“Her story is wonderful!”
Lisa Cummins, President, Bellevue Rotary
At their weekly meeting on April 1st, the Bellevue Rotary Club hosted featured speaker Dr. Palace Pillow-McCutchen. In her presentation to the club, Dr. McCutchen, who attended the inauguration of President Barack Obama in January, expressed how the election of our current president affected her personally, by relating significant events from her past.
Witnessing the inauguration of our country’s 44th president was one of many surprising and happy events that Dr. McCutchen has experienced throughout the course of her dynamic life. Her parents William Earl Pillow and Eva Patrick Pillow were sharecroppers on a tobacco farm in Columbia Tennessee. She was born the tenth child into a family of thirteen children. Her grandmother Mary L Patrick was a domestic worker employed by a Belle Meade family. Dr. McCutchen who now lives in Bellevue told the group “I never would have imagined then that I would one day live so near Belle Meade.” As a child, the words of President Abraham Lincoln inspired her to believe in the future, however the segregated schools she attended were so deprived of educational resources that she did not see a picture of our nation’s sixteenth president until she was in high school. Today Dr. Palace-Pillow McCutchen holds several degrees and belongs to numerous civic groups and organizations. She and her husband Wallace McCutchen are both active members of Harpeth Hills Church Of Christ in Brentwood. She currently works for the state of Tennessee and recently co-authored her first book Memoirs of Faith.
On April 8th, Jay Richiuso,Assistant Director of Manuscripts Services at the Tennessee State Library And Archives, will speak to the Rotary Club. On April 15 Rotarian Arthur Mckew is scheduled to talk to the club about their future goals and objectives. Mr. McKew,who will assume the office of President of the Bellevue Rotary in July, recently attended a three day Rotary seminar.
The Bellevue Rotary Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 am at Shoney’s Restaurant on Highway 70 S. Visitors interested in Rotary membership are invited to attend.