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Rotary District 6780

Ray Knowis, District Governor 2013-14

Service is what you were born for so don't miss your opportunity!

  Volume 98 No. 2

Tom King Co-Editor

Greg Maciolek Co-Editor

Issue Date August 7, 2013



 The August Message From District Governor Ray Knowis


My first month as District Governor was most satisfying. Ann and I visited 11 clubs, met dedicated Rotarians who are engaged and changing lives and learned about the many service projects that the clubs have undertaken. A number to throw out is that so far this

 DG Ray Knowis  

year there have been 24 District Matching Grants worth $115,000. Very impressed with the projects. Well done.


Our District's Foundation, Membership and Youth/Young Adults Seminars will take place twice in August. The first one is August 17th at Pellissippi State in Knoxville and the other is at Motlow State in Tullahoma on August 24th. Details have been emailed and there is a complete article in this newsletter. It's very important for a club's leadership team to attend. This ties into the fact that August is Membership Month. While recruitment is important, retention of club members is just as important. See you at the seminars.


Watch DG Ray's August Video. This month it includes photos of the DG visits during the month of July.




District Training Seminars Set for August 17 & 24


District Governor Ray Knowis is expecting big crowds at the two upcoming D6780 Foundation, Membership and Youth Service Seminars on Saturday, August 17 at Pellissippi State Community College (PSCC) in


 'Hear Ye, Hear Ye'

It's District Seminar Time!


Knoxville and at Motlow State on Saturday, August 24, in Tullahoma with registration. The registration will begin at 8 a.m. local time at both locations.  A light continental breakfast will be provided.  The seminar will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m.  Lunch will not be provided.  Pre-registration ends on August 10 but on-site registrations will be accepted on the day of the event.


You can review the seminar AGENDA and also get more information and REGISTER your members with this document.


Attendance at this seminar will be extremely helpful and informative for Club Presidents, Foundation Chairs, Membership Chairs, and Youth Service Chairs or Presidents-Elect and other officers and Rotarians.  There will be lots of great ideas shared in each area along with strategies to help clubs become bigger, better, and bolder!  And the seminar's planning committee promises that attendees will have fun, too!


Two Paul Harris Fellows will be awarded to Rotarians attending the seminars - and one of the two will reserved for Rotarians under the age of 40.



Final Reminder:  Pack the Park for Polio Is Thursday

Night at Smokies Park; DGE Jerry Doing 1st Pitch Honors


This is the final reminder for all Knoxville area Rotary Clubs: The annual District 6780 "Bill Sergeant Pack the Park to End Polio" event will be tomorrow night (Thursday August 8) featuring the Tennessee Smokies vs. the Montgomery Biscuits. Game time is 7:15 p.m. at Smokies Stadium, just I-40 at Exit 407.  And you'll get to see DGE Jerry Wear throw out the first pitch.



For each D6780 voucher sale, your club retains $4.50 to be sent to TRF as a PolioPlus donation credited to your club. However, this year the Gates Foundation will also be matching polio donations 2 for 1, so each $11 ticket sale actually results in a $13.50 contribution to PolioPlus.


If you can't make it to the game on August 8, that's not a problem. The voucher can be used to attend any of the 14 home games between August 9 and August 27 (but no meal coupon.) Note that Friday games have fireworks and Monday games are $1 hot dog nights (so you can still dine out cheap at the game!)


Play Ball!!!!!



District 6780 Has Record Number (10) of Outbound RYE Students     


By Bill Nichols / Chair, District Outbound RYE Committee


“Say YES” to everything they want you to experience. "Don’t be afraid to try new things” was the advice that a returning Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Outbound Student from Japan gave to a RYE student headed to South Korea.


Would you like:

  • To live in another country?
  • Become fluent in a foreign language?
  • Make lifelong friends from all over the world?
  • Become self-confident?
  • Learn the way of life for teens and families in a different culture?
  • Become an ambassador for your country?

 Our Outbound RYE group: 1st row, L-R:

Bobby Rogers, Emily Brener, Sophie

Roberts; 2nd row: Aidan Morrison, Donny

Rung, Brandon Brown, Haley Miles;

3rd row: Benjamin Dale, Kaylan Cavin,

Thomas Newman


This year District 6780 has 10 students who will get this once-in-a-lifetime experience as Outbound RYE students.  Here is the lineup:

  • Emily Brener, Farragut; From Webb School and leaving August 23 to Hwaseong-Si, South Korea
  • Brandon Brown, Crossville; From Cumberland County High and left August 7 for Thailand
  • Kaylyn Cavin, Cookeville Breakfast; From Cookeville High, leaving August  22 for Le Havre, Normandy, France
  • Benjamin Dale, Cleveland; From Cleveland High and leaving August 20 for Taipei, Taiwan
  • Haley Miles, Crossville; From Stone Memorial High and leaving in September for Boadilla Del Monte, Spain
  • Aidan Morrison, Crossville; From Cumberland County High and going to Chile
  • Thomas Newman, Sevierville Breakfast; From Kings Academy and going to Spisska Nova Ves, Slovakia
  • Sophie Roberts, Crossville; From Stone Memorial and left August 8 for Stryn, Norway
  • Bobby Ray Rogers, Crossville; From Cumberland County High and left July 15 for Naga City, Philippines
  • Donny Rung, Winchester; From Franklin County High going to Dourados,, Brazil

This is an AMAZING opportunity for fulltime high students ages 15 to 18 ½ that will be an experience of a lifetime. If you want this life-changing challenge then the Rotary Youth Exchange program is for you. If you meet the age requirement, are articulate, above average academically and have an interest in becoming a cultural ambassador for Rotary, then now is the opportunity for you to become an Outbound RYE student.

Most of the students go during their junior high school year and if they plan ahead they can earn enough credits to graduate with their class the year after their return. Rotary Clubs in District 6780 currently have exchanges with Rotary Clubs in approximately 30 countries in Europe, Asia and South America. The expenses related to a long-term Outbound student exchange are the responsibility of the applicant’s family. The cost should not exceed $6,000 for the year. The greatest expense is the airline ticket.

Rotary Exchange students live with multiple host families during the exchange year -- a minimum of two and sometimes as many as four families who have been carefully vetted.  Security and well-being of all students is of primary concern. Host families are carefully screened (including in-home interviews, reference checks and criminal background checks) to ensure the safety and well being of the student.

So, if you would like to climb Mt. Fuji, snow ski the Swiss Alps, live in the Amazon, view Paris in the evening, visit Rome, see the black sand beaches of the Philippines, participate in the water celebration in Thailand, visit Easter Island, or see the wonders of India with your host family or with other RYE students from around the world, THEN now is time to apply for the 2014-2015 Rotary Youth Exchange Long Term program.

Here is another opportunity for students.  It’s the Short Term Exchange Program (STEP) that allows young people from around the world to spend a summer together learning about different languages and cultures.  High school students will be hosted by his/her matched family in another country for four weeks during the summer. Your family will reciprocate by hosting your matched international student for a similar period. The parents and students pay the cost for the student’s airline ticket and a nominal administrative fee of $500 to Rotary District 6780. STEP applications can be found at www.ohioerie.org


Applications can be on the Ohio Erie Website (www.ohioerie.org) which is a great source of information on the Long Term and Short Term Rotary Youth exchange programs. Completed applications are due the first of November.

Please contact the following District 6780 Rotary Youth Exchange Committee members who will meet with you personally to assist you in completing the application and garnering more information.

Rick Woods, District Chair (Cookeville)  rwoods@cookeville-tn.org (931-239-5184)

Betty Vickers, Short Term Chair (Seymour) betty.vickers@gmail.com (865-603-1592)

Bill Nichols, Outbound Chair (Farragut) wnichols11400@comcast.net (865-567-1119)



Youth Exchange Committee Has New Facebook Page


District 6780’s Rotary Youth Exchange Committee has created its own page on Facebook to use as a communications tool to stay in touch with current and past Exchange students and their parents.

 Rachel Moses  


The page was created by Rachel Moses, Past President of the Rotary Club of Cookeville Breakfast.  She was an Assistant Governor 2009-2012 and serves on the District 6780 Youth Exchange Committee as well as the Group Study Exchange Committee.


Take a look at our District Youth Exchange FACEBOOK PAGE.


“The District Youth Exchange Committee felt that it would be good to create our own Facebook page in order to keep connected with former and current Rotary Youth Exchange students, both inbound and outbound, as well as parents of outbound students and host families of inbound students,” said Rachel. “We also want to promote Youth Exchange and try to recruit more host families for inbound students and recruit more high school students in our District to go outbound.”


Plans are to update the page with information on outbound applications (which will be due around November 1),  highlight those Rotary Clubs in the District that are already participating in Youth Exchange while encouraging more clubs to get involved in the future.  


“We would like to reach out to our rebounds (those students from Tennessee who went as outbound exchange students and are now back in the USA) and form an alumni organization.  These students will also be great future Rotarians one day,” Rachel said.


Rachel is the administrator of the page along with Rick Woods and Scot Shanks.



21st Annual RYLA Is Set for Sept. 21


District 6780’s 21st Annual RYLA will be held on Saturday, Sept. 21st at Camp Nakanawa in

Crossville and again will be led by AdventureWorks for the sixth consecutive year.  It’s time to select


your students for this great “Training Youth for Leadership Tomorrow” experience.


Also back is Darren Johnson, Interactive motivational speaker, trainer and consultant.


The cost is $100 per attendee and is open to rising high school juniors.   Clubs are encouraged to send between 4 and 12 students. The registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 6.  Late registrations will be $115.  Each Rotary club is responsible for transportation to and from the daylong event. 


Don Randolph of the Rotary Club of Sparta is chairing our District RYLA Committee. 


Everything you need – registration forms and all other applicable materials -- can be found on the RYLA page on our District website.  If you have any questions or need more information, email Don Randolph as soon as possible. Here is the LINK to the RYLA page on our District 6780 website.



August's Membership Minute:


Can You Attract Young People?  Here Are Some Ideas for You!


It’s Membership Month in Rotary and this month’s “Membership Minute” is about attracting younger


members.  Jim Davis, District Membership Chair, tells us about a new KFC restaurant in Louisville, KY that is unlike any other. The menu is different, the building is different and even the logo is different. They no longer serve chicken with the bones.


Why have they done this? What does it have to do with Rotary? The answer for Rotary is we are trying to attract people in their 20’s and 30’s. KFC wants new and young customers, and Rotary wants new members…..and we need young new members.


We think you will find this month’s MEMBERSHP MINUTE relevant for your push to attract younger members in your communities. If you need more information, email JIM DAVIS or call him at 423-504-5863 (cell) or at 423-479-9127 and he'll be in touch with you about this important topic. 



 A Rotary 'Ah-HA' Moment from DGN Beth Stubbs


DGN Beth Stubbs has been a Rotarian for 23 years and is a Past President of what is now the Rotary Club of Maryville/Alcoa.  Beth says she’s had a number of “Ah-HA Moments” in Rotary.  Here’s a special one she wanted to share:


You may or may not know that I started attending Rotary as a little girl with my Dad during the

 DGN Beth Stubbs  

summers in Sevierville.  They had a very small club that met at the Mountain House Restaurant, and they had the best fried chicken in town.  Guess what!  They had fried chicken every time I went, and I loved it.  Good food is a great thing in Rotary! 


Once when Daddy picked me up for the meeting, he told me not to be “worried” about the man at the door.  He said that he has a big booming voice and great big hands, but he is just a big blowhard.  He said that he will be a “fine” me for bringing you to the meeting.  He went on to say that the man would fine everyone for something……being late, being early, being on time, bringing a guest.  I thought, man, what a mean bunch of folks my Dad must be friends with. 


We arrived, and then I understood. Grant Cantwell, the man at the door, was of medium height and build, but had elephantiasis of the hands.  They were huge compared to my small hands, and his handshake was impressive, to say the least. He did have a big booming voice, but also a warm smile.  He was fun!  He fined my Dad, and it was OK that he did. That group of guys were so nice to Doc Shields’ little girl that she never forgot it.


All those years ago when I was asked to join Kiwanis by my good friend Larry Martin, it was easy to turn him down by saying, “Larry, if I am going to join a civic group, it’s going to be Rotary.”  I was on my way to my first meeting at Maryville Rotary within two days.  I’ve been there ever since.  You might think about being nice to the children of the Rotarians who attend your meetings.  You just might be making a future Rotarian.


 If you have a special “Ah-HA” Rotary moment to share, please email it to TOM KING along with a picture of yourself. 



Rotarians Beware! New Email Scams Target Rotarians


Thanks to Cathy Sparks in the Rotary Club of Sparta for passing this along.


Several U.S. Rotarians have recently reported receiving an email with the subject line: "Awful Trip!!! (Urgent Help Needed)".


It fraudulently claims to be from RI President Ron Burton, reporting he is in Valencia, Spain, and in urgent need of money to replace stolen cash, cards, etc. The email was apparently sent by someone with an unauthorized access to one of his email accounts. RI staff is working to resolve the issue; but please be aware the email is a scam.


Also be aware of Facebook pages or other websites using the Rotary logo without permission in order to solicit money and imply a relationship with Rotary.

Deanna Magdich Reports on NID in India in February


Phil and Deanna Magdich of Fairfield Glade have returned from a February trip to India where they, along with hundreds of other Rotarians, participated in a three-day National Immunization Day program sponsored by the Indian government. During that time more than 175 million children were


 Deanna Magdich immunizes a young

child in India during February's

National Immunization Day


immunized against polio.


Deanna has written an article about their trip and you can click HERE to read her story.


Deanna has been a member of Rotary since 1989 and started out in Delphos, Ohio and transferred membership to Fairfield Glade in 1996 and served as president in 2001-2002.  


She and Phil traveled with a group led by Cynde Covington of District 6970 from Jacksonville FL.  “How lucky we were to travel with her.  Because of her we not only participated in the actual immunization of children but also visited the World Health Organization, Polio Plus offices, schools, hospitals, local cultural and historic areas and local Rotary clubs,” Deanna says. “Instead of being there only for the three-day blitz of immunizations we were there 10 days with Rotary-sponsored events but stayed an extra week to visit the country.  It was am awesome and humbling experience.”


"We found that the government at all levels had done an excellent job of notifying the public of the need to immunize all children 5 years old and younger," said Deanna.



The Butch Jones Way in a Word:  Relentless


It was Butch Jones and University of Tennessee Vols Day at the Rotary Club of Knoxville (RCK) meeting on July 16 at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville.  RCK invited all and any area Rotarians to attend and the room was full of 260 Rotarians and guests to hear UT’s new first-year coach.


After the meeting was opened with an interesting rendition of “Rotary Rocky Top” and Coach Jones signing for a long line of autograph seekers with hats and shirts and footballs, he gave us a dose of his football philosophy.


Click on this LINK to read a full report about his comments on the Vols.



Community Service Committee Working on Awareness,

Will Ask District Clubs To Submit a List of Activities


By Gary Johnson / District Community Service Committee Chair

District 6780’s 2013-2014 Community Service Committee met in Athens, TN on Friday, July 19 to develop the committee’s plan to support Community Service efforts within District 6780. The

 Gary Johnson  

discussion centered around how the committee could support Community Service actions contained in the district’s 2010-2015 Five (5) Strategies (refer to the district website for an entire list) and the district’s Vision: “To be the service organization of choice with dynamic, action-oriented clubs of inspired individuals whose contributions improve lives in communities at home and worldwide.”


The district strategies and actions the committee will concentrate on this year are:

  • Support and Strengthen Clubs
  • Encourage Club Visioning (strategic planning) at club level and district level
  • Attract and engage new members
  • Foster club innovation and flexibility
  • Enhance Public Image and Awareness
  • Publicize service projects, promote core values, and emphasize vocational service
  • Encourage clubs to promote their networking opportunities and signature activities
  • Vitalize / ReVitalize Humanitarian Service or "Visualize the Future" or "Vision the Future"
  • Increase sustainable service focused on The Rotary Foundation's six areas of focus (Future Vision link)
  • Increase collaboration and connection with other organizations
  • Encourage clubs to participate in a variety of service activities by creating significant projects both locally and internationally

After some initial discussion on “what is Community Service,” the committee came up with this definition: “Any service activity the club(s) performs within their local community that is designed to improve the lives of those living within the community.” (Club has (s) after in order to include multiple clubs joining together to complete a community service activity). Activities include a project, event, fundraiser,…any activity that directly supports “improving lives in the community.”


After defining Community Service, the discussion turned to ideas around deciding on committee strategies. All agreed that the first, and the most important strategy, is creating Community Service awareness. Awareness has a double focus to support the district’s strategy to enhance public Image and awareness. The first focus is publicizing service projects, and the second is to encourage clubs to promote their networking opportunities and signature activities. While both are great, implemented actions are what bring them to life. As a result the committee’s first strategy is to: “Create AWARENESS of Community Service within District 6780.”


The committee agreed that in support of this strategy, the first step is to understand what each club is doing currently to support Community Service (as defined). Shortly the committee will ask each club to provide a list of their Community Service activities. Once the committee has the list, members will begin implementing their plan supporting their awareness strategy; included in their plan is posting the activities on the district’s website so that all clubs have access to ideas as they consider Community Service activities. Look for more updates as the plan unfolds.      


Community Service Committee members are: Bill Baisley, Rotary Club of Dayton; Charles Dammann, Rotary Club of Chattanooga Hamilton Place; Leslie Butcher Duncan, Rotary Club of North Knoxville; Cameron Fisher, Rotary Club of Cleveland; Bob Guerrera, Rotary Club of Pigeon Forge; Brenda Thornburgh, Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Breakfast; Jack Warner, Rotary Club of Harriman; and Gary Johnson (Chair), Rotary Club of West Knoxville.


If you are interested in being a member of the Community Service Committee, please be in touch with Gary Johnson at gary@gapsolutions.biz



Third In A Series:

Humanitarian Need Grants for Education & Literacy 2013-14


By Rachel Killebrew


(Each month we will be reviewing the District Grants that have been submitted and approved for 2013-2014 in District 6780.  Last month we looked at the great ideas being implemented in three clubs: Chattanooga Breakfast, Harriman Rotary Club and Jefferson City Rotary Club. 

   Rachel Killebrew

They all three chose ideas that answered the Humanitarian Need for Education and Literacy.  This month we will be looking at the ideas from the Morristown A.M. Rotary Club and the Oak Ridge Sunset Club, both also assessing the Humanitarian Need of Education and Literacy.  – The Editor)


The Rotary Club of Morristown A.M. named its grant project “Core Skills Readiness and Development Project” – and this is a $10,000 project, addressing the increased number of preschool and elementary children living in poverty who are not school ready. 


Morristown A.M. has partnered with community agencies such as the HC*EXCELL, Housing Authority Head Start, Morristown Hamblen Library, and the Pregnancy Crisis Center to target approximately 125 children who will benefit from this program.  This quite comprehensive and complex program will include the purchase of training materials, age-appropriate books for staff, parents and children, expansion of the successful West Elementary Arts Build Skills project, and training for Pregnancy Crisis Staff on Parental support for child reading readiness.  These teams will provide enrichment opportunities to participants to improve academic achievement as well as behavior, social skills and self-esteem.  This well-rounded program will, no doubt, have a positive impact on 125 children for a long time in the future of their lives. 


The Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Sunset (RCORS) addresses Education and Literacy through a grant called “5th Annual Clinch Valley Science Fair,” a $15,000 project to engage up to 120 elementary science students in the 3rd, 4th and 5th grades.  They also will provide 4 Rotary mentors to assist children after school to encourage, share knowledge, and successfully submit projects to the 5th annual science Fair.  Based upon the premise that “science and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy,” this comprehensive grant will prepare 120 students for a future in science and technology.


The District Grants that are in progress today will undoubtedly change many lives.  These two grants we are looking at today will offer the opportunity for 240 children to build self-esteem, become involved in science and technology for future jobs, and help those in need, which are all goals for Rotary. 


Congratulations to these two clubs for the work they are doing in their own communities and with their own children. I hope these reviews will help other Rotary Clubs with ideas for new grants for the 2014-2015 year, which will be here before you know it.  If anyone has any questions or ideas they would like to discuss, please feel free to contact me at rkillebrew@blomand.net or Jim Roxlo at jim@Roxlo.com  or Leah Taylor at ltaylor@jeffersonfederal.com



 News From the Clubs of District 6780:

  •  Crossville Rotary Now Having 2 Dinner Meetings

Rotary Club of Crossville President Chris Celik says that beginning in August the club will hold evening dinner meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month.  The evening meetings will be held at 5 p.m. for a social half hour with dinner at 5:30 p.m. followed by the program with interesting speakers. These meetings will all take place at the Convention & Event Center on Peavine Road with catering by Scarlett's.  This is being done to attract more members who may not be able to attend the club's normal noon meetings held on the first, third, and fifth Tuesdays at Legends Restaurant. 


  • Sparta Rotary Loses Longtime Rotarian Charles Robinson

July 14 was a sad day for the Sparta Rotary Club as longtime member Charles E. Robinson was laid to rest. Charles joined Rotary on July 9, 1941 and left this world on July 9th, exactly 72 years later. Several years ago Charles was recognized by Rotary District 6780 for being the longest active member in the district. At that time he was also the 5th longest serving Rotarian in the nation. Active well into his 90's, Charles and his late wife Ruth never missed a Rotary function and were always ready to dance.


“We extend our sincere condolences to his children and their families. Charles was a remarkable man, an exceptional Rotarian and an inspiration to all of us. He will be greatly missed,” the club bulletin said of this great Rotarian. 


  • Bob Craig, Past President of Oak Ridge Rotary, Passes Away

Robert Craig, 69, an environmental scientist, manager and corporate officer for environmental companies in Oak Ridge for nearly 40 years, died Thursday, July 18, at his home.   Dr. Craig was a Past President of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.  He was a native of Oak Ridge.

 Judy & Bob Craig  


He was retired from MSE Technology Applications, where he served as Regional Vice President from 2006 to 2012. He came to Oak Ridge National Laboratory Environmental Sciences Division in 1974, where he headed the Environmental Impacts Program.


Bob was president of the Club during RY 2007-2008.  A member for 23 years, he and wife Judy led several Club Gala’s which raised on average $12,000 each year.  Bob was a wine aficionado and served as the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge’s hospitality suite host for District 6780 conferences on several occasions.


He also was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Sunset as they were sponsored by the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge during his tenure as president.  Bob’s leadership in the formation of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Sunset led to his service on the District 6780 Membership Extension Committee.


  • RCK Members Visit Twin Club in Hungary

Many members from the Rotary Club of Knoxville (RCK) visited their Twin Club in Mateszalka, Hungary from June 18-23 to celebrate the Rotary Club of Mateszalka’s 20th Anniversary and to celebrate the 17-year partnership.  Over the years the two clubs have worked together on several joint projects -- most of which have been projects for which RCK has applied for and received District grants. Below is a link to a video that was created while the members were there (prior to the RI Convention) by the Hungarian Interact Media Team.




  • Cumberland County Rotary Clubs Award Scholarships 

The Rotary Foundation of Cumberland County, composed of representatives of three Rotary Clubs – Crossville Noon, Crossville Breakfast, and Fairfield Glade – recently awarded three scholarships to deserving students.


The clubs solicit applications from the two high schools.  Each club awards from one to several scholarships each year and the RFCC awards two additional scholarships.  Each club has a scholarship committee that reviews usually 70 to 100 applications.  The Fairfield Glade Rotary Club gives one scholarship each year and then continues it if progress is being made toward a degree and the GPA is acceptable, 2.5 currently.


The students were given $1,000 scholarships recently.  They are:  Forrest Longway, graduate of Cumberland County High School and a senior this fall at East Tennessee State University majoring in health sciences with plans to attend medical school; Kennetha Wattenbarger, graduate of Stone Memorial High School and a junior this fall at Tennessee Tech University majoring in exercise science; and Mark Brown, graduate of Stone Memorial High School and a freshman at Austin Peay State University planning to major in pre-medicine/biology.

D6780 Fundraising News:


-- Wine on the Plateau Festival Planned Sept. 21


The Rotary Club of Fairfield Glade is starting a new fundraiser – Wine on the Plateau Festival – on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the beautiful Fairfield Glade Resort.  The event, which will feature some 40


different wines and food from 11 restaurants, will run from 2 to 4 p.m.  There also will be beer tastings. 


This event is being hosted by Cumberland Medical Center and Dave Kirk Automotive. Funds raised during the event benefit many local charities and student scholarships. Patrons will receive a complimentary wine glass with the Wine on the Plateau logo. The entertainment will be provided by Soul Fissh.

For more information go online to www.wineontheplateau.org.

A limited number of tickets will be available and tickets go on sale August 12 for $20 per person.  For ticket information, call Dick Green at 931-456-6691.


-- It’s Tour de Tellico Time on Sept. 28



The 8th Annual Tour de Tellico will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28, brought to you by the Rotary Club of Tellico Lake. This combination of cycling and the fun walk benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Loudon County; Good Samaritan of Loudon County and Good Shepherd of Monroe County; and Dolly Parton's Imagination Library.


The events begin at 7 a.m. at the First Baptist Church parking lot in Tellico Village near the intersection of TN-444 and Chota Road in Loudon, TN. For entry forms and all of the details, click on this LINK and have some fun for some great causes!



-- North Knox Rotary Golf Tournament Set Oct. 18


North Knox Rotary on Friday October 18 will have its Annual Cerebral Palsy Group Home Golf Tournament at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville. This is the club’s major fundraising event of the year. The four-person team scramble best ball event begins at 1 p.m. and the entry fee is $400 a team. They're also looking for hole sponsors at $100 per hole. Trey Coleman is the chair of the tournament and you can contact him for more details at 865-310-6243. All proceeds from the tournament go to support the continued operation of a Cerebal Palsy group home located in Knoxville that houses 14 adults and staff. The funds that are raised in this tournament are critical in allowing these wheelchair-bound adults to remain in a non-institutional facility.



Dates for Your Rotary Calendar:


Aug 8 - Park the Park for PolioPlus, 7:15 p.m. Knoxville Smokies Park


Aug 17 - District Foundation, Membership & Youth/Young Adults Seminar - Pellissippi State, 8 a.m.


Aug 24 - District Foundation, Membership & Youth/Young Adults Seminar - Motlow State, 8 a,m, (CST) 


Sep 10 - Rotary Family Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair


Sep 21 - Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) - Crossville


Oct 12 - TRECS Leadership Institute - Crossville (more info to come)



Videos of Interest


Mac Wall - Zone 30 Public Image Coordinator - 37 minutes


John Hewko - RI General Secretary on the Future of Rotary - Should be seen by every Rotarian - 18 minutes long


Dick Hinton - Club Visioning Overview - 6 minutes


2012-13 Rotary Youth Exchange Students - Watch the students introduce themselves - 6 minutes

RI President Tanaka's Speech at the Oak Ridge Peace Forum - March 9, 2013 - 15 minutes


2013 Four-Way Test Speech Competition Winner - Aaron Woody - 4:47 minutes





And Just in Case You Need Us......


The Co-Editors of the District Newsletter are Tom King and Greg Maciolek.  If you have an idea for a story or have a story, please email it to us.  If you'd like to discuss it, here are the email and phone contacts information for both Greg and Tom:


Greg: greg.maciolek@imrtn.com and by phone at 865-675-5901 (Ext. 230)


Tom:  tking535@gmail.com and by phone at 865-659-3562