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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 on at noon Thursdays at the Salem Civic Center.

Rotary International 2014-2015 Theme

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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 Meeting – October 2nd, 2014

Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their own economic success, plan for the future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Our speaker, Katherin Anderson


Club Meeting – September 25th, 2014

An Overview of the Virginia National Guard Today Reid Garst introduced our speaker Col. Douglas Messner.  Reid and Col. Messner were roommates at VMI.  Good friends ever since, who even introduced to each other their prospective wives.  Col. Messner graduated


Club News – Spartan touchdowns to be felt across the globe

October 9, 2014 article in Salem Times-Register about our Club’s End Polio Now initiative with the Salem High School Spartans football team.  We are This Close to eradicating polio from the global.  It has been a worldwide campaign with ignorance


Club Meeting – September 18th, 2014

Attendance Awards – Lowell Gobble & New Membership Informational Update – Tommy Barber Today we had two program in one.   Presented by Attendance Committee Chair, Lowell Gobble, recognizing Club members for their consecutive years of perfect attendance and President-Elect


CLUB NEWS – Bem-vindo Alvaro! Welcome!

The Rotary Club of Salem is pleased to announce the arrival of Alvaro Catel as a Rotary Exchange Scholar.   Alvaro comes from Sorocaba, Brazil, a city of 700,000 inhabitants near Sao Paulo.   He will attend Salem High School and pursue


New Members

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 (L) and sponsor Skip Lautenschlager (R).


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.

051514-3 McHaleMay 15th, 2014 – New Member Induction: Today Hank McHale, who was sponsored by Lenora Shively Downing was inducted. As with all new members Hank’s first committee assignment will be with the Sergeant-at-Arms Committee. Hank is already matriculating through the Red Badge orientation program. Welcome aboard Hank!

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