Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary...

"There Was A Time: Photographs of Salem 1978-1998"
Photographer, historian, author, and storyteller, Jim McAllister moved to Salem in 1972 and bought a camera in 1978. He has spent the last 43 years documenting everything that Salem is: the people, the places, and the events. Jim shared some amazing images and told some great stories about everyone he’s met over the years. Club members reveled in the memories of what once was as Jim took us through photos of downtown Salem from 1978 – 1998.
Jim shared stories about “old Salem,” that included stores like T. R. Kerr, Almy’s, and Jerry’s Department Store; characters like Chris “the Greek,” Pete Zaharis, and Annette Giardi; and restaurants like Kennedy’s, Burger King, and As You Like It. He talked about the Salem Theater, now condominiums, that showed movies and then hosted concerts and show. Rotarians also shared their own memories of people and places in the Q&A session, making this a fun and entertaining trip down memory lane for many.
Jim McAllister has been lecturing, writing, teaching, and conducting tours about Salem and the North Shore since 1983. He is the author of one book and co-author of another related to Salem history and for 13 years wrote a weekly history column in the Salem News. His photographs of Salem have been published in magazines, books, promotional materials and on highway billboards. Jim has appeared on National Public Radio (NPR), the History Channel, "Chronicle" and other radio and television venues. The long-time Salem resident (1972) was the winner of the Essex National Heritage Commission's first ever "Heritage Hero Award" and in 2015 was named Salem's Official Historian by Mayor Kimberley Driscoll.


Ann Laaff of Salem
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Why I am A SALEM Rotarian

This segment now kicks off our meetings so we can learn what makes Salem Rotarians stay engaged, continue to log into Zoom, financially support our work, or put a mask on to volunteer for Rotary. Through a pay-it-forward system, the sharer from one week will choose who shares the following week.
Joanne Scott shared the Lakota Instructions for Living passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman:
Friend do it this way - that is,
whatever you do in life,
do the very best you can
with both your heart and mind.
And if you do it that way,
the Power Of The Universe
will come to your assistance,
if your heart and mind are in Unity.
When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,
one must be responsible because
All of Creation is related.
And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.
And the honor of one is the honor of all.
And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.
If you do it that way - that is,
if you truly join your heart and mind
as One - whatever you ask for,
that's the Way It's Going To Be
This is one of Joanne’s favorite quotes, and one she tries to live by and believes many Rotarians do as well. Joanne was invited to join our Club by Trip Mason when she joined the Boys and Girls Club (BGC). The BGC had been struggling due to frequent changes in leadership prior to Joanne’s arrival, and its reputation suffered. Joanne took Trip up on his invitation, knowing nothing much about Rotary. The mission immediately resonated with her, and she saw the benefits to the BCG as well as the greater community. She appreciated the Club’s amazing standing within the community. She saw how the Club and its members puts the mission to work, including how it helps the most fragile citizens of Salem including many of her students. She noted that Salem Rotary has been engaged with the BGC for over 100 years, and she is honored to be a member. She stays because she loves the mission and has become attached to the people of the Club. Joanne has selected Rich Eisner to share next week.

RotarIAN NEWS...

  • Adria Duijvesteijn acknowledge that Bruce Whear’s sister passed away at the end of last year. Bruce shared that she had been sick and passed away on 12/31, having just won the last Salem Rotary calendar raffle of that year two days prior. This was a fitting tribute to her as she always put others interests above her own and lived a life of service to her family and others.
  • Leslie Levesque requested that Rotarians consider sponsoring a Phoenix School student for their Readathon. This project takes a multi-faceted approach to fundraising that includes writing and math. Email Leslie if you are interested in sponsoring a student.
  • John Walsh said his son Adam and his wife welcomed a baby girl named Natalie on December 3rd.
  • Rinus Oosthoek announced the upcoming Salem So Sweet festival which will have ice sculptures this weekend and firepits/warming stations next weekend.
  • Bruce Whear said Jim McAllister is the character to see downtown now, and if you get a chance to listen to hem chat with people on the street, try to listen in. Jim is an amazing collector of stories, as we saw in his presentation.
Upcoming Speakers
Feb 02, 2021
Past President of Salem Rotary & Past District Governor for District 7930
Feb 09, 2021
Deputy Plans Officer for the Massachusetts Army National Guard
Feb 16, 2021
Screenwriter and Playwright
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Club Announcements

Salem Rotary Scholarship Applications Are Posted!
The 2021 scholarship applications are now available on our website. The Scholarship Committee is already working to promote this opportunity to seniors. Please help get the word out in any way you can and direct interested applicants to the “download files” section of our homepage on the bottom right for the applications. Applicants must be residents of Salem, Massachusetts and may not be the child, grandchild, niece, nephew, great niece or great nephew (this includes adoptive or step relationship) of any current member of Salem Rotary, or any person that has been a member of Salem Rotary within the past five years. These scholarships are available to grade 12 high school and trade school students pursuing college or a vocational trade. Applications will be accepted from February 24 through April 10, 2021.
Lifebridge Dinner Wednesday, March 10
Thank you to the volunteers who worked with Claire and Kristen to prepare a delicious lasagna dinner for Lifebridge for this past Wednesday! The next dinner for Lifebridge is scheduled for Wednesday, March 10. Again, a recipe will be provide 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 in March or in the future.
Member Birthdays
Robert Barnard
January 1
John Hall
January 3
Elizabeth Bradt
January 14
Leslie Levesque
January 19
Ryan Guilmartin
January 21
Kenneth Rothwell
January 28
Board of Directors
President Elect
Vice President
Immediate Past President
Public Image Chair
Russell Hampton
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Salem, MA 01970
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