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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. 3

Tom King Co-Editor

Greg Maciolek Co-Editor

Issue Date Sept. 4, 2013



DG Ray’s September Message


(Editor’s Note: Due to scheduling conflicts, District Governor Ray Knowis will not be sending out a video message this month.  His September Message follows.)


Greetings District 6780 Rotarians,


We have just completed our very successful District Seminars.  On August 17 at Pellissippi State in Knoxville there were 99 Rotarians representing 35 clubs in attendance.  The evaluation forms indicated that all had a very positive learning experience.  At Motlow State in Tullahoma on August 24


L-R, Asst. Gov. Paul Stumb, DG Ray Knowis,

Mt. Juliet Breakfast Rotary President

Kenneth Smith and Club PE Chuck Groover


we had a great seminar as well with a mix of experienced presenters along with some new folks joining the training team. The seminars focused on the Foundation, Membership and Youth Service.  Thirty (30) clubs were represented.  For the combined seminars, 75% of our clubs were represented.  My hat is off to all the presenters who participated in the training as well as to the Rotarians who took time to attend.  Thank you to all.


During the month of August I made 18 Official Visits to clubs in the District. I even made an unofficial visit to the 2 Lebanon clubs where I joined them at the Wilson County Fair to help work their food booth.  This was a great experience and an opportunity to see 2 clubs working together in a fundraiser for their clubs to support projects in their community, which also serves as a great public relations event.  During my visit to the Oak Ridge clubs I learned about the 3 clubs there planning an event next spring referred to as Dragon Boat races.  The clubs plan on this project ultimately being a $100,000 fundraiser for projects in that community.


As I indicated in my earlier video messages, I promised to remind you of the month’s focus.  Accordingly, September will focus on Youth Service.  So please have at least one program during the month on Youth Service.  I would also remind you that September is the month for RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards). There will be a one-day camp at Camp Nakanawa near Crossville on September 21.  All clubs are encouraged to sponsor at least one high school junior to attend this camp.  As a challenge I will tell you that one club of 14 members in our district is sponsoring 4 students to attend (as is their customary practice).


Our District is quite active in Rotary’s Youth Exchange Program and I encourage all clubs to become active in this program.  Our District’s Youth Exchange team hosted a picnic for the Inbound exchange students at Cumberland Mountain State Park on August 25, an event that everyone always seems to enjoy.  For more information on Youth Exchange please contact Betty Vickers or Scott Shanks, who co-chair the Youth Service Committee, or Rick Woods, who chairs the International Youth Exchange Committee.  Rachael Moses coordinates the Inbound and Bill Nichols the Outbound students.


With school starting back it is time for each club to engage, or re-engage, with your Interact clubs and ensure that the Interact club has a teacher sponsor.  If your club has not been sponsoring an Interact Club, I encourage you to please do so.


Well, September will be a very busy month for me with 13 club visits scheduled in addition to a mid-month Zone 30-31 Rotary Institute meeting in Lexington, KY.  So until next month, ENGAGE ROTARY, CHANGE LIVES.



7 Inbound RYE Students Meet for Weekend Orientation


By Rachel Moses / Chair, Inbound Students Committee


District 6780’s Rotary Youth Exchange (RYE) Inbound students gathered the weekend of August 23-25 at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville for their Inbound orientation with the District 6780 Youth Exchange Committee, led by Committee Chair Rick Woods of the Rotary Club of Cookeville.  


Rachel Moses of the Rotary Club of Cookeville Breakfast serves as the Chair of the Inbound


 L-R, Rodolfo Vola Carvalho, Alexia de Silva,

Henriette Wenzl, Mathilde Ferreol, Miriam

Hernandez Figueroa, Jan Hudacek, and

Alina Rudenko


Students for the District Committee and is assisted by Frank Hughes of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga and Jan Melcher of the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge.  


The weekend was the first time the students met each other, though for months they had been corresponding via e-mail and Facebook. Part of the weekend involved reviewing the Youth Exchange "Rotary Rules" with the students, which includes the "Four D's" (No Drugs, No Drinking, No Driving, and No Dating), but it also involved having fun and getting to know each other.  The students instantly bonded.  The Committee Members noted that these seven students are remarkable young men and women.  They are truly ambassadors of their home countries and will have an amazing impact on their host clubs, host families, and classmates this year.


Our 7 RYE students (pictured above) are: Rodolfo Viola Carvalho from Brazil, hosted by the Rotary Club of Franklin County AM; Alexia Da Silva from France, hosted by the Rotary Club of Crossville; Henriette Wenzl from Germany, hosted by the Rotary Club of Farragut; Mathilde Ferreol from France, hosted by the Rotary Club of Chattanooga; Miriam Hernandez Figueroa from Spain, hosted by the Rotary Club of Cleveland; Jan Hudacek from Slovakia, hosted by the Rotary Club of Sparta; and Alina Rudenko from Russia, hosted by the Rotary Club of Cookeville.


The weekend featured an annual tradition of having the students go waterskiing, a first-time experience for all of them. Crossville Rotarian Scot Shanks hosted this activity.  On Sunday afternoon, the District Committee hosted a cookout for all of the students, their host families, the Rotary Counselors, and Rotary Club Youth Exchange Officers.  We were pleased to have in attendance at the picnic District Governor-Elect Jerry Wear, a long-time member of the Rotary District 6780 Youth Exchange Committee, and his wife, Linda, and District Governor-Nominee Beth Stubbs.


The Committee wants to thank the seven Rotary Clubs hosting this year, and we want to especially acknowledge the Rotary Club of Sparta that is hosting for the first time.  In addition to the seven clubs, we know many other clubs will be assisting the Youth Exchange program this year.  The Rotary Club of Knoxville Breakfast is once again sponsoring a UT Football Game weekend for the students in November, and the Rotary Club of Pigeon Forge sponsors the students for a weekend in Pigeon Forge when they attend the Interact Conference.  We are grateful for these clubs!  


We hope that if your club is not hosting this year that you will still invite the students to come visit your club this year to do a presentation or to be involved in any of your Rotary activities.  To find out how you can help this year or to get into contact with a student, you can contact Inbound Chair Rachel Moses at CoachRach@aol.com.


One club has already hosted a RYE student. The Rotary Club of Kingston was honored to have


 RYE Student Henriette Wenzl Flanked

by Bill Nichols, District Outbound Chair,

and Suzanne Horsfall, President

of the Kingston Rotary Club

Henriette (Jette) Wenzl, a Rotary Youth Exchange student from Germany and student at Webb High School, speak to the club on August 27.  She is hosted this year by the Rotary Club of Farragut. She talked about her home country, her family, and her initial impressions about our area. Jette is following a family tradition – her two older sisters have also been Rotary Youth Exchange students in the United States!  Jette is enjoying staying with her host family in Knoxville and making new friends.  And she has discovered that she loves being on the field hockey team and in chorus at Webb along with water sports on Watts Bar Lake in Roane County on the weekends when she visits her host grandparents, Starl and JoAnn Moore.


We would love to have more Rotary Clubs serve as host clubs!  Presidents and President-Elects, NOW is the time to be thinking about next school year (2014-2015) and decide whether your club can be a host club.  The duties of a Rotary Youth Exchange host club is to provide the student with at least two (but preferably three) host families throughout the year as well as assign the student a Rotary "counselor" who touches base with them throughout the year to make sure they are not too homesick and are adjusting well.  While the counselor is a Rotarian, the host families do not have to be.  The host clubs also arrange with local high schools to have the student enrolled in school.  All Rotary Youth Exchange Students are between the ages of 15 and 18 1/2.  Host Clubs also provide a stipend of $100 per month to the student.  If you think your club would like to be a host club next year for a Rotary Youth Exchange Student, please contact Rachel Moses.



District Seminars Draw 145 Rotarians From 49 Clubs


After our two District Training Seminars in August, Debbie Alexander-Davis, District Training Coordinator, says “I’m happy!”


 Rotarians at the District Seminar in Tullahoma  

D6780 Seminars were held in Knoxville at Pellissippi State Community College on Aug. 17 and in Tullahoma at Motlow State on Aug. 24 and focused on The Rotary Foundation, Membership and Youth Service.


“There were 58 Rotarians present in Tullahoma representing 30

clubs and in Knoxville, there were 99 present representing 34 clubs,” she reports. “There were 15 clubs that sent attendees to both locations, so a total of 49 of our clubs were represented.”


That’s a big number!  And we had 145 Rotarians attend the two seminars.


She says that by her count, there were 12 Rotarians who helped at both Seminars -- Dave Mason, District Membership Chair; Betty Vickers, Scot Shanks, PDG Frank Rothermel, Fred Heitman, District Governor Ray Knowis, DGE Jerry Wear, DG Nominee Beth Stubbs, PDG Bobby Davis, Greg Maciolek, District Assistant Governor Coorinator, and Devrin Kuipers, an Assistant Governor, for a total of 12.


Here are a few relevant bits of information for D6780 Rotarians from the seminars:

  • District membership has been trending downward for the past five years. July 2013 membership was 3,243, down from 3,517 in 2008, for a net loss of 8%.
  • In polio news, there has been a recent outbreak in the Somalia area, totaling about 110 cases out of 183 worldwide. The target year is still 2015 for the last reported case in order to declare a polio-free world in 2018.
  • Pre-PETS will be held early this year due to Future Vision Grant Application deadlines in January. Pre-PETS will be held on Saturday, November 16, in Cleveland, TN. There will also be Future Vision certification training offered during this session.


RI Unveils New Rotary.org Website & New Logo


Rotary International has a new look these days on its website and in the very familiar Rotary logo. Check out RI's new WEBSITE and you’ll quickly see the difference!


And the new Rotary logo is also very visible as soon as you open the website.



For nearly two years, RI has been working to refresh and revitalize Rotary’s website. The new site launched on August 26.


RI says it heard the complaints about the website over the years. Things like “I can’t find what I need” or “the website is too slow.” Well, the RI Secretariat has been working to address these and other concerns and has developed a new website that offers an enhanced experience and a variety of great tools and features, including the following:


Now, RI has two distinct versions of the website:

  • MyRotary – our members will be encouraged to sign in when visiting the site; doing so will give them a customized experience based on their interests, and allow them to conduct their Rotary business more easily than ever before.
  • Rotary.org – the public site tells our story to external audiences, encouraging people to get to know Rotary and learn about all the great work Rotarians are doing all over the world.

Find what you need!


The website has been entirely rebuilt, grouping items more logically; testing is confirming

that users are finding the experience to be much improved. The website’s “search” engine is now powered by Google, making locating documents, articles and tools much easier.



Pack the Park for Polio Nights Totals $18,810


The “Bill Sergeant Pack the Park for Polio” nights in August were a big success! 


 L-R, Rey Regenstreif & Doug Kirchhoffer

of the Smokies, Brenda Thornburgh,

District 6780 Polio Plus Chair,

and DGE Jerry Wear with the check



On Thursday evening, August 8th, District 6780 packed the park for Polio Plus at the Tennessee Smokies Park. Just over 500 tickets were sold which resulted in $2,390 in End Polio Now funds. The Gates Foundation will match this amount 2 to 1. Great night! Great turnout!  The Smokies won, 9-8, and we raised enough money to immunize 12,000 children.


DGE Jerry Wear threw out the first pitch. 


Then the Pack the Park for Polio in Chattanooga raised $3,880 for Polio Plus when DG Ray Knowis did the first-pitch honors at the Lookouts game.


Congratulations to all the Rotarians who participated for their effort to raise a total of $6,270 -- which will be matched 2-1 by the Gates Foundation -- for a grand total of $18,810. 


A Reminder About RYLA on Sept. 21st


RYLA is a one-day, life-changing, perspective-adjusting experience for high school juniors.  It is not


too late to get started!


In a world of negativity and mixed messages for young people, this district-wide Rotary event on Sept. 21 is for young people a positive experience that they will learn from and cherish.  This will be the 21st year for this important District 6780 event.  It is held at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville.


Please call RYLA Chair Don Randolph directly at 931-837-8881 if you have any questions about RYLA. Also, click on this RYLA link for information and registration. We will accept registrations all the way up to the day of the event, but the cost per attendee goes up after September 6th.  Until then it is $100 per attendee.  After Sept. 6 it is $115.



District Leadership Academy Class Meets in Knoxville


The first session for the Rotarians in our 2013-14 District Leadership Academy (DLA) gathered in Knoxville at Pellissippi State Community College after the District Seminar on Aug. 17.  They were


 DLA Class Members and Faculty

at Pellissippi State


treated to a session led by Alan Johnston on “Leading Volunteer Organizations” along with an orientation.


Congratulations to the members of 2013-2104 DLA class: Leann Cordell and Neal Cox, McMinnville Breakfast; Donna Fare, Sparta; Ann Lotspeich, Turkey Creek Sunset; Laurie Shipley, Chattanooga Breakfast; Brenda Thornburgh, Oak Ridge Breakfast; Bruce Williamson, Farragut; and Bruce Wilson, Pigeon Forge.


Founded during the 1992-1993 Rotary Year, the DLA provides intensive training for Rotarians who have high potential for leadership beyond the club level. The Academy includes a number of correspondence lessons and involvement in activities at the district level. The lessons are designed to develop knowledge beyond those normally encountered at the club level and develop additional Rotary knowledge and skills.


PDG Bobby Davis of Kingston, the Dean of the DLA, says that every district governor who has served since 1994-95 is a DLA graduate as are most of the Assistant Governors and committee chairs.


This current class will graduate in June, Dean Davis says.



TRECS Scheduled for 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 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) will be held in Crossville, TN on Saturday, Oct. 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.  


Here is the FLYER for the event. The class is being 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. More information can be obtained from either Carol or Alan Johnston.


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



A Rotary Moment from Ed Engel at Turkey Creek


September’s “Rotary Moment" comes from Ed Engel, who is the charter president of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek in Farragut.   The club was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Farragut and is in its third year.  Here is Ed’s special Rotary moment:


I was inducted into Rotary at the Rotary Club of Griffin, GA - Sunrise as a charter member in

 Ed Engel  

1996.  I later transferred to a club in Meridian, ID in November 2000.   Up to that point I was a classic Rotary member, coming to meetings but not doing much. 


In 2001 the Rotary Club of Meridian Idaho had been tasked with raising enough money to fund a study to see if a Boys and Girls Club would be feasible in the town of Meridian.  I was asked to co-chair this fund-raising effort.  On the last Friday of July Meridian had a “Dairy Days” parade to kick off the “Dairy Days Festival” of the town.  We settled on a fund-raising project called “Bossie Bingo.”


The concept is that we walk a cow (Bossie) down the parade route and the first place that Bossie does her “business” on this parade route would determine the winner of a $1,000 prize.  The parade route was exactly one mile long, so we sold tickets for each foot of the parade route.  My “Rotary Moment” was when we started walking old Bossie down the parade route I knew that the funds we raised were more than enough to fund the study.  That is when I knew I had become a Rotarian!


If you have a "Rotary Moment” please send it along in an email to TOM KING along with a picture of yourself. 


'Ravi' Ravindran of Sri Lanka Nominated as RI President 2015-16


K.R. “Ravi” Ravindran, a member of the Rotary Club of Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, has been selected by the Rotary International (RI) Nominating Committee to be President of RI in

 K.R. Ravindran  

2015-16. Ravindran will become the president-nominee on October 1, 2013 if there are no challenging candidates.


Ravindran said his top priority for Rotary will be to increase membership, which he called the bedrock of any organization. “The emphasis on membership has to continue with focus on the younger generation,” Ravindran said. “Additionally, we must seek to attract the just retired and experienced people into Rotary.”


Creating regional membership plans and realizing that “one size does not fit all” has been a move in the right direction, he said.



September’s Membership Minute:

A Look at Rotary Touch Points From an Ohio Club

By Jim Davis / Membership News Coordinator


Attracting and retaining members is a challenge for most all Rotary clubs. Statistically, a club will lose 10% of its members by some form of attrition, and a club must replace those just to maintain its


normal number of members.


Brent Rosenthal, who is a Past District Governor of District 6690 in Ohio, has written and edited a series of articles called “Membership Minutes.”  These are short articles to give membership chairs and membership committees ideas for both increasing the number of and retaining members.


This month’s MEMBERSHIP MINUTE is one of those “Membership Minutes” articles. It deals with Rotary “Touch Points” that the Rotary Club of Arlington, Ohio uses to recognize their club members. This particular article was written by Arlington Rotary Club President Steve Sandbo. 


If you need more information or help with membership issues, 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. 


Fourth In A Series:

2 Grant Approvals Lift District Grants Total to 26 for 2013-14


By Rachel Killebrew / Club Grant Coordinator


Each month we are reviewing the District Grants that have been submitted and approved for 2013-2014 in District 6780.  In July 2013, we looked at the great ideas being implemented in three

 Rachel Killebrew  

clubs: Chattanooga Breakfast, Harriman Rotary Club and Jefferson City Rotary Club.  All three chose ideas that answered the Humanitarian Need for Education and Literacy.  In August, we reviewed the grants submitted from the Morristown A.M. Rotary Club and the Oak Ridge Sunset Club, both also answering needs in the Humanitarian Need of Education and Literacy.  For September, we will be looking at the three Humanitarian areas of Disease Prevention & Treatment (1 grant), Peace & Conflict Resolution (no grants), and Maternal & Childhealth (no grants). 


Also, in September we are excited to announce that two more grants were approved, bringing the number approved for 2013-2014 to 26. 

  • The Rotary Club of Shelbyville was approved for an Education grant to purchase and deliver school uniforms for 250 poor children in Nepal so they can attend school.
  • The Rotary Club of Farragut had its Community Development grant approved for the purchase of car seats (child restraint devices for children) and provide driver training for refugees to facilitate employment, community integration and child safety with Bridge Refugee Services in Knoxville. 

Thanks to your current District Officers, who somehow can stretch the budget to amazing limits:

District Grants Subcommittee Chair Jim Roxlo; District Rotary Foundation Chair (DRFC) Frank Rothermel; and District Governor (DG) Ray Knowis.


District grants give Rotarians freedom in determining how to best spend funds donated to The Rotary Foundation in their district.  Each Rotary year, districts may apply for one district grant, which can be used to support one or more projects, based on that district’s interests and needs. This year the District funds are $88,450 for the District Grants and a total of $115,450, including the education scholarship to Brindley Mitchell to attend the Barcelona Institute of International Studies to seek a Masters Degree in International Relations.


Grundy County is currently working on a District Grant called “Don’t Meth With Us” that falls into the Humanitarian area of Disease Prevention and Treatment.  The Rotary Club in Grundy County recognizes that drug usage is a serious problem in Grundy County, one of the poorest counties in Tennessee.  With meth becoming a serious drug problem in Tennessee and in the nation as a whole, this brave club is targeting children with education, especially since many of the children come from homes with parents as users.


Their goal is to provide education to children in grades 4-7 in six schools in Grundy County against drug use and its devastation on families and communities.  Grundy County had a previous successful program in 2012 and has chosen to expand the program to more grades.  Through education, they will give the students the tools to use against peer pressure.  As Grundy County continues to address this problem and learn from the experience, they have offered to help other clubs develop a program in their counties.  Contact Sandy Spies at sandyspies@hotmail.com or Katie Bell at Katie@balthehealingplace.org.


The District Grant Committee commends the Grundy County Rotary Club for tackling such a serious and dangerous health issue that surrounds and affects us all. 


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



Free Flu Shot Saturday Scheduled Sept. 14 in Knoxville 


Knoxville’s area Rotary Clubs on Saturday Sept. 14 will again be staffing the sites for the 19th annual Free Flu Shot Saturday, which provides free influenza vaccinations on a first-come, first-served basis to the Knoxville community.



The shots will be administered by medical professionals at six sites -- Farragut High School, Austin-East Magnet High, Carter High, Halls High, South-Doyle Middle and West High. Although the event is scheduled from 8 a.m. to noon, most sites run out of vaccine well before noon.


The clubs participating will be the Rotary Club of Knoxville, the Rotary Club of Farragut, the Rotary Club of West Knox, North Knoxville Rotary, the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary, South Knoxville Rotary and the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek.


The shots are offered free due to donations from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, Summit Medical Group, and Knoxville-area Rotary Clubs, which also staff the locations, along with volunteer health professionals and medical students from around the area.


Although the shots are free, donations are accepted. Any donations from the public go to the News Sentinel’s Empty Stocking Fund, which provides food and gifts to needy East Tennessee families during the winter holidays. Flu Shot Saturday is the Empty Stocking Fund’s largest fundraiser. Last year’s event raised more than $17,000 for the charity. Volunteers gave more than 4,000 shots.


It's a fun work day that all Rotarians enjoy!!!  Plan on helping out if you can.



 News From the Clubs of District 6780:

  • Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Makes a Difference at Blue Grass

The Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club has been talking with Blue Grass Elementary School in Knoxville during the past year about the school’s needs. Blue Grass is one of the older elementary

 Knoxville Breakfast Rotary & the entire crew  

schools in the county.


The club’s Service Project Committee conducted a needs assessment and found the grounds to be in very poor condition with broken picnic tables, overgrown hedges, weeds, and most all the playground mulched washed away. The club decided to jump in, and do something before the opening of school. KBR set aside $4,500 to cover the cost of the project and Saturday, August 3, the work was done.


“We enlisted the help of fellow Rotarians -- George Wehrmaker of Brightside Landscaping, who is a member of the West Knoxville Club, was invaluable in the project, and Wes Stowers of the the Rotary Club of Knoxville donated the use of a skid steer to move the mulch,” Breakfast Rotary President Dan Hipsher explained. “We asked for volunteers from the school’s PTA to show up and help on our work day. We got started at 8 a.m. with about 20 Rotarians and their families, and about 50 teachers, parents, and children from Blue Grass. There were over 500 hours put into this project.”


Sandra Roach, the school’s principal, praised the club’s work. “I cannot tell you what a difference that the Knoxville Rotary Breakfast Club made for our students, school, and staff.  It was absolutely heart-warming to see all the "Blue" shirts at work for the same purpose. I cannot thank you enough for a positive start to the 2013 school year. We look forward to working closely with you in the future.”


Added Miriam Boney, PTA President:  “The campus looks so nice for the beginning of the school year and I can honestly say it hasn’t been this nice in the years my kids have been in school there.”


  •  Kingston Rotary Celebrates 59 Years

The Rotary Club of Kingston celebrated its 59th anniversary on August 20, 2013 by visiting the Jamestowne Assisted Living facility in Kingston. Members and guests enjoyed John Shacter’s piano playing and an informative and interesting program on Jamestowne by one of the nursing staff, Billie Jo Freels. 


Attendees shown in the photo (left to right) are: seated: George Warlick (Charter President), John Shacter, Tom Pickel, and Jim Leitnkaer; standing: Dave Reichle, Suzanne Horsfall (President), Brenda Wyatt, Bobby Davis, Debbie Alexander-Davis, Ken Thoms, Larry Kornacki, Ralph Best, Gene Pickel, Terry Stevens, and Bill Mixon.


  • West Knox Rotary Hosting UT vs. Oregon Watch Party

The Rotary Club of West Knoxville is having a UT vs. Oregon Football Watch Party at Rothchild Catering Center at 8807 Kingston Pike on Sept. 14. The event begins at 3 p.m. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. The cost of the event is $10 per person. There will be a raffle in which they will be giving away prizes at the end of each quarter.


For purposes of efficiency, they ask everyone to RSVP with the number of attendees in your party via e-mail to Bo Sutton at jsutton@ft.newyorklife.com or call Bo at (865) 748-5892. Please RSVP by September 5 so they can give Rothchild enough time to plan accordingly.


  • Fairfield Glade Helps Christian Counseling Center

The Fairfield Glade Rotary Club recently presented a $250 check to the Christian Counseling Center


 Ed DeVries, center, gets check

from Fairfield Glade Rotary

President Chris Celik with

Bill Collins on the left


of Cumberland County.  This center provides important mental health counseling services to families, individuals, and children by qualified professionals.


Center Board of Directors President Ed DeVries was on hand to accept the donation.  He said the center has been in existence for 11 years and has an emphasis on helping small children in Cumberland County.  Over 1,700 children have been identified as needing counseling services. 


For more information about the services offered at the center, call 931-707-8200 or visit their website at www.cccotp.org.








 D6780 Fundraising News:


 -- Fairfield Glade Rotary Presents Wine on the Plateau Festival


Come elevate your spirits at the inaugural Wine on the Plateau Festival on Saturday September 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the beautiful Fairfield Glade Resort community located near Crossville.  The


festival will be held at the northwest corner of Peavine Road and Stonehenge Drive.  Wine on the Plateau is being presented by the Fairfield Glade Rotary Club and hosted by Cumberland Medical Center and Dave Kirk Automotive.  Funds raised during the event will benefit many worthy local charities and student scholarships.


Featured will be an outstanding variety of over 30 fine wines that can be sampled and purchased at local wine stores or at a local restaurant.  Additionally, beer tastings will be provided by Budweiser and Miller.  Samples of popular menu items will be available from local restaurants including Legends at Druid Hills, Stonehenge Grille, Scarlett Catering, Phil-ing Station, R&B Café, Catfish Cabin, Villa Pizza & Pasta, Red’s Ale House, Cancun Mexican Restaurant, Lefty’s Barbeque, La Costa Mexican Restaurant, Cumberland Mountain State Park Restaurant, Big Boy’s BBQ, 5th Street Café, and Kettle Corn.  Patrons will receive a complimentary wine glass with the Wine on the Plateau logo.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Soul Fissh. 


A limited number of tickets will be available for this popular event and are now on sale.  Tickets can be purchased at the Fairfield Glade Community and Conference Center and at The Depot on Main Street in downtown Crossville or from a Fairfield Glade Rotary Club member. The cost is $20 per person in advance and $25 at the event, if available.  For ticket information, contact Dick Green at 931-456-6691 or go online to www.wineontheplateau.org



-- Turkey Creek Rotary Presents 'Hold'em To End Polio' on Sept. 13


“Hold’em or fold’em will be part of the Rotary Club of Turkey Creek’s night during its "Hold 'em to End Polio" Poker Tournament on September 13th at its meeting location at Faith Lutheran Church (the old St. John Neumann Catholic Church) in Farragut. Tickets are on sale for $50 but limited in quantity. All funds raised will go toward polio eradication and the community outreach fund. There will be prizes, trophies, and food! And lots of fun!!! Registration begins at 6 p.m. and the dealing shortly afterwards. 



-- Farragut Rotary's 13th Wine Tasting Fundraiser Is Oct. 1


The Rotary Club of Farragut is having its largest fund-raising event of the year on Tuesday, Oct. 1 – the 13th Annual Wine Tasting & Hors d’oeuvres at Fox Den Country Club.  Tickets are $65 each and you can email Event Chair Stephanie Myers for tickets.  The wine is provided by Farragut member Sam Taylor, owner of Dixie Lee Wine & Liquors.  The evening begins at 6 p.m. and it includes the wine, a great dinner and a Silent Auction.  For more information, email Stephanie.



-- Tellico Lake Rotary's 8th Tour de Tellico is Sept. 28


The Rotary Club of Tellico Lake’s 8th Annual Tour de Tellico will be on Saturday, Sept. 28. 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!



-- Oct. 18: North Knox Rotary Golf Tournament Is Set


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. 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.



Dates for Your Rotary Calendar:


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Sep 10 - Rotary Family Day at the Tennessee Valley Fair


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


Oct 12 - TRECS Leadership Institute - Crossville 


Nov 16 - Pre-PETS in Cleveland, TN



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





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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:


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