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This week at rotary...

Salem Rotary
This week at Rotary we had our second evening meeting, and once again it was a fantastic success with many guests in attendance. John Fisher spoke to us about legacy giving and the Rotary Foundation. He was followed by another Salem Rotarian, Rob Lutts, who once again gave us an economic snapshot. Perhaps there will be a huge recession, perhaps there won't. Only those in attendance know exactly what Rob sees as the likely outcome. 
Bruce Whear, the chair of the board of the Salem Rotary Foundation, introduced this week's speakers. He noted that the Foundation operates at a zero cost due to the generosity of both Chris Casey and Rob Lutts, as well as their respective companies. Bruce also noted that he has left funds for the foundation in his will, and he no doubt hopes others will follow his lead. 
John Fisher told us the history of the Salem Rotary Foundation fund, dating back to 1992. The concept predates that time. He recounted his efforts to hit his goals in fundraising $25,000, the last two thousand raised to see John jug a beer while standing on his head. He apparently made a lot of money while in the army with this trick! Part of this fundraising was to create scholarships, and Rotarians realized that they needed a plan for stabilizing funds to ensure annual scholarship funds. The resulting funds still are over $1 million. John noted that legacy giving is a way to create, well, a legacy in the community. 
Robb Lutts also spoke about the Salem Rotary Foundation and explained how the finances work. This year we have $36,269 going to the Scholarship Committee. Combined, we have given out in excess of $425,000 in scholarships.
In terms of his economic forecast, Rob says that the economy is better than you think. The national economy is stronger than the rest of the world and innovation is accelerating. Interest rates my soon moderate, so Rob is optimistic about the near-term future of the national economy. We have an ecosystem that encourages growth here in the United States, which has always been a driver of our economic success. 
Rob's five themes on the cusp of great wealth are:
  1. Productivity tools, specifically software and artificial intelligence
  2. Transportation system with a focus on electric vehicles
  3. Digital enablers like blockchain 
  4. Metaverse platforms, like Meta (Facebook), Roblox, and Unity can broadcast events like virtual sports and concerts
  5. Energy storage in wind and solar
Rob listed several companies in each sector. 
Alex Sanchez officially joined Rotary this week. Alex is born and raised in Salem and was part of the Salem High School CTE program. He's currently a realtor at Douglas Elliman. Welcome aboard Alex! 
Chicken parm sliders and meatballs were just two tasty items this week.
The Bob Anthony Appetizer of the Week was tiramisu. I believe he had some for dessert too!
Alex Sanchez received his new badge as a brand new Salem Rotarian!!


You can now pay for your 50/50 Raffle tickets and Happy Dollars with your credit card. There will be a nominal fee for raffle tickets. Thanks to Doc for getting us one of those cool Toast devices!

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Marie Cardillo brought her friend Gerry Hildenbrand. Gary Stirgwolt visited once again and was John Fisher's personal hype man. Jeff McCormick was a guest of Bruce Whear. Jason Lang brought his wife Heather. 

CAlendar winner!

Jim Griffith sold by Bob Kennedy


50:50 Raffle

Pot was $60

Players: Leslie Levesque and Claire Kallelis

No winner this week!

We are looking for the Jack of Spades, clearly named in honor of A/V Jack, the newest employee of the Hawthorne Hotel. 



No news this week!

Club Announcements and events

Virtual Winter Classes
February 28 and March 2 6-9pm
Do you want to enhance your Rotary experience and learn how expand your service to be a more effective member? Parts I, II, III and Graduate will be offered (and must be taken in order). Sessions are open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors...whether or not they are currently serving as club officers or on the club leadership track. Sign up here!
March 21
Salem Rotary Meeting Time
The DEI and Membership Committee will be leading a discussion on additional options for membership, such as a community service membership. Be sure to attend so your voice is heard!
March 28 5:30-7:30
Real Pirates of Salem Museum
We will be having a meet and greet at the Real Pirates of Salem Museum. This will be the next evening meeting of the Salem Rotary. Snacks will be served. 
Spring Into Action
                          May 11
                          Hawthorne Hotel
Stay tuned. We will have much more for you in the coming weeks! SAVE THE DATE!
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February 9
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February 10
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February 19
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 28, 2023 5:00 PM
Salem Rotary Club Foundation
Mar 07, 2023
State Senator Joan Lovely - Legislative Luncheon Series with the Salem Chamber #1
Mar 14, 2023
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Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
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