Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

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Authors & World Travelers
Gabi and Frank Yetter joined us from the coast of England as afternoon tea was being served. Prior to the start of their big adventure, they lived on the north shore in Marblehead. Both business leaders, Skip felt compelled to question their quality of life at a time when he was being promoted in the corporate world 15 years ago. Skip quit his job, Gabi closed her business, and the two “left the treadmill for a world of adventure.”
Skip began the presentation by reading an excerpt from their book, “Just Go,” which described how he decided to leave his job. Realizing something was missing in their lives, they bought two one-way tickets to Cambodia to pursue a life of adventure and service. Gabi kept a blog throughout their travels and described how when she first arrived in Cambodia, it felt chaotic, hot, and scary. Three years later when they were preparing to leave, she didn’t want to go. Skip and Gabi lived out of two suitcases and two backpacks, adapted to local culture, and learned Khmer, the native language of Cambodia.
After their time volunteering in Cambodia, they decided to continue exploring the world and experience other locations, people, and cultures. They signed up for two housesitting networks that allowed them to travel throughout the world and serve as short-term home and pet caretakers. There were some really great locations and some not so great experiences, but they learned something from every stop.
Gabi and Frank shared the top 10 things they learned on their travels:
  1. The world is friendlier than you expect it to be. A smile opens doors.
  1. Technology is a wonderful thing, and a smart phone with photos can help you navigate when you don’t know the language.
  1. Animals help people connect.
  1. Boston does not have the worst drivers in the world, but Sicily may.
  1. Medical treatment around the world is generally accessible with quality care.
  1. Namibia travel requires planning; bring lots of water and get gas every time you pass a station.
  1. Food can be an amazing adventure in itself.
  1. Cost of living around the world is generally profoundly less than in the US.
2.   You can travel well on a budget.
  1. Poverty or wealth is not determined by what you have. The less fortunate are the most willing to give.
The Phoenix School joined us again this week and asked thoughtful and amazing questions of the presenters. The Q&A with the EarlyAct Club is becoming a favorite part of the meeting for many Rotarians. Gabi and Frank closed out the presentation with some world trivia for the audience. The prizes were copies of their three books. It was a jolly good time had by all!


Ana Disla of Peabody
Sold by Kristen Armstrong

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Tony Toledo joined us this week.

Why I am A SALEM Rotarian

Ryan Guilmartin kicked off our meeting this week to share why he became a Rotarian. Rotary has been part of his life since he was a kid. His father is a Rotarian and used to bring Ryan to different Rotary events, especially when he served as president of his club. Service to the community was instilled in him at a young age. As an adult, Ryan first served the community as a high school teacher at Somerville High for 11 years. He then moved to the North Shore and became a realtor. At this point, he wanted to be more involved in the community, and his father encouraged him to look at Rotary. Jason Consalvo and Joe Amico also encouraged him to give Rotary a try. He joined and remains because he enjoys being involved in the community and likes impact our club has on education. Ryan has selected Bob Anthony to share next week.

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Bob Anthony celebrated his birthday with a delicious carrot cake and going out to breakfast with son.
  • Gerrit Bradley’s daughter Willa got into Skidmore College.
  • Joe Amico completed PETs (President-Elect Training). He is so proud of and impressed by our Club and is looking forward to the transition of power.
  • Heidi and Bruce Whear escaped to Maine and had a great time with friends in their pod and 55-degree temperatures. Both Heidi and Bruce are scheduled for vaccine #1 soon.
  • Jason Consalvo shared that his kids participated in baseball assessments at the Beverly Middle School, had fun, and were confident in their abilities. 
  • Leslie Levesque thanked Rotarians who sponsored the Phoenix School read-a-thon. Phoenix School kids read 56,000 pages! 

Club Announcements

Calling All Spoke Note Takers
Jason Consalvo is looking for members to assist with notes for the Spoke. Adria will still compile the bulletin each week but could use some help with the notetaking during the meeting. Taking notes for the Spoke is a great way for new Rotarians to get to know our members! Please email Jason if you are able to help. Kristen Armstrong was the wonderful volunteer this week!
Salem Rotary Scholarship Applications Are Posted!
The 2021 scholarship applications are now available on our website. The Scholarship Committee is already working to promote this opportunity to seniors. Please help get the word out in any way you can and direct interested applicants to the “download files” section of our homepage on the bottom right for the applications. Applicants must be residents of Salem, Massachusetts and may not be the child, grandchild, niece, nephew, great niece or great nephew (this includes adoptive or step relationship) of any current member of Salem Rotary, or any person that has been a member of Salem Rotary within the past five years. These scholarships are available to grade 12 high school and trade school students pursuing college or a vocational trade. Applications will be accepted from February 24 through April 10, 2021.
Upcoming Speakers
Mar 30, 2021
President & CEO, Essex County Community Foundation
Apr 06, 2021
Founder, Sail Beyond Cancer North Shore
Apr 27, 2021
President, Salem State University
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Member Birthdays
John Fisher
March 1
William Kielbasa
March 6
Robert Anthony
March 17
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