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This week at Rotary... 

We did not have speakers this week as the Salem Rotary takes a break from speakers over the summer with traditionally lower attendance. That being said, there were 23 attendees today plus two others on Zoom. Having four guests was refreshing, and President Claire Kallelis took the opportunity to remind Rotarians of our goal of each current member bringing in an additional member. This was also an opportunity to display her accounting degree! Jen Close did put on a brief slapstick comedy show involving a deck of cards. Claire unearthed a certificate dating back to 1918 for the creation of the Salem Rotary. 
Last week was a meeting of the Board of Directors. While no presentation was made to the club as a whole, here is a summary of some key items:
  • The Treasurer presented a draft budget for the next Rotary year.
  • The Freshmen Fund will have a decision in the coming weeks about where the donation will be headed.
  • Funds Allocation agreed to donate $250 for a brick as part of Citizens Inn's fundraising efforts. Citizens Inn's mission is to fight homelessness and food insecurity.
  • Final numbers are still being tallied for the recent Auction and Installation event, which all agreed was a smashing success.
  • Public Relations has agreed to let local organizations with whom Rotary has a relationship use the Community Board, at least until a potential digitization of the board. Reach out to Ryan Guilmartin with any questions.
  • There was a discussion on getting Rotaract and Interact up and running at full speed once again.
Dutch Drinks last week went very well. Joe Amico complimented Claire Kallelis, the hostess with the mostess, saying that her ability to put on an event is unmatched. This is great news because two prospective members who live in the neighborhood joined us this month. In our effort to identify fake news within Rotary, Claire Kallelis had promised to sing happy birthday just once per month, yet sang it for the third time in July, this time to Jake Segal. New pins for this Rotary year are available, and that is not fake news. 
Please see the UPDATED Committee Assignments below, and notify Ryan Guilmartin if you have any issues with the link.
Food update! This week the Hawthorne served us their take on a barbecue to reflect the recent heat wave we all survived. We do hope that the onion strings appear again, as well as the iced coffee!
Rich Eisner clearly had a point to prove about his seating situation, giving an excess card from the new raffle deck to Gerrit Bradley and Ryan Guilmartin, thus living out a Stealers Wheel song by having a joker on the left and a joker on the right.  
rotary flag that will be flying every tuesday at the hawthorne hotel. Share your photos online and on social media!!!
A new sign will also be displayed inside the hotel prior to rotary meetings. It's also a great spot for a selfie! for instructions, contact Claire kallelis

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Liz Bradt brought two guests; James Giessler, the Executive Director at NAGLY, and Aly Do, a local accountant. Jane Stirgwolt's daughter, Anna Brady-Estevez, was in attendance, as was the omnipresent A/V Jack.

CAlendar winner!

Lillian Guilmartin
Sold by Ryan Guilmartin aka the most handsome young man according to the calendar winner

50:50 Raffle

Jake Segal and Liz Bradt
No Winners This Week (not even Jacob)


  • Gerrit Bradley finally gave his much awaited bird report. After traveling to New Hampshire, he was happy to report a robins' nest outside of the boathouse, but unfortunately no swallows. He also found a baby bird holding on for dear life in another nest, this nest being roughly the size of a miniature coconut basket apparently given out at Easter, a reference that most Rotarians did not understand. 
  • Claire Kallelis spent the heat wave battling a malfunctioning cooling system on the roof of the Hawthorne Hotel. Thankfully a licensed technician was eventually found so that Claire could stop hosing the system down to prevent it from overheating.
  • Joe Amico was apparently inspired by the District's pledge to address threats to local pollinators by planting pollinator-friendly plants on his property, and he was thanked by the local bees in the form of several stings. Separately, Joe was happy to get news that the Salem Rotary did have 100% of members donate to Rotary during his presidential year. He also thanked the club for the gift of a plaque and noted his pride in wearing the new badge. Congrats again Joe!
  • Bruce Whear had another adventure in home ownership, this time trying to get his house painted. The company informed him that the work would be completed months before the scheduled appointment. However, once Heidi saw the stripped cedar she decided she would rather not repaint the house, which was a win for Bruce. She did insist on using a latex sealer instead of an oil-based one, something that the painter did not want to do. Of course Heidi won out. After the work was completed though, the painter was convinced to the benefits of the latex products, which is a win for the environment!
  • Anna Brady Estevez, who you might know as Jane Stirgwolt's daughter, was delighted to be back in Salem and to see her family. She apparently is raising a pollinator as her seven year old daughter routinely sticks her nose in plants, often deep enough to come out with a pollinated snout.
  • Randy Burba proved his athletic prowess by resoundingly beating Bob Anthony in a race to the podium. He is very excited to be partnering with the Salvation Army in a clothing drive. The main event will be on September 15 at the East Regiment Brewery on Church Street. See more details in the Club Announcement section.
  • Bob Anthony had a great week in Buffalo. The family was brought together for a celebration of life, which Bob called "a great time." Many Anthonys were there, and we imagine local root beer and ice cream companies benefited greatly from the event. Bob drove with two nieces from Newport, and the only drawback was the worst traffic he ever experienced on his way back to Salem from Newport. 
  • Jason Consalvo also travelled to New Hampshire where he learned that apparently sunburns get worse as he ages. His youngest did not want to go in the water out of fear of being bitten by a bass, an irrational  trait likely inherited from the Consalvo side. 
  • Jane Stirgwolt had a week right out of the pages of Doctor Doolittle. She found a dead skunk on Andrews Street. The family then heard a sound in the house that came from a baby bird. They killed a worm to feed to the bird and learned that one should not give a baby bird water (we actually never learned why this should not be done or what happened to the bird). Jane's five year old grandchild was seen petting a sleeping mouse.  

Club Announcements

imageDCF PICNIC at The Plummer House
August 17 at 6 pm
Please note the time change. Several volunteers have signed up already to help cook the food and to interact with the kids. More volunteers are always needed for this great event. Contact Liz Bradt if you are interested.
Lifebridge Dinners
Rick Jakious will be taking over the planning of these events for this Rotary year. Volunteers are always needed. Reach out to Rick to volunteer, and we will have more details in the coming weeks about the next event.
Burba Dental Partners and the Salvation Army are hosting an event on September 15 at 6:30 pm at the East Regiment Brewery. The Salvation Army North Shore is an incredible resource for individuals in need in the Salem community. The items that The Salvation Army needs the most are listed on the link below.  Monetary donations are also always welcomed.
The District is putting on a webinar for growing membership in today's world. The event will be held on August 17. For more information or to register, go to the event page here.
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.
Member Birthdays
Carolyn Shapiro
July 2
Jen Close
July 2
Atila Macun
July 9
Joanne Scott
July 9
Sherry Leonard
July 10
Rick Jakious
July 14
Jacob Segal
July 25
Club Information
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
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