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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 Foundation Chair Bio

 PDG Beth Stubbs, District Foundation Chair 2016-17

 An experienced and proven CPA, Beth has been Chief Financial Officer at Trinity Benefit Advisors Inc., in Knoxville, Tennessee, since its inception in 2006. Beth also has a private practice providing specialized consulting services to small business owners for managing accounting and financing matters, as well as developing exit strategies. She has been actively involved in servicing others through a variety of causes and organizations throughout her career. She serves on local non-profit boards, including the Advisory Board for the Hearing and Speech Foundation, and is Past Chair and Treasurer of Asbury Place, Inc., - a regional retirement community organization. In the past, she has served in various District officer positions in Toastmasters International.

Beth joined Rotary in 1991, served as President of the Rotary club of Maryville-Alcoa in 1999-2000 and served as an Assistant Governor in 2007-2010. She has served the district as a Mid-South PETS trainer many times, District Conference Chair, and District Annual Program Fund Chair. District 6780 has led the way in Annual giving for many years in per capita giving in Annual Fund, total giving, and many other categories for Zones 30-31.

For the year 2015-16, she served as District Governor for 6780. To further her knowledge of Rotary International, she has attended 15 international conventions, attended various Zone meetings around the country, traveled to New York City for UN Day at Rotary, and served in a National Immunization Day in India, where she participated in immunizing children against polio.

She is a supporter of The Rotary Foundation and is a member of the Arch Klumph Society. She is also a member of the Paul Harris Society, and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Beth graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire with a BS in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Public Accountants. She is very active in her church in Knoxville, Church Street United Methodist, having served as Chair of Church Council, the Finance Committee, the annual budget fund raising effort to raise $3M for a capital campaign. She is an avid Lady Vols fan, and goes to a game whenever she can. Beth is married to Tony, a business owner, fellow Rotarian, and insurance broker. They have 3 children, Tammy, Dawn and Thomas, and 3 grandchildren.