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Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary convention

Former First Lady Laura Bush to speak at Rotary conventionFormer First Lady of the United States Laura Bush, an advocate for literacy, education, and women’s rights, will speak at the 2018 Rotary Convention in Toronto this

Rotaract clubs honored for excellent service 2018

Top Rotaract honor goes to club that empowers women who have HIVRotaract clubs around the world earn awards for excellent

Rotary members plant red mangrove trees

Submerged tree

Final Exam

After a grueling year of preparation, two Rotarians and a Rotaractor face one last challenge before they can join the elite ShelterBox Response

Rotary 2017 peace champions

Meet 6 champions of

Community Service

Community Service Committee 2017-18:

Paul West, Turkey Creek,

Barry Doss, Lafayette

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.