Lexington Rotary Club

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The University of Kentucky is moving forward with ways to implement a five year financial plan.  Members of Lexington’s Rotary Club got a briefing Thursday afternoon.

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University of Louisville Vice President for Health Affairs Greg Postel  envisions growing student populations as a key way to offset reductions in state funding.  

Postel offered his thoughts to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  Postel says increasing class sizes could be both physical and virtual. “Maybe half and half.  Probably close to half of the increase would be non traditional or on-line students, but students on campus as well.  We’re expecting to see increases in both,” said Postel.

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It’s all conjecture at this point.  Trying to predict what will happen at Churchill Downs Saturday in the 144th running of the Kentucky Derby.  As WEKU’S Stu Johnson reports, some of the focus of Thursday’s Lexington Rotary Club meeting went beyond this weekend’s race.

As tradition has it, the Thursday before the Kentucky Derby finds the president of Keeneland at the Rotary Club podium.  So it was for Bill Thomason. 


One of Kentucky’s best known gardeners uses out of state appearances to spread the word about Kentucky’s attractions, which can offer a healthy boost in tourism dollars.  Jon Carloftis gave a presentation Thursday before the Lexington Rotary Club.

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Lexington Mayor Jim Gray touched on a number of topics in his annual address to Rotarians Thursday. 

That included numerous updates on high profile projects.

Health Advocacy Group Moving Toward Policy Focus

Jul 13, 2017

The president of a Kentucky health advocacy organization says it’s a time of transition for his agency.  

The CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky spoke at a meeting of the Lexington Rotary Club Thursday.


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The head of Lexington’s health department took to the podium at Thursday’s Rotary Club meeting. 

Dr. Kraig Humbaugh spent most of his time focusing on the community’s serious drug addiction problem.


University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto has reviewed details about campus building projects totaling more than $2 billion. There were also lighter moments in his Thursday speech to Lexington Rotarians. 

Capilouto talked about how the historic construction on the Lexington campus has meant thousands of jobs and millions in state and local tax revenues. 

Lexington Photographer Keeps Her Lens Focused on Rodeo

Jun 16, 2016


Lexington’s second Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event is this weekend at the Kentucky Horse Park.  The Rotary Club-sponsored event is sure to catch the eye of one local photographer.

Lexington Event Named Best New Rodeo by Cowboys

Nov 30, 2015


The Lexington Professional Rodeo has been recognized for its inaugural summertime event.  Additions are already being planned for year two at the Kentucky Horse Park.

Transition From College to University in Midway

Aug 13, 2015
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The former Midway College became Midway University earlier this summer. The school’s president outlined the conversion process for Lexington Rotarians Thursday.

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The president of Keeneland says the long term success of the historic track hinges on being able to attract youth to the sport. 

Bill Thomason offered his annual pre-derby speech to Lexington Rotarians Thursday.  "If you attach them to the horse, then you create life-long fans," said Thomason. "That's why even if they're picnicking on the grounds, which we love to see, we do things to make sure that they have the opportunity to get up next to the racetrack to see the horses and experience it." 

UK Patterson School Professor Talks ISIS with Rotarians

Oct 2, 2014
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An international scholar at the University of Kentucky worries about increasing U.S. involvement in the fight against terrorism in the Middle East.  Stacy Closson spoke on the subject Thursday to Lexington Rotarians.