• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 1/27/2018
  • Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Award Category: Club Service
  • Club NameSalem
  • Member First NameLinda
  • Address: 
    P.O. Box 5
    Salem, VA 24153
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  • Email: linda.worman@gmail.com
  • Brief Description: 
    Our primary 2017 goal was to optimize member satisfaction, empowerment, and sense of purpose. Outlined below is how this goal was accomplished:
    • Club organization for involvement, talent, and fun
    • All members assigned to 2-5 of 46 committees
    • Meetings involved members assigned to greeting ; taking attendance ; audiovisual set-up; invocations ; report on/sign cards for sick Rotarians ; birthday recognitions ; song leading ; guest introductions ; announcements ; speaker introductions ; present programs ;leading 4Way Test
    • Social events- Red Sox Baseball / Roanoke College Basketball games and Rotary Couples Dinner Club
    • Red Badge Program educates all new Rotarians
    • Raised $75,800 in 2017:
    o Olde Salem Days, a premier arts/ crafts festival/antique car show
    o Old Dominion Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments
    o Star-BQ Concert featuring a popular country music artist/band
    • Awarded grants of $35,500 to 29 Community Service/Charitable Projects; $9,000 to 4 International Projects; $1,000 to SRC-sponsored ”New Gen” Club Project ; $5,000 to Salem Rec. Dept. ”Score Board” Project ; $2,000 Match for Rotary Community Grant for Salem Library Furniture.
    • RI Foundation giving $3,000 to “Eradicate Polio“. Participated in 2 “Pints for Polio” campaigns. 93% of membership “Sustainers”; 73% Paul Harris Fellows; gave 31 non-Rotarians PHF Awards. Very active SRC Foundation awarding scholarships/humanitarian giving.
    • Sponsored 4 RYLA students ; sent 2 students to World Affairs Seminar; sponsored Interact Club ; sponsored Roanoke College’s Rotaract; gave $35,000 to community services & charities benefitting children.
    • Children, Youth, Family Committees “Christmas for Kids” – gave clothing/toys to 38 underprivileged children and purchased gifts for their 114 families ; coat/food drives ; Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners to 20 families ; Salem Christmas Parade Float ; “Read Across America” at Mason’s Cove Elementary; gave dictionaries to ALL Salem 3rd Graders ; built, erected, stocked 16 “Little Free Libraries”.
    • Community Service & Relief Projects: 2 Clean Valley Days ; 4 Greenway & Rotary Park Clean
    Ups ; 55 “muck cleanup” kits sent to Texas flood disaster; Community Project designating $4,500 to Salem’s “ Downtown Rejuvenation Project”.
    • Josten’s Trophy Award to NCAA Division III outstanding male and female basketball athletes ; “Service Above Self” Award to a local , non-managerial employee ; “Outstanding Citizen” Award .

  • Participation of Club Members: 
    • Club organization and meetings
    o Committee assignments - 100%
    o Club meetings – 100%
    o Socials and family outings – 100%
    o Red Badge Program – 45%
    • Fund-raising and Funding of Salem Rotary Service Projects
    o Olde Salem Days – 95%
    o Star-BQ – 42%
    o Old Dominion Athletic Conference Basketball Tournaments – 100%
    • Giving Grants to charities, local service organizations and international service projects – 72%
    • Club Giving Projects to RI Foundation
    o “Polio Eradication Campaign – 100%
    o “Pints for Polio” - 38%
    o Sustainer Giving – 92%
    o Paul Harris Fellows – 73%
    • Club Community Service and Recognition Projects
    o New Generations Projects – 47%
    o Children, Youth, and Family Service Projects – 100%
    o Community Service & Relief Projects – 91%
    o Club Special Recognition Projects – 48%
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    Through our Club’s fundraising projects, we have donated $75,800 this year to a wide variety of charitable and community enhancement programs and projects in the City of Salem, the Roanoke Valley, and the world. A majority of the Grants ($35,000) benefited local charities, $9,000 to international projects, $3,000 to RI’s “Eradicate Polio Campaign”, $24,800 to Salem Rotary’s ongoing children , youth & community projects & activities.
    All Salem Rotary’s fundraising efforts have included participation and money sharing with other Area 8 Rotary Clubs, Interact, Rotaract, Boy and Girl Scout troops, and youth sports teams.
    In all fundraisers, we partnered with Salem’s government and municipal facilities to make them premier community venues. Olde Salem Days provides 400 exhibitors with a well-attended venue for their products and entertainment for 55,000+ attendees. The ODAC Tournaments benefit the teams, their fans, and all others who attended. Both resulted in $2 million+ commercial benefits to area’s restaurants, shops and hotels.
    While our communities have benefited from the Club’s many activities, the biggest benefits were those realized by our SRC members. Through our programs, projects, service, leadership development opportunities, and family events, our members reported an increased level of satisfaction. They felt good about being a “Gift to the World”, skills honed, friendships made, and knowledge gained. They were thrilled to give back to the community in ways not possible as individuals. These feelings will only increase their desire to do more and involve their friends and family in the work of The Rotary Club of Salem.