Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary... 

Director of Design
North Shore Community Development Coalition (NSCDC)
David Valecillos joined us virtually this week to share information on the NSCDC and the Punto Urban Arts Museum. David is an award-winning urban planner and real estate developer with more than 10 years of experience. He oversees all urban planning projects for the NSCDC, including multi-million, multi-site projects and city-wide housing market analyzes. As part of his work with the NSCDC, David co-founded, and serves as the director of, the Punto Urban Art Museum, a nationally recognized social justice-driven public art program in the Point Neighborhood that features more than 85 large-scale murals by 75 international and local artists.
David began his presentation by providing background information on the NSCDC, whose mission is to invest in neighborhoods to create thriving communities through programs including real estate development, YouthBuild, art and placemaking, city planning, and advocacy. In 2012, the NSCDC collaborated with the city on a vision and action plan for the Point neighborhood which identified three main goals: housing investment, public infrastructure investment, and the elimination of any stigma connected to the neighborhood. These goals have been the focus of their work since then, and the NSCDC accomplished much by doubling their housing stock, creating youth programming and housing, and establishing Espacio, a community programming space, and a retail incubator on Lafayette Street as well as working with the city to improve parks and sidewalks. The third goal regarding the stigma of the Point neighborhood proved to be the most challenging goal.
To begin to eliminate the stigma, the NSCDC used a $5,000 place-making grant to paint crosswalks in the neighborhood in 2015. This small project turned out to be a catalyst for engagement between residents of all areas of Salem, beginning to break down the invisible barrier between the Point neighborhood and downtown. From there, the public art project grew to an open air museum featuring art on 40 NSCDC-owned buildings. Working with national and international artists, the art fostered neighborhood pride, increased economic opportunity for local businesses, and raised consciousness about social justice issues of Point residents.
Named “Punto” (the Spanish word for “Point”) to pay homage to the neighborhood and its current residents, the museum now contains 95 large scale murals, some of which showcase Point residents and the cultures of the neighborhood. There is also a local artist piece on Peabody Street which features 25 local artists who create works related to a social justice topic. Last year’s was “What it Means to Be Free,” and this year’s is “The American Dream.”
The Punto Urban Art Museum has led to many positive outcomes including cultural resiliency, community education, neighborhood and community pride, economic development, and regional and national interest.

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Visiting Rotarians
Assistant Governor Martha Mauser, Marblehead Rotary Club
Ken Steigler, Wake Forest Rotary Club (former Salem Rotarian)
Jim Dillon and Angela Turpin reached out to membership to express their interest in joining our Club. They attended as guests this week.

CAlendar winner!

Joy Fisher
Sold by John Fisher

50:50 Raffle

This week's raffle included:
Pot: $95
Players: Adria Duijvesteijn & Gerrit Bradley
No winners this week!
Salem Rotarian Bob Anthony has an incredible sweet tooth, as most in the Club know. He was eager to sign up for our Sips and Starters event and was looking forward to enjoying a root beer float at the event. Unfortunately, none of the restaurants were able to fulfill this wish. Later that weekend, on the way to visit his son in New York, Bob stopped at the Ben and Jerry’s Factory in Vermont with hopes of satisfying his root beer float craving. Sadly, even Ben and Jerry were not able to serve him his float. The Historic Hawthorne Hotel, however, is always able to meet its guests needs and happily surprised Bob with a root beer float for dessert on Tuesday.

Yours in service

A reminder that the Rotary Club of Salem has volunteered to host Lifebridge Dinner the second Wednesday every other month. It's easiest for member who volunteer to select a course to help make, and to plan on serving about 80 people. Please contact Kristen Armstrong or Jane Stirgwolt if you would like to volunteer.


  • Martha Mauser spoke about the Heroes Dinner and is excited to learn about what our Club has been up to. She also shared that she visited her brother’s club in North Carolina.
  • Ken Steigler visited us from Wake Forest, NC and shared what he has been up to in Rotary Clubs in New Hampshire, Wake Forest and online. He was proud to say that his first Club was Salem, and he enjoys coming back to connect with old and new friends.
  • Bill Henning shared that Thomas’ book is available for purchase! Here’s What Happened, by Thomas MacDonald can be purchased on Amazon or through his website. The official book launch is planned for November.
  • Bob Anthony told of how he drove to Plattsburgh, NY to visit his son and family and was hoping to visit his old Rotary Club, in addition to getting a root beer float on the way. He was disappointed to learn that his former club was only meeting remotely due to COVID-19. He is hoping to be able to visit them during his next trip!
  • Gerrit Bradley shared a bittersweet story about the dedication of the Dartmouth College Men’s Varsity Soccer Locker Room to his friend and classmate Christopher "Dom" Colasanti, who was murdered during the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. He noted that Dom’s father spoke and appreciated how the dedication and celebration brought Dom back to life for the weekend.
  • John DiPiano told of his wife and family celebrating his Uncle Tom’s 80th birthday by flying to Florida and hiding in his regular Friday night spot to surprise him.

Club Announcements

Accidently on Purpose November 5 at 8 pm
Don't miss out on the laughs with our very own Bruce Whear's improv troupe! Accidently on Purpose will take the stage at the Black Box Theatre in Peabody. More details to come, but you know it will be entertaining, so save the date!
Holiday Party
December 3
Save the date! More details to come!
Dickens Classic Trolley Ride
December 15 at 7 pm
December's social calendar is filling up, so save the date. We will most likely begin with appetizers before this classic ride!
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Upcoming Speakers
Oct 05, 2021
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Diane Pabich
September 5
Kristen Armstrong
September 6
Richard Blazo
September 6
Rinus Oosthoek
September 15
Jason Consalvo
September 16
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