Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club
Annual Meeting
This week was the Annual Meeting. Club President Joe Amico began the meeting this week by noting that the only real matter of business was to elect the Board for next year. He claims that this year so far has been pretty easy for him because the Board is such a well oiled machine. Joe did make a couple of notes throughout the meeting, with the first being that it was being held on the 80th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He also noted the passing of James Lister, the Executive Director of Plummer Youth Promise for fifteen years. Rick Jakious added a few words about his interaction with James, who Rick knew to be the consummate family man with a passion for life. 
Project Services- Lifebridge dinners continue to be a great success with the next dinner being provided in January. The next event is the DCF Holiday Event on December 11.
Auction- The auction will be held on April 1. Seriously. The menu is being planned now and meetings for additional planning are coming up soon.
Scholarship- Applications are in the process of being finalized. They will be digital.
DEI- the club has adopted the Rotary International Statement on Diversity. This committee has worked to bring speakers next year. Stickers with personal pronouns that can be added to your badge are available. A strong vibrant club should reflect the community it is in.
Speakers- Thanks to the DEI Committee, speakers for January are all lined up. The committee continues to look for more.
Rotary Foundation- The Polar Plunge is coming up soon. Rotary International of course encourages all members to give.
International- We continue to work with Friends Forever and hope to have a group come over from Israel. There is a  plan to get more involved with a group from Malawi. 
Calendar- Artwork for the calendar has been approved, so it is full steam ahead at this point for the calendar.
Public Relations- The transition to a new writer of the Spoke has been completed (sigh). Next items on the agenda are to update the website and community board.
Funds Allocation- the club has been very giving this year, but has not received the mountain of requests that it normally does. Feel free to encourage organizations to request a donation. 
Membership- Leads continue to come in from other clubs and from the District.
Fun and Fellowship- The next event is the Dickens Trolley Ride
The Holiday Party was held on December 3 at Tabernacle Church and was cohosted by Joe Amico and Adria Duijvesteijn. Joe also took a moment to thank Adria for co-hosting the event. A blast was had by all!
Rinus being recognized or roasted. 
The Four Way Test
Rinus Oosthoek spoke about the Four Way Test this week. While he was grateful for being recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, he is much more interested in the things that Rotary stands for. The Four Way Test is a critical part of Rotary and one of the reasons why he proudly serves in Rotary. He also noted the fight to end polio and the spirit of giving.

Guests and Visiting Rotarians

Jack attended as chair of the A/V Committee

Raffle and Calendar Winners

Rosemary Amico
Sold by Joe Amico
Natalie Walsh
Sold by John Walsh
The pot was up to $609
Rinus Oosthoek and Jacob Segal picked


The Salem YMCA has Christmas gift tags for children in need. Tags can be picked up at Rotary. Gifts should be unwrapped and returned with the gift card. The YMCA will have a volunteer picking up gifts at our December 14 meeting. Gifts can also be dropped off at the YMCA by December 15. Contact Jane Stirgwolt or Viktoria Talebian for more details. Cash donations can be made to Jane who will purchase the requested gifts. There are about 8 left
We have volunteered to help at Lifebridge dinners once every other month. The next event is in January. For now, cooking can be done at Lifebridge, though this is subject to change. More details to follow.


Mike McLaughlin was excited to announce that he accepted a position of Assistant Governor at the request of incoming Governor Alex Falk.  
Bruce Whear was especially jolly this week playing Chris Kringle twice, including the coming in on a lobster boat in Marblehead. His message to the kids was to be kind. Coincidentally he also saw the names of Bill Henning and Thomas in a book he picked up as they were thanked by the writer.  
Bill Henning just returned from warm and beautiful Bermuda where he attended Thomas's mother's 88th birthday party! Thomas also had a book signing. The weather was sunny and in the 70s. 
Jason Consalvo is working on creating a charitable giving in James Lister's name. He also recounted how his son came up with an interesting new solution to a well-known riddle. 

Club Announcements

December 11
We will once again be participating in the DCF Holiday event at Kernwood Country Club. Volunteers are needed for the event itself, which is 12-3.  Volunteers are needed to help wrap gifts on December 9 between 7 and 9 pm. Please contact Jane Stirgwolt for more details and to sign up! 
Dickens Classic Trolley Ride
December 15 at 6:45 pm
December's social calendar is filling up, so save the date. We will begin the evening with appetizers and drinks at Finz at 5:15 before this classic ride! Snacks will be provided free of charge, and individual Rotarians can buy their own booze. Space is limited so be sure to sign up soon!
Click the link below to log into the weekly club meeting via Zoom. 
Upcoming Speakers
Dec 14, 2021
Foundation annual overview & World financial update
Dec 21, 2021
SHS Jazz Band & Choir Christmas Celebration
Dec 28, 2021
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Member Birthdays
John Neely
December 12
Deborah McNulty
December 13
Bruce Whear
December 17
Nicholas Helides
December 17
Joe Amico
December 20
Roberta Crosbie
December 28
Malia Griffin
December 29

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.
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