November 5, 2019, The Grove at Williamson Place, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
From Rotarian Bart Walker of WGNS Radio:
(MURFREESBORO) Murfreesboro Rotary President John Hinkle said, “It’s a big deal–I mean for a civic club to reach its centennial milestone is a major accomplishment.”
Throughout this year, the civic club has special activities commemorating the day on October 1, 1919, when the Nashville Rotary Club sponsored the group.
Last week District 6760 Governor Bob Huffman said, “Members are building on the shoulders of this city’s most prominent leaders, movers and shakers. Names that are associated with legendary accomplishments make-up this club’s founders.”
As a part of the year’s celebration, last week the members celebrated an evening of accomplishments at The Grove at Williamson Place. Delicious food, music and fellowship was enjoyed, and the guest list included elected leaders as well as members from other organizations in the community.
The following Saturday (11/9/2019) saw an army of Rotary volunteers unite at Gil’s Ace Hardware in Smyrna people to construct all of the interior and exterior wall panels for a new Habitat home in only five hours!
Murfreesboro’s First Civic Club
The Rotary torch was passed from Nashville Rotarian James Cayce to James M. Butler in Murfreesboro. These two Jims were good friends, sharing an interest in Jersey cattle and both serving on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee State Fair Association. Jim Butler discussed Rotary with Collier Crichlow, who had first heard of the organization during a visit to Fort Worth, Texas; and the idea of having a club in Murfreesboro took seed. Other civic leaders became interested, and the Murfreesboro Rotary Club was organized in August of 1919, receiving its charter on October 1 of that year as the first civic club in Murfreesboro.
District Governor Herson Graves attended the ceremony with the principal address given by Nashville Rotarian Graham Hall. The charter members were:
Charter Members, October 1, 1919:
William O. Baird, Treasurer
Howard D. Henderson, Secretary
George J. Burnett
B. B. Kerr, Sr., Director
James M. Butler, President
Henry King, Director
John M. Butler
P.O. ‘Alf’ Lyon
Charles R. Cawthon
James E. Manson, Jr., Director
Al D. McKnight, First Vice President
N. Collier Crichlow, Director
John C. Mitchell
Jerry O. Delvin
W. Eugene Mullins
William Draper, Sergeant-At-Arms
James H. Reed, Sr., Director
Neal D. Frazier
James D. Richardson
William T. Gerhardt
Andrew L. Todd
Dr. Bart N. White, Second Vice President
The Murfreesboro Rotary Club meets at noon every Tuesday at the Stones River Country Club, 1830 NW Broad Street.