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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 on at noon Thursdays at the Salem Civic Center.

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2014-2015 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 – November 13th, 2014

Today our program Ebola: The Disease, The Virus, West Africa & Hysteria was presented by Dr. Thomas M. Kerkering, MD, FACP, FIDSA. Dr. Kerkering obtained his Medical Doctorate at the Medical College of Virginia and is certified by the American


Club Meeting – November 6th, 2014

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) hosted its annual Women’s Basketball Media Day on Nov. 6th, 2014 at the Salem Civic Center. Coaches from all 12 member schools participated in their annual business meeting along with a morning of interviews


Club Meeting – October 30th, 2014

The Old Dominion Athletic Conference hosted its annual Men’s Basketball Media Day on Oct. 30, 2014 at the Salem Civic Center.  Coaches from all 12 member schools participated in their annual business meeting along with a morning of interviews followed


Club Meeting – October 23rd, 2014

- Congressional Update – U.S. Representative Morgan Griffith from our 9th Congressional District is today’s speaker. With elections around the corner and a myriad of issues concerning voters, Congressman Griffith thought a prepared speech might not cover all our areas of


Club News – Valley Waterway Clean-up

On October 14 a group of Rotarians from the Salem Club met to volunteer their efforts for the Clean Fall Waterways project. Seventeen Rotarians; several family members; our exchange student, Alvaro Catel; and 5 Interact students and their program sponsor


New Members

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.