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Posted by Amy Cross Nance

ImageVernon Gerth  of City of Franklin spoke to Rotary of Col Springs on August 4, 2014.   In his role as Assistant City Manager over Building & neighborhood Services, Planning,and Engineering he connects. City services with residents and businesses with goal of maintaining the City's highly desirable quality of life and diversity.

Vernon updated members on several large developments in process.   At the intersection of Carothers and E McEwen   Each quadrant will be developed . Franklin Park will have 1.25 million square feet of Claas A office space and 300 multi family units.    an open air event venue is also planned.   Vanderbilt plans to build 500,000 square feet of medical space.  ovation is a exciting development with 20000 square feet of retail and 1.4 million square feet of office space as well as residential units.   The City recognizes that with this additional space traffic counts will increase dramatically and although this intersection has recently had improvements many more lanes and circulation roads will be necessary and are working with developers to plan for the traffic demands.

On south end of a Franklin another large 600 acre development is Berry Farms which is located on three quadrants of Peytonsville Rd exit of I-65.   When complete it will have 2 million square feet of office and 1million of retail plus approximately 1000 residential units.

For the first time in a very long time Downtown Franklin will nve a large redevelopment project, Harpeth Square.   A boutique hotel and retail will accompany 125 multi family residences. 

Gerth commented Franklin is fortunate to have quality developers investing in our community.

He announced Plans for one stop development services center to open in December.   Here after a project has received approval to obtain the technical pieces can meet in center and receive comments relatively soon and streamline the process.   Certain segments will be rolled out in phases.   

In response to questions he reported that Carothers Parkway extension is ahead of schedule for completion after first of year.   There was a discussion of recent road impact fee increase and that increase consistent with cost for arterial roads  

Rotary Club appreciates Vernon Gerth keeping our members up to date on the future of our community.









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Posted by Amy Cross Nance

John F. Germ, a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA, and chair of the International PolioPlus Committee, is the selection of the Nominating Committee for President of RI in 2016-17. He will become the president-nominee on 1 October if there are no challenging candidates.

For Rotary to thrive, Germ says, members must face current and future challenges and opportunities with "passion, enthusiasm, perseverance, and above all, integrity."

"I envision Rotary boldly and creatively engaging the success of polio eradication, membership and identity issues, strengthening clubs, work with youth – our future lifeblood, and the creation of critical, strategic partnerships," says Germ. "The 2016-17 Rotary year offers a tremendous opportunity for Rotary International and the Foundation partnership unified and thriving, on all levels, via the six areas of focus."

Germ says no one should ever have to ask, "What is Rotary?"

"We will enhance Rotary's public image by successfully and enthusiastically marketing who we are, what amazing things we are doing, and incredibly, have done locally and globally," says Germ.

With the global economy still unpredictable, Germ says Rotary must make participation affordable and "also be unfailingly diligent in efforts to ensure we spend every dollar effectively and efficiently," he says.

In 1965, after four years in the U.S. Air Force, Germ, an engineer, joined Campbell and Associates Inc., an engineering consulting firm. He now serves as the company's board chair and chief executive officer.

He also serves on the boards of several organizations including the Public Education Foundation, Orange Grove Center Inc., and the Blood Assurance Inc. He is the founder and treasurer of the Chattanooga State Technical Community College Foundation and is president of the Tennessee Jaycee Foundation.

In 1970 he was recognized as Tennessee Young Man of the Year, Engineer of the Year, and Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year in 1992.

A Rotary member since 1976, Germ has served Rotary as vice president, director, Foundation trustee and vice chair, chair of Rotary's US$200 Million Challenge, and RI president's aide. He is a recipient of Rotary's Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation's Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his wife, Judy, are members of the Arch Klumph Society.

"Rotary will adapt to a rapidly changing world by embracing innovation within the guidelines of our tradition and values," says Germ. "By aggressively embracing new technologies, social media, and new opportunities, individuals and businesses will see that Rotary helps promote a good civic and public image while adding credibility to their people."

The Nominating Committee members are T.D. Griley, Newark, Ohio, USA (chair); José Antonio F. Antiório, Osasco, São Paulo, Brazil; Keith Barnard-Jones, The Island & Royal Manor of Portland, Dorset, England; Kenneth R. Boyd, Kerman, California, USA; Michael Colasurdo Sr., Brick Township, New Jersey, USA; Yash Pal Das, Ambala, Haryana, India; John Eberhard, London, Ontario, Canada; Barry Matheson, Jessheim, Norway; Shekhar Mehta, Calcutta-Mahanagar, West Bengal, India; Carlo Monticelli, Milano Net, Italy; Samuel Owori, Kampala, Uganda; Kazuhiko Ozawa, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan; Ekkehart Pandel, Bückeburg, Germany; Juin Park, Suncheon, Jeonranam, Korea; John C. Smarge, Naples, Florida, USA; Barry E. Thompson, Padstow, New South Wales, Australia; and Thomas M. Thorfinnson, Eden Prairie Noon, Minnesota, USA.

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Posted by Amy Cross Nance on Aug 06, 2014

Presidential message


Gary C.K. Huang - Rotary International President-elect 2014-15


President 2014-15

August 2014

In Rotary, we mark August as Membership and Extension Month. There is a good reason why we remind ourselves of the importance of membership early in every Rotary year: because the job of growing our membership is one that we can never begin too soon. It is also a job that we can never stop working on. In order to keep serving, Rotary always needs to be growing!

We have talked for many years about the importance of the family of Rotary. In this Rotary year, I want to make not just the family of Rotary, but our own Rotary families, a priority in our membership. After 37 years of following me in Rotary, my wife, Corinna, finally became a Rotarian last year. We attended the chartering of a new club in Taiwan together, and she said, "It's time for me to become a Rotarian too!" So she joined that club. And soon, so did a lot of other people. Now that club has 102 members, and it's the second-largest club in Taiwan.

Inviting our spouses into Rotary isn't just about getting our numbers up. It addresses the reality that Rotary still has far more men as members than it does women, and that is something we need to work on. When we bring more women into Rotary, our clubs become more appealing to prospective female members – and become more productive as well.

This year we are going to have something new in Rotary: a membership support team pin. This means that if you invite a new member into Rotary, you get a special pin to wear with your Rotary gearwheel. But we all know that the job of growing membership doesn't end when a new member joins. It ends only when a new member is enjoying being a Rotarian and never wants to leave! And making sure that our clubs are enjoyable places to be is a key part of growing membership.

People come into Rotary for all kinds of reasons, but they stay because Rotary is fun to be a part of. So I want to remind all of you to have fun in your clubs and your districts. Rotary is based on the idea that our service is more effective when we serve together with our friends. So let's enjoy our Rotary service, share it with others, and Light Up Rotary together!

July 2014

I find many traditional Chinese values reflected in Rotary: values of service and responsibility, of respect for family and for others. Sometimes I call Confucius the world's first Rotarian, because even though he died 2,500 years before Rotary was founded, his ideas are very much Rotary ideas. And one of the things he said was: 與其抱怨,不如改變.

In English, you say, "It is better to light a single candle than to sit and curse the darkness."

I think that one line sums up the way we in Rotary approach the problems of the world. There is so much difficulty. There are so many people who need help. Many people look at this and say, "There is nothing I can do." So they do nothing -- and nothing changes.

But this is not the Rotary way. The Rotary way is to light a candle. I light one candle, you light one candle -- and so do 1.2 million other Rotarians. Together, we can do so much more than we could ever do alone. Together, we can light up the world.

In 2014-15, I am asking each of you to light your own Rotary candle -- and Light Up Rotary together.

There are so many ways to Light Up Rotary. I hope many of you will choose to host a Rotary Day, to show your community what Rotary is and what we do. I hope you will involve your Rotaract and Interact clubs in your service, to bring the new generation of the Rotary family closer to Rotary membership. And I hope you will keep Rotary strong by inviting new members into Rotary – including your own spouse and family.

Perhaps the most important thing we can do to Light Up Rotary is to finish the job we've been working on for more than a quarter of a century: the eradication of polio. We are so close to our goal. But we will get there only if we keep up the fight, keep up the momentum, and close the funding gap for the polio endgame plan.

Light Up Rotary is our theme for this year, but it is more than just a theme. It is how we in Rotary see the world and our role in it. We believe that no one should sit alone in the darkness. Instead, we can come together, all 1.2 million of us, to Light Up Rotary. This is our goal -- and my challenge to you.

Posted by Amy Cross Nance

The Nashville Business Journal  announced that Mindy Tate, a Cool Springs Rotarian is one of  the winners of our 2014 Williamson County Impact Awards. The Nashville Business Journal solicited nominees, who then voted on each other.

The  Williamson County honorees will be featured in a special section of the April 25 Nashville Business Journal print edition, and will be recognized during an  awards luncheon May 2 at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs.

 Congratulations to Mindy Tate.  A Well deserved recognition

Posted by Amy Cross Nance on Feb 03, 2014


This Event enables Rotary Club to provide scholarships to Williamson County School Students as well as many other projects.  Great time to have breakfast with your friends and neighbors in the community.   

Order tickets now by clicking here or under Events and pick up tickets at door. Tickets will not be available at the door.

Posted by Amy Cross Nance on Feb 03, 2014

Rotary Club of Cool Springs is seeking candidates for Rotary Youth Leadership Awards to high school juniors or seniors (RYLA)   Local youth leaders that are exceling in academics, community leadership, Interact Club leadership, sports and leading in community volunteer efforts should submit applications  Award winners will attend a five day leadership development program will be held from Tuesday, June 10, 2014 to Saturday, June 14, 2014, on the Austin Peay State University campus, in Clarksville, TN.  Applications for the 2014 RYLA Program are available at   Complete and return to Russ Wharton, President of Rotary Club of Cool Springs at or contact at 615-693-0329

This past June 60 RYLAtarians from Rotary District 6760 (Middle and West Tennessee) graduated this intensive five day leadership development program.  RYLA is tailored specifically to the talented high school students chosen from among their peers to attend a series of outdoor activities, leadership training events, seminars, etc.  RYLA program enables young people to debate issues of professional responsibility and human relations improve leadership and communication skills, learn about businesses and institutions, and meet Rotarians while having fun and making friends.  For 2014 we have expanded our training staff so that we can accommodate up to 72 RYLAtarians.  Our training staff is drawn directly from our program alumni pool, we grow our own leaders!  


Posted by Amy Cross Nance on Feb 01, 2013

By Williamson Herald

I was standing in the receiving line Friday afternoon to pay my respects for Mr. Ed Moody, a Franklin hero and pillar of the community who passed away at the age of 92. As I stood in line, conversations were taking place about Mr. Moody’s life and his influence on so many in this community. I mentioned to a fellow Rotarian who was standing next to me how unbelievable it was for Mr. Moody to have 60 years of perfect attendance. He rubbed his chin and said, “No not really. If you knew Mr. Moody it really wasn’t unbelievable to have perfect attendance. That was the way he was and if you knew that Ed believed in something he would support it 110 percent. He was diligent and that was the way he lived his life. You could count on him to be there and we even expected it. No it’s really not hard to believe at all.”

Obviously this Rotarian knew Mr. Moody much better than I did. However, I will say after thinking about that statement, and then listening to the stories and words said about Mr. Moody at his service, I can certainly agree with the Rotarian – it wasn’t unbelievable about his Rotary attendance. I think the same thing could be said for him about his church, faith and family. He was a man who was always there.

I was lucky enough to know Mr. Moody for six years. He was one of the few older Rotarians who extended a hand when I first joined the Franklin Noon Rotary Club. He was interested in my business and would always tell me what a great job we were doing with the local paper. He would stop by the office occasionally – especially in the first few years that I was involved. He would bring old photos for us to use or consider for a story. I especially enjoyed my time getting to know him while working on the Franklin Rodeo. He was an usher at the rodeo and showed up each night to work just like he had for 60 years. I learned so much about the rodeo and the club talking with him.

Pastor Rick White reflected on Mr. Moody during his service Saturday at the People’s Church. “He was the most contagious, influential, attractive, Christian man I have ever known. I have never heard anyone say an ill word about Ed Moody,” exclaimed White. “He lived a service life and he represented the people who built this great county.”

Mr. Ed Moody has touched so many people in Franklin and this community; I am honored to have known him, even for just a brief time. Pastor Rick White mentioned that one of the best things Ed Moody did was make sure you felt welcome and always extended his hand. Amen!

Posted by Amy Cross Nance on Nov 25, 2012


Tommy Moran and his family stand proudly at the door of their new home that they purchased with Habitat for Humanity and built by RotarImagey Club of Cool Springs and other Williamson County Rotary Clubs and the community.   A celebration of the dedication of this home and and another home was held in  He works for City of Brentwood in the Public Works Department and also has a lawn service business. 

Volunteers built the house over an eight week period and additinally donate the funds to Habitat for Humanity for the materials.  The families also work many hours on other homes to be considered for the opportunity to own a home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Rotary is proud to bImagee be involved in the third house to assist Habitat for Humanity in their great work to enable homeownership The combined effort of all five Rotary Clubs in Williamson County to work together to achieve this project shows the power of one multiplied.   The motto of Rotary is service above self and Rotary gives back to the community both locally and internationally.  

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Chris Wilson volunteers his time to build                                                                                                 


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