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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...

Winners

Speech topic: Leadership, Service, and the Four Way test. The contestant must apply the Rotary Four-Way Test to the concepts of leadership, service to others and life experience.

The following students exemplified all qualifications of the competition guidelines:

  1. Delivery must be presented from memory without the aid of podium, notes, displays or props.
  2. No less than 4 minutes, no more than 6 minutes.  
  3. Speech must be the work of the contestant alone, no more than 75 words may be quoted.

Winners of the 2016 Contest

 Pictured L to R: DG Beth Stubbs, Carolina Hatfield, 3rd Place Winner (South Pittsburg), Danielle Quisenberry, 2nd Place Winner, (Seymour Breakfast), and Julia Goncalves, 1st Place Winner, (Cleveland)

 

Winners of Recent Contests:

1st Place - Wendy Armenta, Cleveland -$1000 Scholarship

2nd Place - Brooke Chaffin, Bradley Sunrise -$500 Scholarship

3rd Place - Mickayla Stogsdill, Farragut -$250 Scholarship

 

 Front Row: L to R: Kayla Adams (Jamestown), Ovi Kabir (Oak Ridge Sunset), Mikayla Stogsdill, 3rd Place Winner (Farragut), Brooke Chaffin, 2nd Place Winner (Bradley Sunrise), Wendy Armenta, 1st Place Winner (Cleveland), and DG Jerry Wear. Back Row: Emily Hooper (South Pittsburg), Condra Lee Carter (Dayton)