Weekly Newsletter | July 11, 2017

Happy Summer, Rotarians! I hope you all had a great time last week celebrating our nation’s independence! And best wishes if you are celebrating the 228th Bastille Day this Friday – Vive la France!
Getting plugged into our club’s events and projects is something I hope you all will consider. First up: the Rotary Golf Tourney – Friday, July 21, at Cross Creek Golf Course near Dallas. Registration/check-in: 12 Noon; Shotgun start at 1:00pm. Just go to DACdb to register you and/or a team or use this handy registration form.
Why participate? This is a wonderful way for us to raise money to buy dictionaries for each fourth grader in Salem-Keizer schools. And by doing so, we can make a difference in the education and lives of these young people. Understanding proper spelling and word usage is a foundational element for children so Rotary providing this critical tool for these kids will make a difference for years to come. Can’t make it or don’t golf? No problem – you can buy a box ($60) or half-box ($30) of dictionaries (either at a club meeting or at the golf tournament). Whatever you can do helps us make a difference for kids right here in the Salem-Keizer area. Thanks to Natalie Dunn for her awesome leadership on this year’s tourney!
Best wishes for a great week. We have a great meeting in store as we start-up our new Rotary year. I hope to see y’all on Wednesday, July 12!

Tomorrow’s Meeting
July 12 – Salem Convention Center 
Program – Homelessness Part 2
Our program this week features Part Two of a three-part series on homelessness : “Who Are the Homeless in Our Community, Why Should We Care and What Can We Do About It?”
In Part One of the series, we learned who the homeless are in our community  from Jimmy Jones of The Community Action Agency as he shared data and demographic information gathered to date about this population through Community Action’s coordinated entry efforts.
This week’s speaker is Stephen Goins of Northwest Human Services whose extensive experience in working with the chronically homeless, especially those who are mentally ill, will help us to see why we should care. His presentation will focus on the psychological and societal impacts of homelessness and, specifically, how the root causes of homelessness impair an individuals ability to function normally is society and the challenges this presents in addressing the issue.
Program Chair: Marybeth Beall