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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...

Community Service

Community Service Committee 2016-17:

Andy Anderson, Bradley Sunrise, Chair

Shelby Watson, Chattanooga Hamilton Place 

The District Community Service Committee encourages every club to be involved in one or more community service projects. Rotary clubs are making an impact in communities around the world. Please send in your club's service project information to SueAnne Lewis to be featured in the District Newsletter at:

Click here to see a detailed description of the Community Service Committee's purpose & goals, training & speakers, and more.


The Chattanooga Breakfast Rotary Club Four Way Test Project


Knox Volunteer Rotary Club - The Knox Volunteer club has partnered with Sarah Moore Green Elementary School in Knoxville on a reading project. Every month they conduct a book drop at the school, and members donate books to the project. The club gives every 1st and 2nd grader a hard back book to read, and then comes to the school to read with each student for 3o minutes. They have made a good contribution to each students personal library at home. The students get valuable interaction with adults, especially male adults. The school enjoys it, the members enjoy it, and the kids love the program. The club also asks the Scholastic Book Warehouse to hold "sales" in May & December, and the students can shop. Other ideas are to have a "Fill A Box" for $25 sale, offer books at a discount, and the students get an opportunity to get lots of good books in volume.  The Knox Volunteer club has done this project for over 10 years, and it is a $800-$1500 investment, but you get a BIG return on the dollar!   Email John Burgess for more information on how your club can set up a similar project.


Chattanooga Hamilton Place - JA In A Day project

JA in A Day

Chattanooga Hamilton Place Rotary Club honors teachers selected from the senior class from the following high schools:

  1. Boyd Buchanan School
  2. Collegedale Academy
  3. East Hamilton High School
  4. Ooltewah High School
  5. Silverdale Baptist Academy

 We also give them a $50 J. Alexander’s Restaurant gift certificate and Stephen Pike, one of our club members arranges the limousine ride to and from the event.  We allow the honoree to bring the principal as well as a student to introduce them. 

For examples of the JA in A Day project materials, please click on the following links:

Influential Educator Awards Ballot

Influential Educator Letter

JA in A Day Frequently Asked Questions

JA in A Day Details

JA in A Day Elementary School Programs

For more information on Chattanooga Hamilton Place's JA in A Day project, please contact:

Brigette Thurman at


Tullahoma Noon and Tullahoma Sunrise - Rotary Rocket Playground Project

The Tullahoma clubs partnered with the Tullahoma Parks and Rec Department to build a new, safer playground for the community. Email Greg Sandlin for more information on the playground project or the Disc Golf project mentioned below.


Tullahoma Sunrise Rotary Disc Golf and Arboretum Project


Maryville-Alcoa and the Music & Technology Rotary Club of Blount County Food for Kids service project

The Maryville-Alcoa club and the Music & Tech Satellite Clubs partnered together to serve over 500 children in 4 elementary schools to pack food for the Second Harvest Backpack Food for Kids program. Teachers identify children who they think are at a risk for being hungry over the weekend, and put the bagged food in their backpack. Second Harvest delivers pallets of food to the Rotary club, then members meet together to unpack the pallets and pack the bags, place in totes, then deliver twice a month to the designated schools. If you would like to sponsor a school, please contact Sam Compton at Second Harvest, 1-865-243-8221. You may also contact Jennifer LaRue for more information on how the Maryville clubs run their Food for Kids program.