Upper Cumberland Women's Club
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ALL MEETINGS are on central time at 12:00pm cst / 1:00 pm eastern unless otherwise noted.
Speakers and venue locations to follow (and subject to change when necessary).
Remember to sign up by Friday prior to the meetings by e-mail ucwomensclub@gmail.com, if possible.

Please specify when reserving if a vegetarian menu is requested. Remember, to make reservations, please email: ucwomensclub@gmail.com. Thank you!

2016 Schedule Outline (More Details Coming Soon):

October 25th, Crossville - TBA - Paula Sewell, Shoebox Ministry
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RSVP: ucwomensclub@gmail.com

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December 6th, Rugby, Christmas in Rugby at Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast

Future Meeting info to come as it is available.

Previous Meeting Archives: (read more from Feb. 25, 2010 - Nov. 8, 2013 or scroll down this page.)

February 25, 2010 - Commissioner Susan Whitaker at Foglight Foodhouse
April 22, 2010 - Marj Flemming at Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast - 12:00PM – 1:30PM (EST)
June 24-26, 2010 - Summer Retreat at Loree Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast
June 24, 2010 - Wendy Askins, Executive Director of the Upper Cumberland Development District - Planning for the Future of the Upper Cumberland's Aging Population at Loree Guest Ranch Bed & Breakfast
August 19, 2010 - at DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards in Baxter (read more)
October 28, 2010 – Marshall & Evelyn Weems will present a program called: CUSTOMER SERVICE THE KEY TO GROWING AND KEEPING CLIENTS at Historic Rugby’s Harrow Road Cafe
December 2, 2010 Guest Vocalist Michelle Looper at Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast
February 8, 2011– First Impressions,Understanding Different Personality Styles
Sharon Gray at Nick's Restaurant & Banquet Facilities in Cookeville, TN
April 19, 2011Social Networking, Facebook, New Ways to Promote Your Business
Redbud Café, Smithville, TN
June 7, 2011Safety for Women by Susan Carrichner Rexrode (read story)
at the Cancun Mexican Restaurant in Crossville, TN
August 16, 2011 - Women and Finance by Andrea V. Burckhard at Sunset Marina & Resort
October 11, 2011 - Advertising Your Business by Hannah Paramore, President, Paramore | the digital agency
at The Galley Restaurant at Edgar Evins Marina on Center Hill Lake, Silver Point, TN
December 6, 2011 - Christmas Celebration at Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast, Rugby, TN
February 21, 2012 - National Federation of Independent Business East Tennessee Area by Mr. Bob Headley at Crawdaddy's West Side Grill, Cookeville, TN
April 17th - Lisa Norris - "Women's Ways of Knowing: Mentorship and Learning for Career Readiness in the Upper Cumberland Region", at Nick's Restaurant, Cookeville, TN
June 12th - Margarita McClure - "How I Turned Dirty Diapers Into a Multi-Million Dollar Enterprise", at The Boutique in Jamestown, TN
October 23rd - Leann Smith, Fentress County Chamber of Commerce - Marketing Your Business on a Shoestring Budget, Forte's on the Square, Crossville, TN
December 4th - Christmas in Rugby at Grey Gables Bed and Breakfast - 2012 Scholarship Award Presentation
February 26, 2013 “Tips on Home Equity, Purchasing a home, Renovations and Curb Appeal, Building Equity”– Guest Speakers, Donnita Hill of Hill Realty will talk about maximizing the value of your home, building equity, tips on buying and selling and Bob & Linda Washburn of Wolf River Valley Growers will offer tips on increasing your curb appeal and adding value to your home – Nick's Restaurant in Cookeville, TN

Menu (If you have other special dietary considerations, we will do our best to accommodate your needs.)
Lasagna (Stuffed Shells - vegetarian option)
Small Ceasar Salad
Ice Cream Pie
Tea, Coffee, or Water

Donnita Hill Biography: (or click here)

Donnita Hill was born and raised in Putnam County. She had the privilege to attend Tennessee Tech University and graduate with a degree in Business Management in 1970. While she is the proud mother of two grown sons, Andy and Monty Hill and she is a very proud grandmother of two amazing boys, Ashtin and Eli Hill, who are 5 and 2 years old.

Donnita began her real estate career in 1977 and has worked her way to the top, ranking as the number 1 Realtor for the past 33 years. She has worked towards several designations including, Member of Women Council of Realtors, Certified Real Estate Specialist, Luxury Home Specialist (which Donnita is the only Realtor certified in this market area), Certified Council of Market Investment and a Star Power Member In Real Estate (which less than 1% nationwide are invited to join). In 2006, Donnita was awarded the Torch Award by the Better Business Bureau, which is an award given for business integrity and has been nominated once again in 2013. Donnita also takes time for community involvement including being a director with the Better Business Bureau, director with the Cookeville Regional Foundation Board, Director with the Upper Cumberland Home Builder’s Association, and is on the committee for Governmental Affairs with Upper Cumberland Real Estate Board.

The real estate “team” concept was brought to the Upper Cumberland Area in 1987 by Donnita and has been used as a model by many other Realtors in the area. Ms Hill brings with her tremendous knowledge of real estate for the past 34 years in the Upper Cumberland area and a team of hard-working and extremely competent Realtors and staff who believe in providing our customers with the very best in personal real estate services offered anywhere.

You may check out many other aspects of the daily real estate business that she and her team focus on by viewing www.donnitahill.com or www.hillrealtyco.com.

Bob Washburn and family have owned and operated Wolf River Valley Growers in Pall Mall, TN since the 1980's. Bob's reputation is known well in most of the Upper Cumberland area for his segments on WDEB radio as the "Five Minute Gardener". Bob has made several appearances around the region to speak to various organizations and give workshops on a variety of topics. Learn more about his business at www.wolfriver.net.
April 23, 2013 - Regional Tourism – Bringing Communities Together 
Guest Speaker, Ruth Dyal of the Upper Cumberland Tourism Association.
The Clark House, Livingston, TN
Menu (Catered by Talk of the Town Catering in Livingston, TN)
Trio Salad (Chicken Salad, Pasta Salad & Fresh Fruit) served with Homemade Sourdough Bread
(OR VEGETARIAN OPTION BY RESERVATION ONLY Green Garden Salad rather than the Chicken Salad)
Triple Chocolate Cake

June 25, 2013 - Smartphone, IPAD Technology – Maximizing this new technology in your Profession, BusinessBed & Breakfast at Bee Rock - Chicken Pecan Quiche Served with a Luncheon Garden Salad, Homemade Potato Salad, and Fresh Baked Rolls Our Delicious House-recipe Lemon Almond Tea, Fresh-ground Coffees, Hot Tea And a Choice of One of our Award Winning Dessert Selections: Chocolate Decadence, New York Style Cheesecake

August 27, 2013 - Gondola in Cookeville

October 22, 2013"Health & Wellness for Women" Guest Speaker: Angie Driver, Tier I Health & Wellness – Announcement of 2013 UCWC Scholarship Recipients.  Enjoy a delicious buffet of Oriental Cuisine from Mandarin Palace on South Jefferson Ave. in Cookeville, TN.
Speaker Bio:
Angie Driver, RN
Health and Wellness Nurse
Tier 1 Health & Wellness

I am a native of McMinnville, and earned my Nursing Degree in 1994 From Motlow State Community College. I am currently working to further my degree through Middle Tennessee State University. I am the Health & Wellness Nurse at Tier 1 Institute in Cookeville specializing in Bio Identical Hormone Replacement Therapy. I have received extended training in the areas of health & wellness, fitness, nutrition & bio identical hormone replacement therapy.

I have worked in a variety of health care settings in and around Warren County providing nursing care to a wide range of patient populations including the areas of orthopedic and stroke rehabilitation and community based care.  I have been treating patients with disease for the last 20 years, and n\ow I have an opportunity to provide options to patients to prevent many of the diseases associated with aging such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, & many more. At tier 1 health & wellness, we practice sound evidence based medicine. It is a very exciting area of medicine that not only provides protection from many age related diseases, but significantly
improves our patients’ quality of life.

I have enjoyed being an active volunteer for many organizations including The American Red Cross, The Junior Diabetes Research Foundation, The American Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, & The American Red Cross. I have also been involved in youth athletics, and started after-school fitness & gymnastics programs for children to promote health and wellness among school age children in Warren County.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 3 children ages 10-17 years.  I also enjoy water sports, hiking, and being outdoors.

To learn more about the benefits of bio identical hormone replacement therapy you may reach me at 1-931-526-9518 or visit www.tier1institute.com.

November 8, 2013 - Girl's Gala - Cumberland Business Incubator, Crossville, TN

February 18, 2014 - Scholarship Award & "Healthy Living" with Guest Speaker - Connie Willits.

April 22, 2014: Take What You Have and Make It Sing! • Nick's Restaurant, Cookeville, TN
Menu - Pineapple Chicken with Rice Pilaf (Vegetarian option upon request - Summer Salad)
Iced Tea, Water, or Coffee
Ice Cream Pie

Interior Redesign - create a space suited to your lifestyle reusing items you cherish in imaginative new ways.
Home Staging - Selling? Set the stage by highlighting the best features of your home without spending a lot of money. Homes that show well sell faster and for more money.
Custom Event Planing and  Floral Design - creating the perfect ambiance and unique arrangements for home, weddings or special events.

Jean Ann Mayberry has spent most of her career as an award winning designer and instructor.  She is an FTD Certified European Designer and Color Specialist. She was a member of the American Institute of Floral Design traveling as designer and consultant for interior and floral designs throughout the United States.  Her career includes designing floral arrangements in Washington D.C, for the 1993 Clinton Inauguration and the 2000 Millennium parties at 3 major Steve Wynn hotels in Las Vegas.
After retiring from the American Red Cross she is once again nurturing her creativity with Mayberry RFD - Really Fabulous Designs.

June 24th - “Active Aging” and the importance of keeping mobile, our minds active and remaining social as we age. Presented by Sherry Smith-Norrod, Executive Director at Morningside Assisted Living in Cookeville.  After over 10 years as an office manager in the construction industry, Sherry entered the field of healthcare.  She has over 20 years in geriatric healthcare; 10 years as a medical records supervisor and dietary manager in a skilled nursing home and 10+ years in assisted living.  
Menu:  Sweet T’s Restaurant – Cookeville, TN
choice of one sandwhich/wrap: 
Club Sandwich
Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich
Vegetarian Wrap
All sandwiches are served with French fries or steamed vegetables.
Dessert: Blackberry Cobbler with Ice Cream 
Iced Tea, Water or Coffee

August 26th- regular bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 26th, 2014 at The Cooke House located at 319 E. Spring St. in Cookeville, TN.  The meeting will begin at 12:00PM (noon).  A delightful menu has been planned with two options.  Tomato basil soup w/ grilled rosemary goat cheese sandwich & mixed field green salad or caprese angel hair pasta.  For dessert, blueberry pie with lemon Chantilly (tea, coffee & water included).  The cost of the meal is $15 (plus gratuity).  Reservations are appreciated by emailing ucwomensclub@gmail.com.

The topic for this meeting will be “Life’s Journeys – Unexpected Pleasures and Opportunities”.  There will also be some discussion about the upcoming scholarship opportunity for an area student.  

October 28th -Nick's Restaurant in Cookeville, TN.

The Menu for the Day:
Cajun Pork Loin or Pineapple Chicken served with Rice Pilaf
Vegetarian Option: Vegetable Stir Fry
Homemade Ice Cream Pie
Tea, Water, or Coffee

The cost of the meal is $15 (plus gratuity).  Reservations are appreciated by emailing ucwomensclub@gmail.com, but not required.

Barbara Lancaster, MSN, APN, Board Certified Women’s Health Practitioner of New Horizons Center for Women’s Health, Cookeville, TN will be the guest speaker.  Barbara is an advanced practice nurse and a nationally certified women’s health nurse practitioner.  She has been a registered nurse for 31 years.  Barbara received aesthetics training in 2007.  She has since treated patients with Botox, derma fillers and chemical peels.  Barbara is also a certified Bellanina practitioner.
Come and bring someone with you.  Good food, good company and a time away for refreshing one's self awaits you.

December 2nd - Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast - Rugby, TN 
A time of celebration and coming together.  Food & Coat Drive for the needy. 

The menu will be adjusted to meet vegetarian guests.
Email: ucwomensclub@gmail.com to reserve your seat!

February 17, 2015 RESCHEDULED FOR APRIL 21, 2015 - Nick's Restaurant, Cookeville, TN
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Guest Speaker Faith Borck - “Life Can Be Bigger”
Faith Borck
As the 4th oldest of 16 children, Faith Borck has grown up with people to love on, learn from, and lead.  Her heart for humanity has inspired her to learn Mandarin in order to reach more people. Her life calling has taken her to China four times, where she has traveled extensively and lived at five different orphanages.  Faith stays active in worship and outreach in the community.  She plans to move to China after completing her B.A. in Organizational Leadership this semester.

Menu Options:
Chicken Parmesan
Lasagna with Caesar Salad
Or a Vegetarian Option

Yvonne Wood to Speak at the Brass Lantern on June 16th, 2015!

The next meeting of the Upper Cumberland Women’s Club will be held on June 16, 2015 at The Brass Lantern in Crossville, TN.  Chestnut Hill Winery (also in Crossville – www.ChestnutHillWinery.com) has graciously offered to welcome those interested to enjoy aWinery Tour and Tasting prior to the meeting (11:00-11:45AM) (reservations are needed so they know how many to prepare for).  

Our guest speaker will be the dynamic Yvonne Wood, CEO of Wood Conference & Event Planning.  Her presentation will be "Honoring The Perfect 36 - 95 years later". The presentation will be about the history that leads up to Tennessee becoming the state that must vote, being the 36th state, which was required to ratify the 19th amendment. She will share what the Tennessee women did, how the legislation passed, and the status of the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument. The presentation will be 15 to 20 minutes followed by a question and answer session.

Menu for the luncheon: Choice of one
1. The Brass Lantern Reuben - Corned Beef sliced thin with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Thousand Island on grilled rye bread, French fries or chips.
2. French Dip - Tender roast beef heated and topped with Provolone cheese and served on a Kaiser roll with au jus on the side, French fries.
3. Cup and a Half - Half a clubhouse sandwich served with your choice of house salad or soup of the day.  Clubhouse sandwich is smoked turkey, honey cured ham, bacon, lettuce, tomato and Swiss cheese on toasted white bread. 
Water, Iced Tea or Coffee and Carrot Cake for dessert.  Price is the usual $15/person (plus gratuity).

The new owners of The Brass Lantern are James and Denise Weismuller and they would like to welcome you to the June UCWC luncheon.   James has worked for the Marriot Corporation in Food and Beverage for 15 years, prior to moving to the Cumberland Plateau.  Chef James has operated the Stonehenge Grille for 14 years and for 2 years he was the Director of Food Services for the Good Samaritan Society in Fairfield Glade.   James and Denise are excited to have opened their dream restaurant and look forward to serving the ladies of the Upper Cumberland Women's Club. 

The address is:  
The Brass Lantern (inside the Chestnut Hill Winery) - EXIT 322 off of I-40
79 Chestnut Hill Road
Crossville, TN 38555

Please RSVP to ucwomensclub@gmail.com at least by Monday, June 15, 2015 for the luncheon.  (Friday prior for the tasting/tour.)

More about our speaker:
Yvonne Wood
Yvonne Wood is a founding member and past Chair of the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. She was very active as Chair of boards and commission for the Council to help create gender balance on state boards and commissions. Wood owns Wood Conference & Event Planning. She was named Woman of the Year by Women in the Workplace in 2012. She also received the Molly Todd Cup designating her as a woman who spends her life making the World a better place to live.  She is a member of the Southern Regional Education Board. She is also a member of the International Women's Forum, and the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Monument board. Wood is a current member and past President of ATHENA International, a non-profit organization dedicated to creating leadership opportunities for women.  She is on the Advisory Board of Institute for Women’s Policy Research.   She received the NAWBO 2004 Women Business Owner of the Year Award. During her first career with the State of Tennessee, she was Director of the Federal-State Medicaid Program Integrity Unit, where she won two national awards for detecting Medicaid fraud and abuse. As Associate Director for Government Relations for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, and Director of the Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation, she contributed to and wrote several pieces of legislation acted into law, among which makes scholarships available to Tennessee’s most talented students, and a law mandating a two-step pay increase to employees who successfully complete the CPS exam. 

Wood was responsible for bringing the American Council on Education’s Women’s Higher Education Identification program to Tennessee. A lifelong advocate and activist on issues affecting women and families, she has been recognized for her service by receiving the Stennis Center for Women in Public Service “Pacesetter Award”, the Nashville 2005 ATHENA award, and was inducted into the YWCA 2006 Academy of Women of Achievement. Wood has served as president of the Nashville Women’s Political Caucus and CABLE. She was recognized by the Tennessee General Assembly and the Metro Nashville Council with Resolutions for her leadership and advocacy for women. She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Nashville. She recently received the CABLE “Spirit of Leadership” Award. She holds a BA degree from the University of Tennessee and M.Ed from Vanderbilt University. 

Come and bring someone with you.  Good food, good company and a time away for refreshing one's self awaits you.

There will be a table for a brochure swap, door prizes (if you would like to bring one) with networking and socializing after the meeting.  Don’t delay.  Reserve your seat by replying to the email today.

August 18, 2015: Understanding the Woman's Heart, with Guest Speaker, Dr. Mariano Battaglia of Tennessee Heart, "A Woman's Heart".  Luncheon will be held at Nick's Restaurant in Cookeville, TN.  There will also include a discussion regarding the upcoming scholarship.

Mariano Battaglia, MD completed his Cardiology Fellowship at Temple University Hospital in Philadephia and St. Francis Medical Center after completing his Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine at Mercy Hospital both in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Dr. Battaglia was born in Italy but came to the United States to complete his high school and BS at Eastern College in St. Davids, PA.  He received his Medical Degree from Universita’ degli Studi di Torino, Italy.  He is Board Certified in Cardiovascular Medicine, Internal Medical, and is Board Eligible in Nuclear Cardiology.  He and his wife and soon to be five children are enjoying the Cookeville community since he joined Tennessee Heart in August, 2012.

Fried Flounder with Baked Potato OR
Teriyaki Chicken with Rice & Roasted Veggies
(Those with dietary restrictions, please let us know when reserving so we can make sure you are accommodated.)
Homemade Ice Cream Pie
Tea, Water, or Coffee
Price: $15/person (plus gratuity)

Please RSVP to ucwomensclub@gmail.com for the luncheon.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at noon (CST) at Nick's Restaurant in Cookeville, TN with Guest Speaker Gary Sexton sharing about Scott High School’s Museum Project – Making History While Preserving It.

Gary Sexton is married to Robin, his wife for 32 years. They have 5 children ranging in age from 18-26. They have lived in Tennessee for 23 years. They both are originally from Norwood, Ohio. He has been teaching social studies for 28 years. Mr. Sexton has an undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky and a Masters degree from Xavier University.

The museum project began in 2001 with one history museum built and ran by students from Scott High School. That project now encompasses 3 acres and 13 buildings. It is located on the high school grounds.  All the construction of the buildings and exhibits are done by students and supervised by teachers.  Mr. Sexton will be narrating a slide presentation and we will have some exhibits of the students work.

It is the only school project of its kind in the US.  The school village project has been featured on Crossroads Television and Channel 10 in Knoxville, TN.  The endeavor is the perfect blend of teacher, students and community.  As a result of incorporating at risk students in the museum curriculum the attendance and graduation rate has greatly improved.  Please mark your calendar and bring a friend to see and hear of this amazing accomplishment.

Come and bring someone with you.  Good food, good company and a time away for refreshing one's self awaits you.

December 8, 2015: Annual Christmas Program/Luncheon at Grey Gables Bed & Breakfast in Rugby, TN.
February 23rd, Crossville, FNBT- Facebook Advertising - Irene Blackburn
Meeting flyer
April 19th, Cookeville, Nick's - Long Term/Extended Health Care planning, having your documents in order - Andrea Burckhard and possible another speaker
June 28th, Crossville - Business Incubator - Holly Hanson
August 23rd, Cookeville- Nick's Restaurant - Amy New, Asst. Commissioner for Economic and Community Development (ECD)
Don't miss this meeting!


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Great Regional Networking & Friendship Opportunities
Learning Experiences through Guest Speakers
Excellent Outings (costs of meals is additional)
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All this for just $25/year!

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