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President’s Message

Club President, Garry D. Norris

Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia. Established in 1949, we are approaching our 70th year of service to the communities of Salem, Roanoke, and the surrounding areas. Salem Rotarians strive to “be the inspiration” for our community in everything we do. We are the sponsors of Olde Salem Days, the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournament, or by Star B-Qour main fundraisersWe 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 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.”

Salem Rotarians work hard every day to be the inspiration for our community by investing its resources in community, vocational, and international service. Our commitment to Salem, Roanoke, and the surrounding areas has inspired 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. However, most of our members will tell you it is the fellowship and lasting friendships that they cherish most and find 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 serving and being an inspiration to others.

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The Rotary Club of Salem is honored to present the Outstanding Citizen Award to Joseph W. Joe Ferguson.  Joe is a Salem native and has been a Rotarian since 1983.   He served Salem as club president from 1996-1997 and served Rotary International as a District Governor from 2000-2001.  Joe was awarded citations for Meritorious Service in 2003, Distinguished Service in 2009 and he received Rotary’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award. Congratulations, Joe!
Thanks to Robert Dementi of Dementi Portraits for photographing the awards ceremony.

The Rotary Club of Salem is honored to present the Outstanding Citizen Award to Joseph W. "Joe" Ferguson. Joe is a Salem native and has been a Rotarian since 1983. He served Salem as club president from 1996-1997 and served Rotary International as a District Governor from 2000-2001. Joe was awarded citations for Meritorious Service in 2003, Distinguished Service in 2009 and he received Rotary’s highest honor, the Service Above Self Award. Congratulations, Joe!
Thanks to Robert Dementi of Dementi Portraits for photographing the awards ceremony.
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Congratulations, Joe!! Well deserved.

Way to go, Joe. Well deserved.

Congratulations Joe!

Congratulations. Well deserved.

Congratulations Joe.

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Come join us for lunch to see how you can make a difference!

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Garry Norris, President of the Rotary Club of Salem, and his wife, Luzinete, were recently named Skelton Fellows.  This award honors the legacy of William E. Skelton, Rotary leader and Dean Emeritus of Virginia Tech.  Charitable contributions from the Norris family and other Skelton Fellows allow the foundation to provide scholarships for students whose studies reflect one of the six areas of Rotary focus.  Visit the Rotary 7570 website for more information on the Skelton Fellows program: http://www.rotary7570.org/ItemDetails.aspx?DataItemID=GvJa1mASxh8%3D

Garry Norris, President of the Rotary Club of Salem, and his wife, Luzinete, were recently named Skelton Fellows. This award honors the legacy of William E. Skelton, Rotary leader and Dean Emeritus of Virginia Tech. Charitable contributions from the Norris family and other Skelton Fellows allow the foundation to provide scholarships for students whose studies reflect one of the six areas of Rotary focus. Visit the Rotary 7570 website for more information on the Skelton Fellows program: www.rotary7570.org/ItemDetails.aspx?DataItemID=GvJa1mASxh8%3D ... See MoreSee Less

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Salem Rotarians recently attended the District 7570 Rotary Conference at the Homestead Resort.  Attending the conference gives us an opportunity to have fun and fellowship and to learn about the many ways that Rotary is making a difference in our communities and across the globe.

Salem Rotarians recently attended the District 7570 Rotary Conference at the Homestead Resort. Attending the conference gives us an opportunity to have fun and fellowship and to learn about the many ways that Rotary is making a difference in our communities and across the globe. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rotary is 1.2 million passionate individuals in 35,000+ clubs worldwide.  Together we lead change in our own backyards and across the world.  Come see for yourself at one of our weekly meetings - message us for details!

Rotary is 1.2 million passionate individuals in 35,000+ clubs worldwide. Together we lead change in our own backyards and across the world. Come see for yourself at one of our weekly meetings - message us for details! ... See MoreSee Less

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Having fun and sharing ideas at the annual convention.

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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.