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President’s Message

Rotary International 2014-2015 ThemeWelcome 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.

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 – August 21st, 2014

“Building a Company with the Help of a Community” Jonathan Hagmaier, CEO Interactive Achievement, “where learning never stops” Interactive Achievements’s (IA) goal is to create programs that give educators the most accurate assessment of student progress throughout the school year


PTSD Candlelight Vigil

On August 15th The Salem Rotary Club hosted a candle light vigil in support of veterans and families affected with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. (PTSD). Below is a transcript of Club member Herm Reavis’ address to those gathered at the


Club Meeting – August 14th, 2014

Our speaker today is Walter Hughes, Jr.  He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia for 14 years.  “Doing Good in Ghana” is but one of the reasons he was honored as a Champion of


Club Meeting – August 7th, 2014

“Leading Men of Character in Afghanistan” Today we were privileged to hear a man speak publicly for the first time about his experience and memories of the men with whom he served in combat.   Eric Horne would much rather talk


Club Meeting – July 31st, 2014

Betsy Richards first comments were to confess that she was a “dog show addict now.”  Betsy spoke to the Club about her start in the dog world and offered insights into professional breeding and dog show competitions.  The members enjoyed


New Members

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


051514-3 McHaleMay 15th, 2014 – New Member Induction: Today Hank McHale, who was sponsored by Lenora Shively Downing was inducted. As with all new members Hank’s first committee assignment will be with the Sergeant-at-Arms Committee. Hank is already matriculating through the Red Badge orientation program. Welcome aboard Hank!

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February 20th, 2014 – New Member Induction:  From left to right – Skip Lautenschlager (sponsor) with Jonathan Sweat, Steve Turner (sponsor) with Devo Munro, Paul White (sponsor) with Mike Bird.  At podium President-Elect Bert Spitzler presiding.