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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...

STAR Club awards

The Rotary Foundation's fundraising goal is for every Rotarian to donate $100 every year.

To support this goal, District 6780 launched the STAR CLUB Designation Program during Rotary's Centennial year, 2004-2005. The program has been a great success. Rotarians are proud to belong to a STAR CLUB and to help make District 6780 become the brightest constellation in the world of Rotary.

Our District recognizes as a STAR CLUB every club whose annual contribution level reaches an average of $100 per member.

In order for a club to receive STAR CLUB designation and be recognized at the District Conference the club MUST turn in its annual contributions by March 31st each year. This will allow enough time to determine which clubs will be recognized at the annual District Conference.

Clubs that meet the goal by June 30th will be lauded by the District Governor during the annual visit to the club. Also, there will be a special list of the STAR CLUBS displayed on the District's web site and listed in the annual District Directory.

Designation as a STAR CLUB adds prestige to each and every club that achieves this annual level of support for our Rotary Foundation.

Every year each Rotary Club can add more stars. Clubs that continue to show full support for the Rotary Foundation year after year will be classified as a 2 STAR CLUB, 3 STAR CLUB, 4 STAR CLUB, 5 STAR CLUB, to 10 SUPER STAR CLUB, etc.

Rotary District 6780's goal is to have  every club recognized as a STAR CLUB every year.

There is not a better way for all of us to affirm our belief in the incredible programs and projects made possible by The Rotary Foundation. Motivate your Rotary club to become a STAR CLUB!

For more information on achieving a Star Club award, contact Norm Fontana at



The Star Club program honors those clubs whose contributions to The Rotary Foundation's Annual Giving Fund average $100 per member or more.

Winchester was the first club in our District to achieve STAR status; in the 2004-2005 Rotary year, the club's members were first to submit a per capita average of $100 or more. There were 31 STAR clubs in the program's first year.

Clubs who achieved the Star Club status for 10 years were given a Superstar award, which was a bigger star for the banner, and Superstar club status.


Clubs Star Club Status as of 2016:


Bearden: Superstar 12yrs

Bradley Sunrise: Superstar 11yrs

Carthage: 4yrs

Chattanooga: Superstar 11yrs

Chattanooga Breakfast: Superstar 11yrs

Chattanooga Hamilton Place: Superstar 11yrs

Cleveland: Superstar 12yrs

Clinton: 1year

Cookeville: Superstar 11yrs

Cookeville Breakfast: Superstar 10yrs

Cookeville Sunset: 4yrs

Crossville: 9yrs

Crossville Breakfast: 6yrs

Dayton: 9yrs

Etowah: 0

Fairfield Glade: Superstar 12yrs

Farragut: Superstar 12yrs

Fayetteville: Superstar 10yrs

Franklin Co AM: 7yrs

Gatlinburg: 7yrs

Grundy County:  Superstar 10yrs

Harriman: 2yrs

Hartsville: Superstar 10yrs

Jamestown: 5yrs

Jefferson City: 4yrs

Kingston: Superstar 12yrs

Knoxville: Superstar 12yrs

Knoxville Breakfast: Superstar 12yrs

Knoxville Volunteer: 8yrs

Lafayette: 4yrs

Lebanon: 2yrs

Lebanon Breakfast: 7yrs

Lenoir City: 8yrs

Livingston: Superstar 12yrs

Loudon: 5yrs

Manchester: 4yrs

Maryville-Alcoa: Superstar 12yrs

McMinnville: 4yrs

McMinnville Breakfast: 4yrs

Monteagle-Sewanee: 8yrs

Morristown: Superstar 12yrs

Morristown AM: Superstar 10yrs

Mt. Juliet Breakfast: 2yrs

Mt. Juliet Noon: 6yrs

North Knoxville: Superstar 11yrs

Oak Ridge: Superstar 12yrs

Oak Ridge Breakfast: Superstar 12yrs

Oak Ridge Sunset: 8yrs

Pigeon Forge: Superstar 11yrs

Rockwood: 2yrs

Rogersville: Superstar 12yrs

Sevierville: 6yrs

Sevierville Sunrise: 7yrs

Seymour Breakfast: Superstar 11yrs

Shelbyville: Superstar 12yrs

Smith Co Noon: 0

Smithville: Superstar 10yrs

South Campbell Co: Superstar 10yrs

South Pittsburg: Superstar 11yrs

Sparta: Superstar 12yrs

Tellico Lake: Superstar 11yrs

Tullahoma: Superstar 12yrs

Tullahoma Sunrise: 9yrs

Turkey Creek Sunset: 3yrs

Winchester: Superstar 12yrs