We are proud of our club’s record of service. Since chartering the first evening Rotary Club in the area in 2017, we have supported local and international projects and donated money to support outreach. We strive to personify the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”. The projects we support are funded through the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization. Projects and funding continually evolve and align with the 7 Areas of Rotary Focus. Requests for DFRC Charitable Foundation Grants can be found at .

The 7 Rotary Focus Areas include:

  • Promoting Peace
  • Fighting Disease
  • Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • Saving Mothers and Children
  • Supporting Education
  • Growing Local Economies
  • Protecting the Environment

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Projects that the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club have and/or continue to be involved with:

  • The Blackberry Jam Festival benefitting The Hard Bargain Association
  • Bridges Domestic Violence Center
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Franklin
  • Brightstone- learning program for adults living with developmental disabilities
  • Build Her a Bridge teen support program
  • Children with Hair Loss Project
  • Davis House- Child Advocacy Center
  • Ellie G’s Dream World- Franklin’s first inclusive playground
  • Environmental Programs Eastern Flank Battle Park
  • Franklin Rotarian Cemetery Preservation Project
  • Franktown Open Hearts Charity
  • Friends of Franklin Parks
  • Foster Care Clothing Drive
  • Grace Works Ministries, Inc.
  • Habitat for Humanity Builds
  • Harpeth River Clean Up
  • Heart for Healthcare Project Local Nursing Homes
  • Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast
  • My Friend’s House
  • Natchez Community Center
  • Oak Cottage- A residential home for formerly incarcerated women
  • One Generation Away Food Bank
  • Paint the Town Red, White, and Blue Project benefiting Veterans organizations
  • Rise Against Hunger
  • SHINE- free community outreach for young girls
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Academy
  • United Against Slavery
  • Veteran’s Day Parade
  • Waverly food distribution- benefiting those effected by flood
  • Waves Center
  • World Polio Day

 “Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves.” — Paul Harris, 1914


The Downtown Franklin Rotary Club is especially committed to the needs of our local community. We are constantly taking on special projects to help with immediate needs.

DFRC Charitable Foundation Grant Request


My Friend’s House

My Friend’s House is a Franklin non-profit that serves neglected, abused, or at-risk boys, ages 12-18, in state custody by offering a home-like environment with a balance of safety, structure, encouragement, care, and expectations. Since its inception, the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club has committed to serving this organization by volunteering time and fundraising. If you are interested in learning more about My Friend’s House, visit If you have a heart for service, please consider volunteering for Rewards Night and/or Chef’s Night at My Friend’s House. Contact us for more info.

4-Way Test Speech Contest

The DFRC is proud to sponsor a public speaking contest each year using the Rotary 4-Way Test as the theme.

WHO: Anyone in the 9th-12th grade at the time of the competition.

WHAT: You may choose the topic of your speech with the purpose of the speech to address an ethical problem using the principles of the 4-Way Test. The speech must be between 4 and 6 minutes in length.

The 4-Way Test is:

  1. Is it the truth?
  2. Is it fair to all concerned?
  3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Follow our Facebook and Instagram for updates regarding the 4-Way Speech Contest.


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

  The DFRC was honored to welcome Isabella LoPorto tonight as she shared her experiences during RYLA.

We are proud of I. Allen for being a DFRC RYLA delegate and sharing her experiences with us.






The DFRC proudly sponsors a student to attend the RYLA training each year.

What is RYLA?

RYLA is Rotary’s leadership training program to award outstanding young people with the opportunity to participate in a series of leadership training events, outdoor activities, seminars, etc. each summer with their peers from across our Rotary District (Middle and West TN). Our club will pay the $400 tuition fee for our locally-selected RYLA students. Eligible students are ages15 to 17 years old.

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

How can I participate?

Contact the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club to find out more about RYLA events and how to apply for a sponsorship to attend the District 6760 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp. We would love to hear from you!


Eradicating Polio Worldwide

One benefit of being a Rotarian is that you can take pride in being part of an organization that truly makes a difference in the world. Since 1985, Rotarians have served as community-based mobilizers for polio eradication, motivating international groups, governments, private organizations, communities, and individuals to join the global effort to rid the world of polio. Rotary works with partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), including the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of the world to achieve this historic public health goal. As part of the effort, Rotarians contribute their time and money to the cause, raising funds, advocating for support, serving as volunteers to help immunize children, and raising awareness in their communities. Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort now exceed $1.6 billion, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have supported National Immunization Days. Since 1988, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine, and we’ve achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases. It may be considered the greatest humanitarian service the world has ever seen, and every Rotarian can take pride in the achievement. To learn how you can support Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, visit