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President’s Message

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 – February 4th, 2016

Today our program looked inward to learn more about the Rotary Foundation and to give a new member more than an elevator speech opportunity to introduce themselves to the Club. Club member PDG Joe Ferguson and current Chair of District

Club Meeting – January 28th, 2016

Today Della Watkins, Executive Director, of the Taubman Museum of Art spoke with enthusiasm and pride about a major exhibit coming to the Roanoke Valley region March 20th through June 12th.  The exhibit, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell,

Club Meeting – January 21, 2016

Salem High School Ten-time Forensics Champions with Mark Ingerson This club meeting was entertaining and informative as Mark Ingerson, a Teacher and Forensics coach at Salem High School, presented and brought along 3 students who were part of this year’s

Club Meeting – January 14th, 2016

Today we had a full program agenda. We were brought up to date on Rotary Foundation news by Past District Governor Ron Ferrill (a recipient of Rotary International’s Service Above Self Award) our District Foundation Chair.  Our long-time Rotarians are

2016 Winter Coat Drive

Our annual Winter Coat Drive was held in January 2016.  Members brought new or gently used clean coats to the meeting on Jan. 21 to be distributed through the Salem Clothes Closet. Thanks to your generous support 85 coats, 45

New Members

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

New Member Induction Fall 2015Fall 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.

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, 2014.

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