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Current (and Past) Meeting Schedule

2/9/24Lisa O’Dell, Volunteer for SCORE “Starting A Small Business” – Arm of the SBA
2/16/24Rob Quin — “Dementia, Aging and Memory Loss Over Time”
2/23/24Andrea Prince plus Hank Davis– “Rebuilding Nashville” plus “Rotary Service Project Planning”
3/1/24Karen Woolridge — Does America have a literacy problem or a poverty problem ?
3/8/24David Delaney — “The Root Down”…About Education
3/15/24Susan Henderson
3/22/24Eden Murrie, Air Force Veteran — “Operation Stand Down…Background and Value”
3/29/24Mary Coyle — PhD Candidate at Vandy – “What Is AI and it’s impact on hospitals?”

Andrea Prince — Preserving Affordable Housing in Nashville

Speaker Friday, February 23, 2024 Rebuilding Nashville Together The Green Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Andrea Prince, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Nashville, to speak at our weekly meeting on Friday, February 23rd at 7:15am. Ms. Prince will discuss the critical importance of maintaining safe, affordable housing options for Nashville’s most vulnerable residents. She will share details on Rebuilding Together Nashville’s efforts…

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Rob Quinn — Distinguishing Normal Memory Loss from Dementia

Speaker Friday, February 16, 2024 Dementia, Aging and Memory Loss Over Time Join the Green Hills Rotary Club for our weekly meeting on Friday, February 16th at 7:15am as we welcome Dr. Rob Quinn to speak on the important topic of dementia and memory loss. Many of us have an elderly family member or friend diagnosed with some form of dementia. Dr. Quinn will…

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Lisa O’Dell — Supporting Nashville’s Small Business Growth

Speaker Friday, February 9, 2024 Starting a Small Business – SCORE Mentor The Green Hills Rotary Club welcomes Lisa O’Dell, Chair of the Nashville SCORE Chapter, to speak at our weekly meeting on Friday, February 9th at 7:15am. Ms. O’Dell will discuss SCORE’s mission of supporting small business owners through free mentoring and educational resources. With over 20 years of marketing leadership experience, including…

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Howard Osaitile — Mastering People Skills for Business

Speaker Friday, February 2, 2024 Using DISC for Business Success The Green Hills Rotary Club is pleased to host Howard Osaitile as our featured guest speaker at this Friday’s weekly meeting on February 2nd, 7:15am. Mr. Osaitile brings over a decade of leadership experience managing complex healthcare technology projects. He will share his insights on “Mastering People Skills for Business” – defining emotional intelligence…

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Jim Easter, Easter Healthcare — The Future of AI in Healthcare

Speaker Friday, January 12, 2024 The Future of AI in Healthcare The Green Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Jim Easter, healthcare executive and strategist, as our guest speaker at this Friday’s meeting on January 26th at 7:15am. Mr. Easter will discuss the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in advancing healthcare treatment plans, methods, and techniques moving forward. He will provide an overview…

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Kelli Nowers, Awake TN — Support to Women and Children

Speaker Friday, January 12, 2024 Advancing Justice and Equity in Tennessee. The Green Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Kelli Nowers, Executive Director of AWAKE TN, as our guest speaker at this Friday’s meeting on January 12th at 7:15am. AWAKE TN is a nonprofit organization founded in 2013 with a mission to advocate for the advancement of women and young people in Tennessee…

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Jim Shulman — Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cumberland University

Speaker Friday, January 5, 2024 Politics, academia, business, How are they alike and how are they different? Our speaker this week Jim Shulman, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cumberland University, will give us an idea of what he has learned over the past 3 months switching from political life to academia. Jim Shulman is a new Assistant Professor of Political Science at Cumberland….

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Daryl Curry, Nashville Chamber — Talent Education and the Nashville Chamber

Speaker Friday, December 15, 2023 Closing Nashville’s Talent Gap The Green Hills Rotary Club is pleased to welcome Daryl Curry, Director of Education and Workforce Partnerships at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, as our guest speaker at this Friday’s meeting on December 8th at 7:15 am at the Boy Scout Service Center on Hillsboro Road. Mr. Curry will discuss the pressing issue of…

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Alex Langerman, M.D., Surgeon — “Value of Recording and Data Science in Surgery”

Speaker Friday, December 8, 2023 Transforming Surgery for the Future The Green Hills Rotary Club will hold its weekly meeting on Friday, December 8th at 7:15am. We are excited to welcome Dr. Alexander Langerman, head and neck surgeon and researcher at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, as our guest speaker. Dr. Langerman’s talk is titled “Transforming Surgery for the Future.” He will discuss how recording…

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Ms. Lesley-Ann Browning, Director of Pediatric Surgical Clinics — Pediatric Care Spotlight

Speaker Friday, December 1, 2023 Join Us for Our Next Rotary Meeting – Pediatric Care Spotlight The Green Hill Rotary Club invites you to our upcoming weekly meeting on Friday, December 1st at 7:15am, located at the Boy Scout Service Center (123 Main St). We are thrilled to have Ms. Lesley-Ann Browning, Director of Pediatric Surgical Clinics at the prestigious Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s…

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Julia Tanner and Beth Easter — Cello and Story: An Autumn/Thanksgiving Surprise

Speaker Friday, November 17, 2023 Join us this Friday, November 17th at 7:15am for our weekly Green Hill Rotary Club meeting. Our special guests will be Julia Tanner and Beth Easter, who will present “Cello and Story: An Autumn/Thanksgiving Surprise.” Julia and Beth’s presentation will focus on nurturing thankfulness in our hearts through story and music. Julia Tanner was the assistant principal cellist with…

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Virginia Ballard — Executive Dir., Project C.U.R.E.

Speaker Friday, November 10, 2023 The Green Hills Rotary Meeting on November 10, 7:15 am at the Boy Scout Service Center is right around the corner, and we’re delighted to introduce our special guest, Virginia Calton Ballard, the executive director of Project C.U.R.E. Project C.U.R.E. is on a mission to bring healthcare to the farthest corners of the world, and they’re making an incredible…

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Pamela Madison–CEO of Monroe-Harding

Speaker Friday, November 3, 2023 There are over 9,000 children currently in foster care in the state of Tennessee. They most often enter custody because of child abuse or neglect. The goal for these youth is to find a permanent home. Those youth who do not find permanency and instead “age out” are more likely to report being homeless and jobless when compared to…

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Betty Burchett — Rotary District Governor

Speaker Friday, October 27, 2023 Betty Burchett is a Middle Tennessee native with over 30 years in local government and is currently the Senior Vice President of Information Technology and Security for Legends Bank, in Clarksville TN. She has worked as the county’s Information Systems Director, Accounts and Budgets Director, and Assessor of Property. Burchett served as the President of the Tennessee Assessor’s Association…

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Cyril Stewart, AIA, Architect — Restoration and Urban Renewal of Second Ave

Speaker Friday, October 20, 2023 Join Green Hills Rotary to Hear from Architect Cyril Stewart on Urban Renewal The Green Hills Rotary is excited to welcome architect Cyril Stewart, AIA, to our meeting on Friday, October 20th at 7:15am. Cyril will be speaking about his work on the restoration and urban renewal of Second Avenue in downtown Nashville. As Principal at C&S Architects, Cyril…

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Alan Sowell, JD, — Nepal and Turkey Hopeforce International Volunteer

Speaker Friday, October 13, 2023 Join the Green Hills Rotary for an Inspiring Talk on Disaster Relief Efforts The Green Hills Rotary will hold its next meeting on Thursday, October 13th at 7:15am. We are excited to welcome our special guest speaker, Alan Sowell, who will be sharing about his volunteer work with the non-profit organization HopeForce International. Alan practiced law for over 30…

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Matt Kisber — Chair, Board of the Silicon Ranch Solar Energy

Speaker Friday, October 6, 2023 What if you could produce electricity, raise livestock for food, and improve the soil conditions and natural nutrient cycles at the same time? Silicon Ranch Solar Energy works with local land owners, utilities, and farmers to purchase land, establish quality solar energy generating stations, raise livestock on the same land, and plant that land using long-term, deep-rooted multi-species grasses…

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Teresa Davidson — Executive Director, Mid-South Liver Alliance

Speaker Friday, September 29, 2023 Estimates are that 1 in 4 Americans have fatty liver disease. While 4.5 million US adults have been diagnosed with liver disease, It is estimated that 80-100 million adults in the US have fatty liver disease and don’t realize they have it. Chronic liver disease is marked by the gradual destruction of liver tissue over time and includes cirrhosis…

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Dr. Frank Boehm, Parks — Middle East Peace…Is It Possible?

Speaker Friday, September 22, 2023 Did you know that there have been five previous attempts at peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians? So what must happen to have peace in the Middle East? Is it even possible? Dr. Frank H. Boehm joined the Vanderbilt Medical Center faculty in 1972 and rose to the rank of professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1981. He…

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Kathy Schultenover — Best Stories from Parnassus Books

Speaker Friday, September 15, 2023 “Stories constitute the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal. –Dr. Howard Gardner, professor Harvard University “Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”  –Hannah Arendt, political theorist, philosopher “Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can’t remember who we are or why we’re here.” — Sue Monk Kidd, author…

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Jon Roebuck, PhD, Vice-President Belmont University — Safe Spaces, Spirituality and Quality of Life

Speakers Friday, August 18, 2023 We hear a lot about “values.” Of course, there are sales and coupons at retailers; but what about discounts on what we as individuals and communities believe? When does being flexible become such a discount in what we believe that we have nothing to add to the community conversation? When does inflexibility become intransigence that leads to needless conflict,…

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