Speaker Date Topic
Pamela Ross, Joshua Chamberlain Society May 25, 2018
Helping Injured Veteran Heroes
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.

TBD Jun 01, 2018
Scholarship Day
Molly Chatterjee and Roger Greenup Jun 08, 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 Roger Greenup.

Suzie Lindsey Jun 15, 2018
Pancake Money Distributions
William T. Spitz, CFA Jun 22, 2018
The Challenges of Longevity
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.

No speaker, Annual Banquet Jun 29, 2018
No meeting
Nashville Soccer Club Jul 13, 2018
Professional Soccer in Nashville
Dick Bowers Jul 20, 2018
Our Project in Honduras
John Schroer, TN TDOT Commissioner Jul 27, 2018
The Tennessee Department of Transportation
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.

Our District Governor Aug 10, 2018
The State of our Rotary District
Cal Turner, jr Aug 17, 2018
My Father's Business
My Father's Business

The first-person account of the family that changed the American retail landscape.

 
Longtime Dollar General CEO Cal Turner, Jr. shares his extraordinary life as heir to the company founded by his father, Cal Turner, Sr., and his grandfather, a dirt farmer turned Depression-era entrepreneur. Cal's narrative is at its heart a father-son story, from his childhood in Scottsville, Kentucky, where business and family were one, to the triumph of reaching the Fortune 300--at the cost of risking that very father/son relationship. Cal shares how the small-town values with which he was raised helped him guide Dollar General from family enterprise to national powerhouse.
 
Chronicling three generations of a successful family with very different leadership styles, Cal Jr. shares a wealth of wisdom from a lifetime on the entrepreneurial front lines. He shows how his grandfather turned a third-grade education into an asset for success. He reveals how his driven father hatched the game-changing dollar price point strategy and why it worked. And he explains how he found his own leadership style when he took his place at the helm--values-based, people-oriented, and pragmatic. Cal's story provides a riveting look at the family love and drama behind Dollar General's spectacular rise, pays homage to the working-class people whose no-frills needs helped determine its rock-bottom prices, and shares the life and lessons of one of America's most compelling business leaders.
Jerry Wear, past District Governor Sep 07, 2018
The Rotary response to The Sevier County Firestorm
The Rotary response to The Sevier County Firestorm

On 28 November 2016, high winds blew through the drought-stricken area around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, whipping a few isolated wildfires in Great Smoky Mountains National Park into a massive natural disaster.

“The whole horizon was aglow,” says Roy Helton, a member of the Rotary Club of Pigeon Forge. “My wife and I were taking turns getting up, checking to make sure the fire wasn’t getting close to our home. We have roughly 100,000 people in Sevier County, and I don’t think any of us slept very well that night.”

 

The Heltons were lucky, but many others weren’t. The fire raced through the towns around Gatlinburg, destroying more than 2,400 structures. It spread over 17,000 acres so quickly that 14 people were trapped and killed, while others had to flee their homes. Around 14,000 people were evacuated from the area and not allowed to return for a week. Many lost everything, including their jobs. Gatlinburg, which sits on the edge of the national park, is a major tourist destination with millions of visitors each year, but in the aftermath of the fires, many stayed away. 

“This wasn’t a regular forest fire,” says Jerry Wear, also a member of the Pigeon Forge club. “It was a firestorm.” Most fires, he notes, leave debris such as charred stoves and cars. But the Gatlinburg fire “was so intense, they melted.”

Rotary Public Service Picnic Sep 13, 2018
No meeting due to Public Service Picnic Sep 14, 2018
Vanderbilt Radiation Oncology TBD Sep 21, 2018
TBD