Franklin Synergy Mortgage Banker Chuck Wells Awarded Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellowship

ChuckWellsAward.jpgFranklin, TN - December 22, 2010 - Franklin Mortgage Banker Chuck Wells was awarded the Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellowship at the Lions Club annual Christmas Dinner on December 14, 2010. The event included Lions Club members from the Franklin Noon Club, the Franklin Evening Club and the Williamson County Club.

Created in 1973, the fellowship is named for Melvin Jones, founder of Lions Clubs International. The fellowship recognizes a commitment to selflessness and is awarded to individuals who best demonstrate the Lions Club motto, “We Serve”. The fellowship is the foundation’s highest honor.

According to Williamson County Club President Chuck Sheriff, Wells received the award in recognition of his dedication to the Lions Club as well as other community organization such as the Boy Scouts and Junior Achievement. “Chuck is one of the most dedicated, caring people I know,” commented Sheriff. “If you talk to him for any length of time, you will discover the many ways in which Chuck has worked to make our community a better place to live.”

Wells’ selection as a Melvin Jones Fellow caps off a year in which he was also installed as Chapter Treasurer for the Williamson County Club and selected Member of the Month in October. Wells has been a driving force in developing the Sensory Garden for the Blind in the Grassland Community. The Garden, with plantings focused on the five senses - taste, smell, touch, hearings and sight, is a joint venture between the Williamson County Master Gardeners Association and members of local Lions Clubs.

“I joined the Lion’s Club to be able to give back in a different way to the community,” commented Wells. “I wanted to actually work with and help the people I was raising money for and get my hands dirty. I didn’t want to just write a check and be done with it. There are so many things that the Lion’s Club does for so many different people and families. You can pick what you want to do and how you are going to do it. It is very rewarding and you have so many more opportunities to touch people’s lives and meet so many more people while doing it. It is a really great organization.”

Franklin Synergy Bank opened its first branch in November 2007 in Cool Springs and earned its first profit in the first quarter of 2009. The bank reached $100 million in deposits in October 2008, the same month Franklin Synergy opened a branch in the Bennett House in downtown Franklin. The bank reached $200 million in deposits in July of 2009 and topped $300 million in December 2010. The Downtown Franklin headquarters and branch opened on Columbia Avenue on May 17, 2010. An office in Brentwood is schedule to open in January 2011. In addition, Franklin Synergy operates a mortgage office in Synergy Business Park in Brentwood. Additional information about Franklin Synergy is available at the bank’s website: