Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary...

As Rotarians, we take service very seriously and hold it above all else. United States Veterans take this commitment to the next level and make sacrifices like no others. We have had many Veterans in our Club over the years, and each has continued their dedication to the greater good through their membership in Rotary. This week we honored their service and that of all veterans at our Tuesday meeting.
Our very own Bob Anthony regaled our members with stories from his days in the U.S. Army. Bob shared that he was fortunate to serve in a time of peace following the end of WWII. He was inspired to enlist when he went to college and found that he was one of only three in the class of 130 who had not served in the military. He immediately went to the local Army office to join and was stationed on the west coast in September 1946, ultimately serving in Hawaii and on board an Army ship for 28 months. Bob shared a lot of good memories including stories about the relationships he made and how he served as a clerk and trainer, teaching military law. He shared how he spent his time on the ship traveling the Pacific to retrieve military equipment and the bodies of fallen soldiers so  they could be identified and receive a proper burial. While at sea, he and his fellow soldiers received a hero’s welcome by many of the locals on the various islands and countries they visited. Bob returned to California for discharge on December 22. His discharge was expedited with a few other soldiers so that they could be reunited with their families for the holidays. Bob was able to surprise his family back in Buffalo on Christmas Day with his return.
Following Bob’s talk, we heard from Command Sergeant Major (CSM) Kim Emerling, Director of Veteran Services for the city of Salem. CSM Emerling enlisted in the Army right out of high school, joining the Special Operations Command, which was a new initiative at the times. Following his return from five and a half years of active service, he joined the reserve and then Military Intelligence. CSM Emerling has had a remarkable career in the military and recognized there are good and challenging times, and he tried to make the best of all situations. His service shaped him for his role as the Director of Veteran Services. His job as director is to make sure veterans are able to connect with all of the benefits and resources they are entitled to while helping them network with each other and the community. He shared that the best part of his day is listening to veterans’ stories and helping them give voice to their experiences as it is important to recognize the sacrifice, whether veterans served in good times or bad, every day of the year.

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RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Jason Consalvo shared that his backyard shed is just about complete.
  • Marie Cardillo announced that the Evening in Paris is scheduled for this Friday and members are still welcome to sign up.
  • Gerrit Bradley climbed Mount Monadnock with his daughter and was impressed with her abilities and speed.
Upcoming Speakers
Nov 17, 2020
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Club Announcements

Board of Directors Meeting
Monday, November 9
The board discussed how to move forward with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) holiday event in a COVID-19 environment. One Club member very generously donated the funds for the gifts, which our Board voted to match with some of the funds budgeted for the traditional celebration. This will give DCF $5,000 to spend on gifts for roughly 100 children this year. See more information and opportunities to volunteer for this event below.
Thanksgiving traditions were also discussed, including the turkey money collection (see more details below) and the joint meeting with the Beverly Club. Adria will reach out to the Beverly Club president to see if they still want to carry on with this tradition over Zoom.
Turkey Collection – As is Club tradition, we will collect funds to support the North Shore Moving Market’s efforts to feed those in need on Thanksgiving. Per Jason’s emails, please use the donate button on our Club website to make your contribution. Please note that this is for the Thanksgiving or turkey collection so Treasurer Bill can distinguish your gift from other funds.
DCF Holiday Event – The DCF Holiday event will take place on Saturday, December 5. It will be a drive through event at the Kernwood Country Club. Volunteers are needed ahead of the event to help wrap the roughly 100 presents for the foster children who will attend this event. Volunteers are also needed on the day of the event to staff tables with treats and small gifts that cars will visit on the way up to the carport where families will be greeted by and receive gifts from Santa and his elf. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Adria.
An Evening in Paris
Friday, Nov. 13 at 6:30 PM
Join fellow Rotarians for an interactive adventure in Paris from the comfort of your own home! Our Parisian guide will entertain us with fun facts, stories and good humor while we enjoy our own refreshments (charcuterie and wine encouraged) and one another. The tour will last approximately 1 hour and will be followed by a secret underground after party you won’t want to miss! Guests are welcome to join the fun! Tickets are $20 per household. Email Marie if you are interested in attending.
Member Birthdays
Mark Shaw
November 5
David Wescott
November 10
Robert Lutts
November 16
Richard Lutts
November 19
William Henning
November 23
Marie Cardillo
November 25
Christopher Casey
November 27
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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Club Information
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
We are currently meeting via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to returning to the Hawthorne Hotel soon! In the meantime, please email for our Zoom link.
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