Cookeville Rotary Events

Beginning June 3rd, the Cookeville Rotary Wednesday noon meetings will be broadcast live on our Facebook Live web page.  The link to Facebook Live has been added to the Cookeville Rotary (CR) App.

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Jim Gray


Secretary Report to Membership
Jim Gray
May 29, 2020

The Cookeville Rotary Board met May 27th and May 29th to prepare for the “New Normal” for Rotary meetings.  We have a plan and are ready to move forward.
  • * Bob Bell and the Board have worked diligently on a Strategic Plan which was to be implemented during the 2020-21 year.  This is an excellent plan.  Growing membership and strengthening social relationships and networking between members is central to the plan.  However, the plan has been tabled due to uncertainties in the ability to execute as originally planned related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plan will be implemented when it is safe to resume close social interactions.  We are grateful to Bob Bell and the board for their work in preparing a shovel-ready strategic plan to implement when the time is appropriate.
  • * The Cane Creek Picnic on June 10th cancelled due to COVID.
  • * The club officers will hold a virtual Board meeting at noon June 1st to prepare for holding Zoom meetings for membership.
  • * We will hold a virtual Zoom meeting for members at noon on Wednesday June 3rd.  County Mayor Randy Porter will be the program speaker.  Chad McDonald will be handling the logistics of conducting the meetings, will server as host and moderator and will notify members of the technical details.  We are soooo fortunate to have Chad’s expertise in communications as we open this new chapter.  Chad will replace me as Secretary July 1.
  • * On June 10th the Board will meet in-person at Noon at Putnam 1st Mercantile Bank.  
  • * On June 17th we will hold the second virtual meeting for membership.   
  • * On June 24th we plan to hold the first HYBRID meeting.  The meeting will be in-person but simultaneously broadcast on Facebook Live.  The agenda for the June 24th meeting meetings will be change in leadership for the 2020-2021 year.  The plan is to resume in-person meetings for those who can attend.  The meeting will be broadcast on Facebook Live for members who prefer to attend remotely.  The program will be recorded and available on Facebook for later viewing for those who were unavailable at noon.  Chad will be testing the platforms and will notify members when details and logistics including meeting location have been worked out. Our Facebook page URL is  https://www.facebook.com/RotaryClubOfCookeville.
  • * Club Service Chair Adam Moran is still working diligently on all that has to happen for the club to host the Fall Soccer Tournament. The Dates are August 22nd and 23rd.
  • * Treasurer Report:  Bobby Garrison reported that the check book cash balance is $7000 and $4500 accounts payable for meals served in February and March.  Members still owe $5600 on bills sent out in April to cover the costs of operations in the first calendar quarter.  If you haven’t paid, please pay before the end of the fiscal year which is June 30th.
  • * Bill Ray, a member for 41 years has terminated his membership.  He expressed his appreciation for Rotary and asked for his badge as a symbol of his 41 years of service to our club.  I plan to retrieve his badge and mail to him.  
  • Membership currently stands at 118.  We have lost 5 members since our last in-person meeting March 11.
Parks, Melissa 3/11/2020 moved and transfered to new club
Long, Colleen 3/31/2020 Business Obligations
York, David 3/31/2020 Business Obligations
Freeman, Judy G 4/25/2020 Deceased
Ray, William B. 5/28/2020 Health

 Posted 5/20/2020

2020 Scholarship Awards

Esmeralda Francisco-Moreno 

The Cookeville Rotary Club is pleased to award a $1,000 scholarship to Esmeralda Francisco-Moreno. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Monterey High School, and plans to enroll in the TTU nursing program. Her career goal is to become a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA). 

Esmeralda is a proven leader in organizations such as Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Beta Club, Spanish Club, National Honors Society, and I AM. Her achievements include Rotary Club Outstanding Rising Senior, Rotary Club Student of the month, DAR Good Citizen and Essay winner. She has, over the past few years, completed more than 100 hours of community service, and initiated an afterschool reading program with a local elementary school. Her teachers at Monterey High School describe her as having an outstanding work ethic and moral character. She always takes an active leadership role to serve others, and she inspires her classmates, friends, and siblings. 

A check of $1,000 will be credited to her account at Tennessee Tech for tuition and fees during the upcoming academic year.

 

Maddilyn A. Arms 

The Cookeville Rotary Club is pleased to award a $2,000 scholarship to Maddilyn Arms. She is currently enrolled in the nursing program at Tennessee Tech, and plans to become a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her work shadowing NPs, RNs, and LPNs, alongside her work as an RN scribe at Cookeville Regional Medical Center has fostered a deeper understanding of her career goal. 

Maddilyn spent the 2016-2017 academic year as an exchange student in São José do Rio Preto, Brazil. While in Brazil, she volunteered at a local public school and assisted in providing weekly music classes, in addition to raising money for a polio eradication fund. She serves as the President of the Tennessee Tech Chapter of Rotaract, Chair of the International Rotaract Club, a volunteer for the Remote Area Medical Clinic, and the Perdue Wellness Clinic. Maddilyn serves as an advisor and mentor to prospective and current outbound and inbound Rotary exchange students. She is actively involved in the Baptist Collegiate Ministries of Cookeville where she serves in the disciples group and the meal ministry. Maddilyn’s recommendation letters state that she lives by the Rotary “Four Way Test” and Service Above Self. She is described as flexible and adaptable in any situation, and most eager to be of service to her community. 

A check of $2,000 will be credited to her account at Tennessee Tech for tuition and fees during the upcoming academic year.

 Posted 5/20/2020


COOKEVILLE ROTARY CLUBS PROVIDE MEALS TO TORNADO SURVIVORS WHO CONTINUE TO RESIDE IN HOTELS.

As announced over the last few weeks, Rotarians from around the country gave over $55,000 for the three Rotary Clubs in Cookeville to use for tornado recovery. A portion of those funds has been designated to provide dinner meals to the 35 individuals who continue to reside in two local hotels. Club member Vince Taylor continues to prepare and deliver the meals and any Rotarians are welcome to join him daily at 5pm at Country Inn & Suites by Radisson to assist in the meal distribution. 

Posted 4/22/2020

ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF GLOBAL GRANT GG1990825.

Within the last two weeks, Rotary International approved GG1990825 with the Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla and its sponsoring Rotary Club, Cookeville Rotary Club. The grant totals just over $36,000 and it’s for the purchase of medical equipment in Puebla, Mexico. The agency receiving the funding and medical supplies is the Caritas Foundation located in Puebla, Mexico which provides medical care for the poor, and end-of-life comfort to elderly so they do not have to die on the streets alone.

Caritas Foundation has provided this not-for-profit service in Puebla for over 25 years, and has been financially supported by the Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla for over 20 years. The Foundation provides beds for 70 elderly adults, 35 males and 35 females in different dormitories. Further, the Foundation supplies medical help for diseases, vaccinations, illnesses, rehabilitation services, and dental help for people unable to afford appropriate medical care. The Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla pays for several Foundation medical staff employees; however, medical staff, dental staff, rehabilitation staff, and even medicinal drugs are donated by local health providers.

While assisting the 70 elderly patients living in the facility, the Foundation also sees approximately 50 patients each week to provide free medical help.

Three different student groups have toured the facility as part of a “Study-Abroad” program thru Tennessee Tech. Two of the students actually helped developing and writing the grant, presenting the proposal to our Rotary Board of Directors which was unanimously approved.

The Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla has received bids on the medical equipment, which includes such items as Cardio-respiratory monitor, cardiac defibrillators, hospital beds, dental chairs, ultrasound equipment, and several other pieces. The list of equipment was developed by surveying the medical professionals who volunteer at the facility, asking what equipment is most needed to meet the needs of their patients. Competitive bids were obtained on all approved equipment.

Posted 4/22/2020


CELEBRATING OUR HEROES.

ROTARY CLUB OF COOKEVILLE (NOON) SHOWS APPRECIATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE DEPARTMENT AT COOKEVILLE REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

Project Summary: 

Championed by club member Barbara Fleming in consultation with CRMC emergency department supervisors. $200 worth of 'grab and go' food items purchased for all CRMC emergency medicine personnel and delivered to CRMC Friday morning, April 17, 2020 by Rotarians Barbara Fleming and Eric Walker.



Rotary Club of Cookeville (Noon) delivers treats to the CRMC Emergency Medicine Department in appreciation for their efforts on the front line in this COVID 19 epidemic. Pictured in the photo from left to right are Heidi Roberts, Lenora Iles, both from CRMC, Eric Walker representing Rotary Club of Cookeville, and Morgan Doss from CRMC.

Posted 4/22/2020


ROTARY INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES APPROVAL OF GLOBAL GRANT GG1990825.

Within the last two weeks, Rotary International approved GG1990825 with the Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla and its sponsoring Rotary Club, Cookeville Rotary Club. The grant totals just over $36,000 and it’s for the purchase of medical equipment in Puebla, Mexico. The agency receiving the funding and medical supplies is the Caritas Foundation located in Puebla, Mexico which provides medical care for the poor, and end-of-life comfort to elderly so they do not have to die on the streets alone.

Caritas Foundation has provided this not-for-profit service in Puebla for over 25 years, and has been financially supported by the Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla for over 20 years. The Foundation provides beds for 70 elderly adults, 35 males and 35 females in different dormitories. Further, the Foundation supplies medical help for diseases, vaccinations, illnesses, rehabilitation services, and dental help for people unable to afford appropriate medical care. The Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla pays for several Foundation medical staff employees; however, medical staff, dental staff, rehabilitation staff, and even medicinal drugs are donated by local health providers.

While assisting the 70 elderly patients living in the facility, the Foundation also sees approximately 50 patients each week to provide free medical help.

Three different student groups have toured the facility as part of a “Study-Abroad” program thru Tennessee Tech. Two of the students actually helped developing and writing the grant, presenting the proposal to our Rotary Board of Directors which was unanimously approved.

The Club Rotario Industrial de Puebla has received bids on the medical equipment, which includes such items as Cardio-respiratory monitor, cardiac defibrillators, hospital beds, dental chairs, ultrasound equipment, and several other pieces. The list of equipment was developed by surveying the medical professionals who volunteer at the facility, asking what equipment is most needed to meet the needs of their patients. Competitive bids were obtained on all approved equipment.

 Posted 4/22/2020