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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
Rotary International and Toastmasters International have entered into a partnership. The objectives are still being finalized, however, the two similar organizations offer their respective members many opportunities via the partnership.  Rotary is a service organization and Toastmasters teaches members how to be better speakers and better leaders. Four North Jackson Rotarians are members of the High Noon Toastmasters in Jackson: Clinton Smith, Suman Das, Ed Sentell, and Bill Osborne. Suman & Clinton are past presidents of High Noon and Bill is the current president. High Noon meets via Zoom at noon on Mondays. Any of the 4 Rotarians can provide you with the link to the meeting. Prior to COVID-19, High Noon met at the Eudora Welty Library. The club anticipates returning to the library when normal times return. Please understand that every North Jackson Rotarian is invited to attend and participate in High Noon meetings.
Thank you.
Bill Osborne,
Editor the "Wheel", Rotary Club of North Jackson bulletin & President High Noon Toastmasters Club No. 2028
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

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August 11, Scott Waller, President & CEO, Mississippi Economic Council
August 4, Steve Jent, Executive Director, Sanderson Farms Championship, PGA Tour event.
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.

Almighty God, in these waning days of summer, as we anticipate the seasonal changes built into the universe, we are grateful that your sustaining love and grace remain constant. Throughout all seasonal transitions, your call to service is clear, your expectations of us are challenging, and we ask for your help in fulfilling both.

We acknowledge with gratitude the oppor-tunity for fellowship which is vital to our gathering. May nothing be done or said here today that will dishonor your name or demean our club. Amen.


Club Announcements:



  • Paul Howell                         August 25
  • Jim Stanley                          August 26
  • David Dogan                         August 31
  • Nelson Atehortua                 August 31
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Dick & Claire Dickerson        August 30
Membership Anniversaries
  • Nick Miller        5 years, August 25
MS Lt. Gov. Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson
The Honorable Delbert Hosemann, Lt. Governor of the State of Mississippi, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its August 18, 2020 meeting. The primary subject of his talk was the just-ended sessions of the legislature. He featured the legislative decision to retire the Mississippi State Flag and the approval of a process to replace it. He acknowledged that the commission to select a new flag has narrowed the number of candidates to 5 and that it will shortly name the candidate to be voted on by the citizenry on November 3. He also mentioned that the legislature had restored teacher's pay by eliminating cuts previously made and committed the funds provided by the federal CARES act. 
The Lt. Governor also discussed his and his family's adventure with COVID-19 that he contracted in early July following the legislative session. He noted that he is finally able to make his daily 1.5-mile run and that he made his first one that morning. We thank him for his presentation to our club and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. He is shown during his presentation in the following photo.


President & CEO, MS Econ. Council Speaks to Rotary Club 


Scott Waller, President & CEO, Mississippi Economic Council (MEC), spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s August 11, 2020, meeting. The title of his talk was “Securing Mississippi’s Future; Relief, Recovery, Reimagine. The MEC is Mississippi’s Chamber of Commerce.

More detailed information on the three points in Mr. Waller’s presentation is as follows:

  • “Relief – Continually assess and address immediate impacts of the COVID-19 crisis on businesses’ operations and employees, advancing best practices
    to help stabilize operations in uncertain times, while seeking economic stability and continuity.

  • Recovery – The first phase of recovery focuses on restarting our economy. Restoring confidence in economic activity will be of utmost importance once health concerns are addressed. Recovery truly begins as we work to return economic activity to the pre-crisis levels.

  • Reimagine – Reshaping and transforming Mississippi’s economy requires putting Mississippi in a position to optimize opportunities in a post-pandemic economy. Rethinking our sector strategies will lead to steady, long-term growth.”

Waller further elaborated on these three phases of securing Mississippi’s Future:

  • Areas to explore during the Relief phase include:

    • Economic Continuity

    • Business Liquidity

    • Regulatory Relief

    • Business Liability Protection

    • Transportation and Logistics

    • Technology Infrastructure

  • Areas to explore during the Recovery phase include:

    • Creating Economic Stability

    • Workforce Availability

    • Educational Assessments

    • Tourism & Retail

    • Infrastructure’s Importance

    • Technology Advancement

    • Supply Chain Continuity

  • Areas to explore during the Reimagine phase include:

    • Talent Retention and Attraction

    • Workforce & Educational Attainment

    • Educational Innovation

    • Economic Development Realignment

Waller reported the results of a Covid-19 Business Survey Conducted by MEC, Mississippi Economic Development Council, and Mississippi Manufacturers Association. The results were as follow:

  • Essential vs Non-Essential

    • 58% reported that their business was designated essential

    • 26% reported that their business was designated non-essential

    • 12 % reported that some parts of their business was designated essential and some parts were designated non-essential.

    • 4% reported that they were unsure or did not know.

  • COVID-19 impact on their business

    • 7 % reported no impact.

    • 88% reported a negative impact.

    • 6% reported a positive impact.

  • Reducing Staff or hours

    • 7% reported having reduced or planning to reduce staff

    • 17% reported that the hours worked were reduced or they were planning to reduce the no. of hours worked

    • 34% reported that they had reduced or were planning to reduce the number of staff or the hours staff worked

    • 42% had no plans for any reductions.

  • Impact on Revenues

    • 12 % reported no impact of CUVID-19 on revenues.

    • 31% reported a 20 - 40% reduction in revenues.

    • 37% reported a 60-80% reduction in revenues.

    • 21% reported a 100% reduction in revenues.

  • Top Concerns going forward

    • 45% Business  Financial, Market Concerns

    • 22% COVID-19 concerns

    • 14% Workforce concerns

    • 12% Consumer related concerns

    • 6% Global business concerns

We thank Waller for his presentation and for his work on behalf of Mississippians and Mississippi businesses. He is shown in the following photo during his presentation.


Sanderson Farms Championship ED Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson
Steve Jent, Executive Director, Sanderson Farms Championship PGA Tour Event, Spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's August 4 meeting. Mr. Jent is a native of Indiana and is a graduate of DePauw University with an MBA from Wake Forest University. Prior to joining Century Club Charities, the non-profit host organization for the tournament. in 2013,  he was Sales and Marketing Director for the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Steve leads a team of 6 that oversees the planning and execution of the tournament along with almost 1,000 volunteers.

The Sanderson Farms Championship is one of only 49 PGA TOUR tournaments held each year. The tournament has been part of the PGA TOUR schedule since 1968 and is now in its 10th year as part of the FedEx Cup.

This event has raised more than $17 million for Batson Children’s Hospital, through its donations to Friends of Children’s Hospital, and statewide charities, including over $2.2 million in charitable impact 2019. Past champions of the tournament include defending champion Sebastian Munoz,  Cameron Champ, Ryan Armour, Cody Gribble, Peter Malnati, Nick Taylor, Scott Stallings, Chris Kirk, Heath Slocum, 2011 FedExCup Champion Bill Haas, and Payne Stewart.

The2018 and 2019 tournaments won the award for Best Charity Integration among the PGA TOUR’s 49 events, recognizing the Sanderson Farm Championship’s ability to share how proceeds from the tournament impact the lives of Mississippi children treated at Batson Children’s Hospital.  Last year’s event generated more than $2.2 million in charitable impact and a local economic impact of over $26 Million. The 2020 Sanderson Farms Championship will be held September 28 – Oct 4th at the Country Club of Jackson. 

Steve spent most of his time discussing the objectives of the tournament and the success it has had raising money for the Friends of Batson Children's Hospital and other Mississippi charities plus the special plans that are being put in place for this year's tournament given the COVID-19 pandemic. Those plans are still being finalized. We sincerely thank Steve for his presentation, for his efforts on behalf of the Century Club Charities, the City of Jackson, and all Mississippians.


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.

Thhis Week's Rotary Thought is about How to plan a virtual World Polio day event

Posted August 20, 2020
2019 WPD event

Local civic and government officials and representatives from ten Rotary clubs at the 2019 World Polio Day event. Photo by David Andrews

By David F. Andrews, three-time past president, Rotary Club of Oshawa-Parkwood, Ontario, Canada, and chair of District 7070’s Public Image Committee

After many years of celebrating World Polio Day with proclamations, updates from Rotary and health leaders, and flag-raising ceremonies, the 10 Rotary clubs in District 7070 (Ontario, Canada) took a different course in 2018. An in-person event held in a new global classroom and simultaneously streamed live is now serving as a great model as we approach holding our first World Polio Day live event in a COVID-19 world.


Just three years ago, Durham College of Applied Arts and Technology, a post-secondary school in Oshawa, Ontario, constructed a new Centre for Collaborative Education, which included a Global Classroom. The center allows students to learn from, and share with, students and experts from around the world in real-time. The class brings cultures from around the world together to share information about each other’s culture and countries. The clubs of the Durham region all helped provide funds for the creation of the center and global classroom.

To hold the combined event in 2018, the two host Rotary clubs of Oshawa and Oshawa-Parkwood took the following actions:

  • Received the buy-in from the other nine Rotary clubs and asked the mayors to proclaim 24 October as World Polio Day in all eight communities and in the whole Durham region.
  • Asked the mayors and the regional chair John Henry (also an active Oshawa Rotarian) to present proclamations to the Rotary clubs and to the district governor on our World Polio Day event, live in the Global Classroom.
  • Arranged for our local member of Parliament of Canada and our member of Parliament for the Province of Ontario and the President of Durham College, to address words of welcome in the Global Classroom.
  • Arranged for End Polio Now flag raising ceremonies in each community.
  • Contacted Durham College officials and professor Lon Appleby of the Global Classroom about an event that would be streamed live to Rotarians, students and the public.
  • Used resources provided by Rotary to stream Rotary’s World Polio Day online global update.
  • Arranged for Dr. Bob Scott, the immediate past chair of Rotary International’s PolioPlus Committee, to give a live update, and interview Aseefa Bhutto (daughter of the former prime minister of Pakistan) and Aziz Memon, Rotary Foundation Trustee and chair of the Pakistan National PolioPlus Committee.
  • Arranged for a presentation by a Durham College student who shared how they grew up in Pakistan and received the oral polio vaccine as a young child.
  • Arranged for a polio survivor from the Durham region to speak about her life with polio.
  • Promoted the event through social media and local media outlets.

The 2018 event was so successful that the clubs mirrored it for World Polio Day in 2019 (watch the 2019 event), with new guest speakers Dr. Tunji Funsho, chair of Rotary’s Nigeria PolioPlus Committee, and past Rotary President Jonathan Majiyagbe.

Our 2020 version of World Polio Day in the Durham region will be with the same 10 Rotary clubs, and this time, we will include video versions of the proclamations, and flag raising, and have a live remote presentation by Dr. Bob Scott, who will be talking via the internet with Past RI President Ian H.S. Riseley in Australia about his experiences with PolioPlus and Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio from the world. The entire event will be broadcast “live” from the Durham College Global Classroom.

We encourage our fellow Rotary members around the world to use Rotary’s World Polio Day resources to plan and hold an event to honor the day and join District 7070’s event streamed live on 22 October. It is your partnership in our top priority that makes this day a success and will fuel our eventual eradication of polio.

Are you taking action to end polio this World Polio Day? Register your event.