The 89th Annual Tennessee District Exchange Club Conference, hosted by the Lake Tansi Exchange Club, and held at Fall Creek Falls State Park was a huge success! The conference was well attended in the beautiful setting of Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The success of this conference was due to the tremendous efforts of many Lake Tansi Exchange members working endless hours at the direction of Betty Quast and our President Judi Hartman. A huge round of thanks is due to you all!
The hospitality suite was also a big success with delectable treats and beverages. The traditional Tennessee lemonade was also served and enjoyed by many.
The Keynote speaker and other presenters were absolutely outstanding and a great way to kick off the annual event. Mark Thompson came all the way from London, England to accept the Keynote speaker job and, once again, his presentation was the talk of the day. Immediately after Mark’s presentation, he was cornered by our National representatives and invited to be the Keynote speaker at the National Convention!
Judge Gary McKenzie, Assistant Attorney General Amanda Hunter Worley, and child advocate Jennifer Wilkerson gave heart wrenching testimony regarding the successful use of Murch the advocate dog. Tears were streaming when Jennifer described how Murch broke through the barrier of difficult interviews with abused and sexually exploited children who found it difficult to describe the atrocities they were subjected to in their young lives.
Our own past president, Jerry Davenport, introduced his daughter and guest speaker, Beckki Atkinson Librarian and teacher at Cumberland County High School. Beckki treated listeners with truths and myths of modern day teenagers, the influences of social media and the importance of good parenting.
The conference was completed Sunday morning with Honor Air presenter Gus Gocella who spoke at our One Nation Under God breakfast. The efforts of Gus and the many Honor Air volunteers have touched the lives and memories of countless veterans who have been escorted to Washington DC to visit the war memorials and pay respect to friends and comrades lost to war so long ago.