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

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.

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.