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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 Thursdays at noon at the Salem Civic Center.

Rotary International 2014-2015 Theme

Rotary International
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 News – “We Are This Close” Celebration

On Tuesday evening, May 19, 2015, over 160 Rotarians and guests witnessed the successful completion of the “We are this Close” End Polio Now campaign for Rotary District 7570.  Salem Club President Dr. Bert Spetzler, along with District Foundation Chair


Club Meeting – May 14th, 2015

Our speaker today is the 43rd Mayor of the City of Roanoke.  David Bowers noted with pride that our neighbor Roanoke has been named an All-America City a record six times.  The Mayor brought us up to date with the


Club Meeting – May 7, 2015

Dr. Shawn Semones, Director of Research and and Development Novozymes Bioag, Salem Site Lead. Novozymes is a Danish global biotech company with a strong focus on enzyme production employing over 6,000+. Novozymes’ purpose statement is… Together, we find biological answers


Club Meeting – April 30th, 2015

Our program today continued last weeks youthful theme by highlighting three of several youth-focused programs sponsored by our Club. Dictionaries for Kids – For several years every third grade student in the City of Salem Elementary Schools has been given


Club Meeting – April 23rd, 2015

Today our Club had the pleasure of being entertained by the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir (RVCC).   The RVCC provides children an enriching supplement to school music classes.  They offer an in-depth study of the voice in a specialized choral setting,


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.