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.

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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

April 18 Meeting: Alli Truttmann, Founder and CEO, Wicked Technologies

Alli TruttmannThe April 18th meeting at noon at the University Club, will feature Alli Truttmann, Founder and CEO of Wicked Technologies.

"No Rest for the Wicked; A Founder's Story"

Being an entrepreneur is jokingly described as giving it your all: "blood, sweat, and tears". In this case, come hear Alli share how building a business based on sweat led to a new calling and true passion through perseverance and a customer-centric mentality.

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

RSVP by NOON on Monday, April 15th HERE.

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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Business Synergy Mixer with Canopy | YPAL | Republic Bank: April 16

The 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 is SOLD OUT. If you would like to join the waiting list, please email admin@louisvillerotary.org.


Rotary Business Synergy Networking Mixer Canopy YPAL Republic Bank

Rotary University: Next Session Tuesday, April 16

By: Jay Mallory
Thank you to all who participated in our first Rotary University session last month. If you are a long-time member but would just like a refresher, feel free to watch the recording, available HERE. You may need to enter this passcode to access: @5ZatVk0 

notebook with rotary university session topics writtenPlease mark your calendars for the next sessions, all at NOON via Zoom. Completion of Rotary University is required for new members, so prioritize these sessions!

Click HERE to register for next Tuesday's noon Zoom session.

If you have any questions, reach out to me, or Jay Mallory, Co-Chair of the Membership Development & Engagement Committee, jmallory@imagequest.com.

 
March 19 Session 1 - What is Rotary?
April 16 Session 2 - Service Projects & Grants
May 21 Session 3 - Rotary Honors Scholars
June 11 Session 4 - Committees
July 9 Session 5 - Rotary International
July New Member Celebration / Mixer (location TBD)


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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.


Rotary members read with 8th graders at West End School

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Rotary Tour of GE Appliances: April 23

By: Kent Oyler
GE Appliances Refrigerators
Rotary has secured an exclusive executive briefing and tour of GE Appliances' dishwasher factory on April 23rd. This is a great opportunity to see a state-of-the-art assembly facility and meet with senior GEA executives. In fact, GEA is encouraging potential suppliers who are Rotary members to join this tour. So, if you need a good GEA contact, or just want to see lots of cool automation, this outing is for you. The briefing and tour will run from 10:00 a.m. – Noon. Space is limited so register quickly HERE. Please note that, per GEA’s safety protocols, no canes, walkers or wheelchairs are allowed and attendees must wear closed toe and heel shoes with heels no more than 1” high.
 

New Member Service Project at SOS: April 23

By: Jay Mallory
Join us on April 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at SOS for our new member service project. We will be sorting and packing supplies to be redistributed to those in need. SOS meets critical health care needs in medically impoverished communities in 106 countries around the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies and equipment. Partnering with hospitals, clinics, and manufacturers to recover and redistribute what would otherwise go into local landfills, SOS promotes environmental stewardship.

Please RSVP HERE.

Volunteers Needed for Ohio River Sweep: June 1

By: Alex E. Novak
OHIO RIVER SWEEP INFORMATION
Join the Rotary Club of Louisville's Environmental Committee on June 1 from 9 a.m. to noon for a Litter Clean-up Event at Eva Bandman Park. 

It's part of the annual Ohio River Sweep volunteer clean-up that extends the entire length of the Ohio River. Volunteers from six states remove litter at multiple locations along the river and many of its tributaries. 

The volunteer work makes a positive impact along the entire Ohio River Basin. Learn more: HERE.

Contact: Alex Novak, anovak@iglou.com for details and to register. 

 


 

Rotary Service Project - Lifeline Committee

Care-a-van photos
Our Club's Lifeline Committee sponsored a Kentucky Humane Society CARE-a-van Day at Louisville Central Community Center on April 5.

More than 50 bags of dog and cat food were given away, along with vaccines and one month of flea and tick preventative. Our Rotary Fund made a $2,500 grant to make this happen.

Did you know: Research shows pets have a positive impact on people's physical and mental health, decreasing cortisol (a stress-related hormone), lowering blood pressure, increasing daily activity and decreasing feelings of loneliness, depression and anxiety. 

Service Projects & Grants due May 30

By: Steven A. Eggers
Committee leaders:

Please make note that all information related to request(s) for service projects and/or grants for the 2024-2025 Rotary year must be submitted no later than May 30. Proof of completion of the mandatory training must also be provided to me by that time (seggers@knbarch.com).

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Applications for 2024-2025 Service Projects & Grants will need to be submitted in the new electronic format approved by the Rotary Board at the February meeting. Completion of a mandatory training session is required for Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs that plan to apply for projects or grants, or if someone else on the committee will be preparing the project proposal, the Chair can designate that person as the representative for their committee.

Click Read More for the overall schedule for the review and approval of Service Projects & Grants.

 

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Events & Opportunities: Jewish Family & Career Services

By: Courtney Evans
What: JFCS Community Chat - How To Keep Youth Safe Online
Organization: Jewish Family and Career Services
Date/Time: April 17th, 6:00 p.m.
Location: Trager Family JCC
Description: Panel discussion that will teach youth and adults about how to be safe online, protect mental health while using social media, and resources available for parents/caregivers/youth workers.

More information: click HERE
Member to contact: Courtney Evans, cevans@jfcslouisville.org



Note: This section features upcoming events and opportunities to serve with our nonprofit member organizations. Submissions must be from a member (or spouse/partner) of our Club who is either an employee or board member of the organization for which the event/opportunity is being shared. Click HERE to submit.

Events & Opportunities: First Hour Grief Response

By: Diane Clark Curtis
What: Next Luncheon w/Special Guest Granger Smith
Organization: First Hour Grief Response
Date/Time: Thursday, April 18, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Waterfront Botanical Gardens
Description: Granger Smith is a former country music singer and songrwriter who lost his 3-year old son "River" in an accidental drowning. His book, Like A River, details his grief journey and how God used his pain for his new ministry.

First Hour Grief Response Next Luncheon

More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/next-luncheon-with-special-guest-granger-smith-tickets-832635895377
Member to contact: Diane Clark Curtis, Diane@firsthourgrief.org



Note: This section features upcoming events and opportunities to serve with our nonprofit member organizations. Submissions must be from a member (or spouse/partner) of our Club who is either an employee or board member of the organization for which the event/opportunity is being shared. Click HERE to submit.

Events & Opportunities: Junior Achievement

By: Anthony L. Newberry

megaphone shouting "volunteers needed"What: On Our Way Conference
Organization: Junior Achievement 
Date/Time: April 22 - 23
Location: 1401 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. 

Description: On April 22 - 23, JA will host more than 300 JCPS high school special needs students for a work-readiness conference. The students are from 13 different schools and will participate in a resume workshop, mock interviews, hear from career speakers and enjoy a mini career-fashion show, presented by Dress for Success.

Volunteers are needed throughout, but the largest need is for mock interviewers. 

More information: Click Here.
Member to contact: Jennifer Helgeson, Jhelgeson@jaky.org, 502-262-9929


Note: This section features upcoming events and opportunities to serve with our nonprofit member organizations. Submissions must be from a member (or spouse/partner) of our Club who is either an employee or board member of the organization for which the event/opportunity is being shared. Click HERE to submit.


Events & Opportunities: Lincoln Heritage Council BSA

By: Jason Pierce
What: Leadership Luncheon For Scouting
Organization: Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America
Date/Time: April 23, 12:00pm
Location: The Galt House Hotel Grand Ballroom
Description: Join us for this event featuring a conversation with Jimmy Kirchdorfer, General Chair of the 2024 PGA Championship | Co-Owner, Valhalla Golf Club | Chairman & CEO, ISCO Industries
Lincoln Heritage Council, Boy Scouts of America 2024 Leadership Luncheon Flyer

More information: https://ow.ly/KxF250QynTO
Member to contact: Jason Pierce, Jason.Pierce@scouting.org



Note: This section features upcoming events and opportunities to serve with our nonprofit member organizations. Submissions must be from a member (or spouse/partner) of our Club who is either an employee or board member of the organization for which the event/opportunity is being shared. Click HERE to submit.

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.

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. We still have a few tickets available; email director@louisvillerotary.org if interested.



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Honor Flight: May 21

By: Gerald Martin
Save the date for the next Honor Flight on May 21st - we will need volunteers for the ground crew as well as people to cheer for our veterans at the airport as they return home from their day in Washington DC.

Any Rotarians interested in volunteering to help the vets depart from and return to the airport on the day of the flight should go to the website and fill out and submit the application form ASAP. A volunteer representative will then contact you to discuss the requirements and available options for the May flight. 
 
I can be reached by email at gerald@riverhillcapital.com or by text message to 502-693-7209.
 
Thanks for your support in making these flights so meaningful and successful. We have hundreds of people meet the returning vets in the evening on their return from DC, but we’d love to have even more in May.  

If you are interested in being a Guardian for a veteran on the flight, let me know.

Honor Flight May 21

Meanwhile, volunteers are needed to write some letters for Mail Call! Click Read More for info.

 

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Final Call for 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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UPCOMING SPEAKERS

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 16th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Sec. Lindy Casebier
Speaker: Sec. Lindy Casebier, KY Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet

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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

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June 13th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Rebecca Fleischaker
Speaker: Rebecca Fleischaker, Louisville Downtown Partnership

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June 20th 2024 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Omar Ayyash
Speaker: Omar Ayyash, World Trade Center Kentucky

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.