Dr. Ming Wang is President of our Founders Club beginning 9/18/18 through 9/17/19. He is the first $1000 donor during this period and we will be adding to the list of Founding Club Members as others join. Dr. Wang will be hosting a Holiday Party for all the Founding Club Members as a THANK YOU for helping us reach the entire State of Tennessee 8th grade classes including private, public and home schooled students.

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To become a Founders Club Member donate $1000 or more to The 917 Society before Nov 1st this year to help us reach 50,000 students in time for Bill of Rights Day December 15th. Reminder letters will go out in June of 2019 for the next year to continue your support each year.

You receive recognition on all email and written correspondence for the next year.

You receive an invitation to an exclusive Holiday Party for Founders Club Members.

Your biography and picture will be featured on this page to show you are a “Keeper of our Republic”

You will be featured at our annual Constitution Day Celebration in September of each year.

You will ensure we can continue our work each year to reach over 85,000 8th graders in our state and begin to reach other states.

 Representative Mary Littleton

Representative Mary Littleton

Representative Mary Littleton is a resident of Dickson County and represents both Dickson and Cheatham Counties. And has been a member of the state legislature for five years. (108th through 110th General assembly- currently in 110th)

She is a mother of four and has five grandchildren.

She is a member of the State Government committee, State government Sub-committee and the Criminal Justice Committee.

Community service- 23rd District Judicial Child Advocacy Board, Dickson Cancer Board, Dickson Habitat for Humanity, Dickson Relay for Life, Dickson County Planning and Zoning Board; member: Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce, Dickson County Chamber of Commerce, Dickson High Noon Rotary, NRA Cheatham County Community Foundation, Cheatham County Kiwanis, Casa, & Safe Haven Cheatham County

  HARVEY DURHAM

HARVEY DURHAM

The 917 Society is excited to announce Harvey Durham as a Founders Club Member this year. Harvey Durham joins Dr. Ming Wang as a member of our Founders Club. Harvey lives in Adamsville, TN. and owns Harvey Durham Insurance Agency. He is very involved in politics and supporting patriotic causes. He is passionate about helping our Veterans. When asked why he joined The 917 Society Founders Club, he said that the youth are our future and if we ground them in the Constitution now, we will reap the rewards as they become voting citizens. He is an avid Sportsman and hunts all over the world. He is considered one of the best shots in the world and  has shot many sub-world record groups out past 1,500 yards. We are excited to have his support.

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Lee Beaman, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, is the Chairman and CEO of Beaman Automotive Group, an award-winning group based in Nashville, Tennessee. Beaman is also heavily involved in the community, serving on numerous nonprofit boards. He currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Americans for Prosperity of Tennessee. Additionally, he serves on the boards of Montgomery Bell Academy, Belmont University, Men of Valor, Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital, the Salvation Army, the Beacon Center of Tennessee, the Tennessee Federation for Children, and the Beaman Foundation.  He is the past chairman of the Nashville Symphony and the Boy Scouts of America – Middle Tennessee Council and has recently served on various other boards including the Nashville Area Red Cross and Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art.Beaman is a former member of the U.S. Civil Rights Commission State Advisory Council, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the American Heart Association. His awards for business and community leadership include the Junior Achievement Free Enterprise Award, the Tennessee and American Business Ethics Awards, the Top 20 Employers in Tennessee, the Better Business Bureau Ambassador of the Year, and the Nashville Rotary Club Paul Harris Fellow. He passionately supports conservative candidates and causes, choice in education and numerous faith-based organizations. He is also an angel investor in dozens of companies. Lee lives in Nashville with his three children and attends Grace Chapel.


Mr. Giarratana has been a real estate entrepreneur and developer for over 30 years. Recognized for his creative leadership in complex urban projects, he pioneered the high-rise residential projects in Nashville’s central business district and SoBro. Viridian was named 2007 Urban Land Institute’s “Development of the Year” by Atlanta District Council. Mr. Giarratana graduated from the University of South Florida with a degree in Business Administration. He serves on the boards of Lipscomb University College of Business and Middle Tennessee Council Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Giarratana also founded Premier Parking which is Nashville’s largest parking services provider.

 TONY GIARRANTANA

TONY GIARRANTANA

 Senator Kerry Roberts

Senator Kerry Roberts

The 917 Society is excited to announce Senator Kerry Roberts has joined our organization as a Founding Club Member. Senator Kerry Roberts was first elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2011 to represent Robertson and Sumner counties. He was re-elected to the Tennessee Senate in 2014 to represent Robertson, Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, and Humphreys counties. Senator Roberts is recognized for his diplomacy, statesmanship, and effectiveness by not only his colleagues but the media. He frequently appears on Nashville television and radio to discuss state legislative matters. He serves on the Judiciary Committee, Government Operations Committee, and Energy, Environment, and Agriculture Committee.

Kerry is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and small business owner. Married since 1987, Kerry and Dianne, along with their three children, live on a small farm in a 150-year old house where Kerry enjoys working with antique tractors. His children are enrolled in Robertson County public schools.

Dr. Arthur Carpenter
Dr. Carpenter is a professor of Physics at Austin Peay University in Clarksville. He received a B.S. degree at the University of Illinois, a Master's Degree from The University of Florida and a Ph.D. from Florida State University. Dr. Carpenter has a farm in Montgomery County and in several civic and political organizations. He has also committed some of his time to help us deliver Constitutions to the schools before December 15th.

 Ted H. Williams

Ted H. Williams

The 917 Society is excited to announce Ted Williams has joined us as a Founders Club Member.Ted is from Dickson County, has an MBA for Tennessee State University and has spent his career in banking. In 1999, he and four other Bank Directors from Peoples Bank decided to charter a new bank in Dickson County. It was the first time in 45 years that a new bank had been chartered in Dickson County. The bank officially opened one second after midnight on January 1, 2000, being the first bank to open its doors in the new millennium. Ted has served as President since the bank’s inception and has served as CEO of TriStar Bank since July of 2003. TriStar Bank is now a $290 million community bank, with five branches in three counties. Ted has been married to Sharon for 32 years and has three grown sons.