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 impact.

Empowering Healthcare Worldwide

Project C.U.R.E. stands as the world’s largest distributor of donated medical equipment and supplies to developing countries. Their goal is clear: to bridge the staggering resource gaps in the developing world, empowering doctors and nurses with the tools they need to save lives. From treating diseases and ensuring safe childbirth to performing life-changing surgeries and delivering vaccines, Project C.U.R.E. is at the forefront of global healthcare transformation.

The Local and Global Impact

While Project C.U.R.E. operates on a global scale, they have a local presence here in Nashville. The Nashville warehouse plays a pivotal role in their mission, shipping two to three containers every month. Last year alone, Project C.U.R.E. sent an astounding 225 40-foot containers filled with medical equipment and supplies to 50 countries. This important work wouldn’t be possible without dedicated volunteers and the support of organizations like the Green Hills Rotary Club.

A Vision of Accessible Healthcare for All

The statistics are sobering, with 14 million of the world’s poorest people dying prematurely each year due to a lack of access to healthcare. Project C.U.R.E.’s vision is a world where every person, regardless of their socioeconomic status or geographic location, has access to adequate healthcare.

Meet Virginia Calton Ballard

Our guest speaker, Virginia Calton Ballard, is a native Nashvillian who has dedicated over 30 years to fundraising and managing non-profit organizations. After spending most of her adult life in Texas, Virginia returned home in January 2022. She now serves as the executive director of Project C.U.R.E.

She has two sons—Ryder, a junior at Clemson University, and Max, a Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho, Africa. In her spare time, she enjoys Pilates, yoga, painting, and walking her dog, Harry. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

 Our Current Speaker Schedule

11/10/23Virginia Ballard — Exec Dir, Project C.U.R.E.
11/17/23Julia Tanner and Beth Easter — Cello and Story: An Autumn/Thanksgiving Surprise
11/24/23No Meeting — Have a Thanksgiving filled with grattitude
12/1/23Leslie Ann Browning — Vanderbilt Children’s Surgery Programs
12/8/23Dr. Alex Langerman, Surgeon — Value of Recording and Data Science in Surgery
12/15/23Daryl Curry — Education in Metro Nashville
12/22/23Enjoy the Holiday Season–no meeting
12/29/23Enjoy the Holiday Season–no meeting
1/5/24Jim Shulman — “A New Year for Me As Professor”

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