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This week at rotary...

EarlyAct Club
The Phoenix School
This week at Rotary we were once again visited by the EarlyAct Club from the Phoenix School. They told us about this year's trip to the island of St. John's. The students put together a video, and good friend Robert was able to save the sound by bringing out a microphone so we could all hear what the students had spent time putting together. The students flew from Boston to St. Thomas with a layover in Atlanta, then took a boat from St. Thomas to St. John. It was at this time when they could get in the water and go snorkeling for the first time, observing marine life. This was the first time snorkeling  for many of them, and it was clearly a memorable experience. Four students even went out for a second time, an early morning snorkeling expedition. They returned back with many stories. Another highlight was a trip to Brown Bay where the students helped pick up trash. They were not the only group doing community work in the area as another group was trimming back plants. 
Leading up to the trip, the students engaged in research that was kept in a journal about some of the animals they could see on the trip as well as the history of the island. Students had a great time and saw many wonderful things, especially the wildlife. Students were able to apply many skills, from research to artistic creations. They were interested and shocked by the history of slavery on the island. The students were able to visit an old plantation to see how the slaves worked and lived. They also noted the differences in transportation and weather between St. John's and Salem. The food was a highlight for sure, from homemade johnny cakes to the various juices. They had fresh coconuts and sugar cane too. Throughout the trip students kept journals, some of which were also shared with Rotarians this week. 
The students certainly learned a lot this year as a part of EarlyAct and the importance of doing good work in the community. The club was divided into committees. One of these committees, the Global Committee was able to raise money to donate to  five children's hospital around the world. The School Committee sought to address climate change within the community and how individuals can help. The Local Committee is working on several projects, including historic preservation and a cleanup of the North River. They also raised over $800 for Change for Changing Lives, a large portion of which came from the Salem Rotary.  
From the Committees:
We have three gardens in downtown Salem and the Service Committee is getting plans together for the plantings. Also, the Senior Prom is coming and Liz Bradt is disappointed that she is in the age bracket for the dance. It is June 15 at 4 pm and volunteers are always needed. The Scholarship Committee had 35 applicants which will be narrowed down a bit at the meeting on Monday. Signups were passed around for the upcoming LifeBridge dinner this coming Wednesday. Contact Rick Jakious if you are interested.  
New members Dakota Russell  and Tyler Haines were introduced The both received New Member Kits among other goodies. Randy Burba received a gift for 35 years as a Salem Rotarian. Jake Segal also was recognized for 45 years as a Rotarian. Wow!
As the Rotary World Turns...
In his monthly message, District Governor Alexander Falk reminded Rotarians that May is Youth Services Month and encouraged everyone to donate to the District RYLA. It is also No Mo May, and Alexander reminded Rotarians to participate and get those signs in our yards!
Did you know that the Salem Rotary is part of Rotary Zones 28 and 32 (specifically Zone 32)? Find out more information about Rotary Zones 28 and 32 or join the In the Zone Facebook group. This month, Zone Director Drew Kessler sent a message to all to focus on enhancing participant experience - or how to make our members (as well as future members and anyone with whom we come in contact) come back wanting more! 
The Rotary International Convention is coming up soon. The host city this year is wonderful Melbourne, Australia!! Register here for this amazing event down under!
A reminder that the Spring Into Action Salem Rotary Auction is right around the corner. Be sure to contact Ryan Guilmartin or Scott Grover to get your tickets, or buy them through the website. Be sure to attend and express yourself.  


VisIting Rotarians & Guests

We were joined by our wonderful speakers from the Phoenix School.

CAlendar winner!

Judy Moore sold by Dick Moore

50:50 Raffle


Two Phoenix School students played. Get them into gambling young!


No winners this week.



A Sad Update on John Neely
It is with great sadness that we share the news that John Neely passed away on Sunday night with his family by his side.
A Celebration of Life is planned for June 17 at Tabernacle Church in Salem.
For notes directed to the children, please send to:
161/2 Hancock Street, Apt 2, Salem, MA 01970
For notes directed to Candace, please send to:
5439 West Burntside Ave, South Jordan, UT 84009
Please keep his family in your thoughts.
Much Needed Happy Dollars
  • Jason Consalvo gave a brief  (by his standards) history of Happy Dollars and how it has been trending down over the years in terms of donations. He reminded all Rotarians that anyone can give even if they do not speak and that we have credit card machines. Jason and Kerri celebrated their 12 year anniversary. Congrats to Jason! 
  • Robyn Burns was excited to report that the Market at the Salem Pantry is off to a flying start with many new faces showing up both for food and as volunteers. She also celebrated an anniversary this week. Congrats to Robyn and Rachel! It should be noted that her announcement inspired Jason to announce his anniversary. We don't want him getting undeserved brownie points.
  • Bruce Whear was saddened by the news of the passing of John Neely. He recalled a story about how John Neely connected Bruce's father with a man in the Korean War that he saved. 
  • Leslie Levesque reminded Rotarians that there is a May Day celebration on Friday and volunteers are always appreciated. 
  • Gerrit Bradley had a get together in the Catskills with friends where he admitted that he is "old". He was sidetracked while shopping and left the sausages at the market. Forgetfulness is a sign of old age, Gerrit. 
  • Randy Burba returned to us this week. He spent the weekend with his family in Manhattan where space was at a premium. He is off to see his son in Carolina soon. Randy also shared a story about John Neely how they knocked each of a tournament with a t shirt given to the individual who knocked the other out, so there is an "I knocked out John Neely" shirt out there. 
  • Jane Stirgwolt got a nice award recently  and also celebrated an anniversary in Ireland. She is excited for Grandfriend Day coming up!
  • Kristen Armstrong drove to Washington DC, a 16 hour drive. She is "ok." Her mom also had her knee replaced recently, so Kristen is staying with her. Again, she is doing "ok."

Club Announcements and events

LifeBridge Dinner
May 10
LifeBridge North Shore
Our next LifeBridge dinner is scheduled for May 10. There are no sponsors so this will be Salem Rotary Club members only. More details to come!
Spring Into Action
May 11 at 6 pm
Hawthorne Hotel
The Salem Rotary Spring Into Action Dinner and Auction will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, at the Historic Hawthorne Hotel at 6 PM. Enjoy cocktails, music, an auction, and dinner that supports our Scholarship Program and Club service, including meal service at Lifebridge, events with foster families on the North Shore, and activities with other local non profits. Please consider sponsoring our premier fundraising event and join us for a fun evening! Most sponsorships include event tickets, and we would be thrilled to spend this evening with you! Everything you need to know can be find right here!
June 27 5:30-8:30
Peabody Essex Museum
Join us in the installation celebration of our next President of the Salem Rotary, Jen Close!
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
Jeffrey Holloran
May 4
Steven Zrike
May 10
John Walsh
May 14
Francesca Little
May 22
Upcoming Speakers
May 09, 2023
The Marblehead Current
May 16, 2023
State Representative Manny Cruz - Legislative Luncheon Series with the Salem Chamber #3
May 23, 2023
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Upcoming Events
Spring Into Action Dinner & Auction
The Historic Hawthorne Hotel
May 11, 2023 6:00 PM
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Club Information
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
NOTE: The fourth Tuesday of the month is an evening meeting, beginning at 5:15. If you are interested in learning more about Salem Rotary, please email
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