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Monday Member Spotlight: Kelli Kurtz

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Meet Kelli Kurtz, a woman of many talents and experiences. From lettering in high school volleyball to being crowned Poppy Queen, Kelli has always been a standout in her community. She even had a chance encounter with Hollywood heartthrob George Clooney! Today, Kelli works as the Senior Officer of Legacy Planning at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where she continues to make a difference in the lives of others. And if you ask her about her favorite song, she'll tell you it's "Roar" by Katy Perry. Keep reading to discover more about this remarkable woman.


  1. I lettered in volleyball in high school.

  2. I was the Butler County Poppy Queen in 1974.

  3. I literally ran into George Clooney in the lobby of a hotel in Chicago.



Choose one song to play every time you walk into a room. What song and why Roar by Katy Perry because I've earned my Mama Bear stripes

You wrote a book about your career so far. What would the title be and why? Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. I thought my career would be spent in Catholic education, but life had other plans. If you weren’t in your current line of work, what career would you pursue Interior Design--I love creating warm, welcoming spaces.

What’s your #1 bucket list item? To meet Oprah Winfrey



FOOD Chicken and Dumplins (which I can't eat anymore!) SNACK/CANDY Chewy candybars RESTAURANT Louie's Backyard, Key West MOVIE Grease TV SHOW Ted Lasso MUSIC/BAND The Chicks SONG Respect, Aretha Franklin HOBBY Refinishing furniture SPORT/TEAM Volleyball and Dayton Flyer basketball BOOK Untamed, Glennon Doyle VACATION SPOT Key West (but really--any beach) STORE TJ Maxx SEASON Summer



Why did you join Rotary? To learn from business and community leaders

What is your favorite part of being a Rotarian?

The Rotary Angels project of course! Serving the children of our community means so much to me. The generosity of our fellow Rotarians inspires me and gives me hope in a polarized and often ugly world.

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