ABOUT

Who is Downtown Franklin Rotary Club

About Downtown Franklin Rotary Club

Founded in 2017, the Downtown Franklin Rotary Club is one of the fastest-growing, most dynamic Rotary Clubs in the United States. Winner of the District Large Club of the Year in 2018 and 2019, the organization consists of men and women who are committed to making our community and the world a better place by living the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self.”

Facts

  • Formed in June 2017
  • Meet first and third Mondays of each month, 6:00 – 7:00 meetings; 5:30 social time
  • Williamson County Enrichment Center (Columbia Pike)
  • More than 160 members
  • Rotary District Club of the Year in 2018 & 2019
  • 2019 recipient of the District Governor’s Citation for the greatest increase in membership

Awards

  • 2022 | Voted one of the Top 3 Charity Events in Williamson County

  • 2022-2023 | President Kathy Reynolds | District 6760 Best Club Service Award, District 6760 Best Social Media Award

  • 2021-2022 | President Billy Kreager | District 6760 Five Avenues of Service Award, District 6760 Best Social Media Award
  • 2020-2021 | President Patrick Shairs | District 6760 Most Outstanding Club, District 6760 Best Rotary Website, District Service Above Self Award: Patrick Shairs, District Youth Service Award: Mike Thompson, District 6760 Distinguished Service Award: David Jon Walker, District Service Award: Peggy Hubbard , Best COVID-19 Relief Project: Williamson County Rotary Clubs, Rotary International’s Presidential Citation Award, Franklin Tomorrow’s Volunteer Spirit Award: Lorrie Graves

  • 2019-2020 | President John Reynolds | District 6760 Best Community Service Award, District 6760 Best Social Media, District 6760 Best New Project Award for Community Service Pop-Up Projects, District 6760 Governor’s Award for Membership Growth, Rotary International’s Presidential Citation Award, District 6760 Rotarian of the Year: Jerome Bannister

  • 2018-2019 | President Lorrie Graves | District 6760 Club of the Year, District 6760 Outstanding Achievement Award, District 6760 Best New Project Award for Pop-Up Projects Concept, District 6760 Governor’s Award for Membership Growth, Rotary International’s Presidential Citation Award, District 6760 Rotarian of the Year Lawrence Sullivan

  • 2017-2018 | President Mike Alday | District 6760 Club of the Year, Rotary International’s Presidential Citation Award, District 6760 Rotarian of the Year: Lawrence Sullivan

A Worldwide Connection

Rotary is an international membership organization made up of people who share a passion for and commitment to enhancing communities and improving lives across the world. Rotary clubs exist in almost every country. Our members change lives locally and connect with other clubs to work on international projects that address today’s most pressing challenges. Being a member is an opportunity to take action and make a difference, and it brings personal rewards and lifelong friendships in the process.

The Rotary Four-Way Test

Early Rotary members emphasized the importance of acting responsibly and ethically and using our professions as an opportunity to serve. Honoring our commitments, however bold, is an ideal characteristic of a Rotarian. In 1932, The Four-Way Test was developed by Herbert Taylor, a Rotary Club of Chicago member and 1954-55 RI president, to guide his attempt to save a faltering aluminum company. Rotary later adopted it, and it underscores Rotary’s value of integrity. The Four-Way Test has long served as an ethical guide for members to live by in their personal and professional relationships.

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

 

Downtown Franklin Rotary Club

Diversity

Rotary values its diversity around the world and within each club. We strive to reflect the diversity of our community by including members from a mix of professions, genders, ages, and ethnicities. Having members with different backgrounds and viewpoints gives our club a broader understanding of the community and its problems, and better equips it to find solutions. Equally important is fostering a culture of inclusion, where these differences are respected, supported, and valued. Rotary is apolitical and non-religious, and it does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, faith, national origin, or sexual orientation.

Having members with different backgrounds and viewpoints enriches our club by as we develop a broader understanding of the many positive aspects of our community and become better equipped to cooperatively face and improve challenges.