7/16/18: Revitalizing Historic Jefferson St from Urban Removal to Urban Renewal

Panel Discussion with Moderator Jerry Maynard, President, The Maynard Group Bob Bernstein, Founder / Owner, Bongo Productions Sharon Hurt, Director, Jefferson United Merchants Partnership and Metro Council Member at Large DJ Wootson, Principal at Titus Young Real Estate, LLC The revitalization of the Jefferson Street neighborhood has been a discussion in Nashville since the late Read More »

7/9/18: Changing of the Guard & NRST Grant Announcements

Seven organizations will be awarded grants from the Nashville Rotary Service Trust at our meeting on July 9.  These organizations are dedicated to impacting our community in our service focus areas of hunger/nutrition, literacy/education and housing/community building.  Through the contributions of our members to the NRST Annual Footprint Fund, grants totally $150,000 and thousands of Read More »

7/2/18: No Rotary Meeting

Join us Monday, July 9, for Changing of the Guard. We welcome our 2018-19 President, Ronald Roberts, and show our appreciation for Evette White’s service to our club as 2017-18 President. We will also reveal this year’s Footprint Fund grant recipients.

6/25/18: Mark Deutschmann, Founder/CEO of VILLAGE & Core Development

Mark Deutschmann, an entrepreneur community builder, neighborhood champion and author of “One-Mile Radius – Building Community from the Core”, will share how during his 30-plus years of working with city leaders, neighborhood groups and nonprofits to activate Nashville neighborhoods, connect them and help them become sustainable. He’ll also talk about using business as a tool Read More »

Past President Laquita Stribling to become 2018-19 District Governor

Don’t miss the evening of elegance to celebrate District 6760’s 2018-19 District Governor, Laquita Stribling. Cocktail attire encouraged. Ticket includes dinner, champagne toast, and entertainment. Cash bar. $60 per person. RSVP on Sign-Up Genius. Date: 07/14/2018 (Sat.) Time: 6:00pm – 10:30pm CDT Location: Music City Center, 201 5th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 Evening program: 6:00pm- Reception 7:00pm- Dinner 8:00pm- District Read More »

6/18/18: Panel Discussion on Nashville’s Housing Issue – What is Affordable?

Nashville currently has the lowest unemployment rate of any large metropolitan area in the country, just past the milestone of 1,000,000 workers, housing costs that have risen more quickly than anytime time in modern history, and an antiquated transportation system that could help the situation but may not for years to come.  Affordable Housing.  Exactly Read More »

6/11/18: Coach Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans

Mike Vrabel became the Titans head coach earlier this year, after serving as defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. Vrabel is a native of Akron, Ohio, and played college football at Ohio State University, where he was a first-team All-American his senior year, and was named to Ohio State’s “all-century team” in 2000. He played Read More »

Rotary guests from Rwanda

We were honored to be joined by Conso Kabanyana, Assistant Headmistress of The Camp Kigali School, and her husband, Rwandan wildlife guide Alex Kagaba at our Rotary meeting May 21. Through amazing partnerships, The Camp Kigali School received a large shipment of books for their school library. The Nashville Public Library donated 15 boxes of books, Read More »

6/04/18: Cal Turner, Author, My Father’s Business

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 Read More »

5/21/18: Steve Brandon, Wildlife Photographer

Rotarian Steve Brandon (member, Armory MS Rotary Club), is semi-retired and works as an organizational management consultant.  He has photographed wildlife on all 7 continents, from Polar Bears in the Arctic, to the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands on the Equator, to Penguins in Antarctica. He speaks dozens of time annually on wildlife and Read More »

A real knockout!

Over 100 Rotarians and family members gathered at First Tennessee Park to watch the Nashville Sounds baseball game. We enjoyed a buffet dinner, beverages, reserved seating, and special access. This was a great way to end the Rotary year! President Evette White attended, in addition to President-elect Ronald Roberts. Although the Sounds didn’t win, a Read More »

5/14/18: Jamaal Sheats, Director & Curator, Fisk University Galleries

Fisk University Galleries maintains a permanent collection with over 4,000 objects that span four centuries of art history. The Carl Van Vechten Gallery, has a changing traveling exhibitions and every two years featuring The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Modern American and European Art, which includes works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne, Auguste-Pierre Renoir, Henri de Read More »

5/7/18: Vicki Yates, Anchor, NewsChannel 5

When Vicki Yates brings you the news every night at 4p.m. and 6p.m., you are benefiting from more than three decades of experience and award winning reporting.    Her career began in Detroit, Michigan while attending college. As a freelance reporter, she worked for Michigan’s number one minority newspaper, The Michigan Chronicle.  While a junior at Michigan State Read More »

4/30/18: Robert Ian, CEO, Change Management International

Experience the impossible. Las Vegas Magician and Motivational Speaker Robert Ian will astound you with magic, illusion and the power of suggestion. Even more, he’ll get you thinking in new ways about work, life and success. Robert helps individuals, teams and organizational leaders “crack the code” of rapid change by transforming everyday challenges into new Read More »

4/23/18: Philip Hardin, CEO, YouScience

Every business is looking outside their community for talent to fill key roles. The reality is, the talent exists right in our backyard. While there may be a skills gap, there is no shortage of talent. Learn how Nashville based company YouScience is helping identify talent in our K-12 system through data-based ‘brain games’ that Read More »

Rotary night @ the Sounds!

On Tuesday, May 8, join us for a special event at the Nashville Sounds baseball field. Your ticket will include access to the private Rotary area, seat to watch the game, and dinner buffet. Details and registration are on the SignUp Genius page!

4/16/18: Bob Fisher, President, Belmont University

The first Earth Day celebration was on April 22, 1970, just a couple of years after the musical “Hair” announced “this is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius”.  How are we doing on a global scale and what can we do as individuals and as leaders of organizations to make sure that this is Read More »

04/09/18: Douglas Kreulen, CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

By 2041, Nashville International Airport (BNA) passenger traffic is expected to grow from 14 million today to more than 23 million. Hear from Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority President and CEO Doug Kreulen on how BNA is rising to the challenge with a dynamic growth and expansion plan – BNA Vision – to ensure we have Read More »

04/02/18: Barry Scott

The 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s assassination on April 4, 1968 will be commemorated in various events across the country in coming days.  An authority on the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Barry Scott created his tribute to Dr. King to teach a generation of students about one of America’s Read More »

3/26/18: Senator Lamar Alexander

Lamar Alexander, a seventh-generation Tennessean born and raised in Maryville, was twice elected governor of Tennessee. He 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 Read More »

3/19/18: The Gulch- 12 Years Later

Jay Turner, Managing Director and Dirk Melton, Development Director for MarketStreet Enterprises will bring us an update on the evolution of the Gulch. Once the site of Nashville’s bustling railroad yard with origins dating to before the Civil War, the Gulch fell into neglect following World War II. A sparsely occupied area for nearly 50 Read More »

3/12/18: Dr. Scott Massey, CEO, Global Action Platform

The Global Action Platform is dedicated to creating abundance through innovation in regional economic centers by working with partners to advance scalable, sustainable abundance in food, health, and prosperity.  Core values include a commitment to abundant, nutritious food and sustainable agriculture; mindful, healthy lives for everyone; and shared value economic development. Global Action Platform is Read More »

Attention Green Thumb Rotarians!

We have two fun, family-friendly service projects coming up! Our first ‘green thumb’ project is Saturday, April 14, from 9:30am-11:30am near the Nations neighborhood of West Nashville. We will plant trees in a park, in response to our RI president’s challenge to plant a tree for every Rotarian around the world! The more Rotarians (and Read More »

3/5/18: Howard Kittell, CEO, Andrew Jackson Foundation

March 15, 2017 marked Andrew Jackson’s 250th birthday. Born in South Carolina, the son of Scots-Irish immigrants, Jackson was a Revolutionary War veteran and orphan while still a teenager. He went on to be a Tennessee pioneer, frontier lawyer, military hero, and statesman. As the 7th President of the United States, he embodied a new Read More »

2/26/18: Frank Wisner, Career Ambassador, US Foreign Service

The Trump Administration has tasked Congress to revise legislation dealing with the Iran nuclear agreement and has also called on European allies to amend the deal. Can compromises between the parties be reached within the short deadline in order to keep the U.SS. committed to the deal? Is there a better way to achieve America’s Read More »

2/19/18: No Rotary Meeting

We will reconvene Monday, February 26.

2/12/18: Dr. Sara Watson, Global Director, ReadyNation

Children’s experiences during the first five years of life lay the foundation for the cognitive and social skills they need to be successful employees and citizens. Scientific research on the early brain and economic evaluations have shown that proven investments in early childhood for disadvantaged children generate benefits far exceeding their cost. Dr. Sara Watson, Read More »

Partner Spotlight: Nashville Public Education Foundation

The Book Nooks program was started through the Nashville Public Education Foundation with a generous grant from the Rotary Club of Nashville. The grant provided full classroom libraries to every classroom in two elementary schools totaling over 6,000 books. The schools receiving books were Hattie Cotton Elementary and Rosebank Elementary, which are both schools serving Read More »

02/05/18: Scott Ramsey, CEO, Nashville Sports Council

Since 1992, the Nashville Sports Council has positively impacted the economy and quality of life of the Greater Nashville Area by attracting and promoting professional and amateur sporting events. Over the years the Sports Council has worked to recruit nearly 200 events to the City of Nashville resulting in over $800 million in direct economic Read More »

1/29/18: Dr. Douglas Jackson, CEO, Project C.U.R.E

What are you willing to trade your life for? Every day, we trade our time, our breath, and our energy for something. The sum of those exchanges determines where we find our future. Dr. Jackson believes the secret to the successful swap lies in passion, purpose, and service to others.

1/22/18: Brad Southern, CEO, LP Corporation

For 45 years, LP Building Products’ (LP) passion for forest products, wood technology and innovation has helped advance the building industry. Today, with nearly 5,000 employees and 24 manufacturing operations in North and South America, Nashville-based LP is a global leader in engineered wood products. As chief executive officer, Brad Southern is currently leading the transformation of Read More »

01/08/2018: Professor Michael P. Vandenbergh, Vanderbilt University Law School

Private sector action provides one of the most promising opportunities to reduce the risks of climate change, buying time while governments move slowly or even oppose climate mitigation. Professor Michael Vandenbergh co-author of the book, Beyond Politics: The Private Governance Response to Climate Changemakes a persuasive case that private governance can reduce global carbon emissions Read More »

12/18/17: No Rotary Meeting

We will reconvene Monday, January 8, 2018

Feed the Need media coverage & more!

Nearly 200 Rotarians and their families volunteered at Second Harvest Food Bank on Saturday, December 2. Over 15,000 pounds of food were sorted, 1,925 Feed the Need food boxes were packed, 4,500 tray meals assembled, and 13,500 pounds of apples were bagged! NewsChannel 5 and the Tennessean covered the event. Click here to read the article.

12/11/17: Joelle Phillips, President/CEO, AT&T

How can we be sure Nashville has the infrastructure we need to support our growing tech landscape, and what does the foundation of a Smart City look like? Joelle Phillips has served as president of AT&T Tennessee since 2013. She brings over a decade of experience in the telecommunications industry and over two decades of Read More »

12/4/17: David Ewing, CEO, Nashville History on Tour

David Ewing Nashville Historian, Lawyer and Tour Guide will talk about 30 forgotten and unknown events in Nashville history involving nationally known famous people, inventions, institutions and events that all are tied to Nashville. Newcomers and locals will enjoy this look at Nashville based on David’s knowledge and historical research. David is a ninth-generation Nashvillian, Read More »

11/27/17: Governor Bill Haslam

In his annual address to the Rotary Club of Nashville, Governor Haslam will share the success story of Tennessee over the past seven years, including renewed economic strength, the state’s emergence as a national model in education and its conservative fiscal leadership. Since Haslam took office in 2011, Tennessee students have been the fastest improving Read More »

“End Polio Now” Commercial!

Rotarian Bud Walters, President of Cromwell Group, generously donated air time on the company’s radio stations to promote the End Polio Now campaign. The PSA ran late September and all of October on five stations in Nashville and 26 in Illinois and Kentucky. Station managers in Effingham and Mattoon, Illinois, are also Rotarians.  The commercial aired Read More »

11/20/17: Mayor Megan Barry

Mayor Megan Barry will talk about her transit plan, Let’s Move Nashville, and the impact it will have by creating transportation independence for Nashville residents and visitors while expanding access, increasing opportunity and reducing sprawl. With the Nashville region anticipating 1 million new residents in the next 25 years, the Mayor will discuss how this Read More »

11/13/17: Dr. John Geer, Distinguished Professor & Chair of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

With a year now passed since the election, what have we learned?  What happened with the 2016 polls?  What is the status of both major parties?    What can we expect in 2018?  These and other questions will be addressed by Dr. John Geer, Distinguished Professor and Chair of Political Science at Vanderbilt University. John G. Read More »

10/30/17: Veteran Appreciation Program

Join us for a special program honoring Veterans. We are especially proud that nearly 50 armed services veterans are members of our Club. Our program will feature women who have served our country. They are: Brid. Gen Eden Murrie Lt. Colonel Daphne Ferguson-Young Commander Mary Ross Lt. Jessica Dozier will sing our The National Anthem, and Read More »

10/23/17: Kristen Rector, President & CEO, Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee

When we create safe and stable environments for all children, we are promoting a healthier and more productive community, lower health care costs, and decreased incarceration rate.  Unfortunately, Adverse Childhood Experiences, also known as ACEs, undermine this goal of a solid future for Tennessee.  We all play a role in creation of a sustainable society Read More »

10/16/17: John Ingram, Chairman, Ingram Industries

In January, lead investor John Ingram together with Mayor Megan Barry, traveled to New York and entered a formal bid to bring Major League Soccer to Nashville. Competing with 11 other cities, Nashville’s leadership has made tremendous progress over the past nine months for one of the two expansion teams to be awarded in December Read More »

10/9/17: No Rotary Meeting

Join us Monday, October 16, with guest speaker John Ingram!

10/2/17: Nancy Lindborg, President, United States Institute of Peace

Not since the Cold War ended have there seem to be so many global threats to security.  More than a quarter of the global population today lives in a fragile state, where the social contract between society and the government is deeply frayed. Nancy Lindborg has served since February, 2015, as President of the United Read More »

9/25/17: Mignon Francois, Founder & CEO, The Cupcake Collection

What began with a $5 investment and an idea some ten years ago, Mignon Francois has built The Cupcake Collection into one of the Nashville’s most successful bakeries. She also introduced one of the city’s first food trucks and this fall hopes to open the first Cupcake Collection franchise. Mignon is an alumnus of Xavier Read More »

9/18/17: Jennifer Way, Founder/CEO, The Way Solution

An organization’s ability to meet the demands of the future is dependent on the leaders’ ability to overcome challenges and meet new performance standards while protecting their culture. Preparing your team with tools and resources to cultivate the right type of skills is half the equation, but often the type of talent required has to Read More »

9/11/17: Joel Hester, “Emergency Preparedness: So It Did Happen To You”

Due to disaster relief efforts due to hurricane Harvey and pending hurricane Irma, Rotarian Joel Sullivan will be on the front lines of support in Miami. We are delighted that Joel Hester, a Lay Responder CPR/AED and First Aid Instructor with the American Red Cross, will share what you can do for yourself and your business Read More »

Monday, September 4: NO Rotary Meeting

See you Monday, September 11!

Congratulations new Paul Harris Fellow recipients!

Each year we encourage every member to participate in “Every Rotarian Every Year” by giving $100 to the Rotary International Foundation in support of their mission to eradicate Polio. Your annual donations of $100 add up over time, and when you have given $1,000, you are recognized by Rotary International with a prestigious award named after Read More »

8/28/17: Jerome Bannister, District 6760 Governor

Jerome Bannister is in technology sales for Graybar Electric. He joined Rotary in 1999 and is a member of the Franklin at Breakfast Club in Franklin. Among his many achievements in Rotary, Jerome is:   A multi-level Paul Harris Society Member and his wife and sons are also Paul Harris fellows.   Past president of Read More »

8/21/17: No Rotary Meeting

Enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime eclipse! See you Monday, August 28.

8/14/17: Steve Hinkley, CEO & Derrick Rohl, Planetarium Manager, Adventure Science Center

Steve Hinkley recently joined the Adventure Science Center as its President and CEO, and Derrick Rohl is ASC’s dynamic Planetarium Manager. Steve will share information about the newest exhibits opening this year as well as the vision for the organization’s future as a world-class hub for extraordinary experiences in science and innovation in Nashville. Derrick Read More »

Mark your calendar for Thursday, August 17!

We are thrilled to announce Rotary After Hours is partnering with Rotarian Renata Soto for an open house event at Casa Azafran! Join your fellow Rotarians for drinks and samples of food prepared in The Mesa Komal commercial kitchen, tour the facility, visit the grounds of the future Casa Azafrán Public Park – funded in Read More »

8/7/17: Jon Robinson, Executive VP & General Manager, Tennessee Titans

Rotary meets at 12:00pm on Mondays at the Wildhorse Saloon in downtown Nashville. Jon Robinson was named the general manager of the Tennessee Titans in January 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 in January 2017 following Read More »

7/31/17: Judge Sheila D. J. Calloway, Juvenile Court

With a system of Restorative Justice, all those who are harmed by crime (offenders, families, community) collectively work together to achieve both accountability and restoration moving everyone towards forgiveness. Restorative Justice creates a juvenile court system built on evidence-based best practices…A system where youth are expected to take responsibility for their actions and for repairing Read More »

Backpacks is back!

For nearly a decade, our dedicated members have met monthly during the school year at Second Harvest Food Bank to pack food bags for Buena Vista Elementary students. The bags are delivered to the school counselor, who slips the food into children’s backpacks on Friday, so the students have something to eat over the weekend. Our Read More »

7/24/17: Natalie Hinkel, PhD; Vanderbilt University

Dr. Natalie Hinkel is a researcher at Vanderbilt University, studying the composition of nearby stars and how that may affect the make-up of planets orbiting those stars.   Her work has brought to light a number of important (and technical) truths within the field, which she has sought to explain by leading multiple international collaborations. Natalie Read More »

7/17/17: Sean Henry, President & CEO; Nashville Predators

Sean Henry, President and CEO of the Nashville Predators has a lot to celebrate as the 2016-17 season saw more wins than losses and an unprecedented bid for the Stanley Cup. From the support of the Nashville fans to the economic impact on our city; Mr. Henry will share his thoughts on the last season Read More »

7/10/17: Rotarian Elizabeth B. Crook

Elizabeth Crook will share the explorations she has used with CEO’s, business owners, executives and philanthropists to expand their repertoire of responses. Learn how strengths can become limitations and how to escape the either/or trap. Prior to founding Orchard Advisors and her new venture Live Large, Elizabeth helped drive growth in new markets as an Read More »

7/3/17: No Rotary Meeting

Join us Monday, July 10 at the Wildhorse Saloon with our new President, Evette White!

6/26/17: The Honorable Phil Bredesen, Former Governor of Tennessee

As a successful entrepreneur, mayor and governor, Governor Phil Bredesen believes that true leadership is about finding common ground and that the key to success is a command of the art of persuasion. His real world experience and examples of what works offer audiences a refreshing perspective that will also challenge them to raise the Read More »

6/19/17: David R. Reagan, MD PhD

David R. Reagan, MD PhD, was appointed Chief Medical Officer for the Tennessee Department of Health in January 2012. He oversees clinical services including community health services in 89 counties, communicable and environmental diseases, medical aspects of emergency preparedness, family health and wellness, health licensure and regulation, state reference laboratory services, public health informatics, and Read More »

6/12/17: The Importance of Entrepreneurship in a Growing Nashville

Michael Brody-Waite, CEO of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, will discuss the impact entrepreneurship truly has, both on our city and on the individuals that make it up, and how the EC plans to continue to foster this impact during Nashville’s unparalleled growth. The Nashville Entrepreneur Center was created in 2010 as a resource for Nashville Read More »

6/5/17: U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn

Marsh Blackburn is a member of Congress serving the people of Tennessee’s 7th district.  She is also a small business woman, author, mother, grandmother — and member of this Rotary club since 1995. Marsha is a native of Laurel, Mississippi, and a graduate of Mississippi State, which she attended on a 4-H scholarship. She worked her Read More »

Ready for the new (Rotary) year?

In her first speech as 2016-17 club President, Janet Miller encouraged our members to engage in the club. Rotarians rose to the challenge! We experienced unprecedented meeting attendance, member recruitment and retention, and activity participation. Our annual project, Feed the Need, served more families, and more volunteers joined the effort! We will welcome our 2017-18 Read More »

5/29/17: No Meeting

We will not meet Monday, May 29. Join us Monday, June 5, with US Congressman Marsha Blackburn.

5/22/17: “A 12 Minute History of American Music”

Henry Hicks is the President & CEO of National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) which held its groundbreaking for its location at Fifth & Broadway this past April.  Henry will give an overview of the $48mm project and showcase the vision for the 56,000 sq. ft. experiential museum, which is set to open in Read More »

5/15/17: Sarah Trahern, CEO, Country Music Association

In January 2014, Sarah Trahern assumed the office of CEO of the CMA.  In that role, she collaborates with the CMA Board to expand the mission and strategic objectives of CMA while being mindful of the unique legacy and spirit of the organization. Trahern also serves as President of the CMA Foundation Board, which supports Read More »

Don’t Miss Rotary After Hours!

Join us Thursday, May 25, at Bar Louie in the Gulch. Stop by between 5:15pm-7:00pm, have a drink, some munchies, and get to know other Rotarians. This is one of our most well-attended events, at one of our favorite ‘watering’ holes. Sign up or show up- we hope to see you there!

5/8/17: Poverty and Employment Panel Discussion

Nashville is a city on a meteoric rise, but poverty is a problem that still affects a large number of families.  The cycle of poverty starts at birth and lasts a lifetime for too many Nashvillians.  One of the biggest challenges that people living in poverty face is overcoming barriers to employment. Our panel will Read More »

5/1/17: The United States Secret Service and Cyber Crime Investigations

Today, as we become more reliant on modern technology, we also become more vulnerable to cyberattacks such as corporate security breaches, spear phishing, and social media fraud.  Special Agent Greg Mays will explain the Secret Service’s role in investigating and combating cybercrime, what cybercrime is and where cyberattacks originate.  He will also share some areas Read More »

4/24/17: Scott Becker, Nissan North America

Scott E. Becker is senior vice president, Administration, for Nissan North America, Inc. He is responsible for overseeing corporate services, audit, information systems, market intelligence, corporate planning and program management office (PMO), information security, legal, government affairs, and corporate development and social responsibility for Nissan’s operations in North America. Prior to being named senior vice Read More »

4/17/17: Tracy Silverman: the 21st Century Violin

Lauded by BBC Radio as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work has contributed significantly to the repertoire and development of the 6-string electric violin and the non-classical stylistic approach he calls “21st century violin playing”. Formerly first violinist with the innovative Turtle Island String Quartet, Silverman was named one of Read More »

4/10/17: How Healthcare transformation in Tennessee will affect your Business

Dr. Wright Pinson and Mark Cianciolo will share their perspectives on a major shift underway today in the healthcare industry: value-based care. Hear why it matters, and what it means for your health and the health of your employees, your business and your community. Dr. Pinson has served as Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Read More »

Get dirty with Nashville Food Project

On Saturday, May 20, Rotarians are needed to help work in the Wedgewood garden for Nashville Food Project. All tools are provided- all you need is closed toe shoes and a good work ethic! Typical project tasks include harvesting, weeding, and composting. We will work from 10am-1:00pm. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to join. Ready to Read More »

4/3/17: Plan to Play: The Bold Future of Nashville’s Park & Greenway System

Gary Hawkins, Founding Principal, The Hawkins Company, and Tim Netsch, Assistant Director, Planning & Facilities Development, Metro Parks & Recreation

3/27/17: Steve Bland, CEO, Nashville Metropolitan Transit Authority

In August of last year, the Boards of Directors of the Metro Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Authority of Middle Tennessee adopted the nMotion plan; a 25-Year, $6 billion investment to radically expand the mobility options available to Middle Tennesseans. Today, Rotarian Steve Bland, CEO of the Metro Transit Authority and the Regional Transportation Read More »

3/20/17: Charlie Brock, CEO, Launch Tennessee

Tennessee has experienced a tremendous growth in our economic landscape over the past two years; a trend that is expected to continue.  To ensure that our growth continues state wide and continues to include a diverse spectrum of business, Launch Tennessee, created in 1998, facilitates collaboration among entrepreneurs, the business community, capital sources and all Read More »

3/13/17: Congressman Jim Cooper: Update from Washington

Jim Cooper is Nashville’s Congressional representative in Washington. Jim was born and raised in Tennessee. He and Martha, his wife of 31 years, live in Green Hills and have three grown children. Including his service as the Congressman from the 4th District, he has represented nearly one-third of counties in Tennessee. When Congress isn’t in Read More »

3/6/17: Harry Allen & Katherine McElroy, Co-Chairs, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 2016 Education Report Card Committee

Since 1992 the Nashville Chamber has appointed a diverse committee of business and community leaders to assess the progress made in the Nashville Public School System during the precious academic year. The committee examines academic performance data and prepares a written report presenting findings and recommendations for improvement to the city, including the school board, Read More »

2/27/17: Marcia Masulla & Connie Richardson: The Business of Fashion

Learn about another industry bringing exposure and revenue to Nashville! Nashville Fashion Week was conceived in 2010 to foster Nashville’s  creative, fashion-forward and entrepreneurial talent. One of-a-kind, volunteer-led and managed, Nashville Fashion Week is a city-wide event that spans five days. Attendees enjoy fashion shows, workshops, partnerships, and retail promotions. At the center of NFW is Nashville’s thriving Read More »

2/20/17: No Meeting

We will reconvene, Monday, February 27, 2017 at the Wildhorse Saloon with speakers Marcia Masulla, Connie Richardson & Mike Smith, Co-Founders, Nashville Fashion Week. A report published last month by the Nashville Fashion Alliance (NFA) shows Nashville’s booming fashion industry adds $5.9 billion and over 16,000 jobs to the local economy. The report forecasts an Read More »

02/13/17: Tennessee State Museum- Out from the basement and up to the Mall

A presentation describing the political reasons and design rationale behind the New State Museum to be located at the front corner of the Bicentennial Mall. Opening in the fall of 2018 this new facility is intended to showcase the incredible collection of your State Museum while educating hundreds of school age children about our Tennessee Read More »

April 5: Lunch @ LEAD!

Join us for one of our favorite service projects- lunch with the LEAD Academy Junior class! Rotarians Pam Koban and Ruthie Huggins head this event, which pairs you with students who want to learn more about your career field. You will also discuss college admissions, resumes, and goals. Register today to impact these outstanding teenagers’ lives!

2/6/17: Race, diversity and inclusion – what does it mean to Nashville?

Join us as we discuss race, diversity and inclusion on a personal level.  As one area executive, has stated, “What you were most exposed to is what you believe to be true.” Listen to this business leaders as they talk about their personal experiences and views on inclusion, and what it means to Nashville. Panelists Read More »

1/30/17: Mayor Megan Barry, “Visions of Nashville’s Future”

As Nashville continues to se an unprecedented level of growth, Mayor Barry will discuss her vision for how we can continue building on our economic success while establishing policies and making investments that will ensure our growth is equitable and sustainable. Her election in September 2015 as the seventh Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson Read More »

1/23/17: Julia Reed, Author

Note: This meeting will be at the Davidson Ballroom, Music City Center. Julia Reed is a contributing editor at Elle Décor and at Garden & Gun magazine, where she writes a regular column, “The High & Low.” She also contributes to The Wall Street Journal, where she writes a food column, and is a frequent guest on MSNBC. Reed grew up Read More »

1/9/17: Dr. William Schaffner, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

With flu season upon us and the scare with the mosquito born virus last summer, infectious diseases are a topic of conversation.  Dr. William Schaffner will share his expertise on what we face with the flu, what the summer may bring, and what the future may hold especially with global warming. Dr. William Schaffner is Read More »

Holiday Meeting Schedule

We will not meet December 19, December 26, and January 2. Please join us again on Monday, January 9, 2017!

12/12/16: Gary Garfield, Retired Chairman, President & CEO, Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Two years ago, Bridgestone announced their decision to build a new headquarters in downtown Nashville, reinforcing our commitment to this area.   Find out why they made that decision and what the new headquarters will be like.  We will also hear about the growing need for transit solutions in Nashville and his involvement in the Read More »

Record turnout for Feed the Need!

Over 200 Rotarians and guests came together for week one of Feed the Need. Second Harvest Food Bank hosted our 15th annual partnership project Saturday, December 3. Volunteers enjoyed a hearty breakfast prepared by Rotarians, then teamed up to rotate through stations in the warehouse. As usual, a friendly rivalry ensued between teams. In the end, Read More »

12/5/16: Marjorie Eastman, The Frontline Generation: How We Served Post 9/11

Marjorie Eastman earned her BA in political science at the University of California, San Diego; her MA in international security at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies; and her MBA from Owen Graduate School of Management, Vanderbilt University. She has served as White House Intern, studied at University College London, School for Slavonic and Read More »

11/28/16: Mike Krause, Executive Director, Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Appointed to his position by Gov. Bill Haslam in August 2016, Mike will share the current status of higher education in the state and the economic imperatives of increasing the number of college graduates in Tennessee.

11/21/16: Governor Bill Haslam

In his annual address to the Rotary Club of Nashville, Governor Haslam will speak about the state’s progress in economic development, creating jobs, higher education, including Tennessee Promise, and other initiatives. Since taking office in 2011, Tennessee students have been the fastest improving in the country in academic achievement. High school graduation rates are at an all-time Read More »

Thank you Large Club Conference Sponsors!

Several members have stepped up to sponsor the 2017 Rotary Large Club Conference. Each year, the Executive Directors and President-Elects of Rotary’s largest clubs in the country get together for three days of learning and fellowship. We are excited to host the Large Club Conference in January 2017 and it would not be possible without Read More »

11/14/16: Hal Cato, CEO, Thistle Farms

In the business world, Hal Cato is one of Nashville’s most recognizable names and a relentless cheerleader for the city. For the past three decades, he’s oscillated between the private and nonprofit sectors: aside from having built an impressive career in health care, he served as Chief Executive Officer of the Oasis Center for 10 Read More »

11/07/16: No Rotary Meeting

Join us Monday, November 14, with CEO of Thistle Farms, Hal Cato. Thistle Farms encompasses a two-year residential program, a successful bath and body care line, the Thistle Stop Cafe, and Shared Trade- a global marketplace. Cato will discuss driving sales and creating a profitable organization, more opportunities for existing employees, and Thistle’s network of sister organizations across the country.

10/31/16: Ambassador Theodore Britton, U.S. Marine Corps, Congressional Medal Recipient

Join us for a Veteran celebration on Monday, October 31. Rotarian Genma Holmes will have a ‘fireside chat’ with Ambassador Theodore Britton. Ambassador Britton served in the U. S. Marine Corps, participating in the staging for the invasion of Japan. He also  served in the Korean War. Between 1942 and 1949, Britton and about 20,000 other black Read More »

New! Text-to-Donate!

This year, we have incorporated a great, new way for you to give to the Footprint Fund. You can give in under 30 seconds using your phone! All you have to do is text to the number 41444, and then in the message section, put in the keyword NRST. You’ll receive a text with a Read More »

Your Opinion Counts!

Yacoubian Research has developed a comprehensive membership survey for our club. Rotarians will receive an email October 17 containing a link to the questionnaire. The email will come from Berje Yacoubian. Didn’t receive the survey? Contact us for help. Thanks  for your participation!

10/24/16: Rob Wigington, President & CEO, Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority

By 2035, the population of the Greater Nashville Area is expected to surpass 2.5 million people, and Nashville International Airport (BNA) passenger traffic will grow from 12 million today to more than 20 million. BNA Vision is a comprehensive plan designed to enable the airport to meet the needs of this record-setting growth and maintain Read More »

10/17/16: John Geer, Political Science Chair, Vanderbilt University

“Making Some Sense of the 2016 Presidential Election” The 2016 presidential campaign has been unconventional on many fronts. But there are important and predictable features of this contest. By focusing on these key structural features, we can move past the 24/7 news coverage that focuses on the day to day machinations of the campaign and, Read More »

10/10/16: No Rotary Meeting

Join us Monday, October 17 with guest speaker Professor John Geer, Chair of Political Science at Vanderbilt University.  

10/3/16: Chuck Barnett, District Governor

Chuck Barnett, a member of the Gallatin Rotary Club in Gallatin, TN, is an information technology consultant and owner of Sumner Technology Group. He was born in Nashville and raised in northern Sumner County where he went Westmoreland High School. He attended the University of Tennessee at Martin where he majored in Computer Science. Chuck Read More »

9/26/16: Tim Ozgener, President/CEO, OZ Arts Nashville

OZ Arts Nashville is only three years old, but it has already made a big impact on the local and national contemporary arts scene. Rotary member and OZ Arts’ President/CEO Tim Ozgener will share what it is like to go from running a multi-million dollar, global cigar business to co-founding and operating a new contemporary Read More »

9/19/16: Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering

Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering holds the rank of Career Ambassador, the highest in the U.S. Foreign Service. In a diplomatic career spanning five decades, he was U.S. ambassador to Israel, the Russian Federation, India, El Salvador, Nigeria and Jordan. From 1989 to 1992, he was Ambassador to the United Nations in New York, where he led Read More »

LEAD Mentor Lunch- Just announced!

Mark your calendar for October 13! Register on Sign-Up Genius. The purpose behind the mentoring luncheons between Rotarians and juniors and seniors from LEAD Academy is to provide support from the Nashville community to our students as they embark on the college application process along with the many choices and decisions they will have to Read More »

9/12/16: Benjamin Smith, Executive Director, Southern Word

Benjamin Smith, Executive Director of Southern Word, returns to speak to the Rotary after three-and-a-half years. Southern Word offers creative solutions for youth to build literacy and presentation skills, reconnect to their education and to their lives, and act as leaders in the improvement of their communities. It has been recognized as one of the Read More »

09/05/16: No Rotary Meeting

Join us Monday, September 12! Our guest speaker is Benjamin Smith, Executive Director of Southern Word. Learn more about Southern Word here.

Backpacks is Back!

The new school year is underway, and so is Backpacks! The first session of the Second Harvest Food Bank Nutrition for Kids Program brought together a robust group of Rotarians – veterans and newbies – and not a slacker in the bunch!  The packed meals benefit students at Buena Vista Enhanced Option Elementary. Backpacks is Read More »

08/29/16: Dr. Shawn Joseph, Director, MNPS

Dr. Shawn Joseph is the newly hired Director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, the nation’s 42nd largest district, preparing more than 88,000 students to excel in higher education, work and life. An experienced educator who has fought for excellence and equity for every student, Dr. Joseph has served over a 20-year career as a teacher, principal, Read More »

8/22/16: Coach Bryce Drew, Vanderbilt Men’s Basketball

In April 2016, Bryce Drew became the ninth Commodore basketball coach of the modern era and 27th all time.  Drew, a three-time Horizon League Coach of the Year and two-time NABC District 12 Coach of the Year, comes to the Commodores after a five-year stint at Valparaiso, where he averaged 25 wins a season, won Read More »

New Year- New Members

Our first New Member Orientation was a great success at the home of President Janet Miller and was filled with fellowship, enthusiasm and excitement for the coming year.  New members were given a brief history of our club along with expectations for all members and the multiple ways in which we can all participate in Read More »

08/15/16: Jon Robinson

Since his arrival as general manager of the Tennessee Titans in January, 2016, Jon Robinson has overseen one of the more dramatic off-season’s 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 Read More »

08/08/16: Michael Manning, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

Colonel Michael Manning is program manager of Infantry Weapons Systems, for Marine Corps Systems Command. Manning is the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal with two gold stars and combat V, the Purple Heart Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with gold star, the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and Read More »

08/01/16: Milt Capps, Editor & Publisher, Venture Nashville

Milt Capps is editor and publisher of VentureNashville.com and other titles, and is a former reporter for Mergermarket (then a property of The Financial Times Group), former senior vice president of United Press International (UPI), former chief of Vanderbilt University News & Public Affairs, and a member of the National Press Club since 1985. He lived in Read More »

07/25/16: Milton Johnson, CEO, HCA

Milton Johnson is chairman and chief executive officer of HCA, as well as the incoming chairman of the board of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. As the Chamber’s Partnership 2020 begins the implementation of a new five year strategy to promote economic development in Middle Tennessee, he’ll look at the industry sectors driving our Read More »

07/18/16: 35 Years of Prosecuting Cases in Nashville

Long time Rotarian, Torry Johnson, who retired last year after 27 years as Nashville’s District Attorney, will interview his friend and deputy prosecutor, Tom Thurman, about his career.  General Thurman, who is nicknamed “The Thurmanator”, has prosecuted some of Nashville’s most famous cases: the Marcia Trimble murder case, serial killer Paul Dennis Reid, Perry March Read More »

07/11/16: Marcus Whitney, Nashville FC Professional Soccer Team

Marcus Whitney, Co-Owner of Nashville FC, will share the momentum that soccer has had in America over the last 25 years, and why Nashville is now primed to be home of a professional franchise. Marcus Whitney is also Co-Founder & President of Jumpstart Foundry, an early stage healthcare innovation fund. In addition, he is the founder and CEO Read More »

Rotary awards new Casa Azafrán park its largest donation ever

A future Nashville park that will go next to the Casa Azafrán community center on Nolensville Pike is now the beneficiary of the largest single financial contribution ever awarded by The Rotary Club of Nashville over its 102-year history. The Rotary Club of Nashville on Monday announced a $100,000 grant that will go to support Read More »

07/04/2016: No Meeting Today

Happy 4th of July! See you Monday, July 11.

06/27/16: Changing of the Guard

Join us as we pass the gavel from Theresa Carl to Janet Miller. We will also announce the recipients of FootPrint Fund grants. Don’t miss this important meeting as we close out the Rotary year and begin a new one!

06/20/16: Gary Gaston, Director, Nashville Civic Design Center

The shape we give to our city, in turn, shapes us. The form that Americans began to give to their cities and suburbs in the years following World War II has molded an increasingly underactive, overweight population subject to a variety of preventable diseases, as well as an environment with degraded air and water quality. Shaping Read More »

Update from Natasha: Habitat for Humanity

Twenty-five Club members volunteered one hot Saturday in August to build and raise the frame of Natasha’s new home through Habitat for Humanity. Rotarian Lauren Lane reached out to Natasha recently, and received this enthusiastic response: “I am doing great!  OMG, my house is the best thing ever.  Me and the boys do not like to leave our home Read More »

2016 Rotary International Convention

President-Elect Janet Miller, her husband David, Executive Director Suzanne Buchanan and Rotarian Mark Buchanan proudly represented our Club at the 2016 Rotary International Convention in Seoul, Korea. The convention, one of the largest in Rotary history, attracted more than 43,000 attendees from over 150 countries.

The Results Are In!

According to a recent club survey, over 90% of our members are satisfied with their membership and find value in our weekly meetings. Over 60%  have participated in a community service initiative this year, with nearly 100% finding the experience meaningful. Thank you all for working to make our club a success!

Monday, June 13: Vanderbilt Chancellor Nicholas Zeppos

A distinguished legal scholar and teacher, Nicholas S. Zeppos was named Vanderbilt University’s eighth chancellor in 2008. In those eight years, he has been the guiding force in such transformative efforts as the establishment of the university’s unique living-learning residential college system, a $50 million trans-institutional research and teaching initiative, and an expanded financial aid Read More »

Monday, June 6: Ed Cantwell, Center for Medical Interoperability

Ed Cantwell is executive director of the Center for Medical Interoperability, providing strategic and tactical leadership. He spearheaded development of the initial Center concept while at the West Health Institute, where he led wireless initiatives. Previously, Cantwell served as director of 3M Corporation’s Wireless Business Unit and as chairman, president and chief executive officer of InnerWireless, which Read More »

Monday, May 30: NO MEETING

Join us at the Wildhorse Saloon on Monday, June 6 with guest speaker Ed Cantwell, Executive Director of the Center for Medical Interoperability. We look forward to his presentation, “Changing how Medical Technologies Work Together to Improve Patient Health”.

Monday, May 23: Michael Shane Neal

REMINDER: MEETING AT MUSIC CITY CENTER- DAVIDSON BALLROOM. Michael Shane Neal has achieved great recognition as a portrait artist having completed nearly 500 portraits on display around the country.  Among many other accolades, he won a major international art award in 2001 and, at the age of 32, was among the youngest artists ever commissioned by Read More »

Monday, May 16: John Hope Bryant

Since founding Operation HOPE in 1992 in the wake of the Los Angeles riots of that year, John Hope Bryant has worked to bring financial empowerment to the working poor, the underserved and struggling middle class. Operation HOPE has served more than 2.5 million people since 1992 and directed more than $1.8 billion in private Read More »

Monday, May 9: Henry Hicks & Kenny Gamble

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSIC- What began as a dream in 2002, turned into a study and is now a fully functioning enterprise that is destined to be a Music City cornerstone and national treasure.  The National Museum of African American Music (NMAAM) already hosts incredible programming and is slated to open in early Read More »

Reserved for Rotary @ the Frist: Bellissima!

Thursday, June 9, 2016 | 6:00 p.m. Reception | 6:30 p.m. guided tour $45 per person ~  (charged to your Rotary account) Evening includes: reception, heavy hors d’oeuvres, 2 drink tickets per person, exhibition ticket. Limited complimentary parking available in the Frist Center parking lot RSVP by Friday, June 3 at noon to 645-5935 or Read More »

Monday, May 2: Chief Justice Sharon G. Lee

“State of the Tennessee Judiciary –What We Accomplished Last Year and the Vision for the Future” Sharon G. Lee was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2008 and re-elected in 2010 and 2014. From 2004 to 2008, she served on the Tennessee Court of Appeals. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Justice Lee Read More »

We are hosting Rotary Large Club Conference!

In January 2017, the Rotary Club of Nashville will host the North American Large Club Conference meeting at the Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville. This is a significant event for our Club, and the first time we have hosted this meeting of incoming officers of the largest Rotary Clubs and their executive directors. This annual Read More »

Nashville Public Radio “Covering Music City” Monday, April 25

The role of the journalist changes quickly and constantly.  Today’s journalists must adapt to multi-media audiences — print, broadcast, digital cable and the Internet. Anita Bugg has been with Nashville Public Radio since 1995, serving as Morning Edition host, assignment editor and news director.  Today, she will moderator a conversation with Journalists Chas Sisk and Blake Read More »

Evening Food Sort: May 16

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Join us in fighting hunger at the annual evening food sort event at Second Harvest Food Bank. This family-friendly opportunity is Monday, May 16, 2015, from 5:30-8:00 pm. May is Postal Food Drive Month and SHFB needs volunteers to sort donated food product. This is a fun activity for Rotarians and family members age Read More »

Nashville Food Project: April 30, 2016, 8:45am-12:30pm

Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:45 to 12:30 am 2016 Nashville Food Project 3601 Hillsboro Road (next to Woodmont Christian Church) Join us to see our how our Nashville Rotary Service Trust Annual Footprint Fund grant of $20,000 is being used by The Nashville Food Project! –With limited space for volunteers, this project is for Rotarians Read More »