Rotary Club of Sparta Tennessee

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Today was a very special day at the Sparta Rotary Club meeting. We had a great program, an induction of a new member, and a visit form one of members who recently had some surgery that kept hm indisposed for awhile.

District Attorney Bruce McLeod spoke to the club on the growing issues of Drug, and Alcohol abuse with the county, and its impact on the community, and the state of Tennessee in general. Great program, thanks Bruce.

Bill Loos, President of the club this year, had the priviledge of inducting our newset member, Steve Page into our Club. He was sponsored by Club Secretary Alan Marsh. Welcome Steve.

Our Club was honored with the presence of Doc Mitchell at the meeting. Doc recently had hip surgery and has been a bit indisposed, so this was a special honor to have him up and about, and able to join us today. Good to see you up and out Doc. We hope that your recovery is swift and we can expect to see you at the next meeting as well.

Jason Baker (orange shirt) manager of the Upper Cumberland Regional Airport gave an overview of the history, services, and future plans at the Upper Cumberland Regional airport.    Cliff Davidson (gray shirt) co-owner of Highland Aero airplane rental products & services gave a presentation on flying lessons and aircraft rentals available at the UCRA. 

A special Presentation of an art piece to Alan & Joyce Tatum was made by Alan Marsh (Club Secretary, and Past District Governor) to express his appreciation for their dedicated and continued support to the Sparta - White County community. 

(Joyce Tatum was unable to attend) 

On June 26th, the Sparta Rotary Club held its annual Installation of new club officers (for 2015 - 2016)

District Governor Beth Stubbs inducting the new Officers
The new Board of Directors for 2015 - 2016 L-R Jerry Rocco,Mischelle Ferrell, Alan Marsh (Secretary), John Downs (Outgoing President), Larry Battle (President Elect 2016 -2017),Ken Guidara, George Weber, Bill Loos (Incoming President 2015 - 2016)
Outgoing President John Downs Presenting Nancy Downs the Paul Harris Fellowship award for her contributions to Rotary
Outgoing President John Downs passing the gavel to incoming President Bill Loos
Bill Loos (incoming President) presenting John Downs (outgoing President) a presentation from the club in recognition of his stellar year as President.
John Downs presenting Nancy Bennigfield with a check from the club in support of Special Olympics
John Downs thanking the club and board for their support of him during his year as President.

The 2015 Rotary Golf Tournament was held June 6th at the Sparta Country Club in honor of community activists JoAnn Weber and Jim Amerson. 

The Rotary Club of Sparta hosts this annual event to help raise funds in support of non-revenue sports programs at White County High School, and White County Middle school. 


Congratulations to winning team members Travis Poss, Devan Taylor, Thomas Humphrey and Gary Bumbalough who are pictured below along with members of JoAnn Weber's family, husband George Weber and daughter Emily Hayden.

Sparta Rotary Member Henrietta Goodwin was the club's guest Speaker today

Henrietta spoke on the delicate subject of planning for late life events such as long term health need, asset distribution, final expenses, and other things that everyone needs to think about early in life to prevent the calamities that we experience in our own families as we age. Not a nice subject to speak on, but a truly relevant one. 

Sparta Rotary Club Donates to Head Start 

The Sparta Rotary Club’s annual donation of $1,000 to Head Start teachers is greatly appreciated. This year teachers from the BonDeCroft and Sparta head start centers chose classroom materials and gross motor toys. L-R: Rotarian Janet Klein; teachers Kevin Potter, Nancy Downs and Loretta Huffaker; Rotarians Henrietta Goodwin and Don Randolph; teacher Dawn Jones; and Rotarian Bill Loos

The Sparta Rotary Club welcomes 6 new members.

New members recently inducted into the Sparta Rotary Club are, pictured Left to right are: District 6780 Governor Elect Beth Stubbs with new Rotarians: Michael Hale, Susan Kirby, Vencent Bell, Kristna Lewis, Karen Weaver, Steve Ware and Sparta Rotary Club President John Downs.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business professionals who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace throughout the world.


The Sparta Rotary Club was founded in 1935 and currently supports more than 20 different service projects, both locally and around the world. Our continued growth ensures this work will continue well into the future.

Sparta Rotary President Elect, Beth Stephens presented a $250 check to the White County High School Interact Club. Treasurer James Crider accepted the check on behalf of the club.

Sparta Rotary Club receives prestigious award Community Partner Award from Woodman of the World

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The Woodmen of the World recently presented the Sparta Rotary Club with their Community Partner Award for 2014.


Pictured above are Tim Bumbalough and Regina Wilhite from Woodmen of the World along with Sparta Rotary Club president John Downs.

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RYLA 2014

White County High School Students Paul Gibson, Whitney Kirby, Lucas Sulluvan, Sarah Wilson and Jocelyn Davis joined approximately 160 other high school students at the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) held on September 20th at Camp Nakanawa in Crossville, TN. Attendees were selected from across middle Tennessee based on proven leadership ability. 

RYLA, a Rotary sponsored event, helps young adults discover their true potential and develop the skills needed to be leaders in their schools, communities, and in everyday life.

The Sparta Rotary Club would like to commend these students on the excellent job they did representing our community!

3rd Grade Dictionary Project

Every year for the past 8 years, the Sparta Rotary Club under the leadership of Rotarian Don Randolph who has headed the project, has provided dictionaries to all 3rd graders in the White County school district, to include interested home schooled children. Pictured below are some of Rotarians at the schools where they delivered the dictionaries.

Rotarian Henrietta Goodwin with the Northfield Elementary School 3rd Graders, and there brand new dictionaries

Rotary Youth Exchange Students 2014


ThThis year the Rotary District 6780 youth exchange is hosting students (4 boys and 3 girls) from Germany, Brazil, Chile, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy. These students will enhance the lives of the people they meet and interact with, and will give us all an opportunity to understand the languages, and cultures of other countries, as will they. Truely broadening the world community.




In the early afternoon of April 23, 2014 a call came in on 911 that two kayakers were in trouble on the Calf Killer River near the old Sparta water plant. Rescue workers from the Sparta-White County Rescue Squad, the Sparta Fire Department, the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency and the Sparta Police department immediately responded to the call.

Two of these rescue workers ended up in the icy river that day in a valiant effort to save the lives of two men they did not know. 

The Rotary Club of Sparta recently recognized Officer David Grissom and Rescue Squad Member Zachary Cunningham for exemplifying “Service above Self” in a way that few of us will ever be called upon to do. 

On behalf of the Sparta Rotary Club and our community, thank you gentlemen for all that you do.


White County participants below are (left to right): Attiah Hicks, Becca O'dell, Donna Fare, Ken Guidara, John Downs, Rhett Watts and Hayden Holder. Participants not pictured were: WCHS Interact Sponsor Ann Jones, Nancy Marsh and Nancy Downs.

Members of the Sparta Rotary Club and White County High School Interact Club joined forces to help the McMinnville Breakfast Rotary Club in the 7th Annual "River Ride and Cleanup" on Saturday July 19t

WCHS students Rhett Watts and Hayden Holder claimed first prize for the most unusual find with an ancient computer monitor.

First prize was a brand new bike! Unfortunately it isn’t made for two.

Paul Bailey, State Representative from the 43rd District was the guest speaker at the Sparta Rotary Club. Paul brought the club up to date on legislative actions taking place this legislative session.