Welcome to the Rotary Club of Salem!  We are the largest and longest-standing Rotary Club in the Salem, Oregon area. The club was organized in September 1919, and has an official charter date of Jan 1, 1920. Our usual meeting place is the Salem Convention Center, in the heart of downtown Salem, at Noon on Wednesdays. Occasional off-site meetings are held, usually at the Willamette Heritage Center (about 5 minutes away). With almost 200 members, the club is friendly and active. Numerous committees give members ample and diverse opportunities to pursue avenues of service, locally and internationally.


Statesman Journal Article: Literacy Grant Window

December 13, 2017

Our club made the papers once again today. Rotarians Todd Allen and Irene Trent-Valencia attending Holding Court this week to help spread the word about the literacy grants that our club is offering. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and support literacy related projects in and around our community. The deadline is January 15, 2018. For more information on how to apply, click here.

Check out the entire Statesman Journal article by clicking here!

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Weekly Newsletter | December 12, 2017

December 12, 2017
Message from President Bruce

Season’s Greetings, Salem Rotarians!

December and the Winter Holiday Season is in full gear with tree lightings, Menorah lightings, parades, concerts – basically, a wonderful season of fellowship! I thought I would highlight this week our remaining three Rotary meetings in December:

Dec. 13: At South Salem High School (NOTE SPECIAL LOCATION!). Meet in the Library for lunch by the South Culinary Students; then, a seasonal concert for us by the South Chamber Orchestra! The Rose Auditorium is so beautiful at this time of year! Parking is on the street; enter through the main entrance on Church Street. Lunch service starts at 11:45; program will begin extra early that day!

Dec. 20: Annual December Lunch for the Salvation Army! Special lunch featuring prime rib and the works, filling the kettle for the Salvation Army (yes, the band will be there!), and a special program with all Salem-area Rotary In-Bound Exchange Students. DON’T MISS THIS ONE!

Dec. 27: Holiday Fellowship Time! Our Fellowship Team, led by Teresa Lulay, will have a wonderful time of fellowship for you all – always a great meeting!

I’ll see you at Rotary!


Tomorrow’s Meeting

December 13 – South Salem High School
Program – South Salem High School Lunch and Music Program
Join us at South Salem High School for lunch in the Library, followed by a Chamber Orchestra performance in the  Rose Auditorium. Lunch will be served by the award-winning SSHS Culinary class, under the guidance of their teacher Laura Hofer. The South Salem HS music program has a long history of excellence in Band, Choir and Orchestra performances. Please come early so you’ll have enough time to eat and enjoy the performance.

Tomorrow’s meeting (December 13) will be at South Salem High School, 1910 Church St SE, Salem.


  • Lunch service will be in the South Library(on the first floor). It will start earlier at 11:45am. Enter through the main entrance on Church Street.
  • Parking. Be sure to allow extra time to park (it’s on-the-street parking . . . during the school day).
  • Program starts early. We plan on starting the program at 12:05 as we will be treated to a special mini-concert by the South Chamber Orchestra following the served lunch!

As many of you may recall, we’ve held one of our December meetings in the past at South and it has always been a wonderful, holiday Rotary event. How delightful that this has worked out this year! Lunch will be prepared and served by the awesome South Culinary Students followed by a seasonal mini-concert by the outstanding South Chamber Orchestra! (Here’s hoping they’ve decorated the Rose Auditorium as they have in the past. Always beautiful and special!)

We don’t need RSVPs for this meeting but if you are planning on bringing a guest, could you please shoot Chuck Swank an email. Thanks!

Program Chair: Karl Raschkes

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Literacy Grant Window - Now Open!

December 5, 2017

Do you know of a great nonprofit partner that could benefit from grant dollars to support literacy-related projects? Our club’s Literacy Committee has opened their grant window. From now until January 15, we are accepting applications. Grants range from $500 – $2,500 and support literacy related projects in and around our community.

To apply, click here to review the requirements for the application. Please see Literacy Committee Chair Jenn Columbus if you have additional questions.

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Inaugural Rotary Triathlon

October 3, 2017

Hundreds of volunteers and participants took over over Salem on Sunday for the Rotary Triathlon! This partnership between our club and the South Salem club is the first of its kind, and one we hope to repeat in the years to come. Thanks to everyone who volunteered and participated. Read more about the event in yesterday’s Statesman Journal article!

Thanks to Ron Cooper for this beautiful recap. It reminds us all how fortunate we are to live, work and play in Salem.

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Rotary Amphitheater Design

September 21, 2017

Following several months of presenting design concepts to thousands of people in our community and hearing their feedback, our architects submitted their final concepts in early September. Today, the Design Committee selected the Basket Weave design by CB|Two Architects as the Preferred Design for the Rotary Amphitheater. The committee’s recommendation will go to the Salem Parks and Recreation Advisory Board, and to City Council for final approval.

This is an exciting milestone in the effort to bring an enhanced amphitheater Riverfront Park, and the Design Committee expresses its sincere appreciation to those at AC & Co. Community Architecture, Anderson Shirley Architects, and CB|Two Architects who devoted many hours to develop the initial design concepts that have been shared with our club and community over the past several months.

Additional renderings and information is available at www.RotaryAmphitheater.com.

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