Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

DEnnis King

Marblehead Chief of Police


Marblehead Chief of Police Dennis King was this week's speaker at the Salem Rotary. As you might know, Chief King grew up in Salem and did the bulk of his police work here, most recently as the acting Chief of Police. He recounted the times he worked directly with Rotary members, and benefited from programs and donations. For him, the most welcoming engagement has been with both Marblehead Rotary clubs, including a grant for gym at the police station. He is looking at joining Rotary because communities benefit from their local Rotary clubs. 

Dennis then spoke about how modern day policing shows why social justice is so important. Transparency and trust are essential elements, and he acknowledges that while policing is moving in a positive direction, more work needs to be done. He noted that diversity and cultural competency are being taught regularly now. This helps to build trust. Speaking to his own role, he says that the police chief focuses more on budgetary matters than actual policing, aside from managing personnel. In Marblehead, the challenges are not necessarily crime, but rather community engagement. His goal is to engage the community to work together and create services that the residents want or need.

Chief King then went on to explain some of the difference between Salem and Marblehead beyond the obvious. For example, the town government in Marblehead is very decentralized, unlike Salem. One commonality is that Dennis reminds officers that they took the job to make a difference, just like he did while acting Chief of Police in Salem. 

President Joe Amico noted that Chief King's view on policing is very much the representation of the Four Way Test. 

Scenes from Witch City Hibachi and the Best Attended Dutch Drinks yet!!!

the four way test

This week Kathleen Corcoran shared her thoughts on the Four Way Test. She mentioned strong Salem Rotary programs like the scholarship fund, Lifebridge dinners, and the Polar Plunge as examples of the Four Way Test in action. Personally, Kathleen aims to keep these principles top of mind. Sherry Leonard will speak next week on the Four Way Test.

Calendar Winner
Gary Sliver sold by Adria Duijvesteijn 
Pot               $490
Players        Jane Stirgwolt and Viktoria Talebian
No winner this week!

Guests and Visiting Rotarians

Just Jack "A/V" Keirnan and today's speaker. 


Senior Fiesta – May 2
The Senior Fiesta with the Council on Aging, formerly the Senior Prom, will be in person this year! The Club will be sponsoring and volunteers are needed at the Community Life Center on May 4 at 4 PM. More details to come!
Lifebridge Dinner
Wednesday, May 11
Volunteers are needed for the next dinner for Lifebridge. Please contact Jane Stirgwolt if you would like to volunteer!
Stand with Ukraine Telethon (Chelsea Rotary Club)
The Chelsea Rotary Club will be hosting a telethon April 28 from 4 to 6:30. If you would like to donate, reach out directly to the Chelsea Rotary at
Freshmen Fund
Jason Conslavo will be in touch with this year’s Salem Rotary Freshmen to discuss the Freshmen Fund which allows new members of the Club to decide what project or cause the Club should support this year with a $1000 donation.


Jason Consalvo had Four Way Test in action moment when he claims to have "nudged" another car while parking. He left note and the owner called to say all was good. The Consalvo clan also snuck away for a couple days in the white mountains with another Covid family. Since he is into sharing everything about his life, Jason described a tour of the Real Pirates Museum given by old friend of Rotary, Bill Golden.

Viktoria Talebian donated to birthday fund for herself and on behalf of her kids, as has been her tradition. This year the grand total was $107. She also went to Elon  with Rachel on accepted students day. Rachel has elected to go to school there. Congratulations! 

Liz Bradt donated to a family in Ukraine by reserving their AirBnB, one of the more creative ways to get money directly into the hands of those affected by the ongoing war there. 

Tim Clarke was proud to be reelected as the North Shore Bank Chairman of the Board. We are unsure how many folks wanted the position.  

Rick Jakious had some school vacation adventures! The first weekend was spent in Virginia hiking during a blizzard, which his family is describing as a "retroactive fun" trip. During the second weekend, Rick went to a mandolin camp. No word on when Pipes will perform at Rotary. 

Leslie Levesque reported that the Phoenix School also went to new Pirate museum and got a tour from Bill Golden. Jason was clearly copying their fun.

Gerrit Bradley celebrated his birthday was last week. As always, he celebrated with a friend who has a close birthday, a tradition that goes back to their 21st birthday at the Cheers bar. 

Carolyn Shapiro was thankful for the support that she and Bill Golden have received from Rotary and community. 

Upcoming events

Rotary Auction
May 20, 2022
Hawthorne Hotel
Please make note of the date change. The hope is that the later date will increase attendance. Sponsorship forms were handed out at Rotary this week. Please get them in by April 29!
Click the link below to log into the weekly club meeting via Zoom. 
Upcoming Speakers
May 03, 2022
How every Rotary member can and should use "ClubRunner"
May 10, 2022
What's happening in the Commonwealth
May 17, 2022
The Florida Everglades trip
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Member Birthdays
Viktoria Talebian
April 14
Richard Moore
April 17
Michael McLaughlin
April 19
Gerrit Bradley
April 21
Sue O'Brien
April 22

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