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.
The Rotary International website is a tremendous resource. If you haven’t visited it lately, head over there and see for yourself. One area to highlight is what we as Rotarians do and what Rotary does for each one of us. Connecting people, transforming communities, solving problems – Rotarians have made and continue to make a difference in the lives of many. Rotary . . . unites over a million persons around the world, engages us all in good works for the benefit of others, and solves problems on a local and global scale.
Through the Rotary Club of Salem website (an awesome site, too!), we connect in fellowship, have engaging programs, and can work through several avenues of service. It’s exciting for me to be inducting nearly a member a week this month! There are many people in our community that could benefit from membership in Rotary and that we could benefit from them being here. Be thinking about who in your circle would be a good fit to join Rotary. And invite them to check us out!
Key events for your calendar:
Good Works Event, Feb 10, 2018. We’ll need help on committees, inviting friends outside the club to attend, and coming to this awesome event!
District 5100 Conference in Salem, May 17-20, 2018. As the Home Club of the District Governor, Renee Campbell, we also have the opportunity to host this year’s meeting. Please look for your chance to pitch in to help make a memorable meeting for our Rotary District!
I’ll see you at Rotary!
October 17 – Willamette Heritage Center
Program – Congressman Kurt Schrader
It’s an understatement to say these are interesting times in our nation’s capital. Congressman Kurt Schrader will share his perspective about this session of Congress and the atmosphere that surrounds Washington, D.C.
After joining the Rotary Club of Salem, there was a neat little brochure I found in my packet. Of the many nuggets in it is “The Benefits of Rotary” – which are significant:
It broadens your circle of friends and business associates;
It provides opportunities to serve your local and international community;
It creates a global kinship; and,
It develops leadership skills.
Our fellowship through Rotary is tremendous – broadening our sphere, serving others, being a part of a worldwide effort for goodwill, and developing ourselves. Keep on the lookout for others you think could enjoy these benefits by being a member of Rotary!
Outstanding recent happenings!
-SRF Chili Contest, “Don’t StopBelievin’!” What a fun evening of camaraderie, chili, and a concert! A great way to thank this past year’s donors and supporters that enable us to do Good Works in our community . . . and beyond! Hats off to Dawn Bostwick for her leadership putting this together! Thanks to those that attended and to our chefs – c’est magnifique!
-Rotary Triathlon of Salem. A great start for a new annual event, highlighting our natural area next to downtown, encouraging fitness, and establishing a great event for the future. Thanks to the army of Rotarians that came together to volunteer and participate. And high praise to John Shirley for his vision and leadership on this outstanding event! Thanks to our partners at South Salem Rotary for their collaboration and leadership – well done, Robert Chandler!
Key events for your calendar:
–Good Works Event, Feb 10, 2018. You can help by serving on a committee, inviting friends outside the club to attend, and coming to this awesome event!
-District 5100 Conference in Salem, May 17-20, 2018. We’re privileged this year to be the Home Club of the District Governor – our own, Renee Campbell! And to be hosting this year’s meeting, too! We’ll be coming to you for your chance to help out with this great event!
I’ll see you at Rotary!
October 11 – Salem Convention Center
Program – Vagabond Brewing
Come hear about Vagabond Brewing, a Salem craft brewery. Founded by three longtime friends and Marine Corps combat veterans, Vagabond is as much about beer as it is about love and family. After serving their country the better part of a decade during a time of war, the owners set out to find their path. Come here about where that path led.
You likely heard that our Rotary Centennial Amphitheater Project reached a key milestone as the BasketWeave design by CB|Two Architects was selected as the preferred design by the City Rotary Amphitheater Design Committee. Now it’s onto the Parks Board and then to the Salem City Council for final approval. This is an exciting moment in our club’s history!
Thanks to fellow Salem Rotarians and their firms for their generous donation of time, resources, and incredible designs: Anderson Shirley Architects, AC & Co. Architecture Community, and CB|Two Architects. Something I want to highlight from this process: the great examples by our members from these firms of “Service Above Self” as well as demonstrating their commitment to Rotary through the Four Way Test. Well done and thank you!
This past week, we heard from Good Works event Co-Chairs Tammy Dennee and Jenn Columbus about ways we can get involved with this year’s Good Works fundraising efforts. There’s a lot to do as we prepare for a successful event in February. Talk to Tammy, Jenn, or Chane Griggs to help out!
Be sure these events are on your schedule:
–Good Works Event, Feb 10, 2018. Help by being on a committee, inviting friends outside the club to attend, and coming to that awesome event!
–District 5100 Conference in Salem, May 17-20, 2018. We’re privileged this year to be the Home Club of the District Governor – our own, Renee Campbell! And to be hosting this year’s meeting, too! We’ll be coming to you for your chance to help out with this great event!
I’ll see you at Rotary!
October 4 – Salem Convention Center
Program – State of Foster Care in Marion County
We will discuss basic data about children in the foster care system, the trends driving the decrease in available foster homes, the top reasons for children coming into care, and most importantly, the myriad of ways the community can help care for OUR children.
Hundreds of volunteers and participants took over over Salem on Sunday for the Rotary Triathlon! This partnership between our club and the South Salem club is the first of its kind, and one we hope to repeat in the years to come. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated. Read more about the event in yesterday’s Statesman Journal article!
Thanks to Ron Cooper for this beautiful recap. It reminds us all how fortunate we are to live, work and play in Salem.
Following several months of presenting design concepts to thousands of people in our community and hearing their feedback, our architects submitted their final concepts in early September. Today, the Design Committee selected the Basket Weave design by CB|Two Architects as the Preferred Design for the Rotary Amphitheater. The committee’s recommendation will go to the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and to City Council for final approval.
This is an exciting milestone in the effort to bring an enhanced amphitheater Riverfront Park, and the Design Committee expresses its sincere appreciation to those at AC & Co. Community Architecture, Anderson Shirley Architects, and CB|Two Architects who devoted many hours to develop the initial design concepts that have been shared with our club and community over the past several months.
We love welcoming new members, and had the pleasure and honor of bringing Sara LeRoy into our club this week. Here’s her introduction, as read by her sponsor and this year’s club President, Bruce Anderson:
Sara was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, graduating from South Salem High School. GO SAXONS!
She then earned her BA in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After a stint working in a law office there, returned to Salem to attend Oregon State University, where she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The week she finished her MAT, she got married to Jason LeRoy and moved with him to San Diego, where he was in the Coast Guard!
It was in San Diego that she began her teaching career in English and social studies for students in sixth to tenth grades at the Preuss School UCSD–a charter school with the mission to help underserved and underrepresented students whose parents did not go to college, get into and graduate from college.
Following three years in San Diego, they moved back to Salem where Jason began a teaching career. Sara continued her teaching career at North Salem High School where she taught English, led the English department as their coordinator, and worked as a literacy coach for the school.
After seven years at North, she obtained her administrative license from Willamette University and was hired at McKay High School as an assistant principal. While there, she was part of the turn-around work that has transformed that school. With three years under her belt as Assistant Principal, Sara was then hired as McKay’s principal. After serving in that capacity at McKay for four years, Sara was transferred to North this summer succeeding Cynthia Richardson as principal. She says she is thrilled to be back at North because of the wonderful students, staff, and families she will get to work with, as well as because of the amazing traditions that North has as Salem’s oldest high school.
In addition to her professional life, she loves partnering with her husband to parent their two girls (Lauren, 13 and Madeline, 11) who keep Sara and Jason busy with their activities. But on their vacation time, they all love to play at the beach, go camping, and cook.
Sara has been a member of East Salem Rotary since 2013. As an East Salem Rotarian, Sara helped with fundraising events and youth exchange – heads up, CHANE and FARA!
She is grateful for the friendships she built and the support East Salem provided for McKay students and the East Salem community. Sara is looking forward to building relationships with Downtown Rotarians and being part of the good work they do in the community.
The Rotary Club of Salem recently awarded close to $11,000 to eight local non-profits as a result of their 2017 Spring Small Grant Applications. Requests totaling more than $30,000 were received from 25 applicants. After much deliberation, the following projects were selected.
United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley – The Smile Drive Dental Kits: funds will be used to complete 1,152 dental kits for young children
Northwest Human Services – HOST Youth Program: driver’s education training for 5 homeless youth working towards stability and independence.
Salem Free Clinics – Medications for low-income patients
Salem Public Library Foundation – Purchase up to 18 titles of Playaway Launchpads that contain educational games
Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – for Marion County Mental Health Court participants: appropriate medications for young, childless adults without insurance, as well as incentive reward gift cards to reward treatment plan compliance and sobriety
Boys & Girls Club of Salem – 180 backpacks with school supplies to be given at their annual health fair
CASA of Marion County – purchase of specialized case management software for training and monitoring of CASA volunteers
Center for Hope and Safety – Purchase of five Fire Kids Edition Tablets with over-ear headphones to wear during parent interviews
In announcing the grants, Rotary Club President Steve Ickes said, “The Rotary Club of Salem is known as the club that gets things done, and we are thrilled to be able to present these organizations with funds to get more things done.”