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2nd Annual Multi-Sport RiverFest

Mark your calendar for September 23, 2018!

What started as a dream to offer another open-water triathlon in Oregon has become a multi-sport festival in just one year. The Rotary Clubs of Salem and South Salem have again teamed up to foster a community experience centered in Riverfront Park, with the aim of raising funds to support charitable initiatives both locally and globally.

The event will include varied races in several distances, food, health and wellness booths, music, and plenty of volunteer opportunities. “We are thrilled for the opportunity to bring this event to our community and showcase our beautiful parks and Salem’s wonderful downtown,” says John Shirley, Chair of the Rotary Multi-sport Planning Committee. Not just for experienced athletes, the Multi-Sport RiverFest is a community event with an emphasis on promoting active lifestyle habits and an appreciation of Salem’s beautiful and easily accessible parks.

In addition to promoting active lifestyles, the event will raise funds for local non-profits and international humanitarian projects.  Since 2000, the Rotary Clubs of Salem and South Salem have awarded over 200 grants to more than 50 nonprofit organizations in the Salem area. Additionally, international projects include water wells and sanitation facilities in countries like Haiti and Indonesia, and the nearly complete elimination of the Polio virus.

The 2017 Rotary Triathlon event brought participants from five States and Canada, as well as hundreds of local runners and cyclists. Encouraged by last year’s success, the planning committee has added a Half-Marathon and the “Over the Bridge

and Around the World” Kid’s Run, presented by Salem Health. “Adding a half marathon and events for kids gives even more options for both adults and families,” says Robert Chandler, Co-Chair of the event. The planning committee has also made plans for a back-up swim route in case of rain and runoff into the slough, ensuring that triathletes will be able to complete all three legs of the race this year.

Regardless of fitness level or ability, there’s a place for everyone in the RiverFest. The 5K is open to runners and walkers of all ages, kids can dash through the Kids Run, and if tackling a triathlon on your own seems like an unattainable feat, consider signing up as a team. All told, there are now eight race options to get outside and join in the fun:

Kids Run
5k Walk/Run
Half Marathon


Olympic Sprint
1.6k Run 1.6k Run
40k Bike 20k Bike
5k Run 2.5k Run


Olympic Sprint
1500m Swim 750m Swim
40k Bike 20k Bike
10k Run 5k Run

Signing up for a race event isn’t the only way to participate in the Multi-Sport Riverfest. Over 200 volunteers of all ages helped last year’s event run smoothly, and the race coordinators are hoping to sign up even more this year. Spectators and park patrons are welcome and encouraged to visit the food booths, enjoy the music, and participate in yoga in the park. To learn more, visit


Inaugural Rotary Triathlon

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.


July 21 @ 12pm – 23rd Annual Rotary Golf Benefit at Cross Creek Golf Club

Fellow Rotarians,

On Friday, July 21 at 12pm, we are hosting the 23rd Annual Rotary Golf Benefit at Cross Creek Golf Club.

This four-person scramble is open to everyone and will create a truly spectacular golf experience. The cost is $150 per person and includes: 18 Holes of golf with
cart, raffle ticket, and a buffet dinner following the event.

If you are unable to attend, you can still participate by purchasing a box of dictionary’s at $60 a box!  We also have half-boxes for $30!

Here is the schedule for the event:
12:00 pm Registration/check-in
1:00 pm Tee off
6:00 pm Awards/Dinner
Prizes will be awarded following the event.
Golfers will play a “Scramble” and can sign up individually or to a specific threesome.

Please contact Natalie Dunn at 503-584-1665 or for more information about the tournament.


Connecting for Good Tour – Portland Stop!

cfgRotary’s Connecting for Good Tour is a 14 city goodwill road trip starting October 29, 2016 in Honolulu and ending November 11, 2016 in Santa Barbara! With each stop, the tour acts as a catalyst to unite local Rotarians around a common service project benefiting our community.

The tour’s team will be hitting the road driving a Rotary RV, and their third stop will be in Portland on November 1st. That evening, from 6:00 – 8:30, a group of Rotary Club members, local Rotaractors and members of the Global Shapers Portland Hub will volunteer together at the Oregon Food Bank. This respected non-profit works with a statewide network of partner agencies to distribute emergency food to hungry families.

We’ll get down to business repacking and labeling bulk dry food in a lively, active environment! We’ll be repacking foods like rice, pasta, apples or potatoes into family-sized packages, either working at tables or around bins. (You must wear closed-toe shoes for this project.)

Afterwards, the Portland crew will head 4 minutes down the road to an after party at the Kennedy School, 5736 NE 33rd. We’ll meet in the Courtyard Restaurant for food and bevs.

To find out the details and to sign up, please go to this link on the Portland New Generations Rotary Club Facebook page:


The Peace Committee Brings you: SOLD

Please join us on June 29, 2016, for a special screening of “Sold”, an award winning film about human trafficking, a world-wide and local issue. The movie will be shown at the Regal Santiam Theatre at 5:30pm.

Based on the international bestselling novel by Patricia McCormick, and inspired by true accounts, SOLD tells the story of 13 year-old Lakshmi, who is trafficked from her peaceful, rural village in Nepal to work in a brothel called Happiness House in Kolkata, India. Through one extraordinary girl’s story, SOLD gives voice to the millions of children around the world who disappear every year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is thirteen, the same age as Lakshmi in the film.

SOLD is a call to action, and a testament to the power and resilience of the human spirit.

Immediately following the movie, there will be a Q&A with the Executive Director from the Center for Hope and Safety, Jayne Downing.

This movie is being brought to Salem by the Peace Committee of the Salem Rotary Club.  You must order your tickets by June 21. You can purchase your tickets online at this website: You can also make an additional donation to the Center for Hope and Safety and/or the Salem Rotary Foundation.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Shalisa Pierce at her email:


Youth Exchange Information Night

rotary youth exchange

Have you been wondering about how our youth exchange program works? Join us for an information night on the topic!

An informal gathering to learn about long term exchange during the junior year of high school, short term exchange (up to 90 days) during the summers between 8th and 12th grades and hosting a foreign exchange student. Current and past exchange students as well as host families will be available to answer questions.

Monday, May 2nd 6:00-8:00pm
The Peru Room at Broadway Commons (3rd Floor)
1300 Broadway NE
Pizza Provided!
RSVP at by May 1st

State of the City

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson to Deliver State of the City Address
March 2, 2016

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson will deliver the State of the City Address for Oregon’s Capital City at Noon on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial SE, in Salem, Oregon.

The West Salem High School Jazz Band under the direction of Jaime Hall will provide entertainment for the event.

Mayor Peterson will present an update on her Vision for the City of Salem, including the following key focus areas:

  • Safe City- Mayor Peterson Chairs the Salem Police Facility Council Subcommittee which launched a research and planning process last year regarding a proposed new police facility. “It is critically important that the Salem Police Department have an appropriately sized and modern facility to meet the needs of our community and our police operations,” says Mayor Anna Peterson. With the input and support of the people of Salem and our City Council, we can look forward to a proper police facility that will benefit our community for decades.”
  • Strong Economy- Mayor Peterson will discuss infrastructure and investment in the City’s Urban Renewal areas. “Economic development continues to be a major focus for the City Council and City Staff,” says Mayor Peterson. “Urban renewal projects downtown, in Mill Creek, along North Portland Road and in West Salem are creating jobs and contributing positively to the local economy.”
  • United Community- The Mayor’s International Council recognizes, celebrates and promotes the diverse and international culture of the City of Salem. Mayor Peterson will discuss advancements regarding cultural and international relations for the City. “I really treasure the diversity and strength that comes from the variety of cultures which make up the fabric of our truly international city,” says Mayor Peterson of Salem, Oregon.
  • Vibrant Neighborhoods- Mayor Peterson, in partnership with Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark, Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson and Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler launched the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative in January, 2016. This joint task force is focused on seeking new solutions to reduce homelessness on a regional scale. “This is a pressing and complex issue that warrants a strong, community partnership to find solutions,” says Salem Mayor Anna Peterson. “This collaborative approach will increase our success. It is especially important to me, to the Salem City Council and to the people of our great city that we act proactively and in a steadfast manner to develop a variety of housing to meet the needs of all of the people who are part of our community,” says Mayor Peterson.
  • The Mayor is also expected to recognize accomplishments over the last year and share highlights regarding progress toward goals set forth by the Salem City Council.

R.S.V.P. to Attend

The cost for the event is $20.00 per person, which includes entertainment and buffet lunch. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. Check-in begins at 11:10 a.m. and the event begins at Noon. People interested in attending this event should RSVP Janice at Chuck’s office:

2016 City of Salem State of the City Sponsors

The City of Salem, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem City Club and The Rotary Club of Salem are collaborating to create an enjoyable, interesting State of the City event.

About The City of Salem‘s State of the City

The State of the City is an annual event at which the Mayor of Salem, Oregon presents the State of the City Address. City of Salem Councilors, the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, Departments Heads, local business leaders, media and all others interested in the State of the City of Salem attend this event.

New for 2016

The City of Salem City Councilors welcome their constituents to join them at tables designated for each Ward¾this is on a first availability basis..

For More Information

For more information, please contact Kenna West, Assistant to the Mayor, City of Salem, Mayor’s Office at 503-588-6159 or, via e-mail at


Weekly Newsletter | February 2, 2016

Please click here to see a larger version of President Mary’s message, “15 Reasons You Should Attend Our Pay It Forward Event.”

This week’s meeting: Ron Miner – “Sketches of a Black Cat. Ron Miner, a local landscape developer and contractor, will be presenting the story of his father, Howard Miner, a WWII Navy Black Cat pilot. Ron’s book about his father “Sketches of A Black Cat” has been well received. It’s an amazing story about young pilots and the heroic effort they demonstrated in the Pacific.”

Read more!


Searching for Sponsors


Looking for a way to support GoodWorks in our community, and get some excellent business exposure while you’re at it? Look no further.

Our 2016 GoodWorks Charity Auction will support Salem Area Trail Alliance and their construction of the Salem Bike Park & Trail Facility.

Never been to this annual affair? It’s an opportunity to get dressed up, bid on some excellent live and silent auction items, and learn more about how Rotary and the Salem Area Trail Alliance are working together to make this dream a reality.

Click here to learn about sponsorship opportunities and connect with David Deckelmann for further detail.


Weekly Newsletter | November 24, 2015

Pay_it_forward_logo_smAt last week’s meeting we met the auctioneer who will help ensure that our major event on February 13th will be a huge success. Brian Bice comes to us from the very successful Lake Oswego Club annual auction, and has been a professional auctioneer for nonprofit events for years. He said that the procurement of a great set of auction items is the first step to our success. “It’s not a dirty word,’ he said. “All it takes is networking, which Rotarians are very good at.”

In that spirit, I’d like to show you some ideas that the auction chairs would love to include. Do you have the ability to help us find any of these things? Let’s look at this as a treasure hunt, with the goal of raising a lot of money for the charities that we support. Our major event is only about three months away, so time is of the essence! Please work on this list over the Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family. Don’t leave this for someone else to do: this is your event, and we need your help…

At this week’s meeting, we’ll hear from Lisa Joyce, the executive director of The Pentacle Theater. She’ll take us behind the scenes and explain the origins of the theater, how it operates and where it’s headed in the future.

Read more!


Mark Your Calendar: Drop In!

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Rotary Drop In Social | 430pm, Thursday, October 15 at Union Barrell

Join us Thursday night and get to know your Rotary Club of Salem members. This is a great opportunity for prospective members who want to learn more.

Come by Union Barrell at 430pm to chat and snack, then head over to the Historic Elsinore Theater for a multimedia lecture “Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazi’s,” presented by Robert Edsel @ 7:30 pm.

A bestselling author and producer, Edsel is Director of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. Presented by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University. Edsel will sign copies of his books after the lecture, and books will be available for purchase.

Admission is free; see you there!


Mark Your Calendar!

Don’t forget, Friday night is the Cherry Town Hoe Down at Salem Riverfront Park! Meet us at the Rotary Pavilion (near the Carousel) around 4pm.

This event is open to members and non-members alike. Come get to know your Salem Downtown Rotary club better with BBQ, beer/wine, historic tours of downtown.

Country band Showdown will be there to entertain. They came by today’s meeting to give us a sneak preview of their performance!


You’re invited to the Cherry Town Hoe Down!

Cherry Town Hoe Down!

Friday, October 2nd at 4pm
Rotary Pavilion at Riverfront Park


Join us for our annual celebration of the Salem Rotary Foundation at this year’s Cherry Town Hoe Down! Friday, October 2nd at 4pm. We’re meeting up at the Rotary Pavilion at Riverfront Park.

There will be historic tours of downtown, music, food, fun and cash prizes!

Want to learn more? Click here to download the flyer. RSVP to David White!



21st Annual Rotary Golf Benefit

Last week, we posted some details about the upcoming 21st Annual Rotary Golf Benefit and we have more information for you!

  • 4 person Golf Scramble
  • Registration at Noon | Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m
  • $125/person in advance includes 18 holes of golf with cart, raffle ticket and a buffet dinner following the event. ($150/person day of.)

Click here for the registration form.

Proceeds go to support service projects throughout the year, including the annual dictionary project, which provides a dictionary to every 4th grade student in the Salem-Keizer School District.

For more information, please contact Natalie Dunn | 503-584-1665.