Our first group service project of the Rotary year took place at Lee Mission Cemetery, located at 2104 D St. NE., on Saturday, September 5th. Located in the east Salem area, it is Salem’s oldest cemetery, and is in need of a little gardening TLC. This cemetery is closely tied to Oregon history, and is a nonprofit maintained only through donations and plot sales. Club members brought garden tools such as rakes, shovels, and trimmers, and did a great job of providing a facelift for a large planting area near the cemetery entrance. This was a great opportunity to beautify this historic cemetery and get together in person while practicing social distancing.
Our club has completed the building of nine Little Free Libraries for our east Salem community. Thank you to several of our club members for agreeing to help build some of these libraries. We have had labels printed for the outside of the libraries that indicate they are provided by the Rotary Club of East Salem, and we have stickers with the same message to place in the books we will use to stock the libraries. Now that schools and many childcare centers are closed, Little Free Libraries are needed more than ever. They are located outside, available 24/7, easily accessible and allow families to maintain social distancing while picking up books. Thank you to club members for your willingness to assist in this much needed community service project.
Our annual East Salem Rotary flower basket fundraiser was a great success! We partnered once again with Kamis Nursery, and the money we raised will help us provide college scholarships for local seniors in the upcoming school year. Many thanks to all the club members who helped to make this fundraiser such a success!
Mission accomplished! Market Street cleanup crew from Saturday, February 22nd. There are 30 storm drains in our section of the street we clean up every quarter and we are doing our part to keep our waterways garbage free. Thank you to club members and friends for taking the time to keep our streets clean and trash free.
East Salem Rotary Club members stepped up once again to participate in the annual Salvation Army bell ringing at East Salem Fred Meyer on Friday, December 6th. This continues our annual tradition of supporting the Salvation Army to help meet the needs of those less fortunate in our community. Thanks to all who participated in this fun tradition!
The annual La Placita/La Casita Christmas party held on December 14th was a big success. East Salem Rotary member Erik Larson made a very convincing and jolly Santa, and the children and their families enjoyed the event and the gifts donated by club members. Most children left their gifts unopened to put under their Christmas tree at home, since they would likely get few gifts on Christmas. Thanks to all club members who donated gifts or helped with the event.
Salem-Keizer and Stayton-area Rotary clubs just wrapped up the fourth grade dictionary project for this year. A big thank you to all of our club members who helped at the dictionary labeling party and who presented dictionaries to area fourth grade students. Our club had seven volunteers help at the labeling party, and eleven club members helped present dictionaries to students in local schools. These dictionaries belong to the students, who may use them at school or at home. Favorite student quote: “This is better than Google!”
We had a great work crew for the Market Street cleanup on Saturday, September 21st. Thanks to all who helped out and demonstrated our club’s commitment to beautifying our local neighborhoods!
On Saturday, August 24th, eight East Salem Rotary Club members gathered at La Placita to spread bark chips, assemble playground equipment and a sandbox, and build a wooden bench. A once bare space is now full of fun play equipment and a child-size picnic table for young children to enjoy and have fun. Thanks to those members who spent a Saturday morning making La Placita a little more inviting and educational for the neighborhood children who visit the center.
Several East Salem Rotary Club members took part in the annual Rotary dictionary labeling party at the end of August. They added labels and packaged the dictionaries to be distributed to area fourth graders. The dictionary distribution is a project of area Rotary clubs in Salem and the Stayton area that focuses on literacy, and students at public and private schools receive their very own dictionaries.
Check out the photos of our club members hard at work on the hottest day of the summer. Dictionaries are being presented to fourth graders in local schools during the month of September, and the students are learning a little about Rotary and how it is helping communities locally and around the world.