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President’s Message

Samuel R. Carter III

Samuel R. Carter III

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 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 both their communities and the world.  If we kindle an interest, please contact us.

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Rotary Recaps

Club Meeting – April 17th, 2014

The topic of our program today was Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA). Feeding America SWVA was founded in 1981 and proudly commemorates 33 years of fighting hunger and changing lives through community partnerships. The program was presented by Jenny Doud,


Club Meeting – April 10th, 2014

Today’s program was provided by Nancy Oliver Gray, President of Hollins University.  She became Hollins University’s eleventh president in January 2005.  She brought to Hollins a strong belief in the liberal arts and sciences and the need for women’s colleges


Club Meeting – April 3rd, 2014

Our program today by Sarah Henrickson Parker, PhD, was warmly received and fascinating.  Her topic was “The Human Factor: Applying Science to Health Care”.  It is about how understanding human foibles can help to mitigate human error.  Dr. Parker holds


Club Meeting – March 27th, 2014

Judy Park, Western Virginia Co-ordinator was our speaker representing Young Audiences – Arts for Learning – Virginia  (YAV).  YAV is dedicated to bringing innovation and imagination to education through the arts.  They believe that creativity and critical thinking are essential


Club Meeting – March 20th, 2014

For many Club members today’s meeting is one of their favorites.  Annually, the presentation of the Jostens Trophy and meeting the winners, without fail, lifts the spirit and brightens one’s outlook for the future.  To hear from terrific young people


New Members

New Members 022014February 20th, 2014 – New Member Induction:  From left to right – Skip Lautenschlager (sponsor) with Jonathan Sweat, Steve Turner (sponsor) with Devon Munro & , Paul White (sponsor) with Mike Bird.  At podium President-Elect Bert Spitzler presiding.

New Members 121213December 12th, 2013 – New Member induction: From left to right – New Member Joe Foley with Ed Heurtematte sponsor; Ken Elson sponsor Skip Lautenschlager at podium; Pat Walters with Bob Dementi sponsor; Brad Harris with President Sam Carter sponsor; and Past President Lenora Downing officiated the induction ceremony.


Hall Induction 101013October 10th, 2013 – New Member Induction:  John Caleb Hall was sponsored by Dr. Bertram Spetzler and  introduced to the Club for his induction by Dr. Alan Seibert (on right).  John Hall received our Club’s 2013 Outstanding Citizen Award  for his contributions as Principal of Salem High School since 1987 and for his nearly 40 years as an educator.

New Member Inductions 082213August 22nd, 2013 – New Member Inductions: (left to right) Charlie Thompson sponsored by Mark Johnson; Skip Lautenschlager sponsored David Griffith; Lew Bishop (representing sponsor Lenora Downing) and new member Ron Bradbury.  Our fearless leader President Sam is overseeing the ceremony and Aaron Garber (not in picture) our Membership Chair presided over the event.