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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...

Lacy Bomar Awards

Documentation of projects submitted for the Lacy-Bomar Awards must be submitted by March 22, 2017.

Send your entries to District Awards Chair Randy Randle for consideration for awards.

 Submissions are to have a COVER SHEET with the following information:

  1. Name of the Rotary club and the president;
  2. The maximum number of members in the club during the project;
  3. The name, mailing address, telephone numbers, and electronic mail address of the project contact person;
  4. The Award category entered (Community, Vocational, International, New Generations, and Fundraising)

New for 2016-17! Submissions may now be sent in electronically. Other media, such as video, CDC, PowerPoint, etc. can also be accepted. It is suggested that photographs, copies of letters or flyers and a narrative be included.


Documentation content must include the following:

  1. A description of the project including beginning date and ending date or anticipated ending date and chronology of activities (project must be expected to be completed during the current Rotary year);
  2. The goals and objectives; accomplishments (i.e., project results);
  3. The number of club members participating and how they participated (i.e., assisted in planning, gave money, did physical work, etc.);
  4. Amount and sources of funds and other contributions obtained;
  5. Any other information that illustrates “Service Above Self” of the club members.
  6. Each entry should contain documentation of only one project. Clubs are welcome to submit as many projects as they wish, so long as each project is done as a separate entity. The same project may not be submitted for more than one category.

The District Awards Committee will be looking for the quality of the project and complete, clear, and concise documentation, including grammar/spelling.

 Submissions for the Lacy-Bomar Awards are to be evaluated on the following criteria:

  1. 60%: Impact of the project on the individuals served (What needs were met?)
  2. 20%: Extent that all club members and others who collaborated were involved
  3. 10%: Originality of project (Is this a continuing project or a new one that meets needs that haven’t been met before?)
  4. 10%: Presentation and appearance of documentation


Send two January bulletins and two February bulletins for your entry. Please review the evaluation criteria carefully. Submissions for both the printed and electronic club bulletins must be submitted by March 22, 2017.

Note: Printed and electronic club bulletins may now be submitted electronically. Please indicate if entry is to be judged as printed or electronic bulletin.

…..To be considered an electronic bulletin, the bulletin must be published and distributed electronically and appear in the body of the email.

…..If a bulletin is published and distributed electronic(see above) and distributed in printed format, the club must specify the category for which the bulletin is submitted. If there is no specification, the committee will assume it is a printed bulletin submission.

…..If a bulletin is sent as an attachment to an email, even if no printed copies are distributed, it should be submitted as a printed bulletin.

Club bulletin content will be evaluated as follows:

….. 30% Information about the club(service projects, member news/recognition, budgets, etc)

….. 20% Information about past, current, and upcoming programs and speakers of the club

….. 20% Information about Rotary International, including Rotary Foundation

….. 10% Information about activities within the district, including items from the District Governor’s newsletter

….. 10% appearance(attractiveness, formatted so it is easily read and attracts readers)
….. 10% Other(community news, industry coming to area, anecdotes, inspiration, humor)

Please send entries to: District Awards Chair Randy Randle, 213 Roberts Street, Livingston, TN 38570, (931)-261-8306 (Cell). Email:


To qualify your entries for consideration, be sure they are

Submitted by March 22, 2017


2015-2016 Lacy Bomar Award Winners


Community Service:

1st Place:  Fairfield Glade, Music And Memory - Alzheimers

2nd Place: Oak Ridge Sunset, Baskets for Seniors

3rd Place: Chattanooga Hamilton Place, Widow's Harvest


International Service:

1st Place:  Chattanooga Breakfast, Latrines in Haiti

2nd Place: Knoxville, South Africa Bags of Love

3rd Place: Lafayette, New Hope Prep School restrooms & latrines


Vocational Service:

1st Place:  Oak Ridge Sunset, DaVinci Arts & Science Fairs

2nd Place: Lafayette, Career Day at Macon Co HS

3rd Place: Cookeville, White Plains Academy Vocational Day


New Generations:

1st Place: Livingston, 28 & Up Program

2nd Place: Lafayette, Kindergarten Reading Program

3rd Place: Cookeville, Rotaract trip to Dominican Republic 


Fund Raising:

1st Place: Livingston, Hog Dinner

2nd Place: Bradley Sunrise, Annual Gala

3rd Place: Pigeon Forge, Craft Fair 



Printed Bulletins:

1st Place:  Tellico Lake

2nd Place Tie: Livingston & Fairfield Glade 



Electronic Bulletins:

1st Place: Farragut

2nd Place: Knoxville

3rd Place: Lafayette