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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18 hours ago

Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia

At our meeting on June 15th the Club made its official farewell to our Rotary Exchange Scholar Alberte Krabbe at a surprise ceremony awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship. Mark Hendrickson kicked off the event with a rousing addition of ‘She is our Sunshine’ as part of the meeting song. Alberte was lead to the podium where Mark and Jeff Howard made remarks about her successful year with us. Jeff read a passage her mother Camilla wrote as part of her application, which fittingly summed up Alberte’s experience:

As exchange student Alberte will grow her personal and social skills, she will get to know a foreign culture and understand how people live. It will be an important milestone in Alberte's life and something that will impact her for the rest of her life and become an important part of who she is.

Alberte addressed the club, thanking members and host families for making this ‘the most incredible year of my life’. Her quip that her meeting attendance record this year bests many member brought the house down with laughter.
Alberte returns to Denmark on June 30th with plans to enter University in the fall. Salem Rotarians will certainly miss this vivacious and pleasant young lady. We wish her all the best!
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At our meeting on June 15th the Club made its official farewell to our Rotary Exchange Scholar Alberte Krabbe at a surprise ceremony awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship.   Mark Hendrickson kicked off the event with a rousing addition of ‘She is our Sunshine’ as part of the meeting song.  Alberte was lead to the podium where Mark and Jeff Howard made remarks about her successful year with us.  Jeff read a passage her mother Camilla wrote as part of her application, which fittingly summed up Alberte’s experience: 

As exchange student Alberte will grow her personal and social skills, she will get to know a foreign culture and understand how people live.  It will be an important milestone in Albertes life and something that will impact her for the rest of her life and become an important part of who she is.  

Alberte addressed the club, thanking members and host families for making this ‘the most incredible year of my life’. Her quip that her meeting attendance record this year bests many member brought the house down with laughter.
Alberte returns to Denmark on June 30th with plans to enter University in the fall.  Salem Rotarians will certainly miss this vivacious and pleasant young lady.  We wish her all the best!

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Thank you all for giving our daugther an experience of life!!

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2 weeks ago

Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rotarians, we want to thank you all for helping nearly wipe polio off the map! Share this with your fellow Rotarians to say thank you!
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Picnic is set up! Go by and enjoy during the break in weather. Get something to go if you want. ...

Still waiting for word on our Rotary picnic this afternoon. Please check back here at 5 pm unless you have heard from Picnic Chair Michele Meinhart (McClung) first! ...

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Picnic is set up! Go by and enjoy during the break in weather. Get something to go if you want.

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2 months ago

Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia

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Is this a community event or just for members?

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New Members

New Member Induction – January 26th, 2017
(From L to R) Alan G. Soltis with sponsor Gary L. Phillips; Club President Lisa Garst;
Chester L. Davis with sponsor Daniel E. Wooldridge

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!

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