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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...

Rotary to premiere latest virtual reality film

Following the success of its first virtual reality film, released in October, Rotary is working with Google's virtual reality team to offer an experience that showcases the impact of compassion to a global audience. We're producing a three-minute virtual reality film that emphasizes the two themes of polio and peace, and how Rotary's work to eradicate the disease is increasing stability across the world. We'll premiere the film on 13 June during the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It will be widely released in time for World Polio Day on 24 October. We invite...

Rotary Support Center certified as Center of Excellence

The Rotary Support Center has earned BenchmarkPortal's certification as a Center of Excellence, a noted designation in the customer service and support industry. The certification puts Rotary's Support Center in the top 10 percent of industry peers that requested evaluation by BenchmarkPortal. The Rotary Support Center received nearly 50,000 phone calls and 84,000 email requests for help last year. "I am so proud and happy to have such a great team who continue to reach higher levels of performance and break new records and exceed the goals," says Howard Henry, Support Center manager. "This...

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

When we introduced Rotary Club Central in 2012, it revolutionized goal tracking and planning for clubs and districts — no more filling out paper club-planning forms or passing along boxes of historical club information every time a new leader took office. Rotary Club Central offered clubs and districts a quantifiable way to begin measuring local and global impact, specifically membership initiatives, service activities, and Rotary Foundation giving. But as with any technological advancement, in a few short years, Rotary Club Central began to show its age, and Rotarians took notice. They...

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,...

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.