More than 500 Rotarians from 13 states are expected to gather Oct. 10-13 at the Grand Wayne Center in Fort Wayne for the Heart of America (Rotary) Zone Summit.

Headlining the Zone Summit will be Rotary International President-Elect Holgar Knaack, who was to address the luncheon Oct. 11. Knaack, of Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, will serve as president of Rotary International in 2020-21.

“Having a future president of Rotary International in Fort Wayne is a rare opportunity for Summit attendees and local Rotarians,” said Floyd Lancia, Zone Summit convener and a new director to the Rotary International board, in a statement. Lancia is a member of the Anthony Wayne Rotary Club in Fort Wayne.

Rotary Zones 30-31 covers most of the central United States, stretching from Ohio to Oklahoma and south to Louisiana, with over 3,000 Rotary Clubs and 150,000 Rotarians.

“The Zone Summit is an annual gathering of Rotarians who have committed to a higher level of service and provides leadership training for the 78 Rotary Districts within these zones,” Lancia said in the statement. Additionally, Fort Wayne native and “The Voice” runner-up Addison Agen was scheduled to entertain the Rotarians the evening of Oct. 11. The Zone Summit also includes sessions about the new Rotary partnership with Toastmasters International and furthers leadership training for all attendees including many from the surrounding area.

Knaack has been a Rotarian since 1992 and has served in various leadership roles at Rotary International. He is CEO of Knaack KG, a real estate company, and was previously a partner and general manager of Knaack Enterprises, a 125-year-old family business. Knaack is a founding member of the Civic Foundation of the city of Ratzeburg and the founder and chair of the Karl Adam Foundation.

Fort Wayne has three Rotary clubs:

• Rotary Club of Fort Wayne, which meets noon Mondays in Parkview Field’s second floor suite level at the corner of Ewing and Brackenridge streets

• Anthony Wayne Rotary, which meets 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at Holiday Inn Fort Wayne, 4111 Paul Shaffer Drive

• Summit City South Rotary, which meets at noon three Thursdays of the month at the Boys & Girls Club, 2609 Fairfield Ave.

Rotary International is a humanitarian service organization that includes 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 clubs in over 200 countries. Its motto is Service Above Self.

For more information about the Heart of America Summit, visit www.rizones30-31.org, and for more information about Rotary, visit rotary.org.

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