New Member Introduction | Heather Cordon

April 11, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Member Introduction | Kristin Kuenz-Barber

April 5, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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


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New Member Feature: Zack Reitan

February 8, 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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New Member Feature: Quinn Burke

January 31, 2018

We were pleased to welcome back an old friend into our Rotary club during today’s meeting. Get to know more about Quinn by reading this introduction, as read by his sponsor, Lauren Gutierrez.

John Shirley brought Quinn into our club in early 2013 and he left club in Fall of 2014 when a career change led him to work out of Salem.

Did some math…

182 members in the club

66 members have joined since Quinn departed

36% of you haven’t met Quinn, but 64% HAVE met him

So – we’re going to focus 64% of this introduction on what has happened since Quinn was last a member.

The 36%

Quinn Grew up in Salem and attended South Salem HS and has an MBA from Willamette. He was a VP at Union Gospel Mission when he was with us previously.

The 64%

Quinn spent a couple years working as an operations/project manager at a residential development and construction company in Monmouth and is now back in Salem working as a residential real estate agent with Harvey Realty Group. He and his wife Katy added to their family roster in 2016 – Maxwell Quinn Burke was born July 26th, 2016 – a future Rotarian!

Quinn and Katy traveled to Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia pre-baby but Max has racked up the frequent flier miles with them – he has been on 16 flights since arriving 18 months ago!

Quinn is a member of the Salem Leadership Foundation board and is on the board of and teaches Business Launch classes for MERIT, a non-profit that helps empower people to be self-sufficient through entrepreneurship. He enjoys cycling, photography, and everything wine – he’ll fit right in! Ask him about his wine club membership, it’s not what you may think!

I was honored to propose Quinn for ‘re-membership’ and am so looking forward to having him back in our club. He is a Rotarian through and though and knows what it takes to get things done. For the 36% of you out there who don’t know him yet, I’m sure you’ll enjoy him as much as I do!

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New Member Feature | Chi Nguyen-Ventura

January 29, 2018

 It’s that time again, time to welcome yet another member into our club. Get to know more about Chi by reading over her introduction, as delivered by her sponsor, Dawn Bostwick.

Chi was born in Vietnam. She and her family immigrated to the U.S. in 1990 to seek political asylum. Her grandfather served as Colonel in the Army Rangers before taken in as a POW for fighting alongside the US.

Chi graduated Valedictorian from Madison High School in Portland. She was awarded Oregon State University’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship which afforded her the ability to attend college. Chi majored in Business, minored in Visual Arts, and completed with an Honors Bachelor of Science. In 2004, Chi studied abroad in Norway at the University of Adger for her International Business option. After working for five years in advertising and then automotive, she received her MBA with honors from Willamette University. Her successful business today is a result of her thesis. Chi serves as Contributing Assistant Professor, part-time, at Willamette University, assisting MBA students with their own thesis projects.

Chi’s business, AutoMedic, serves a niche business. Her business has quick mobile response to detailing and servicing vehicles at the customer’s site. Some of her customers are Zipcar, Port of Portland, BLM, KOIN TV and KGW fleets. A lot of her clients do not have time to take their vehicles out of use, and Chi found a need for quick response for detailing and servicing autos, and has built a successful business serving these needs.

Chi served as a city councilor in King City and was a charter member of Portland New Generations Rotary Club. Chi and her wife moved their family to Salem in July 2016. They have two children, Alexander who is 3, and Isabel who is 1 ½. Their household is completed with several family members who they rescued from the Humane Society – dachshunds Grimm & Katie.

Fun fact – Governor Kate Brown officiated their wedding on a rooftop terrace in the Pearl District in the summer of 2011.

Chi is energetic, super intelligent, and her heart is in serving others. We are adding a fabulous new member to our club!

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Statesman Journal: Setting the Stage Fundraiser

January 24, 2018

We were proud to be featured in the Statesman Journal to help spread the news about our upcoming GoodWorks fundraiser, “Setting the Stage” on February 10th. Learn more about the event by reading the Statesman Journal article here, or by clicking here.

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New Member Feature | Debbie Jensen

January 18, 2018

Introducing new members into our club is one of our favorite things to do. Get to know more about our newest member, Debbie Jensen, with this introduction, which was read to the club by her sponsor Tom McGirr.

Until moving to Salem in November of last year, Debbie Jensen could was a native California, having grown up in Vallejo CA and then moving to the Bay Area.

Debbie has been in banking since 1988 and achieved her Corp Finance Certificate at UC Berkeley extension and attended Cannon Trust School in Pepperdine in 2004.  She has worked as a Senior Trust Officer the past 5 years at U.S. Trust in Walnut Creek and spent the prior 13 years as a Trust Officer with Wells Fargo Private Wealth Management in San Francisco.  She now works for Columbia Trust Company in Salem as a Senior Trust Officer and Team Leader.

Over the years, Debbie’s family moved to the Salem area.  That, and quality of life considerations, triggered her decision to move to Salem. Debbie is married to Roger, who was a contractor and has now started up his own business as a certified home inspector.  Debbie’s son Bret is currently in the Army stationed at Fort Brag NC.

She loves getting involved in her community as evidenced by her being a Rotarian since 1996.  She was president of her local Rotary Club and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  Debbie and Roger enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, wine tasting and looks forward to her new life experience in Oregon.

Debbie has been trying to convince Tom McGirr, her sponsor, that California makes some good Pinot Noir.  He has advised her she needs to do some extensive wine tasting in the Willamette Valley to taste REAL Pinot Noir!

Please welcome Debbie to Salem Rotary!

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Gold Star Report 2016 - 2017

December 21, 2017

Steven John Ickes Rotary Club of Salem
Gold Star Report No. 25
July 1 2016 – June 30 2017
Steve Ickes – President

The Rotary Club of Salem had another stellar year.  Funds were raised to support our projects and committee activities. Our major Good Works recipient was St. Francis Shelter. Funds were used to build a new playground. St. Francis Shelter provides temporary housing for families with children with the purpose of moving them from crisis of homelessness into stable, safe and long term housing. The playground replaces an old, inadequate plastic play structure. Children now have a new, safe place to play outside. Funds raised also supported the work of several club committees and expenses related to our exchange student.

Planning for our 100th anniversary began in earnest. The board approved and the club supported the idea of building an amphitheater in Salem’s Riverfront Park. The planning committee was formed and strategies developed for the advance work necessary to assess the level of support within the community. The goal is to have it built and dedicated in the spring of 2020.

Planning continued for our inaugural Triathlon. We agreed to co-sponsor the event with the South Salem Rotary Club. We hired the help of a sports sponsoring business to lay the initial groundwork for the October 1, 2017 event.

We inducted new members, and saw the lowest attrition in five years. Members distributed dictionaries, donated gifts for the tree of giving, rang the bell for the Salvation Army and raised funds for Marion Polk Food Share.

The Rotary Club of Salem – Who We Are

The Rotary Club of Salem first organized in September 1919 when a small group of forward-looking business and professional men met above Giles’ Wholesale Fruit Store at south High and Trade Streets. The club was officially chartered on January 1, 1920. The Rotary Club of Salem was the 306th club formed in the world and has been making contributions ever since.

The Rotary Club of Salem is the second largest club in District 5100.  Our attendance averaged 65%.  Attendance includes attending weekly meetings, participating in Rotary sponsored activities and events, meeting make-ups at other club meetings – anywhere in the world, on-line make-ups, committee meetings and other committee work. Our membership reached 193. We ended the year with 179. Of those, we have two honorary members, 16 Corporate Principals, 19 Rule of 85 and 156 active members.

Club Leadership

President | Steve Ickes

Club Leadership Committees

Office of Past President Committees | Mary Way
Nominating Committee, By-Laws, Service Day Committee; Past Presidents Council

  • Nominating Committee – a full slate of candidates was presented to the membership for consideration and ultimately, voted into office.
  • Past Presidents Council – regular meetings of past presidents continued.

Office of President Elect Committees | Bruce Anderson
Program, Strategic Planning, Presidential Citation

  • Program Committee – Our Program Committee brought an amazing array of speakers and music to our club meetings each week.
  • Presidential Citation – We received a Presidential Citation award this year for all the accomplishments of the club. This is a recognition awarded from Rotary International for meeting or exceeding expectation in several categories.

Office of the Secretary Committees | Holly Berry
Attendance, Roster, Club History Committees

  • Attendance – Paul Farrell. 36 members were recognized for perfect attendance this year.
  • Roster – Warren Bednarz. The printed roster serves as a reference for members when proposing new members, club leadership, club history and a listing of members.
  • Club History – Ron Rubel.  With our centennial just a few years away, work has begun on organizing and consolidating club records.

Office of Treasurer Committees | Chuck Swank
Cashiers Committee

  • Cashiers – Kelly White & Mike Niblock. Oversees the collection of lunch payments.

Club Service 1: Club Meetings | Larry Konick
Bell Ringers, Greeters/Traveling Mic, Invocation, Music Committees

  • Bell Ringers – Brenna Baucum. Solicit and announce the “bell ringers” at weekly club meetings with humor and enthusiasm.
  • Greeters/Traveling Mic – David Deckleman. Schedule members to greet all who attend weekly meetings and introduce guests.
  • Invocation – Richard Pine. Schedule members to give an invocation at the start of weekly meetings.
  • Music – Mary James/Chris Ray. Schedules committee members to choose and lead the song at weekly meetings.

Club Service 2: Fellowship | Chane Griggs
Fellowship Events, We Care, Firesides, Rotary Minute, Featured Rotarian Committees

  • Fellowship – Teresa Lulay. Getting to know each other is important and the committee provided several opportunities throughout the year that allowed for conversation.
  • We Care – Natalie Dunn. When life events occurred for our members, the committee stepped up and lets them know everyone was thinking of them by circulating and sending cards.
  • Fireside – Teresa Lulay. Gatherings held throughout the year giving those working on acquiring their blue badges a chance to get to know others in the club and more familiar about how the club operates.

Club Service 3: Membership | Steve Nass
Membership Development, Red Badge, New Members Orientation Committee

Membership as of July 1, 2016 – 171
Membership as of June 30, 2017 – 179

  • Membership Development – Robbin Kerner & Steven Broncheau. 26 new members were recruited, installed and oriented this year. Unfortunately, we lost 14 members.
  • Red Badge – Lauren Gutierrez.  The Membership Committee reviewed and made changes to the Red Badge process.
  • New Member Orientation – Larry Gray. Orientations are held regularly to familiarize new members with the history of Rotary Club of Salem and discuss events and activities in which they may participate. 

Club Service 4: Communications | Barby Dressler
Public Relations and Internal & External Communications Committees

  • Weekly Update – Stephanie Smetana. The weekly e-blast message with members is distributed via Constant Contact. It includes standard content such as the President’s Message, meeting information, program description, bell ringers, announcements and links to Rotary resources. Periodic articles are featured and messages that support club activities and fundraising.
    • Average open rate – 52%; industry average – 27.9%
    • Click through rate average – 5%; industry average – 8.4%
    • Open by mobile – 36%
    • Open by desktop – 64%
  • Followers on Facebook:
    • Followers/likes:  441
    • 56% women, 43% men
    • Ages:
      • 25-34 – 18%
      • 35-44 – 25%
      • 45-54 – 21%
      • 55-64 – 21%
    • 31 countries

Vocational Service | Nick Williams
Youth and Adult Vocation

Community Service 1: Community Needs | Mike Ferris
Food Drive, Holiday Giving, Blood Drive, Hands On Committees

  • Food Drive – Brent Neilsen.  This was our 28th city-wide food drive. Food and funds were raised to provide 168,131 meals to hungry families and children in Marion and Polk counties, reaching an 83% participation rate for our club.
    • Funds raised by all Clubs – $77,578
    • Funds raised by RCS – $55,377
  • Salvation Army Bell Ringers – Fred Gates. Twenty club members spent an hour each ringing the bell outside Kohl’s on the skybridge.
    • $6,800 raised during club meeting
  • Holiday Giving – Dawn Bostwick. 
    • 60 Gifts for Oregon State Hospital
    • 333 Gifts for Children  (fewer than last year, but were nicer and a bit more expensive) for the Salvation
    • Army toy drive.
      • $9,000 (Approximate value) raised in cash and gifts
  • Blood Drive – Tim Nissen. Approximately 80 pints of blood were donated during four blood drives.
  • Hands On – Sue Bloom.

Community Service 2: Fundraising | Christian Bryant
Good Works Event, Golf Tournament, Good Works Selection Committees

  • Good Works Project Selection – Brenna Baucum. This year’s $30,000 large project was awarded to St. Francis Shelter for a new playground. A plastic structure was woefully inadequate for the needs of the apartment complex housing families experiencing homelessness. New plans include a structure with a slide and opportunities to climb, swing and jump. The new playground will make a major contribution to the well being of children for years to come.
    • Good Works Event: $54,431 raised
      • Director of Fundraising – Lauren Gutierrez
      • Decorations chair – Claudia Vorse
      • Marketing chair – Brenna Baucum
  • Golf Tournament – Natalie Dunn. All Salem Rotary Clubs participate and proceeds go to the dictionary project. Each club retained its green fees and sponsor dollars – See Dictionary Project for funds raised. 

Community Service 3: New Generations | Tommy Love
International Youth Exchange, Interact, Student of the Month, RYLA, Literacy, Dictionary Committees

  • International Youth Exchange – Linda Bednarz.  This year our Youth Exchange program hosted a lively young woman, Eva Doblasova from the Czech Republic. Our outbound student, Lauren Lindholm spent the year in Argentina. The committee has added new members and has continued to network with other local clubs in recruiting students for short term and long term exchanges to provide foundations of world understanding.
  • Student of the Month – Ryan Collier.  We had eighteen incredible students of the month and three Rotary Youth Leadership Award recipients. Outstanding students from North Salem High School and South Salem High School were recognized each month. Each month, students told us of their lives, school activities, and their future plans and dreams. Categories from which students were chosen include student body president, fall athletes, humanities, math/science, service above self, winter athlete, vocational, and performing arts.
  • RYLA – Ida Mae Lafky.  Recognizes young leaders and provides them with an opportunity to expand their perceptions and ideals. RYLA participants gain knowledge about themselves and learn to work with others in order to become better people and future leaders. We sent two to the training this year.
  • Literacy – Jenn Columbus. This year the Literacy Committee provided:
    • $300 for the Salem Library Bookmobile
    • $100 to provide books for our guest speakers at the club to sign (signed books go to homeless shelters and local classrooms).
    • $5,200 to provide books to local non-profits, including St. Francis Shelter, Salem Interfaith Hospitality, Center for Hope and Safety, Smoke Place, CASA of Marion County, and Marion County Court Care. 
  • Dictionary Project – Todd Irvine & Barby Dressler.  We began distributing dictionaries 19 years ago to every student in 4th grade in Salem Keizer Schools in either English or Spanish. We distributed more than 3,800 dictionaries in 68 elementary schools in Salem. Funds for this program are raised through the Annual Rotary Golf Tournament and donations
    • $2,648 raised from golf tournament and donations (club paid balance of $1,490 for cost of dictionaries)

International Service | Shalisa Beck
RI Foundation, International Service, Peace Builder

  • RI Foundation – Dawn Bostwick. $26,871 donated by club members
  • International Service – Howard Bauman. We can be proud of the 11 wells and 2 community latrines that we have completed so far in Haiti. All of these villages have shown evidence of improved economies, better school attendance, and no further cholera deaths have been reported. When our next Global Grant is completed, the total will be up to 17 wells and 4 community latrines. 
  • An important objective of our committee has been to work closely in support of our District 5100 International Service Committee, and to also help other clubs interested in international service. In that regard, committee members Howard Baumann, Cynthia Witham, and Bo Nyleen played a significant role in this year’s District Training Assembly in April 2017 at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, by presenting our club’s experience on:  “Removing the Challenges of Global Grants.” Working with our district clubs and other organizations, we financially supported:
    • Portland’s Paraguay Literacy Project
    • Beaverton’s Uganda Female Farmer’s Project
    • Tigard’s Guatemala Clean Stove Project
    • African Woman’s Peace Project in Kenya, through the Kenyatta University in Kenya
  • Rotaract. The Rotaract Club sponsored by our club has completed its seventh year.

Salem Rotary Foundation
Annual Report 2016-2017
Dawn Bostwick – President 

The Salem Rotary Foundation is an IRS-recognized not-for-profit organization, “the charitable heart of Salem Rotary.” Its members are members of the Rotary Club of Salem. Foundation funds support the Good Works Committee’s Small Grants and also help to support the Club’s annual Major Good Works project.

September is Salem Rotary Foundation month with one club meeting devoted entirely to hearing from grant recipients, as well as a report on the previous year’s results, Foundation history, and goals for the current year.  We ended the month with a party at the Rotary Pavilion.  Grants included $30,000 (partially funded this year) to St Francis Shelter, our Major Good works project, $2,000 in Duval Scholarship funds to Chemeketa Community College, and some $13,000 in small grants to ten different organizations.

Salem Rotary Foundation donations received:

  • Bell Ringers: $10,420
  • Major Gifts: $5,000
  • Club Support: $11,000
  • Donations: $32,414
  • Permanent Fund Increase $86,837
  • Interest: $136
    • Total $ 155,807

Salem Rotary Foundation total assets: The Foundation finished the year at $832,696. The increase resulted from donations as well as growth in the Permanent Fund via investment earnings and appreciation.

Rotary Club of Salem Grants awarded:

  • St Francis Playground $30,000 (partially funded this year)
  • Club Good Works Small Grants
    • United Way – $1,427
    • Northwest Human Services – $1,375
    • Helping Hands Resouces – $1,000
    • Salem Fre Clinics – $1,500
    • Salem Pubic Library Foundation – $2,000
    • Community Action Agency – $1,006
    • Boys and Girls Club – $1,500
    • CASA – $1,500
    • Center for Hope and Safety – $600
  • Chemeketa Community College Foundation Duval Scholarship – $ 2,000

Funds Raised – All Categories

  • Food Drive: $55,377
  • Tree of Joy: $9,000
  • Salvation Army: $6,800
  • Major Fund Raiser: $54,431
  • Dictionary Project: $2,648
  • Rotary International Foundation: $26,871
  • Salem Rotary Foundation: $32,414
    • Total: $187,541

Respectfully submitted,

Holly Berry, Secretary
Rotary Club of Salem
December 2017

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Statesman Journal Article: Literacy Grant Window

December 13, 2017

Our club made the papers once again today. Rotarians Todd Allen and Irene Trent-Valencia attending Holding Court this week to help spread the word about the literacy grants that our club is offering. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and support literacy related projects in and around our community. The deadline is January 15, 2018. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Check out the entire Statesman Journal article by clicking here!

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Literacy Grant Window - Now Open!

December 5, 2017

Do you know of a great nonprofit partner that could benefit from grant dollars to support literacy-related projects? Our club’s Literacy Committee has opened their grant window. From now until January 15, we are accepting applications. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and support literacy related projects in and around our community.

To apply, click here to review the requirements for the application. Please see Literacy Committee Chair Jenn Columbus if you have additional questions.

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Inaugural Rotary Triathlon

October 3, 2017

Hundreds of volunteers and participants took over over Salem on Sunday for the Rotary Triathlon! This partnership between our club and the South Salem club is the first of its kind, and one we hope to repeat in the years to come. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated. Read more about the event in yesterday’s Statesman Journal article!

Thanks to Ron Cooper for this beautiful recap. It reminds us all how fortunate we are to live, work and play in Salem.

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Rotary Amphitheater Design

September 21, 2017

Following several months of presenting design concepts to thousands of people in our community and hearing their feedback, our architects submitted their final concepts in early September. Today, the Design Committee selected the Basket Weave design by CB|Two Architects as the Preferred Design for the Rotary Amphitheater. The committee’s recommendation will go to the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and to City Council for final approval.

This is an exciting milestone in the effort to bring an enhanced amphitheater Riverfront Park, and the Design Committee expresses its sincere appreciation to those at AC & Co. Community Architecture, Anderson Shirley Architects, and CB|Two Architects who devoted many hours to develop the initial design concepts that have been shared with our club and community over the past several months.

Additional renderings and information is available at

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2015-2016, Mary Way

September 13, 2017

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Theme: Be a Gift to the World

Rotary International’s President, Ravi Ravindran, set the theme “Be a Gift to the World” for this Rotary year. Our Club had a great year making meaningful contributions in our local community and in the world.

Our Food Drive, holiday giving to the Tree of Joy and the Salvation Army, and blood drives were as strong as ever. Again this year we sent two aspiring young leaders to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp. We lined up host families to welcome pairs of teenagers from the divided nation of Cyprus. We sponsored a Rotaract Club, and maintained ties with an Interact Club at South Salem High School. We welcomed exchange student Nishka Ajmera from India, and followed the progress of Emani Price in Slovakia.  Leah Borden was our short term student in Japan during June.

The Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) was selected as our major Good Works project. With the $30,000 awarded, they proposed to build a pump track for bicycles in Geer Park within city limits.  We loved the idea of kids being able to get outdoors and play in their own neighborhood, testing their skills on a hilly bike track. Near the end of the year, we had a ceremonial presentation of the big check to SATA that was enthusiastically attended and featured on our Facebook page and website.

The Board of Salem Rotary Foundation made available $28,000 for the Club’s charitable projects around Salem. The Good Works Committee, led by Bruce Anderson, awarded $12,000 to nine worthy recipients for small grants and scholarships. These projects included an industrial-grade kitchen appliance at a homeless shelter; scholarships for would-be soccer athletes; and prescription medicine for low income patients. We continued to fund the Duval scholarship for a student at Chemeketa Community College.

As the year closed, the Board dedicated a second $15,000 seed funding for a major project in celebration of our Club’s 100th year in 2020.


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New Member Feature | Sara LeRoy

July 28, 2017

We love welcoming new members, and had the pleasure and honor of bringing Sara LeRoy into our club this week. Here’s her introduction, as read by her sponsor and this year’s club President, Bruce Anderson:

Sara was born and raised in Salem, Oregon, graduating from South Salem High School. GO SAXONS!

She then earned her BA in English at the University of California, Santa Barbara. After a stint working in a law office there, returned to Salem to attend Oregon State University, where she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. The week she finished her MAT, she got married to Jason LeRoy and moved with him to San Diego, where he was in the Coast Guard!

It was in San Diego that she began her teaching career in English and social studies for students in sixth to tenth grades at the Preuss School UCSD–a charter school with the mission to help underserved and underrepresented students whose parents did not go to college, get into and graduate from college.

Following three years in San Diego, they moved back to Salem where Jason began a teaching career.  Sara continued her teaching career at North Salem High School where she taught English, led the English department as their coordinator, and worked as a literacy coach for the school.

After seven years at North, she obtained her administrative license from Willamette University and was hired at McKay High School as an assistant principal. While there, she was part of the turn-around work that has transformed that school. With three years under her belt as Assistant Principal, Sara was then hired as McKay’s principal. After serving in that capacity at McKay for four years, Sara was transferred to North this summer succeeding Cynthia Richardson as principal. She says she is thrilled to be back at North because of the wonderful students, staff, and families she will get to work with, as well as because of the amazing traditions that North has as Salem’s oldest high school.

In addition to her professional life, she loves partnering with her husband to parent their two girls (Lauren, 13 and Madeline, 11) who keep Sara and Jason busy with their activities. But on their vacation time, they all love to play at the beach, go camping, and cook.  

Sara has been a member of East Salem Rotary since 2013. As an East Salem Rotarian, Sara helped with fundraising events and youth exchange  – heads up, CHANE and FARA!

She is grateful for the friendships she built and the support East Salem provided for McKay students and the East Salem community. Sara is looking forward to building relationships with Downtown Rotarians and being part of the good work they do in the community.

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

July 12, 2017

Fellow Rotarians,

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

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

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

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

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

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Weekly Newsletter | July 11, 2017

July 11, 2017

Happy Summer, Rotarians! I hope you all had a great time last week celebrating our nation’s independence! And best wishes if you are celebrating the 228th Bastille Day this Friday – Vive la France!

Getting plugged into our club’s events and projects is something I hope you all will consider. First up: the Rotary Golf Tourney – Friday, July 21, at Cross Creek Golf Course near Dallas. Registration/check-in: 12 Noon; Shotgun start at 1:00pm. Just go to DACdb to register you and/or a team or use this handy registration form.

Why participate? This is a wonderful way for us to raise money to buy dictionaries for each fourth grader in Salem-Keizer schools. And by doing so, we can make a difference in the education and lives of these young people. Understanding proper spelling and word usage is a foundational element for children so Rotary providing this critical tool for these kids will make a difference for years to come. Can’t make it or don’t golf? No problem – you can buy a box ($60) or half-box ($30) of dictionaries (either at a club meeting or at the golf tournament). Whatever you can do helps us make a difference for kids right here in the Salem-Keizer area. Thanks to Natalie Dunn for her awesome leadership on this year’s tourney!

Best wishes for a great week. We have a great meeting in store as we start-up our new Rotary year. I hope to see y’all on Wednesday, July 12!


Tomorrow’s Meeting
July 12 – Salem Convention Center 
Program – Homelessness Part 2

Our program this week features Part Two of a three-part series on homelessness : “Who Are the Homeless in Our Community, Why Should We Care and What Can We Do About It?”

In Part One of the series, we learned who the homeless are in our community  from Jimmy Jones of The Community Action Agency as he shared data and demographic information gathered to date about this population through Community Action’s coordinated entry efforts.

This week’s speaker is Stephen Goins of Northwest Human Services whose extensive experience in working with the chronically homeless, especially those who are mentally ill, will help us to see why we should care. His presentation will focus on the psychological and societal impacts of homelessness and, specifically, how the root causes of homelessness impair an individuals ability to function normally is society and the challenges this presents in addressing the issue.

Program Chair: Marybeth Beall

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Rotary Club of Salem Supports Local Non-Profits

June 19, 2017

The Rotary Club of Salem recently awarded close to $11,000 to eight local non-profits as a result of their 2017 Spring Small Grant Applications. Requests totaling more than $30,000 were received from 25 applicants. After much deliberation, the following projects were selected.

  • United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley – The Smile Drive Dental Kits: funds will be used to complete 1,152 dental kits for young children
  • Northwest Human Services – HOST Youth Program: driver’s education training for 5 homeless youth working towards stability and independence.
  • Salem Free Clinics – Medications for low-income patients
  • Salem Public Library Foundation – Purchase up to 18 titles of Playaway Launchpads that contain educational games
  • Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency – for Marion County Mental Health Court participants: appropriate medications for young, childless adults without insurance, as well as incentive reward gift cards to reward treatment plan compliance and sobriety
  • Boys & Girls Club of Salem – 180 backpacks with school supplies to be given at their annual health fair
  • CASA of Marion County – purchase of specialized case management software for training and monitoring of CASA volunteers
  • Center for Hope and Safety – Purchase of five Fire Kids Edition Tablets with over-ear headphones to wear during parent interviews

In announcing the grants, Rotary Club President Steve Ickes said, “The Rotary Club of Salem is known as the club that gets things done, and we are thrilled to be able to present these organizations with funds to get more things done.”

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New Member Introduction | Mercedez Schluckebier

April 11, 2017

Mercedez Schluckebier was born in San Diego California, but did not remain a California resident for long.  Her father’s profession led to the family to Eugene, Spokane, and Anthem, Arizona, before moving back to Oregon.

Mercedez graduated from Sheldon High School in Eugene.  She was a competitive ice skater from age 7 to 15, her days starting at the rink at 6:00 AM and ending her day at the rink at 9:00 PM, with some school in between.  Mercedez missed her friends, and decided that  a life of normalcy over a a life of competitive skating was the road she would rather travel.

Mercedez attended Lane Community College.  She married in 2013, and in 2014 her son Ayden was born.   After much soul searching,  Mercedez chose the life and health insurance industry to forge a career that allows her to help others in a business that can be challenging .  She loves researching and finding a solution to difficult cases.  Mercedez is a new addition to Huggins/Bliss Insurance Agency’s Life, Health, and Benefits department.

Mercedez’s hobbies include:

  • “Anything son Ayden wants to do”
  • She loves trying new beer
  • Seeking out the best pastrami sandwich
  • Reading insurance policies – she totally Geeks out on insurance

Mercedez is active in the Salem and Keizer Chambers; Is on the Young Leader’s Council, and is active in Salem Young Professionals.  She enjoys volunteer work, especially those events that serve good beer.

Mercedez has energy,  enthusiasm, and a desire to serve and help others and can’t wait to jump right in and get involved in our club.  She is a wonderful addition to our Rotary family.

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Making A Difference in Haiti

March 2, 2017

We’ve written before to share with you the details on the wonderful partnership between our club, others in our district and Rotary International – and the amazing work that’s be being done in Haiti. We’re happy to give you an update on our latest efforts.

Last year, we raised funds to initiate a third well-drilling project in Haiti. The total cost was $60,000 which came from matching grants from Rotary International as well as several clubs in our district. Three of the five wells included in the project have been completed and a community latrine has been started. This project should wrap up entirely by late March.

We recently began raising funds to being our fourth project in Haiti that will provide 6 wells and 2 latrines. We’re aiming to raise $80,000 this time around. We are so grateful to the following clubs for their participation and commitment:

  • Our Own Salem Downtown: $4,500
  • Keizer: $4,000
  • Portland: $1,000
  • Milwaukie: $1,000
  • Newberg Early Bird: $1,000
  • Dallas: $1,000
  • South Portland: $1,000
  • Lake Oswego: $2,000
  • And a VERY generous donation from Wilsonville of $5,000

This totals $20,500 so far. Our goal for fundraising at the club level is $24,000, with the remaining funds to be provided by a matching grant from Rotary International. That means we’re just $3,500 away! If you and your club are interesting in getting involved, let us know! We’d love to have you be a part of this amazing partnership that is changing and saving lives.

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March = Marion Polk Food Share Month

March 2, 2017

Every spring, we partner with the Marion Polk Food Share in order to help raise awareness, food and funds to support the great work they do in our community. Recently, they partnered with Meals on Wheels to help provide for seniors in our community. Learn more about the great work they’re doing by watching Joyce’s story.

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New Member Introduction | Josh Graves

March 1, 2017

Image result for Joshua Graves oregonWe had the pleasure of welcoming another new member into our club this week. Get to know a bit more about Josh Graves by reading his bio, as read by his sponsor Steve Nass:

Josh Graves is the Deputy Executive Director for Catholic Community Services of the Mid-Willamette Valley and Central Oregon Coast.  He has been working in Social Services since 1992, and his experience has included working for private non-profit organizations, state operated Youth Correctional Facilities and Therapeutic Wilderness programs.

Notable career highlights include:

  • Implementation of the Sanctuary Model of Trauma Informed Care, Researched the model, identified the organizational team and led them through the training process with the Sanctuary Institute prior to leading the implementation at Catholic Community Services.
  • Launched five new Community Homes for Children, as well as the Community Receiving Home and Rainbow Lodge, bringing new foster care, emergency room diversion and respite care services on-line from concept, through start-up and into operational capacity.
  • Selected by Oregon Governor Kate Brown, serving on the Child Safety in Substitute Care Independent Review, External Advisory Committee in 2016.
  • Actively provided financial leadership and direction to the CCS Community Counseling Center, moving the out-patient mental health program from a recurring annual deficit position of ($250,000) to a positive financial position of $220,000 in 2014-2015 with continued financial stability through fiscal year 2016.

In the future Josh would like to increase opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) to start their own small businesses.  He is intrigued by the concept of micro-loans and mini-grants for people who experience IDD to get started individually and in small partnerships creating community based businesses.

Josh received his Masters of Business Administration from George Fox University in 2009.   He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Science with a Minor in Administration of Justice as well as a professional certification in Violent Crime/Profiling from Portland State University obtained in 2002.

His affiliations include:

  • Oregon Alliance of Children’s Programs, OACP board member 2006-current
  • City of Salem, Social Services Advisory Board 2012-2015
  • Yamhill County, FEMA Board (Catholic Charities Representative) 2008-current
  • Marion County, Elected Officials Compensation Board 2015-current
  • National Eagle Scout Association 1990-current

Josh is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing and boating.  Josh, his wife, Yvonne, and their fourteen year old daughter, Mackenzie recently purchased a lot at Creekside where they are building a new home.  Mackenzie is in the 8th grade at Blanchet Catholic Middle School and is looking forward to high school.

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New Member Introduction | Melissa Gimby

February 10, 2017

Get to know one of our newest members, Melissa Gimby! Here’s her introduction, as read by her sponsor, Tammy McCammon:

Melissa grew up in Klamath Falls with her parents and younger sister Gretchen.  She was blessed to live there along with her grandparents and at one point in time, all 12 of her cousins. There were big family meals, BBQs, pool parties and lots of fun.  She moved in 1987 to Salem as a sophomore at Sprague High School with her family.  After trying out for the volleyball team where she made scorekeeper when she learned choir and drama were her wheelhouse and has continued to sing in church as an adult.

Fast forward a few years where she became the mother of 4 adopted children.  That’s where her love of adoption, foster families and organizations like Wake the World, Foster Parent Night Out and the Marion County Foster Parent Association grew. She was blessed to be a stay at home mom spending many of her days with her sister, niece and nephew going to bible studies, volunteering at her church, taking the kids to the park, just being with family.

After finding herself a single mother of 4 children under the age of 8 she went back to work for a local nonprofit that matched at risk youth with mentors.  Melissa loved learning about marketing, event planning, speaking to local philanthropic groups and any group that would allow her to speak.  She also learned about many of the nonprofits in our area… how they are the glue that keeps our community running… how they prevent folks from falling in the cracks and not getting the help or services that they need… and she learned how important it is to find an organization you’re passionate about whether its animals, hunger, education and reading, foster children, abused children and THEN give of your time or your monies to those groups.

After marrying her husband John in 2011, she is now a mother of 7, yes 7 children.  He had 2, she had 4 and they had a surprise.  They call the kids the bigs, the middles and the little.  The kids are now 28, 24, 18, 17, 14, 13 and 6.  Her world still revolves around family, big meals, hanging out and playing board games, watching the kids in sports and now also enjoying her 2 month old grandson.

Years ago Melissa was able to speak at several of the rotary clubs about the nonprofit she worked for, including this very group.  And that’s when she learned how much work rotary does and she wanted to be a part of it.  It took a couple of years but sometimes that is how life works.

After having an employer who was supportive of her joining Rotary she reached out to Tammy.  She saw that this group is about doing the work. And after being a visitor, she has had her original impression confirmed… that this is not a networking group, this is a group of friends invested in doing the work, making this community, this world a better place.  Melissa is so very honored to be inducted into the Rotary and is ready to jump in and do the work along side of you.

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New Member Introduction | Kari Zohner

February 8, 2017

Kari Zohner We love bringing in new members. Get to know one of the newest: Kari Zohner. You can read her introduction as read by her sponsor, Alison Kelley.
What is special about this Rotary Club/is its energy, enthusiasm, skill, experience and compassion. All of you have those qualities and show them every day. I feel Kari is a great fit for the club because she also has energy, enthusiasm, skills, experience, and compassion.

Kari was born and raised in Keizer and really lived there her entire life. She graduated from McNary High School and earned a scholarship to play soccer and
softball at Pacific Lutheran University. Ultimately she transferred to OSU in 1995, where she earned a degree in Communication and Media Studies. As she says with a smile, right out of college she wasn’t quite ready to get a real job, so she worked at Timberline as a snowboard instructor and lift operator. At that time she was also coaching club soccer and living in Portland. Eventually she returned to Keizer and started working as a softball and soccer coach at McNary. In 1997 took at job at Corbin (then Western Baptist Colleg) as assistant Women’s Soccer coach and in 1998 also became an assistant women’s softball coach at Willamette.

Kari then took a job at Nike – moved to just outside of Denver; worked as a Ekin (Nike spelled backward). She had a 4 state territory and her responsibilities were to go in and educate sales associates about Nike products – all the technical aspects. She really got her marketing & training from that experience and from Phil Knight.

After enough time of working the 60 hour weeks, Kari came back to Oregon and took a job with Radio Station Rosie 105 in 2000; she was instrumental in starting the Salem First Wednesday model; worked with businesses in the downtown core to come together to create that event. After that started working as a marketing representative for Salem Keizer Volcanoes. Met husband in 2001, he got out of Marine corps 2001; from Pendleton; moved to Pendleton to help him with his career; worked for radio station.

Came back to Valley in summer 2002; he took a job with Marion County; I went to work for State Farm in auto claims; then stay at home mom for a few years; had boys Drew in March 2005 and Cade January 2007; worked in property management and most recently worked for Keller Williams.

Kari joined the Liberty House team in September 2016 and is a Community Engagement Coordinator. She works 30 hours a week and her major projects include networking, fostering relationships in the community, and reaching out to work with sponsors, donors and contributors. Her other major project is the “Changing Hurt into Hope” sustaining donor campaign.

Hobbies; coaching is my give back : I coach soccer, basketball and softball; like to snowboard and snowmobile with family; cabin in eastern Oregon; Chris with Salem PD 11 and half years; SWAT, honor guard; always had dreams of being a State Trooper and he is in the process of doing so – is currently in training and will be on the road in a couple of weeks.

Kari, we are thrilled to have you at LH and to have you become part of this club.

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Small Grant Window - NOW OPEN!

February 1, 2017

Do you know of a deserving organization who could use some extra cash to support their good deeds? Encourage them to apply for one of our small grants! These grants generally range from $500 – $1,500 and are granted to Salem area non-profit organizations who support youth in our community.

For further detail and access to the application, click here.

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Grant Awarded - Family Building Blocks

January 29, 2017

The Rotary Club of Salem has awarded a grant to Family Buildings Blocks (FBB) to assist in the development of two therapeutic playgrounds for infants/toddlers enrolled in therapeutic education at Helen’s Place, FBB’s newest satellite location in central Salem.

FBB is a non-profit that serves children ages birth to six years and their families with home visits, therapeutic classrooms, parent-child playgroups, and other important services. They are considered to be a “relief nursery” that strengthens children and families who are struggling in our community, and helps them gain important skills and access resources in order to prevent child abuse and neglect.

Children’s natural curiosity and imagination will be stimulated by an environment where they can explore and experiment. Rotary funds will specifically be used to purchase colored rubber surface tiles to cover the existing concrete floor surrounding the playgrounds. These tiles will provide a safe place for children to crawl, walk and play.

The playgrounds will directly benefit the approximately 25 children who are enrolled in the therapeutic classrooms at Helen’s Place. The children enrolled in this program are some of the highest-risk in the Salem area. They are born into families who are living in chaotic home environments, experiencing the stress and strain of living in poverty, and are being raised by parents who are struggling with anxiety and depression, often due to their own history of abuse. The playgrounds will provide a safe and engaging outdoor experience where children can run, bike, explore, create and practice important social skills such as sharing and cooperation.

FBB will work closely with Rotary Club of Salem members to identify hands-on service projects appropriate for Rotarian groups and individuals interested in helping with the playground installation. FBB will schedule a work day this spring to install components in the playground, and Rotary will invite all Club members to participate in the project as they are able.

You can find out more at FBB’s website by Clicking Here!


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New Member Introduction | Valori Weber

January 19, 2017

As always, we’re excited to welcome our newest member, Valori Weber. Learn more by reading her introduction below, as read by her sponsor, Brenna Baucum.

Val Weber is the owner of Weber Reporting Corporation, a court reporting and transcription company, founded in 2012, after moving from Denver, Colorado to Oregon.

Val was born and raised in northern Colorado, growing up on a farm until junior high when her dad quit farming and they moved into the City of Greeley, where she graduated high school.  Shortly thereafter, she married and had two children, Mollie and Jeff.  Mollie is here today with her husband, Nick Beleiciks (Be-lay-chicks).  Mollie graduated from nursing school in June from Chemeketa Community College — while raising three kids — and started work at Salem Hospital in August.   Nick is an economist with the State.  Some of you may have heard Nick on the local radio reporting on the state unemployment figures.

While raising her children, Val worked at the regional office of State Farm Insurance Companies in Greeley for eleven years, which she thoroughly enjoyed.  But when both of her kids went to college out of state and her marriage ended, she made the decision to pursue a career in court reporting.  She moved to California in 2001 to attend Bryan College of Court Reporting in Los Angeles.  While attending Bryan College, she discovered “digital” court reporting when she attended an AAERT (American Association of Electronic Reporters & Transcribers) conference in Virginia and wasted no time changing her direction to that of digital reporting method over the traditional stenographic method of reporting.

She moved back to Denver and launched Western Deposition & Transcription, LLC.  Along with the reporting clients acquired, five different district courts in Colorado from the Front Range of Colorado to the Western Slope were using the company’s transcription services.   Reporting clients included several government agencies such as the Department of Justice, Social Security Administration, and Merit Systems Protection Board; all of which require digital court reporters in their contracts.

When grandchild number three was due to arrive in September of 2011 in Salem, Val wanted to be closer to her family.  She sold Western Deposition & Transcription to a large reporting firm located in downtown Denver and moved to Portland where she founded Weber Reporting Corporation.  She made it to Oregon just six days before little Opal was born.

Since many of her previous clients were federal government agencies, she was fortunate to continue to work for those agencies when she relocated to Oregon and has added the United States Federal Tax Court and National Labor Relations Board to her client base.   By covering these government hearings, Val has been fortunate to travel eleven states and report in many beautiful — and not so beautiful — courtrooms.  One of the finest courtrooms she has reported in is right here in Oregon:  courtroom 71 at the Gus J. Solomon United States Courthouse in downtown Portland.  This is the courtroom where the Men of Honor courtroom movie scene was filmed.

Last summer, Val moved to Salem and became roommates with her niece, Taylor Meyers, who is here.  Taylor is a law student at Willamette.  Taylor just finished a real estate law class, so they enjoy talking about all the different cases that come up in Taylor’s classes and Val’s reporting.

Val and the Beleiciks family just returned from Homer, Alaska last week where Val’s son, Jeff, was married.  The wedding ceremony was outdoors at a venue that is right on the water of the Kenai Peninsula.  As soon as the ceremony was over, all went inside for the party, but it was a beautiful day and the view was fantastic.  Jeff is a history professor at Kenai Peninsula College in Homer.  He and his bride are the parents of grandchild number four, who was born in August.  The three cousins from Oregon could not wait to get to Alaska to meet their new baby cousin, Lev.

Another big event in 2016 was purchasing and flipping a house in Salem.  It was a great experience for the whole family, who all were great about pitching in.  In fact, Val enjoys real estate so much that she started real estate class at Chemeketa Community College last week, along with her son-in-law.  Val is set to work with a real estate agency here in Salem when she obtains her real estate license and is excited for the future.

She is especially excited to be joining the Rotary Club of Salem where she has already met some great people who have given her a warm welcome since her first visit a few weeks ago and is looking forward to getting involved in service projects and meeting all of you.

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Small Grant Awarded: Willamette Heritage Center

January 5, 2017

Amazing things happen when Rotarians are involved. A few weeks ago, President Steve discovered there was a matching grant available from Rotary International. If our club could come up with $2,000, they would match that. The snag – the deadline to apply was only 20 days away!

The GoodWorks committee sprang into action and started by discussing the finalists who had who had just been through the major grant process last fall. We reached out to one of those finalists – picture1Willamette Heritage Center. They are working on a huge project – renovating and bringing an original Oregon & California caboose built in 1909 to their site as a tourist exhibit. We asked if they could find a use for $4,000 within the larger project. They quickly pulled together a proposal and we’re happy to report that because of the fast action on everyone’s part – we were able to apply for and get the monies required to meet the match and help this jewel of Salem.

The Willamette Heritage Center will use a portion of the funds to prepare the site before the caboose is relocated – removing a tree and cleaning up the area. The other portion of funds will go toward interpretive signage of the caboose project. They are aiming to have the project completed by July 2017. Keep your eyes peeled on the property as it all comes together!

A big thank you to everyone involved in this process and an even bigger congratulations to the Willamette Heritage Center!

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New Member Introduction | Kim Lemman

December 30, 2016

Get to know one of our newest Rotarians, Kim Lemman, by reading this introduction, written by her sponsor Jayne Downing:

Have you ever met someone and pretty quickly you think, this person would make a good Rotarian? That is how it was with Kim Lemman. Her enthusiasm, energy, and caring nature make her perfect for our club. Kim lives our clubs informal motto – this is a woman that gets things done!! It took 5-1/2 years for the time to be right in her life to make joining us a reality, but I am happy to be introducing Kim as one of our newest members today.

Kim grew up in a large Italian family in Portland, Oregon. She graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Community Health Education. Kim worked for 20 years as a Health Educator, assisting people with desired behavioral changes and developing healthy life styles.

Kim is married to Phil Lemman, who works in the Oregon Court Administration Office, and has two sons. Spencer is a senior at Oregon State University majoring in Chemical Engineering and Jack is a senior at South Salem High School. Kim is a great mother, always helping with homework (although Chemical Engineering may be stretching her limits these days).

Kim loves running and has participated in 9 marathons and 25 half-marathons. For the last 5-1/2 years, Kim has been focusing on a different type of running. As the executive director of the St. Francis Shelter, Kim has worked tirelessly to meet the needs of homeless families in our community. She has taken St. Francis from an all-volunteer operation to one offering professional case management and well-rounded services.

Kim has overseen transforming the facility, as well. Each apartment the families live in has been updated and provides a welcoming environment for all that live there. The addition of the playground is just the latest example and I am excited our club will be a part of helping the children laugh and play while residing at the St. Francis shelter.

I have been privileged to work closely with Kim, as St. Francis and the Center for Hope & Safety have worked to build a strong collaborative partnership for many years. The Center for Hope & Safety provides emergency shelter and stabilization for victims of domestic violence and St. Frances provides survivors an apartment of their own and intensive case management. The collaboration has led to long-term stability for the families we have served through the partnership. When you hear people talk about non-profits competing with one another, I want you to know there are some of us that help one another, share resources, and work to build a safety net of support for vulnerable families in our community.

Kim is always thinking about how everyone can work together to improve our community. When I asked her what she looked forward to about becoming a member, Kim stated it was the ability to have one more way to serve this community. See why I knew she was meant to be a Rotarian? For all these reasons, and many more, I am excited to introduce Kim Lemman to our club.

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New Member Introduction | Beth Rhoades

December 22, 2016

cr_beth-2Once again, we’re happy to introduce one of our newest members. Get to know her better by reading this introduction as read by her sponsor, Roger Kirschner.

Beth Rhoades is the President of C&R Design/Remodel, following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather. As third generation C&R, Beth learned remodeling from the ground up when she began working part time and summers during high school. However, after earning a college degree in Hospitality Management, Beth opted to accept a position managing a high-end Spa Resort in Napa, California. Eventually, Beth returned to Salem in 2007 and started working once again for the business she loves.

Beth worked her way up through the ranks while learning remodeling processes, production coordination, scheduling, sales, estimating, and marketing. She now oversees and manages all aspects of C&R operations.

In addition, Beth is chief estimator and planner for C&R projects. Although working in the construction industry is not every woman’s dream, Beth recognizes that “remodeling is obviously in my blood. I had thought I wanted to go in a different direction, but in the end I knew this was what I was meant to do.”

Beth enjoys hosting family dinners, decorating for friends and non profit events.  What she loves the most spend time with her husband, son and two dogs.

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2015-2016 Gold Star Report

December 21, 2016

Every year, the outgoing Club President writes what we call a Gold Star Report. This report recaps all of the accomplishments, changes and updates to our club during their year as president. Check our Past President Mary Way’s coverage of the 2015-2016 year.

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Gold Star Report No. 24
July 1 2015-June 30 2016
Mary Way – President

Rotary International’s President, Ravi Ravindran, set the theme “Be a Gift to the World” for this Rotary year. Our Club had a great year making meaningful contributions in our local community and in the world.

Our Food Drive, holiday giving to the Tree of Joy and the Salvation Army, and blood drives were as strong as ever. Again this year we sent two aspiring young leaders to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp. We lined up host families to welcome pairs of teenagers from the divided nation of Cyprus. We sponsored a Rotaract Club, and maintained ties with an Interact Club at South Salem High School. We welcomed exchange student Nishka Ajmera from India, and followed the progress of Emani Price in Slovakia.  Leah Borden was our short term student in Japan during June.

The Salem Area Trail Alliance (SATA) was selected as our major Good Works project. With the $30,000 awarded, they proposed to build a pump track for bicycles in Geer Park within city limits.  We loved the idea of kids being able to get outdoors and play in their own neighborhood, testing their skills on a hilly bike track. Near the end of the year, we had a ceremonial presentation of the big check to SATA that was enthusiastically attended and featured on our Facebook page and website.

The Board of Salem Rotary Foundation made available $28,000 for the Club’s charitable projects around Salem. The Good Works Committee, led by Bruce Anderson, awarded $12,000 to nine worthy recipients for small grants and scholarships. These projects included an industrial-grade kitchen appliance at a homeless shelter; scholarships for would-be soccer athletes; and prescription medicine for low income patients. We continued to fund the Duval scholarship for a student at Chemeketa Community College.

As the year closed, the Board dedicated a second $15,000 seed funding for a major project in celebration of our Club’s 100th year in 2020.

Read more here: 2015-2016 Gold Star Report

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New Member Introduction | Larry Hanslits

December 8, 2016

med-low-reslarry-dsc_4318We’re excited to welcome one of our newest members: Larry Hanslits. Learn more about him by reading over the following introduction, as read by his sponsor Chane Griggs:

“It has been rumored, but now found to be fact. There is something in the water at The H Group; something that takes already great, smart individuals and promotes their charitable intent. It’s not enough that Mary, Ron and Brenna are our Rotarian colleagues.

We now get to welcome into our club – Larry Hanslits who is also a Certified Financial Planner at the H Group.

You might very well ask…..How did YOU get to sponsor Larry? I have to tell you…. I went through quite a few additional hoops.

• For Ron – I had to promise roadside assistance to repair any bike flats
• I had to leg wrestle Mary
• And I promised Brenna a baby sweater

Larry already has a rich history with Rotary having been a member of the Rotary Club of Florence. He also was the past president of Peach Harbor Hospital Foundation and co-chaired the Florence Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.

When he’s not working at his day job, Larry is also an adjunct professor of graduate level financial planning classes at THE Oregon State University. My favorite line from Larry’s bio was ‘Larry loves to teach and explain difficult concepts simply’. With that tidbit, I plan on attending the board meeting with Larry so he can explain Chuck’s reports.

Larry and Laurie have been married 30 years and have two adult children. He enjoys drinking beer (ok – actually said ‘making beer’), cooking, playing golf and is a rock hound. Yes – he collects rocks and fossils.

Please join me in welcoming Larry to our club.”

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New Member Introduction: Von Glitschka

December 7, 2016

von_glitschkaGet to know one of our newest Rotarians: Von Glitschka. Learn more about him by reading this introduction, as read by his sponsor Mary Way:

It’s my honor to introduce Von Glitschka to you as a new member. Von initially reached out to us by using the “contact us” button on our Club’s website. His message was relayed to me as Club President. I responded promptly, and opened the conversation about Rotary.  Von attended several meetings with me and decided to join us.

Von is a small business owner of a creative studio called Glitschka Studios. He runs it out of his home along with his wife Becky and daughter Savannah. He also has a young adult daughter Alyssa, who is studying to become an esthetician.

Von’s resume describes him as a strategic thinker, providing creative services in the areas of brand identity, design, illustration, marketing and art direction. His client list includes such names as Adobe, City of New Orleans, Disney and Gallo Wine. One of the first questions he had about Rotary was where did our wheel logo come from.

He attended Seattle Art Institute for his formal training, but says he’s learned a lot on the job working for various companies in marketing and design. He loves being self-employed, because it allows him to take on the type of work he loves to do, while contracting out the rest. And one of the things he loves to do is teach. He teaches an ongoing internet-based course called “Drawing Vector Graphics” that is viewed all over the world. He’s also written 7 books for other artists. To take a look at some of his work go to his website

Von and Becky work hard in their business, but they take time to feed the homeless in Salem as part of an informal group called “Under the Bridge.” He wants to be a part of Rotary in order to find other ways to help in our local community. I know he will be an active Club member in all our charitable work, both local and international.



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Announcing the 2016-2017 Major GoodWorks Grant Recipient: St. Francis Shelter!

October 27, 2016

We are excited to share with you that this year, our club has decided to support St. Francis Shelter. This deserving organization has been quietly serving the Salem community for years, and we think it’s time to recognize that and provide some support. Learn a bit more about the St. Francis Shelter and the playground project we’re helping to support by reading this short summary from their Executive Director, Kim Lemman.

“Since 1987, St. Francis Shelter has provided transitional housing and life skills support to help homeless families in Marion and Polk counties return to self-sufficiency.   Although our program was named for the well-known saint who worked tirelessly for the poor, we are not affiliated with any religion or religious organization. 

St. Francis is located in a quiet neighborhood in southeast Salem. The 20-unit apartment complex provides 15 family shelter units and 5 low-income rental units for families who have “graduated” from our program. Each family lives in a fully-furnished, self-contained, one or two-bedroom apartment. 

Families work closely with our on-site case manager, as well as attend on-site classes on topics such budgeting, financial literacy, how to be a good renter, parenting and cooking.  Each family participates in a mandatory monthly savings program, which they receive back, in total, when they move into their new homes.  And our model works!  Last fiscal year, 34 of the 33 families who lived at SFS moved into and remain in permanent housing!

The award of the Rotary of Salem Good Works Grant to build a playground at our southeast Salem facility is an amazing gift to the families who call St. Francis home.  Families who come to us from domestic violence, in recovery from addiction, or from economic downturn, have been in chronic crisis.  This affects children deeply.  The building of a safe, developmentally appropriate, playground for our young residents, will bring much needed fresh air, fun and laughter into their young lives.  We are beyond grateful to Rotary Club of Salem for giving these children the best gift they could ever get….JOY!!”

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New Member Introduction: Thomas Nabhan

October 12, 2016

20161012_132318We’re very happy to welcome our newest member: Thomas Nabhan. Learn more about him by reading over this introduction, as read by his sponsor, Barby Dressler:

Tom was born in El Paso, Texas, and grew up loving music! His mother was an accomplished pianist and the only class he remembers from elementary school is Band Class. However, he had to switch from playing violin to the bass because he sat on the school violin! He later gave up the bass because kids teased him about carrying an instrument bigger than he was! Tom went to high school in San Diego and became interested in acting in his early 20s, and has done so ever since.

Tom earned a BA at CSU Northridge majoring in Geography and minoring in History. He got his teaching credentials at CSU LA. He moved to the Pacific Northwest and taught science at a junior high school in Seattle. That wasn’t a great fit, so to save his sanity, Tom moved back to Los Angeles, working in high tech sales for a few years.

Tom moved back to the Northwest to begin a Master’s program in Geography at PSU. He took a job at Legacy Health in education, working with MDs to organize physician continuing medical education. He worked there for 15 years.

Tom met his wife, Susan, later in life, married, and moved to Salem because she had the better job, a professor at Willamette University. After commuting to Portland for 9 years, he retired from Legacy and started Theatre 33. For the past 4 years, he has been running the theatre and working part-time as a substitute high school teacher for the Salem-Keizer School District. Tom wants to take advantage of his semi-retirement to become more involved in the community.

Tom’s interests include: music, playing guitar, cycling (has done the last 5 Cycle Oregon events), sea kayaking, stage/TV/film acting, and making the props for Theatre 33’s productions in his woodworking shop beneath the garage. Tom also enjoys writing and is still trying to pedal the two screen plays he has written.

You may have seen Tom in such shows as the movie, The Thin Horizon, and television shows, Portlandia and Leverage, as well as local commercials. He has also performed in many stage shows from To Kill A Mockingbird to Godspell, and many in between.

Tom and Susan have been married for ten years and attend St. Timothy Episcopal Church.

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Connecting for Good Tour - Portland Stop!

October 11, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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New Member Introduction: Neal Henning

September 28, 2016

We’re pleased to welcome one of our newest members, Neal Henning. Learn more about him by reading over this short biography:

I come from a large family of 10 children born and raised in Los Angeles.  In 1970 my parents moved us all to Prospect. Oregon, population 350.  What a culture shock!  I fell in love with Oregon though and decided to pursue a degree in Business from Southern Oregon State College.

Upon completing college I began a career in the collections industry which kept me in Southern Oregon for a time where I was active in the Medford Rogue Rotary Club.  Later I was a partner in an agency in Sacramento, California where I was active in the Rancho Cordova Rotary club and eventually served as club President. 

In 1995 I moved to Newport Oregon, married my wife Wanda and formed a blended family of four children, Katy, Brittany, Will and Shaun.  Our youngest son Shaun and his wife Kiki are expecting our first grandchild Beau at any time now.   Our daughter Brittany was just married this past weekend in San Francisco while our daughter Katy is currently engaged and planning her wedding for June 2017.  Our son Will remains blissfully single, living the life in Bend Oregon. 

While living in Newport I shifted gears to the hospitality industry spending 17 years as General Manager of Mariner Enterprises which consisted of Ripley’s Believe it or Not, the Wax Works, the Oregon Undersea Gardens as well as gifts shops, a restaurant etc.  During my time in Newport I was an active member of the Newport Rotary Club where eventually I served as President.  I also served as President of the Greater Newport Chamber of Commerce, two-time Chair of the Newport Seafood and Wine Festival and was an elected city councilor for the City of Newport.

During this time my wife was running her family business, Creditors Collection Service.   In 2007 we became the sole owners of the family business and made the decision to purchase another agency In Washington eventually merging both agencies and forming what is now known as Industrial Credit Service.  

As a result of my experience in the hospitality field and with the flexibility that owning our own business afforded, we were given the opportunity to move to Long Island, Bahamas and manage Cape Santa Maria, a 40 unit resort on one of the best beaches in the world. Prior to taking the position we read Herman Wouk’s book “Don’t Stop the Carnival” which is a fictional novel of what can and most certainly will go wrong while running a resort on a small Caribbean island. After 2 years in the Bahamas we could have written our own book!

Wanda and I returned to Oregon and chose to live in Salem in order to be close to our family.  We purchased a home in Illahe, located on the 7th hole and are currently immersed in a major remodel.   We are both actively running our business, Industrial Credit Service, a debt collection agency that specializes in commercial collection.   We have offices in Salem and Redmond, Washington and we handle collections for both large and small businesses locally, nationally and internationally.   

I enjoy just about any type of outdoor activity and hopefully when our remodel is complete I will once again have time to get on the golf course. 

Rotary has been an important and integral part of my adult life.  I strongly believe in the core values of Rotary and have been proud to say that I am a two-time Paul Harris Fellow.   I look forward to being an active member of the Rotary Club of Salem.

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New Member Introduction: Elayna Zammarelli

September 7, 2016

Elayna T Zammarelli We’re happy to welcome one of our newest Rotarians: Elayna Zammarelli. Get to know her by reading this introduction, written by her sponsor Chane Griggs:

Elayna Zammarelli is a lawyer with Saalfeld, Griggs and her area of expertise is Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy  and  Litigation. For a layman’s interpretation that means that Elayna  focuses on representing lenders, financial institutions and creditors in all aspects of banking, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy. She represents institutions and individuals on a variety of financial and collection matters, from loan document preparation and review, to negotiation and loan workouts, to asset recovery actions, including foreclosure and bankruptcy.

Elayna graduated Order of the Coif (which means among other things that I found on the internet – that Elayna was in the top 10% of her class) from the University of Oregon School of Law, where she competed in the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition. Elayna served as Managing Editor on the Oregon Law Review and was a Judicial Extern to the Honorable John V. Acosta, a federal magistrate judge for the District of Oregon.

So Elayna is very smart, but…….I think what will make Elayna a fabulous Rotarian is that she is kind, she is engaging and she’s fun!

For example, Elayna enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Sam golfing, hiking, or exploring Oregon’s wine country. When not outside, she also enjoys reading, cooking, and knitting. So now I have someone to share the joys of knitting at Rotary!

Please help me welcome Elayna to our club.

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New Member Introduction: Chuck Wells

September 1, 2016

We’re happy to welcome our newest member: Chuck Wells. Here’s his introduction, as read by friend and sponsor, Tim Nissen.

“I am pleased to introduce Chuck Wells to the Rotary Club of Salem today.  Chuck was born in the Exeter, California hospital that is now part a farm equipment dealership. Farming was always in Chuck’s blood.  He grew up on a farm, studied plant physiology at UC Davis and also has a degree in agricultural economics from Fresno State University.  Chuck married his home-town sweetheart, Kathy, and together they raised four kids in California’s Central Valley.   While living in Modesto, he started and built three businesses and was first introduced to Rotary. Modesto Sunrise Rotary became a passionate pursuit where he served in various roles including two board positions, eight years as the Davis High School Interact advisor, and was club president in 1998.  Kathy and Chuck are both Paul Harris fellows.

Chuck‘s favorite Rotary moment was leading the Interact Club to        Tecate, Mexico for various service projects including the construction of a school for the disabled. He was known as “chef Chuck” around Rotary, for large group cooking projects including the Club’s annual Lobster Dinner and Bacchus & Brew. The Club hosted 500-1,000 attendees at these fundraisers.  For seven years, he also cooked for 500 people every Monday in a nutrition ministry at CrossPoint Community Church of Modesto.  Chuck likes hands-on projects of all sorts, and he enjoys working directly with young people.  I have already signed him up for our October Blood Drive and enlisted his support for the Salem Rotary Foundation, but he needs more to do.

When Kathy was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, with a not-so-good prognosis, they decided to sell the businesses.  With two daughters still in school, a son in college and another son entering the United States Marine Corps, the demands of two careers and running a business was more than they wanted to deal with.  Salem was the first choice of three possible career moves.  Salem was a great move for them as their daughters thrived at West Salem High School and Kathy received wonderful treatment at Hematology-Oncology of Salem and Salem Hospital, until her passing in 2009.

Chuck was blessed a second time with a partner in life, and married Tracy Preston in 2012.  Of note, Tracy and I were high school classmates about fifty years ago in San Rafael, California, and we renewed our friendship a couple years ago via the Class of 69 web site and Facebook.  It’s the modern world, one thing led to another, and here we are.

Chuck and Tracy have a beautiful blended family of five children ranging from 21 to 35 years old.   Chuck noted that he and Tracy are “amateur wine makers and professional wine drinkers.”   Chuck likes to fish, play a little golf (poorly, he notes), travel and ride his motorcycle.

Professionally, Chuck is the chief appraiser at the Oregon Department of Transportation where he manages the appraisal program for ODOT.

As you can tell, Chuck Wells is already a great Rotarian; he just needed to find a new club to join, and I am pleased he found ours.”

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New Member Introduction: Sharalyn Bechtel

August 1, 2016

SharalynB (002)We are happy to introduce you to one of our newest members: Sharalyn Bechtel.

Sharalyn is a Northwest native who came to Oregon just over four years ago.

Through her first job in Salem at Select Impressions with Renee Campbell, she quickly discovered the uniqueness of the Willamette Valley community, set apart by its can-do, service mentality.

Her work at Union Gospel Mission, which began in 2012, only increased her impression of Salem’s position as one of the most giving communities she’s been a part of. As the volunteer coordinator and now as the development director, she has greatly enjoyed seeing our community’s care and generosity toward its most vulnerable members – the homeless men, women and children at UGM.

In her spare time, Sharalyn enjoys singing opera and hiking the beautiful trails all around. She’s delighted to join Rotary today as another avenue of further engagement in and service to our community.

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New Member Introduction: Cheryl Nester Wolfe

July 28, 2016

We are pleased to welcome one of our newest members: Cheryl Nester Wolfe.

Nester Wolfe came to Salem Health in 2007 as the Sr. Vice President Operations/Chief Nursing Officer. Salem Health includes Salem Hospital, West Valley Hospital, and Willamette Health Partners.

A key accomplishment at Salem Health was achieving Magnet status for Salem Hospital during 2010. Nester Wolfe worked with clinical leaders and specialty practice teams (SPTs) to revive a dormant Magnet-preparation process, enlisting all members of the healthcare team in the journey. Nester Wolfe became chief operating officer in 2010, taking charge of the day-to-day operations of the two-county hospital system licensed for 454 beds and with more than 4,000 employees. Nester Wolfe was named President and CEO of Salem Health in November 2015.

Prior to her arrival in Salem, Nester Wolfe was Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at O’Conner Hospital in San Jose, California and Chief Nurse Executive and VP for nursing and patient care at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco. Cheryl’s early nursing career consists of nursing positions in hospitals in Virginia in psychiatry, pediatrics, and neonatal intensive care. A move to Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey, Calif. in 1977 led her from a staff nurse in the telemetry unit, into oncology management, and then into nursing administration.

Cheryl has served on numerous boards, including the United Way of the Mid-Willamette Valley, North West Organization for Nurse Executives, Nurse Week Advisory Board and Willamette Valley Community Health. She currently serves on the board for the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems.

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2016-2017 GoodWorks Grant Window - NOW OPEN!

July 13, 2016

Do you know of a deserving organization looking for grant funding? Our club is on the hunt for it’s next major grant recipient. Up to $30,000 available. The grant window opened today and will remain open until August 31.

For more detail on how to apply, click here to be directed to our online application.

To view past recipients of our grants both large and small, click here.

To view something that will make you smile, click here.

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2017 Rotary Golf Tournament

June 20, 2016

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Join us at the 22nd annual Rotary Golf Benefit. Click here to print the registration form and send to Natalie Dunn at


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Good Works Project Application

June 19, 2016

Good Works Project Application

The Rotary Club of Salem will fund one large project that will benefit our community. Eligible projects for consideration are those that directly or indirectly foster, develop, promote, and encourage the health, education, and the general welfare of primarily youth in the city of Salem and the surrounding area. Interested applicants should submit proposals for a project focused on service projects performed by Salem area non-profit organizations. Typically, the GoodWorks Grant is used to fund long term projects that will last for years to come (public space improvements, self-sustaining endeavors, etc.), as opposed to those that are used up after one year (salaries, program fees, etc.).

A committee will review all proposals and conduct short oral interviews with the finalists in September. A formal announcement on the decision for the recipient of the Major Good Works Project will be made by November 2016. The Rotary Club of Salem Board of Directors will determine what project(s) to fund. All applicants will be notified of their application status by November.

The total amount available is up to $30,000. Projects should conclude by June 30, 2018. After distribution of funds, the organization selected as the Good Works recipient will need to deliver reports on the progress of its project to the Good Works Committee during the year of the award and future years as requested.

To apply, please complete the application below. Applications must be received no later than August 31, 2016. If you have questions, please contact Brenna Baucum at or 503-371-3333.

General Information:

Contact Name:*


Share a brief history of your organization and what it does. (up to 500 words):*
Please complete the following thought: "Our organization would use the GoodWorks grant funding to..." (up to 500 words):*
What amount is your organization requesting?*
What demographic will benefit from this project? (up to 50 words):*
How many people will benefit from this project? (up to 50 words):*
If applicable, please note other funds you have secured or are seeking as a part of the overall funding package. (up to 250 words):
What is the longevity of your project? (up to 50 words):*
Are there any branding opportunities for The Rotary Club of Salem within your project and partnership? (up to 50 words):*
What is your organization’s policy on non-discrimination in the delivery of its services? (up to 100 words):*

Attachments (.PDFs only):

Provide a a one page letter of attest for the grant application, signed by your organization's chief executive and board chair.*
Provide a budget noting major expense areas and the overall project budget.*
Provide a copy of the most recent year-end financial statement.*
Provide a list of your current board of directors.*
Provide a copy of an IRS determination letter listing your organization as a 501©3.*

When your application is complete, please click submit below.

Note: it may take a couple of minutes for your application to process.

When complete, you will receive an email confirmation at the address you have provided, and you will be brought back to the application page with a note confirming that your form was successfully submitted.

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The Peace Committee Brings you: SOLD

June 6, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Youth Exchange Information Night

April 25, 2016

rotary youth exchange

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

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

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

February 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

R.S.V.P. to Attend

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

2016 City of Salem State of the City Sponsors

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

About The City of Salem‘s State of the City

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

New for 2016

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

For More Information

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

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2016 Small Grant Application - Now Open

February 16, 2016

 The 2016 Small Grant Application window is now open!

Grants from the Salem Rotary Foundation generally range between $500 to $1,500 each. The hope is to fund projects that directly or indirectly foster, develop, promote, and encourage the health, education, and the general welfare of primarily youth in the city of Salem and the surrounding area.

Completed applications must be sent by April 1 to the Good Works Committee chair, Bruce Anderson with a hard copy to:

Rotary Club of Salem
c/o The GoodWorks Committee
PO Box 3981
Salem, OR 97302

Click here to view the 2016 Small Grant Application, and share it with any organization you know that could use some community support from our club!

Want to see who won last year’s small grants? Click here! What to learn more about what the Salem Rotary Foundation does? Click here!

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District Representation

February 8, 2016

We’re proud to share that our member Brenna Baucum was selected to be featured on the District 5100 website. Check it out by clicking here:

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New Member Feature | Steve Powers

January 14, 2016

Last week, we were able to welcome one of our newest member: Steve Powers. Get to know him better by reading his introduction, as read by Mayor Anna Peterson:

“We at the City of Salem are fortunate to welcome Steve Powers as our new City Manager.  Steve comes to us with excellent credentials including four years as City Administrator with Ann Arbor, Michigan, fifteen years as County Administrator with Marquette, Michigan, two years as County Coordinator with Martin County, Minnesota, and seven years as Assistant County Administrator/Assistant to the Administrator with Jackson County, Oregon.

Steve has a successful and proven background in economic and community development, finance management and intergovernmental and regional cooperation among other significant accomplishments.  Those who have worked with Steve hold him in high regard as a City Administrator and Manager.

In addition to his vast experience Steve also comes to the City of Salem with an outstanding education including a Master in Public Administration from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration and Political Science from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois.

Along with his experience and education, Steve has a strong commitment to his family and community.  He was born in San Diego, California and raised in Chicago.  He and his wife Jayne have three grown children, two of which plan to join him here in Oregon!  Steve joined the Rotary in 1995 and is a Paul Harris Fellow.  He has been and continues to be active in community and club service.

As you can see from his education to his experience Steve charted a path to becoming an exceptional City Manager and we are fortunate that path led him and his family to the City of Salem!

I am very pleased to introduce, Steve Powers, the new City Manager for the City of Salem.

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New Member Feature | Jon Reeves

January 6, 2016

We were excited to welcome one of our newest members into our club today. Get to know him better by reading over the kind introduction, as read by member Cyndi Astley:

“So, who is Jon Reeves? If you really knew Jon, you would know that he is not too excited about being in the spotlight.  So you might wonder how he is even standing up here right now.  —-In his word—–He can do this, because he has the power of telepathy and he is channeling his thoughts through me.  He is able to benefit from having me as my stand-in, his stunt double, and a human buffer from all that is public speaking.  I am acting as Jon and am highly capable of conveying his message charismatically, with enthusiasm, and conviction.  Jon likes this way of communication and may adopt puppetry or ventriloquism for all future public speaking engagements.

Just a side note, I’m adding stunt double to my resume!!

Jon is actually quite outgoing, on his own terms.  He enjoys a well-timed comedic interruption, and appreciates the qualities of respectful, yet ongoing sarcasm.    He grew up in Silverton, Oregon as a transplant from California in the 5th Grade.  He graduated from Western Oregon University when it was a college, and started working at the Community Action Agency when he had brown hair.  He grew up in the organization and arguably still have some development to do.  (his words not mine)   He went back to school for a Graduate Certificate in Infant Toddler Mental Health and spent the majority of my career advocating for children and their families and increasing quality in early learning environments.  During Jon’s 17 years with the Community Action Agency he started a family with my wife Amber and have three boys ages 15, 12, and 4. They are thriving in West Salem.

Everything that Jon has learned about life, he learned from music.  Here are a few snippets of knowledge Jon has learned, feel free to sing along as he knows singing is a requirement here:

Cyndi Lauper stated that “Money Changes Everything,” and arguably it does, one way or another. Chumbawamba “Tubthumping” taught Jon resilience and tenacity through a repetitive rhythm… “when I get knocked down, I get up again, you’re never going to keep me down!”  Kenny Rogers taught Jon that, “You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, and know when to run.” Think deep, this isn’t about a card game.  Lynyrd Skynyrd sat next to Jon and told him to, “be a simple kind of man,… be something you love and understand.” But Jon’s personal favorite is a little known song by Shawn Mullins, called “Shimmer”.  Mullins restores faith and reminds us that “We’re born to shimmer, we’re born to shine, we’re born to radiate, we’re born to live, we’re born to love, we’re born to never hate.”

Over getting to know the club, Jon believes learned what Rotary members really have in common and what makes him want to walk alongside us.  He believes that this community has great advocates in all Rotarians, and the people Rotary serves through our passion, our resources, our human capital, and our shared commitment are in good hands with Rotary.

As you can see Jon is quite a guy.  I have enjoyed working with him for more than 15 years and you are going to love getting to know him.  I subscribe to a listserve that sends me a quote of the day, today this was the quote and I think it sums up my colleague, friend, boss, newest Rotarian perfectly:

The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly. by Jim Rohn

I present Jon Reeves, Executive Director of Community Action Agency.”

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2014-2015 Gold Star Report

December 10, 2015

Every year, the outgoing Club President writes what we call a Gold Star Report. This report recaps all of the accomplishments, changes and updates to our club during their year as president. Check our Past President Barry Nelson’s coverage of the 2014-2015 year.

Rotary Club of Salem
Gold Star Report No. 23
July 1 2014-June 30 2015
Barry Nelson – President

Barrigan W. Nelson

The Rotary International theme this year was “Light Up Rotary,” a phase coming from the thought that is it better to light one candle than to sit and curse the darkness. Our club shone a light in our community again this year, brightening the way for many, and shining a light on Rotary in the process.

We continued our long tradition of blood drives, support for our annual city-wide Food Drive, and our holiday giving to the Tree of Joy. Our Salvation Army Kettle drives were as strong as ever.

We sent another two participants to Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), allowing them to gain confidence in their leadership skills and become the leaders of tomorrow. We recognized truly outstanding students from North Salem and South Salem High Schools, and distributed more than 4,000 dictionaries to area 4th graders. Our Literacy Committee went well beyond dictionaries to distribute thousands of children’s books by various means. In youth exchange, we sent Ally Peterson to Mexico, hosted Andres Klingler from Argentina, and shared the hosting of Claire Devousin from France with the Creekside club.

Our weekly e-newsletter kept members and friends up to date, and a major project over the course of the year was updating our website, to bring updated branding and a sleeker look and interface. We’ve begun to explore a collaboration with CCTV to televise some of our fabulous programs, which continue to be a weekly highlight of membership.

The fundraiser raised just short of $59,000, $23,000 of which was dedicated to our major Good Works project, HOME Youth and Resource Center’s Youth Empowerment Program (YEP). This program is for homeless and disadvantaged teens who make a commitment to continue their education and make positive contributions to the community. By supporting youth in this program, we sent a powerful message that there are people who care
about them and their future.

In additional to our major Good Works project, we also provided $10,000 in small grants to area nonprofits. The remainder of the funds were distributed among our club’s committees for our broader charitable causes.

Having had a good year financially, we began to think about the year 2020, when our club will be celebrating its 100th year. In hopes that we will undertake a larger than normal community project in recognition of our centennial, we earmarked $15,000 as seed funding for such a project.

As a club, we get things done. We are forever changing lives.
Barry Nelson

Read more here: 2014-15 Gold Star Report

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New Member Feature: Lisa Campbell

December 2, 2015

Lisa and her sponsor Natalie.

We were thrilled to welcome Lisa Fanceschi-Campbell into our club this week. She’s not a fan of boasting about herself, but she managed to put together this short list to help her sponsor – Natalie Dunn – introduce Lisa to the club.

“Lisa wanted to share her favorite bible verse, which just happened to pop up today for her daily reading which is timely because it encompasses why she is excited to join Rotary.
Ephesians 2:8-9. ‘For it is grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.’

Lisa does not like writing about herself!

She believes that past achievements and lessons learned are just foundation steps to the next obstacle or mountain to overcome, but provided a few bullet points and life highlights that give an idea into who she is and what she does:

  • Oregon Native
  • Moved to Salem in 1979
  • Have traveled the world, but Salem is HOME
  • Band Geek/Drum Corp @ 12 – discipline and good posture learned!
  • Military@ 19. Air Force Vet
  • Honor Guard Bugler and computer nerd
  • Business Owner @ 22 – Bree’z Restaurant – Best sandwich in town at the time!
  • Mom @ 28 and 32 to Robert and Alex – Full time job, at times frustrating, but most rewarding
  • Car Salesman @ 32 – Won Police Dodge Charger bid with the state
    in 2006. Withnell still has contract keeping our tax dollars in the community.
  • Aneurysm Survivor @ 39 – Self proclaimed poster child for “Every Second Matters”
  • Wife to Devin Campbell @ 40 – Full time job, at times frustrating, but most rewarding
  • Stepmom @ 40. Jessi, Darby, Trystan and Michael – Full time job, at times frustrating, but most rewarding
  • Special Events Manager Salem Chamber @ 41 – picked by Mike McLaran to be on his team which she is proud and humbled by
  • Business Owner @ 46 – Print Specialties where we sell promotional items and logo apparel. Tagline – ‘It’s your name so wear it out’ – Full time job, at times frustrating, but almost as rewarding as wife and mom
  • Spare time – volunteers at Simonka Place and UGM. Creative assistance to Love Reins Ranch
  • Loves bowling and yoga, but not at the same time
  • Enjoys local theater where son Alex can often be found behind the scenes
  • Believes that ‘the best in life is our relationships with others!'”
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Searching for Sponsors

December 1, 2015


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

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

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

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

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2016 GoodWorks Recipient Announced!

November 6, 2015

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2016 GoodWorks grant: Salem Area Trail Alliance!

This grant is the last large influx of funding needed in order to move into the construction phase of the Salem Bike Park and Trail Facility. The facility will include 2 miles of cross-country trails and two pump tracks, one dedicated to young children and beginners, the other to challenge more advanced riders. The trails will integrate 8-10 bicycle trail features throughout.

The goal of the GoodWorks grant our club awards annually is to support the health, education and general welfare of the people in our city – primarily the youth. We think this project will do just that, and so much more. We love this city, and enjoy finding and backing projects that help to make it a better place. What a fitting project for this year’s Rotary International theme: “Be A Gift To The World.”

We look forward to sharing more about this project over the coming months.

For now? Pick up your tickets to the February 13, 2016 Charity Auction to help support this deserving project, as well as numerous other GoodWorks projects both locally and internationally.


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New Member Feature: Bruce Bailey

November 4, 2015

A warm welcome to our newest member, Bruce Bailey (left) and his sponsor – Mark Wulf.

Today, we welcomed a relatively new Salemite to our club: Bruce Bailey. Below is the kind introduction as read by Bruce’s sponsor, Mark Wulf.

On July 1, 2015, Bruce arrived in Salem as the new Executive Director of the Union Gospel Mission.

A ‘fun fact’ is that he and his wife Linda drove here along with Linda’s Mom, Josephine (Jo), a dog named Cutie, and two cats, Kingsley and Gracie. A fun filled (tongue-in-cheek) four days of travel from the Midwest in the hottest summer on record! 

His career spans more than a couple decades with an international Christian organization, The Salvation Army, in which he has held positions as varied as corps officer (pastor and community center director) in three places, as well as Divisional Commander for Wisconsin, and most recently as the Director of Property for more than 200 facilities throughout the Midwest.

He plays guitar and sings, enjoys reading historical novels and exercise. He and Linda like taking long walks and being outdoors, as well as and participating in various sport activities like basketball and hiking.

Rotary members might be jealous when he says that he lives with two women who are both excellent cooks (his wife and mother-in-law). That’s especially good news, because Bruce isn’t a cook! He and his wife Linda are happy to be in Salem to serve the hurting and homeless in the Salem/Keizer community.

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World Polio Day | Live Stream Recording

October 30, 2015

Did you miss the live stream on October 23rd of the third annual World Polio Day?

We got you covered:

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New Member Feature: Lindsey Vorse

October 29, 2015


We had the great pleasure of inducting our newest member: Lindsey Vorse. She’s been visiting and a part of our club for quite some time now, so she already feels like family. Here’s a kind introduction as read by her sponsor, Tammy McCammon at today’s meeting:

“Lindsey likes to say she grew up in the same one square mile of Salem, while her mother was pregnant with her they lived on Judson. St., she was born at the Salem hospital then they moved to their new home on high street, and eventually attended south Salem high school.

Growing up in Salem Lindsey loved getting to see her father involved in volunteering of all sorts, mainly with the Red Cross. Throughout her childhood, she followed her dad to many donation appointments. Through her own perseverance and passion for their mission, Lindsey eventually became the youth representative on the local Red Cross Board of Directors. Lindsay became involved with Rotary a few years ago when her father (Clayton Vorse) joined in 2008. Lindsay would help with clean up and take down at the elephant ear both at the Salem Art fair. She has many fond memories of this time with her community.

Rotary became an even bigger part of Lindsey’s life, when she felt the rush for love and support after her father passed away in 2013. She knew then that she would want to one day join the group of Rotarians, who loved her father so much. After his death, her mother Claudia Vorse joined our club for the same reasons; to be connected to the service-above-self philosophy, which Clayton lived by. After returning home from Southwestern Michigan College, Lindsey became more involved with our club by helping out at last year’s good works celebration. She had a fantastic time!

I got to know Lindsey at Rotary Day at the Volcanoes. Her laugh is infectious. I encourage you to ask her more about her love of cats, which often adorn her clothes and jewelry.  As an emerging leader in our community, Lindsey embodies all that we as Rotarians cherish. We have an opportunity to empower the young adults of Salem, like Lindsey, to become action orientated, service minded leaders. At 18 years old, Lindsey is cultivating a career at Willamette Vineyards and joins us as Rotary Club of Salem’s youngest Rotarian.”

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Hope for Haiti 3.0

October 28, 2015

In July, we told you (as did the Statesman Journal) about our partnership with Rotary clubs in Hinche, Haiti to provide clean drinking water. With help from Rotary International’s global grants, and the support of other Rotary clubs across our district, we were able to raise over $30,000 to provide safe drinking water for over 15,000 people.

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We heard recently from Lavuad Cheristin – our liaison there. He sent these photos, along with the message, “Just looking at these photos, you will see how important your help is for water in the communities. See how people place their buckets and take a line. This is an every day true history from 5am to 8pm.”


In addition to the first grant, a second global grant has expanded our initial work, adding three wells and a community latrine in Hinche.


While we are happy to celebrate how far we’ve come, our work in Haiti isn’t done. We have much more we’d like to accomplish, and we’re launching another initiative to continue making the difference: Hope for Haiti 3.0.

This isn’t just a catchy name for this project. Hope is the little girl pictured above, who was adopted by the family of a Rotarian in our club. Hope for Haiti 3.0 is our next global grant that will provide water for a newly built school, irrigation for several acres for year round crops, and many rural townships. Sound intimidating? That’s the beauty of Rotary – your dollars go further to make real change. We need your support.

To read more about Haiti, Hope, and how you can get involved click here: Hope for Haiti 3.0 – Summary.

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New Member Feature: Dale Penn II

October 24, 2015

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Our members have a broad range of personal and professional experiences; that’s what makes Rotary and our club so terrific. We were happy to welcome this week Dale Penn II as one of our newest members. Learn more about this newlywed via his introduction, which was read by his sponsor Allan Pollock at Wednesday’s meeting:

“Dale Penn II is a senior public affairs associate at CFM, Strategic Communications.  He has been deeply involved in government relations and regulatory affairs in Oregon for 10 years.

As a lobbyist, Dale represents a diverse range of different clients, including Salem-Keizer Transit, Providence Health & Services, the City of Salem, Catholic Community Services and Oregon Public Broadcasting.

A native Oregonian who grew up in Salem, Dale has strong ties to the community through leadership positions on several local boards and committees. As a weekend rider, he enjoys taking rides on his Harley Davidson in the fields surrounding Keizer.

A lifelong Oregon fisherman, Dale lives for the fall opportunities to chase prize steelhead on the Rogue River. He continues to develop his skill in amateur photography and lives in Keizer with his wife, Samantha, and their two dogs, Nova and Molly.”


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New Member Feature: Nekole Baurer

October 22, 2015

We know how fortunate we are to welcome new members into our club; it’s an honor we never take for granted. Get to know one of our newest members, Nekole. The following is her introduction, as read by Sam Carroll:

“I would like to introduce Nekole Baurer, our Community Health Director at the YMCA.

If you would have asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up, it would have been an animal doctor. From the time she was little, she cleaned and bandaged scrapes on the horses, bottle fed the calves that needed extra milk, and tried to patch up every broken wing that she found on her parent’s small farm in Southern Oregon. But that only tells a small part of who she would become as an adult. As a teenager, twice a week she helped her mother deliver food boxes to needy families that lived out in remote areas of the Rogue Valley. Then as a young adult, rather than going off to college straight out of high school, she stayed close to home working odd jobs from merchandise stocking and medical reception, to waitressing and bartending, so that she could continue to help her mom run the farm while her father and brother experienced ailing health.

A new chapter of her life began when she decided to pursue education at Oregon State University to study veterinary sciences (GO BEAVS!). Moving to the Willamette Valley was the best decision she could have made as that was where she met her husband of now 11 years and went on to have two lovely daughters. She also shares her home with two Boston Terriers and a very large Savannah Cat named Ed.

Now, a little over 6 years ago, Nekole found her way into the Salem Family YMCA, seeking socialization and health after recovering from a bout of cancer. During this time, she volunteered in our drop in child care center for members, and met some amazing folks down at the Y. This is where she found a piece of her that had been missing for a while, community and friendships. She went on to earn her Master’s degree in Business Administration, knowing that all career choices in her future would require an understanding of business principles, and moved up in the organization. We are very lucky to have Nekole as part of our team, and I know that she is excited to become involved with Salem Rotary.

Please join me in offering a warm welcome to Nekole!”

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Mark Your Calendar: Drop In!

October 13, 2015

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

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

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

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

Admission is free; see you there!

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A Taste of America

October 12, 2015
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Nishka got the knack of piloting her own bumper car at the Oregon State Fair

We’re having fun showing Nishka around our beautiful state.

She’s our inbound exchange student from India.

As an exchange student, Nishka is attending high school in the Salem area, and learning lot about the differences between cultures. Last Friday, she experienced her first homecoming dance!

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First experience with chop sticks!

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Help Us Do Something Amazing

October 2, 2015

Did you know that Rotary is this close to ending polio? World wide.

On October 23rd, Rotary International will host our third annual World Polio Day event. You can tune into a live stream from New York City to catch the inspiration yourself. Guests will include Polio Eradication Initiative partners, celebrity ambassadors, polio survivors and more. Click here to learn more and add the event to your calendar.

Between now and then, we’ll be posting “Finish Polio Friday’s” to remind you, inform you and keep you inspired.

Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only countries where the wild polio virus has never been stopped. Join us on World Polio Day to help end polio for good.

We’re this close. All we need is you.

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Mark Your Calendar!

September 30, 2015

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

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

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

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Update from HOME Youth & Resource Center

September 25, 2015

A ribbon is cut the grand reopening of the HOME Youth

Earlier year, our club chose HOME Youth & Resource Center to support with our major GoodWorks Grant. At our Pay it Forward charity auction, Rotarians and supporters gathered together to raise money and support this worthy cause.

We partnered up to support many ongoing needs, and a few innovated, new ones – including “Rotary Rides.” This is a bike rental program that will help kids get to and from business and service opportunities when public transit may not be available.

Yesterday morning, many gathered to celebrate the grand reopening. Looks like we’re not the only one who was excited about it! Check out the whole Statesman Journal article by clicking here.

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You're invited to the Cherry Town Hoe Down!

September 21, 2015

Cherry Town Hoe Down!

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


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

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

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


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Update from RYE Student

September 8, 2015

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One of the biggest joys our members have is the ability to support Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE).

Emani is the first student from District 5100 to do a Rotary Youth Exchange program in Slovakia. She arrived just last week.

Instead of attending South Salem High School, Emani will spend her junior year immersed in the culture of this Eastern European nation. She will reside with two different host families in Zillina, a city of about 85,000 in the northwest corner of Slovakia near the borders of Poland and the Czech Republic.

You can follow Emani’s blog by clicking here.

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New Member Feature: Chris Fischer

September 2, 2015



We’re happy to welcome Chris Fischer as the newest member of our club. Below, enjoy his introduction as read by Ryan Collier:

“It is my honor to introduce Salem Rotary to my Right Honorable Friend Chris Fischer, husband, son, world traveler, wildlife conservationist, photographer, artist, and hippopotamus whisperer.

Chris was born thirty-three years ago to parents Tonk and Debbie Fischer.  He excelled in football at a small country school in South Salem – Sprague High School.  Chris then graduated with a degree in accounting from University of Oregon, where he developed a love for wetlands creatures such as Ducks, crocodiles, and hippopotamus.  Does hippopotamus have a plural form?

After seven years as a commercial real estate broker, Chris joined the team at Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor.

Chris met and married his true love Adrienne two years ago through eHarmony.  He travelled twice to her hometown of New Orleans.  On Adrienne’s visit to Salem, she stayed.  Adrienne still has her return ticket.

Chris loves to travel to photograph wildlife in remote locations such as Alaska, Belize, Guatemala, South Africa, Zambia, and the most beautiful place in the world – Botswana.  What is the most dangerous animal in Africa?  Hippopotamus.  Did you know more people are killed by hippopotamus than any other African animal – lions, poisonous snakes, and crocodiles included.  While “glamping” in a river delta in northwest Botswana, Chris took a late night bathroom break with a hippopotamus.  Chris woke to relieve himself.  He found a two ton hippo leaning into and crushing the side of his luxurious tent eating the surrounding vegetation.  Chris tried to creep out of the tent.  With each creaking step, the hippo stopped eating and snorted.  Chris eventually made it out of the tent.  The hippo moved on.  Adrienne never woke.

Chirs is not just a fair or warm weather wildlife photographer.  He also took his wife and Keizer Rotarian A.J. Nash to Canada to photograph the grey wolf – in twenty below weather.  While Chris and AJ were jumping up and down high fiving with excitement over seeing these amazing wolves, Adrienne and Sheena were suffering from frostbite.  Adrienne and Sheena did not complain.  And they are still married.

Chris’ will serve Rotary well.  He is passionate about international wildlife conservation and looks forward to working with local Rotary clubs in Africa to champion wildlife conservation. Please welcome my good friend, Chris Fischer to Rotary.”

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Grant Deadline Extended!

September 1, 2015


Do you know of a deserving organization that is in need of a partner?

Each year, our club accepts applications from organizations around the community that are looking for help to fund a major project. This year’s sponsorship amount is $30,000.

The parameters, details and information on how to apply can be found on the application form.

The deadline to apply has been extended to Friday, September 11, 2015. Good luck to our applicants!

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West Coast Young Professional Summit

August 31, 2015

Brenna and Tom bridge generations…and share a snack.

Club member Brenna Baucum spent the weekend traveling for Rotary and is back with a brief summary of her experience:

“Berkeley is warm in August. Muggy, in fact. It was on the university campus that I joined 52 other young professionals to experience the inaugural West Coast Young Professional Summit. This idea was started and funded on a national level by two Rotarians who wanted to find out how Rotary can better meet the needs of young professionals. Last year, an initial Young Professional (YP) summit was held in Chicago and of that, a few motivated YP’s started the ball rolling to launch one on the west coast.

In Chicago, only YP’s attended this conference. They found that as they took ideas back to their respective clubs, they were met with resistance. So, for the west coast summit, the organizers insisted that members of leadership join their YP representatives.

We spent the first day apart, YP’s in one areas of campus and district leadership in another. We independently brainstormed, taking the orthodoxies (aka, the “sacred cows” of Rotary) and discussing the why behind each. Day two brought the two groups together; we spent time collaborating, then broke out into our individual districts to talk about action items and baby steps we can take to implement change on a local level.

I recognize my bias, but I am particularly proud of our district’s ability to come up with innovative and creative ideas to help make Rotary and even better organization than it is today. We are fortunate to have such open-minded, ‘outside the box’ thinkers on our leadership team. I look forward to sharing some of those ideas at the District Membership Training on September 12, and more of my takeaways at an upcoming program with our members.”


District Governor Elect Tom Markos, Raven Brown (Seaside RC), District Membership Chair Diane Noriega, Brenna Baucum (Salem RC), Becky Rude (Greater Clark County RC) and District Vocational Chair Carlos Noriega.

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New Member Feature: David White

August 25, 2015

We’re happy to welcome our newest member David White. Learn a little more about David by reading this introduction, read at last week’s meeting by his sponsor, Dawn Bostwick:

“It is very much my pleasure to invite David White to become a member of our club.

David was born and raised in Lawrence Kansas and graduated from Lawrence High School.  In his youth, David participated in 4-H, Boys Scouts,   Coached Soccer, and took first place in State Competitions in Gymnastics for three straight years.  David was involved in several bike clubs, and rode across Kansas, Colorado, and Missouri.  He attended Kansas University (Go Jay Hawks!) with his sight set on engineering.

Somewhere along the trail however, David took a road less traveled, and has had a very interesting and eclectic list of vocations:

David has been a Chef, a Baker, Construction Worker, Manufacturer of T-Shirts, Wine Educator in various wineries in Napa and Sonoma Valleys, where he perfected his wine tasting.  He worked in a liquor store in Kansas City where he was robbed every Friday and Saturday night.   David was also a Banker, a Pool Cleaner, and a Limo Driver.  David is now becoming a successful insurance agent, specializing in business insurance.  We are pretty sure he has found his niche.

David is an active member of our community and is involved in Chamber events, Habitat for Humanity, is a member of the Homebuilders Association, and belongs to the Salem Young Professionals organization.

David knows his BBQ sauce and wines.  When our office has BBQs, David is our head cook and makes the best Tri-Tip and BBQ chicken you will ever taste.  Feel free to invite him over to your place if you need someone to ‘man the grill’.

David is married to his wife Sarah, who is an Account Executive for the Doctor’s Company.  They were blessed with a baby boy in May, who they named Ryder. David’s family is complete with two Jack Russel Terrier dogs. David still has family back in Kansas and goes back to visit when he can – as there’s no place like home.

David’s energy and appreciation of our community will make him a great addition to our club.  He is already on one committee!”

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New Member Feature: Jenn Columbus

July 23, 2015

We’re thrilled to welcome Jenn Columbus into our club. The following is the introduction as read by her sponsor, Chane Griggs:

Jenn Columbus is a proud lifelong Salem resident. She grew up in West Salem, attending Myers, Walker, and then South Salem High School, graduating in 2002. She moved to Eugene to attend the University of Oregon (Go Ducks!) and completed a degree in Family and Human Services with a minor in Special Education.

She was a member of Kappa Delta sorority. After graduation, Jenn moved back to Salem and began a seven year career at Family Building Blocks. In 2009, Jenn married her high-school sweetheart, Alex Paraskevas, in a real big, fat, Greek wedding in Athens, Greece. Jenn also sang in an indie-folk band called Your Friendly Beast for two years, and is a long-time member of Festival Chorale Oregon community choir and the Festival Carolers.

She is the Northwest Area Manager for SMART, Start Making A Reader Today, where she oversees the reading program in five counties, and also serves as a Board Member of Mid-Valley Development Professionals, Festival Chorale Oregon, Oregon College Access Network, and North Salem Business Association. Jenn lives in South Salem with her husband, Alex and their bird, Petrie.


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GoodWorks Project Application Form

July 22, 2015

Do you know of a deserving organization that is in need of a partner?

Each year, our club accepts applications from organizations around the community that are looking for help to fund a major project. This year’s sponsorship amount is $30,000.

The parameters, details and information on how to apply can be found on the application form.

The deadline to apply is August 28, 2015. Good luck to our applicants!

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Statesman Journal Article: Partnership with Haiti

July 16, 2015

We were happy to an article in The Statesman Journal this morning covering yesterday’s meeting. It shares the touching story of the way our club – as well as others in/around the Salem area – got involved with the well projects in Haiti.

Several of our members were quoted in the article, including Cynthia Witham. “It started with … a vision to give something back to the country that gave me a granddaughter.”

To read the entire article, click here.

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2015 Induction Video

July 2, 2015

Couldn’t make it to yesterday’s meeting? Catch the moving speeches from outgoing President Barry Nelson and incoming President Mary Way here!

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21st Annual Rotary Golf Benefit

June 24, 2015

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

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

Click here for the registration form.

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

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

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Building on Our Commitment to Literacy

June 22, 2015

Did you see today’s Facebook post about the great work our literacy committee is doing? Several members and volunteers met at the Salem Public Library to to label donated books for distribution at the Marion-Polk Food Share. We are proud to support such an incredible organization!

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New Member Feature: Tammy Dennee

June 19, 2015

Welcome to our newest member Tammy Dennee. The following is the gracious introduction read by her sponsor – member John McCulley:

It is our good fortune that Tammy Dennee will be a member of the Rotary Club of Salem. Tammy is a SNOB (Society of Native Oregon Born) calling Hood River her birthplace. She graduated from The Dalles High School and earned a degree in business administration from Kennedy Western University. Tammy also holds the coveted title of Certified Association Executive awarded by the American Society of Association Executives and is a Certified Meeting Professional as designated by Meeting Professionals International.

Tammy has a long and distinguished career serving farmers, starting in 1993 when she became Associate Administrator of the Oregon Wheat Commission. She was a leader in the Oregon wheat and grains industries for years including almost a decade as head of the Oregon Wheat Growers League, headquartered in Pendleton. After some forays into human services advocacy as Communications Director with Greater Oregon Behavioral Health and Executive Director of Building Health Families, she joined the Oregon Dairy Farmers Association as Assistant Director this spring.

With her involvement in the wheat industry, Tammy lived for 17 years in Pendleton where she was an ex officio board member of the Pendleton Round–Up Association. And this isn’t her first Rotary rodeo. Tammy is a past member of the Pendleton Rotary board and served on the Pendleton Rotary Foundation Board. She is a three time Paul Harris fellow.

Tammy boasts a long list of community service beyond Rotary. She is a past president of the Pendleton Chamber of Commerce and was appointed by the Umatilla County Commissioners to the Umatilla County Fairboard where she served for five years until her move to the west side of the state late last year. She currently is chair of the Oregon Agriculture in the Classroom Foundation. Tammy’s husband Michael works for the Oregon Department of Transportation and we have Michael to thank for bringing Tammy to our club. His promotion within ODOT prompted the move from Pendleton that eventually resulted in Tammy being here today.

She and Michael have two grown children, recently married son Brandon who lives in Seattle and daughter Mallory a student at Oregon State. Tammy enjoys reading and taking long walks. She is a five–time finisher of the Portland Marathon. She used to enjoy camping, but when she and Michael moved across the state, they ended up living in a camp trailer for seven months before finally finding a house in Dallas. It may take a while for that camping experience to work its way through her system.

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New Member Feature: Julie Huckestein

June 18, 2015



We are pleased to welcome Julie Huckestein into our club. The following is the warm introduction as read by her sponsor, Ron Hays.

Julie Huckestein was appointed President of Chemeketa Community College in Salem Oregon in February 2015 after serving as Interim President since July 2014.  Chemeketa Community College is the second largest community college in Oregon with two campuses and five community centers serving 36,000 students per year (12,500 FTE).  Julie has over 28 years of experience in community colleges and held the position of Vice President/Chief Financial Officer prior to her appointment. She joined Chemeketa in 2001.

Prior to Chemeketa, Julie worked at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany, Oregon for 14 years in various roles including Director of Budget and Finance.  She is a proud community college graduate and earned an AS degree in Business Administration from Linn-Benton Community College, a BA degree in Management and Organizational Leadership from George Fox University and a Master’s degree in Education: Policy, Foundations and Administration from Portland State University; all while pursuing her community college career.  She is a native Oregonian and a first generation college graduate.  Prior to joining community colleges, Julie worked for seven years at an accounting firm that specialized in small business, non-profit and tax accounting.  She also spent two years working for a non-profit agency related to job training.

Julie is on the board of the National American Association for Women in Community Colleges (AAWCC) and has been active in the local and state AAWCC organization for over 20 years.  She currently co-directs the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development.  She has presented at various conferences on the topics of budget and finance, computer software conversions and leadership and is a peer evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  She attended the National Institute for Leadership Development in 2007 and the Oregon Institute for Leadership Development in 1993.

She and her husband Jim have three adult daughters, Rachel, Kelly and Erika and two small grandchildren Hannah 5 1/2 and Holden 2 1/2 and another one on the way.  Luckily they live within two miles of her home!!  In her spare time she enjoys being with her family and friends, reading, traveling and camping and is learning to kayak.

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July 20: 21st Annual Golf Tournament!

June 17, 2015

Creekside Golf Club in Salem, Oregon

Mark your calendars: July 20th | The 21st Annual Golf Tournament!

Assisting 10 clubs in Salem, Keizer, and Stayton to raise funds for the annual Dictionary Project and other service projects throughout the year.

Creekside Golf Club | 6250 Clubhouse Drive SE.
Registration at Noon | Shotgun Start at 1:00 p.m

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

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Dr. Duvall Scholarship

June 12, 2015

Like many high school students, Earnest Duvall had big dreams when he graduated from high school in 1949. And as is common, neither he nor his family had the money to send him to college. But through the help of Silverton High School’s principal, Earnest received a scholarship from the Rotary Club of Salem to attend Willamette University. Without that assistance a college education would have remained a dream. Earnest went on to become Dr. Duvall, a successful radiologist who never forgot the Rotary Club of Salem’s helping hand.

In 2004 Dr. Duvall contacted the Salem Rotary Foundation about his desire “repay” the investment the Rotary Club of Salem made in him. He eventually gifted $50,000 to the Foundation. It was Dr. Duvall’s fervent desire that these funds be used for scholarships to help economically disadvantaged students who would not generally qualify for academic scholarships. The Salem Rotary Foundation has followed this directive with the creation of the Dr. Duvall Scholarship, a $2,000 award given annually to a deserving student at Chemeketa Community College.

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A History Lesson

June 10, 2015

Did you know that our club is rich with history? Since 1919, The Rotary Club of Salem has been changing lives in our community and around the world. Learn more about the history of our club by clicking here.

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2015 Small Grant Recipients Announced!

May 26, 2015

The Salem Rotary Foundation announced the recipients of the 2015 Spring Small Grants. Grants range from $500 to $1,500 each and are made to fund projects by local 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations in the Salem-area. Qualified projects must directly or indirectly foster, develop, promote, and encourage the health, education, and the general welfare of primarily youth in the city of Salem and the surrounding area. Grants are funded by SRF through generous donations by Rotarians and others.

The Good Works Committee received 20 applications but had limited funds to distribute. Awards went to these seven local organizations for a variety of different projects:

  1. Career Technical Education Center (CTEC).  Funds to CTEC will provide safety equipment, work attire, and personal equipment for participating local high school students who may have trouble affording necessary clothing and equipment.
  2. Capital Futbol Club. Funds will provide fall season scholarships for players previously turned away due to financial need.
  3. CASA of Marion County. The grant will support CASA bringing on 10 to 15 new Court Appointed Special Advocates. Funds will pay for recruitment materials, screening costs, and training books and related equipment.
  4. Marion County Circuit Court’s Mental Health Treatment Court. Funds will go to purchase gift cards for clients to buy needed mental health drugs and for the court to provide gift cards for rewards providing positive reinforcement of good behavior.
  5. Salem-Keizer Education Foundation. Funds will help SKEF purchase STEM Supplies and Crafts for Summer Camps and Other Programs in SKEF’s summer camps and winter and spring break programs.
  6. Salem Public Library Foundation. The grant will go to purchase 300 Spanish language books for SPL’s summer reading program.
  7. Start Making a Reader Today. Funds will support Literacy Activities at Four Corners Elementary. SMART will purchase books for children and conduct background checks on volunteers. The program will run weekly during the 2015-16 school year.

Thanks to all the organizations that applied. You are doing amazing things for the people of the Salem community. Keep up your tremendous efforts!

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