Speaker Date Topic
Dr. John H. Mather, MD Jan 26, 2018
The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill
The Wit and Wisdom of Winston Churchill

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!

Nashville Mayor Megan Barry Feb 02, 2018
TBD
TBD
The Nashville Soccer Club Feb 09, 2018
The Nashville Soccer Club
Pedrosaxo Feb 16, 2018
The Metaphor of the Saxophone - Problem-Solving Through Self-Discovery.
The Metaphor of the Saxophone - Problem-Solving Through Self-Discovery.

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
Cornhole Championship Feb 23, 2018
Brian & Alexa Goss Mar 02, 2018
Our trips on Route 66
Our trips on Route 66

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.      

U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn Mar 09, 2018
An Update from Washington
An Update from Washington

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.

Charles Grummon Mar 16, 2018
Homes of Hope India - Fighting Human Trafficking in modern India
The Brentwood High School Speech and Debate Team Mar 23, 2018
The Rotary Club Four Way Speech Contest
The Rotary Club Four Way Speech Contest
Derby Jones Mar 30, 2018
The Williamson Herald
The Williamson Herald

The Williamson Herald celebrated our fourth in business last year. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you - our readers, advertisers and contributors for your consistent and loyal support. This year will mark the fourth straight year that our paper has seen increases in readership and advertising revenue. Like any other growing business we have may goals yet to achieve yet. Our growth this year during this challenging business climate is encouraging.

Some highlights from the past 12 months include: our special tribute to the law enforcement officers of Williamson County. We published a 40-page section celebrating Brentwood's 40th anniversary in June. Residents took note of this section and as a result our circulation continues to grow in Brentwood. In August, we published our largest Williamson County high school football section. Our increasing coverage of the county's favorite sport continues to endear readers to our publication.

Judge Denise Andre Apr 06, 2018
Williamson County DUI Court
Williamson County DUI Court

Judge Denise Andre was elected to General Sessions/Juvenile Court, Division I in 2006. Before becoming Judge she practiced law for 20 years in Franklin. She graduated summa cum laude from East Tennessee State University and attended graduate school at the University of Tennessee. While in law school, she served as Law Clerk for the Fifth Circuit Court in Nashville. In 1985 she graduated from the Nashville School of Law, earning her Doctorate of Jurisprudence degree, where she was inducted into the Honorary Society of Cooper’s Inn. 

Judge Andre is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, the Williamson County Bar Association, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference, where she has been three times elected the Middle District Vice-President and is currently the President of the Tennessee General Sessions Judges Conference.

In 2010, Judge Andre founded the General Sessions Williamson County DUI Court which is an intensive court supervised program for non-violent multiple DUI offenders. The goal of the Williamson County General Sessions DUI Court is to save lives and increase community safety by decreasing the number of alcohol-related crashes and fatalities, DUI arrests and repeat offenses. 

Judge Andre is active in the community where she is a member of the Williamson County/Franklin Area Chamber of Commerce, the Franklin Lions Club, and the Heritage Foundation.  

Graham Thomas, Deputy Director of Engagement Apr 13, 2018
TN Promise Program
TN Promise Program

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.

Tentative - Tennesse State Senator Bo Watson May 11, 2018
Tennessee- A Family Budget
Tennessee- A Family Budget

Every Tennessee family lives on a budget.  So does Tennessee's state government.

Tennessee Senate Finance, Ways and Means chairman, Senator Bo Watson, is traveling across the state discussing Tennessee's 2017-18 budget with community and business leaders.

Chairman Watson's "Tennessee- A Family Budget" talk has three

objectives:

                 - engage Tennessee's tax payers in the state's budget process,

                 - review the state's budget checkbook and identify the state's priorities, and

                 - discuss future issues that may have a financial impact on the state's budget.

 

District conference - no meeting May 18, 2018
No speaker
TBD Jun 01, 2018
Scholarship Day
Suzie Lindsey Jun 15, 2018
Pancake Money Distributions