Welcome to The Rotary Club of Louisville

With approximately 350 members, the Rotary Club of Louisville is one of the largest clubs of Rotary International’s 46,000+ clubs around the world. Our Club has been serving others in this community and worldwide for more than 110 years.

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.


Joe's Palm Room Louisville

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

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

Joe’s Palm Room

1821 W. Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40207

Rotary Club of Louisville
325 W Main Street, Ste. 1808, Waterfront Plaza
Louisville, KY 40202


Tomorrow - Dr. Lori Gonzalez, UofL Interim President

Tomorrow's meeting at Joe's Palm Room will feature Dr. Lori Stewart Gonzalez, Interim President of the University of Louisville. Dr. Gonzalez will discuss the State of the University, highlighting how UofL is thriving, how it is distinct, and what challenges the university faces, as well as how UofL is addressing retention and planning for the future.

We will also have a special performance by members of the Kentucky Opera.
The menu will be a buffet with Tuscan Chicken (sun-dried tomatoes and spinach), rice, broccoli, and bourbon butter cake OR Caesar salad with grilled chicken. A black bean burger with gluten-free bun is available upon advance request.

Thanks to Susan Zepeda for donating this week's door prize - a ticket to our holiday party on December 7th (value $65). Be sure to come get your raffle ticket!

RSVPs are closed; please email rotary@rotary45.org to see if any seats are available.
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Rotary Foundation Month - Matching Points

By: William K. Burke
As part of our ongoing "Every Rotarian, Every Year" campaign, we ask that each member consider making a voluntary contribution of $100 or more each year to both our local Rotary Fund of Louisville (which funds all of our local grants and service projects as well as our participation as a Club in District and International grants) and to the Rotary International Foundation (global).

November is Rotary Foundation Month, and what better way to honor it on this last day of the month than by making a donation? As a bonus, if you are working toward achieving your first Paul Harris Fellow award ($1,000 contributed = 1,000 points), you will receive matching points for any donations of $100 to $500 made before the end of the calendar year!! We will be recognizing new Paul Harris Fellows in January, so this is a perfect time to earn your pin.

It's very easy. Just click HERE, choose Annual Fund-SHARE (default), then One-Time or Recurring Donation and the amount. You can continue as a guest or login if you have already set up your account. If you have any trouble, please call me and I can help, but if you have used SurveyMonkey to register for a lunch meeting, this should be no problem. This will be a direct gift to the international foundation and your tax receipt will come from Rotary International. If you need to know how close you currently are to reaching 1,000 points, contact me at kellyburke53@gmail.com.

If you prefer to donate by check, of course we won't turn that away! Make your check payable to the Rotary Foundation and mail to 325 W Main St, Ste 1808, Louisville, KY 40202.

Our local 501c3 foundation (the Rotary Fund of Louisville) is also in need of donations. Those can be made via check, or online HERE.  


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It's Time To Ring The Bells!

By: George A. Brakmeier III
Salvation Army Bell Ringers

Please join us for this year's Salvation Army Bell Ringing service project at the Holiday Manor Kroger on US 42. You can choose one or more of the following shifts - we need 4 volunteers for each shift and guests are welcome:

Saturday December 3rd, 10th and 17th
Shifts are from 9:00 to 10:30, 10:30 to noon, noon to 1:30, 1:30 to 3:00

Register in DaCdb:

December   3:  https://dacdb.com/index.html?EventID=77634201
December 10:  https://dacdb.com/index.html?EventID=77634316
December 17:  https://dacdb.com/index.html?EventID=77634318

For more information, my cell phone is 502-552-2002.

Final Call for Rotary Holiday Party RSVPs!

From the Rotary Elf Elwe,

This year’s holiday party will be at the newly renovated Big Springs Country Club on Dutchman’s Lane. You and your guest(s) will enjoy a huge buffet, with a holiday cash bar. The program will include a word from President Walt and lots of fun and games for prizes before live music to dance the night away. Wear your craziest holiday attire, as prizes will be given to the Best Dressed from the wise Elf of holiday fashion, Craig Winkleschoss!

Tickets are $65 per person and advance registration is required:

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December 15th Meeting - Liz Curtis Higgs / Joy to the World: An Enlightening Look at Laughter

Our December 15th meeting at Joe's Palm Room will feature Liz Curtis Higgs, award-winning speaker and best-selling author. She will be sharing "Joy to the World: An Enlightening Look at Laughter." If you have not heard Liz, just read her bio and you will be amazed that she is coming to our little stage! The menu will be a buffet TBD. A vegetarian or gluten-free option is available upon advance request.
Register by noon on Monday, December 12th HERE.
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Winter Clothing Drive for Ukraine

By: Frederic J. Cowan
Partnering for Peace, the collaboration between our Club and the Peace Corps community, is sponsoring a winter clothing drive for families in Ukraine who have been forced to flee their homes. Please drop off winter clothing items such as jackets, sweaters, gloves, warm socks and scarves by THIS Saturday between 9 am and 12 pm at the home of former Ukrainian Peace Corps Volunteer Tim Nicolazzi, 1214 South Floyd Street. Tim is a member of Partnering for Peace and a prospective Rotarian. Alternatively, you may bring clothing to the meeting tomorrow and deposit in the bin provided. For additional information, please contact me at 502-417-6669 or fjcowan@gmail.com. We will be sending the clothes to Ukraine in December.

Ukraine Collection


Rotarian in the Spotlight: Maggie Harlow

Maggie Harlow teamed up with Kosair Charities to share her (w)rapping skills with volunteers as part of the “WRAP Kosair Kids” program. You can watch the video HERE.

Maggie Harlow Wrapping Kosair Charities

Rotarian in the Spotlight: Denise Sears / SOS International

Denise Sears and SOS International will be presented with a Silver Fleur-de-Lis award at the GLI Annual Meeting on February 1 for their collaboration with the Salvation Army and WaterStep in providing critical aid both in Eastern and Western Kentucky following devastating natural disasters. Read more HERE.

SOS: The Story of Supplies Over Seas President Denise Sears

Rotary Day at the Opera - December 18, 2pm

Join your fellow Rotarians for a special afternoon at the Kentucky Opera on Sunday, December 18th at 2:00pm. Not only will we receive a discounted rate of $30 (reg price $39), but we will also have the opportunity to meet with cast members following the performance (thank you Rotarian Barbara Lynne Jamison). The Kentucky Opera will provide wine and light bites if we have at least 25 attending, so let's show out! If you have family/friends in town for the holidays, invite them.

Please click HERE to RSVP. Note that once you submit the RSVP form, you will be taken to our website where there will be a link and instructions to purchase your tickets directly from the Kentucky Opera.

The Gift of the MagiThe Gift of the Magi

Presented at the Opera Center (708 Magazine Street), this heartwarming holiday classic brings you close to the action. Jim and Della cannot afford to buy each other presents for Christmas; as a result, they pawn their most prized possessions to purchase gifts for each other. However, their surprises go awry in this adaptation of O. Henry’s classic story, delivered with beautiful melodies sung in English.

Save the Date for Our Annual FUNdraiser

By: Gregory Patrick Braun

Mark your calendars for this year’s Rotary FUNdraiser event on March 27th. It will be a fun night as we honor Rotary’s Past, Present and Future. I want to tease you with just one of the many prizes we are going to offer.

We will be selling 111 Golden WALTO tickets! What’s that, say you? Tickets will be sold up to the night of the event and one ticket will be pulled that evening. The winner can then select from our list of incredible trips around the world. Yes, I said around the world. The first experience is below. But hold on to your hats...in addition to trips, we have bourbon and dinners to give away, and lots of entertainment to keep you jumping. It all adds up to one heck of a night!


Rotary FUNdraiser WALTO Package #1: A Four Night Stay in Cortona Italy

By: Gregory Patrick Braun
Introducing a Rotary FUNdraising experience - a chance to win this Italian travel package. We call it...

Cortona Italy

Picture this.

Waking up in beautiful Cortona, Italy. You and a guest are strolling the quaint streets and neighboring villas. What to do today? Maybe check out the artisanal jewelry boutiques that pepper the towns. Or admire the beautiful classic architecture. Or maybe buy a piece of art. Or sit with a bottle of wine and chat with the townsfolk. Or maybe travel to another romantic town that litters the Tuscany Valley. Or go on a chocolate tasting experience at a local farm. That evening, visit a local restaurant, and enjoy farm fresh food and incredible wine. This trip can be yours if you have the selected golden WALTO ticket. There will be only 111 sold. The trip includes lodgings, one dinner for two, 4-night stay, a couple of fun tours and concierge service assistance in planning and booking. Air fare not included. As they say “Buona Fortuna, e acquista il tuo biglietto, Rotariano!” (Good luck and buy your ticket, Rotarian!)

Rotary 2022-23 Speech Contest

By: Karen Morrison

Each year our club hosts a speech contest open to all Louisville area high school students (private, public, independent and home taught). 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 Bowling Green, KY on May 12-13, 2023.

The contest offers 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, they will learn about Rotary, our history, and our worldwide mission. Students will also have the potential of establishing a more meaningful relationship with members of our club.

The topic for this year’s competition is Imagine Rotary.

Click here for more info and to download an entry form:


2022-23 Rotary Honors Scholars Mentoring Schedule

By: Craig Mooney
Please consider volunteering some of your time and expertise to support our signature service project - mentoring Rotary Honors Scholars. No experience necessary! We need mentors for our three January dates listed below:
  • Wednesday, January 18 from 7:40am - 9:15am at Iroquois High School, 4615 Taylor Blvd
  • Tuesday, January 24 from 8:15am - 9:15am at Western High School, 2501 Rockford Ln, Shively
  • Friday, January 27 from 8:15am - 9:00am at Western High School Early College at JCTC Southwest Campus, 1000 Community College Dr, SOAR Room, Building A
Click Read More below for future dates. Please contact cmooney@bosseconstruction.com to volunteer or with questions.

Rotary Honors Scholars Mentoring


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December 1st 2022 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Meeting Speaker: Lori Gonzalez
Speaker: Lori Gonzalez, UofL Interim President

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December 3rd 2022 at 9:00 am
Bell Ringing Benefiting Salvation Army
Speaker: Bell Ringing / Salvation Army

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December 7th 2022 at 6:00 pm
Rotary Holiday Celebration at Big Spring Country Club
Speaker: Rotary Holiday Celebration

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December 8th 2022 at 11:30 am
NO MEETING due to Holiday Celebration
Speaker: NO MEETING due to Holiday Celebration

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December 10th 2022 at 9:00 am
Bell Ringing Benefiting Salvation Army
Speaker: Bell Ringing / Salvation Army

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December 15th 2022 at 11:30 am
RCoL Meeting - Liz Curtis Higgs
Speaker: Liz Curtis Higgs
Joy to the World: An Enlightening Look at Laughter
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December 17th 2022 at 9:00 am
Bell Ringing Benefiting Salvation Army
Speaker: Bell Ringing / Salvation Army

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December 18th 2022 at 2:00 pm
Rotary at the Opera
Speaker: Rotary at the Opera
The Gift of the Magi
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December 22nd 2022 at 11:30 am
NO MEETING - Happy Holidays!
Speaker: NO MEETING - Happy Holidays!

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December 29th 2022 at 11:30 am
NO MEETING - Happy New Year!
Speaker: NO MEETING - Happy New Year!

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January 25th 2023 at 5:30 pm
Business Synergy event at Louisville Paving
Speaker: Business Synergy Networking

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February 21st 2023 at 5:30 pm
Business Synergy event w/Canopy at Independence Bank
Speaker: Business Synergy Networking w/Canopy

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March 27th 2023 at 5:00 pm
SAVE THE DATE - FUNraiser Celebration of Past, Present, Future
Speaker: Time & Program TBD

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May 11th 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Rotary Honors Scholars Luncheon
Speaker: Scotty Davenport

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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.


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


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


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


Imagine Rotary - 2022-23 Theme


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 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.


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.