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.
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2017 Rotary International Convention Report
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.