Keynote Speaker – July 24, 2014

Attention Big Blue Nation, UK Head Football Coach Mark Stoops will be our featured speaker at our next club meeting. Come early, bring a guest and enjoy hearing about the upcoming season!

The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, July 24, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The guest speaker will be University of Kentucky Football Coach Mark Stoops. Rotarian and former UK football player Jeff Thompson will introduce Coach Stoops.

Mark Stoops has been a bundle of energy, both on the field and on the recruiting trail, in building the Kentucky football program.

Hired in December 2012, Stoops began by hiring a set of hungry, relentless coaches, averaging under 38 years of age, who combine intensity and a history of success. The staff finished the 2013 recruiting class with a rush, moving UK’s national recruiting ranking from the 60s to as high as No. 29 in just two months. Momentum has continued to increase as UK’s 2014 class was ranked as high as No. 17 in the nation, UK’s best ever in the history of recruiting rankings.

Fans responded to Stoops with the second-highest attendance increase in the nation last season. UK’s two spring games under Stoops have been the highest attended in school history.

On the field, Stoops is known for turning around defensive performance. At Florida State, he inherited a unit ranked 108th in the nation in total defense and improved it to second in the country within three years. Prior to FSU, he took Arizona’s defense from 109th in the country to a top-25 ranking by the time he left.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, he is a member of the Stoops coaching family. Brothers Bob and Mike are the head coach and defensive coordinator, respectively, at the University of Oklahoma. Eldest brother Ron Jr. is linebackers coach at Youngstown State.

After graduating from Cardinal Mooney High School, Mark played at the University of Iowa for Hall of Fame coach Hayden Fry. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Iowa and spent a four-year stint as a high school coach. He returned to college and coached defensive backs at South Florida, Wyoming, Houston and Miami, including a 12-0 national championship season with the Hurricanes, before becoming defensive coordinator at Arizona and FSU.

Stoops and his wife, Chantel, have two sons, Will and Zack.

For additional information, or to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Trafton at trafton@rotarylexky.org or 859-289-8100.

Keynote Speaker – July 17, 2014

LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, July 17, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. YMCA President and CEO David Martorano will be the keynote speaker. David’s presentation will focus on “The impact of the Y” and its programs for our community, such as the Toyota Bluegrass Miracle League, as well as the Capital Development for the North and Hamburg.

David became CEO of the YMCA of Central Kentucky in January 2013. He and his family moved to the Bluegrass and absolutely love the community.

Prior to their move to the Bluegrass, David worked for the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati as Vice President of Operations. During his tenure in Cincinnati, David was responsible for numerous new initiatives including a new business development project leading to the opening of a new Y facility on the campus of Fifth Third Bank, which serves a campus of 4,000 employees and is open to the community.
Throughout David’s 22 years with the Y he has a proven track record in fundraising, operational growth and visionary leadership.

Prior to his experience in Cincinnati, David worked with two other large associations, the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and the YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit.

David holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College. During his spare time he has passion for a healthy lifestyle, Green Bay Packer football, and supporting families who have children with autism.

David and his wife, Viki, have four children.

For additional information, please check out the Wheelhorse page for the weekly club newsletter or contact Peggy Trafton at trafton@rotarylexky.org.

Keynote Speaker – April 3, 2014

The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, April 3, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The keynote speakers will be members of the Lexington Legends: Keith Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations, and Glenn Hubbard, First Base Coach and long-time “major leaguer.”


Keith has an extensive background in broadcasting and public relations. He is a former television sports anchor and reporter with WLEX-TV in Lexington. As a member of the University of Kentucky public relations staff, he produced and narrated many television features and promotional announcements on behalf of the university. Keith also has served as director of public relations at Transylvania University and worked in marketing communications with Wyncom, Inc. of Lexington. He returned to UK as director of communications in the UK College of Engineering. For eight years, he was heard on halftime and postgame shows on University of Kentucky football and basketball radio broadcasts on the Big Blue Sports Network. He worked part-time on Legends’ radio broadcasts during the 2008 season before joining the team in a full-time role in November 2008. Keith is a native of Bedford, Indiana and a graduate of the University of Kentucky. He is the father of two sons, Adam and Tim Elkins of Lexington.

Glenn Hubbard will serve as Lexington’s first base coach in addition to his duties as the Royals infield coordinator. He spent 21 seasons coaching in the Atlanta organization, including 12 seasons as the Braves’ first base coach under manager Bobby Cox. Prior to joining the Major League staff in 1999, Hubbard coached at Bradenton (1990), Macon (1991-92, 1994 and 1998) and Richmond (1993, 1995-97).

A 1975 draft pick of the Braves, Hubbard played in the majors for Atlanta from 1978 to 1987. He concluded his playing career with Oakland, playing on an A.L. pennant winner in 1988 and the World Series champion team in 1989. The 1983 N.L. All-Star tied a Major League record for second baseman with 12 assists in a game on April 14, 1985. Hubbard, who was born at Hahn AFB in Germany, attended high school in Utah and was inducted into the Utah Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001. He resides in Stone Mountain, Ga., with his wife, Lynn. They have three sons: Jeremy, Matthew and Daniel.