Trustee Community Relations Committee Meeting

The Trustee Community Relations Committee will be in Sewanee on Thursday, April 25, at which time the Community Council will update the Trustees on topics of interest and concern to our community. If you have topics that you would like the Council to consider, please contact a Council member.

Community members are invited to join the Trustees and Council members for a reception at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 25, at the American Legion Hall.

Members of the Community Council include: Anna Palmer, June Weber, Pamela Byerly, Louise Irwin, Pixie Dozier, Eric Keen, Phil White, Cindy Potter, Kate Reed, Theresa Shackelford, Charles Whitmer, Nancy Berner, Sallie Green, Austin Oakes, Shirley Taylor, Adam Foster, Gray Hodsdon and John McCardell.

Sjolund at Lifelong Learning

The Sewanee Seminars for Lifelong Learning will meet at noon, Thursday, April 4, at Lower Cravens on Kentucky Avenue on the University Campus. Karl Sjolund, Head of School at St.Andrew’s-Sewanee (SAS) will speak on “The Case for Independent Schools.” Karl has a passion for a boarding school model, initiated at Virginia Episcopal (VES) as a boarding student, then honed as Head of School at Salem Academy in Winston-Salem where he served prior to coming to SAS in 2016.

After earning a B.A. in Economics at Virginia Military, he earned a M.A. in Private School Leadership through Columbia University. He and his wife Susan reside on the SAS campus. He is steadfast in his support of the Baltimore Orioles.

Sewanee Seminars for Lifelong Learning is a 12-month program, commencing in September of each year. Year 10 commences later this year. Annual memberships are $20, individual sessions are $3. Parking is available at the Tennessee Williams Center. Cookies, coffee and water available at no charge.

SCA Meeting April 4

The Sewanee Civic Association (SCA) will meet at 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 4, at St. Mark’s Hall, Otey Parish. Social time with wine begins at 5:30 p.m., and dinner begins at 6 p.m. The business meeting begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by a brief program. The dinner and meeting are free and open to the public. Free children’s activities will be available. Please RSVP by Friday, March 29, to <>.

The 36th annual Community Service Award will be presented.

The speaker for this meeting is Ryan Barry on “Full Spectrum Estate Planning: Protecting and Maximizing Your Long-Term Wealth.”

Ryan is a licensed attorney providing counsel in the areas of estate and trust planning, estate and trust administration, and elder law and special needs planning for clients in Tennessee and Georgia. The primary focus of his work is preparing estate plans for families ranging in net worth from $10,000 to more than $100 million. In this capacity, he assists clients with developing documents such as wills, revocable trust plans, and charitable lead and remainder trusts, among other services.

Prior to going into private practice, Ryan worked for many years as a member of the estate planning team at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel law firm in Chattanooga. Sewanee is close to his heart, as he grew up on an 88-acre farm just outside of town and graduated as valedictorian of both St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School and the University of the South. He holds a law degree from the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Ryan will discuss best practices in estate planning and long-term wealth management.

Upcoming Meetings

Coffee with the Coach

Coffee with the Coach, an opportunity to learn more about Sewanee’s sports teams, continues at 9 a.m., Monday, March 25, with University of the South basketball coaches Mick Hedgepeth and Brian Emerson.

Sewanee Garden Club

The Sewanee Garden Club will meet at 1:30, p.m., Monday, March 25, at the home of Anne-Marie Pender. In addition to being hostess, she will give a lively lecture on the living breathing ground beneath our feet. The meeting will include a silent auction of more than two dozen gardening-related books, ranging from tree and plant guides to bird and butterfly enticements and all manner of plant care and landscaping. The books were donated by Jill Carpenter, and all proceeds will beautify The Shakespeare Garden as sponsored by the Sewanee Garden Club.

Visitors and guests are always welcome. For more information, please contact Flournoy Rogers at (931) 598-0733 or <>.

Town of Monteagle

The Monteagle City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Monday, March 25, at City Hall.

Community Council Meeting

The next meeting of the Community Council is scheduled for 7 p.m., Monday, March 25, at the Sewanee Senior Citizens’ Center.  Agenda items include approval of the January minutes; update on sidewalks, Potter; update on cell tower progress, Potter; University parking and ticketing, Shackelford; revisiting the Community Council elections rules in the constitution, Shackelford; Community Council grants committee, McCardell; approval of 2019-20 Community Council meeting dates, McCardell; and announcements and/or questions.

SUD Meeting

The Sewanee Utility District of Franklin and Marion Counties Board of Commissioners will have its regular meeting at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 26, at the utility office on Sherwood Road. If a customer is unable to attend but wishes to bring a matter to the board, call 598-5611, visit the office, or call a board member. Your board members are Art Hanson, Randall Henley, Ronnie Hoosier, Charlie Smith and Paul Evans.

EQB Meetings

Members of the EQB Club will gather at 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 27, at St. Mary’s Sewanee. Lunch will be served at noon. Following lunch, approximately 12:30 p.m., we will have the pleasure of a Lead from Wall Wafford who will share information with us about the past, present and future plans for Folks At Home. Interested non-members are welcome to arrive at 12:30 p.m. and sit in on the presentation.

Thirst for Knowlege

Thirst for Knowledge will meet at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 27 at the Blue Chair Cafe. David Shipps will speak on “Alexa, I’m Glad You’re Here!” with Eric Keen as the moderator. All are invited to attend. Thirst for Knowledge is sponsored by the Sewanee Civic Association and the Office of Civic Engagement.

Area Rotary Club Meetings

The Grundy County Rotary Club meets at 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays at Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City. The Monteagle-Sewanee Rotary Club will meet at 8 a.m., Thursday, March 28, with the Land Trust of Tennessee presenting the program.

Caregivers Groups

The Folks at Home’s Caregivers Group meets weekly on Thursday, 1–2:30 p.m., in Otey Parish’s St. Mark’s Hall. There is no charge and new members are welcome. Contact Folks at Home at (931) 598-0303 or <>.

FCDP Reorganization Meeting

The Franklin County Democratic Party (FCDP) will have its reorganization meeting at 6 p.m., Friday, March 29, at the Franklin County Annex Small Meeting Room, 839 Dinah Shore Blvd., Winchester.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the meeting starts at 6 p.m. FCDP will choose new officers and executive committee members and set new meeting times. At least one man and one woman from each of Franklin County’s eight districts are needed to serve on the executive committee. Please bring a dish to share for dinner.

Sewanee Emeritus Features Sherwood Road Development Talk

The Sewanee Emeritus Association will meet at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 14, in the Torian Room of the library. Everyone is invited to come for the program and stay for refreshments following.
This month the speakers are Mickey Suarez and Michael Coffey. They are the brains and brawn behind the Sherwood Road Development, a housing project in conjunction with Housing Sewanee Inc.Continue reading

Friends of the Farm Meeting

A kick off meeting for the Friends of the University Farm will be held this Saturday, March 9, from 10–11:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome and the Friends will gather at the farm on Breakfield Road in Sewanee. Children are welcome if accompanied by a parent or a minder. The Farm will provide coffee and hot chocolate, feel free to bring a snack or baked good to share. If weather permits, there will be a tour of the farm at the beginning of the meeting. Due to recent rainy weather, rubber boots might be needed for this part of the day. We will also have a short seed planting activity and attendees will take home some of these seeded plant pots.Continue reading

Upcoming Meetings, March 8, 2019

American Legion
American Legion Post 51 will meet at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 9, in the Legion Hall on University Avenue in Sewanee.

Coffee with the Coach
Coffee with the Coach, an opportunity to learn more about Sewanee’s sports teams, continues at 9 a.m., Monday, March 11, with University of the South swimming and diving coach, Max Obermiller.There will not be a meeting on March 18. Gather at the Blue Chair Tavern for free coffee and conversation.Continue reading