CURRENT MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Fernando Escobar
What does the Chive mean to you? A group of people who want to make our community a better place, who have also become a family.

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? 4 and my favorite one is the black polo, it was the first one I ever bought.

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? TN Home Run Derby, Green House Ministries, KCCO K9's, Cupid's Undie Run 

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? I learned from an early age from my dad. We didn't have much but he always taught us to give without expecting anything in return. He helped out in the communities where we lived and still does to this day.

If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? My favorite place to eat, Jefferson's. They have some good food.

Beer, liquor or wine? Beer: Angry Orchard. Liquor: Tequila & Jameson

Linda & Scott Carpentier
What does the Chive mean to you? The Chive is a bunch of strangers that become friends & family. It's going the extra mile to help our community whether volunteering time, giving monetary donations, setting up fundraisers and helping fellow Chivers.

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? Linda has 3 Chive shirts & Scott just the 1

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? We haven't been involved in that many Chive events considering we've only been members since July of this year. Our first event was KCCO K9's- vests for canines, we also had the honor of being part of the 9/11 Rakathon and when needed we help cook and serve and one of the local women's shelter. Last Christmas my husband and I went to various shelters to make sure that everybody had hats, coats, scarves & socks.  

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? Funny story - my best friend's husband who happens to be my husband's best friend has been following the Chive for as long as I've known him. I was stalking Facebook one day trying to figure out how I could make some friends when I came across ChiveOn Murfreesboro. We were pretty much immediately added to the group and at our first Chive charity event a week later

If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? Definitely visit Stones Creek Battleground for a little bit of History. Also Barfield Crescent Park is a great place to go hiking camping or just spend the day with the family and friends. Mayday Brewery is definitely my husband's favorite place for an IPA followed by Old Chicago and my favorite don't laugh, Red Robin yumm. But on my back deck is definitely my favorite place to eat.

Beer, liquor or wine? Beer for Scott and definitely vodka for Linda. But you will usually find Linda drinking something blue or purple.

PAST MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Missy Melhorn
What does the Chive mean to you? Family. A family that supports each other, inspires others, and strives to make our community a better place. And party..our family likes to party!

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? 8, although I usually steal Aaron's. My favorite is Murray Clause. I would love to get my hands on that Goonies shirt though!

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? I was able to hang out at the Vests for K-9's, and really had fun! Especially the corn hole tournament! (My three chivelings keep me away from a lot of the events.) Outside of the Chive, I'm always involved with the FUEL program. And last month, I was able to collect toiletries and personal items for the women at Way of Hope. Almost every woman that stayed that night was able to get a suitcase or bag. Seeing someone carry every single thing they own in a trash bag just makes my heart hurt.

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? About this time last year, I was working a part time job and I was not happy. I was always stressed out, and worried about what was going on there. Even though I felt like I needed to do more with my life and in the community, it wasn't until I got fired that I really forced myself to get out of my comfort zone and get involved. I started out small, just helping out in the FUEL program. And then I met Becky Lanham with Volunteer Rutherford. At one of her events, I met Kelly Boyd who introduced me to the Murfreesboro Chive. I also help out with some of the other missions at Fellowship United Methodist. Although I didn't plan on losing my job, it was the best thing that happened to me. I am much happier now!

If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? You can meet all kinds of interesting people here in Murfreesboro, and for the most part, it's a really friendly city.
What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? The Alley on Main. Can I please get a chicken salad sandwich, a Dirty Neighbor, and a piece of birthday cake?!?

Beer, liquor or wine? Liquor. Or more importantly, Vodka.

Jenna Gelet
What does the Chive mean to you?  To me Chive means giving. Whether it's giving your time, giving an extra effort, giving money or any other way you can give to someone else. I am a new mother to an almost 1yr old and another coming just around the corner and I'm the one responsible to raise these two girls (along with my amazing hubby mike) to help make this world a better place. I don't want them to be takers, too many people now a days just take take take. Being a part of the Chive family means you volunteer your time to help someone else, it means to make someone's day by giving them a smile, it means giving everything you've got everyday 🙂! Giving to your friends, to your family and giving to your community!

​How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite?  I own 4 Chive t-shirts I think my favorite one is the one that actually belongs to mike 😂😂 it's the Bill Murray Fourth of July shirt! I just love the colors of it! So patriotic!

 
What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? I am lucky enough to have an off day during the week that allows me to volunteer my time at the local domestic violence shelter and cook dinner for them. It may not seem like a lot and the residents will still have food to eat for dinner even if we didn't show up but this way 2-3 times a month they know they don't have to worry about dinner. They don't have to stress about cooking for themselves they can take a few extra hours of rest and relaxation! 

​Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? Well .... I like the think it was instilled in me as a young child by my parents to be able to give back when you can! That life isn't always about you but about what you can give to your community! I can remember my mom being in charge of sever different events via my elementary school and my Girl Scouts troop that we're all about giving back. I can remember my grandmother being an avid helper in habitat for humanity! So I've grown up with that mindset and I've been blessed to have found a group that believes in the same thing and loves to have fun at the same time!!! 


​If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? The Boro is a great place to live! It's my first experience at living in the south and I couldn't imagine a greater place! It's a vastly growing city so that leads to some new trends in stores and restaurants but it's going some old school southern charm to it as well. People are great and just full of southern hospitality! 


​What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? Hmm my favorite place to eat in the Boro, that's a tough one there's a lot of great choices but.....and though I've only eaten there once it is the definition of southern cooking. Kleer-Vu is some fantastically delicious and oh so yummy yummy yummy southern food! And I can't wait to go back! 


​Beer, liquor or wine? That depends on my mood really if I'm at home relaxing I prefer a glass of wine, out eating dinner or something prefer a cocktail, and for a night on the town I prefer beer it's usually the cheapest! But my favorite thing to drink is anything my sexy man likes to make me! He's the best bartender I know!!!

Kevin Tonsetic
What does the Chive mean to you? Community based services, whether it be cleaning up a highway, restoring recreational facilities to help get kids off the street, volunteering at a homeless shelter, having food drives for those in need, helping others in the group in times of need, etc.. The reason I list these examples is because it gives the opportunity for every Chiver to help be the 10%. The Chive is also a good way to meet and make new friends that can help you relax or unwind at the end of the day.

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? 12 or more and my favorite is Day Drunk for America or the Beersicle shirt.

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? Chive based: All of them...literally, all of them. (We all know I really don't have a choice...thanks, Sam. Lol) Non-chive: I volunteer regularly with the local VFW post as well as my work on campus helping veterans obtain a higher education. I also regularly volunteer with the Murfreesboro Volunteers group.

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? Being a Boy Scout started my enjoyment and love for community service at a young age and continued through my military career and onto my "adult" life.

If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? 1) Mayday Brewery to experience one of Ozzy's tours. 2) Stones River Battlefield because it gives people the opportunity to stand where history was made.

What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? My house because I cook the best Italian food in the Boro but if you're looking for a dining experience, Mariana's on the Square is a close second. 😆

Beer, liquor or wine? Why do I have to pick just one? Is this like kill, marry, bang? Kill: liquor because hangovers try to kill me. Bang: wine because finding a good wine to experience should happen at least once in everyone's life. Marry: beer because it's something you can drink everyday for the rest of your life and not get tired of it.

Troy Raymer
What does the Chive mean to you? The meaning of the chive to me simply means to make the world a better place one smile at a time.

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? I own 8 or 9 shirts and I can't choose my favorite it's between my Bill O Murray and My chive charities pacman shirt.

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? I was part of the distinguished gentleman's ride in Nashville. It's where you dress in your Sunday's best and ride your motorcycle in a large group. Also raising money and awareness for men's prostate cancer, recently stood in the rain for 4 hours to sell papers for the shrine children's hospital. And of course the cupids undie run.

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? The person that inspired me to become involved in volunteering and being more charitable was my grandfather. The event was his battle with cancer that he ultimately lost. I saw how much of a toll that takes on a person and their loved ones and It just flipped a switch in me and I knew I wanted to do anything in my power to relieve some of that burden.

If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? The Boro is a good place to visit because no matter what your interests are there is something you will enjoy to do.

What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro?  I'm gonna say my favorite place to eat is the Blue Cactus

Beer, liquor or wine? Liquor.

Matthew Story
Every group has a support system. Sometimes they shine so everybody can see, and sometimes they help keep the path clear for others. As this group has grown is clear that we are here for our community. But we are a community as well, and we have those that support us. You know the person seemingly always there for support, always ready to assist, always ready and known to be counted on. There are countless ways this happens, but at the end, it happens and whether it's you or me, somebody's life was made alittle bit easier because of that person. Well we would like to honor that person by saying thank you. Truly, thank you for all that you do, to support those around you. It truly shows what your character is all about. Thank you Matthew Story.
Melodie Wright
 
The Chive to me is my family, a group of people I stumbled upon that are looking to make a difference in the community, the world changers, the true misfits that accept everyone exactly as they are…and we aren’t just making a difference in the big picture, we are doing life together, holding each other up, supporting each other, not just partying with each other, but encouraging each other, being that light in a sometimes dark world.

I own sadly only 3 Chive Shirts….I’m not sure I have a favorite yet.  I need to add to my gear.

Recent charity events – I am working on becoming a regular volunteer at the domestic violence shelter.  I have also been involved in serving the homeless in our community, also working with my church in a meal service that provides  meals to various people in crisis.  Most dear to me was the time I spent in Cambodia a few months ago with the She Rescue home, meeting and encouraging and serving young girls that have been rescued from sex trafficking.  That’s where my true passion is and where I intend to go long term after my children are both grown.

As far as my inspiration to be involved in charity or volunteering….I grew up in a pastor’s home, and we were poor…the kind of poor where Christmas presents one year was food that had been donated to my family and my parents wrapped it and placed it under the tree.  However, in all of that lack of material things, my parents were constantly giving…giving to others, to people in our church, to us.  When I say giving I mean giving time, attention, and if needed, the literal shirt off their backs.  We were taught compassion.  It’s in my DNA.   Also there have been times in my adult life that I have struggled both financially and emotionally…I’m a survivor of domestic violence and years ago I had to visit a food bank as someone in need.  Therefore, it is necessary for me to give back now that I am at a place of extreme blessing in my life.…and not to mention, it’s impossible to focus on the negative while you’re in the middle of helping someone else.  So I choose to help.

For someone that has never come to the Boro….I’m not sure how to describe it. There are a hundred things to do, yet it has the feel of small town.  There are so many locally owned businesses, and that appeals to me. I’m content here.  I’m not sure what really to say.

Favorite place to eat….I’m not sure I can pick just one. A few of my favs….anything Mexican, I love Sauce, and Maple Street Grill is delightful.

Beer or wine?  How about I just say I love rum
Kelly and David Boyd
 
What does the Chive mean to you? K: to me the most important part of Chive is giving back. I've always had something pushing me to enhance the lives of others in whatever way that is. Whether it just be a smile, a listening ear, a meal, or helping someone move. With Chive there are bunch of rowdy, fun, and some of the best people in the world - because there is another purpose to just partying - giving back. I would have to say that the birth of our daughter enhanced that need...that urge. Because I want to leave this planet better than I found it for our kids. D: it's just is.. It holds a special place in my heart for many reasons.

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? 8 K: my Red Wings KCCO D: original green keep calm Chive on

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? Alzheimer's Walk, Polar Bear Plunge (supporter...that was too damn cold!), United Way baby shower, domestic violence shelter collection, toys for tots, Angel tree.

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? K: I have always been very fortunate in my life and was always raised to appreciate what I have. My mom was a big influence on ensuring I understood that there are those less fortunate and to always give back. D: The loss of my daughter in 2005 to cancer.

If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? K: we have everything here. Great friends, great entertainment, and the best Chive group on the planet!

What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? K: Old Chicago D: slick pig for their wings

Beer or wine? D: hand me a cold Corona any time K: hands down....wine - Cupcake Moscato d'Asti
 
JIll Wessel
Jill and her husband Eddie
 
What does the Chive mean to you? This is hard. Because it means so many things. In today's world there is so much negativity and so much sadness. The chive takes amazing people who care, who want to help, who love to laugh, party, not take life to seriously and know that a little bit of kindness can make someones world a better place. Because in the end everyone deserves to be happy and Chive encompasses all of that and more!
 
How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? I own 5 Chive shirts. My favorite is my first one. The KCCO summer hoodie.
 
What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? Cooking for the Women's Shelter was one I won't forget. Our first time volunteering with some amazing  people in the Murfreesboro Chive. Friendships were made over some amazing brownies! We also helped out Ms. Amy Adams with Christmas shopping for an amazing kid who deserved an awesome Christmas!
 
Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? Me. Its who I am. I have always wanted to give and help in any way I can. Because it makes me feel like I'm making a difference in this world that can be so negative. So if I can make someone happy, if even for a few moments, that's a pretty powerful thing.
 
If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? Well considering we just moved here in may, what I tell all of our friends and family from Minnesota, the people, that's what makes it. We have met some incredible people. Because of you guys we feel like we can make the 'boro home, and are excited to do so!
 
What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? So many good ones!!!! If I had to pick just one, I think I would have to say the Goooooat <-see what I did there?
 
Rebecca Chambers
Becca (right) and her friend Lisa
 
What does the Chive mean to you? The Chive to me is more of a way of life in the thought process of random acts of kindness. It's more of volunteering to help make this world a little better than the way I have found it. I have always enjoyed reaching out and being involved with charitable organizations and volunteering.  I have truly found my niche here with this group and feel so incredibly blessed to have made the friends that I have met with this group.  Plus the added friendships and sense of family that we have.   
 
How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? 4 out of the ones I own my favorite is my Keep Calm Chive On St. Pattys Day - but I absolutely LOVE the BFM tshirts and hope to have one or maybe two soon!

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events) Youth Villages Holiday Heroes, Care Packages for the Troops, 911 Rak-a-Thon, Food drive at work, Stuff the Bus at work (where we donate various needed school supplies), and in the past few week at work we also did a "stock the pantry" with urgently needed non-perishable foods. As well as the Alzheimer's walk earlier this fall. Probably two of my favorite were the Care Packages for the Troops as I have had many friends who have served in the military and my grandfather served LONG ago (WWII) and still have some still serving. The 911 Rak A Thon gave me a chance to surprise my brother-in-law and his group (even though he he is a police officer in Shelbyville) as they rarely ever receive any treats. One other event that I ABSOLUTELY LOVE - CUPIDS UNDIES RUN - I have the biggest weakness for kids. 2016 will be my second year to participate and next year I hope to help out more on the behind the scenes as well as participating in the event itself. When I first learned of this race I was on board right away. A non-Chiver got me hooked when he said it benefited the Children's Tumor Foundation. It wasn't until the day of the race when I told him why I was hooked so quick and why I did the race. My niece was not born with any tumors, but she was not born a healthy baby. Anything benefiting sick children I try to be involved in charity-wise. I can help in some small way such as this event, YES I will RUN a MILE in the cold for this event anytime!!!

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? This I owe to my parents Richard and Vicki Chambers (fellow Murfreesboro Chivers). They raised my sister and I to volunteer work and do for others. When I was in high school my father and I helped out with a group from school that would feed the homeless on the weekends. i also remember one Christmas the church we were attending had Room in the Inn on Christmas day that particular year - so that year my parents my sister and I went down to church and spent our Christmas Day with the homeless. It was by far one of the most rewarding Christmas I have ever had and probably the most humbling I have ever had.  
 
If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? Stones River Battlefield for sure and Downtown Square; I love the historical buildings. Cannonsbourgh for their festivals in spring and fall. If they don't mind a little drive out of the way -drive down to Lynchburg and take a tour of Jack Daniels Distillery - it is awesome!!  
 
What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? Demos and O'Possums (their biscuits and gravy rocks). I still want to try the Goat; it is on my "to try list"
 
Stacey Hickerson
 
What does the Chive mean to you? The Chive is my family. I have met so many amazing people through the Chive that has become part of my family. I honestly don't know where I would be without you people ;)

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? Ummm I have around 20 chive shirts. Don't judge me lol my favorite is BFM 3D and most recently The Chive noir tshirt.

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? Chiveon Murfreesboro recently got together and sent out care packages for the troops over seas for Christmas. We also wrapped 5 billion presents for the Youth Villages.

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? The first meetup was over a year ago at second harvest food bank and that's where it all began. Being able to do good for others has always had a big place in my heart. Being able to show my kids how to give back and being able to volunteer is amazing!
 
If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? Murfreesboro is an amazing place to visit for so many reasons. There is always something to do here. We have a ton of amazing places to eat, shopping, a local brewery, sporting events and lots of history here!
 
What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? My favorite place to eat is probably going to be Jefferson's! Great choice of food and drinks and the atmosphere is great. 
 
Amy Adams

What does the Chive mean to you? I initially got involved (only a few short months ago!) thanks to a friend telling me how awesome this group of people was.  I initially understood that there would be times of doing good deeds with a side of partying, but I didn't fully understand how important this group, the people, and the activities are to me.  I am a natural-born helper and work in a helping profession, but felt that I wasn't doing all of the good I could in my community and my world.  I connected with the group and immediately felt welcomed and saw the fire, compassion, and drive that this group had for those around them.  It is a way for me to surround myself with like-minded individuals.  It is a way for me to impact my community.  It is a way for me to pay it forward.  It is a way for me to hopefully influence others to create the type of world that I want to live in.  It is a way for me to be awesome with other people who are awesome!

How many Chive shirts do you own and which one is your favorite? I currently only own 1 shirt that was RAK'd to me from Melissa, but I just ordered a new one yesterday.  Don't judge me!  I've only been a Chivette for a couple of months :)

What are some charity events you have participated in recently (Chive and non-Chive events)? The coolest was the 9/11 RAK-a-Thon where I learned that Baby Carlos and I would be awesome at pizza delivery.  I also participated in the LTA food drive and the Greenhouse Ministries food pantry.  Another cool event, but non-Chive, was when a group of my friends and co-workers volunteered at the Nashville Zoo.  We spent the day making papier-mache pinatas for the animals.

Who or what event in your life inspired you to become involved in charitable organizations and volunteering? As I said, I am a natural-born helper.  My family is responsible for this, but mostly my grandfather.  He was paralyzed for 40 years of his life, but never let that stop him or prevent him from doing what he could for others.  He was a figure in the community and a stranger to no one.  There were no pity parties.  He did what needed to be done for others and taught me to do the same.

If you met someone who has never visited the Boro, what would you tell them regarding why it is a good place to visit? Why would you not want to visit Murfreesboro?!? Its an awesome city with great historical sites, wonderful restaurants, and fun activities.  There's something for every age and interest.  Its also a short drive to Nashville to take in all that Music City has to offer.
What is your favorite place to eat in the Boro? So, I love food which makes this questions a little tough.  I guess my go-to would be Wasabi.  They have awesome sushi and delicious hibachi!