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President’s Message

Club President Tommy Barber

Club President
Tommy Barber

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia.  We are part of Rotary International, a 1.2 million-member service organization with 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographic regions.  Our Rotary Club has served the Salem and Roanoke Valley communities since 1949.

Rotary District 7570 consists of 80+ Clubs with 3,400+ Rotarians.  The Rotary Club of Salem with over 130 active Club Members is one of the largest in the District.  We count among our members business leaders, professionals, entrepreneurs, tradespeople and government officials who share a dedication to the ideal of “Service Above Self”.  We meet weekly at noon Thursdays at the Salem Civic Center.

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2015-2016 Rotary Theme

Our Club organizes and directs several fundraisers including Olde Salem Days, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament and the Star B-Q.  Proceeds from these events are invested back into our community.  They have enabled the Club to donate more than $1 million over the past 30 years to charity and community service projects throughout the Roanoke Valley, Southwest Virginia and the world.

In the 2014-2015 Rotary year our Club gave over $50,000 to local groups and services and $10,000 internationally to charitable projects.  In addition, Club members donated $51,000 to the “We Are This Close” End Polio Now Campaign.  During the Fall of 2015 the Rotary Club of Salem will unveil a new community project as it erects 15 “Little Free Libraries” on elementary school and public playgrounds throughout the Salem community to encourage reading in our children and youth.

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.


Rotary Recaps

Club Meeting – May 26, 2016

Embezzlement and Other Things That Go Bump in the Night. – Susan Culbertson Susan Culbertson is a CPA who has for more than 20 years, has owned Controllers, Etc., a resource for all things related to internal corporate accounting. She is

Club Meeting – May 19th, 2016

Commander Burt Canfield, Commanding Officer of the USS John Warner US Navy – “Being There Matters” The Virginia-class attack submarines are the most modern and sophisticated attack submarine in the world, the submarine can operate in both littoral and deep

Club Meeting – May 12th, 2016 – Outstanding Citizen Award

Today the Club held its annual Outstanding Citizen Award luncheon.  It did not come as a surprise to many members and some no doubt felt it long overdue that we recognized fellow Rotarian Dr. Thomas “Tom” Fame as our 2016

Club Meeting – May 5th, 2016 – Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions

Tom Bowers, Chair of the Paul Harris Fellow Committee, presided over our 2016 Paul Harris Fellow Award Ceremony.  This program recognizes Rotarians who have contributed to The Rotary Foundation.  This funding is essential to Rotary International programs across the world

Club News – Dictionaries for Kids

At our April 28th, 2016, Club Meeting we announced the completion of our annual distribution of dictionaries to all 3rd grade students in the City of Salem school system. From left to right: Debbie Carroll, West Salem Elementary Principal, 3rd

New Members

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.

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, 2014.

(L to R) Danielle Crawford with sponsor Steve Hyer and Matt Schottmiller with sponsor Rob Dementi.