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Weekly Newsletter | September 12, 2017

September 12, 2017
Message from President Bruce

Hiya, fellow Salem Rotarians!

I find tremendous refuge week in and week out at our Rotary meetings. Do you? I hope so. Be it the warm fellowship, the intriguing speakers and programs, the music and songs, hearing about the good news and activities in our community, or the opportunities for service. In these times of turmoil at home and abroad, with the huge number of natural disasters occurring, I pause, step back and give thanks. Thank you all for making our Rotary Club such a wonderful place to come to and be a part of!

One thing I want to highlight this week is something that is so special about Rotary: The Four-Way Test. Have you looked at it recently? It’s an incredible standard that not everyone in business and society adheres to.

“The Four-Way Test is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:
“Of the things we think, say or do
1. Is it the TRUTH?
2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

We can be proud of what we stand for and the good we do in Salem and around the world! I’ll see you at Rotary!

Tomorrow’s Meeting
September 13 – Salem Convention Center
Program – Senator Jackie Winters
Senator Jackie Winters will provide her perspective on the recently concluded legislative session. A member of the Legislature since 1999, Sen. Winters is completing her fourth term in the State Senate representing citizens in a sprawling legislative district that includes many parts of Salem, West Salem and surrounding areas. Currently she holds the position as the Senate Chair of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Public Safety and also sits on the Ways and Means  Subcommittee on Human Services. A long time Salem resident, Senator Winters is a champion for small business and serves on the board of many non-profit organizations.
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Weekly Newsletter | September 5, 2017

September 5, 2017
Message from President Bruce
Well, September has arrived – one of those transition periods during the year, as we move out of summer vacation months and into a new school year and fall sports.

September is also “Salem Rotary Foundation Month,” where we focus on the impact SRF has made in our community in the lives of children and adults. As a matter of fact, at this month’s meetings you’ll hear from amazing local organizations that have received our small grants, groups that benefited from our larger Good Works award, and then one we are presently working on – the Rotary Centennial Amphitheater Stage Project!

These projects only come about because of the generous donations from you and fellow club members to our own Salem Rotary Foundation which does amazing things in our community. As we traditionally do for SRF month, we all will have chance to kick in some extra during our weekly Bellringers – which will be enhanced by matching dollars from some generous Salem Rotarians! So, let’s pitch in a little (or a lot, if your finances permit) and combined, we can continue to make a difference in this community to benefit those that need help.

By the way, this week’s program about our Rotary Centennial Stage would be an ideal meeting to bring potential members you’ve been considering for membership in Rotary!

In re: support for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. If you’re interested in helping support relief efforts, there are many relief organizations out there, such as the American Red Cross, Shelter Box, or the Salvation Army. DG Renee Campbell forwarded info on how we as Salem Rotarians can support the Texas and Louisiana Rotary Districts in the areas hardest hit which have disaster relief funds set up for the longer-term rebuilding process when the waters recede:
“Our Zone newsletter published this article with the information on how you may donate directly to these district funds. To show our collective support in District 5100, we would be happy to collect your gifts at the District Office and send them to the respective funds. District 5100 will also be making a gift from our Rotary Foundation grant funds earmarked for disaster relief. I have personally talked with one of my classmates in Texas, who shared with me that each of these 501(c)3 funds has an application process and review committee for all requested funds for relief, so there is infrastructure in place, and accountability for the money spent.  Each will send the donor a receipt upon request (automatically for gifts of $250 or more).”

Tomorrow’s Meeting
September 6- Salem Convention Center
Program – Rotary Amphitheater Update
Club member Ken Van Osdol will provide us with updated information about our Centennial Project — the Amphitheater at Riverfront Park.
 
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Weekly Newsletter | August 29, 2017

August 29, 2017
Message from President Bruce

Hard to believe summer is winding down, isn’t it? And for those of us parents with kids at home, here’s to another school year kicking off next week!

Speaking of coming events, our next two meetings will focus on major projects our Rotary Club is involved with . . . and would be a great way to introduce people you’ve been thinking about for membership in Rotary:

-Rotary Triathlon of Salem. This Wednesday, August 30, we’re at the Rotary Pavilion for our annual Picnic in the Park. (The weather should be great, by the way!) We’ll get the latest details on the first annual Rotary Triathlon of Salem, occurring October 1 at Riverfront Park which we are co-sponsoring with South Salem Rotary. There are many volunteer spots to fill – can you help out for a few hours on October 1? Come this Wednesday and sign up to help. The planners have an amazing event set that will showcase our park, the two bridges, and our unique location along the Willamette River – and notably, be a great outreach to the community at-large about Rotary!

-Rotary Centennial Amphitheater stage. What an exciting project to celebrate the 100th Anniversary in 2020 of Rotary in Salem – a new stage at the Amphitheater in Riverfront Park! On September 6, you’ll get keen insight and updates on where things are at with this gift to the city that will be an amazing support to this community and help many local groups better utilize this high-visibility location.

Are these exciting and interesting programs or what? Invite people you’ve been talking with about joining Rotary and ask them to come. Let’s expand our circle of members and bring them in to Rotary Club of Salem.  Thanks for your help and we’ll see you at Rotary!

Tomorrow’s Meeting
August 30 – Rotary Pavilion at Riverfront Park
Program – Rotary Triathlon in Salem

Get the latest updates on the upcoming Rotary Triathlon in Salem!

Program Chair: John Shirley

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Weekly Newsletter | August 22, 2017

August 22, 2017
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!

Tomorrow’s Meeting
August 23 – Salem Convention Center 
Program – Port of Morrow: Small Town, Big Success, Statewide Impact
Gary Neal, 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.
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Weekly Newsletter | August 15, 2017

August 15, 2017
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!

Tomorrow’s Meeting
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

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Weekly Newsletter | August 8, 2017

August 8, 2017
Message from President Bruce

How did you get interested in Rotary? For me, it was a conversation with my friend and sponsor, Ron Hays. Ron told me about engaging programs, community-minded people, warm camaraderie, and how Rotary supported great things in Salem and elsewhere. He asked me to attend a meeting – that was all. I did and was hooked. Thanks for the invite, Ron!

We all know people who would be a great fit for Rotary. Have you talked with them about Rotary? Tell them our story like Ron did with me.  Share about the incredible difference we’re making in the lives of people, the inviting and engaging meetings we have every week, how they can join in to help others, and be around like-minded, service-oriented people. Invite them to a meeting.  They’ll discover Rotary and want to join. And as we bring in new members to Rotary, we can welcome new and diverse people to continue to make Rotary Club of Salem the special place that it is. Thanks!

Tomorrow’s Meeting
August 9 – Salem Convention Center 
Program – District Governor Renee Campbell
This week’s club meeting will be a very special program that you won’t want to miss. Our very own fellow Rotarian, Renee Campbell, is serving as District Governor this year for District 5100. This is a very big deal for our club – and for Renee! Please make plans to attend next Wednesday, August 9 at the Salem Convention Center and provide a warm Rotary Club of Salem welcome to DG Renee – our fellow club member, District Governor, and all-around wonderful person!
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Weekly Newsletter | August 1, 2017

August 1, 2017
Message from President Bruce

Why Rotary? We each have a reason why we join and stay in Rotary. Last Wednesday’s program is mine. Teens from the divided Island of Cypress spoke about life in their country and their experiences in the states for the Cypress Friendship Program. (Our club annually sponsors CFP which brings together Turkish-Cypriot and Greek-Cypriot youths, encouraging friendships in a month-long visit here among the teens and their families. The goal: fostering peace.)

A few years ago when I heard CFP kids talk, I instantly got Rotary’s connection to supporting peace. Inspired, awed, and moved were my emotions listening to youth after youth speak last week. It was truly amazing to hear from these teenagers who sounded more like adults.

CFP is one of many ways we as a club are involved in promoting Peace: Rotary Peace Fellows (we sponsored Ahmad Mohibbi who spoke to us last year), the Peace Pole project in District 5100 (you can see the one we erected in front of the Center for Hope & Safety), and many other ways. Thanks to your support for Rotary and the Salem Rotary Foundation, we do awesome things in Salem and around the world – like Cypress.

Tomorrow’s Meeting
August 2 – Salem Convention Center 
Program – Oregon Youth Authority
Join us as Fariborz Pakseresht, director of the Oregon Youth Authority, shares with us the work of the Oregon Youth Authority and how they work toward their vision that youth who leave OYA go on to lead productive, crime-free lives.
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Weekly Newsletter | July 25, 2017

July 25, 2017

Message from President Bruce

Our club members are a busy bunch on a variety of projects with incredible dedication. There was the annual Rotary Golf Tourney last Friday to raise dollars for dictionaries. Salem Rotarians were out in force this past weekend at both the Salem Art Fair and the Bite & Brew Fest (wow!) spreading the word about our Rotary Amphitheater and the different designs. Work is continuing on the first Rotary Triathlon of Salem coming October 1. And, then there were fun dinner gatherings as Rotarians enjoyed auction packages they successfully bid on from the Good Works event earlier this year. Whew! Having fun together while supporting great causes is what is so terrific about Rotary.

Speaking of the Rotary Amphitheater, don’t miss the Public Forum we’re hosting for the community Tuesday, July 25, starting at 6:30 in the Anderson Room at the Salem Public Library. The architects will be on hand to share about the inspiration for and receive feedback on their designs. Be sure to attend and take part in the conversation.

 

Tomorrow’s Meeting

July 26 – Salem Convention Center

Program – Cypress Friendship Exchange Students

Come learn more about the Cypress Friendship Exchange from two of the participants.
Program Chair: Shalisa Beck

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Weekly Newsletter | July 18, 2017

July 18, 2017
Message from President Bruce

Howdy, fellow Rotarians!

Last fall, I ran into a good friend who teaches a combined class of 4th and 5th graders (she taught three of my four kids in her class). Knowing I was in Rotary, she asked about when we would be distributing dictionaries. At the time we talked, her new fourth graders had been eyeing the dictionaries the fifth graders had received from Rotary the prior year (when they were in fourth grade) and were anxious to get their own copy.

That hunger for learning was awesome to see and hear about! It’s real, on-the-ground work you all as Rotarians are providing for school kids here in Salem-Keizer. So, whether you’re taking part in this Friday’s Rotary Golf Tourney or buying a box (just $60) or half-box ($30) of dictionaries at this week’s meeting, you will make a difference in the lives of our area fourth graders and their education. I hope that you will sincerely consider supporting this important project. Thanks!

Tomorrow’s Meeting
July 19 – Salem Convention Center 
Program – Corban University

Did you know that Corban is not only a renowned university of Christian higher education in Salem but also works internationally with other countries such as Indonesia to provide teachers, or pastor training in Cameroon? Corban University carries a vision for addressing social, spiritual and educational needs across the globe. In this presentation, Dr.Sheldon Nord will speak about Corban University’s work in our own community but will highlight the initiatives and work of the Corban University Center for Global Engagement. The center provides a unique opportunity for scholars to address and creatively respond to global challenges affecting Christian education, the church and other organizations working together around the world to make a difference.

Program Chair: Karen Lewis

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Weekly Newsletter | July 4, 2017 (NO MEETING on July 5)

July 4, 2017
July 5 – NO MEETING

Have a wonderful Independence Day celebration!

Message from President Bruce

First, thanks, my fellow Rotarians, for allowing me the honor and privilege to serve as President for 2017-2018! I also want to recognize and thank Immediate Past President Steve Ickes for his guidance this past year.

Rotary is amazing and we are doing incredible things locally and globally. Our club recently awarded small grants to some Salem non-profits and those dollars are doing immense things: dental care for young kids, help for homeless youths, free meds for low-income persons – just to name a few. Internationally we’re helping build water projects in Haiti, fostering peace efforts on the Island of Cypress, and of course, working to end polio. These awesome things happen because Rotarians, like yourself, care, get involved, and support this noble work.

Our Rotary theme for 2017-2018 is “Making A Difference.” Our new RI President, Ian Riseley, in the July issue of The Rotarian had this to say about why people join and stay in Rotary: “Through Rotary, we are Making a Difference in the world; and the more involved we become, the more of a difference Rotary makes to each of us.”

I encourage you all to get engaged and involved with one of the many projects and events we have coming up this year. We all can Make a Difference.

Best wishes for a Happy Independence Day!

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Weekly Newsletter | June 27, 2017

June 27, 2017

For those of you who read our eBlast from time to time or regularly, thank you. I have tried to make them both interesting and informative. It was my plan (2016-17) to spend a fair amount of time looking inward. It is so easy to get caught up in the bigger picture of Rotary with all its “bells and sirens” and forget to take care of business at home – our Rotary Club of Salem membership. I believe, to a certain extent, we have done that this year (and now hopefully a little stronger). It is a good time for us to move back to a more balanced approach in 2017-18. Bruce and Renee can lead us there with your commitment, support and energy.

Rotary is a complicated organization that produces “unbelievable good” in the world. Understanding how to make it work at the local and international level to produce that good is a balancing act of focusing on both the club’s members to make them strong and motivated, and targeting and scaling the projects we take on. You all have done a great job of doing just that this year. Thank you for letting me go on this journey with you.

Tomorrow’s Meeting
June 28 – Salem Convention Center

Club Meeting: 2017-2018 Officers’ Installation

It’s the start of a new Rotary year – and time to welcome Bruce Anderson, our incoming president, along with the new board members for 2017-2018, while thanking President Steve and others who have served this past year.
Program Chair – Renee Campbell
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Weekly Newsletter | June 20, 2017

June 20, 2017

It is that time of year, the first of the new Rotary Year, for us, July 2017, when we renew our partnership with our Rotary Club. Not only is it time to pay our dues but asses how important Rotary is to the living of our lives. For the majority of Rotarians, Rotary is so much a part of our life that continuing our Rotary association is a no brainer. For others it is a time to reassess what a Rotary life means. For those of you who are not sure if you are going to continue, think about how Rotary has enriched your life. Working on a committee, serving to make our Wednesday meetings fun and thoughtful or working to get a funded project to the goal-line makes our lives richer. If you are on the edge of the club’s life and activities, quitting is likely easier. To you I would only say give the club one last chance in 2017-2018; at least talk with a trusted friend. See if they can make an argument for you to continue that makes sense to you. If all else fails come talk with me. I’ll give it a try.

Anyway, Rotary is a place to learn new leadership and interpersonal skills, it is a place to increase your knowledge about the critical issues of the day here at home ad around the world and, finally, Rotary is a place where you can make, if you want to, lifelong friends. So, sign up and get your dues in. Bruce Anderson is planning a very special 2017-2018 year. Don’t sit on the sidelines, come work and play with us – Your Rotary Club of Salem.

Also, never forget – every month is “Membership Month,” period.

Tomorrow’s Meeting
June 21 – Salem Convention Center
Club Meeting: Solar Eclipse 2017
The moon’s shadow will race its way across the entire state of Oregon in just 12 minutes on August 21, with Government Point, a cape jutting out into the Pacific, the first place in the U.S. to experience totality. Salem is Oregon’s largest city to fall within the path of totality starting at 10:17 a.m. and lasting all of a minute and 54 seconds. Be sure to attend to learn from astrodynamics expert, Dan Adamo, the intricacies of this rare phenomenon and how to safely view it.
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Weekly Newsletter | June 13, 2017

June 13, 2017

The Rotary Foundation is instrumental in how Rotary does good in the world.  Service above self by itself isn’t enough. It also takes money to make the world a better place. TRF funds our polio eradication efforts, water projects, schools, peace scholars, clinics, and much more. You can learn more here.

The foundation has made our club’s impressive water and sanitation projects in Haiti, India, and Indonesia a reality. Your contributions to TRF also help fund our annual dictionary project, and recently our simplified grants to Willamette Heritage Center and CASA of Marion County. The amount our club can apply for our local and international projects depends upon how much our club donates per capita to TRF. Our goal for this Rotary year is $23,800. I’m pleased to report that we have exceeded that by $2,823. But wait–last year we raised $29,693.  Surely, given our increase in membership and an improved economy, we can top that.

If you haven’t yet given to TRF this Rotary year, I encourage you to step up. Supporting TRF is an essential part of being a Rotarian. Likewise I encourage you to complete your pledges and possibly donate more if you can. To do so, please go here. Or simply see Chuck Swank with your credit card or check.  Who knows, doing so just might be enough to push you over the top for your first or next Paul Harris Fellowship.  Best of all, your donation can save a life.  A child can be protected from polio with as little as 60 cents.

Ron Kellemen
Steve Ickes

Tomorrow’s Meeting

June 7 – Salem Convention Center

Club Meeting: Rotarians from Salem, India

Join us as we hear from Rotarians from Salem, India
Program Chair – Ron Rubel
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Weekly Newsletter | June 6, 2017

June 6, 2017

I recently returned from the 5100 District Conference. It was well worth the time away. From Sylvia Whitelock’s talk, the first female Rotary president, to Brad Howard, an RI director, and his “right on” presentation on membership development, to the symbolic passing of the District Banner from Tom Markos to Renee Campbell, the weekend was filled with great friendship and usable strategic information. The weekend was a “home run.”

Let’s finish the year with a strong final membership push. Get those applications in. Rotary (better able) this year to serve humanity.

 

June 7 – Salem Convention Center

Club Meeting: Oregon Corrections Enterprises

Oregon Corrections Enterprises (OCE) is a semi-independent, self-sustaining state agency, working with the Department of Corrections to promote public safety by providing adults in custody with work and training opportunities. Ken Jeske, administrator of OCE, will share the history of OCE and the efforts OCE is making to prepare adults in custody for release back into our community’s workforce. Find out how you can be a part of Oregon’s success.
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Weekly Newsletter | May 30, 2017

May 30, 2017

The beauty of Rotary is that you don’t do Rotary alone. Not only are we part of our local club and community but we are part of a world-wide community of Rotarians doing parallel work or joining us in doing empowering work together. Sometimes that work is here in the Willamette Valley and sometimes it’s in Haiti, Guam or Kenya.

The other evolving feature is the increasing diversity of membership that is becoming part of our evolving Rotary make-up. First it was the savvy inclusion of women and now our inclusiveness band-width is wisely spreading even wider.

I make no apology, this year we have emphasized “adding new members” to our club’s ranks (that is – building our base of strength as a club and thus support for what we take on). There is also (today) the “added joy” of doing what we do with an increasing mix of: ethnic, gender, age and cultural differences. As our Rotary club continues to evolve and grow, especially in our community, we can be proud of who we are and what we stand for – Rotary Serving Humanity, period.

 

Tomorrow’s Meeting
May 31 – Salem Convention Center

Club Meeting: Homelessness Part 1

Who are the homeless in our community and what do we know about them? Jimmy Jones, program director at Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency and Stephen Goins, program director at Northwest Human Services will answer these and several other questions in their presentation to the club.
Program Chair – Ryan Collier
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Weekly Newsletter | May 23, 2017

May 23, 2017

Dear Rotary Club of Salem Member – This next week we will have our Student Lead Rotary Meeting. Ryan Collier is the Program Chair. This is a special time for our students and it adds to their Student Rotary of the Month recognition.

Eva will do the honors of presenting her personal Rotary story. I am sure you will find this her presentation most interesting.

Unless something has popped today, Eva still needs a Wednesday afternoon ride to Seaside !!! – Steve

 

Tomorrow’s Meeting
May 24 – Salem Convention Center

Club Meeting: Student Run Meeting

This is our annual program which is run by the North Salem and South Salem High Schools’ Students of the Month.

Program Chair – Ryan Collier

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Weekly Newsletter | May 16, 2017

May 16, 2017

I’ll be my usual brief self . The beauty of Rotary is that you don’t do Rotary alone. Not only are we part of our local club and community but we are part of a world-wide community of Rotarians doing parallel work or joining us in doing empowering work together. Sometimes that work is here in the Willamette Valley and sometimes it’s in Haiti, Guam or Kenya.

The other evolving feature is the increasing diversity of membership that is becoming part of our evolving Rotary make-up. First it was the savvy inclusion of women and now our inclusiveness band-width is wisely spreading even wider.

I make no apology, this year we have emphasized “adding new members” to our club’s ranks (that is – building our base of strength as a club and thus support for what we take on). There is also (today) the “added joy” of doing what we do with an increasing mix of: ethnic, gender, age and cultural differences. As our Rotary club continues to evolve and grow, especially in our community, we can be proud of who we are and what we stand for – Rotary Serving Humanity, period.

Tomorrow’s Meeting
May 17 – Salem Convention Center

Club Meeting: How Marion County Impacts Your Life –  State of the County Address

Commissioner Kevin Cameron (right) and Chief Administrative Officer John Lattimer (left) will present the State of the County Address to the club.
Program Chair – MaryBeth Beall
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Weekly Newsletter | May 9, 2017

May 9, 2017

I have not taken a minute this year to talk about the importance of the friendships that are built as a function of Rotary membership.

When we reach out to sponsor/introduce a new member or meet a new member someone else has sponsored we are potentially bringing someone into the circle of Rotary who may end up a close lifetime friend. This has certainly been my experience with Rotary starting with my induction into the Rotary Club of Eugene in 1978 and continuing with my membership here in Salem. It is certainly a story I have heard repeated, week after week, this year, as I listen to the Rotary experience of other members of our club. While it is important to stay/remain open, supportive and friendly to every single person in our club, lasting, lifelong- friendships do evolve.

So, to all of you who are bringing someone new into membership in the coming weeks, enjoy the friendships that evolve as a function of belonging to this club, both work and play, but stay open to the new life experiences that will come from the new and existing opportunities that become available. 

May 10 – Willamette Heritage Center

Club Meeting: Centennial Project!

In anticipation of our centennial anniversary in 2020, our club has committed to leading a community effort to construct a new amphitheater stage at Salem’s Riverfront Park. This open, multi-purpose facility will be designed to complement the Peter Courtney Minto Island Bridge, the Rotary Pavilion, and the Riverfront Carousel. You won’t want to miss getting a peek at conceptual renderings, hearing about our partnership with the City of Salem, and getting involved with this incredible project.

Program Chair – Barry Nelson
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Weekly Newsletter | May 2, 2017

May 2, 2017

In a world filled with fake news, ethnic intolerance, political extremism, religious and economic wars, untreated disease and unaddressed poverty, one million plus Rotary club members around the world work to: build their club’s strength,  improve health – worldwide, build international fellowship, improve sanitation, reduce poverty, eradicate Polio and educate the worlds children, year after year, year after year, with measurable success. As noted by our Rotarian Editor, John Rezer – We come “not to observe but to serve.” We are contributors.

May 3 – Willamette Heritage Center
Club Meeting: McKay Symphony Orchestra

The McKay Symphony is co-directed by their outstanding teachers – Jim Charnholm and JJ Meyer. In its debut at the State Symphony Orchestra Competition last  year, the McKay Orchestra was one of the top scoring orchestras. They are currently preparing for this year’s High School State Orchestra Competition that will be held at OSU on May 12. Salem-Keizer School District now has a symphony orchestra at every high school in Salem. This is  a record number of full high school symphony orchestras for any single school district nationwide and is one of the few high school orchestras that actually performs at near-professional levels. You are in for a musical treat for this program.

Program Chair – Karl Raschkes

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Weekly Newsletter | April 25, 2017

April 25, 2017

Like this club, Rotary Clubs around the world continue to make this world a better place. In Guatemala, a Rotary Club is working to make an ecological difference by planting 1,000 bulrushes to help purify their most important lake, Lake Atillan. A Rotary Club in the US Virgin Islands supported the creation of an EarlyAct Club of 50 young people to support Haitian hurricane victims from Hurricane Matthew. And the Rotary Club of Pullman, Washington teamed up with a club from Tanzania to provide clean drinking water for thousands of people living in Tarakea.

Projects like these can only be supported by clubs that are strong, growing and alive like ours. Howard Bowman and his team of hard working members makes this happen for us again and again. They are to be appreciated – and they are.

You can make a difference in this club’s future “energy level” by proposing a new Rotary Club of Salem member. We have about 10 weeks left in this Rotary year – be a new member sponsor – be a contributor. Thank you.

April 26 – Salem Convention Center
Club Meeting: SLUGS!
After a warm spring rain, you’re probably not surprised to find more than a few slimy slugs slithering about, munching the new growth on your prize petunias. Table salt, beer, and poisonous baits are all remedies for eliminating these squishy critters but is there a better answer? Maybe so. And, that’s what we’ll learn about on April 26 when Rory McDonnell, PhD in Applied Ecology and assistant professor in the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University tells about his research in understanding and controlling the lowly slug.

 

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Weekly Newsletter | April 18, 2017

April 18, 2017

If you go regularly, or if you have never gone, please consider going to District Conference this year. The conference takes place in Seaside, Oregon on May 26-28th. Check out the details at district5100conf.org. See you there.

 

April 19 – Willamette Heritage Center
Club Meeting: RYLA
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards is a Rotary Club Sponsorship for ages 19 to  28. The program is one week long and held at beautiful Menuca Camp (located on the Columbia Gorge) in July. Ida Lafky, chair of RYLA, will have information and applications about this awesome program. The application deadline to Ida is earlier than to the district so funds from the sponsoring club can be sent in timely. As a Sponsorship Opportunity, this can be put on the participant’s resume. It is a wonderful way to learn about being a Rotarian while learning valuable life skills.
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Weekly Newsletter | April 11, 2017

April 11, 2017

At a time when every evening news channel is highlighting what is going wrong around the world and down the street, Steven Radelet, a development cconomist at Georgetown University, has written a book entitled: The Surge: The Ascent of the Developing World. In this book he highlights the very “real progress” that has been made in the world in the last 20 years.

I urge you to read the interview of Steven Radelet in the April issue of the Rotarian (starting on page 41). It certainly left me with a contrasting view of what progress has been made in the two-thirds of the world not in the news every night.

 

April 12 – Salem Convention Center
Club Meeting: Rotary Tech Talk

Our very own Holly Berry will be giving a Tech Talk on Rotary’s DAC system on April 12, 2017. She is the downtown Rotary club’s DAC guru.  Be sure to bring your phones and/or tablets to log on to the mobile version of DAC and try out the features. Holly will cheerfully show us how to “do your own *$%#  make-ups.” She will also show us the Rotary International website and create “My Rotary” accounts.

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Weekly Newsletter | April 4, 2017

April 4, 2017

As with any organization, business or club there are a core of individuals who do the heavy lifting week after week. They are distinguished by their thoughtfulness, selfless energy and willingness to do repeat performances in a variety of organizational domains. They would be identified as “utility players” in any sports or a startups.

In all my leadership years this so called “core team member” approach to organizational vision, leadership and momentum ruled the day if you wanted to get anything meaningful done.

We however are, in my experience, an exception. We have an “ever changing and evolving core” of contributors. As Adam Grant points out in his new book Originals, and we are, there is a difference if you use the word “contributor” as a verb or as a noun. It is his belief that using the word as a verb is a less powerful leadership tool than if you use it as a noun, i.e., many club members are contributing to the membership effort vs. the club has many outstanding contributors.

I agree and have found (this year) that while this is an ever changing group in our club, those who take action in support of an effort, using the term contributors captures the significance of what our members actually do week after week. So, to all of you contributors I say, thank you.

Steve

 

April 5 – Willamette Heritage Center
Club Meeting: Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will share her goals and priorities in her second term as Oregon’s Attorney General, and how she intends to advocate for and protect Oregon’s children, seniors, immigrants and crime victims and those saddled with education-related debt. She also welcomes your questions.
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Weekly Newsletter | March 28, 2017

March 28, 2017

This is the last week of our annual Food Drive. So search your mind and heart; “dig deep”; I am sure you will find a reason to “serve humanity” this way; please give now, this week..

 

March 29 – Salem Convention Center
Club Meeting: Oregon Quality Food and Beverage Products Initiative
The food and beverage industry in Oregon is flourishing, as seen through the growth of breweries, wineries, and dairy companies. Key to supporting these industries is the OSU Food Science Program that educates technical experts in fermentation processes, provides continuing education to industry employees, and assists companies with technical challenges through applied research. OSU has now launched the Oregon Quality Food and Beverage Products Initiative. Dr. Lisbeth Goddik will talk with us about this important initiative and its impact on the future of these industries. AND Dr. Goddik will also share student-made cheeses that have been flavored with student-made Pinot Noir and cider.
Program Chair – Tammy Dennee
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Weekly Newsletter | March 21, 2017

March 21, 2017

After last week’s long eBlast on the long-term importance of attracting new members, this week I will be brief and to the point. My challenge to the club is: What can we do to have 100% Food Drive participation. The answer is obvious. Let’s set a new record. Everyone give what you can. There is no cause more important than making sure that every Marion/Polk County adult and child has enough food to not go to bed hungry.

This is our annual service goal for March. It’s all about “Service Above Self.” Whether it’s $100.00 or $1.00, please give what you can. Thank you.

March 22 – Salem Convention Center

Club Meeting: Variola Vanquished? The Complex History and Legacy of Smallpox Eradication

In May of 1980, the World Health Organization declared that smallpox had been eradicated.  But in July of 2014, three forgotten vials of the smallpox virus were found at a laboratory in Maryland. How is this possible, and how worried should we be? In this presentation, Bob Reinhardt  will explore the causes, development, and legacy of the global effort to eradicate smallpox in the 1960s and 1970s. This program ultimately produced a world free of smallpox as a disease and inspired other disease control programs, like Rotary’s effort to eliminate polio – but the program also left us with the presence of the smallpox virus (variola) in high-security laboratories and in the imagination of people throughout the world.

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Weekly Newsletter | March 14, 2017

March 15, 2017

As we close in on the last quarter of this Rotary year I wanted to take a moment to communicate (from the heart) the vision behind the idea of going “all out” with a focused and serious membership push this year.

Vision – I want our club and District 5100 to be seen nationally as one of the most successful districts (including our club) on the planet.

The “why” behind that choice, emphasis and vision this year is really CORE to our club’s future impact locally and internationally.

First, and foremost we must continue to grow – we “must grow” the heart of our club to stay creative and vibrant.

Second, through active participation our members strengthen their leadership skills through the committee and individual contributions they make over time, i.e., we must become better and better individual Rotarian to meet our evolving vision and associated challenges.

Third, lifetime and deep-seated friendships really do develop and that makes us better people and a better club – that is, stronger people and stronger (real time) contributors.

Finally, it creates real and measurable power radiating out from the club and its members to get things done. As I have said many times, we are a smart, savvy, informed and fun-loving club that gets things done, period.

Lastly, two new and very important moves, alliances have formed this year.

The first was the challenge to each club member from the president to sponsor a new member. Many of you have delivered or still plan to step up. I truly thank you for your effort and success to date. Your success has not gone unrecognized.

The second club challenge/alliance is the new energy that is building in the reconstituted Membership Committee and their upcoming plan to reach out to existing inactive members who may quit Rotary this summer. They are on the move already to make this effort real and as successful as our attracting new members has become.

We all wish them well in the next three months. If they reach out to you because they know you know a particular inactive member, please step up.

So, if we pull off this 2016-17 membership undertaking we can look at any club on the planet with pride and know we did our part to keep Rotary here in Oregon on the move.

Susanna – (Inside Baseball) Sorry I got so lengthy this week.

 

March 15 – Salem Convention Center
Club Meeting: Judson Middle School Jazz Band

The Judson Middle School Jazz Band pays us a visit!
Program Chair – Karl Raschkes
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Weekly Newsletter | March 7, 2017

March 7, 2017

Several of you have asked about the steps involved – from identifying a potential Rotary member to actual membership.

Five easy steps:

  1. If you find someone you think would make an active/creative Rotarian invite them to a meeting and tell them “your Rotary story” and what Rotary is all about.
  2. If they express a genuine interest get them vetted.
  3. When the two weeks expire and “all is well” talk with them about dues, what’s involved in being a Rotary member (in more detail) and get them an “on-line” application. Holly can help.
  4. When completed make sure it gets sent back to Holly. She will make sure that prior to induction you get a Rotary packet as their sponsor.
  5. With a simple back and forth text Chuck can get you the prorated dues figure to the end of the Rotary year, and then… Yes !!!
  6. Schedule a Wednesday Induction date with me.

I hope this general outline is helpful. If you get stuck in the process please call or text me.

 

March 8 – Willamette Heritage Center
Our speaker will be Carlos Kalmar, who is in his fourteenth season as Music Director of the Oregon Symphony. He is also the artistic director and principal conductor of the Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago.
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Weekly Newsletter | February 28, 2017

February 28, 2017

I had a reoccurring, interesting and important conversation with one of our younger members this last week. She was wondering if we were making any special effort to attract young people into the club. I shared that the need to attract young people has been a part of several conversations we have had as we think about attracting new members this year. She said that the key in her mind to getting younger members to join was to have the “younger members” already in the club reach each out directly to prospective younger members.

While attracting younger members is complicated as the pressures in their lives are many and unique, from an operational point of view, young members reaching out to prospective young members is a strategically wise move. Not to say that us “older duffers and older ladies” shouldn’t also try. LOL. So, in the coming weeks I urge our younger members to reach out to your friends and work associates and test out this peer-to-peer strategy. Us old timers will try also. Again, if I can be of assistance please contact me and I will do my best to help. This year is all about club building for the future.

As always..

 

March 1 – Salem Convention Center

Rick Gaupo will lead kick-off to the annual Rotary Food and Funds Drive. Rotarians are leaders in the community and during the month of March they lead the fight to end hunger in our community. The kick-off event is a chance to learn about the issue of hunger in our community and about how Rotary has helped our neighbors when they struggled to put food on the table.

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Weekly Newsletter | February 21, 2017

February 21, 2017

Another “Wow” moment. It never ceases to amaze me when I read about what other Rotary clubs around the world are doing to better serve humanity. In Malaysia, 400 dictionaries. In Argentina, clean drinking water for 5,000 kids. In Nigeria, Legos State University Teaching Hospital, repairing birth defects for 210 indigent kids and in the Philippines screening and repairing eye impairments for 300 students. While there is clearly much, much more to be done, what great modeling.

The Rotary Club of Salem also has a tradition of international service to the young, old and those in need. Being a Rotarian makes me proud. Let’s make our club as strong as we can.

 

Club Meeting: Our Community Hospital

James Parr, CFO of Salem Health will speak with us about what is new with Salem Health  as well as the status of hospitals in general in today’s economic and political environment.

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Weekly Newsletter | February 14, 2017

February 14, 2017

What can I say. Saturday night’s Gala was a Home Run. The lively crowd looked like it was having a great time and the fund raising was a joy for all who participated. Chuck will hopefully have the bottom-line for us in a few days to let us know how well we did financially.

More and more of you are now telling me you are bringing a name forward for membership this spring. Do not wait until the last of this presidential year to do so. We do not want a jam of names in late May and June. So, the “earn your wings” activity should hopefully be wrapped up by mid-June so we can be comfortable that our club will be back over the 200 member mark.

Again, thanks to everyone who has earned their wings so far and good luck to the rest of the club in the coming five months. If you need any membership information the three Steve’s are ready to help.

February 15 – Salem Convention Center

Join us for the annual State of the City Address from Mayor Chuck Bennett.

 

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Weekly Newsletter | February 7, 2017

February 7, 2017

Now that our membership efforts are really starting to pay off it is also important to make sure that we do not neglect the members that we have, both new and ongoing.

There is all the usual Rotary thought about getting new members involved in committees but we must also be sure that we keep our ongoing members involved in energizing our overall club culture.

Having said that, there is a deeper story. Yes, it is true that involvement in committees is important, but really getting and keeping someone is a two party undertaking. 1.) We must make an abundance of personal opportunities available to all of our members but 2.) there also has to be that spark inside the member that finally concludes – this is for me. If they get there, Rotary actually becomes a part of their life story. Their life takes on a new, deeper and continuing meaning, a special bond forms. Key (central) to this bond is that new and genuine, long term personal friendships form.

In my nearly 40 years as a Rotarian if new friendships do not form in that first year the new member will most likely drift away and eventually be gone. Just think about your own Rotary experience. How many new friendships have you pushed yourself to add to your life over the years. I’ll bet the numbers are significant, even if it was just two new people in your life.

And so, as was the theme in It’s a Wonderful Life, continue to “earn your wings” this year by bringing in a new member but then make sure you contribute to building our ongoing culture of friendship, fun and (rock solid} service that characterize our special Rotary community.

I will announce  the members of the “Earn Your Wings Club” at the end of this Rotary year.

This week’s program will feature John Honey, principal of CTEC, Career Technical Education Center. This school is the result of a public-private partnership between Salem-Keizer School District and Mt. West Investment Corp. Mr. Honey will bring us up to date on the programs at CTEC as well as share with us the plans for future growth and expansion. CTEC is truly an educational model for our state!

 

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Weekly Newsletter | January 31, 2017

January 31, 2017

To paraphrase RI President Germ’s thought in the current Rotarian magazine – just imagine a world without Rotary. Think of Rotary’s contributions since 1905 to improving the issues of: peace, poverty, health, clean water, basic sanitation and educating the world’s children. Rotary is the benchmark by which all NGOs are measured. Rotary is the local and international gold standard for service to the world’s needy. To continue to be relevant, inventive and courageous Rotary clubs must be strong and ready to deliver the goods.

I have three goldfish left in my pond at the house. I have not been as attentive to its ecology as I should have been. The pond can support many more fish than that. It’s my responsibility to keep the pond populated, vibrant and in balance with nature.

With respect to our Rotary pond I am pleased with the progress we have made to make our club more vigorous – that is, grow our club this year. We have much left to do before June 30th. So, please join me and your Rotary brothers and sisters as we continue to march forward this year to populate our own pond with new energy, creative ideas and people who firmly believe in Service Above Self.

 

This week’s club meeting: Shea Booster of Bend is president of the 6,000 member Oregon FFA. He will describe how implementing the FFA Motto – Learning to Do; Doing to Learn; Earning to Live; Living to Serve – leads to student success

 

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Weekly Newsletter | January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017

There are two things foremost on my mind as I enter the second half of my year as your fearless leader.

First, we are getting very close to our annual Gala Fundraiser. I am hoping that you are as excited about attending, bringing your significant other and friends, buying a table if that is your interest, and, bottom line, having a super fun evening. So no procrastinating allowed. Beat a path to Lauren if you need her for any reason. She is making this evening happen on a daily basis. February 11th is the magic night. Six is the magic hour.

Second, our Membership Efforts are starting to take wing. Please make sure you get the name of your prospective member to Matt Logan. He sets the all important “Vetting Step” of the process in motion. If you make that step happen, the rest of the steps seems to just unfold. So, it is time to add your energy to where we are and where we are headed in the future.

If I can be of assistance text or email me and I will make sure you have the information you need or get you to the right place or person. If everyone who has talked to me and said they are working on a new member “strikes gold” this will be a membership year we will appreciate and not forget.

As always, my best to you and the energy you bring to the two above opportunities You are essential to this club having real traction on the issues of the day. Lets show ourselves and the world – we can do this.

 

This week’s club meeting: Your New Oregon State Fair with Mike Paluszak, CEO of the Oregon State Fair & Expo Center.

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Weekly Newsletter | January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017

I continue to be impressed this year with the good work and projects this club’s member’s undertake in this community. Whether it’s John Shirley’s work on the “Big Race” schedules for next October, Berry Nelson’s work on our 100 Year Project (the outdoor theater) in the River Front Park as we approach 2020, or Sue Bloom’s efforts to get numerous Hands-On Projects rolling this spring.

We never seem to be very far, as an organization, from what is happening in Salem and around the world. We are (as I type) in the hunt and closing in (under Jenn and Brenna’s good leadership) on another District 5100 small grant project. We are gearing up to host more foreign students. We are working to build up the character and number members this club can commit to “Service Above Self” activities.

And on a most timely note, Lauren and Christian are working our February Fund Raising Gala which is just around the corner. Of equal importance, club members continue to tell me they are seriously seeking out new members to keep our club alive with new people, creative energy and commitment. So please join me and your brothers and sisters in this year’s special effort to continue to make this club a “rising star.”

Finally, keep Robbin in your thoughts as she continues to rebuild her strength, body and life. She is part of who we are and deserves our loving and best energy.

 

This week’s club meeting: Preparing for the Big One in Salem with Roger Stevenson, Salem’s Emergency Manager.

 

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Weekly Newsletter | January 10, 2017

January 10, 2017

It is that special giving/evening-out time of the year for us Rotarians. So, I will get right to the point. We really must get behind, in a big way, our annual fundraiser. Christian, Lauren and the Gala Team have done a great deal of heavy lifting already but this is still an event in motion-under construction.

It is now “our turn” to do our part. Step One, if you haven’t already, go to your calendar or smart phone and lock in the evening of February 11. Step Two: despite Lauren’s deadline statement, it’s not to late to sponsor, make a cash and/or special auction item donations. Step Three: buy a ticket or two or, even better, a table. Step Four: Dress up in your fun-loving Gala duds (that make you smile) and be there or be square. It will, I am sure, be a great bidding-night all around.

We have a “great cause” this year with Kim Lemman and the St. Francis kids’ “playground project.” What a worthy undertaking. Join me and all your Salem Rotary brothers, sisters and friends; lets make this Gala a truly all-around “wild and crazy” fund raising night.

This week’s club meeting: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum will speak to our club.

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Weekly Newsletter | January 3, 2017

January 3, 2017

I woke up last night about 2:00 thinking that I have not done a very good job of communicating why “Club Membership Building” this year and into the future is critical to our survival and ability to do good.

So here is my thinking, in short, my Readers Digest “summary” in writing.

1.) If you sponsor a new member it actually increases your ownership in the club’s body-politic.

2.) If you sponsor a new member you have made a (positive and public) statement about how much you value what this club stands for, as well as the good that it creates.

3.) If you sponsor a new member you are strengthening the clubs economic base and broadening the economic burden (to do good) in a truly democratic sense.

4.) If you sponsor a new member it focuses a portion of the club’s energy on the personal value of belonging to something in Salem with a “noble” value set.

5.) If you (and others) sponsor new members, it creates new choices from deciding who to sit with on a given Wednesday, and/or who you get to know and work with in committee(s) and outside the club.

6.) If you sponsor a caring new member it “actually” stops rewarding membership volume and focuses our energy pool w.r.t. “Service Above Self.”

7.) If you sponsor a new member you have focused our collective-based economic resources.

8.) If you sponsor a new member with diversity (business and NGO’s) in mind you have strengthened and rewarded good club data and this body politics support for real, relevant and transparent public outcomes.

9.) If you sponsor a new member it leaves a “regular person” (LOL) with a positive sense of having contributed another “active ingredient” to Rotary achieving its stated goals.

10.) And finally, sponsoring a new member is a public statement of “what characteristics” you want to see at this table and at work in this club’s future.

Thank you for reading this.

This week’s meeting: Latinos in Oregon – Trends & Opportunities in a Changing State. Oregon’s Latino population is growing, and Oregon’s Latino residents are some of the state’s current and future community leaders. The presentation, by Roberto Franco, Latino Partnershipo Program Director for the Oregon Community Foundation, will highlight the contributions that Latinos have made to the state, the progress communities have made, the disparities that still exist between Latino and white Oregonians in important areas of social and economic issues, and the implications for the state.

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Weekly Newsletter | December 27, 2016

December 27, 2016

As you may or may not know our club’s Membership Committee had fallen on “hard times” and really ceased to function, as either: 1.) a keeper of Rotary International’s evolving membership rules or 2.) more importantly, as a vibrant source of inspiration to our membership to stay engaged and/or as a “point of light” to attract new members to our club. As we continue to gear up this years membership efforts, club member-by-member, it is nice to know that this important Club Building effort is once again strong and resilient!!!

I am happy to say that with the support of Ken VanOsdol, Renee Campbell, Steve Nass and a reconstituted committee membership two new club leaders have stepped up and are leading this committee (and our club) into the future with (already apparent) positive energy and vision.

So, please welcome and support Robbin Kerner and Steve Broncheau in their new roles as co-chairs. Make sure that you are as there for them as I know they will be there for you as you bring new members into our club.

This week’s meeting: Club Fellowship! Join us for a fun time full of surprises!

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Weekly Newsletter | December 20, 2016

December 20, 2016

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 by William Booth in London England and has spread to many parts of the world. Its world-wide membership is estimated at 1.5 million. It adopted a quasi-military structure in 1878, and was, at that time, formally named the Salvation Army.

Salvationists lead a life governed by “high moral standards, evangelism and service to the poor.”

In many countries the Salvation Army is most often recognized during the holiday season for their Christmas music, bell ringing and their red kettles.  These donations support their vision and service mission.

This year, as in past years, we have supported this effort by servicing a Salvation Army kettle for two days during the holidays on the Kohl’s Sky-Bridge.

This week the Salvation Army Band will play for us before our club meeting and have a donation kettle present for us to support. Your donations and support of the Salvation Army are appreciated.

This week’s program: A highlight of GoodWorks and previews of what’s to come!

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Weekly Newsletter | December 13, 2016

December 13, 2016

The December issue of the Rotarian Magazine has several very interesting articles. One involving the ongoing “water rights battles’ in the Klamath Basin, highlighting Rotary’s involvement, and several articles featuring special service projects around the world.

But in one very short article summarizing a book entitled The Attention Merchants by Tim Wu there is an eye catching and very thoughtful phrase – “whatever we choose to pay attention to, in the end, becomes our life.” That stuck in my head because I believe our club does an excellent job of keeping it’s eye on the things that are truly import, those club building and service projects that keep us strong and truly living our service motto.

When I think of our club and who captures this sentiment my mind always leads me to Richard Pine and Barby Dressler. These two club members, without a lot of fan-fair, week after week, make contributions to this club in vision and just plain getting the mission of the club done. Barby by making sure that the message w.r.t. who we are and what we are doing gets out. And Richard making sure that the bell gets rung for those who go “above and beyond,” – that they get a momentary Star Status. He is also good at identifying people and agencies so that they get the personal and financial bump they need to keep moving forward. Aren’t we lucky!!!

PS: For those of you who are Salvation Army supporters and we are, the Salvation Army Band and Bucket will be there on the 21st. If you are not going to be here on the 21st leave your donation with Chuck this week. He will have an envelope to keep it safe until next week. Thank you.

This week’s meeting: Our Club’s Annual meeting will feature the “Gold Star Report” prepared by Secretary Holly Berry. This report is a huge recap of all the charitable and community contributions made by our Club during the 2015-2016 year. It will also include member voting for the new leaders of our Club, to take office in July 2017. Last but not least, our dedicated Membership Committee will feature some highlights of our Club’s outreach to prospective new members.

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Weekly Newsletter | December 6, 2016

December 6, 2016

A strong and vibrant “Club Building” effort is the life-blood of every Rotary Club – world-wide. It, along with our hands-on involvement and the funding of our efforts locally and around the world, are the basis of what keeps our club healthy and strong. If we keep our eyes on the tiger (the core) of the Rotary vision – Service Above Self, we will leave, at least, a positive dent in the issues of our time.

Our efforts at seeking like-minded new Rotarians is now beginning to pay off. In the coming weeks we will be adding several new, energetic and caring members. So, as we move through the holiday season, keep your eyes open for friends, work associates, leaders, people who care as you do. Let’s continue making a measurable difference every day in the lives of those around us. Your efforts and success at bringing to our club new members is (and will be over time) deeply appreciate.

Don’t forget: We’re at Willamette Heritage Center this week!

Our program, you ask? A School Music Program: South Salem High School. The South Salem Choir is recognized as one of the best high school choirs in the nation. It has received countless awards for excellence including more State Choir Championships historically than any other choir in the State. William McLean  is the new director of the South Salem Choir and is maintaining the Choir’s historical reputation of excellence. You will greatly enjoy their performance.

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Weekly Newsletter | November 29, 2016

November 29, 2016

Whether it is the Rotary Club of Shanghai that developed a “real work” Production Center for China’s disabled, the Rotary Club of Sooke, BC who is circulating a “bell” around the world to raise money for the Polio Plus effort, the Rotary Club of Alford and Mable-Thorpe, England sponsoring a Peace Fellowship for someone every four years, or the Rotaract Club of Bokeburg Lake, South Africa, delivering a variety of life changing supplies to different villages, local clubs around the world are hitting one life changing home-run after another.

Big Rotary picture – This week Dawn and her TRF Crew will talk with us about our club’s opportunity to support Rotary International’s – “Service Above Self” efforts around the world. Please be receptive to her message this week.

This week’s program: Rotary International Foundation. Join us as we learn more about what this incredible organization is accomplishing all over the world.

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Weekly Newsletter | November 22, 2016

November 22, 2016

While there are many moving parts to make a Rotary club really meaningful to its members and successful in mission, none is more important than the active ingredient – Fellowship and the resulting Trust and Friendships that develop over time. It has frequently been said that vision, mission and friendships are the “glue” that hold Rotary clubs together. These ongoing friendships support much of the motivation and forward momentum of club members to actively show up and serve. It has been my experience, after 30 plus years in Rotary, that if someone joins a Rotary club and after six months hasn’t make a new friend or bonded with a committee mission, they don’t stay on after that first yea,

We however, are “lucky ducks,” we have one of the most active and entertaining Fellowship Committees in the country and while Teresa would give all of the credit to her “super cool” Fellowship Team, she should get more than a nod for the leadership and organization she brings to that important “club building” set of activities. It, in many ways, becomes the core of maintaining and building membership once that feature of our club is discovered.

So, once again, “hats off” to Teresa, a strong and positive leader, and her team for the joy and happiness they bring to our club every week and especially through all the Fellowship events and activities they bring to this club year-after-year.

This week’s meeting: Club Fellowship. Join us for a fun event and get to know your fellow Rotarians that much better!

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Weekly Newsletter | November 15, 2016

November 15, 2016

Last week a member walked up to me and said that she enjoyed my weekly messages. When I asked why, she said, “Because they were short” and I’m guessing to the point. That is – little or no psychobabble.

Well here goes another brief message I know is on members’ minds from time to time. I know it can be a pain when it seems like Rotary is always asking for your time and, I might add, money. From time to time I, too, feel like it’s too much when we go year after year asking you to serve and give in support of a targeted piece of the world. I know I have also asked myself the same question. Why?

So, is a life that includes Rotary in general, and the 4-Way Test specifically, worth it? Well, where I end up is that “meeting those two challenges” (worked into my life) is exactly why I belong to Rotary. If we each do and give what we can, that is all that Rotary can ever ask of any member.

Whether its Club Building through our 2016-17 Membership Growth Activity, fund raising for our annual project and the Salem Rotary Foundation, cleaning up a park in the metro area or giving to Rotary International this month, Rotary’s mix of service has just become a special part of what my life is all about. I am here because I believe in what we do (and accomplish) and I because it gives my life an ambient feeling of joy and harmony. End of story.

This week’s meeting: An Inside View of College Football Refereeing. Salem’s Mike Batlan, a familiar face if you’ve watched college football on TV during the regular or post-season, is a veteran Pac 12 referee who will talk about his experiences refereeing in college football.

Don’t forget, we’re at the Willamette Heritage Center!

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Weekly Newsletter | November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016

Last week you received an “orange flyer” in your box with a message about Rotary International Month. Claudia Vorse shared some words of encouragement with you during the club meeting to give. You saw a video presentation of the types of service the Foundation provides around the world and received a brief message from me in last weeks eBlast to kick off this month of giving.

So, please take a moment from your busy life and consider what makes sense for you to share with those in need around the world, those that Rotary serves, those truly in need. As the month progresses I hope you will find the right time to step up and make a donation to this most worthy cause, “Rotary Serving Humanity” – The Rotary International Foundation.

This Week’s Club Meeting: Focus On Our Veterans. Lt. Col. Sean O’Day will address our club about his experience as a combat veteran, the many ways veterans give back to our community, and other issues our veterans face.

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Weekly Newsletter | November 2, 2016

November 2, 2016

This next Wednesday is our “kick-off” meeting for the month of November where The Rotary Foundation (TRF) will share the stage with our ongoing New Member Drive. As the video (you will see) clearly states, we have reached “A Century of Doing Good in the World.” Whether it’s Group Study Exchange, Polio Plus, Matching Grants, Supporting Education, Special Project Grants, Promoting Peace, fighting hunger, or sponsoring a health clinic, Rotary is at the center of these positive happenings – world-wide. From a $26.00 gifted beginning to over a billion spent to date, Rotary continues to get measurable results by simply following this year’s motto – “Serving Humanity.”

So when Claudia Vorse steps up the mic Wednesday, please give her your undivided attention as she is starting the TRF ball rolling for us this year. I hope you are all having a great and productive week. Bring a friend to hear about Detroit Lake and the Willamette Project.

This week’s Club Meeting: Detroit Lake and Willamette River Flood Control

Erik Petersen, Operations Manager for the US Army Corps of Engineers, will provide an overview of the 13 dams & reservoirs of the Willamette Valley Project. He will also address the water management challenges at Detroit Reservoir.

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Weekly Newsletter | October 25, 2016

October 25, 2016

I think a lot these days about who the “go to” and potential “go to” people are in our expanding club when different tasks come up that need a “special touch” or doing. So, at the risk of alienating every member of the club, but one, I decided to write this short message because I am so appreciative of what this member does and who he is as a human being and Rotarian.

If I were to highlight someone this week, my Rotary Hero, would be Paul Ferrell. Every week in a quiet, humble, but very persistent manner Paul makes sure that everyone in the club gets counted as present. Not only does he know everyone’s name but jokingly he has your number. When you pass Paul in the doorway on Wednesday you are always greeted with a smile, a feeling that you are welcome and important to the club, and surprisingly, he knows something about you, your weeks activities and/or your hopes for the future.

So this week we are going to turn tables on Paul and when you pass him this week take a second or two to stop and make sure he knows he’s your hero too, and, that he knows how much we appreciate what he does for us all EVERY week.

Hopefully in the coming weeks as new members continue to join the Rotary Club of Salem they come loaded with the same love, energy, spirit and character that Paul Ferrell brings to the table (so to speak) each and every week. He’s living – Rotary Serving Humanity.

This week’s club meeting: Measure 97.

Ballot Measure 97 is on the November General Election ballot and is proposed to increase the minimum tax on a company’s gross sales or receipts for company revenues over $25 million. We will hear from Shamus Lynsky, Yes on 97 campaign and Sandra McDonough from the No on 97 campaign.

Shamus Lynsky is the executive director of Oregon Consumer League, a  nonprofit that, for nearly 50 years, has been advocating for Oregon consumers and for ethical business practices.

Sandra McDonough is the president and CEO of the Portland Business  Alliance, which is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce and is the voice of business in the region.  As the voice of business, the Alliance advocates for issues that support commerce, community health and the region’s overall prosperity.

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Weekly Newsletter | October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016

Recently the Salem Community celebrated with Gerry Frank his 93rd birthday, September 21. Gerry, as the unofficial “Ambassador for Oregon,” has a deep and long history of service to the Salem and Oregon community. What a great role model Gerry is for the state, city and our Rotary members alike. As a long-time member of our club he continues to demonstrate what it mean to be a real giver, i.e., “service above self.” Let it be said that we should all seek daily to be of service to others.

Please continue to search out individuals who you believe would be great Rotary Club of Salem members in the CARING AND GIVING tradition Gerry Frank exemplifies.

This week’s program: Emani Price, Returning Exchange Student. Emani Price brings to life her year as a Rotary Exchange student in Slovakia. A pioneer, she is the first exchange student from District 5100 to complete an exchange in Slovakia. Emani will share her insights about the experience and how our club’s sponsorship of her exchange affected her young life.

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Weekly Newsletter | October 11, 2016

October 11, 2016

October 24th is World Polio Day. Like other Rotary clubs around the world we will be “refreshing” our commitment to seeing this world-changing medical issue to its goal-line. Eradication is so close – just two countries. But, as you know, with any substantial undertaking, it’s the last 5% that is the toughest to make stick, i.e. making Polio history.

Funding this last 5% of activity is also tough because as Polio fades from prominence, it is harder to bring the issue to public attention and keep concern for the issue alive and strong. So as we work our way through 2016, and especially this October, please keep this world-wide Rotary commitment foremost in your mind. More thoughts and actions to come.

This week’s meeting: A Journey to America and Reflections on Becoming a Rotary Peace Fellow.

Ahmad Mohibbi was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salem to participate in Rotary International’s new Rotary Peace Fellow program. He graduated with a Master’s of Social Science in Peace Conflict Studies from the Rotary Peace Centre at Uppsala University in Sweden. Ahmad grew up in Afghanistan during the bloody Afghan civil war and moved in 2007 to the United States where he completed his formal education. Ahmad will speak about being a Rotary Peace fellow and share his experiences and perspectives on a war-torn region of the world.

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Weekly Newsletter | October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016

Whether it’s setting up a Community Garden and Farm Training Center in Cape Flats, South Africa, cleaning up beaches in the Philippines, fighting to reduce domestic violence in Gainesville, Texas, or setting up a non-profit (SHE) that now engages 800 women in employment in India, Rotarians around the world are working hard to make our planet a better place.

Here in Salem we are also gearing up to do our annual fund raiser, again, under the able leadership of Christian Bryant. We need “many volunteers” to make this years event a total success. So get to Loren or Christian and get your name in the Volunteer Q to help be a 2016 force for good, i.e., Rotary Serving Humanity.

So…we are now turning our attention, full time, to our annual Rotary Auction. Keep your eyes and ears open in the coming weeks to learn who our selected agency is to receive this years funding. Brenna and her Selection Committee have taken on this year’s review process with her/their usual energy, savvy, smarts and vigor. More to be announced soon.

Again, a final “Thank You” to Dawn and her able crew for another super-year Salem Rotary Foundation drive.

And keep the flow of “new” Rotary Club of Salem member names coming in for induction. Thank you for seeing the importance of our club continuing to thrive by growing.

This week’s club meeting: Bud Pierce, Gubernatorial Candidate. Bud Pierce will talk with us about his campaign to be Oregon’s next governor. Don’t forget, we’re at the Willamette Heritage Center!

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Weekly Newsletter | September 27, 2016

September 27, 2016

This week’s note from your president will be brief. This is the one time of the year that we focus on our Salem Rotary Foundation. It is the charitable arm of the club and as such it needs, like our Membership Challenge, to be a strong and healthy part of our overall giving and life. I would ask that you each search your hearts and give what you can to make this source of “good work” as strong as we can make it. And please mark your calendars and plan to attend the festivities that Dawn and her Fun-Loving Crew have planned for us this month. Thank you.

This weeks meeting: Salem Police Department Facilities – Their History. Salem Police Chief Jerry Moore will discuss the history of Salem’s police facilities and the need to modernize them.

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Weekly Newsletter | September 20, 2016

September 20, 2016

In the current issue of the Harvard Business Review there is a very enlightening article entitled NOISE. Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman at Princeton and others highlighted how a variety of human judgments can influence and cloud the decision making process. This “noise” over time results in millions of dollars lost, inconsistent organizational direction and time wasted. This variability in thinking and actions-taken can be, as the authors put it, reduced significantly by the adoption of simple algorithms. Algorithms are precise rules that specify how to address and solve a problem.

That got me thinking about how it relates to the Rotary Club of Salem – many thoughts came to mind. But the two that stuck were these. On the visionary algorithm level the founders (so to speak) were very wise is spelling out four basic rules that guide our thinking and actions, The Four Way Test. These simple words really give clarity with respect to guiding our everyday thinking and actions taken. The second thought was that each year Rotary adopts a motto that refreshes and refocuses our mission for that Rotary year.

These four visionary algorithms and yearly updated motto really do help guide Rotary clubs around the world “focus” on the issues of the day and takes some of the variability that human nature might insert out of the equation. I have the sense, with respect to our club’s members and committees, that the interaction of Human Nature – our 2016-17 motto, Rotary Serving Humanity – wisely “assisted” by our four smart, savvy and informed algorithms make us, as Salem Rotarians, even stronger.

Don’t forget our (your) 2016-17 Membership Challenge. Have a great and productive week.

Tomorrow’s meeting: El Camino de Santiago Trek

MaryAnn Cave Sweet, Salem, will bring us her first-hand experience hiking the El Camino de Santiago. Spilling over the Pyrenees from France into Spain, the network of trails that make up the Route of St. James-or El Camino de Santiago-converges at the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. For more than a thousand years, pilgrims have trekked over the high plains of Castilla and the hills of Galicia, some to honor the Apostle James; others in the midst of their own spiritual journey.

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Weekly Newsletter | September 13, 2016

September 13, 2016

During a recent trip to Morocco I was struck by the obvious disparity in wealth. During my travels in Morocco from the sea to the desert one moved back and forth between the haves and the have-knots with the latter clearly outnumbering the former.

That is why I was struck positively by the recent description in the Rotarian of a Rotaract medical program in that country targeting the impoverished residents of Ait Ben Azzou. It was pretty amazing what that Rotaract club was able to assemble with the help of 13 doctors and mounds of medicine, clothing, boots, socks, blankets and toys. What a joy to see that kind of Rotary/Rotaract effort render such significant results. It makes one proud to be a Rotary/Rotaract member.

This week: Salem Rotary Foundation Update. Dawn Bostwick and the members of the Salem Rotary Foundation Board will update us on the latest with our own Foundation.

Don’t forget, we’re at the Willamette Heritage Center this week!

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Weekly Newsletter | September 6, 2016

September 6, 2016

Two thoughts this week.

The first is, what an interesting presentation about “Brain Health” this last week. I found myself thinking about people I knew, people in my family, and also thinking about what I do and don’t do to maintain good Brain Health.

While several of the ideas I had thought of before, I had never wrapped it all up in a single informed and thoughtful package. What a great program. So, Bruce and the Program Committee team, keep up the informing and outstanding flow of programs to this club’s membership. Thank you.

My second thought is that we are moving into Salem Rotary Foundation month. This is the month when we strive to make another real “dent” in our million dollar goal. Dawn and Company have a fun and thought provoking month ahead for us. We will be entertained, wined and dined. Enjoy every minute of the month but keep your eye on the tiger – that is, the serious work our foundation giving accomplishes.

One only has to think about what we have funded (even in the last few years) to appreciate the good that has come from this special fund raising month. So, keep your eyes open and your ears alert for Dawn and her team and the good work she (they) continue to produce year after year for all of us and beyond.

What a joy to serve you as president this year. I continue to be impressed with all of you who “week after week” step up and give a special gift, yourself, in committees and individually. Don’t forget our goal of significantly increasing our membership. We are off to a super/strong start.

So as a result, in 2016 the Rotary Club of Salem just gets stronger and stronger in its Service to Humanity.

This week’s club meeting: Rotarian Friendship Exchange from India. Members of our club recently enjoyed a friendship exchange to India, now they’re hosting visitors here.

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Weekly Newsletter | August 30, 2016

August 30, 2016

In the current issue of “the Rotarian” there is a very short and enlightening article about leadership. In this article Frank Bures highlights three kinds of successful leaders from the book – SUPERBOSSES. The three are: the Iconoclast, Glorious Bastards and the Nurturers. Needless-to-say, if you match the skill sets inherent in these three approaches to the situation faced, a Rotary leader or leadership team can significantly increase the likelihood of real and measurable progress. The trick is diagnosing the leadership match needed and then building the team to get the job done.

So, as we think about the tasks we face as members and leaders of this “results oriented” Rotary Club, please think about what personal leadership challenges you are facing and what skill sets are required to prevail. This will increase the possibility of your hitting a home run while tackling a local project, personal membership recruitment, fund raiser or International Activity.

Our very own Christian Bryant is very good at knowing when to highlight the mission, when to focus and apply pressure and when to do team building. His results speak for themselves and are measurable.

This Rotary Club membership is unique (special) not only in its core commitment to “getting things done” but we have successfully displayed an unwavering commitment to 1.) our Core Rotary Mission, 2.) our clear focus on getting to our identified Goal-Line and 3.) making sure that we all Get There Together.

Lets show ourselves, District 5100 and Rotary Central not only that while other Districts are loosing members District 5100 is on the move. Lets do our part to strengthen this club and our district’s ability to Serve Humanity.

A special thanks to you all for making this happen.

This week’s meeting: Dr. Rob Winningham

Rob Winningham, PhD, will speak on Train Your Brain: An Evidence Based and Holistic Approach to Optimal Brain Health. There is mounting evidence that lifestyle factors, including staying mentally active, can delay memory problems. Dr. Winningham, professor of psychology and behavioral science at Western Oregon University, will share his recent research related to the “Use It or Lose It” theory of memory and aging. He will share a number of cognitive stimulation interventions that can be used to exercise targeted regions of the brain.

With more than 20 years of experience working on applied memory issues, Dr. Winningham will discuss the effects physical exercise, nutrition, and social support have on the likelihood of developing memory problems. The take home message is optimistic and motivating: There are many practical things that all of us can do to maximize our memory abilities.

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Weekly Newsletter | August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016

This is the last Wednesday club meeting of August – 2016’s Rotary Membership Month. I am pleased to note that several of you have stepped up already and submitted a name or have moved a new member through the process. We will have another member to induct again this Wednesday. We are on a bit of a roll. Let’s keep it going. So, a special thanks to those of you who have already stepped up and those of you who said you are planning to.

Thank you for the special kindness and courtesy shown Tom Markos, Dist. 5100 Governor last week. It was good to hear his message about what a dollar can produce in service to others and the story of how he became more deeply involved in Rotary. Let’s live each day the great 2016-17 motto – “Rotary Serving Humanity.”

This week’s club meeting: Gina Ochsner – Travels to Latvia

Gina Ochsner is an international award winning author who second novel, “The Hidden Letters of Velta B,” was just released on July 26. The novel culminates a decade long journey of research and multiple trips to Latvia. Her writing has received critical acclaim from the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, and Kirkus Reviews and has been published in the New Yorker. She has won the Flannery O’Connor award, the Cork award and the Oregon Book award, among others. Gina will share with us stories from her travels, how the story was developed, and lessons that can be learned from the people of Latvia. And if we are lucky, what her upcoming trip to Moldova to visit a family of bear tamers might bring us!

In her spare time, Gina serves as faculty at Corban University as the writer in residence, along with serving on the creative writing faculty for Seattle Pacific University’s Masters of Fine Arts. Don’t miss hearing from one of Salem’s best kept literary secrets.

Here’s an article about Gina that recently appeared in Oregon Live.

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Weekly Newsletter | August 16, 2016

August 22, 2016

This week I am pleased to share that we have District Governor Tom Markos speaking to us at the Willamette Heritage Center. I have had the pleasure of hearing Tom speak several times and each time I am impressed with not only his delivery (which is humble) but what he has to say (personal stories and Rotary content). His message from membership to community service is “right on” and his patient ability to get things done is truly consistent with our own club’s vision.

Please join me in making sure that our District Governor feels welcome at our club. He has also agreed to stay after the lunch meeting and who ever is interested in talking with him on a more personal level, please plan to stay for this once-a-year opportunity.

Club Meeting: District Governor Tom Markos

The ‘official visit’ to our club by the District Governor. The purpose of this Governor’s visit is to address the club regarding Rotary International and the district’s goals, objectives, and issues that are important to the club and its membership. You are encouraged to invite spouses to attend this meeting.

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Weekly Newsletter | August 9, 2016

August 9, 2016

Some heart felt  thoughts: As you know I have been thinking a lot about our clubs membership level, how many members we tragically lost when the July renewal time arrived, what’s the current composition of the club and what could I/we do to make the club stronger and more able to deliver on our 2016-17 motto “Rotary Serving Humanity,” We need to stay strong.

While 170 members on the books is not at all bad, when I joined the club in the mid-80s we were always near the 200 member range, sometimes over and sometimes slightly under. I just remember a certain “spark” that that membership range possessed. The Wednesday meetings always felt like a packed house and there was a vibrancy that seemed to ignite between the members as the meetings unfolded, lots of kidding and joking as well as serious talk. Moving forward in time, that spark was made even brighter when women joined the club, and when we started attracting young people that spark grew even brighter.

But there was something about the club’s size that communicated a certain vitality that was unmistakable in Salem and District 5100. I am not longing to go back there as today has many new strengths but I would love to see that “vitality” added to the “special sparkle” that currently characterizes the Rotary Club of Salem – that size brought a kind of value-added pop.

With new members joining our ranks with regularity I feel like we could combine the best of our past with what we are currently doing so well, having great Wednesday programs, strong committee activity and projects that count.

While certain club members seem to propose new members from time to time, others have done it once or never. That is how I thought through the idea of everyone stepping up at least once this year and leading a new member through the process and then making sure they develop a long lasting connection to our membership.

Linda Wooters is a member who has over the years consistently proposed new members and made sure they bonded to this collection of community leaders. I see something special in Linda’s commitment to bringing in new members as part of her overall commitment to being a member of our club. So, lets pick up on her special brand of belonging and see how it feels if we walk in her shoes when it comes to proposing new  members. We can do this.

As always, thank you…

This week’s meeting: Oregon Dairy Princess Sara Pierson.

Sara Pierson, a 5th generation dairy farmer and full time student at Oregon State University, was chosen as the 2016 Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador earlier this year.  As Oregon Dairy Princess Ambassador, Sara and the First Alternate, Gina Atsma, a student at Chemeketa Community College, will spend their time educating children and adults about where their milk comes from and how much care is taken to ensure the health and well being of every animal in the herd.  The 2015 Dairy Ambassador spoke to more than 15,000 students in classrooms throughout the state.  To date, Sara and Gina have already spoken to upwards of 10,000 students.

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Weekly Newsletter | August 2, 2016

August 2, 2016

In my last note to the club I mentioned several projects supported by Rotary members/clubs in the area of International Service from around the world. Our club is no exception when it comes to working in this area either. Our work in Haiti is a great example.

Last week I mentioned the “vision/contribution” to our club by Ron Kelemen. This week I would like to highlight the good work of Howard Baumann.

With a quiet but persistent form of leadership Howard and his” IS Team” chip away at the elements of our latest International Service project. On the phone, in person or in writing Howard leads his team step by baby-step to each project goal-line. Howard is a perfect example of the Rotarian we should search for when seeking new members this year. In my view, thank you Howard.

This week’s meeting: Marion County Public Health Department

Join us for an update of what the Marion County Public Health Department is up to as we hear from Karen Lander, MD, health officer for the department.

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Weekly Newsletter | July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016

Whether it is raising funds in Kenya for Special Olympic athletes who are visually impaired, medical screening in India for girls with low hemoglobin, a school based meal project in the Philippines, or a local project state-side, Rotarians around the world are providing service to those in need. What do all these Rotarians have in common? They are club members with electric energy and the drive to “get things done.”

That has been our reputation even before Ron Kelemen coined that phrase and made it the Rotary Club of Salem’s informal mantra. Thank you, Ron. We should be proud of what we have done and what we will accomplish in the future. Keeping this club vital and alive is the responsibility of each and every member. Whether actively serving on a committee or proposing someone for membership, service to this club brings fresh life to everything we do.

So, as this Rotary year begins to unfold please ask yourself how can I give to this organization, what service can I provide to keep our club energized, relevant and moving forward. When you find that sweet “service above self” spot, as Phil Knight and Bob Woodell (from Nike) would say – “Just Do It.”

This weeks club meeting: The Shifting Paradigm of Corrections: From Punishment to Rehabilitation, Reformation and Accountability

The Oregon Department of Corrections is responsible for the care and custody of more than 14,600 incarcerated adults in 14 prisons throughout the state. The agency also has direct oversight of more than 2,500 offenders on community supervision in two Oregon counties, and indirect oversight of another 32,000 offenders on supervision in Oregon’s remaining 34 counties.As the philosophy about what works in corrections has evolved across the country from corrections systems that once focused only on punishment to those that are now rooted in rehabilitation, reformation, and accountability, Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections Colette Peters will describe how Oregon’s corrections system works to reduce recidivism and future victimization.

Don’t forget, we’re at the Willamette Heritage Center!

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Weekly Newsletter | July 19, 2016

July 19, 2016

In the July issue of the Rotarian there was a feature article about RI President John Germ. He has been recognized for a long time for his “can-do” attitude about everything he has touched, including his campaign to raise money for Polio Plus in concert with the Gates Foundation. He is keenly aware that Rotary must be more clear about what it does at home and abroad and let people know what we have accomplished as an organization. He is also impressed with the younger generation’s willingness to serve others, thus in part his slogan for the year – Rotary Serving Humanity.

So, as we think about our drive this year to “add new leaders” to our club we need to be cognizant that we are fortunate to have a service-minded generation coming up in both the Salem business and non-profit communities. These young people Germ believes will make a dramatic difference in the world if they can be invited to organizations like Rotary. I agree. So as we think about who to reach out to, in the coming weeks for membership, please think about the young people in your life. If we are good at describing what we do – they will join us. If I can be of assistance with ideas and thoughts please contact me if you have a potential member in mind and want some ideas about how make clear what we are all about. We can do this.

This week’s club meeting will be at the Rotary Pavilition at Salem Riverfront Park. The topic: Minto Bridge and Trail. 

Allen Dannen, Assistant City Engineer and Annie Gorski, Interim Economic Development Manager, will talk about the City and Urban Renewal Agency’s role in the Minto Bridge and Trail project and what key steps made this project possible, from a vision in 1975 to construction today.

Specifically, Annie will talk about the history, funding, and community involvement in the project. Allen will share details of the design and construction including what makes this project unique and how its location added design challenges. Finally, you will hear about how art, history, and culture come together to add a new feature to the project. After the program, you can go and tour the site with Allen and Annie.

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Weekly Newsletter | July 12, 2016

July 12, 2016

This week we will induct our first new member for the 2016-17 year. I am pleased to say that it is Ed Whipple who is in charge of Student Life at Willamette University and Jim Booth will do the honors of introducing him to our club.

It is great that we are off to such a quick start and that so many club members have shared with me they are taking this challenge seriously. So, just make it happen; what an interesting and diverse club we will build if successful. So don’t wait, go for the membership goal-line. I will do all that I can to be supporting of your good energy here.

So please work with Steve Nass and the Membership Team and continue the good work in this area that is now clearly underway.

This week’s program: Cyprus Friendship Program

Tammy Haas and two teenagers will join us to discuss the Cyprus Friendship Program (CFP). The CFP brings together teenagers from the Greek-speaking Cypriot and Turkish-speaking Cypriot communities together to promote peaceful interaction and understanding between the two groups.
CFP is a year-long peace-building and leadership training program in Cyprus, with a four-week cultural exchange component in the United States in the summer. By developing cross-cultural friendship, the teens build mutual respect for each other, breaking down the historical stereotypes and mistrust that exist.

Upon return to Cyprus, the teens are in a position to share the message with family and friends of their own communities that Greek-speaking and Turkish-speaking Cypriots can live together peacefully. Indeed, many of the students who have participated in the program are doing just that — working together for peace.

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Weekly Newsletter | July 5, 2016

July 5, 2016

The life-blood of any and all healthy organizations is that they must grow. In government they must constantly improve the quality and efficiency of the service that they are charged to provide the public. In the private sector they must produce useful products or services the public wants and will pay for and with private non-profits and purpose-driven organizations like Rotary they must deliver the purpose for which they were established by inspiring their membership to participate fully.

The Rotary Club of Salem must achieve no less than the above. When we counted up our end-of-year continuation membership numbers we took a pretty hard end-of-the-year hit in our count. Unless we take this message seriously and seek new leadership partners, we will simply continue to experience membership drift.

So think about who you know who might have something special to offer this noble cause called Rotary. Talk with them about joining and bring them this week to our noon meeting. The program is strong. I’ll bet they will like us.

This week: the speaker will be Varner Seaman, State Government Affairs Manager, Portland General Electric. He is excited to do a presentation on the Coal to Clean Legislation he helped pass at the February 2016 Legislative Session.

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Weekly Newsletter | June 29, 2016

June 29, 2016

In this final installment of my President’s Messages, I wish to thank all of you who have read this recurring missive. I hope a little bit of it was educational, or maybe even inspirational, as you participate more and more in the life of Rotary. It has been a pleasure to highlight a few of the good works that our Club is involved in, on a local as well as international level. One of the real delights of acting as your President has been to witness the impressive progress of all the committees, all the contributors, and all the volunteers that make our Club great. Thank you to each and every one of you.

In keeping with my favorite motto, let’s make our future greater than our past. And let’s continue to live out our tag line, “The Club that Gets Things Done.” Because, after all, there is much that we can get done if we work together.

This week’s club meeting: Induction of New Officers

This week’s meeting will be the swearing in of officers for the 2016-2017 Rotary Year. The mission statement for the year is “Rotary Serving Humanity.” Please plan to attend and welcome your new Rotary leadership team.

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Weekly Newsletter | June 21, 2016

June 21, 2016

Dear readers,

I’d like you to know that your feedback about these weekly messages is always welcome! Please feel free to email me with any comments you may have.

We had a very productive final Club Board meeting of the year last week. We gave a special thanks to the members of the Board who are outgoing: Barry Nelson, Barby Dressler (although she is starting on a new two-year term and will remain on the Board), Natalie Dunn, Maria Reyes and Lucy Salmony.

We are finishing the year with healthy finances, after a successful year of fundraising and moderate overhead expenses. The Board decided to allocate a portion of our annual fundraising proceeds to the Salem Rotary Foundation (SRF), to invest in our Club’s future as a strong charitable organization. We also made a gift to SRF in the name of all our distinguished program speakers for the year.

We had a good year for the induction of new members. It’s been my great pleasure to induct a total of 17 new individuals. Of these, 7 are women, 10 are men. Seven are from businesses, 7 are from nonprofit organizations, and three are from the government/university area. We’ve been informed that a few existing members will have to drop their membership, so we don’t know what our net gain for the year will end up. Nevertheless, let’s celebrate the fact that 17 new people have chosen to become part of Rotary Club of Salem this year.

There are many, many other achievements from this year that you can be very proud of. I’ll highlight a few of them at my final speech on June 29. In the meantime, let’s finish the year strong with social events, an informative movie about human trafficking, a ceremonial presentation of our $30,000 grant, and good momentum for proposed new members going into our new Rotary year.

This week’s program: United Randy Franke, CEO and Brenda Kidder, Development Director for United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, will share the many facets of the organization. Randy will talk about collaborative partnerships United Way is currently funding and their impact throughout Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties. Brenda will be sharing information about United Way’s regional investments and volunteer projects. United Way – helping great things happen in our community every day!

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Weekly Newsletter | June 14, 2016

June 14, 2016

Our Indian exchange student, Nishka, will be finishing up her yearlong stay with us very shortly. While at the District Conference last month, Nishka participated in a speech contest with the theme, “Be a Gift to the World.” I can offer you no finer words than the text of her speech, which she gave permission to reprint. Her theme is kindness. Read, enjoy, and appreciate the wisdom of this young citizen of the world.

BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD
It is said that in order to really know someone, you must walk a mile in their shoes. By taking that metaphorical stroll, you can hopefully gain insight to that person’s past, his or her beliefs and ideas, and the reasons behind their personality. Why they are, what they are.

If I were given a chance to share something with the entire world; it would most definitely be the gift of kindness and understanding others. While we’re fighting off our inner demons and trying to find the perfect balance of life, we often forget that everyone is else is going through it too. Just like you’d rather keep wounds hidden than have them on display, you need to realise everyone else does the same. You can’t always be the prettiest or the smartest. Be can always be brave. And you can always be kind. And these are the things you SHOULD be. Because your qualities and principles matter more than just physical characteristics.

So do more. Be more. Venture out from physical and psychological boundaries just like we have done by coming on exchange by breaking stereotypes and being independent and responsible at such a young age, and coming out of the protective nest and taking a flight to a completely new environment. We as youth and the next generation need to be the change and as Mahatma Gandhi said “Be the change you need to see in the world.”

As we all know Rotary’s motto is ‘service before self’ and Rotarians have done several projects to uphold it and taken measures to help alleviate poverty and eradicate polio. They are able to do this since they have the resources to do so. But we as the youth and the ones providing the change might now have the same resources, so we can do something more humanitarian.. And the most important gift that we can give is of kindness, generosity, being more accepting and more open minded to other’s beliefs and lifestyles just like we are doing right on exchange.

This is wonderful opportunity and a great platform that Rotary has given us and 8,000 other exchange students across the globe to expand our horizons by adapting to a new culture and giving up on the game of superiority and just opening hearts for more. Everyone has different talents, some people are very creative and artistic, some have the aptitude for studying and some have natural athletic ability. But rather than being arrogant from these talents we should be compassionate. And more than just taking in what the world has to offer for us we should also try to give back to it thus making a real difference in society and in the world.

Many of us are always unsatisfied with what we have. We always tend to look for more, for more meaning in life, more wealth and happiness, more power and attention. Always see the greenery on the other side and being jealous with what others have. But we need to realise we get out of life what we put into it.

So if we just embrace our own talents and spread kindness and compassion we would be able to view the world in a different light and thus make it a better place. So the time is now to act on our abilities and spread peace and with our actions, acceptance to be who we are and who we can be. BE A GIFT TO THE WORLD.

This week’s meeting: Chemeketa Community College Updates.

Chemeketa President Julie Huckestein will share an update on the college: its programs and partnerships, recent initiatives to support students and the community and future plans. Executive Dean of Career and Technical Education, Johnny Mack will provide a tour of the college’s newest facility, Building 20 which houses the Machining, Drafting and Engineering programs.

The meeting will be in Building 20…the college’s newest Applied Tech building on the Northeast side of the Lancaster campus. CCC will host the lunch and the cost is $15.

Chemeketa Community College, Building 20, 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem

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Weekly Newsletter | June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016

This past week, I attended the Salem Rotaract banquet and ceremony to mark the end of their Rotary year. This is “our” Rotaract Club, as we are one of the sponsoring Clubs along with South Salem.

President Stephanie Bednarz gave a very nice outgoing speech. When she joined Rotaract, there were a total of 2 members. Quickly thereafter, Matthew Bateman moved to Portland for a job opportunity, leaving her with the sole responsibility for her Rotaract Club. Despite being a busy college student and dealing with a health issue, she hung in there and didn’t walk away.

At last week’s ceremony, the group inducted three great new members. And, President Elect Samantha Hanrahan was sworn in as the 2016-2017 Club President. They also have an official Secretary, and an official Treasurer. Samantha is beginning her sophomore year at Western Oregon University, majoring in Biology. She is enthusiastic about her role in Rotaract, and really wants to learn more about the world of Rotary.

It was a delight to meet the new members. Each of them has a huge heart for service, and really wants to be included in Club life. What they lack in financial resources, they make up for and more with enthusiasm and willingness to help.

Club member Tommy Love is our Club’s liaison to our Rotaract club. Tommy has done a good job this year of reaching out to its members and making every effort to include them. As we go through our Rotary activities, let’s all remember to include Rotaract in the life of our Club.

Today’s Club Meeting: Friendship Exchange with India. Today’s program features the Rotary Friendship Exchange with India’s District 3012. Presentations will be made by the visiting India team and our club’s outbound returnees.

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Weekly Newsletter | May 31, 2016

May 31, 2016

The first time I heard of the “Presidential Citation,” I thought it was an award given to the Club President for doing such an awesome job. It’s not that at all! The Presidential Citation is earned by every one of you Club members throughout the Rotary year. We earned a Gold level citation this year, and I had the honor of accepting it on your behalf at the District Conference.

The Rotary International President bestows this award on the best Clubs around the globe, according to criteria set by each President during his or her term. President Ravi Ravindran’s criteria emphasized the use of online tools in Rotary Club Central to track success toward our goals. To earn this Gold award, we also: sponsored a Rotaract and an Interact Club; maintained an excellent website and newsletter; had a good gain in membership; supported The Rotary Foundation generously; sponsored a global grant; and many other achievements.

Our Club has a tradition of earning the Presidential Citation. I believe we continue to be successful because we have strong committees that do a great job with their tasks. We have a large number of members that give of their time and talent. We have many generous supporters of The Rotary Foundation, both one-time givers and sustaining donors that give monthly or quarterly. And, we have a Club that new members see the value of joining for the purpose of making a difference.

Please enjoy the close-up photo of the President’s Citation Gold that you earned. But, let’s not take this excellence for granted. It takes hard work, commitment and contributions to achieve this kind of success. When you pitch in to help your Club, you will know that you are helping to uphold a long tradition of excellence in the global world of Rotary.

This week’s program: Sergeant Mike Johnson, of the Salem Police Department, will talk to us about Active Shooter Response Tactics.  This presentation is designed to educate the average citizen on a brief history of active shooter events, as well as provide statistics that follow and define these events.  The information provided will help with personal planning and mental preparedness regarding these violent events, and provide simple reactionary tactics that can dramatically improve survivability.

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Weekly Newsletter | May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016

Howard Baumann joined us at the May Rotary Club Board meeting. As Chair of the International Service Committee, he gave an update on the activities of the Committee this year – particularly with regard to outstanding financial commitments that will extend into future years.

The International Service Committee is made up of 21 Club members with an important task to do. They work closely with our District 5100’s International Service Committee on projects we can partner on, all around the world. At the District committee meetings, representative from many Clubs come to present and discuss the projects for which they are acting as the lead Club.

Thanks to Howard’s depth of knowledge and leadership, ours is the lead Club for a large new water and latrine project in Haiti. This effort will build upon our earlier successes in Haiti. These continue to rely upon the local leadership of Lavaud Cheristin, a well driller. Nicknamed Haiti GG II, it has attracted pledges from Portland, Keizer, South Salem and Milwaukie Rotary Clubs. The grant application will be approved shortly by the President of our partner Club in Hinche, Haiti. Then, the application goes to TRF leadership for its approval.

Our Club’s share of the pledge for Haiti GGII is $5,900. The Board has authorized this amount to be earmarked for two years as a commitment, to give the project enough time to be completed.

In addition to this pledged amount, the Board maintains its commitment of $1,000 for a Literacy project in Nepal. This pledge was made about a year ago, just prior to the major earthquake that destroyed so many of the schools and roads. We are keeping the pledge open until the end of next June.

Seaside Rotary Club initiated a wells project in Tanzania to which we have pledged $1,050 this year. Funds may not be needed for several years, so our pledge will remain open until June of 2018.

According to Howard, there are many other projects around the world that are very deserving of our support. How can we increase our Club’s capability to do more good internationally? It comes down to old-fashioned fundraising. This means having a wildly successful fundraiser next February. I hope you will help with the fundraising effort in the coming year. There is no shortage of ways to help solve the world’s toughest problems through Rotary.

This week’s club meeting: Prostate Cancer Advancements. Our speaker will be Dr. Lynn Martell, from Loma Linda University Medical  Center, who will be with us to discuss the benefits of proton treatment for prostate cancer and other types of cancer.

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Weekly Newsletter | May 17, 2016

May 17, 2016

Thanks to your efforts this year, I believe the Salem area is slowly becoming more familiar with Rotary Club of Salem. This is starting to lead to more online inquiries about membership in our Club. What a great opportunity to expand our reach and our membership! And in turn, this has led us to adapt to a slightly different procedure for bringing in new members.

As you know, the more traditional way to bring in new members is by referral and sponsorship by a current Club member. Before an invitation to join our Club is offered, the prospective member’s name is circulated to Club membership for a period of two weeks. If anyone has an objection to going ahead with that membership offer, it is made known during that time. It has been very rare that any objections have been voiced. But when they are, it can be a potentially serious ethical issue.

After two weeks with no objections, the sponsor continues working with the prospective member toward an induction date. But, what happens if the initial contact was made by online inquiry? Usually this is a name we haven’t heard – it could be from a brand-new resident of our area. The Membership Committee and your Board has decided that we still need to circulate the name to our membership for two weeks.

At that point, the Membership Committee would like to have someone step forward and carry out the important role of sponsor for this prospective new member. So, if you read an email from Membership Committee that cites a name as an “online inquiry,” that means you should step up adopt them as a sponsor!

Membership growth is a major goal of incoming President Elect Steve Ickes. With six weeks left to go in our Rotary year, I believe we can still grow our head count by as much as 8 individuals. But, there isn’t much time left. If you are partway through the sponsorship process with a great new prospective member, please make this a high priority. I will make room for inductions and double-inductions on my meeting agendas between now and June 30th. Let’s finish our year STRONG!

This week’s club meeting: Student Leadership. The Students of the Month from South Salem High School and North Salem High School will run this Rotary Meeting. Our inbound exchange student from India will present her experiences from her exchange program.

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Weekly Newsletter | May 10, 2016

May 10, 2016

Thank you to each of you Club members who have  sponsored a new member this year. Because of you, we now have 14 delightful new individuals to share membership with in our Club. These new members bring with them fresh energy, new ideas and a genuine desire to be included in all we do. Many of them are already active in committee work. I am sure they have many questions about Rotary that longer-standing members can answer for them. So, when you sit down for lunch at a table with a new member, please introduce yourself and talk with them about the meaning of Rotary in your life.

At this time of year, our Treasurer Chuck delivers the dues notices. Some members must let us know that they will not be renewing their membership. Reasons can be as varied as a job change or a residence move. Unfortunately, one of our members passed away this year. Whatever the reason, it’s inevitable that we lose some of our members at fiscal year-end.  So, we may very well end the year with a smaller net gain in membership than we would like to see.

It is not too late to schedule more new member inductions before we close our year. Please remember the reasons you joined Rotary, and what you most value about being a Rotarian. One of the best reasons is the opportunity to serve, which adds so much meaning and satisfaction to our lives. Another one is fun and friendships with people of all different ages and backgrounds. How about learning? Are our Club meetings informative and stimulating? Of course! And, leadership development is a great advantage, no matter what stage of life you’re in. So, be sure to take action and invite guests to lunch, so they can find out what a great organization Rotary is. Follow our Club’s formal procedure for identifying prospective members, and then follow through. Please call upon me if you’d like my help in any way. Let’s finish the year strong!!!

This week’s Club Meeting: It’s All About Bees

There’s definitely a buzz surrounding the May 11 program. And that’s just one of many puns that will be on display when OSU entomologist Sujaya Roa describes her research on bees. Dr. Rao focuses on native pollinators, bumblebees to be exact. She is engaged in some fascinating projects to track the movement of bees including work with the OSU College of Engineering to put GPS devices on bees. This promises to be an unBEElievable presentation!

Don’t forget, we’re back at the Salem Convention Center this week!

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Weekly Newsletter | May 3, 2016

May 3, 2016

At a recent Club meeting, Shalisa Pierce shared a very informational piece on human trafficking in Oregon and around the world. I asked Jayne Downing, from the Center for Hope & Safety, to share some comments on how human trafficking presents itself in our community. Jayne wrote,

“Unlike Portland, you are not likely to see women walking along a main street in Salem. Most often, commercial sex trafficking in Marion County takes place through motels. Traffickers rent out a block of motel/hotel rooms and bring in women to be sold. Contact by those individuals who are buying sex is usually made over the internet. The women will likely be brought in from other areas of the country and may not even know where they are currently staying. The traffickers keep them confined for a number of days; not allowing them to leave their rooms, even for food.

“The Salem Police Department is working with motel owners to make sure they understand how their establishments may be used in commercial sex trafficking. Many motel owners have allowed the Center for Hope & Safety to place decals in each of the rooms (paid for by a generous grant by the Salem Rotary Club) with the following message: ‘Is someone hurting you? Can you leave if you want to? Please call for help. We’re available 24-7 at 503-399-7722 to speak with an advocate at the Center for Hope & Safety.’ The decals have been effective. The Center for Hope & Safety has received calls and been able to assist victims of trafficking here.

“In addition, the Center for Hope & Safety works with young victims of trafficking and works to prevent trafficking in our community. Youth advocates meet with young girls and boys that have been victims; assisting them to connect with long-term support. Every year, the Center for Hope & Safety speaks to thousands of youth in the middle and high schools about human trafficking and how to keep themselves safe.

“Unfortunately, human trafficking is a reality even in our wonderful community. It is important for every person to understand the impact of sex and labor trafficking around the world and in our own backyard.”

This week’s Club Meeting: Rotary and World Peace

Rotarian (Ashland, Oregon) Dr. Carol Fellows is a member of the Rotary Peace Centers Committee of The Rotary Foundation. She also chairs District 5110’s Rotary Peace Fellowships. A past president of the Klamath County Rotary Club and an Assistant District Governor, Carol will share her wealth of knowledge and passion about Rotary’s efforts to build peace.

Don’t forget, we’re at Willamette Heritage Center!

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Weekly Newsletter | April 26, 2016

April 26, 2016

There is one thing that all new Rotarians can agree upon: Rotary is complicated. It takes a while to learn our acronyms, and to get a small sampling of all the things we’re involved in. Last Saturday’s District Training Conference was an opportunity to learn about Rotary beyond our luncheon meetings.

The entire day was jam-packed with seminars and classes on a broad range of subjects. And, nine members of our Club were called upon to lead various sessions! I’d like to honor and thank each of them individually.

First and foremost, District Governor Nominee Renee Campbell led two classes designed for incoming Presidents Elect. She also co-led a class on how to run a great Club meeting, together with Past Presidents Tom Golden and Barry Nelson. Our Club Secretary, Holly Berry, led a class on DacDB. Past President Dawn Bostwick offered her professional expertise in a class on Rotary insurance. Tammy McCammon was scheduled to lead a class on Marketing, but was called away by a family emergency. Our Treasurer extraordinaire, Chuck Swank, taught other Treasurer how to better carry out their roles. Teresa Lulay led a class on Firesides, and Brenna Baucum co-led a session on Bridging Generations in Rotary.

Since we are a Club that participates in writing Global Grants, it is required that we have a Club member attend an in-depth set of classes on grant management. Howard Baumann attended these classes on our behalf. Howard’s leadership in the District on International grants is truly remarkable. I attended a President’s Roundtable, and President Elect Steve Ickes was in a class designed for incoming leaders. All told, there were at least 17 members of Rotary Club of Salem who attended the District Training Assembly.

Thank you to all these individuals who gave of their time and shared their expertise with other Rotarians. We are fortunate to have so many leaders in our Club.

4/27 Club Meeting: Sprague High School Camarata Orchestra

The Sprague Camarata Orchestra, under the Direction of Stephen Nelson, will perform a concert for the Rotarians. The Sprague Camarata Orchestra has a consistent national reputation of musical excellence that has existed for 30 years. That recognition includes numerous State Championships,  Grammy Awards, and 1st placings at the International Youth Orchestra Competition held in Vienna, Austria.

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Weekly Newsletter | April 19, 2016

April 19, 2016

At this season in our Rotary year, we are already starting to gear up to achieve great success in the 2016-2017 year that will begin July 1. Last week at the podium, Club member Lauren Gutierrez announced that we are starting to look for volunteers to work on our major fundraiser. The event date seems far in the future: February 11, 2017. But it will come quickly, and there is much to do to run a successful event like ours.

Fundraising Chair Christian Bryant has put together a well-organized chart to make all the duties clear and achievable. The key to our success will be to have many volunteers to fill all the roles. And, to start early enough that we don’t have the stress of scrambling to cover tasks at the last minute.

You know, some Rotary clubs don’t even attempt to put on a fundraiser. Their members would rather just write large checks to fund their charitable activities. At Rotary Club of Salem, we have members who do write large checks. And we’re eternally grateful for them! But we also want to create a Club where individuals of lesser means can make a valuable contribution. That’s where the importance of volunteerism comes in. And in reality, most of our members do both: write checks and give of their time.

Being an active volunteer for your organization means that you care enough to make a contribution to its success. I know that each and every one of you cares deeply about the success of our Club. So, please, remember how important it is that you step up and volunteer to help with our fundraiser. The teams will be starting to form soon, so everyone will have a chance to take on a task. We promise to build in as much flexibility as we can, so you have choices of ways to help.

Every one of you can do a little bit toward our success. If that happens, we could have a $100,000 event next time. This would give us the ability to stretch our charitable funds even further to meet the needs of our community and our world. Thank you for including Rotary Club of Salem in your plans.

This week, we’ll be at the Willamette Heritage Center. The program? The Willamette Heritage Center! Executive Director Bob Reinhardt will present the past, present, and future of the Willamette Heritage Center, and how the institution strives to fulfill its mission to “connect generations by preserving and interpreting the history of the Mid-Willamette Valley.”
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Weekly Newsletter | April 12, 2016

April 12, 2016

It was a very touching moment during last week’s Club meeting. One of our longtime members, Jim Booth, brought guests with him from the Florence Rotary Club. The guests were his cousin, Dick Booth, and the spouses of each of them. These visitors had arrived with a very special presentation in mind.

Dick approached the podium and began to talk with great emotion. He talked about his deceased father, R.A. Booth, who was a longtime Rotarian and Past President of his Club during the twenties. He held up a timeworn envelope. As he opened the envelope, he took out the Past President’s pin with a sparkling center stone that had belonged to his father. He presented it to his cousin Jim. Handwritten on the outside of this envelope were notes about when the pin had been given to Dick Booth, and now the date that Dick was passing it along to Jim.

For those of you who are brand-new in Rotary, please take note of how deeply rooted Rotary can become in all of our lives. In the case of the Booth family, those roots go back almost a hundred years. I hope you find meaning in your membership in Rotary – far beyond the social or entertainment value of our weekly meetings. Truly, we are not just a lunch club. We have a meaningful impact in people’s lives: both around Salem and around the world. And the more actively you participate, the more good we can do.

Thank you to each and every one of you, who share a vision of the meaning of Rotary and who make our Club greater every day and every year.

This week, we’ll be at the Willamette Heritage Center. Topic: Salem-Keizer Career and Technical Education. Superintendent Christy Perry will share information about Salem-Keizer School District’s pathways to prepare students for college and careers. This presentation will focus on Career and Technical Education opportunities available to students.
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Weekly Newsletter | April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016

Shopping for a duvet cover? Looking for an Italian meal? How about some Nike gear? You can get good deals on all these popular items, and much more, by shopping through Rotary Global Rewards.

Marriott North America is offering 6% back to Rotary when you book through Rotary Global Rewards.  I found a “save $25” offer when booking through Airbnb for a stay in Dublin, or in Copenhagen, or Seoul.  And much more!

Rotary Global Rewards is a member benefits program that is open to any Rotarian worldwide. The website appears to be well designed, and there are a lot of deals available. To participate, all you have to do to is sign onto www.rotary.org and log into your My Rotary account. If you don’t have one yet, it’s easy to create one.

Once you’re logged into My Rotary, you will find boundless resources available to you as a Rotarian, including international directories and loads of information about any area you’re interested in. For example, I selected “Rotaract” off the main menu. Up popped handbooks, discussion group choices, videos about Rotaract, and a Club Finder. There are many other topics of interest as well.

If you really want to be cool, apply for a Rotary credit card. This Visa card offers 1% cash back on every purchase, and more. Bank of America donates $100 toward polio eradication with every activated account.

So, being a Rotarian has many consumer benefits, as well as doing so much good in the world.

Happy shopping!

This week’s meeting will be at the Salem Convention Center. Topic: Saving Salem’s History. Hazel Patton will present her views on the growth and development of Salem  and the part she has played over the years in keeping the best of the city’s historical traditions alive and well.
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Weekly Newsletter | March 29, 2016

March 29, 2016

Recently I had coffee with Jeff McNamee, one of the Board members of Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA). His nonprofit organization is the recipient of our $30,000 major grant this year. Bruce Anderson joined us as well. Bruce is the Chair of the Good Works committee whose work resulted in a recommendation to fund their project. We wanted to hear how things are going with the kids’ “pump track” that we intend to help SATA build.

The big news is that SATA’s Board has chosen a desired location for the pump track. Their first choice last year had been Wallace Park in West Salem. But they became concerned about its proximity to the river, both because of potential flooding and because of some of the sensitive wildlife whose river habitat could be disturbed by any development. Now, they have settled on Geer Park. This neighborhood park is just North of State Street, and just West of Hawthorne Street near I-5.

The park is 46 acres in size, and mainly offers baseball and soccer fields. There’s also a ½ mile walking/jogging hard surface trail, but much of it is yet to be developed. That’s where SATA comes in, with Rotary’s support. SATA has an amazing group of knowledgeable volunteers who actually roll up their sleeves and help build and maintain bike trails – around Salem and at Silver Falls State Park and other locations.

Jeff accompanied Keith Keever of the City Parks Department to present the bike park concept to the Northeast Salem Community Association at their meeting of March 15. He reports the proposal was well received. Now, Keith will decide how to proceed with SATA’s proposal. If all goes well, Jeff is hoping the first little bike riders could start enjoying the track early next year.

This week: The Haiti Trip. As many of you know, our club has strong connections to Haiti. Those connections were strengthened last month when members Cynthia Witham and Bo Nyleen traveled to Hinche, Haiti, along with Doug Lusk of the Keizer club. They met with our Haitian contact and past speaker – Lavaud Cheristin – and traveled to visit the well sites our club had a hand in drilling. We’ll get to hear stories from their adventures and see photos of the ways Rotary and our club are helping to change lives.

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Weekly Newsletter | March 22, 2016

March 22, 2016

This is Water and Sanitation Month on the Rotary International calendar. In that spirit, I thought I would share the attached handwritten note. It was delivered to me by Cynthia Witham from Lavaud Cheristin of Hinche, Haiti.

The text reads, “Dear President Mary, Thank you for sending Cynthia and the other Rotarians to see the realization of the last project/wells and latrines. Thank you also for this year’s project. Your time and financial help are appreciated. -Lavaud Cheristin, Secretary of Rotary Club Hinche.”

In my recent President’s Message of February 23, I wrote about Cynthia’s visit to Haiti, along with fellow Club member Bo Nyleen and others. Cynthia and Bo will present a program to our Club on March 30, along with photos of the projects we’ve sponsored in earthquake-ravaged Haiti.  This is an excellent opportunity for you to invite interested guests and prospective Club members to a meeting. It will highlight some of the best work that our Club accomplishes on the global front. I hope to see you, and a good number of guests, to help celebrate all we do around the world as Rotarians.

Wednesday’s meeting: Oregon Community Foundation. Max Williams, President and CEO of the Oregon Community Foundation, will talk about the key OCF initiatives and programs that are truly making an impact across our state.

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Weekly Newsletter | March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

Last Wednesday, the club members who had a major part in planning our “Pay it Forward” event got together to celebrate and debrief. We were lucky enough to be joined by our auctioneer, Brian Bice. Brian is very experienced with working with Rotary auction events in other Clubs, and he brought us valuable words of advice.

The first thing he said was “Great job!” He thought the party was well planned and everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves. It was well attended, dinner was great (the SCC staff did a beautiful job), and it helped a lot that there was plenty of wine to drink. We all agreed that using the auction software was a big improvement over prior years.  The layout of the silent auction was well done. And, of course, the live auction was a ton of fun.

So, in many ways, this was our best fundraising event ever. We’ve put into place many valuable building blocks to achieve even more improvement next year. The organization of the event committees worked well, and we even have job descriptions.

Where could we improve? We are still concentrating too much of the work on too few Rotary Heroes. We had hoped to spread out the tasks among more volunteers, but this did not come together very well. Next time around, we need to start sooner. And we will find a way to tap into the connections and ideas that you, our members, can offer – to create more unique live auction packages.

With these few but very important improvements, next year we can substantially raise our net income. Who might benefit from this? Of course, our chosen major grant recipient would benefit. But also, the committees who focus on our other charitable work would benefit. Youth Exchange, would you like a bigger budget? How about you, International Committee? Literacy? Hands on? Rotaract and Interact? Other committees with a charitable focus? There is a lot more need that we could help fulfill if we brought in more revenue.  So we will encourage you to continue to support our single big fundraiser effort.

For all of you who contributed your time, talent, ideas and funds to our event: a sincere thank you! You made it great this past February, and I hope you are very proud of what we have achieved together.

Fellow Club members, your creativity and connections world-wide give us the potential to put together the most unique live auction packages you can imagine. If you have an idea to contribute, please share it right away with myself or with Fundraising Chair, Christian Bryant. It’s not too early to start building momentum for next year. Party on!

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Weekly Newsletter | March 8, 2016

March 8, 2016

“Every day has to have something unforgettable. Something I’ve heard and love is that people may not remember what you did or said but, they will always remember how you made them feel. So, on that note go make someone feel unforgettable.”

Who wrote these wise words? A teacher? A civic leader? Perhaps a motivational speaker?

No, it was 17-year-old Emani, the local high school student who took the leap of faith and entered into a yearlong Rotary exchange to Slovakia. She writes, “The job of an exchange student is to be a positive representative for your country but also to be a positive representative for your host country once you arrive back from your time abroad.”

And, her advice to other Rotary exchange students:

“Take everything that you’ve learned this year and use it in your everyday life in the future. Don’t forget the time you have spent abroad, the faces you met, the mistakes you made, and your biggest and smallest accomplishments. You are now a citizen of the world not just one country or two as others are but, you are a citizen of the WHOLE world and that’s because you decided to take a leap of faith. You decided to take off the label. The label that says you are an American or a Mexican. You decided to become a new you. A better you. I’ve heard that exchange isn’t about finding yourself but, creating yourself. So, that’s what I’m doing. Creating myself. A new and totally improved self.”

Fellow Rotarians, do you ever wonder how you are making a difference in the world? Just consider Rotary’s impact on this one young woman, and how we are creating “citizens of the world.” Thank you for being a part of Rotary.

This week’s meeting: The West Salem High School Concert Choir, directed by their teacher, Kimberly McConnell, will perform a professional level of concert Choir Literature for the enjoyment of the Rotarians. The West Salem HS Concert Choir is exemplary of the high quality of HS vocal music that exists in the Salem-Keizer Music Programs – directed by highly skilled Master Choir Teachers like Kimberly.

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Weekly Newsletter | March 1, 2016

March 1, 2016

The Rotary Food and Funds Drive is off and running. During the month of March, we Rotarians have a chance to help Salem area residents get the support they need to put food on their table during tough times. I’ve always been proud of the way our Club steps up during this annual campaign. We do a lot of good in our community, as well as around the globe.

I missed last week’s meeting due to a conference, but I understand you heard the story of Mattie Jenkins. She is an example of the thousands of people Marion Polk Food Share assists every year. We can be inspired by her story as someone who was down on her luck, needed some help, and now has become self-sufficient again. What a great outcome!

During March, we’d like to ask each Rotarian to make a one-time gift to Marion Polk Food Share, or – better yet- to sign up as a monthly sustainer. You can choose a very modest monthly amount to start out, and then consider increasing it later as you are able. Every little bit helps. The charitable arm of MAPs Credit Union has offered to match the first three months of your sustainer amount, for those of you signing up for the first time or increasing your existing sustainer amount.

Brent Nielsen, food drive coordinator for our Club, has challenged us to become a 100% participation Club. That should be “a piece of cake” as they say. Just fill out your form to indicate how you will give. If you’re reaffirming your existing sustainer pledge at the same level, just check the box on the form that says “I’m already a monthly sustainer. Please count my gift in the Rotary Food Drive.”

Fellow Rotarians, it’s true that each of you is already a leader. The Food and Funds Drive for hungry families is another way you can show your support for the community we love.

This week, Mayor Anna Peterson will deliver the State of the City address. This will be in lieu of our regular Club meeting. She will present an update on her vision for the City of Salem, including the following key areas: 1) Safe City: the research and planning process regarding a proposed new police facility; 2) Strong Economy:  infrastructure and investment in the City’s Urban Renewal areas; 3) United Community: the diversity and international culture of the City of Salem; and 4) Vibrant Neighborhoods: addressing the pressing and complex issue of homelessness.

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Weekly Newsletter | February 23, 2016

February 23, 2016

Club members Cynthia Witham and Bo Nyleen departed for Haiti last week, along with their spouses and another Rotarian from Keizer named Doug Lusk. One of their missions is to visit the locations where wells and latrines have been installed under the sponsorship of Rotary. Our Club and others in the Willamette Valley banded together in two previous Rotary projects to make these facilities a reality for the villagers in Haiti. Since the magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck early in 2010, the majority of Haitians are still without electricity. And many are without clean water to drink.

One of the wells is currently pumping safe drinking water for a nearby orphanage. Another one is in a small city, next door to a hospital that had been boiling their water to use for surgery.

A six-stall latrine has also been installed, helping the villagers avoid contaminating their available water sources.

Their key local contact in Haiti has been a Rotarian named Lavaud. Do you remember his visit to Salem last summer, his inspiring talk for our Club, and the beautiful reception at Don and Teresa Lulay’s new home? During this current visit to Haiti, Lavaud will show Cynthia and Bo the locations where the next set of wells and latrines will be installed. A third Global Grant for $60,000 is being written right now by our own Howard Baumann. It takes many, many hours of dedicated time to prepare the grant and gather the funding from the different Clubs. Howard and the International Service committee have been gathering pledges to total $18,000, the amount needed to attract Rotary matching funds. This funding is expected to come not only from our Club, but from 9 other regional Clubs.

Howard hopes to secure all the pledges they need and submit the grant request during March of this year. This has been a labor of love for Howard, Cynthia, Bo, and the dedicated members of the International Service committee. Because of them and our Rotarian partners, thousands of Haitian villagers now have safe water to drink and a chance at a better life.

Please note that this week’s (Feb 24) Club meeting will take place in the Dye House at Willamette Heritage Center. I will be required to miss this meeting, due to an all-day seminar in Portland. According to our Club’s bylaws, the President-Elect shall preside over this meeting in my absence. So, please be nice to Steve Ickes!

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Weekly Newsletter | February 16, 2016

February 16, 2016

Thank you, Christian Bryant, for your leadership in organizing our “Pay it Forward” fundraiser last Saturday evening. By all indications, it was a great success. The room looked beautiful, checkin and checkout was smooth, dinner and wine were great, and the fellowship excellent. Thank you, Lauren Gutierrez, for countless hours of preparation, especially in the past month. Thank you, Leilani Slama and Brenda Kidder, for lending us your time and talent. Lisa Mance, the silent auction items were beautifully arranged. Claudia Vorse and Christine Whiteside, great job with the facilities. Scott Larson, Brenna Baucum, David Deckelmann, Ron Kelemen, you were all major players in creating this success.

A large number of committees and individuals contributed to the silent auction items. International Service had a cool display, as did the Peace Committee and Youth Exchange. Salem Rotary Foundation contributed a “summer” themed package, and another team enthusiastically led by Tammy Dennee created a “winter” themed package. A special thank you to Michelle Lehr, an employee of the H Group, for being a Rotarian-in-spirit and helping so much with procurement. The number of other generous donors to the auction are too many to name, but the Club is grateful for each and every one of you. We are also grateful to Rotaractors Samantha Hanrahan and Dennis Musli for your support at checkin and checkout.

Not to mention the good financial outcome we’re hoping for.  Attendance was at near-record levels, and the bidding seemed to go well. Auctioneer Brian Bice, Rotarian from the Lake Oswego Club, did a great job engaging the audience. And emcee Nick Williams was your usual classy self. (Thank you to your daughters for lending you to us for the evening). Our incomparable Treasurer, Chuck Swank, seemed to be everywhere taking care of details, and he has promised us a financial report as soon as feasible.

A Club President like me has a bird’s-eye view of the experience, but may not always be aware of the million small-but-important details it takes to put on a great event. Therefore please forgive me if I have overlooked the mention your special contribution.  Thank you to one and all.

And now, we take a deep breath and begin looking forward to next year. To make our event better every year, we invite your feedback and suggestions on how to improve. Please email me  or Christian. Next year, we will need even more active helpers to share the huge number of tasks it takes to create success. Next year, when we call for volunteers, won’t you please step up?

This week’s meeting: Congressman Kurt Schrader. Congressman Kurt Schrader will update us on what is happening on the national legislative front, with special emphasis on issues affecting the Mid-Willamette Valley and Oregon.

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Weekly Newsletter | February 9, 2016

February 9, 2016

The stage is set for success at our major fundraising event for the year, “A Night to Pay it Forward,” taking place this Saturday February 13th. Two hundred or more people are expected. Silent auction baskets have been arranged, including such diverse things as a miniature casket and a Greek gourmet dinner. The live auction items are being finalized, and there are some very unique items among them. Professional auctioneer Brian Bice is warming up his vocal cords. The Convention Center is starting its advance prep for our delectable dinner and dessert. Cases of donated wine are being delivered. Creative teams of decorators will have buzzed around the meeting room the evening before, making the place look glamorous and special when we arrive.

At the opening curtain, there’s only one more thing we need to achieve a successful event. We need your participation! So, as you enjoy our event, please remember this is a party with a purpose. Rotary is all about charitable support: for the kids’ bike park we’ll help build, and for youth in our community and around the globe.

My condolences to those of you unable to attend! Your contributions are still welcome, though, and your participation is still important. Thank you to the many hardworking volunteering putting on this party for us, and thank you for being an active member of our great Club.

This week: The Salem SenateAires men’s chorus will present a program for Valentine’s Day. They are an outstanding choral group known for their excellence in singing Barbershop style music. Bring your spouses to enjoy this musical  Valentine’s Day treat.

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Weekly Newsletter | February 2, 2016

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.”

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Weekly Newsletter | January 26, 2016

January 26, 2016

Our Club was proud to send a representative to the Rotary International Peace Conference a few weeks ago in Ontario, California. Shalisa Pierce, the Chair of our Peace Builder committee, spoke briefly to our Club last week about her experience. She learned so much, she hardly knew what to touch upon in just a few minutes. But she was especially inspired by one of the keynote speakers, Fr. Greg Boyle. He is a 51-year old Jesuit priest with a Santa Claus beard and a friendly face. He’s the founder and Executive Director of Home Boy Industries in Los Angeles.

The mission of Home Boy Industries is to restore hope to former gang members, many of whom have been incarcerated. These individuals have a very high risk of repeating the destructive patterns that led them astray in the beginning. Home Boy intervenes, using the power of relationship. They also teach specific skills, and offer counseling and parenting classes. Their business model is to train individuals to enter the work force with employable skills. They run a number of for-profit enterprises like a silkscreen printer and a bakery. More information about this project is available at their excellent website.

Many of us don’t think of Salem, Oregon as having a gang problem. But, there are gangs active here. And there are many disenfranchised youth who have lost hope, dropped out of high school, or ended up in jail. As a Rotarian, I am very proud of the many ways we have helped the youth in our community through our good works.

This year’s project is part of the series of tangible improvements we’ve provided to the City over the years. We’re going to help the Salem Area Trail Alliance build a kids’ bike track within the city limits. What’s important about a bike track? It is a small contribution to the physical health of these kids, and to their positive self-image and their self-esteem. It can be enjoyed by kids from every walk of life. After all, we know that children’s play is children’s work.

The ideal of international peace is so abstract, an individual hardly knows where to begin. Let’s begin in our own community, with our own children, with the simple gift of a fun play space for kids to enjoy.

This week’s program: The Mike McLaren Center for Student Success is one of the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation’s most ambitious projects to date.  Dedicated to the legacy of Mike McLaren, a member of our club and an active community leader who died suddenly in March 2013, the Center will  provide a comprehensive array of resources and support to help students and their families navigate the pathway beyond graduation.  The college and career center will be housed in the completely renovated historic Starkey-McCully building in downtown Salem.  Krina Lee, SKEF’s executive director, will be our guest speaker to detail plans for the Center.  She will also host an on-site visit to the new SKEF facility – still undergoing renovation – at 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., on Wednesday, January 27.

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Weekly Newsletter | January 19, 2016

January 19, 2016

Pay_it_forward_logo_sm5Committee members, donors and sponsors are hard at work planning our major fundraising event, “A Night to Pay it Forward,” scheduled for February 13. Putting on a major event like this requires a lot of time and talent. I’d like to thank Director of Fundraising, Christian Bryant, for his hard work. Leilani Slama, Lauren Gutierrez, Brenda Kidder and Lisa Mance have all been energetic leaders. And there are many more committee chairs playing a major role as well.

In many ways, it is the highlight of our Rotary year. This is an evening to get all dressed up, have a great dinner, and enjoy each other’s company. Both the live and silent auctions promise to be full of interesting items to bid on. Our donors have been extremely generous – and our committee members very creative! – about putting together attractive packages.

But this evening will be about much more than a great social event. This is a party with a purpose. We will celebrate what Rotary means to us as members, and what Rotary means to our communities.  The net proceeds of the event will be completely dedicated to our charitable work as Rotarians. We have committed $30,000 to the Salem Area Trail Alliance. These funds will help build a children’s bike track within the Salem City limits: a neighborhood resource benefiting kids of all abilities, ages and statuses. This is another project in our distinguished history of contributing tangible improvements for Salem’s citizens.

But that’s not all. Proceeds from this event will also support Rotary’s well-known international Youth Exchange program; our great work in the areas of Literacy, World Community Service, and the youth leadership training program known as RYLA, as well as many smaller projects.

Regrettably, I know there are some of you who will not be in attendance on February 13. Please be assured that your donations to this year’s charitable work are welcome – in fact, even expected. It’s part of our identity as Rotarians to provide some charitable support to our causes. Please give what you can by writing a check to Salem Rotary Foundation, a charitable organization, and giving it to Treasurer Chuck Swank before the end of our Rotary year. We have great momentum in the communities we serve. With your help, we will keep that going and continue to make an even bigger difference every year…

Join us at this week’s meeting to hear an update from the Oregon Department of Education. Salam Noor, Director of Academic Planning and Policy for the State of Oregon, will speak on the state of education in Oregon. He will update us on current strengths, successes, areas of needed improvement and future plans. Mr. Noor was the Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Salem-Keizer School District prior to holding this position. There will be opportunity for questions following the presentation.

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Weekly Newsletter | January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016
As with any group, the long term vitality of our Club – and Rotary in general – depends on attracting great quality new members. New members can be called the lifeblood of an organization because they may have fresh ideas to contribute, and fresh energy to accomplish bigger goals. Often, we think of an energetic new member as being younger than our average participant. We can all think of other organizations that are having trouble in this area, and we know they will be in decline if the trend continues.

In order to bring in new, younger Rotarians, we need to make sure our “self-image” is welcoming and compatible with the kind of people we’re looking for. Do we warmly welcome strangers visiting our Club meetings? Or do we assume that is someone else’s job? Do we always sit with the same tight-knit group of friends? Are we open to new ideas for ways to accomplish our goals? Do we regularly try new committees and different ways to serve? These are all traits of a vibrant Club, and a vibrant Club will attract new members.

Our Club has an excellent reputation in our Community, and we’re doing better every year at educating the public about Rotary. Our contributions to our communities – local and global – are well known, tangible and important.  So we have set the stage to welcome new members.

The leadership of Rotary has put a lot of thought into the challenge of attracting and retaining members. They have developed some excellent training materials to help us. And, they have established an initiative called the Young Professionals Summit. This started with the simple question, “What do young professionals want?” A two-day summit was held in Berkeley, California last August. Our Club was proud to send a representative – Brenna Baucum – to bring us back a message about the things she learned. Brenna will speak briefly to our Club next Wednesday. Please take her comments to heart and discuss them with your fellow Club members. It’s an important topic, because, after all, great quality new members are the lifeblood of Rotary.

Don’t miss this week’s meeting: Cheryl Nester Wolfe, President and CEO of Salem Health, will speak to us about the changing nature of health care, her vision for Salem Health as its recently appointed President and CEO, and what the affiliation with OHSU mean for the future of health care in Salem and the surrounding communities.

 

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Weekly Newsletter | January 5, 2016

January 5, 2016
Our Club’s major fundraiser is next month! In this one evening on February 13th, we must raise enough charitable funds to fulfill the budgeted wish lists of many different Club committees. One such committee is the World Community Service committee.

Did you know that Rotary Club of Salem is one of the most active participants in the District in World Community Service initiatives? Just in the past few years, you’ve contributed to diverse needs such as: well drilling in Indonesia, Haiti and Tanzania; a sanitation project in Honduras; Scholarships and stoves in Guatemala; and a community park in Colombia. Our Club contributes not only funds, but also the expertise and leadership of its members. Howard Baumann does an outstanding job leading the way with global grants and working with other Clubs. So do Cynthia Witham, Bo Nyleen, Lucy Salmony and the many other Rotarians that serve on this committee.

Many of us joined Rotary with the goal of making a meaningful difference in our local communities, as well as the world. It takes money – wisely spent money – to create the change we desire to see. That’s why the success of our fundraiser is so important. Please remember that this is our one chance during the year to raise funds needed by World Community Service, as well as so many other causes near and dear to our hearts.

We are counting on your active participation in planning the fundraiser, as well as attending it and contributing to it. Let’s make this the best year ever for the charitable work that defines who we are as Rotarians!

This week, we’ll hear from Dr. Rex Fuller, the President of Western Oregon University. He will share insights about how WOU is helping Oregon meet its higher education goals. Join us, 12pm at The Salem Convention Center!

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Weekly Newsletter | December 29, 2015

December 29, 2015

With my last President’s Message of the calendar year, I would like to say thank you to each of you for being a member of Rotary Club of Salem. I hope that your active involvement in our Club makes you feel like you’re part of something bigger, more noble and more important that just individual concerns. I hope you feel encouraged and supported in your Rotary goals. I hope you continue to deepen friendships with other Club members, while working together toward solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems.

For the second half of our Rotary year, I hope we keep our focus on our important goals of raising funds for good causes; heightening the community’s awareness of Rotary; and welcoming quality new members. Best wishes for a peaceful holiday and New Year celebration.

This week, we’ll hear from Andrew Martin of Willamette Valley Pie Company; bring your appetite!

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Weekly Newsletter | December 22, 2015

December 22, 2015

I’ve been writing about our upcoming major fundraiser, A Night to Pay it Forward, which will take place February 13, 2016. The funds that we raise that evening will be used to support a wide variety of the charitable causes that our Club members care about very deeply. The largest one is this year’s chosen Good Works project, the Salem Area Bike Trail.

But this fundraiser also supports the other charitable work accomplished by our Club. For example, our Literacy committee has been involved in an inspiring international project called the Ixil Literacy Project.

In the northern highlands of Guatemala live a group of about 48,000 native Mayans whose primary language is a dialect called Ixil. The children attend a little school in Santa Avelina, where they had no books written in Ixil to help them learn to read. So a group of parents, teachers and other native speakers got together to record and illustrate some children’s stories in Ixil.

Helped in part by Rotary International, these writings have been turned into simply bound
books used by the children to practice reading.  Our Club’s Literacy committee pitched in by gluing covers for the books (made of recycled mat board), collating the inner pages, and producing about 20 titles of the books. These were then shipped back to the little school in Santa Avelina for the children’s classroom. Two of the books with Ixil titles are shown here: “Nicholas’ Birthday”and “The Life of Chicken.”

Educating children to read is a powerful way of helping them improve their economic situation and access the opportunities available in their broader communities. Thanks to the connections we have with Rotary International, the Literacy Committee of Rotary Club of Salem, Oregon, has had an impact worldwide.

Please be sure to attend and support our Club’s major fundraiser, A Night to Pay it Forward, on February 13. It’s time to buy your tickets on our website. The early bird ticket price of $50 per person will be in effect until January 15, 2016. Hurry!

This week, we’ll be enjoying each other’s company during a day of fellowship. Let’s get to know each other better and kick off the holiday’s right. See you tomorrow at the Salem Convention Center!

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Weekly Newsletter | December 15, 2015

December 15, 2015


From the proceeds of our major event next February, we have pledged $30,000 to help build a Salem Bike Park and Trail Facility. The Good Works selection committee had a huge task on our hands to choose just one recipient from so many worthy projects. But here are some of the reasons we love this project:

1. Improving kids’ health; reducing obesity. Studies such as the SCORP study (2008-2012) have shown that outdoor trail and biking opportunities close to home are associated with lower rates of overweight and obese citizens.

2. Fostering an appreciation for our outdoors environment and the need for conservation of our natural resources. If kids grow up enjoying the outdoors, they will continue this appreciation as they become adults.

3. Leveling the playing field for kids that can’t afford or aren’t suitable for school-sponsored team sports. In particular, lower income children may not be able to afford the sports fees, special uniforms and other requirements that go along with team sports.

4. Being aware of the positive effects of bike riding on kids that have been diagnosed with ADHD. The bike company, Specialized, has a Foundation that strives to improve the lives of kids with ADHD. It found that kids’ brains are better prepared for learning when they take part in cycling activities, including improving attention, mood and behavior.

At Rotary Club of Salem, we have always cared about the welfare of youth in our community. This Bike Park and Trail Facility will be a gift to all the kids that live in the area – whether they’re athletic or not, school achievers or not, and wealthy or not. We feel this was the perfect choice for this year’s Good Works major grant.


Don’t miss this week’s program! We will enjoy the music of the Auburn Elementary School Choir, grades 4 & 5. The Auburn choir has the reputation of being one of the best and largest elementary school choirs in the Salem-Keizer School District and in the State – despite the fact that Auburn is situated in a low family income area of Salem. They have been trained exclusively by Stephen Phillips, their music teacher at the school. Stephen is a master general music & choir teacher who has been teaching music at Auburn since he graduated from college 24 year ago.

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Weekly Newsletter | December 8, 2015

December 8, 2015

What a privilege it is to be part of the international community of Rotary. It takes an organization as huge and well organized as Rotary to tackle some of the world’s most difficult problems. During this month of December, which is Disease Prevention and Treatment Month on the Rotary calendar, please watch this video about providing health care to hundreds of Ugandan children who have been orphaned by the loss of both parents to the AIDS epidemic.

Doing Good: Fighting Disease from Rotary International on Vimeo.

This week, our meeting is all about our club. We’ll celebrate the accomplishments thus far, and vote in our new officers for the 2016-2017 year. See you at the Salem Convention Center at 12pm!

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Weekly Newsletter | December 1, 2015

December 1, 2015

Thank you to all the members of Rotary Club of Salem who are using your creativity, connections and commitment to produce some amazing auction items. Our Club’s major fundraiser will take place on the Saturday evening before Valentine’s Day, February 13, 2016. These auction items include one-of-a-kind products and experiences that draw upon the special talents and resources of our members and friends.

I thought it would be fun to get a little friendly competition going to help procure items for the silent auction. “The Great Package Race” is hereby launched! Four teams will be formed, each one focused on a seasonal theme: Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter. Each team will put together items for a package to be sold at the silent auction. Carol Green, a former Rotarian and longtime supporter of our Club, will create four handmade tote bags following the seasonal themes. The teams can use these bags as a starting point for their package.

We’ll have each team show off their creations at our first Rotary meeting of 2016. Then, the winning team will be the highest bid of the four packages on the night of our event.   I’ll award a dinner gift certificate as a prize. Interested in forming a team? “Winter” is already taken. But email me if you want to be the Team Leader for Spring, Summer, or Autumn…

Seems like drones are in the news almost daily – drones invade White House air space; drones aid firefighters; man threatens to shoot down neighbor’s drone; drones may deliver packages; drones pose threat to aircraft; and the list goes on.

This week, we will learn about the latest developments in this fascinating technology from Brian Whiteside of Corvallis. Brian’s company, VDOS Global, provides services to the UAV industry worldwide. In addition, Brian is the Cascade Chapter President of the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International.

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Weekly Newsletter | November 24, 2015

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.

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Weekly Newsletter | November 17, 2015

November 17, 2015

Jeff McNamee enjoying a beautiful Oregon ride.

The Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) will be the recipient of our Good Works major grant this year. If you aren’t familiar with their work, let me give you a bit of background about their organization.

SATA was founded in 2010 by two civic-minded individuals: Jeff McNamee, faculty member at Linfield College in the Department of Health and Human Performance; and Mike Petersen, attorney with Heltzel Williams law firm. They shared a love of mountain biking, and wanted to find a way to build bike trails close to the City for residents to use.

“I’m a BMX kid from the 80’s,” said Jeff in a phone conversation with me last week. He grew up racing dirt bikes and building jumps to test his skills. He said that not all kids are a good fit – or can afford to participate – in team sports. Fellow SATA Board member Beth Dayton, M.D., agrees, telling a story about her own son’s difficulties and how he was helped by trail riding…

At this week’s meeting, we will receive a status report and update of where the Oregon Garden is and where it is headed. Mark Hunter, a new club member will present. “The Oregon Garden has become a significant visitor stop in the Mid-Willamette Valley and it is important the club members know what’s happening there.”

See you at the Salem Convention Center at 12pm on Wednesday!

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Weekly Newsletter | November 10, 2015

November 10, 2015

We are fortunate to be a part of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, a charity which is rated highly by the well-regarded “Charity Navigator” service. Charity Navigator independently reviews thousands of nonprofit organizations every year. It gives each charity an overall score and a star rating.

The Rotary Foundation (TRF) received an overall rating over 96 out of 100, and was awarded four stars by Charity Navigator. This rating places TRF in the company of such well-respected groups as Doctors without Borders and UNICEF, two organizations with whom TRF frequently partners to solve some of the world’s toughest problems.

At this week’s meeting, we’ll learn more about TRF from our speaker, Dennis Wickham.

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Weekly Newsletter | November 3, 2015

November 3, 2015

During the month of November, we will learn more about The Rotary Foundation, and how our membership in Rotary contributes to so much good around the world. Today I’ll share with you a brief summary of the history of The Rotary Foundation.

It all started in the year 1917. At the Rotary Convention that year, outgoing President Arch C. Klumph proposed to set up an endowment “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.

In 1929, the newly renamed Rotary Foundation made its first gift of $500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. This organization, created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen, later grew into the one we know today as Easter Seals…

This week, we’ll be hearing from Thomas Vanderhoof of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 661. He will tell the story behind the 1,500 unique military uniforms that are often on display at the Oregon State Fair. Join us for this fascinating historical program, 12pm on Wednesday at the Salem Convention Center…

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Weekly Newsletter | October 27, 2015

October 27, 2015

Rotary made history with the “End Polio Now” Livestream broadcast from New York City last Friday. It featured appearances by Rotary Special Ambassadors such as actress Archie Panjabi (from TV’s “The Good Wife”), singer Angelique Kidjo and other celebrities. Its purpose was to bring worldwide attention to the ongoing effort to end polio, a joint effort of Rotary International, UNICEF and the World Health Organization. The message for the world was that no child anywhere should have to suffer from this crippling but preventable disease…

This week, we’ll hear Ally, from the youth exchange student who just returned from her year in Mexico. “I have learned so much this year about myself, and about how the world works, how it’s different and how it’s similar, and I couldn’t have done it without every single person that I have met in my exchange, from the teachers at my school, to the housekeepers in my house.” That’s what Rotary is all about!

Don’t forget – we’re meeting at the Willamette Heritage Center tomorrow!

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Weekly Newsletter | October 20, 2015

October 20, 2015

It’s time for action! Our Club members are gearing up for the biggest event of our Rotary year, and they need your help. Volunteers are needed to serve on the teams that are tasked with creating a very successful event.

Our major fundraiser will take place February 13, 2016 at the Salem Convention Center. Christian Bryant, Director of Fundraising, has done a wonderful job of building the team structure needed to create success. The problem is, too few Rotarians have signed up to be part of the teams. Please consider being an active Rotarian and find a way to help out…

At tomorrow’s meeting, we’ll hear about an upcoming vote. Salem-Keizer Transit has filed a ballot measure to appear on the November 2015 ballot to implement an employer payroll tax of 0.21 percent to fund transit operations on evenings and weekends. The measure is estimated to raise $5,000,000 in the first year. Salem-­Keizer Transit and the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce will present their respective views on the ballot with allotted time for audience questions.

Don’t forget, we’re at the Willamette Heritage Center!

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Weekly Newsletter | October 13, 2015

October 13, 2015

What is Rotaract?

Rotaract is a Rotary Club structure designed for young adults ages 18-30. Every Rotaract Club is a separate entity, just like Rotary Club of Salem, but each has a sponsoring Club. For example, our Club sponsors the Willamette Rotaract Club whose current President is Stephanie Bednarz.

Why is it important for us Rotarians to include Rotaract in the life of our Club? Because they have a genuine desire to become lifelong Rotarians, and this is often their very important first step.  Our Club is committed to Sponsoring the Willamette Rotaract. This Club is actively seeking to grow its membership – they have a core group now of about 2 or 3, and would prefer to be around 10 or more.

We have a very special and unique program from India. Dr. M. HARI HARAN. .Mus.,M.Ed.,Ph.D.,Ph.D (Hon.USA) is an Indian Music Therapist and  Vocal Performing Musician and Vedic Astrologer.  He is also a Rotarian from Pondicherry, India.

He will be giving a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation describing the power of healing, application process, benefits, healing effects, way to utilize music therapy, and live recorded examples of music for healing cancer, diabetes, blood pressure, depression, pain, heart condition, body weight, Chakra balancing, etc. Members will experience the joy of reciting/chanting a few lines of Planetary Mantras of Sun, Moon, Mars, etc for healing eye sight, arthritis, family harmony, memory loss, Alzheimer’s, etc.

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