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Salem-Creekside

Rotary Serving Humanity

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Thursdays at 12:00 PM
Danny's on the Green, Creekside Golf Course
6250 Clubhouse Drive
Salem, OR 97306
United States of America
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Foreign Exchange Student, Alexia Vangerichten, thanked us for supporting her trip to Disneyland. She is from Cordoba, Argentina, “Land of Culture and Gastronomy”. Since Argentina is a large country, it has a variety of climates. Where Alexia lives it almost never rains. Her favorite sport is football (soccer). It is diverse country, immigrants from Germany, Italians, etc. along with a variety of traditions, music, dance and art. Empanadas are a favorite made with flour, dulce de leche and mate. Tango originated in Buenos Aires. Rural areas are known for their gaucho tradition. Buenos Aires has the largest Avenue in the world. Education is considerable different. Teachers move from classroom to classroom, and more subjects are available. Alexia presented our club with her Rotary flag. 
CAMay be an image of 6 people and textSA of Marion County Superhero Run 5K and 10 k (or walk), was held Sunday, June 2nd, at 11 am, at Salem Riverfront Park. It was a little overcast and a few drops of rain came down on the event, but it didn't deter participants from enjoying the event and helping a worthy organization. 
 
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The program advocates for abused and neglected children in foster care and proceeds from the run support CASA operations. CASA's mission is to provide every child in need with trained volunteer advocates to ensure they are safe, have a permanent home and the opportunity to thrive. 
 
May be an image of 4 people and textAs with every great event, and Superhero and Super Villain Costume Contest for Best Superhero, Best Super Villain and Best Super Group. Awards were presented by Mrs. Oregon. Representatives from numerous organizations were present: Star Wars of Oregon, the Sheriff's Department, CASA volunteers and Director Vanessa Nordyke as well as the Justin Kidd, Justice of the Peace. May be an image of 3 people
 
CASA volunteers are appointed by judges and stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. They provide traning and support. Currently only 49% of our students receive high school diplomas or GED's, May be an image of 5 people, child, people smiling and eyeglasses23% are incarcerated and 12% enroll in employment programs/vocational training. 
 
This years Superhero Run netted $15,188, was represented by 23 cities and 324. Thursday, October 10th they will hold their annual luncheon at the Keizer Event Center. The event is free and open to the public. Hope to see you there, as we support foster children in our comMay be an image of 6 people and textmunity.  
 
Salem Creekside Rotarians, Dan Basinger, Margie Lowe, Sharon Johnson, Patrick Jackson along with his daughter, joined in the fun and maned a water station. We know how much 
What a gorgeous day to spend in a beautiful state park. Halls Ferry State Park is about six miles south of Salem on River Road. It offers serene landscapes and undisturbed tranquility as canoers and fishermen paddle down the river surrounded by the natural sounds of wildlife peering around every corner. 
 
Halls Ferry operated in the Oregon Territory long before it became a state park. In 1868, the ferry allowed farmers to cross the Willamette River, transporting goods to nearby markets, providing prosperity to the local community.
 
The original land has become Halls Ferry State Park, a quiet place to picnic, fish and enjoy the narrow paths. 
 
The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside adopted and maintains the state park for all to enjoy. This particular morning Rotarians: Rich Davis, Bob Pool, Sharon Johnson, Greg Steinberger, Pete Meuleveld, Patrick Jackson, Terry Page, Maria Mokrai, her husband Steven Mokrai and Park Ranger trimmed overgrowth, laid gravel, cleared pathways, cleaned sign and gathered garbage.   
 
And as usual, after a few hours or restoration, the park was in pristine shape and Rotarians gathered at Richard Becks home for their annual buffet luncheon at Richard Becks lovely home. Great food, beautiful day and a lovely Oregon park, to be enjoyed by all. 
Salem Creekside Rotarians came together on a beautiful spring day to build 49 cornhole boards.
Cornhole or sack toss has grown in popularity all over North America and around the world. A special thank you goes to Dan Basinger, Sign Crafters of Oregon, for the use of his facility, their commitment to Rotary, our programs and to the future scholars. 
 
 
 
Players or teams take turns throwing fabric bean bags at inclined boards with a hole on one end. The goal of the game is to score points by either landing a bag on the board (one point) or putting a bag through the hole (3 points).
 
The team: Patrick Jackson, Margie Lowe, Terry Page, Dan Basinger, Callie Unrein who brought her sons, made light of the work, as they focused and worked rapidly. 
 
The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside uses the boards at the July 4th celebration at Creekside Golf Course. We hope you will be able to join us this year, as we host our third Cornhole Competition. 
 
This friendly competition helps raise funds for the Richard Beck Scholarship program. This year four recipients were awarded scholarships through the program.  
Salem Creekside Rotarian Ted Edmiston presented Malelle from HART Horses Adaptive Riding and Therapy, with a donation for their work providing individuals and families facing physical and neurodiverse challenges through horse-related activities.  There are numerous ways to get involved and make a difference in someone's life. Join Ted and his wife and they look forward to working with the horses and helping community members improve their lives. 
What could be better than winning a trip to Dollywood Theme Park, a video chat, a signed letter and at the same time creating a love of learning?  Salem Creekside Rotary and the Marion Polk Early Learning Hub are sponsoring the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. All children under five years of age who are actively enrolled in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library by July 31 can participate in the 200 Million Reasons To Celebrate contest. Sign up today!  To learn more, visit imaginationlibrary.com/200-million-books or go to the Marion Polk Early Learning Hub (503) 485-3219 or click here to start your journey and your free library!  
 
In a recent news release, Dolly Parton said, "It's been one of my greatest gifts in life to help instill a love of reading through my Imagination Library. Reaching 200 million books worldwide is a major milestone that I'm so very proud of, and I want to thank all of our local program partners, funders and supporters from the bottom of my heart. But we're just getting warmed up, we have so much more to do! Together, we can inspire even more children to dream more, learn more, care more, and be more."
FREE BOOKS and SCHOLARSHIPS
Sprague Students – apply now
Rotary Club of Salem Creekside Richard Beck Scholarship
 
Free books will be mailed each month directly to children from 0 – 5 years. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity provided by the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside, the MPE Learning Hub & Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Click here to register your child and start building your home library.     
 
 
Don’t forget to pick up a free book from Little Free Library, a project started by the Rotary Club of Hudson in 2012. The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside along with the MPELH are donating new books for children and families. Pick yours up today at a Little Free Library on SE Sawgrass or in your neighborhood.
Dan grew up on a small hobby farm outside of Keizer and graduated from McNary High School. Hobby farmers maintain a closer relationship with nature, the land, and animals. A noble aspiration.
 
He graduated from Oregon State University in 2002 with a general science degree, chemistry minor, and a pre-vet option. He worked and lived at Corvallis Fire Department station 2 for about four years while going to school.
 
In 2003 Dan graduated from Denver Health Paramedic Division, and moved to Mountain View, CA.
 
He worked for Palo Alto Medical Foundation as a Systems Analyst and Manager of support services. Shortly thereafter he moved back to Keizer in 2007 and founded Turnkey Consulting, LLC in 2010.  He spent the next several years managing software implementations at healthcare organizations in Oregon, Washington, California, and Alaska.
 
In 2018, started transitioning into current role as co-owner and CSO of what is now Compass Visual, a visual communications company specializing in commercial print, signage, and web app development. 
Dan is a very proud father of 3 amazing, beautiful young 13-year-olds (triplets) and a super sweet dog.  Most of his free time is kid-centric, helping the community, and Rotary ventures. He is always available and ready to give a helping hand. We so appreciate his assistance with our float for MPELH and the Downtown Salem Holiday Parade and all our projects.  
 
Dan has numerous interests and is always ready for hiking, fishing, racquetball, or whatever strikes his fancy in the moment.  He’s a great sport and easily entertained. We look forward to a year full of fun activities.
 
Margie graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelor of Sciences in Consumer and Housing Sciences and an MBA.  
 
Over her lifetime, Margie has been instrumental in helping students in Oregon, starting as Policy and Budget/Fiscal positions with the Departments of Commerce, Executive, Administrative, Human Services, Education, Employment and Governor's Office for the State of Oregon.
 
She continued her focus helping students in 2004 - 2005 Margie as Interim Executive Director with the Oregon Student Assistance Commission. 
 
In 2013 Margie helped create and build the Marion Polk Early Learning Hub, a nonprofit that serves families with children 0 - 5 years in the region, as Chief Fiscal and Performance Officer.
 
She doubled the number and size of Oregon Opportunity grants for low Income Oregonians postsecondary education, as well as the state Adoptions staff leading to reduced wait times for children needing permanency.  
 
She linked programs for the developmentally disabled to programs that provide housing financing, allowing the downsizing of state institutions through community placements.  

Margie also led community volunteers in building a local self-help park and volunteered as a Girl Scout Leader and Sunday School Teacher for over 10 years as well as a Parent Education Facilitator. As you can tell, Margie has spent her life helping children in numerous ways and means. The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside is delighted to have Margie as a new member, helping us provide services to children and families in our community. 
 
Welcome Bob Oblack, new to Creekside, but not to Rotary.  We are fortunate to have Bob Oblack, a former member of the Rotary Club of Molalla with his vast knowledge of Rotary, having served in numerous positions and committees on our team.  Bob has a wonderful way of putting you at ease. He cares and wants to help in any capacity. He is a proud man, especially of his two sons, who were Rotary Exchange Students, one to Japan and one to Sweden. 
 
After serving 6 years in the Oregon Air National Guard, Bob started a long carrier in the engineering field with Tektronix, retiring after 24 years. 
 
Bob is very proud family man. His parents instilled in him the value personal relationships, good work ethics, the ability to improvise, trust and care for others. He is father and a grandfather.
 
 According to Bob, life is a balance... with a purpose: change comes, so embrace it, take a risk, never give up and there's always room for continuous improvement. He is a caring man with a strong passion and the ability to say thank you. In his words, " There is no limit to where you can go if you don't care who gets the credit."  
 
He is a student of geology, rockhound-Lapidary and likes to fly fish. We'd like to thank Bob for reaching out to Creekside Rotary and wish him years of camaraderie and friendships. Welcome aboard Bob. 
 
 
Charles  Aldine   It's not every day that you get a chance to spend time with a truly great Rotarian like Chuck Aldine. This last Sunday members of Creekside Rotary joined Chuck and his wife, Arlie, for his 96th birthday celebration.
 
Chuck joined Creekside Rotary February 11, 2015. Previously serving in California. where he started a new Rotary club. He has always supported the Rotary Club of Salem-Creekside, it's membership and the foundation, earned the distinction of Paul Harris Fellow.  
 
Honorary membership in Rotary is granted to individuals who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and Rotary’s cause. This award is determined by our Board of Directors and supported by our membership.
 
Chuck has exemplified the ideals of Rotary, with integrity, and high ethical standards in his personal and professional life. Treating everyone with respect and highest regards. Chuck has been an active member for over 20 years in good standing, serving in leadership positions in the clubs and a strong supporter of the Foundation. We thank Chuck for his friendship, service, leadership and commitment to humanity and Rotary. A truly deserving Honorary member of Creekside Rotary, CHUCK ALDINE
The 12th annual CrossWalk
Fresh air, Exercise and Helping Marion County Victim Assistance Program
January 6, 2024, at 10:00 am Riverfront Park
 
What a wonderful event, after a stormy night, the sun broke through for participants in the 12th Annual CrossWalk at the Amphitheater, Riverfront Park.
 
Rotarians came early to help setup, man the tables and walk with neighbors.
 
 
It was a perfect start to the day. The nip in the air didn't make any difference as we rambled down the path.
 
Families came with their pets, enjoying the fresh clean air. 
 
The family-friendly walk (about 1.5 miles) begins and ends at the Gerry Frank Amphitheater.
 
This walk takes us back to the park where CrossWalk founder, Mary, was attacked on January 1st, 2011, and raises funds to support victims of violent crimes in Marion County.  In 1981, the Marion County District Attorney established the Victim Assistance Division.
 
They work closely with more than fifty volunteers providing 24 hour on-call response and services to victims of violent crimes. Join the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside as we bring hope to victims of violent crime.
 
We all need someone in our corner to help. Thank goodness for superheroes: Patrick, Terry, Mary and the Marion County Victim Assistance Program.
 
For more information:  Visit – The Marion County Victim Assistance Website 503-588-5253, or  crosswalksalem@gmail.com, Board Chair, Karen at (971) 240-8050 with any questions.

 

Frost in the air and with the holiday spirit in our hearts, bundled up club members rang the bell for the Salvation Army at Roth's Vista Market, Friday and Saturday, December 15th and 16th. We had a lot of fun, saw neighbors and friends, even got a little shopping done.
 
We were delighted to see the smiles on children's faces as we passed out mini candy canes for all the children had been good.
We heard a wonderful story from one of our very grateful donors, "as a young child, with a single parent mom, we received support from Salvation Army that made Christmas possible for us." Now it's time to pay it forward. We all know how just a little help when needed is so greatly appreciated. We all need a little help now and then. The Salvation Army has been around for years helping those in need in our community and around the world. Creekside Rotary Club is privileged to be able to lend a helping hand during these difficult times. 
 
The Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign dates back to 1891 when Salvation Army Capt. Joseph McFee wanted to address San Francisco’s poverty and hunger issues during the holidays.  To fund his goal of feeding 1,000 people and inspired by a similar bucket he once saw as a sailor in Liverpool, England, McFee placed a pot at Oakland Ferry Landing with a sign that read, “keep the pot boiling” and it’s become a way people can quickly demonstrate their concern and their love for others in the community.
  
 
 
We are all in this together, and look forward to serving our community together again with you in the future!
A time to Celebrate, we have so much to be thankful for, great friends, a warm comfortable home, plenty of food, and the opportunity to give back to the community. Some of us are fortunate to find a very special someone and can't wait to spend the rest of our lives with them. Today we would like to congratulate Creekside Rotarian Bob Pool and his lovely wife Marilyn, on their 65 wedding anniversary, December 21, 2023. We are truly blessed to call Bob  heart  Marilyn our dear friends. 
 
Time to celebrate, Saturday, December 9th, was a time to rejoice as members of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside gathered at Danny's on the Green, Creekside Golf Course to count their blessings and give thanks for the opportunities to serve their community.
 
The restaurant was beautifully decorated, giving a festive mood to the evening. 
 
The joyous occasion started with a quintet played softly in the background.  Members shared stories as they munched on appetizers. 
 
Renee Brouse and her husband Rob joined members at the evening festivities. 
 
Danny's on the Green didn't fail to provide a scrumptious dinner of salmon and prime rib with all the sides. 
 
 
After nearly a decade, Salem celebrated it's second downtown holiday parade Friday, December 1st at 6:30 pm.  Fifty groups participated in the parade, along with Buddy the Elf, Santa, Sprague High School marching band, McKay High School cheerleaders and a very special float by the Marion Polk Early Learning Hub and Creekside Rotary, celebrating the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for children in the Marion Polk Counties. 
 
Creekside Rotarian, Peggy Jackson beautifully wrapped gift boxes, Rich Davis donated his cot, Patrick Jackson along with Dan Basinger from Sign Crafters constructed the fireplace back drop before the decorating crew arrived.  
 
In a few short hours the Marion Polk Early Learning Hub's Children's Bedtime Story float was created, rocking chairs around the fireplace, presents and story books surrounded the Christmas trees, cots placed in the back, while lit garlands decorated the perimeter. Just like a picture in a bedtime story. 
 
The float now complete, Dolly sitting in the rocker, children ready to hear their bedtime story, Dolly's music from her Holiday album blaring as Creekside Rotarians and family members gathered awaiting their marching orders.   
 
 
Bookmarks were passed out informing spectators how they can get their own story books for children between the ages of 0 - 5 years, and as the rain started to roll in so did the parade. A grand time for all, Creekside Rotarians, members of the Marion Polk Early Learning Hub, the families and especially the children.
 
Creekside Rotary would like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas and an inspiring New Year, filled with wonder and amazement. 
image5.jpegRotarian Doug Carney was honored today, December 1st, during District Governor, Renee Brouse's visit to Salem Creekside Rotary for his commitment to our club and the ideals of Rotary. Doug is a dedicated Rotarian. Always willing to step in, help out and work where needed. He always responds to inquiries and requests and is always willing to support projects and activities. When our Treasurer passed away a few years ago, Doug stepped in, picked up the pieces and created thorough excel budget reports. Doug worked to reinstate our non-profit status and is accredited to more members than anyone else. "Doug is the reason that I became a member," stated Maria. He hosted events at his home, plays on our golf team, and the list goes on and on. We're fortunate to have Doug as a member of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside. 
ROTARY CLUB OF SALEM CREEKSIDE
SUPPORTING NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN & FAMILIES
WITH FREE CHILDREN’S BOOKS
 
It’s never too early to inspire the love of reading.
Easy way to teach children to count, spell and read.
A great way to spend quality family time.
Opportunity to promote self-esteem and confidence.
 
                                                                                                                                          
   Quality books, such as This is The Tree We Planted and The Little Engine That Could, will be mailed each month directly to children from 0 – 5 years of age in Marion Polk Counties. A great way to prepare children for kindergarten and their future. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity provided by the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside, the Learning Hub & Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Click here to register your child and start building your home library.   
 
The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside stepped up to the plate to ensure that families in our communities have good quality food during the fall and winter months through Marion Polk Food Share.
 
 
October 23rd, club members came out in force, making sure that families have plenty of nutritious fruits and vegetables. We know that by working together, we make an immediate impact in the fight against hunger in our communities.
 
Marion Polk Food Share distributes over 332,798 pounds of fresh produce (equivalent to 277,332 meals), donated by over 23 local farmers to individuals, families and senior in need or a little support.
 
We hope you can join us and the Marion Polk Food Share fight hunger in our neighborhoods, all while having a lot of fun. Come join us as we help those in need. 
  When the Global Polio Eradication Initiative started, there were 350,000 cases of polio every year across 125 countries. After seeing what polio did to children, people wanted their children vaccinated. In 2022 there were only 30 wild poliovirus cases reported. Now, people ask why we are still vaccinating against the disease. As long as polio exists anywhere in the world, all children are at risk.
 
Several African Countries are considered at high risk for a polio outbreak. It was a surprise when a child in Malawi tested positive for wild polio in February 2022, even in Rockland County, New York, an unvaccinated man was identified with a case of polio. Surveillance plays a pivotal role in ensuring that the world is truly polio-free, something that Rotary has supported with $73,6 million in funding over the past 5 years. They have learned that as poliovirus is transmitted, it mutates at a rate of about 9 mutations per year. Knowing this, international partners within days prepared for mass vaccination of more than 33 million children in Malawi and nearby countries. The one case in the US of type 2 polio could mean that thousands have mild or asymptomatic infections. Health officials worked to boost vaccination rates in Rockland County, where the man diagnosed with polio lived, and only 60 % of 2-year-olds had received the recommended 3 polio vaccine doses, including one postal code where only 37 % of children that age were fully immunized. The national average is 93%. "Polio is a very tricky virus, it can be circulated for quite a while without detection. We always say that it takes a combination of good surveillance and time" The surveillance network has endless potential - to detect influenza, monkeypox, tuberculosis, etc. This is why it is important to continue to fund this program. 
A polio-free world is possible, but we can only achieve it by acting together. On 24 October, join the global movement and the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside. In this critical year for polio eradication we need your help to stop the spread of this horrible disease. Join @Rotary for #WorldPolioDay and together, we #EndPolio. endpol.io/wpd. To sign up for the End Polio Now newsletter, visit endpolio.org, scroll to the bottom of the webpage, and enter your email address. We can do this together We can stop the spread of polio once and for all. 
ROTARY CLUB OF SALEM CREEKSIDE
SUPPORTING NEIGHBORHOOD CHILDREN & FAMILIES 
WITH FREE CHILDREN’S BOOKS
 
It’s never too early to inspire the love of reading.         
Easy way to teach children to count, spell and read.
A great way to spend quality family time.         
Opportunity to promote self-esteem and confidence.
                                                                                                                                          
   Quality books, such as This is The Tree We Planted and The Little Engine That Could, will be mailed each month directly to your child from 0 – 5 years of age in limited zip codes. A great way to prepare children for kindergarten and their future. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity provided by the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside, the Learning Hub & Dolly Parton Imagination Library.  Click here to register your child and start building your home library. 
Cash is King!
 
Great to see so many community members entering the 2nd Annual Cornhole Tournament, getting involved and having fun, as everyone celebrated the 4th at Creekside Golf Course.
 
 
The day started with a 7am Fun Run, followed by shotgun Golf 9am, and an incredible BBQ Buffet.
Early registration was available in the pro shop as well as day of event registration at 1 pm. Elimination Tournament began at 2:30 pm.  
 
Proceeds support Creekside Rotary’s Sprague High School Scholarship Program.  We would like to thank all participants for their support and congratulate our winners. First place took home $100, 2nd place received $75 and 3rd place received $50.
 
The day ended with fireworks for all to enjoy. Nice to see so friends and members involved and enjoying the 4th.   
All Hail our Presidents, Rich Davis 2022-23 and incoming Terry Page 2023-24.
 
Members celebrated an incredible year of "Service about Self" as they enjoyed a delicious buffet starting with an array of appetizers, followed by roast pork, chicken, salads, fruit, pies and ice cream sundaes.
 
Tom Edmiston began the engaging afternoon program, with tales of new Rotary President, Gordon McInally, Scottland and Haggis. Both Presidents, to everyone's delight, were awarded with a can of authentic Scottish Haggis.
 
Founding member, Richard Beck, presented Rich Davis the Rotary pin for an outstanding year of service.  Rich has served as Salem Creekside President for three different terms.  Incoming President Terry Page was presented with the Rotary binder, as he looks forward to a year of "Service Above Self".
 
June 15th, members of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside toured the New Salem Police Facility. It's hard to believe that it's been two and a half years since its opening October 10th, 2020.
 
In May of 2017 residents passed a bond measure to finance the facility on Commercial and Division. Demolition began in 2018, after numerous design surveys, inspections, and input from the community.
Equitas, a beautiful art piece in front of the building, was commissioned by artist Blessing Hancock, a lighted sculpture that incorporates text from the community relating to the themes of protection, service and honor.
 
As we progressed on the tour, we soon realized the importance of additional space, not only for officers, but for suspects and victims. A place for witnesses to relate their stories in a worry-free environment, adequate space for forensic testing, as well as separate parking area for squad cars, and so much more.  
 
We were able to tour almost all areas, gym, respite rooms, locker room, forensic, offices, etc.
 
On the bulletin board in the cafeteria were badges from all over the country, Texas, Alaska, and so much more. Definitely worth the trip.
 
We thank Officer Mark Jantz for giving his time, energy and commitment to the community. A beautiful building long overdue, especially for our growing community. 
We are thrilled to name this year's deserving recipients of the Richard Beck Scholarship. These students are dedicated, hardworking, with a driver and unappareled dedication, not only to their studies but to their community. These students not only volunteer but see a need and fill it. They possess a curiosity and maturity beyond their years, as well as humility. What great characteristics to have. We are so very proud to be able to help them in their future journey.
 
Nathan Tesfo is a member of the National Honor Society, President of Culture Alliance, Peer Leader for Special needs class, Social Media Coordinator of Culture Alliance Club, Key Club member, Manager & volunteer for School Cafe Lounge, COVID -19 Grocery Deliverer Volunteer, and Basketball Coach & Mentor for Elementary Athletes. 
 
Caleb Hurley is also actively involved. He plays racquetball, tennis, CAD Student of the Year in 2019-2020, National Honor Society Member - serving as Secretary in his junior and senior years, Spanish Honor Society member, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, National Merit Commendation in 2022, AP Scholar with Distinction in 2022, Robotics Club, PCI Ban Competition, Emmanuel Bible Church Youth Leader, ELLS International, Marion Polk Food Share Youth Farm crew leader, Awesome 3000 Volunteer, Kuebler Cleanup Volunteer, as well as volunteering around the community and as a math tutor. 
 
Abigail Duhart is also very active, ballet dancer, plays the violin, volunteer at St. John's School, as well as Creative Writing club, Book club, Newspaper, Basketball player, NHS, Honorable Mention All-League, AVID scholar and on track to receive Oregon Honors Diploma. She is extremely hard working, ambitious and curious. Characteristics that will ensure her success. 
 
All have of our scholarship winner have high standards and values, hard workers, and are well respected by fellow students, teachers and community leaders. We congratulate our winners and wish them success in their future endeavors. 
A wonderful program to inspire children to read and families to share time together, and we all know it's never too early or too late to learn. 
 

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library program mails children a free book each month from birth until they are 5 years old. Books are chosen by experts in publishing and education and are based on the child's age. There are no eligibility requirements for Dolly Parton's book club; any child can join.

Parton's mission is to foster a love of learning in children, making the experience of reading fun and meaningful. Imagination Library is now available in over 2,000 communities in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Australia.1 Since the program's inception in 1995, it has distributed more than 172 million books to young readers.

The free, brand-new books from Dolly Parton's book club are a mixture of classic and contemporary fiction and non–fiction for children. Children get a book appropriate for their age on subjects including nursery rhymes, letters, safety, diversity, and school preparation.

The books from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library strive to showcase diversity, help build self-confidence, and show the importance of the arts and its impact on the world. Audio and braille books are also available. The first title that children receive is always The Little Engine That Could, and the last title is always Kindergarten, Here I Come! What a wonderful program to help educate children around the world. 

One of the most beautiful places in Oregon, just a few minutes from downtown Salem, and what a view!
 
You can see why we adopted Halls Ferry State Park.
 
Club members gathered Saturday, May 27th to improve the overall appearance and provide easy access for all to enjoy. Club member gathered garbage, cleaned paths, cleared evasive plants and laid gravel on pathways. 
 
After a few hours members were ready to relax, enjoy a relaxing buffet lunch and take in the incredible views of Willamette River.  

One of the highlights of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside's April 26th Anniversary Luncheon was the presentation of the Rotary Foundation District Service Award for 2023 to club member Richard D. Beck, presented by Rotary District 5100 Governor, Steve Williams. 
                                                                          
Richard is a Charter Member (April 26, 1998), Club President 2017-18 and still highly involved in the club and dedicated to its future as well as the future of Rotary and the Foundation. Richard Beck is the true essence of Rotary, in every aspect: honest, helpful, caring, committed, always putting everyone else first, the true essence of “Service above Self”.
 
"I have known Richard since 2010. Over the years Richard has served as our Project Service Chair and Foundation Chair, always with a dedication to moving Rotary forward, " stated Maria Mokrai.
 
We are a small club, with a big heart and a commitment to helping those in need. We are constantly looking for ways to improve the lives of our neighbors near and far with Richard's support along the way.
Our Service Projects over the years can attest to our work. Whether we are helping locally paint, remodel, clean, furnish rooms for homeless VETS; or COVID Assistance Program - supporting local business during the pandemic; or supplying fire victims with laundry vouchers, we are here for our community.
 
We also have a strong connection to our youth, whether instilling a desire to learn during the pandemic and at home instruction through our Achievement and Challenge Award program; or Operation Backpack (provided school supplies to Title One schools and students); or making sure that students can achieve greatness as we sponsor local robotics teams as they compete nationally (Vortex Robotics), and offering high school students the ability to advance their education through our Richard Beck Scholarship Program.
 
Salem Creekside Rotary was founded April 27th, 1998, by 22 members known for fellowship, high ethical standards and their belief in “Service Above Self” with hands on projects. Today you may find members cleaning up our adopted Halls Ferry State Park, supporting numerous non-profits or working or special projects for the betterment of all. We are proud to continue in our founding members’ footsteps by serving our veterans, businesses, and families. The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside supports students’ commitments in pursuit of a good education in a variety of programs, and are especially proud of our Richard Beck Scholarship program, since we believe that education is the key to success.
 
As now, founding members worked in a variety of industries and professions, many coming from other local Rotary clubs, wanting to make a greater impact on the community they served.  Meetings were set, without any time limit, which allowed each designated topic to be thoroughly addressed. 
 
Members, past and present gathered at Danny's on the Green, Creekside Golf Course, to celebrate twenty-five years of dedication to our community. Rotary District Governor Steve Williams joined in the festivities and presented founding members and relatives with the 25th Year Commitment Award.
 Creekside Rotary welcomes back Peggy Jackson. Peggy has been involved in Rotary previously, and we are happy to have her back. "Having been an active member of this club and serving as the first woman president of the club 2006-7. I am so very happy to be relieved of my work and other personal responsibilities so I may be of service to this group and our community once more." Help us welcome back Peggy. 
The Rotary Club of Salem Creekside is delighted to introduce our newest member, Paige Clarkson, a wife, mother and small farmer. Paige is Marion County's District Attorney, since 2018. She is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law. A member of the Oregon State Bar, President of the Oregon District Attorney's Association and serves on the Chief Justice Advisory Committee, Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, Marion County Public Safety Advisory Committee and the local Justice Reinvestment Council. Paige's entire career had been committed to the District Attorney's Office and has worked tirelessly for over two decades holding offenders accountable on behalf of our community and especially for victims of crime. We are proud of the work she has been for our community and neighbors. 
 
 
International Rotary President, Shekhar Mehta, awarded Salem Creekside Rotary with the 2021-22 Rotary Citation for "helping Rotary serve to change lives of people all over the world". Salem Creekside President Rich Davis, presented Maria Mokrai with the citation during business meeting January 19th. "I am so proud of the work we do in our community here is Salem, in Oregon and around the world. It has been a pleasure to serve Rotary, make wonderful lasting friendships and improve the lives of so many. Truly a great honor," stated Immediate Past President Maria Mokrai. 
Are you or do you know a Beaver fan? If you do, we have the perfect Valentine's Day gift for you, a 27 X 19 heavy duty Beaver Football stadium print for a $1 donation to Salem Creekside Rotary. Members of Creekside Rotary will be at Danny's on the Green, Creekside Golf Club on Thursday, January 26th from 11:30 to 12 pm. A great way to support our community service projects and a special treat for a huge Fan. It also makes a great gift for a Duck fan. Plenty of poster for Beavers or Ducks or that special Valentine. Photographer on site, if you would like a signed copy. 
Since the beginning, Salem Creekside Rotary members have known the importance of having a strong foundation. 
 
Similar to a strong foundation in your home that supports the load of the entire building against forces of nature and time. A strong Rotary Foundation supports all the programs and projects of today and the future. It advances world understanding, goodwill and peace, as well as fighting against major diseases and provides access to clean water, health care and education through humanitarian projects, while empowering us to fight poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition with solutions that leave a lasting impact in the global world. 
 
For years Creekside Rotarians have donated to the Foundation as well as Polio Plus. Our donations support Rotary's programs now and well into the future. 
 
Rotary District 5100 Governor, Steve Williams, bestowed Creekside Rotary with the Foundation Award for 2022-3. Creekside Rotary placed 3rd in the District for giving to the Rotary Foundation. 

 

Members of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside celebrated this yuletide holiday, Friday, December 16th, at Danny's on the Green, Creekside Golf Course, with family, friends, and special guests District Governor Steve Williams and his wife Janet. Danny's on the Green outdid themselves with an array of appetizers, outstanding main courses: prime rib and salmon, along with all scrumptious sides and desserts.  
 
The evening program was a celebration of this yuletide season, along with three very specials birthdays: Ginger Page, Rich Davis and Bob Thomas. 
 
Maria Mokrai retold the tale of a very special celebration Christmas Eve, in New York City, not like any other. A company of men, women and children gather together, just after the evening service in their church, and, standing around the tomb of the author of  “A Visit from St. Nicholas (Twas the Night Before Christmas),” recite together the words of the poem which we all know so well and love so dearly.
 
This was followed by Creekside's version, "Twas the Month Before Christmas" and wonderful stories and memories of Creekside Rotarians: Ginger Page, Rich Davis and Bob Thomas by family and club members. A truly special time to rejoice and give thanks for a great year of "Service Above Self" as we wish a very Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night. 
Thank you for YOUR community support. Through your efforts we were able to raise $1,309.12 for The Salvation Army at Roth’s Sunnyslope Fresh Food Market.
 
“We are so grateful for the generous donation of your time during the holiday season with volunteer bell-ringing. Funds raised stay in our community. Your commitment goes farther than you may realize.  The Salvation Army serves thousands of people in need in Marion & Polk Counties each year.  In these two counties, we operate the Lighthouse Transitional Living Shelter, Family Services (Food, Rental, Utilities, Financial Assistance), and the Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center” said Sandra Solis, Salvation Army Captain. The Salvation Army helps more than 4.5 million people during the holidays.
 
Ceekside Rotarians had a lot of fun, seeing neighbors and friends while ringing the bell and handing out candy canes to the children in our community.  
 
"We are all in this together and look forward to helping the Salvation Army serve our community in the future. We would especially like to thank Roth's Fresh Food Market and Manager Lori. They are such a joy to work with at this busy time of the year, " noted Creekside Rotarian Maria Mokrai 
 
Twas a Month Before Christmas
 
Twas a month before Christmas, and throughout the district,
From Washington to Creekside, Rotarians were scrying about.
Yearly donations filed, processed, and sealed with care,
Knowing full well that it would be used to answer a few prayers. 
 
While in the middle of town there arose such a clatter,
Shoppers peered over the fence to see what was the matter.
Children pressed even closer while grandparents stared from their walkers,
As Rotarians sprang to their feet at the sound of the auger.
 
The sweat from their brows mixed with the gentle rain from above,
Gave new meaning to our service projects completed with love.
When all of a sudden what to our wondering eyes should appear,
But Salem Academy’s coach Jed and six football players all in good cheer.
 
 
On Saturday, November 19th, members of the Rotary Club of Salem Creekside were joined by friends, Salem Academy Head Coach Jed Leeper, football players and parents at Willamette Heritage Center.  According to Club President Rich Davis, they "dug about 50 holes around the caboose in order for the sonotubes that will hold the concrete for the posts that will hold up the decking needed to make it an exhibit.  Richard Beck donated his Kabota with the auger on the back.  Terry Page operated it to start each hole.  The crew then cleared the holes and dropped the sonotubes so they were each only 6 in above the ground." 
Creekside Rotarians joined honored guests at the Veterans Day Ceremony at the OR State Capital Building October 10th at 11 am. The ceremony included remarks by federal, state and local dignitaries as well as color guard, national anthem, wreath presentation and “Taps”. "It is with honor and deep gratitude that we support those who served our country" said Past President Maria Mokrai
 
Creekside Rotary is honored to support the Vietnam War Memorial. "This is the year to show your support and help fund the Vietnam War Memorial on the Oregon State Capitol Grounds. They anticipate being fully funded by December 31, 2023 and need our help and participation to accomplish that goal! How can you help: do you have suggestions for the content for the Interpretive Site; are you interested is coordinating activities in our county; or have other suggestions; please contact vietnamwarmem@aol.com," remarked Steve Bates
    
Memorial Construction Phase 1
Memorial Construction Phase 1 is funding and ordering the elements for the Memorial.
The elements to be purchased are:
  • A sculpture by Libby Carruth entitled “A Soldiers Return”
  • A sculpture by Rip Caswell entitled “A Salute To Nurses and Medics”
  • The American Polished Black Granite Columns for the Memorial Wall
"Please consider a donation to help us fund and complete Phase 1 which is valued at 1 million dollars!  We are over half way there!
 
We are pleased to report that we have received $100,000 from Spirit Mountain Community Fund and $25,000 from the Harry A Merlo Foundation.  At this time, we are at the 52% mark of funding the elements for the memorial, " reported Steve Bates
 
​​​​​​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!