Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary... 

Friends Forever International
Geybrell Liriano was this week's featured speaker. He was a part of Friends Forever International's pilot online program this year. Geybrell, 16, was born in the Dominican Republic before moving to the United States in 2015. He described his youth as an impoverished one. His mother grew plantains in order to ensure that his family had enough to eat. His father moved to the United States without his family in order to make more money and support his family. Geybrell and his sibling did get the opportunity to visit Orlando before getting his permanent paperwork. Geybrell spoke about his initial thoughts upon arriving at Logan, specifically that it felt cold. His home in Lawrence initially felt empty and unwelcoming. He has chosen to avoid illegal drugs along with any other pitfalls of poverty. Instead he hopes to become a therapist because it is a profession that will allow him to directly help people.  
Tegan Kurzybowksi, the organization's Program and Community Engagement Manager, stated that the hope is to continue the online program while also relaunching the more familiar programs in Northern Ireland and Israel, and to have young people visit the United States. 
Separately a new Autograph Book was given to Jim Dillon by Jason Consalvo. Jim will be given a red badge in the near future. Be sure to introduce yourself to Jim!!

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

Jack Kiernan our resident A/V guy attended along with Beth Pescarello, guest of Claire Kallelis, as well the officers of the Phoenix School Early Act Club, guests of Leslie Levesque who all attended virtually. 

CAlendar winner!

Katie Pace
Sold by Patricia Pace

50:50 Raffle

This week's raffle included:
Pot: $320
Players: Gerrit Bradley and John Hall
No winners this week!
WHat The four way test means to me
Joanne Scott spoke about the 4-way test this week. She described her recent boat trip with her son-in-law and how his trust in her caused her to think about his role in selecting an appetizer for his wedding to Joanne's daughter. His choice was chicken fingers! Instead of telling her future son-in-law what she thought about this choice (she was paying for the whole wedding, of course), Joanne decided it would be best to consider the ramifications of doing so. Will It Build Good Will and Better Relationships?Indeed!!  Jason Consalvo 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. Three more volunteers are needed to cook at home and bring the food to Lifebridge, or possibly even cook on site. 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:!


Bruce Whear told of how he and Heidi got out of planning a wedding. The young couple eloped!! 

John Hall is a very happy man. As the director of an organization in Maine, he encouraged a fundraising effort with the goal of $7.5 million, and they have surpassed that amount. He described the joy in having his youngest granddaughter, Mila, once a weekend. In April he bought a Mustang Mach E which is incredibly fun.   

Viktoria Talebian attended the 2021 New Orleans Investment Conference where she once again did not explore the great sites in the city but rather discovered that he inner "geekdom" is alive and well. 

Club Announcements

November 5 
Don't miss out on the laughs with our very own Bruce Whear's improv troupe! This Pay Your Way (PYO) event with Accidently on Purpose (AOP) is a two-part event in Peabody. First, Rotarians will meet at La Siesta at 3 Main Street, Peabody, where you may purchase and enjoy beverages and snacks of your choice at 6:15 PM. Second, we will head around the corner to the Black Box Theatre at 22 Foster Street when doors open at 7:30 PM for an 8 PM show. Half of the proceeds from this performance will support the Northeast Arc. Tickets are $22 (including service fee). Click here to purchase your tickets. Please let us know if you plan to attend so we can reserve enough space at the restaurant and save seats at the theatre so we can laugh together. RSVP here.
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!
Click the link below to log into the weekly club meeting via Zoom. 
Upcoming Speakers
Oct 26, 2021
Friends Forever
Nov 02, 2021
Nov 09, 2021
Veteran's Day talk / Don't Ask Don't Tell
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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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