News: Rotary Club of Louisville


Next Week's Meeting - District Governor Tom Reed

Rotary District 6710 Governor Tom ReedNext week's meeting on Thursday, September 28, at the University Club will feature our District Governor Tom Reed's official visit.

Lunch is $25 and the menu will be Chicken picatta, caprese salad, tiramisu; a salad with grilled chicken will continue to be offered, as well as a vegetarian/vegan and/or gluten-free option, all available upon advance request. 

RSVP HERE by NOON Monday, September 25th.

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 in advance via SurveyMonkey or with cash, check or scan the QR code at check-in to pay with a credit card.

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Peace Corps Week: Celebrating our Connections 

By: Frederic J. Cowan
From Monday, September 18th through Friday, September 22nd, Partnering for Peace:Friends of Peace Corps and Rotary, which supports the service partnership between Peace Corps and Rotary International, will host its third annual celebration of the partnership’s successes and hopes for the future. You and the entire Rotary and Peace Corps communities are cordially invited and asked to spread the news of this exciting virtual event!

How to Participate

We invite you to help build this exciting Rotary-Peace Corps Partnership by participating in any or all of the daily 75-minute Zoom sessions.You can register here at or see the QR code below:

  3rd Annual Rotary Peace Corps Week


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Re:Center Ministries Dinner: September 27

By: Larry T. Sloan
Rotary Meal at Re:Center Ministries

Pictured: Kenya Wade, Ginger Wallace, Larry Sloan, Sandra Dodge, Brian Jackson

Please join us next Wednesday, September 27th at 5:30pm to serve and have dinner with the men at Re:Center Ministries. We 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. We would love to see some new faces! Contact me at or David Snyder at for more information or to sign up.


Western High School Blood Drive

By: Linda Bartrom-Moore
Sign up HERE to support our Western High School Interact Club blood drive on October 9th! 
Rotary Interact Western High School Blood Drive


Rotary, Polio & Lou City FC

World Polio Day #EndPolio

October 24 is World Polio Day. We have made tremendous progress since the Global Polio Eradication Initiative was launched. But even just one case still represents one child’s life forever changed by polio. That’s why Rotary members must remain tenacious and keep our promise: We won’t stop until we know that no child will ever again experience the paralyzing effects of polio.

To donate, visit 

A special shout out to these Charter Members of the Polio Plus Society:  

Roland Blahnik
David Burkholder
Rick Harned
Mike Kull
Amy Luttrell
Woody Northup
Kevin Wardell

This is a new program to recognize gifts and pledges to support Polio Plus at a minimum of $100 per year. Those who make this pledge to join the PolioPlus Society will receive a special membership lapel pin. Contributions also qualify for Paul Harris Fellows Recognition Points credit and will be matched 2 to 1 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Click HERE if you are interested in becoming a member of the Polio Plus Society.

Through our alignment with Louisville City FC, Lynn Family Stadium was bathed in purple from 9pm until midnight last October 24th to mark World Polio Day, and we expect that to happen again this year. Why purple? It comes from the purple dot painted on the fingers of children who have received the potentially life-saving polio vaccination. It's a growing trend for iconic buildings to be illuminated in purple to recognize the work of Rotary International and partners in the fight for a polio-free world. As long as polio exists anywhere, it is a risk to children is only a plane ride away. Save the date and if you are in the area that evening, take a photo of the stadium lit up and help us spread awareness about Rotary's impact.

We will have a table at the October 7th LouCity FC game to share the news about Rotary’s work in eradicating polio and to promote World Polio Day. Thanks to Matt Riggle, VP, Louisville Paving & Construction Co, for representing Rotary last October! 


Rotary Day at Bernheim: October 14th

By: Thomas H. Bohnert
Rotary Day at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest is scheduled for Saturday, October 14, 2023, from 11:00am – 2:00pm. Rotary members and their families are welcome to come out early or stay later to play, hike, fish, or just sit quietly in nature’s beauty.

We will gather at the Education Center Gallery for orientation, as a site to start optional tours and to eat lunch.

Bernheim Education Center

Cost is $15 per carload at the gate. Boxed lunches with a sandwich, chips and a cookie are available for purchase.


Rotarian Dr. Mark Wourms will present a summary of Bernheim activities during lunch. We may also be able to interact with one of Bernheim’s Artists in Residence over lunch or in the field.

Bernheim will have a solar-powered cart that seats 5 guests, and a 10 passenger van as a back-up for another touring option, particularly for those who are mobility challenged.

Optional Tours Include:
  • Walking tour to see Forest Giants in a Giant Forest (45-60 minutes)
  • Walking tour of the platinum LEED Visitor Center, Edible Garden, and Playcosystem* (30 minutes)
  • Driving tour of Bernheim’s Art in Nature (30 minutes)
*Note the Playcosystem – an outdoor, natural play environment can be a multiple-hour destination for children on its own. Additionally, any of the above can be cart, van, or driving tours with minor modifications.

Most importantly, Bernheim provides something for every Rotarian and family member on their own or with Rotarian friends.


Rotary Honors Scholars Mentoring

By: Craig Mooney
We have officially kicked off this year's mentoring programs at Iroquois and Western High Schools. I encourage you to consider adding one or more of the dates below to your calendar, and connect with coordinator Craig Mooney at to let him know you would like to's a lot of fun!

The schedule for Iroquois HS, 4615 Taylor Blvd, Louisville, KY 40215:
  • October 18
  • December 6
  • January 31
  • February 14
  • March 27
The schedule for Western HS, 2501 Rockford Ln, Shively, KY 40216:
  • October 17
  • November 14
  • January 23
  • February 27
  • March 19
** Thursday May 9th is the tentative date for our Rotary Honors Scholars Celebration luncheon. 

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Events & Opportunities: GLI Grand Opening, September 26th

By: Sarah Davasher-Wisdom
GLI Ribbon Cutting

 Grand Opening / Ribbon Cutting
Organization: GLI
Date/Time: September 26, 2023, 4-6pm
Location: 101 S 5th Street, Suite 2300
Description:  Join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our new home! Hear from special guests including:
Russ Cox, President & CEO, Norton Healthcare & GLI Board Chair, and Mayor Craig Greenberg

More information/register:

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.

Exciting Update: West Louisville Housing Initiative

It has been an exciting couple of weeks for Rotary! In case you missed it in the news, in President Kevin's note or on our social media pages...we celebrated a big milestone for our West Louisville Housing Initiative on August 24 at the home of our first homebuyer, Chantez Williams. You can read the awesome media advisory written by our own Ashley Brauer HERE.

Rotary West Louisville Housing Initiative Celebrates First Homebuyer

On hand to share in the celebration and pictured above from left to right:
Deputy Mayor and Rotarian Barbara Sexton Smith, Deputy Mayor David James, Rotarian and Community Impact Committee Chair Luke Schmidt, realtor Kristina Ditto, new homeowner Chauntez Williams, Congressman Morgan McGarvey, Rotarian and Community Impact Committee Vice Chair Denise Sears, Park Community Credit Union SVP/Chief Lending Officer David Constantino, Louisville Metro Government Deputy Chief of Staff Keisha Dorsey, former mayor Greg Fischer, Rotary President Kevin Lynch, Head of Governor Beshear's Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives Charles Booker, Fifth Third Bank Community Impact Manager and Rotarian Adam Hall, Fifth Third Bank Kentucky President and Rotary Treasurer Kim Halbauer, and Rotary Past President Jean West.

You can watch the video on our Facebook page.

Media coverage: 

We also received some coverage from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

THANK YOU to everyone who has pledged/contributed to this important program. If you have not donated and would like to, email Luke Schmidt at

For those who have multi-year pledges, watch for your second invoice soon, or you can go ahead and mail a check to the Rotary Fund of Louisville, 657 S Hurstbourne Pkwy, Ste D-226, Louisville, KY 40222.  


One More Host Needed for Our Rotary Friendship Exchange

By: Mary Ellen Harned
We will welcome Rotarians from El Salvador arriving October 14 who will stay 8 nights in Louisville before visiting western Kentucky. Would you be willing to provide home hospitality to one couple? Hosts usually provide breakfast and an occasional dinner as well as guest accommodation. They are busy all day with planned activities.To learn more, contact Thom Crimans (502) 767-8723 or Mary Ellen Harned at (502) 439-1827. It’s a wonderful experience!

Events & Opportunities: The Woman's Club of Louisville

By: Trudy Wheeler
What: Centennial Celebration
Organization: The Woman's Club of Louisville
Date/Time: See dates below
Location: The Woman's Club of Louisville
Description: The Woman's Club of Louisville has three events that we would like for the Rotary Club members to know about as we celebrate the Centennial of our Clubhouse. The Open House is free to the public and is on Sunday, September 24th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. The Progressive Dinner is a ticketed event and is on Saturday, September 30th. This is also open to the public and is a benefit for our Club. The luncheon on October 4th will not be advertised to the public, but we are extending invitations to the Rotary Club and a few other organizations that we have been affiliated with throughout the years; Rotary members would need to make a reservation by emailing 

More information:
Member to contact:
 Trudy Wheeler,
Woman's Club of Louisville Centennial Celebration
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.

Supporting Fellow Rotarians: Maui Fires Relief Fund

Our Rotary Fund and Club Boards authorized a donation of $1,000 to support our fellow Rotarians in Maui. RI District 5000 has created the Maui Fires Relief Fund for this purpose. If you feel led, please join us with your own personal contribution.

Maui Fires Relief Fund



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.