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The Rotary Foundation of the United Kingdom receives gift of £1.25 million from accomplished pianist and teacher

Helen Ruddock of Suffolk, England, promoted the goals and values of Rotary through her leadership, service, and integrity. Helen Ruddock of Suffolk, England bequeathed a generous donation of £1.25 million to The Rotary Foundation. Having passed away in 2015 at the age of 96, and although not a Rotarian herself, Mrs Ruddock had a passion for improving the lives of others. Her introduction to Rotary and The Rotary Foundation was made by a close friend, who was a member of the Rotary Club of Halstead for a number of years. Complying with Mrs Ruddock's wishes, the spendable earnings from...

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Five years since its debut, Rotary Club Central is getting a big upgrade

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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,...

International Service Chair and committee members

International service occurs when two or more countries collaborate on a community service project that involves Rotarians from one or more countries. The International Service Committee is committed to helping our district’s clubs establish international club-to-club relationships and humanitarian projects. 

2016-17 International Service Committee:

Ricky White, Lafayette, Chair (2)

Barbara Blanton, Shelbyville

Phil Baker, Cookeville

Ely Driver, North Knoxville

David M. Elliot, Chattanooga Hamilton Place

Betty Robertson, Pigeon Forge

David Sergeant, Chattanooga Breakfast

Neal Cox, McMinnville Breakfast

Ken Thomas, Kingston

Pepe Perron, Crossville


According to Rotary International, the overall objective of an international service committee is to "promote greater awareness, direct lines of communication, and accountability for all types of international service."

The District 6780 International Service Committee has developed the following goals for 2016-2017.


    1.   Increase awareness of, and participation in, the various international service opportunities that are available to every club, including the following:

            a.    investment in international projects and grants

b.    speakers and programs in international service

c.    projects done in other districts

d.    related international connections such as youth exchange, friendship exchange, RI international convention, volunteer service opportunities, Rotary Peace Centers, Polio Plus, and international scholars.

    2.   Coordinate and share, through the website and otherwise, information and activities from every District 6780 club in international service.

    3.   Provide assistance to clubs in Rotary Grants/Future Vision implementation (either directly or by making connections) and other related Rotary Foundation issues as applicable. 

    4.   Support the Assistant Governors in their efforts to encourage clubs to develop and complete the newly revised Globe Club award.


The International Service Committee encourages every club to be involved in one or more international service projects. Some clubs have projects one-on-one with an organization and/or Rotary club overseas, and some clubs partner with other clubs for international service. Projects usually include financial support and/or hands-on service work.

Rotary Foundation matching grants can be available for some international service projects. For smaller projects, a club can apply for a District Grant. For larger projects, a club can apply for a Global Grant. Clubs are encouraged to partner with other district clubs for either of these grants. Clubs also can be partners in Global Grants with other districts. For more information about these grants, please contact the International Service Committee Chair or your club's Committee contact (see below).

A good source of ideas for international service projects is the listing of what our clubs are currently planning. The International Service Committee is gathering information about international service from every club, and we will list that information in this section as is it gathered. (Please note that this information does not include support of the Polio Plus effort, which is anticipated to be done by every club.)

Another source of ideas for projects is the new "Rotary Showcase". This can be found on the first page of the Rotary International website. Our district has an entry under water and sanitation for both the Thailand water project and for the Mexico Heart 2 Heart water tank project. 

Club International Service Plans for 2016-2017:


International Service Training and Speaker Opportunities

The International Service Committee can present training material suitable for a club meeting or international committee meeting, to help a club understand international service opportunities and select an appropriate project. The Committee can also provide speakers for a wide variety of international service projects and issues. If your club is interested in training or speakers, please contact any International Service Committee member.

Model for Successful Projects

Projects that are completed successfully and grow into a lasting club-to-club relationship usually share these characteristics:

  • Traveler -- someone who regularly travels between the two countries.
  • Salesman -- someone to keep the project on the club's radar screen.
  • Contact -- need a good person on the ground in the project country; doesn't need to be a Rotarian.
  • Project leader -- can be in either country and need not be a Rotarian. Carries the vision for the project and keeps things moving forward.
  • Project -- a confirmed need that must be sized right for the clubs in terms of complexity and duration.
  • Money -- source of funding can be within the club, other clubs or matching grants. It needs to match the project and the clubs.
  • Money controls -- checks to be sure the money is well-spent.
  • Feedback -- frequent photos, e-mails etc. about the project and the people.
  • Balance -- reasonable involvement of partner clubs.


We have revised the District Globe Club Award to recognize excellence in International Service. The International Service Committee works with the Assistant Governors and the clubs to help clubs achieve this recognition. Please review the new criteria. Every club, regardless of size or location, can now reasonably achieve the Globe Club Award. Click HERE for a PDF version of the form.


Committee Chair:      

Ricky White