President’s Letter : Kevin Lynch, President 2023-2024

Kevin Lynch, Rotary Club of Louisville President 2023-2024Hello Rotarians,

Prior to joining the Rotary Club of Louisville, I attended as a guest a few times, and had a very favorable impression. The Club had excellent speakers, was making a significant charitable impact, and members were nice and talented people motivated to make the world a little better place.

Bill Kelly, a long-term Rotarian, gave me an overview of Rotary and asked me to join. I said I would like to, but “I’m very busy now, so call me in a year”…not a wise thing to say to Bill! About 365 days and a few moments later, Bill called and invited me to join. I told him I was still “very busy, but I said that last year, so I’ll join and do what I can.”

I am so glad I made that decision, as it is one of the best decisions I’ve made! Over the years, I’ve grown to appreciate the opportunities as a Rotarian and the lasting friendships developed. As Woody Northrup, former president of our club, put it when he received the Lifetime Service Award (paraphrased): “Where else can you walk into a room and know that everyone in the room is committed to doing their part to make the world a better place?”

Rotarians come from a wide variety in terms of their backgrounds and what they do. They come from all walks of life…attorney, business owner, parent, executive, nonprofit leader, minister, doctor, engineer, caregiver, financial advisor, etc. They are also diverse in terms of their perspectives and their views of the world. However, from my experience with Rotarians, they have one thing in common in terms of who they are inside…they have a heart to care about others and are motivated to use their talents to make the world a little better place. They are good at what they do, personally and professionally, because they have a purpose in their lives that is bigger than themselves.

This year’s Rotary International theme is “Create Hope in the World.” That couldn’t be more fitting! Rotarians do that every day, through our club, and in their lives. Working together, Rotarians have a much bigger impact on the world than they would if they acted individually, whether that’s providing clean water systems in Guatemala, helping communities in Kentucky devastated by a natural disaster, or awarding college scholarships to qualified high school students who might not otherwise be able to attend college.

Bill Gates said the Gates Foundation searched the world over for charities that have the right processes in place and use their resources wisely in order to have the most sustainable impact with charitable donations. They chose the Rotary Foundation as the best in the world. Together, the Rotary Foundation and the Gates Foundation have invested almost $3 billion and vaccinated over 3 billion children in the fight against polio. We are well on the way to eradicating polio in the world.

One thing you commonly hear today, and the data seem to support it, is that people are much less connected to others than they were a few decades ago, and they spend less time in groups and community involvement. That can lead to fewer meaningful friendships and more feelings of isolation. There is also more divisiveness in our society than in years past. To the extent people join networks today, in person and virtually, they are often groups that share the same perspectives and biases. They can simply be echo chambers of their views, which can lead to even more divisiveness. The Rotary Club, in contrast, brings together people of different views who develop lasting friendships from their common bond of wanting to help others.

Rotarians, individually and collectively, can develop a lot of social capital. In your earlier years, because of time commitments from work or raising a family, you might have less time available to spend with Rotary. Still, you will find that the camaraderie you feel with other Rotarians will develop into meaningful friendships over the years. The social capital gives us the opportunity to bring people together to use our talents to “Create Hope in the World” and make it a little better place.

Kevin Lynch, J.D.



With over 350 members, the Rotary Club of Louisville is the 14th largest 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.



The Rotary Club of Louisville is governed by a Board of Directors and its committees are organized into five functional areas –

  • Membership Experience
  • Service
  • Communication
  • Philanthropy
  • Management

Our service projects are funded through the Rotary Fund of Louisville, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which receives contributions from Rotarians and other benefactors in the community.

Rotary Club of Louisville, Inc. Form 990
Rotary Fund of Louisville, Inc. Form 990


To be Louisville’s premier fellowship of business, professional and civic leaders dedicated to selfless humanitarian and civic service, improving lives in our ever-changing community and the world.


To provide a fellowship of inspired business, professional and civic leaders with exceptional opportunities for humanitarian and civic service, while promoting integrity, understanding and goodwill on a local, national and worldwide basis. We achieve our mission by:

  • Developing a strong, growing and active membership that reflects the diversity of vocations and people in our community.
  • Strengthening finances to support the club and to carry out the civic, vocational and international service projects that meet the needs of the community and the world.
  • Building a dedicated, well-trained and energized leadership team to guide the club and to support the District and Rotary International.


These core values are reflected in the Object of Rotary and The Four Way Test which we use in our daily lives.


We believe that our service activities and programs improve lives and communities and bring about greater understanding and peace. Through the plans and actions of our Club, we create a culture of service that not only benefits the recipients but also provides unparalleled satisfaction for those who serve.


Fellowship leads to tolerance and transcends racial, national and other limiting boundaries. This broadens our lives and perspectives and strengthens our ability to serve.


We believe Rotary unifies all people behind the ideal of service. We encourage diversity of vocations within our membership and in our activities and service work. Our membership reflects our business and professional community and is a key to our Club’s success.


We are committed to and expect accountability from our leaders and fellow members, both in the results of our efforts and in the processes we use to accomplish our goals. We adhere to high ethical and professional standards in our work and personal relationships. We are fair and respectful in our interactions, and we conscientiously steward the resources entrusted to us.


We are a fellowship of leaders and believe in offering our members lifelong opportunities to develop their leadership capabilities in service to others. As Rotarians, we are leaders in implementing our core values.