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Rotary has 1.5 million members worldwide, and 35,000+ clubs. Rotarians provide approximately 16 million volunteer hours each year, transforming communities locally and around the world. 2.5 billion children have been immunized against polio.

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Last Friday we got a chance to see and hear about the human history of Oregon as seen through the eyes of William Sullivan, the author of several hiking books as well as some fiction and historical books. Bill zoomed us through 14,000 years of history, from the finding of the first sign of human habitation in the Americas (a pair of sandals found near Ft. Rock) to the present and even the potential future earthquake and its after effects. He was available to sign copies of his books that were available for purchase.

This coming Friday finds us visiting the Oregon State Hospital on Center Street as Russ Lipetzky has arranged for us to visit the new Museum of Mental Health. This museum is one of only two of its kind in the nation. It is “dedicated to telling the stories of the Oregon State Hospital and the people that have lived and worked here. Our 2,500 square foot museum, located in the oldest building on the Oregon State Hospital campus includes permanent and changing exhibits.” Currently, the changing exhibit focuses on the movie “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which was filmed at the hospital. Please report promptly at noon for the tour. There will be no lunch offered as the facility has no suitable space. There is a reduced entrance fee of $3.

Please be sure to attend our installation banquet on Friday, June 17. Dave and Pam Leonard have again graciously offered us the use of their historic barn. This banquet will take the place of our usual Friday luncheon. More details will be announced in the future.

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I’m really looking forward to this Friday’s speaker — William Sullivan. I have several of his books on hiking trails in Oregon and his experiences in building a cabin on the Siletz and hiking across Oregon. Should be a great luncheon!
We will be hearing more about our community service project at La Placita. Maureen Casey reports that CTEC will be bringing the raised bed materials to the site next week.
And, of course, our garage sale to benefit McKay seniors is this Saturday. If you haven’t already signed up to help, please do so by contacting Pat Mack or Karin Holton.
The District Conference is May 19 – 22 in Vancouver, WA. There are some great speakers lined up and the ever-popular youth talent show. You can register online from the district website or go to www.iheartrotary.org.
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Rototeller 05.03.16

First of all, a warm East Salem Rotary welcome to our newest member, Terry Ryan, who was inducted into our club last Friday! I know he will be a great asset to our club. If you are the head of a committee or project, be sure to let him know what your group does. He will be deciding which group(s) to join.
East Salem Rotarians joined employees and volunteers from Comcast this past Saturday to spiff up the grounds of La Placita. This joint effort honored Rotary at Work Day and Comcast Cares Day and was a great example of how neighborhood groups can make an impact. We weeded, painted, hauled brush and trash, and spread barkdust and dirt. It was a great way to spend a Saturday morning!
Our garage sale is nearly here — and we still need your trash-to-treasures as well as your help in making this event happen. The first $500 earned goes to help McKay seniors pay for their caps and gowns.
Don’t forget our drop-in social this Tuesday at Boone’s Treasury between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.!
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Our District Training Assembly was held this past Saturday up at West Linn High School. It was great to see people from other clubs whom I have met over the years, as well as a few of our local club presidents. It was heartening to see so many people focused on making their club better.

Congratulations to Kevin Mannix, who was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow pin +6 for his contributions to The Rotary Foundation last Friday. Don’t forget that you can sign up for monthly donations to TRF — even a small contribution is welcome!

  Last Friday’s luncheon was attended by some special guests. We had members of our local fire departments on hand to talk about the pallets of medical supplies they will be shipping down to Nogales, Mexico for the emergency response teams there. We also had Roberto, his wife and daughter from Nogales visit us. They performed a puppet show at Waldo on Thursday to demonstrate how children should react to a fire. The show was well received by the students; it is a show that Roberto has performed for many students in Mexico and the States and has led to a huge decrease in child deaths in fires. Erik Larson presented the family with gifts from the Made in Oregon store in thanks for their work.

Don’t forget our Rotary at Work day this coming Saturday at La Placita! I’ll see you there!
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It’s spring cleaning time — a perfect time to donate your unwanted items for the East Salem Rotary garage sale! Pat Mack and Karin Holton are already busy pricing items turned in by members last Friday. Please bring your items to our next Friday luncheon.

Pat and Karin are also looking for volunteers to help on that day. Please sign up to set up, act as security, take money, clean up or take leftovers to Goodwill. A big thank you to Dave Leonard for letting us store the items in his barn for now, and to Ron Hanna who helped ferry items to the barn last Friday. This fund raiser will help McKay seniors purchase caps and gowns for graduation. We want to raise $500 — please help! See below for more information.

Speaking of spring, Earth Day is this Friday, April 22. We will get a heads-up about the day with Vic Baker’s next guest speaker, along with a discussion about climate change. Vic is really hitting all the hot topics this month!

If you are able, be sure to attend the fire prevention puppet show at Waldo Middle School this Thursday between noon and 1:00 p.m. A group from Nogales will be presenting the puppet show and will also be attending our Friday luncheon. During the luncheon, the Nogales visitors will be presenting the Portland Fire Department and our club with a token of appreciation for all we have done for them.

And don’t forget to join us for Rotary at Work on Saturday, April 30 at La Placita.   There are a wide variety of projects we can help with — and pizza will be provided when we finish at noon.   Come for an hour or stay for the morning!

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I received some bad news and good news this past week. The good news is that Darlene Taylor’s talents have led her to a new job with Columbia Bank. The bad news is that her job is in Wilsonville. As a result, she has regretfully decided that she will not be able to be our president next year. The good news is that Sparky Vaubel has graciously agreed to move up a year and be our president for 2016-2017. The bad news is that we will be needing someone to take over his duties with the youth exchange program. More good news is that Steve Poland also is moving up a year, following Sparky as president. And really good news is that Catherine Carlson has accepted being president following Steve.


I am so sorry to know that Darlene will not be a member of East Salem Rotary. She has provided the club with enthusiasm and leadership and will be greatly missed. I hope that she will be able to attend our socials so we can keep up our friendship with her.


If you will be attending the District Training Assembly on ​Saturday, April 23, please consider attending the grant management workshops. If we are to apply for district grants, we must have someone attend this year. Sessions are only in the morning. Please let me know if you will attend for ESR.


Rotary at Work is scheduled for Saturday, April 30. Maureen Casey has a sign up list to help install new fencing. I’m sure there will be an impromptu “celebration” afterwards for ESR volunteers.

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March 29 Rototeller

We had another successful food drive at the Hayesville Roth’s this past Saturday. Thank you to Steve Poland, Joe Burns, Ted Mack, Karin & David Holton, Ken Morin and especially to Ron Hanna (who did a double shift). I heard from Abby of Marion Polk Food Share that we met both our participation and financial goals for this year! Congratulations to us and thank you for your generosity!
We have a guest book available at the check-in desk for Friday luncheons. If you bring a guest, please encourage them to leave us their email address to receive our weekly newsletter. That way, they will be able to mark their calendars for upcoming guest speakers.
At our club assembly a couple weeks ago, the following fund raising ideas were discussed and will be researched by the following member:
* Selling pies from Willamette Fruit Company (Sparky Vaubel);
* Selling garden/flower seeds or flower baskets (Steve Poland & Emil Graziani);
* Joining with the other Salem club to sponsor an event at the Elsinore Theater (Karin Holton):
Another option that was raised is that we participate in projects that don’t require an expenditure of funds on our part. This would mean that we would be volunteering for an existing non-profit on one of their projects.
Membership ideas:
* Being more deliberate about talking about Rotary and our club with visitors who might not know anything about Rotary;
* Having better follow-up with guests and speakers;
* Improving our mentorships of red badge members;
* Announcing our luncheon speakers in the newspaper, if possible.
We also discussed the possibility of moving our luncheons to another site:
* Roth’s Center Street hospitality center (Sparky Vaubel);
* East Salem Community Center (Maureen Casey).
As you can see, there are many ideas to look into. If you are interested in one of them, please contact the person in charge of the idea.
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