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Jun 23, 2020
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Jun 30, 2020
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Jul 07, 2020
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Jul 14, 2020
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Jul 21, 2020
Jul 28, 2020
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Aug 11, 2020
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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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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, whose creative power is evident all around us in these early summer days, we are grateful for the resources available to us for enriched living and productive working. AS stewards of the things that bring joy and meaning to life, help us to use them for the good of others and for your glory. 

Bless our gathering in this place, that our influence for good will be felt in this small corner of the world. To that end, we offer gratitude for the enriching fellowship and invigorating involvement in worthwhile endeavors. Amen.


Club Announcements:



  • Matthew Turnage                June 17
  • Gabe Grothe                        June 22
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Swan & Gingia Yerger                         June 16
  • Wyatt & Ginny Emmerich                    June 17
  • Don & Jackie Roberts                          June 18
  • Josh & Erin Walker                              June 20
  • Trip & Sandra Barnes                          June 22
  • Erik Hearon & Marla Harbor                June 22
Membership Anniversaries
  • Clinton Smith                          8 years, June 19
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.


MPB Director of TV Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson


John Gibson, Director of Television for Mississippi Public Broadcasting spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s May 19, 2020, meeting. Mr. Gibson is a native Mississippian. He did his undergraduate studies at Vanderbilt University and graduate work at the University of Texas.

Gibson said that Mississippi Public Broadcasting was formed on February 1, 1970, and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The MPB radio network joined the MPB television network in 1984 to create the MPB we know today. MPB’s mission is to tell Mississippi’s story to the world. MPB reaches al of Mississippi’s 82 counties and it reaches a global audience via the internet.

For a network from a mostly rural state, MPB creates an impressive number of original programs, including, for example, “Mississippi Roads” with Walt Grayson, “Conversations” with Marshall Ramsey, Fit-to -Eat”, “Farm Week”, and “Mississippi  Outdoors.” MPB has also created documentaries such as “Meet Carl Jackson” which premiered earlier this year.  

The Educational Department participated in “Between the Lions” and “Aha Island” which are programs targeted to pre-K children and originated by WGBH in Boston, MA. MPB TV also devotes its morning and early afternoon programming to education. The Rotary Club of North Jackson has participated in both Between the Lions and Aha Island at Walton elementary school in Jackson.

During the Covid-19 crisis, MPB has been the originating station of the video coverage of Governor Reeves’ daily press briefings. Its feed is carried by other local stations.

For all of its activities and offerings, MPB  operates on a relatively small budget of about $10 million. Six million is provided by the State of Mississippi, Approximately $1.3 million is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The balance of about #3million comes from Members, grants, and other sources.

We thank Gibson for his service to the citizens of Mississippi and for his presentation to our club. He is shown during his presentation in the following photo.


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?