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.
Dr. Ming Wang, Harvard & MIT (MD, magna cum laude); PhD (laser physics), is a world-renowned laser eye surgeon, philanthropist, and Kiwanis Nashvillian of the Year.
As a teenager, Ming fought valiantly to escape one of history’s darkest eras - China’s Cultural Revolution - during which millions of innocent youth were deported to remote areas to face a life sentence of poverty and hard labor. Ming eventually made his way to the U.S. with $50 in his pocket and against all odds, he earned a PhD in laser physics and graduate with the highest honors from Harvard Medical School and MIT. Dr. Wang has performed over 55,000 eye procedures and has treated patients from nearly every state in the U.S. and from over 55 countries worldwide. He is considered the “doctor’s doctor,” as he has operated on over 4,000 physicians. Dr. Wang has published 9 textbooks and over 100 articles, including a paper in the world-renowned journal “Nature,“ and performed the world’s first laser artificial cornea implantation. He is the only surgeon in the state who performs 3D SMILE and 3D LASIK (18+), 3D Implantable Contact Lens (21+), 3D Forever Young Lens (45+), and 3D Laser Cataract Surgery (60+). Dr. Wang received the Honor Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Association of Chinese American Physicians, and an honorary doctorate degree from Trevecca Nazarene University. He is the CEO of Aier-USA, which brings investments from China and creates jobs here in America. Dr. Wang established a non-profit foundation, which provides sight restoration surgeries free-of-charge for indigent patients who otherwise would never have the opportunity to receive them.
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.
Dolores Gresham was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2002. She served in the Tennessee House of Representatives for six years. Dolores represented District 94 which consisted of Fayette County, part of Hardeman County, and South Tipton County.
She was assigned to the House Agriculture Committee and to the House Education Committee both of which were her first choices. She was selected to serve as Vice Chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee. Dolores was elected Secretary of the House Republican Caucus Leadership team in 2005.
In 2008, she was elected Senator for District 26 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016, and now represents Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Henderson, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, and McNairy Counties.
She has served as Chairman of the Senate Education Committee since her first year in the Senate. She also is a member of the Commerce and Labor Committee and the Energy, Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. In the past, she has also served on the Senate Finance, Ways and Means Committee as well as the Senate Transportation Committee.
Her education includes a Bachelors of Art degree from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She received a Master of Arts degree from Loyola in New Orleans and a Master of Science in Administration from George Washington University, Washington D.C.
She has been endorsed by Tennessee Right to Life, National Rifle Association, National Federation of Independent Business, and Tennessee Realtors Association.
Dolores and her husband, Will, both retired from the United States Marine Corps with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. They live on their farm just east of Somerville. They are both active in their church, St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church near Somerville, TN.
Note from The 917 Society: Senator Gresham also personally delivered 1800 of our 917 Society Pocket Constitutions to the 8th grade students in her large district in honor of Constitution Day this past September 17th! We salute her for being a shining example to all elected official for honoring her oath to "uphold our Constitution" and helping us to distribute to the students.
David Winters is a retired naval officer of the combat line, and patent Attorney, admitted before the Tennessee Bar, the US Patent and Trademark Office, and the United States Supreme Court. He previously served as an international business consultant and negotiator in Europe and Asia. He earned his undergraduate degree from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, and his Master of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulfport. Additionally, he is a law graduate of Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, England, and Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale.
Long a sailing skipper and aviator, he enjoys writing, working on his boat, and piloting an antique airplane on the increasingly rare occasions when he and his aircraft are simultaneously in flying condition. His most recent book is The Pirate’s Guide to Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.
Commander Winters is married to former Army nurse, Colonel Debbie Tipton-Winters and they have three audacious offspring, Dr. Ian Winters, Miss Patience Winters, and Dr. Charity Winters.
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
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.
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.
Todd Quillin is an entrepreneur and owner of QuillCo Business Printing. Todd is also Middle Tennessee Managing Director for Business Networking International (BNI). Todd has enjoyed being a volunteer and board member of several Middle Tennessee organizations throughout the years including Middle TN Postal Customer Council, YMCA of Brentwood, and the Williamson County Chamber of Commerce. Todd is excited to be a member of The 917 Society Founders Club and help further it's mission to educate our youth about the Constitution. A native of Tennessee, Todd lives in Williamson County with his wife and daughter. He enjoys kayaking and fishing in his spare time.
Norma Crow currently is a Real Estate Investor and Developer. For 20 years she owned and operated the famous Silver Leaf 1815 Country Inn in Lyles, TN. She earned various awards for her recipes and she also trained her English Setters.
She formerly owned the McCabe Shopping Center in Sylvan Park where she renovated and recruited select tenants including a #1 Nashville restaurant.
She and her late husband, Johnny V. Crow, were both Tennessee State Senators and she was the first woman appointed to the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Commission, where she served as President.
As a successful business woman and entrepreneur, she understands the importance of our Constitution and is excited to support in The 917 Society and their mission. She currently resides in Nashville and owns Marketplace Realty and Choice City Homes, with offices in Germantown.
Joni Schmidt Hargrove is a graduate of Austin Peay State University and recently retired from Austin Peay after 29+ years of service. Joni is politically active throughout the District and is Co-Chairman of the HCRP. She is a member of several organizations, such as the Tennessee Firearms Association, TRA, TFRW, Ambassador to the Beacon Center, Red River Women, MCRW, Rural Tennessee Speaks and others. Joni is very passionate about building a better tomorrow for our children and understands the importance of educating our youth with the principles in our Constitution. She serves as the Community Advisory Board Chair for The 917 Society and is actively working to help raise awareness and membership for the organization. Joni is married to William Edward Hargrove and they live in Houston County with son, Taylor Lindsey. She is the daughter of the late John (Rip) and Betty Schmidt, also of Houston County. Joni is a member of Elk Creek Baptist Church in Stewart County, TN.
Rodgar and Reba McCalmon are Founding Club Members. Rodgar has been working with The 917 Society with his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. The students have enjoyed the videos featuring Lincoln and we are currently working on a Bill of Rights series to be filmed in November. Rodgar and his wife Reba live in Middle Tennessee. Rodgar is also one of four founders of TAKL a website and App that allows you to get little jobs done on demand. They are parents, grandparents and great grandparents.
Mike and Teresa Tuttle are originally from Ohio and Fla. They met in Fla. and have been married 50 years. They have two sons and six grandchildren. Mike is a retired U.S. Army Capt. and Computer consultant and Teresa is a retired Mental Health nurse, RNC. They have traveled the world in Europe, Middle East, China/Asia and Down-under. They have lived in Germany and the Middle East. They settled in TN in 1998 and have been in Cheatham Co. since 2005. Both are active in civic and political organizations.
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.
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.
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.
Kip Dodson is a hard core believer in the power of the constitution. As a man of faith, husband, dad, volunteer, coach and serial entrepreneur, he has a passion for effectively run organizations while also helping others. He is the owner and founder of the A Moment’s Peace Salon & Day Spa Franchising company (the first national franchise of its kind) as well as a founder of Empower Local, a hyper local news and digital marketing consulting firm that helps over 100 businesses and reaches over 3 million users annual with interesting content and advertising within digital assets. His first job was as an industrial engineer at Walt Disney World’s Imagineering Group. He then went on to Rockwell Automation for 23 years and earned his MBA from Vanderbilt (magna cum laude) before he became a full-time entrepreneur and volunteer in 2014. Kip purchased his first company in 2004 and currently owns interests within six while also volunteering his time on various executive boards. They are Rotary International, Ravenwood HS Athletics Booster Club – President, Tennessee Immigrant and Minority Business Group, Tennessee Chinese and American Chamber of Commerce and he is the Executive Director for the FAIRtax group, an organization that wants to eliminate the federal income tax because it was not originally written within the United States constitution, and the state of Tennessee thrives without one, outperforming many other states because there is no income tax. He advocates how the United States is under-performing because nationally it has the most and highest income-based taxes in the world, and most importantly, the constitution originally forbid income taxes.
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.
Mark Green has been a staunch supporter of The 917 Society for the past three years and is a true champion of our U.S. Constitution. He was first elected to the Tennessee State Senate in 2012. Dr. Mark Green is a physician, businessman, veteran, and Congressman-elect for Tennessee’s Seventh Congressional District. Mark decided to run for office during his 25th class reunion at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Seeing again the words on the statue of Gen. Douglas MacArthur, “Duty, honor, country,” he realized that he had a duty to fulfill.
In the State Senate, Mark serves as the Vice-Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee and as Chaplain of the Senate GOP Caucus. A conservative fighter, Mark led the fight to eliminate the Hall Income Tax, sponsored the Teachers’ Bill of Rights, and worked against the expansion of Obamacare by passing a health savings account pilot program. For his leadership, Mark was recognized with numerous awards, including the NFIB’s Guardian of Small Business and as one of GOPAC’s Top 21 Emerging Leaders for the Country.
With his wife, Camilla, and children, Alexa and Mitchell, Mark came to Tennessee as an Army special operations flight surgeon assigned to the 160th Special Ops Aviation Regiment. There he planned and flew on some of the War on Terror’s most covert operations. His most memorable mission was the capture of Saddam Hussein, where he interviewed Saddam for six hours the night of his capture. During this time, Mark was selected as the Army Aviation Association Flight Surgeon of the year.
Mark’s military career began as an infantry officer. From 1987–1990, he served as a rifle platoon leader, scout platoon leader, and battalion personnel officer in the 194th Separate Armor Brigade, and from 1990–1992 as a supply officer and an airborne rifle company commander in the famed 82nd Airborne Division. His military awards include the Bronze Star, The Air Medal, The Air Medal with “V” device for valor under heavy enemy fire, and numerous other medals for service.
Mark grew up as the child of a hardworking veteran and pastor who was disabled due to bone cancer and a devout mother whose quotes from the Bible remain among the anchors of his worldview. Thanks to both of his parents, Mark developed the strong work ethic and desire to serve his community that continue to drive his actions as a legislator.