Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary... 

Past District Governor 2019-2020
Executive Director of the Ipswich River Watershed Association
Bill Golden introduced today's speakers focusing on the Ipswich Rotary Global Grant to Save Our River and Watersupply. Joan Arsenault, a past District Governor and member of the Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club, started the presentation by explaining that a global grant from Rotary International requires $30,000 and an overseas partner. This is an Ipswich-Rowley Rotary Club grant with support from the District. The driving force behind these efforts was the naming of the Ipswich River as one of the 10 most endangered rivers in the US. Since Rotary added the environment as the seventh area of focus this year, Joan thought that pursuing this grant was more appropriate than ever. The primary emphasis will be on educating Rotarians and encouraging us to become advocates. Fresh water resources are in danger, and many other groups are now focusing on saving these resources. 
Wayne Castonguay followed Joan by describing how Rotary can help save the river. The bulk of the efforts currently are on outreach and education programs, specifically to the 350,000 people who depend on the Ipswich River. For example, a fifth curriculum is being taught in public schools in the impacted area. They also are seeking to engage community groups like Rotary as well as advocate to influence policy and public behavior.

The main issue is that the Ipswich River is being overused, including 80% of water being exported outside the watershed area. This makes the river susceptible to drought. 90% of water withdrawals are not regulated. There is also an inequity between communities as some have enforced water restrictions while others outside of the watershed do not. Climate risks are pushing this situation towards an all-out crisis. The Ipswich River went dry the last two years and did not even reach the ocean. 

While there are several solutions, Wayne believes that water conservation and advocacy are the best, most realistic, and most cost-effective options. He stated that up to 50% of water can be saved with better water conservation efforts, specifically in Salem and Beverly. Advocate efforts continue with partners such as Rotary and youth leaders. 

The Ipswich River Watershed Association is a non-profit organization. Volunteers and partners form the backbone of the organization Opportunities are always there to join the organization or become a partner in donating to the Ipswich River Watershed Association. 

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Visiting Rotarians
Joan Arsenault from the Ipswich- Rowley Rotary Club and past District Governor joined us today
Jack our consistent A/V guy attended along with Atila Macun, a past member of clubs in both Turkey and New York City, who was a guest of Bruce Whear

CAlendar winner!

Kylie Sullivan
Sold by Rinus Oosthoek

50:50 Raffle

This week's raffle included:
Pot: $210
Players: John Walsh & John Walsh (yes, that is correct)
No winners this week!
WHat The four way test means to me
Bob Anthony spoke about what "will it build good will and better relationships?" His main focus was on the changing relationships between men and women in two of his true passions; the YMCA and Rotary. Both organizations opened up to women in his lifetime and Bob described those changes, such as adding a girls jai alai program to the YMCA. Eventually female locker rooms were added to the YMCA. Rotary itself did not open up to women until 1987. It was not until 1997 that Salem Rotary had its first female president. He added that opening up both organizations to new people, especially women, only served to improve and strengthen them. Jane Stirgwolt 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. It's easiest for member who volunteer to select a course to help make, and to plan on serving about 80 people. Please contact Kristen Armstrong or Jane Stirgwolt if you would like to volunteer.
President Joe Amico reported that the club received a thank you from Lifebridge for our recent donation to them in the form of a Life Saver card. Adria Duijvesteijn let us know that Salem Rotary Rosters are in. Grab yours next week if you did not do so already! 


Adria Duijvesteijn reported on behalf of Matt Ingram he and Courtney had a daughter this weekend. She also updated the club on our upcoming fellowship event on Friday, November 5th, which will begin with drinks at La Fiesta at 6:15 prior to stumbling over to the Black Box. 

Marie Cardillo was very thankful to Jane, Gary, and company for an amazing lunch for her clients. Marie's clients cannot stop talking about it!

Tim Clarke recounted how he accidently shared with Viktoria that he was turning 60. He also thanked Gerrit Bradley who invited Tim to join him in climbing Mount Monadnok. 

Leslie Levesques informed the club of the upcoming election for Early Act officers. The theme is studying biomes this year, and the students look forward to sharing their visions for the club. 

John Walsh delivered a check for the "bad things" he’s done this past year, but unfortunately did not expand on that. He did happily report that his son Adam recently took over the business and had a healthy child, and this his daughter also had a healthy child!! 

Club Announcements

Tim Clarke made the unfortunate blunder of disclosing his upcoming 60th birthday to Viktoria Talebian  while at the third stop of our recent Sips and Starters event. Viktoria and Bruce Whear could not let this opportunity be passed up, and a cake was presented at today's meeting. 
October 20 at 7 pm
In celebration of World Polio Day, District 7930 will host “PolioPLUS and its Impact on Covid & Viral Outbreaks” on October 20th from 7-9 pm via zoom.  The featured speakers are Nancy Barbee and Ina Pinkney.  This event will also set the stage for the return of our Polar Plunge with details forthcoming by DG Terry Curran. Register for your Zoom link here.
Accidently on Purpose November 5 at 8 pm
Don't miss out on the laughs with our very own Bruce Whear's improv troupe! Accidently on Purpose will take the stage at the Black Box Theatre in Peabody. More details to come, but you know it will be entertaining, so save the date!
Holiday Party
December 3
Save the date! More details to come!
Dickens Classic Trolley Ride
December 15 at 7 pm
December's social calendar is filling up, so save the date. We will most likely begin with appetizers before this classic ride!
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Upcoming Speakers
Oct 19, 2021
Committee Meetings & Early Act Phoenix School
Oct 26, 2021
Friends Forever
Nov 02, 2021
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Member Birthdays
Jane Stirgwolt
October 2
William Golden
October 9
Robert Conley
October 11
James Bailey
October 15
Glen Niemy
October 17
Randall Burba
October 21
Timothy Clarke
October 23
Claire Kallelis
October 27
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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