Welcome to the Rotary Club of Knoxville,
July 1, 2017 marks the beginning of the 102nd year of the Rotary Club of Knoxville. In September 2015 we successfully celebrated our Centennial year. As the oldest service club in Knoxville, we are proud and excited to be in our second century of service. Our club of 190 + Knoxville business and professional leaders has a long history of supporting education with four-year college scholarships to local students, teacher of the year awards, and recently provided 600+ new books for the Beaumont Magnet Elementary School’s Library. Other local projects include supporting Free Flu Shot Saturday, Tennessee School for the Deaf, and providing an anuual local Arts Education Grant for Knoxville youth. In 2015 we created a nursing school in Zimbabwe and are in the process of building a dam to provide water for a Zimbabwe community of 1,000. For the past 22 years we have worked with the Mateszalka Rotary Club in NE Hungary and created playgrounds, camp renovations, skate parks and provided for the areas orphans and foster children. Since 2009 we have worked with the Chandigarh, India Rotary Club to provide support for a slum school and facilitated an exchange program between the Webb High School Interact members and the BVB school in India. In Thailand we have supported dozens of clean water projects during the past few years. We continue to support a variety of projects in Knysna and Stanford, South Africa and currently are initiating the building of two new classrooms for a school in a Mauritanian village. Our club has its own foundation, The Rotary Club of Knoxville Foundation, which generates income to help support our numerous local and international projects and scholarships.
These are exciting times for Rotary internationally for we are close to eradicating Polio from our world, and Rotary continues to grow and become known as the best humanitarian service organization on our planet.
If you are looking for a place to network with leaders, put service above self and enjoy the company of some exceptional people, we welcome you to attend our meeting any week that works for you. Come help us make the next 100 years as successful for our club as the first 100.
T. Allen Pannell Jr.
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.