Welcome to The Rotary Club of Louisville

With over 350 members, the Rotary Club of Louisville is the 14th largest club of Rotary International’s 46,000+ clubs around the world. Our Club has been serving others in this community and worldwide since 1912.

We welcome guests and visiting Rotarians from all over the world at our weekly Thursday luncheon meetings. Our programs involve prominent leaders in every field, and our membership represents the business and civic leaders of our community and our state.

We are connected with each other, our community and with other Rotarians worldwide.

Rotary Club of Louisville Create Hope in the World

OUR MEETINGS

University Club Louisville

Thursdays at 12:00 PM (networking/lunch begins at 11:30am)

See upcoming speakers here: https://www.louisvillerotary.org/our-meetings/

University Club Louisville

200 E Brandeis Ave
Louisville, KY 40208

Mail:
Rotary Club of Louisville
657 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Ste D-226
Louisville, KY 40222

CLUB NEWS

February 29th Meeting: Lyndon Pryor, Louisville Urban League

Lyndon Pryor headshot
Next week's meeting at the University Club will feature Louisville Urban League President & CEO, Lyndon Pryor

"We're Closer Than You Think"

Louisville can be the city we all deserve. We only need one thing...

RSVP by NOON on Monday, February 26 HERE.

The menu will be pot roast with rice and cornbread; a salad with grilled chicken; or, a vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten-free option is available upon advance request.

There is a $5 meeting fee for those who choose not to purchase a meal - this will include a dessert and tea/coffee/water and, of course, a fantastic program. You can pay $5 cash, check or scan the QR code at check-in to pay with a credit card.

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March 7th Meeting: Dean Wegner, Authentically American

Dean Wegner Founder Authentically AmericanThe March 7 meeting at the University Club will feature Authentically American Founder & CEO, Dean Wegner.

Make a Difference!


Hear entertaining stories and anecdotes from Dean's time serving our great nation, his professional career, and the arduous journey as a Veteran Entrepreneur to build an iconic American brand that is gaining national attention.

RSVP by NOON on Monday, March 4 HERE.

The menu will be chicken alfredo; a salad with grilled chicken; or, a vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten-free option is available upon advance request.

There is a $5 meeting fee for those who choose not to purchase a meal - this will include a dessert and tea/coffee/water and, of course, a fantastic program. You can pay $5 cash, check or scan the QR code at check-in to pay with a credit card.

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Rotary Virtual Project Fair Perú D4465

By: Frederic T. Harned
While it is not quite as fun as actually being in Peru, here’s an opportunity to experience a Rotary Project Fair without traveling! This fair will be VIRTUAL and free of charge. Email r.harned@twc.com for more info.

https://www.projectsfair.rotary4465.org/#

Rotary Project Fair Peru District 4465


  

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Rotary Day at the Ballet: March 2


Rotary Day at the Ballet is tentatively set for Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. for a performance of Romeo and Juliet at Whitney Hall in The Kentucky Center, with a backstage tour beginning at 12:30 p.m.

Group seating would be in Orchestra Level Row U, V, W with a discounted ticket price of $36.

We need to determine if there is enough interest to coordinate a group - please email rotary@rotary45.org if you are interested in attending.

 



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Rotary Day at the Downs: May 1

Churchill Downs Silks Balcony

Join us for Rotary Day at the Downs for Champions Day on Wednesday, May 1. 

We have reserved the brand-new Silks Balcony and Loge for Champions Day. Our group will have an elevated view of the Paddock in a covered open-air setting. This area offers both dining tables and box seats. Enjoy easy access to a dedicated race viewing location in the 3rd floor Clubhouse in Section 320.

Gates Open: 11:30 a.m.
First Race: 12:45 p.m.

Champions Day shines a spotlight on the rich history of the Kentucky Derby and the thrilling world of thoroughbred racing. This year, we're setting the stage for an even more expansive celebration, paying tribute to the extraordinary Kentucky champions who have excelled across a diverse spectrum of sports.

Tickets are $140 per person and include admission, racing program, 4-hour Chef's Table Buffet, coffee, tea and soft drinks, and a 4-hour OPEN BAR.  

Parking: Tickets include free parking at the Kentucky Exposition Center, with continuous shuttles to/from the Paddock Gate at Churchill Downs.

REGISTER NOW to secure your spot - we will sell out in advance this year!
 

Now Accepting Rotary Lifetime Service Award Nominations

By: Karen Morrison

The Rotary Lifetime Service Award award honors a member who has exhibited a personal dedication to the pursuit of Rotary’s values in one or more of Rotary’s avenues of service. It recognizes a Rotarian’s full body of service both to Rotary and to other organizations in the community, region and beyond. Download the nomination form HERE

We will begin accepting nominations for the Rotararian of the Year Award as we get closer to the end of our Rotary year in June.

Click below for more info and a list of criteria for nominations.



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District 6710 Matching Gifts Campaign

By: Michael J. Kull


Limited Time Offer for District 6710 Rotarians!

This is an opportunity to donate to The Rotary Foundation (TRF) Annual Fund-SHARE that supports District Matching Grants, Global Grant, and Global Grant Scholars with the fabulous perk of receiving matching points for your donation.

Possibilities Include:
  • Accumulating points toward your Paul Harris Fellow
  • Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow sooner
  • Earning a new Multiple Paul Harris pin
  • Earning points to make your spouse/child a Paul Harris Fellow
Rotary District 6710 is making a special offer through the generosity of several District Rotarians who donated their Rotary Recognition Points “earned” by donating a dollar for each point. Your personal donation from $125 to $2,000 to the Annual Fund-SHARE of The Rotary Foundation will be matched with the donated points to achieve the possibilities noted above.

This offer begins February 12 and ends Sunday, March 24, 2024. The District can match only the first $60,000 in donations received, so act now while the matching points are available!


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Middle School Literacy Project at West End School

By: Walt L. Kunau
Join us for our Middle School Literacy Project as we read and discuss a book with 8th grade students at the West End School. You will be amazed and enriched by the accomplishments of these students and this school!

We meet Thursdays, April 11 - May 9, from 10:05 - 10:55 a.m.

Email Walt at wkunau@bellsouth.net or call 502.262.2792 to sign up or for more information.




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INTERACT Blood Drives: March 6 & 13

By: Linda Bartrom-Moore
Rotary Club of Louisville's INTERACT Clubs are hosting spring blood drives and need your support! 

Mark your calendars for March 6 (Western High School) and March 13 (Iroquois High School)! 



Rotarians, we appreciate your support. The Red Cross needs YOU! Click Read More below for the flyers.
 

 

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Rotary Honors Scholars Mentoring

By: Craig Mooney
Consider adding one or more of the dates below to your calendar to come out and help mentor our Rotary Honors Scholars. Connect with me at cmooney@bosseconstruction.com if you would like to participate...it's a lot of fun!

The schedule for Iroquois HS, 4615 Taylor Blvd, Louisville, KY 40215:
  • February 14
  • March 27
The schedule for Western HS, 2501 Rockford Ln, Shively, KY 40216
  • February 27
  • March 19
** Thursday, May 9th is the date for our Rotary Honors Scholars Celebration luncheon, which will be held at the new Goodwill Opportunity Campus, 2820 W. Broadway. 


 

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Re:Center Ministries Dinner

By: Larry Sloan
Thanks to everyone who served with us last month! Our next meal will be Wednesday, February 28. Please email larry.sloan@yahoo.com or davids@ndhc.org if you would like to join us or learn more.

Re:Center Ministries Dinner Collage

Louisville Knot Sign Cleanup: April 13

By: Gregory Patrick Braun
Rotary Louisville Knot Sign Cleanup Team
Our club was instrumental in the installation of a community landmark known as the Louisville Knot sign located at the corner of 9th & Main Street. Click Read More below.

It is not maintained by the city and we are meeting at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, to give it a quick wash and wipe down, pull a few weeds, etc.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun and we are inviting our INTERACT and Rotary Honors Scholars students to join us.

A 600-gallon water truck will be there, and everything else we need is provided. All we need is you!

Please RSVP HERE to let us know that you can join us!

 

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Business Synergy Mixer with Canopy / YPAL / Republic Bank

Save the date - Tuesday, April 16th at 5:00pm - for what is going to be a fabulous Business Synergy networking event in collaboration with Canopy and YPAL (Young Professionals Association of Louisville), hosted by Republic Bank Executive Chair Steve Trager and CEO Logan Pichel at the newly renovated Plaza headquarters on 7th Street. Watch for a registration link soon!

Rotary Business Synergy Networking Mixer Canopy YPAL Republic Bank

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Scott Koloms

Congratulations to Rotarian Scott Koloms who recently summited Mt. Kilimanjaro! He reached Uhuru Peak in Tanzania, which stands 19,341 ft. 

Scott Koloms Kilimanjaro Summit

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Swannie Jett

headshot of Dr. Swannie Jett

Congratulations to Rotarian Swannie Jett for being named to Louisville Business First's 2024 5 on the Rise! The designation recognizes the city's emerging influencers - people Business First believes will make waves in the coming year. Read more HERE.

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Dan Maloney

Photo of Glacier Run

Rotarian Dan Maloney
needs your support as our Louisville Zoo is nominated for Best Zoo in the U.S. and Best Zoo Exhibit for Glacier Run. You can vote daily, through Monday, March 4 at noon. Winners will be announced on March 15. 

VOTE HERE for Best Zoo in the U.S. 

VOTE HERE for Best Zoo Exhibit for Glacier Run.
 

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Gill Holland

headshot of Gill Holland

Rotarian Gill Holland and his wife Augusta were recently recognized in a Forbes article about NuLu. The article, NuLu Reason Enough To Revisit Louisville’s Built Environs, credits the Hollands with sparking the progress in the neighborhood with the renovation of The Green Building and other properties, as well as encouraging other property owners to do the same. We salute their leadership! 

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Maggie Harlow


Rotarian Maggie Harlow
 is the featured speaker at the March Venture Connectors luncheon. She'll discuss Breaking Barriers and Bridging Gaps: Every Day and Everyone, on 
Wednesday, March 6 at 11:30 a.m.

The discussion will include
how women are creating and taking opportunities, building their own tables of influence, and driving the innovation and business culture. Learn strategies and hear stories about how change continues to happen, and how, EVERY DAY, you can be a part of making the change be dynamic.

Learn more and register HERE
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Rotarians in the Spotlight: Mackenzie White, Kim Halbauer, Maggie Harlow, Evon Smith

Headshot of Mackenzie B White
Congratulations to Rotarian Mackenzie White on being selected for the Leadership Louisville Center's 2024 Alice Houston Women's Leadership Program. The half-year cohort experience was established in 2023 to help mid-level women leaders master the dual role of leading others and managing up. 

The Leadership Louisville Center also announced new members of the 2024 Elevate: A Woman's Leadership Council, including Rotarians Kim Halbauer, Maggie Harlow and Evon Smith. It's a strategic advisory council of top-level women leaders who are guiding the Leadership Louisville Center as it continues to invest in women’s advancement. The participants of the Alice Houston Women’s Leadership Program will benefit from mentorship by these influential women leaders during the six-month program.

Headshots of Kim Halbauer, Maggie Harlow and Evon Smith

See the entire list of those selected for both program and council HERE

 

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Nachand Trabue

Nachand Trabue Inspire 3.5.2024
Congratulations to Rotarian Nachand Trabue who will kick off the 2024 Inspire series - a quarterly breakfast series presented by The Chamber of St. Matthews that invites noteworthy businesswomen in our community to tell the personal stories behind their professional journeys. Learn more HERE.
 

UPCOMING SPEAKERS

February 29th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Lyndon Pryor
Speaker: Lyndon Pryor, President & CEO, Louisville Urban League

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March 7th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Dean Wegner
Speaker: Dean Wegner, Founder & CEO, Authentically American

More info

March 14th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Jeanne James
Speaker: Jeanne James, former FBI Agent

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March 21st 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Unsung Heroes Celebration
Speaker: Unsung Heroes Celebration Luncheon

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March 28th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Seema Sheth
Speaker: Seema Sheth, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

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April 4th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Gene McLean
Speaker: Gene McLean, President & Publisher, The Pressbox
Kentucky Derby 150
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April 18th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Alli Truttman
Speaker: Alli Truttmann, CEO / Founder, Wicked Technologies

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April 25th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Brigadier General Robert Givens
Speaker: Brigadier General Robert Givens

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May 9th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Rotary Honors Scholars Luncheon
Speaker: Scotty Davenport

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May 23rd 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Lt. Col. Whitney Allen
Speaker: Lt. Col. Whitney Allen, Commissioner, KY Dept of Veteran Affairs

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May 30th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Purna Veer
Speaker: Purna Veer, V-Soft Consulting Group

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June 6th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Carolyn Tandy
Speaker: Carolyn Tandy, SVP - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Humana

More info

SPARKS NEWSLETTER

People of Action

Rotary is where neighbors, friends, and problem-solvers share ideas, join leaders, and take action to create lasting change

The Rotary Club of Louisville has supported over 40 International Youth Exchanges.

Youth
Service

The Rotary Club of Louisville is a strong supporter of people with special needs.

Community
Service

The Rotary Club of Louisville has supported the End Polio Now campaign since 1979.

International
Service

The Rotary Club of Louisville is a leader in supporting the community.

Vocational
Service

Imagine Rotary - 2022-23 Theme

WE CONNECT PEOPLE

Rotary unites more than a million people

Through Rotary clubs, people from all continents and cultures come together to exchange ideas, and form friendships and professional connections while making a difference in their backyards and around the world.

WE TRANSFORM COMMUNITIES

We take action locally and globally

Each day, our members pour their passion, integrity, and intelligence into completing projects that have a lasting impact. We persevere until we deliver real, lasting solutions.

WE SOLVE PROBLEMS

No challenge is too big for us

For more than 110 years, we’ve bridged cultures and connected continents to champion peace, fight illiteracy and poverty, promote clean water and sanitation, and fight disease.

Together, we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.