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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.

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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.

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Rotary Recaps

Club Meeting – April 21st, 2016 – New Generations Update

New Generations refers to the youngest generation in the family of Rotary. Many are participants in Rotary’s youth and young adult programs: Interact, Rotaract, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA), and Rotary Youth Exchange. The Rotary Club of Salem has over


Club Meeting – April 14th, 2016

Alan Hoal, Storyteller from the Sounds of the Mountains Festival This meeting featured the power of telling a good story. Everyone loves a good story and Alan Hoal certainly didn’t disappoint as he entertained the Salem Rotarians with a bit


Club News – RCoS Helps Hosts PETS

The Rotary Club of Salem was well represented at the Rotary District 7570 President Elect Training Session (PETS) held at the Hotel Roanoke.  Lisa Garst, President Elect, and Ray Byrd, President Nominee, both attended the training sessions which began Thursday


Club Meeting – April 7th, 2015

Today we held a Club Assembly.  Rather than our normal meeting agenda and program, the Club President uses the meeting to better inform members on certain Club matters. After opening comments by President Tommy three members of the Board of


Club Meeting – March 31st, 2016

Our education on Virginia’s small liberal arts & science colleges and universities continued today thanks to our speaker Robert B. Lambeth, Jr., President of Virginia Private Colleges, which was founded in 1971 as the Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia


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.

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(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.

 

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