Moore Honored by Rotary Foundation

Pikeville native Kelly Moore recently achieved a milestone in Rotary International.  As a member of the Pikeville Rotary Club, Kelly was awarded the status of a being a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago.  The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a contribution of US $1000 to the Rotary Foundation.    A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 US or in whose name that amount is contributed.  Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin and certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow.  This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding.
A multiple Paul Harris Fellow is a Paul Harris Fellow who has contributed, or in  whose name is contributed, additional US $1000 gifts to the Foundation.
Kelly, a member of Pikeville Rotary club for twenty-five years, served as the club’s president in 1998-99 and has been an integral part of the club throughout his membership.  His contribution to the Rotary Foundation will help improve living conditions and provide educational opportunities for young people somewhere in the world.

Kelly, who is an accountant, is married to Mary Hall  and they have four children.

Pic – Assistant District Governor Jeanne Clark presents Pikeville Rotarian Kelly Moore with a gold pin in  honor of his contributions to the Rotary Foundation.


The Pikeville Rotary Club welcomed guest speaker Paul Wright to its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, September 11.  Brent Lee introduced Wright who is the Enterprise Development Director for Mountain Association for Community Economic Development.

Wright received a Business Administration degree from Birmingham Southern College and an MBA in Community Economic Development from Eastern College.  He and his wife and four children moved from Huntsville, Alabama to Berea, Kentucky in order to pursue a life of servant-leadership through MACED.   The origin and function of Mountain Association for Community Economic Development is to help small business and entrepreneurship succeed throughout the Appalachian service region. 

Wright’s duties include creating new economic enterprise products and strategies, program performance management and facilitating linkages with new resources and partners. With over ten years of experience consulting with small businesses, as well as a being a graduate of last year’s East Kentucky Leadership program, Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to the MACED team. 

According to Wright, MACED embraces the same values in helping people that he has held throughout his life.  “My work with MACED is as much of a calling as it is a career.”

These values can be summed up in three categories: Respect, Re-imagination, and Renewal.  Wright says that the respect he has for those whose hard work and sacrifice in the past, his family, past generations of community leaders and his community of faith, provide solid shoulders on which he and his team stand today. 

He also had to re-imagine his own ideas, biases, and beliefs when he became an adult, went to college, entered the workforce and traveled around the country.  There his thought processes and belief systems were tested when he met people with diverse cultural backgrounds or others who held different perspectives on life and business.  He frankly admits that some of those long-held biases and prejudices had to change in order to re-imagine the person he needed to become. 

Finally, the renewal aspect came when he confronted the values in the first two components. He had a life changing experience through his faith as a Christian.  He began to see himself and his world through a different set of lenses and as a new creation.  These three components shaped his calling to become a servant-leader to help anyone who struggles with business issues that sometimes seem hopeless. 

With offices in Paintsville, Hazard and Berea, MACED, a non-profit organization, provides small business seminars, one-on-one counseling services for small businesses, micro- loans and other services by investing resources to help businesses weather the economic crises that may be unique to this area.  MACED receives working capital from private donations, philanthropic organizations, and government grants.  The goal is to create a strong foundation for a diverse economy in central Appalachia and especially eastern Kentucky by enabling small businesses to grow their own capital, hire more people, and invest in their own communities so that everyone benefits from their success. 
MACED believes that these small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and such businesses need a support system that enables them to get help when other conventional lenders are unable or unwilling to provide that support for whatever reasons there might be.  By partnering with the small business development centers, chambers of commerce and local lending institutions MACED can provide a unique capital resource for all or part of a loan that might otherwise be unavailable. 

Pic – Pikeville Rotary President Gerrie Clark welcomes guest speaker Paul Wright.   


Pikeville Rotary Club recently successfully completed their 10 years of Interact sponsorship. The club enrolls high school students from Pike County and Pikeville city to engage in various service projects. The goal of the program is to encourage leadership in our youth while instilling local and international community service.

The following students participated in the program this year: Esha Narola, Henna Chandel, Rachel Hazelett, Dalton Stanley, Breanna Blackburn, Hunter Heffington, Iman Ali, Noor Ali, Keeley Williams, Krishna Ammisetty, Micah Heffington, Patrick Cordero, Pranay Patel, Vianna Le, Wendi Smith, Beniah Stumph, Olivia Lane, Cailee Marcum, Cameron Wright, Rachel Smith, Elizabeth Johnson, Holly Hamilton, Haleigh Harris, Kaitlin Mosley, Mason Johnson, Elisha Caudill, Sarah Caudill, Paige Werner.

Esha Narola served as the president, Iman Ali as vice president, Henna Chandel as the secretary, Noor Ali and Rachel Smith as the school coordinators.

Local community service projects included volunteering at the UPike Homecoming, Safe Halloween for children sponsored by the YMCA, Coats for Kids program, the Pikeville Rotary Club Pancake Day and International Dinner.  The club also collected about 500 cans for Westcare, the local homeless shelter.

International service projects included collecting and donating 150 used eyeglasses to the Indian Red Cross and 400 textbooks for various third world countries.
They also participated in Rotary educational activities.

Esha Narola, Rachel Hazelett, and Henna Chandel were awarded the Outstanding Service Awards by Howard Roberts, President of the Pikeville Rotary Club, while Dalton Stanley, Wendi Smith Iman Ali, Noor Ali, Patrick Cordero, and Pranay Patel received Community Service Awards.

The program is coordinated by Dr Seema Sachdeva of Pikeville Rotary Club. All local high school students are encouraged to join and they can get program application in fall from their school counselors.

The Pikeville Rotary Club is pleased to announce that it has, once again, sponsored a speech contest for area students.  The contest offers high school students an opportunity to speak on a meaningful topic, to sharpen their speaking skills, and to gain recognition in addition to monetary rewards.  The Pikeville Rotary Club hopes that students who participate will learn about the mission of Rotary International as well as the humanitarian service and other projects of the local club.  Students, through their research,  are also exposed to a potential future relationship with Rotary through Interact, Rotaract or one of the youth-oriented programs like Youth Exchange.

This year’s winners proved to be very talented public speakers.  First place honors went to Eashwar Soma from Belfry High School, second place to Patrick Cordero from Pikeville High School, and third place to Haley Taylor from East Ridge High School.  These students were presented trophies by Pikeville Rotary Club President Howard Roberts,  as well as cash prizes of$200, $100 and $50 respectively.

All area high school students (freshman through senior) from both private and public high schools as well as home-schooled students were eligible.   High school guidance counselors distributed information and applications about the speech contest about two months before the contest.

Students were expected to do research on the topic “Peace Through Service”, this year’s Rotary International motto.  Participants were allowed to consult teachers, parents, or others about the content of their speeches.  Following the rules set forth by the Rotary Club, students had to deliver a 5 – 8 minute speech without notes.  They were judged on the basis of delivery, originality and content.

This year’s esteemed judges were Dr. David Smith (UPike professor), Brandon Roberts (Pike Co. Media Specialist), Christie Billiter Spears (Pikeville City Clerk), Dr. Brigitte LaPresto (UPike professor) and Rosalind Stanley   (Public Information Officer with the Pike County School System).  The speech contest was organized by Rotarians Al Greenfield and Jeanne Clark.

The three winning speeches will be delivered by the students at the May 1 regularly scheduled meeting of the Pikeville Rotary Club, which will be held at the EXPO Center in Pikeville.

Pikeville Rotary Club Speech Contest winners Patrick Cordero, Eashwar Soma, Haley Taylor are presented trophies by club president Howard Roberts.


Keeneland Race Course in Lexington was the site of a recent social event for over fifty members and guests of the Pikeville Rotary Club.  The group experienced beautiful spring weather on Saturday, April 6 as they enjoyed a day of racing from the Kentucky Room at Keeneland.  Thousands of visitors turned out to participate in one of the rituals of spring in the Bluegrass – a day at the track.  (pictured) Eva Hinkle, her fiancé Greg Stewart, and Gerri  and Ken Kinder were among the guests at Keeneland.  Both Eva and Gerri are active members of the Pikeville Rotary Club.


Members of the Pikeville Rotary Club enjoy various social events during the year as well as the fellowship that comes with working on a number of local and international humanitarian service projects.  To find out more information about the Pikeville Rotary Club, go to

The District 6740 Nominating Committee selected Rotarian Cindy Legg of the Rotary Club of Paintsville, Kentucky as District Governor Nominee designate to serve as District Governor of Rotary District 6740 in Rotary Program Year 2015-16.

President-elect of the Pikeville Rotary Club, Gerrie Clark (at left), and Assistant District Governor (6740) Jeanne Clark (at right), share information about the Pikeville club with Rotary International President Elect Rob Burton.