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President’s Message

President Lisa and Pals

Club President Lisa Garst & Friends

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia. Even though we are part of a global service organization with 1.2 million members, the Rotary Club of Salem is small enough to know each other and big enough to get things done.

We work hard but manage to have a really good time while honoring our commitment to Service Above Self. Our Club has raised more than $1 million over the past 30 years for charity and community service projects throughout the Roanoke Valley, Southwest Virginia and the world. We also enjoy the fellowship of Rotary. Many of us have built lasting friendships that endure outside of our weekly meetings.

Our Rotary Club has served the Salem and Roanoke Valley communities since 1949. Our members include business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, tradespeople and government officials who make Service Above Self a part of daily life. To find out more, we invite you to join us any Thursday at noon at the Salem Civic Center.

How do we serve our community? Our Club organizes and directs several fundraisers including:

T1617EN_PMS-CIn addition, we sponsor several significant awards including:

Finally, you can spot our work in everyday life. Our Club is proud to have sponsored these projects:

Please take a look around our website and follow us on Facebook. We are an active, vibrant club and we welcome you to learn more about us!


Rotary Recaps

Little Free Library Book Drive – Aug. 11 & 18

The Rotary Club of Salem has created 15+ Little Free Library units to be placed around the city where people, young and old, congregate – parks, schools, etc. Now we need to stock those libraries and you can help us

Club Meeting – July 21st, 2016

Andrew Downs from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy gave the club good insights into how intertwined Salem and Virginia are to the Appalachian Trail.  The Trail, used by 3 million hikers a year, is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world. More of the Trail

Club Meeting – July 14th, 2016

Today City of Salem Planner Ben Tripp updated our club on Salem’s plans for drawing more visitors downtown.  Some interesting improvements include signs to guide visitors to parking areas, a covered outside gathering area at Library Square, improvement grants for

Club Meeting – July 7th, 2016

Lisa Garst is our 70th Club President. iPast President Tommy last week stated “very few great things are accomplished without enthusiasm”, if so, we are then in-store for some great things under President Lisa’s leadership. President Lisa became a club

Club News – 2016 James W. Elliott Scholarship Award

In 2007 the Rotary Club of Salem established the James W. Elliot Scholarship.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a Salem High School student.  This year the recipient is Beatriz Salvador, who will attending Virginia Tech this Fall.  Beatriz’s initial

New Members

Matt Churchill 072816New Member Induction – July 28th, 2016
New member Matt Churchill is given Rotary pin by his sponsor Michael Orr.

Rotenberry 062316New Member Induction – June 23rd, 2016
Sponsor Brenda Stevens and new member Elizabeth “Liz” Rotenberry

Cecil and Morris 061616New Member Induction – June 16th, 2016
From Left to Right Sam Carter sponsored Marycatherine Cecil and Steve Hyer sponsored Josh Morris.
Welcome to Rotary!

Walter "Bud" Pierce 051216New Member Induction – May 12th, 2016
Welcome Water “Bud” Pierce, sponsored by President Tommy Barber.

New Member Induction Fall 2015Fall 2015 New Members Inductees
9/10    Jeremy Longshore
9/10    Bass Mitchell
9/10    Don Smith
10/1     Joe Curran
11/19   Sallie Dodson

Fall 2015 Mew Member Induction ceremony: (R to L) Secretary Dee, Bass Mitchell, President Tommy (back to camera), Jeremy Longshore, Don Smith, Chris Lawson, Matthew Schottmiller, Kirk Hoback, and Joe Curran.