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This Week's Meeting: Dr. Omar Ayyash, President & CEO, World Trade Center Kentucky

Omar AyyashThis week's meeting at the University Club will feature Dr. Omar Ayyash, President and CEO of World Trade Center Kentucky.

"Connecting the World: How Global Trade and Globalization Drive Progress"

In today's interconnected world, global trade and globalization play a vital role in driving economic growth, fostering innovation, and promoting cultural exchange. This presentation will explore the benefits of a globalized marketplace, discuss the challenges it presents, and highlight the opportunities it creates for a more prosperous and interconnected future.

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

RSVP by NOON on Monday, June 17th 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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June 27th Meeting: Leadership Transition & Recognitions Meeting

The June 27th meeting at the University Club will be our annual leadership transition meeting, as July 1 marks the start of a new Rotary year and changes in leadership. We will have a full agenda, including:
Rotary Gavel
  • New Member Induction
  • Paul Harris Fellow/Major Donor Recognition
  • Milestone (25 & 50 year) Anniversary Pins Presentation
  • "Big Check" Presentation
  • Rotarian of the Year Award Announcement
  • Recognize Outgoing Club and Fund Board/Officers
  • President Kevin's Remarks
  • "Passing of the Gavel" From Kevin to Lori
  • Introduction of New President's Theme
The menu will be roast beef with rice; a salad with grilled chicken or a vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten-free option is available upon advance request.

RSVP by NOON on Monday, June 24th 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.

 

Dues Increase for Emerging Leader / Young Professional Category

By: Delene E Taylor
Following our last leadership retreat which focused on membership strategy, and with recommendations from the Ad Hoc Membership Strategy Committee, the Rotary Club Board voted to:
  1. Establish a three-person review board to evaluate all new member applications and make a recommendation to the Board as to approval, deferral, or referral to another area club;
  2. Limit the number of members in the Emerging Leader special membership category;
  3. Limit the time a member can receive the discounted Emerging Leader rate to a maximum of 3 years; and
  4. Reduce the age cap for Emerging Leaders from 42 to 40.
I am reaching out directly to those who have reached the age cap or time limit - your dues will convert to the regular active membership rate of $75 per month.

Those who are continuing under this special discounted category will also notice a change on your dues invoice beginning next month; the Board approved an Emerging Leader dues increase from $35 to $45 per month effective July 1.

This special category was created several years ago to provide opportunities for and to encourage rising leaders to engage with our Club. It does not apply to all members 40 or under - only to those who might not otherwise meet our criteria for membership.

The one-time entrance fee for those invited and approved to join under the Emerging Leader category will remain $100.

Repair Affair Service Project

By: David Snyder
Rotary Repair Affair June 2024

Thanks to those who came out to assist homeowners Julius and Doris Moore in sealing/staining a long wheel chair ramp that was built in this video by one of the volunteer teams last June. For many years, our club has supplied scores of volunteers to the Repair Affair program offered by New Directions Housing Corp. This program helps disabled and/or elderly homeowners with simple tasks such as yard clean-up, minor repairs, exterior painting and the like. If you would like to learn more or receive info about the next service date, please let me know.
 

Rotary Ohio River Sweep Update

By: Alex E. Novak
ORSANCO FB Post
ORSANCO FB Post

Thanks to all who joined the Rotary Club of Louisville's Environmental Committee on June 1 for the annual Ohio River Sweep volunteer clean-up that extends the entire length of the Ohio River. We teamed up with Rotarians from Covington, Maysville and Pittsburgh to remove 2,100 pounds of trash and 3 tires, cleaning 8 miles of shoreline! See photos and read the full press release HERE. Watch the story from WLKY-TV HERE

Re:Center Ministries Dinner: June 26

By: Larry T. Sloan
Our next meal service is Wednesday, June 26th at 5:30 p.m. Please email larry.sloan@yahoo.com or davids@ndhc.org if you would like to join us or to learn more.

Re:Center Ministries Dinner Collage

Imagination Library Service Project

By: Frederic T. Harned
Imagination Library TableLouisville Rotary has financially supported Dolly Parton's Imagination Library for several years, reaching more new parents to provide free age-appropriate books to their little ones and encourage them to read to the kids. This year, we have an opportunity to add service by helping the organization host a table at educational events to reach additional families.

Two Rotarians can really help at these upcoming events; you would be with a board member of the organization to help you know what to say!

Saturday, July 13, 9:30 - 11:30 am, at the Main Public Library
Sunday, August 4, 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, St Stephens Church
Saturday, September 14, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Kentucky Science Center

If you can spare a couple of hours to enhance literacy in Louisville, please email rickharned@gmail.com.

Rotary Leadership Institute

By: Delene E Taylor
Rotary Leadership Institute Certificate Delene TaylorI am excited to share this recent accomplishment and to encourage other members to consider attending, particularly if you are in leadership or would like to be. Our District Coordinator Al Brunelle will be announcing this year's RLI schedule soon. There is also an option to attend events hosted by other districts - in my case, I participated in sessions offered virtually by the Heart of America Zones 30-31.

The three comprehensive modules cover a wide array of topics essential for personal and professional development in the realm of Rotary and are designed to equip Rotarians with the knowledge, skills, and insights necessary to lead effectively within our organization and beyond. You gain numerous benefits that will enrich your Rotary experience and amplify your impact. 


 

Rotary Leadership Seminars

Zone 30-31 Leadership Seminars GraphicOur Rotary Zone offers Leadership Seminars that are open to any member, but are specifically those in leadership roles within the club or district.

The closest one will be in Florence, Kentucky at the Hilton Garden Inn on July 13th from 9:00am - 4:00pm. The $50 registration fee includes lunch. 

Click HERE for more info or to register.


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Rotarians in the Spotlight: Cliff Elgin

Rotarian Cliff Elgin was in the spotlight at the recent NEW Showcase of Entrepreneurial Women. The Network of Entrepreneurial Women was launched by Cliff in 2011 and he is affectionately referred to as the group's honorary "wo-MAN"! The Elgin Award was created in his honor and is presented each year to a local woman who has demonstrated significant entrepreneurial leadership and community service. Past winners include Rotarians Maggie Harlow and Nachand Trabue. Marisa Neal and Delene Taylor serve on the Board of NEW. Other members who stopped to shop with vendors include Kenya Wade, Kevin Fields, Melissa Cobb, and Ashley Brauer.

2024 NEW Showcase Rotarians

More photos HERE and HERE.

Rotarians in the Spotlight: Morgan Hancock & Leslie Smart

Two Rotarians were part of the Let's Dance Louisville program at the Marriott Downtown on Saturday which raised money for Feed My NeighborMorgan Hancock as a competitor and Leslie Smart as a judge and former winner. Rotarians Ray Strothman and Sarah Davasher Wisdom danced in prior year competitions, as did President-Elect Lori Flanery's husband Kevin.

Morgan Hancock and Leslie Smart at Let's Dance Louisville

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Tawana Bain

Rotarian Tawana Bain is featured in this month's Voice Tribune magazine and shares her insights on entrepreneurship.

Tawana Bain Voice Tribune Feature

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Rotarians in the Spotlight: Women's Summit

Kentucky Chamber 4th Annual Women's Summit
Rotarians Kristen Byrd, Kim Halbauer, and Cynthia Knapek will be speaking at the Kentucky Chamber 4th Annual Women's Summit on June 26 in Lexington.

 

Rotarians in the Spotlight: Goodwill Industries

Rotarian Amy Luttrell was in the spotlight with an announcement that Goodwill Industries will invest $30 million to expand its regional footprint, with 5 new locations in the works around the state.

New Valley Station Goodwill

 

Rotarians in the Spotlight: Most Admired Woman Awards

Rotarian Tawana Bain and many other women were in the spotlight at the recent Today’s Woman Most Admired Woman event. Rotarian Di Tran’s wife Vy Truong was the winner in the Entrepreneurship category, Rotarian Erica Fields’ wife Patience was a finalist in the Style category, and Rotarian Morgan Hancock was a finalist in the Arts category.

Today's Woman Most Admired Woman Award Honorees

Rotary Group Trip to Italy This November

By: Kent Oyler
Tuscany Trip Graphic

Join your fellow Rotarians on a group trip November 1-9 for only $3,899 per person (double occupancy) which includes hotels, meals, day trips and airfare from Louisville! You can download the brochure and registration form HERE.

Contact me at kent@oyler.net or 502-550-5102 for more information.


 

Events & Opportunities: LCCC

By: Kevin Fields
What: The 7th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Gala
Organization: Louisville Central Community Centers (LCCC)
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 19, 2024, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: The Atrium at Old Walnut Street, 1300 W Muhammad Ali Blvd
Description: The Dr. Ralph de Chabert Trustees of Inclusive Equity Awards is an elegant Juneteenth celebration of the advancement of equity, diversity and inclusion in Louisville. Net proceeds will advance LCCC’s vision of “co-creating development of vibrant neighborhood conditions within which children, adults and businesses can thrive.”

Rotarian Dave Christopher, Sr, President/Founder of AMPED, will be receive an award.

2024 Dr. Ralph de Chabert Trustees of Inclusive Equity Awards Juneteenth Gala at LCCC

More information: https://www.lcccnews.org/inclusive-equity-awards-gala/
Member to contact: Kevin Fields, kfields@lcccnews.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: West End School

By: Walt L. Kunau
What: Ultimate Bourbon Raffle
Organization: West End School
Date/Time: Drawing Thursday, June 20, 11:00am (do not need to be present to win)
Cost: $100 per ticket

West End School Ultimate Bourbon Raffle

More information and to purchase tickets: click HERE
Member to contact: Walt Kunau, wkunau@bellsouth.net



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: Jennifer Helgeson
What: Bourbon and Bubbles Raffle
Organization: Junior Achievement
Date/Time: Friday, June 21, 11:00 a.m.
Location: Live drawing on Facebook
Description: Chance to win FIVE bottles of rare, Buffalo Trace Antique Collection valued at $8,000. All raffle ticket purchases directly benefit Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana (JAKY) whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. With interactive programs tailored to elementary, middle, and high school students, Junior Achievement introduces young people throughout our community to the realities and possibilities of the working world and personal finance.

JA Bourbon & Bubbles Raffle

More information: https://one.bidpal.net/bourbonandbubblesja
Member to contact: Jennifer Helgeson, jhelgeson@jaky.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: ROARchestra

By: Daniel K Maloney
What: ROARchestra
Organization: Louisville Zoo
Date/Time: July 6, 8:30 - 10:00 p.m.
Location: Louisville Zoo
Description: The Louisville Orchestra and your Louisville Zoo have partnered together again to present a wildly entertaining musical evening. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and enjoy live music under the stars at the Zoo’s renovated Oasis stage. The Louisville Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Teddy Abrams, will present a vibrant mix of classical and contemporary pieces.

2024 ROARchestra

More information: https://louisvillezoo.org/event/roarchestra/
Member to contact: Dan Maloney, dan.maloney@louisvilleky.gov



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.

OUR VISION:

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.

OUR MISSION:

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.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION:

The Rotary Club of Louisville’s mission is 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, as a club, cannot achieve our mission without acknowledging the inequalities in our country and our community, specifically for Black and minority Americans.

We celebrate diversity and equality. We continue to foster supportive programs for our community.  We will be tenacious in creating new, innovative solutions to address community needs.

We strongly believe everyone should be heard, be respected, and be supported.

Yes, we still have much work to do.  But our club is passionate in  addressing these issues.  Together, we can continue to foster peace, justice, and #EquityForAll.  

Adopted January 2021

CORE VALUES & GUIDING PRINCIPLES

These core values are reflected in the Object of Rotary and The Four Way Test which we use in our daily lives.      Adopted June 2012

SERVICE

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

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

DIVERSITY

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.

INTEGRITY

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.

LEADERSHIP

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.