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Karen Nascembeni
North Shore Music Theater
Our guest speaker this week was Karen Nascembeni, the General Manager of the North Shore Music Theater. She spent the bulk of her presentation sharing her experiences battling Covid-19 and her long road to recovery. Karen and her husband, Steven Richard, were two of the first people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to be hospitalized with Covid-19. She explained how weak Steven looked upon arriving at the hospital and that she knew he would not survive. This turned out to be unfortunately accurate. He blew her a kiss goodbye and it was the last time she saw Steven alive. Karen then courageously battled Covid, including being in a coma for 31 days. When she did finally wake up after many hallucinations, she knew Steven was gone and asked about her sisters. They explained that the world had changed drastically, something we all know too well. Karen had to set aside mourning for her husband and turn her attention to survival. She nearly died at least three times and has permanent heart damage. 
Karen eventually ended up in the care of family as she recovered. Besides binge watching shows, she appreciated the care that they gave her, as well as the healing nature of a swimming pool with a T-rex floatie in it. It was during this time that Karen turned her focus to gratitude. Instead of mourning the time missed with Steven, she celebrated the times that they had together. She also developed an appreciation for nature. Most of all, Karen is grateful for all of the people that she has in her life. The health care workers who kept her alive and handled her family were wonderful. Overall she feels like all of the good deeds she has committed in life have been given back to her tenfold. The North Shore Music Theater was closed for about a year and a half which did create its own stresses but also allowed Karen to recover. 
Karen then explained a conversation she heard on NPR that encouraged her to call into the show and share her experiences. This turned into an invitation to be a television as well, and she has been able to share her experiences with a broader audience. Steven's story will be featured on television as well. While Covid cases are on the decline, Karen reminded folks that people are still dying and even those that survive may have long-term effects. She stressed that one cannot control which type of Covid a person will get nor how their body will respond to it. 
Right now, Karen says she is living her best life every single day because she almost died three times in the hospital. She did note that a grief counselor helped a lot as well and “saved my life”. The return to work was into a different world with a lot of uncertainty. The theater is up and running again and the people came back. Karen says she will work to get every seat filled in the theater. Finally, she is writing a memoir called “Heartbreak and Hope”.
You can now pay for your 50/50 Raffle tickets and Happy Dollars with your credit card. Scan the QR Code and fill out the information on the Toast website. 
President Claire Kallelis is looking for prizes to be auctioned off at the upcoming Heroes Celebration (see below). Prizes can be pooled together in basket and auctioned off together. 
This week the Hawthorne Hotel served a delightful Italian dinner in honor of our guest. There was of course pasta and meatballs, along with green beans and a Caesar salad.  The Bob Anthony Appetizer of the Week was a carrot cake. 

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

We were joined this week by our speaker.

CAlendar winner!

Carol D'Entremont
Sold by Rich Eisner
Peter Seufzer
Sold by Bill Henning

50:50 Raffle

Pot: $515
Mike McLaughlin and Tim Clarke
No Winners This Week 


  • Mike McLaughlin wanted to share that he got his Covid and flu booster shots this week because he knows many people who have gotten Covid recently. He encourages others to do so, as does today's speaker.
    Jason Consalvo has started Noom which he is calling "psychological help". He went with the family to Kerri's cousin's wedding, which had fire twirlers on the agenda. Needless to say, the kids requested to stay until all of the fire had been twirled. 
  • Rick Jakious used the New York Times Magazine to resolve a dispute with his wife over having the family dog taxidermied. They agreed to whatever the judge who writes for the magazine decided. Rick prevailed, so the dog will not be stuffed, and thus became the first man to publicly win an argument with his wife according to Jason Consalvo. 
  • Gerrit Bradley had a great time at an Oktoberfest style family barbecue in New Hampshire at his father's place. 
  • Rinus Oosthoek was excited to report that the city had 21,000 visitors on Thursday for the parade. He was excited to have actual figures as those are now being tracked, but we do not know if he was also excited by the actual number. 

Club Announcements

Mini-Grant Applications are now open. The purpose of this mini-grant is to encourage the Rotary clubs of District 7930 to do a project in one or more of the areas of the Environment, Membership, Public Image, or Diversity/ Equity/ Inclusion. Projects that touch multiple areas are encouraged. The grant is intended to reinvigorate the clubs.

End polio now webinar
october 13 

Join us for an interactive evening with PDG Mike McGovern, Chair International PolioPlus Committee at Rotary International & represents Rotary on the Polio Strategy Committee of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI).  The Zoom webinar is on October 13 from 7 to 8:15 pm. 

Robert C. Wood Memorial heroes celebration

Thursday, November 10th will be our annual Rotary Foundation event, but this year we are renaming it the “ROBERT C. WOOD MEMORIAL HEROES CELEBRATION” in honor and memory of our friend, the late Past District Governor Bob Wood (2018-19). This event will be starting at 5:30 PM at the Danversport and we hope that many of you will be attending. The evening will include a social hour, silent auction, dinner, and Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) presentations.
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
Member Birthdays
Diane Pabich
September 5
Kristen Armstrong
September 6
Richard Blazo
September 6
Rinus Oosthoek
September 15
Jason Consalvo
September 16
Upcoming Speakers
Oct 04, 2022
North of Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Oct 11, 2022
North Shore Music Theater (NSMT)
Oct 18, 2022
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Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
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