Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club
Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club
District Governor Alexander falk
District Governor Alexander Falk of Marblehead visited the Salem Rotary Club this week. He spoke at length of his goals for this Rotary year.
Alexander began his speech by describing this year's Rotary International's logo and how it is meant to remind us that we are all part of one community. He then spoke about Rotary International President Jennifer Jones's initiatives. This includes a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Salem Rotary has already earned its DEI certificate. Another initiative is creating a welcoming Rotary experience through the concepts of engagement and belonging. An additional initiative is empowering girls and the recognition of October 11 as the International Day of the Girl Child. Jennifer Jones and Alexander Falk are both encouraging clubs to have a day of service. A final presidential initiative is on expanding Rotary's reach, which can be done locally by engaging in the community through public relations. President Jones will also be visiting service projects throughout the year. 
Alexander then encouraged clubs to think outside the box. Rotary is an international club where we can visit other Rotary clubs either in person or online. Other options include Fellowships, Rotary Action Groups, Inter-Country Committees, and connecting with Rotary through social media. Fellowships are Rotarians around the area, around the country, and around the world who share common interests or passions. You can find out more information on Fellowships here. Rotary Action Groups are independent, Rotary-affiliated groups made up of people from around the world who are experts in a particular field, such as economic development, peace, addiction prevention, the environment, or water. You can dig deeper into Action Groups here. Inter-Country Committees foster good will and peace among nations as international service is a priority at Rotary International. You can find a list of ICCs here. Some recent international projects include TutuDesks, named after Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa. TutuDesks are portable desks supplied to underprivileged children in sub-Saharan Africa who do not have access to desks at school. Alex encouraged Salem Rotarians to connect with other Rotarians like Gwen Jones, who has a podcast called I'm a Rotarian and Ron Mandy who has the I Love Rotary sunglasses that Alex is sporting in the featured speaker photo this week. 
Governor Falk moved on to two other items; Rotary youth programs and New Pollinator Initiatives. There are various youth programs run through Rotary, including long term youth exchange opportunities for Juniors and Seniors who can spend a year abroad and short term exchange programs which generally are family-to-family programs over the summer. Currently only six clubs in the District are participating. More can be learned by visiting the District's Rotary Youth Exchange's website. Another option is to encourage Interact clubs to get involved in funding small projects around the world through microfinancing options. Members can select causes and types of microloans to support them. In an effort to address the massive loss of pollinators in recent years and its impact on world plant populations, the District signed a pledge with the Essex Heritage Area to support protection for pollinators. The District Governor is asking clubs to consider additional pollinator projects like building pollinator gardens and participating in No Mow May.
Finally, Alexander encouraged everyone to stay on top of upcoming District events by checking out the calendar on the District's website.  
The new Rotary flag that will fly every Tuesday outside of the Hawthorne Hotel
The new Rotary banner which will be on display in the lobby of the hotel
An example of a TutuDesk that was shown at Rotary this week


Salem Rotary Club members recently provided a meal at LifeBridge. It was a larger group than usual, probably due to the magnetism of Mark Shaw. The Rotarians had a great time in the sweltering kitchen replicating Jane Stirgwolt's meatloaf. They barely finished the recipe in time for the deliveries to go out. As always, many thanks to Liz and Kristen for your leadership as well as to those who helped out. There will be more upcoming opportunities to participate!
Calendar Winner
Sam Clarke sold by Tim Clarke (yes relation)
Pot: $140
Players: JACOB WON while Leslie Levesque did not

Guests and Visiting Rotarians

District Governor Alexander Falk was in attendance along with Assistant to the Governor David Deutsch (his actual title is District Governor Aide). Robert Clayman of the Massachusetts Judges Conference was a guest of Jason Consalvo who wore multiple figurative hats this week. A/V Jack maintains his amazing attendance record and probably should get an honorary membership. 


Plummer Youth Promise
August 17, 2022
Liz Bradt is at it again. We are seeking volunteers to help with this upcoming meal. Specific requests include anyone who can supply ice or a grill. 


Mark Shaw finally got a hole in one in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts! This after two hole in ones in Florida. Congrats on your luck!
Joe Amico has been away for quite a while, if you haven't noticed. The first leg of his trip was Wisconsin at a conference where he s the Vice President of the National Institution on Drugs and Alcohol. From there, it was off to a vacation in beautiful Alaska where he unfortunately was among the majority of travelers to Denali who did not see the peak.
Gerrit Bradley was very excited to report that his nephew passed his swim test and no longer needs a life jacket. Woohoo!
Jason Consalvo was excited to recently break 80 in golf. There was no comment on whether this was for 9 or 18 holes.  
Liz Bradt has been very lucky lately. Her friends recently caught two tunas, one quite large, so they have been eating quite a bit of the catch. Wicked Tuna indeed!
Bill Henning is accepting any and all dinner requests as Thomas is off to Amsterdam soon. 
Rick Jakious took is annual pilgrimage this year to Idaho. He purchased a hand crafted mandolin from the maker and is sending the wife, a lifelong Republican but lover of the Kennedys, a note from Joe Kennedy. 
Matt Ingram proved to be a very intelligent individual by showing up to Rotary long enough to hit the buffet before bolting, leaving the note that he and his family will be off to vacation in New Hampshire. 
Adria Duijvesteijn "reported" from Italy that she is finally on her honeymoon in Italy and that it was five o'clock. 
Our Spoke reporters noted that both John Hall and Mark Shaw were in attendance. We also had ice cream sandwiches served to those who grabbed a ticket for dessert. Our reporters could not confirm allegations that Bob Anthony stuffed his pockets with additional dessert tickets or left with the extra ice cream sandwiches. Tune in next week for an update on the alleged crime. 
This week also had a meeting of the Board of Directors. We will have a summary of the discussions next week, potentially along with an updated committee list. 


Dutch Drinks
Friday July 22 at 5pm
Hawthorne Hotel
Dutch Drinks are BACK this Friday at the Hawthorne Hotel. We begin at 5 pm and end whenever Adria and Leslie close the bar down. Come and enjoy the company of your fellow Rotarians in a much more social setting. Stay tuned for an update on the specific location, either in the Tavern or Nathaniel's. 
Use the Zoom link below to attend Salem Rotary from any computer or mobile device.
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

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.
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
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