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The Rotary Club of North Jackson receives the Governor's Award during the Rotary District 6820's annual business meeting.
The Rotary Club of North Jackson and Dr. Suman Das, received 5 awards during the Rotary District 6820's annual business meeting on June 18, 2020. It makes me VERY proud to lead a wonderful club with wonderful members! Many many THANKS to all for practicing the Rotary motto Service Above Self! Also many many THANKS to the Officers and Directors for their leadership throughout this Rotary year! Let this be momentum for an award-winning 20-21 Rotary year and for Lee, the Officers, and Directors!
Thanks and Blessings.
Greg Campbell
President Rotary Club of North Jackson
The awards were:

Foundation Dist. 6820 Service Award - Dr. Suman Das / The Rotary Foundation created the District Service Award to recognize the efforts of Rotarians who support the Foundation programs. Each recipient is given a certificate and awarded at the District level.

Dist. 6820 Service Above Self Award - Dr. Suman Das

 Edley Jones (Edley's Dad) Attendance Award - Rotary Club of North Jackson / This award is presented annually at the District Conference to the Rotary
Club that has shown the best effort to promote their club and its activities through all means of Public Relations.

 Large Club of the Year - Rotary Club of North Jackson

 Governor's Award - Rotary Club of North Jackson / This award is chosen by the sitting District Governor and given to the overall best club in the district.
The club officers and directors have voted to resume our club meetings at the Rickhouse on Tuesday, July 7th at noon, pending any new regulations from the city or state. We will still use Zoom for our meetings for those members that choose not to attend. Guidelines for our in-person meetings will be sent to all club members at a later date. Our club's annual "Passing of the Gavel" will be held during our July 7th meeting.
Zoom meeting invites with the link and password will be sent to all club members on Mondays. The Zoom meetings will continue to start at noon on Tuesdays with club member fellowship with the meeting starting at 12:15 p.m. If you have any issues connecting to the Zoom meeting or would like the link sent to you, please email me at

Here are links to recordings of the Zoom meetings

If you have difficulty getting the video to open. Just type the address into your browser's address bar and it should work. 
June 23, Jim Richmond, Vice President, Marketing, C Spire.
June 16, Dr. Alan Jones, Assistant Vice-Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, Chair & Professor Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), "How UMMC Prepared for the COVID-19 Pandemic."
June 9, Dr. Scott Crawford, Livable Cities and Disabilities Advocate.
June 2, Jane Clover Alexander, President & CEO, Community Fund for Mississippi.
May 26, Keith Carter, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics, Univesity of Mississippi (Ole Miss).
May 19, John Gibson, Director of Television, Mississippi Public Broadcasting.
May 12. Lakeysha Greer Isaac, 2019-2020 President, Junior League of Jackson
May 5, Honoring North Jackson Star Students and Teachers:
April 28, Tavia Cavett, Director of MBHS's Employee Assistance Program:
April 21, David Mars, Pilot & Adventurer
April 14 - Haley Fisackerly, Pres. & CEO, Entergy MS
April 7: Bob Miller City of Jackson Public Works director
March 31: Nelson Atehortua, MD, PhD
Prayer. Loving God, we pray for those adversely affected by the Coronavirus and for those working to manage the disease it causes.

O Giver of all blessings, we pause to acknowledge your unfailing grace and goodness.  We come expectantly to this meeting anticipating the joy of renewed association with each other, the prospect of being informed, and the opportunity to renew our commitment to service.

Give us wisdom and the will to make this and every meeting a contribution to that larger goal of service to others. With grateful hearts and minds, we pray. Amen.


Club Announcements:



  • Jay Cooke                      June 30
  • David Barrett                 July 03
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Damon & Vicky Williams              July 05
Membership Anniversaries
  • David Dogan                  33 years, July 01
  • Tony Klingler                 41 years, July 01
  • Seymour Pooley            29 years, July 01
  • Ed Sentell                      44 years, July 01
C Spire Vice President Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Jim Richmond, Vice President, Marketing of C Spire spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s June 23, 2020, meeting. Mr. Richmond joined what was then Cellular South in South West Mississippi in 1991. He is a graduate of Mississipi State University. He serves on the Mississippi State University Foundation board and the boards of several Banks and financial institutions. He and his wife Jennifer have two daughters, one of whom is in Medical Schools at UMMC and the other is affiliated with Clinton Public Schools.

Richmond commented that C Spire is a heavy user of Online systems that permit many of its employees to work remotely even in “normal” times. He said that C Spire has multiple lines of business:

  • Wireless Division which was started in 1988 as Cellular South. Prior to entering the mobile communications business, the company had a landline business that was formed in 1950. The wireless division has footprints in Mississippi, Memphis, and Mobile. The company is convenience focused and is offering appointments, curbside service, and self serve web options available to clients. The wireless business unit is working on 5G service which is in progress. C Spire currently has some 5G sites in operation The company is the largest privately held wireless company in the US. 

  • Business Division with offices in Hattiesburg, Mobile, Birmingham, and several Tennessee cities.  It focuses on Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee. The business division has customers in 38 states. It has a large variety of offerings, including VOIP, cloud data storage, premier hardware offerings, and acts as a consultant to its customers. The business division is highly ranked nationally as a premier service provider to its IT customers.

  • Home Division which was created in 2013,  provides service to 23 Mississippi cities and will expand to Alabama in July. It offers gigabit fiber, Mesh wifi, and has a dedicated blue shoe crew.

  • Other areas in which C Spire is involver are:

    • Health where the company launched a telehealth application for physicians to use in2019. This was expanded in 2020 to permit consumers to contact  UMMC to schedule a COVID-19 test. The best example of this application was when it was launched to use to schedule tests at the Mississippi State Fairgrounds in the Spring of 2020.

    •  The Tech Movement with

      • Basecamp Coding Academy

      • C3 Coding Challenge

      • Software Development Pathway

These are aimed at creating more people with coding and programming skills

  • C Spire is part of a Rural Broadband Consortium that is working to expand the availability of internet technology to rural areas

  • The Mission Network (Mississippi Optical Network)  is a network that connects research institutions in Mississippi with other similar institutions throughout the country. It offers 100-gigabit connectivity to participants.

  • C Spire Foundation

    • Founded to focus on STEM initiatives, education, digital literacy, and workforce development

    • Provided scholarship funding to the 8 Mississippi Universities

    • Supports numerous STEM activities in Mississippi to help increase the pursuit of computer science in the state. These include, for example,  the basecamp coding academy, the Mississippi Children’s Musem Science Fest, and The C Spire Coding Challenges

When COVID-19 struck, C Spire was prepared. The company already had plans in place to deal with hurricanes, tornadoes, etc. Many of their representatives were already working remotely. Richmond said that his marketing personnel were already dispersed throughout their service area. The management team conducted daily update calls to check on personnel, network status, COVID trends, and other issues. C Spire has some 1705 employees so they had to make preparations for those not already doing so to work remotely. These update calls have now decreased in frequency to 3 days per week compared with the all-day calls on Saturdays at the beginning.

C Spire Cares is the initiative that the company has developed to help its costumers during the pandemic. The saying is that “our network has you covered.” People working from home, increased demand for video streaming service, etc had tested the network., but the network has performed. The company increased its access to streaming services by 50% to help its customers. 

CSpire developed Pop-up hot spots to allow students in underserved areas to continue schooling with the libraries and other access points shut down. The objective was to Keep America Connected. This program gave customers more time to pay bills and waived overage charges. During this time the business division representatives increased their consultant roles to their customers.

The company achieved sales records daily during the first part of the COVID shutdowns. It focused on increasing safety measures for employees and customers. At some locations, the installation representatives had to FaceTime the new customers and guide them through the installation of their new hardware.

CSpire also became internally focused during this period. They were concerned about the health of the employees. They initiate an internal Morning Show three or four days a week and also used direct emails to the employees and workplace posts. They also formed a safe return to the office team to plan for getting people back to their offices.

What’s Next?

  • Things are different now than they were before the pandemic struck.

  • C Spire will look for new opportunities. 

  • They will have a press conference on July 16 announcing the expansion of their home service into Alabama with service to begin in the fall.

  • The company will look for new initiatives in:

    • Health

    • Universities

    • Expanding its service area

We thank Richmond for his presentation and for the very good work that C Spire does. The following photo is from his Linked In profile:

Chair & Professor,  Department of Emergency Medicine, UMMC Speaks to North Jackson Rotary 
Dr. Alan E. Jones Chair and Professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s June 16, 2020, meeting. Effective July 7, Dr. Jones will become Assistant Vice Chancellor of UMMC. The topic of Dr. Jones’ presentation was how UMMC prepared for the COVID-19 pandemic.


Dr. Jones is a 1994 graduate of Millsaps College where he studied Molecular Biology. He is a 1999 graduate of UMMC. Following UMMC did his residency at the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) which was followed by a fellowship at CMC and MS in Public Health Coursework at University of North Carolina Charlotte. He remained on staff at CMC until 2011 when he returned to UMMC. 

With respect to COVID-19, Dr. Jones said that in December 2019 & January 2020, UMMC recognized that COVID-19 was coming to Mississippi and that they needed to be prepared to deal with it. In late January, the COVID -19 team was mobilized. By early March the clinical response was set up. They recognized that the virus is highly contagious and that it needed to be contained to protect both the patients and medical staff. They established a 3 level approach to addressing the Virus:

  • Level 1 - Conventional - continue with normal operations

  • Level 2 - Contingency - not normal, but also not substandard operations

  • Level 3 - Crisis - likely substandard operations 

The team saw the crisis in New York City and Washington State and about to happen nearby in New Orleans and recognized it would soon be in Mississippi and all over the US. At that point, Mississippi was 2-4 weeks behind the rest of the US. All elective and urgent procedures were canceled. Telehealth was extended to provide care to patients.

Post spring break, any employee who had traveled to high-risk areas were considered to have been exposed and was quarantined for 14 days. The labor pool was re-deployed to contend with the virus. The team focused heavily on the supply chain. Items that were normally readily available, were suddenly in short supply. UMMC was fortunate in that based on the 2009 flu epidemic experience, it had sufficient ventilators. They had also learned that the patient rooms had to operate in a negative pressure environment to prevent spreading the virus. COVID units and COVID staff members were designated. 

UMMC developed a COVID-19 test in 2 - 2 1/2 weeks. One of those tests has a 49 minute turnaround time (TAT) and the other a 6 hr. TAT. These tests have helped make testing more available and more widespread in Mississippi. 

As time passed this spring UMMC has developed protocols for making ethical, potentially end of life decisions. The team has focused on planning for a 30-month response to the virus in the event an effective vaccine isn't developed. At this point, nearly 10 weeks into the process, no UMMC healthcare workers have been contaminated with the virus due to the procedures and processes that have been developed. The system is now considered to be reliable and reproducible. The result of the stable process is that on 28 May, UMMC resumed performing urgent procedures. Elective surgeries were resumed one week later, and now they are back to normal operations, except there are still 60 patients in the COVID Unit. The maximum was 80.

We thank Dr. Jones for his presentation and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. The following photo is from his faculty profile. 



Livable Cities Advocate Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Dr. Scott M. Crawford, a Livable Cities and Disabilities Advocate, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s June 9, 2020, meeting. Dr. Crawford received his undergraduate education at Millsaps College and his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Following the completion of his Ph.D., he pursued a Post Doc at the University of Miami. In 2002 he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Multiple Sclerosis and has been dependent on a motorized wheelchair for mobility since then. He is the past Chair of the Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities. 

The title of Dr. Crawford’s presentation was “Building Livable Communities for All.”  He focused on what Jackson needs to do to become a city that is livable for all of its citizens, including those with disabilities. Key points in his presentation were:

  • Accessible affordable integrated housing

  • Universal Design

  • Welcoming to people of all backgrounds, abilities, and income levels

  • Citizens don't necessarily need a car to live if the city has Transit-Oriented Development with Rent Controls.

Crawford said that because he lives on a fixed income, he cannot afford to rent housing and was forced to purchase one. He pointed out that 26% (61 million) of Americans have a disability so his situation is not unique. In Mississippi, the disability rate is 33.5% or over 1 million people. Disability includes limits on mobility, cognition, living independently, seeing, and the ability to care for themselves. Further, 17.5 % (525,000)of Mississippians have “serious difficulty walking or climbing stairs.” The rate in the US is 12.9% (30 million). He encouraged his audience to think of themselves as “temporarily able-bodied.”

Crawford showed an aerial view of his neighborhood and told the club why he bought his home there. He showed his house and the fact that he could get to a grocery store, bank, one bus stop, and two pharmacies in his wheelchair.

Discussing the lack of wheelchair accessible housing, he pointed out that that:

  • It is an obstacle to community integration

  • Due to that lack many people cannot rent because they’d be priced out over time because of their fixed income limitations.

  • People resort to buying existing homes and retrofitting them to make them wheelchair accessible.

  • Retrofitting older homes is often difficult and expensive due to the need for wheelchair ramps, the need to widen doorways, and kitchens in older homes are often small and not wheelchair friendly as are bathrooms.

These were the problems Crawford faced when he purchased his Fondren home. He showed a photo of his Fondren home 


The answer to these accessibility problems is using “Universal Design” to build for access by all people. The benefit is that  it “allows people to Age-in-Place and have a welcoming home for all.”

Crawford showed an example of accessible housing; the Lakeshore Foundation Cottages in Birmingham, AL which are designed to be accessible.

Crawford then switched to transit. He said that community integration depends on transit. His point was that the cities and their citizens need to:

  • End stereotyping of transit users - Transit is not just a “last resort” for the “poor”, disabled, and elderly.”

  • Recognize:

    • that younger professionals seek out transit-friendly communities.

    • Retirees want alternatives to driving

    • Commuters want to avoid stress and enhance their quality of life.

He gave a commute from South Jackson to Tougaloo College as an example of an existing commute that is 16 miles and takes 21 minutes by automobile. By public transit, it takes 3 bus routes and nearly 2 hours if the buses connect.

His next point was that housing needs to be linked to transit with accessible sidewalks where today the City of Jackson has not provided them or required developers to install them forcing people into the streets. The costs of inaccessible streets are:

  • Social isolation: Feeling like one is under “House Arrest.”

  • Increased dependency on others and paratransit.

  • Lack of Productivity (Access to schools,  jobs, etc.

  • Societal segregation by class and ability

  • Pedestrian fatalities

The solution is to build complete streets that are safe for all users. Examples are the Metro Parkway in Jackson, Mission Street in San Francisco, streets in Nashville, TN, and Capitol Street in Jackson. “Complete streets make a community safer for everyone, not just people with disabilities. Cities should create a livable community from the beginning.

Crawford’s suggestion was that Jackson and other cities need to upgrade their transit systems. The best solution is light rail, but it is more expensive. Bus Rapid Transit is an option. Examples of these solutions are Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) and Arlington, VA’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). New building should be along existing transit corridors as is being done in Nashville, TN.

His policy summary is that creating livable cities involves:

  • Building using Universal Design principles.

  • Connecting existing housing to transit via:

    • Complete Streets

    • Electric BRT vs. Light rail, plus neighborhood circulators

  • Target new housing along transit corridors

  • Ensure some rent-controlled and lower-income units in all developments.

  • It will take cooperation and financial incentives.

Crawford then repeated his advice “Think of yourselves as the “Temporarily Able-bodied.”

He then quoted anthropologist Margaret Mead, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

We thank Crawford for his very thought-provoking and insightful presentation. He is shown below during his presentation.


Pres. & CEO, Comm. Fdn. for MS Speaks to Rotary N. JXN

Jane Clover Alexander, President and CEO, Community Foundation for Mississippi (CFM), spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s June 2, 2020, meeting. Alexander is a graduate of Millsaps College with a Bachelor of Arts in History. She received a Master of Arts in Journalism from the University of Mississippi. She has been President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Mississippi and its predecessor organization, The Community Foundation of Greater Jackson, since August 2012.

Per Alexander, a community foundation is a platform for building community and enhancing the quality of life of its residents. It is a place where donors can connect with causes they care about and create a lasting legacy. The CFM is a tax-exempt public charity created by and for the people of Mississippi. It serves 22 counties in central and southwest parts of the state. The CFM was first organized in 1994 with a gift of $200,000. Today it has more than 275 funds and $60 million in charitable assets. The first community foundation was established in Cleveland, Ohio in 1914. There are more than 800 community foundations in America and 7 in the state of Mississippi. 

A community foundation has three special features: personalized service, local expertise, and community leadership. Community leadership involves disaster relief and recovery,. For example, Community foundations have mobilized more than#312 million is Covid-19 relief since the beginning of the pandemic. In Mississippi, there is the  Community Response & Recovery Fund formed in partnership with Volunteer Mississippi to pool donations from corporations, foundations, and individual donors. To date, $500,000 has been raised and will be deployed statewide to the other community foundations and other partners. Donors to this fund include the Robert Wood Johnson Foundations, the Walker Family Foundations, Arnold Ventures LLC, Atmos Energy, and countless Mississippians. Community leadership also includes place-based grantmaking. For Example, at CFM, the John F. and Lucy E. Shackelford Fund is a bequest of almost $9 million designated to make permanent enhancements for downtown Jackson. Since 2017, the Shackelford Fund has granted $2.25 million to a range of projects including the Museum of Mississippi History, the Mississippi Arts Center, Thalia Mara Hall, the Art Garden of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Capital Street lighting, Greenwood Cemetery, and other similar projects.

The CFM provides a variety of tools for building communities. Available charitable funds include unrestricted funds, field of interest funds, designated funds, and donor-advised funds. Funds can be created in any of these categories by an initial commitment of $25,000. The funds can be created with a wide variety of assets. 

Alexander closed her presentation with two simple thoughts:

  • Community foundations are among the fastest growing and most accessible forms of philanthropy in the United States today

  • “Don’t let anyone else hold the pen.” attributed to Harley Davidson

We thank Alexander for her presentation and for her service to the citizens of Mississippi. She is shown during her presentation to the club.

Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes JPD Precinct 4 “Officers of the Quarter.”
At is June 2, 2020, meeting, the Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized JPD Precinct 4 Officers Mylan Smith and Lakishia Younger as Officers of the Quarter for the First Quarter of 2020. On February 21, 2020, Officer Smith was responding to Domestic Disturbance call when he observed a Nissan Altima leaving the scene of the report at a high rate of speed. He immediately pursued the vehicle. Officer Younger was in the area of the pursuit and joined in. The vehicle proceeded to Northtown Drive where it hit a pothole that disabled it with a blown-out tire. The officers found the suspect in the car with illicit drugs, a large amount of U.S. currency, and an unrestrained 4-month old infant on the front seat. The child was returned to her mother and the suspect was arrested.

We thank Officers Smith and Younger for their service and their commitment to the City of Jackson. They each received a certificate, gift cards to Kroger,  The Corner Market, and the Manship Wood Fired Kitchen as part of their recognition. Shown from left, Precinct 4 Commander Tyrone Buckley, Deputy Chief Tiny Harris, Rotary President Greg Campbell, Officer Younger, Officer Smith, Steve Orlansky, Rotary member and Police Chief James Davis.

The Rotary Club of North Jackson also honored Jackson Police Department Precinct, 4 Officers, Tuesday, June 2, 2020, with meals from Aplos Restaurant. Shown from left with the meals are JPD Precinct 4 Commander Tyrone Buckley and JPD Deputy Chief Tiny Harris.


This week’s Rotary Thought is the july 2020 President’s message from incoming Rotary International 2020-2021 president Holger Knaack.

“Dear Rotarians, Rotaractors, and friends,

This does not seem like a time for great optimism, but it has to be. Long before Rotary was founded, the world dealt with great crises that tested humankind’s ability to progress and endure. In the age of Rotary, the world has faced many more catastrophes; however, we have survived, and every step of the way, Rotary has helped the world heal.

Every great challenge is an opportunity for renewal and growth. I revealed the theme of Rotary Opens Opportunities at the International Assembly in San Diego just as the COVID-19 crisis was beginning, but these are words that I have believed for many years.

Rotary is not just a club that you join; it is an invitation to endless opportunities. We believe in creating opportunities for others and for ourselves. We believe that our acts of service, large and small, generate opportunities for people who need our help, and that Rotary opens opportunities for us to live a richer, more meaningful life, with friends around the world, based on our core values.

Governments and institutions are gaining a greater appreciation for the types of public health partnerships that are critical to our work. People stuck at home, eager for greater connections, and hungry to help their communities are now embracing the values we have promoted since our beginning.

All of this is positive news, but just because there are greater opportunities than ever for Rotary to thrive does not guarantee that we will succeed. The world is changing rapidly — and was doing so even before this crisis. People were starting to move away from regular lunch meetings and toward online gatherings. Friendships were being cultivated and revived in social media relationships even before most of our meetings moved to Zoom and Skype. Younger generations have a strong desire to serve — but have questioned whether they could play a meaningful role in organizations like Rotary or whether they might make a bigger impact forming different types of connections. Now is the time to put everything on the table, test new approaches, and prepare Rotary for the future.

The COVID-19 crisis has forced all of us to adapt. This is good, and our new Action Plan specifically calls on us to improve our ability to adapt. But adaptation is not enough. We need to change, and change dramatically, if we are to face the challenges of this new age and provide the Rotary that the world so desperately needs.

This is our great challenge, not just in the next year but into the future. It is up to us to remake Rotary for these new times — to wholeheartedly embrace the ideas, energy, and commitment of young people eager to find an outlet for idealism. We must become an organization fully enmeshed in the digital age, not one that simply looks for online ways to keep doing what we have always done.

The world needs Rotary now more than ever. It is up to us to make sure that Rotary Opens Opportunities for generations to come.”


President, Rotary International