Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

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Immediate Past District Governor
Our Club was fortunate to welcome Joan Arsenault, immediate Past District Governor (PDG) and current District Annual Fund Chair, to our meeting on Giving Tuesday! PDG Joan has been a dedicated Rotarian since 2006 in the Ipswich Club and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow, a major donor, and a member of the Paul Harris Society. PDG Joan lead our district through a truly unprecedented time as she closed out her year at the start of the pandemic. Her guidance and leadership kept our District’s and good work moving forward despite the hiccups that come along with shifting to a virtual environment.
PDG Joan started her talk by congratulating Salem Past President Mike McLaughlin on his Rotary Citation. During Mike’s leadership, the Club was one of only 24 in our District to earn a citation from Rotary International President Mark Malone for uniting people and taking action. Mike thanked Assistant Governor Alexander Faulk for his help in setting the goals and shared that he enjoyed his year as president, learned a lot about Rotary and appreciated meeting people he otherwise would not have met.
PDG Joan went on to explain how donations to the Annual Fund return to the District. Of the donations made to the Annual Fund this fiscal year, half will return to our District for local and international grant projects in three years. Last year, District 7930 achieved the rank of third largest contributor to the annual fund in our zone (1,155 clubs), the largest annual fund per capita giving, and the largest polio giving.
She shared that district 7930 also received the first ever global grant in our history last year. This $94,950 COVID Global Grant was designated for personal protective equipment for individuals providing medical services and food relief. The funds grew from our District’s commitment of $30,000 in district designated funds through a partnership with a district in Japan that contributed $10,750; a match of $40,750 in district designated funds from the RI Foundation World Fund; $1,000 contribution from the Rotary Club of Kyoto; and $13,700 in District 7930 club and individual contributions. The recipients of these funds are: Care Dimensions, the largest hospice in the state that offers a continuum of clinical care for adults and pediatric patients with advanced and life-limiting illness ($44,950), and St. Francis Home in Boston which is the largest shelter in the state and serves an average of 500 poor and homeless individuals per day and on-site medical care for homeless adults.
PDG Joan closed by sharing some dates for upcoming events. Corks and Caps, a district wine group that meets monthly will be tasting champagne on December 20 at 5 PM (email for more information). Elizabeth Davis, RI Annual Giving Officer, will host a cocktail and Annual Fund information session on January 21 at 7 PM (watch your email for more information).

VIsiting rotarians & Guests

District Governor Elect Terry Curran


John Smedile, sold by Rich Eisner
Paul Moraski, sold by Gerrit Bradley

Rotary Minutes

  • Jen gave an update on the calendar raffle.
  • Rich gave an update on the Board of Directors vote.
  • Rinus shared a video from Rotary International about Giving Tuesday.

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Leslie Levesque said social media is a great way to sell your calendars, and she has already sold 8!
  • Bruce Whear provided a reality check by sharing that he lost two friends over the past week, noting that every day is a gift.
  • Mike McLaughlin remembered that around this time last year, he hosted a stellar Rotary holiday party, which seems like years ago.
Upcoming Speakers
Dec 08, 2020
Salem Pantry Backpack Program and COVID-19 Updates
Dec 15, 2020
Dec 22, 2020
Reporting live from Belgium
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Member Birthdays
John Neely
December 12
Deborah McNulty
December 13
Bruce Whear
December 17
Nicholas Helides
December 17
Raymond Hodge
December 18
Joe Amico
December 20
Roberta Crosbie
December 28
Malia Griffin
December 29
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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