Speaker Date Topic
Larry Kain Aug 24, 2018
Golf Tournament Wrap up
Golf Tournament Wrap up
Dr. Reid Thompson, MD, Vanderbilt University Aug 31, 2018
Neurosurgery: Opening the Windows of the Mind
Neurosurgery: Opening the Windows of the Mind

Reid C. Thompson, M.D. has served as the William F. Meacham Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 2010. He is also Director of Neurosurgical Oncology at Vanderbilt and has served as Director of the Vanderbilt Brain Tumor Research Center since 2002. His clinical and research interests are focused on brain tumors. He graduated magna cum laude with a degree in the Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. Dr. Thompson received his M.D. in 1989 from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He completed the Halsted Internship in General Surgery and Residency in Neurological Surgery between 1989 and 1995 at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. He then completed a one-year fellowship in Cerebrovascular Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. In 1997, Dr. Thompson moved to Los Angeles where he was one of the founding members of the Neurosurgical Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He became an Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery at University of California at Irvine before being recruited to Vanderbilt in 2002. Dr. Thompson is an active neurosurgeon with a high volume intracranial clinical practice. He has done over 4000 craniotomies. His clinical areas of interest include the spectrum of brain tumors from benign to malignant, primary and metastatic as well as complex skull base tumors. His research is funded by the NIH, is highly collaborative with faculty in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt and is focused on enhancing surgical treatment of brain tumors through development of novel intra-operative imaging strategies.

Jerry Wear, past District Governor Sep 07, 2018
The Rotary response to The Sevier County Firestorm
The Rotary response to The Sevier County Firestorm

On 28 November 2016, high winds blew through the drought-stricken area around Gatlinburg, Tennessee, whipping a few isolated wildfires in Great Smoky Mountains National Park into a massive natural disaster.

“The whole horizon was aglow,” says Roy Helton, a member of the Rotary Club of Pigeon Forge. “My wife and I were taking turns getting up, checking to make sure the fire wasn’t getting close to our home. We have roughly 100,000 people in Sevier County, and I don’t think any of us slept very well that night.”


The Heltons were lucky, but many others weren’t. The fire raced through the towns around Gatlinburg, destroying more than 2,400 structures. It spread over 17,000 acres so quickly that 14 people were trapped and killed, while others had to flee their homes. Around 14,000 people were evacuated from the area and not allowed to return for a week. Many lost everything, including their jobs. Gatlinburg, which sits on the edge of the national park, is a major tourist destination with millions of visitors each year, but in the aftermath of the fires, many stayed away. 

“This wasn’t a regular forest fire,” says Jerry Wear, also a member of the Pigeon Forge club. “It was a firestorm.” Most fires, he notes, leave debris such as charred stoves and cars. But the Gatlinburg fire “was so intense, they melted.”

Rotary Public Service Picnic Sep 13, 2018
No meeting due to Public Service Picnic Sep 14, 2018
Dr. Bapsi Chakravarthy MD, Vanderbilt Oncology Sep 21, 2018
Advances in the Treatment of Breast Cancer
Advances in the Treatment of Breast Cancer

Dr. Anuradha (Bapsi) Chakravarthy, known better to her patients and colleagues as Bapsi Chak, is a member of the faculty of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Chak received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Following a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic she completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Maryland and Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University. She is board certified in both radiation oncology and medical oncology. She has served on several university committees including the Scientific Review Committee, the Institutional Review Board and the Data Safety and Monitoring Board. On a national level, Dr. Chak serves as Radiation Oncology Chair, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group. Dr. Chak's clinical interests involve treating malignancies of the breast and gastrointestinal tract (esophageal, pancreas, gastric, colorectal, and anal). Her research interests involve the development of markers to predict therapeutic response. Currently we treat many patients empirically with drugs that may benefit the population as a whole but not necessarily the individual. Using new technologies to analyze thousands of genes and proteins simultaneously from tumors, Dr. Chak hopes to identify molecular patterns that will predict an individual's response to specific agents. Dr. Chak works closely with basic scientists to help bring ideas developed in the laboratory directly to patient care. Dr. Chak also works with imaging scientists to determine whether non-invasive tools such as imaging can be used to predict therapeutic outcome.

Bapsi Chak, is a member of the faculty in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She received her Doctor of Medicine degree from the George Washington University. Following a residency in Internal Medicine at the Mayo Clinic,  she completed a fellowship in Medical Oncology at the University of Maryland and a residency in Radiation Oncology at the Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Chak's clinical interests involve treating malignancies of the breast and gastrointestinal tract.  She will be speaking today on “Advances in the  Treatment of Breast Cancer”.

Doug Mathews, sports radio host with 104.5 Sep 28, 2018
SEC Football
SEC Football

Doug, son of a newspaper publisher, was born and raised in Picher, Oklahoma. Mathews was a three–sport star in high school, before signing a scholarship to play football at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. in Miami, Oklahoma. While at NEO, Mathews earned a selection on the All–American team as well being named the National Junior College Player of the Year in 1967. In addition, Mathews was a member on the Golden Norseman’s 1967 National Championship team

After graduating from NEO, Mathews signed a scholarship to play football at Vanderbilt University. At Vanderbilt he lead the Southeastern Conference in rushing during his senior year in 1969, earning a degree in History.

After his playing career ended at Vanderbilt, Mathews embarked on a collegiate coaching career. His stops across the country included:

  • Northeast Louisiana  (Defense Backs)  1972
  • Weber State University  (Defense Backs / Defense Coordinator)  1973–1975
  • University of Louisville  (Defense Backs)  1976–1978
  • Virginia Tech University  (Running Backs)  1979
  • University of Tennessee  (Running Backs / Defense Coordinator)  1980–1989
  • Vanderbilt University  (Defense Coordinator)  1990


In 1991, Mathews retired from coaching to spend more time with his family. That same year Mathews and his wife, Pat, founded Doug Mathews Team Sports in Nashville. They ran the successful business venture for 21 years before their two sons, Tate and Nick, began operating Mathews Team Sports, in Franklin in 2012.

For the past 22 years, Mathews has been a fixture on the Nashville sports radio scene hosting the highly rated Big Orange Sunday and Football Sports Saturday shows. For the past 11 years, Mathews’ radio home has been the top–rated sports talk station in Nashville, 104.5 The Zone. Both shows also air on 1180 AM in Knoxville. Big Orange Sunday is a one–hour show heard every Sunday bringing the best analysis of University of Tennessee athletics. Football Saturday focuses on NCAA football with an emphasis on the Southeastern Conference each weekend for two hours. National media personalities, Tony Barnhart and Charles Davis, serve as weekly contributors on this fast–paced, highly rated program.

In his spare time, Mathews plays golf and also does numerous speaking engagements for local charities. Mathews and his wife of 44 years Pat reside in Brentwood. The couple has five grandchildren: Jarrett (12), Jackson (8), Jenna (6), Kate (4), Emma (18 months).

Giancarlo Guerrero, conductor Nashville Symphony Oct 05, 2018
The Nashville Symphony
The Nashville Symphony

Giancarlo Guerrero is the six-time GRAMMY® Award-winning Music Director of the Nashville Symphony, a post he has held since 2009 and has committed to through the 2024-25 season. In 2017, he was also appointed Music Director of the Wrocław Philharmonic at the National Forum of Music in Poland and Principal Guest Conductor of the Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, Portugal. A natural and instinctive musician, Guerrero “brings to the podium not only vitality and insight but also an appealing physical dynamism.” writes the Plain Dealer.

A passionate proponent of new music, Guerrero has championed the works of several of America's most respected composers through commissions, recordings and world premieres. Guerrero’s advocacy has helped make Nashville a destination for contemporary music. He has presented eight world premieres with the Nashville Symphony, including the 2016 performance and recent GRAMMY®-winning recording of Michael Daugherty’s cello concerto Tales of Hemingway. Recent seasons have also seen the release of new albums with the Nashville Symphony dedicated to the music of Terry Riley (the first album of orchestral music by that composer in a quarter century), Richard Danielpour and Jennifer Higdon, as well as a collection of wind concertos by Brad Warnaar, Frank Ticheli and Behzad Ranjbaran. Guerrero developed and guided the creation of Nashville Symphony's Composer Lab & Workshop initiative, together with composer Aaron Jay Kernis, to further foster and promote new American orchestral music.

A well-traveled guest conductor, Guerrero enjoys relationships with orchestras around the world. In the 2017/18 season, Guerrero’s guest-conducting engagements include the Boston Symphony, The Cleveland Orchestra, Detroit Symphony, Queensland Symphony, Sydney Symphony, Brussels Philharmonic, Residentie Orchestra in The Hague and Gulbenkian Orchestra in Lisbon, among others.

Mayor Karl Dean Oct 12, 2018
Candidate for TN Governor
Candidate for TN Governor

I decided to run for Governor of Tennessee because I think we need to bring economic opportunity to every Tennessean. Tennessee is a great state that is poised to continue moving forward if we focus on the right priorities. As Governor, I want to create opportunity for all Tennesseans, regardless of where they live, and that starts with education and jobs.

Having managed a city through the Great Recession and a historic flood, I learned that problem-solving doesn’t begin with one person. I also know there is no Democratic or Republican solution to problems. It begins with all of us working together and that’s the foundation on which we’re going to build this campaign.

A good job and a great education are not rural or urban issues, they are Tennessee issues. As governor, I will not rest until a good job, thriving business, and quality education are the standard in Tennessee.

Heather Cochran Cunningham Oct 26, 2018
Sister Cities Program
Sister Cities Program
“To connect Nashvillians with people of the world, promoting peace through mutual understanding, respect and cooperation – one person, one community at a time.”

Founded in 1990, Sister Cities of Nashville (SCN) is a chapter of Sister Cities International, which is based in Washington D.C. SCN is a volunteer organization that connects Nashvillians with friends around the world through exchanges, cultural programs, and partnerships.

Travel and Hospitality
SCN connects people where they live. As citizen diplomats, members of SCN have opportunities to host friends from our partner cities and participate in delegation visits abroad.

Professional Exchanges
SCN connects people through professions and occupations. Through SCN, Nashvillians are able to experience their profession internationally by working with colleagues from other countries.

Student Exchanges
SCN connects young people and families. School exchanges through our city partnerships regularly bring groups of international students to Nashville and provide opportunities for Nashville students to travel and study abroad.

Cultural Programs and Events
SCN connects people through creativity. From theater to science, the programs of Sister Cities bring international culture and entertainment to Nashville and allow artists to work together across cultures.

Community Service
SCN connects people through caring. In partnership with other community organizations, Sister Cities makes a difference globally and locally, bringing world perspectives to local needs and realizing international cooperation in meaningful local service.
No Meeting Nov 23, 2018
No Meeting Dec 07, 2018
Anniversary Banquet Week
Club Assembly Dec 14, 2018
No Meeting Dec 28, 2018
No Meeting Jan 04, 2019
New Year
TBD - Steve Grissim Jan 11, 2019
National Awareness Day for Human Trafficking
Larry Kain Jan 25, 2019
Golf Tournament Preparation
Golf Tournament Preparation