• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 1/20/2019
  • Rotary Year: 2018-2019
  • Award Category: Club Service
  • Club NameSalem
  • Member First NameTommy
  • Address: 
    PO Box 30
    Salem, VA 24153
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  • Email: linda.worman@gmail.com
  • Brief Description: 
    Goal: optimize member development, family fellowship and sense of satisfaction. Accomplished by:
    • Club organized for involvement, talent utilization and fellowship.
    • All members assigned to committees according to their interests and talents
    • Women’s Issues Night to recruit new women members.
    • Meetings involved members assigned to greeting; attendance; audiovisual; invocations; signing cards for sick Rotarians; birthday recognitions; song leading; guest and speaker introductions; and present prof. programs.
    • Social events - Salem Red Sox Baseball and Roanoke College Basketball games, Couples Dinner Club, family parties after fund-raisers.
    • Red Badge Program orients all new members to club’s organization and areas of service.
    • Raised $73,000:
    o Olde Salem Days - 50,000+ attended arts/crafts festival and antique car show
    o ODAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments
    o Star-BQ Concert featuring a popular country music artist/band
    • Awarded $19,000 to Community Service Projects; $19,000 to Charitable Projects; $9,000 to International Projects. $4000 reg. reimbursement for District Conference; $5,000 to Salem Rec. Dept. for score board; $2,000 Community Grant match for Salem Library Furniture.
    • $3,000 to Eradicate Polio Campaign. 93% Sustainers; 73% Paul Harris Fellows; 31 non-Rotarians PHF Awards. SRC Foundation awarded scholarships and Service Above Self scholarship to non–Rotarian, community servant. Sponsored World Peace-Building/Conflict Resolution to 58 HS & college students.
    • New Generations sponsored 4 RYLA students; sent 2 SHS students to World Affairs Seminar; sponsored Salem HS’s Interact and Roanoke College’s Rotaract Clubs. Sent 4 Interactors and Rotaractors to District Conferences. 2 inbound Rotary Exchange.
    • Christmas for Kids giving clothing & toys to 32 underprivileged children and purchased gifts for family members; coat and food drives; Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners to 20 families; Salem Christmas Parade Float; Read Across America at elementary school; donated dictionaries to all Salem 3rd Graders; built & stocked 16 Little Free Libraries. Gave $38,000 to services & charities benefitting children.
    • Community Service: Clean Valley Days; Greenway & Rotary Park Clean-Up. Designated $4,500 to Downtown Rejuvenation Project.
    • Josten’s Trophy Award to NCAA Division III outstanding male and female basketball student/athletes; Service Above Self Award to non-Rotarian, community servant; 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 Sustainer Giving – 92%
    o Paul Harris Fellows – 73%
    o “World Peace –Building & Conflict Resolution” Project – 17%
    • 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 Special & Vocational Recognition Projects – 48%
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    The Salem Rotary Club is the 2nd largest club in District 7570 and has created 48 committees aimed at maximizing individual interests, personal& vocational talents potential for self- actualization and service respectful of the “Objects of Rotary”.
    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. We also have solicited and paid another Area 8 Rotary Club , SHS Interact , RC Rotaract, area scout troops and sport teams to assist with these $-making projects.
    We are continually evaluating our club’s demographics ; project worth vs. energies exerted; and , have initiated a committee to study the role(s), function(s) and utility of our 48 committees and how each one should be staffed with members’ specific talents as well as potential for encouraging leadership development-particularly in our younger and newer members.
    While our communities have benefited from the Club’s many activities, the biggest benefits were those realized by our SRC members. Through Salem RC’s programs, projects, service, fellowship, leadership development opportunities and family events, our members reported increased levels of satisfaction as they were availed over 50+ opportunities to “Be An Inspiration”, hone skills, expand knowledge and friendships while giving back to the community in ways not possible as individuals.