Weekly Newsletter | June 7, 2016

This past week, I attended the Salem Rotaract banquet and ceremony to mark the end of their Rotary year. This is “our” Rotaract Club, as we are one of the sponsoring Clubs along with South Salem.
President Stephanie Bednarz gave a very nice outgoing speech. When she joined Rotaract, there were a total of 2 members. Quickly thereafter, Matthew Bateman moved to Portland for a job opportunity, leaving her with the sole responsibility for her Rotaract Club. Despite being a busy college student and dealing with a health issue, she hung in there and didn’t walk away.
At last week’s ceremony, the group inducted three great new members. And, President Elect Samantha Hanrahan was sworn in as the 2016-2017 Club President. They also have an official Secretary, and an official Treasurer. Samantha is beginning her sophomore year at Western Oregon University, majoring in Biology. She is enthusiastic about her role in Rotaract, and really wants to learn more about the world of Rotary.
It was a delight to meet the new members. Each of them has a huge heart for service, and really wants to be included in Club life. What they lack in financial resources, they make up for and more with enthusiasm and willingness to help.
Club member Tommy Love is our Club’s liaison to our Rotaract club. Tommy has done a good job this year of reaching out to its members and making every effort to include them. As we go through our Rotary activities, let’s all remember to include Rotaract in the life of our Club.
Today’s Club Meeting: Friendship Exchange with India. Today’s program features the Rotary Friendship Exchange with India’s District 3012. Presentations will be made by the visiting India team and our club’s outbound returnees.
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