Speaker Date Topic
Eleonora Segalla, Our Italian Exchange Student Oct 19, 2018
The Rotary Club Long Term Exchange Program
The Rotary Club Long Term Exchange Program

Rotary Youth Exchange builds peace one young person at time.

Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

What are the benefits?

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

How long do exchanges last?

Long-term Rotary exchanges last for a full academic year.  Inbound exchange students attend a local high school and live with local families so that they are completely immersed in the local culture.

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.
Chris Koczaja, President of LightWave Solar Nov 02, 2018
LightWave Solar and the Music City Solar Project
LightWave Solar and the Music City Solar Project

LightWave Solar is an experienced turn-key solar engineering, procurement and construction firm who helped pioneer the solar industry in Tennessee. Founded in Nashville in 2006, LightWave Solar is focused on solar photovoltaics with over 800 solar projects installed for businesses, municipalities, and homes across the Southeast, primarily in Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas and Mississippi.


Chris Koczaja serves as LightWave Solar's President and CEO, leading the company in its pursuit to deliver high quality and cost effective solar power solutions. Previous to this role, he served as PHG Energy's Chief Operating Officer. Chris also worked for Caterpillar, Inc. in both their Mining and Electric Power Divisions. While at Caterpillar he earned his 6 Sigma Blackbelt certification, and Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University.

Personal Trainer TBD Nov 09, 2018
Wes Clanton Nov 16, 2018

ShelterBox is a global not for profit organization providing vital shelter aid to people that have been displaced by natural disaster or man-made conflict. Started as a service project by a Rotary Club in Cornwall, England, the organization has grown to be one of the most respected shelter aid organizations in the international humanitarian aid community. ShelterBox is also Rotary’s only official project partner for disaster relief. Wes Clanton spent a year interviewing and training for a spot as a volunteer on the elite ShelterBox Response Team and will share more about his experience with the organization and the life-changing work they perform around the world. To learn more, check out May’s edition of the Rotarian magazine where Wes was featured for his work with ShelterBox (www.rotary.org/en/ShelterBox-daunting-final-exam-volunteers)




Wes was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee, but only recently moved back to the area after living all around the country. After studying business at the University of Tennessee, Wes moved to Anchorage and began working with the American Cancer Society managing fundraising events throughout the state of Alaska. His career with the non-profit continued with work as the Executive Director of Seattle Metro operations and finally as Regional Director of Colorado and Wyoming, based in Denver. Wes ultimately decided he didn’t want to have a corporate office job for the rest of his career and left the American Cancer Society to follow a dream of becoming a merchant marine officer and attended school at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Michigan to earn his unlimited tonnage license to command ships of any size on oceans around the world. He currently works as a Third Officer with ConocoPhillips’ Polar Tankers shipping crude oil from Valdez, Alaska to refineries along the west coast of the US and Hawaii. Wes believes in the mission of “service above self” and has been a Rotarian for almost a decade as a member of numerous clubs around the country. Now that he has roots back in Tennessee, he recently transferred to the Rotary Club of Nashville and is excited to be more involved in local service. When Wes is not at work on the ship, he travels the world and is also committed to giving back whenever possible. Wes teaches future mariners as adjunct faculty at the Great Lakes Maritime Academy and is on several non-profit boards and committees, but his most notable non-profit work is as a volunteer disaster response team member with the global NGO, ShelterBox and he is here today to share more about his work with the organization and the lifesaving aid they provide to those in need.

No Meeting Nov 23, 2018
Dr. Ming Wang, MD PhD Nov 30, 2018
Pearls of doing business with China
Pearls of doing business with China

Pearls of doing business with China


Ming Wang

Harvard &MIT (MD); PhD (laser physics)


Director, Wang Vision 3D Cataract & LASIK Center


In this presentation, Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD); PhD (laser physics), will present pearls (and perils) of doing business with China, U.S.’ largest creditor and trading partner and the world’s second largest economy. As the CEO of Aier-USA, the new U.S. – China healthcare venture which brings investment from China and creates job here in America, Dr. Wang will speak about China’s history and its astonishing rise in economic development in the 21st century, and best strategies for America in its interaction with the second superpower in the world today. He will talk about the characteristics of Chinese economy, and the best way to increase U.S. export to China and reverse (or at least reduce) our trade deficit with China, the world’s largest consumer market and trading nation today.

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
Corn hole tournament Feb 15, 2019