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This week at rotary...

Jessica DH Barnett
Marblehead News Group
This week at Rotary we were joined by speaker Jessica DH Barnett, one of the founders of the Marblehead News Group. She is clearly a popular speaker as the staff at the Hawthorne Hotel had to once again bring in additional seating for this week's meeting to accommodate her guests. Jessica Barnett is one of the founders of the Marblehead News Group, Inc., d.b.a. The Marblehead Current. She is a faculty member in Salem State University's Department of Media and Communication. She is also President of the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor and a board member of The Marblehead Female Humane Society.
The local Marblehead newspaper, The Marblehead Reporter, like many smaller, local publications, shifted its focus to a more regional format. Three of the long-time editors joined this week's speaker along with New England AP Bureau Chief Ed Hall to create the Marblehead News Group. The Marblehead Current returned local journalist to Marblehead. Copies of the paper were distributed to Salem Rotarians. 
The mission of the Marblehead News Group is to establish a values-based, non-profit, sustainable news publication with community-focused, reliable, objective and fair reporting by professional and ethical journalists delivered to every home and business in Marblehead. Their vision is to provide every Marblehead household and business with objective and fair Marblehead news, online and in print, overseen by respected, ethical, professional journalists through sustainable, non-profit model.  
The online edition was launched in June of  2022 and the paper edition was launched in November of 2022. The goal was to get the online version up and running in time for local elections. The town, however, prefers a paper version so the print edition was launched. Ed Hall explained that the paper costs $3000 a week, not including payroll for three employees. The business model relies on advertising in the paper, which is also helped by donations and the goodwill from Marblehead residents. 
They are grateful to the North of Boston Media Group, including the Salem News, for printing the Marblehead Current. 
NAGLY and James Geissler sent a wonderful thank you note for our sponsorship of their recent Red Ball. 
Recognition pins were given to Chris Casey for 15 years of service and John Fisher for 45 years of service to the Salem Rotary. Congratulations!
From the Committees:
The Scholarship Committee reported that we have 35 applicants. 18 were selected to be interviewed for scholarships. The scholarship luncheon is set for June 20. Rinus won an award from the CTE program at Salem High School. 
A FINAL REMINDER to bring wine for the Spin the Bottle event at the Auction. Bottles can be left in Claire's office at the Hawthorne Hotel. 
June 15 is this year's Senior Prom.
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 had several guests this week, many coming from our speaker's club, the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor including Linda Dolliver, Francine King, and Ed Bell. District Governor Alexander Falk was also in attendance, as was Linda Barinelli Direct of Special Education for the Salem Public Schools. Will from the Marblehead Current attended as well.  

CAlendar winner!

Therese Eisner sold by Rich Eisner 

50:50 Raffle


Leslie Levesque and Gerrit Bradley played this week. 

No winners this week.



Bob Pesce Appreciation Award
Bob Pesce was a distinguished CTE administrator here in Salem from 1960-1995. He was determined to allow every scholar to explore and develop their talents and interests to the highest possible level. His efforts, along with this year's award winner, have made a profound difference in the life of many scholars. 
Congratulations to this year's winner of the distinguished Bob Pesce Award, Salem Rotary's Rinus Oosthoek
Happy Dollars
  • Bruce Whear was glad to attend the recent CTE awards celebration and recognized Rinus's award. He will be teaching kids soon as well as part of his improv career. 
  • Chris Casey expressed his gratitude to the Marblehead Harbor club for supporting his daughter. 
  • Liz Bradt was happy to announce that her daughter is off to Provincetown. She said something else about the trip but all attendees at this week's meeting agreed to keep it a secret. Sorry, but come to Rotary!
  • John Hall was excited to announce his daughter's upcoming 50th birthday!
  • Gerrit Bradley is lucky to be associated with his wife (in more ways than one) and her family, which recently was recognized by the Hartford Symphony for the impact of the family's impact of the city. 
  • Jason Consalvo had a weekend full of baseball. His son completed his own cycle of being hit by a pitch, getting a walk, and getting a hit all in the same game. 

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. 
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 16, 2023
State Representative Manny Cruz - Legislative Luncheon Series with the Salem Chamber #3
May 23, 2023
Jun 13, 2023
Friends of Salem COA
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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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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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