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!”

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).

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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Did You Know?

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
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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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