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Salem-Creekside

Rotary Serving Humanity

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​​​​​​Saturday, October 1st, Salem Creekside Rotarians Gathered for Visioning Workshop.

The challenge was to gather as many ideas and opportunities as possible for the future, then condense it down to the most important goals reflecting our club’s membership. The three facilitators Barb and Tom Crozier and David Noyes did an outstanding job guiding us through the process.
 
This is not a strategic planning process, but an evaluation of where we are now, where we want to be in three years and how are we going to get there through club member’s input. It is the beginning framework as we set goals and objectives for the future.

 
A week of great events at Salem Airport as B-17 Alliance Museum and Restoration prepared to receive Lacey Lady, a WWII B-17G to flight, and Creekside Rotary was there for the ride of a lifetime.
 
There were activities for all:
Tuesday – Friday 9:00 – 4:00 pm Ground and Museum Tours;
Wednesday Multi-Cultural Military History Appreciation Day;
Thursday – VETERAN APPRECIATION DAY;
Friday – Sunday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm B-17 and B-25 flights available
Friday evening – meet the pilots for Happy Hour.
 
Creekside Rotarians: Tom Edmiston, Bob Pool and ­­­­­­­­­­­­­Mark Hodgins were busy preparing the BBQ for guests. That warm sunny day turned out to be Tom’s lucky day, there was one seat left, "would anyone like a ride". Tom jumped at the opportunity to take the 40-minute ride in the B-25. The pilots were volunteers for the Commemorative Air Force based in Mesa Arizona.  One was female pilot (Kimberly) who normally flies for Delta Airlines and the other a male who flies for American Airlines.  They are both 737 pilots and volunteer their time in the summers to fly historic war birds to various events throughout the country.  This particular B-25 had nose art "Made in the Shade".
 
The flight itself was very loud - it is a combat aircraft - and there is no insulation from the engines.  But it was the experience of a lifetime to fly out over the farmlands around Salem and buzz a few wineries.  Perfect landing by Kimberly who was doing the piloting on my particular run.
 
You too can soar with us, Salem Creekside Rotary. People of action. 
In July 2022, an unvaccinated man in New York had been sickened with variant poliovirus genetically linked to the spread in London. We can stop it. Help eradicate polio by making a donation in honor of World Polio Day, October 24. Your contribution will be tripled by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Join the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside as we help stop the spread in the US and around the world.
 
 For much of the developed world, polio is a distant memory. Long gone are the days of terror in the 1940’s and 50’s with children going to bed with a mild case of flu only to wake up rubber-limbed and burning with fever. Thousands were paralyzed. Some ended up in the dreaded iron lung device which helped them breathe.
 
There is no cure for polio, but with the development of vaccines in the 1950s and subsequent routine immunization, the US and Belgium saw their last wild polio cases in 1979. Vaccination campaigns went global in the decades that followed, with Rotary launching PolioPlus in 1985 and helping the GPEI in 1988. The goal was to eradicate a human disease for only the 2nd time in history, after the WHO declared the world free of smallpox in 1980.
We would like to welcome Bob to Creekside Rotary. Bob was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Fortuna CA. When he moved to Washington he joined the Rotary Club of Sammamish, then, once in Oregon became a member of Salem Sunrise, East Salem and finally Salem Creekside. Bob is a Paul Harris Fellow and served as Community Services Committee Chair for over six years.
 
Bob is a retired Professor of Biology, Science and Mathematics Division Chair at the College of the Redwoods, and Professor emeritus of Biology.
 
Bob is an avid Beaver fan. Other interests are family history and travel. We are happy that Bob has found his Rotary Family at Creekside.
 
 
“Presented to Maria Mokrai
 In appreciation for outstanding leadership as President of Creekside Rotary in Salem,
Oregon 2020-2021, and 2022
Rotary and the Community Thank You”
 
The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside presented Immediate Past President, Maria Mokrai, with a commemorative platter for her years of dedication to the club, it's members and the community. 
 
"I am so truly thankful to all the members of Creekside Rotary, our collaborative partners and the community who continue to help over the years. These last few years have been interesting with all the challenges presented by COVID, local forest fires, school and business shutdowns.  Through it all Creekside Rotary turned these negatives into positives. We helped 10 local restaurants stay afloat through our COVID Assistance Program; donated gift certificates to hard working clerks, caregivers, gas attendants, etc.; provided Laundry Vouchers for Forest Fire Victims; assisted the Tanner Project for Homeless Veterans;  challenged students to excel through the Challenge and Achievement Award Programs; through ALS-K Auxiliary provided special school supplies (white eraser boards/marker/headsets -to tune out background noise, etc.) to students studying from home; sent a Fire Truck to Nogales, Mexico to save lives; supported Humanitarian efforts in Poland for Ukrainian refugees; helped sponsor Vortex Robotics to Nationals; and even found time to clean our Halls Ferry State Park.  Members rose to the challenge and did some remarkable things for our community. I am so very proud to be a member of Creekside Rotary. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve and be a part of Creekside Rotary family." Maria Mokrai
Creekside Rotary is delighted to present our newest member, Pat Davis.
 
Pat’s carrier revolved around education, starting as a substitute teacher and guidance counselor in the Salem Keizer School District, then a Graduate Teaching Assistant and Assistant Head Advisor and Field Placement Director with OSU and finally Professional Development Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Willamette University.
 
Pat has been a Rotarian since 1983, serving in 4 Rotary Clubs, President of East Salem Rotary in 2003-4 and Assistant Governor of District 5100 from 2005-2009. Pat served as Rotary Youth Exchange Chair and host parent to more than one exchange student. Through Rotary she delivered a fire truck with medical supplies to Mexico, as well as educational materials and toys to Guatemala.
 
Pat has played a major role at ASL-K Auxiliary and Frist Presbyterian church.  In her spare time, she loves to travel, read, garden and best of all support her grandchildren. We are so very proud to call Pat a Salem Creekside Rotarian.
 
 
Rotary Club of Salem Creekside would like to welcome Bob Pool!
 
Bob a long time Rotarian serving in Ontario, Pendleton, Bend, Salem Downtown, Salem Sunrise, East Salem, and finally with Salem Creekside. Bob has received numerous awards over his years of service: Rotarian of Year, Rotary International Service Above Self Award and Rotary Foundation Citation for Meritorious Service. We are so proud to have his join Creekside.
 
Bob worked for the Oregon Department of Transportation and was responsible for planning, design, construction and maintenance of all state highways in Northwestern Oregon. He was also a project specialist for federal disaster in OR, WA, TX OK, and ND.
 
On top of it all, Bob is an incredible photographer and always willing to lend a hand. We welcome Bob to Creekside Rotary. 
A beautiful war-torn country, refugees fleeing with only what they can carry, we see this so often and the stories of innocent people killed or wounded is devastating. Together with Portland Metro and 40 other Rotary Clubs we raised over $140,000 in one week. With those funds the Rotary Club of Biala Podlaska, purchased and filled an ambulance with medical supplies and devices, supplied mothers and children with basic needs, and procured a vehicle to help transport physically and mentally disabled refugees on the Polish Ukrainian border.
A second round of donations assisted Ukrainian professionals obtain certifications and licenses for job, as well as hands on training. Funds also support second language classes for children and adults, mentoring programs, and childcare for working families. Sports and recreational programs to help relieve the trauma were started and local agencies hoping to place orphans in loving homes. We would like to thank the people of Poland and the Rotary Club of Biala Podlaska for reaching out to those in need. You are never alone.   
Thursday, August 11, Salem Creekside Rotarians helped ALS-K Auxiliary with their Operation Backpack drive. Operation Backpack serves 36 Title One Schools in the Salem Keizer school district. These include elementary, middle and high school as well as two special programs: Early College and Roberts High School. ALS-K Auxiliary's Operation Backpack originated in 1995. It is the only all year program that donates items specifically requested by school staff throughout the year, everything from glue sticks, scissors, crayons colored pencils, markers, folder pencil bags, ruler, eraser, backpacks, binders and the list goes on and on. During the pandemic when students were online, Operation Backpack donated headsets (to eliminate background) as well as dry eraser boards and markers. We believe in the all-volunteer program and would like to invite you to join us as we support this great organization.  
 
For years Salem Creekside Rotarians have tested their skills on the putting green at Creekside Golf Course. This year's event on August 4th, was organized by Rotarians Doug Carney and Tom Edmiston. Doug noted that this was the 23rd year for the annual event held in honor of David Halter. Every year the stakes are high as members are put to the test. The weather was perfect, plenty of sunshine with a gentle cool breeze, ideal conditions for the 18-hole event. Winners have their names engraved on the coveted Putters Trophy. Other awards also were dispersed to award winning members. Last year's winner, Rich Davis presented the traveling trophy to Doug for safe keeping until next summer. We congratulate Doug and note that this is not the first time Doug won the trophy, he seems to have the perfect putter. Congratulations Doug!  
   
Imagine Rotary 
2022-23 brings in a change for all. Incoming Rotary International President Jennifer Jones, known as a storyteller, a rock star, with the ability to make everyone feel special, believes that "this time calls for peace and unity, for embracing despite our differences." She has an unboundless energy. In 2001-02, she served as president of the Rotary Club of Windsor-Roseland. At every meeting, she'd randomly pick a member, have them stand, and tell why they were important to the club. " Every week, people would show up to see who the next person would be." An important lesson about taking care of members, a priority now that she is RI president. "We are having fun, doing good work, and we like each other," she says. At a very young age she had breast cancer and at one of her lowest points in her life, she remembers that others did not count her out. She learned that we all have value, can contribute and participate. Shortly thereafter with the pandemic, the world came to a halt, she pitched the idea of a telethon, not only to raise funds for the Rotary Foundation, but an opportunity to bring people together and show that Rotarians are people of action. "She has the ability to inspire!" The ability to bring peace in a world of turmoil. Rotary International's first female President, Jennifer Jones, asks us to Imagine what Rotary can be, what Rotary can do in the world. Thursday, June 30th, Rotary Club of Salem Creekside incoming President Rich Davis, is imagining what this year brings to us and those we help. President Elect, Terry Page, and President Elect Nominee, Tom Edmiston along with President Rich Davis are starting Rotary's Visioning Process for the next three years. "As President, you are not alone, everyone in the club is a vital partner, those who open their homes for socials activities, members who reach out to interesting guest speakers, those who fill board positions, work on the website or service projects, those who bring humor, caring nature to each and every meeting. Each member has an important role and my immense gratitude for their years or service and friendship," Maria Mokrai. "That's what makes the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside so very special."
Salem Creekside Summer Social June 25th, 2022 
 
A grand time, in a grand setting, with great Rotarians, family and friends.  
 
Friends gathered to enjoy charcutier platter along with an assortment of drinks. Followed by mouthwatering ribs, hot dogs, corn bread, baked beans, and array of salad including potato, pasta and fruit. Topped off with root beer floats, oatmeal cookies and so much more. 
Friends chatted, played bocce ball and frisbee golf. We want to THANK MARK AND NANCY for opening up their lovely home for all to enjoy. Truly gracious host and hostess. Everything was perfect, great weather, great friends, great food, wonderful conversation and enjoyable activities. A grant time for all. 
Rotary International Convention held on June 4-8, 2022 in Houston, TX  was a huge success. We were able to gather in person or virtually. Many know that Houston is nicknamed the Space City for it's Space center, which attracts Rotarians from around the world and mingle at convention activities, world-renowned speakers, wonderful people and an incredible experience in this wonderful city as well as bound connection to members around the world.  Where next? 

     Melbourne!     

It is with great excitement that we are looking forward to visiting Melbourne a Big Events City! The four-day event anticipated to attract more than 20,000 Rotarians from around the world, taking place 27-31 May 2023. All activities and events are within the Heart and Soul of Melbourne. Over 7000 hotel rooms over 50 properties across Melbourne. Transport plan uses our famous trams, ferries and buses to quickly and easily move delegates between venues, hotels, event and restaurants. Melbourne is known as a very walkable city with many interesting routes and laneways to tantalize visitors. We are anxiously awaiting our trip to Melbourne. 

In recognition for their commitment to our community, two well deserving Creekside Rotarians, Callie Unrein, Willamette Valley Bank, Branch Manager and Marion County Commissioner, Colm Willis, joined fellow Creekside Rotarians as they became Paul Harris Fellow Thursday, June 30th, 2022. The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside is 100% Paul Harris Fellows. The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside Rotary is now third in the district for donations to the Rotary Foundation; the District became 1st in the USA in total contributions and number 2 worldwide. 
Rotarians across Rotary District 5100 joined forces for service April 30, 2022, Rotary International Service Day. Two major organizations were featured: Habitat for Humanity and Free Bikes 4 Kidz. Rotarians in the Columbia Gorge, Hood River, Portland, Salem, Silverton, St. Helen, Tillamook and Vancouver helped build homes for those in need and restore families self-reliance and stability. Meanwhile the Rotary community gathered hundreds of used bikes turning them into shiny new ones. Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a passionate nonprofit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. It's their goal to help every child feel the joys and freedom of riding their first bike. Join, volunteer and bring smiles to kids and families. 
 
Saturday, June 11, 2022, Creekside Rotarians gathered at Halls Ferry State Park for the yearly cleanup. The serene landscape and tranquil waters surrounding the park afford a perfect place to launch kayaks and canoes into the Willamette River. Halls Ferry State Park, located on River Road, South Salem operated a long time before it became a state park. Salem Creekside Rotarians spent the early morning hours clearing pathways and surrounding areas of liter and evasive plants, trimming shrubs and overhanging trees and vines. Rotarians gathered for a hearty lunch at Richard and Sibylle's home overlooking the majestic Willamette River. 
   For the first time in Rotary District 5100 history, the District Training and the District Conference were combined for one special weekend to learn, inspire and celebrate. The One Conference, May 19-22, at Seaside, Oregon was a huge success after three long years. For Creekside Rotarians, one of the best is presentations is our own Grand Slam Story Winner, Ginger Page. 
Thursday, June 30th, three dedicated Creekside Rotarians, Sharon Johnson, Ginger and Terry Page became Paul Harris Fellows. To recognize a person as a Paul Harris Fellow is always an honor not only for the individual, but just as well for the club and the District. It is the recognition for exceptional service to the club, District and community, both locally and internationally, as well as a demonstration of significant support for the wonderful work of the Rotary Foundation. Sharon, Ginger and Terry have dedicated their lives to service and we are so very proud to call them Creekside Rotarians. 

     World Immunization Week 2022 - 24 to 30 April 

World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed and to promote the use of vaccines to protect people of all ages against disease.

WHO works with countries across the globe to raise awareness of the value of vaccines and immunization and ensures that governments obtain the necessary guidance and technical support to implement high-quality immunization programs. The ultimate goal of World Immunization Week is for more people – and their communities – to be protected from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Rotary has been working to eradicate polio for more than 35 years. Our goal of ridding the world of this disease is closer than ever.

As a founding partner of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, we've reduced polio cases by 99.9 percent since our first project to vaccinate children in the Philippines in 1979.

Creekside Rotary Celebrates Rotary’s 117th Anniversary
 
Feb 23, 1905
 
Paul P. Harris, an attorney in Chicago, gathered with a few of his friends, to create a professional organization with high ethical standards. In a short time, Rotary blossomed into the revered worldwide organization that it is today, with more than 1.2 million business, professional and community-oriented citizens who provide humanitarian service, high standards in all vocations and help build peace and goodwill in the world.  Currently there are 34,282 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. 
Rotary Club of Salem Creekside  # 3 
January 13, Tom Golden (District 5100 PolioPlus Chair), on behalf of Tom Crozier (District 5100 Rotary Foundation Chair), presented the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside with the Foundation Banner for continuous support through District Annual Giving. "Congratulations to the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside for being a EREY (Every Rotarian Every Year) club and being the Number 3 Club in our District for Annual Giving." "We are making a difference in the lives of millions of people in our community and around the world," stated Club President Maria Mokrai. 
 
  Dec 17th time to celebrate!
 
Rotarians from near and far gathered at the home of Sibylle and Richard Beck to enjoy a fantastic joyful evening. Members were rewarded with a prime rib dinner with all the trimmings, as well as music from the Davis children. What could be better, delicious food, festive music and good friends. Happy Holidays to all. 
  Giving Back! December 2, 2021, a very cold day didn't deter Salem Creekside Rotarians from ringing the bell once again, for the Salvation Army at Roth's Fresh Market at Sunnyslope Shopping Center. With the help of store manager, Jeff Lewis, Rotarians set up the red kettle and went to work greeting shoppers and families with candy canes, spreading a little joy throughout the day. "We have supported the Salvation Army for years," stated Club President Maria Mokrai. "Their dedication to our community is truly a blessing." 
Rotarians spent the day helping Marion Polk Food Share, packing apples and beans for those less fortunate. For many of our neighbors experiencing food insecurity, 2021 was another challenging year. Members of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside came together to ensure that nobody in our community had to go hungry.
Thanksgiving, what a wonderful time to reflect, to give thanks for so many blessings bestowed upon this great country. This week as we give thanks let us not forget to say “Thank You” to the millions of Veterans who gave so much and for millions who gave their all.  We are truly indebted to our Veterans who made and molded America’s history, to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear, who brought peace and liberty around the world. They did so through their selflessness, their courage, their patriotism, their love of God and Country and with their blood.  
October 24th is World Polio Day

Rotary’s goal of ridding the world of polio is within reach, global health experts said during the 2021 World Polio Day Online Global Update on 24 October. The 30-minute program, “Delivering on our Promise of a Polio-Free World,” provided encouraging information about the progress and remaining challenges in the fight to end polio.

So far in 2021, only two cases of wild polio have been reported — the lowest circulation of the disease ever — with one infection each in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two countries where polio remains endemic.

 Dreams do come true.
When I was young, so the story goes, little girls wanted dolls and little boys wanted a truck, a big red firetruck. Rotary insures that dreams do come true, and this year, a very lucky village, will see their wish come true.
 
      HELP IS ON THE WAY with Creekside Rotarians! 
 
The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside believes that a strong education is the way to success, a better innovative future and a strong economic outlook for the country as a whole.  With a good education students acquire the skills for meaningful employment, increased earning power, control over their lives and the ability to turn dreams into reality. A good education gives everyone confidence, and the ability to make the world a better place.
   
 
Thursday, August 26th, a beautiful day at Creekside Rotary for the annual Rotary Club of Salem Creekside Rotary putting contest. Rotarians played numerous rounds until a true winner was named. This year's winner is 
 
July 8th, four Creekside Rotarians received Service Above Self awards: Richard Beck, Pete Meuleveld, Doug Carney and Mark Hodgins.  Four incredible Rotarians dedicated to Rotary, continue to serve and step up when needed every single time. They have served for years, always there, always willing to help. This last year Mark Hodgins stepped up to serve as President Elect; Pete Meuleveld as Executive Secretary (working with the District and RI), Doug Carney as Treasurer with the passing of David Halter, and Richard Beck as Service Coordinator. 
  Rotary District Visit 
July 8th, Creekside Rotary President, Maria Mokrai; Rotary District Governor, James Boyle; past District Governor and International Service Coordinator, Renee Campbell and District Assistant Governor, Mark Caillier.
 
                                    
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 For some Rotarians the Oregon State Fair is all about the animals, for others it’s the music (Chicago), the gardens, the wines, the quilts, the beers, the rides, the photography and of course the food. Even COVID and the mandates, didn’t keep our members from attending. For the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside, it is all about camaraderie and supporting our state, the farmers, the ranchers and vineyards that make Oregon one of the best states. Come celebrate with us. 
   Wanted Creekside Rotarians and their City Slicker friends.
The Summer Social, June 26th, at Mark and Nancy’s Dude Ranch was a huge success despite the fact that it just happened to fall on the hottest day of the year! The Dude Ranch was ready for the wild west roundup, with a farewell to the old posse as the ride off into the sunset and the installation of the new Board gang. 
June 19th, Creekside Rotarians gathered at Halls Ferry State Park for our annual cleanup. Members divided into groups to cover the work: trash collection, clearing paths, cleaning signs, emptying garbage cans. It was great to see so many Rotarians participating on a beautiful summer day as park users arrived with their canoes and small boats. A morning of hard work is always rewarded with a wonderful meal at "Beck's Diner". Rotarians enjoyed everything from hotdogs, baked beans, potato salad, 3 bean salads, root beer floats, and pies as they watched people floating down the river. What more can you ask for. 
A huge THANK YOU to the men and women have served our nation so valiantly and now need our help.  Many return physically and emotionally wounded. They suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, PTSD or co-occurring disorders. They find themselves alone and eventually end up homeless and or in prison.
 
Can you help? Of course, you can. The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside is a staunch supported our veterans and neighbors. Whether we are helping individual families, WestCare or the Tanner Project. There is plenty that still can be done. If you would like to be involved in these and other service projects that help our community, or are interested in Rotary, contact Maria Mokrai at mamok@q.com. Visit the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside Thursdays at noon, Danny’s on the Green, Creekside Golf Course, or our  website,   www.clubrunner.ca/salemcreekside for guest speakers on interesting current topics.  Visitors are always welcome.
  
Sharon Johnson is a retired teacher after more than 20 years of dedicated service. Her endorsements range from Home Economics, Health, Reading and  Early Childhood Development. Before her teaching carrier, she was a bookkeeper, Farmers Insurance underwriter and employeed by the Bank of America.  Raised in Glendale California, where she received her Associate Degree from Glendale Community College, followed by Bachelors from Oregon State and graduate work at UCLA and WOSC. 
Sharon has always been involved in the community. After her move to Salem in 1970, she became a cub schout leader, Liberty School PTA member, chair of Carnival and delivered Meals on Wheels. She was also involved in the  Liberty Boone Neighborhood Association, Salem Energy and Conversation Committee, Marion County Solid Waste Commission, Governor Atiyeh's Energy Task Force, City CLub and Past President of the League of Women voters. She is a member of the Institute of Continued Learning at Willamette University. 
She has two sons and five grandsons that consume most of her current time and energy. Sharon became a Rotarian, Thursday, December 17th. We welcome her to the Rotary family at Salem Creekside.
Marion County Commissioner Colm Willis became a member of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside, Thursday, December 17th. Commissioner  Colm Willis  has an extensive background serving the community at large. He was elected to the Marion County Board of Commissioners in November 2018 and represents Marion County on the Marion County Budget Committee, Marion County Housing Authority Board of Directors, and Marion County Extension & 4-H Service District, among others. He also serves the community as a board member of the Strategic Economic Development Corporation of the Mid-Willamette Valley (SEDCOR), Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative, Willamette Health Council and leads the Marion County Housing Initiative. 
Commissioner Willis' policy interests include economic development housing, homelessness, health care, transportation, waste management, land use, and public safety. 
Prior to being elected to the Marion County Board of Commissioners, Commissioner Willis served as an aide to the U.S. Senate Joint Economic Committee and represented small businesses, entrepreneurs, and nonprofits as a business attorney. He volunteers on the Catholic Community Services Foundation Board of Directors. 
Commissioner Willis holds a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College and a Juris Doctor from Willamette University College of Law. He lives in Stayton with his wife and children. We welcome Commissioner Willis to the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside. 
Members of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside helped paint, prep, assemble funiture and provide bedding and essentials to homeless VETs at The Tanner Project. The Tanner Project provides VETS with a safe living facility, mental specialist, VA specialists, re-establishing connections for VETs who have lost all hope and faith. The Tanner Project for both men and women addresses both drug and alcohol addition and provides a path to recovery. Putting these VETS lives back together again is our goal. "We stand with our VETS" said Maria Mokrai, "You are never alone. As long as we are here, we will help." 
Our ongoing commitment
The members of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside have a long track record of addressing challenges.
Not all children are as studious as Owen and Carson Giberson, pictured here. To engage students to tune in and take an active role in their education we proposed the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside Challenge and Achievement Awards. Both awards come with a gift certificate to Office Depot. For the Challenge Award, teachers at Battle Creek Elementary school each chose one student who has risen to the challenge of Comprehensive Distance Learning by consistently completing assignments and attending CDL live sessions regularly. Similarly, for the Achievement Award, teachers nominated one student who has shown both respect and tenacity. Seventeen students received the Achievement Award and sixteen the Challenge Award. From the students nominated one was randomly chosen as the grand prize winner, congratulations goes to Nathan. We are so very proud of all the Battle Creek Bears who have shown both respect and tenacity in order to overcome the challenges of this unprecedented time in education. To further student’s education and inspire students to the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside distributed dictionaries with an index full of useful, interesting information: US Presidents, the Constitution, the Fifty United States, Clouds, the Planets, Specifications of the Earth, Sign Language, Multiplication Tables, and a guide and topics for all interests.
  

              Do you have a vision? Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on 23 February 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Over time, Rotary’s reach and vision extended to humanitarian service. The commitment endures today through an organization that remains truly international. Within 16 years after being founded, Rotary had clubs on six continents. Members now span the globe, working to solve the most challenging problems.  The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside is committed to helping those in need. 

 
  
What a better time to be outside in Oregon, enjoying the clean waters of the Willamette River and the abundance of wildlife and vegetation. Join the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside this fall as we clean up Halls Ferry State Park, on River Road past Illahe. A wonderful time to relax with friends and nature. 
 
It our pleasure to announce to you that the African region has just been certified wild poliovirus-free.

The members of the Rotary Club of Salem-Creekside have played an invaluable role in the effort to rid the African region of wild polio. We are proud of the hard work done by Rotary and Rotarians to eliminate the wild poliovirus throughout Africa and in nearly every country in the world. 

This progress is the result of a decades-long effort across the 47 countries of the African region. It has involved millions of health workers traveling by foot, boat, bike and bus, innovative strategies to vaccinate children amid conflict and insecurity, and a huge disease surveillance network to test cases of paralysis and check sewage for the virus. 

Over the last two decades, countless Rotary members in countries across the African region and around the world have worked together to raise funds, immunize children, advocate with local and national leaders, and raise awareness about the importance of vaccination, enabling the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) to effectively respond to and stop polio outbreaks. 

This milestone is an incredible public health achievement for Rotary members, the African region, and our GPEI partners, and a huge step forward on the road to global polio eradication. But we still have important work to do in order to eradicate wild polio in the last two endemic countries.

We have faced many challenges in our journey to eradicate polio. But we’ve made remarkable progress, and the polio infrastructure that Rotarians helped build will serve as a lasting legacy that will continue to help protect vulnerable children against other diseases for decades to come.

We are calling on you today to recommit yourselves to ending polio. We need each and every one of you to help finish this fight and continue raising $50 million each year for PolioPlus. The eradication of wild polio in the African region shows us that polio eradication is achievable, and shows how our hard work, partnerships and financial commitment continue to propel us forward, even during a global pandemic.

Thank you for your continued efforts, for achieving a wild polio-free African region, and for remaining committed to fulfilling our promise of a polio-free world.

Sincerely,
Holger Knaack                                                                      K.R. Ravindran
President, Rotary International                                 Chair, The Rotary Foundation
     
 
Through these uncertain times, as students prepare to enter the new academic year, whether they go to physical school or study from home, school supplies will be needed.  The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside, by supporting ALS-K Auxiliary's Operation Backpack, made a commitment to make sure that the neediest students in the Salem-Keizer school district will receive the supplies they need. Operation Backpack supplies Title One schools supplies throughout the year, everything from binders to folders, scissors and rullers, pencils and pens, pencil pouches to markers, and so much more. Products purchased are recommended by teachers, who know what will last. 
                 
 
The Rotary Club of Salem-Creekside welcomed Larry Lyons as a new member in August. Larry has been approved for membership due to his, interest in the ideals of Rotary, and willing to promote our ideals and dedication to community service.
 
Larry is a graduate of Iowa University. He served in the Navy on the USS Hornet and the Office of Naval Research.
 
Larry worked as a  CPA and General Contractor before becoming a Housing Advocate. He also served on the Board of Shelter Network, Homeless Housing in San Mateo, CA. After moving to Napa, he worked on the Golf Department and as Vice President of Finance for the Napa Valley Opera House. He served as Co-Manager of Springs of Napa, and Independent Senior Living facility before moving to Salem with his wife Andrea.
 
Help us welcome the Lyons to Salem and the Rotary Club of Salem-Creekside.
      
 
 
“It is a my privilege and pleasure to welcome Tom Edmiston into The Rotary Club of Salem-Creekside,” Maria Mokrai stated. Tom joins an organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders, dedicated to providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations and building goodwill and peace. “We are proud to have Tom become one of our Club Members.”
 
Tom, born 14 days after D-Day was raised in Denver, Colorado. Graduated from the University of Denver in 1966 with a BSBA, with a major in Finance and Economics.
 
After serving as a Military Police Corp from 1967, Tom went to work for Wells Fargo Bank, then later with California First Bank/Bank of Tokyo, which later became Union Bank. First working in Middle Market Commercial Banking and then Investment Banking Group, and finally as Regional Manager overseeing 23 Branch Officer in the Bay Area. After his retirement, Tom and wife Teri, moved to Cool, CA in the Sierra Foot Hills.
 
Tom first joined Rotary in 1979 in San Francisco, then the Rotary Club in Auburn, CA, where he served on the Board and became a Paul Harris + 2.
 
Tom and his wife enjoy horseback riding, kayaking, shooting trap and playing cards.
             
 
“Salem-Creekside Rotary has consistently supported Marion-Polk Food Share," said President Maria Mokrai. In a typical year, Marion-Polk Food Share provides about 9 million pounds of food to our community. Now in the middle of the pandemic they have seen a huge increase. During the last three months they have been able to share about 3.3 million pounds of food, that’s 3 million meals to those in need!
 
“Of course, none of this would be possible without the support of volunteers and community members. Thanks to donors and volunteers, like the Salem-Creekside Rotary, we are able to continue to meet the increasing needs of our community,” said Amy Hammerstrom, Volunteer Coordinator, Marion Polk Food Share.
                                
 
The Rotary Club of Salem-Creekside, as part of their COVID-19 Assistance Program, takes immediate action to help local restaurants and hard working service personnel throughout the Salem-Keizer area. Members, to support restaurants, purchased hundreds of gift certificates and distributed them to our neighbors who are working on the front lines ensuring that we have all the essentials to run our daily lives.  “Dear Members of Creekside Rotary, Thank you for your generosity in recognizing the efforts of members of the community who are 'Front Line' Workers and Volunteers. I know your retaurant gift certificates will be very much appreciated by all who recieve them as well as the businesses they support. Thank you, as well, for your on going support of the community and all you do on our behalf. Best regards," Leah Olor, Activity Director, Emerald Point Senior Living.
 
 
 
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. 
 
The Paul Harris Fellow is a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation. Today, Thursday, October 20, 2020, the Rotary Club of Salem-Creekside had the honor and pleasure of recognizing Lucy Escobar as a Paul Harris Fellow for her commitment to our common goals of world understanding and peace.

This is the CTEC Robotics team in action at the 2017 First Robotics Competition in Houston, Texas April 19-22. There were 7 divisions of 64 teams each.  After two days of qualifying rounds, CTEC placed 4th out of the 64 teams in the Galileo Division and were one of eight Finals Qualifiers to select two alliance partners for the championship round the next day.  Unfortunately, they lost in the first round of the double elimination championship competition and were eliminated.  While disappointing to the team members, this was still a stunning achievement for a rookie team at this level of competition.  Congratulations to the CTEC Robotics team members for their achievement and a memorable season!