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First Thursday Luncheons

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About First Thursdays

Once a month (except July and August) The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County hosts a luncheon. League Board members discuss current issues and invite local experts to be our host speakers.

Everyone is invited to this luncheon. Please arrive by 11:00 am if ordering from the menu. The speaker will begin at noon. There will be time for questions and answers at the finish of the presentation. No RSVP needed.

Black Bear Diner
1465 NE 3rd St.
Bend, OR 97701
The corner of Third and Olney

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Speaker will be Bend City Councilor, Bruce Abernethy.

In June of this year, the City Council adopted a resolution to establish a committee to consider and recommend Charter amendments to the voters by May 2018.

Bruce was elected to the City Council in January 2017. He also served on the City Council from 2000 to 2008, including a stint as Mayor.

Bruce moved to Bend in 1992. He is married to Dr. Mary Meador and has two adult daughters.

Bruce's top issues include affordable housing and homelessness. He has been involved in educational initiatives including Children's Forest of Central Oregon, Camp Tamarack (outdoor school), Better Together, Cascades Commitment and TeachOregon.


An overview of Medicaid health care programs for low-income seniors. Three speakers will outline their Medicaid programs that are offered in the County that will include long-term care which is increasingly becoming a financial burden for many seniors.

Medicaid is a federal health insurance program that covers seniors (as well as other citizens) who live at or below the poverty income level in states who participate in the federal Medicaid program.

Medicaid is a high priority in the Oregon health care debate today as Oregon votes on HB 101 (Temporary Assessments to Fund Health Care for Low-Income) and results be known January 23, 2018** for funding of the required Oregon Medicare match for Federal Medicaid dollars.

The poverty measure of seniors in Oregon according to the Henry Kaiser Family Foundation "Poverty of Seniors by State for Oregon 2013" was 8% by income but 13% using costs that seniors would occur on a regular basis. Central Oregon attracts retiring seniors who were 19.3% of the population in 2016.

Three speakers at the League Program will address Medicaid programs for seniors in Deschutes County.

Peter Polanco of the Department of Human Services Oregon Health Authority will introduce Angela Joyner, who will speak to the Department's eligibility programs and Keya Rohovit-Wrolson will address Long Term Care services and options.

Tricia Gardner works for PacificSource Community Solutions, a coordinated care organization and The Gorge, as a health services manager for Medicaid Case Management Program. She is a registered nurse and licensed clinical social worker.

The League program will be at the Black Bear Diner Meeting Room in Bend. Lunch may be ordered after 10:45 AM and the program will start at 11:45 AM and finish at 1.


Local Perspectives on the Unfinished National Debate on Immigration.

Our speakers will be, Callie Killebrew and Micaela Guthrie, immigration attorneys with the Bend Immigration Group (BIG).

Bend Immigration Group LLC assist immigrant families all over the world in finding pathways within the labyrinth of US immigration laws.

The attorneys have extensive experience in complex immigration matters and a committment to serving the immigrants of Central Oregon