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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 Foundation Chair Bio

 PDG Beth Stubbs, District Foundation Chair 2016-17

 An experienced and proven CPA, Beth has been Chief Financial Officer at Trinity Benefit Advisors Inc., in Knoxville, Tennessee, since its inception in 2006. Beth also has a private practice providing specialized consulting services to small business owners for managing accounting and financing matters, as well as developing exit strategies. She has been actively involved in servicing others through a variety of causes and organizations throughout her career. She serves on local non-profit boards, including the Advisory Board for the Hearing and Speech Foundation, and is Past Chair and Treasurer of Asbury Place, Inc., - a regional retirement community organization. In the past, she has served in various District officer positions in Toastmasters International.

Beth joined Rotary in 1991, served as President of the Rotary club of Maryville-Alcoa in 1999-2000 and served as an Assistant Governor in 2007-2010. She has served the district as a Mid-South PETS trainer many times, District Conference Chair, and District Annual Program Fund Chair. District 6780 has led the way in Annual giving for many years in per capita giving in Annual Fund, total giving, and many other categories for Zones 30-31.

For the year 2015-16, she served as District Governor for 6780. To further her knowledge of Rotary International, she has attended 15 international conventions, attended various Zone meetings around the country, traveled to New York City for UN Day at Rotary, and served in a National Immunization Day in India, where she participated in immunizing children against polio.

She is a supporter of The Rotary Foundation and is a member of the Arch Klumph Society. She is also a member of the Paul Harris Society, and a Paul Harris Fellow.

Beth graduated from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire with a BS in Accounting. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Tennessee Society of Public Accountants. She is very active in her church in Knoxville, Church Street United Methodist, having served as Chair of Church Council, the Finance Committee, the annual budget fund raising effort to raise $3M for a capital campaign. She is an avid Lady Vols fan, and goes to a game whenever she can. Beth is married to Tony, a business owner, fellow Rotarian, and insurance broker. They have 3 children, Tammy, Dawn and Thomas, and 3 grandchildren.