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This week at rotary...

It was great to see old friends Chris Casey and Sherry Leonard, both of whom made triumphant returns. In total there were sixteen Rotarians along Jack. It was Jack's last day with us. Leslie Levesque, Jenn Close, and Mark Shaw all joined us via Zoom. A gentle reminder that Rotary pays for a minimum of twenty meals for Rotary meetings. 
There were a couple of announcements from the District this week. First and foremost, 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. The District is also reminding all members about the Robert C. Wood Memorial Heroes Celebration coming up on November 10. District Governor Alexander Falk wants all clubs to submit a nominee. Last year we nominated Robyn Burns as our local hero, and you might have noticed that Robyn recently joined the Salem Rotary. Speaking of which, Robyn was given a welcome packet as a new member of Rotary though the badge has been held up due to supply line disruptions. 
There are two upcoming events sponsored by the Salem Rotary with tickets available. The first is the Sips by the Sea wine event at the House of Seven Gables. We have two tickets to the event which takes place this Saturday, September 10. The second is LifeBridge's Night to Remember at Tedesco Country Club on September 15. Donations for the tickets would be greatly appreciated and will be put back into the Funds Allocation account. Please contact Jason Consalvo if interested in either event.  
President Claire Kallelis spent time thanking Jack for his service helping our friends on Zoom stay in touch. She gave him a Four Way Test coin and provided his favorite meal at lunch, which turned out to be tacos. 
We also received a thank you note from the DCF for the recent event at the Plummer Home. The organization got amazing feedback from attendees. They thanked the Salem Rotary for organizing the event and donating a new grill. We also received a lead on a new local project concept for building beds. The Community Service Committee is looking into it. 
There are several things for the Salem Rotary to look forward to. Rosters have been printed and will be available next week. Be sure to pick yours up! Our speaker program will also start back up this week.  
Mike McLaughlin also spent some time explaining some of the highlights from his travels as Assistant District Governor. He went to the Ipswich-Rowley club which meets in the morning and apparently sings song, most recently God Save the Queen in celebration of the upcoming visit from the Ipswich, UK club. He also traveled to one of the Marblehead clubs where he sat with more McLaughlins who were in the plumbing profession, though shockingly no relation.
Claire Kallelis closed out the meeting with a song for our members who had August birthdays and to commemorate Jack's last day. The song was You're the Tops, and apparently requests for more songs have been pouring in to Claire. Jenn's Jazz Hands were greatly missed.  
This week the Hawthorne Hotel served Jack's favorite meal; build your own tacos with assorted toppings. There was a nice garden salad to start off with. The Bob Anthony Appetizer of the Week was a banana pudding with freshly whipped cream. Bob even had some for dessert!
Robyn Burns getting her Salem Rotary swag bag​​​​​​​

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

A/V Jack made his final appearance at the Salem Rotary and will no longer be an honorary Rotarian. We wish you the best of luck Jack!

CAlendar winner!

Jana Silvia
Sold by Jane Stirgwolt

50:50 Raffle

Pot: $265
Jacob Segal and Chris Casey
No Winners This Week 


  • Rinus Oosthoek returned to the Salem Rotary wearing a stunning black jacket. He visited the Netherlands and was happy to report that his mother is doing excellent. He was even more happy to announce that he did not use a car once during his two week stay!
  • Marie Cardillo also just returned from a two week trip, this time to Ireland. She spent a lot of time kayaking and drinking Guinness, but we are unsure if these two activities were done simultaneously. 
  • Claire Kallelis is looking for a support group after moving her son into his college dorm. Guinness and kayaking, perhaps?
  • Gerrit Bradley is an empty nester now that the final child has been dropped off at Skidmore by Liz. Maybe another member of the Kayaking and Guinness Club? Jake is enjoying school in the Tampa area but his emotional support cat is caught up in some administrative red tape and is currently with Jake's grandfather.
  • Jason Consalvo pondered his children's futures and questioned whether or not they will ever leave the house for any institution of higher learning. He wondered which emotional support animal would be best suited to his situation, and the Salem Rotary agreed that a donkey would be perfect. 

Club Announcements

Lifebridge Dinner
September 14
Rick Jakious will be taking over the planning of these events for this Rotary year. Volunteers are always needed. Reach out to Rick to volunteer, and we will have more details in the coming week. 
Burba Dental Partners and the Salvation Army are hosting an event on September 15 at 6:30 pm at the East Regiment Brewery. The Salvation Army North Shore is an incredible resource for individuals in need in the Salem community. The items that The Salvation Army needs the most are listed on the link below.  Monetary donations are also always welcomed.
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
Matthew Ingram
August 17
Scott Grover
August 26
Nicole McLaughlin
August 29
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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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