About Our Club

The Lenexa Rotary Club was chartered on February 6, 1967.  Our club has a long history of being active in local and District activities.  Some of the activities include:

  • Shrimp Fest - Started as a social event for club members and families in 1989, this fun activity turned into Lenexa Rotary's annual, major fundraiser.  It is held the 1st Saturday in March.  Ticket price includes all you can eat shrimp and chicken wings.  After dinner is the ever-popular Bingo and great prizes.  Additionally, there is a silent auction.  The proceeds from this fundraiser go to the Lenexa Rotary Foundation which supports many charities.
  • Lenexa Fire Department Fire Safety Vehicle - Lenexa Rotary donated 10% of the cost of a fire protection/education vehicle to be used by the Lenexa Fire Department.  Club members have been trained to help the fire department educate school children on fire and weather safety with this vehicle.  It is a great teaching tool in which the fire department takes to local schools and festivals.

  • Johnson County Christmas Bureau - Lenexa Rotary donates yearly to this charity to help purchase educational toys, clothes or food for the Holiday Shop.  Additionally, our members assist at the Holiday Shop, such as assisting clients through the shop, stocking shelves or setting up.

  • Streamway Clean-Up - Periodically throughout the year, Lenexa Rotary help clean up streamways in Lenexa.

  • College Clinic Night - Each year, members help by distributing water to presenters and assist with crowd control.

  • Wes Fry 4-Way Test - High school students in Johnson County are encouraged to participate and earn scholarship money by preparing and presenting a speech regarding Rotary's 4-Way Test.  Preliminary contests are held with the final contest being held at a Friday meeting.

  • Interact Club at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School - Lenexa Rotary sponsors an Interact Club.  The Interact Club helps Lenexa Rotary and various projects.

  • Happy Bottoms - This is an ongoing project with diaper wrapping events and weekly delivery drivers.

  • Heart to Heart International - From time to time we sponsor a hygiene kit assembly project.

  • Nourish KC - Donations and specific item purchases.  This year we purchased new silverware and wrapped them in napkins as an in-meeting project.

  • Rise Against Hunger - Annual meal packaging event that includes our Rotary Community Corp, youth exchange student(s) and our sponsored Shawnee Mission North West Interact club.  

  • South and Central America, Ecuador Water Project - This is an ongoing project which helps people in this region have clean drinking water.

  • Collecting Children's Books - Each week Lenexa Rotary donates a children's book to a local school library.  Our weekly speaker signs the inside of the book and we donate the book in their honor.

  • Rotary Exchange Student - Each year Lenexa Rotary hosts an exchange student.  This program enables students from around the world experience life in Lenexa, Kansas.

  • Area Festivals - Many times throughout the year, members will help staff festivals in Lenexa such as the Great Lenexa BBQ, Spinach Festival, Chili Challenge and Lenexa Art Fair.

  • Lenexa Rotary Foundation - The club's foundation was established September 1991 to focus on supporting youth in our community.