Weekly Newsletter | March 12, 2024

March 13th – Small but Mighty, Rotary’s Good Works in our Community

Five of our Good Works Small Grant recipients from 2022-23 Rotary Year will be coming together and presenting updates for each of the projects that were funded.

Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm will be reporting on their 11-week summer internships for 25 youth. Sparrow will be updating us on the two lift tables purchased for their workshop. Salem Free Clinic will be sharing about the free sports physicals to youth in Marion and Polk County. CASA will be reporting on the funds to increase their volunteer recruitment and training efforts. And Salem Public Library Foundation update will be on purchasing elementary and middle grade books for R.E.A.D. While You Wait tote.

Program Chair: Beth Rhoades

Meeting Location: Willamette Heritage Center – Spinning Room

President’s Message

If We Can See It, We Can Become It

Greetings, Fellow Rotarians! I hope this note finds you well!

What a joy to hear the fabulous Sumpter Elementary School Choir sing last Wednesday! Special thanks to Karl Raschkes for arranging that program! Those 100 little singers did such an incredible job and were so well-taught by their music teacher, Bethia. I loved seeing their little faces light up when they sang; I loved chatting with them before the meeting; I loved the supportive presence of all the parents and caregivers who came to cheer them on and help with the logistics of coming and going. If you were not able to make the meeting, I strongly recommend you watch the recording. Those kids are our future!

“If you can see it, you can become it.” That thought came to mind while listening to the choir. Appearing on an inspirational poster in a physical rehabilitation program where I was working as a medical case manager over 30 years ago, the slogan has stayed with me and highlights the power of visualization. What if we extended it to our community? What if we closed our eyes and visualized our entire community in 5 years, 10 years, 15 years? As Rotary Club of Salem members, we have the opportunity to visualize a healthy, thriving, economically strong community, a wonderful place for people to live, learn, work and play. 

I’m so excited to hear from our Good Works Committee Power-Chair Beth Rhoades this week! Our investments in our community are investments in our future. Please make our Wednesday meeting a priority in your week! I look forward to seeing you!

If we can see it, we can become it!

Yours in Rotary Service,

President Alison Kelley
Rotary Club of Salem