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CedarStone Bank president and CEO Bob McDonald, Paul Bauman Award of Excellence winner, flanked by CedarStone's John Sloan and former chamber chairman Carolyn Christoffersen.

On January 22, CedarStone Bank's John Sloan, now the active Chairman of the Mt Juliet Chamber of Commerce, and Carolyn Christoffersen, the former Chairman of the Chamber, announced the Chamber Choice Award winners at Covey Rise. Among them was CedarStone president and CEO Bob McDonald, who was honored with the Paul Bauman Award of Excellence. The award is given annually to a business person who, through his or her community and civic efforts, has made our community a better place to live and work. The award is named after Paul Bauman, an influential businessman who was instrumental the early success of the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.

Paul Bauman
Even though Paul passed way in 1996, he will always be remembered as one of Mt Juliet’s most respected and influential businessmen. Paul was a 1959 graduate of The Citadel (where he rose to Lt. Colonel), was President of John Deal Companies, a member of the Board of Trust at Cumberland University, a founding member of the Mt Juliet Breakfast Rotary Club, and was active with Camp Easter Seals and the United Way. He lived his life with a belief in giving back. His favorite quote was “to whom much is given, much is required.” In 1988, John Deal Companies was awarded the United Way Advocate Award, given to a company which best represents the United Way spirit of giving. Paul demanded little attention for his good deeds, preferring to serve quietly, out of the spotlight. He was a well-respected pillar of the community and is still remembered today for his noble character, strong ethics, dedication, and his passion for quietly serving others.

Given annually to a deserving individual, the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce Paul Bauman Award of Excellence is the highest honor the Chamber can bestow upon on a business leader in our community. As this year’s recipient, CedarStone Bank founder and president, Bob McDonald continues to exemplify those important and time-tested business principles for which this award is named. As a respected member of our business community, Bob also quietly serves his community by sharing his time, talents, and treasures. Bob also encourages everyone on the CedarStone Bank team to do likewise.

Congratulations to Bob; you have the community's gratitude for you have done and continue to do each day to make our community such a special to live, work, shop, play, and pray.

 
Mt. Juliet Chamber Choice Awards
Gaye Lynn Wilson, Volunteer of the Year
Kandi McElhannon, Ambassador of the Year
Tina Hutenpiller, Chairman's Award
Dorie Mitchell, Leadership Wilson
Billie & Dwight Belew, Lifetime Achievement
Bob McDonald, Paul Bauman Award of Excellence
Ray Daniel, Chick Fil-A, Business of the Year
James Christensen, MJPD, Community Enhancement of the Year
Marquita Hall & Carmelita Stafford, Sister's Whimzy, Business Women of the Year
 
 
 
The following is chamber chairman John Sloan's address to the banquet attendees.
 
Ten years ago tonight, I stood before this group and passed the ceremonial gavel to Judy White. It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years, but it most certainly has. Time really does fly. As the noted philosopher Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
So let’s take Ferris at his word and take a look at what’s happened in the last ten years...

Ten years ago:
  • Providence did not exist
  • My hair was brown
  • The “worst economy since the Great Depression” was still two years away
  • My son David was not quite one year old
  • We had no Starbucks in Mt. Juliet
  • I was about 30 days away from going to work at CedarStone Bank
  • The new high school had not yet opened
  • The font size on my speech was a lot smaller
  • The Music City Star was not yet operational
  • The Titans had a good football team
  • The City of Mt. Juliet consisted of roughly 15,000 residents
  • Many of you were not here
 
So let’s see just how Mt. Juliet has changed. How many of you were not here then? If you have lived and/or worked in Mt. Juliet less than 10 years, please stand up. THIS is how Mt. Juliet has changed in the last ten years. We’ve been blessed by these new folks and their ideas, their contributions. 

You may sit back down.

mt-juliet-chamber-awards-cedarstone-bank-1Each one of those folks was attracted to Mt. Juliet because of the work done by those of you who didn’t stand up…those who laid the groundwork for the explosive growth we are now experiencing. The explosive growth that occurred, by the way, during the worst economy since the Great Depression. And it’s the contributions of everyone in this room that make Mt. Juliet what it is…a friendly, compassionate, progressive city of over 25,000 people.  

You’ve all helped make Mt. Juliet a city that compares favorably with any “edge city” in the country. You’ve helped make Mt. Juliet one of the fastest growing cities in the country. You’ve helped make it a city with one of the best school systems in the state of Tennessee. You’ve helped make it an “IT” city, a playful City, and a business-friendly city. In short, you’ve helped make it a great place to live, work, shop, worship, and play.
We truly have a great thing going here. But it won’t keep going by itself. Progress is a process, and that process requires vision, planning, execution, and follow-up. So, let’s make 2015 a year of continuing – and expanding – the process of progress. Let’s plan for the next 10 years – and beyond.

Let’s have housing that meets the needs of all those who want and need to live here.

Let’s have consistently applied zoning and land-use plans that serve our city well, but do not serve as a barrier to those seeking to build a business or home in Mt. Juliet.

Let’s put the infrastructure in place – before it is needed – to attract quality growth in the office, industrial, retail, and residential sectors.

Let’s continue the work of the small business owners and civic leaders who have made Mt. Juliet what it is today…people like Hale Moss, Tina Hutsenpiller, Phil Smartt, Bill Robinson, Ed Rice, Paul Baumann. 

And let’s not forget that, like those folks I just mentioned, we are all called to serve, so get out there find a way to make a difference. Find a way to make this great city just a little bit better than it was before.

How will your Chamber help make Mt. Juliet better?
  • By advocating for the businesses – large and small – who call Mt. Juliet home.
  • By connecting Chamber members and citizens with the resources they need to be successful.
  • By promoting Chamber members in the community.
  • And by supporting Chamber members with the information they need to start, grow, and operate their businesses.
These are the things your Chamber does every day. These are the items on Mark’s and Anita’s “to-do” list every day. They define the purpose of the Chamber, the reason it exists. But they can’t do it by themselves. They need our help. So, are you ready to contribute your time, talent, and treasure to help make Mt. Juliet better? 

I know you are. How do I know this? 

Because you’re here tonight. Because you’ve given of your time and resources to help those who need it. Because you’ve made Mt. Juliet what it is today. Let’s all continue that work – the process of progress – to make Mt. Juliet even better. Let’s make the next ten years even better than the last ten years. 

Let’s make it the best ten years ever.
Thank you.
 

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Mt. Juliet Branch Manager Beth Schultze and Girl Scout Troup 1200

Girl Scout Troop 1200 recently visited CedarStone's Mt. Juliet branch to learn about money and banking. The girls learned how to write up a deposit slip, make a deposit, and get a receipt. They got to see behind teller row, where we showed them how money is stored securely, organized, and counted. Branch manager Beth Schultze talked to the girls about the importance of having a bank account. She also showed the girls how machines can detect counterfeit money mixed in with real bills.

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CedarStone Bank Customer Service Representative Addison Rogers works with the scouts on banking documents.

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Kati Barbeau, Robert McDonald, Justin Duncan, Lisa Brown, Naaman Stillwell, and Marilyn Kaczmarski
 
 
Justin Duncan, a senior at McGavock High School, is currently working on his "capstone" experience with the Donelson Branch of CedarStone Bank. Recently, he worked with CedarStone's Willie McDonald at a financial security facility, learning about procedures and laws relating to bank security. That session was followed up by working with the Donelson Branch staff to put his new knowledge to use.
 
In all, Justin will put in 40 hours of work with CedarStone on his capstone experience and write a paper, as part of his graduation requirements. To read more about Justin and the capstone program at Metro Nashville Public Schools, click here.
 

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The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson, has an exciting new exhibit, "Andrew Jackson: Born for a Storm" and CedarStone Bank is proud to be involved with its introduction. Opening January 8, the exhibit is part of the Bicentennial celebration of the Battle of New Orleans. This state-of-the-art, $1.1 million exhibit brings the rich story of Andrew Jackson’s meteoric rise, from his humble beginnings to his presidency, through bold visuals and a series of interactive displays. The exhibit focuses on the three pivotal stages of Jackson’s astonishing life: his modest origins as an orphan, his resiliency as a General and his visionary leadership as a President.

On Thursday, January 8, The Hermitage is offering free admission to the exhibit. There will be a wreath-laying ceremony honoring Andrew Jackson and his army at 11:00 am, the 101st Airborne Division Dixieland Band will perform, as well as other family-oriented activities to learn more about President Jackson and his military campaigns. Reserve free tickets here.

You may also attend a private reception at the exhibit, hosted by CedarStone Bank president Bob McDonald and his wife, Susan, on Thursday, January 15. For more information, please call Bob at (615) 547-5581.

Said McDonald of the exhibit, "Like Mount Vernon and Monticello, The Hermitage is a national treasure. Andrew Jackson's presidency came at a pivotal time for a young America. We are developing new ways to explore his life and presidency." Bob is a member of the board of the Andrew Jackson Foundation (formerly the Ladies' Hermitage Association), along with nationally known figures like National Public Radio journalist Mara Liasson and two Pulitzer Prize winners, historian Joe Meacham and Charles Overby, former CEO of the Freedom Forum and the Newseum.

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The 27th Annual Christmas Dinner Show presented by the Bert Coble Singers took place December 18 and 19 in Baird Chapel at Cumberland University campus. CedarStone Bank’s Jennifer Perry is director of the choral group.
 
“This was our 27th annual event and we were excited to see the friends and loyal patrons that have been a part of this program for many years,” said Perry. “Dr. Coble had a great vision when he originally organized this event, and it is an honor to carry the tradition on again this year,” she continued.  
 
The idea for Christmas dinner show was born when Dr. Coble was a professor at Cumberland University. At that time, the shows raised money for choir tours to recruit new students; now they raise money for some very worthy organizations, like the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. Said Perry, “We don’t have an exact total of funds raised over the years, but we do know that well over $250,000 has been raised for The American Cancer Society alone.” The event also benefits the Bert Coble Music Scholarship at Cumberland University.
 
The volunteer choir, who began rehearsals in September, is made up of singers from across Middle Tennessee. Said Perry, “Our vocalists are very talented and they are always excited about presenting a great evening of Christmas songs and carols that will touch on Christmas memories and some more modern tunes that may be surprising.” Both shows were sold out this year.  
 
Jennifer Perry’s work with the Bert Coble Singers is a great example of how CedarStone employees are involved in their communities. An event like the Christmas show is really a year-round effort, and it benefits nonprofit and educational organizations that do a great deal of good for others.
 
Interview with Jennifer Perry: Simply Involved
 
How did you become involved with the Bert Coble Singers group?  
I was Doc’s student. When he started the community choir, he called and asked if I’d sing with them. I’ve been involved with the group since 1987.
 
Who inspired your interest in music, especially choir?  
I’ve been around music all my life, in my home and in church. My whole family sang in the choir while I was growing up. Mom always played the piano, and my brother played the trumpet. Aside from my family, the two most influential people musically in my life are Ruth Blair, my piano teacher, and Dr. Coble.
 
What moved you to become director of the Bert Coble Singers?
The group’s efforts support some very deserving organizations: The American Cancer Society, The American Heart Association and The Bert Coble Music Scholarship at Cumberland University. The shows bring the community together for an evening of goodwill, good fellowship, good food and good music. Everyone that comes to one of our dinner shows will leave filled with the Christmas spirit.
 
Why were those organizations chosen for the fundraising? Do you have a special connection to any of the organizations?  
These organizations were established while Dr. Coble was leading the choir, so I can’t speak to why any of these were chosen, except to say that we all know someone who has either directly, or indirectly, been impacted by cancer or heart disease. So any little thing that we can do help raise funds to treat these diseases is very worthwhile. As far as the Bert Coble Music Scholarship at Cumberland, it’s fitting that some of our proceeds help fund this. After all, that’s where the concept for community dinner shows began for our community.
 
Jennifer Perry is a personal banker at CedarStone’s Lebanon Office.

Tweet: CedarStone's Jennifer Perry leads Bert Coble Singers in holiday tradition http://ctt.ec/3H1WP+

 

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