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.
Message from President Bruce
Amazing programs and projects – we have a lot going on in the Rotary Club of Salem!
Living in the Totality Path of the Solar Eclipse, did you take time on Monday to view this sight? Personally, I cannot find appropriate words to adequately describe it. How fortunate were we in the Salem area to be treated to this heavenly spectacle! I’m reminded of the outstanding preview we got in June from retired astrophysicist Dan Adamo. Thanks again to Linda Wooters for bringing Dan to speak to our club!
Engaging with weekly programs is great but I invite you to join these amazing projects our club is involved with – Rotary Triathlon of Salem, Rotary Centennial Amphitheater Stage at Riverfront Park, or the Rotary Dictionary Project. The leaders on those projects could really use your help. The Rotary Triathlon taking place October 1 needs more course and set-up volunteers; our Dictionary Project leaders are holding a Labeling Party on August 28 (after the school year starts, these are then ready to hand out to each fourth grader in the greater Salem area); or join the fundraising campaign for the Rotary Centennial Amphitheater Stage as a financial donor.
Thanks for stepping up and helping us do good works in this great community!
August 23 – Salem Convention Center
Program – Port of Morrow: Small Town, Big Success, Statewide Impact
, general manager of the Port of Morrow, will join us to share updates and and inside view of the Port of Morrow, Oregon’s second largest port. The Port’s industrial park is served by Columbia River Barging, Union Pacific railroad and Interstate freeways 82 and 84.
Message from President Bruce
At last week’s meeting, fellow Salem Rotarian and District Governor Renee Campbell covered many aspects of how we Salem Rotarians are “Making a Difference”. One thing DG Renee emphasized was The Rotary Foundation.
Contributions to TRF support amazing things: near eradication of polio, clean drinking water in developing nations (like that which our own club members have been involved with in Haiti), promoting peace (as we have seen on the Island of Cyprus or educating Peace Scholars, like Ahmad Mohibbi), and much more.
Are you a current supporter or sustaining donor to TRF? If not, now would be a great time to start – or expand your support. Even if it’s just a little. And we can honor and help make this a great year for DG Renee. You can go here to donate to TRF’s funds. Or, to make things easier, just see Chuck Swank during our weekly meeting who is glad to take your money!
I also want to note our own Salem Rotary Foundation, which continues to grow and make a difference in the Salem area. We’ll be focusing in September on what SRF does and then in November, more on TRF.
Let’s join together and make it a great year for DG Renee and Rotary! Thanks!
August 16 – Salem Convention Center
Program – Homelessness, Part 3
Part 3, the final program of our series on Homelessness, will feature four organizations serving different sub-populations of the homeless in a panel format. Each will describe briefly the services that they offer, the challenges that they face and their recommendations as to what we, as Rotarians and as a community, can do to address homelessness.
Panel participants are: Andy Wilch, Salem Housing Authority; Kim Lemman, St. Francis Shelter; Jimmy Jones, Community Action Arches program, and Stephen Goins, Northwest Human Services HOST program. Panel moderator will be Marybeth Beall.
Program Chair: Marybeth Beall
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.”
We’ve written before to share with you the details on the wonderful partnership between our club, others in our district and Rotary International – and the amazing work that’s be being done in Haiti. We’re happy to give you an update on our latest efforts.
Last year, we raised funds to initiate a third well-drilling project in Haiti. The total cost was $60,000 which came from matching grants from Rotary International as well as several clubs in our district. Three of the five wells included in the project have been completed and a community latrine has been started. This project should wrap up entirely by late March.
We recently began raising funds to being our fourth project in Haiti that will provide 6 wells and 2 latrines. We’re aiming to raise $80,000 this time around. We are so grateful to the following clubs for their participation and commitment:
- Our Own Salem Downtown: $4,500
- Keizer: $4,000
- Portland: $1,000
- Milwaukie: $1,000
- Newberg Early Bird: $1,000
- Dallas: $1,000
- South Portland: $1,000
- Lake Oswego: $2,000
- And a VERY generous donation from Wilsonville of $5,000
This totals $20,500 so far. Our goal for fundraising at the club level is $24,000, with the remaining funds to be provided by a matching grant from Rotary International. That means we’re just $3,500 away! If you and your club are interesting in getting involved, let us know! We’d love to have you be a part of this amazing partnership that is changing and saving lives.