What is Rotary?

Rotary International, now more than 100 years old, is the world’s first service club organization. The 1.2 million men and women of Rotary are business and professional leaders dedicated to making a difference in communities around the world through the credo “Service Above Self.” Members are volunteers who work on both local and international projects to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio. With Rotary, it’s easy to be active and make a difference. Whether your interests lie in education, mentoring youth, clean water, healthcare, economic development, peace initiatives or a number of community service projects, there is always something to do.


How many Rotary Clubs does Salem have?

Currently, there are eight. The Salem Rotary Club is also known as the “Downtown” club.


When does the Rotary Club of Salem meet?

Every Wedenesday at noon.


Where does the Downtown Club meet?

We typically meet at the Willamette Heritage Center. Occasionally, the location is different so it’s always a good idea to check the calendar before attending.


How much does lunch cost?

Lunch is usually $15; however the price may differ due to changing circumstances.


How much are membership dues?

Membership dues are $360/year for non-corporate members. If you and at least one other person from your organization join, you can qualify for a corporate membership at $300/year per person. One time joining fees may also apply.


How many members does the Downtown Club have?

Over 180 and growing!


What causes does the Downtown Club support?

Locally, we support numerous non-profits through our large and mini-grants. Our causes align with the six major causes of Rotary International. Click here to see a list of organizations the Rotary Club of Salem has supported.


What do I do if I want to join – or attend a meeting?

We would love to have you attend a meeting to see if Downtown Rotary is the right club for you! If you know a current member, please ask them if you can attend as their guest. If you don’t know anyone, email our secretary, Holly Berry, at hberry@comcast.net and let her know you’d like to attend. If membership seems like the right path for you, our Membership chair will line up a sponsor and club mentor for you.

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