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President’s Message

K.R. Ravindran, RI President, 2015-16 Theme Address, “Be a gift to the world” from Rotary International on Vimeo.

Club President Tommy Barber

Club President
Tommy Barber

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia.  We are part of Rotary International, a 1.2 million-member service organization with 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographic regions.  Our Rotary Club has served the Salem and Roanoke Valley communities since 1949.

Rotary District 7570 consists of 80+ Clubs with 3,400+ Rotarians.  The Rotary Club of Salem with over 130 active Club Members is one of the largest in the District.  We count among our members business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, tradespeople and government officials who share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self”.  We meet weekly at noon Thursdays at the Salem Civic Center.

15-16 Theme

2015-2016 Rotary Theme

Our Club organizes and directs several fundraisers including Olde Salem Days, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament and the Star B-Q.  Proceeds from these events are invested back into our community.  They have enabled the Club to donate more than $1 million over the past 30 years to charity and community service projects throughout the Roanoke Valley, Southwest Virginia and the world.

In the 2014-2015 Rotary year our Club gave over $50,000 to local groups and services and $10,000 internationally to charitable projects.  In addition, Club members donated $51,000 to the “We Are This Close” End Polio Now Campaign.  During the Fall of 2015 the Rotary Club of Salem will unveil a new community project as it erects 15 “Little Free Libraries” on elementary school and public playgrounds throughout the Salem community to encourage reading in our children and youth.

We are proud of our record of service and of our accomplishments.  Peruse our website and Facebook page to find the variety of ways Rotarians contribute to their community and the world.  If we kindle an interest, please contact us.


Rotary Recaps

Club Meeting – November 19, 2015

Christmas is for Kids Lynn Lautenschlager hosted a program on one of the club’s favorite projects:  Christmas is for Kids.  She and Mandy Gregory, guidance counselor from East Salem Elementary, showed interviews with some of the 40 Salem school children

Club Meeting – November 12, 2015

Perfect Attendance Awards The Rotary Club of Salem devoted this meeting to the people in the club that have perfect attendance in the present and past years. Congratulations to the following Rotarians for their faithful attendance and participation in the

Club Meeting – November 5, 2015

ODAC Women’s Basketball Coaches As was the case the previous week, all 12 Women’s Basketball Coaches from the Old Dominion Basketball Conference were in attendance and were in good form as ODAC’s J.J. Nelkoff peppered them with some good questions.

Club Meeting – October 29, 2015

  ODAC Men’s Basketball Coaches All 12 Men’s Basketball Coaches from the Old Dominion Basketball Conference took questions in a panel style discussion which was moderated by ODAC’s J.J. Nelkoff. This format worked well last year as to garner candid

Club Meeting – October 22, 2014

Red Badge Club members turn in said badge for their brand new Blue Badges. These new Rotary Club of Salem members attended early morning meetings to receive a greater foundation in effort to become well-informed Rotarians.        

New Members

030515 InductionsNew Member Induction: March 5th, 2015
(L to R) New member Chris Lawson and sponsor Lisa Garst, sponsor Reid Garst and new member Kirk Hoback.

Reed 021215New Member Induction: February 12,2015

(L to R) New member Tim Reed, President Bert, sponsor Jim Laub and Tom Stover Membership Chair.

Welcome Tim!

120414 New MembersNew Member Induction December 4th, 2015.

(L to R) Danielle Crawford with sponsor Steve Hyer and Matt Schottmiller with sponsor Rob Dementi.

Keely 101614New Member Induction: October 16th, 2014.

It was our privilege today to induct two fine Rotarians as members of the Rotary Club of Salem.  They recently moved to the Roanoke Valley from West Virginia where Mary Keely was a Past District Governor and her partner Bob Keely an accomplished Rotarian in his own right.  The Keely’s were sponsored by Mark Hendrickson. 

WormanNew Member Induction: September 25, 2014.

Today we were pleased to induct Linda Worman, who was sponsored by Aaron Garber.

August 2014 New Member Inductions:

082714 JordanJames Jordan (R) and sponsor Skip Lautenschlager (L).

082114 New Members(L to R) Jon Bartlett with Lynn Latenschlager standing in for sponsor Dee King.  Ann Tripp with sponsor Janice Augustine at podium.

New Member 070314July 10th, 2014 New Member Induction: Meet our new members… (from left to right) Michael Orr, Barbara Taylor, Brenda Stephenson & Marcy Watkins.