Weekly Newsletter | May 10, 2022

May 11: Escaping the Taliban – Afghanistan to Salem
Afghan Air Force Lt. Colonel Safia Ferozi served as the first female commander of combined airlift C-130 and C-208 squadrons in Kabul. She flew more than 1,000 hours in multiple missions, working alongside the U.S. military. Safia also completed her higher education in law and political science.
When the U.S. withdrew from Afghanistan, the lives of female military and police officers were at risk from the Taliban. In August 2021 Safia, nine months pregnant, and her family, were extracted from Afghanistan and relocated to Qatar where Safia gave birth.
Thanks to the help of Salem for Refugees and Operation Sacred Promise, Safia now has resettled in Salem with her husband, Javad Najafi, Major in the Afghan Air Force, pilot and trainer of pilots, and her daughters Narges (6) and Helen (8 months). 
Program Chair: Larry Gray
Meeting Location: Willamette Heritage Center’s Spinning Room
Meeting ID: 897 8043 1027
Passcode: 393495
Gerry Frank Memorial
Just a reminder that there will be a celebration of Gerry Frank on May 19th – 10:00 am – at the Salem Convention Center. If you can attend, please rsvp here.
One Rotary Conference
This year’s conference will be at Seaside, OR from May 19-22nd. One of the speakers will be Kerri Murray who is President of ShelterBox, but the complete list of speakers is equally impressive. Click here for more information.
Chane Griggs
2021-2022 President
Rotary Club of Salem
100 Years of Service to Our Community & the World