Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary... 

Senior Policy Advisor
Minority Veterans of America

Today's speaker was Hanna Tripp, a Senior Policy Advisor for Minority Veterans of America and former Veteran Case Worker at the Office of Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA). Hanna served in Iraq as an AC-130 Aerial Gunner, and in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a C-5 Loadmaster. Hanna starter her speech by explaining that there is no unique veteran experience that she considers definitive that there is no one true identity or perception of the veteran experience.

The bulk of Hanna's speech focused on the Afghan Back efforts. The main focus is to help Afghani citizens who risked their lives to aid the American war effort in Afghanistan and who are now at risk. Hanna was truly inspired by news of the dangerous plight of interpreters in postwar Afghanistan. She became involved in this effort expecting to get employment verification letters for Afghanis to prove that their claims were valid and easing their attempt to leave Afghanistan. Instead they ended up with a massive list of thousands of names of people who needed various forms of help. She has help coordinate ground evacuations, get Afghanis flights out of Afghanistan, and coordinate medical care for people who would otherwise not get any. She has helped coordinate the extraction of kids and families out of Afghanistan. Hanna explained that this is both a civilian and veteran effort to help people who saved American lives. They have helped move more than 300 Afghanis to safety, as well as set up telehealth platform for Afghans.  This experience has created a community for veterans and civilians alike, and defines what it means to be a veteran to Hanna. Veterans banded together to connect with the Department of Defense and other militaries to help Afghans in need.

Unfortunately many Afghans have been lost, and Hanna recounted having to be involved in making difficult decisions about how time and resources would be spent. These experiences have a created a strong bond similar to those who have been in combat together- a singular mission and objective to get people to safety. This shows how we can bridge the divide between veterans and their various experiences both in service and afterwards. The focus of this mission allows these veterans who all had different experiences to see what connects them.

Hanna then went on to explain her feeling that the military is somewhat disconnected from the rest of American culture, and that we all need to come together instead of isolating military as a separate entity. The easiest way to help these efforts is to donate money, which is always needed. Support effort such as these succeed with funding. As winter draws nearer and the conflict in Afghanistan wears on, there will be fewer and fewer flights out of Afghanistan. Another way to help is to press Congress to pass the Afghan Adjustment Act. Finally, you can provide support for Afghan refugees in many ways. 

Hanna, who is transgendered, struggles with not being declared “worthy” by military after returning home. She had difficulty serving in the same military that was actively worked against her and was fighting against fair treatment. This was a driving force in Hanna working for Minority Veterans of America. She can be reached at


US public private initiative to resettle Afghan Allies into our communities. Opportunities include sponsoring families, providing temporary housing and donating time and resources 

“As a sponsor circle, you and your neighbors will take on tasks like finding initial housing, stocking the pantry, connecting children to school, providing initial income support, and helping adults to find employment. “ 


For donations, the Afghan Medical Professionals Association of America (AMPAA) would be the place where it would do the most good. Currently medical providers in Afghanistan have not been paid in over 3 months and basic medicines as well as supplies have become scarce. AMPAA has been instrumental in helping me to stand up both a telehealth platform connecting people in Afghanistan to US based doctors for free medical and mental health advice to operating an underground healthcare network for those being targeted by the Taliban. It is the latter effort that donations would have the most impact, as we have not been able to compensate these providers delivering care for us in Afghanistan. Given that a specialist visit normally would cost $15, the money would go a long way and would have the tangential effect of allowing them to continue to provide medical support for all Afghans.  

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement

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.

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Jim and Claire Bailey made a return trip to Salem Rotary, as did Bruce Whear's neighbor Atila who is in the process of getting his paperwork set to join Rotary. As always, Jack Kiernan our resident A/V superstar was present.

CAlendar winner!

Mirela Mita
Sold by John Fisher

50:50 Raffle

This week's raffle included:
Pot: $444
Players: Nicole McLaughlin and Roberta Crosbie
No winners this week!
WHat The four way test means to me
Bill Henning spoke about the 4-way test this week. He spoke about the first tenet of the test: Is it the truth? He opened with the truth- that he completely forgot that he was presenting this week. Bill went on to explain part of his role in a commercial lending is relying on an individual's character. In short, are they being truthful in their application and ability to repay the loan? He then must go on and be truthful with the bank to ensure all parties are on the same page.  Rick Jakious is set to speak next week.  

Yours in service

A reminder that the Rotary Club of Salem has volunteered to host Lifebridge Dinner the second Wednesday every other month. The next event is November 10. More volunteers are needed to cook at home and bring the food to Lifebridge. It's easiest for any members who volunteer to select a course to help make, and to plan on serving about 80 people. Please contact Claire Kallelis or Liz Bradt if you would like to volunteer. Liz can be reached at her NEW email address:!
We are once again collecting money for the North Shore Moving Market's Turkey Collection. You can donate at next week's Rotary meeting or through PayPal, which you can access here. Just be sure to toggle to a general donation and leave a note that this donation is for the Turkey Collection!
The Calendars are beginning to take shape. Gerrit Bradley has asked that if you know of anyone who would like to advertise in the Calendar, please send their contact information on to Gerrit. 
Salem High School's CTE Department has reached out to the local business community seeking volunteers to join one of the Program Advisory Committees. To learn more about this opportunity, there is an informational meeting at the Black Cat Restaurant at Salem High School on November 17 from 5:30 to 7:30. For additional information, contact Rinus Oosthoek.
The team at Burba Dental Partners is partnering with Notch Brewery to fundraise for Plummer Youth Promise. They will be collecting donations of the most needed items on Thursday, November 4 from 6 to 9 pm. There will be raffles as well! For more information, contact Randy Burba


Happy Dollars!!!

Patricia Pace announced that this is her last official week at Century Bank and she will not be moving on to Eastern Bank. Instead, she will be taking a month off to spend time with her daughter. 

Rinus Oosthoek wanted to thank Tim and Alice Clark for taking Robyn Burns to the awards dinner at Danversport. He was also excited to announce that we have raised  over $1100 for the Ipswich River project and that you can still donate. 

Adria Duijvesteijn took a moment to thank everyone for going to the PYO for AOP event. Bruce even got a nice round of applause! 

Liz Bradt was excited to announce that she will be traveling with her dad to Antarctica to see a total eclipse of the sun and will be gone for a month. Have fun!! 

Claire Bailey was excited to share how Jim’s 90th birthday was celebrated on both October 14th (birthdate on his birth certificate) and October 15th (birthdate on his military certificate). 

Club Announcements

Annual Meeting with the Beverly Rotary Club
November 17 
This year, the Beverly Rotary Club will be hosting us at the Danversport Yacht Club. 
Holiday Party
December 3
Save the date! More details to come! It will be at Tabernacle Church in Salem, and both Joe Amico and Adria Duijvesteijn will be cohosting the event. 
Dickens Classic Trolley Ride
December 15 at 7 pm
December's social calendar is filling up, so save the date. We will begin the evening with appetizers and drinks at Finz before this classic ride!
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Upcoming Speakers
Nov 16, 2021
Committee Meetings
Nov 23, 2021
Salem - Beverly Thanksgiving Football Celebration - In Danversport
Nov 30, 2021
Classification Talk
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Member Birthdays
Mark Shaw
November 5
David Wescott
November 10
Robert Lutts
November 16
Richard Lutts
November 19
William Henning
November 23
Marie Cardillo
November 25
Christopher Casey
November 27
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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