Chuck Barnett, a member of the Gallatin Rotary Club in Gallatin, TN, is an information technology consultant and owner of Sumner Technology Group. He was born in Nashville and raised in northern Sumner County where he went Westmoreland High School. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where he majored in Computer Science.
Chuck joined Rotary in 2002 after being asked to lunch by his chiropractor. He was put to work quickly in the club by taking over as the bulletin editor. He has served as a board member, past president, vice president, secretary and youth exchange officer in his club. Chuck served three years as an Assistant Governor and serves as the Technology Support chair for the district. He has also served on the Grant Allocation Committee and the Finance Committee.
Outside of Rotary, Chuck enjoys ATV riding, kayaking and target shooting. Chuck is married to Amy; they have three children: Abigail (PHF), Chet & Amelia. You will find Abigail at many Rotary meetings with Chuck. She attended her first RI convention in Chicago when she was 3 months old.
Chuck Blackburn is rarely seen out in public without a bow tie and is a true international ambassador for bow ties.
He is also the Founder of the International Bow Tie Society and he is bestowing his knowledge of bow ties to everyone with his new book “The Bow Tie Bible – A Seriously Funny Guide to How to Bow Tie.”
“The Bow Tie Bible” is currently available at Landmark Booksellers and will be more widely available throughout Williamson County soon.
About Chuck Blackburn
Blackburn grew up and graduated college in Texas. He and his wife, Congressman Marsha Blackburn, live in Brentwood.
Chuck has been a fan of bow ties all his life. Decades ago he owned a manufacturers’ representative firm providing fine tailored clothing, accessories and high-quality neckwear (including bow ties) to the best men’s specialty shops in a 12-state area surrounding Chicago. He became aware then that more often than not, manufacturers and specialty shop owners treated bow ties as an afterthought (a by-product to the long silk “bibs” most men wore).
Manufacturers and retailers did this because bow tie wearers’ strong preference and lack of credible information and variety of choice. That is, until now, with the International Bow Tie Society.
You’ll have to buy “The Bow Tie Bible” to get all of Chuck’s bow tie expertise, but here are a few of his bow tie commandments, shared via the International Bow Tie Society:
1.Thou shalt not wear pre-tied or ‘clip-on’ bow ties.
2.Thou shalt NOT wear bow ties horizontally wider or vertically taller than your eye sockets.
3.Thou shalt NOT wear bow ties so neat and symmetrical as to appear pre-tied.
4.Thou shalt NOT wait past age 12 to learn how to properly tie a bow tie.
George and Sara Davis stood in the street on a recent fall day, sharing a light moment with friends outside their Brentwood home.
Two couples, smiling and laughing, feeling good about the world on a picture perfect fall day.
Not long ago, this scene would have been hard to imagine because Sara couldn't walk.
Her only means of getting around was a wheelchair, and on some days, only with great effort, a walker.
"Lots of pain, reliance on the wheelchair. It was hard on the family. I had to give up my career," she said.
Sara's husband, George, took photos of his wife to chronicle an impossible journey that started in 2000 on an ambiguous and bumpy road that wouldn't end until 14 and a half years later.
Respire Haiti was founded by 24 year old Megan Boudreaux. After previously visiting Gressier only one time before for 45 minutes, God began working in her heart. Later, when she returned to the United States, He began to pull her heart back towards Gressier and its children. In December of 2010, God gave Megan a vision for this community and their children. With so many children not attending school and so many families struggling to provide for their kids, she moved to Gressier permanently in January of 2011 and began helping the children and people of Gressier.