News: Rotary Club of Louisville


This Week's Meeting - Greg Galiette, President of Louisville Bats

Greg Galiette, President of Louisville BatsThis week's meeting at Savor at River House (our final one before we move to The Woman's Club of Louisville!) will feature Greg Galiette, President of the Louisville Bats. His topic will be:

The Evolution of Pro Sports in Louisville Over the Last 50 Years”

The menu will be Pork Chop. The normal River House vegetarian option (vegan and gluten-free) is available upon advance request. We will have a limited number of salad w/grilled chicken plates, but must guarantee that number by Monday at noon - there will be no additional salads available to reserve after that time.

RSVP by NOON Monday:

There is a $5 meeting fee for those who choose not to purchase a meal - this will include a dessert and unlimited tea/coffee/water - and of course a fantastic view and program. You can pay in advance via SurveyMonkey or with cash, check or scan the QR code at check in to pay with a credit card.

Click below for the speaker bio.

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IN MEMORIAM: Bishop David Reed

Reverend David Benson Reed
The Right Reverend David Benson Reed, the Sixth Bishop of Kentucky and the senior Episcopal Bishop of the Episcopal Church, died Saturday March 11, 2023 at the age of 96.

He joined our club in 1974 and was a Paul Harris Fellow. 

Visitation will be held on Friday, April 14th with a funeral at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, April 15th.

Please take the time to read the full obituary HERE... he was an incredible man and servant.


March 27th FUNdraiser: Online Auction is LIVE!

Rotary FUNdraiser Graphic

Just 12 days until our big event... BUY YOUR TICKETS!

Tickets are $125 per person...ask a friend to join you:

This is more than a fundraiser; it's a FUN-draiser!

What do you get when you throw together juggling, tap dancing and a botanical garden? A super fun, entertaining event! Not just any old boring event. Something fun that you will enjoy and go home feeling good about.

But I have MORE surprises for you and your guests...I just can't tell you yet. 

We have accumulated over $10,000 in amazing prizes and experiences...including a Finish Line suite at Churchill Downs, a package for two to the Unbridled Eve Derby Gala, and staycations around the city, just to name a few. The auction is LIVE here: 
Note: we are updating details and packages constantly, so check back and bid often!

AND - Purchase your WALTO Ticket! $111 each, only 111 will be sold, and only 40 more left! Drawing to be held at the event (you don't have to be present to win) with the winner choosing from one of these dream vacation trips (click Read More for package details):

  • Four-Night Stay in Cortona, Italy for Two (everything but airfare)
  • Two-Day / Three-Night Stay in Romantic Savannah, Georgia for Two (includes room and airfare)
  • Three-Night Stay in New Orleans for Two (includes dinner, room and airfare)
  • Five-Night Stay in Sydney, Australia for Two (everything but airfare)

Remember, you need not be present to win!

And look at those odds - based on tickets sold as of right now, each ticket has a 1 out of 71 chance for a package worth about $4,000!

Nope, I'm not kidding - this is a great deal - don't miss out!

Help make our work of Service Above Self possible - buy your raffle ticket now:

Bring your smile, your happy dance, and yes - your wallet - and come to the best fun you'll have all year. See you there!

Greg Braun,
Party Meister / FUNdraiser Chair

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April 6th Meeting - Brooke Pardue, President/CEO at Parks Alliance of Louisville

Brooke Pardue, President CEO Parks Alliance of LouisvilleThe April 6th meeting at The Woman's Club of Louisville, 1320 S 4th Street, will feature Brooke Pardue, President/CEO at Parks Alliance of Louisville. Her topic will be:

Parks For All - A Call to Action

The menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, and carrot cake, and a salad or vegan/gluten-free option is available upon advance request.

There is a $5 meeting fee for those who choose not to purchase a meal - this will include a dessert and unlimited tea/coffee/water - and of course a fantastic program. You can pay the $5 in advance via SurveyMonkey or with cash, check or scan the QR code at check in to pay with a credit card.

RSVP by NOON Monday:

For the speaker's bio click below.

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Re:Center Ministries Dinner March 22nd

By: Larry T. Sloan
Our fourth Wednesday monthly meal at Re:Center Ministries will be March 22nd at 5:30pm. Please join us to set up the meal at 5:00 pm. Typically, I bring meat loaf, scalloped potatoes and steamed vegetables. Others supply the soft drinks, bread/rolls, salad and desserts of fruit pies.

The men we serve are going through the LifeChange program recovering from addiction. Those of us who do this regularly always feel like we get more out of it than the effort we put into it. Our club has supported this program with funds and volunteers since 2015. Below is a photo of the meal from December: Left to right, David Snyder, Rudy Moeller, Harry Stephenson and Ron Jones, who is Jackie Jones' husband.

Re:Center Ministries Dinner

Events and Opportunities: IFMA Active Shooter Training

What: Active Shooter Training Event
Organization: International Facilities Management Association (IFMA)
Date/Time: Wednesday, April 19th, 8:15am - 2:00pm
Location: University of Louisville Shelby Campus
Description: This event will be open to the general public. The course will cover how to understand, plan and react in a mass-shooter event.

More information :
Member to contact: Craig Mooney, (past president, current board member and program committee chair for the IFMA Louisville Chapter)

Aaron McGahee Rhinox Research Group

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.

2023 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!
  • Friday, March 17 from 8:15am - 9:00am at Western Early College, JCTC Southwest Campus, 1000 Community College Dr, SOAR Room Building A
  • Tuesday, March 28 from 8:15am - 9:15am at Western High School, 2501 Rockford Ln, Shively
  • Friday, April 14 from 8:15am - 9:00am at Western Early College, JCTC Southwest Campus, 1000 Community College Dr, SOAR Room Building A
These are fun sessions and offer a great opportunity for those that have not participated in the mentoring program yet to come out and give it a try. We always give new volunteers the opportunity to sit with an experienced mentor for the first session or two so that they can get a feel for how it works. 

Please contact to volunteer or with questions.

Rotary Honors Scholars Mentoring at Iroquois HS

By: Linda Bartrom-Moore
Teachable moments of the final Iroquois High School meeting of our amazing Rotary Club mentors and our ROTARY HONORS SCHOLARS! An outstanding session with outstanding students!

Rotary Honors Scholars Mentoring at Iroquois HS

Volunteers Needed: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

RYLA dates have been set: May 4-7, in Greenville, Kentucky and District Co-Chair Gail Story needs your help! Twenty Team Leaders are required to put on this camp, along with Jr. Team Leaders. Watch this video from last year's camp to see what it's all about or click Read More below. This program not only changes the lives of our youth, it will also change your life. It is an amazing event that you will forever cherish. Contact Gail at to learn more or to volunteer.

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Rotary Day at the Downs - May 3, 2023

***We have a handful of tickets left; please email if you are interested.

Join on Wednesday, May 3rd for our annual Rotary Day at the Downs! This year we will be in the brand new First Turn Club Dining space, which has access to the rail for great viewing. Tickets are $140 per person and include admission, racing program, 4-hour Chef's Table Buffet, coffee, tea and soft drinks, and an OPEN BAR and fun prizes! 

Parking has not been finalized but I believe that the free parking included this year will again be at the Kentucky Exposition Center, with continuous shuttles to/from the Paddock Gate at Churchill Downs. Onsite parking passes can be purchased separately once I have that info.

Churchill Downs First Turn Club Dining

Rotary University: Next Session April 13th

We will meet IN PERSON following our meeting on April 13th. Completion of Rotary University is required for new members, so please prioritize these sessions!
January 12 Session 1 - What is Rotary?
February 9 Session 2 - Committees
March 9 Session 3 - Rotary Honors Scholars
April 13 Session 4 - Service Projects
May 11 Session 5 - Rotary International
TBD New Member Celebration / Mixer (location TBD)

Contact Chris Manzo for 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.