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This week at rotary...

We once again had a shorter meeting as the summer break from speakers continues. Recognizing the Salem Pantry's Executive Director and potential Salem Rotarian Robyn Burns in attendance, Claire Kallelis reminded the club of our goal to increase membership. 
For her part, Robyn was proud to announce the upcoming opening of a storefront for the Salem Pantry. It will be located on Congress Street. The Pantry is looking to hire several positions including warehouse managers and a communications director. Please feel free to send any potential candidates her way.
There were a couple of announcements this week. The Salem Rotary did receive a thank you card from the Massachusetts Audubon Society. The club had made a donation on behalf of the mother of Rotarian Gerrit Bradley who had recently passed away. She enjoyed nature very much which perhaps explains where Gerrit's love of birds comes from. She did have a Monarch butterfly garden in New Hampshire. The club was also introduced to Beatrice the Bee, named after Claire's favorite actress Bea Arthur. Beatrice is a reminder of the Districts agreement with Essex Heritage addressing the decline in pollinators, both locally and worldwide. Finally, the Speaker Committee is looking for speakers and is open to the idea of panels featuring multiple speakers. Feel free to send them any recommendations. 
Claire has clearly graduated from the Joe Amico School of Bell Ringing. The strength of her tolls has been greatly increased and we do sincerely appreciate it.  
There were 18 attendees this week along with three more on Zoom. 
The Hawthorne had a spectacularly healthy and delicious meal for us this week. Salad options included a Greek tortellini salad and an arugula salad, along with pita bread and hummus. Rice and broccoli sides were available too. The main course was a crab-stuffed sole! Importantly, it appears as if the iced coffee is here to stay, at least through the summer! The Bob Anthony Appetizer of the Week was a mixed berry shortcake. The chefs clearly had our health in mind this week. 
This week's meeting was short, so we decided to recycle this photo and joke from last week. Enjoy!
Mark Shaw, now know as Shaw-Zzzzzzz, attending Rotary
For possibly the LAST TIME, please see the UPDATED Committee Assignments below, and notify Ryan Guilmartin if you have any issues with the link. Committee assignments will be sent to the printer very soon! Time will be set aside at the next Salem Rotary meeting for committees to get together. 
Salem Rotarians gather last week at the Landing at the Salem Ferry for Dutch Drinks. From what we remember, a great time was had by all. 
DCF Picnic Has Added a Petting Zoo
Last week we reported that the DCF Picnic scheduled for August 17 had been postponed, rescheduled to Thursday, August 25 at 5pm. The tent has been set up (see below) and Liz Bradt was able to add a petting zoo for the event! As always, volunteers are needed, so please contact Liz or Francesca Little if you are interested.

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Adria Duijvesteijn brought the Executive Director of the Salem Pantry (and possible future Salem Rotarian) Robyn Burns as her guest. A/V Jack's promotion to "honorary member" might be on hold, but he was in attendance once again.

CAlendar winner!

Carl Consalvo
Rigged by Jason Consalvo

50:50 Raffle

Pot: $195
Scott Grover and Jacob Segal
No Winners This Week 


  • Claire Kallelis was proud, excited, and nervous all at once as she announced that her son begins orientation at Salem State on Wednesday!
  • Tim Clarke had a great time taking the boat to Cohasset with his wife. He also learned two important things about sharks that we should all keep in mind:
    • If it is close, splash water in their gills- sharks don't like that
    • If your arm is in a shark's mouth, don’t pull it out. Rather you should push your arm in to trigger gag reflex
  • Kristen Armstrong celebrated the birthdays of both of her sons. Jack turned  20 and Luke 12. The Armstrong household  had six 12 year olds over for a camp out where Kristen regretted to have eavesdropped on their conversations. The readers of the Spoke would love to know what was said!
  • Bruce Whear was relieved to announce that both he and Heidi have recovered from Covid, which also explains why he was absent recently from Rotary. He was able to get up north for a wedding and spent some relaxing time on a lake
  • Joe Amico was grateful that Adria let us know about Kevin Levesque’s brother's passing. The funeral was incredible. Rotary was well represented throughout the weekend. He had a great time meeting the family. On Saturday, his car club's monthly event was held in scenic York Harbor, Maine which was a great event featuring a barbecue. 
  • Rick Jakious reported that his wife Rachel is a middle school math teacher and is understandably stressed at this time of year. Nonetheless, he isn’t super supportive so she goes off on a camping trip. Rick was invited for the first time as the family went to Baxter State Park in northern Maine. They hiked Katadhin and a trail called the Razor's Edge, which turned out to be terrifyingly appropriately named.

Club Announcements

imageDCF PICNIC at The Plummer House
August 25 at 6 pm
Please note the time change. Several volunteers have signed up already to help cook the food and to interact with the kids. More volunteers are always needed for this great event. Contact Liz Bradt if you are interested.
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 weeks about the next event.
Phoenix School Summer Splash
August 31, 2022 at 6 pm at Adriatic

Celebrate and enjoy an evening of sipping summer wines with delectable hors-d'oeuvres and friends. Supporting the financial aid and educational programs of The Phoenix School and 40 years of innovative education. Get your tickets here! 

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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Salem, MA 01970
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