Bart McFadden of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley on April 8th

Join us at our monthly membership meeting to learn more about the work of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley. Our Speaker will be president and CEO of the club, Bart McFadden. McFadden has a long history of service to youth through Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations and is a club alumnus, having attended Boys & Girls Clubs in Johnson City, Tennessee, as a child. He holds Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in sports management from East Tennessee State University.

Bart McFadden

Bart McFadden

  • When: April 8th
  • Time: Networking and breakfast 7:45 am, meeting begins at 8, adjourns at 9 am
  • Where: 957 Irwin Street, Knoxville, TN 37917

To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley, visit

March 11th – Learn more about the College of Dental Medicine at LMU from Blake Lawson

Blake Lawson, Assistant Director of Development
Blake Lawson, Assistant Director of Development

Blake Lawson joined Lincoln Memorial University in September 2021 as the Assistant Director of Development, Health Sciences Division in the Office of University Advancement. Lawson leads development for the College of Dental Medicine and raises awareness for LMU health science programs in his role. Primarily, he focuses on creating opportunities to build revenue through partnerships, donations, student scholarship opportunities, and other fundraising efforts.

Lawson brings experience working in higher education and has participated in various philanthropic efforts before joining LMU. Lawson received his MBA and Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from the University of Tennessee where he served as both a graduate teaching assistant and as the vice president of philanthropy for the Tennessee Organization of MBAs (TOMBA). Before joining LMU, Lawson served as the assistant director of annual fund marketing with Vanderbilt University. Furthermore, Lawson currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Valley Coalition for the Homeless (TVCH). In his free time, Lawson enjoys exercising and has operated commercially and independently as a personal fitness trainer.

Our meeting will be at Emerald Youth Foundation, 1718 Central Street, networking begins at 7:45, or meeting begins at 8 and we promptly adjourn at 9 am.

Don’t forget to renew your membership this month. The deadline for the new directory is February 28th, click here to renew.

Duncan Book Signing

From Batboy to Congressman

Congressman John J. “Jimmy” Duncan, Jr.

Join us for a discussion and book signing at our February 11th monthly meeting at the Boys and Girls Club (407 Caswell Ave, Knoxville). Arrive 7:45 to network and the meeting will kick-off at 8 am. Our speaker, John J. Duncan, Jr. served as a respected criminal defense lawyer and judge before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives for Tennessee’s Second Congressional district in 1988. He retired from Congress at the end of his 16th term in January of 2019. Throughout his decades-long career, Duncan was known for his commitment to his constituents.

This book contains timely reflections on issues of war and poverty, leadership and the lack of it, and the proper relationship between citizens and government. Its intention is to highlight moments in a singular career. “As you will read in the book,” writes Congressman Duncan, “every job gave me strange, funny, and unusual stories.”

Support a local business and purchase your copy at Union Ave Bookstore From Batboy to Congressman: Thirty Years in the US House (Paperback) or pick up your copy at the meeting.

Don’t forget to renew your membership this month, click here.

Learn about Compass – local news in a new world

Scott Barker, Co-founder of Compass

Our speaker this month will be Scott Barker the co-founder along with Jesse Fox Mayshark, of Compass, a local news website, and newsletter focusing on government, politics, education, and business (

He was born in Chattanooga and raised in Kingston. After attending Austin Peay State University and the University of Tennessee, he worked in various jobs until he was hired as a reporter at the News Sentinel in 1999. He won numerous national, state, and regional journalism awards as a reporter and editorial page editor over his 18-year stint at the paper. He was the lead reporter of the News Sentinel’s coverage of downtown Knoxville’s redevelopment, Black Wednesday and its aftermath, the Kingston coal ash spill, and other seminal news events over the past two decades.

In 2020, Scott and Jesse were inducted into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. He lives in North Knoxville with his wife, Kimberly Jones. His daughter attends the University of Tennessee.

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Meeting Details

  • When: 8 am
  • Where: Emerald Youth Foundation (1718 Central St.)
  • Zoom option available – email for the link before Friday’s meeting.