Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary...

Executive Director, King Boston
King Boston is a non-profit organization working to create a living memorial and programs honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, who met through a mutual friend at church while in college in Boston. Dr. King earned his doctorate at Boston University, and Mrs. King earned a degree at the New England Conservatory of Music. King Boston focuses their work on the interrogation of racial inequity and challenges us to imagine what Boston and Massachusetts could be as the epicenter of the country for racial equity, social justice and civil rights for all. There are three main areas for their work: The Embrace, the King memorial; the King Center for Economic Justice; and a series of programming to interrogate race through the humanities and the arts.
An Army veteran, Imari began his presentation with a land acknowledgement, a King Boston tradition, to acknowledge the country’s conversation around equity and to raise up our Indigenous and Native American neighbors, “We acknowledge that Boston is situated on the traditional homelands of the Massachusett People. We also acknowledge their relatives and neighbors, the Nipmuc and Wampanoag Peoples.” He then described how the Kings came to Boston, how they met, and their time in the civil rights movement. When thinking about the civil rights movement in Boston, particularly from 1963-1967, there are several individuals to remember and honor in addition to the Kings, including Reverend Michael Haynes, Ruth Batson, Reverend James Reeb, Reverend Virgil Wood, Otto and Muriel Snowden, Reverend James Breeden, Reverend Vernon Carter, Margaret Mosely, Sarah-Ann Shaw, Reverend Walter Davis, Mel King, and Hubie Jones. Imari shared a quote from Dr. King’s Speech on Boston Common in 1965 which is especially meaningful for him when thinking about the past week, January 6 and how Massachusetts and Boston will emerge post pandemic, “It would be irresponsible of me to deny the crippling poverty and injustice that exists in some sections of this community. The vision of the New Boston must extend into the heart of Roxbury. Boston must be a testing ground for the ideal of freedom.” He noted that Boston is a city and a region small enough and educated enough, with the population and resources to be the epicenter for social justice for this country.
Imari described how King Boston determined the locations for the memorial and the King Center for Economic Justice, which will be situated at the ends of the Freedom Rally march Dr. King led from Nubian Square in Roxbury to the Boston Common in 1965. He explained the process that led to the design of the King memorial which yielded 126 proposals. Hank Willis Thomas, a New York based artist, and MASS Design Group were selected for their design which was inspired by a photo of the Kings embracing after Dr. King learned he won the Nobel Prize. The memorial will be situated on the Boston Common where the Freedom Rally ended. Imari shared renderings of the memorial which will also include a peace walk to honor other Boston Civil Rights icons.
The King Center for Economic Justice will be located in Nubian Square, where the Freedom Rally began. This will be a multi-purpose space that is roughly 30-35,000 square feet of gathering, research, event and gallery space. The design will include an outdoor plaza with a quilted pattern that represents the African American tradition of quilting and Dr. King’s notion of a “garment of destiny,” a community in which we all belong. The intent of the King Center is to be a place of ideas, arts, music and intellectual discourse for the city,
The last facet of King Boston is “Embrace Ideas,” which will be a festival and series of gatherings to interrogate race through the arts and the humanities. This will be accomplished through arts, film segments, music, culinary experiences, TedTalks and other ways to focus on the wellbeing of all. The first festival is expected to take place when the memorial is complete in 2022.


John Grasso of Salem
Sold by Tim Clarke

Why I am A SALEM Rotarian

This segment now kicks off our meetings so we can learn what makes Salem Rotarians stay engaged, continue to log into Zoom, financially support our work, or put a mask on to volunteer for Rotary. Through a pay-it-forward system, the sharer from one week will choose who shares the following week.
Mark Shaw asked us to close our eyes and let him take us on a journey of almost 36 years in Rotary…“We are not political - we are a service organization that gives back to those less fortunate than ourselves. Serving seniors with the senior prom, books on tape for those with vision problems, sponsoring summer concerts and sponsoring health clinics; serving kids through the DCF parties, Lifebridge clothing drives, sock collections, Boys and Girls Club needs, Christmas Angels, Salem High School Band and Chorus, Salvation Army, Plummer Home, YMCA, SCHOLARSHIPS, Little League, dictionaries, and reading books and buying books for students, student exchange, providing eye exams and eyeglasses for needy kids; serving internationally with Polio Plus, clean water, cleft palate surgeries, fixing deformities in 3rd world countries, first aid and food supplies where needed, Romania orphanage soccer field construction, classrooms in Salem, India, Friends Forever; Enjoying fellowship through softball, golf, basketball, Dutch Drinks, YMCA spinning, Salvation Army bell ringing, hanging Chamber streetlight decorations, visits from Elvis, Improv Shows, Bear Cranney Park renovation, landscaping the Senior Center on Broad Street, cooking and serving meals at Lifebridge and the Boys and Girls Club, Holiday parties at the President or members' homes, annual auctions and just serving on committees. Fundraising through calendar production and sales, fines, birthday fund, happy and sad $$, Polar Plunge, Rotary International Foundation…We are not the best at bragging what we do as an organization in the community and the world and that is OK because it gives you a great feeling…That is why I love being a Rotarian!!!!!!!” Joanne Scott will share next week.

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Liz Bradt shared that she had a great adventure in Maine on a dog sled and camping trip with her family.
  • Tim Clarke announced the birth of his first grandson, Oliver Weston Clarke.
  • Glenn Niemy shared that it is wonderful to be a grandparent, and his grandson was the reason he moved to Salem.
  • Jason Consalvo went to the PEM last weekend with friends and felt very safe with their COVID precautions and enjoyed a special tour with Siddhartha Shah, something he set up during Dutch Drinks last week!
  • Gerrit Bradley shared how he is having trouble finding quality firewood and that wood he won through a youth hockey donation was not ready to burn and a deal he found through a web search fell through.
  • Claire Kallelis thanked the volunteers who participated in the Lifebridge Dinner and announced that the next one is scheduled for March 10. See additional details in the “Announcement” section of the Spoke!
  • Jane Stirgwolt thanked Claire and Kristen for their leadership of the Lifebridge event and shared that she and Gary enjoyed a delicious dinner at the Hawthorne Tavern over the weekend. They highly recommend it to the Club!
  • Rinus Oosthoek shared how the group at Dutch Drinks brainstormed ideas for fellowship and fundraising events for the rest of this Rotary year. He will be sending out a survey to the Club for additional input. Please participate when you receive the link!
Upcoming Speakers
Jan 26, 2021
"There Was A Time: Photographs of Salem 1978-1998"
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Club Announcements

Salem Rotary Scholarship Applications Are Posted!
The 2021 scholarship applications are now available on our website. The Scholarship Committee is already working to promote this opportunity to seniors. Please help get the word out in any way you can and direct interested applicants to the “download files” section of our homepage on the bottom right for the applications. Applicants must be residents of Salem, Massachusetts and may not be the child, grandchild, niece, nephew, great niece or great nephew (this includes adoptive or step relationship) of any current member of Salem Rotary, or any person that has been a member of Salem Rotary within the past five years. These scholarships are available to grade 12 high school and trade school students pursuing college or a vocational trade. Applications will be accepted from February 24 through April 10, 2021.
Lifebridge Dinner Wednesday, March 10
Thank you to the volunteers who worked with Claire and Kristen to prepare a delicious lasagna dinner for Lifebridge for this past Wednesday! The next dinner for Lifebridge is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10. Again, a recipe will be provide to volunteers so the meal will be consistent, and volunteers will make a portion of the dinner in their home kitchens. Please contact Kristen Armstrong or Claire Kallelis if you would like to volunteer in March or in the future.
Member Birthdays
Robert Barnard
January 1
John Hall
January 3
Elizabeth Bradt
January 14
Leslie Levesque
January 19
Ryan Guilmartin
January 21
Kenneth Rothwell
January 28
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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