The Tennessee Chapter of the Theodore Roosevelt Association
enjoys an active membership which supports two annual activities as
well as other events or opportunities related to TR!
~ Teddy Bear Drive ~
The chapter won a grant for presentation of Teddy Bears to the youngsters
at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital. The Minnie Pearl Cancer Foundation
funded the project, Bruce Holley provided the leadership and on December
23 the bears were delivered to children's arms.
~ Police Award ~
The chapter matched a grant from the Ansley Fund of the Frist Foundation
in order to present the 1999 Police Award for Nashville and Middle
Tennessee to Detective Clifford Mann.
The Theodore Roosevelt Police Award is given annually in nine areas
of the country. Awardees are police officers who have overcome an
adversity whether injury, illness or other disability, as Theodore
Roosevelt triumphed over the physical handicaps of his youth, and
who have rendered, and continue to render, outstanding and praiseworthy
service to their respective police department, as TR did in his years
as President of the Board of Police Commissioners of New York City.
~ Some "BULLY!" good writing ~
Chapter members, particularly Dee Gee Lester, assisted with an essay
contes spnsored by TPAC in connection with the run of "Bully!"
~ New projects? ~
Chapter members look to lend a hand in an initiative of the Theodore
Roosevelt Association this spring. TRA trustee Jim Summerville hope
to develop some funding prospects for Pine Knot, the rustic presidential
retreat near Charlottesville, Virginia, where Edith and TR repaired
from 1905 until 1908. In 1996 the TRA developed and approved long-term
plans for the development of Pine Knot as an historic site. As a result
of its efforts and a grant from the State of Virginia, work on improvements
to stabilize and restore the property and provide limited public access