At its June 27 meeting, the Rotary Club of Knoxville installed its 2023-24 board of directors, to be led by Jim Alexander, director at Acosta Sales and Marketing. The board’s term begins on July 1. Andrew Murr, vice president at Barge Design Solutions, will serve as vice president. Christopher Lambert, relationship manager at the Trust Company of Tennessee, is president-elect and director of international service.
Shannon Holland, an attorney with Holland Law, will continue as club secretary while F. Whitfield Addicks, partner at Addicks CPA Firm LLP, will remain as treasurer and chair of the financial and audit committee. Outgoing president William T. MacGrath, senior vice president at UBank, will serve as representative of past presidents.
Scott Beasley, financial adviser with Northwestern Mutual, will direct recruitment. Sally Boven, retired CEO of Reflective Apparel, is director of retention. Robert Hill, retired from Acosta Sales and Marketing, is director of education service.
Shane Jackson, senior vice president of Pinnacle Financial Partners, will direct local service. Russ Jensen, director of 311 and 211 call centers for the City of Knoxville, will serve as communications director. Gloria Palacios, executive director of the Townwide Fund of Huntington, West Virginia, is director of club service.
Founded in 1915, the Rotary Club of Knoxville is among the oldest and largest Rotary Clubs in Tennessee. Club members were instrumental in the formation of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and currently sponsor several park projects. The club is also the steward of the Rotary Foundation of Knoxville, which funds college scholarships and special projects.
Our members are leaders from diverse backgrounds who honor our past while creating an inspired future through a passionate, engaged, and growing membership. We build lasting friendships through our contributions to a variety of local and international service projects. We have fun together and involve our families in our Rotary work to create lasting changes in our community and the world.
During the past year, Rotarians rang the Salvation Army Bell, packed Santa Bags for Children at the Catholic Charities Immigration Services, placed wreaths on veterans’ graves through Wreaths Across America, and packed over 140 food boxes for children in three Knox County schools. The club also issued grants to Court Appointed Special Advocates, Mobile Meals (to adopt specific Rotary Routes), and Centro Hispano, for after school and summer tutoring programs.
Rotary International, the world’s first service club, was started in Chicago in 1905. More than 1.4 million members in more than 35,000 clubs in 200 countries volunteer their time and talent to further the Rotary motto “Service Above Self.” Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds.
Rotary Club of Knoxville provided information for this article.