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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...

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District 6780 Rotary Year 2016-17 Membership Committee

Shelly Christian, Cookeville, Chair

Dwight Jewell, Hartsville

Christine Celik, Fairfield Glade

Pat Fuller, Bradley Sunrise

Mike Krutz, Lebanon Breakfast

Gina Crumbliss, Chattanooga Hamilton Place

Attraction, Classifications & News Subcommittee:

Mary Brown, Subcommittee Chair (4), Pigeon Forge, 423-322-4231

Katie Bell, AG, Grundy County, 931-235-4044

Planning & Statistics Subcommittee:

Katie Bell, AG, Grundy County, Chair

Cathy Wormbrod, Oak Ridge Sunset

New Club Development Subcommittee

Beth Stubbs, DG, Maryville-Alcoa

Dan Hatfield, Monteagle, Co-Chair

Dave Mason, AG, Oak Ridge Sunset

Engagement & Development Subcommittee:

Dwight Jewell, Chair (3), Hartsville, 615-604-7313

Don Baldus, Morristown,

Jon Carlburg, Oak Ridge Sunset

Alan Clark, Franklin Co AM

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