Weekly Wrap-Up: December 13, 2019

The Weekly Wrap-up 12/13/19
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Tis the season to give back. I was lucky enough to spend a few hours with several of our members and friends building boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank on Thursday. Those boxes were later filled and I will join other Nashville Rotary members on Saturday to deliver them. I share this because it has been the highlight of my week, and this week has had a lot of highlights. I hope you will consider giving back in some way at this time of year and if you need help finding a project, we can connect you. While at Second Harvest, we spoke to them about joining the Chamber and us holding a volunteer opportunity for our members to come and build food boxes. Look for more information about this and other service opportunities in the new year. 

I was lucky enough to present to the Board of Directors of our community partner, Center for Nonprofit Management , as their nonprofit spotlight. We appreciate the work CNM does and look forward to working even more closely together in 2020, there are some exciting things in store for both our members. 

Other highlights of the week that you can read more about below:
The awesome annual meeting and holiday party we held last night and the performance we got to see while there, from the board and from the Children's Theatre.
Making some big announcements; AllianceBerstein is sponsoring an incredible performance that members are invited to, we are growing our team.
A new hotel opening and new members.
?Discussing with members and the broader business community on the state of Nashville finances. 
New and Renewing Members
Please join us in welcoming the following NEW individuals and businesses that joined our Chamber this week:

We are proud of the continued participation from the following individuals and businesses who RENEWED or upgraded their membership this week:
What We Did
What a way to close out 2019! We had another successful Brewing Up Business networking event last night that also served as our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party!

Thank you to our hosts, Nashville Children's Theatre , our friends at Dream Events & Catering for providing delicious food, and all who attended this great networking opportunity! Be sure to check out the  live video  from Out & About Nashville of our '12 Days of Chamber' year in review and  photos from the event. Thanks to all the board members that helped present all of our accomplishments of the year.

Speaking of those board members, we said goodbye to several and we thank them for their dedication and service. We also said hello to new board members and look forward to working with them and having them lead the organization. We also have new leadership of the board. Thanks you to Ron Snitker for his incredible leadership as President of the Board.

Outgoing Board Members - Jennifer Austin (Pareto Realty), Emily Benedict (Metro Council), Steve Burress (Old Town Trolley Tours of Nashville), Mikey Corona (The Mockingbird), Diane Hatley (Nissan), Amy Parker (Special Olympics Tennessee), Linzie Treadway (Vanderbilt University)

Incoming Board Members - Stephanie Ballou (AllianceBernstein), Debbie Box (Amazon), Greg Cason (Nissan), Jon Grayson (HCA Healthcare), Jake Martino (Bridgestone Americas), Brian Rosman (DOG AND A DUCK), Marisa Swystun (Center for Nonprofit Management)

Ongoing Board Members - Donna Drehmann (Postmates), Nicole Gibson (Dell), Clayton Klutts (Renaissance Therapy Group), Christopher Lester (C4ward Strategy), Courtney Lawrence (MediCopy), Ron Snitker (Waller), Terry Vo (Comcast), Rhonda Weatherford (Weatherford Enterprises), Taylor Wirth (Bass, Berry & Sims)

Executive Committee - Ron Snitker (President), Greg Cason (Vice-President), Clayton Klutts (Treasurer), Taylor Wirth (Secretary)

The Nashville Children's Theatre really showcased all they have to offer our community last night. We heard about upcoming shows and their impact on our future leaders. Donations to subsidize students tickets are always appreciated! This is a great gift/donation you could make in someone's name or just give to a wonderful cause at this time of year.
Our staff is growing! We introduced our new legislative intern, Jace Wilder, at our event last night.

Jace is a student at Belmont University. He is a great addition to our team and will help with advocacy initiatives during Session. Please check out his bio and help us welcome him onboard!
We are very glad we will have Jace this year to help with Session as we are expecting a busy one. You may have seen coverage of a new bill that was drafted and will be filed when Session starts. It attacks the Trans community again, focusing on high school athletes and forcing them to compete as the gender they were assigned at birth. We will add this one to a long list of other possible anti-LGBT legislation that may get filed, on top of the bills from last year that we have coming back. 

We need you to get ready and stay engaged when we enter the new year and Session starts. We are engaging with our community partners and allies that help us around this cause, the Tennessee Equality Project is hosting a lunch next week with us, HRC, ACLU, Freedom for All Americans and many more that we work with, to share information and strategize. Then, for our corporate members, we are having a legislative update call focused on the business response. If you are not already on the call and would like to be added, please reach out to Joe and let him know. 
Thanks to our member the Nashville Business Journal for inviting Joe to sit at their table for Breakfast with the Mayor that they hosted on Tuesday morning. Attendees heard from Mayor Cooper about several topics, but he made quite a bit of news by talking about city finances and the state that they are in. He said that the city was in receivership, which means the state had taken over its finances, which is not the case.

Words matter, especially words from our leaders. This type of talk can lead to devastating consequences for our city, our economy, and our member's businesses. It can make people question investing, moving, or staying here. We work hard to keep Nashville growing for our corporate members to our small business members, and making them equitable for all. We work on economic and community development issues all the time. Nashville faces many challenges right now with its finances, we have a lot of work to do, but we ask everyone to keep things in perspective and be careful how you talk about this issue. We don't know a city that would not love to have the growth and development that Nashville has. 
We visited Glow Nashville, the perfect holiday destination. This event is for the young and young-at-heart! Hot cocoa, full bars, ice skating, live music, marketplace, “snow” tubing, twinkling lights, and Nashville’s tallest Christmas tree. The fun ends on December 31st so grab your tickets today!
We had a great time visiting one of Nashville's newest hotels,  Margaritaville Hotel Nashville  for their Grand Opening. Check out these photos ! We look forward to their future membership and event partnership.
We visited  Liberty Party Rental  in preparation for next month's Brewing Up Business! You will be amazed by this space! They can help you plan you rnext event, big or small.
?We hope you will join us on Thursday, January 16th from 5:30 - 7:30. Registration is now open:
Diskin Cider Drag Brunch & Check Presentation
Please join us this  Sunday, December 15th at 1 pm  at Diskin Cider for Drag Brunch! Not only will you enjoy some delicious food and experience an amazing 'Ariana Grande & Mariah Carey' performance, you will also be present as Diskin presents the Nashville LGBT Chamber Foundation with a donation from Daydream sales! Make sure you register before this event sells out by emailing   info@diskincider.com !
January Brewing Up Business
Our January Brewing Up Business, which is also our Annual Meeting and Holiday Party, will be held on  Thursday, January 16th  at 5:30 at the  Liberty Party Rental .  Come start 2020 off right and eat, drink, and connect with our community!
Registration is free for members and first-time guests and $10 for repeat non-member guests.
Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise
Please join us for an evening of art, education, and conversation at the Nashville Children's Theatre 's special showing of ' Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise ' sponsored by AllianceBernstein on Friday, January 24th .

A reception will be held at 6 pm and the show will start at 7 pm. Stick around after the show for a Q&A session where we will further tackle the themes of ' Secret Soldiers '. 

Please note: We ask that all guests register for the pre-reception AND purchase tickets using the 2 links below. If you are unable to attend, we hope you will look at other showings of this performance. Members of the Nashville LGBT Chamber can use promo code BRGUEST to receive $3 off each ticket purchased for the other showings of 'Secret Soldiers.'
Predators Pride Night 2020
Predators Pride Night 2020 will be held on  Tuesday, February 18th ! Come join the Nashville LGBT Chamber and  Nashville Pride  as the  Nashville Predators  take on the Carolina Hurricanes! Pride Night packages include a game ticket and a limited edition Pride Night t-shirt! Before the game, all Pride Night attendees are welcome to join us at Bridgestone Arena for a mixer with light refreshments.

Purchase your tickets by  December 18th  to guarantee you’re sitting with other Pride Night attendees – don’t wait, get your tickets today!
Membership Has Its Perks
Promote hot deals onto our website to boost your business this holiday season! Take advantage of our 'Hot Deals' feature to promote your business for the holiday season by uploading specials and coupons to our hot deals page.

We are promoting our member directory and hot deals this holiday on our social media channels and want to make sure you are maximizing your member benefits.
We value your membership with the Nashville LGBT Chamber and we want to make sure you find value in our partnership. Please click the link below to finish 2019 strong and maximize your membership!
From our member OZ Arts Nashville : After last season's sold-out premiere, The Longest Night is back Dec. 20–21 to celebrate the winter solstice! Featuring over 40 local artists, this festive holiday concert blends music, dance, storytelling, and diverse cultural traditions surrounding the darkest night of the year.

Nashville LGBT Chamber members can save $5 with promo code OZLGBT .
Joe Woolley

Lauren Bland
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Nashville LGBT Chamber
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