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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. 4

Tom King -  Co-Editor

Greg Maciolek - Co-Editor

Issue Date October 9, 2013






Link to DG Ray Knowis' October 2013 Message.


Karen Wentz Nominated for RI Board of Directors


Karen Wentz from the Rotary Club of Maryville-Alcoa has been selected by the Rotary Zone 30 Nominating Committee to serve as a Rotary International (RI) Director in 2015-2017. The RI Board of Directors is comprised of 17 elected directors from around the world plus the RI president and

 Karen Wentz  



Karen was our District Governor in 2005-2006.


"I am so honored to be nominated for this key role in Rotary and overwhelmed by all of the good wishes and support I am receiving.  I pledge to work very hard to advance Rotary around the world in every way I can," Karen said.


The RI by-laws mandate a challenge period, but if there are no challenges by December 1, then Karen will be declared a Rotary International director-nominee.  She will be formally elected at the International Convention in Sydney, Australia in June 2014 and assumes office on July 1, 2015.


Karen was invited to join Rotary in 1990 by the Rotary Club of Twin Cities (Sterling-Rock Falls), Illinois.  She moved to Tennessee in 1996.


Karen also will be returning to the African country of Malawi on November 2. Two years ago Karen traveled there with a small group of Rotarians and took a trunk of medical supplies donated by her club. Subsequently, Maryville-Alcoa donated funds to enable a shallow well to be dug, which provides clean water to a large number of local villagers. In addition, Karen and husband Ron Appuhn donated funds to establish a micro-lending fund for AIDS widows.



Pre-PETS Is Nov. 16 in Cleveland at Lee University


Presidents-Elect, club secretaries and Rotary Foundation chairs will gather in sessions on Saturday, Nov. 16th at Lee University in Cleveland for the District 6780 Pre-PETS training along with recertification for Future Vision and the introduction of “DACdb” – which will be the district’s new technology platform.


In the next few days watch your inboxes for an email with more information about the day along with registration information.  Click on this LINK for a look at the Pre-PETS agenda.


Here is a MAP of the Lee University campus for the building locations.


Here’s the schedule for the day:

  • 8:30-9 a.m.:  Registration
  • 9-12 Noon: Pre-PETS training
  • 12-1 p.m.:  Lunch
  • 1-3 p.m.:  Future Vision recertification
  • 1-3 p.m.:  DaCdb training

Presidents-Elect will be joined by their Foundation chairs for the 1 p.m. Future Vision session for recertification under the current grants model.  Just as a reminder, the Mid-South PETS will be March 21-23, 2014 in Nashville.


Also at 1 p.m., club secretaries will gather for training on DACdb -- which the district has purchased and is currently setting up for use to support the district website and for clubs to use for reporting information to Rotary International.


All plenary sessions and breakouts will take place in the Science and Math Complex.


The afternoon sessions will conclude at 3 p.m.  



Dist. 6780 Receives 7 Certificates of Appreciation at Zone Institute


District Governor Ray Knowis tells us that during the recent Zone Institute in Lexington, KY, District 6780 received several recognitions which were very noteworthy. 


The Zone Institute is comprised of 26 districts (13 in our Zone 30 and 13 in Zone 31) and is known as the "Heart of America" Zone.  Of the 13 districts in Zone 30, District 6780 received the following Certificates of Appreciation:

  • Annual Fund Giving -- 2nd with $410,909
  • Annual Fund (per capita) -- 1st with $125.97 
  • Polio Plus -- 1st with $143,736
  • Permanent (Endowment) Fund -- 4th with $158,277
  • Total Contributions -- 3rd with $743,622
  • Other Restricted Giving -- 2nd with $30,722
  • Polio Plus District Designated Fund Award for giving 20% or more of available funds to Polio Plus

“Those seven Certificates of Appreciation far exceeded any other district in Zone 30.   Hats off to Outgoing District Foundation Chair David Carroll, Foundation Donations Chair Fred Heitman, Annual Programs Fund Chair Beth Stubbs, Permanent Fund Chair PDG John Bailey, Paul Harris Society Chair PDG Carol Foster and Polio Plus Chair Brenda Thornburgh for their outstanding leadership in our fundraising efforts in 2012-13,” said DG Ray.


“I was extremely proud of our district, actually amazed.  But also challenged to keep our district as a leader in raising money for the Foundation,” Ray added.



A Message About World Polio Day – Oct. 24


Dong Kurn Lee of South Korea is the Chair of the Rotary Foundation Trustees and to mark World Polio Day coming up on October 24, he wrote an article for The Rotarian about its significance and the challenges that remain.


Another event to call attention to World Polio Day is a joint initiative of Rotary International and Northwestern University’s Center for Global Health. They will host a live-streamed global update on the status of the fight to end polio.  You can click on this GLOBAL UPDATE LINK to read all of the detais about the update and how to access it.


You can click on this LINK to get the latest update on polio worldwide and here is a DOCUMENT that is asking for each club’s help in recognizing and calling attention to this very important day.


Here are his thoughts about this special day from The Rotarian:


On 24 October, we mark World Polio Day. It is a time to reflect on the progress we've made and to strengthen our determination for the work ahead. It's important to realize how far we have come.


We have reduced the number of polio cases by over 99%, from more than 350,000 a year in the 1980s to 223 in 2012. But now for the road ahead: Polio is still endemic in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Difficult terrain, civil unrest, remote settlements, and poor sanitation are just some of the obstacles to immunization.


That's why we, and our partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, are determined to finish our

 Dong Kurn Lee  



With the announcement of the extended fundraising partnership between Rotary International and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the 2013 RI Convention in Lisbon, Portugal, we have the chance to introduce millions of new dollars into the campaign. The value of this extended partnership is more than $500 million, and through it, your contributions toward polio eradication will work twice as hard.


It's more important now than ever that we all take action. Talk to your government leaders, share your polio stories on your social networks, and encourage others in your community to join us in supporting this historic effort. When Rotarians combine their passion for service with our strong global network, we are unstoppable. With the backing of the Gates Foundation and you, the Rotarians around the world, we can change the face of public health forever.



October is Rotary Vocational Service Month


Rotary International and Goodwill Industries International — a 110-year-old social enterprise focused on putting people back to work — have long partnered to help create and expand job training and employment opportunities for people who have trouble finding jobs.



October is Rotary’s Vocational Service Month -- a month dedicated to giving back to the community through vocational service projects. So why not consider a Rotary-Goodwill project or something similar? It can all start with a simple phone call or email to a local Goodwill Industry location.


Here are some great examples to help you get started:

  • In Gross Pointe Farms, Michigan, local Rotarians supervised the transfer of 192 boxes containing 8,640 books to the local Goodwill agency as part of the Rotary Literacy initiative.
  • In Nebraska, the Omaha West Rotary Club worked with Goodwill of Omaha to facilitate enough computer donations to fill 12 trailers. These computers were then processed for resale or recycling -- again to help support Goodwill’s job training programs.
  • In Ontario, Canada, the Rotary Club of Hamilton A.M. generously donated a 12-passenger van to transport participants to and from Goodwill Works, a career and training program.
  • The Rotary Club of Maple Shade, N.J., granted $1,000 to Goodwill Industries of Southern New Jersey to fund its Job Club. These two groups formed a partnership last year for which Rotarians have committed to collect donations, increase awareness about Goodwill’s mission, hire graduates of the training programs and make financial contributions.

Lastly, the district’s vocational service committee is excited to announce this Rotary year’s Four-Way Test Speech Competition will occur on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Tennessee Tech University.  For more information go to the district’s website and click on the Speech Competition tab



DG Ray Part of Knoxville Community Rotaract Charter Signing Night


The Knoxville Community Rotaract Club and District Governor Ray Knowis on Oct. 3 signed the new club's Charter at a ceremony at Brixx Pizza on Kingston Pike.  The club is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Knoxville (RCK). Rotaract President Scott Beasley signed the club charter along with DG Ray. 



 DG Ray Knowis, fourth from left, with

Knoxville Rotaract Club members

at their Charter Night meeting


They were joined at the ceremony by District Governor Nominee Beth Stubbs and Bob Samples, RCK president.


Beasley said that nine of their 12 Rotaract members were in attendance. “We've planned events through the end of the year, including volunteering at Boo at the Zoo.  In November we will partner with Beth Stubb's church to work in the soup kitchen around Thanksgiving, and in December, two of our newest members, Holly Moore and Paige Keisler, have introduced us to Holiday Heroes,” Beasley said. “For that particular project we will be buying Christmas presents for children in the greater Knoxville area through a grant at the non-profit they work for.”


Following the charter-signing ceremony, DG Ray officially pinned each member of the club.  The club’s next meeting will be October 15th, 5:30 p.m., at Brixx.



TRECS One-Day Training Planned Oct. 12 in Crossville


Rotary International District 6780 is committed to helping each and every club member in our district learn more about Rotary and the important work that we do to make the world a better place.

If you have new members or emerging leaders and members who would like to learn more, TRECS (Training Rotarians for Effective Club Service) is exactly what they are looking for!  


A one-day event (8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Central Time) to be held in Crossville, TN on Saturday, October 12, TRECS is designed to help future leaders in your Rotary club learn more about Rotary AND explore their leadership skills at the same time.  


Check the TRECS flyer.  The class is limited to 25 members, so get those registrations in soon! The cost is a minimal $25 and will cover materials and a continental breakfast/lunch.  


Please email PDG CAROL FOSTER with your registration list or questions.


Looking forward to seeing your club members there as we Engage Rotary and Change Lives!



A Rotary Moment About 'True Closeness' from PDG Carol Foster


Rotary Moments are indeed special and this month’s special Rotary Moment comes from Past District Governor Carol Foster.  PDG Carol is a member of the Rotary Club of Fayetteville and also

 PDG Carol Foster  

serves our district as the Paul Harris Society Coordinator and coordinator of the TRECS Leadership Institute.


Here is Carol’s Rotary Moment:


“When I first started going to Rotary District meetings and conferences I did not know anyone and felt like I was just wandering around. On the first night of a Rotary Conference I truly felt the warmth and love of Rotary.  As I entered a large banquet room filled with lots of tables with chairs already filled with people, I walked in looking around to find one seat that was still available. I had only taken a few steps when I heard people calling my name.  As my heart jumped for joy, Rotarians from the Cleveland Rotary Club were waving their napkins and telling me to come sit with them -- they had saved me a seat.  I realized that they were looking for me and had saved me a seat so that I would not be alone.  I have had several Rotary moments since then, but this one truly is my Number #1 -- for that night I felt the true closeness of being a Rotarian.”


If you have a special Rotary Moment, please email it TOM KING along with your picture.



Fifth in a Series

8 Clubs in D6780 Get Grants to Help with Economic Development


By Rachel Killebrew / Club Grants Coordinator


Each month we are reviewing the District Grants that have been submitted and approved for 2013-2014 in District 6780 and this is our fifth in a series of articles.

   Rachel Killebrew

For October, we will be reviewing the grants that answer the Humanitarian need of Economic Development within their own communities.  With communities struggling in these economic conditions today, eight Rotary Clubs chose to focus on helping their local communities with projects.


Click on this LINK to read the full report for October about these 8 grants.


The District 6780 Grant Committee congratulates all of these Rotary Clubs for assuming responsibility of these worthy projects for their communities.


I want to also remind all of the clubs that the progress reports are due during the month of October.

If you have any questions about any of these articles or grants that are in progress, contact me at rkillebrew@blomand.net,



October's Membership Minute

A Look at the Council on Legislation Change in Membership Rules


Of all the changes the 2013 Council on Legislation made in membership, perhaps the most significant and far reaching is Section 13-43. Membership eligibility now includes people “having interrupted employment or having never worked in order to care for children or to assist the spouse in their work.”


This one change can tap a huge group of people who previously were never considered for membership in Rotary. This will apply mostly (but not always) to women who did not work outside the home, who left work to take care of children and those who worked but were unpaid spouses.


Its implications and potential impact on Rotary is discussed in this month’s MEMBERSHIP MINUTE written by Jim Davis, District 6780’s Membership News Coordinator.



Community Service Committee Hoping Clubs Send in Survey Forms


By Gary Johnson / Chair, Community Service Committee


Because Rotary members are business leaders, all can relate to attending a business meeting where at the end you think: “What a waste of time.”


Time is precious, and there are ample time wasters we face each day. I might be wrong, but from the

 Gary Johnson  

lack of response from clubs sending in their Community Service Form, I believe completing and sending in the form was considered a waste of time by most clubs.


To those club leaders who sent in the form -- thank you for your support. The lack of response caused me to re-consider why have a Community Service Committee with a purpose to encourage Community Service activities within District 6780. After all, Community Service is already happening in clubs anyway, and is an expectation of every Rotary club, so is serving on this committee a waste of the committee members’ time? I don’t believe so!


When I was asked to lead the committee this year, someone said to me, “Good luck getting anything done.” While this alerted me to potential challenges of accomplishing anything, I have never taken on


Farragut Rotary members

collect trash from sides of

Campbell Station Road


a project where I haven’t given it the attention it deserved.


That’s why when the Community Service Committee met in Athens back in July, we decided to eat the elephant, one bite at a time. We established a single strategy -- “Create AWARENESS of Community Service Within District 6780” -- that directly supports our District’s goals. Knowing that all clubs are aware of Community Service, our awareness plan is two-fold:

  • Help clubs replicate other clubs already successful community service projects. Replication is the best form of flattery, but for the club replicating the activity, it also saves time and other resources, including money.
  • Assist clubs in creating awareness within their communities, to take Rotary from a “secret” social club, to where the community understands the dynamic local and international work Rotarians do; to the point where community leaders say, “I want to be part of that club!”

But while the committee can lead the charge, it takes the club leaders to do the actions that will achieve the strategy. The Community Service Committee met on Friday, October 4. This meeting was set at the end of the July meeting for the purpose to review returned Community Service Forms and advance the strategy to the next level.


Unfortunately our time was spent discussing how we can get clubs to return their form.  This is a stumble, not a setback of the committee’s commitment to its purpose for serving, or the strategy we have created.


Our Committee requests that you take a few minutes and complete and send in your COMMUNITY SERVICE form.


Gary Johnson is a member of the Rotary Club of West Knoxville and if you have questions, you can email him at gary@gapsolutions.biz



The Rotary Foundation Receives 4-Star Rating


The Rotary Foundation (TRF) has recently earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, the largest and most prestigious independent evaluator of nonprofits in the United States.


The 4-star rating, the highest that Charity Navigator awards, recognizes sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency. Charity Navigator evaluates thousands of nonprofits each year, and only one of four earns 4 stars.


This year’s top distinction marks the Foundation’s sixth straight, placing it in the top 3 percent of U.S.-based charities. In a letter to the Foundation, Ken Berger, the president of Charity Navigator, wrote, “This ‘exceptional’ designation differentiates The Rotary Foundation from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust.”


Rest well and know that the money you donate to TRF is well spent and goes toward the best of RI.



RYLA Draws 145 Students & A Powerful Testimonial


It rained and it rained….no zip line….no rock climbing…but the 145 students didn’t allow it to rain on their RYLA 2013 at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville on Saturday Sept. 21.  This was our district’s 21st RYLA.



 RYLA attendees from South Pittsburg's

Richard Hardy School and their buddies


“Despite the rain, it was very productive and a lot of fun for everyone, including Rotarians,” said Don Randolph, RYLA Coordinator. 


Mary Claire Hill is the Counselor at Richard Hardy Memorial School in South Pittsburg and is the Interact Adviser.  The club has 38 members and was started in January 2010. She was so impressed that she sent a note to Don about the weekend.  Her testimonial is positive and powerful.


“Just wanted to say thank you for all your hard work at RYLA. My four students talked the whole way home, including one young lady who had a migraine but insisted on staying with her group until 4:30 because she didn't want to miss anything!,” she wrote.


“We are a small rural PreK-12th grade school, so being with students from other schools was an eye-opener for my kids. They could not get over how friendly everyone was and how much fun they had learning about being a good leader and team member.  They were so impressed with their group leaders' abilities to push them out of their comfort zone while being totally supportive at the same time. They have already planned how they will share what they learned with our Interact Club on Thursday.”


She says the South Pittsburg Rotary Club gives the school $500 each year that is usually put towards the District Interact Conference in March. “We had never been to RYLA, so I told them before we got there to seriously evaluate their experience. First thing they said when they got in the car was, ‘It was more than worth the money.’ They were a little disappointed they didn't get to zip line and rock climb because of the rain, but even that didn't dampen their spirits,” Mrs. Hill said.


Mrs. Hill says she assumed the students would sleep all the way home since they left South Pittsburg at 5:30 a.m., but instead they wanted to tell her about every group activity, all the friends they made, and how they will use what they learn in their everyday lives.


“They all had new phone numbers in their cellphones and plan to reunite at the Interact Conference in the spring. Thanks for a life-changing event.  I know I am just speaking for four teenagers, but after observing all day, I can testify that every student who attended had an awesome experience...totally engrossed and eager to participate,” she said.


Now, is that a RYLA Moment or what!



Four-Way Speech Contest Finals Set for March 29, 2014


District 6780 is again sponsoring the Annual Four-Way Test Speech Scholarship Competition and it’s not too soon to begin your plans, says Logan Hickman, District Chair of the Vocational Services Committee.


Please plan to complete your Club’s speech contest no later than March 21, 2014.  This will allow


time to notify your Assistant Governor and Logan of your winner and for them to prepare for the District competition.  The final competition will be held at Tennessee Technology University on Saturday, March 29, 2014.  The event will start at 10 a.m. (Central) at Bruner Hall Room 119.  Once the number of finalists has been determined, you will receive a form for reporting your Club winner.


This Scholarship Competition is an opportunity for your Club to increase your involvement in your community with local high schools, and for students to learn about Rotary and the Four-Way Test.  Inviting contestants to present their speeches to your Club will provide your members with a thought-provoking experience as well as an opportunity to meet some of the outstanding youth who may become future Rotarians and tomorrow’s leaders.


Now is the time to begin recruiting support from your local high schools, private schools, and/or home-schooled individuals.  Please share the Guidelines for Contestants information with the appropriate teacher(s) -- usually English, Speech and Debate ---or administrator at high schools in your Club’s area during this current school year.    


Local club contests are generally judged by a Four-Way Test Committee.  However, the exact details of the local competition are determined by each club as well as the prize for winners.  Students may work with their teachers, parents, or Rotary members to prepare for the local competition.


If you have questions or comments, please email LOGAN HICKMAN or call him at (423) 871-1975 (cell).  You also can get all of the information from the District website at the Speech Competition link.



Sponsoring An Outbound RYE Student Is a Snap!


If your club has never considered sponsoring a Rotary Youth Exchange Outbound student, now is the time to do it.  Sponsoring an Outbound student will cost your club only one thing – the club pennants that the Exchange student will give the host Country Rotary clubs.



Youth Exchange is a Rotary-sponsored program that provides thousands of young people with the opportunity to meet people from other countries and to experience their cultures through long-term exchanges of an academic year or short-term exchanges of up to three months.


High school students between the ages of 15 and 18.5 are eligible to participate. The student must not turn 18 before March 1, 2014.


Rotary's fees are much more affordable than any other exchange program. The costs include:

  • $1,000 fee to cover expenses associated with your exchange
  • $761 insurance (cost varies year to year but this was the cost for 2013-14)
  • $1200 - $2800 open ended round trip plane ticket and visa

A $500 deposit is due at the time of the student’s interview with the balance of the fee due by April 1.  The insurance and flight payments are due a few weeks before they depart. Most students leave in August and return home in June.


Go to www.ohioerie.org if you are interested in becoming an outbound exchange student. The deadline for outbound applications is November 1, 2013 for students wanting to go abroad during the 2014-15 school year.  Interviews for potential outbounds will be on December 14, 2013 and the place has yet to be determined.  The location is usually Crossville or Knoxville.


Please contact Bill Nichols, District 6780 Outbound Chair, at wnichols11400@comast.net or call his cell phone at 865-567-1119 for more information or to assist the potential Exchange student in completing the Long Term Application.



Webb School’s RYE Rotary Wall Is a Special Place


To mark Webb School of Knoxville's ongoing partnership with the Rotary Club of Knoxville and the Rotary Club of Farragut, and the school's participation in the Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) program, photos of Rotary Exchange students at Webb -- both inbound students from other countries and

 Webb School's Youth Exchange Rotary Wall  

outbound Webb students who have spent a year abroad -- now adorn a wall in Webb's Coleman-Lange International Center.

Entitled “Rotary Students; Inbound & Outbound,” the wall is the brainchild of Webb alumni parent Inga Treitler. Her son Marco Eres (Class of 2011) and daughter Veronica Eres (Class of 2013)  each spent a year abroad in France and Switzerland, respectively, through Rotary Youth Exchange.


When you walk through the International Center at the Webb School of Knoxville, you can’t miss the new “Rotary Wall” that displays the pictures of 13 Webb students who have been outbound and inbound RYE students since 2006.


Work began on the wall last spring and has been completed since school started back in August, says Elizabeth Gregor, Webb’s Multicultural Coordinator at the International Center. “You can’t miss it when you walk in the hallway and by having it there we’re hoping that other students will see it and get interested in becoming an Exchange student,” Gregor says. 


Mrs. Gregor also is the adviser to the Webb Interact Club that is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Knoxville.  The club has 35 members this year, she said.


“Inga thought it was important for Webb School to highlight the success of the Rotary Youth Exchange program for inbound and outbound students,” Gregor said, “and we want to thank her for coming up with the idea to recognize this adventurous group of young people who have had the courage to spend a year studying overseas.”


Gregor noted the large impact the inbound Rotary Youth Exchange participants have had on the Webb School community, “and the outbound juniors have all been wonderful ambassadors for Webb and for the U.S.A. in general,” she said. “Rotary Youth Exchange is one of Webb's most successful international programs and it's an honor to work with these fine, young students.”

Through Rotary Youth Exchange, Webb is hosting Henriette Wenzl from Germany for the 2013-2014 academic year, and Webb junior Emily Brener is spending the school year in South Korea.


News From the Clubs of D6780:


Oak Ridge Rotarian Bill Wilcox Passes Away


By Carolyn Krause


The Rotary Club of Oak Ridge lost a distinguished member on September 2, 2013. William J. Wilcox, Jr., 90, who joined the club in April 2002, spearheaded the club project for the community during Rotary International’s centennial year in 2005.  Bill came up with the basic design and wrote the text

 Bill Wilcox  

for the plaques and historical markers for the Secret City Commemorative Walk at Bissell Park in the center of Oak Ridge.


He joined the Manhattan Project in May 1943 as a research chemist and worked on uranium purification processes for Tennessee Eastman Corp. in Rochester, N.Y. He later became technical assistant, physics department head, and division director for gaseous diffusion and gas centrifuge at K-25, where uranium was enriched during the Cold War for defense purposes and then for nuclear power plants. Bill was the technical director for both the K-25 plant and Y-12 plant (which stores highly enriched uranium and fabricates components for nuclear weapons).


Bill was an author, lecturer, and historian. He wrote an unclassified history of the Y-12 Plant that was published locally. He aided producers of the History Channel’s Modern Marvels documentary on the Manhattan Project; in this documentary Bill appears and expounds on the history of the Y-12 and K-25 plants. He was also an important source for Denise Kiernan, whose book “Girls of the Atomic City” was a New York Times bestseller this year. 


At the community reception, attended by 200, Bill was called a "statesman for Oak Ridge," who had "passion, dreams, vision, and tenacity." Others called him a great storyteller, entertaining speaker, a man who loved his family and related well to people of all ages, a pillar of the community, and an Oak Ridge icon.


Clearly, he was a hero who influenced many Oak Ridgers. He motivated Oak Ridge to preserve and promote one of its greatest assets: a fascinating history of interest to the nation about bright people who developed technologies in the national interest.



Farragut's Bettye Sisco Elected President of State Chamber Executives


 Bettye Sisco  

Farragut Rotarian Bettye Sisco, the President and Chief Executive Officer of the West Knox Chamber of Commerce, has been named president of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives.  What an honor for Bettye!!!!!


This happened during the organization’s TCCE Annual Conference in Memphis Aug. 21-23. 


The Farragut Press covered this with a superb piece.  Click on this LINK to read their full story about Bettye!


McMinnville Breakfast Sponsors River Cleanup, Clears 2 Tons of Debris


Recently, the McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club sponsored its Annual Friends of Our Rivers Clean


 L-R, McMinnville Breakfast Rotarians

Leann Cordell, Rachel Killebrew, Wal-Mart

Representative, and Neal Cox


Up and River Ride.  Approximately 120 folks in the community registered to participate. 


With over 25 Rotary volunteers and members of the local Interact Clubs as well as other community volunteers, the 10-mile stretch of rivers in the McMinnville-Warren County area were cleared of over 2 tons of debris, much of which was recycled. 


Wal-Mart was one of the generous sponsors of the event, donating $500. Their goal is to expand the clean-up area each year.  Please stay tuned via our website:  www.breakfastrotary.org and their Facebook page for next year’s event.





Sgt. Alvin York’s Great-Granddaughter Speaks to Fairfield Glade


By Blake Boyle / Fairfield Glade Rotary PR Chair


World War I hero Sergeant Alvin C. York’s great-granddaughter Deborah York spoke to the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club on October 1 and gave an update on the work of the Sgt. York Patriotic


 Fairfield Glade President Chris Celik

presents $300 check to Deborah York as

Sgt. York's sons George and Andrew

look on at their Oct. 1 meeting

Foundation and its work to restore the York Institute building located in Jamestown, TN.


Alvin York only received a 3rd grade education and that was not unusual in rural Tennessee in the early 1900’s due to the demands of working on family farms.  According to Sgt. York: “When I went out into that big outside world, I realized how uneducated I was and what a terrible handicap it was.  I was called to lead my people toward a sensible modern education.”  After the war Sgt. York began efforts to raise money to build a school for those children and adults of the Cumberland Plateau who wanted a formal education. 


Sgt. York was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor and similar honors from around the world.  Using speaking fees he earned and mortgaging his home and farm, Sgt. York was finally able to build the York Institute.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 


The State of Tennessee acquired the facility in the 1930’s but let it run down to the point that it was scheduled for demolition in 1979.  In 2008 the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation acquired the deserted facility that was slated for demolition.  The foundation has already raised and spent approximately $1 million for this preservation work.  An additional $4-5 million is needed for complete restoration and adaptive reuse.  For more information on the work of the foundation, please go to www.sgtyork.org.


Deborah York was joined by two of Sgt. York’s surviving sons, George and Andrew, at the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club meeting to answer questions from the audience.  Rotary President Chris Celik presented a $300 check to the Sgt. York Patriotic Foundation to help them in their work to save the York Institute.



7 Knoxville Rotary Clubs Work at Free Flu Shot Saturday


The six Knoxville-area Rotary Clubs were busy at the 19th Annual Free Flu Shot Saturday in Knoxville in mid-September. Free Flu Shot Saturday is a key fundraiser for the Knoxville News Sentinel’s Empty Stocking Fund charity. Free flu shots were given at six Knox County schools. Voluntary donations to the Empty Stocking Fund were accepted totaling $23,411.73, significantly above the total of $17,748.82 raised at the 2012 event. 


The schools were helped by the Rotary Club of Knoxville, West Knoxville Rotary, Knoxville Breakfast, North Knox Rotary, the Rotary Club of Farragut, Turkey Creek Rotary and Volunteer Rotary.  The largest amount this year, $9,924.46, was collected at Farragut High School, which was worked by the Rotary Club of Farragut and the Farragut High School Interact Club. More shots were given this year (5,102) than last year (4,187). Farragut High School was also the location where the most shots were given – 1,549.


Each year, during the holiday season, the Empty Stocking Fund provides some 3,600 food baskets and toys to the neediest families in East Tennessee.



D6780 Fundraising News:


  -- Bradley Sunrise Rotarians Raise $110,000


$110,000 in two months is impressive, and that’s just what the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club in Cleveland did. The money will be used for local and global Rotary projects.



 At the Gala Auction with Bob Eubanks,

right, are Past President Pat Fuller,

and in the center, David Carroll


In August, the club hosted its fourth annual Sunrise Sunset Gala with legendary game show host Bob Eubanks from The Newlywed Game taking top billing. The gala’s “Hollywood Nights, Hollywood Lights” theme helped the club raise more than $92,000 in local giving. In addition to a gourmet dinner and live auction, guests were treated to a walk down the red carpet complete with adoring fans, paparazzi and live interviews with local television and radio personalities.


In June, Sunrise Rotarians brought new University of Tennessee Head Football Coach Butch Jones to town for an intimate meet-and-greet with the Vols’ Orange Nation. Ticket sales netted the club $18,000.


“After expenses, we’ll have approximately $80,000 to give away to non-profit groups and causes,” said club president Andy Anderson. “We award funds to worthy organizations in October when we have a month-long membership drive to invite prospective new members to club meetings.”


Recipients of gala funds are determined by members of the club’s foundation board who evaluate grant applications based on need and use. The club is a major contributor to Habitat for Humanity, and has helped fund and build more than 10 local homes for the local organization.

   -- Saturday, Oct. 12: Turkey Creek Rotary Having Pancake Breakfast


The Rotary Club of Turkey Creek is having its All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  It will be at Faith Lutheran Church (225 Jamestown Blvd) where the club meets every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.  The breakfast is $6 in advance and $7 at the door.  Either way it’s a great deal.  Children are $4/$5 and age 4 and under eat free.  The proceeds are going to the Career & Technical Education Scholarship Fund at Farragut High School.  You can get advance tickets by emailing President MIKE HOLOBER or from any Turkey Creek member. 


  -- Knoxville Breakfast Hosting Si & Alan From Duck Dynasty on Oct. 25


The big new sensation of TV – Duck Dynasty – is coming to Knoxville on Friday, Oct. 25 at the

 Uncle Si Robertson  

Knoxville Civic Auditorium. Well, part of Duck Dynasty is coming.  The Knoxville Breakfast Rotary is hosting “The Stars of Duck Dynasty” – an evening with Si Robertson and Alan Robertson.  This is a fundraiser for the club and ticket prices are: VIP -- $125; Floor -- $75; Lower Balcony -- $65; Upper Balcony -- $55.  The club is also looking for sponsors.  Clayton Homes came on board as the Presenting Sponsor.  The proceeds will benefit the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Charitable Gift Fund and the Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition.  Working with the Breakfast Club are the Rotary Clubs of Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood.  Use this link to purchase tickets online or call the box office at 865.215.8900. Call 865.531.000 x235, Doug Lesher, for sponsorship information.



  -- Pigeon Forge Rotary Craft Fair Runs Until Oct. 27


The Rotary Club of Pigeon Forge’s Annual Craft Fair began on Saturday September 28th and will continue until Sunday October 27 seven days a week at the huge tent at Patriot Park. The fair is


 Special Angels from Lacroix Creations

are among the many craft items on sale


open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The works of more than 50 crafters is featured along with food concessions by the club.


Pigeon Forge Rotary Club collects between $100,000 and $120,000 during the Craft Fair fundraiser to support the Sevier County public and private school's Dictionary Project, Remote Area Medical clinics, the Boys and Girls Club, 15 scholarships to Pigeon Forge High School graduating seniors, a donation of $15,000 in non-restricted funds to Pigeon Forge Primary, Middle and High Schools and Wearwood School, The Rotary Children's Clothes Closet, and the Annual Christmas Party for Needy Children. 


This year funds are being used to construct an all-inclusive playground for all children of the community and the children of 11 million visitors each year.  The Rotary Playground is being built at the newly opened Wear Farm City Park on Wear's Valley Road. This is a half million-dollar project that will be built over a 10- year period.



  -- North Knox Rotary Golf Tournament To Help Cerebral Palsy Home


The North Knox Rotary Club on will have its Annual Cerebral Palsy Group Home Golf Tournament at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville on Friday, Oct. 18. This is the club’s major fundraising event of the year. The four-person team scramble best ball event begins at 1 p.m. at Three Ridges Golf Course and the entry fee is $400 per 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.



 -- Maryville-Alcoa Chili Cookoff on November 9


The Maryville-Alcoa Rotary Club Chili Cookoff is the fundraiser that supports the Dictionary Project (dictionaries given to all 3rd graders in Blount County).  The Chili Cookoff takes place at the Shed next to Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson on Saturday, November 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  They are needing sponsors, teams, and volunteers. The Chili Cookoff gets funds from sponsors, ticket sales, and concession sales and usually raises about $3,000.



 -- Fairfield Glade’s Wine on the Plateau Draws 600


Blake Boyle tell us that the inaugural Fairfield Glade Rotary Club’s Wine on the Plateau on Saturday September 21 was a big success with nearly 600 people attending and $16,000 raised. Over 60 varieties of fine wine were available for tasting, beer was provided and 12 local restaurants provided


 L-R, welcoming guests were

Doug Watts, John Muldoon,

and Myrta Boyle


delicious food. Thanks to our generous host Cumberland Medical Center and sponsors Dave Kirk Automotive, Crossville Heating and Cooling, and Cumberland County Bank for helping to make this festival possible.


The Rotary Club would also like to thank the restaurants that supplied samples of popular menu items.  These restaurants were The Phil-ing Station, Lefty’s BBQ, Catfish Cabin, Legends at Druid Hills, 5th Street Marketplace, Scarlett Catering, Cumberland Café, Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant, R&B Café, Stonehenge Grille, La Costa Mexican Restaurant, and Red’s Ale House.


Also, the annual Rotary Club Auction and Casino Night normally held in the fall is being moved to June 6, 2014 next year.  We are looking forward to seeing you at this popular community event. 



 -- Farragut Rotary Raises $15,000 at Wine Tasting


The Rotary Club of Farragut’s 13th Annual Wine Tasting is done, and it will go into the books and club history as the most successful one in attendance and in money raised. The club sold 162 tickets at $65 each and that brought in $10,530.  The Silent Auction raised another $4,443, bringing the total to $14,973.  An unnamed Rotarian contributed an additional $27 to bring the total to $15,000. Among the distinguished guests were District Governor Ray Knowis and his wife, Ann.  Ray was actively bidding on items and ultimately won the University of Tennessee football signed by Coach Butch Jones.  Ann Lotspiech, Past President of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek, also enjoyed the evening at Fox Den Country Club.




Dates for Your Rotary Calendar:


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Oct 12 - TRECS Leadership Institute - Crossville 


Nov 16 - Pre-PETS in Cleveland


Feb 22 - World Rotary Day 


April 11-12 - District Conference, Chattanooga


June 6 - District Golf Tournament, Willow Creek, Knoxville



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 Tom and Greg:


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

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