The Salem Sunrise Rotary Club was chartered on May 26, 1987 with 25 charter members and 2 new members. The Club was co-sponsored by the Rotary Club of Salem (Downtown) and the Rotary Club of East Salem. The Club's original meeting location was Knopp's Golden Pheasant Restaurant and the Club's first fundraiser was night time inventory and restocking at Sears Department Store.

Through the years the Club has met at several locations and completed/participated in a wide variety of Vocational Service, Community Service and International Service projects.