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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).

Palm Sunday Brunch Project

Our annual Palm Sunday Brunch fundraiser and service project took place on Sunday, April 14th. This event allows us to collaborate with the Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community to serve a great brunch and visit with residents and guests, and it also serves as a fundraiser for our club.

We had a great turnout, and good food was enjoyed by all.  Thank you to all who helped with this fun event, including spouses and other family members who helped us prepare, serve and clean.

Raffle Funds Donated to PolioPlus Fund

East Salem Rotary dedicated the funds raised from the weekly raffle in February to support the PolioPlus Fund. This fund, part of The Rotary Foundation, supports the eradication of polio throughout the world. Polio cases have been reduced by 99.9% since Rotary’s first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979. Today, polio remains endemic in only three countries: Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria. Our club raised $186 to support this important cause. Want to donate directly to the PolioPlus fund? Click here to donate.

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Hunger Awareness Month

Each year in March our community celebrates and supports Hunger Awareness Month through activities that include supporting the Marion-Polk Food Share. We had a kickoff program on March 1st from the Marion-Polk Food Share, and our club will host our annual food drive on Saturday, March 16th from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the Hayesville Roth’s store on Portland Rd. NE. In addition to the food drive, club members will also take part in food sorting at the Marion-Polk Food Share in March.

East Salem Rotary Projects

East Salem Rotarians have been engaged in numerous projects and events this year, offering a variety of activities to accommodate members’ interests and skills.  Below are a few of the projects we’ve worked on:
Donated fire & medical supplies were sent to volunteer fire departments in Mexico
Donated funds to a milk bank for non-lactating mothers in Mexico
Market Street cleanup
Assembled goodie bags for women in homeless shelters
Spread bark chips in garden at La Casita
Distributed dictionaries to fourth grade students in area schools
Built an outdoor play kitchen at Family Building Blocks

Provided Christmas gifts for children at La Placita, as well as an appearance by Santa (La Placita serves low-income families with children with special needs)
Salvation Army bell ringing
Monthly first Tuesday socials
McKay musical program in December

Here are upcoming events and projects:
Hunger In Our Community food drive–March
Palm Sunday brunch at Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community–April
Build outdoor playground for La Placita–spring

Medical Supplies Delivered to Mexico

Thanks to the work of the International Service Committee (Phil, Erik and Dagmar), fire equipment and medical supplies donated by several Oregon fire departments have arrived in Culiacan, Mexico to support their volunteer fire department. Supplies included turnouts, oxygen tanks, boots, helmets and various medical supplies. Erik Larson and Phil Sperl, along with Woodburn firefighters, loaded the equipment, and Phil drove the 26-foot truck to Nogales, Arizona. Some of the supplies were provided to the Nogales, Mexico volunteer fire deparment. Rotary club members and volunteer firefighters from Culiacan provided Phil with a certificate of appreciation and their Rotary club banner, which he presented to our club last Friday. The Rotarians from Culiacan look forward to more collaboration with us in the future.