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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...

District Governor Fred Heitman
District Governor 2016-2017

Fred Heitman has been a member of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge since 1998. Fred has served his club in a variety of capacities, including holding numerous club offices. He served as club president in 2005-06. He served as co-chair and fund raising chair for the Secret City Centennial project. He has chaired several fund raising events for his club.

As club Polio Plus chair, he chaired several successful fund raisers for polio eradication efforts. He was selected as club Rotarian of the Year for 2012-13. He has served on the faculty of his Rotary College since 2001. He is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, a member of the Paul Harris Society, and a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. He has served as District 6780 Polio Plus chair, the Annual Giving Coordinator, and the Foundation Donations chair. Fred graduated from the District Leadership Academy in 2009-10. He served as an Assistant Governor in 2011-12. Fred received the Interact Eagle Award in 2012. He was the General Chair of the District 6780 Peace Forum  Committee that hosted RI President Sakuji Tanaka in 2013. Fred was part of the inaugural Zone 30/31 Emerging Leaders Institute in 2013. He was selected to serve as the District 6780 District Governor in 2016-17.

Fred holds a BS in Zoology from Oklahoma State University and an MS in Biology (Fisheries) from Tennessee Technological University. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional by the American Fisheries Society and a Certified Stormwater Inspector by the National Stormwater Center. He served as President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and as President of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. He continued to serve AFS on the professional certification committee for several years. Fred has published several articles in refered scientific journals dealing with his fisheries research projects. Fred has authored three chapters in a multi volume set of books entitled "Reproductive biology and early life history of fishes in the Ohio River drainage." Fred is the owner of American Aquatics, Inc., a biological consulting firm. The company specializes in management of small impoundments for improved fishing; developing fish and wildlife management plans for private landowners; providing stormwater permitting assistance to municipalities, industries, and construction sites; and performing ecological assessments for large induatrial facilities. Fred travels throughout the country teaching Stormwater Inspector courses for the National Stormwater Center. Fred frequently speaks to non-technical audiences about Rotary, the Rotary Foundation, and Fish Sex.

Fred and his Rotarian wife Kathy Sergeant, share four children and 13 grandchildren. They reside in Knoxville.




The Governor's Team

DGE Deborah Alexander-Davis

DGN Jim Roxlo