Speakers and More

Current (and Past) Meeting Schedule

1/13/23Kim Kim — Rotary’s End Polio Now campaign
1/20/23Annual Meeting and presentation of new board (effective July 1)
1/27/23Dr. Candice McQueen — 18th president of Lipscomb University
2/3/23Todd Flowers — Nashville Inner City Ministry
2/10/23Williams Mason Jr. — National Action Network
2/17/23Carolyn Coleman — Being a death doula
2/24/23Angela Crane-Jones — NBIC (Nashville Business Incubation Center)

Candice McQueen, PhD–President of Lipscomb University

Speaker Friday, January 27, 2023 Dr. Candice McQueen began her tenure as the 18th president of Lipscomb University on September 7, 2021. In her first six months in office, Dr. McQueen launched the Lipscomb Impact 360 strategic planning campaign, visited with alumni in several cities throughout the country as part of her Be a Light tour, started the President’s Student Advisory Council and inspired…

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Rotary End Polio Now Campaign, Kiyhon (Kim) Kim

Speaker Friday, December 16, 2022 Many of us in the US thought we had eradicated polio here. However, in 2022 there was a recognized case of it in New York City and it is suspected of being “around” in New York and London, though it is still endemic in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The effects of the disease range from no symptoms, to flu-like symptoms…

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Autism Tennessee, Jessica Moore, Executive Director & Dave Griffin – Teen & Adult Program Manager

Speaker Friday, December 16, 2022 Autism Tennessee grew out of a group of parents who were struggling to deal with stigma and to find the right resources for their children over 25 years ago. At that time the understanding of Autism was changing dramatically. For many years, Autism was viewed as a psychological condition and “cold parenting” was considered a possible cause. However, in…

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Thanksgiving Weekend — No Meeting — What Are You Thankful For?

Friday, November 23, 2022, we are not meeting. As we discuss the events of the day around plates of turkey or ham, many of us will be sitting with people who have very different views from us. Unfortunately, there are many public personalities modeling behavior in which it is cool to insult other people and talk about opposing ideas with disdain. There are also…

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Eric Hutton, Owner Hutton Advertising, LLC,–The GHR Website and Social Media

Speaker Friday, November 18, 2022 Every organization needs a quality presence online. That means a grea looking website that loads quickly on slow mobile devices. It also means a presence on Google Business Profile (formerly Google My Business) and other social media. However, an organization with a weekly meeting, like the Green Hills Rotary Club can easily create a simple social media presence to…

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Dwight Johnson, Executive Director of Preston Taylor Ministries

Speaker Friday, November 11, 2022 Preston Taylor Ministries empowers Preston Taylor children and youth to discover and live their God-inspired dreams, develop a love for learning, and build joy-filled friendships that glorify Christ Jesus. PTM’s vision is that as image bearers of Christ, Preston Taylor Ministries youth will use their God-given gifts to become agents of joy and hope to the current and next…

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Justin Ploof, Mull IT — Phishing and Protecting Your Electronic Devices

Speaker Friday, November 4, 2022 Phishing attacks do a lot of damage and it is getting much worse. According to www.cybersecuritydive.com, “The financial impact of phishing attacks quadrupled over the past six years, with the average cost rising to $14.8 million per year for U.S. companies in 2021, compared with $3.8 million in 2015, according to a study from the Ponemon Institute on behalf of Proofpoint…

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Cheryl B Noe, C.F.R.E. — Executive Director Project C.U.R.E. Nashville

Speaker Friday, October 28, 2022 Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E has been delivering life-saving medical equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics throughout the under-resourced world. We are the world’s largest distributor of donated medical relief—touching the lives of children and families in more than 135 countries. On average, each week Project C.U.R.E. delivers three to five semi-truck-sized containers packed with the medical equipment and…

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Mekayle Houghton — Executive Director of the Cumberland River Compact

Speaker Friday, October 21, 2022 THREE MILLION PEOPLE AND THOUSANDS OF SPECIES DEPEND ON CLEAN WATER FROM THE CUMBERLAND RIVER.https://cumberlandrivercompact.org/ “Together [the Tennessee and Cumberland River Systems] are home to nearly two-thirds of the fish species and almost 90% of the mussel species found in North America. However, the Tennessee and Cumberland river basins are significant not just for the number of species, but…

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Takisha Brommel–Legacy Building Through Online Presence

Speaker Friday, October 14, 2022 Takisha is the founder and CEO of GirlFriday Business Solutions. She is a coach, speaker, capacity builder, and scalability partner. She loves creating systems, organizing processes, and fostering a culture of collaboration with her clients. She has years of experience helping business owners develop their greatest assets – their team members! With an MBA in Project Management, she has…

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Steve Grissim, “Moving from Awareness to Action”–Human Trafficking

Speaker Friday, October 7, 2022 Steve Grissim is a native Nashvillian and attended DLHS K-12, which makes him a “lifer.”  Steve graduated from Harding University with a BBA in 1986. Grissim is currently developing the Campus for End Slavery TN along with assisting Ashleigh Chapman with Altus Solutions. Grissim’s Rotary Service began in February of 2008, serving on the Board for the Rotary Club…

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Joe Parks, “Slow Roads”–His Latest Book

Speaker Friday, September 30, 2022 A Southerner, born and raised, Jerry is a writer and photographer whose work demonstrates emphatically how deeply his roots have been imprinted upon his soul. Educated at Wofford College and UNC at Chapel Hill, Jerry built careers at Xerox, in the Christian music world, and in book and Bible publishing, finishing each in executive positions. His photography is exhibited…

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Jim Easter, Public & Clinical Lessons Learned from the Civil War

Speaker Friday, September 23, 2022 Jim has been a Green Hills Rotary member since 1990 and is the Founder of Easter Healthcare Consulting (Ehc).  He represents a healthcare client base of some 2,000 healthcare programs worldwide focusing on campus planning and administration.  He was previously a Senior VP and Partner with W/HFR based in Brentwood.  More specific Ehc background can be found on his…

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Jens Frederiksen, Executive Vice President, Fisk University

Speaker Friday, September 15, 2022 Despite the impor­tant role they con­tin­ue to play, many HBCUs strug­gle with lack of invest­ment, dwin­dling enroll­ment and — most recent­ly — fall­out from the COVID-19 pandemic.Report Details Barriers Faced by Students at HBCUs – The Annie E. Casey Foundation (aecf.org) –Feb. 6, 2022 In the four years Dr. Jens Frederiksen has been at Fisk, the University has raised over $36,000,000,…

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Jessica Dodds and Honeybee TN

Speaker Friday, September 9, 2022 More than 4,000 bee species buzz around the United States. Honey bees alone pollinate 80 percent of all flowering plants, including more than 130 types of fruits and vegetables.Unfortunately, bee populations have dropped alarmingly across North America, as have the populations of many other pollinator species.https://www.farmers.gov/blog/value-birds-and-bees As another website put it. Imagine a world without almonds, apples, and fragrant…

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Labor Day Weekend, no meeting Sep. 2

Speaker Friday, September 2, 2022 We will not be meeting on September 2 in observance of Memorial Day. Take a moment to remember that the holiday is set aside for people who work in our factories, who serve us food, who check us out in grocery stores and stock the shelves, who tend to us when we are sick, who keep the power and…

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Diaper Connection Project and DACDB

Speaker Friday, August 26, 2022 1 in 3 families in Nashville struggle to afford diapers.You can buy candy with food stamps, but diapers are classified with cigarettes and alcohol as disallowed purchases.Nashville Diaper Connection strives to ensure that every baby in Davidson County has enough diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy.Nashville Diaper Connection This week our meeting will include a service project with…

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Heidi Campbell: Candiate for US Congress District 5 (D)

Speaker Friday, August 19, 2022 The Green Hills Rotary Club is not endorsing any candidate but feels that everyone should hear directly from the campaigns in order to make their personal decisions.  The information below is directly from the campaign itself and has not been edited. Note from our President, Karen Williams: I tried to invite Andy Ogles, the Republican nominee, to visit our…

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Eddie Allred: Rotary District Governor

Speaker Friday, August 12, 2022 Copied from The [Columbia] Daily Herald — Eddie Allred looking through a binder of applications for the Community Christmas Card Program After working in the Insurance profession for over 35 years Eddie retired in April 2019.   He is also a licensed auctioneer and real estate agent.  Eddie and his wife, Stephanie, married in July 1977 and live on their…

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Trina Frierson: Mending Hearts

Speaker Friday, August 5, 2022 How long does it take to recover when addiction destroys your life? Is it a 6-week program, a lifetime? What support services are needed to help? What does it take to relearn to live life to its fullest? Mending Hearts Inc. believes it can take a while. It may often require a full support system including housing, counseling, medical…

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Carolyn Coleman: How to Write Your Own Obituary

Speaker Friday, July 29, 2022 From https://saintdavidsnashville.org/who-we-are How do you think about dying? Is there dignity in death? Is death something to fear? Can it be something that enriches life, or is it just a mechanistic process that happens to us all? Do the folks around you know you well enough to write an obituary that really reflects who you are–not just your physical…

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Kurt Winstead: Candiate for US Congress District 5 (R)

Speaker Friday, July 22, 2022 From https://curtwinstead.com The Green Hills Rotary Club is not endorsing any candidate but feels that everyone should hear directly from the campaigns in order to make their personal decisions.  The information below is directly from the campaign itself and has not been edited. After serving in the Tennessee Army National Guard for three decades, including deployment in Operation Iraqi…

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Ron Richterman: What Are mRNA Vaccines and How Do They Work

Speaker Friday, July 15, 2022 The COVID-19 vaccines undoubtedly changed the direction of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Scientists developed the vaccines in record time as the original estimates suggested it would be 2023 or 2025 before they would be useful. At first, they had over 90% effectiveness at preventing infection–rapidly slowing down the infection and hospitalization rate. Currently, they are still one of the best…

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