Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary... 

President Joe started this week's meeting by sharing two questions stemming from last week's survey results presentation. Club members wanted to know if the club would be open to trying new things as older events and contributions are phased out, as well as what the DEI committee plans to do to add diversity to the club.
President Joe then presented a summary of this month's Board Meeting. He shared that birthday announcements would resume next week. Bill Henning stated that Club Administration planned to continue discussions with the Hawthorne Hotel regarding the raising of meal prices, and that there will be some sort of increase! The Board chose to continue the Freshman Fund. Additionally, given current events, it was agreed that hybrid Rotary meetings would continue for the foreseeable future. 
Jason Consalvo was proud to announce that the Rotary Club of Salem would once again donate $500 to Lifebridge, becoming an Enchanted Sponsor of their annual gala. Additionally the club will be auctioning off two tickets to the event, each valued at $75!!
Bruce Whear was excited to announce that the Scholarship Foundation had surpassed a million dollars in funds. The $1.2 million figure is the largest amount in club history!
Claire Kallelis of he Auction Committee updated the club as to the date of the annual auction. Mark your calendars for April 1, 2022. This is not a joke!
Marie Cardillo announced that the first Sips and Starters would take place on Monday, September 20 at the Roof at Hotel Salem. More details to follow.

Mike McLaughlin became the first member to speak about The Four Way Test, a new weekly tradition. He discussed what "Is It Truth?" means to him. He stated that truth has been a source of positivity in his life, from Boy Scouts through his business career. Truth played an integral part of his business as he continuously provided professional advice from the heart, as he would advise them from the point of view of what he would do if it were his house. Next week, Bruce Whear will speak about "Is It Fair to All Concerned?"
President Joe informed club members that Dutch Drinks would be taking place this Friday, August 20 at 5 pm at The Landing at Salem Ferry. 

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Jack Kiernan, our Media Specialist, and Graham Consalvo, Jason's son. Graham had the chicken fingers, which he declared as the best ever! He also had the honor of picking the calendar winner and himself as one of two 50/50 raffle players. 

CAlendar winner!

David Wescott
Sold by David Wescott

50:50 Raffle

The 50:50 raffle is back! Tickets are $1 each or $5 for an arm's length. Two raffle tickets are pulled, and those selected get a chance to choose a card from a deck. If the marked card is chosen, a winner is declared, and the pot is split between the winner and the Club. This week's raffle included:
Pot: $756 
Players: Graham/Jason Consalvo and Rich Eisner
There were no winners this week!
New Member Alert!
This week, the Salem Rotary Club welcomed a new member to our Club! Don't forget to introduce yourself and sign the autograph book. If you forget, we will be happy to fine you later!
Siddhartha V. Shah
Siddhartha Shah
Peabody Essex Museum
Director of Education and Civic Engagement
Sponsored by Jennifer Close


  • Mike McLaughlin was excited to announce that the District Governor will be taking the District Presidents from the 2019-2020 Rotary year on a booze cruise clam bake. Mike will be selecting "Put a Spell on You" by Bette Midler from the movie Hocus Pocus as the Salem Club song.
  • Randy Burba is a very happy Rotarian. He dropped his two youngest off at college, officially becoming empty nesters. Additionally, his dental group's volunteer trip to Turks has been approved, and he will be accepting donations. Checks can be made out to Great Shape Jamaica and can be dropped off at his office.
  • Bruce Whear reported that he and Heidi hosted a PH Balanced backyard party over the weekend! While he received many accepted invitations, several had to back out last minute due to Covid concerns.
  • Tim Clarke shared two highlights from his trip with Alice to Maine. First was seeing a whale breach several times. The second was running into Victoria Davis (and dogs) in Newburyport. 
  • Gerrit Bradley gave a butterfly report for a change, noting about the arrival of monarch caterpillars. They were such a hit that he must now get a second butterfly house. 
  • Jason Conslavo briefly recounted a family trip to Wellfleet with his family. He did unfortunately bring some work with him. Both kids begin elementary school in the coming weeks. 
  • Bill Henning attended a fun weekend event, an annually party called Fete en Blanc, which this year was hosted at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site. He highly recommends that fellow Rotarians get on the list for next year's event.

Club Announcements

Ice Cream for DCF, Sept. 5
Volunteers Needed!
Salem Rotary will be hosting an ice cream truck in locations throughout the North Shore for DCF families, in lieu of our regular picnic which cannot be held due to COVID-19. Volunteers are needed to help distribute ice cream at each location. Contact Kristen Armstrong or Jane Stirgwolt to sign up!
imageLifebridge Dinner – Sept. 9
Volunteers Needed!
The next Lifebridge dinner will be breakfast for dinner! Again, a recipe will be provided 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 Jane Stirgwolt if you would like to volunteer.
Save the Date for Fun & Fellowship - September 20
The fun and fellowship committee is already working on the first event of this Rotary Year! Mark your calendars for a fun event with your fellow Rotarians during the evening of Monday, Sept. 20!
Club Thank Yous!
The Salem Rotary Club received a lovely note from Ray Hodge's family that President Joe shared from the podium. The note thanked the Club for the donation made in Ray's memory to brain cancer research.
Club Roster
We are working to print a Club Roster for the 2021-2022 year. The information from the Roster is taken from ClubRunner. If your information needs to be updated, please contact Rich Eisner by August 17, so we include the correct information.

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Member Birthdays
Matthew Ingram
August 17
Scott Grover
August 26
Nicole McLaughlin
August 29
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Russell Hampton
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Salem, MA 01970
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