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Compassionate Leadership
A global health activist, former CEO of Tivity Health, and founder of the Tramuto Foundation and Health eVillages, Donato has nearly four decades of business leadership experience and is most notable for his ability to balance transactional and transformational leadership within organizations. He as launched two successful start-ups and successfully led the turnaround of a public healthcare company and executed innovative programs leading to sustainable business.
Donato began his talk by noting that our meeting marked the end of his six-month book tour, which included nearly 100 presentations throughout the world. His book, The Double Bottom Line: How Compassionate Leaders Captivate Hearts and Deliver Results, is so popular that it is in reprint and is currently on backorder.
He went on to share a very personal story about how he lost his hearing as an eight-year-old child due to an infection and the challenges he faced with bullying and his lack of voice, while he navigated a world without sound. He went through several surgeries with the sixth finally being successful. Despite this success, Donato had to overcome his worst challenge, which was the sound of his own voice at age 16. He worked closely with his sister-in-law, a speech therapist, who helped him overcome 99.9% of his speech impediment and gave him a new confidence and passion for healthcare and giving the marginalized a voice. His experience being bullied as a child and not being heard also gave him the opportunity to learn and value kindness and compassion.
Donato discussed how the pandemic exacerbated and highlighted how circumstance and society determine a person’s health or access to healthcare more than their DNA. He also added how loneliness has been shone to be the new chronic illness of the 21st century and can lead to health impacts similar to smoking 15 cigarettes a day.
He shared how 1 billion people will likely die prematurely, because they do not have access to healthcare. This is roughly 15% of the world’s population and inspired he and his partner, Jeff, to launch Health eVillages. Health eVillages collaborates to advance health care access and improve the quality of care by providing state-of-the-art mobile health technology to medical and public health professionals serving the most vulnerable populations around the world.
Donato closed by talking about life’s “bulldozer moments” and how important it is to avoid the path of hatred and anger and pursue a path of compassion and change. With 99.9% of human DNA being identical, we have a lot more in common than different. He invites us to join him to make the world a more compassionate place.


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VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Today our Club welcomed Jason Lang, guest of Marie Cardillo, and 3 friends of our speaker.

CAlendar winner!

Nicole Ferria
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50:50 Raffle

Pot: $645
Rinus Oosthoek & Tim Clarke
No Winners This Week 


  • Rick Jakious shared that he dropped his son off to volunteer at a car wash and learned he had joined the Interact Club in Marblehead! He is hopeful that Phineas was paying attention to all Rick shares about Rotary, but it is more likely a happy coincidence. 
  • Gerrit Bradley was thrilled to watch Willa race in the head of the Charles last weekend. 11,000 athletes competed across 3 days. He highly recommends you attend if you ever have the chance. 
  • Mike McLaughlin shared his good Rotary deed of the week. He is now a proud member of the Rotary Polio+ Society by signing up for a monthly donation of $10 to the fund.

Club Announcements and events

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North Shore Music Theater
Wednesday, November 2 
Another night of fun and fellowship. The evening begins with a gathering at 6:30 PM in Studio 2 for light snacks and a cash bar. The show begins at 7:30 PM. The cost to attend is $64.50 per person, and the event is open to all Rotarians, their families and friends. If you are interested in attending, please sign up at tomorrows meeting or reach out to Viktoria Talebian by email at viktoriatalebian@comcast.netFinal RSVPs are due by 12noon on Monday, October 31.

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. President Claire Kallelis and Mike McLaughlin will be attending and encourage you to join them! The evening will include a social hour, silent auction, dinner, and Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) presentations. Tickets are $75/person.
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
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18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
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