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Service Above Self
We meet Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA  01970
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Meeting 8-20-19
50-50 RAFFLE
Pot Size:  $201.00
Leslie Levesque and Scott Grover had the winning tickets, but there were no winners.

         SOLD BY:  Bob Anthony
            SOLD TO:  Linda Oxtail

Tiffany Haight was a visiting Rotarian from Selby, Michigan, along with her husband Rusty Haight. She is their current President. Flags were exchanged between the two Clubs.
Joan Arsenault – District Governor
Betsy Manzelli – District Governor Elect
Alexander Falk – Associate District Governor

Randy Burba enjoyed a wonderful back country kayak trip with the Boy Scouts.
Jane Stirgwolt had an excellent family visit to Maine.
Joanne Scott distributed circulars from the Salem News celebrating 150 Years of the Boys and Girls Club of Salem. She told us all to mark our calendars for October 5th and join her for what will be a fabulous anniversary celebration.
John Hall was visiting Telluride, CO and played on the highest golf course (by elevation) of anywhere in the United States.

President Mike McLaughlin announced the beginning of our exciting Rotary speaker series starting with a must-see speaker, must-attend meeting on Tuesday, September 3rd, featuring the new Director of the PEM, Brian Kennedy.
The Club is looking for a host, a captain, crew, and volunteers to help run and sponsor a  Lifebridge dinner on Wednesday, September 4th.  If you are interested, or want additional information, please contact President Mike McLaughlin at
Mike will leave the club in the able hands of Adria Leach Duijvesteijn while he enjoys a week on Martha’s Vineyard as a courtesy of having the winning bid at our Rotary Auction.
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Happy August birthday to:
Pilar Garro - August 14th
Matt Ingram - August 17th
Brian Cranney - August 20th
Scott Grover - August 26th

Joan Arsenault, our District Governor, came to visit. In addition to telling us what a vibrant club we have, she gave us an update of the District and its goals. Her three most important points: 1) Rotary connects the world, 2) Expand our reach, 3) Change the world. She mentioned how she hears of push back related to change that seems to go against tradition, however she reminded us that the values of fellowship, integrity, service, leadership, and diversity never change.
Maintaining and increasing membership is critical. Our district is down to 1,756 people, from close to 2,000 members. If our District falls below 1,100 members it will lose its district status and clubs will be reassigned. So in short – we need to grow and maintain our club by initiating relevant change that still matches our values. To do this she has issued the Flamingo Challenge where Rotarians seek like-minded Rotarians, like flamingos flocking together, to put Service above Self.
Some items of note:
  1. The District is looking to raise an additional $10-12K for Rotoplast. The 2019 Rotaplast Mission is named in memory of the late District Governor Bob Wood. A celebration of life for Bob Wood will be held on Sunday, October 6, 2019, 3-6pm, at Seaglass Restaurant, 4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury MA.
  2. Look forward to the Celebration of Community Heroes on November, 7th at the Andover Country Club. We are tasked with nominating a local hero to nominate!
  3. February 8th is the Polar Plunge next year. Think of that if you don’t have A/C this summer to cool your down! The goal is to have donations plus matching gifts put us over $1,000,000 raised over the life of our plunge.
  4. April 30th will be the 100th Anniversary celebration for Malden, Lawrence, and Peabody to be held at the Danversport Yacht Club.
  5. And remember to block out May 16th for the District Conference which we combine a day of service in Gloucester with an evening fellowship cruise. Think of a song to represent Salem Rotary for the DJ to spin that evening.

September 3rd - Brian Kennedy, the new director of the PEM, will visit the club to speak about his new position as Director, and what we can expect when the new 40,000 sq. ft. wing opens to the public on September 28, 2019.

Please email all announcements to be added to The Spoke to by noon on Wednesday.  Also, feel free to contact any of the committee members listed below.

Committee Chairperson and Editor:  Dave Wescott

Committee Members:  Gerrit Bradley,Scott Grover, Rick Jakious, Patty Pace, and Scott Hultman

Spoke Photographer:  Trip Mason