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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.

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 – September 24, 2015

Teen Pregnancy in the Roanoke Valley and Salem Area September 24, 2015 Brooks Michael – Carilion’s Adolescent-Health Educator Brooks Michael shared her expertise with the Rotary Club of Salem discussing youth risk behavior with an array of data to illustrate

Club Meeting – September 17, 2015

Visit from District Governor Alex Wilkins The Rotary Club of Salem hosted the official visit of District 7570 Governor Alex Wilkins to the Area 8 clubs. After receiving checks for Rotary’s “Stop Hunger Now” program from several clubs, Gov. Alex

Club Meeting – September 3, 2015

LEAP Presentation to Salem Rotary Club, September 3, 2015 By Richard Kennedy, PhD; CIA Economic Analyst, 1972-2003 Richard Kennedy, PhD presented to The Rotary Club of Salem a program outlining the virtues of the legalization of marijuana. Dr. Kennedy outlined

Club Meeting – September 10, 2015

Our guest presenter on September 10 was actress Nancy Stafford, who was also our VIP featured guest for this year’s Olde Salem Days. As an actress for 30 years, Nancy starred in numerous movies and TV series, including 5 years

Club Meeting – August 27th, 2015

It’s the time of year when we get “coached up” on the latest NCAA rule changes and an update on what to expect from our Salem Spartans football team.  Club member Dan Wooldridge recently described as “Commissioner, Referee, Sports Ambassador”

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.