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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...

Past District Leadership

1915-1916 R.A. McDowell, Louisville, KY*    
1916-1917 James H, Allison, Nashville, TN* 1965-1966 Russell H. Pitchford, Carthage, TN*
1917-1918 James F. Finlay, Chattanooga, TN* 1966-1967 Frank B. Ward, Knoxville, TN*
1918-1919 Joseph W. Porter, Lexington, KY* 1967-1968 Ernest L. Stockton, Lebanon, TN*
1919-1920 Iverson L. Graves, Knoxville, TN* 1968-1969 Frank B. Ward, Knoxville, TN*
1920-1921 Charles W. Bailey, Clarksville, TN* 1969-1970 James L. Bomar, Jr., Shelbyville, TN*
1921-1922 T. Graham Hall, Nashville, TN* 1970-1971 L.T. Reeves, Cookeville, TN*
1922-1923 James H. Richmond, Louisville, KY* 1971-1972 John C. Brandt, Tullahoma, TN*
1923-1924 Will R. Manier, Jr. Nashville, TN* 1972-1973 Walter T. Pulliam, Harriman, TN
1924-1925 W.J. Craig, Bowling Green, KY* 1973-1974 Theodore F. Wagner, Kingston, TN*
1925-1926 Leonard C. Lamb, Knoxville, TN* 1974-1975 John P. Guerry, Chattanooga, TN
1926-1927 H. Vasser Somerville, Paris, TN* 1975-1976 Webster Pendergrass, Knoxville, TN*
1927-1928 James A. Cayce, Nashville, TN* 1976-1977 Sam Cordell, McMinnville, TN*
1928-1929 Robert Yost, Bristol, VA/TN* 1977-1978 Fred Brown, Athens, TN*
1929-1930 Frank M. Frankland, Jackson, TN* 1978-1979 Franklin Yates, Shelbyville, TN *
1930-1931 Eldridge W. Palmer, Kingsport, TN* 1979-1980 C.C. “Red” Williams, Oak Ridge, TN*
1931-1932 John L. Hill, Nashville, TN* 1980-1981 James L. Lacy, Cookeville, TN
1932-1933 Robert L. Peck, Springfield, TN* 1981-1982 Robert G. Ely, Jr., Knoxville, TN
1933-1934 Alexander Guerry, Chattanooga, TN* 1982-1983 C. Morgan Lorance, Shelbyville, TN*
1934-1935 William P. Cooper, Chattanooga, TN* 1983-1984 Thomas T. Tidwell, Sr. Knoxville, TN*
1935-1936 F. Bond Wilkinson, Jackson, TN* 1984-1985 Ray L. Nation, Chattanooga, TN*
1936-1937 Clarence P. Daniel, Bristol, VA/TN* 1985-1986 David L. Cope, Oak Ridge, TN*
1937 - Eldridge W. Palmer, Kingsport, TN* 1986-1987 M. Eugene Turner, Crossville, TN*
1937-1938 H. Grady Huddleston, Nashville, TN* 1987-1988 Douglas J. Ferguson, Gatlinburg, TN*
1938-1939 J.U. Overall, Jr., Dyersburg, TN* 1988-1989 Winston L. Wallace, Manchester, TN
1939-1940 H.B. Barks, Chattanooga, TN* 1989-1990 Arthur V. Clancy, Jr., Knoxville, TN
1940-1941 Howard K. Edgerton, Lebanon, TN* 1990-1991 William Hackemann, Shelbyville, TN*
1941-1942 John T. Gray, Jr., Brownsville, TN* 1991-1992 George W. Evans, Oak Ridge, TN*
1942-1943 C.V. Bruner, Cookeville, TN* 1992-1993 James A. Andrews, Cookeville, TN
1943-1944 R.L. McBride, Jr. Lewisburg, TN* 1993-1994 Donald R. Collette, McMinnville, TN
1944-1945 B.C. Durham, Ripley, TN* 1994-1995 Arthur H. Pickle, Knoxville, TN
1945-1946 Winfield Hale, Rogersville, TN* 1995-1996 H. Bert Coble, Lebanon, TN
1946-1947 N.T. Lowry, Nashville, TN* 1996-1997 John F. Germ, Chattanooga, TN
1947-1948 Mort Greenstone, Paris, TN* 1997-1998 Charles E. Whittle, Oak Ridge, TN*
1948-1949 J. Everett Allen Chattanooga, TN* 1998-1999 Charles E. Nunley, McMinnville, TN
1949-1950 Webb Follin, Shelbyville, TN* 1999-2000 Harry L. Fields, III, Chattanooga, TN
1950-1951 F. Dwight McDonald, Knoxville, TN* 2000-2001 James H. Buckner, Cleveland, TN
1951-1952 William J. Sanders, Jr. Tullahoma, TN* 2001-2002 Jackson B. (Jack) Richard, Oak Ridge, TN*
1952-1953 Kenneth H. Brown, Cleveland, TN* 2002-2003 Robin Hines, Tullahoma, TN*
1953-1954 Harry L. Armstrong, Lebanon, TN* 2003-2004 Don Hinch, Crossville, TN*
1954-1955 David Lockmiller, Chattanooga, TN* 2004-2005 John Bailey, Knoxville, TN
1955-1956 Mason Gooch, Sparta, TN* 2005-2006 Karen Wentz, Maryville, TN
1956-1957 Bruce H. Sisler, Gatlinburg, TN* 2006-2007 Jim Devlin, Tullahoma, TN
1957-1958 G.A. Gearish, Fayetteville, TN* 2007-2008 Robin Textor, Oak Ridge-Breakfast, TN
1958-1959 Henri T. Marius, Lenoir City, TN* 2008-2009 Carol LaRue, Maryville, TN*
1959-1960 Charles M. Clark, McMinnville, TN* 2009-2010 Carol Foster, Fayetteville, TN
1960-1961 Charles H. Miller, Knoxville, TN* 2010-2011 Bobby Davis, Kingston, TN
1961-1962 Richard Moore, Chattanooga, TN* 2011-2012 Frank Rothermel, Knoxville, TN
1962-1963 Luke Nabors, Morristown, TN* 2012-2013 Jack Bailey, Oak Ridge TN
1963-1964 W.H. Hawkersmith, Tullahoma, TN* 2013-2014 Ray Knowis, Tullahoma Noon
1964-1965 William T. Sergeant, Oak Ridge, TN* 2014-2015 Jerry Wear, Pigeon Forge
 2015-2016 Beth Stubbs, Maryville-Alcoa    
*Deceased    
The College of Governors consists of every past governor who resides in the district. The college is comprised of distinguished Rotarians of vast experience who continue their availability to the district and the current governor for service, collectively and individually.

Since July 1, 1950, when the present boundaries of District 6780 were established, district governors have come from Rotary clubs within these boundaries.

Rotary District 6780 expresses its most sincere appreciation to the Chattanooga Rotary Club for serving as the depository for past district records and archives of historical value. All clubs should send materials of value to this depository in Chattanooga. A special thanks is given to retired Chattanooga Executive Secretary, Mrs. Thelma Hipp, for this service to the district.