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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club is part of ROTARY International, which is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace throughout the world.


Rotary was founded in 1905 in Chicago and has since become a leading public service organization with over 1,200,000 Rotarians belonging to over 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. The motto "Service Above Self" expresses the aim of Rotary members.


The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was chartered February 23, 1935 . The Club had 15 charter members and today has 80+ professional businessmen and women as members. The Elizabethtown Club was sponsored by the Lebanon Rotary Club (chartered November 18, 1923 ).


Rotary meetings are held each Tuesday at 12:00 Noon. The meetings are held at the Stone Hearth Restaurant located at 1001 N. Mulberry, Elizabethtown, KY.







 Rotary Cares:

 Living Waters - Guatemala - Founded in 2008 by Rotarians Bob Swope, Skip Dunford, Bill Handley, Peter Denton and others.  From 2008 through 2015 has raised funding and provided workers to install ten clean water systems providing clean drinking water to over 24,000 inhabitants.


The 2011 Living Waters Guatemala Team

Front row: Claudia Caballeros, Second row: Mayra Quevedo, Bob Beatty, Henry Van Lengen, Back row: Bob Swope, Miriam Mazariegos, Bill Handley, Joanne Denton, and Peter Denton.



Rotary Shares:

In 2008 the Elizabethtown Rotary Club began a cooperative program with Feeding America. It came to our attention that many underprivelidged children were not receiving proper nuitrition over the weekends.  The Backpack Program is a major Community Service Project that sends food home in student backpacks.  Rotary supports the program with a monetary contribution each year and a "hands-on" effort with Rotarians packing food to be added to student backpacks.



Rotary Smiles:

Developed by Rotarian Rik Hawkins and former Rotary President Debbie Borden in 2009.  From 2009 through 2015, has provided dental screening for several thousand Hardin County third grade students and treatment for those that did not have dental insurance.




Each year the club awards several scholarships to local students to help them further their education at a post-secondary school. The scholarships available in 2015 are:


Scholarship Title

Target Group or School



Hardin County Schools



Graduating Senior at Central Hardin High School



Student to Attend ECTC