Rotary’s January speaker lineup ranges from local to international

Tom KingFarragut

There’s much more to Rotary than the weekly meetings and lunch – a lot more. A vital part of a vibrant and active club is the quality and diversity of programs and speakers that are scheduled for presentations.


This month the Rotary Club of Farragut begins 2019 with four very different programs for our members, visitors and guests. The club meets at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday at Fox Den Country Club.

Here’s our January lineup of speakers:

Jan. 9: We’re beginning January with an international flavor. Our speaker will be the club’s Rotary Youth Exchange student from Dresden, Germany – Antonia Schmitz-Peiffer. She is 17 and attending Webb School this year after arriving in mid-August 2018 to begin her year in Knoxville. She has also traveled and spent time in Great Britain and Denmark. Antonia will give us a midyear update on her experiences as a Rotary Exchange student and her impressions of our community and country.

Jan. 16: We will welcome Missy Standifer and learn a lot about Knoxville’s Interfaith Health Clinic, which first opened in 1991. Missy is the clinic’s director of development and public relations with 28 years of experience in team building, event planning/fundraising, leadership and volunteer development, public relations, marketing and public speaking. InterFaith has served more than 24,000 individual patients by providing affordable medical, dental, mental health care access and prescription medications for low-income and the working uninsured and underserved. It is a key part of Knoxville’s community.

Jan. 23: John Whited is the deputy chief of the Knoxville Volunteer Emergency Rescue Squad and a Farragut High graduate. He became a volunteer for the squad while he was in high school at age 16. Today, he also works as a full-time firefighter for Rural Metro at its new Choto Station 42 off Northshore Drive. He wears another hat as well – as a volunteer medic for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

Jan. 30: The club will be hearing from an old friend – Past District 6780 Gov. Beth Stubbs. Beth will be passing along updates on all things related to the Rotary Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of Rotary International. While funding major projects and initiatives in the U.S. and around the world, its chief aim remains the eradication of polio worldwide. This is always an interesting program to see what Rotary is doing with donations made to the foundation.

Come join us on a Wednesday!

If you’re interested in exploring membership in Farragut Rotary, drop me an email or call me at (865) 659-3562. We meet at 12:15 p.m. each Wednesday at Fox Den Country Club. Join us as a guest and see how you like Rotary!

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