIDE PREVENTION & AWARENESS EVENT at the Madras Fairgrounds from 9:00-3:00. Car Show, Vendors, Kids games, Entertainment, Suicide Prevention Education, and Can Food Drive to support COVO. More info: 541-475-5228.

SAVE THE DATE! SEPT 29 – C.O. VETERAN COUNCIL DINNER: At Wallace Ranch on Hiway 20 west of Bend. The event is the after party for the annual Scotch Golf Tournament and Dinner. This year the Central Oregon Veterans Council is donating two pigs and supporting the event with volunteer labor. Each year the Scotch donates money to Save A Warrior and to other local 501c3 orgs that serve veterans. This year, COVC looks forward to being recognized as one of those deserving agencies. To volunteer & more info: pam.mindt@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER OPPS!

Ernie Tafalla, Veterans Outreach Coordinator for Partners In Care is looking for Veterans to be part of a Vet2Vet Hospice Volunteer Program, providing veterans on hospice service with camaraderie, companionship and more. Info: contact Ernie Tafalla: email erniet@partnersbend.org or 541-749-0492

 

PRACTICAL NEWS for VETERANS!

ANYONE with a certified hearing impairment is eligible for a FREE CLEAR CAPTION PHONE. Jeff Houston is the local Rep and can be contacted at 541-200-5892 or jeff.houston@clearcaptions.com Visit the web site: https://clearcaptions.com/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_-W5zZng2wIVAcpkCh1-jwRLEAAYASAAEgJz9PD_BwE

FREE ONLINE 25 MIN SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING from the VA, covering these topics:

Suicide as a public health issue in the U.S.
Signs that a Veteran may be at risk for suicide
Actions people can take if they identify a Veteran at risk.
More info for video: https://psycharmor.org/courses/s-a-v-e/ or read the article: https://www.blogs.va.gov/VAntage/49409/va-psycharmor-institute-offer-online-suicide-prevention-training/

“WHAT TO DO BEFORE A VETERAN DIES. A GUIDE TO PRE-PLANNING” is a pamphlet published by the American Legion has a pamphlet titled more info: https://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/files/legion/publications/What-to-do-before-a-Veteran-Dies-WEB.pdf . Free of charge. Also, What a Veteran can do on his/her own: https://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA40-10007.pdf

VHA has published online products that explain WHEN A VETERAN SHOULD SEEK EMERGENCY MEDICAL CARE, and how VA can pay for a Veteran’s service-connected and non-service connected emergency care from a community provider. Check out the links below:

· Video – Emergency Medical Care

· Fact Sheet – Emergency Medical Care

· Fact Sheet – Emergency Transportation (Ambulance)

· Website – Emergency Care

TAKE A VETERAN FISHING! Information about using the Bend Band of Brothers’ fishing boat, contact East Lake Resort in La Pine at 541-536-2230 or email at eastlakeresort@gmail.com

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON is in business and taking Korean War veterans from Central Oregon on 4-day trips to Washington, DC. The
first cadre of Korean War Veterans to traveled to D.C. 6-6-18, to see their Korean War memorial, the US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery and other
memorials. WWII veterans can also still apply for these trips. Veteran and Guardian applications are available. For more information, contact
Administrator Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or HFCO.Deannalynn@gmail.com

VISIT WELLNESS RANCH — Volunteers are invited to visit the Wellness Ranch. The Wellness Ranch is located on Couch Market Road and will be starting a Equine Assisted program for Veterans soon. The program also includes Yoga and Acupuncture. Come see what the Ranch has to offer plus help spruce up the place and assist in completing both the outdoor and indoor yoga studio. To volunteer & more info: pam.mindt@gmail.com

Veterans…Interested in EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING? Please contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case Manager, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Work: 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email: lee.griego@covo-us.org

Speaking of HOUSING…Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees via the VA’s home mortgage program. All veterans with honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is the wife of a Veteran and is a Home Loan Specialist. She can get you started by providing you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility with just a copy of your DD214. Rates are still very low so call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer NMLS #1543278, Stearns Lending, LLC, Email: dkenyon@stearns.com

The FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you
need help. Click on the link for more info: Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility
TRANSPORTATION TO CBOC: If you are a veteran, have no other means of transportation, and you need a ride to the Bend CBOC, contact Paula at COVO at least 4 days in advance 541-383-2793. If you need a ride to the VAMC in Portland, call DAV as soon as possible 503-721-7804.

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at sgwilkes73@gmail.com


Steve Wilkes
Do not judge, or you too will be judged. — Mathew 7:1

April 24 2018

The Following are several upcoming OVMA events that we need to make sure that we are supporting:

Wind Riders – Putting finishing touches on their May 19th Covered Bridges Poker Run. Begin and end at the VFW in Albany. 0900 first bike out; 1430 (2:30 pm) last bike in. High hand $500, low hand $200.  Approximately 88 miles, 2 to 3 hour ride.  While in the Stayton are, stop by Power Chevrolet, 500 SW Sublimity Blvd., they will have soft drinks and hot dogs for riders participating in the run.

HDEMother’s Day Poker Run, Saturday, May 12th, meet at Northside Bar & Grill in Bend.  Route is ready; register at 0900, last bike in at 1430 (2:30 pm).

11th Annual Tuff Butt Run, August 10th to 12th, meet at the VFW Redmond.  Lots of activities, $500 best hand. Contact Dennis Guthrie, 541-280-5161;

www.tuffbuttclassic.com

Susan

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April 14 2018

The HDE Run Calendar has been updated, so head on over to that page and check out all the events going on this year!

For anyone that is unaware, there is an event going on today down at Wildhorse Harley Davidson, called the “Dare to Compare” event. They will have food, drinks, and the opportunity to test ride their new motorcycles. From their FaceBook:

“Ride on down to Wildhorse H-D Saturday, April 14th and Dare to Compare your existing bike with a new 2018 H-D model of your choice! We’re letting you take a FREE demo on our guided tour to see how they stack up against your current ride. These motorcycles are completely rebuilt from the ground up and we want you to compare them. Just for taking a ride we’re going to give you a FREE kickstand puck.

We’ll also have FREE food, drinks, door prizes and even more. This is an event you don’t wanna miss!

Go to mywildhorsehd.com today to reserve your Test Ride”

Even if you aren’t planning on buying a new bike, sometimes these events are fun to go to just to check out the new rides. I’ll be riding over there around noon. Hopefully I’ll see some of you guys down there!

-Justin Day

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April 13 2018

TOMORROW on SATURDAY! APRIL 14 – OPEN HOUSE at Steelhead Custom Cycles in Redmond from 11 – 3 pm. Free lunch + raffle drawing for unique Steelhead Custom Fairing Clock, only $10 per ticket. Labor discounts for Veterans. Gary would like riders to stop in and check out his 6,000+ spare parts and accessories @ 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. See attached flyer. More info: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good: His love endures forever. – Psalm 118:1

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April 10 2018

BIKER WISDOM:

You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close.

BIKERNEWS:

EVERY SUNDAY! Rode house Ministry – A church custom-built for bikers! RodeHouse is now meeting at Wildhorse HD every Sunday at 9:30am. Weather permitting, every Sunday, the “RoadServices” rides to different destinations for the worship services. To know what’s happening on Sundays, keep in contact with Chaplain Kinne at kinnecallaway@gmail.com or 541-508-6039 or the RodeHouse website: www.therodehouse.com

Gary Franklin’s STEELHEAD CUSTOM CYCLES is open in Redmond at 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. Stop in & see him. Contact info: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

Larry “Animal” Ramos is searching for some land or a venue to rent for his next big m/c production. 🙂   He is planning on a good-size event for 400+ people. If you have some accessible land or know of a possible location, give Animal a shout at 541-923-3809 or email nzwind_2000@msn.com

BIKER EVENTS:

THIS SATURDAY! APRIL 14 – OPEN HOUSE at Steelhead Custom Cycles in Redmond from 11 – 3 pm. Free lunch + raffle drawing for unique, Steelhead original Custom Fairing Clock, only $10 per ticket. Labor & parts discounts for Veterans. Stop in and check out Gary’s 6,000+ spare parts and accessories @ 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. See attached flyer. More info: 541-316-1593 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

APRIL 11 -15 – ARIZONA BIKE WEEK Info: http://www.azbikeweek.com/

APRIL 21 – 10th ANNUAL SPRING FLING BIKE & CAR SHOW at Diego’s in Redmond, OR. Info: 541-316-2002

or http://redmondbuzz.com/eventDetail.cfm?e=2212 NEW POST! APRIL 20-21 CHRISTIAN MOTORCYCLISTS ASSN (CMA) STATE GATHERING, Bikers for Change. Contact Mike or Deb Dunton. 541-233-6403 or 541-633-0837.

NEW POST! APRIL 27-28 CMA CHERRY FESTIVAL in The Dalles. Info: Contact Paul W. 541-598-4470.

APRIL 25 – 28 – 36th LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN in Laughlin NV. Info: https://laughlinriverrun.com/

DATE CHANGE! APRIL 28 (Saturday) – BLACK SHEEP POKER RUN at Harley Davidson store in Bend. Breakfast at 10 and Kickstands up (KSU) at 12 noon. First Prize = $750 dollar gift certificate to Harley Davidson. Also: a bike blessing and boot shine. For more details visit Black Sheep Facebook page: Black Sheep Central Oregon Chapter or cb@cbbmail.com

NEW POST! APRIL 20-21 – CMA’s OREGON SEASONS OF REFRESHING RUN in Wilsonville OR. More info: http://cmanwr1.org/OR/seasons-of-refreshing-form.aspx or ctbrd02@gmail.com

NEW POST! MAY 5 – CMA’s RUN FOR THE SON to Diamond Lake. Staging at Riverwoods store (Hwy 97 and Knott Road in Deschutes River Woods). Kick stands up (KSU) at 9 am. Roll to Diamond Lake for lunch. All are welcome. Call Paul with any questions 541-598-4470.

UPDATE! MAY 12 – OVMA’s 15th ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY RUN on Saturday, the day BEFORE Mother’s Day. This will be 15th Consecutive year that OVMA salutes Veteran Moms and Wives. Signup at Northside Grill on Boyd Acres Road in Bend from 9-10. Last bike out at 10. High hand wins $500. Lousiest hand wins $250. Last hand in at 2 pm. After party outside at Northside: 50-50, raffle prizes and live, belly-shaking music! More info: www.ovma-hde.com

NEW POST! May 11 – 13  HIGH DESERT DISCIPLES (HDD) OHV CAMPOUT. All are WELCOME. Dry Camp at 4 Corners BLM Corral. More Info: call Mike & Deb Dunton 541-233-6403 or 541-633-0837.

MAY 24 – 27: 17th ANNUAL RUN-A-MUCCA IN WINNEMUCCA, Nevada. Info: http://www.runamucca.com/

MAY 27 – 31st ANNIVERSARY ROLLING THUNDER, Washington, D.C. – Info: http://www.rollingthunder1.com/

JUNE 2 – RODEHOUSE 6th ANNUAL “DOWN BIKER” RUN at Wildhorse HD store in Bend,OR. Starting at 9 a.m. = FREE Breakfast! First bike out at 9:30, last bike out at 10:30. Hi hand wins $400, lowest hand gets $250 Gift Card from Wildhorse HD! Last bike in at 2:30. Raffle, prizes and m/c nonsense starts at 3 pm. Proceeds used to help with non-medical expenses of injured m/c riders & their families. More info: kinnecallaway@gmail.com

UPDATE! JUNE 8 – 10 – MAUPIN MADNESS RUN starts with Annual Crawfish Boil! Saturday June 9th Free Breakfast available from 7:30am – 10:30am Registration at Kaiser Park across from Maupin Market 8am-10am. Route maps & T-shirts at registration. $15 First hand and $5 Second hand. High/Low Pay-Off. Overnight Camping and Lodging Available. Bike show and party at 5pm. Proceeds go to Outdoor Adventures With Military Heroes. More info: www.maupinoregon.com or 541-993-1708.

JUNE 15 – 16 – LIGHTHOUSE RUN Info: http://www.highway101hd.com/–lighthouse-information

NEW POST! JUNE 16 – American Legion Riders’ “RIDE FOR THE ALIVE” tribute ride at Redmond American Legion Post 44. For more info, contact Bob Baker at ranger5rb@yahoo.com

JUNE 23 – A.B.A.T.E’s LAKES, ROCKS, AND BRIDGES ride. Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

NEW POST! JUNE 30 – WHEELZ OVER CANCER Run. Produced by Dave Hargous and Larry “Animal” Ramos. Starts at 9am at the VFW in Redmond. More info: Contact Dave at 541-350-6615.

JULY 6 – 8 – 71st ANNIVERSARY INDEPENDENCE RALLY in Hollister, CA. More info: www.hollisterindependencerally.com

NEW POST! JULY 14th- WROC ‘n ROLL poker run. Organized by Women Riders Only Club (WROC). Event is open to ALL riders and bikes. More info: sin_d2003@yahoo.com

JULY 12 – 16:  HELLS CANYON RALLY. More info: http://www.hellscanyonrally.com/

JULY 20 – 22 – – BIKES & BLUES Rally in Blachly, OR. Info: Bill Vaughn at 541-461-8854 or on Facebook.

JULY 18 – 22 – PENDLETON BIKE WEEK in Pendleton, OR. More info: http://pendletonbikeweek.com/

JULY 19 -22 – 19th ANNUAL RUN 21 “Largest Old School Rally in The NW” Info: www.run-21.com

NEW POST! JULY 28 – 3rd ANNUAL RUN TO IN-n-OUT BURGERS in Grants Pass. More info: Justice Bikes https://justicebikes.net/

AUGUST 3 -12 – 78th ANNUAL STURGIS RALLY. More info: http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/

AUGUST 5 – ANIMAL’S GRANDMA HOUSE RUN (details TBD)

AUGUST 10 – 12 – OVMA/VFW TUFF BUTTS RALLY. More info: www.tuffbuttclassic.com

NEW POST! AUGUST 17-19 – 2018 OREGON STATE CMA RALLY in Madras, OR. More info: http://cmanwr1.org/OR/state-rally-form.aspx OR ctbrd02@gmail.com

UPDATE! AUGUST 17 – 19 – REDWOOD RUN in Piercy, CA. Must be 21+ to attend. Live music all weekend, T-shirt contests, bike games, vendors, on-site camping & showers, etc, etc. Info: http://www.redwoodrun.org/

AUGUST 31 – SEPT 2 – OVMA PAINTED HILLS RALLY

SEPT 6 – 9 – OVMA’s 9-11 RUN

NEW POST! SEPTEMBER 14-16 – CMA’s OREGON ROADS AND TRAILS RALLY, Florence OR. More info: ctbrd02@gmail.com

SEPT 15 – ABATE’s TEDDY BEAR RUN Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

SEPT 26 – 30: STREET VIBRATIONS® FALL RALLY in Reno, Sparks, & Virginia City, NV. Info: http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php

OCT 11 – 14: 18th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST. More info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

WANT TO SEE YOUR RUN or M/C EVENT here? Need to UPDATE your run info? Postings are free!

Send me an email: sgwilkes73@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes Can any one of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? – Mathew 6:27

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April 02 2018

Howdy, Heroes & Heroines-

Below is latest edition of the Veteran Events Calendar as of 4-2-18.

Lotta new stuff in this edition. 🙂

A digital copy is also attached for sending it out electronically, or for printing in quantity.

Please spread this info around your organization and among your Veteran friends, neighbors and associates.
Let’s keep our Veteran brothers & sisters informed and involved!

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL

CALENDAR of VETERANS EVENTS

4-2-18

NEW POST! APRIL 4 — THIS WEDNESDAY: HOUSING INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS specifically for VETERANS housing in Bend. Habitat for Humanity is looking to select three qualified Veterans by this June (for home purchases in the Summer of 2019). These will be small, detached homes that are specifically for qualified Veterans. Informational meetings will be held THIS Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 12 noon. Interested Vets MUST RSVP via this link: homeownership@bendhabitat.org Sessions held at Bend Area Habitat for Humanity: 224 NE Thurston Ave., Bend OR. More info: Contact Dee Dee or Catalina at541-385-5387, ext. 103.

NEW POST! APRIL 10 — BREAKING THE SILENCE! Screening with special guest, Kristin Beck, SEAL Team 6. Hosted by PFLAG Central Oregon. Dates: April 10 @ 7:00 PM and again @ 8:30 PM. Location: Nativity Lutheran Church 60850 Brosterhous Rd, Bend, 97702. Info: nathaniel.boehme@state.or.us

NEXT WEEK! APRIL 11 — CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL (COVC) meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701.

NEW POST! APRIL 13 — “MILITARY RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY” to honor service of military retirees to their local communities and the United States.

NEW POST! APRIL 18COMMUNITY CONVERSATION ABOUT SUICIDE PREVENTION. 11 am to 2 pm at Central Oregon Collective, 62070 27th Street, Bend OR 97701. Offering support & networking about ways to offer support to persons thinking of suicide. For more info: 503-220-8262, etx. 56025.

NEW POST! APRIL 20 – APPRECIATION CEREMONY for VETERANS at Prestige Senior Living in partnership with Band of Brothers and Partners in Care. Start time is 1 pm (1300). Hosted by Chaplain Ernie Tafalla at High Desert Assisted Living, 2660 NE Mary Rose Place in Bend. RSVP: 541-312-2003.

NEW POST! APRIL 25 — VETERAN LISTENING SESSION on WEDNESDAY, April 25th at VFW in Redmond from 12 noon to 1330: Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA) Directors and VAPORHCS want to hear from Veterans about issues, concerns and ideas to improve the care and services provided to Veterans. To answer specific questions from individuals, additional VA staff will attend: VBA Claims Specialists, Suicide Prevention Program, MyHealthyVet, VAPORHCS Enrollment, & Patient Advocate/Office of Veteran Experience.

 

APRIL 27 – 28 – ODVA’s OREGON WOMEN VETERAN CONFERENCE in Sunriver. Registration has already started! The 10th Annual ODVA Oregon Women Veterans Conference will be in Sunriver, Oregon. This event is open to women veterans ONLY and is free to attend! ROOM BOOKING INFO: 855-420-8206 or www.destinationhotels.com/sunriver-resort Be sure to let them know you are registering for the Oregon Women Veterans Conference for the best discount.

APRIL 27 – 28 – VETERANS’ & FAMILY HEALING CIRCLE GATHERING, Warm Springs, Oregon, He-He Longhouse, near mile post 85 on Hiway 26 between Portland and Madras. Healing ceremonies, speakers, elders’ wisdom, men’s sweat lodge, women’s sweat lodge washing of the hands ceremony, free healing touch treatments, raffle, fun and friendship. Events every day from Thursday noon until Sunday Closing Ceremony at 10 a.m. More info at the link: flyer 3rd revision 2018.doc

APRIL 28 – WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS PARADE! in Warm Springs @11 a.m. Then, at 12 p.m. – Honor Ceremony; finally, @ 12 – 5 p.m. Expo. Info: www.wsala48.org or Susan at susan@chinookintl.com or 541-460-8212.

NEW POST! APRIL 28 – COSTCO’s Annual APPRECIATON EVENT for CENTRAL OREGON HEROES on Saturday, 4-28-18 from 3 to 7 pm. FREE! Just show up at COSTCO in Bend. Light refreshments served. Military Veterans, Guard & Active Duty members & their families invited. More info: Mikelle at 541-385-9640, ext. 255.

NEW POST! MAY 5 – SHOOTING CONTEST at Redmond Rod & Gun Club: 4-Man teams. VFW, American Legion or Band of Brothers membership required. More info: Brian at 541-699-8664 or Lenny at 541-527-1442 or Larry at 541-527-9893.

MAY 7 thru JULY 8 – “I AM NOT INVISIBLE” Exhibit on the Mezzanine, sponsored by Coos History Museum. A celebration of the military service of Oregon Women Veterans. Location: 1210 N Front Street, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sounds like a cool place to view the exhibit during a summer day at the Oregon Coast! Contact: estabre@odva.state.or.us

MAY 9 – Two (2) Big Events: COVO’s “STAND DOWN” and COVC’s Monthly Meeting at Redmond VFW. More details coming soon…

NEW POST! MAY 28 – MEMORIAL DAY: Anyone or any organization that needs grave marker flags for Memorial Day can get them via Keith MacNamara at VSO in Bend. Email to Keith.MacNamara@deschutes.org and he will order them. Questions? Call Keith at 541-385-3214.

VOLUNTEER OPPS!

Ernie Tafala, Chaplain for Partners-In-Care, is looking for Volunteers to help with hospice counseling & patient companionship. If you have a heart for helping others, contact Ernie at erniet@partnersbend.org or phone (541) 749-0492.

PRACTICAL NEWS for VETERANS!

Speaking of HOUSING…Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees via the VA’s home mortgage program. All veterans with honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is the wife of a Veteran and is a Home Loan Specialist. She can get you started by providing you a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility with just a copy of your DD214. Rates are still very low so call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer NMLS #1543278, Stearns Lending, LLC, Email: dkenyon@stearns.com

There will be a 2.0 percent COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan Annuities. More info at this link:

https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/newsevents/newsletter/2018-Cost-of-Living-Adjustment.html

If you receive COMBAT-RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION (CRSC) and have the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), deductions for SBP Premium will be coming this April. More info at this link: Coming this April: SBP Premium Deductions from CRSC

The FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you need help. Click on the link for more info: Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility

VA REVISES REGULATIONS ON REIMBURSEMENT FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT OF VETERANS – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those costs may include hospital charges, professional fees and emergency transportation, such as ambulances. More info here: VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

ZERO PERCENT INTEREST STUDENT LOAN BENEFIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE – The Department of Defense is collaborating with the Departments of Education (ED) and Veterans Affairs to educate service members and veterans about a significant student loan benefit based on their military service. Federal law exempts members of the military from paying interest for up to 60 months on certain student loans while serving or having served in an area that qualifies them to receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Service members and veterans can also apply retroactively based on previous qualifying military service. This benefit applies to direct loans or a portion of a direct consolidation loan made on or after Oct. 1, 2008. Veterans can take these actions to avoid student loan interest: Check your loan type and servicer by logging in to “My Federal Student Aid” at StudentAid.gov/login.

The NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is located in New Windsor, New York. The 7,500-foot facility includes exhibits, artifacts and Purple Heart recipient stories. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed or wounded by enemy action, and the NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is the nation’s sole repository dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories of these Purple Heart recipients. The primary way in which Purple Heart recipients are honored and share their stories is through our Roll of Honor electronic database. This database is accessible in The Hall of Honor main gallery and on our website (www.thepurpleheart.com). Purple Heart recipients (or their familly) only need to complete a simple enrollment form and send it to the Hall of Honor along with copies of the supporting documents. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. More information is available at (845) 561-1765 or Dennis.Sciba@parks.ny.gov

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON has been formed to take Korean War veterans from Central Oregon on a 4-day trip to Washington, DC to see their Korean War memorial, the US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery and other memorials. WWII veterans can still apply for these trips. Veteran and Guardian applications will soon be available through the new board, led by Martin Baltazar of Redmond. For more information, contact Administrator Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or HFCO.Deannalynn@gmail.com

TRANSPORTATION TO CBOC: If you are a veteran, have no other means of transportation, and you need a ride to the Bend CBOC, contact Paula at COVO at least 4 days in advance 541-383-2793. If you need a ride to the VAMC in Portland, call DAV as soon as possible 503-721-7804

Veterans…Interested in EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING? Please contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case Manager, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Work: 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email: lee.griego@covo-us.org

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at sgwilkes73@gmail.com


Steve Wilkes
Can any one of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? – Mathew 6:27

March 30 2018

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March 27 2018

Hello…

Below is latest edition of the Veteran Events Calendar as of 3-27-18.
 

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL

CALENDAR of VETERANS EVENTS

3-27-18

THIS THURSDAY! MARCH 29 – Special: VETERANS’ PREVIEW performance of the play: “GROUNDED” at 7:30 at Cascades Theater, 148 NW Greenwood in Bend. Veterans and current members of the Armed Forces are invited to attend as guests of CTC. FREE! No advance tickets needed – arrive at the theater by 7:10. Admission for all others to the preview is a suggested $10 donation. More info: www.cascadestheatrical.org or the Cascades Theatrical Company (CTC) Box Office at 541.389.0803.

THIS THURSDAY! MARCH 29 – Free class: LEARN ABOUT 100% FINANCING AND VA LOANS @ Redmond Library, 827 SW Deschutes Ave, Redmond, 5:30-6:30pm RSVP: sarah.taylor@guildmortgage.net

THIS FRIDAY! MARCH 30 — WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY!

THIS FRIDAY! MARCH 30 – FREE SPAGHETTI FEED for all Veterans at the Madras Senior Center, 5:30-7:30 pm. More info: laura.moore@co.jefferson.or.us

APRIL 11 — CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL (COVC) meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701. Speakers TBD.

NEW POST! APRIL 20 – APPRECIATION CEREMONY for VETERANS at Prestige Senior Living in partnership with Band of Brothers and Partners in Care. Start time is 1 pm (1300). Hosted by Chaplain Ernie Tafalla at High Desert Assisted Living, 2660 NE Mary Rose Place in Bend. RSVP: 541-312-2003.

 

NEW POST! APRIL 25 — VETERAN LISTENING SESSION on WEDNESDAY, April 25th at VFW in Redmond at 12 noon to 1330: Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA) Directors and VAPORHCS want to hear from Veterans about issues, concerns and ideas to improve the care and services provided to Veterans. To answer specific questions from individuals, additional VA staff will attend: VBA Claims Specialists, Suicide Prevention Program, MyHealthyVet, VAPORHCS Enrollment, & Patient Advocate/Office of Veteran Experience.

APRIL 27 – 28 – ODVA’s OREGON WOMEN VETERAN CONFERENCE in Sunriver. Registration has already started! The 10th Annual ODVA Oregon Women Veterans Conference will be in Sunriver, Oregon. This event is open to women veterans ONLY and is free to attend! ROOM BOOKING INFO: 855-420-8206 or www.destinationhotels.com/sunriver-resort Be sure to let them know you are registering for the Oregon Women Veterans Conference for the best discount. UPDATE NOTE: At the last Central Oregon Veterans Council Meeting there were some questions, concerns, and discussion over rumors of separation of LGBT women from the other women attending the Women Veterans Conference in Sun River this April. As per Elizabeth Estabrooks, Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator at ODVA: in a nut shell, NO one will be separated by sexual orientation for the duration of the conference. There will be workshops and caucus’ offered (OPTIONAL) that cover LGBT as well as rural women veterans, women of color, etc. More details as they come available…

APRIL 27 – 28 – VETERANS’ & FAMILY HEALING CIRCLE GATHERING, Warm Springs, Oregon, He-He Longhouse, near mile post 85 on Hiway 26 between Portland and Madras. Healing ceremonies, speakers, elders’ wisdom, men’s sweat lodge, women’s sweat lodge washing of the hands ceremony, free healing touch treatments, raffle, fun and friendship. Events every day from Thursday noon until Sunday Closing Ceremony at 10 a.m. More info at the link: flyer 3rd revision 2018.doc

APRIL 28 – WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS PARADE! in Warm Springs @11 a.m. Then, at 12 p.m. – Honor Ceremony; finally, @ 12 – 5 p.m. Expo. Info: www.wsala48.org or Susan at susan@chinookintl.com or 541-460-8212.

MAY 7 thru JULY 8 – “I AM NOT INVISIBLE” Exhibit on the Mezzanine, sponsored by Coos History Museum. A celebration of the military service of Oregon Women Veterans. Location: 1210 N Front Street, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sounds like a cool place to view the exhibit during a summer day at the Oregon Coast! Contact: estabre@odva.state.or.us

NEW POST! MAY 9 – Two (2) Big Events: COVO’s “STAND DOWN” and COVC’s Monthly Meeting at Redmond VFW. More details coming soon…

NEW POST! MAY 28 – MEMORIAL DAY: Anyone or any organization that needs grave marker flags for Memorial Day can get them via Keith MacNamara at VSO in Bend. Email to Keith.MacNamara@deschutes.org and he will order them. Questions? Call Keith at 541-385-3214.

VOLUNTEER OPPS!

Ernie Tafala, Chaplain for Partners-In-Care, is looking for Volunteers to help with hospice counseling & patient companionship. If you have a heart for helping others, contact Ernie at erniet@partnersbend.org or phone (541) 749-0492.

PRACTICAL NEWS for VETERANS!

NEW POST! HOUSING INFORMATIONAL SESSIONS specifically for VETERANS housing in Bend. They are looking to select three qualified veterans by this June (for home purchases in the Summer of 2019). These will be small, detached homes that are specifically for qualified veterans. Informational meetings will be held: Tuesday, March 20, 2018: Noon and Wednesday, April 4, 2018: Noon. Veterans wishing to attend MUST RSVP via this link: homeownership@bendhabitat.org Sessions will be held at Bend Area Habitat for Humanity: 224 NE Thurston Ave., Bend OR.More info: contact Dee or Catalina at 541-385-5387, ext 103.

Speaking of HOUSING…Veterans can purchase a home with no down payment and no fees via the VA’s home mortgage program. All veterans with
honorable discharge are eligible. Diane Kenyon is the wife of a Veteran and is a Home Loan Specialist. She can get you started by providing you a copy
of your Certificate of Eligibility with just a copy of your DD214. Rates are still very low so call her today at 541-350-2863. Loan Officer NMLS #1543278,
Stearns Lending, LLC, Email: dkenyon@stearns.com

There will be a 2.0 percent COST OF LIVING ADJUSTMENT (COLA) for most retired pay and Survivor Benefit Plan Annuities. More info at this link:

https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/newsevents/newsletter/2018-Cost-of-Living-Adjustment.html

If you receive COMBAT-RELATED SPECIAL COMPENSATION (CRSC) and have the Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), deductions for SBP Premium will be coming this April. More info at this link: Coming this April: SBP Premium Deductions from CRSC

The FEDERAL LONG TERM CARE INSURANCE PROGRAM (FLTCIP) provides long term care insurance to help pay for costs of care when you need help. Click on the link for more info: Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program Eligibility

VA REVISES REGULATIONS ON REIMBURSEMENT FOR EMERGENCY TREATMENT OF VETERANS – The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has, through a Federal Register notice, revised its regulations concerning payment or reimbursement for emergency treatment for non-service connected conditions at non-VA facilities. VA will begin processing claims for reimbursement of reasonable costs that were only partially paid by the Veteran’s other health insurance (OHI). Those costs may include hospital charges, professional fees and emergency transportation, such as ambulances. More info here: VA Revises Regulations on Reimbursement for Emergency Treatment of Veterans

ZERO PERCENT INTEREST STUDENT LOAN BENEFIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE – The Department of Defense is collaborating with the Departments of Education (ED) and Veterans Affairs to educate service members and veterans about a significant student loan benefit based on their military service. Federal law exempts members of the military from paying interest for up to 60 months on certain student loans while serving or having served in an area that qualifies them to receive hostile fire or imminent danger pay. Service members and veterans can also apply retroactively based on previous qualifying military service. This benefit applies to direct loans or a portion of a direct consolidation loan made on or after Oct. 1, 2008. Veterans can take these actions to avoid student loan interest: Check your loan type and servicer by logging in to “My Federal Student Aid” at StudentAid.gov/login.

The NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is located in New Windsor, New York. The 7,500-foot facility includes exhibits, artifacts and Purple Heart recipient stories. The Purple Heart is one of the most recognized and respected medals awarded to members of the U.S. armed forces who were killed or wounded by enemy action, and the NATIONAL PURPLE HEART HALL OF HONOR is the nation’s sole repository dedicated to the collection and preservation of the stories of these Purple Heart recipients. The primary way in which Purple Heart recipients are honored and share their stories is through our Roll of Honor electronic database. This database is accessible in The Hall of Honor main gallery and on our website (www.thepurpleheart.com). Purple Heart recipients (or their familly) only need to complete a simple enrollment form and send it to the Hall of Honor along with copies of the supporting documents. Enrollment is voluntary and free of cost. More information is available at (845) 561-1765 or Dennis.Sciba@parks.ny.gov

HONOR FLIGHT OF CENTRAL OREGON has been formed to take Korean War veterans from Central Oregon on a 4-day trip to Washington, DC to see their Korean War memorial, the US Capitol and Arlington Cemetery and other memorials. WWII veterans can still apply for these trips. Veteran and Guardian applications will soon be available through the new board, led by Martin Baltazar of Redmond. For more information, contact Administrator Deanna Nielsen at 541-280-1340 or HFCO.Deannalynn@gmail.com

TRANSPORTATION TO CBOC: If you are a veteran, have no other means of transportation, and you need a ride to the Bend CBOC, contact Paula at COVO at least 4 days in advance 541-383-2793. If you need a ride to the VAMC in Portland, call DAV as soon as possible 503-721-7804.

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS RANCH is conducting a fundraising drive. More info: https://www.gofundme.com/CentralOregonVeteransRanch-org and at their website: https://www.covranch.org/ The Veterans Ranch is a 501c3 corporation and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Please give generously to help this noble facility.

NEIGHBOR IMPACT has announced a NEW MORTGAGE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM to help anyone who has had a loss of at least 10% income in the last year. This program is intended to keep folks in their homes by helping with mortgage when a family has lost some income source (job, family revenue stream, etc.) No income limitations. There is also a RENTAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM. More info: Becky Steeley 541-323-6566 or beckys@neighborimpact.org

Veterans…Interested in EMERGENCY TRANSITIONAL HOUSING? Please contact: Lee Griego, United States Air Force Veteran (Ret), Housing Case Manager, Central Oregon Veterans Outreach, Work: 541-383-2793, ext. 126 or email: lee.griego@covo-us.org

Send your Veterans info to: Steve Wilkes, C.O. Veterans Council, at sgwilkes73@gmail.com

Please change my email address and send future emails to me at sgwilkes73@gmail.com


Steve Wilkes
Can any one of you add a single hour to your life by worrying? – Mathew 6:27

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March 22 2018

Hello…

Below is a special, abbreviated edition of the Veteran Events Calendar as of 3-22-18.

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL

CALENDAR of VETERANS EVENTS

3-22-18

 

THIS SUNDAY!! MARCH 25 — PATRIOT PINUP “Paint Night” fundraiser at 1pm @ Redmond VFW. Join the Patriot Pinups & have fun at painting. The VFW in Redmond will have the bar open for purchase of soft drinkls and more while you’re painting. Buy your ticket before they are gone and come paint with the pinup girls. Proceeds raised at this paint night will allow Central Oregon Chapter in purchasing needed items for our local veterans. Let’s raise money for our veterans!. More info: https://www.paintnite.com/events/misty-mountain-sunrise-at-private-vfw-10057563

MARCH 30 (Friday) — WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS DAY!

NEW POST! MARCH 30 – FREE SPAGHETTI FEED for all Veterans at the Madras Senior Center, 5:30-7:30 pm. More info: laura.moore@co.jefferson.or.us

APRIL 11 — CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL (COVC) meeting at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701. Speakers TBD.

APRIL 25 — VETERAN LISTENING SESSION on WEDNESDAY, April 25th at VFW in Redmond at 12 noon to 1330: Portland Regional Benefits Office (VBA) Directors and VAPORHCS want to hear from Veterans about issues, concerns and ideas to improve the care and services provided to Veterans. To answer specific questions from individuals, additional VA staff will attend:
– VBA Claims Specialists
– Suicide Prevention Program
– MyHealthyVet
– VAPORHCS Enrollment
– Patient Advocate/Office of Veteran Experience

SEE YOU THERE!

APRIL 27 – 28 – ODVA’s OREGON WOMEN VETERAN CONFERENCE in Sunriver. Registration has already started! The 10th Annual ODVA Oregon Women Veterans Conference will be in Sunriver, Oregon. This event is open to women veterans ONLY and is free to attend! ROOM BOOKING INFO: 855-420-8206 or www.destinationhotels.com/sunriver-resort Be sure to let them know you are registering for the Oregon Women Veterans Conference for the best discount. UPDATE NOTE: At the last Central Oregon Veterans Council Meeting there were some questions, concerns, and discussion over rumors of separation of LGBT women from the other women attending the Women Veterans Conference in Sun River this April. As per Elizabeth Estabrooks, Oregon Women Veterans Coordinator at ODVA: in a nut shell, NO one will be separated by sexual orientation for the duration of the conference. There will be workshops and caucus’ offered (OPTIONAL) that cover LGBT as well as rural women veterans, women of color, etc. More details as they come available…

APRIL 27 – 28 – VETERANS’ & FAMILY HEALING CIRCLE GATHERING, Warm Springs, Oregon, He-He Longhouse, near mile post 85 on Hiway 26 between Portland and Madras. Healing ceremonies, speakers, elders’ wisdom, men’s sweat lodge, women’s sweat lodge washing of the hands ceremony, free healing touch treatments, raffle, fun and friendship. Events every day from Thursday noon until Sunday Closing Ceremony at 10 a.m. More info at the link: flyer 3rd revision 2018.doc

NEW POST! APRIL 28 – WELCOME HOME VIETNAM VETERANS PARADE in Warm Springs @11 a.m. Then, at 12 p.m. – Honor Ceremony; finally, @ 12 – 5 p.m. Expo. Info: www.wsala48.org or Tamera at tamera.calhoun@wstribes.org

MAY 7 thru JULY 8 – “I AM NOT INVISIBLE” Exhibit on the Mezzanine, sponsored by Coos History Museum. A celebration of the military service of Oregon Women Veterans. Location: 1210 N Front Street, Coos Bay, Oregon. Sounds like a cool place to view the exhibit during a summer day at the Oregon Coast! Contact: estabre@odva.state.or.us

NEW POST! MAY 9 – Two (2) Big Events: COVO’s “STAND DOWN” and COVC’s Monthly Meeting at Redmond VFW. More details coming soon…

— Steve Wilkes
God’s mercy towards us should prompt us to be merciful to others. – Kirsten Holmberg

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March 21 2018

BIKER WISDOM: Teach your children to love motorcycles & they won’t have money for drugs.

BIKERNEWS:

EVERY SUNDAY! Rode house Ministry – A church custom-built for bikers! RodeHouse is now meeting at Wildhorse HD every Sunday at 9:30am. Weather permitting, every Sunday, the “RoadServices” rides to different destinations for the worship services. To know what’s happening on Sundays, keep in contact with Chaplain Kinne at kinnecallaway@gmail.com or 541-508-6039 or the RodeHouse website: www.therodehouse.com

Gary Franklin’s STEELHEAD CUSTOM CYCLES is back in Redmond at 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. Stop in & see him. Contact info: 541-420-5122 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

“EARLY IRON” BIKE OWNERS CLUB Meeting on April 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Justice Bikes, 517 SE Evergreen in Redmond. Justice Bikes also announces the addition of Dave to the staff as their paint prep technician. He’s energetic, skilled and enthusiastic about custom paint.

Larry “Animal” Ramos is searching for some land or a venue to rent for his next big m/c production. 🙂 He is planning on a good-size event for 400+ people. Animal wants to keep it small. If you have some accessible land or know of a possible location, give Animal a shout at 541-923-3809 or email nzwind_2000@msn.com

BIKER EVENTS:

NEW POST! MARCH 24 THIS SATURDAY! – Christian Motorcyclists Assn (CMA) SPRING CLEANUP, 10 – 2 p.m. at Winger home, all are welcome. Contact Paul Winger 541-598-4470.

NEW POST! APRIL 14 – OPEN HOUSE at Steelhead Custom Cycles in Redmond from 11 – 3 pm. Free lunch + raffle drawing for unique, Steelhead original Custom Fairing Clock, only $10 per ticket. Labor & parts discounts for Veterans. Stop in and check out Gary’s full throttle shop and 6,000+ spare parts and accessories @ 4628 SW 21st Street, Suite 7, near the County Fairgrounds. More info: 541-420-5122 or steelheadcustomcycles@gmail.com

APRIL 11 -15 – ARIZONA BIKE WEEK Info: http://www.azbikeweek.com/

APRIL 21 – 10th ANNUAL SPRING FLING BIKE & CAR SHOW at Diego’s in Redmond, OR. Info: 541-316-2002 or http://redmondbuzz.com/eventDetail.cfm?e=2212

NEW POST! APRIL 20-21 CMA STATE GATHERING, Bikers for Change. Contact Mike or Deb Dunton. 541-233-6403 or 541-633-0837.

NEW POST! APRIL 27-28 CMA CHERRY FESTIVAL in The Dalles. Info: Contact Paul W. 541-598-4470.

APRIL 25 – 28 – 36th LAUGHLIN RIVER RUN in Laughlin NV. Info: https://laughlinriverrun.com/

DATE CHANGE! APRIL 28 (Saturday) – BLACK SHEEP POKER RUN at Harley Davidson store in Bend. Breakfast at 10 and Kickstands up (KSU) at 12 noon. First Prize = $750 dollar gift certificate to Harley Davidson. Also: a bike blessing and boot shine. For more details visit Black Sheep Facebook page: Black Sheep Central Oregon Chapter or cb@cbbmail.com

NEW POST! APRIL 20-21 – CMA’s OREGON SEASONS OF REFRESHING RUN in Wilsonville OR. More info: http://cmanwr1.org/OR/seasons-of-refreshing-form.aspx or ctbrd02@gmail.com

NEW POST! MAY 5 – CMA RUN FOR THE SON. More info: Paul Winger at 541-598-4470.

UPDATE! MAY 12 – OVMA 15th ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY RUN on Saturday, the day BEFORE Mother’s Day. This will be 15th Consecutive year that OVMA salutes Veteran Moms and Wives. Signup at Northside Grill on Boyd Acres Road in Bend from 9-10. Last bike out at 10. High hand wins $500. Lousiest hand wins $250. Last hand in at 2 pm. After party outside at Northside: 50-50, raffle prizes and live, belly-shaking music! More info: www.ovma-hde.com

NEW POST! May 11 – 13  HIGH DESERT DISCIPLES (HDD) OHV CAMPOUT. All are WELCOME. Dry Camp at 4 Corners BLM Corral. More Info: call Mike & Deb Dunton 541-233-6403 or 541-633-0837.

MAY 24 – 27: 17th ANNUAL RUN-A-MUCCA IN WINNEMUCCA, Nevada. Info: http://www.runamucca.com/

MAY 27 – 31st ANNIVERSARY ROLLING THUNDER, Washington, D.C. – Info: http://www.rollingthunder1.com/

JUNE 2 – RODEHOUSE “DOWN BIKER” RUN in Bend, OR. More info: kinnecallaway@gmail.com

UPDATE! JUNE 8 – 10 – MAUPIN MADNESS RUN starts with Annual Crawfish Boil! Saturday June 9th Free Breakfast available from 7:30am – 10:30am Registration at Kaiser Park across from Maupin Market 8am-10am. Route maps & T-shirts at registration. $15 First hand and $5 Second hand. High/Low Pay-Off. Overnight Camping and Lodging Available. Bike show and party at 5pm. PROCEEDS GO TO OUTDOOR ADVENTURES WITH MILITARY HEROES More info: www.maupinoregon.com  or 541-993-1708.

JUNE 15 – 16 – LIGHTHOUSE RUN Info: http://www.highway101hd.com/–lighthouse-information

JUNE 23 – A.B.A.T.E’s LAKES, ROCKS, AND BRIDGES ride. Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

JULY 6 – 8 – 71st ANNIVERSARY INDEPENDENCE RALLY in Hollister, CA. More info: www.hollisterindependencerally.com

NEW POST! JULY 14th- WROC ‘n ROLL poker run. Organized by Women Riders Only Club (WROC). Event is open to all riders and bikes. More info: sin_d2003@yahoo.com

JULY 12 – 16:  HELLS CANYON RALLY. More info: http://www.hellscanyonrally.com/

JULY 20 – 22 – – BIKES & BLUES Rally in Blachly, OR. Info: Bill Vaughn at 541-461-8854 or on Facebook.

JULY 18 – 22 – PENDLETON BIKE WEEK in Pendleton, OR. More info: http://pendletonbikeweek.com/

JULY 19 -22 – ABATE’s 19th ANNUAL RUN 21 “Largest Old School Rally in The NW” Info: www.run-21.com

AUGUST 3 -12 – 78th ANNUAL STURGIS RALLY. More info: http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/

AUGUST 5 – ANIMAL’S GRANDMA HOUSE RUN (details TBD)

AUGUST 10 – 12 – OVMA/VFW TUFF BUTTS RALLY

NEW POST! AUGUST 17-19 – 2018 OREGON STATE CMA RALLY in Madras, OR. More info: http://cmanwr1.org/OR/state-rally-form.aspx OR ctbrd02@gmail.com

UPDATE! AUGUST 17 – 19 – REDWOOD RUN in Piercy, CA. Must be 21+ to attend. Live music all weekend, T-shirt contests, bike games, vendors, on-site camping & showers, etc, etc. Info: http://www.redwoodrun.org/

AUGUST 31 – SEPT 2 – OVMA PAINTED HILLS RALLY

SEPT 6 – 9 – OVMA 9-11 RUN

NEW POST! SEPTEMBER 14-16 – CMA’s OREGON ROADS AND TRAILS RALLY, Florence OR. More info: ctbrd02@gmail.com

SEPT 15 – ABATE’s TEDDY BEAR RUN Info: john.mickley59@gmail.com

SEPT 26 – 30: STREET VIBRATIONS® FALL RALLY in Reno, Sparks, & Virginia City, NV. Info: http://www.road-shows.com/street_vibrations.php

OCT 11 – 14: 18th ANNUAL LAS VEGAS BIKEFEST. More info: www.lasvegasbikefest.com

WANT TO SEE YOUR RUN or M/C EVENT here? Need to UPDATE your run info? Postings are free! Send me an email: sgwilkes73@gmail.com

— Steve Wilkes
God’s mercy towards us should prompt us to be merciful to others. – Kirsten Holmberg

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March 13 2018

HDE,

Our Chapter meeting is this Saturday at 0900 at the Northside.  Show up early for breakfast.

Bill Kenyon is our new Quartermaster! If you need something, let him know biklover52@aol.com or (541) 350-2862.

Yes, we are still getting together Friday nights at my house to work on bikes and play Texas Holdem.

We get started about 6pm. I’ll BBQ again, unless a better offer walks in the door. 

Many of you have contributed a dinner or helped keep the fridge stocked with refreshments, Thanks!

Directions, in case you don’t know:

 

From Bend,
Go East on HWY 20
Right on Ward Rd,
2nd Left on Old Red Rd,
3rd house on right
21651 Old Red Rd

By the way, did you hear I’ve got a new air filter? It’s handling the smoke well.

Best Regards,

Ray Rose

HDE Secretary
Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association
(541) 390-2877  cell

February 12 2018

HDE,

Our January meeting is this Saturday at 0900 at the Northside.  Show up early for breakfast.

Bill Kenyon is our new Quartermaster! If you need something, let him know biklover52@aol.com or (541) 350-2862.

Yes, we are still getting together Friday nights at my house to work on bikes and play Texas Holdem.
We get started about 6pm. I’ll BBQ again, unless a better offer walks in the door. 
Many of you have contributed a dinner or helped keep the fridge stocked with refreshments, Thanks!

Directions, in case you don’t know:

From Bend,
Go East on HWY 20
Right on Ward Rd,
2nd Left on Old Red Rd,
3rd house on right
21651 Old Red Rd

 

Best Regards,
Ray Rose
HDE Secretary
Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association
(541) 390-2877  cell

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February 11 2018

As you can see, the new website is up and running! Please leave comments about what you think of the website, things that you would like to see added, changed, or removed. Also, please send all your pictures of past rides to me so that I can add them to the galleries. I hope you all like this!

-Justin Day

OVMA-HDE Webmaster

(541) 610-6241

xixhellreaverxix@yahoo.com

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February 5 2018

Robie is gathering a group to ride over to the state meeting, this Saturday!

They will be KSU 0900 at the Northside.

Ray A Rose

(541) 388-2015

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The next State Meeting will be held Saturday, February 10th at the VFW in Albany.  Lunch will be available for purchase at 12 noon; meeting begins at 1300.  
 
Let me know if you have questions.
  
Susan Moretz

ladytriker3@gmail.com

 
“Be The Change You Wish To See In The World.”  Gandhi

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January 25 2018

As I mentioned at OVMA-HDE mtg last Saturday, Gary is thinking of re-opening his motorcycle repair shop here in Central Oregon.

He will be checking out some spaces this week and will be at the Northside tomorrow nite at about 6 pm.

After the Northside, he will head up to Hub City and be there about 8 pm. Drop by either location if you can.

Ride on…

Steve Wilkes

Our greatest guilts, caused by sin, are erased by our greater God. Just ask. – Anon

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January 19 2018

Hello, Veterans & Friends of Veterans–

A few weeks ago, I was trying to send out Veteran info to all but my emails kept getting derailed by service provider (BBB).

The most important info is below:

CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS RANCH is conducting a fundraising drive. More info: https://www.gofundme.com/CentralOregonVeteransRanch-org and at their website: https://www.covranch.org/ The Veterans Ranch is a 501c3 corporation and all donations are fully tax-deductible. Please give generously to help this noble facility.

I will be talking about this fundraising drive tomorrow at the HDE meeting.

Have a good evening…


Steve Wilkes
Our greatest guilts, caused by sin, are erased by our greater God. Just ask. – Anon

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January 16 2018

HDE,

Our January meeting is this Saturday at 0900 at the Northside.  Show up early for breakfast.

Yes, we are still getting together Friday nights at my house to work on bikes and play Texas Holdem.

We get started about 6pm. I’ll BBQ burgers again, unless a better offer walks in the door. 

Many of you have contributed a dinner or helped keep the fridge stocked with refreshments, Thanks!

Directions, in case you don’t know:

From Bend,

Go East on HWY 20

Right on Ward Rd,

2nd Left on Old Red Rd,

3rd house on right

21651 Old Red Rd

 

Best Regards,

Ray Rose

HDE Secretary
Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association
(541) 390-2877  cell

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December 11 2017

HDE,

Our December meeting is this Saturday at 0900 at the Northside.  Show up early for breakfast.

By the way, the best job in the chapter, Quartermaster, is available! If youre interested, Id be happy to discuss it with you.

Yes, we are still getting together Friday nights at my house to work on bikes and play Texas Holdem.

We get started about 6pm. Some show up early, some show up late. Some leave early, some leave late.

Ill BBQ burgers again, unless a better offer walks in the door.

Directions, in case you dont know:

 

From Bend,
Go East on HWY 20
Right on Ward Rd,
2nd Left on Old Red Rd,
3rd house on right

21651 Old Red Rd

 

Best Regards,
Ray Rose

HDE Secretary
Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association
(541) 390-2877  cell