About the Rotary Club of Paducah

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Proceeds provide college scholarships annually for local students through the Rotary Education Assistance Program (REAP).


In 2010, the Rotary Club of Paducah initiated the idea for the Community Scholarship Program (CSP) as a public-private partnership with strong participation form the Rotary, the City of Paducah, McCracken County Fiscal Court, Paducah Junior College, Inc., partnering high schools, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, and a number of local businesses. The intent of the SCP is to provide gap funding to assist students in attaining a two-year degree or industry certification at West Kentucky Community and Technical College.


The Community Scholarship Program (CSP) was developed to provide an incentive to McCracken County youth to stay in school and work toward a productive future. The goal of the program is to increase the percentage of McCracken County high school graduates who transition to postsecondary education after high school graduation by helping eliminate the leading barrier to a college education-financial cost.


In just five years, more than 2,600 students have pledged to consider attending college after high school-more than 85% of the total number of eligible high school students in McCracken County. For many of the first students finding their way on to the campus of West Kentucky Community and Technical College, the Community Scholarship Program has been more than a scholarship, it has been the opportunity of a lifetime.



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The History…

In 1915, the Rotary Club of Louisville sponsored the charter of the Paducah Rotary Club as the second club in Kentucky and 139th of the now more than 1.2 million Rotarians in 31,000 clubs located in 166 countries. The Paducah Club began with 55 men committed to service. Today the club has approximately 200 members, more than 40 of which are women.

The early members met for dinner at the Palmer House but later moved to the Irvin Cobb Hotel, where it met until October of 2008. The club now meets each Wednesday at noon at the Luther F. Carson Four Rivers Center in downtown Paducah. Members enjoy fellowship and song, and are entertained and informed by guest speakers ranging from politicians, university, business and industry leaders, and fellow Rotarians, to regional and local performing groups.

The Rotary Club of Paducah is part of District 6710, which is comprised of 60 clubs in 64 counties. Rotary members are busy people who fully and cheerfully accept the additional responsibilities of club membership.


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The Story of Rotary International…

Rotary International was formed on February 23, 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who met with other Chicago businessmen. He wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name “Rotary” derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

The popularity of Rotary spread throughout the United States in the decade that followed; clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents, and the organization adopted the name Rotary International a year later.

Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. This is best expressed in the motto: Service Above Self. Rotary also embraced a code of ethics, called the 4 – Way Test, that has been translated into hundreds of languages. For more history of Rotary International CLICK HERE