What is the Rotary Club of Knoxville?

Founded in 1915, the Rotary Club of Knoxville is the city’s oldest and largest service club. The club is apolitical and secular, welcoming members from all communities.

We meet every Tuesday at noon. Our weekly lunches give our members valuable insight into our community and the world while networking with community leaders.

Our Local Projects:

  • Award more than $20,000.00 in college scholarships each year annually including the RFK scholarships, the CSA Scholarship, the Congressional Medal of Honor Character Counts Scholarship, and the TSD Scholarship;
  • Recognize an outstanding Elementary/Intermediate, High School, and Special Education teacher with a$500 award and $250 gift certificate per teacher;
  • Provide $20,000 annually to underserved students for arts and cultural experience including the summer art program at Knoxville Museum of Art, attending performances at the Clarence Brown Theatre and attending performances by the Knoxville Opera Company as well as the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra;
  • Annual grant for member chosen local community service project that addresses a key need in Knoxville such as the Beaumont Elementary School Library Project (2015-16) and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park Elmont Theatre Restoration Project (2016-2017); Second Harvest Food for Kids Program (2017-2018)
  • Support the Webb and Catholic High School Interact Clubs;
  • Send High School students every year to Rotary Youth Leadership Training (RYLA);
  • Support the Knoxville Community and University of Tennessee Rotaract Clubs;
  • Initiate a speech and essay contest to support our literacy efforts;
  • Participate in Free Flu Shot Saturday.

Our International Projects:

  • Support preschools in South Africa in conjunction with Stanford and Knysna Rotary Clubs;
  • Longtime support of the Mateszalka Children’s Home in Hungary including providing Christmas gifts;
  • Continue funding the fight against Polio in the role of an Eradicator Club;
  • Sent medical equipment and a vocational training team to Zimbabwe to train medical professionals;
  • Through Rotary Grants in excess of half a million dollars have provided clean water to 115 villages in the Isaan Region in Thailand, supplying clean water to over $50,000 children and their families.
  • Provide administrative support along with water tanks, medical equipment, and kidney transplants to children in and around Mexico City. 

Volunteers Needed for Beaumont Magnet School Book Club

It's time for the Beaumont Book Club again!

We will be reading and discussing books with Beaumont Magnet Academy students again this year on most Wednesdays from 9/13 to 11/29 at the following times:

  • Grades K-1:  4:00-4:30
  • Grades 2-3:  4:30-5:00
  • Grades 4-5:  4:00-5:00

Beaumont has requested that, when possible, the same volunteer do both Grades K-1 at 4:00-4:30 and Grades 2-3 at 4:30-5:00, rather than a different volunteer for each time slot.

Please only sign up for 1-2 slots to give others an opportunity to participate.

If you registered as a volunteer and had a background check last year, then you do not need to do these again, and you can skip to "Step Three" below to sign up for volunteer slots.  If you have not done this yet, please follow these 3 steps:

Step One: Volunteer Info

  1. Go to www.greatschoolspartnership.com and click on the Volunteer button (with the raised hand).
  2. Next, scroll down to the Community Schools column and specify if you are an Individual or a Group.
  3. Fill out your information and submit online.

Step Two: Background check

  1. Go to www.GreatSchoolsPartnership.com/SCREEN
  2. Register with Verified Volunteers on the first page.
  3. Fill out your information and submit online.
  4. Great Schools Partnership will cover the cost of your background checkbut you can also contribute if you wish. Contributions are always greatly appreciated.

Step Three:

We're using SignUp.com (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

  1. Click this link to see our SignUp on SignUp.com: SignUp.com/go/tvCuvjZ
  2. Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
  3. Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.com.

Note: SignUp.com does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

2017 Rotary International Convention Report

2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia

Thousands of members of the family of Rotary took part in the 2017 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia. During four packed days of plenary and breakout sessions, Rotarians attending the convention were privy to an impressive lineup of speakers. President Ed Anderson along with Rotarians who attended shared stories and pictures of their experiences at the 108th Rotary International Convention. One story that made an impression on our group is Rotary’s involvement to help with the global issue of human trafficking.

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