Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary...

Interim-President, North Shore Community College
Last week, Interim-President Nate Bryant of North Shore Community College (NSCC) joined us as the first in-person speaker for the 2020-2021 Rotary year at our first hybrid meeting at the Hawthorne Hotel. President Bryant talked briefly about the impacts of COVID-19 at NSCC and then took us on a generational journey leading to a discussion on the characteristics of individuals from different eras.
Starting with the Silent Generation, those born between 1925 to 1945, to Generation Z, those born between 1997 to 2010, President Bryant reviewed historical, cultural, and technological traits of each generation, demonstrating the different experiences of those born within each timeframe. For example, the Baby Boomers (1946-1964) saw the transistor radio as revolutionary; whereas Generation Z saw smart devices and internet-based platforms for entertainment.
Focusing on Generation Z, as they make up a good portion of today’s college student population and the future workforce, President Bryant shared some of the “nevers” of that generation. They have never known a world without internet; never used a typewriter, and likely don’t know what a floppy disk is. They do make up 2% of the US workforce; are 25% Latinx; are enrolling in college more than any other generation; and on average spend almost 3 hours on social media daily.
President Bryant then shared what it takes to capture the attention of Generation Z. They like direct, authentic messaging as they have a shorter attention spans (8-12 seconds!). They are very conscious of social concerns and focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, the environment and community. 


Wesley DeOliveira of Salem
Sold by Rich Eisner

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

  • Jack Kiernan, Technological Assistance from Tabernacle Church


Salem Rotary Returns to the Hawthorne!
Our Club returned to the Hawthorne Hotel for its first hybrid meeting! This meant that Rotarians who are comfortable returning to the hotel for lunch did, and those who prefer to continue remotely were be able to login through Zoom. We had a little over 20 Rotarians present at the hotel, and around 7 attending virtually. We will continue in this format for the time being. If you are interested in attending an in-person meeting, please RSVP to Adria by the Friday before with your meal choice of chicken, fish or salad.

Why I am A SALEM Rotarian

Jane Stirgwolt shared why she is a Rotarian. Jane was encouraged by business leaders in her profession to pursue Rotary. She appreciated the commitment of the Club to the whole community and the doing well by doing good the Club did in service and making the community aware through events like candidate forums. Jane especially enjoys the hands-on service projects of the Club and remained a member at the urging of the Governor’s Council at her confirmation hearing for her position at the Lynn District Court. Rotary has become a family affair for Jane, as her youngest daughter, Hazel, was in the EarlyAct Club, her eldest daughter, Anna, is a Rotarian in New Haven, and her sister has just joined the Bristol, CT Club. Jane envisions continuing her involvement post retirement while she and Gary travel. One of the wonderful things about Rotary that is seen through travel is that Rotarians share so much in common. Rotary crosses political and geographic boundaries allowing unshackled energies toward the common good. Jane selected Dave Wescott to share next week.

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Joe Amico shared that he was sporting the Rotary polo shirt that Mark Shaw had given him. He also asked members to save the date for the leadership transition celebration for our Club on Friday, June 25 at the Hawthorne Hotel. While he is unable to attend his District Installation at the Danversport Yacht Club on Thursday, June 24, our Club is allowed to send up to four representatives. If you would like to attend the District Installation, please let Joe know!
  • Leslie Levesque shared a note from the EarlyAct Club which voted to contribute $500 to the India COVID Relief Project.
  • Francesco Sabelli was excited to announce that his company will allow flights for the common person starting this summer.
  • Bruce Whear shared that Heidi was appointed the inaugural Director of Aging Services for the town of Swampscott at a recent town meeting.
  • Jason Consalvo is coaching Harrison’s little league team and trying to bridge the COVID gap from t-ball to pitched games.
  • Liz Bradt volunteered to plant in Collins Cove with the Salem Sound Coastwatch. She also read in the recent Rotary Magazine that a Rotarian started the Citizens Climate Lobby, a group she is proud to be part of.
  • Tim Clarke was very proud to share that he made it all the way to the end of Dutch Drinks after the spring break series cooking class last week!
  • Nate Bryant shared that it was his 30th wedding anniversary.
  • Jen Close reported that the scholarship committee will be meeting that afternoon to interview 17 worthy candidates.

Club Announcements

Liz Bradt, Paul Harris +2
The Club is pleased to congratulate Liz Bradt who achieved her Paul Harris Plus 2 status. Liz was presented a pin at last week’s meeting! Thank you for your continued support Liz!
India COVID Relief Project
Thanks to the generosity of the Board, the EarlyAct Club and several Salem Rotarians, our Club sent $4,000 to District 6400’s India COVID Relief Project. Our funds alone will provide four oxygen concentrators to hospitals in need in India.
      Upcoming Events
  • Friday, May 28, 6PM – Spring Break Series: Hawthorne Hotel Wine Tasting with Martignetti
    This will be our one and only in-person fundraising event this year! The Hawthorne Hotel is prepared to host us, and their wine vendor, Martignetti, will take us on a wine adventure through Europe. The cost for this event is $25 per person. Please RSVP to Rinus by Tuesday, May 25!
  • Friday, June 25, 6PM – Club Leadership Transition Event
    In lieu of an installation, president-elect Joe Amico has decided to graciously share the spotlight of the celebration of his transition to club leadership with me as I pass the reins over to him to end this Rotary year. Please save the date for this in-person event at the Hawthorne Hotel. More details will follow.
Upcoming Speakers
May 25, 2021
Jun 08, 2021
Updates from the State House
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Member Birthdays
Kathie Strout
May 1
Jeffrey Holloran
May 4
James Lister
May 8
John Walsh
May 14
Francesca Little
May 22
Patty Pace
May 27
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President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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