Tuesday, March 20, 2018, Stones River Country Club, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

As the Murfreesboro Rotary Club nears its centennial year, another community leader has taken the vows of becoming a Rotarian. Welcome Ryan Savage. He is a loan officer with Wilson Bank & Trust on Memorial Boulevard.

Ryan is not new to Rotary, he transferred here from the Mt. Juliet club.

He enjoys sports, including workouts in the gym, running, racquetball, basketball, target shooting, camping, hiking,  travel and more.

Ryan has a bachelor’s degree in management. He also has four children:  Reuben (17),  Seth (15), Lanie (10), and Ava (1).

In this photo,  Club President Ann Minatra Clark has just sworn Ryan into membership, while his sponsor, Andy Jakes, pins on his Rotary pin.


TrustPoint Hospital at 1009 North Thompson Lane is in the process of adding 148-beds to its existing facility, and this will enable them to better serve the specialty health needs of this community.

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist Anand Patel, MD, spoke to the Murfreesboro Rotary Club about autism, a disease that appears to be growing .

He noted, “Early detection will allow persons with this disease to improve their social interaction skills and enable many to live a normal life. So much so that those around them might not detect any difference between themself and others.”

Dr. Patel described autism as a neuro-developmental disorder characterized by (1) impaired social interaction, (2) impaired verbal and non-verbal communication, and (3) restricted and stereotypical patterns of both behavior and interests.

He told the Rotarians, “Autism starts as early as 3-years of age, although it might not be recognized until the child is much older.”

Dr. Patel was excited about TrustPoint’s expansion and indicated it would enable them to better serve the area.

The $57-million project will bring approximately 400 new jobs to this community over the next five years, with an average annual salary of $67,808.

TrustPoint is a state-of-the-art hospital offering three specialty service lines: Acute Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services, Behavioral Health Services for Adults and Seniors and Acute Medical Psychiatry. TrustPoint is owned by Acadia Healthcare, headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee.




“4 Way Test” Speech Contest

High school students are invited to compete for cash in the Murfreesboro Rotary Club’s 4 Way Test public speaking contest at Adams Place, 1927 Memorial Boulevard. The competition begins at 9:00 o’clock Saturday morning, April 7, 2018. 

Club President Ann Minatra Clark explained, “The main goal of this contest is to develop future leaders and promote ethical behavior.”

She stressed, “Every student’s talk must be focused on Rotary’s 4-Way Test and how it applies to whatever topic the speaker chooses.” 

The principles of the 4 Way Test have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for the relationships of members with each other around the world.

Rotary’s 4 Way Test has grown into one of the most widely printed and quoted statements of business ethics in the world.  It was adopted by Rotary in 1943, and has been translated into more than a hundred languages spoken by Rotarians around the world.

  1. Is it the TRUTH?
  2. Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  4. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Each contestant shall choose the topic of his or her speech.  The purpose of the speech is to address an ethical problem using the principles of the 4-Way Test.  The problem to be addressed should be something from the speaker’s personal experience or general knowledge.  There are no restrictions regarding the choice of topic as long as it is not blatantly offensive.

In the speech, the topic must be specifically related to the Rotary 4 Way Test.  This must be addressed during the body of the speech and not reserved for concluding statements only.

No Fee To Participate

Murfreesboro Rotary Club’s Youth Director David Coggin said, “This is open to ninth through twelfth grade students in public, private and home schools. There is no fee to participate.

Coggin said, “Each talk must be at least 4-minutes, but no longer than 6-minutes and that Rotary’s 4 Way Test must strongly tie to the topic of your choice.

Registration is simple. E-mail your name, grade level in school, phone number and e-mail to david@thebarnabasvision.org

Coggin emphasized, “Participants will be judged on: (1) content and creative quality of the material, (2) poise and confidence, (3) voice and diction, (4) body action, gesture and non-verbal communication, and (5) speech should be memorized (use of notes count down).”

Monetary Prizes

The local competition is on Saturday, April 7, 2018, at Adams Place, Murfreesboro Rotary Club’s first place winner receives $100 cash, second gets $75 and the third place finisher walks away with $50 cash.

Murfreesboro Rotary’s first place recipient next competes at 10:00 o’clock Saturday morning May 5th for the Semi-Finals at the Williamson County Ag Expo Park 4215 Long Lane, in Franklin.  There will be three finalists from that competition with each receiving $100. 

Those three semi-finalists compete for $1,000 at the Rotary District Conference at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs. 

A word to the wise, applicants are accepted on a first-come basis. So e-mail your information quickly to david@thebarnabasvision.org.  Previous first place winners are ineligible. 


Two PAUL HARRIS FELLOWSHIPS +4 were awarded on Tuesday (2/27/2018). One was received by Helene Colvin and the other went to Steve Sax.

Dr. Alex Hollis, who heads Murfreesboro Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellowship program, said, “Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow is the epitome of Rotary. It is the embodiment of The 4-Way Test. Four-time recipients are truly dedicated to service above self.

Both have served Murfreesboro Rotary in several ways including the board, Colvin is a past president and Sax is past secretary.

(Photo ID L-R) Alex Hollis, Helene Colvin, and Steve Sax