Speakers and More

Current (and Past) Meeting Schedule

9/9/2022Jessica Dodds — Honeybee Tennessee
9/16/2022Jens Fredericksen — Fisk development officer
9/23/2022Jim Easter — Based on the book Gangrene and Glory by Dr. Frank Freemon
9/30/2022Jerry Park — Slow Roads America-his most recent book
10/7/2022Steve Grissim — Fighting Human Trafficking
10/14/2022Takisha Bromell — Legacy Building through online presence via ebooks and podcasts
10/21/2022Nicholle Gerde & Executive Director Mekayle Houghton, Cumberland River Compact

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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Dorinda Carter: The Tennessee Department of Correction

Speaker Friday, June 16, 2022 Dorinda Carter serves as Communications Director for the Tennessee Department of Correction https://www.tn.gov/correction.html. Dorinda is an Emmy award-winning journalist who previously served as a general assignment reporter for television stations in Nashville, Indiana and Kentucky and as Communications Director and Chief of Staff for the Nashville District Attorney’s Office. Dorinda is founder of a prison reentry program for women…

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Heidi Hayne: Nashville Diaper Connection

Speaker Friday, June 10, 2022 Many Nashville families are struggling to feed and clothe their newborns and their children. Consider these facts: 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–https://www.nashvillediaperconnection.org/ Diapers: Diapers also vary in cost, but experts advise that you should budget…

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Service Project: Burch Reserve Nature Trail

Service Project Saturday, May 21, 2022 Here is an opportunity to safely socialize outside and help sustain our parks.  Green Hills Rotary is privileged to have adopted the Burch Reserve Trail to help clean and maintain.  Park trails have been essential to many people as a no cost way to exercise safely to improve mental and physical health.  When:  Saturday May 21,  at 9.00…

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Kelly Motley: The Fight for My Life: Boxing Through Chemo

Speaker May 20, 2022 I was feeling stuck in my life despite having a successful PR business and a wonderful family. One day I just wanted to hit something (we’ve all been there) so I did – I found a boxing class. I loved boxing so much I hired a super middle weight professional boxer and former Olympic boxing coach. The principles I learned…

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Thaddaeus P. Hill from Timoth Hill Children’s Ranch

Speaker May 13, 2022 Their tagline is “Transformation through Love.” In this case the love began over 50 years ago in a family of foster children. On May 11, 1972, a 13-year-old boy “Graduated to Glory”. His name was Timothy Hill and in his time growing up in Riverhead, New York, his name became known throughout much of the community.By the age of 12,…

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