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Rotary International Board adopts new zone structure

At its January 2017 meeting, the Rotary International Board of Directors adopted a new zone structure for Rotary clubs. Rotary bylaws require the Board to complete a comprehensive review of the 34 Rotary zones no less often than every eight years to ensure that each zone has an approximately equal number of Rotarians. The Board’s previous review of the zones occurred in 2008. The Board earlier approved the creation of three regional workgroups to develop rezoning proposals for Asia, Europe/Africa, and the Americas. These workgroups comprised one representative (either a current director,...

Centennial celebration honors 20 noteworthy global grant projects

Through The Rotary Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects that promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education, and grow local economies. We’ve also led the fight to eradicate polio worldwide. As part of our celebration of the Foundation’s centennial, we’re honoring 20 global grant projects with special recognition. Learn more about the projects using our interactive map.

Convention: Southern hospitality

The Atlanta Host Organization Committee is offering some good old-fashioned Southern hospitality at the Rotary International Convention from 10 to 14 June. It has planned a wide range of activities featuring everything from good food and music to inspiring tours of local landmarks. If it’s your first convention, these events are chances to meet fellow Rotarians from around the world, and if you’re an experienced convention goer, you can catch up with old friends. Hall of Fame baseball player Hank Aaron will host Rotarians for a “Strike Out Polio” night at the new SunTrust Park, where you’ll...

Member spotlight: The power of the press

When Teguest Yilma helped found the Rotary Club of Addis Ababa Entoto in 2002, she thought polio had already been eradicated from most of the world. But while Ethiopia had been free of the disease, Yilma was shocked to learn that new cases had started cropping up in surrounding countries such as Somalia. “I was thinking, it’s not possible, we can’t be free if the countries around us are not free,” she says. Yilma, the managing editor of Capital, Ethiopia’s largest English weekly newspaper, has brought a journalist’s skills to the fight against polio. She became vice chair of the Ethiopia...

Member interview: Writer sheds light on FDR’s right-hand woman

Battling breast cancer in 2000, Kathryn Smith found comfort pursuing her lifelong interest in Franklin D. Roosevelt. The more she read, the more intrigued she became with the 32nd U.S. president’s private secretary, Marguerite Alice “Missy” LeHand. “I thought, what a fascinating life she had because she was by his side through the polio crisis, establishing the polio rehabilitation center in Warm Springs and then after his return to politics,” she says. Smith, a past president of the Rotary Club of Greater Anderson, S.C., and a longtime newspaper journalist, turned that curiosity into a book...

Alumni Chair

Alumni Chair and Committee Members 2016-17

Kim Casteel, Cleveland, Coordinator

Cheryl White, Knoxville Volunteer, GSE Alumna

Krishna Adams, GSE Alumna

Bob McElroy, GSE Alumnus

Jake Morrill, Ambassadorial Scholar Alumnus

Tammy O'Dell, GSE Alumna

Victoria White, Ambassadorial Scholar Alumna

 

District 6780 Rotary Foundation Alumni Committee is working to help more than 275 past Ambassadorial Scholars, Rotary World Peace Fellows, Group Study Exchange team leaders and members, Rotary Volunteers, Individual Grant, Discovery Grant, and Rotary Grants for University Teachers recipients get connnected and stay connected with Rotary International and local clubs.

 These individuals' participation in Rotary Foundation programs has inspired countless accomplishments benefiting humanity. These programs are made possible by the generous donations made by the district Rotarians to the Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.

 Alumni play many important roles on The Rotary Foundation's behalf. They are enthusiastic supporters of Rotary Foundation programs who can speak at club meetings and TRF activities and events.

Their knowledge of Rotary and expertise in a variety of fields can go a long way in supporting The Rotary Foundation and its mission.

 A Rotary Foundation alumnus may be invited to join a Rotary club and qualifies for membership on the basis of past participation in a Rotary Foundation program.

FOR MORE INFORMATION about connecting with Rotary through our alumni programs, click here.

Click here to see a list of Foundation program alumni who participated in Group Study Exchanges.

Click here to see a list of Foundation program alumni who were Peace Fellows.

Click here to see a list of Foundation program alumni who were Ambassadorial or Cultural Scholars.