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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,...

Committee Chair and members

2016-17 Youth Service Committees

Youth Service 
Jerry Wear, PDG, General Chair (2), Pigeon Forge  jerrywear@att.net

RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards
Don Randolph, Sparta, Chair (4)  donr5568@gmail.com

  • Megan Ownby, Gatlinburg
  • Linda C Shults, AG, Seymour Breakfast
  • McKinley Tabor, Cookeville
  • John Downs, Sparta
  • Cody White, Sparta
  • Pepe Perron, Crossville, Advisor

International Youth Exchange
Rachel Moses, Cookeville Breakfast, Chair (3)  coachrach@aol.com

  • Rick Woods, Cookeville, Immediate Past Chair
  • Bill Nichols, Farragut, Outbound Chair
  • Frank Hughes, Chattanooga, Member       
  • Jan Melcher, Oak Ridge, Inbound Chair
  • Scot Shanks, Crossville, Treasurer
  • Alan Clark, Franklin County A.M., Member
  • Charles Samuels, Oak Ridge, Member
  • Adolph King, Oak Ridge, Member
  • McKinley Tabor, Crossville, Asst. Inbound Chair
  • Betty Vickers, Seymour Breakfast, Short-Term Program Chair
  • Jerry Wear, PDG, Pigeon Forge, Member
  • Linda Wear, Pigeon Forge, Member
  • John Downs, Sparta, Member

Interact
Bruce Wilson, Pigeon Forge, Chair (3)  shsbaseballer@gmail.com

  • Mary Benson Brown, Pigeon Forge, Treasurer
  • Tom Bradbury, Lenoir City
  • Susan Barrett, McMinnville
  • Cindy Garrett, Winchester
  • Debby Kell, McMinnville
  • Jeff McKinley, AG, McMinnville Breakfast
  • Cindy Toth, Oak Ridge Breakfast

Rotaract
Theresa Ennis, Cookeville, Chair (5)   tennis@tntech.edu

  • Randy Corlew, AG, Knoxville, Co-chair
  • Ron Bradham, Chattanooga
  • Frank Hughes, Chattanooga
  • Amadou Sall, Knoxville

James Bomar Interact Scholarship & 
Fred Brown Interact Award (ROP 7.5, 8.5)
Jim Buckner, PDG, Cleveland, Chair (2)   jim.buckner@comcast.net

  • Tom Bradbury, Lenoir City
  • Bobby Davis, PDG, Kingston
  • Deborah Alexander-Davis, DGE, Kingston, ex officio
  • Jim Roxlo, DGN, Chattanooga Breakfast, ex-officio
  • Ray Knowis, PDG, Tullahoma Noon
  • Fred Heitman, DG, Oak Ridge
  • Beth Stubbs, PDG, Maryville-Alcoa
  • Jerry Wear, PDG, Pigeon Forge