Keynote Speaker – March 27, 2014

The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, March 27, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The keynote speaker will be Joe Norman, Principal with the Fayette Technical Centers Eastside and Locust Trace campuses. Mr. Norman will be speaking about the Locust Trace AgriScience Farm, which teaches students the concepts of agricultural business, farm management, environmental stewardship, and entrepreneurship. Coursework becomes meaningful as students see if their hypotheses bear out with the animals and crops they work with every day. Instruction promotes green collar career education by integrating the sustainable features of the facility with the school’s educational mission.

You can read Mr. Norman’s full bio here.

Smart Home Technology

This week’s featured speaker, Chris Raab, will lead a discussion on encompassing a multitude of items and controls we can utilize through our computers and smart phones.

Chris is the CEO of Loxone Inc, the US subsidiary of Loxone Electronics, a manufacturer of Smart Home Technology from

Austria. Mr Raab received his Bachelor of Science in Math and Computers Science from the University of Illinois and his MBA from the University of Kentucky. He was born as an American citizen and raised abroad and resided in Germany and Austria for 23 years. He started his career as a programmer for Datev, the largest accounting firm in Germany.

Upon moving to the United States he worked for the University of Kentucky Computing Center and soon joined IBM. He was with IBM for 16 years and acted as a Programmer, Project Manager, Department Manager, and Resource Capacity Manager, responsible for all staffing within the Industrial Sector of IBM Global Services. Mr. Raab is fluent in English and German. Through out his career he has has actively managed technical teams and non technical clients to leverage IT capabilities to solve business challenges. His exposure to both US and German culture as well as his technical and leadership background have made him ideally suited to lead Loxone Inc in the United States.

2014 DWLS Sponsorship Opportunities!

We are excited to announce that The Rotary Club of Lexington will be hosting the fourth annual “Dancing with the Lexington Stars” on May 10, 2014, at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort and Spa. This event will feature local celebrities and community leaders paired with professional dancers in a fun competition to support a group of wonderful charities.

This year, funds raised will help our community in many ways! Proceeds will benefit Surgery On Sunday, Inc., as well as several wonderful Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund projects. Surgery On Sunday, Inc. was founded in 2005 to address the needs of Kentucky’s disadvantaged by providing free outpatient surgery. The Lexington Rotary Club Endowment Fund provides charitable giving that benefits young people, aged and disadvantaged persons, and other organizations that primarily serve the Fayette County community.

For more information, click through our 2014 Sponsorship Form OR please contact Peggy Trafton for ticket information and for further details about donating an item or service to support this very special event! She can be reached at (859) 389-8100 or, via email, at

Thank you!