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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...

YES Awards

The YES Awards, or the Youth Service Awards, is awarded to clubs who have contributed to and supported Interact, Rotaract, Exchange students, or sponsored students to RYLA. Contact District Chair for Youth Services and Young Adults PDG Jerry Wear for more information on the YES Awards or any Youth Service questions.

Complete YES Award Report and submit online to receive awards. Submission may be made at any time during the Rotary year.

In order to receive a Gold Level YES Award, a club must complete one of the following:

  1. Sponsor/Support 1 or more high school students to Rotary Youth Leadership Academy. or RYLA.  Contact Don Randolph for more information on RYLA.
  2. Sponsor/Support an Interact Club in 5th - 12th grades in any public or private school in Tennessee.  Contact Bruce Wilson for more information on Interact clubs.
  3. Sponsor Inbound or Outbound Youth Exchange Students or an Inbound Event. Contact Rachel Moses for more info on Youth Exchange.
  4. Sponsor/Support a Rotaract Club in District 6780. Contact Theresa Ennis for information on Rotaract.
  5. Participate in one of the following: Dollywood Foundation Project, Imagination Library, Little Free Library, Dictionary Project, Youth Reading Program (community or youth), Four Way Speech contest, or other Literacy Program for Youth.

If a club completes more than one of the above, the club will receive a separate award level for each.

In order for a club to receive a Silver Level Award, a donation of $100.00 must be made to the Youth Exchange Committee to support inbound activities. Submission can be made at any time during the Rotary year, but to be recognized at the District Conference, it must be before April 1st.