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Franklin Noon Rotary partners with Franklin High Band Boosters

Derby Jones

Rotarian Bill Foley and Lawrence Sullivan, president of the Franklin Noon Rotary present Melissa Wooten, treasurer of the Franklin Band Boosters a check for $2,000 that will buy up to 1,000 flags for the band’s fundraiser.

If you are a Franklin resident and happen to get a knock on your front door this weekend, be kind, it might be one of the members of the Franklin High Band looking to place a flag in your front yard.

The Franklin High School Band is selling one-year subscriptions for a U.S. Flag Service. A subscription buys placement of 3-foot by 5-foot American flag on an 8-foot pole in your front yard from dawn to dusk.

The Franklin Noon Rotary Club recently donated $2,000 to the Franklin High Band Boosters to help buy flags for the band’s fundraiser.

“We have always had a great relationship with the Franklin Band,” said Rotarian Bill Foley. “When this flag program was presented to us, we wanted to help; the band always participates in our rodeo parade each year. This is a great way to give back money we raised from our rodeo.”

The flag is set up and taken down by the FHS band members on four national holidays- Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veterans Day. The cost of a subscription is $40 per year.

“The Franklin Noon Rotary Club is honored to partner with the band to help them with such a wonderful patriotic activity,” said President Lawrence Sullivan.

This Saturday, Sept. 29, band members will be in the Cottonwood, River Rest, Founders Pointe and other subdivision in the Franklin high school zone securing subscriptions for the flag service.

“We have been approved by subdivision homeowners associations to sell in these areas and more importantly approved to place the flags in yards,” said Marie Hurley, VP of Publicity for Franklin High School Band Boosters.

While codes and bylaws can be strict in subdivisions such as Fieldstone Forms, resident Jamey Parker is happy that this fundraiser was approved by their association. “I was so proud to see all the flags flying on Labor Day and the other holidays, it looks great in our neighborhood. I hope others in the neighborhood participate,” said Parker.

The money raised helps with the purchase of uniforms and competitions. According to Hurley, the band pays all of their own expenses to participate in these competitions “We will travel to Jacksonville, Ala. and the Grand National Championship in Indianapolis to compete and these funds are used to help cover the expense which can exceed $25,000 to travel.”

Nashville Steel provides the rebar used for the flagpoles, and the flags are made right here in the USA.

For information about the flag program email or contact Marie Hurley at

Posted on: 9/26/2012


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