Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

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Last week, we were joined by Tegan Kurzynowski, programs and community engagement manager at Friends Forever International (FFI), and two FFI alumni, Eden Neiberg and Éirinn McAleese. Tegan logged in from Durham, NH and shared some of what FFI has been doing this past year during the pandemic and how they have been able to expand some of their programming in their virtual environment. She also noted that FFI is celebrating its 35th anniversary and is pleased to continue its partnership with the Salem Rotary Club. Tegan then introduced two FFI alumni: Eden and Éirinn.
Eden Neiberg joined us from Tel Aviv where it was 7:20 PM and in the mid 80s. Eden shared that he went through the program as a student and returned to the US in the summer 2019 as an FFI leader. It was then he visited Salem for the first time and went to the witch museum. He continues to volunteer with FFI as an alumnus from their Middle East Program, hosting a leadership program in the fall of 2019 and a weekend event for alumni in March 2020. COVID-19 has halted traditional FFI programming, but Eden has helped the organization adapt to a virtual environment and is now able to interact with more FFI contacts worldwide. They continue with alumni projects, created a shared lockdown playlist, and continue with Zoom meetings and workshops. One such workshop focused on human connection and peace. These virtual activities gave people something to look forward to at a time when everyone was feeling isolated. Eden additionally formed a volunteer squad to help children of health workers and started an environmental movement. With some pandemic restrictions being lifted in Israel and with flights resuming, Eden is looking forward to getting together for in-person FFI events again. That being said, he expects FFI will continue its activism both virtually and in person going forward.
Éirinn McAleese is a more recent FFI alumna, having participated in the program during the summer of 2017. She joined us from Belfast where it was 5:30 PM and 40 degrees. Éirinn stays busy working part time at a grocery store and attending college. She also volunteers at her local foodbank. Éirinn was not able to visit Salem during her FFI experience but is a fan of Salem history and looks forward to coming soon. She was an alumni facilitator for the team scheduled to go to Rochester, NH and hopes to be able to visit the states when FFI trips resume. She has enjoyed the virtual meetings with FFI, because it has given them the ability to grow their network and become a huge family. She noted that she would not have met Eden if not for the pandemic and the virtual environment, and she now considers him a good friend. She looks forward to being able to meet him in person, and our Club looks forward to hosting FFI at the Hawthorne, hopefully next year!


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VisIting Rotarians & Guests

None this week.


Rotarians shared their experiences with the first Spring Break Series event: the Hawthorne Dinner at Home. Those who attended had a lot of fun and a delicious meal prepared by chefs at the hotel. There is still time to register for the next event and to buy tickets for the next raffle. We will be having an in-home cooking lesson with Citizens Inn this Friday, May 14. Learn to cook something new and enjoy your efforts with some of your Rotary friends, while supporting both Salem Rotary and Citizens Inn which assists families and individuals with food insecurity in Salem, Peabody and Lynnfield.
Don’t miss this fellowship, fundraising, and fun! Email Rinus Oosthoek or Jen Close to sign up. Visit our website for more information.

Senior Fiesta Drive-Thru

Many thanks to Patty Pace, Leslie Levesque and the EarlyAct Club at the Phoenix School for their work at the Senior Fiesta Drive-Thru event with the Council on Aging! It was a gray and dismal day that was brightened by music, positive energy and smiles visible in the eyes of the participants and the volunteers (yes, we were all masked!). Roughly 110 meals were given out to seniors in the area who drove through and engaged with our EarlyActers who were willing to do anything to help.

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Jason Consalvo and his kids were talking about how computers were made, and Harrison guessed they were made from stone. This opened up a club discussion on typewriters!
  • John DiPiano introduced Hayley, a Villanova grad and legal assistant in his office, who received a Salem Rotary Scholarship in 2016. She learned today that received a full scholarship to New England Law.
  • Heidi Whear praised Joe who worked with her sister for 2 years and was part of her ordination last Wednesday. She is now a full reverend. Bruce added that Joe gave the best speech of the ceremony!
  • John Fisher got his second COVID vaccination this morning and so far no ill effects.
  • Siddartha Shah has been assisting with interviews of outbound Rotary Youth Exchange students and was asked to speak with a candidate from Salem.
  • Gerrit Bradley shared that Liz helped her sister give her chocolate show, and she gave Liz a tapestry that he would like to show to Siddartha to see if it would be of interest to the PEM.   

Club Announcements

Lifebridge Dinner Wednesday, May 12
Volunteers are needed for the next Lifebridge dinner. Again, a recipe will be provided to volunteers so the meal will be consistent, and volunteers will make a portion of the dinner in their home kitchens. Please contact Kristen Armstrong or Claire Kallelis if you would like to volunteer.
Upcoming Speakers
May 11, 2021
President and CEO, North Shore Chamber of Commerce
May 18, 2021
Interim President, North Shore Community College
May 25, 2021
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Member Birthdays
Kathie Strout
May 1
Jeffrey Holloran
May 4
James Lister
May 8
John Walsh
May 14
Francesca Little
May 22
Patty Pace
May 27
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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