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President’s Message

President Lisa and Pals

Club President Lisa Garst & Friends

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia. Even though we are part of a global service organization with 1.2 million members, the Rotary Club of Salem is small enough to know each other and big enough to get things done.

We work hard but manage to have a really good time while honoring our commitment to Service Above Self. Our Club has raised more than $1 million over the past 30 years for charity and community service projects throughout the Roanoke Valley, Southwest Virginia and the world. We also enjoy the fellowship of Rotary. Many of us have built lasting friendships that endure outside of our weekly meetings.

Our Rotary Club has served the Salem and Roanoke Valley communities since 1949. Our members include business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, tradespeople and government officials who make Service Above Self a part of daily life. To find out more, we invite you to join us any Thursday at noon at the Salem Civic Center.

How do we serve our community? Our Club organizes and directs several fundraisers including:

T1617EN_PMS-CIn addition, we sponsor several significant awards including:

Finally, you can spot our work in everyday life. Our Club is proud to have sponsored these projects:

Please take a look around our website and follow us on Facebook. We are an active, vibrant club and we welcome you to learn more about us!

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Rotary Recaps

Club Meeting – September 22nd, 2016

“Paint it Red” presented by Ethel Burwell Dowling Editor and Co-Arthor of GM: Paint It Red. Our Program today was about how corporate culture in and of itself cannot overcome human nature.   Here is a brief overview of Ethel Burwell


Club Meeting – September 15th, 2016

Pete Eshelman is Director of Outdoor Branding for the Roanoke Regional Partnership and Director of Roanoke Outside.  Today Mr. Eshelman brought us up to date on Roanoke Outdoors.  His comments enumerated the many natural resources and outdoor activities that contribute


Club Meeting – September 8th, 2016

To open the meeting we had two special guests give our invocation.  Father Rene Blot (L) and Father Romel Eustache (R) were in Salem to honor member Dr. Tom Fame for his 20 years of service to the people of


Star-B-Q 2016

On September 1st the Rotary Club of Salem participated in Star-B-Q 2016 one of the three major fundraising events of our Rotary year.  Another example of Rotarians at Work yet having a good time while raising monies to better our


Club Meeting – September 1st, 2016

“A Vision for Transit in the Roanoke Valley” – Presented by Cristina D. Finch, AICP, LEED AP – Roanoke Valley Manager of Transit Planning and Programming Today we learned of the processes and plans made for transportation improvements in the


New Members

Matt Churchill 072816New Member Induction – July 28th, 2016
New member Matt Churchill is given Rotary pin by his sponsor Michael Orr.


Rotenberry 062316New Member Induction – June 23rd, 2016
Sponsor Brenda Stevens and new member Elizabeth “Liz” Rotenberry

Cecil and Morris 061616New Member Induction – June 16th, 2016
From Left to Right Sam Carter sponsored Marycatherine Cecil and Steve Hyer sponsored Josh Morris.
Welcome to Rotary!

Walter "Bud" Pierce 051216New Member Induction – May 12th, 2016
Welcome Water “Bud” Pierce, sponsored by President Tommy Barber.

New Member Induction Fall 2015Fall 2015 New Members Inductees
9/10    Jeremy Longshore
9/10    Bass Mitchell
9/10    Don Smith
10/1     Joe Curran
11/19   Sallie Dodson

Fall 2015 Mew Member Induction ceremony: (R to L) Secretary Dee, Bass Mitchell, President Tommy (back to camera), Jeremy Longshore, Don Smith, Chris Lawson, Matthew Schottmiller, Kirk Hoback, and Joe Curran.