News: Rotary Club of Louisville

Rotary Club of Louisville Create Hope in the World


The Rotary Club of Louisville will host a speech contest open to all Louisville area high school students (private, public, independent and home taught) on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at 4:15 pm at Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana, 2440 Grinstead Drive. The winner will advance to the sectional competition followed by a regional competition. Finalists from each region in the district will compete at the annual Rotary District 6710 Conference to be held in Louisville, KY on May 10-11, 2024.

The speech contest offers high school students an opportunity to speak on a meaningful topic, to sharpen their speaking skills, and to gain recognition in addition to monetary rewards. By participating, students will learn about Rotary, its history, and its worldwide mission. Students will also be presented with the potential of establishing a more meaningful relationship with Rotary through one of its Interact Clubs or through direct involvement with the local Rotary Club(s).

The topic for this year’s competition is Create Hope in the World. Speeches are to be 5-8 minutes in duration and must be memorized (note cards are allowed at the club contest level but not at any advanced level contests). Judging criteria include delivery, originality and content. Candidates considered to be judges include teachers, administrators, government officials, etc.

Cash prizes of $300, $200, and $100 will be awarded to first, second and third place winners, respectively. Additional cash prizes will be awarded at both the sectional and regional levels. The winner of the district competition will be awarded $1,000 with $500 to the second and third place finalists.

Students may enter only one contest, regardless of if there are contests hosted by more than one club in the area. Entry forms can be obtained from the high school office, teachers, guidance counselors or downloaded below. It is highly recommended that all students interested in the contest enroll as early as possible. The deadline for submission of the entry form is March 1, 2024.

Click below to download the 2023-24 Speech Contest Entry Form:

2023-24 Rotary Speech Contest Entry Form

Contact Rotarian Karen Morrison with any questions or for additional information. You may also visit where you will find downloadable speech contest packets with all rules and details.



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.


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


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


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.