Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary... 

We had a leisurely meeting this week and spent time enjoying the final days of summer together. While our friend Bob got creative with his request for coffee, President Joe noted that there was not much on the agenda this week and that committees were welcome to convene following the meeting.
President Joe was happy to report that we had our first in-person Dutch Drinks in quite a while last week at the Landing at Salem Ferry! Several Rotarians came to beat the heat and enjoy a beverage with friends.
It was also noted that we have some upcoming service and fellowship opportunities including:
  • Sept. 5     DCF Ice Cream Truck Event
  • Sept. 8     Lifebridge Dinner
  • Sept. 20   Sips and Starters
See "Club Announcements" below for more details.

VisIting Rotarians & Guests

We had two visitors at Rotary this week! John DiPiano hosted John Wellington as his guest, and Danvers Rotarian Keith Kanaris came back to visit his former Club.

CAlendar winner!

Roger Lamontagne
Sold by Scott Grover

50:50 Raffle

This week's raffle included:
Pot: $811
Players: Leslie Levesque & Rich Eisner
There were no winners this week!
what the 4-way test means to me
In keeping with the new tradition of hearing from a Salem Rotarian at the start of each meeting, President Joe created a segment for members to share how they connect to Rotary's Four-Way Test. Similar to the Why I Am a Rotarian segment from last year, the sharer from one week will choose who shares the following week.
Bruce Whear took the podium today to share his Rotary origin story, which connects to the question, "Is it fair to all concerned?" Bruce explained that his introduction to Rotary came from a customer who disagreed with her bill. After discussing the situation, Bruce and his client came to an agreement that was fair to both parties. She noted the fairness of the exchange and invited him to lunch. He has been an active Rotarian ever since! Bruce selected Tim Clarke to share next week.


  • John DiPiano shared that Haley Jellison, his intern and former Salem Rotary Scholarship recipient, has earned a full scholarship to New England Law.
  • Jane Stirgwalt noted that her daughter Hazel has begun her voyage at law school as well.
  • Bob Conley shared that he volunteered at a charity golf tournament in Connecticut over the weekend and had a great time.
  • Bruce Whear told of his new neighbors who welcomed themselves to the neighborhood by delivering cookies with a card about themselves to their new neighbors. 
  • Kristen Armstrong shared that she bought a new bike but still doesn’t have her Class M license.
  • Gerrit Bradley explained that the excessive moisture in New Hampshire has caused mushrooms to flourish, which led him to watch a riveting documentary called Fantastic Fungus. He encourages his fellow Rotarians to get acquainted with the fungus among us.
  • Jason Consalvo shared that Harrison is very concerned with fuel consumption. Please do not leave your car idling, because you will run out of gas! 
  • President Joe noted that he will be away next week to serve as a keynote speaker at a seminar for addiction specialists. He will be delivering a 3-hour lecture and hosting breakout sessions, while we feast on a lovely, leisurely meal at the Hawthorne. Jack will also be away visiting his girlfriend. In their absence, Claire will be at the podium, and Gerrit will be our IT specialist.

Club Announcements

Ice Cream for DCF, Sept. 5
Volunteers Needed!
Salem Rotary will be hosting an ice cream truck in locations throughout the North Shore for DCF families, in lieu of our regular picnic which cannot be held due to COVID-19. Volunteers are needed to help distribute ice cream at each location. Contact Kristen Armstrong or Jane Stirgwolt to sign up!
imageLifebridge Dinner – Sept. 9
Volunteers Needed!
The next Lifebridge dinner will be breakfast for 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 Jane Stirgwolt if you would like to volunteer.
Save the Date for Fun & Fellowship - September 20
The fun and fellowship committee is already working on the first event of this Rotary Year! Mark your calendars for a fun event with your fellow Rotarians during the evening of Monday, Sept. 20!
Club Roster
We are working to print a Club Roster for the 2021-2022 year. The information from the Roster is taken from ClubRunner. If your information needs to be updated, please contact Adria Duijvesteijn by August 31, so we include the correct information.

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August 26
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August 29
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