Bordeaux North Nashville Chamber of Commerce meeting is major success

Mayor Megan Barry and members of the Bordeaux North Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s at their April meeting (photo by Deborah A. Culp).

Mayor Megan Barry and members of the Bordeaux North Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s at their April meeting (photo by Deborah A. Culp).

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The recent monthly membership meeting for the Bordeaux North Nashville Chamber of Commerce accomplished more than filling the seats. It was a major success. Nashville Mayor Megan Barry was this month’s esteemed luncheon speaker. Chamber members, guests and visitors were welcomed, enjoying a tasty lunch during the program at the Millennium Maxwell House Hotel.

Meeting facilitator and founder/board chair Judge Rachel L. Bell opened the meeting with a hearty welcome. Prayer was led by Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings, founding member, followed by Board President/founding member Dr. Katherine Y. Brown introducing young orator Robert D. Brown, a second grader at Jones Paideia Elementary School. His poem reading of ‘I Am Somebody’ sparked rousing applaud and a standing ovation. It also left his proud teacher Sheryl Reid beaming with pride. Charter member and Nashville Criminal Court Clerk Howard Gentry welcomed Mayor Barry to the podium.

She delivered an impacting and supportive message, while graciously expressing her gratitude for serving the city and making history as Music City USA’s first female mayor. She also expressed the importance of Bordeaux North Nashville Chamber of Commerce’s unity and growth to the Bordeaux area and the city overall. As the event progressed, other program speakers shared important factors, progress notes and their take on the direction of the organization’s focus. Judge Bell presented the Community Development and Division Report, and the ‘Reach and Future’ Summer Programs were discussed by Beverly W. Bell, executive director/founding member and Judge Bell’s beautiful mom.

Other programs such as the REACH Literacy Program at 18th Avenue Family Enrichment Center, East Nashville Hope Exchange Partnership (Executive Director Brandy Fenderson); East Nashville Hope Exchange; Ring the Bell Foundation and New Covenant Christian Church (Rev. Dr. Judy Cummings, senior pastor); and the General Sessions Music City Community Court Division VII were all discussed.

Each month the chamber highlights a chamber member’s business. This month Express Employment Professionals was the featured business. Luncheon attendee’s horizons were further widened with information from speaker Tracy Pointer, founder/executive director of GROW (Golfers Recognizing Opportunities for Women). Information was also given concerning the Ted Rhodes Golf Course Back 9 Landscaping Plan.

Dr. Katherine Y. Brown shared information and updates on the program of work divisions. Categories included: A. Economic & Business Division; B. Community Development Division; and C. Health & Wellness Division. Lindsey Langley spoke about the Bordeaux North Nashville Chamber of Commerce. The next meeting is May 9, and a synopsis of that meeting agenda was highlighted. A closing prayer was administered and the meeting was adjourned.

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