Downtown Franklin Rotary Club

The Downtown Franklin Rotary Club (DFRC) continues to rack up awards in just its second year of existence. At the recent District 6760 conference, the club was named Large Club of the Year for the second time and also was recognized for:

•Best New Project for the club’s “Pop-Up Projects” concept
•Outstanding Achievement Award for overall excellence and growth
•District Governor’s Citation for largest membership net increase

“Since being chartered as a club in 2017 with 61 members, the energy of our club has only grown,” said Lorrie Graves, president. “We are now more than 130 strong and the commitment of our members to serve the community both here and abroad is unbelievable. I’m proud to be a part of such a dynamic group.”

The club celebrated its achievements at its May 20 meeting. In addition, at that same meeting, the DFRC presented checks to several organizations:

•$2,500 to United Against Slavery
•$500 to Moore Elementary for construction of a nature playground area
•$2,500 to Hard Bargain Association in support of The Blackberry Jam Festival fundraiser
•$1,000 to the Women of Williamson Scholarship Fund for young women in the community

“Giving back is at the core of our group,” added Graves. “We invite others in the community who are interested in living out the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ to visit our club to learn more about our mission.”

The club recently held its flagship fundraiser, Jockeys & Juleps Kentucky Derby Party Presented by Raymond James, at The Park at Harlinsdale Farm. More than 450 attendees helped raise approximately $50,000 for charities. The club also sponsors a chili cookoff held during Franklin’s popular Pumpkinfest event in October.

About Downtown Franklin Rotary Club

The Downtown Franklin Rotary Club received its charter in May 2017 and was named 2018 District 6070 Large Club of the Year. The club meets at the Williamson County Enrichment Center on the first and third Mondays of each month at 5:30 p.m. The club now has more than 130 members dedicated to service both locally and internationally. More information can be found at or on the club’s Facebook page.