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Welcome to Kutztown Rotary, for more info call 610-987-6184

Service Above Self

We meet In Person
Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
Kutztown Tavern-Club Room
272 West Main Street
Kutztown, PA 19530
United States of America
6 PM to Order Dinner 7 PM Meeting Start Time
Club Executives & Directors
Immediate Past President
Rotary Anniversaries
  • Willem Hordijk
    Irene Hordijk
    September 27
Join Date:
  • Peter Overcast
    August 2, 2021
    1 year
  • Melissa Kirk
    September 1, 2018
    4 years
  • James Springer
    September 15, 2002
    20 years
Change your community with us by volunteering on a local project like Farmers' Night, where we honor the local farming community
We work with groups and organizations of all sizes to accomplish even more - we are proud to work with KCP to benefit our community
We put service above self - come out and join one of our many service projects in the community! 
Club News
Gabriella Webb from the Kutztown Highschool presented a 4-Way Speech test at the Club meeting Wednesday March 23. The 4-Way Speech Contest was developed by Rotarians to promote critical thinking and ethical decision making among high school students. The contest encourages students to develop speaking and leadership skills to influence others on a topic for which they are passionate. The contestants are to create a speech 5-7 minutes in length addressing an ethical problem of their choice using the principles of the 4-Way Test. Gabriella will now proceed to a regional contest on April 2, 2022 and those winners compete in the District final held at the District Assembly April 9, 2022. 
The Kutztown Rotary club served a community dinner for the Kutztown Kitchen on Sunday, March 20. The Kutztown Kitchen offers a free community meal every month at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kutztown.  Several local churches and community groups share the responsibility of providing the meal each month.  The dinner is open to anyone who would enjoy sharing in conversation and a meal. Kutztown Rotary members cooked and served a March meal of Irish stew and soda bread to more than 40 community members and Weis Markets provided desserts and additional bread for the meal. Come join us in our next service project!

The Kutztown Rotary Club Honored With Organization of the Year Award 

The Kutztown Rotary Club received the Kutztown Community Partnership Organization of the Year Award at KCP's February 2nd annual meeting. Our very active president-elect, Ellen Overcast, nominated the club for this honor. The award was received by Ellen and our club secretary and foundation president, Melissa Kirk. Also receiving an award that night was the KCP volunteer of the year, Jerry Schearer, KCP's Past President and Assistant Vice President and Dean of Student Services. In a Feb 13 Berks-Mont news article available on the Reading Eagle website, Jerry made the following comments about the Kutztown Rotary Club: “Rotary Club of Kutztown is such a great organization. The amount of fundraising they do for local projects and the volunteers they provide for KCP events is really impressive.  I’ve been glad to give back to them a little each year by volunteering at the Taste of Kutztown event Rotary holds.” Also quoted in the article were comments from our current president, Tom Kulp: “Kutztown Rotary Club is honored to be recognized as the Organization of the Year by Kutztown Community Partnership. The Kutztown Rotary Club focuses on local needs in Kutztown, Topton, and surrounding communities. We have partnered with KCP on many initiatives and look forward to continuing to support KCP and the community. We plan to continue our mission of supporting community efforts through our major fundraisers, the Taste of Kutztown in June, and Kutztown Ghost Tour in October.”

Link to newspaper article


Rotary and the United Nations have a shared history of working toward peace and addressing humanitarian issues around the world.

During World War II, Rotary informed and educated members about the formation of the United Nations and the importance of planning for peace. Materials such as the booklet “From Here On!” and articles in The Rotarian helped members understand the UN before it was formally established and follow its work after its charter. 

Many countries were fighting the war when the term “United Nations” was first used officially in the 1942 “Declaration by United Nations.” The 26 nations that signed it pledged to uphold the ideals expressed by the United States and the United Kingdom the previous year of the common principles “on which they based their hopes for a better future for the world.” 


Every hero has an origin story. “I was 10 years old when the entire journey started,” explains Binish Desai. It began with a cartoon called Captain Planet, an animated TV series from the 1990s about an environmentalist with superpowers. Desai can still recite the show’s refrain: Captain Planet, he’s our hero / Gonna take pollution down to zero! “That tagline stuck in my mind,” he says. “I wanted to do something to help Captain Planet.”

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