The Downtown Franklin Rotary Club is especially committed to the needs of our local community. We are constantly taking on special projects to help immediate needs.

See what the Williamson Source has to say about us: https://williamsonsource.com/downtown-franklin-rotary-club-donates-15000-to-local-charities/

My Friend’s House

My Friend’s House is a Franklin non-profit that serves neglected, abused, or at-risk boys, ages 12-18, in-state custody by offering a home-like environment with a balance of safety, structure, encouragement, care, and expectations. Since its inception, the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club has committed to serving this organization by volunteering time and fundraising. If you are interested in learning more about My Friend’s House, visit myfriendshousetn.org. If you have a heart for service, please consider volunteering for Rewards Night and/or Chef’s Night at My Friend’s House. There are always immediate openings. If you are interested, email Jaclyn at volunteerMFH@yahoo.com for more information.

4-Way Test Speech Contest

The DFRC is proud to sponsor a public speaking contest each year using the Rotary 4-Way Test as the theme.

Summary from District 6760 DACdb……

“From the earliest days of Rotary, Rotarians have been concerned with promoting high ethical standards in their professional lives. One of the world’s most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics is The 4-Way Test, which was created in 1932 by Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor (who later served as Rotary International’s President) when he was asked to take charge of a company that was facing bankruptcy. This 24-word test for employees to use in making decisions in their business and professional lives became the guide for sales, production, advertising, and all relations with suppliers and customers. The survival of the company is credited to this simple philosophy. Adopted by Rotary in 1943, the 4-Way Test has been translated into more than a hundred languages and published in thousands of ways.” It asks the following four questions:

Of the things we think, say or do:

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


FAQ about the contest…………….

Yifan Shi was selected as the winner of the first annual DFRC “4-Way Test” Public Speaking Contest.

WHO: Anyone in the 9th-12th grade at the time of the competition.

WHAT: You may choose the topic of your speech with the purpose of the speech to address an ethical problem using the principles of the 4-Way Test. The speech must be between 4 and 6 minutes in length.

WHEN and WHERE: You must be available to compete in each competition starting with the local club and concluding at the District Level.

  • Club Contest
  • District Semi-Finals
  • District Finals

PRIZES (subject to change yearly):
Club Contest Top Prize $250, Second $100, Third $75

  • District Semi-Finals 3 Winners each receive $100
  • District Finals Top Prize is $1,500 with 1st Runner-up receiving

$300 and 2nd Runner-up receiving $200

For more information and complete contest rules please contact Lynne McAlister at LynneMcAlister@me.com or Candida Bannister at ccbannister@comcast.net


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards

DFRC RYLA award winner, Emani Allen, shown with DFRC Past President Lorrie Graves, Mrs. Allen, and Past Assistant District Governor, Denise Carothers.

The DFRC proudly sponsors a student to attend the RYLA training each year.

What is RYLA?

RYLA is Rotary’s leadership training program to award outstanding young people with the opportunity to participate in a series of leadership training events, outdoor activities, seminars, etc. each summer with their peers from across our Rotary District (Middle and West TN). Our club will pay the $400 tuition fee for our locally-selected RYLA students. Eligible students are ages15 to 17 years old.

paraphrased via Rotary International………..

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) is an intensive leadership experience organized by Rotary clubs and districts where you develop your skills as a leader while having fun and making connections.

What are the benefits?

Connect with leaders in your community and around the world to:

  • Build communication and problem-solving skills
  • Discover strategies for becoming a dynamic leader in your school or community
  • Learn from community leaders, inspirational speakers, and peer mentors
  • Unlock your potential to turn motivation into action
  • Have fun and form lasting friendships

How can I participate?

Contact the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club to find out more about RYLA events and how to apply for a sponsorship to attend the District 6760 Rotary Youth Leadership Awards camp. We would love to hear from you!


Eradicating Polio Worldwide

One benefit of being a Rotarian is that you can take pride in being part of an organization that truly makes a difference in the world. Since 1985, Rotarians have served as community-based mobilizers for polio eradication, motivating international groups, governments, private organizations, communities, and individuals to join the global effort to rid the world of polio. Rotary works with partners in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), including the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and the governments of the world to achieve this historic public health goal. As part of the effort, Rotarians contribute their time and money to the cause, raising funds, advocating for support, serving as volunteers to help immunize children, and raising awareness in their communities. Rotary’s contributions to the global polio eradication effort now exceed $1.6 billion, including matching funds from the Gates Foundation. Hundreds of thousands of volunteers have supported National Immunization Days. Since 1988, more than two billion children have received oral polio vaccine, and we’ve achieved a 99.9 percent reduction in polio cases. It may be considered the greatest humanitarian service the world has ever seen, and every Rotarian can take pride in the achievement. To learn how you can support Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio, visit endpolio.org.