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President’s Message

     Club President I. Ray Byrd, Jr.

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia where we are making a difference in our community and in the world. You may know us by our sponsorship of Olde Salem Days, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, or by Star B-Qour main fundraisers.  Or, you may know us by our commitment to helping our community and the world through projects such as Christmas for Kids, Little Free Libraries, Rotary Park, Rotary Dog Park and End Polio Now to name just a few.

You may also know the Rotary Club of Salem through our recognition of outstanding citizens and students in our community, who typify the values and ethics espoused by Rotary International.  Club sponsored awards such as the Roy W. Henrickson Outstanding Citizen Award, The Service Above Self Vocational Award, The Jostens Trophy and Salem Education Foundation Scholarships help us identify individuals who exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

Our hard work and commitment to make a difference have allowed us over the past 30 years to raise more than $1 million for charity and community service programs throughout the Roanoke Valley, Southwest Virginia, and the world. But, most of our members will tell you, it is the fellowship and lasting friendships that they cherish most and find the most rewarding.  We have 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 their daily lives.  To find out more take a look around our website and follow us on Facebook.  You can also check out one of our meetings which are held at noon on Thursdays at the Salem Civic Center. We hope to see you there!

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Thanks to Reid Garst and Linda Worman for volunteering at Rotary Club of the Blue Ridge-New Generations Gran Fondo this morning. #serviceaboveself #rotaryatwork ...

Thanks to Reid Garst and Linda Worman for volunteering at Rotary Club of the Blue Ridge-New Generations Gran Fondo this morning. #serviceaboveself #rotaryatwork

Rotary member Treva Carter updated the club on Marketing 101 in 2017 - How It's Changed. Contact her for a copy of the presentation if you are interested - treva@tjcarterconsulting.com. ...

Rotary member Treva Carter updated the club on Marketing 101 in 2017 - How Its Changed. Contact her for a copy of the presentation if you are interested - treva@tjcarterconsulting.com.

Remember - we are at the Cregger Center at Roanoke College today. Board meeting is on the 13th. ...

2 months ago

Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia

Thanks to Salem 215 for sharing this video of Rotary Park.

Salem 215
It's been a long week and we thought a little break was needed. Turn up the volume and let yourself relax, the weekend is almost here.

#takeabreak #gooutside #Salem215
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2 months ago

Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia

At our meeting on June 15th the Club made its official farewell to our Rotary Exchange Scholar Alberte Krabbe at a surprise ceremony awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship. Mark Hendrickson kicked off the event with a rousing addition of ‘She is our Sunshine’ as part of the meeting song. Alberte was lead to the podium where Mark and Jeff Howard made remarks about her successful year with us. Jeff read a passage her mother Camilla wrote as part of her application, which fittingly summed up Alberte’s experience:

As exchange student Alberte will grow her personal and social skills, she will get to know a foreign culture and understand how people live. It will be an important milestone in Alberte's life and something that will impact her for the rest of her life and become an important part of who she is.

Alberte addressed the club, thanking members and host families for making this ‘the most incredible year of my life’. Her quip that her meeting attendance record this year bests many member brought the house down with laughter.
Alberte returns to Denmark on June 30th with plans to enter University in the fall. Salem Rotarians will certainly miss this vivacious and pleasant young lady. We wish her all the best!
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At our meeting on June 15th the Club made its official farewell to our Rotary Exchange Scholar Alberte Krabbe at a surprise ceremony awarding her a Paul Harris Fellowship.   Mark Hendrickson kicked off the event with a rousing addition of ‘She is our Sunshine’ as part of the meeting song.  Alberte was lead to the podium where Mark and Jeff Howard made remarks about her successful year with us.  Jeff read a passage her mother Camilla wrote as part of her application, which fittingly summed up Alberte’s experience: 

As exchange student Alberte will grow her personal and social skills, she will get to know a foreign culture and understand how people live.  It will be an important milestone in Albertes life and something that will impact her for the rest of her life and become an important part of who she is.  

Alberte addressed the club, thanking members and host families for making this ‘the most incredible year of my life’. Her quip that her meeting attendance record this year bests many member brought the house down with laughter.
Alberte returns to Denmark on June 30th with plans to enter University in the fall.  Salem Rotarians will certainly miss this vivacious and pleasant young lady.  We wish her all the best!

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Thank you all for giving our daugther an experience of life!!

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2 months ago

Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rotarians, we want to thank you all for helping nearly wipe polio off the map! Share this with your fellow Rotarians to say thank you!
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New Members

New Member Induction – January 26th, 2017
(From L to R) Alan G. Soltis with sponsor Gary L. Phillips; Club President Lisa Garst;
Chester L. Davis with sponsor Daniel E. Wooldridge

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!

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