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VISITING ROTARIANS AND GUESTS
Laura McNeil was a visiting Rotarian.
Ken Steigler was a visiting Rotarian.
Robert McHugh was a guest of Rinus Oosthoek.
Christine Sullivan was a guest of John Neely.
Nahee Kim was a guest of Mickey Northcutt.
Bill Tinti was a guest of John Keenan.
Happy birthday to Scott McNeil on June 19th!
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THIS WEEK'S SPEAKERS
The Rotary Club of Salem honored the late Judge Samuel Zoll with the Paul Harris Award. Judge Zoll, a Salem native, served our community and state as the former Mayor of Salem, Justice of the Salem District Court, and Chief Justice of the Massachusetts District Courts. A good friend, father and family man, and true public servant, Judge Zoll was remembered by several other community leaders at our meeting this week.
Mark Shaw and John Neely both shared fond memories of their past experiences with Judge Zoll before former Rep. Michael Harrington and current Rep. John Keenan had us all smiling as they candidly told stories of "Sam."
Rep. Harrington and Judge Zoll both grew up in Salem as friends and public servants. rep. Harrington shared several humorous stories of their friendship and highlighted Judge Zoll's career in the MA court system. "Sam's" infectious good attitude was summed up well by Rep. Harrington's statement that he was "uniquely well-liked by all."
Rep. Keenan also had many good, nice memories that he shared with the club as he grew with Judge Zoll as a family friend and mentor. He described Sam's "sage advice" as very influential in John's decision to serve the public and Salem as State Representative, and was recruited by Judge Zoll into the Pan-Mass Challenge, which he will be completing for the 24th time this year!
Mrs. Zoll then accepted the Paul Harris Award on behalf of her late husband, and really personalized Judge Zoll with several stories of home and family life.
Our final speaker this week was Judge Robert Cornetta, who started by expressing a deep gratitude for Judge Zoll's initiatives and contributions to the MA trial court system. Judge Cornetta made it clear that the current district court system would not be where it is today without the improvements that were lead by Judge Zoll.
Judge Cornetta also provided a summary of the current standing of the district court system in Massachusetts, sharing with us that in 2013 over 1 million cases were handled in the state, and that they now operate under the mission statement of "Justice with Dignity and Speed." This mission has become evident when looking at the volume our court system handles on an annual basis, and now serves as a national model for states across the country. Judge Cornetta also share his initiative called the "Hope More Project" which brings young people, as young as middle school, into the courts as an introduction to a system that they will operate some day. In closing, the Judge reminded us all that the court system belonged to all of us as citizens of this state, and that he and his colleagues are just trustees.
Former Mayor Stan Usovicz, former Mayor Neil Harrington, John Neely, Rep. John Keenan, former Rep. Michael Harrington, Brenda Smith, Mrs. Sam Zoll, Judge Robert Cornetta