President's Message 

A big shout out to all the East Salem Rotarians for their help at the Palm Sunday Brunch! And an even bigger thank you to the spouses, children and friends who helped fill in for absent members! Although we were short handed, we had fun because of our friendships with each other. Nothing to report on how much was brought in, but attendance seemed to be a bit down from last year. The good news is that next year the brunch will NOT be held during spring break!

Our next event is the food drive at the Hayesville Roth's on this Saturday, March 26 between 9:00 and 2:00. We have at least one person signed up for each 1-hour shift -- however, if you can come help out, please do so! We need an additional person on the following shifts:
10:00 - 11:00
1:00 - 2:00
2:00 - 3:00

Don't forget that this Friday is the last day to turn in your donation to Marion Polk Food Share! Fill out the donation card that was mailed to you earlier (or use one of the cards at our club lunch) to donate cash or to record food donations made. If you volunteer at our food drive, that counts also!
Thank you to those members who attended our club assembly last week and to those who completed the survey. We had great discussions about fund raising ideas, membership challenges, and meeting location. Some of the ideas are easy to address (more transparency from board, a guest book to gather email information from guests and speakers) and some have been assigned to specific members to research (fund raising ideas). Overall, people are attracted to our club because of the friendships we develop and the projects we do. However, the big three "dislikes" are apathy, the size of our club/loss of members and fund raising concerns. I don't have the notes from the meeting yet, but will write more in a future newsletter. I'm glad that we have more information for Darlene Taylor to reflect upon for her upcoming presidency.

The International Service Committee is working on gathering medical and fire fighting equipment to send down to Nogales, Mexico, through the Rotary Club there. If you have a contact at a fire department or medical clinic, contact Erik Larson for more information.

For our Rotarians at Work Day this year (April 30), the Community Service Committee has scheduled time to start prepping the garden area at La Placita. Materials to build the raised gardens will be ready in mid-May from CTEC.

Club News

International Service Committee Seeks Items

Our friends in Nogales are in need of some items for their ambulance and our International Service Committee has adopted helping them meet these needs as our club's project for the year.  Many items that are outdated by US Health Department Guidelines are still usable and are a valuable resource to our friends in Nogales.   Below is a list of items they are most in need of.   If you have friends in the medical services who may have access to any of these items, please ask them if they would be willing to donate any that might be past their expiration date.

Backboards (adult, pediatric), a marine rescue basket stretcher, folding stretcher, short extrication devices (head to pelvis) , upper and lower emergency splints, pulse oximeters, 1 or 2 portable oxigen cylinders size D/M15 with regulators, Blood pressure manometers, cuff and stethoscope, automated external difibrilator (AED), Head immobilization devices, EMT Ventilator, cervical immobilization devices.
For our personnel anything like turn out gear, SCBA's, helmets, gloves any equipment we can use on our fire truck, hoses, nozzles, heavy rescue equipment,  and wildfire gea.,  
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.    
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This Week's Program
March 25

Marion County Commissioner, Kevin Cameron

Greeters: Darlene Taylor & Sparky Vaubel
Raffle: Ted Mack    

RSVP for lunch by noon on Wednesday 

Congratulations to Esau Castillo, our March Student of the Month from Blanchet Catholic School.

Esau is a sophomore this year.  He is interested in robotics, soccer, guitar, track, drama and tae-kwan-do.  He plans to attend MIT when he graduates from high school to major in mechanical engineering.

Mark your calendar

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: Pat Mack

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:  Todd McKinney & Karen Bryan

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:  Will Posegate

April 21-ESR Board Meeting at La Margarita Express

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

April 23-District Training Assembly @ West Linn High School

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

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

April 9, 2017-Palm Sunday Brunch 

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

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