Cookeville Rotary Events


October 23rd  Students of the Month, Bill Curran ATC Automation

October 30th Paul Degges, Chief Engineer TDOT

November 6th  Senator Paul Bailey representing Putnam, Jackson, Overton, White, Cumberland, and Bledsoe Counties


 October 25, 2019

 Cookeville’s historic downtown square is transformed into a Cajun culinary destination with live music and more than 75 teams preparing gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice. $20 provides a handmade ceramic bowl, all you can eat lunch and funds for Putnam County Habitat for Humanity.

The Purple Pinkie Day Project


What is the 'Purple Pinkie' Day' Project?

On World Polio Day, Thursday, October 24th, Dunkin' locations in Tennessee are partnering with TN Rotary districts to host a fundraising event to End Polio Now! 

Guests who donate $2 to End Polio Now! at participating Dunkin' restaurants, receive a Purple Pinkie Donut—a glazed donut stick, topped with a dab of purple icing—as a thank you. As an added bonus for each $2 guest donation, Rotary will donate $4, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will match with $12, for a total donation of $18 going to help eradicate polio. 

Why 'Purple Pinkie'? 

In countries where the threat of polio remains high, every child under 5 yrs. receives polio vaccine by mouth twice per year during events called "National Immunization Days." When vaccinating millions of children in a very short period of time it is impossible to document which child has received vaccine so, every child vaccinated has the little finger (pinkie) nail of their left hand painted with an indelible purple marker. Local communities recognize that children with "purple pinkies" will never get polio which is cause for great celebration.

Over time the "Purple Pinkie" has become the international symbol of a polio free world.


An IMPACT Leadership and Cookeville Rotary Project

Cindy Schueman

Our Cookeville Rotary and IMPACT Leadership partnered to provide the Putnam County High Schools with a two-day seminar for selected students.  Each of the four high schools set these days aside to allow for transitional training for students who may not be going on to college or trade school immediately but rather moving directly into the workforce.

The program provides these topics:

·         Diversity Development          

·         Personality Profile and Inner Personal Communication

·         Personal and Workforce Goal Setting, Tapping into Your Potential

·         How to Build a Simple Resume

·         Social and Professional Behaviors and Skills

·         The Relationship of Money to Life Goals

·         Transitional Awareness          

We have several professionals who assist with facilitating each of these topics. 

How our Rotarians can assist?  We often like to have an adult in the school location to offer easier transition from speaker to speaker.  We are always looking for qualified speakers to present on these topics when some of the regulars are unavailable.  Lastly, vetting is necessary for interaction with high school students.

Our school dates this year for both Putnam County School and Overton County Schools are:

Overton: October 22-23, 2019

Upperman: October 29-30, 2019

White Plains: November 6-7, 2019

Cookeville High: November 14-15, 2019 

Monterey: December 4-5, 2019

Overton: January 15-16, 2020

If anyone would like more information, please contact Cindy Schueman