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Oct 06, 2020
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Oct 13, 2020
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Nov 03, 2020
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Rotary Club of North Jackson
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Oct 13, 2020 12:00 PM
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Oct 20, 2020
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Director - Club Service
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Bill Osborne

Club Announcements:

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 Past President Greg Campbell at
We reserve the first 15 minutes for fellowship and give our speakers nearly 30 minutes for their presentations.

END POLIO NOW! by Neelam Goel

One of Rotary’s key humanitarian goals is to eliminate polio from the face of the earth. Polio, or poliomyelitis, is a disabling and life-threatening disease caused by the polio virus.  Poliomyelitis is a paralytic disease and is still active in 2 countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan.  Thanks to Rotary International it is 99.9 % eradicated.  The virus usually affects 5 years old and younger, usually transmitted through the gastrointestinal tract and some cases can affect the spinal cord causing paralysis.  The first vaccine was invented by Dr. Jonas Salk in 1954, which was a  killed virus given intra-muscularly.  The second vaccine was invented by Dr. Albert Sabin, which is an attenuated virus (live) and given by mouth.  This vaccine was commercially used in 1961.   The iron lung was used to help polio patients with paralysis to breathe. 


When our club first started to observe World Polio Day in 2018, there were three countries, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria with cases of Wild Paralytic Polio. Today only Pakistan and Afghanistan are the two countries left with active cases of Polio. Nigeria has been declared Polio Free (WPV) by WHO on August 25, 2020. In the last 10 years, Rotary International has spent $15 billion dollars in Nigeria to eradicate Polio.  GPEI (Global Polio Eradication Initiative} was formed in 1988 for the worldwide eradication of polio. CDC, Rotary International, WHO, UNICEF, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are some of the major partners of this initiative. There were 350,000 cases of Paralytic Polio worldwide in 1985 that were reduced by 99.9 percent in 2016.  For every dollar Rotary contributes to Polio, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation gives $2 making it a 2:1 match. However, our fight is not over until each and every country is declared polio-free and has the resources to effectively vaccinate its children. The United States is fortunate that polio is now only a distant memory when once it had infected our commander-in-chief, President Roosevelt who was able to successfully hide it. 


INVITATION! from Club Vice President Suman Das

All North Jackson Rotary members are invited to join the Polio Plus Quiz on October 6th and Polio Bingo on October 13th, both of which are free. Please feel free to donate to Polio Foundation if you wish to continue the fight against Polio.  Remember your donation will be matched 2:1 by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Send your check to Don Roberts, Executive Secretary, and Treasurer. Stay Safe Stay Well. Do not miss our World Polio Day Celebration on October 20th.


The Rotary Club of North Jackson has been recognized for its support to the Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. Out of more than 35,000 Rotary clubs worldwide, we were one of only 3,400 clubs worldwide and 4 in our district 4820 to attain status as an Every Rotarian, Every Year Club. This achievement is for clubs that achieve a minimum Annual Fund contribution of $100 per capita during the Rotary year, and every dues-paying member must personally contribute at least $25 to the Annual Fund during the year. The other clubs were the Flowood, Lexington, and Madison-Ridgeland. The club was also recognized as one of only 4,000 clubs worldwide and 3 in District 6820, to become a 100% Foundation Giving Club. This achievement is for clubs that achieve an average of $100 in per capita giving and 100 percent participation, with every dues-paying member contributing at least $25 to any or all of the following during the Rotary year: Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, approved global grants, or Endowment Fund. The other clubs were the Lexington and Madison-Ridgeland clubs. At the end of every Rotary year, contributions directed to the Annual Fund-SHARE from all Rotary clubs in the district are divided between the World Fund and the District Designated Fund, or DDF. DDF funds is where clubs get grant money for local and international projects. For the 2019-20 Rotary year, the Rotary Club of North Jackson received $8,099 in matching district grant money for 8 projects. The grants are a 50-50 match.



  • Dave Orlansky                             Oct. 5
  • Cooper Morrison                          Oct. 7
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Neelam & Parvesh Goel               Oct. 1
  • Jim & Suzanne Almas                  Oct. 3
Membership Anniversaries
  • Lindsay Buford                 1 year, Oct. 1
  • Greg Campbell                 13 years, Oct. 2
Congratulations to Club Board Member Jenny Price and her husband Doug on the birth of their son Payson Thomas Price on September 30.
Prayer. Eternal God, from various walks of life, from different family backgrounds and religious persuasions, and from varying vocations, we come together in unity of spirit and purpose.
We offer thanks for the fellowship we enjoy today as we share moments together. Help us to be appreciative of each other as we work together for others. Amen.
Executive Director, Red Cross of SW Mississippi Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson
Tamica Smith-Jeuitt Executive Director of the Red Cross Chapter of Southwest Mississippi spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's September 29 meeting. The Southwest Mississippi Chapter is responsible for providing emergency assistance services to residents of 21 Mississippi counties. The Chapter is in the Alabama Mississippi Region of the Red Cross.
Currently, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Red Cross is working closely with public health officials to ensure the safety of local communities and its workforce. All humanitarian servces buildings are closed with the exception of hosting training classes and blood collections. Since March 17, all Alabama Mississippi team members are working from home until further notice. Personal protection equipment (PPE) has been distributed to staff and volunteers. PPE is also being used at blood donation sites and other Red Cross facilities. Across the country, Red Cross has spent approximately $69 million on PPE with a cost of around $1.7 million for the Alabama Mississippi Region.
Each line of Red Cross's service is responding to the challenges of a COVID-19 operating environment in fulfilling its mission. The four lines of service included are: Services to Armed Forces, Volunteer Services, Biomedical, and Disaster Services. Specific changes in these Service areas are:
  • Services to Armed forces - Virtual Critical Community Cases & Resiliency Workshops
  • Volunteer services - Virtual recruitment & engagement
  • Biomedical - Convalsecent Plasma
  • Disaster services - non congregate sheltering
  • Virtual Casework
Ms. Smit-Jeuitt gave specific details of these changes in each of the service areas including a story about a convalescent plasma donor and specifically how the disaster sevice team has modified its practices. Since March 2020,  the SW MS chapter has been busy with home fire responses. It has responded to 936 home fires affecting 2883 people and ithe chapter has provided over $542,000 in financial assistance to home fire victims. The chapter has also responded to assist 1660 tornado victims, serving 3588 meals and providing $246,000 in assistance since March 1, 2020. The chapter has created a Virtual Family Assistance Center to families who have lost loved ones. Resources provided include:
  • Behavioral Health
  • Spiritual Care
  • Health Services
  • Training for Community Caregivers
  • Connections to additional local, state, & national resources
Ms. Smith-Jeuitt also reminded the club how its members can help by donating funds, donating blood, and volunteering. She concluded her presentation by giving the example of an 11-year-old boy from Madison, Mississippi who donated $342 that he had been saving for a trip to Hawaii to the Red Cross.
We thank Ms.Smith-Jeuitt for her presentation and for her service to the citizens of Mississippi. She is shown during her presentation in the following photo:
Her entire presentation is available online at
Pocket Change for Polio Plus
Following the September 22 club meeting, Administrative Secretary/Treasurer Don Roberts distributed the following in an email to all club members
"If you attended yesterday’s meeting via Zoom, you witnessed the arrival of the POCKET CHANGE FOR POLIO PLUS JUG
(“ JUG”).  If you weren’t on Zoom, you missed it!
You can still see the JUG in the following photo.
The appearance of the POCKET CHANGE FOR POLIO PLUS JUG marks the beginning of our Club’s annual celebration of World Polio Day and the successes made possible by contributions from Rotarians in the continuing battle to ELIMINATE Polio worldwide.
Dr. Suman Das unveiled the JUG and made the first deposit – folding money – by placing a crisp $ 10 bill in the jug. 
Since Suman can’t bring the JUG to all our homes or offices right now, He challenged all members of the Club to help continue the Fight for polio eradication between now and World Polio Day, October 24, by mailing a check for $ 10.00 to me. All contributions will be tallied and sent to The Rotary Foundation.
By supporting this effort you will receive a receipt for your tax-deductible contribution from THE ROTARY FOUNDATION.
To support POLIO ERADICATION, mail your check for $ 10 or MORE and make it payable to the Rotary Club of North Jackson and write JUG in the memo line. Mail your check to 
Rotary Club of North Jackson
P.O. Box 12934
Jackson, MS 39236-2934
There is more to come – Polio Quiz, Polio Bingo, valuable prizes!! 
Watch for details of the Club’s World Polio Day celebration in THE WHEEL."
Rotary Club of North Jackson Honors Precinct 4 Officer of the Quarter
The Rotary Club of North Jackson honored Jackson Police Department’s (JPD) Corporal Lashia Thomas as the Precinct 4 Officer of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2020 during its September 22, 2020 meeting. Corporal Thomas was honored for responding to a missing person call about a man who was suffering from Alzheimer’s.  After meeting with the man’s wife, Corporal Thomas was able to track the man’s cell phone and locate him in Mound, Louisiana. After contacting law enforcement there, they found the missing man safe. Corporal Thomas’s quick action while keeping the wife calm, earned her the honor. Shown from left, JPD Deputy Chief Tyrone Buckley, JPD Deputy ChiefTiny Harris, Precinct 4 Commander Odie Wells Jr., Corporal Thomas,  Rotary Club of North Jackson Committee Chair Steve Orlansky, JPD Chief James Davis, JPD Assistant Chief Joseph Wade.

Communications Director for Medical Marijuana 2020 Prop 65 Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Jamie Grantham, communications Director for the Medical Marijuana 2020 Initiative 65 spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 22 Meeting. Grantham discussed Initiative 65 and the reasons why it should be approved. She also discussed the alternative proposition put on the ballot by the legislature, Alternative 65A, and why it should not be approved. Grantham also cited the support Initiative 65 has from the medical community and the medical research that supports medical marijuana for patients with debilitating medical conditions. 


A total of 34 states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, and Florida, have approved the use of medical marijuana. Throughout the country, more than 3.5 million Americans are using medical marijuana to relieve pain and treat other symptoms of debilitating medical conditions. 

States are conducting their own studies based on their patients’ experiences with medical marijuana as a treatment: 

  • The Minnesota Department of Health published a report in the Journal of Oncology Practice showing that patients enrolled in Minnesota’s medical marijuana program showed significant improvements in symptoms related to cancer and cancer treatment including reductions of anxiety, lack of appetite, depression, disturbed sleep, fatigue, nausea, pain, and vomiting. The analysis included data from 1,120 patients with cancer who enrolled in the Minnesota medical cannabis program between July 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2017.

  • The Minnesota Department of Health also conducted a patient survey after its program had been operating for one year and concluded that its program, “is providing many people with substantial benefits, minimal side effects and no serious adverse events.”

  • After a successful launch, The New Jersey Department of Health released program priorities to improve its medical marijuana program by expanding the initial list of debilitating medical conditions that qualify a patient to access medical marijuana, increasing product supply, and reducing patient costs. “The Medicinal Marijuana Program has always prioritized patient needs above all else. Whether they are individuals with debilitating chronic pain, folks with end-stage cancer or veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, patients simply cannot wait any longer for therapy that is both more affordable and easier to access,” New Jersey Health Commissioner Dr. Shereef Elnahal said. “The need for this program is greater than ever.”

Research studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of medical marijuana

There are many studies that show that medical marijuana is effective to treat a number of debilitating medical conditions.

Grantham also cited the 79-person Steering Committee that is guiding the work for passage of Initiative 65. That committee is composed of people from all works of life including attorneys, physicians, pastors, businesses, and nonprofits. The Steering Committee for Initiative 65 can be found here,


We thank Grantham for her presentation to our club and her work on behalf of the patients who would benefit from the passage of Initiative 65. She is shown below during her presentation. The link to the complete Zoom meeting, including Grantham’s presentation, is


Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Mississippi Supreme Court Presiding Justice James W. “Jim” Kitchens spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s September 15, 2020 meeting. Justice Kitchens is a lifelong resident of Crystal Springs, Copiah County, Mississippi. He was born on April 29, 1943, he graduated from Crystal Springs High School in 1961, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1964 and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi in 1967. Justice Kitchens was first elected to the Supreme Court in 2008. He was reelected in 2016. His current term will expire in 2025.

The video link to the September 15 meeting is

Justice Kitchens related several stories from his 53-year long career as a lawyer. One of the stories was of a feud between two men who shot each other with 22 caliber pistols. One of the men was killed and the second was injured. Kitchens defended the wounded man who was shot in the cheek. The man was acquitted of a murder charge on a self-defense argument.


We thank Kitchens for his presentation to our club and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. He is shown below during his presentation to the club from the Carrol Gartin Justice Building in downtown Jackson.

2020-2021District 6820 Governor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson
2020-2021 District 6820 Governor Ed Thurmond spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's September 8 meeting. He recognized the club's achievements in the 2019-2020 Rotary Year, identified service opportunities, and in particular recognized Charles and Ellen Johnson as Major Gift Donor 2 contributors to the Rotary Foundation. The recording of the meeting, including his presentation can be found at the following link
We thank Gov. Ed for attending our meeting and for his presentation to the Johnsons. He is shown in the following photo during his presentation to the club.
Gov. Ed was accompanied by Celeste Herbert, Regional Major Gifts Officer for the Rotary Foundation. Ms. Herbert is shown in the following photo.
Charlie and Ellen Johnson Recognized as Major Gift 2 donors to  Rotary Foundation
The Rotary Club of North Jackson along with Ed Thurmond, Rotary District 6820 Governor and Celeste Herbert, Regional Major Gifts Officer for The Rotary Foundation, honored Charles "Charlie" and Ellen Johnson during it's September 8, 2020 Zoom meeting for their contribution to the Rotary Foundation as a Major Donor 2 level donor. The Johnsons join club member and Past President, Jim Stanley as having reached this significant level of giving in our club's 50 year history. Shown are Charlie and Ellen and the crystal recognition gift given to them along with Governor Ed and Herbert.

This Week's Rotary Foundation Thought is about Positive Peace, "Month by month, pillar by pillar: Engaging my club in Positive Peace"

KC Williams

By KC Williams, president, Rotary Club of Maryville, Tennessee, USA

I absolutely love being a member of Rotary. My Rotary membership experiences both in the United States and in the Caribbean over the past 15 years have created a lasting impact on my life choices and experiences. So, it is not lightly that I admit that I have successfully avoided serving as president of a Rotary club until now and, as usual, my timing is impeccable.

As the incoming president of a small, dynamic club in Maryville, Tennessee, during the COVID-19 pandemic, I wanted to establish a clear direction to focus my club’s energy and resources during this time of social distancing, national political division, and the resulting economic hardship being experienced by so many of my fellow community members.

I had the opportunity to hear District Global Grants Chair Jim Roxlo speak about the Rotary Positive Peace Academy and our partnership with the Institute for Economics and Peace. I knew immediately that I could use the eight Pillars of Positive Peace to guide my club through a purposeful discovery of how these pillars exist in Blount County, Tennessee.

Pillars of Positive Peace

So, I quickly went to work on a plan that would take advantage of the limitations imposed by the pandemic but still accomplish a review of the pillars and their application to Blount County. I identified the following as barriers that needed to be overcome:

  • The limited contact between members due to social distancing.
  • The online meeting format’s impact on club members working together to accomplish measurable outcomes.
  • The impact of the existing club program structure of hosting a different presenter each week on club members’ abilities to hold meaningful discussions.

This year, I have been guided by how limited choices impact the development of a sustainable community in Blount County. I assigned each of the eight Pillars of Positive Peace to a calendar month, building programming around the assigned topic (pillar) across the entire month. The remaining four months have been assigned the following topics: The Power of Choice, The Rotary Foundation, The Community Health Update, and The Year in Review.

Our new program structure for each month follows a set pattern:

  1. Week one features a program speaker on a monthly topic
  2. Week two features guided table talks on the monthly topic
  3. Week three features a tech tool program that ties into the monthly topic
  4. Week four is club member celebration
  5. Week five is for club assembly

At the beginning of each month, I send a club email introducing our monthly topic (pillar). At the end of each month, I send out a summary of the issues identified by the club as limiting the power of choice on a local level. The most important part of my summaries are the members’ ideas for how our club can support this Pillar of Positive Peace in Blount County.

At the end of the year, I will take my members’ ideas and compile them into a guide that can be used for future planning. My hope is that this year-long discovery process will produce an engaged membership that is both knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Positive Peace and is able to make informed decisions about using club resources, both financially and through volunteer efforts, to build Positive Peace in our community.

Learn more about Positive Peace by enrolling in Rotary Positive Peace Academy or visiting the Rotary and IEP partner-ship webpage.