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This week at Rotary... 

The Salem Rotary bested last week's attendance with 24 folks at this week's meeting. There were several important announcements by President Claire Kallelis this week. Most importantly, Carolyn Shapiro and Sherry Leonard received their blue badges along with their "Welcome to Salem Rotary" swag bags, which included many items such as a pocket-sized Four Way Test.
Printed rosters were available this week for review. Please take the time to review your information to make sure it is accurate. The roster will be available in coming weeks, and Rotarians can also see their information on ClubRunner. We should take this opportunity to remind members to download the ClubRunner app on their mobile devices. 
Claire again reminded Salem Rotarians that Rotary is a worldwide organizations, and that as Rotarians we can visit clubs as we travel abroad. Jane Stirgwolt shared her experiences visiting other Rotary clubs while traveling. Bob Anthony brought up his visit to a Rotary club in Taiwan, which you probably noticed has been in the news lately. Rinus Oosthoek explained that the Rotary club in his hometown in Holland meets at night, with meetings followed by drinks. After the Dutch version of Dutch Drinks, which they likely call "drinks", Rinus was unable to bicycle home. It is clear that Rotary International should add a tutorial on bell ringing for incoming club presidents as Claire continues to have difficulty getting us started. 
Please see the UPDATED Committee Assignments below, and notify Ryan Guilmartin if you have any issues with the link. Committee assignments will be sent to the printer very soon! Time will be set aside at the next Salem Rotary meeting for committees to get together. Speaking of next week's meeting, Jen Close will be leading us as Claire will be traveling. 
This week at Rotary the Hawthorne Hotel treated us to a southern style picnic, featuring potato salad, biscuits, and fruit salad. Of course, the main dish was fried chicken! This was the first time Rinus Oosthoek had experienced such a meal! The "Bob Anthony Featured Appetizer" was a mousse selection, and we are generally curious if any Rotarians had the self- restraint to not try any. 

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

Jason Consalvo brought his wife, Kerry, and their two boys, Harrison and Graham. Marie Cardillo brought prospective Salem Rotarian Jim Harrison of the American Flatbread, which took over the old Flatbread location recently. They currently do a fundraiser every Tuesday for a local charity at his restaurant. Death, taxes, and A/V Jack at Rotary as well.

CAlendar winner!

John Wentworth
Sold by Tim Clarke

50:50 Raffle

Pot: $65
Rinus Oosthoek and Adra Duijvesteijn
No Winners This Week 


  • Jason Consalvo was happy to have his family come to Rotary this week, but noted the boys have been so busy this year. They will all be off on vacation for a couple of weeks so we will be spared his "humor" for a short period of time. He also ran into old friend Chris Casey and urged him to return to the Salem Rotary. Rope him in!
  • Adria Duijvesteijn was at Rotary for the first time back since June. She traveled to Europe to see Ollie’s family then finally on to her honeymoon, only a few years after the wedding. Better late than never.
  • Tim Clarke recalled a trip to Florida three years ago where he met a man with a 57 foot long boat. This individual was planning to boat up to Danvers and needed a place to dock, and Tim was more than happy to offer him such a spot on his property. Last week the trip finally happened, much to the curiosity of Tim's neighbors who were shocked at the size of the boat docked on the Danvers River. Tim was also ecstatic to report that his daughter-in-law had a baby girl.  Congratulations!
  • Gerrit Bradley gave a shout out to small town America and the sense of Americana that comes with it. He attended the Keene Swamp Bats final game on Friday. At the game, he had to purchase items using prepaid tokens. On Saturday he attended Riverfest in Jaffrey where he dressed his dog in a sandwich board to encourage people to get their faces painted. No photos of this outfit have emerged as of this moment. 
  • Joe Amico was pleased to report that hummingbirds and monarch butterflies were spotted in his garden and that there were no bee stings this week.
  • Harrison and Graham Consalvo announced that a visit to Gilford  was their favorite part in summer. Thankfully they got their personalities, looks, temperaments, and pretty much everything from Kerry, so much so that one might be tempted to recommend a paternity test.
  • Claire Kallelis is off to new Jersey. Her two huskies that will be watched by restaurant manager who “volunteered” to for the job. She did find out hornets are pollinators after she killed them all at her house.   

Club Announcements

imageDCF PICNIC at The Plummer House
August 17 at 6 pm
Please note the time change. Several volunteers have signed up already to help cook the food and to interact with the kids. More volunteers are always needed for this great event. Contact Liz Bradt if you are interested.
Lifebridge Dinners
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 weeks about the next event.
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.
The District is putting on a webinar for growing membership in today's world. The event will be held on August 17. For more information or to register, go to the event page here.
Citizens Inn sent a thank you note for the donation made by the Salem Rotary. As part of the fundraiser, there will be a Salem Rotary brick on the patio at the Haven for Hunger building. Citizens Inn is an amazing organization that we are proud to partner with. Read up on Citizens Inn on their website.
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
Club Information
Tuesdays at 12:15 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
18 Washington Square
Salem, MA 01970
United States of America
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