|A big shout out to all the East Salem Rotarians for their help at the Palm Sunday Brunch! And an even bigger thank you to the spouses, children and friends who helped fill in for absent members! Although we were short handed, we had fun because of our friendships with each other. Nothing to report on how much was brought in, but attendance seemed to be a bit down from last year. The good news is that next year the brunch will NOT be held during spring break!
Our next event is the food drive at the Hayesville Roth’s on this Saturday, March 26 between 9:00 and 2:00. We have at least one person signed up for each 1-hour shift — however, if you can come help out, please do so! We need an additional person on the following shifts:
Don’t forget that this Friday is the last day to turn in your donation to Marion Polk Food Share! Fill out the donation card that was mailed to you earlier (or use one of the cards at our club lunch) to donate cash or to record food donations made. If you volunteer at our food drive, that counts also!
The International Service Committee is working on gathering medical and fire fighting equipment to send down to Nogales, Mexico, through the Rotary Club there. If you have a contact at a fire department or medical clinic, contact Erik Larson for more information.
For our Rotarians at Work Day this year (April 30), the Community Service Committee has scheduled time to start prepping the garden area at La Placita. Materials to build the raised gardens will be ready in mid-May from CTEC.
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Sunset Rotary is holding their 11th Annual Community Baby Shower on Saturday, April 30 between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. They are looking for new or handmade items for babies in low-income families in Marion and Polk Counties. They are also accepting monetary donations on that day.
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Did you learn something about the Cascadia subduction plate at last Friday’s luncheon? What a great speaker! Dr. Rizzo of Oregon Emergency Management Agency provided us with information about what might happen when the next major earthquake hits Oregon. Dave Leonard is following that talk up with a guest speaker who will fill us in on what we should have for an emergency kit this coming Friday. Bring a guest!
I got a call from Iven Findley last week. He is in the hospital with pancreatic cancer and is on dialysis. We signed a get well card at last Friday’s meeting, but I know he would love to have visitors. Please keep him and Helen in your thoughts.
Our Palm Sunday Brunch fund raiser is only 4 1/2 weeks away. Please be sure to invite your family and friends to attend. For only $12, they will get a marvelous brunch — well worth the cost! Also be sure to check the roster for your assignment time. If you are unable to attend, you MUST find a replacement. If you are on the second shift, remember that you will be helping to clean up the dining room so it is ready for the residents’ next meal.
The Membership Committee is putting together a survey to determine member satisfaction. This survey will be sent out electronically on March 1 to all current members. A similar survey will be sent out to members who left the club within the last five years. We want to see how you are feeling about our club and what we could do to make it an even stronger club. The results are anonymous, so please be frank. Results will be discussed at a club assembly, tentatively set in March.
- Our International Committee continues to explore how to send emergency supplies to Nogales, Mexico.
- The Vocational Committee is looking into a site visit, perhaps to the Home Depot Distribution Center. Steve Poland is also looking for members to volunteer for the ASPIRE mentoring program at McKay High School.
- The Rotary Food Drive kicks off on March 4. Our club goal is to raise $1,100, have 75% of our club participate, and increase our sustaining donors from 3 to 4. Volunteer opportunities during the month are: March 23 between 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Marion Polk Food Share, re-packaging food; and March 26 from 9:00 – noon at the Houck Middle School’s Mission of Hope food pantry. We will have a food drive at the Hayesville Roth’s on March 26 between 9:00 – 2:00. Sign-up sheets will be available in March.
- Club Service has scheduled another social drop-in, this time at Gilgamesh on March 3 between 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Phil Sperl continues to look for ways to sell our wine. He has contacted the district fundraiser chair, offering other Rotary clubs the chance to serve our wine at their events. Their club would get 10% of the proceeds and East Salem Rotary would take care of the details. Please keep our wine in mind when your business, family, or friends are having an event and wish to serve wine.
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The Oregon Garden Brewfest this past weekend was a great venue! Our booth, the only one selling wine, was at the entrance to the pavilion with a great traffic flow. Many visitors were grateful to have an option other than beer to drink. Final numbers will be coming in the future.
Don’t forget to sign up for our next fun event – the Rotary golf tournament on July 20. There are several ways you can participate! Check with Tom Marks to sign up, become a sponsor, or to “purchase” a box of dictionaries for $60. See his article below.
We’ve got a great vocational tour this Friday at C-TEC on Portland Road. This technical training center for high school students is still under construction, so you will need to follow John’s directions for entering the area. John will be sending those directions out, so watch your email inbox. Remember that you are on your own for lunch as there is no place for us to eat on their campus. I’ll see you there at 12:20 with the tour starting at 12:30.
Also mark your calendars for the Rotary Night at the Volcanoes stadium on August 9. You can purchase reserved seating (bleachers with a back) and attend the all-you-can-eat barbecue for only $23. Or just come to the game for $12! Regardless, $4 of your entry fee will be going to Polio Plus. You can also upgrade to the box seats for an additional $4. See Will for tickets.