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At a special board meeting on July 2, the officers and directors of the Rotary Club of North Jackson reluctantly made the decision to suspend our plans to come back for in-person meetings at the Rickhouse next week. Based on the sharp rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in our area, the Board felt it would be best to revisit our timeline in the coming weeks as things continue to develop.
We know that many of our members are anxious to return to in-person meetings (as are we), but we want to do it in the safest way possible. In the meantime, we will continue our weekly meetings on Zoom and we have some outstanding programs/speakers lined up including our annual changing of the guard ceremony next Tuesday, July 7th. We have a lot to share with you about your Club’s efforts and achievements over the past Rotary year and plans for this coming year. We will also be introducing our incoming officers and board members, so please plan to tune in. We will be sending out a link to the Zoom meeting soon.
Thank you!
Lee Carney
President, Rotary Club of North Jackson
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
We reserve the first 15 minutes for fellowship and give our speakers nearly 30 minutes for their presentations.

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. 
July 28, Dr. Nelson Atehortua, MD, Ph.D., MPH,  "COVID-19 Update."
July 21, Keith Elliott, Founder & Executive Director, Sow Reap, Feed
July 14, Scott Spivey, Executive Director, Mississippi Home Corporation.
July 7, Passing the Gavel, Installation of new Officers and Directors.
June 30, Mike Forster, Chair and CEO, Mississippi Coding Academies.
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 God of all creation, Designer of the natural order in which the phenomenon of growth gives beauty and excitement, we are grateful that in the sphere of human affairs and organized structures,  growth is also a desirable and anticipated experience.

Accept our thanks for the fellowship we enjoy today, and for opportunities to serve that await us beyond this meeting. Amen.


Club Announcements:



  • Ed Sentell                              August 4
  • Eric Bragg                              August 5
  • Henry Larose                         August 6
  • Clinton Smith                         August 7
  • Neelam Goel                          August 8
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Jack & Hailey Allin                August 4
  • Mark & Sherye Green            August 8
  • Edley & Brenda Jones           August 10
Membership Anniversaries
  • Mike Farrell                     14 years, August 1
  • Steve O'Neill                    5 years, August 11
Public Health Specialist Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Rotarian Dr. Nelson Atehortua, M.D., Ph.D., M.S. (Dr. A.), Assistant Professor of Environmental and Behavioral Health in Jackson State University’s School of Public Health spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s July 28, 2020, meeting.  Dr. A. is a bilingual-bicultural public health professional. Born and raised in Colombia, Dr. Atehortua started his professional journey at the School of Medicine, University of Cartagena, Cartagena, Colombia where he graduated as a physician (MD). After combining clinical, administrative, and academic work, he received a Master of Science degree in healthcare management (Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla, Colombia) and began his experiences with public health interventions.

His passion for public health became manifest after realizing that community-level health education, health promotion, and disease prevention approaches can do more to save lives and spare suffering than clinical approaches. After a period of analysis, he decided to immigrate to the U.S. to pursue a Masters in Public Health (MPH degree) with a concentration in Health Education (Western Kentucky University) and a Ph.D. degree in Health Education (Texas A&M University). 

The Subject of Dr. A’s presentation was “COVID-19 updates.” Dr. A. Spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson about COVID-19 on March 31, 2020. Thus, the use of update in the title of his presentation. Dr. A. said that he had originally projected that Mississippi would have nearly 4500 COVID-19 deaths. To date, 4 months into the pandemic, there have been 1500 COVID-19 deaths. The pandemic continues in Mississippi. On July 27, 693 new cases were reported as were 6 new deaths. Cases. As of that date, there were 949 people hospitalized with COVID-19 304 in the state’s ICUs, 166 on ventilators, and 230 suspected cases of COVID-19 hospitalized. Cases continue to increase at a rapid rate in the state. Mississippi is the no. 3 COVID-19 hotspot in the country behind Florida and Louisiana based on cases per 100,000 residents. Mississippi has experienced 9,251 new COVID-19 cases in the past 7 days and has experienced a total of 51,097 cases making it the no. 2 state in cases per capita. Ranked on cases per 100,000 residents, Mississippi is no. 13. 

Dr. A. also reported on the results of clinical trials of medications to treat COVID-19. Remdesivir and dexamethasone are progressing as effective treatments. Previously touted hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin and convalescent plasma have shown no advantages as treatments, Actemra and Tamiflu have shown may be some progress, with Colcrys and Ivermectin being too early to call. 

Vaccines are a hot topic with progress on some fronts. The Oxford University  -  Astra Zeneca vaccine has shown good promise in both safety and efficacy and is entering further testing. Similarly, a Chinese vaccine, Cansino, is entering further testing. A vaccine developed by Moderna is also entering further testing based on efficacy and safety findings. It is expected to enter phase 3 testing later this summer. Based on these positive results, a widely available could be available in 2021. 

The bottom line on what Dr. A. reported is that COVID-19 continues to spread and is causing widespread deaths. There are some promising treatments and effective vaccines are proceeding through the development process.

We thank Dr. A for his update and for his work on behalf of Mississippians. The following photo is from his biographical information on the Jackson State website.


Rotary Club of North Jackson Continues Service During Pandemic
The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently donated 70 cases of bottled water to The Billy Brumfield House (BBH) in Jackson. The BBH, a ministry of Stewpot Community Services, is a shelter for homeless men. Shown from left, Brian Broussard, a driver for Brown Bottling Group; Earl Martin, BBH volunteer, and Matt Monsour, Rotary Club of North Jackson Director.
Rotary Club of North Jackson receives Awards
The Rotary Club of North Jackson received three awards and North Jackson Rotarian Dr. Suman Das received two awards
for the 2019-2020 Rotary Year at the District 6820 Annual Business Meeting on June 18, 2020, 
The club received the Edley Jones Attendance Award for Public Relations, the Large Member Club of the Year, and the Governor's Award for the top club in the district. Shown from left, Mark Fields, District 6820 Immediate Past District Governor; Greg Campbell, Immediate Past Club President and Lee Carney, Club President.
Dr. Suman K. Das, Rotary Club of North Jackson Vice-President, received the Rotary District 6820's Service Above Self Award for the 2019-20 Rotary year. Immediate Past District 6820 Governor Mark Fields, left, presents the award to Dr. Das. Dr. Das also received the Rotary District 6820's Rotary Foundation Service Award for the 2019-20 Rotary year. Immediate Past District 6820 Governor Mark Fields, left, presents the award to Dr. Das.
Congratulations to the Club, to 2019-2020 President Greg Campbell, and to Dr. Das for the recognitions.
Rotary Club of North Jackson has Zoom Meetings
For the past 4 months (April - July) the Rotary Club of North Jackson has conducted its meetings via the Zoom system because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the continuing spread of new COVID-19 cases, the club's board voted on July 2 to continue Zoom meetings until medical experts and governments determine that it is safe to resume in-person meetings. The following photo shows a typical Zoom meeting computer screen. The system permits attendees to communicate orally via their computer microphones and in a chat box that is part of the Zoom system. Speakers and other attendees can easily share their own presentations and screens.
If you haven't been able to attend a Zoom meeting, I encourage you to do so. You can keep up with what our club is doing, fellowship with your fellow members, and learn from our high-quality group of speakers. In your editor's opinion, Zoom will not replace in-person meetings, but until it is safe to resume those in-person meetings, it is a workable substitute. 
Sow, Reap, Feed Founder Speaks to Rotary Clubof North Jackson
Keith Elliott, Founder and Executive Director of Sow, Reap, Feed (SRF) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's July 21, 2020, meeting. Elliott is a native Jacksonian and is a graduate of Middle Tennesse State University. Sow Read, Feed is a food-based nonprofit founded in 2017 that aims to counter food deserts in Jackson. SRF grows produce on formerly wasted, abandoned property in Jackson and sells that produce to citizens. According to Elliott, 81% of Jackson is a food desert. A food desert is a neighborhood that does not have access to full-serve grocery stores. It is quite common for larger cities to have food deserts that force residents to rely on fast food outlets for much of their food causing those residents to not have fresh foods to eat. A visit to South, West and part of Northwest Jackson, will validate the existence of the food desert. We sincerely thank Elliott for his presentation and for what his organization is doing and has done for Jacksonians. He is shown during his presentation in the following photo.
"Passing of the Gavel" for Rotary Club of North Jackson
At its July 7, 2020, virtual meeting, the Rotary Club of North Jackson "passed the gavel" from 2019-2020 President Greg Campbell to 2020-2021 President Lee Carney. The following photo is of Greg physically passing the Gavel to Lee at an informal Officers and Directors meeting.
The following photo is of the 2020-2021 Officers and directors. Standing from left, Greg Campbell, Immediate Past President; Don Roberts, Executive Secretary/Treasurer; Chris Brantley, Sergeant at Arms; Neelam Goel, Foundation Chair; Bill Osborne, Public Relations Director; Jenny Price, Administration Director; and Lori Greer, Service Director. Seated from left, Uriel Pineda, Secretary; Dr. Suman Das, Vice-President; Lee Carney, President, and Larry Anderson, Treasurer. Not pictured, Matt Monsour, Membership Director.
We thank Greg for an outstanding year for which the Club received many accolades and we wish and expect to work for the same for Lee during her term as president.

This week’s Rotary Thought is about 

Rotary's 4-way Test

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S.R. Yogananda

S.R. Yogananda

By S.R. Yogananda, past district governor, past regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, and a member of the Rotary Bangalore East, Bengaluru, India

The year was 1987. I had come back from the Sultanate of Oman and was running a consumer products distribution company in Bangalore, India, when a business executive came to my office one evening. He said “I have been watching the way you do business. You are not taking short cuts, you have asked your staff and accountants to follow all the government regulations. I would like to invite you to join my Rotary club.” Rotary, he said “amongst other things, stands for integrity”

After attending a few meetings, I was inducted into the Rotary Club of Bangalore East during a colorful event in a lovely atmosphere. I attended all club and district events and began to gain a deeper understanding of this wonderful organization. I was delighted to learn that Rotary does not endorse any particular religion and is beyond boundary restrictions. Integrity is a pillar on which Rotary stands.

Herb Taylor

Herbert J. Taylor, 1954-55 RI president, in his office holding a large copy of The Four-Way Test. circa 1954-55.

The story of Herbert Taylor, the past RI president who created The Four-Way Test, fascinated me, so much so that when I became president of my club I put up a large sign of the test along a busy road in Bangalore. I got it printed on a silver plate and gave it as a memento to every speaker at our meetings. I also gave it to our members on their birthdays and wedding anniversaries.

I served as the national coordinator and awards administrator for a national essay competition on The Four-Way Test held all over India, administered through Rotary clubs. This project, held for five years, was sponsored by District 6400 and the Rotary Club of Windsor, Canada.

Many times in my business, I made decisions that to an outsider might have looked unwise. There was an occasion when we could have bought a product without the taxes and sold it to make a handsome profit. When this proposal was brought to my attention, I put my foot down and said no. It failed The Four-Way Test. It was not fair to the tax authorities and to other dealers who did not have this advantage.

Another incident etched in my memory, even before joining Rotary, I was heading the special equipment division of a leading company in the Middle East. I was handling global tenders and multimillion-dollar deals. I was sitting with a top-ranked bureaucrat from an important ministry who was a major customer, and he asked about the delivery of a piece of equipment that had been delayed due to a problem at the loading port. I was tempted to lie to avoid embarrassment, but working up my resolve, decided to tell him the true reason for the delay. Surprisingly, in my future dealings with him, he seemed to treat me with increased respect. Now I see this as validation of the principles behind The Four-Way Test.

The Four-Way Test is one of our great benefits as members of Rotary. It is a trustworthy ethical guide. And we have an opportunity to share it with eager young minds to the benefit of all.