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Karen Andreas
President and CEO
North Shore Chamber of Commerce
This week at Rotary our speaker was Karen Andreas. Karen has dedicated her lifelong career to the betterment of the North Shore community as a business leader, journalist and media publisher, and as of Jan. 1, 2021, as president and CEO of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Most importantly, Karen is right up there with Madonna in terms of inspiring our very own Claire Kallelis. 
Karen was previously a reporter for a newspaper in Beverly. She told the story of being called to interview a soldier, Mike Andreas, who had just returned like a prayer from war in Iraq. You can figure out how that ended!
Leading the Chamber was a natural fit for Karen, who had been a longtime member of the Board of Directors and past chairman of the board. She came to The Chamber from North of Boston Media Group, where she led the region’s award-winning newspapers and magazines for decades. The Chamber is a non-profit, non partisan organization. They advocate for issues that impact local businesses, educate members through a wide variety of programs, and collaborate by sponsoring numerous networking events. The Chamber really emphasizes ways for local businesses to grow. The encourage business to business connections. They host forums on en vogue topics such as artificial intelligence.  
They recently moved to the Cummings Center in the most important building of all, the 500 building where at least one Salem Rotarian also works. The Chamber has many groups and committees, some of which are new. One example is Thrive, a group for female business owners (though it is not strictly limited to female members). Other groups include an offshore wind advisory council. One of the first things Karen did when joining the Chamber was to create a magazine written by members of the North Shore Chamber of Commerce. Signature events for the Chamber are a Business Expo in March, Honors Scholars in May, a golf tournament in July, Diamond Awards in August, a Salute to Veterans in November, and an Annual Dinner & Distinguished Leader Awards in November. 
John Hall was recognized for his Paul Harris plus Six Award! Many congratulations to the past president and district governor. John has given so much to Rotary over the years. John said that Rotary has been a huge part of his life. It is a special organization to both John and his wife. When he saw the events going on in Ukraine, John knew that the Rotary was among the most efficient ways to get money to the people in need. The event was so important that he even cancelled his tennis plans. 
President Claire Kallelis, being a material girl, handed out pins to Rotarians who have been members for at least 15 years. Mike McLaughlin has been a member for at least 15 years, and Jane Stirgwolt and Doc Eisner have been members for at least 30 years. Take a bow! Many more pins to come, perhaps even a lucky star.
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.  

Salem Rotary was on site for the final preparations at the Salem Pantry's storefront

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

We were joined by our speaker this week. Old friend John Hall was also in attendance. 

CAlendar winner!

The Zorzys sold by Bill Henning

50:50 Raffle


John Hall and Gerrit Bradley played this week. Nobody won. 



An Update from the Family of John Neely
We wanted to share an update on our dad.  He has a bad case of pneumonia and was admitted to the ICU at the University of Utah hospital on Friday.  He continued to have a hard time breathing and so he was put on a ventilator last night.  As you all know, he is in end-stage heart failure, which makes this all harder.  We don't know much more about his condition yet because he needs more time to see if the medications will help.  I'm sorry to send an update like this and I want to say thank you to all of you who have sent good wishes and called him over the last weeks.  It has meant the world to him and buoyed both him and us.  
When we know more, we will update you.
Lots of love,
Abby, John, and Will
Much Needed Happy Dollars
  • Jason Consalvo travelled to NYC with the family. They did a lot of the touristy things. the weather was perfect, and there was lots of walking, freedom, and liberty.
  • Gerrit Bradley also travelled, but much farther away to Japan as part of family trip with an age range from 10 to 82. They hiked, they saw older communities, and slept on straw mats which were very comfortable. Highly recommended but no bird report. 
  • Mike McLaughlin spoke about how busy the last week has been for Rotary. We helped stock the shelves and prepare the new Salem Pantry storefront last Friday. Saturday was the three district meeting in Burlington. Finally, Mike brought his birthday check along with him. We are sure it was a large donation.
  • John Hall was happy that Karen was this week's speaker. He was also happy to announce that her son would be graduating from Norwich University, John's alma mater. He also won an award. John recently joined the board of Beverly Bootstraps.  
  • Liz Bradt went to an Ashram in Pennsylvania last weekend. She was so proud of the Polar Plunge this year. 

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!
Melbourne, Australia
Register here for this amazing event down under!
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Member Birthdays
Richard Moore
April 17
Michael McLaughlin
April 19
Gerrit Bradley
April 21
Sue O'Brien
April 22
Upcoming Speakers
May 02, 2023
Early Act Club presents
May 09, 2023
The Marblehead Current
May 16, 2023
State Representative Manny Cruz - Legislative Luncheon Series with the Salem Chamber #3
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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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