Student Dictionary Project 2019

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!”

La Placita Playground Project

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.

Annual Dictionary Labeling Party

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.

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East Salem, West Salem “Rotary in the Community” Event a Success

Rotary Club presidents Terry Riley of East Salem Rotary and Jeremy Mackay of West Salem Rotary jointly hosted a community event for Rotarians and the Salem community on Thursday, July 25th.

This event was intended to further Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self,” and to share Rotary’s message of service, strong personal connections and making a positive difference. Members from both clubs learned about the ACE Hardware business in West Salem, and their commitment to supporting fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network and Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

La Casita Garden Project

Several club members volunteered on Saturday, June 8th to help install a drip irrigation system at the La Casita learning garden, with the expert guidance of a master gardener. Thanks to members who organized the event and purchased the materials. A big thank you to the volunteers who gave time on a Saturday morning to improve the watering system, which will help sustain the plants through the summer and on weekends when children are not there to water the garden. The garden is healthy and thriving, and will provide fresh food and learning experiences for children throughout the summer.La Casita4

ShelterBox Fundraiser

Thanks to all who attended the fundraiser at Pietro’s Pizza to support ShelterBox, a disaster relief organization that provides emergency shelter for communities around the world devastated by disasters. Three Rotary inbound exchange students in the Salem area, including our student from Denmark, sponsored the event. They raised approximately $1340, including donations made by our very generous members at the May 3rd meeting.

ShelterBoxes contain family-sized tents specially designed to withstand the elements, and they contain other supplies as well, depending on the disaster and climate. Rotary exchange students usually take part in a ShelterBox fundraiser each year.

Flower Basket Fundraiser Supports Youth Scholarships

It’s time once again for our annual flower basket fundraiser, and this is the time to purchase spring baskets for Mother’s Day, or just to brighten your own yard. Proceeds from this event support scholarships for local youth.  This year’s hanging basket supplier is Kamis Nursery, a local nursery located just north of Salem at 7978 Portland Rd. NE, Salem 97305. Customers may purchase tickets from any club member, or contact the club at to obtain tickets.  Customers take their purchased tickets to the nursery and select their baskets, which will apply only to 12-inch shiny green or shiny dark brown swirl hanging baskets.

The baskets are selling for $28, which is a special price for our Rotary Club. Customers may pick up baskets any time between April 15 and May 30, but the nursery is closed on Sundays (this information is on the tickets).