Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

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Salem Police Department
Chief Miller shared that he is excited to be in Salem and in this new position. He commended the Salem Police Department for being one of the most responsive departments he has experienced and is impressed by the great amount of care they provide.
Chief Miller shared a bit of his vision for the department with the Club:
  • Implement Body-Worn Cameras – The police reform bill requires body-worn cameras, but the Chief and the department support this as well, because they improve criminal investigation and police performance, as well as reduce frivolous complaints against police and police misconduct. A policy is being developed with the union and the cameras will be implemented by next year.
  • Increase Training – The chief is looking at instituting a variety of ongoing training programs that will address topics like implicit bias, using guns responsibly, and de-escalation.
  • Expand SPD Bicycle Program – Bicycles are one of the best tools of policing and make officers much more approachable and easier to get to know. They also assist in a city like Salem with heavy traffic.
  • Diversify Police Department – The Chief will use multiple ways to recruit a department that represents the community and hopes to hire qualified and educated officers. He plans to work with local universities to build a pipeline of future officers.
Chief Miller closed by sharing that his vision for all policing is that people will feel comfortable with the police and not be fearful or intimidated by them. He hopes to work with the Salem community to make this possible. 


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VisIting Rotarians & Guests

  • Ella Levesque 


Happy Summer, and Happy New Rotary Year! This will be the last Spoke of the 2020-2021 Rotary year.
It has been an absolute honor to be your president this past year and serving with you in this role gave me new perspective on our club, allowed me to make deeper friendships within it, and gave me a positive purpose during one of the darker times in our history.
We achieved much together as a club this past year despite the pandemic and our meeting mostly remotely. This may feel redundant to some, because I have shared this from the podium before, but I think it is important to remember that we did not take a year off or stand idly by while waiting for the pandemic to pass.
Instead the Salem Rotary Club:
  • Received a PPE grant through the district to provide Salem’s first responders with extra supplies
  • Partnered with the Salem Food Pantry to expand our traditional backpack program to support families who were in need.
  • Supported remote learning for students at the Boys and Girls Club who needed a place outside of their home to learn during the pandemic.
  • Created and sold what I believe is the most beautiful raffle calendar we have ever had to date.
  • Provided summer fun with an ice cream truck and holiday joy with a drive through with Santa for the Department of Children and Families.
  • Continued our tradition of providing meals to Lifebridge from our home kitchens.
  • Raised $4,000 for District 6400’s India Oxygen Concentrator project, with the help of our EarlyAct Club at the Phoenix School.
  • Presented $46,000 in scholarships to graduating Salem seniors this year.
  • Awarded $3,500 in grants to students in the Career and Technical Education programs at Salem High.
We also had some fun:
  • Our speaker committee knocked our socks off with an incredible line up of speakers from all over the world.
  • We continued the tradition of Dutch Drinks from the comfort of our own home.
  • We had an online wine tasting.
  • We went to Paris!
  • We had a great Spring Break Series that included a delicious Hawthorne dinner at home, a cooking class at home with Citizen Inn, and a wine tasting at the Hawthorne Hotel.
  • We had a wonderful celebration of this past year and the installation of President Joe at the Leadership Transition dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel.
We adapted. While virtual was not perfect or as personal, in many cases, it brought us closer together through shared conversation and connection. It is wonderful to be back at the Hawthorne, and if you haven’t been back yet, I hope to see you there soon! I also hope that we can build off this year to continue to grow and evolve as a Club. Let’s continue to think outside of the box, stay flexible in our service and fellowship, and keep the conversations open to all like we did on our Zoom meetings.
I want to thank each and every one of you for the incredible commitment, support and friendship you have given me and this Club over the past year. While not the year we may have anticipated, we should be proud of all that we accomplished as a Club this year. Everyone put effort into this year, and as I have said throughout my time in this role, the Rotary year is not about one person or the president. It is about all of us, our Club.
Thank you for letting me have the privilege of leading us this past year. While I may have had the title, we got through this year together and made Salem and the world a little better along the way.
I wish our Club an excellent year for 2021-2022 and am excited to serve with and support President Joe as our next leader.
Yours in service,
Adria Duijvesteijn
Salem Rotary Club
Past President, 2020~2021

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Bob Conley shared that he volunteered at a professional golf tournament in Connecticut and had a lot of fun.
  • Bruce Whear told of Heidi’s excitement that her youngest son is staying with them for two weeks while he films a movie nearby.
  • Bill Henning is back from two weeks of vacation visiting family in Wisconsin and friends in Chicago and Michigan.
  • Viktoria Talebian was happy to have lunch with Shawzy this week!
  • Claire Kallelis introduced two new members of the Hawthorne Hotel staff: Patricia and Wilson.
  • Rich Eisner shared that a dear friend drove to the meeting without his wallet or license. This friend (Gerrit Bradley) then defended himself by sharing that luckily, he rode his bike to the hotel!
  • Jason Consalvo shared that he and his family had some fun up in NH.
  • Marie Cardillo created and shared a video presentation of all the pictures from the Rotary year!

Club Announcements

President-Elect Joe wants to hear from you! Please complete this survey so that you can help him shape our Club for the next Rotary year. He wants your input on activities and committee preferences, among other things. Please complete asap!!!
Lifebridge Dinner – July 14
Volunteers are needed for the next Lifebridge 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 Claire Kallelis if you would like to volunteer.
Member Birthdays
Kathleen Corcoran
June 3
Siddhartha Shah
June 5
Beth Stevenson
June 7
Patrick Langmaid
June 9
Gecko Sabelli
June 10
John DiPiano
June 16
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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