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Sertoman of the Day | Alan Stuckey | Nov 7th

Our speaker,and I don’t know who that was supposed to be, didn’t show up so Alan Stuckey tothe rescue! We haven’t had a member profile in a long time and I really enjoyedit! We have several “newbies” we can call on in the next couple of weeks so getready.  Alan grew up in Athens, TN andgraduated from McMinn High School. Got married 2004 now has two children ages 6and 9.  Was headed for pre-med and gotsidetracked in clinical on new drugs, new equipment and now has a new company,doing online marketing @MarbleCitySEO and search engine optimization in Knoxville, and evidently is just getting started to finding newcures for old problems.  Keep up the goodwork!

Next week:  We get to vote on how the money will be split that we raised from Oktoberfest.   We are coming out to the good, thanks to all of us who helped (to my knowledge it was 100%).  Now we get to say who gets what percent of the spoils.  We all have our favorites (mine is military serving overseas) but I don’t get to pick, we all do. Get in there next week and put in your two cents!

Tuesday night is the board meeting. This is not a closed session, all are invited and welcome. You must buy your own dinner, but you can have wine with it (you must buy that too), come join us. We have a good time and make lots of decisions that the rest of you must live with.

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Susan Williams | Political Analyst | Oct 24th

Susan Richardson Williams got everyone’s attention when she brought up the upcoming election.  Back in the dark ages we use to vote in class you and you could call the election based on the results. Us kids voted the way we heard our parents were going to vote and right or wrong I don’t know of a time when it didn’t work. Why did they stop doing that?  My kids never had this.

The Kiwanis joined us and will be back with us this week. The group of Democrats in the room can get downright ugly!  Down boys, majority wins and eventually you will get your turn. 

I will say this has been one of the uglier campaigns and I for one will be glad when the election will be over, regardless of who wins.  Of course, I am fairly confident my guys are going to win!

Our annual Knoxville Oktoberfest event was a success! We will have to wait and see what our total numbers will be for the event, however everyone really enjoyed themselves and we are already planning for next year!

Next week Chris Hoosier is bringing us Bradley Reeves with Cinegraphic Archives and Preservation. He has captured rare reels of Mary Costa, Roy Acuff, smoky mountains home movies, rare footage of WNOX Midday Merry Go Round from 1943 – 1956. Home movies of downtown Knoxville 70 years ago, including first movies of Chet Atkins.  This would be a great one to bring a guest.


Bob Davis | Southern Railway | Oct 17th


Is history one more time.  We had a good crowd, and a very active one.  I think it’s safe to say everyone had a good time.  Don’t know how much money was raised in the 50/50 or other games but the chicken dance was a winner for everyone.  The “chicken” does a great job. Oktoberfest has become similar to Christmas; we talk about it, plan it, work on it and then in one night it’s over. What a letdown!  Thanks to all who made it a success. We appreciate all you do. Since I had so much to say last year about the gummy bears as a brown bag item, I can attest to the fact this year they were much better. Be careful what you complain about, they put you in charge of correcting it.  Everyone worked hard to make it a success and should give themselves a pat on the back; you deserve it!

Stage Coaches, Steamboats and Railroads

Bob Davis gave us a glimpse into the past and how we got where we are with the railway system. Seems they don’t ever plan to have passenger service again as it takes more employees, cost more to operate and you just can’t please everybody. The terminal was built before we had segregation and before we had a railway yard; the building had to be divided into two sections for black and white; that turned out to be a nightmare, so addition buildings were built to accommodate the overflow. Marianne’s building was one of these that was later turned into a lunch counter, and all manner of other things before it came to her. The railroad joined forces the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1982 to form the Norfolk Southern Corporation.

We had a couple of visitors, our own John Kerr, Jared Greene with BB&T was a guest of Chris Kerr and Autumn Sanderson with UT Speech & Audiology was a guest of Matt Hall.

NEXT WEEK: Susan Richardson Williams will be our speaker.


Tom Baker| October 10th

Allie Harmon brought us Tom Baker who he became acquainted with when Tom was growing up. Seems he knew not only his parents but also grandparents.  He was an excellent speaker who has written a book about his dog!  I bought the book as a devoted dog lover but in a nutshell, Tom went through a rough time as we all do occasionally. He says his wife tried to help him to no avail, but the dog named Mango made all the difference.  Tom’s business was failing and in trying to keep it afloat he made the decision to pay his employees who were also his friends and not pay IRS.  Not a good idea.  I understand they get real mean quick. From bad to worse he said he couldn’t sleep, eat or carry on a conversation and then he started watching the dog. Dog is God spelled backward and the only animal that loves you more than themselves.  He concluded life is an adventure and blessings are everywhere. Live for now, let tomorrow take care of itself. He still has the business but a better outlook on life and a payment plan for IRS.

Oktoberfest is almost here! We are meeting at 6 pm on Thursday, October 18 to get the room set up, package brown bag items and do whatever Marianne needs us to do. We would love to have you join us.


Benita Alberts | Math Instructor | Sept 19th

This week we had Benita Alberts who is Beverly’s sister and Rusty’s sister-in-law.  She taught math at Oak Ridge High School and among other things received the award of Teacher of the Year in 1973.  Trust me, people with that kind of math skills can write their own ticket in the real world and the only reason she would teach is the love of children and teaching.  She handed out a math quiz and like any class some did better than others.  We need teachers, according to Ms. Alberts the system loses half of the non-tenured teachers each year.

The annual Boy Scout Golf Tournament is just around the corner on 10/3.  Still time to sign up if your interested.  I believe we have one team, could use more

The Knoxville Oktoberfest is four weeks away. We talk about it so much it seems to be forever in the future. “Stuff” is coming in and we are hoping for a big turnout with lots of happy people. The food is great, I even like the beer, and everybody gets something.  It’s the only fund raiser we have all year, so we must make it a big one.

It was announced Tim Curbow has been in the hospital with heart problems. I understand he is home now but I’m sure he would appreciate hearing from you guys. “In lieu of flowers” at least send him a card.

Record keeping:  Terrell Kerr prayed, Carol Mohney led the pledge. Karen Kerr (Chris’s wife) visited, along with the husband of our speaker.


Matt Hall | Oktoberfest update

Matt Hall was a stand in for Jacob and did an excellent job. Especially since he was in charge of the speaker and she didn’t come.  Happens to all of us and he handled it with grace.  I do believe he’ll do an excellent job next year and its good he’s getting some on the job training.

We passed around sigh up sheets for “Celebrate Sound” to first find out if you were going to participate and what size t-shirt you wanted.  We’re only asking for $25.00 (tax deductible) and the money goes to our hearing aid loaner program.  If you were not there last week plan to sign up this week. The walk this year will be at Concord Park on September 9th

We discussed the Knoxville Oktoberfest Fundraiser which is not that far away.  September is just a week away. Carol Mohney and I went shopping for some brown bag items over the weekend but not enough to fill all the brown bags. We also need auction items. Remember we didn’t want to constantly be having “fund” raisers and determined to have the one and let that be it – this is it!  We have several beer sponsors so regardless we can get drunk!

Next Week (maybe) our speaker will be Lisa Nichols who came up with the program Stocking from US. This is a great idea and really makes you feel good especially when you see newsfeeds of soldiers that won’t be coming home.  We contributed to this so come hear what she has to say and give yourself a pat on the back.

Just a reminder: Speaker chairs for September are as follows:

09/5 Rusty Farrell

9/12 Mike McKinney

9/19 Terrell Kerr


Rebecca Koszalinski | Speak for Myself | Aug 15th

Our speaker this week was Rebecca Koszalinski which is a lot easier to type than to say.  She developed a program for mainly hospitals but has applications other places called “Speak for Myself”.  It is most frustrating to be in a situation where you find it difficult to communicate what the problem is or what you want. I think it’s a great idea and will go far.  I spoke with her after the meeting and she said she has added a great deal to the program because of patient expressed wishes but feels there is too much on it at this time and needs to be “fine-tuned”.  She had added end of life suggestions and thought this might not be a good idea for everyone. It’s trial and error time but I’m sure it is making a lot of patients lives easier and the nurses too.

Report on the board meeting….  Mostly we talked about our Downtown Knoxville Oktoberfest and who was going to do what. I think it’s safe to say Caroline and Brett have paved the way and we are on our own.  At present we need you – the membership- to bring in auction items and brown bag stuff.  Marianne has agreed to store anything we bring in at her place, Carol and myself are going “scouting” for items on Saturday and we will bring them on Wednesday.  Auction items can be anything from jewelry to cookware. Get out there and hit Wal-Mart, Target, etc.

We also determined to sponsor a team to play golf for the 40th Annual for Boy Scouts.  Don’t have any details, if your interested ask Matt Hall.

The annual “Celebrate Sound” walk has been moved to Tyson Park to accommodate everyone who didn’t want to drive to Maryville. It will be on September9th and we expect BIG turnout. You can still walk on line and not have to leave home but if it’s not raining its kind of fun. Plan to join us.

Next week:  We have Elaina Steno with Second Harvest Food Bank.  Brought to us by Matt Hall.

President Jacob tippens and Jacob Landis with Jacob's Ride Foundation

Jacob Landis | Jacob’s Ride | Aug 8th

Jacob Landis is a one man show that started in April of 2013 on a mission to raise money for people without insurance to get cochlear implants. He has ridden nearly 20,000 miles spreading awareness and raising money. Jacob has met with thousands of supporters and donors at over 120 events. Through his efforts and the generosity of their supporters, Jacob’s Ride has provided financial assistance for over one dozen cochlear implant recipients in the last five years. Over 12,000 children in America are born with hearing loss each year and cochlear implants are the most successful medical intervention for deaf or severely hard of hearing. However, insurance often does not cover the cost.  Jacob also meets with teenagers and young adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and insists to them not to let that “hearing problem thing” get in the way of identifying goals and pursuing your dreams.

John Kerr shared with us Celebrate Sound Walk will be on September 9th (this is a Sunday) at 4 p.m.  They have moved the event to Tyson Park trying to make people happy that didn’t want to drive to Maryville.  That means that everyone that complained must show up.  He took down names.

Jerry Winston announced we had members that participated in the Helen Ross McNabb – Shooting event.

Next week is the monthly board meeting. Time is 6 pm, on Tuesday at Chesapeak’s.  All are welcome.

Next Week:  Rebecca Koszalinski, our speaker, is being brought to us by Lee Freeman.

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Alan Stuckey VP, Sandra Clark, and Linda Price

Sandra Clark | Election Predictions | Aug 1st

The election is behind us and I was pleased with the outcome. We made the national news – it was reported we elected a professional wrestler as mayor. Seems the “scruffy little city” just can’t get a break.  All of Sandra’s predictions came true and I got the feeling she is definitely not a President Trump fan.

I would be willing to bet even if he knew it wouldn’t keep him up nights.  I worked at West Valley Middle School. We voted a total of 501 persons and 2 of them were my daughter-in-law and granddaughter (her first-time voting).  One picked Republican and the other Democrat, they should have stayed home!

It’s much harder when you have two candidates running for the same office and you really like both.  I was impressed with Mattock and Burchett really “pounded the pavement”. You couldn’t go to any function he didn’t show up too.  Sandra seem to think he (Burchett) plans to move on up.  We can sit back and say “I knew him when. . . . . “

The cost of campaigning I’m sure keeps a lot of good people from running. Sandra said thousands of dollars had been spent (this is a matter of public record, how much they spent and where they got it) and wouldn’t you love to be a fly on the wall after and election you lost and have the wife say – “don’t ever mention how much I spend on shoes again”


Jimmy Matlock | June 25th

Last week we heard from Jimmy Matlock and I think most of us left with a favorable impression of him. One of the great things about our country you get to vote by yourself. He did say he is living on the farm he was raised on which is 87 acres, married to the same woman and attends the same church.  He either stands by his convictions or he’s in a rut. I like him and have been buying tires from him for years.

On July 18th we learned about stem cell therapy and I don’t think I was the only person in the room that didn’t understand half of it.  I did write down the highest concentration of stem cells are in the hip bones; I am again screwed as mine are metal – takes forever for me to get through the airport.  He did enlighten us on where they get stem cells and put to rest some of the horror stories we hear.  I had no idea it could be used in so many ways.  We are blessed to live now.

Next Week:  We will have Sandra Clark with Knox TN Today to give us her predictions on the outcome of the elections. Early voting ended on Saturday and the “real” election is Thursday so should be interesting.