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Club Announcements:

The Rotary Club of North Jackson resumed in-person meetings on April 6  at the Rickhouse. Zoom meetings will continue to be available to members and guests who choose to attend via Zoom. Reservations are required. Respond to the email from Don Roberts to make one. 

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, 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.
Mark your calendars for our upcoming event:
  • Rotary Club of North Jackson 50th Anniversary Gala at the Country Club of Jackson on July 20. The Gala will start at 11:30.

    More details are to come on this event. It is listed in our club calendar
SERVICE Opportunity! For several years, North Jackson Rotarians have been reading to pre-K students at Walton Elementary School on Bailey Avenue in Jackson. With time, our cadre of readers has diminished as some of them moved away. If you are interested in becoming a reader, please contact Bill Osborne (601-594-5698). For 2020 & 2021 we have joined the class remotely via Zoom, but we hope to get back to in-person reading in the fall.

Birthdays and Anniversaries.


  • James Clay                            April 26
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Rob & Joan Whitley               April 23
Membership Anniversaries
  • Marisa Davidson           8 years, April 22
  • Cynthia Till                    9 years, April 24
Prayer. Eternal God, whose dwelling place is not only above and beyond us, but within each of us, we are grateful that even in our secular pursuits we are not outside of your protecting presence. We are comforted and challenged by the fact that we are not alone in dealing with the complexities and concerns of life.
We ask for your blessing upon the food await-ing us that we may be physically strengthened for continued service. May all we do and say be productive and to your ultimate glory. Amen.
Vigilant Health Representative Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson
Karen Utterback, RN, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's March 16 meeting. The subject of her presentation was Vigilant health which is an organization dedicated to reducing employers' health costs by managing their employees' health. Depending on the employer, Vigilant can work to manage diabetes care costs or offer an on-site clinic for the employees. For example, Vigilant works with the State of Mississippi to manage its employees' diabetes care. Vigilant's results have shown a 33% decrease in medical claims, an 85 % engagement rate in its clinics, 42% fewer hospitalizations, and 95% control of diabetes patients. Utterback said that Vigi;ant eliminates healthcare disparities between groups and delivers the same clinic and financial results in every group, every place, every time. she said that Vigilant ovwns the financial risk for healthcare for self insured employers, community health systems, and health plans. The differences between the Vigilant system and traditional payers are:
  • Vigilant uses an Advanced Care Model,  patient engagement with internal medicine type encounters, and it follows and manages population health.
  • Vigilant has a track record of success in the effective use of technology in delivering and managing health care. That technology is:
    • interactive real-time video,
    • live audiovisual with patients and with community physicians to facilitate collaboration.
Utterback presented patient success stories and payer success stories to further support her statements. She cited the City of Vicksburg, MS with 10% savings in health plan costs which permitted 3% employee pay raises without raising taxes and Farm Bureau Insurance which stated that the company has gone three consecutive years without an increase in health plan premiums. Both organizations experienced improved health outcomes
We thank Utterback for her presentation and for the work that Vigilant is doing. A video of her presentation and the entire meeting can be seen at the following link
The following photo is of Utterback during her presentation.
Rotary Club of North Jackson Donates Dictionaries to Miss. Humanities Council
The Rotary Club of North Jackson donated dictionaries to the Mississippi Humanities Council recently. The dictionaries will be used for the Council's Prison Education Project. Through the program, students in three correctional facilities are taking college courses. Since they have no internet access, a physical dictionary is a necessary tool for success. Shown are Greg Campbell, Immediate Past President, Rotary Club of North Jackson and Carol Anderson, Assistant Director of the Miss. Humanities Council.
Rotary Club of North Jackson Planning Service Project
The Rotary Club of North Jackson will have a service project at Parham Bridges Park on Friday March 26th and Saturday March 27th to refurbish some signs, clean up fallen limbs and other needed task. Shown planning the service project are from left, David Barrett, club member; Lee Carney, club president; Suman Das, club president elect and Ison Harris, Jr., director of City of Jackson Dept. of Parks & Recreation.
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CSPAN Representatives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Two representatives of CSPAN spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s March 9, 2021 meeting. In their presentation, they discussed the various CSPAN channels and the fact that CSPAN is not publicly funded, but gets its funding from the television broadcast networks.CSPAN is an acronym for “Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network.” It is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 1979. It was initially devoted to televising sessions of the U.S. House of Representatives but later expanded, with the creation of additional channels, to air coverage of the U.S. Senate and other government proceedings and public affairs programming.

C-SPAN was the brainchild of Brian Lamb, who came up with the idea while working at a cable industry trade magazine; he later served as the network’s CEO (1979–2012). C-SPAN debuted on March 19, 1979, and was available in some 3.5 million homes. The following year, it introduced a call-in feature, which became extremely popular. In 1981 the network began broadcasting daily, and the following year it moved to a 24-hours-a-day schedule. Although it initially focused on the U.S. House of Representatives, in 1986 the Senate agreed to televised coverage, and C-SPAN2 was introduced to carry those proceedings. C-SPAN3, which began airing in 2001, covers live political events and airs archived historical programming. In addition to the U.S. government, the network also occasionally airs coverage of the British Parliament, the Canadian Parliament, and other governments whose proceedings might be of some importance to viewers. In 2010 C-SPAN was available in more than 100 million households.

C-SPAN does not receive funding from the government. Instead, its operating revenues are paid by license fees collected from the cable systems that offer the network to their customers. Its board of directors is composed of executives from television operating companies. Adhering to its policy on neutrality, C-SPAN does not sell advertisements or sponsorships. By airing unfettered video coverage of speeches and legislative proceedings, C-SPAN gives those in office and other figures of public interest a channel through which they can reach the public without the filters of traditional media outlets.

The following is a photo of Jaden Green in the CSPAN Control Room from which she spoke.

Green said that CSPAN covers the Mississippi Book Festival each year. She showed photos of the festival and of JPS’ Northwest Middle School on Medgar Evers Blvd.

We sincerely appreciate the presentation and the fact that CSPAN offers unbiased, unfiltered coverage of our federal government and of both the Canadian and British governments. A video of the meeting and of the CSPAN presentation can be seen at the following link:

Mississippi Free Press Founding Editor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Mississippi Free Press (MFP) Founding Editor Donna Ladd spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s March 2 meeting. Ladd is an award-winning journalist from Philadelphia, Miss. After leaving the state the day after she graduated from Mississippi State, vowing to never live here again, she returned 18 years later with a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia. She co-founded the impactful Jackson Free Press in 2002 in order to bring an in-depth news source to the state that would not shy away from historic effects of structural, institutional, and systemic racism—how the past connects to the present—in a way no other media outlet had done in Mississippi.

Ladd has won many awards for columns, political columns, editorials, feature writing, and investigative work, and has shared in a number of public-service journalism awards for her work in Mississippi, from helping put an old Klansman, James Ford Seale, in prison for the kidnapping and murder of two black teenagers in 1964, to deep systemic work on the causes and solutions of crime and violence now in the capital city and the embedded racism in the criminal justice system since the time of slavery.

In 2001, Ladd received a Packard Future of Children fellowship to study the discriminatory application of school discipline on children of color and the cradle-to-jail pipeline. More recently, she was a three-year W.K. Kellogg Foundation leadership fellow, deep-diving into systemic inequity and pathways to “truth, racial healing, and transformation” in her home state. The fellowship led to her efforts to change the narrative about race through the Mississippi Youth Media Project, in which she started to train young people to challenge the media narrative about them and their communities. She has trained many award-winning journalists over the years.

Ladd spoke to the Rotary club about the mission and fundamental principles of Mississippi Free Press. She emphasized that the principles of the MFP are consistent with Rotary’s 4-Way Test: “Is it the truth, Is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, and is it beneficial to all concerned?”

Ladd also discussed the fact that MFP is a digital nonprofit that is relying on donations for its success. While MFP is not a 501c(3) nonprofit, tax-deductible donations can be made for MFP to the Community Foundation for Mississippi at 119 S. President St., Jackson, MS 39201.

We thank Ladd for her presentation to our club, for returning home, and for her journalism work. She is shown in the following photo:

A video of the meeting, including Ladd’s presentation, can be seen at

Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes Paul Harris Fellows


The Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized four Paul Harris Fellows at the club’s February 23 meeting. Those recognized were Marisa Davidson, Immediate Past President Greg Campbell, President-Elect Suman Das, and Bill Osborne. Paul Harris fellows are people who have donated or have had donated in their name $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. People who have donated or have had donated in their name multiple thousands of dollars are named multiple Paul Harris Fellows. People who have donated $10,000 or more are called Major Donors. Members who agree to donate $1,000 annually are members of the Paul Harris Society.

The following are photos of the members who were recognized:

                         Marisa Davidson                                                      Suman Das

                     Greg Campbell                                                Bill Osborne

The recognition ceremony was organized by Club Foundation Director Neelam Goel; and Club Administrative Secretary/Treasurer Don Roberts. 

We thank Marisa, Suman, Greg, and Bill for their support of the Rotary Foundation and we thank Neelam and Don for their work developing the recognition program.

To see the Paul Harris ceremony and the complete meeting, please click on the following link: