Weekly Newsletter | April 3, 2018

April 4 – Salem Convention Center
Program – Opioid Crisis: National Perspective, Cong. Walden

The opioid crisis continues to garner headlines, both locally and across the country. As a follow up to the club’s February 21 opioid program, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden will offer a national perspective on the issue. A fellow District 5100 Rotarian, Congressman Walden chairs the House Energy and Commerce Committee, the body that has jurisdiction over federal legislation related to health care and specifically opioid misuse. On March 21 and 22 the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health held hearings on 20 bills related to opioids with the goal of having legislation before the full House by Memorial Day. Congressman Walden will provide an update on key legislation likely to move forward this year.

Program Chair: John McCulley
PresMsgMessage from President Bruce
Greetings to you all, Salem Rotarians!
This past weekend, folks gathered together for Passover and Easter, one of the holiest times of the year: scriptures recited, prayers delivered, and meals served. It’s that last point I want to tie-in with our annual food drive as it winds down, highlighting our club’s effort for the people of our community accessing Marion-Polk Food Share’s valuable service.
First, where is Rotary Club of Salem at donation-wise?Well, we’re doing a phenomenal job! So far, 104 Downtown Rotarians have participated meaning . . .

-Contributions: $35,000, equaling over 100,000 meals;
-30% of our 50% goal for Monthly Sustainers;
-Close to 70% of our goal of 100% of club members participating as donors.

As the largest Rotary Club in this area, this is great leadership you all are providing! If you haven’t taken part yet, there’s another opportunity at this week’s meeting. And the difference you’ll make in the lives of people in Marion and Polk Counties will be enormous.
So where do those donations go? Shelters, food pantries, and other agencies accessed by our low-income neighbors. The impact of these meals is impossible to let slide. Meals are provided at shelters where people may have little else, or the support helps families who may be recovering from a traumatic situation, or maybe a household that can only afford to put 10 meals a week on their table. MPFS takes our cash donations and multiplies them in extraordinary ways to feed even more people than direct food donations (although they appreciate those as well!).
Brent Nielsen, our Food Drive Chair, related an interesting perspective on this. “As a parent, we have all had the experience of leaving a little more for our kids, but when the cupboard is bare that takes on a painful poignancy.  In a country as wealthy as ours, in a community with the agricultural plentitude of ours – hunger should not be a foreign concept.”
Keep up the great work, my fellow Rotarians. We are helping to bring a valuable, basic necessity to people who need it . . . and Making a Difference.
I’ll see you at Rotary!

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