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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.

At Rotary International's annual Assembly in San Diego, California, President-elect K. R. Ravindran urged the gathered District Governors-elect to "Be a Gift to the World."

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 that comprises more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world. Our Club has served the Salem and Roanoke Valley communities since 1949.

Rotary District 7570 consists of 80+ Clubs with 3,500+ Rotarians.  The Rotary Club of Salem with over 130 Club members is one of the largest in our District.  We count among our members business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs and government officials who share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self”.  We meet weekly Thursdays at noon at the Salem Civic Center.

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2015-2016 Rotary Theme

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

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 – June 25th, 2015

This year the nation observes the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s death.  Today we are fortunate to have Gary Crawford, a lifetime member of the Lincoln Forum, to speak about the “Assassination of Abraham Lincoln”.  In less than one-half


Club Meeting – June 18th, 2015

Tom Bowers, Chair of Paul Harris Fellow Committee, presided over our 2015 PAUL HARRIS FELLOW CEREMONY recognizing members who have generously contributed to The Rotary Foundation.  This funding is essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. Rotary


Club Meeting – June 11th, 2015

One could attempt to describe Dr. Hayden Hollingsworth‘s program titled “Aging Gracefully, Good Luck With That” by using a myriad of cliches… “reality rearing its ugly head”, “wake up call”, “passing life’s milestones”, “taking care of business”.  None of which,


Club News – Parabéns Alvaro!

Mission accomplished for our visiting Rotary Foreign Exchange Student.  Alvaro Catel recently graduated from Salem High School.  As his visit nears the end we hope Alvaro has benefited as much from the experience as those who so graciously hosted his


Club Meeting – June 4th, 2015

GE Celebrates 60th Anniversary of Salem Manufacturing Plant. On May 16th GE’s Industrial Solutions business celebrated the 60th anniversary of its Salem manufacturing plant. At our meeting today Craig Strong, Plant Manager, spoke of the plants history and current operations. 


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.