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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
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.

We thank you, O God for your protective providence enabling us to gather here once again. We have come as separate individuals with personal histories and current personal involvements. But inherent in each of us also is the desire to engage in fellowship with others, both for personal pleasure and for our purposes of serving others.

We express our thanks for friendship and fellowship enjoyed in the course of this meeting.  Then, as we depart to our remaining tasks today, go with us in spirit, granting us your wisdom, strength, and moral gui-dance. Amen.


Club Announcements:



  • None
Wedding Anniversaries:
  • Luther & Ginnie Munford     August 18
  • Tommy & Mary Dent            August 20
Membership Anniversaries
  • Hugh Johnson           22 years, August 18

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.
Rotary Club of North Jackson has Zoom Meetings
For the past 4 months (April - July) the Rotary Club of North Jackson has conducted its meetings via the Zoom system because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of the continuing spread of new COVID-19 cases, the club's board voted on July 2 to continue Zoom meetings until medical experts and governments determine that it is safe to resume in-person meetings. The following photo shows a typical Zoom meeting computer screen. The system permits attendees to communicate orally via their computer microphones and in a chat box that is part of the Zoom system. Speakers and other attendees can easily share their own presentations and screens.
If you haven't been able to attend a Zoom meeting, I encourage you to do so. You can keep up with what our club is doing, fellowship with your fellow members, and learn from our high-quality group of speakers. In your editor's opinion, Zoom will not replace in-person meetings, but until it is safe to resume those in-person meetings, it is a workable substitute. 
Sow, Reap, Feed Founder Speaks to Rotary Clubof North Jackson
Keith Elliott, Founder and Executive Director of Sow, Reap, Feed (SRF) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's July 21, 2020, meeting. Elliott is a native Jacksonian and is a graduate of Middle Tennesse State University. Sow Read, Feed is a food-based nonprofit founded in 2017 that aims to counter food deserts in Jackson. SRF grows produce on formerly wasted, abandoned property in Jackson and sells that produce to citizens. According to Elliott, 81% of Jackson is a food desert. A food desert is a neighborhood that does not have access to full-serve grocery stores. It is quite common for larger cities to have food deserts that force residents to rely on fast food outlets for much of their food causing those residents to not have fresh foods to eat. A visit to South, West and part of Northwest Jackson, will validate the existence of the food desert. We sincerely thank Elliott for his presentation and for what his organization is doing and has done for Jacksonians. He is shown during his presentation in the following photo.

This Week's Rotary Thought is about Membership and the article is titled 

"If you can’t find a club, start one"

Posted on 
Rudy Balmater

Rudy Balmater

By Rudy C. Balmater, membership committee chair, Rotary Club of Jakarta Gambir, Indonesia

In early 2019, I received an online membership inquiry from Dicky Armando, who lived in Pontianak in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan. Pontianak is about 735 kilometres away from Jakarta and reachable by airplane in less than two hours. For many years, there has never been a Rotary presence in Pontianak. I realized that this was an opportunity to expand Rotary’s presence on the biggest island of Indonesia.

I called Dicky to learn his motivation for joining Rotary and determine how I could help. He said he  wanted to set up a library for children and enrich the quality of the reading materials available to children in the area. I told him we could help him with his children’s library. And to sustain his community project in the long run, I encouraged Dicky to set up a satellite club by inviting some of his friends in Pontianak to form the core of the satellite. I sent him several Rotary materials on how to set up a satellite club and the application form.

Dicky Armando

Dicky Armando

Within a short time, Dicky submitted the profile of eight candidates for satellite club membership and I forwarded these for the review and approval of my club’s board. Our Club President Faridz Dompas submitted the profile of the Rotary Satellite Club of Jakarta Gambir Pontianak to RI’s World Headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA, and within eight days, we got approval to form the satellite club in Pontianak.

Since then, our club has supported the satellite club with donations to buy more reading materials. The library has a bigger selection of reading materials and has been frequented by many children who live in the area. We also donated funds to help the satellite club purchase 20 water tanks for handwashing stations during this COVID-19 pandemic to be put in a traditional market and public areas.

I regularly shared Rotary information with Dicky and also invited his members to join a virtual meeting of our club. They have been attending most of our virtual meetings as well as district-level virtual meetings. We hope to nurture them and motivate them to grow their club since our ultimate goal is to eventually transform the satellite into a regular club with a minimum of 20 members.

Following our success, I realize that opening a satellite club in new areas is one of the easiest ways to establish a Rotary presence in far-flung places and also aids Rotary’s response to disasters if they occur in these remote areas.

Editor’s note: This is the latest in a series of posts for Membership Month which Rotary celebrates in August. Download Managing Membership Leads (PP) to learn more about managing your leads in My Rotary.