Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary...

President and CEO of North Shore Chamber of Commerce
Rob Lutts Introduced Karen Andreas as our speaker this week. Prior to her position at the Chamber, Karen had a 30-year career in journalism ending her career there as publisher of the media group that oversees the Salem News
Karen gave an update on what is happening at the North Shore Chamber, the largest chamber in the region with businesses of all sizes, representing 34 towns. They have 40 new members since the beginning of 2021, and the main reason business owners join the chamber is to be involved in the community. 
The North Shore Chamber’s mission is to shape policy and host events that result in making the North Shore a better place to live and work. They strive to “Advocate, Educate and Collaborate!” Their advocacy work focuses on legislation that will benefit businesses on the North Shore, and they work with community leaders and politicians to meet their goals. The Chamber hosts 100 events annually to educate the business community on a wide variety of topics in their areas of interest. In addition, they have a business leads group, host the North Shore Business Expo, and will publish a new business magazine for the region called, Impact. Thrive, the Chamber’s new women’s business group will launch in June. With regard to collaboration, the Chamber strives to help members build relationships and grow their businesses via networking events.


Ed Moriarty of Salem
Sold by Joanne Scott

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

  • Bruce Pacht, Lebanon, NH Rotary Club
  • Jeff Swartz, Salem Chamber of Commerce
  • Mary Beth Adams, PEM


Salem Rotary Returns to the Hawthorne!
Our Club is returning to the Hawthorne Hotel for hybrid meetings starting next Tuesday, May 18! This means that Rotarians who are comfortable returning to the hotel for lunch can, and those who prefer to continue remotely will be able to login through Zoom using our regular link.
There will be some slight changes to our traditional in-person and online formats, including:
  • Members will be required to wear masks and social distance when at the hotel, with the exception of when we eat lunch. Once you finish your meal, you will need to put your mask back on for the duration of the meeting.
  • Lunch will be plated and attendees will be offered two meat choices or a vegetarian option when they arrive. Similar to how lunch was served long ago, the Hawthorne will give attendees a ticket to indicate their meal choice to our servers.
  • We will log into the Zoom meeting and ring the bell at 12:15 to start the meeting, but will not start the programming until 12:40. For those joining us through Zoom, you may want to adjust your schedules, although you are welcome to eat lunch with us through the screen. Our meetings will continue to begin with our “Why Am I A Rotarian” segment at 12:40 PM.
  • All in-person attendees must RSVP by the Friday before the meeting they plan to attend. This is very important so that the hotel can have a somewhat accurate headcount and choose the correct space to accommodate our meeting. All members who RSVP will be charged for the meal whether you attend or not. This will help manage costs for the Club while we use this format.
The Hawthorne is just as eager as we are for our return. They have been working hard over the past year to adapt to restrictions and are following health and safety protocols to provide guests with the safest experience possible.

Why I am A SALEM Rotarian

Gerrit Bradley shared why he is a Rotarian. Sponsored by Doc Eisner, he was lured into the Club with a few free lunches, having served on the Salem Youth Hockey Board together. After attending a few meetings, Gerrit realized that he could get more out of Rotary than the free lunch. As a solo consultant with a lot of the business conducted over the internet, he enjoys the social aspect of Rotary very much. Rotary also allows him to connect to community and give back something he is missing now that he is no longer coaching. He enjoys helping to make projects and events happen, and that is why he stays. Gerrit selected Jane Stirgwolt to share next week.

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Francesco Sabelli shared that he and Rachel are expecting a second bambino! Rachel is due in November of this year! He and his family also had a nice weekend on the Cape.
  • Rinus Oosthoek mentioned that we are still trying to raise funds for the CTE scholarships. Noting that Mary Cardillo, Marie’s mom, generously donated $500 to the cause during the Hawthorne Dinner at Home event. If you are interested in joining Mary in supporting this initiative, please email Rinus!

Club Announcements

Board Meeting Updates
The Board discussed bringing our meetings back to the Hawthorne Hotel. To start our return, these will be hybrid meetings so anyone not comfortable returning in person can still participate. See above for more details.
The Board voted to support the India COVID Relief Project at the $1,000 level. District 6400 is coordinating a collection of funds to support this initiative, which will focus on providing oxygen concentrators that cost roughly $1,000 each. We challenge our members to match or surpass this commitment with individual contributions so that we can support this effort as much as possible. Please join us by submitting a donation through our website, by clicking on the "donate button" and noting “India Relief” in the notes section (indicated by the pencil icon once you get to the payment page). You can also contribute by check through the mail or get invoiced by emailing Bill Henning and letting him know the amount of your contribution. Donations must be received or committed to by Friday, May 14.
      Upcoming Events
  • Tuesday, May 18, 12:15 PM – First Hybrid Club Meeting
    RSVP to Adria by Friday, May 14 if you plan to join us in-person at the Hawthorne Hotel. Please indicate if you prefer chicken, fish or salad in your response. Interim President Nate Bryant from North Shore Community College will be our speaker.
  • 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 as soon as you are able so that we can work with the Hawthorne to prepare the appropriate space for this event.
  • 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 18, 2021
Interim President, North Shore Community College
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
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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Salem, MA 01970
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We are currently meeting via Zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to returning to the Hawthorne Hotel soon! In the meantime, please email for our Zoom link.
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