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VOL. 37 | NO. 47 | Friday, November 22, 2013

Nashville Rotary marks 100th anniversary

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The Rotary Club of Nashville, Tennessee’s oldest and largest civic organization, commemorated the 100th anniversary of its first Club meeting this week at the Wildhorse Saloon.

Twenty-seven of its 39 living past presidents were in attendance for a cake-cutting and toast to the next 100 years.

The club began when 13 of Nashville’s most prominent businessmen gathered on Nov. 19, 1913 in the office of James A. Cayce, president of B.H. Steif Jewelry Company, to organize The Rotary Club of Nashville. On Feb. 1, 1914, the club became the 94th chartered Rotary Club in the world.

Today, the Rotary Club of Nashville is the eighth largest in the world with more than 550 members.

Past presidents pictured are, first row from left: Hill McAlister, Laquita Stribling, Lady Bird, Chris Clark, E K Hardison, Gilbert Smith, Bob Sullins, Susan Huggins and Ernie Clevenger. Second row: Mark Oldham, Harry Chapman, Bill Coke, George Paine, Larry Papel, Greg Bailey, Frank Drowota, Margaret Dolan, Francis Guess, Jo Federspiel, Executive Director Suzanne Buchanan and Bill Blevins. Third row: Charley Hankla, David Hornsby, Jack May, Granbery Jackson, Chuck Dunn, Steve Horrell and Jack Faris.