The Rotary Club of Lexington was chartered October 1, 1915, as Club #182. The first club president was George T. Graves. Over the last century the club has raised over $1,000,000 for a variety of community and international service projects. The 345-member club is a part of Rotary International District 6740, which covers the eastern section of the state and contains thirty-eight clubs with some seventeen hundred Rotarians. The club meets weekly at noon on Thursdays at Fasig-Tipton on Newtown Pike.

The mission of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and in particular to encourage and foster: the development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; the application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his or her personal, business and community life; and the advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men and women united in the ideal of service.

Officially, Rotary is defined as “an organization of business and professional men and women united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace in the world”.  Specifically, a Rotary club is composed of business and professional men and women in a community who have accepted the ideal of service as a basis for attaining fulfillment in their personal, professional, and community lives. In fact, the ideal of service, exemplified in the motto “Service Above Self”, is the thread that runs throughout the Rotary world and unites like-minded men and women in thought and action, no matter in what part of the world they live.

The Rotary Club of Lexington Supported Organizations include:

  • Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League
  • Surgery on Sunday, Inc.
  • God’s Pantry Food Bank
  • International Book Project
  • Ronald McDonald House
  • YMCA of Central KY Back to School Rallies
  • Salvation Army
  • Carnegie Center of Literacy and Learning
  • Central Kentucky Radio Eye
  • Explorium of Lexington
  • The Friends of the Arboretum
  • Girl Scouts of KY Wilderness Road Council
  • Saint James Place Apartments
  • Mustang Troop
  • Opportunity for Work and Learning
  • World Fit

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