1984-1985, Ivan (“Ike”) Congleton

Theme: Discover A New World of Service

During the 1984-85 year our Rotary Club qualified for Rotary International’s Presidential Citation because of the following:

  • Membership increased from 212 to 227 members.
  • We sponsored and started the first Interact Club at South Salem High School.
  • We spearheaded a drive and contributed $2,000 to a new community service project.

The monies were used to support the Northwest Medical Team to travel to Ethiopia to provide medical assistance. Our local community project was a contribution of $5,000 to the building fund for the local YMCA and four $500 camperships, one each to the Boy Scouts, Salvation Army, Girl Scouts and Camp Fire.

We hosted a youth exchange student from Mexico. We increased our participation in the District 510 conference. We also increased our contribution to Rotary International Foundation by $7,000. This resulted in the following new Paul Harris Fellows in the Salem Downtown Rotary Club: David Sowle, John Stewart, Paul Bale, Carlisle Roberts, and Terry McDonald.

The Club also gained five new Paul Harris Fellows through transfers to our Club from other Clubs. We now have a total of 21 Paul Harris Fellows in the Salem Downtown Rotary Club.