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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 Grant Awards

District Grants give Rotarians freedom in determining how to best spend funds donated to The Rotary Foundation in their district. Each Rotary year, districts may apply for one district grant, which can be used to support one or more projects, based on that district's interests and needs.

Click here to see a list of 2015-16 District Grant Awards

The Rotary Foundation District Chair 2016-17: PDG Beth Stubbs     

District Governor 2016-2017 Fred Heitman

2015 District 6780 Grant Award Pics - here are a few examples of the projects 6780 clubs are doing:

 

Chatt Bfst Grant

Chattanooga Breakfast -  latrines in remote, mountain areas of Haiti

Chattanooga Grant

Chattanooga - building a Miracle Field park for physically and mentally disabled kids

 

McMinnville Bfast Grant

McMinnville Breakfast - Purchased new walk in coolers to feed Kids in the Community. The new cooler/freezer allowed for bulk purchasing and serving more children.

Morristown Grant

Morristown - built "Rotary Place", a new playground in project housing development

 Livingston -  Distribute and read "Andy and Elmer's Apple Dumpling Adventure" to 400 third graders in Overton County schools

Knoxville Breakfast - Upgrade outdated studio & broadcast equipment for Bluegrass Elementary School

Bradley Sunrise -  Provide safe drinking water for 110 families and one elementary school in Portillo-Gonzales, Honduras

Sevierville-Sunrise  -  Replace outdated pulmonary function equipment in the Mountain of Hope Good Shepherd Clinic, serving 20,000 medically uninsured patients

Jefferson City - Renovate Boys & Girls Clubs of Dumplin Valley, replacing playground equipment, painting and providing school supplies