17 January 2020


Our Chapter meeting this Saturday (the 18th) at 0900 at the Northside.  Show up early for breakfast. Minutes from the last meeting are attached. An agenda for the upcoming meeting is also attached.

Bill Kenyon is our Quartermaster. If you need something, let him knowbiklover52@aol.com or (541) 350-2862.

Yes, we are still getting together Friday nights (except Friday the 26th) at Ray’s house to work on bikes and play Texas Hold’em. We get started about 6pm. 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

See you all tomorrow:

Larry Moyer
Oregon Veterans Motorcycle Association
Chapter Secretary

4 December 2019




as of 12-3-19
DECEMBER 7 – BEND FAMILY HOLIDAY FESTIVAL! 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Bend Armory, 875 SW Simpson Ave, Bend, OR 97702. Open to all Military-oriented families. Community resources available for military families to connect with. Event will have Santa, crafts and stocking stuffers. More info: Lorene Moore @ 503.584.2390 or lorene.f.moore.ctr@mail.mil

DECEMBER 7 – FESTIVAL OF TREES! on Saturday, December 7 from 10 am – 2 pm. Admission is free. Deschutes County Fair and Expo Center Gala event and live auction: 5 – 9 pm. Tickets: https://www.hospiceofredmond.org/festival-of-trees/ or call 541-548-7483.

DECEMBER 7 – REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR! – the 78th anniversary of the infamous attack on Pearl Harbor which propelled our nation into WWII. This Saturday, 12-7-19, the Bend Heroes Foundation and volunteers will honor the 2,400 service men and civilians killed and another 1,000 wounded. American flags will be installed at Bend Heroes Memorial in Brooks Park and on Veterans Memorial Bridge (Newport Ave.). Bend’s only living Pearl Harbor Survivor, Mr. Dick Higgins, and WWII Veterans will be the honored guests. Volunteers needed! Assemble at Bend Heroes Memorial in Brooks Park (corner of Newport Ave. and NW Drake Rd.) at 8:00 am for the 30 minute ceremony. Flags will be on display during the Bend Christmas Parade and removed at 3:00 pm. More info: Dick Tobiason, President & Founder, Bend Heroes Foundation, at 541-390-9932 or dtobiason@bendcable.com

DECEMBER 9 – HOLIDAY EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE! around Bend. Boarding time is at 4:15pm at 2221 NE 3rd Street in Bend. Train departs at 4:30pm and returns at 6:00pm. Rumor has it that Santa may be onboard, plus hot chocolate and snacks, plus maybe some ornaments for the kids. BNSF’s priority for attendance for this event is current military and their families. This includes Reserve, Active Branches of Military, and the Guard (Air, Army, Coast). BNSF will also have waiting lists for Veterans and others to be sure the train is at full capacity. RSVP to Darlene Strupith at darlene.o.strupith.ctr@mail.mil

DECEMBER 10 – ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY at the Jefferson County Community Center @ 5pm, 860 SW Madison St. Madras, Oregon, 97741. Free dinner and stocking stuffers provided to Veterans, service-members and their families. Dinner catered by Black Bear Diner! Come and meet Mr.&Mrs. Santa Clause! More info: 541-474-5228 or Kayla.Goodman@co.jefferson.or.us

DECEMBER 11 – CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS COUNCIL MEETING at 1400 at VFW Post 1643, @ 1503 NE 4th St, Bend OR 97701. Featured speakers: Ed Owens, Director of Advanced Training: Grief Recovery Method (GRM); and Gordon Price and Marcus Legrand from COCC to discuss “Evolve”, the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color.

DECEMBER 14 – WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA – Once again this year, the Bend American Legion and Auxiliary are honoring U.S. military service members who have gone before us, by laying wreaths on their graves at Christmas time. This is done through the Wreaths Across America program. By sponsoring one or more wreaths at $15 each, you can provide wreaths for these volunteers to place on the grave of a Veteran and honor his or her memory. The Bend remembrance ceremony will begin at Deschutes Memorial Gardens Chapel on December 14, at 9 am., followed by the laying of wreaths there and at Greenwood Cemetery. You are invited to attend the ceremony and help place wreaths. Local Chairperson is Yvonne Drury at 541-390-2431 or email: ydrury47@gmail.com To donate/purchase wreaths, more info: https://wreathsacrossamerica.org

FEBRUARY 8 – 3rd ANNUAL WARFIGHTER OUTFITTERS BENEFIT DINNER and Fundraising Banquet. Dinner: at 4:30pm. Auction at 7:30pm. $50 per person. More info: 541.719.0071 or www.warfighteroutfitters.org


HOSPICE of REDMOND is partnering with Redmond Senior Center to provide FREE lunches for Veterans every 3rd (third) Wednesday of each month at 12 pm. More info: Maureen Krebs, Veterans Outreach Coordinator, at maureen@hospiceofredmond.org or 541-548-7483.CENTRAL OREGON VETERANS OUTREACH (COVO) NEEDS WINTER DONATIONS FOR HOMELESS VETS & OTHERS: Donate $$$, food, cooking gear, clothing, and time at 61510 S. HWY 97, Bend. More info: 541-383-2793.

FUNERAL PLANNING GUIDE for VETERANS – https://www.lhlic.com/consumer-resources/funeral-planning-for-veterans/


AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN SISTERS OR — First Story, a local non-profit organization, is providing affordable homeownership opportunities in Sisters, OR. Homes will be constructed in McKenzie Meadows by builder Hayden Homes and sold by First Story to qualified applicants through a 30-year, zero interest loan and zero down payment.The project’s homes will be 1,028 square feet with 3-bedrooms, 2 baths and a 2-car garage. More info: 541-728-0830 or https://www.firststory.org/

HOSPICE OF REDMOND needs volunteers to assist Veterans in their final days. Info: Maureen Krebs, Veterans Outreach Coordinator, USMC Veteran, 541-548-7483 or marketing@hospiceofredmond.com

C.O. VETERAN COUNCIL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! Vet Council needs volunteers for web site, Board of Directors and more. To volunteer or get info: Wendy Rudy at wendy.rudy@gmail.com.

C.O. VETERANS RANCH NEEDS VOLUNTEERS — more info: Central Oregon Veterans Ranch, 65920 61st Street, Bend, Oregon 97703 PH: 541-706-9062 or aperry@centraloregonveteransranch.org

ALZHEIMER’s ASSOCIATION is seeking volunteers to grow their team of passionate volunteers. There are opportunities available for everyone! More info: Kaitlyn Bertholet at Central Oregon Regional Coordinator, phone 541-317-3977 or https://alz.org/orswwa

CARING FOR TROOPS (CFT) has been gathering items and shipping care packages to deployed troops from Central Oregon for several years. CFT is a registered 501c3 non-profit organization. If you would like to volunteer and/or help out, contact CFT at www.caringfortroops.com

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 always 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.

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

Steve Wilkes
Let your gentleness be evident to all. – Philippians 4:5