‘Mother Rotary’ passes

When Joan McIntee, 88, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 15, of Peripheral Arterial Disease, Rotary Club of Farragut members lost their “mother.”

Known as “Mother Rotary” among RCF members, she was remembered for leading by example and following Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self,” which included various ways of encouraging and supporting fellow members. (See adjacent obituary).

“The Rotary Club of Farragut lost its wonderful and warm ‘Mother Rotary,’” said past president Tom King, who serves as RCF public image chairman, adding Mrs. McIntee “was the club’s soul.”

“Joan was a Rotarian to the core, was very much supportive of everything the club was doing,” the Rev. David Bluford, current RCF president, said. “She certainly gave of herself in doing that and provided whatever service the club asked her to do.

“Joan was the first female president of Farragut Rotary, our club historian and, in many ways served as the conscience of our club,” King said. “She also served District 6780 faithfully at many district conferences as the Credentials chair and was an assistant district governor.”

in March 2020, RCF designated Mrs. McIntee as an Honorary Member for Life and celebrated Joan McIntee Day in the Town of Farragut.

“She and her husband (Jim McIntee) were just salt-of-the-Earth people,” King said. “We have missed her so much.”