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This week at rotary...

This week at Rotary, various committees provided updates from their meetings. First and foremost, Jason Lang received his official Rotary badge. Welcome aboard Jason!
The calendars are done! A special thanks to Gerrit and to Rotarians who bought advertising space. This year, the theme is once again postcards because we had so many left over. The goal for next year is to actually get the bulk of the work done this Rotary year, and the committee is looking at a potential Then and Now theme. Ideally these would be printed prior to October so Rotarians could capitalize on free spending tourists. Mike McLaughlin noted that the Rockport club gets their calendars done in time for the tourist traffic over the summer. 
Jen Close gave us an update on grants. The Salem Rotary has applied for a second $3,000 grant for the Salem Pantry, which would double the amount already given. Congrats to Jen and Robyn!
There are several Christmas tags still available for the YMCA gift event. These extra tags can be picked up at the YMCA. Gifts and tags should be dropped off at the Y on December 19. Speaking of Christmas events, our DCF Holiday Event is coming up on Saturday December 17. See the Club Announcements and Events section below for more information.
The Membership Committee reminded Salem Rotarians of their goals:
  1. Bring one person to a Rotary meeting
  2. Attend Networking Event
  3. Attend one Rotary event
Joe Amico once again reached out to a Salem Rotarian that we have not seen in a while, this time John Nealy. Carolyn Shapiro noted that there are 240 businesses in the city of Salem. This week somehow there were two people selected by the Membership Committee in the Trick or Task baseball game they've created. It was clearly rigged as Rick Jakious won a gift card while Ryan Guilmartin was assigned a task of finding an article to bring to Rotary. The man can barely read!
Unfortunately for Rinus, the Netherlands lost a close fought game against Argentina and they were eliminated from the World Cup. The Oranje did score one of the most memorable goals in World Cup history to send the game into extra time though. The Netherlands remain the greatest national team to never win the World Cup. On the positive side, Rinus did tell us that the Superintendent of Schools in Salem will begin to assign administrators to attend Rotary starting in January. 
Jason Consalvo did share some updates on sex education in the Consalvo household. These stories were unfortunately too risque for the pages of the Spoke, but our editorial staff will no longer look at sewing the same way again. It should be noted that the meeting ended early and Jason Consalvo was present, thus potentially one of the great theories here at the Spoke. 

Please pick up your calendars on Tuesday at Rotary. Otherwise you can go to Claire's office at the Hawthorne Hotel. 


You can now pay for your 50/50 Raffle tickets and Happy Dollars with your credit card. Scan the QR Code and fill out the information on the Toast website. 

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

No guests this week but old friends John Fisher, David Wescott, and John Walsh were in attendance. Mr. Walsh was also seen one of our Sips and Starters spots, All Souls Lounge, during the week. 

CAlendar winner!

Bart Blaeser sold by Viktoria Talebian

50:50 Raffle

Pot: Not a lot
Scott Grover and David Wescott
There were no winner this week


  • Bill Henning announced that the Salem Chamber has raffle calendars out too. Prizes include a $20 gift every day, a$500 gift every Thursday, and $1,000 at the end of the month. He might be sold out by now.
  • Jen Close must be excited that her son just turned 16. Good luck Jen!
  • Liz Bradt was reminded of Bart's birthday thanks to a bank rep on the phone who happened to say the day. That was a close one!
  • Mike McLaughlin did his part and picked up an angel tag for the YMCA. The gift he had to get was a pack of diapers for an 18 month old. He had to bug young parents at the store for the correct size.
  • Rick Jakious had an exciting announcement. He has taken the role of Chief of Staff for Seth Moulton. That means he will be in Washington D.C. every few weeks. Congratulations!
  • Bruce Whear is belly deep in Santa Season. He had a private gig in a function room filled with Italians. He told a nonna (grandmother) that she is always good, except for that "one time in 1987." Nonna asked how he know about that.
  • Claire Kallelis expressed sympathy for the loss of the Netherlands at the World Cup. 

Club Announcements and events


Saturday, December 17, 2022
Kernwood Country Club
We will once again be participating in the DCF Holiday event at Kernwood Country Club. There are many shifts available beginning as early as 9:15 in the morning when volunteers are needed to help transport the gifts from Danvers to Salem. Setup at the Kernwood will be from 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM. The party will last from 1 – 3 PM, and clean up will be from 3 PM until it’s clean! Please contact Liz Bradt for more details and to sign up!
Virtual Winter Classes
February 28 and March 2 6-9pm
Do you want to enhance your Rotary experience and learn how expand your service to be a more effective member? Parts I, II, III and Graduate will be offered (and must be taken in order). Sessions are open to all Rotarians and Rotaractors...whether or not they are currently serving as club officers or on the club leadership track. Sign up here!
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Member Birthdays
John Neely
December 12
Deborah McNulty
December 13
Bruce Whear
December 17
Nicholas Helides
December 17
Joe Amico
December 20
Malia Griffin
December 29
Club Information
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Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
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