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A small plane doing acrobatics over a Texas cotton field touched the imagination of a young boy and shaped his future in one swoop. Carl Schneider grew up working on his father’s cotton farm chopping weeds through the summer and crawling along the bushes pulling the cotton off. 

“I hated working on the farm,” he said. “When I saw that plane fly over I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”

Schneider listened to stories his father told of his serving in the Balloon Corps, the forerunner of the Air Force organized during World War I, but it was that small air show over the cotton field that set him on his course — a course that took him around the world, allowed him to earn several degrees and fly supersonic planes.

He spent a year at Texas Technical College, before enlisting in the Army Air Force in September 1946. After basic training, he went on to remote control turret mechanics school and in June 1947, Schneider began aviation cadet training. A year later he began advanced pilot training on an experimental class of the P-51 Mustang, a single seat fighter plane that earned its stripes in World War II. 

During training Schneider was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant.

His first flight assignment was piloting a P-84 with the 20th Fighter Group under the newly organized Air Force, which became a separate branch of the military with the implementation of the National Security Act of 1947. 

By September 1949, Schneider joined the 51st Fighter Group stationed in Okinanwa where he served as squadron commander and completed 100 combat missions over Korea in the F-80 fighter jet. 

“I got hit somewhere in the plane almost every mission but I was never hit,” he said. “It was a pretty tough war — I lost 22 brothers. I volunteered for another 100 flights, but didn’t get it.” 

Major General (Ret) Carl Schneider
Nov 10, 2017
 
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Community Service Award
Nov 17, 2017
 
 
Thanksgiving. No meeting.
Nov 24, 2017
 
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Gary is the owner of Nashville Armory, but you wouldn’t know it if you were an unassuming patron. You see, Gary says that he likes to meet all of his customers at the door with a smile taking to the Walmart-greeter method (his words, not mine), and immediately you feel welcome. This stands in contrast to some other gun shops/ranges where the staff makes you feel privileged for being allowed to patronize their establishment.

Now what makes Nashville Armory different you might ask? Well, I asked the very same question to Gary and he said simply this: “I wanted to set out and build the Apple Store of gun ranges; A one stop shop for firearms, equipment, classes, and training that would be family friendly and inviting”. Now that is a bold statement, but Gary has made it work and after the tour it is easy to understand how.

Gary Semanchik, Nashville Armory
Dec 01, 2017
 
Dec 07, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 
Christmas Banquet on the 7th. No meeting.
Dec 08, 2017
 
Dec 11, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
 
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Alexander, a seventh-generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville, was twice elected governor of Tennessee. He has always believed that in most cases the best decisions are made by those closest to the people. 

Today, Alexander chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.

Alexander is also chairman of the Senate Energy and Water Development Appropriations Subcommittee, where he works to boost funding for basic energy research and invest in our inland waterways and harbors.

Alexander was first elected to the Senate in 2002 and has been re-elected twice. His Republican colleagues elected him three times to be chairman of the Senate Republican Conference. 

He has previously served as president of the University of Tennessee and as U.S. Secretary of Education under George H.W. Bush.

He is a classical and country pianist and the author of seven books.

Lamar Alexander and his wife Honey have four children and eight grandchildren and a dog named Rufus. 

Senator Lamar Alexander
Dec 15, 2017
 
Christmas. No meeting.
Dec 22, 2017
 
New Years. No meeting.
Dec 29, 2017
 
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Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams, we teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. Important social, psychological, and physical skills and abilities are developed and reinforced throughout the program. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5K running event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible, and teaching girls that they can.

Tiffany Patton
Jan 05, 2018
 
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Graham Thomas attended and graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2008.  He began his career in Washington, DC as a staff assistant for U.S. Representative Marsha Blackburn.  He returned to Tennessee in 2009 and worked for 21st Mortgage in downtown Knoxville.  In June of 2010 Graham began working with knoxAchieves, now tnAchieves.  He is currently the Deputy Director of Engagement and Partnerships for the nonprofit where he oversees the mentoring program, outreach efforts and local advisory councils.

Graham Thomas, Deputy Director of Engagement
Jan 12, 2018
 
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Civic

*Board of Trustees - Williamson Medical Center

*Board Emeritus - Williamson County United Way

*2009 Recipient-Caroline J. Cross Community Leadership Award-Leadership Franklin

*2009 Honorary Membership-Tennessee State University Chapter, Pi Alpha Alpha for Exemplary Service in Government Education & Research

*2010 Graduate-National Association of Counties (NACo) County Leadership Institute

*2011 Recipient, Silver Good Citizenship Medal-Sons of the American Revolution

*2012 Governor’s Appointee - State Workforce Development Board

*2015 Governor’s Appointee - TN State Veterans’ Homes Board

*2012 Governor’s Appointee - TN State Fair and Exposition Commission

*Chairman-Williamson County Fair Board

*Member- Transportation Management Authority (TMA)

*Member-Middle TN Mayor’s Caucus

*Member- Williamson Chamber of Commerce

*Member - Franklin Noon Rotary

*Member-Workforce Essentials Board

*Member-Williamson County Economic Development Council

*Member – Leadership Franklin Alumni

*Member – Franklin Tomorrow Board

*Member – Whitehall Homeowners Association

*Mentor- Governor’s tnAchieves Program

*Past Chairman -Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)

*Past Chairman - Regional Transportation Authority (RTA)

*Past President- Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC)

*Past President – Tennessee County Services Association (TCSA)

*Ex-Officio Member – Franklin Tomorrow Board

*Past Board Member - American Hospital Association (AHA) Committee on Governance

*Past President & Board Member of Cottonwood Homeowners Association

*Past Grassland basketball, baseball, and softball Coach

*Founding Member of Grassland Athletic Association

*Member - Berry’s Chapel Church of Christ

 

Government

*Elected County Mayor, 9/02-currently serving 4th term

*Served as County Commissioner, 1986-2002

*Served as Chairman of County Commission – 4 years; Vice-Chairman for 8 years;

 

Personal

With the late Anita Conchin Anderson, they have five (5) children:  Ryan, Travis, Laura, Wes and Russ and nine (9) grandchildren - Olivia, McCabe, Molly, Cole, Twins-Audrey & Evangaline; Scott, Raleigh and Iris.

 

Graduate of UT-Knoxville- B.S. in Business and Education.  He is a Veteran of the United States Air Force, having served in Africa and Vietnam.  After being elected as County Mayor in August, 2002, Rogers retired after 25 years in private insurance sector.        

Rogers Anderson, Mayor of Williamson County
Jan 19, 2018
 
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Get ready for a fun and frank review of the Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill, considered by many to be the most important figure of the 20th century.  Dr. John Mather, President of the local Winston Churchill Society, will give a presentation to our club that he's done for other local Rotary Clubs and gotten rave reviews.  Bring a friend and be prepared to have fun!

Dr. John H. Mather, MD
Jan 26, 2018
 
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Nashville Mayor Megan Barry
Feb 02, 2018
 
The Nashville Soccer Club
Feb 09, 2018
 
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Pedrosaxo: Though his performances are renowned and his debut album was produced by 3x Grammy-winning saxophonist Jeff Coffin of Dave Matthews Band, Pedro's passion lies in motivating and inspiring others. He offers a groundbreaking presentation called "The Metaphor of the Saxophone - Problem-Solving Through Self-Discovery." Briefly, he uses his instrument as a metaphor for the problems that anyone might face in their personal or professional lives. Through the telling of his own amazing story, his unusual approach to his instrument, and live-performance musical examples, Pedrosaxo urges each attendee to truly find themselves - to bring their own passions and personal characteristics to bear on each problem situation rather than allowing the problem to define them. 

You can see a short promotional video here: https://youtu.be/spKlQUDIJ8M
Pedrosaxo
Feb 16, 2018
 
 
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Route 66.  Just the name conjures up thoughts of freedom and exploration.  Commissioned in 1926, the “Mother Road” has been romanticized through movie, song, and television.  The road traveled 2,448 miles through seven states from Chicago to Los Angeles, and would carry countless dreamers westward until it was officially decommissioned in 1985.  Built primarily along the path of the Lone Star Route, National Old Trails Road, and Ozark Trails System, Route 66 was the first trans-continental roadway created under the newly established U.S. Highway System.  For the next 60 years, the Mainstreet of America would bring travelers through city after city where mom-and-pop accommodations would fill their gas tanks and their bellies.  As the construction of I-40, I-44, and I-55 concluded in the 1970’s, many sections of the old road, and the cities it served, were abandoned in favor of the much faster interstate highway system. 

Brian Goss has always loved classic cars and all things automobile.  Having restored and shown more than a dozen old cars with help from his daughter Alexa, the two decided to take their passion a step further and travel the entire length of the old route.  After nearly two years of research (many parts of the old road have been abandoned, rerouted, renamed, etc.) they finally made their three-week trek in 2007.  That experience created memories to last a lifetime, and was so special that the pair recently completed the journey again ten years later.      

Brian & Alexa Goss
Mar 02, 2018
 
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As a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother, and Member of Congress, Marsha Blackburn has dedicated her service to making America a more prosperous place to live.

No stranger to adversity and hard work, Marsha went to college on a 4-H scholarship and worked her way through school selling books for the Southwestern Company. She was one of their first female sales associates and one of their first female sales managers, assisting the company in establishing a division focused on women. Marsha moved to the corporate world as Director of Retail Fashion and Special Events for the Castner Knott Company. She later founded Marketing Strategies, focused on the retail marketplace and expanded her work to electronic and print media with consumer segments and articles.

Congressman Blackburn began her elected service career in 1998 as a Tennessee State Senator. Blackburn’s Senate career was marked by her commitment to fiscal common sense and government accountability. She became known to Tennesseans for holding “Budget Schools” both in her district and across the state; identifying waste, proposing realistic spending cuts, and offering solutions for a state in a budget crunch.

While serving in the Tennessee Senate, Blackburn led a statewide grassroots campaign to defeat a proposed state income tax. While defeating the tax, she earned the reputation as a champion of anti-tax and government accountability issues, taking to the airwaves to make the case that government wrongly believes it never gets enough of the taxpayer’s paycheck. She earned the attention of publications like the Wall Street Journal and groups such as Americans for Tax Reform. In November 2014, the people of Tennessee passed an amendment to the state constitution to ‘expressly prohibit a state income tax’ – what a fitting cap to a 14 year battle. Her long time goal of permanently restoring the ability to deduct state and local sales taxes Tennesseans pay each year from their federal income tax filing was realized with the passage of the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015.

Blackburn’s reputation for focusing on freedom, free people and free markets boosted her from the Tennessee Senate to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2002 to represent Tennessee’s 7th Congressional District. She continued the fight for accountable government, becoming a leader in Congress and a leading voice advocating for a small, efficient federal government that is accountable to its citizens. She became the first woman in the state to win a Congressional seat in her own right.

Congressman Blackburn is often selected by her colleagues to lead the charge for common sense reform. In February 2010 she was selected to represent conservative views on health care reform at the President’s Blair House Summit. In 2012, she co-chaired the platform for the Republican Convention. She has served as a Republican whip every Congress, holds a seat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee serving as Chairman of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

Blackburn is a member of the Smithsonian Libraries Advisory Board and continues her involvement in numerous charitable organizations and her church, Christ Presbyterian.

Marsha and her husband Chuck live in Williamson County, Tennessee. They have two children, Mary Morgan (Paul) Ketchel and Chad (Hillary) Blackburn; and two grandsons. Blackburn is a native of Laurel, Mississippi and graduate of Mississippi State University.

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn
Mar 09, 2018
 
 
The Brentwood High School Speech and Debate Team
Mar 23, 2018