About Us

Who We Are

The Rotary Club of Green Hills in Nashville is the local branch of Rotary International, a non-profit , non-sectarian, non-political service organization, and one of nearly 50,000 Rotary Clubs  in the world.  Rotarians are business, professional and community leaders united to take action to create lasting change in ourselves, in our community and globally.

What We Do

Our motto is “Service above self,” which we demonstrate in many ways, through service projects and philanthropy.  We build relationships through our weekly breakfast meetings, periodic social events and, of course, through our service projects.

Best Family-Friendly Service Project

Last year, our club was honored by the Middle Tennessee district for our project where we sponsored improvements to a nature trail in the Burch Nature Preserve adjacent to Edwin Warner Park.  By working in the outdoors, we were able to stay safe during COVID-19 and improved the trail, allowing countless park users to safely exercise and enjoy the park’s natural beauty. This award was from District 6760 for middle-sized clubs.

When We Meet:

Friday morning, 7:15 am – 8:15 am

Where We Meet:

Boy Scout Service Center, 3414 Hillsboro Pike., (corner of Woodmont Blvd), Nashville, TN 37215.  (Access via Hillsboro Pike or via parking lot access off Golf Club Ln.)

Rotary International

“Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities, and in ourselves.” 

From the RI website, Rotary.org)

Rotary International currently focuses our efforts in the following areas:

  • Promote peace
  • Fight disease
  • Provide clean water, sanitation, and hygiene
  • Save mothers and children
  • Support education
  • Grow local economies
  • Protect the environment

Actions

Recent Service Projects

  • Meals on Wheels deliveries
  • St. Lukes Community Center Holiday Shopping
  • Last Chance Toy Store
  • Salvation Army bell ringing
  • Burch Nature Reserve trail maintenance
  • PENCIL Foundation

Charitable Efforts

Our club established the Green Hills Rotary (GHR) Foundation as a separate 501(c)3 charitable organization some years ago.  Periodically, the club’s Board of Directors contributes funds from the club to the GHR Foundation, whose independent Board of Directors, acting with input from club members, makes charitable contributions.  Recipient organizations are often among program presenters at the club. Within the past two years, recipients include the following:

  • The Little Pantry That Could
  • Project Independence
  • Rotary International Foundation

Fund Raising

We raised over $8,000 in our Fall Football Fantasy Fun(d).  Thanks to Dawn Edwards, who asked members to support our Foundation as they cheer their favorite college and professional teams, we contributed a small stadium’s worth of bucks, recognizing our teams’ scoring.  Our charities will score big as well.

Annually, we have held an auction (silent and live) and a dinner, with entertainment featuring some of the top talent in Music City.  We welcome donations from area merchants and use the auction proceeds to do good works in our community.

History:

Our club was chartered September 23, 1988, which required acquiescence by the then-existing clubs in the county, Nashville Downtown, Nashville South and Donelson-Hermitage.  With leadership by a group of 7 officers, 3 of whom are still active (Boyd Fulton, Brian Devine, and John Farringer), the Club was charted with 30 members.  Other currently active charter members are David Von Dohlen…. 

In its’ first decade, the Club pioneered a number of activities that have been taken on by many others, including a golf hole-in-one contest and Christmas tree mulching (now done by Metro).  Putting the 5th part of the Four Way Test, “Is it fun?” In action, the Club had fabulous parties, wine tasting, Cajun cookouts and a memorable party in the Parthenon.  After a year-long planning effort, the Club ran the “Parthenon 500” in Centennial Park, using mini-cars in a racing circuit.  Service projects included a scholarship at Hillsboro HS, Career Days at both Hillsboro and Hillwood HS, toy distribution at the Martha O’Bryan center and organ donation promotion through the Share a Life program.  By the end of the decade, the Club consisted of 30 members.

(More to come)