Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem!  We are the largest and longest-standing Rotary Club in the Salem, Oregon area. The club was organized in September 1919, and has an official charter date of Jan 1, 1920. Our usual meeting place is the Salem Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Salem, at Noon on Wednesdays. Occasional off-site meetings are held, usually at the Willamette Heritage Center (about 5 minutes away). With almost 200 members, the club is friendly and active. Numerous committees give members ample and diverse opportunities to pursue avenues of service, locally and internationally.


New Member Introduction | Katherine Suchan

July 18, 2018

The first new member of President Rus McCracken’s year was inducted at Wednesday’s meeting. You can get to know more about Katherine Suchan by reading this introduction, written by her sponsor, Brenna Baucum.

It is my great pleasure to introduce you to my colleague and friend, Katherine Suchan. She is a Certified Financial Planner professional with the H Group. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, Katherine is passionate about the power of planning and has seen the positive difference a well-crafted plan can make in the lives of individuals, families, and businesses.

Prior to moving to Salem, Kath lived in Eugene for twenty years (go ducks). Katherine has two sons: Ben and Josh. While living in Eugene, she volunteered at their schools, taught Sunday school, mentored middle school girls, and hosted the Cub Scout den.

If that’s not enough to exhaust a working mom with two boys, she also hosted several short term exchange students from a variety of countries including China, France, and Thailand to name a few. Between her sons, their friends, and the exchange students, her Eugene home was full of sights, sounds, and smells of boys.

Katherine doesn’t have to deal with boy smells anymore. She owns a beautiful home in South Salem that she shares with her soon to be Irish Water Spaniel (she’s courting a potential new furry family member so if you know of one in need of a loving home, you come find her).

She’s been here for just over 2 years and has been busily engaging with our community. She serves on the Leave a Legacy board, sorts food at Marion Polk Food Share, and gives of her sweat equity with Habitat for Humanity. I have never met someone who is such an enthusiastic do it yourselfer. She has the heart and soul of a Rotarian, and our club is so fortunate to have her. Please help me warmly welcome Katherine Suchan.

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Weekly Newsletter | July 17, 2018

July 17, 2018
July 18 – Salem Convention Center

Program – Cypress Friendship Exchange Students

Today we will hear from students participating in the Cypress Friendship Exchange Program.

Program Chair: Brenda Kidder

Message from President Rus
Well last Wednesday was a special day. Personally, and as a club, we cannot give enough thanks to Past President Bruce and his leadership team. His recap of accomplishments last year clearly showed us our club made a difference. It was also an honor “officially” welcoming Past District Governor Renee back home to her nest.
I spoke last week about the importance to Rotarians of positive impact globally and locally. It can be easy for us to see our local impacts, but we, as a club, are also quietly making a change to those outside our area. One of our global efforts involves providing opportunities for youth to realize the importance of peace within their communities. This week we will have the privilege of hearing from teens living on the politically-challenged island of Cypress. Our club is one of many that sponsor in-home stays in the US allowing teens from each side of the island safe environments to learn about, and from, each other.
This has been an annual program, is truly inspiring, and one of my favorites. I hope you will join us as we learn from these remarkable kids.
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"Be the Inspiration" Shirt

July 11, 2018

If you were inspired by the new board’s beautiful shirts, we hope you’ll join in the fun by ordering one of your own. $4 of each purchase goes to support the Salem Rotary Foundation. Our friends Lisa Campbell and her team at Print Specialties have made this ordering easy. Here’s your 1-2-3 on getting your very own, Be the Inspiration shirt.

Step 1: Go to https://psofsalem.com/order and enter your personal information. You can leave the PO / Order # blank. For “In Hands” date, please allow at least one week from the date you order.

Step 2: Under “Order Details:”

  • Products:
    • Item # type “Rotary”
    • Indicate the number of each size you would like. (They run a bit small, but don’t shrink when washed.)
      • $17/each up to XL, $19/each for 2XL, $21/each for 3XL.
      • The shirts are Gildan performance tee. 100% polyester jersey knit so they won’t shrink when washed; moisture-wicking, anti-odor properties (not that you need that…)
  • Imprint Type: Screen
  • Placement: Front
  • Additional Information / Notes:
    • Indicate whether you would like a men’s or women’s cut.
    • Indicate whether you prefer design “A” or “B.”


Step 3: Hit Submit. Lisa and her team will be in touch with an invoice and any follow up questions.


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Recycling Changes

July 3, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, we had the great pleasure of learning about some of the nuances behind the recent changes to our recycling system. Reed Carlson,Recycling/Marketing Coordinator from Mid-Valley Garbage and Recycling Association gave us his take, and shared some incredibly useful slides to explain what is, and isn’t recyclable now.

Many of our members requested these slides after the meeting, and we thought you might find them useful too! Click here to access his Power Point Presentation.

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Weekly Newsletter | July 3, 2018

July 3, 2018
Message from President Bruce Anderson:
Howdy, howdy, howdy, Salem Rotarians!
As we launch a new Rotary year with new Officers and a Board of Directors, it’s my honor to deliver one final President’s message for our weekly E-Blast.

This week, we celebrate our Nation’s Independence from Great Britain . In a letter to his wife, Abigail, John Adams wrote about this day during the early throes of the Revolutionary War:

“It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory.”
What a great reminder for us 242 years later: appreciation for the freedom we have and what it took to get and preserve it.

On a personal note: thanks to you all. I very much appreciate your support this past year for me as your Club President. I was so fortunate to be in this position at this time. I was blessed with an awesome Board team, outstanding Rotarians volunteering to get things done, and the generous financial support you all provided for our club projects enabling us to do the Good Work of Rotary. You, Salem Rotarians, are a loving, giving, wonderful group of people! (Tolerant, too, for putting up with my weak attempts at humor!)

You all clearly showed this year, “Rotary: Making a Difference.” Have fun with friends and fireworks on Independence Day! I’ll see you at Rotary!

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Small Grant Recipients Announced!

June 29, 2018

The Salem Rotary Foundation is excited to announce that nine Salem non–profit organizations will receive a total of $10,000 to help fund vital community projects. The grants range from $500 to $1,500.

The Salem Rotary Foundation is a charitable arm of the Rotary Club of Salem. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded 127 grants to over 60 Salem–area organizations.

Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency:  funds will be used to purchase a locking storage shed to house bikes, helmets and locks as part of the continuation of a very successful bicycle “ownership project”.

CASA of Marion County: funds will be used to collaborate in a partnership with Marion County Juvenile Dependency Court to install “mini-libraries in each juvenile dependency courtroom.

Center for Hope and Safety: funds will provide a sensory light table for children in the confidential shelter.  The light table will create opportunities for children living in shelter to safely explore and strengthen their creativity, cognitive and social skills.

Gilbert House Children’s Museum: funds will be used to purchase supplies for The Creative Space, designed for the crafty and curious.

Northwest Human Services/HOST Youth Program: funds will be used to provide 40 wool blankets at the Overnight Emergency Shelter for homeless, runaway and at risk youth.

Union Gospel Mission of Salem: funds will be used to assist in the purchase of 22 new computers for the Learning Centers (men and women) and computers for staff working with homeless guests, as well as an organization-wide server; 8 ipads for occupational training and it will help site staff assist the guests in using computers.

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART): funds will be used to purchase 300 new bilingual, Spanish language and multi-cultural books to give to children for them to keep.

Capitol Futbol Club: funds will be used to provide scholarships to recreational soccer players ages 3-14 in the Salem area.

Community Action Agency: funds will be used to purchase small rewards and incentives to give to participants when they are meeting their treatment goals, court ordered assignments and personal health goals.

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