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Veterans Day - A Fighter Pilot's Experience

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.” 

Nov 10, 2017
 
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Annual Community Service Award

Nov 17, 2017
 
 

No speaker.

Nov 24, 2017
 
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Gun Ownership Today

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.

Dec 01, 2017
 
Dec 07, 2017
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
 
 
Dec 11, 2017
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM
 
 
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An Update from Washington

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. 

Dec 15, 2017
 

No speaker.

Dec 22, 2017
 

No speaker.

Dec 29, 2017
 
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Girls on the Run!

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.

Jan 05, 2018
 
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The State of Williamson County

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.        

Jan 19, 2018
 
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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!

Jan 26, 2018
 
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Jan 27, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
 
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The Metro Nashviille Transit Plan - Investing in Nashville’s Future By Investing in Transit

Traffic in Nashville and Middle Tennessee isn’t what it used to be, and it’s only going to get more challenging as another 1 million people move to our region over the next 20 years. Erin Hafkenschiel will talk about the proposed solution to give residents and visitors more options for getting around so they can have more access, more opportunities and more time to do the things they love. She will explain why it’s critical that Nashville voters make an investment in their future and their children’s future on May 1. 

Feb 02, 2018
 

Homes of Hope India - Fighting Human Trafficking in modern India

Feb 09, 2018
 
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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
Feb 16, 2018
 
 
 
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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.      

Mar 02, 2018
 
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Using Technology to fight Human Trafficking

John Wagster is the Manager of Solutions Engineering specializing in natural language processing, client solutions, data analysis/science, and software architecture development with an emphasis on intelligent systems (AI). Experienced in a broad range of computer science and computer engineering topics including computer security and algorithms design. Personal interest in neural systems including deep learning with neural networks, radial-basis networks, and in general pattern analysis using statistical models and learning algorithms. Nine years of experience at Digital Reasoning have taken him from cutting-edge NLP research to embedded customer-focused teams building novel architectures for federal government, finance, health care, and law enforcement.

Mar 09, 2018
 
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The Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee

Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee prepares girls for their future by educating them in the areas of civic engagement, STEAM and healthy living. Join us as we continue our mission of building girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place.

Locally, the first troops were started in 1917, with the Nashville Girl Scout Council receiving its charter in 1926. Today, Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee serves 39 counties that include more than 20,000 Girl Scouts and volunteers. Where else can you learn new dance moves, go camping, take care of the planet, develop your leadership skills, contribute to your community, learn business skills, experience art, stay healthy and active, become independent and work together as a team all in one place?

Elizabeth Bradley, a former Brownie, is honored to serve Williamson County as Regional Executive. Elizabeth is passionate about the mission of Girl Scouting and feels honored to play a small role in teaching girls how to make the world a better place. You can’t go wrong with a Samoa in her book, and she is known to enjoy the occasional Trefoil with a cup of coffee.

Mar 16, 2018
 
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The Rotary Club Four Way Speech Contest

Mar 23, 2018
 

No meeting

Mar 30, 2018
 
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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.  

Apr 06, 2018
 
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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.

Apr 13, 2018
 
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Apr 14, 2018
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM
 
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Author of "Life on Both Sides of the Wall" an amazing story of a WWII survivor.

Life on both sides of the wall depicts the central conflict of a man in a historic exception, which touches all people closely no one can disregard it. The authors hope is to be able to inspire all who read this story. Life on Both Sides of the Wall depicts the ordeal of a human soul caught in the conflict of a life and death, the conflict of faith in God vs. material things, and the conflict of freedom vs. communism. Millions will never understand how WWII has actually affected their families, their beliefs and values, and their faith. This book is an autobiography of a man who survived the Holocaust, the bombardment of Berlin and Magdeburg, his time served as a soldier in the German Wehrmacht, his capture by the Russians, torture, and interrogation by the notorious KGB, and his flight for freedom across East Germany, all by the time he was 20 years old. It is a riveting book. Few who take it up will be able to lay it aside. In this book, you will meet a man who does not hesitate to disclose secrets that many men force the'selves to conceal. It's the fascinating true account of a man who simply chose to survive in the face of incredible hardships and danger. In return, he has helped and encouraged thousands of young people to achieve their goals as he did through faith, hope , prayers, and hard work.

Apr 20, 2018
 
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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.

Apr 27, 2018