Official Newsletter of the Salem Rotary Club

This week at Rotary... 


State Senator

Joan Lovely

This week's speaker at Rotary was Joan Lovely who is in her sixth term as State Senator for the Second Essex District, comprised of Beverly, Danvers, Peabody, and Salem. Senator Lovely has been serving in the Massachusetts Senate since January 2013.

Senator Lovely currently serves in Leadership as Assistant Majority Leader and as Chair of the Senate and Joint Committees on Rules. She also proudly serves as Senate Vice-Chair of the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight, and as a member of the Senate Committees on Ethics, Global Warming and Climate Change, and Juvenile and Emerging Adult Justice, in addition to the Joint Committee on Agriculture.

The legislature is in the middle of the budget season, though the Senator is confident that the most pressing items will included in the final budget. She addressed the revenue shortfalls that you might have heard about in the news. During some months, this shortfall went into the tens of thousand of dollars. The governor had local money that had been earmarked cut in order to restore the shortfall in the short term. These shortfalls are caused by inflation which has forced residents to tighten their belts financially. The rainy day account has $8.1 million which is saved for larger events like a recession or a pandemic. This is double what it had been prior to the pandemic. 

Senator Lovely spent time on legislative successes, especially items of local concern. This includes additional funding for the Salem High School CTE program which Rinus has kept us all up-to-date on. There will be a new Salem High School, fully approved by the Commonwealth, which could potentially partner CTE programs with Peabody which will also have a new high school. The collaboration will extend into Beverly too. Offshore wind is on the way soon! She wants to ensure that the community has a role to play.

This year, Senator Lovely has been actively involved in legislation addressing issues of equity in the Commonwealth. They are in the middle of the budget season, though the Senator is confident that the most pressing items will included in the final budget. Addressed the revenue shortfalls that you might have heard about in the news. Migrant families are being housed in several North Shore communities, including Salem. Many of the adults in Salem have gained employment. She emphasized that these families are legally in the country with proper documentation. Other successes this legislative season include a bill that allowed all students access to free and nutritious breakfast, while another helped farmers impacted by the recent floods that will render their fields unusable for the next several years. Senator Lovely is proud of the creation and funding of the HomeWorks program which gives support to students after school. This will allow students who live in shelters across the Commonwealth to participate in after school activities. She is also proud of how the legislature has addressed suicide prevention training.  

Outside of her committee work, Senator Lovely is the Senate Chair of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. She is also a member of the Massachusetts Legislative Food Systems Caucus, Coastal Caucus, Boating Caucus, Zero Waste Caucus, Gateway Cities Caucus, Protecting Animal Welfare (PAW) Caucus and Climate Alliance Caucus. She has served as Senate Chair of the Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression where she now serves as a member, Chair of the Special Senate Committee to Review the Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures, and as a member of the Legislative Commission on Ocean Acidification, Special Senate Committee on Opioid Addiction Prevention, Treatment and Recovery Options, and Special Legislative Commission on Public Records.

In Other News...

Fred DeNapoli and Nathalie Blue received their official badges for the Salem Rotary Club. Commence the pressure campaigns to get them to become future presidents of the club. Rumor has it that this year's Vice President will set a very low bar for those interested. Also, please note that Carolyn Shapiro is the President Elect, not the Vice President. 
The Scholarship Committee has the application website up and running. Send potential applicants to this website!
Wine and scratch tickets should be brought next week. 

RYLA 2024 Applications are now live!

We are excited to share applications for RYLA can be found on this year’s Linktree page: This year, we are excited for the first time to join forces with District 7950 and their students and are welcoming up to five students from every town, until spots fill up.So be sure to have students apply soon!
As you begin to share applications with students, we are ready to visit any interested clubs, to share the new video and a little more about RYLA. Please email Christina Harris, or call her at 978.270.6706.  Thank you again for your support of the RYLA program!
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Visiting Rotarians & Guests

The City of Salem Chamber of Commerce joined us as always, as well as many local dignitaries. 

Calendar Winner!

Eric Moran sold by Joe Amico

50:50 Raffle

Pot $1445
Tim Clarke and Matt Ingram played. No winners this week!


No news this week


Salem Rotary Annual Auction
Wednesday, March 20 at 6 PM
Hawthorne Hotel
Details and sponsorship packages coming soon!
Upcoming Speakers
Mar 05, 2024
Legislative Luncheon Series 1: Senator Joan Lovely (jointly w. Salem Chamber of Commerce)
Mar 19, 2024
Site Visit: Salem High School CTE Black Cat Cafe Visit
Apr 09, 2024
Legislative Luncheon Series 2: Mayor Dominick Pangallo (jointly w. Salem Chamber of Commerce)
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Member Birthdays
John Fisher
March 1
William Kielbasa
March 6
Robert Anthony
March 17
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