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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. Also, due to the pandemic, we will not have our scheduled annual Club Assembly on June 30th. We will have a noon meeting via Zoom with a speaker from the Mississippi Coding Academy on June 30th. 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

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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, how good it is for us to include in our time together this acknowledgment that you are our God,  the Source of all for which we are grateful. We confess our usual obsession with the physically obvious in life, forgetting the spiritual realities which become so easily obscured but are always integrally present in the affairs of every day. 


Hear now our thanks for fellowship to enrich us, for work to engage us,  all in accord with your will to empower us and your Spirit to guide us. Amen.


Club Announcements:



  • Rita Sun                    June 24
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Hugh & Jennifer Johnson                    June 23
  • Pat & Suzanne Vivier                           June 24
  • Katie & Shawn Browning                     June 25
  • Nick & Lauren Miller                             June 25
  • Uriel &  Glenda Pineda                         June 27
Membership Anniversaries
  • Swan Yerger                         49 years, June 29
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 for Clinical Affairs 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 he did his residency at the Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) which was followed by a fellowship at CMC and an MS in Public Health at the 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 UMMC 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 the medical staff. They established a 3 level approach to addressing the Virus:

  • Level 1 - conditional - continue with normal operations

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

  • Level 3 - Crisis - substantial disruption and 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 for Spring Break was 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 (TA) and the other a 6-hour, TA). 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, Now they are back to normal operations, except there are still 60 patients in the COVID Unit. The maximum during the first weeks of the pandemic 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.

Ole Miss Athletic Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

J. Keith Carter, Vice Chancellor for Intercollegiate Athletics of the University of Mississippi (Athletic Director) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s May 26, 2020 meeting. The meeting was a Zoom one accommodating the considerations of the coronavirus pandemic. Mr. Carter said that he has been associated with the university for 25 years since he was recruited to play basketball. He is a native of Perryville, Arkansas, northwest of Little Rock. Being an Arkansas native, he was a committed Razorback fan growing up. His fondest desire was to play basketball for the University of Arkansas, but he was not recruited by the program. In fact, he only had one SEC basketball offer and that was from the University of Mississippi. When he reported to the campus in Oxford, he knew little about the university.  Following his collegiate days, during which he was an All American, Carter played basketball in Italy for 6 years. 

Following his Italian basketball career, Carter returned to Ole Miss and joined the Athletic Department where he focused on fundraising. He has worked in the Rebels' athletics department since 2009. He was the executive director of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation since 2012 and took over as the deputy AD for resource and development acquisition in 2018.  In his time atop the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation, Carter saw monetary commitments and donations nearly triple from $62 million to $182 million toward the Forward Together campaign. In 2016, the National Association of Athletic Development Directors named Carter the Fundraiser of the Year.

Carter was named interim Athletic Director in May 2019 when his predecessor, Ross Bjork resigned to take the same position at Texas A&M. He was elevated to AD on November 22, 2019.

In his talk to the club, Carter focused on reopening the intercollegiate athletic programs and taking care of the student-athletes. He said that fall sport athletes may begin voluntary practices on campus on June 8. There is still uncertainty as to when and in what manner fall sports will resume; i.e, whether there will be fans or not, and if so, how many. A lot remains to be seen.

We sincerely appreciate Carter’s presentation to the club. He is shown in the following photo during his presentation via Zoom.


This week’s Rotary thought is about conducting service projects during a pandemic.


Conducting Service Projects is Possible, Rewarding during a Pandemic

Posted on June 16, 2020

The Rotary Club of Novosibirsk-Initiative, Russia, assembled masks for medical workers as a virtual project.

By Ekaterina Tashlykova, secretary, and Julia Fedeneva, president-elect, Rotary Club of Novosibirsk-Initiative, Russia

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed many aspects of our self-awareness. Virtual meetings are now common, but what about doing service projects? Can these be virtual too? As a club, we explored this idea with our first service project since the pandemic hit.

A nurse holds masks donated by the Rotary club.

As a doctor, I am in touch with a lot of essential medical workers. These men and women are on the front lines, battling to keep us healthy and alive. They risk their own health and hardly see their families in order to provide us with high-quality, timely medical care. Many of them work in hospitals that have a shortage of protective supplies. The facilities do not have enough masks, gloves, or antiseptics to keep them protected from the virus.

We decided to focus our attention on donating masks to these hospitals and created two plans.

First, we connected with women who were currently on maternity leave who were sewing masks for multiple purposes. We found people who could supply us with textile and elastic bands, and worked out the logistics for delivering more than 1,000 masks to 10 area hospitals.

Second, we raised money to buy more masks. We were able to secure a discount on masks that were more comfortable and ecological. We let the community know what we were doing, and when they found out, many people donated to our cause.

After that, we decided we wanted to help kindergartens that were still in operation through these times. We provided them with sanitizers and masks. The teachers, many of whom were in a state of anxiety over the threat of contracting the virus, were delighted to receive our help.

Now we are organizing a children’s art project to show our support for the doctor’s working on the front lines.

So the answer to our question was yes, service is possible virtually. What can you do to help?