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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,...

District Governor Fred Heitman
District Governor 2016-2017

Fred Heitman has been a member of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge since 1998. Fred has served his club in a variety of capacities, including holding numerous club offices. He served as club president in 2005-06. He served as co-chair and fund raising chair for the Secret City Centennial project. He has chaired several fund raising events for his club.

As club Polio Plus chair, he chaired several successful fund raisers for polio eradication efforts. He was selected as club Rotarian of the Year for 2012-13. He has served on the faculty of his Rotary College since 2001. He is a Rotary Foundation Benefactor, a member of the Paul Harris Society, and a Major Donor to the Rotary Foundation. He has served as District 6780 Polio Plus chair, the Annual Giving Coordinator, and the Foundation Donations chair. Fred graduated from the District Leadership Academy in 2009-10. He served as an Assistant Governor in 2011-12. Fred received the Interact Eagle Award in 2012. He was the General Chair of the District 6780 Peace Forum  Committee that hosted RI President Sakuji Tanaka in 2013. Fred was part of the inaugural Zone 30/31 Emerging Leaders Institute in 2013. He was selected to serve as the District 6780 District Governor in 2016-17.

Fred holds a BS in Zoology from Oklahoma State University and an MS in Biology (Fisheries) from Tennessee Technological University. He is a Certified Fisheries Professional by the American Fisheries Society and a Certified Stormwater Inspector by the National Stormwater Center. He served as President of the Tennessee Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, and as President of the Southern Division of the American Fisheries Society. He continued to serve AFS on the professional certification committee for several years. Fred has published several articles in refered scientific journals dealing with his fisheries research projects. Fred has authored three chapters in a multi volume set of books entitled "Reproductive biology and early life history of fishes in the Ohio River drainage." Fred is the owner of American Aquatics, Inc., a biological consulting firm. The company specializes in management of small impoundments for improved fishing; developing fish and wildlife management plans for private landowners; providing stormwater permitting assistance to municipalities, industries, and construction sites; and performing ecological assessments for large induatrial facilities. Fred travels throughout the country teaching Stormwater Inspector courses for the National Stormwater Center. Fred frequently speaks to non-technical audiences about Rotary, the Rotary Foundation, and Fish Sex.

Fred and his Rotarian wife Kathy Sergeant, share four children and 13 grandchildren. They reside in Knoxville.




The Governor's Team

DGE Deborah Alexander-Davis

DGN Jim Roxlo