Event Types

In the state of Tennessee, 94 teens a month are deceived, tormented and sold, usually for sex. With your support, we can help end human trafficking through training professionals to recognize victims, prevention programs for at-risk youth, addressing needed systemic changes state wide and providing comprehensive, specialized aftercare for survivors of this horrific crime.

Stacy Elliott, MSW
Jul 14, 2017
Jul 20, 2017
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Myers Brown - State of Tennessee Archivist
Jul 21, 2017
Larry Kain followed by Kaavya Thanigaivelan
Jul 28, 2017

Michael J. Tucker grew up in the cold northern climate of Pittsburgh, PA, and an only child, he was often trapped indoors and left to his own devices, where he would create space ships out of cardboard boxes, convert his mother’s ironing board into a horse and put on his Sunday suit and tie and his father’s fedora and become a newspaper reporter or police detective. This experience left him with an unlimited imagination and the ability to write electrifying short stories and novels. 
Mike is the author of two critically acclaimed novels, Aquarius Falling and Capricorn’s Collapse. His published short stories available on Amazon are: Girl You’ll Be a Woman Soon, The New Neighbor, The Hemingway Notes, The King’s Man, and the Amazon best selling short story series, Katie Savage, and The Gardner Painting: A Katie Savage Story. In addition to his poetry collection, Your Voice Spoke To My Ear, his work also appears in the Civil War Anthology, Filtered Through Time, and By Blood or By Marriage, a Harpeth River Writers Anthology. 
Reviewers of Mike’s novels have compared his writing to: Thomas Wolfe’s I Am Charlotte Simmons, and J. D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye. 
Albert Beckus, Professor Emeritus of Literature at Austin Peay University recently wrote of his novels: “They move naturalistically in the American literary tradition of Theodore Dreiser’s An American Tragedy, but with a twist…as found in The Great Gatsby.”


Mike Tucker - Author
Aug 04, 2017

We are a faith-based nonprofit creating partnerships to build affordable homes, stronger communities, and life-changing opportunities for hard-working families in Williamson and Maury Counties.

Kim Randell
Aug 11, 2017
Dr. Molly Chatterjee and Roger Greenup
Aug 18, 2017

We all know club member Kip Dodson as a successful entrepreneur, but he also serves as the Executive Director of the FAIRtax of TN Group.  During this time of national discussion about tax reform, Kip will speak to the club about the FAIRtax. 

Strategic planning, ideal operations, and solving business, sales, marketing/advertising problems has been a main focus throughout Kip's career. His first professional career started as an Imagineer at Walt Disney World - job title was maintenance engineering co-op and his office was behind China in EPCOT Center. After 18 months there, Rockwell Automation then lured him away, where he started his 23 year career. Kip out-performed in his duties for multiple Fortune 500 firms as he established himself as a unique leader. 

He later became an entrepreneur building uniquely strong businesses. One is A Moment's Peace Salon & Day Spa in Franklin, TN, which for the last 15 years is the best within its segments. A Moment’s Peace employs 55 staff, services 50,000 client appointments per year and it has grown three times over since 2004. In concert with his wife Koren they have made it truly unique.

Kip Dodson
Aug 25, 2017
No speaker
Sep 01, 2017
Police Chief Jeff Hughes
Sep 08, 2017
Sep 12, 2017
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Chief Brian Goss is a 33-year fire service veteran, having joined the profession in Bangor, Michigan as a paid-on-call firefighter in 1983. In 1988, he began a 20-year career with the Grand Rapids (MI) Fire Department where he subsequently moved through the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, and Battalion Chief before retiring early in 2008 to accept the position of Assistant Fire Chief of Brentwood Fire & Rescue.  He was then promoted to Fire Chief on July 1st, 2011 following the retirement of Chief Kenny Lane. Chief Goss holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Spring Arbor University and is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's Fire & Rescue Management Institute.  In 2010, Chief Goss earned his Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation through the Commission on Professional Credentialing at the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Fire Chief Brian Goss
Sep 15, 2017
Sep 21, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM
Public Service Picnic on 9/21 - No Meeting
Sep 22, 2017
Sep 23, 2017
7:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Andy Bailey is a serial entrepreneur who spends the
majority of his time coaching other entrepreneurs, business
owners, leaders and teams to grow dynamic businesses that
focus on: people, strategy, execution and cash. When he’s not coaching,
Andy is relaying his business and leadership experiences to readers of his recurring Forbes,
Huffington Post, SmallBizDaily and AllBusiness columns and to audience members at
professional events and conferences.

He is Founder and Head Coach at Petra Coach, an entrepreneurial coaching firm. Based
on his years of entrepreneurism (he started his first company in college and achieved Inc.
500 status as one of the fastest growing businesses in America) and facilitating company planning
sessions around the globe, Andy can cut through organizational BS faster than a hot
knife though warm butter. He shows organizations the logjams thwarting their success and coaches them past urgent day-to-day fire drills so they can address and execute important higher-level business strategies.

Andy Bailey, Speaker.Coach.Entrepreneur.Columunist
Sep 29, 2017

. Smith was named president of Columbia State Community College in late November 2007, and officially took over the presidency on February 18, 2008.

Janet F. Smith assumed the presidency of Columbia State Community College in February 2008.  Smith, the fourth president of Columbia State, returned to her native Tennessee following a distinguished teaching and administrative career at Isothermal (NC), Dyersburg (TN), Hopkinsville (KY), and Rich Mountain (AR) community colleges.

Smith holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Higher Education Administration from George Peabody of Vanderbilt, a Bachelor’s and Master’s from Austin Peay State University, and completed post-graduate studies at North Carolina State University, Indiana University, Mississippi State University and Harvard.

Dr. Smith is very active in the communities that Columbia State serves – she has presented at area, state and national conferences with an emphasis on strategic planning and leadership.  She is a graduate of Leadership Middle Tennessee and serves on numerous national, state, and community boards including Kings Daughters, Williamson Inc. Alumni Board, Tennessee Family Support Council, Higher Education Research Institute Board and the Community Based Education Board.

Dr. Janet F. Smith, Pres. Columbia State College
Oct 06, 2017

District 6760 Governor 2017-2018


Jerome Bannister joined Rotary in 1999 and is a member of the Franklin at Breakfast Club in Franklin, Tennessee. Jerome is in technology sales for Graybar Electric. He is a multi-level Paul Harris Society Member and his wife and sons are also Paul Harris fellows.

Jerome was president of the Franklin Rotary at Breakfast, 2007-2008 where he implemented the Dictionary Project for which provides dictionaries for 3rd grade students in Williamson County Schools and Franklin Special School District.  During his term, under his leadership, the club earned the Governor’s Award for Most Outstanding District Club for 2007-2008. This was only the second time in District history that this award has been given to a club. Jerome has served as facilitator and trainer for Mid-South PETS (President Elect Training Seminar) 2008-2011; Assistant Governor over four clubs, 2010-2012; District Finance Committee, 2009-2011, District Membership Committee 2009-2010 and District Secretary 2015-2016.

Outside of Rotary, Jerome enjoys golf and photography. He has served as Sports Booster Club President for Page High School for five years and volunteered for the Boys and Girls Club Wine Down Main Street Fund Raiser for 16 years.  He was also an assistant Boy Scout Leader with Troop 135 for 6 years.

Jerome’s wife of 31 years is Candida Bannister (Member of Rotary Club of Downtown Franklin) and a Business Intelligence Analyst with Premise Health.  They have two sons, Ethan and Austin.

Rotary District Governor Jerome Bannister
Oct 13, 2017

Michelle Conn serves as IJM’s Director of Strategic Partnerships. She travels throughout Texas, Tennessee and Arkansas to educate people about IJM’s work and provide opportunities for engagement in the work of justice. She joined IJM in 1999 as the first-ever fund development staff member, and has traveled to experience IJM’s casework in India, Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Guatemala, Kenya and Uganda.

Before joining IJM, Michelle worked for ten years for the United Ways in Florida, Arizona and Tennessee. She received a B.A. in public relations and journalism from Auburn University. Michelle lives in Whites Creek, TN, with her husband and son.

Michelle Conn, Snr. Dr. of Strategic Partnerships
Oct 20, 2017
No meeting
Oct 27, 2017

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
Community Service Award
Nov 17, 2017
Thanksgiving. No meeting.
Nov 24, 2017

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

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

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