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.
Today’s program will encompass an overview of past Small Grant Recipients and highlight of a few of the major Auction Items showcased in the oral portion of the Good Works Event. An update concerning the Amphitheater will be provided by Past President Barry Nelson.
Program Chair: Chane Griggs
Say there, Salem Rotarians!
What’s your niche for Rotary? Basically, the area you want to get involved that has grabbed you and you go – “YES! This is the aspect/activity/project of Rotary for me!”
Well, if you haven’t gotten there yet, can I ask a favor? Please keep looking and thinking about it and talking to fellow Rotarians. Explore our website or Rotary International’s website. There are so many aspects of this wonderful organization on which we can use your interest and energy! Plus, we want and need you to get involved.
We have . . .
–Committees (too many to list here!);
–Projects (like . . . clean drinking water projects in Haiti, polio inoculations, tree plantings in the Salem area, hands-on work, literacy projects, and more); and,
–Events (Good Works Auction, 2/10/18; District 5100 Conference in Salem, May 17-20, 2018).
Also, our weekly meetings could use some extra hands to help out: leading songs, greeting and cashier table help – just to mention a few. And, committees – did I mention committees? Check ’em out here.
It’s awesome, in my opinion, to give because you get back so much more. With Rotary, we’re working together with like-minded folks here in Salem and over one million others around the world to Make a Difference in the lives of all.
Rotary Club of Salem is “The Club that Gets Things Done.” So, if you’re not active yet in one or more Rotary committees, projects, or activities, please roll up your sleeves and dig in! You’ll be glad you did!
Introducing new members into our club is one of our favorite things to do. Get to know more about our newest member, Debbie Jensen, with this introduction, which was read to the club by her sponsor Tom McGirr.
Until moving to Salem in November of last year, Debbie Jensen could was a native California, having grown up in Vallejo CA and then moving to the Bay Area.
Debbie has been in banking since 1988 and achieved her Corp Finance Certificate at UC Berkeley extension and attended Cannon Trust School in Pepperdine in 2004. She has worked as a Senior Trust Officer the past 5 years at U.S. Trust in Walnut Creek and spent the prior 13 years as a Trust Officer with Wells Fargo Private Wealth Management in San Francisco. She now works for Columbia Trust Company in Salem as a Senior Trust Officer and Team Leader.
Over the years, Debbie’s family moved to the Salem area. That, and quality of life considerations, triggered her decision to move to Salem. Debbie is married to Roger, who was a contractor and has now started up his own business as a certified home inspector. Debbie’s son Bret is currently in the Army stationed at Fort Brag NC.
She loves getting involved in her community as evidenced by her being a Rotarian since 1996. She was president of her local Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow. Debbie and Roger enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, wine tasting and looks forward to her new life experience in Oregon.
Debbie has been trying to convince Tom McGirr, her sponsor, that California makes some good Pinot Noir. He has advised her she needs to do some extensive wine tasting in the Willamette Valley to taste REAL Pinot Noir!
Our club made the papers once again today. Rotarians Todd Allen and Irene Trent-Valencia attending Holding Court this week to help spread the word about the literacy grants that our club is offering. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and support literacy related projects in and around our community. The deadline is January 15, 2018. For more information on how to apply, click here.
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.