Founder & President
Medals Of Honor
P.O. Box 681401
Franklin, Tennessee 37068
Director of Resource Development
Boys & Girls Club
139 West Fowlkes Street, Suite 1000
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Denise Carothers joined the Boys & Girls Club movement in 1996 as a Girl Scout troop leader for the Franklin Unit. After three years of volunteer service in 1999, she began working professionally with the Club. A native of Franklin, Denise is a graduate of Franklin High School, Tennessee State University, and holds a Master’s in Education from Lipscomb University. Single, Denise devotes time to a variety of local causes. She was the first African American President of the Franklin Rotary Club at Breakfast, serves as Assistant Governor of 6 Rotary Clubs in Williamson County, serves on the executive committee of the non-profit Hard Bargain Association serving the neighborhood in which she grew up. She is also a graduate of the 2007 Leadership Franklin Class, Community Service Day Chair for Youth Leadership Franklin, and a board member of United Way's Patricia Hart Society.
Denise currently serves as Director of Resource Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, where she oversees fundraising and community relations for all Williamson County Boys & Girls Clubs including grant proposal preparation, strategic planning, and special events. Annual events Denise oversees such as Wine Down Main Street and the Steak & Burger Dinner have become staples for the Williamson County community. She has worked professionally with Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee for over 17 years and continues to make a significant impact on the Williamson County community and the youth served in the Clubs.
Fun Facts abut Denise from her childhood:
What was your favorite movie? Charlotte's Web
What was your favorite book? Harriet the Spy
What was your favorite food? Ice Cream
Who was your favorite superhero or cartoon character? Mickey Mouse
What was your favorite activity or place to visit? Reading
Doing Good TV
2324 Alteras Drive
Nashville, Tennessee 37211
Doing Good is an innovative, 501c3 non-profit with the goal to increase the number of volunteers & the number of hours per volunteer. The mission is to educate & engage communities by promoting & celebrating “Doing Good” through volunteerism, & the vision is to be the conduit to educate & inspire cultural shifts toward community volunteerism. The values of Doing Good are Inspiration, Authenticity, Integrity, Connectivity, Inclusivity, Quality, Support, & a Personal approach.
Doing Good provides Marketing & Public Relations tools, opportunities, & resources to agencies which celebrate volunteers. The more Doing Good can provide these agencies, the more of their existing time & money they can spend on their own mission. An example of a Doing Good tool provided the agencies is the YouTube Video; two examples of Doing Good opportunities are Nashville's Volunteer of the Month (media visibility) & Hilarity for Charity (a live event); an example of a Doing Good resource is the area's largest list of agencies.
High Hopes Development Center
301 High Hopes Court
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Founder & President
P.O. Box 24056
Nashville, Tennessee 37202-4056
About the Education Equal Opportunity Group (EEOG):
The purpose of the EEOG’s programs is to provide intensive academic instruction throughout the school year and summer months. They promote college and career readiness for at risk, high school students. For nearly 20 years, EEOG has invested in students, creating meaningful experiences and providing positive pathways for success. EEOG is a culturally diverse, non-profit organization centered in self-efficacy meeting the unmet needs of today's students. The organization’s programs provide students with a positive environment as part of the learning process and focuses on preparing emerging student leaders to become armed with a wealth of knowledge. Since its inception, the EEOG has assisted over 18,000 students through participation in internship programs, and preparation of skills for educational and career opportunities.
About George Thomas:
George Thomas is the Founder and President of the Education Equal Opportunity Group (EEOG), a 501c(3) organization. The EEOG has provided character, leadership and personal development training to high school students across Tennessee. George, a native of St. Louis, Mo., received his Bachelors of Business Administration at Tennessee State University. He has more than 20 years of experience in public service and has been nominated for various awards and recognition including selection as a leading community activist by the Future Ready Nashville campaign.George is involved in multiple organizations, serving as the Vice Chair of the Scholarship Committee for the Metropolitan Development Housing Agency (MDHA), board member for Prohealth Rural Healthcare, Chairman for the George Thomas Scholarship Fund and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.
To learn more or to donate visit www.EEOG.org.
107 Music City Circle, Suite 101
Nashville, Tennessee 37214
Director Of Development & Marketing
P.O. Box 2385
Brentwood, Tennessee 37024
198 E Main Street Suite 3
Franklin, Tennessee 37064
Open Monday-Friday 9AM to 4PM
Franklin is a special community. It has a rich cultural history of national significance and was founded and has prospered in a gentle and beautiful landscape. Residents — whether born and raised in the community or recent arrivals-care deeply about the place they call home: Franklin, Tennessee.
With few exceptions residents believe that Franklin offers a high quality of life and they rate this aspect as the most important factor affecting their decision to live in the community. In fact, a 2012 household survey conducted for Franklin Tomorrow in conjunction with the Williamson County Association of Realtors indicated 9 of 10 residents surveyed ranked their quality of life as good or excellent.
Franklin has gained national recognition for its revitalization of downtown and for devising impact fee strategies for new development. Franklin is clearly a prosperous community with dedicated and passionate stewards.
It is easy to say that Franklin — with its prosperity, unique history and sense of community — would be the envy of communities across the nation. So what is the problem? What are the issues that drove the need for a vision for Franklin?
There is no simple answer except that there is an evolving recognition on the part of its citizens, local government, business and preservation groups that safeguarding the attributes that make Franklin so special will take deliberate action and special attention in the face of the continuing pressure for growth and development.
It is important to note that for most of its history, Franklin grew moderately, if at all. In fact, from the end of the Civil War to until the 1960s the community experienced no significant growth. That easygoing, minimal-change condition began to change in the mid 1960′s and erupted in the 1980s and continues today. Franklin’s population doubled in the 1990s, reaching nearly 42,000 in 2000. The 2010 Census put the population at more than 60,000 and it is expected to double again over the next 20 years to 78,000.
In addition to residential growth, Franklin has attracted a significant amount of commercial and industrial employers, including many headquarters or regional offices. Numerous factors have fueled Franklin’s growth. The most compelling appears to be the charm and historic small town character offered by Franklin as one of America’s quintessential small towns.
This factor, in light of the recent growth, has fueled much of the passion throughout the vision process. Franklin residents care deeply about their community. At the very first round of public meetings participants were asked to identify what they treasure most about the Franklin community. In overwhelming terms, the most significant community value is Franklin’s historic small town character.