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LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington will hold its weekly meeting Thursday, February 2, at 12:00 p.m., at Fasig-Tipton, 2400 Newtown Pike. The topic of the program will focus on the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate. The guest speakers will be Ashland curator Eric Brooks, executive director Debra Korb and director of tour operations Avery Malone. Introducing this week’s program will Rotarian Franklin Thompson.

In 2010 and 2011 the Henry Clay Memorial Foundation and Ashland, the Henry Clay Estate, went through some significant changes and accomplished some amazing things. Today Ashland’s Curator Rotarian Eric Brooks brings his colleagues to discuss these changes and plans for the coming year and beyond.

One of the most significant changes at Ashland in the last two years was the hiring of Executive Director Debra Korb who came on board in August 2010. Korb moved to Lexington from Charlotte, NC, where she was involved in historic preservation and community planning. Debra is originally from Pittsburgh. Since coming to Ashland, Debra has accelerated fundraising and revamped programming. She was instrumental in organizing an event at Transylvania University last summer that commemorated the bicentennial of Henry Clay’s election as Speaker of the House and brought current Speaker John Boehner and former Speakers Nancy Pelosi and Dennis Hastert to Lexington. Debra will share some insights about what the future holds for Ashland.

Avery Malone was hired as Ashland’s Director of Tour Operations in June 2010. Avery started her career at Ashland in 2007 as a Curatorial Intern while completing her Master’s Degree in Textile and Consumer Sciences with a focus in historic costume at UK. She also served for 2 and half years as a Weekend Manager at Ashland. Avery is from Grayson, KY and manages Ashland’s volunteer corps and operation of all tours. In her one an half years as Director of Tour Operations, Avery has given tours to Ted Turner and Nancy Pelosi and was the face of Ashland on a live national television broadcast from the estate as part of CSPAN’s The Contenders series. Avery will explain how members of the club can be actively involved in Ashland’s programs and operations.

Curator Eric Brooks was not new in 2010 or 2011, having completed now 10 years at Ashland. In that time he has curated numerous exhibits including a major one at the International Museum of the Horse in 2005, reinterpreted the house, and added many amazing objects to the collection. He has lived in Lexington since he was five and is a graduate of Miami University and Texas Tech University. Eric will finish the program by discussing two important commemorations that will be observed at Ashland in the near future.

For additional information, or to attend this meeting,
please contact Nell Main at nmain@rotarylexky.org.

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