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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,...

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.