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President’s Message

Jeffrey J. Howard, Club President

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia. For over 71 years, our club of committed men and women have been providing service to the communities of Salem, Roanoke, and others throughout the world.  We are sponsors of Olde Salem Days, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, and the Star B-Q – our main fundraisers.  We are committed to helping our community and the world through projects such as Christmas for Kids, Little Free Libraries, Rotary Park, Rotary Dog Park, International Youth Exchange, and End Polio Now, just to name a few. The Rotary Club of Salem makes annual contributions to over 40 different civic and community nonprofit organizations throughout the Valley. Our reach extends internationally to joint Rotarian projects in Colombia, Brazil, Haiti, Eastern Europe, and beyond, to provide clean water, education assistance, medical care, and disaster relief.

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 AwardThe Service Above Self Vocational AwardThe Jostens Trophy and Salem Education Foundation Scholarships help us identify individuals who exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

Salem Rotarians work hard every day by investing resources in community, vocational, and international service. Our commitment to Salem, Roanoke, and the surrounding areas has inspired us to raise more than $1 million for charity and community service programs throughout the Roanoke Valley, Southwest Virginia, and the world. However, most of our members will tell you it is the fellowship and lasting friendships that they cherish and find most rewarding.

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, peruse our website and follow us on Facebook.  We invite you to attend one of our meetings, which are held at noon on Thursdays at the Salem Civic Center. We are always looking for people who are interested in opening opportunities for others.

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As Rotarians, we take our role in the community very seriously. Throughout our history, Rotary International has been on the front of understanding about public health. Please understand, this decision was not made in haste but after much discussion with experts. The following is a message from our Olde Salem Days Committee which works tirelessly on this event.

The Rotary Club of Salem, in concert with the City of Salem, regrets to announce that due to concern for the health and safety of our Crafters, food vendors, sponsors, shoppers, and volunteers we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Olde Salem Days event. We will be sending full refunds to all crafters, food vendors, and sponsors within 30 days. 

We have already begun planning efforts for an even better, reinvented Olde Salem Days event in 2021. Stay tuned for exciting details over next few months. 

Thank you to the entire community for your understanding of this difficult decision and your continued support.

As Rotarians, we take our role in the community very seriously. Throughout our history, Rotary International has been on the front of understanding about public health. Please understand, this decision was not made in haste but after much discussion with experts. The following is a message from our Olde Salem Days Committee which works tirelessly on this event.

The Rotary Club of Salem, in concert with the City of Salem, regrets to announce that due to concern for the health and safety of our Crafters, food vendors, sponsors, shoppers, and volunteers we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Olde Salem Days event. We will be sending full refunds to all crafters, food vendors, and sponsors within 30 days.

We have already begun planning efforts for an even better, reinvented Olde Salem Days event in 2021. Stay tuned for exciting details over next few months.

Thank you to the entire community for your understanding of this difficult decision and your continued support.
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3 weeks ago

Comment on Facebook As Rotarians, we ...

Dear Rotary Club, just thinking you could list the vendors that are interested on one page with their facebook site or etsy or website so all these lost shopping souls could still support and shop....would be a great resource for those interested.

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3 months ago

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4 months ago

March 15, 2020: A message from the Rotary Club of Salems President. Remember, as Rotarians we will have many opportunities to show Service above Self in the days ahead. We will post Rotary news here so please message Lisa Garst or this page if youd like to share something.

March 15, 2020: A message from the Rotary Club of Salem's President. Remember, as Rotarians we will have many opportunities to show Service above Self in the days ahead. We will post Rotary news here so please message Lisa Garst or this page if you'd like to share something. ... See MoreSee Less

4 months ago

ODAC Basketball Time!
Come out to the Salem Civic Center, cheer your teams and help Rotary raise funds for local charities.
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5 months ago

Hes no stranger to our club! We welcome Rev. Paul Henrickson this Thursday.

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5 months ago

Talk to a Salem Rotarian about this cool giveaway! Thanks to our friends at Northwest Hardware for making it possible. All money raised supports your local community.

Talk to a Salem Rotarian about this cool giveaway! Thanks to our friends at Northwest Hardware for making it possible. All money raised supports your local community. ... See MoreSee Less

5 months ago

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This is a great chance to get this incredible Big Green Egg package deal! Please come see me for tickets. I have plenty for sale. Don’t miss out on this one!!

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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.