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!”
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 email@example.com 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).
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.
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.
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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