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.


Weekly Newsletter | April 17, 2018

April 17, 2018
April 18 – Salem Convention Center

Program – District Conference Update

Renee Campbell shares opportunities for district service, including becoming District Governor, and some of her experiences and responsibilities, including the upcoming District Conference hosted by our club next month.

Read more about Renee’s journey in Rotary.

Program Chair: Tammy Dennee
PresMsgMessage from President Bruce

Hiya, Salem Rotarians!

Y’all have been hearing and seeing a lot about the District 5100 Conference that Salem is privileged to host in just over a month. And what a fantastic way to fellowship with Rotarians from around our district (about 500 or so of our closest friends), hear from extraordinary speakers (like Oregon’s own Stacy Allison, who was the first female to summit Mt. Everest), and experience much of what is going on in Rotary International. What an awesome event this will be  . . . right in our backyard at the Salem Convention Center!

So, where can you fit in and help?

Just send an email to any (or all) of these folks with your interest in helping out.

Also, sponsorships are still needed, available, and very welcome! Sponsorships keep costs low to the district, help conduct a great meeting with awesome speakers, and gives your business exposure to a great group of business people – who are also fellow Rotarians! Contact Chris Achtermanfor more details and to join in.  Please and thank you!

You will not want to miss a moment of the extraordinary experience lined-up by Co-Chairs Tammy Dennee, Mary Way, and District Governor Renee Campbell! And if you can help as a volunteer for a shift or two, you maintain our Rotary Club of Salem’s tradition as “A Club that Gets Things Done!”

Thanks and I’ll see you at Rotary!

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New Member Introduction | Heather Cordon

April 11, 2018

Time to welcome another fantastic new member into our club! Get to know more about Heather from her bio here, as read by her sponsor, Kyle Dickinson.

Heather Cordon is a woman of many hats. She is honored to be the Development Director of Salem Free Clinics, a student in her third year of a Bachelor’s program at Reach Training Institute, and the new wife of Thomas Cordon whom she had the absolute joy of marrying in Sedona, Arizona last December.

Heather considers herself to be a life-long learner and enjoys every opportunity to grow and expand her worldview through service projects and volunteerism. Born and raised in the Willamette Valley, she has also had the opportunity to lead teams to Africa, Cambodia, and Mexico for months at a time to help out in orphanages, build community centers, and teach English abroad. Heather is also a leader within this community, where her passions and strengths lie in educating, motivating, and cultivating others towards self-awareness, self-development and personal growth.

As part of her role at Salem Free Clinics, Heather has the ongoing privilege of presenting Salem and surrounding areas with an opportunity to join their mission of bringing hope & health to our local community by providing free healthcare to the uninsured. Heather also has the honor of thanking amazing individual donors and organizations such as the Rotary Club of Salem who has generously awarded Salem Free Clinics with grants on two different occasions.

In her free time, Heather loves to stay active and be outdoors. She enjoys hiking with her husband, practicing yoga at Salem’s Soul Care Center, and swimming laps at Courthouse Fitness. She also loves painting landscapes of local scenery, creating new recipes in the kitchen, eating exotic foods, and venturing to places she has never been.

Heather also enjoys participating in a variety of volunteer roles and is looking forward to more ways she can invest in and support this local community as a new Rotarian.

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New Member Introduction | Kristin Kuenz-Barber

April 5, 2018

This week we were happy to welcome a smiling face that has becoming familiar to many of us after attending as a guest for several weeks. Get to know more about Kristin through this introduction, read by her sponsor Marybeth Beall.

Kristin grew up with her family in a small suburb of Oklahoma City and eventually attended Oklahoma State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Family Relations and Child Development with an emphasis in Sociology/Gerontology.  She was named one of the top ten Senior Women at Oklahoma State during her last year when she graduated with a 4.2 GPA.  Kristin has a passion for service that started at OSU, when in her sophomore year, she became a Friendly Visitor Mentor (aka.. ”Big Sister”) for a child that was assigned to her through the Stillwater Department of Human Services.  She spent an hour of quality time every other week with this 9yr old little girl who was living in poverty, struggling with the death of a father, anger management, and poor school attendance.  Kristin supported her for three years and helped her with building relationships, learning, and being responsible for her actions.  After college they remained connected and still have a blessed relationship to this day.

After college Kristin began a career in social work and took her first position with a non-profit organization working with severely and persistently mentally ill clients in downtown OKC.  This transitioned eventually into working for other non-profit organizations doing case management for the underserved populations of the city.  Kristin did marry after college and thus in 2002 followed her then husband to Salem, Oregon where he took a position in the wine industry at Willamette Valley Vineyards.

Upon coming to Oregon, she settled in Keizer and is still there to this day.  Kristin began employment soon after moving to Oregon, at Salem Hospital where she initially worked as a discharge planner on the orthopedic unit.  Kristin continued growth in the Case Management Department and eventually became a Social Services Counselor on the Cardiovascular Care Unit.  After ten years at SH, an opportunity to do something a little different presented, and she took a position at Willamette Valley Hospice where she spent seven years as a Business Development/Education Liaison. In October 2017 she was contacted by a recruiter at NWHS and decided to take a leap of faith in combining her social services and business development learning experiences and accepted the position as the Strategic Partnerships Manager.  Kristin is involved with several community and organizational projects at this current time and thoroughly enjoys the meaningful relationships that have formed over the past few months.  She looks forward to many more years of service at NWHS.

Kristin is now currently remarried to her junior high sweet heart (3 years) and has a beautiful 10yr old daughter, Eliana, who is the light of her life – and is a very active soccer player and competitive swimmer. Kristin is active in church activities and spent Spring Break of 2017 on a church sponsored mission trip to the Dominican Republic where she was able see lives changed (including her own)in the work that was done there.  She is now excited to be a part of the Affirming Business leadership group that has formed through Salem Alliance and looks forward to learning and growing in the years to come.  Kristin loves sports and is such a big fan of the OKC Thunder basketball team, that 2yrs ago she and her husband even named their new puppy “Thunder”!  Kristin is also an avid runner and last year had a goal of completing 17 runs in 7 months in 2017. She did accomplish her goal and her grand finale (and greatest accomplishment by far) was completing the Inaugural Salem Rotary Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon where she had fabulous overall time and finished first in her age group.

And if you are wondering, yes, she will be back out there again this year and hopes to see some of her fellow Rotarians join in the fun!


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Weekly Newsletter | March 27, 2018

March 27, 2018
March 28 – Salem Convention Center

Program – State of the City Address

This week we will hear the annual State of the City address by Salem’s Mayor, Chuck Bennett
PresMsgMessage from President Bruce

Howdy, Salem Rotarians!


Greets, Salem Rotarians!

Rotary provides outstanding leadership training we can take and apply to so many aspects of our workplaces and lives. Some incredible opportunities are coming soon to get on your calendar:

-District Training Assembly, April 14, Forest Grove High School. This one day conference is packed full of training sessions to educate you on your area of involvement in Rotary as well as show you other offerings of our worldwide organization – a great way to explore other avenues of service in Rotary all in one day! Get the latest info, hear from amazing leaders, and get to know Rotarian leaders from across our district. Go to DACdb to register.

District Conference, May 18-20, Salem Convention Center. Conveniently located this year right in our backyard, this year’s annual conference will feature top notch speakers, fulfilling programs, and fellow leaders from across our state. As the host club for this conference and District Governor Renee Campbell, we have a great opportunity to showcase our Salem area and the Willamette Valley to fellow Rotarians across Northern Oregon and Southwest Washington.  (By the way, the Youth Exchange Talent Show Friday evening is something you won’t want to miss!). This conference will be the capstone to a terrific Rotary year! Sign up today – https://www.district5100conf.org/.

-Rotary Emerging Professionals Summit, May 17, Salem Convention Center. The day before the conference gets underway, this one-day session will bring together emerging professionals (under 40) and club leaders to strategize new ways to engage and attract younger members to keep our Rotary clubs strong and vibrant.

I’ll see you at Rotary!

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New Member Feature: Zack Reitan

February 8, 2018

Tis the season, it seems! We had the great pleasure of adding another new member to our throng last week. Get to know more about Zack by reading his intro, as shared by his sponsor, Barry Nelson.

Zack was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest— San Juan Islands to be specific. Having grown up in a very small town, community has been a large focus for Zack since he was young.

During High School, he met a couple guys from Salem at a YoungLife camp in Eastern Oregon and stayed in contact with them. After high school, he moved to the Salem area to reconnect with the friends he made at YoungLife and absolutely fell in love with the area.

Being an adventurous person, Zack loved having so many outdoor attractions in the valley and its’ surrounding areas. He enjoys snowboarding, hiking, kayaking as well as camping. In addition, he loves the people with whom he is connected.

He started his first job ( in the Salem area ) in retail and quickly worked up to management. After fully committing to retail, Zack realized that the harsh hours and holiday rushes were not his “forever” job path. So… he followed in his mother’s footsteps and started his first role in banking as a Teller at US Bank. Over the course of the last 5 years, Zack has become well integrated in the banking industry and now manages the Willamette Valley Bank here in Downtown Salem.

During his development in Salem, he met his beautiful wife, Kayla and is now the father of his first child… his daughter, Blake. Having his friends and family in Salem, Zack and his wife plan on keeping their roots right here. In fact, they are in the process of persuading his parents to transition to the area! They are extremely excited for the growth that we’ve seen in the area and can’t wait to watch as some of the new industries, buildings and opportunities develop here in the valley.

Zack is constantly pushing himself to learn more. He has a passion for creative business and often studies marketing and advertising. He is a firm believer in the idea that you are a sum total of your five closest friends, so he is always looking to surround himself with people who are like-minded and looking to grow their own knowledge and sphere.

Zack is excited to join Rotary and hopes that he’s able to engage in some really fun, meaningful and powerful projects over the coming years. It was the amphitheater project that piqued his interest in the club!  He wants Salem to be as wonderful for his children as it is today, if not better. His goal is to simply be a part of moving the needle forward.

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The 2016 - 2017 Gold Star Report is here!

December 21, 2017

Every year, our club looks back on all the accomplishments made during the Rotary calendar year (July 1 – June 30).

Check out the 2016-2017 Gold Star report from Past President Steve Ickes year by clicking here!

Big thank you to our club Secretary, Holly Berry for her hard work on this.

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