The West Salem Rotary Club, founded in the early 1980’s, has approximately 50 members today. We meet on Monday’s at noon for a meeting that lasts one hour. Generally, we don’t have meetings on federal holidays. Meetings are a great chance to socialize with members, meet other community leaders and hear from a wide variety of community leaders, non profit organizations, schools, and students.
Our club is involved in many projects in West Salem and Polk County. Many projects are in partnership with other Rotary Clubs, nonprofits and churches.
As a centennial project our Club installed a wading water fountain in a local park. The fountain includes a number of water features which are on a timer and spout or shoot streams of water that the kids can run through and play in during hot summer days. Over time our club has added benches to the fountain area, a partial fence to keep the water balls and other toys from being launched into the road and purchased new playground equipment for the park. It is very rewarding to drive by the park after a long day at work and see all the children playing in the fountain and on the new playground equipment. Our club has helped create happy childhood memories and experiences for many children in West Salem through these improvements to what was once a rundown park.
A few years ago we contributed to the new turf at West Salem High School. The new turf allowed the school to be able to offer the field for use in other sports and Marching Band competitions. In the case of Marching Band, West Salem High School now ranks in the to marching band programs in Oregon.
Our Club members are also on a clean up crew for Wallace Road. We have supported meals on Wheels for many years. Our “claim to fame” is our scholarship program. Since the start of the scholarship program, we have given away over $250,000 in scholarships to West Salem high school students.
How to Request Support
Our Club provides financial support to many organizations in West Salem. If your organization is interested in appealing to our club for financial support, here are the procedures:
- Send a letter addressed to the “West Salem Rotary President” at PO Box 5438, Salem, OR 97304.
- In your letter, describe the purpose for the funds, what they will be used for, and who specifically they will benefit. Funds should benefit residents in West Salem.
- Indicate a specific amount that you are requesting. It is typical that requests fall under $1,000. Larger requests usually require a longer time frame for a decision.
- Include a date that your organization would like to receive the funds. This is important because we decide on contribution requests only once a month at our board meeting.
- Be somewhat formal in your request. Use your letterhead and include all your contact information with phone number, cell number and email address .
- Include who (specifically( the check should be made out to including the organization name mailing address, etc. Many times we will ask you to come to a meeting on Monday to receive the check. this is a great opportunity for you to talk about your project! We often include a picture on our Facebook page, so its good publicity for you.
Salem Area Rotary Clubs
Salem has several clubs locally. These include:
- Salem Rotary (the largest)
- South Salem Rotary
- Creekside Rotary Club
- Salem Sunrise Rotary Club
- Salem Sunset Rotary Club
- East Salem Rotary
- Keizer Rotary Club
The Object of Rotary
The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:
The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Moving Toward the Future
Rotary International’s Strategic Plan identifies seven priorities:
- Eradicate polio.
- Advance the internal and external recognition and public image of Rotary.
- Increase Rotary’s capacity to provide service to others.
- Expand membership globally in both numbers and quality.
- Emphasize Rotary’s unique vocational service commitment.
- Optimize the use and development of leadership talents within RI.
- Fully implement the strategic planning process to ensure continuity and consistency throughout the organization.