Monthly Archive: February 2010

Our Mission

The Rotary Club of Jefferson County is a group of professionals recognized as leaders in our community through our connection to youth and ongoing community service.

Cherry Tree Auction

Rotary Club of Jefferson County is hosting its 27th annual Cherry Tree Auction fundraiser on May 4th, 2019 at the Madras Airport Historic Hangar. We are currently in search of a deserving community project to partner with us and be the beneficiary of up to $10,000 toward that project.

This flagship event includes dinner, live music, and dancing, along with a silent and live auction. The proceeds raised at this event will be used to support projects that benefit our local community.

Throughout the years, Rotary Club of Jefferson County, along with the support of our community, has gifted over $500,000 to a broad range of projects, including college scholarships, Jefferson County food bank, the Veteran’s Memorial, school health clinics, and the Opportunity Foundation, to name a few.

In the past, our community friends and businesses have been extremely generous donating to our Cherry Tree event, which is the only way it can be successful. A wide and interesting range of auction items are typically displayed on the tables at the silent auction, while many other items such as travel destinations, entertainment packages, and tickets are offered through the live auction.

To donate to this event, or for ticket and/or event information, please contact Alexa Gassner: 541-279-0212 or email or contact Jennifer Holcomb: 541-325-1315 or email

About Rotary

Rotary, the world’s first service organization, was founded Feb. 23, 1905 in Chicago by attorney Paul Harris, when he met with three friends to discuss an idea – that businessmen should get together periodically to enjoy each other’s company and enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. They rotated their meetings to each member’s place of business to become acquainted with one another’s vocation, thus the name Rotary.

Rotary is an organization of business and professional persons united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary is non-religious and non-governmental, open to every race, culture and creed. Rotary clubs are autonomous and can determine their own service projects to create innovative solutions to meet community needs.

The Rotary Club of Jefferson County is one of 66 clubs with over 4125 members in District 5110. The District covers an area from Lincoln City on the coast, east through Central Oregon and south just across the California border, including four California clubs. There are four Rotary clubs in Bend, one each in Sun River, Redmond, Sisters and Prineville.

Since 1986, it is calculated that the Rotary Club of Jefferson County has donated over $500,000, to various Jefferson County agencies, schools, and other group projects. This Rotary Club also gives up to seven college scholarships annually to graduating seniors from Madras and Culver as well as scholarships for students to the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. We support an international exchange program sponsoring and hosting a foreign exchange student for an academic year at Madras High School, and arranging for a local high school student to spend a year abroad.

Bulletin 2/20/10

This year’s Cherry Tree Celebration appears to have been a success. The event was well attended, and it seemed that most of the Silent Auction items went well; the Live Auction was, we felt, an unqualified success. Our thanks to DG John Cox, Walt & Harriett Schloerr and Tom Collier for their attendance and participation. Our thanks to the auctioneer, attendees, the donors, the bidders and our Rotarians.

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