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Naomi Regensburg


When it comes to a neighbor here in Donelson that has a true heart for the community that grows bigger with each new Spring season, Naomi Regensburg sets the bar.  Much of Donelson’s ongoing beautification efforts can be attributed to Naomi’s leadership and involvement.  There are many elements to creating a more vibrant, welcoming and strong community for both business to invest and good neighbors to move to.  As we all know, our central business community along Lebanon Pike has a lack of green space and beautification with a great deal of pavement and wires.  Naomi’s efforts contribute a great deal to improving that situation and it continues to make a big difference.

Naomi found a passion for landscaping as a teenager.  She grew up on a big farm and she helped her father landscape their home.  That passion continued to she and husband Ron’s home in Donelson when they moved here in 1965.  In 1994, former 15th District Council Member Roy Dale asked Naomi to serve as the 15th District Beautification Commissioner, where she served until 2001.  In 2009, Donelson Hills neighbor Virginia Clark encouraged Naomi to get involved in a new group of neighbors from around the community to form Friends of the Library, dedicated to beautifying our Donelson branch library on Lebanon Pike.  Since implementing that effort, our library has transformed into a true landscaped showpiece.

Also in 2009, thanks to efforts of Virginia Clark, former 15th District Council Member Phil Claiborne and other neighbors, The Donelson Gateway Project was formed as a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to beautification Donelson’s physical and figurative “gateways” into the community.  Naomi has been one of the most consistent and dedicated members of the Board of Directors of the group.  In 2010, Councilman Claiborne asked Naomi to return to her role as 15th District Beautification Commissioner where I am very proud to have her continue serving in that capacity today.

When asked about her experience as a district Beautification Commissioner, Naomi says involvement in The Great American Clean-Up and litter pick-up in the community.  Visit our local website here to learn more about litter prevention and being involved in this effort.  Naomi says one important trait needed to be successful in serving as a Beautification Commissioner is to be able to organize volunteers and coordinate and leverage strengths of others to make a strong impact in those efforts.  Donelson is certainly very fortunate to have Naomi serve in this role and continue to keep Donelson clean and beautiful.

Naomi’s professional career included working for 30-years in the Mortgage Servicing Department for the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.  In addition to serving on the Board of The Friends of the Library and as Vice President of the Board of The Donelson Gateway Project, Naomi also serves on the Board of Hip Donelson and has been instrumental in the Merry Oaks Neighborhood Watch.  Naomi and Ron have been married almost 54-years.  They have three daughters and a grandson.  All three daughters graduated from Holy Rosary Academy and Father Ryan High School.

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Donelson School News – August/September 2015

Stanford Montessori is having their annual Fall Fest on September 19.  They are also seeking vendors.  See the two flyers below and come on out to support them.  You’ll find your new Councilman supporting the festival by being in the dunk tank at some point during the event!

Stanford Montessori Fall Festival in Donelson


Stanford Fall Festival Vendor Application

You’ll notice the improvements made to the front and back entranceways of McGavock High School.  New white paneling has been installed that gives it a brighter appearance.  We’ll work in the years ahead to finish the project around the school.  Landscaping installation will begin this Fall.  The list of those supporting this effort grew by a big donation of $2,500 from Delaware North as part of their 100-year old celebration.  Thank you to all our supporters of this project, which is an initiative of The Donelson Gateway Project.

Speaking of McGavock High School, the McGavock Cluster Coalition and the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce are looking for local businesses to host one or more juniors at McGavock for a Job Shadow Day.  See the below flyer for details and contact information to inquire further.

McGavock High School - Community Job Shadow Days

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Donelson Non-Profit News

The Donelson Gateway Project’s annual Fall Work Day will be on Saturday, November 8th at 9am.  Most of the help is needed at the Briley Parkway site, but we will be working at the Tollgate (Stewart’s Ferry) and Stones River Bridge sites as well.  We will be spreading pine straw and planting winter color.

The Friends of Two Rivers Mansion will host their annual Holiday Historical Tours on December 12th, 13th, and 14th.  This is an excellent opportunity to see the continued restoration progress and visit this unique historical treasure in Donelson decorated for the Holidays.

FiftyForward Donelson Station welcomed new a director, Angela Bryan, just over eight months ago and she is doing wonderful things at keeping our community center thriving and active.  The 28th Annual Donelson Fall Festival & BBQ fundraiser was a big success and included live music, children’s activities, a haunted theater, much more, and of course fantastic BBQ.  Congratulations to Angela and all involved in making it a success.  Coming up will be a Holiday Craft Fair on December 6th during the Donelson-Hermitage Chamber of Commerce’s 30th Annual Christmas Parade.  Contact Angela at to reserve a booth.

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