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This week at rotary...

There was a lot of Rotary business to review. President Claire Kallelis began by reviewing the recent success of the DCF Picnic held at the Plummer Home. Liz Bradt and Francesca Little did a fantastic job organizing this highly successful event. This is one of two annual DCF events that the Salem Rotary participates in, the other being the holiday event hosted by Santa at the Kernwood Country Club. 
We have even more exciting news as Robyn Burns, the Executive Director of the Salem Pantry, has officially joined the Salem Rotary! Welcome aboard Robyn!
Additional congratulations to Carolyn Shapiro and the rest of the folks over at the Real Pirates of Salem and their recent ribbon cutting ceremony. 
The DEI Committee updated the club on their progress as they finished reviewing the District's meeting minutes and will begin to focus on key initiatives. The Membership Committee has gotten information from yet another prospective Rotarian. 
Breaking News
Claire announced from the bridge of the Starship Enterprise that there potentially could be an evening meeting coming up this year. The meeting would be more of an informal open-house style of event for prospective Salem Rotarians to see the various things that the club does. If this event is successful, there could be actual Salem Rotary meetings held in the evening pending any charter changes necessary. 
More Breaking News
Claire also announced her desire to have more social events around the area, perhaps a hike at a "local mountain". Based on last week's review of Razor's Edge by Rick Jakious, it's fair to assume that Calire will not be suggesting that particular hike!
There were 19 total Rotarians present this week plus our three guests. Carolyn Shapiro also joined us via Zoom. Claire was able to keep everyone in line with her exemplary bell ringing. 
This week we were treated to a nice end-of-summer meal at the Hawthorne Hotel. It featured a caprese salad, a delicious Chicken Milanese, mashed potatoes, green beans, and assorted cookies and brownies, which were the featured Bob Anthony Appetizer of the Week.


This week at Rotary, we learned that goats are useful because they eat poison ivy and ticks. Combine this with Tim Clarke's dissertation for surviving shark attacks last week and it's fair to say that the Salem Rotary now knows significantly more wildlife trivia than they did two weeks ago.
Sticking with the animal theme, there was a request by Witch City Kitty to have their cats on leashes in the ballroom at the Hawthorne Hotel during their upcoming event. The request was denied. That being said, all cat lovers should be aware of the event coming up on September 4. 

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

We had two guests this week at Rotary, along with Jack who will only be with us for one more week. President Claire Kallelis has promised to send him off with an original number, with Jenn Close chiming in with some jazz hands. Good luck with your studies! Jessica Moody, the owner of Moody's Home and Gifts, was a guest of Claire Kallelis. Tabitha Williams from Ashley Preschool and Daycare was a guest of Kristen Armstrong. 

CAlendar winner!

Fernando Pena
Sold by Gerrit Bradley

50:50 Raffle

Pot: $245
Jane Stirgwolt and Tim Clarke
No Winners This Week 


  • Jane Stirgwolt was proud and excited to describe the local flavor of Hazel's recent wedding. The ceremony took place at the House of the Seven Gables and guests stayed at the Salem Inn. Eng Florist provided uncut flowers and Michaud Photography handled the all-important pictures. A local jazz band played and the cake came from Coffee Time Bake Shop (despite being closed that week)
  • Jason Consalvo graciously volunteered to join the Speaker Committee. He recently returned from two trips, one to Lake Winnipesaukee and the other to North Conway. The family had a glorious time at Santa’s Village, sweating in line in August as Christmas music played. The Consalvos played their first, and likely last, round of golf as a family, which was an “experience”.
  • Claire Kallelis showed her age by describing her recent trip where she was beemed up to Fort Ticonderoga. She went to a museum that featured a replica of the original Star Trek set which was created by an Elvis impersonator. You read that correctly. No word if she went to the actual site of the Revolutionary War battle. 
  • Leslie Levesque proudly announced that the kids start junior and senior years at Essex Tech. Great pics of the first day of school were posted on social media.
  • Bruce Whear had a great boat cruise with Heidi that he won at the Auction. The hosts were our own Tim Clarke and his wife Alice, with Manchester and Marblehead being two notable sites. It was an amazing event and a great time was had by all. 
  • Joe Amico starts first sabbatical this coming Thursday. He will be gone for two months. Unfortunately he received an email from the kennel that they are shutting down. Joe did get great recommendations at Rotary but can use more

Club Announcements

Lifebridge Dinner
September 14
Rick Jakious will be taking over the planning of these events for this Rotary year. Volunteers are always needed. Reach out to Rick to volunteer, and we will have more details in the coming week. 
Phoenix School Summer Splash
August 31, 2022 at 6 pm at Adriatic

Celebrate and enjoy an evening of sipping summer wines with delectable hors-d'oeuvres and friends. Supporting the financial aid and educational programs of The Phoenix School and 40 years of innovative education. Get your tickets here! 

Burba Dental Partners and the Salvation Army are hosting an event on September 15 at 6:30 pm at the East Regiment Brewery. The Salvation Army North Shore is an incredible resource for individuals in need in the Salem community. The items that The Salvation Army needs the most are listed on the link below.  Monetary donations are also always welcomed.
At Rotary, we understand that cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture is essential to realizing our vision of a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change.
We value diversity and celebrate the contributions of people of all backgrounds, across age, ethnicity, race, color, disability, learning style, religion, faith, socioeconomic status, culture, marital status, languages spoken, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity as well as differences in ideas, thoughts, values, and beliefs.
Recognizing that individuals from certain groups have historically experienced barriers to membership, participation, and leadership, we commit to advancing equity in all aspects of Rotary, including in our community partnerships, so that each person has the necessary access to resources, opportunities, networks, and support to thrive.
We believe that all people hold visible and invisible qualities that inherently make them unique, and we strive to create an inclusive culture where each person knows they are valued and belong.
In line with our value of integrity, we are committed to being honest and transparent about where we are in our DEI journey as an organization, and to continuing to learn and do better.
Member Birthdays
Matthew Ingram
August 17
Scott Grover
August 26
Nicole McLaughlin
August 29
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Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
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