Service Projects



We established a permanent endowment that promises tuition-free enrollment at Jefferson Community & Technical College toward an Associate Degree or Certificate to qualifying graduates from two high schools in the Jefferson County Public School system. The high schools are among those with the lowest college attendance rates and a majority of low income families. Students must meet grade, attendance, and disciplinary criteria. The scholarship is designed to motivate students to be academically successful in high school and improve the college-going rate.

Rotarian volunteers lead monthly one-hour sessions with students at Western and Iroquois High Schools and Western Early College.

We provide scholarships for students to attend a three-day leadership program.

Each year, we are joined by other local Rotary clubs to honor one senior from each public, private, and Catholic high school for their school and community volunteer work. Each student who is recommended by their school counselor receives a cash gift and a certificate recognizing their “Service Above Self” achievements.

Each year, we award two Unsung Heroes students a $2,000 renewable scholarship to a local four-year college that is matched by most of the institutions.

We provide selected graduates of the University of Louisville’s MBA program with a three-year leadership development program that enables them to broaden their business and professional relationships, improve their career potential, and contribute to the community. Each student receives a $5,000 scholarship. The program is a partnership between the Rotary Club, the University of Louisville and the family of deceased Rotarian Baylor Landrum, Jr.

We are a financial sponsor of this program sponsored by the Dollywood Foundation that mails an age-appropriate book each month to a pre-school child to encourage a love of reading and help prepare them for school. The program targets families in inner city zip codes.

The Rotary Speech Contest engages students from high schools in the western half of Kentucky in a competition to present their personal insight and interpretation of Rotary’s annual themes related to “Service Above Self”. Students from schools in Rotary’s District 6710 are sponsored by their local Rotary Club and compete for cash prizes.



This pilot program of Exercise, Recovery Adherence and Health Outcomes is for homeless men from the Louisville Rescue Mission. The goal is to improve their health, fitness, and health-related quality of life. It is a partnership with Bellarmine University, the Louisville Rescue Mission, and the YMCA.

We field a team of volunteers to support the New Directions Housing Corporation’s “Repair Affair” program which mobilizes resources and volunteers to make repairs on homes owned by low income homeowners who are elderly or disabled. The focus is on home safety, security, weatherizing, and neighborhood stability.

A team of Rotarians will fund, renovate and furnish the recreation room at one of the cottages as part of a “Campus Revitalization” project supported by other businesses and organizations at this home for abandoned, abused and neglected young people.

Each year, we provide bell-ringers to encourage contributions to the Salvation Army’s Christmas drive.

We will sponsor members of our club who are World War II veterans on flights to Washington D.C. to visit the war memorials and reflect on the nation’s gratitude for their service.



We contribute annually to Rotary International’s 32-year long campaign to eradicate polio in the world. The campaign is currently 99.9% successful. Rotary is in partnership with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and governments of the world.

We partner with other Rotary Clubs in the U.S. or abroad to support the following projects:

Sao Bernardo de Campo, Santo Andre and Sao Caetano do Sul: The local Rotary Club, in partnership with a hospital, established a Breast Milk Bank to increase rates of breast-feeding to improve the health and survival rates of babies. We will help purchase equipment to analyze the protein and carbohydrate content of milk to enhance the safety in feeding pre-term infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

Provide clean water, working septic systems, kitchen gardens and instruction on recycling and environmental protection in eight isolated schools in a mountainous area of Colombia until recently troubled by domestic violence.

Armenia: Construct washable bathrooms for a rural school with 350 students to promote a safe, healthy and high-quality learning environment through the access to decent health services and basic hygiene education.

Techiman: Provide 24 new wells, repair 16 wells, provide 10 new small town water systems, implement 150 micro-flush toilets with hygiene training.
Wa: Provide communities with clean water with three new wells, two repaired wells, thirteen micro-flush toilets and hygiene training.

Purchase start-up materials for 15 micro-business women. Mayan Power andLight (MPL) is a social venture that teaches young Mayan women about electricity, circuits and solar power, and incubates woman-owned solar businesses selling solar kits, LED lights and water filters.

Provide support for a preschool project, Koshish, in a lower-class neighborhood keeping children off the streets.

Building check dams to harvest rainwater for use during the dry season. This will support two additional crops for local farmers each year.

Build water purification systems, located at community schools, for two villages, on the shores of Lake Victoria and provide a permanent position for a Community Health Promoter.

Provide a water system for the village of Semi Kaima, Kenya. Our goal is to provide a sustainable, inexpensive source of clean water using a system that is controlled by the local community. The system will provide clean water for a community of about 3,500.

Provide a deep well with a pump, an 50,000-liter overhead water tank, water kiosk, laundry wash house with concrete tubs as well as a concrete trough for watering livestock in Kuna Village Kenya.



March 22nd 2023 at 5:30 pm
Re:Center Ministries Dinner
Speaker: Re:Center Ministries Dinner

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March 23rd 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting Speaker: Greg Galiette
Speaker: Greg Galiette
Louisville Bats President
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April 6th 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting Speaker: Brooke Pardue
Speaker: Brooke Pardue, Parks Alliance of Louisville

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April 12th 2023 at 5:30 pm
Business Synergy Event at Kentucky Science Center
Speaker: Business Synergy Networking

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April 13th 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Annual Meeting (Speaker Demetrius Gray)
Speaker: Demetrius Gray, Founder & CEO, Captain
In addition to our regular weekly meeting agenda, we will hold our Annual Meeting at this event and the incoming slate of officers and directors will be announced.
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April 13th 2023 at 1:00 pm
Rotary University Session 4: Service Projects & Grants
Speaker: Rotary U Led by Steve Eggers and Alice Bridges
Service Projects & Grants
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April 20th 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting Speaker: Dan Maloney
Speaker: Dan Maloney, Louisville Zoo

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April 26th 2023 at 5:00 pm
Re:Center Ministries Dinner
Speaker: Re:Center Ministries Dinner

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April 27th 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting Speaker: Ursula Madden
Speaker: Ursula Madden, External Affairs Manager for Blue Oval SK and Blue Oval City

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May 3rd 2023 at 12:00 pm
Day at the Downs
Speaker: Day at the Downs

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May 4th 2023 at 8:00 am
Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)
Speaker: Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA)

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

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May 11th 2023 at 1:00 pm
Rotary University Session 5: Rotary International
Speaker: Rotary U Led by Rick Harned & Susan Zepeda
Rotary International
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May 12th 2023 at 10:00 am
District 6710 Conference
Speaker: District 6710 Conference

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May 17th 2023 at 8:00 am
Honor Flight Bluegrass
Speaker: Honor Flight Volunteer Opportunity

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May 18th 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting Speaker: Dr. Eli Capilouto
Speaker: Eli Capilouto, University of Kentucky President

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May 24th 2023 at 5:00 pm
Re:Center Ministries Dinner
Speaker: Re:Center Ministries Dinner

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May 27th 2023 at 12:00 am
Rotary International Convention
Speaker: Rotary International Convention
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June 7th 2023 at 5:30 pm
New Member Celebration
Speaker: New Member Celebration

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June 8th 2023 at 11:30 am
RCoL Weekly Club Meeting: Dr. Marty Pollio
Speaker: Dr. Marty Pollio, JCPS Superintendent

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June 11th 2023 at 4:00 pm
Craig Scherman's Fabulous House Party
Speaker: Summer Social

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June 28th 2023 at 5:00 pm
Re:Center Ministries Dinner
Speaker: Re:Center Ministries Dinner

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July 11th 2023 at 5:30 pm
Business Synergy event at Signarama
Speaker: Business Synergy

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July 26th 2023 at 5:00 pm
Re:Center Ministries Dinner
Speaker: Re:Center Ministries Dinner

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August 23rd 2023 at 5:00 pm
Re:Center Ministries Dinner
Speaker: Re:Center Ministries Dinner

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September 9th 2023 at 11:00 am
Rotary Picnic with Ponies and Puppies
Speaker: Rotary Picnic with Ponies and Puppies

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Rotary Club of Louisville
657 S Hurstbourne Pkwy
, KY 40222
Where We Meet
Savor at River House
3015 River Rd
Louisville, KY
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