Speaker Date Topic
Doug Mathews, sports radio host with 104.5 Sep 28, 2018
SEC Football
SEC Football

Doug, son of a newspaper publisher, was born and raised in Picher, Oklahoma. Mathews was a three–sport star in high school, before signing a scholarship to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. in Miami, Oklahoma. While at NEO, Mathews earned a selection on the All–American team as well being named the National Junior College Player of the Year in 1967. In addition, Mathews was a member on the Golden Norseman’s 1967 National Championship team

After graduating from NEO, Mathews signed a scholarship to play football at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt he lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing during his senior year in 1969, earning a degree in History.

After his playing career ended at Vanderbilt, Mathews embarked on a collegiate coaching career. His stops across the country included:

  • Northeast Louisiana  (Defense Backs)  1972
  • Weber State University  (Defense Backs / Defense Coordinator)  1973–1975
  • University of Louisville  (Defense Backs)  1976–1978
  • Virginia Tech University  (Running Backs)  1979
  • University of Tennessee  (Running Backs / Defense Coordinator)  1980–1989
  • Vanderbilt University  (Defense Coordinator)  1990


In 1991, Mathews retired from coaching to spend more time with his family. That same year Mathews and his wife, Pat, founded Doug Mathews Team Sports in Nashville. They ran the successful business venture for 21 years before their two sons, Tate and Nick, began operating Mathews Team Sports, in Franklin in 2012.

For the past 22 years, Mathews has been a fixture on the Nashville sports radio scene hosting the highly rated Big Orange Sunday and Football Sports Saturday shows. For the past 11 years, Mathews’ radio home has been the top–rated sports talk station in Nashville, 104.5 The Zone. Both shows also air on 1180 AM in Knoxville. Big Orange Sunday is a one–hour show heard every Sunday bringing the best analysis of University of Tennessee athletics. Football Saturday focuses on NCAA football with an emphasis on the Southeastern Conference each weekend for two hours. National media personalities, Tony Barnhart and Charles Davis, serve as weekly contributors on this fast–paced, highly rated program.

In his spare time, Mathews plays golf and also does numerous speaking engagements for local charities. Mathews and his wife of 44 years Pat reside in Brentwood. The couple has five grandchildren: Jarrett (12), Jackson (8), Jenna (6), Kate (4), Emma (18 months).

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Nashville Symphony Oct 05, 2018
The Nashville Symphony
The Nashville Symphony

Giancarlo Guerrero is the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Music Director of the Nashville Symphony, a post he has held since 2009 and has committed to through the 2024-25 season. In 2017, he was also appointed Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. A natural and instinctive musician, Guerrero “brings to the podium not only vitality and insight but also an appealing physical dynamism.” writes the Plain Dealer.

A passionate proponent of new music, Guerrero has championed the works of several of America's most respected composers through commissions, recordings and world premieres. Guerrero’s advocacy has helped make Nashville a destination for contemporary music. He has presented eight world premieres with the Nashville Symphony, including the 2016 performance and recent GRAMMY®-winning recording of Michael Daugherty’s cello concerto Tales of Hemingway. Recent seasons have also seen the release of new albums with the Nashville Symphony dedicated to the music of Terry Riley (the first album of orchestral music by that composer in a quarter century), Richard Danielpour and Jennifer Higdon, as well as a collection of wind concertos by Brad Warnaar, Frank Ticheli and Behzad Ranjbaran. Guerrero developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab & Workshop initiative, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, to further foster and promote new American orchestral music.

A well-traveled guest conductor, Guerrero enjoys relationships with orchestras around the world. In the 2017/18 season, Guerrero’s guest-conducting engagements include the Boston Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra in The Hague and Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, among others.

Mayor Karl Dean Oct 12, 2018
Candidate for TN Governor
Candidate for TN Governor

I decided to run for Governor of Tennessee because I think we need to bring economic opportunity to every Tennessean. Tennessee is a great state that is poised to continue moving forward if we focus on the right priorities. As Governor, I want to create opportunity for all Tennesseans, regardless of where they live, and that starts with education and jobs.

Having managed a city through the Great Recession and a historic flood, I learned that problem-solving doesn’t begin with one person. I also know there is no Democratic or Republican solution to problems. It begins with all of us working together and that’s the foundation on which we’re going to build this campaign.

A good job and a great education are not rural or urban issues, they are Tennessee issues. As governor, I will not rest until a good job, thriving business, and quality education are the standard in Tennessee.

Heather Cochran Cunningham Oct 26, 2018
Sister Cities Program
Sister Cities Program
“To connect Nashvillians with people of the world, promoting peace through mutual understanding, respect and cooperation – one person, one community at a time.”

Founded in 1990, Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) is a chapter of Sister Cities International, which is based in Washington D.C. SCN is a volunteer organization that connects Nashvillians with friends around the world through exchanges, cultural programs, and partnerships.

Travel and Hospitality
SCN connects people where they live. As citizen diplomats, members of SCN have opportunities to host friends from our partner cities and participate in delegation visits abroad.

Professional Exchanges
SCN connects people through professions and occupations. Through SCN, Nashvillians are able to experience their profession internationally by working with colleagues from other countries.

Student Exchanges
SCN connects young people and families. School exchanges through our city partnerships regularly bring groups of international students to Nashville and provide opportunities for Nashville students to travel and study abroad.

Cultural Programs and Events
SCN connects people through creativity. From theater to science, the programs of Sister Cities bring international culture and entertainment to Nashville and allow artists to work together across cultures.

Community Service
SCN connects people through caring. In partnership with other community organizations, Sister Cities makes a difference globally and locally, bringing world perspectives to local needs and realizing international cooperation in meaningful local service.
Chris Koczaja, President of LightWave Solar Nov 02, 2018
LightWave Solar and the Music City Solar Project
LightWave Solar and the Music City Solar Project

LightWave Solar is an experienced turn-key solar engineering, procurement and construction firm who helped pioneer the solar industry in Tennessee. Founded in Nashville in 2006, LightWave Solar is focused on solar photovoltaics with over 800 solar projects installed for businesses, municipalities, and homes across the Southeast, primarily in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi.


Chris Koczaja serves as LightWave Solar's President and CEO, leading the company in its pursuit to deliver high quality and cost effective solar power solutions. Previous to this role, he served as PHG Energy's Chief Operating Officer. Chris also worked for Caterpillar, Inc. in both their Mining and Electric Power Divisions. While at Caterpillar he earned his 6 Sigma Blackbelt certification, and Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

Wes Clanton Nov 09, 2018

Right now, around 85 million people around the world have been made homeless by natural disaster and conflict. We're working to change this.

By providing emergency shelter and tools for families robbed of their homes by disaster, we're transforming despair into hope.

We are impatient to see a world where no family is left without shelter. Are you?

No Meeting Nov 23, 2018
Dr. Ming Wang, MD PhD Nov 30, 2018
Pearls of doing business with China
Pearls of doing business with China

Pearls of doing business with China


Ming Wang

Harvard &MIT (MD); PhD (laser physics)


Director, Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center


In this presentation, Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD); PhD (laser physics), will present pearls (and perils) of doing business with China, U.S.’ largest creditor and trading partner and the world’s second largest economy. As the CEO of Aier-USA, the new U.S. – China healthcare venture which brings investment from China and creates job here in America, Dr. Wang will speak about China’s history and its astonishing rise in economic development in the 21st century, and best strategies for America in its interaction with the second superpower in the world today. He will talk about the characteristics of Chinese economy, and the best way to increase U.S. export to China and reverse (or at least reduce) our trade deficit with China, the world’s largest consumer market and trading nation today.

No Meeting Dec 07, 2018
Anniversary Banquet Week
Club Assembly Dec 14, 2018
No Meeting Dec 28, 2018
No Meeting Jan 04, 2019
New Year
TBD - Steve Grissim Jan 11, 2019
National Awareness Day for Human Trafficking
Larry Kain Jan 25, 2019
Golf Tournament Preparation
Golf Tournament Preparation
Corn hole tournament Feb 08, 2019