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.

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