Weekly Newsletter | March 1, 2016

The Rotary Food and Funds Drive is off and running. During the month of March, we Rotarians have a chance to help Salem area residents get the support they need to put food on their table during tough times. I’ve always been proud of the way our Club steps up during this annual campaign. We do a lot of good in our community, as well as around the globe.
I missed last week’s meeting due to a conference, but I understand you heard the story of Mattie Jenkins. She is an example of the thousands of people Marion Polk Food Share assists every year. We can be inspired by her story as someone who was down on her luck, needed some help, and now has become self-sufficient again. What a great outcome!
During March, we’d like to ask each Rotarian to make a one-time gift to Marion Polk Food Share, or – better yet- to sign up as a monthly sustainer. You can choose a very modest monthly amount to start out, and then consider increasing it later as you are able. Every little bit helps. The charitable arm of MAPs Credit Union has offered to match the first three months of your sustainer amount, for those of you signing up for the first time or increasing your existing sustainer amount.
Brent Nielsen, food drive coordinator for our Club, has challenged us to become a 100% participation Club. That should be “a piece of cake” as they say. Just fill out your form to indicate how you will give. If you’re reaffirming your existing sustainer pledge at the same level, just check the box on the form that says “I’m already a monthly sustainer. Please count my gift in the Rotary Food Drive.”
Fellow Rotarians, it’s true that each of you is already a leader. The Food and Funds Drive for hungry families is another way you can show your support for the community we love.
This week, Mayor Anna Peterson will deliver the State of the City address. This will be in lieu of our regular Club meeting. She will present an update on her vision for the City of Salem, including the following key areas: 1) Safe City: the research and planning process regarding a proposed new police facility; 2) Strong Economy:  infrastructure and investment in the City’s Urban Renewal areas; 3) United Community: the diversity and international culture of the City of Salem; and 4) Vibrant Neighborhoods: addressing the pressing and complex issue of homelessness.
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