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Upcoming Programs:

Thursday, February 21 (8:00 am)
Nate Wilson, The Mountain Goat Trail.

Thursday, February 28 (8:00 am)
Hilary Ward, Director of the Sewanee Summer Music Festival.


We hold a breakfast Meeting at 8:00 am Central time every Thursday morning at the Sewanee Inn. From I-24 take Exit 134, turn left and go west on US Hwy 41A for about four miles and turn right onto University Avenue - we're about a half mile on the right, at the golf course.
Come join us for breakfast!

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New Rotaract Club

We had a Chartering ceremony on November 1, 2017 with our district governor attending.

Subsequently, the Rotaract Club has initiated support of an International Project (Global Health Charities), and a community service project, the American Cancer Society - Relay for Life.

The Relay for Life event will be Saturday, October 6, 2018. Click here for more info about Relay for Life, and to participate if you like.

Rotary member Bill Davis has established the Rotary Club of Monteagle-Sewanee "Team" at the above link, and contributed $100 to test the system. Initially a goal of $1,000 has been established, but the new Rotary administration, beginning July 1, may set a better goal.

To become a member of the Rotary Team, you need to "CREATE AN ACCOUNT" and "sign-in" - when you do, you will be setting up an account for yourself. Subsequently, you either join a team (Rotary) or you establish your own team (SAS, EMS, Woody's, etc) and name a captain.

Eight New Paul Harris Fellows

On Thursday November 10, the Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary club was pleased to award the Paul Harris Fellowship Award to eight of our members. This prestigious award is given to Rotarians who have attained $1,000 or more in donations to support the work of Rotary International.

Speaking at the meeting, Rotary District Governor J. Fred Heitman explained the wide variety of projects supported by Rotary International that includes schools, water projects, microloans, medical care and hunger relief around the world.

The awards were presented by Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club Foundation Chair Dan Hatfield, District Foundation Chair Beth Stubbs and District Governor J. Fred Heitman to Barry Rollins, Tracy Temples, Mike Roark, Woody Deutsch, Henry Blizzard, John Solomon, Haynes Roberts, and Scott Anderson. The awards were followed by a presentation by Lee Ann Bachlund, Vice President for Admissions for the University of the South.

Two New Members

At the April 5 meeting, two new members were inducted into membership.

Pictured are new members Tyler Augst, Coordinator of Student Programs at the University of the South, and Marie Ferguson, Sewanee Chief of Police.

At the right of the photo are Rotary members Bill Davis and Kathy Henslee.

Chili Cookoff Coming Up
March 30 will be the date of our first Chili Cookoff. This has evolved from our highly successful Cajun Supper event.

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Hunger Walk
The 4th Annual Rotary Hunger Walk is organized in September to raise awareness about the food insecurity on the mountain. The goal is to raise money - $17,000 net - to help CAC and Morton Memorial Food Banks in their efforts to provide food for those in need.

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Pictured above, from Left to Right - Lee Harmon - President Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club, Betty Carpenter - Director CAC, Amy Wilson - Director Food Ministry Morton Memorial UMC, and Rich Wyckoff - Rotarian.

Betty and Amy were recently presented checks for $2,000 from the final proceeds of the 2017 Hunger Walk. Each organization had previously received $7,000 from the 2017 Hunger Walk.

The Hunger Walk begins.

On the Mountain Goat Trail.

Some Recent Accomplishments

We have grown our membership from 43 to 50 with all growth coming in the under 50 age groups. We started a very vibrant Rotaract program at the University of the South. We raised $17,353 in our annual Hunger Walk to support local food pantries.

We Increased our endowed scholarship at the University of the South from $65,000 to $95,000 through gifts, pledges and proceeds from our annual golf tournament. And, our fourth Cajun Supper, which was recently held and is expected to net about $3,000 to support Rotary's Heart to Heart project in Mexico and the Haiti Institute at Sewanee.

John Bratton Honored

Pictured here are Henry Blizzard, Haynes Roberts, and John Hille with Vice Chancellor John McCardell and Honoree John Bratton.

At a recent club social, John Bratton was honored by the Rotary Club for his long standing service to the club. A scholarship at the university has been named in his honor. He has been active for many years in recruiting speakers for the weekly meetings.

The John Gass Bratton Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Scholarship will be awarded annually to local students who attend University of the South. John is the only remaining charter member of the local Rotary Club.

Click here for a video about the presentation.

Relay for Life

Our Rotaract Club puts on its first fundraiser - a huge success.

Many thanks to all who participated and volunteered.

Our New President

Pictured are outgoing President John Hille and incoming President Lee Harmon.

Cajun Supper Fundraiser

Last year our Cajun Supper event held in March was sucessful and fun, feeding somewhere between 200 and 300 people while raising a few thousand dollars for our International projects.

Dr Min Wang Speaks
October 26

Dr. Ming Wang is a Harvard and MIT graduate (MD, magna cum laude) and one of the few cataract and LASIK eye surgeons in the world today who holds a doctorate degree in laser physics. He has performed over 55,000 vision procedures, including on over 4,000 doctors, so he has been called "The doctors' doctor".

Dr. Wang grew up in communist China. He came to this country with only $50. Today, he is a world-class eye surgeon and is the ONLY surgeon in the state who performs 3D SMILE, 3D LASIK, 3D Karma, 3D Raindrop, 3D Forever Young Lens and 3D Laser Cataract Surgery.

Dave Stevens gives TED Talk

At a combined meeting of the Franklin County A.M. Rotary Club and the Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club, hosted at the Sewanee Inn last week, local author Dave Stevens of Estill Springs mesmerized the Rotarians and guests with his theories on the future survivability of mankind during a "TED Talk" to both clubs.

"Stevens is a retired former U.S. Navy Commander, who was a nuclear weapons qualified Navy fighter pilot", said Rotary Assistant District 6780 Governor Alan Clark of the A.M. Club as he introduced Stevens. "He served as Strike Operations Officer for the Persian Gulf War. With a Top Secret clearance, he led classified defense programs, test piloted new F-18 fighters and earned an aviation patent. He's sailed around world, been to over 30 countries, 10 miles above the earth, 600 feet below the Atlantic and survived hundreds of his own carrier landings. Dave has aerospace engineering degrees from Cornell and the University of Michigan, with graduate work in astrophysics and statistics. With an Advisory Board of renowned experts, he creates reality-based stories to entertain and warn."