Event Types

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

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. 

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Feb 16, 2018

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

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

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

The Rotary Club Four Way Speech Contest

Mar 23, 2018

No meeting

Mar 30, 2018

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

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
Apr 14, 2018
7:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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

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

An Update on Tennessee Titans Football

Jon Robinson was named the general manager of the Tennessee Titans on Jan. 14, 2016 after spending the previous two seasons as director of player personnel with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

He was promoted to Executive Vice President/General Manager on Jan. 5, 2017 following a season in which the Titans tripled their win total from a year ago, finishing 9-7 in 2016.

Since his arrival, he has overseen one of the more dramatic offseasons in recent franchise history as the team traded for RB DeMarco Murray from the Philadelphia Eagles; jumped into free agency, signing WR Rishard Matthews, C Ben Jones, S Rashad Johnson, CB Brice McCain, CB Antwon Blake and LB Sean Spence; and traded the number one overall selection in the NFL Draft to the Los Angeles Rams for multiple selections in this past year’s and the 2017 draft.

In his role at Tampa Bay, prior to joining the Titans, Robinson oversaw all areas of the scouting department, both college and pro, in addition to free agency preparation, evaluating players in the NFL and other professional leagues. He also assisted with college scouting and preparation for the NFL Draft.

May 04, 2018

Rotary Action Group Against Slavery

The issue of Human Trafficking also known as Modern Day Slavery is in every community in the world. It is a $150B business and globally effects 45 million people from every social economic background. In the US alone it is 9.8 billion annually with an estimate of 300,000 children trafficking in the US every year. 


The Rotary Action Group Against Slavery is addressing this issue through Rotary Clubs working within their own communities across the world. Whether working on issues of poverty, clean water, education, etc or supporting victim rescue/restoration, these clubs are making a difference in the lives of people by directly addressing the root areas of the issue accomplishing the action step of keeping people from becoming victims of being trafficked.   give examples of how Rotary Clubs have made a difference in the lives of people and action step to address the issue of human trafficking. We will give examples of how Rotary clubs are addressing the issue. Tell the Rotary story how we are making a difference  in peoples lives every Day. 

May 11, 2018

Helping Injured Veteran Heroes

The Joshua Chamberlain Society of Nashville was founded in late spring 2013 for the sole purpose of aiding fallen and severely injured combat veterans.  In what we believe is a unique mission,  we adopt these veterans, whom we call Heroes, and stay with them for the rest of their lives. To date, we have adopted 5 Heroes and very soon will have another one.  We will continue to adopt more Heroes as funds allow.  JCS/Nashville is a 501(c)(3) not for profit charity with an all volunteer Board of Directors.  All funds raised go to the needs of our Heroes.

May 25, 2018

Scholarship Day

Join us this Friday to have some fun and honor the 2018 Brentwood Rotary Scholarship winners!  We'll get to catch up with the bright young men and women who have won our scholarships in years past plus meet this year's winners.  We'll test the knowlege of our Rotary Club members versus these outstanding young scholars and see who comes out on top.

Jun 01, 2018

Our Projects in Kolkata, India and Belize

 Molly went to India late last year to supervise the completion  of our project there. Come see  and hear about the good works that we have down there as well as an update on our activity in Belize from Gil Walker.

Jun 08, 2018

Pancake Money Distributions

Jun 15, 2018

The Challenges of Longevity

From 1985 to 2007, Bill served as Treasurer and Vice Chancellor for Investments of Vanderbilt University where he presided over a ten-fold increase in endowment assets, during which time its investment performance placed in the top quartile of large endowments. Bill received NACUBO’s Rodney H. Adams Award which recognizes significant contributions to the field of endowment management, and the Hirtle Callaghan Award of Investment Leadership with exemplary investment management performance and unwavering professional ethics. He is also the 2008 recipient of Foundation & Endowment Money Management’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Bill also serves on the Board of Directors of Mass Mutual Financial Group, Acadia Realty Trust as well as for the YMCA Foundation of Middle Tennessee.  He is also a Trustee of Kenyon College in Ohio. He authored Get Rich Slowly: Building your Financial Future through Common Sense and is a frequent speaker at financial conferences. Bill earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago, where he was a Leon Carroll Marshall scholar.

Jun 22, 2018
Jun 28, 2018
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

No meeting

Jun 29, 2018

No Meeting

Jul 06, 2018

Professional Soccer in Nashville

Nashville Soccer Club, Music City’s professional soccer franchise, is in the midst of its inaugural pro season. Founded in 2013 as an amateur club by Chris Jones, Nashville SC is currently a part of the United Soccer League (USL). At the halfway point of its season, Nashville SC has been extremely successful off the field, drawing capacity crowds at First Tennessee Park, and over 18,000 fans twice at Nissan Stadium. That fan engagement has been matched with on-field results, as Nashville is one of the best teams in the USL in its first season.

Jul 13, 2018

Tennessee Rotary Works in Honduras

Dick Bowers became a Rotarian in 1996, when he was asked to join the Maryville Rotary Club in District 6780 in East Tennessee. After serving in various Club leadership positions, and leading a Group Study Exchange Team to Brazil, he became President of the Maryville Club. In 2006, when Dick and his wife, Kay, moved to Nashville, he joined Brentwood Rotary and Kay joined the Nashville Club. From 2011-2012, Dick served as the District Governor for our District, 6760. Dick and Kay are Major Donors to the Rotary Foundation, members of the Bequest Society and of the Paul Harris Society.


Dick was born in Missouri, grew up near San Francisco, and studied political science, economics and international relations at U.C. Berkeley, earning BA and MA degrees cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. As a Russian linguist, Dick served in West Berlin at the height of the Cold War. In 1967 he became a career member of the U.S. diplomatic corps and served tours of duty in the American embassies in Panama, Poland, Singapore, Germany and Bolivia. He also served several tours in Washington, D.C., and from there traveled to over 75 counties on negotiating, fact-finding and trouble-shooting missions. In 1961, he was appointed by President George Herbert Walker Bush to be the United States Ambassador to Bolivia and served there from 1991 through 1994. He retired from the Foreign Service in 1995.


In addition to his passion for Rotary, Dick is an avid sportsman who enjoys hiking, mountaineering and backpacking. In 1996 he “thru-hiked” the Appalachian Trail from Georgia to Maine.  He then began a quest to get to the highest point of each of our 50 states, which he completed in 2004. For several years now, Dick has been an ESL teacher, working with hundreds of non-native English speakers in their quest to learn English.  In their blended family, Dick and Kay have five adult children, and 11 grandchildren.

Jul 20, 2018

The Tennessee Department of Transportation

John Schroer was appointed Commissioner of Transportation by Governor Bill Haslam in January 2011. He is the 29th commissioner of the state agency that oversees a statewide transportation system including highways, rail, airports, waterways and transit.

A former school board member, Commissioner Schroer has continued his commitment to education by implementing TDOT Reconnect, offering support services like transcript review, program and financial aid advisement for employees who want to go back to school and the creation of a TDOT specific certificate, in partnership with the Board of Regents and Tennessee College of Applied Technology. The Commissioner says his proudest accomplishment to date has been supporting 173 TDOT employees who went back to school to get their GEDs.

Under Commissioner Schroer, TDOT has remained debt-free and has saved taxpayers more than $610 million dollars by reexamining and reducing the scope of projects from wants to needs. In 2017, Commissioner Schroer worked with Governor Bill Haslam to develop and pass the IMPROVE Act to provide increased funding for transportation for the first time in 30 years. The legislation will fund 962 road and bridge projects across all 95 counties and will provide an additional $105 million annually for cities and counties to support local infrastructure needs.

On the national level, Commissioner Schroer serves as the 2017/2018 President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), an organization composed of peers from all DOTs across the nation. In this leadership role, he will continue to focus on sustainable transportation funding solutions and ensuring states are prepared for emerging transportation technology.

Previous to his state service, Commissioner Schroer served as the Mayor of Franklin, Tennessee. His public service experience also includes being a board member of the Franklin Special School District and the Tennessee School Board Association.

Commissioner Schroer received a bachelor's degree in business from Indiana University and an MBA from the University of Tennessee. He spent ten years in the commercial real estate financing business before beginning a real estate development business in Franklin. Commissioner Schroer and his wife, Marianne, have three children and one grandson and are members of Franklin First United Methodist Church.

Jul 27, 2018