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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...

GLOBE Club award

There are many clubs in District 6780 that are actively involved in international service. In order to both recognize and promote international service, the District's International Service Committee has revised the Globe Club Award program.

Please review the new form and criteria. Every club in our district, regardless of size or location, should be reasonably able to achieve Globe Club Award status under the new guidelines.

To achieve Globe Club status in any year, a club must do four things:

  • Participate financially in an International Service project.
  • Participate financially in the Polio Plus program.
  • Have a club program that presents an international project.
  • Have a club program that discusses the Rotary Foundation, Rotary Foundation program(s), or youth exchange.

To document your club's achievement of these standards,
complete and submit the Globe Club Submission Form.  

Each club which attains the Globe Club award will receive a patch for the club banner and a recognition certificate.

To receive your Globe Club recognition, please fill out the form and submit to International Service Committee Chair Ricky White either by e-mail ( or by mail to: 590 New Bethel Rd., Lafayette, TN  37083.

For recognition at the District Conference, please have your submission in by March 31, 2017

Click here for a list of previous winners

2015-2016 Globe Clubs
as of June 30th, 2016

  Bradley Sunrise      
  Chattanooga Breakfast      
  Chattanooga Hamilton Place      
  Cookeville Breakfast      
  Cookeville Sunset      
  Fairfield Glade      
  Grundy County      
  Knoxville Breakfast      
  Knoxville Volunteer      
  McMinnville Breakfast      
  Oak Ridge      
  Oak Ridge Breakfast      
  Oak Ridge Sunset      
  Pigeon Forge      
  Sevierville Sunrise      
  Seymour Breakfast      
  Smith Co. Noon      
  South Campbell County      
  South Pittsburg      
  Tellico Lake       
  Tullahoma Sunrise  
  Turkey Creek Sunset