President's Message 

I got one of my wishes last Friday -- I got to tour the Home Depot Distribution Center with my fellow ESR members! Thanks to Steve Poland, we got a chance to see how the 300 employees of the center move hundreds of boxes from the intake side of the building, separate the items to fill store requests, and pack the trailers on the opposite side of the building. Thanks also to Todd McKinney and Roth's for filling our boxed lunch requests.

We also got a chance to catch up with an inbound student from 20 years ago, Carolina. She brought her husband and daughter to visit Patsy and Ed Davis and brought her handmade cookies to share. She is hoping to find a connection in the US to sell her wonderful cookies so they can move up here.

Our food drive is being held at the Hayesville Roth's on Saturday, March 26 between 9:00 and 2:00. Unfortunately, only two people have signed up to help. If we can't get more people to sign up, we will have to cancel the event. Please contact me or John King if you can help.

If you haven't already done so, please complete the survey about our club. Our Club Service/Membership committees will be reviewing the responses on Wednesday, March 16. We'll have our quarterly club assembly this coming Friday to talk about the results as a group.

March is food drive month. Please participate so we can reach our goals! If you are already a sustaining member, or participated in the February food drive with the state, you must still fill out a form stating that you have so it can also be counted for our food drive. Maps Community Foundation will match your first three donations when you join the monthly sustainer circle or increase your monthly gift. There are also two different volunteer opportunities: one is a repack shift at the food share on Wednesday, March 23 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. and the other one is on Saturday, March 26 from 9:00 - noon at various community gardens around town.

Good news -- Iven Findley is feeling much better and responding well to his treatments. I'm sure he would like a call or card from fellow Rotarians.

The District Training Assembly is April 23 and registration is now open. There are over 60 sessions to choose from! These sessions are not just for club officers. You can check out the sessions and register online from DACdb.
Sunset Rotary is holding their 11th Annual Community Baby Shower on Saturday, April 30 between 2:00 and 5:30 p.m. They are looking for new or handmade items for babies in low-income families in Marion and Polk Counties.  They are also accepting monetary donations on that day.

Club News

Member Satisfaction Survey

East Salem Rotary -- is our club vibrant? What is our club culture? How can the club continue to meet the expectations of its current members and attract new members?
To find out, the Board is conducting a survey of current members as well as a separate survey of members who have left the club within the last five years. We hope to find out what is working, what could be updated, and how past members view our club.

The survey collects your answers anonymously, so please be honest with your responses. The survey will be available between March 1 and March 15. Responses will be reviewed at the Board meeting on March 17. We will hold a club assembly on March 18 to present the information to club members. Please participate -- your survey will provide your Board with a starting point for improving our club.

Thanks for taking the time to complete our survey. We value your feedback. 
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It's Rotary Food Drive Month 
We need people to sign up for our Rotary Food Drive that will be held on Saturday, March 26 between 9:00 and 2:00 at the Hayesville Roth's! If you can sign up for a one-hour shift, please let John King know which hour(s) will work for you. When you email him, please provide your phone number so he can call you if he has questions. Thanks!


  Join us at Barrel and Keg on Thursday, April 7 anytime between 5pm and 7pm for a no-host happy hour. 

Youth Exchange 
Kiara Ballard is one of the short term students we are sponsoring this year.  She is in need of some help with funding for her trip and has set up a gofundme account.  If you would be interested in helping her out, please visit the link below to make a contribution.  

Garage Sale Update
We hope you are starting to gather your items to donate.  We will begin collecting the items at club meetings beginning in April.  We are in need of a couple of people with pickups who can help us transport items from the Red Lion to Dave Leonard's barn after the club meetings in April.  If you are able to help, please let Pat or Karin know.   We will be sending around sign ups for other garage sale help at our meetings in March.  

Palm Sunday Brunch

Below are the updated assignments for the Palm Sunday Brunch.   Please review and let Catherine know if you need to request a schedule change.  These are the official assignments, any previously received versions should be recycled.  Don't forget to be selling tickets to your friends and family.   Tickets may be purchased online or for those who prefer more old school, physical tickets are available from Catherine at the club meetings. Groups of five or more may also order tickets by calling 503.393.1491.   
Team 1
8:00 a.m.-11:30p.m.
Pat Mack
Ted Mack*
Pat Davis*
Joe Burns 
Levi Herrera-Lopez
Vic Baker
Will Posegate
Team 2
8:00 a.m.-11:30p.m.
John King
Erik Larson
Darlene Taylor
Iven Findley
Phil Sperl
Maureen Casey
Russ Lipetzky 
Andrew Booth
Team 3
11:30 a.m.-3:00p.m.
Emil Graziani      
Kevin Mannix
Mary Hollinger
Ron Hanna
Tricia Nelson
Mike Bredimus
Raeann McDonald
Team 4
11:30 a.m.-3:00p.m.
Duane Vaubel
Steve Poland
Lavinia Goto
Todd McKinney
Karen Bryan
Rich Mackie 
Tom Marks*
Team Captains are bolded.

All group ticket sales of 5 or more must RSVP for seating at Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community with the receptionist: 503-393-1491. (Please remember this is important to ensure that we prepare enough food and have seating.)
 Each club member has been assigned to a team and time. For this to work, and in any fundraiser, each club member must participate (or provide a replacement).
 The afternoon shift should plan to stay until 3:00 to finish clean-up duties.
* Has a food handlers permit
 Please park at the Old Fire station building at the north end of our campus. That would be the 4th entrance by the second Willamette Lutheran Homes sign. Car-pooling is encouraged.

Please wear comfortable shoes and Sunday Brunch attire.
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This Week's Program
March 18

Club Assembly

Greeters: Will Posegate & Phil Sperl
Raffle: Ron Hanna    

RSVP for lunch by noon on Wednesday 

Click on the graphic below to purchase your Palm Sunday Brunch Tickets

Mark your calendar

March 17-ESR Board Meeting at La Margarita Express 6pm

March 18-Club Assembly
Greeters: Will Posegate & Phil Sperl
Raffle:  Ron Hanna

March 20-Palm Sunday Brunch at Willamette Lutheran Retirement Center

March 25-Marion County Commissioner, Kevin Cameron
Greeters:  Darlene Taylor & Sparky Vaubel
Raffle: Ted Mack

March 26-Food Drive at Hayesville Roths

April 1-A Biopic on Oswald West
Greeters: Vic Baker & Andrew Booth
Raffle: TBA

April 2-Stayton Club Wine Auction

April 7-First Thursday Drop In at Barrel and Keg

April 8-Gun Rights, The Second Amendment and Mass Shooting Legislation
Greeters: Mike Bredimus & Karen Bryan
Raffle:  TBA

April 9-Keizer Club Gold Raffle Party

April 15-National Political Campaigns as Entertainment and what that says about the U.S.
Greeters: Joe Burns & Catherine Carlson
Raffle:  TBA

April 21-ESR Board Meeting at La Margarita Express

April 22-Earth Day and Climate Change
Greeters: Maureen Casey & Pat Davis
Raffle:  TBA

April 23-District Training Assembly @ West Linn High School

April 29-Arbor Day and the importance of trees
Greeters: Lavinia Goto & Emil Graziani
Raffle: TBA

April 30-Rotary at Work Day

April 30-Salem Sunset Community Baby Shower

May 20-22-District Conference @ Vancouver Hilton 
July 22-Salem Area Rotaries Golf Tournament at Cross Creek Golf Club 

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East Salem Rotary meets Fridays at noon at the Red Lion Hotel, 3301 Market St NE, Salem, Oregon 97301