The Salem Initiative Second General Meeting

The second meeting of The Salem Initiative was held Saturday January 30, 2016 at SBU Salem.  The purpose of this meeting was for each Interest Group to describe itself, present plans for ideas and projects, and recruit new members.  There was a good turnout at the meeting and approximately $100 was raised through change donations for the Salem Initiative Scholarship.  Presentations from the meeting are available upon request by email
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Date: January 30, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM (coffee and conversation started at 9:30)
Place: SBU Salem

The Salem Initiative Holiday Social Event 2015

The Salem Initiative will be hosting a Holiday Social Event on Saturday, December 19, at 7:00 PM at the Spring Creek Golf Club.
Anyone and everyone interested in improving the future of Salem and the surrounding area is invited to attend. This event will be an opportunity to meet other like-minded people and discuss positive ideas for the area's future, as well as celebrate the holiday season.  This will be an informal, fun-filled social event serving to further connect people in the community. 
Date: December 19, 2015
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Spring Creek Golf Club
Cost: None- this is a free event!
Dress Code: Dressy-casual / Festive
RSVP: Requested, not required- RSVP to

Anyone interested in participating in the planning and execution of this event is encouraged to contact Alex Sellers by emailing

Post Launch Update- November 25, 2015


On behalf of everyone involved with The Salem Initiative, we would like to sincerely thank everyone for attending the launch meeting on November 7. By all measures, the meeting turned out to be a great success, drawing nearly 90 people and generating hundreds of ideas.

The meeting served as a fantastic and positive beginning of many years of working together, finding common ground for the common good. At the meeting, we broke out into several interest groups and began first steps of forming ideas to improve the community. We also announced our photo contest and scholarship — two of our first projects. For more information, please check out the links below.
Photo Contest

We are also currently working on making the highlights of the meeting available on our website, Stay tuned.

What else have we been up to since the meeting? We’re:

• Synthesizing all the ideas attendees brainstormed at the launch meeting

• Researching ways we can structure our organization for maximum impact

• Developing our mission statement

• Holding weekly young (and young at heart) professionals meetings at Spring Creek Golf Club
(If interested, contact Alex Sellers( to get the most up to date information)

• Taking first steps in officially forming our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

• Organizing first meetings for interest groups

After our first interest group meetings, we’ll have another full meeting and we’re planning this for after the holidays. If you didn’t get a chance to sign up for any interest groups or if you’d like to help in other ways, please email and we can add your name to the communications list. The interest groups are:

• Commercial / Industrial / Entrepreneurship
• Tourism and Events
• Technology
• Attracting / Retaining Residents
• Education
• Arts and Creative
• Fundraising and Strategy
• Area Beautification & Improvement

There is much work to do, and we believe it can only be done with a united community. We are excited for you to join us.!