CEO of the Central Mississippi Association of Realtors Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson  Bill Osborne 2019-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
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Medical Marijuana 2020 Campaign Representative Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
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Mississippi's Toughest Kid's Foundation Founder Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Lindsay Buford Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
WAPT Meteorologist Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Premier Plastic Surgey Center Donates for Polio Eradication Bill Osborne 2019-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary District 6820 Governor Visits Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-09-18 05:00:00Z 0
University of Mississippi Medical Center Professor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Bill Osborne on May 22, 2019

The Rotary Club of North Jackson held its annual Club Assembly at St.Andrew’s Episcopal Cathedral Tuesday, May 21, 2019. The event featured a dinner prepared by St. Andrew’s Holy Smokers and Smokettes. It included beef tenderloin, scalloped potatoes, roasted vegetables, mixed green, and assorted desserts. Incoming club president Greg Campbell introduced his team of officers and directors.

We thank St. Andrew’s, the Holy Smokers, and the smokettes for their welcoming hospitality and the great meal. The following photos are from the event:

Rotary Club of North Jackson Holds Annual Club Assembly Bill Osborne 2019-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
North Jackson Rotarian Receives Third Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Bill Osborne 2019-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Jackson City Council Representative Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-04-11 05:00:00Z 0
Christopher F. “Chris” Brantley Inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
“End it For Good” Founder Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Pct. 4 Officers of the Quarter Recognized by Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Club Vice President Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Ramey Agency Representative Speaks to Rotary Club  of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2019-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson Rings Bells for Salvation Army Bill Osborne 2018-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson Inducts Two New Members 2018-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
 

Ms. Kyra D. Roby, a Partnership Specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson about the upcoming 2020 U. S. Census and the need for all Mississippians to respond to it at the club’s December 11 meeting. Census Day is April 1, 2020. People can respond to the Census questionnaire via the internet, telephone, and paper. Per Ms. Roby, responses are needed because the census determines congressional representation for the State and the allocation of federal funds for various federal programs. She noted that because of the 2010 census results, Mississippi lost a  seat in the U.S. House of Representatives and there is a concern that this could happen again in 2020 if all Mississippians do not respond. She further said that historically less 70 % of Mississippians have responded and been counted.


We thank Ms. Roby for her service to our country and for her presentation to our club. She is shown below seated (left) at the head table during her introduction by Rotarian Lori Greer.

US Census Bureau Partnership Specialist Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson 2018-12-13 06:00:00Z 0
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State Senator Hob Bryan Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson Distributes Dictionaries to Jackson Third Grade Students Bill Osborne 2018-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 04, 2018

Major Robert Lyle of the Jackson Command of the Salvation Army spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s October 2, 2018, Meeting. Major Lyle discussed his personal history with the Army and the history of the Salvation Army itself. Major Lyle is a native of Paris, Texas. He attended seminary at the Salvation Army seminary in Atlanta, GA and he has served posts in South and North Carolina and Chattanooga, TN before coming to Jackson. He expects his tour in Jackson to last about 3 years.

The Salvation Army was founded in 1865 as an evangelical movement. When William Booth held Christian services in London, he preached messages of hope and salvation to congregations that were utterly destitute. Among those listening were thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards. Thus, he desired to lead these people to Christ by providing for their physical as well as spiritual needs.

Those who converted to Christianity under William Booth’s teaching became known as Salvationists. Between 1881 and 1885, some 250,000 people were converted through his ministry. Programs evolved to meet changing needs but remained focused on “Sharing God’s love by serving others” and continue to meet critical needs at the point of need. The Salvation Army ministry now serves in virtually every corner of the world.

The Salvation Army was also in the forefront of encouraging women to take a place of prominence in ministry. The first female general was William Booth’s daughter, Evangeline Booth, serving from 1934 to 1939.

The Salvation Army’s mission has remained the same since the day it began – to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

In his talk, Major Lyle discussed the Army’s Angel Tree program for needy children and it's red kettle program in which the Rotary Club of North Jackson participates. He noted that again this year the club will be at McDade’s on Northside Drive in early December.

We thank major Lyle for his presentation and for all that he does for our needy citizens.

 


 
Jackson Salvation Army Commander Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 04, 2018
 

Rotarian Suman Das reminded the Rotary Club of North Jackson that our club will participate in World Polio Day this month. Our club meeting on October 23 will be devoted to the Polio Day celebration. World Polio Day is actually October 24. Dr. Das posted a large sign reminding Rotarians that the incidence of polio has decreased by 99.9% since Rotary International began working on eliminating polio in 1986. There were 350,000 worldwide cases of polio in 1986. This number decreased to 10 cases in 3 countries, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria in 2017. Dr. Das’s sign is shown in the following photo.

We thank Dr. Das for reminding us of upcoming PWorld Polio Day and for leading our Club’s involvement in its celebration.

Rotary Club of North Jackson to Participate in World Polio Day Celebration Bill Osborne 2018-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
MS Road Builders Assn. ED Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
Millsaps Rhodes Scholar Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson. Bill Osborne 2018-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
MSU Athletic Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 09, 2018
 

Scott Waller, President & CEO, Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s August 7, 2018 meeting. The MEC is the Chamber of Commerce for the State of Mississippi. The main purpose of his speech was to discuss impediments to the economic growth of the state, which he described as infrastructure needs and the education of its citizens to fill the jobs that continue to be available. He pointed out that by 2020, two years from now, 65% of all jobs will require postsecondary education and to quote: ”we must connect the dots and use postsecondary education and training to help create a qualified. and prepared workforce ready to fuel Mississippi’s economy.” Further, he said that Mississippi’s high school graduation rates are improving. They have gone from 71.1% in 2012 to 83% in 2016. Still not good enough, but improving nonetheless. Kindergarten reading readiness scores have likewise improved from 54% in 2015 to 65% in 2017 giving further hope for improved graduation rates in the future.

 

Mr. Waller is shown during his talk in the first accompanying photo and following his talk with Club President Anna Powers (left) and Club member Jon Turner (right). We thank him for his talk and for his service to the State.

MS Economic Council CEO Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 08, 2018

The Rotary Club of North Jackson honored four multiple Paul Harris fellows at the club’s August 7, 2018 meeting. In the accompanying photos Foundation Director Suman Das is shown at the lectern honoring the four recipients: Joe Dove, Wyatt Emmerich, Ann Sommers, and Jon Turner. He is also shown presenting the four honorees with the customary glass of sherry that the club presents to all new and renewing Paul Harris FellowsThe four honorees are shown in the third photo with President Anna Powers and Dr. Das. Congratulations to these members and thanks to them for their continuing generosity!

 

 



 
Multiple Paul Harris Fellows Honored by Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jul 11, 2018
 

Greg Campbell, Vice President & President-Elect, Rotary Club of North Jackson spoke to the Club at its July 10, 2018 meeting about the Rotary International Convention he attended as a representative of the club June 23-27, 2018. In his presentation, he discussed his arrival, the accommodations, and the activities associated with the convention. He also discussed a tour that he took of Niagara Falls including a helicopter tour during which he took many pictures.

 

Greg discussed the fact that the convention was attended by a princess, three prime ministers and a former first lady of the United States. Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, Princess Anne, of the United Kingdom, expressed thanks to Rotary for taking a central role in working to eradicate polio. Former first lady of the United States Laura Bush challenged Rotarians to keep early childhood education a priority.

Helen Clark, former prime minister of New Zealand and one of the architects of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, joined 2017-2018 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley for a discussion about gender equality and the crucial link between the environment, poverty, hunger, and peace. In a video message, Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant addressed the convention before the announcement of the creation of HANWASH, a collaboration between Rotary and the Haitian government’s water agency that will tackle that nation’s water and sanitation challenges.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accepting Rotary’s Polio Eradication Champion Award, thanked Rotary for working with governments worldwide to eradicate polio. Rotarians play a critical role in the fight to end polio, Trudeau said. “Together we will make that happen. Prime Minister Trudeau also pledged USD 75 Million for finalizing the eradication of polio, making Canada’s past and committed spending for polio eradication USD 640 million.

Sixteen former Rotary presidents and their partners appeared on stage, and Rotary’s next president, Barry Rassin, motivated convention goers by speaking on his 2018-19 theme: Be the Inspiration.                           

And in a gracious gesture to his successor, Rotary’s 2017-2018 President Riseley finished his closing remarks by urging listeners: “It is vital that we be the inspiration.”

In addition to focusing his remarks on the convention, Greg related a mix-up in his convention credentials in which a different Greg Campbell was identified as a chemical engineering educator. Thankfully our Greg was able to get his proper credentials when he arrived at the convention facility.

Greg reported on the 6 focus areas of Rotary: Promotion of Peace, Fighting disease, Providing Clean Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene, Saving Mothers and Children, Supporting Education, and Growing Local Economies. Rotary’s efforts to eradicate polio have been immensely successful with the no. of worldwide cases being reduced from 350,000 annually to 22 in 2017. Those 2017 cases were in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Nigeria.

Vice President Greg is shown during his presentation in the accompanying photograph. We thank him for his presentation and for his service to our Club.

 

Club Vice President & President Elect Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
Pct. 4 Officer of the Quarter Recognized by Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
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Rotarian Julian Carroll Recognized Bill Osborne 2018-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
FBI Agent in Charge for MS Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 12, 2018

BankPlus Security Representatives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson

 

Amy Rhodus and David Kelly, both Security Officers with BankPlus, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club's June 12, 2018, meeting. The subject of their presentation was their experience with scams and frauds being perpetrated on people today. Their discussion covered simple items such as skimmers on gasoline pumps and restaurant servers selling credit card information on cards presented to them for payment to more exotic scams such as romances in far-away locations or fake calls from governmental agencies all of which are designed to illicitly capture your funds.  Their bottom line was to remain vigilant and to vet any purchases, particularly online ones.

 

Ms. Rhodus and Mr. Kelly are shown in the accompanying photos during their presentation and following it with Club Programs Director Matt Monsour (left) and Club President Witt Ruffin (right). We thank them for their presentation and their efforts to prevent fraud.

 


 
BankPlus Security Representatives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-06-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 22, 2018
 

Southern District Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s May 22, 2018, meeting. Mr. Britton spoke primarily about the role of the Public Service Commission regulating utilities. He briefly spoke of the failed Kemper County power plant that cost its owner, the Southern Companies, $6.4 billion. In response to a question, Mr. Britton said that what the owner does with the abandoned plant is its business. Since it has invested such a large fortune in it. He also spoke to the No Call telephone lists and the reasons for its need. He said that he expects technology to be developed in the next few years to control this problem, but that the reason the calls exist is that they make money for the perpetrators.

 

We thank Mr. Britton for his presentation to the club and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. He is shown during his talk in the following photo:

 

He is also shown with Program Director Matt Monsour (Left) who introduced him and Club president-elect Anna Powers (right) following his talk in the photo that follows.

Southern District Mississippi Public Service Commissioner Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-05-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 17, 2018
The Rotary Club of North Jackson held its annual Club Assembly at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson on Tuesday, May 15, 2018. The event featured a sumptuous dinner prepared by the Cathedral's award winning Holy Smokers. Dinner consisted of grilled beef tenderloin, potatoes au gratin, grilled asparagus, green salad, and dessert. Special thanks to the Holy Smokers for preparing and excellent meal for us again. Photos from the event are available on the club website and Facebook. Some of the photos accompany this story.
 
Rotary Club of North Jackson Holds Club Assembly Bill Osborne 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 09, 2018
 

Anna LeBreton, Outreach Coordinator, Mississippi Blood Services spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s May 8, 2018 meeting. Ms. LeBreton discussed the need for and uses of blood by MS Blood Services. In particular, she discussed the use of blood by Sickle Cell Anemia patients, the misconceptions on what disqualifies someone from donating blood, the “2018 ABOut a Cause Partnership” by which MS Blood services will make monetary donations to its partner organizations when people donate blood to MS Blood Services. Those organizations are listed in the first photo.

 

 

The second photo is of Ms. LeBreton(center) with Club Program Director Matt Monsour (left) and Club President, Witt Ruffin (right) following her presentation.

 

We thank Ms. LeBreton for her presentation and for what she and MS Blood Services do for the citizens of Mississippi. We also note that The Rotary Club of North Jackson has a long-term relationship with MS Blood Services and it conducts a Blood Drive annually in conjunction with its Pancake Breakfast.

MS Blood Services Rep. Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 24, 2018
The Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized 10 Star Students and their teachers from Jackson Academy, Jackson Prep., and St. Andrew's Episcopal School. The students and their Star teachers are as follow:
 

Jackson Academy: Dolph Maxwell. His teacher is Schuyler Dickson. They were, unfortunately, unable to join us on the 24th because of a school awards assembly that day.

Jackson Prep: Graham Robertson, Mary Margaret Mitchell, Morgan Williams, and Gregory Vance. Their Star Teachers are Kimberly Van Uden, David Hogue, Lou Ann McKibben, and Marsha Hobbs.

St. Andrew's. Christopher "C.J." Carron, Joe Han, Charley Hutchison, Julia Jia, and Emily Kruse. Their Star teachers are Donna Patrick, Roscoe Stribling, John Applegate, and Ruth Holmes.

The Mississippi Economic Council and its M.B. Swayze Foundation sponsors the Student-Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) Program in an effort to encourage scholastic achievement among the state's high school students. The STAR Program has two specific purposes:

1.) Emphasize scholastic excellence and encourage greater scholastic effort among Mississippi students.
2.) Recognition of the teaching profession.
 
The students and their teachers at the April 24 meeting are shown in the accompanying photo.
 
 
 
Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes 2018 Star Students Bill Osborne 2018-04-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 19, 2018
Dr. Robert T. Brodell, Professor, and Chair, Department of Dermatology, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's April 17, 2018 meeting.  The title of his presentation was Instructive Cases from the Deep, Deep, Deep South, Mission Medicine, Who Benefits the Most. It was an illustrated show of a mission trip that he took to Nigeria along with one of his residents, who is a Nigerian. 
 
Dr. Brodell discussed the preparation for the trip, the statistics about Nigeria and the location of the hospital and medical school in which they worked, in Enugu State. He commented that the major problem in Nigeria is the deferred maintenance of infrastructure. For example, the Enugu School of Medicine has no running water. 
 
According to Dr. Brodell, the exposure to the hot Nigerian sun creates a large number of skin cancer cases. He showed examples of these cases in his presentation. The hot humid climate in Nigeria also contributes to frequent skin disorders, not cancerous ones. He also showed examples of these.
 
Interestingly, Dr. Brodell discussed the culture of Nigeria, which includes gifts to officials for services, such as, a gift to the immigration clerk at the passport desk to overcome a procedural problem one of his colleagues had with his immunizations for yellow fever prevention. 
 
Dr. Brodell also discussed the assistance that his group received from a nonprofit named Drug Relief who donated medicine to them for treating Nigerian patients. We thank him for his very interesting presentation and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. Dr. Brodell (center)l is shown in the accompanying photo with Club President Witt Ruffin (left), and Matt Monsour, who is program chair for the club.
UMMC Dermatology Chair Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
 

Mike Hurst, Jr., U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson during its April 10, 2018 meeting. Hurst informed club members and guests what the U.S. Attorney’s office does, some recent accomplishments and Project EJECT, a joint crime-fighting task force with local law officers. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Thursdays at The Rickhouse.  The first [photo is of Hurst during his speech. In the second photo are from left, Bill Osborne, club member; Darren LaMarca, First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi; Hurst and Anna Powers, club president-elect.

 

We thank Mr. Hurst for his presentation and he and Mr. LaMarca for their service to our country and, more particularly, to the citizens of Mississippi.

 

U.S. Attorney Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 03, 2018

Brent Wilson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Make-A-Wish Mississippi spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s April 3, 2018, meeting. He discussed the history of Make-A-Wish Foundation which was founded in Arizona in 1980 and its work in Mississippi, where it helps about 100 critically ill children annually, The Mississippi Chapter's goal is to assist nearly 200 children each year as approximately 165 children develop critical illnesses annually.

When Make-A-Wish assists a child it is at no cost to the child or his or her family. Funding is always a critical item and Make-A-Wish MS is conducting three fundraising events in the spring of 2018:

  • Starkville Wine & Wishes, April 5, 2018

  • Evening of Wishes - KENTUCKY DERBY SOIREE, May 5, 2018

  • Tee it Up for Wishes, June 8, 2018

More details on these events are available on the chapter’s website.

We thank Mr. Wilson for his presentation to our club and for his work on behalf of the families and children of MS. He (center) is shown at the podium during his presentation and following it with Matt Monsour (left), who introduced him, and Club President Witt Ruffin (right) in the accompanying photos.

 

Make A Wish Foundation, MS CEO Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 29, 2018

Mina Torgerson, Director of Sales, and Katie DeMetz, Sales & Marketing Associate, of Visit Ridgeland, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s March 27, 2018, meeting. The subject of their talk was Ridgeland as a tourist destination, its features, attractions, accommodations, and dining establishments.

 

Ms. DeMetz (second from the left) and Ms. Torgerson (second from the right) are shown in the accompanying photo with Matt Monsour (left) who introduced them and club president Witt Ruffin (right) following the presentation. We thank them for their presentation and for the work they are dong on behalf of Ridgeland.



 
Visit Ridgeland Representatives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-03-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 20, 2018
 

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized Officer Jeremy Jefferson as Pct. 4’s officer of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2018. He was recognized for his diligence and persistence in apprehending a criminal. He (center)  is shown here with club Past President Edley Jones (left) and James McCowan (right), former Commander of Pct. 4.

We congratulate Officer Jefferson for his recognition and thank him for his service to the citizens of Jackson.

Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes Pct. 4 Officer of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 20, 2018
 

Michelle Baker, the Festival Coordinator for the Crossroads Film Society, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club’s March 20, 2018, meeting.  Her subject was the society’s 19th festival, which will be held April 12-14 2018 at Malco’s Grandview Theater in Madison, MS. She discussed the type of films that will be shown as well as more detailed descriptions of some of them. She (center) is shown during her presentation and following it in the accompanying photos with Matt Monsour (left) who introduced her and Club Vice President Anna Powers (right).

We thank Ms. Baker for her presentation and wish her success with the film festival.

Crossroads Film Festival Coordinator Speaks to Rotary Club of North jackson Bill Osborne 2018-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 13, 2018
 

 District 6820 PDG, Amanda Fontaine, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s March 13, 2018, meeting. The topic of her speech was Rotary Membership. Quoting a past RI president, Ms.  Fontaine said that the main reason that many people have not joined Rotary is that they have never been asked to join. In conjunction with her attendance at the meeting, club members were asked to sit with people that they do not know at the meeting. She then asked the membership to determine the most interesting fact about the members that no one else knew at their tables and for a representative of the table to report that fact to the membership. Some very interesting facts were presented. Tom Turner said that he had served in both World War II and the Korean conflict. The first time in the U.S. Army Medical Corps and the second in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps.

 

PDG Fontaine is shown during her talk in the accompanying photo.

District 6820 PDG, Speaks to the Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 13, 2018

 

 

North Jackson Rotarians Tom Turner and Brad Benton were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows at the Rotary Club of North Jackson’s March 13, 2018, meeting. Dr. Turner was recognized as a multiple Paul Harris Fellow and awarded a Paul Harris pin with a sapphire. As part of their recognition, the two awardees received a glass of dry sherry in keeping with the club's recently established tradition.  

 

 The accompanying photo shows district 6820 PDG Amanda Fontaine (left), Club Director Suman Das. (2nd from left) and club President Witt Ruffin (right) presenting the awards to Messrs. Benton (2nd from right) & Turner (3rd from right). Congratulation to both Tom & Brad!


 
North Jackson Rotarians Recognized as Paul Harris Fellows Bill Osborne 2018-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 06, 2018
 

North Jackson Rotarians joined with the Rotary Club of Jackson to pack nutritious food packages for the Rise Against Hunger nonprofit at the Sparkman Auditorium of the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum on Saturday, March 3, 2018. In a three hour shift, the Rotarians packed 30,000 meals.

 

Rise Against Hunger, formerly Stop Hunger Now, is an international hunger relief non-profit organization that coordinates the packaging and distribution of food and other life-changing aid to people in developing nations. Founded in 1998, Rise Against Hunger mobilizes more than 350,000 volunteers each year to package meals for people in need around the globe. Since 2005, Rise Against Hunger has distributed more than 315,000,000 meals to recipients in 74 countries with a mission to end hunger in our lifetime.

 

Rise Against Hunger is an international hunger relief agency that seeks to end global hunger by engaging local volunteers. The organization was formed in 1998 by Ray Buchanan, a United Methodist Minister, and began its meal packaging program in 2005. The organizational mission is stated as "Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Its mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources."

 

Part of Rise Against Hunger’s mission is to create a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources to end hunger. Rise Against Hunger works with volunteer groups from communities of faith, corporations, schools and civic clubs to package meals while developing a greater awareness of hunger-related issues. Additionally, Rise Against Hunger engages its supporters to participate in advocacy activities to work toward changing laws, policies, systems and attitudes to end hunger by 2030.R

 

The assembly process combines rice, soy, dehydrated vegetables and a micronutrient flavoring mix formulated by Kraft Heinz Company Foundation that includes 23 essential vitamins and minerals. Each meal costs 29 cents. The food has a shelf-life of two years. Rise Against Hunger provides over 70% of its meals to support transformational development programs such as school lunch programs, vocational training programs, early childhood development programs, orphanages, and medical clinics. Working with these programs helps enhance lives by giving beneficiaries the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty through education, skills development, and healthcare while also receiving much-needed nutrition.

 

The photos are from the event.

 

North Jackson Rotarians Join with Rotary Club of Jackson to aid Rise Against Hunger Bill Osborne 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 06, 2018
 

Relatively new members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, Erin Rutherford (left)  and Jenny Price (right),

made their vocational talks to the club at its March 6, 2018, meeting.

 

Ms. Rutherford, a native of Vicksburg, is an estate planning attorney with Glover Russell in Jackson, MS. She is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and of the University's School of Law. Ms. Price, originally from Tupelo, is a real estate agent in Jackson. She is a graduate of Mississippi College and worked in education in North Mississippi and at Mississippi College before beginning her real estate career.  She also coordinates the club’s Between the Lions program that reads weekly to inner-city Pre-K students. Both Erin and Jenny we raised in Rotary families, so their membership in the club is a natural progression from their fathers. We thank both of these women for their presentations, for their membership in our club, and for what they do for the community.

Club Members Make Vocational Talks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 01, 2018

James (Jamie) Eubanks, Director, Alcoholic Beverage Control Division, MS Dept. of Revenue spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s February 27, 2018, Meeting.  He described the ABC’s operation and said that Mississippi is one of 17 states with ABC divisions. The ABC supplies all of the wine and liquor stores in MS from its Gluckstadt warehouse.  

 

Mr. Eubanks said that he believes the MS operation is the best in the country. The Division has a total of 92 employees and uses two contract delivery companies for deliveries to retailers. ABC puts a 27% markup on products that it distributes.

 

We thank Mr. Eubanks for his presentation to our club and for his service to the State of Mississippi. He (center) is shown in the accompanying photo with Matt Monsour (left) who introduced him and Club President Witt Ruffin (right).

 

Mississippi ABC Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-03-01 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 23, 2018
 Rotary Club of North Jackson Past President Wyatt Emmerich, was recognized as a Paul Harris Society member during the club’s meeting on February 20, 2018. The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who contribute $1,000 or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved Foundation grants. Nancy Smith, Assistant Rotary District 6820 Governor and Mark Fields, Rotary District 6820 Paul Harris Society Coordinator, presented Emmerich with his pen. Shown from left, Emmerich, Smith and Fields.
Rotary Club of North Jackson Past President Recognized Bill Osborne 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 23, 2018
Four members of The Rotary Club of North Jackson were recognized during its February 20, 2018 meeting with a combined 148 years of perfect attendance. Shown from left, Jim Stanley, 37 years; Charles Johnson, 25 years; Joe Harris, 45 years and Erik Hearon, 40 years. Congratulations and thanks for your years of dedicated "Service above self."
 
 
North Jackson Rotarians Recognized for Perfect Attendance Bill Osborne 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 23, 2018
Therese Apel, a crime reporter for The Clarion-Ledger, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson during its February 20, 2018 meeting. Apel shared some of her biggest stories that she has covered while at the Clarion-Ledger. One top story she covered was the mass murders in Brookhaven in May of 2017. She is shown in the two accompanying photos.
 
One at the Lectern during her presentation and the second with Matt Monsour (left) who introduced here and Club President Witt Ruffin. We thank her for her presentation and for her service as a reporter for the Clarion-Ledger.
 
MS Crime rReporter Speaks to rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 08, 2018
 

Jackson, MS author, Jackie Warren Tatum, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s February 6, 2018 meeting. Ms. Tatum discussed what it takes to become a published author and she discussed some of Rotary’s key accomplishments as viewed by a non-Rotarian.

She said that once a work is completed, you need to find an agent who will in turn help you find a publisher. Her book, entitled “Unspeakable Things” was published by Mill City Press and is available from Amazon and Lemuria Books in Jackson.

 

With respect to Rotary, Ms/ Tatum cited the success that Rotary has had in helping eliminate Polio from the world. Thus far it has achieved a 99.9% reduction since 1985 when there were 350,000 cases worldwide. In 2017, there were about 20 cases, mostly in war-torn, developing countries. She also noted the work that Rotary has done in fighting illiteracy, particularly in the U.S. with North Jackson participating in the Dictionary Project and in Between the Lions where Rotarians read to Pre-kindergarten children and in drilling and maintaining water wells in Africa where nonpotable water is an endemic problem. Prior to having wells, citizens have to walk multiple miles to wells that are generally unsanitary.

 

We thank Ms. Tatum for her presentation and for her interest in the work that Rotary does. She is shown in the accompanying photos at the podium during her speech and after it with Club Past president Tom Parry (left) and 2017-2018 President Witt Ruffin (right).

 

Jackson Ms, Author, Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 30, 2018
Dr. LouAnn Woodward, Vice Chancellor & Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's January 30, 2018, meeting. The general topic of her speech was progress being made in improving medical care availability for the Citizens of Mississippi.  She discussed the recently completed new Medical a School Building that is permitting the no. of graduates from 100 annually to 155 annually and the school's efforts to retain its graduates in the state.  She also discussed the opening of a clinic in Belzoni where the local hospital closed and the use of telemedicine to improve the access to medical specialists. In addition, she distributed two "leave behinds", a map of UMMc's facilities and telemedicine locations in the state and a list of UMMC's successes in 2017.  Dr. Woodward is shown in the accompanying photos at the meeting. One photo is of her during her talk and the second is of her with Club member Lori Greer, who is an employee of the Jackson Medical Mall which is operated by UMMC. 
We thank Dr. Woodward for her presentation and for her service and commitment to the citizens of Mississippi.
 
 
UMMC Vice Chancellor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
Don Roberts, Rotary Club of North Jackson Administrative Secretary-Treasurer, reviewed the features of the Club Runner software that the club uses to manage its administrative functions, including invoicing and membership lists plus the club's web page and bulletin for the members at the  January 16, 2018, meeting of the club. Mr. Roberts filled in for Mississippi State University Women's Basketball Coach, Vic Schaefer, who was prevented from coming to Jackson by wintry weather. Mr. Schaefer will be rescheduled to a late date.
 
Mr. Roberts is shown during his talk in the accompanying photo at which he used his laptop to demonstrate the points he was making. Thank you, Don, for all that you do, especially your willingness to be a last-minute fill-in for Coach Schaefer and thanks to Greg Campbell for the photo of Don.
North Jackson Club Member Review's Club Runner 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
At the January 16, 2018, meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, five club members were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows: Suman Das, Bob Potesky, Don Roberts, John 
Dorsa, and Steven O'Neill.  Messrs. Das & Roberts were recognized as multiple Paul Harris Fellows. Dr.mDas noted that our club has donated approx. $500,000 to The. Rotary Foundation which uses the money for such projects as the elimination of Polio, digging & maintaining water wells in Africa, and in global peace initiatives   
 
We congratulate these members. They are shown following their recognition ceremony in the accompanying photo. From The left: Suman Das, Bob Potesky, Don Roberts, John Dorsa, and Steven O'Neill. Thank you, sirs, for your support of and commitment to Rotary.  
Five North Jackson Rotarians Recognized as Paul Harris Fellows 2018-01-16 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 05, 2018
Motivational speaker, Lemzel Johnson, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's  January 2, 2018, meeting. The purpose of his talk was to discuss what he calls "Strategies for Becoming Effective." The vehicle of this effectiveness he mentioned is an organization named LiveVersation. The following is from the LiferVersation website (Lifeversation.com): "Lemzel Johnson almost died in 2008 with an undiagnosed brain tumor that was over 2 inches in size. Being that the tumor was inoperable Lemzel kept himself motivated with inspirational speakers and motivational books. Being encouraged to have a better future than his current position, he worked to live out what he believed. As he did this, he recognized that many were being inspired to have hope for their future too. Today, Lemzel continues to inspire and motivate hundreds each year to find their identity and purpose in the midst of their difficulty. His mission is to help individuals and business find harmony through the application of life principles." The website further states "If you clarify your motive, then becoming and staying motivated will follow close behind."
 
To quote from the material that Mr. Johnson distributed, " Over the last several years LifeVersation has studied some of the rising problems in business today. It has found that the lack of well-developed 'Soft Skills' is the number one destroyer of productivity and effectiveness in businesses and teams. 'Soft Skills" are defined as character traits and interpersonal skills that characterize a person's relationships with other people."
 
"LifeVersations has created "Strategies for becoming effective" as an interactive training to boost the 'Soft Skills' of organizations, teams, and individuals. This training curriculum is designed to enhance the much-needed cohesiveness from within each individual or team member to build harmony toward success. We thank Mr. Johnson for his presentation to our club and for his commitment to improving productivity and effectiveness. He is shown during his presentation in the accompanying photo.
 
Motivational Speaker Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2018-01-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 21, 2017
Ben Moncrief, a 1998-1999 Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar in Scotland, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club's December 19, 2017, meeting. Mr. Moncrief is currently working in the Strategic & Governmental  Relations Department of C Spire. In 1998-1999, he attended St. Andrew's University in St. Andrew's, Scotland. The Rotary Ambassadorial Scholars program was started in 1947.
 

The purpose of the Ambassadorial Scholarships program was to further international understanding and friendly relations among people of different countries and geographical areas. The program sponsored several types of scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students as well as for qualified professionals pursuing vocational studies. While abroad, scholars served as goodwill ambassadors to the host country and gave presentations about their homelands to Rotary clubs and other groups. Upon returning home, scholars shared with Rotarians and others the experiences that led to a greater understanding of their host country.[2]

There were approximately 38,000 Ambassadorial scholars in the program which lasted until 2013. In announcing the discontinuation of the Ambassadorial Scholars program, Rotary International said.

"Beginning in 2013-14, The Foundation will offer scholarship opportunities through district and global grants. This new grant structure gives Rotarians greater flexibility in sponsoring the next generation of leaders."

One other key point Mr. Moncrief made is the need for more STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math graduates in Mississippi. Adding to this is the need to retain these graduates in the state. Now, nearly all of them emigrate to other states. His employer, C Spire, has an ongoing need for people with these qualifications.

Our club thanks Mr. Moncrief for his presentation and we congratulate him on his recognition as an Ambassadorial Scholar. He is shown during his presentation in the accompanying photo.

Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 21, 2017
The Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized Officers Aldritch Harvey and Patrick Williams as JPD Precinct 4's officers of the second and third quarters of 2017 at its December 19, 2017, meeting for outstanding work on behalf of the citizens of Jackson. Officers Harvey (second from left) and Williams ( second from right) are shown in the accompanying photo with Precinct 4 Commandeer Keith Freeman (left) and Deputy Chief James McGowan (right). Thanks and congratulations to both officers.
North Jackson Rotary Recognizes JPD Officers of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2017-12-21 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 05, 2017

Suman K. Das, M. D., a member of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, spoke to the club at its December 5, 2017, meeting. The subject of his talk was "The Chemicals of Emotion." He distributed cards with the chemicals used by our bodies to express emotions. In his talk, he gave examples of his own emotions during his life from riding an overcrowded tram in his native India to a dinner with his widowed mother, and a near-death experience of his own from drowning. It is interesting to consider the chemicals released into his brain at those times. Dr. Das (Center) is shown followings his talk in the accompanying photo with Club President Witt Ruffin (left) and Club Member Bill Osborne (right).
 
 
Dr. Das' handouts on the chemicals released by the brain in various emotional circumstances are shown below:
We thank Dr. Das for his interesting and informative talk and for his membership in our club.
North Jackson Rotarian Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 30, 2017
John Noblin, Director, MS Blues Marathon spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's November 28, 2017, meeting. He discussed the fact that this will be the 11th annual event in Jackson and he discussed the history of the event. The event will be held January 27, 2018, and will include full,  half, and quarter marathons plus a 5K and a relay marathon.  The first MS Blues Marathon was run in 2008. This year's Title Sponsor is Continental Tire which is building a plant in Clinton, MS. The first Blues Marathon was run in January 2008. Normal participation is about 4,000 runners, representing all 50 US states and 30 or more countries in addition to the US. The race begins and finishes in downtown Jackson with the course going to West and Northeast Jackson. Expert marathoners complete the 26-mile course in 2 1/2 hours, but the course will be open for about 7 hours. The experts average about 5.8 minutes per mile. 
 
Mr. Noblin (center ) is shown in the accompanying photo with Club Past President Sean Culhane (left)  and 2017-2018 President Wittt Ruffin (right). We thank him for his presentation to our club and for his efforts on behalf of the Blues Marathon and our city.
MS Blues Marathon Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
New Museums Opening as Mississippi Celebrates Bicentennial John Sewell 2017-11-22 06:00:00Z 0
Corps of Engineers Vicksburg district Rep. Speaks to North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-11-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 07, 2017
Immediate past District Governor of District 6820, Amanda Fontaine, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's November 7, 2017, meeting The subject of PDG Fontaine's talk was Rotary Foundation, Your Charity of Choice.She discussed how the Rotary Foundation has provided neonatal care to children in underdeveloped countries, how it is providing funds to help educate children in U.S. Communities through programs such as Between the Lions, clean water for villages in Malawi, and how the Rotary Club of Memphis, TN is making life-saving surgeries for deserving children from underdeveloped countries by bringing the children and their families to Memphis, providing housing and with the hospitals providing surgery at no cost to the children. PDG Fontaine also discussed the levels of recognition for Rotary Foundation donors.
 
Following her talk, PDG Fontaine joined with Rotarian Suma Das in recognizing four Paul Harris Fellows, relatively new Rotarians Trost Friedler and Rich Sun and long-term club members Bob Ridgway and Swan Yerger who are multiple Paul Harris Fellows.  The accompanying photos show PDG Fontaine during her talk and with the recognized Rotarians, including the Rotarian Das.
The second photo shows (from the left) Rotarians Yerger, Friedler, Sun, PDG Fontaine, Rotarians Ridgway and Das and Club President Witt Ruffin following the recognition of the Paul Harris Fellows. Congratulations to the recognized fellows and thanks to PDG Fontaine for her very interesting and informative presentation.
Past District 6820 Governor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 02, 2017
Dr. Jason Parham, Associate Professor of Medicine and Associate Vice Chair for Quality, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine at the University of Mississippi Medical Center spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its October 31, 2017, meeting. The subject of Dr. Parham's speech was Polio, how it is transmitted, its impact, efforts to eliminate it and their results. According to Dr. Parham, the number of polio cases worldwide has decreased from 350,000 annually in the mid-1980s to 12 this far in 2017. The only places that still have wild polio cases are Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan. A total of $450 million has been pledged by Rotary International, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and others to finish the job.
 
Dr. Parham discussed the effect of polio on humans, the history of vaccines. He showed photos of the primary vaccine researchers Salk & Sabin and of a room full of iron lungs from the 1950s. He summarized the effort to eliminate the disease by saying that the progress shows the effectiveness of a well designed and implemented vaccination campaign. Dr. Parham is shown in the accompanying photos at the head table (left) preceding his speech with Rotarian Matt Monsour who introduced him and with Club President Witt Ruffin (left) and again with Matt Monsour (right) following his speech. We thank Dr. Parham for his presentation and for his work in infectious diseases for the State of Mississippi.
UMMC Professor of Medicine speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-11-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 26, 2017
Will Mosby, Account Vice President, of Capitol Wealth Management, an affiliate of UBS Financial Services spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's October 24, 2017, meeting. The subjects of Mr. Mosby's talk were the economy and the proposed Tax Reform program being considered by the U.S. Congress. Mr. Mosby showed slides that demonstrated that according to the S&P Index, stock values have nearly doubled since just before the financial crisis of 2008. They have more than doubled since the market low experienced in March 2009. Regarding tax reform, Mr. Mosby discussed alternatives being considered by legislative leaders. He discussed potential impacts of those reforms on various segments of the market. 
Mr. Mosby (center) is shown in the accompanying photo with Rotarian Matt Monsour (left) who introduced him and Club President Witt Ruffin (right) We thank him for his very interesting and informative presentation.
UBS Representative Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-10-26 05:00:00Z 0
North Jackson Rotarians Wyatt Emmerich, Mark Green, and  Don Roberts were recognized as Rotary foundation Benefactors by District 6820 Governor Bill Walker at the October 17, 2017, meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Benefactors are Rotarians who have included the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in their estate plans or have donated $1,000 or more to the fund outright. The honorees are shown in the accompanying photo. From left to right are Messrs. Emmerich, Roberts, Walker, and Green. We thank and congratulate them for remembering the Endowment Fund.
Three North Jackson Rotarians Recognized as R Found. Benefactors Bill Osborne 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 19, 2017
The week of October 16, 2017, North Jackson Rotarians donated and delivered Dictionaries to 3rd graders at four North Jackson Elementary 
Schools. The schools are Boyd, Casey, Dawson, & Spann Elementary Schools. The accompanying photo shows Boyd students with their new Dictionaries. We than Rotarian Greg Campbell for chairing this event and our Rotarians for participating.
Rotary Club of North Jackson Donates Dictionaries to 3rd Graders Bill Osborne 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 19, 2017
District 6820 2017-2018, Governor, Bill Walker of Columbus, MS, spoke to the Rotary Club of NOrth Jackson at its October 17, 2017, meeting. Gov. Walker discussed Upcoming District Events and donation opportunities in addition to attracting new members. He pointed out that if we do not invite prospective members to attend our meetings and consider becoming Rotarians, they will not become Rotarians. New members are what sustain our club, so we need to be busily inviting people to attend our meetings. Governor Walker also participated in the recognition of three new Rotary Endowment Fund Benefactors, Wyatt Emmerich, Mark Green, and Don Roberts.
District 6820 Governor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Dist.-58-Representative-speaks-to-Rotary-Club-of-North-Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 03, 2017
Tony Klingler was recognized for making his grandson, Jacob, a Paul Harris Fellow at the Rotary Club of North Jackson’s October 3, 2017, meeting. Tony is shown in the accompanying photo receiving Jacob’s certificate from Rotarian Joe Harris.
 

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006. Contributions for Paul Harris Fellows have made possible a 99.9% reduction in global polio cases in addition to funding many other Rotary projects.

 
 
Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes New Paul Harris Fellow Bill Osborne 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 03, 2017
 

Rusty Bryant and Scott Taylor, President and Vice President, respectively, of Brilla Soccer Club spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Rotary  club’s October 3, 2017 meeting. They discussed how Brilla was formed in Clinton, MS as an outreach ministry focused on soccer programs. Brilla sponsors a Premier Development League Program for young men wanting to pursue a career in professional soccer, an Urban Soccer League, and youth soccer for boys and girls. Bryant said that Three of Brilla’s alumni are currently playing high level soccer, two in the MLS and one in Spain.

 

Taylor discussed that Brilla is a Christian ministry that uses soccer as a vehicle. Brilla was formed under the umbrella of a similar program in Memphis that uses basketball as its vehicle.

 

We thank Rusty and Scott for their presentation and for their commitment to the young people. The accompanying photo shows  Rusty at the lectern and Scott seated at the table.

Brilla Soccer Club Representatives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Sep 26, 2017
Justin Smith, Madison County, MS Young Life Director spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club's September 26, 2017, meeting. Mr. Smith is a native of Ridgeland, MS and is a graduate of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Following graduation, he served as Youth Minister at a Topeka, KS church. Missing home, he returned to Mississippi to serve as MadisonConty's Young life director. 
 
In his talk, Mr. Smith discussed Young Life and its ministry to Adolescents. The Vision of Young Life is that "Every adolescent will have the opportunity to meet Jesus Christ and follow Him." Its mission is "Introducing adolescents to Jesus Christ and helping them grow in their faith." This Goal and Mission are taken from Young Life's website. According to Mr. Smith, achieving this goal and accomplishing the mission boils down to being sincere friends of the youth and being there when needed.
 
WE thank Mr. Smith for his ministry to the youth of our communities and for his presentation to our club. The accompanying photo is of Mr. Smith during his presentation.
 

 

Madison County Young Life Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Sep 21, 2017
The Rotary Club of North Jackson held its annual Fall Fling at New Stage Theatre on September 19. Approximately 100 Rotarians and guests enjoyed a reception catered by The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen and a performance of Agatha Cristie's "And Then There Were None" by the theatre's company. Thank you, Steven Oneill, for the great reception and thank you New Stage for the wonderful performance. The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen is located at 1200 N. State St. in the Belhaven Building. New Stage is Mississippi's only professional theater and is located at 1100 Carlisle St. Both organizations are in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson. Agatha Christie's play is the initial show of the theatre's 52nd. season. The accompanying photos are from the pre-performance reception in the theatre's Hewes Room.
 
Rotary Club of North Jackson Holds Fall Fling Bill Osborne 2017-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Sep 12, 2017
John "Jack" McKay, Executive Vice President of the MS Manufacturing Association spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 12, 2017, meeting. Per Mr. McKay, the MMA is a 60-year-old organization whose aim is to represent the interest of the manufacturers in the state and to lobby on their behalf. He focused his talk on the legislative needs of his members; i.e., infrastructure improvement, tax reform, and education. With respect to infrastructure, he commented that he wasn't too optimistic that the legislature would deliver the improvements that are needed for the manufacturers to receive their raw materials and to transport their products. Concerning, tax reform, he was more optimistic. The Legislature has passed legislation to eliminate the Franchise Tax over a period of years and to reduce the Inventory Tax. He commented that these taxes put Mississippi at a disadvantage versus other locations, domestic and international to attract new business. The third point that he made was the need to develop an educated workforce. We have an excellent group of community colleges that can produce the needed workers, but the candidates need to attend and graduate from those institutions. He expressed the opinion that jobs of the future will require technical skills to install, maintain and operate robotic equipment. He believes that the day of the lightly educated manual laborer is passed. 
 
Mr. McKay is shown during his presentation in the accompanying photo. We thank him for his presentation and for his service to the State of Mississippi. Club member Matt Monsour, who introduced Mr. McKay is shown seated to his right in the photo.
Ex VP of MS Mfg. Assn Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Sep 07, 2017
Steve Jent with Century Club Charities and the Sanderson Farm Championship spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 5, 2017, meeting. He provided an overview of the tournament, its history, and what to expect for this year's tournament. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, this PGA tournament has a $26 million economic impact in the area and raises millions in support of Batson Children's Hospital and other area charities. Mr. Jent is shown at the lectern during his presentation. Immediately to his left is Witt Ruffin, Rotary Club of North Jackson President. We thank Mr. Jent for his presentation to our club and for his work on behalf of Century Charities and the Sanderson Farms Championship.
 
Centry Club charities Representative Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 24, 2017
Mr David Rich, Proprietor of Rich Grain Distilling, Canton, MS spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its August 22, 2017 meeting. Mr. Rich worked as an engineer in Huntsville, AL prior to starting his company. He is a graduate of Madison Ridgeland Academy in Madison and of the University of Mississippi. His company is one of 3 licensed grain distillers in Mississippi. The company manufactures Rye, Bourbon and Rum whiskies and sells the products via liquor stores throughout the state. He pointed out that distilled spirits are clear when produced and get their color and flavor from being aged in charred wooden barrels. He also said that Bourbon can only be produced in the United States and that it must be aged in new charred white oak barrels. The minimum aging time depends on the size of the barrel in which the product is aged. For example, 15 gallon barrel aging requires less time than the standard 53 gallon barrel because the 15 gallon barrel has more surface area per gallon than the larger barrels. At the Canton plant, Rich Grain Distilling performs the complete manufacturing process from receipt of grain, through malting, fermenting, distilling, aging and bottling. 
 
Mr. Rich is shown in the accompanying photo during his talk. We thank him for his commitment to the State of Mississippi and for his presentation to our Rotary Club.
Rich Grain Distilling Proprietor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 16, 2017
Anna Powers, 2017-18 Rotary Club of North Jackson Vice President and President-Elect for 2018-2019 spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its August 15 meeting about the 2017 Rotary International Convention that was held June 14-18, 2017 in Atlanta, GA.  She said that 33,000 Rotarians representing 174 countries were in attendance The accompanying photo shows Anna during her presentation in which she is showing her convention badge.  The 33,000 attendance was 30% greater than anticipated. In fact, the presentation of the flags of the 174 countries represented at the convention required one-half hour to complete. Anna strongly urged club members to attend the 2018 convention which will be held June 23-27, 2018 in Toronto. Her caution is to register early. Her registration was too late for her to get tickets for some desirable events.
 
Anna's highlights were meeting Rotarians from diverse countries. She described meeting a young female Rotarian from Great Britain and she presented details on the Polio Eradication initiative that has reduced the number of Polio cases annually from 350,000 in 1985 to 5 cases thus far in 2017 in Nigeria, Afghanistan, & Pakistan - a reduction of 99.9%. Rotary, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the U.S. CDC, and several countries have pledged funds to complete the job. The expectation is that it will require $1.5 billion on top of the $1.5 billion that has been spent in the project to date to complete the job. Anna cited that Polio Volunteers assisted in corralling the Ebola virus in Nigeria thus preventing further spread of that disease. Bill Gates said that 16,000 people are walking today who would be walking if the project has not been conducted.
 
Another initiative that Anna described is the Thorn Initiative to stop child sexual exploitation. It was founded by Ashton Kutcher, an actor, tech investor, and philanthropist. Thorn is developing technological tools to allow it to accomplish its goal. Than you Anna for your presentation and for your service to Rotary. 
Club V.P. Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson about 2017 RI Convention Bill Osborne 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Campbell on Aug 09, 2017
Ross Bjork, The University of Mississippi Athletic Director, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson during it Tuesday August 8th meeting. Bjork discussed the vision, budget and current events at Ole Miss athletics. The first photo shows Mr. Bjork during his talk. Also shown fin the second photo from left are, Anna Powers, club vice president; Bjork, Keith Carter, Executive Director of the Athletic Foundation and Matt Monsour, club program chair. We thank Mr. Bjork for his presentation and for his contributions to the University of Mississippi. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesdays at The Rick House, a  part of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. The Rick House is located at 715 Poplar Blvd. in the Belhaven Neighborhood of Jackson.
University of Mississippi Athletic Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Greg Campbell 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Campbell on Aug 09, 2017
The Rotary Club of North Jackson welcomed two new Paul Harris Fellows to the club during it’s Tuesday August 8th meeting. Members Uriel Pineda and Matthew Turnage became Paul Harris Fellows by contributing $1,000.00 to the Rotary International Foundation. Shown from left, Joe Harris, club member; Pineda, Turnage and Sumas Das, club foundation director. Congratulations to both Uriel and Matthew. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesdays at The Rick House,  a part of The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen, located at 1200 N. State St. 
Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes Two More Paul Harris Greg Campbell 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 01, 2017
Ms. Renee Cotton, District Director of Public & Community Relations for Hinds Community College spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson about the college's 100th anniversary at the club's august 1, 2017 meeting. Ms Cotton is a Clinton native and a graduate of Hinds. She describe how college has grown from an agricultural and home economics institution founded September 17, 1917 on a 45 acre campus in Raymond, MS. to a six campus multi-disciplinary college on 1100 acres in three Mississippi counties, Hinds, Warren, & Rankin. Currently 80% of the graduates go on to 4 year universities to complete their educations. The college offers both academic and vocational technical tracks. Key components of the vocational tracks are truck driving offered in conjunction with KLLM Transportation, a Jackson Based national transportation company, diesel repair, and an internship program offered in conjunction with Continental Tire who is building a tier manufacturing plant in Clinton.
 
Hinds' 100th anniversary Celebration will be capped with a Centennial Gals in the Clyde Muse Center on the Pearl campus in Rankin County. The center is named after Dr. Clyde Muse who is the sixth president of Hinds and has served as Hinds' president since 1978. Dr. Muse's educational journey took him to East Central Community College, Delta State, culminating at Mississippi State university. He was a successful science teacher, coach, principal and superintendent prior to being named president. Under his leadership, the college has grown and prospered into the institution he leads today.
 
We thank Ms. Cotton for her commitment to the students and for her presentation to our club. She (2nd from left) is shown in the accompanying photos at the podium during her presentation and following it with Matt Monsour (left) who introduced her, her (2nd from left), club president Witt Ruffin (2nd from right) and Club Vice president/President Elect Anna Powers (right).
 
Renee Cotton of Hinds Community College Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-08-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jul 25, 2017
The Honorable William L. "Bill "Waller, Jr., Chief Justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its July 25, 2017 meeting. Justice Waller is an Eagle scout, a graduate of Mississippi State University and of the University of Mississippi School of Law. He practiced law in Jackson with the firm of Waller & Waller for 20 years before being elected to the MS. Supreme Court in 1996. He became Chief Justice in 2009. The subject of Justice Waller's presentation was "The State of the Judiciary Report" which was first given to the Mississippi Bar Convention at its annual meeting earlier in July. He said that the judiciary will be celebrating its 200th Anniversary this year as part of the State's bicentennial. He discussed some notable achievements of the court including the admission of the first African-American to the state bar in 1886 and the introduction and use of electronic records by the Judiciary. Justice Waller is shown in the accompanying photo during his presentation. The image on the screen in the photo is of  the 9 justices of the Mississippi Supreme Court. We thank Justice Waller for his presentation and for his service to the citizens of our state.
 
MS Chief Justice Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jul 25, 2017
Dick Dickerson who recently stepped down as Administrative Secretary/Treasurer of the Rotary Club of North Jackson meeting was recognized as the 2016-2017 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its July 25, 2017 meeting. Dick is relocating to Oxford, MS where he and his wife, Claire, are building their retirement home. He is shown in the accompanying photo at the podium following presentation of the award. We thank Dick for his 25 years of service to our club and extend our best wishes for his relocation to Oxford. Dick is a Past-President of the club (2007-2008) and is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.
Dick Dickerson Honored as 2016-17 Rotarian of the Year Bill Osborne 2017-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by osbor on Jul 19, 2017
John Cohen, Mississippi State University Athletic Director spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its July 18, 2017 meeting. Mr. Cohen discussed MSU's athletic programs focusing on the five guiding principles according to which the department operates; i.e., 
 
  1. Focus on the student athlete.
  2. Recognize and employ the full slate of compliance
  3. Utilize fiscal responsibility
  4. Serve our people
  5. Relentlessly promote Mississippi State
He amplified each of these points, emphasizing that compliance is not just with NCAA requirements but with life itself. With respect to promoting MSU, he said that the slogan is not "Go Dawgs" but "Hail State" as exemplified in the University's Fight Song. Mr. Cohen also spoke of the success that MSU has had on the athletic fields and in the recognition of that success. In addition to he baseball program under head coach Andy Cannizaro, he particularly discussed the success of the football program under head coach Dan Mullen; Women's basketball under head coach Vic Schaefer; as well as the student athletes past and current in the programs.
 
Prior to becoming Athletic Director , Mr. Cohen was an extremely successful head baseball coach at MSU (2009-2016), University of Kentucky (2004-2008), and Northwestern State U. in Louisiana (1998-2001). At MSU, he took baseball teams to the College World Series, where a team was national runner-up (2013) and several times to the NCAA Regionals and Super Regionals.
 
Mr. Cohen is shown in the accompanying photos during and following his presentation. The second photo shows him with Club Vice President Anna Powers following his presentation. We thank Mr. Cohen for his presentation and for his service to MSU and the State of Mississippi. 
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jul 11, 2017
Alison Kelly and Matthew Turnage, both relatively new members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, gave vocational talks to the Club at its July 11, 2017 meeting. Alison, is a native of Galveston, Texas. Following graduation from high school in Galveston, she attended art and design school in New York City. Following her graduation, she worked in that field in Copenhagen Denmark and Los Angeles. She commented that both New York and Copenhagen are great places to live if you are young and single. Her husband, Scott, is a family physician. When he completed his residency in southern California, he was recruited to MS. Her response was no, no never, but on visiting Charleston, MS she found it to be a great place. There was a 40 person art league to which she could belong. When they moved to Jackson, she attended MS College Law school and is now a Public Defender in Hinds County.
 
North Jackson members will remember her Son-in-Law Russell Turley and her daughter Betsy who recently moved to New York when Betsy was offered a job with a NYC law firm.She commented the Russell is working as a banker with a small international investment bank. We thank Alison for her presentation, for her service to or County and her membership in the Rotary Club of North Jackson.
 
Matthew Turnage is a CPA with Matthews Cutrer  and Lindsay in Ridgeland where he He provides auditing and attestation services for non-profit charitable organizations, trade associations, non-profit membership organizations, charitable bingo operations, churches, private schools, commercial entities, pension plans, municipalities, public school districts and utility districts. . He is a third generation graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi. IN addition to his work and his family, his passion is to attend a Major League Baseball game in all 30 MLB Parks. We welcome Matthew to our club and thank him for his service.
 
Alison and Matthew are shown during their speeches in the accompanying photos. 
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 29, 2017
Charitable Gift Announcement. The Rotary Club of North Jackson recently donated $1,800.00 each to 14 local charities. The charities are Stewpot Community Services, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area, Clean Water for Malawi, CARA, MS Food Network, Brain Injury Association of Mississippi, Friends of Children’s Hospital, The Jackson Zoo, The Mustard Seed, Andrew Jackson Council Boy Scouts of America, New Stage Theatre, Harbor House of Jackson, Gateway Rescue Mission and Boys & Girls Club of Central Mississippi.
Rotary Club of North Jackson Donates to 14 Local Charities Bill Osborne 2017-06-29 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 27, 2017
North Jackson Rotarian Swan Yerger spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the Club's June 27, 2017 meeting. The Subject of his talk was "Swan Yerger's Narratives." He discussed his life growing up in the Belhaven neighborhood of Jackson when he lived at the SW corner of Greymont and Poplar, about 1/2 mile f orm the clubs meeting place. He attended Power and Bailey Schools in the neighborhood and Central HIgh in Downtown Jackson. When he graduated he matriculated at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA. As a Jr. he transferred to Ole Miss. He started law school at Ole Miss as a senior and was activated in the US Air Force after his first year. He spent 2 1/2 years in the Air Force and resumed his law school education at  the University of Virginia Law School from which he was graduated. Following Law school, he practiced law in private practice for approximately 38 years until he was appointed to a judicial position as a Hinds County Circuit Court Judge by Gov. Fordice. Swan retired 6 1/2 years ago and is enjoying retirement. He and his wife, Gingia, a native of Pine Bluff, AR were married in 1962 and have been married 55 years. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of North Jackson for 46 years this week.
 
Swan is shown during his talk in the accompanying photo. We thank him for his many years service to the club and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi.
Rotarian Swan Yerger Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Witt Ruffin on Jun 27, 2017
On behalf of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, I welcome you to our web site.  I thank you for your interest in our club, and invite you to contact us if we may be of service or provide information to you about Rotary.
 
Witt Ruffin
President 2017-2018
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 27, 2017
North Jackson Rotarian Witt Ruffin was installed as the 2017-2018 President of the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's June 27, 2017 meeting. Also installed at the meeting were Anna Powers, Vice President/President Elect; Greg Campbell, Secretary; Lee Carney, Treasurer; and Directors: Suman Das, Foundation Director; Steele Dehmer, Service Director; Lee Jenkins, Membership Director; Uriel Pineda, Club Administration Director; John Sewell, Public Relations Director. Don Roberts is also takng on the role of Administrative Secretary/Treasurer which became vacant due to the relocation of Dick Dickerson to Oxford. We willmiss Dick and his work on our club's behalf. We thank the new officers and directors for agreeing to serve and we congratulate them on their election to their respective offices. The accompanying photos were taken during and immediately following the installation.
Witt Ruffin Installed as 2017-2018 President of rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-06-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 22, 2017
Mr. Hal Miller, President of the Mississippi Trucking Association (MTA) , spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its June 20, 2017 meeting. He spoke about the role mission and purpose of the Mississippi Trucking Association. Prior to joining the MTA, Mr. Miller was with his family's firm, Miller Trucking where he served for 25 years.
 

Formed in 1942, the mission of the Mississippi Trucking Association, Inc., is to serve as the trusted resource for safety, education, advocacy and member services to promote the trucking industry. Mr. Miller pointed out that in 2015, the trucking industry provided 1 out of 13 jobs (a total of 68,140 jobs) in MS with total wages paid exceeding $2.8 billion, with an annual salray of $41,000. Tractor-trailer drivers  held 22,800 jobs with an average annual salary of $40,400.

He also pointed out that MS trucking companies transported 79% of the manufactured goods and that there were 4,920 trucking companies in the state. 85.5% of the MS communities relied exclusively on trucks to move their goods. In 2014, the MS Trucking industry paid $388 million in federal and state roadway taxes. This was 41% of the taxes paid by MS motorists despite that fact that trucks represent only 11 % of the miles traveled in the state.

 

Safety is a paramount concern of the MTA. In 2014, the fatal crash rate of trucks was 1.23 fatalities per 100 million miles, which represented a 73% reduction from the rate in 1975 when the US DOT began keeping these records. 

Big issues to the MTA are the need for 250,000 new drivers by 2022 and the deteriorating condition of the highway infrastructure. Supporting this, Mr. Miller cited that the average trucker is 48 years old and that 890,000 of them are expected to retire through 2025. With respect to infrastructure, Mr. Miller said that infrastructure related congestion and re-routing cost $64 billion annually, 996 million delay hours, and the premature retirement of 362,000 drivers. Additionally, poor road conditions contribute to more than 1/3 of all highway fatalities. These safety data were provided by TRIP, a nonprofit national transportation research organization that was founded in 1971. He further cited that "driving on rough roads costs Mississippi motorists a total of $1.4 billion annually in extra vehicle operating costs such as accelerated depreciation, repair costs, increased fuel consumption and tire wear. Nearly 2 out of every three miles of Mississippi's major urban roads are in either poor or mediocre condition. Twelve percent of Mississippi's bridges are structurally deficient. He cited that every $1 of deferred maintenance on roads and bridges is estimated to cost an additional $4 - $5 in future vehicle repairs. For this reason, the MTA has actively supported a fuel tax increase in Mississippi. 

 

Mr. Miller also discussed the importance of new technology in improving trucking safety. Some of the technology innovations are shown in the following photo.

 

Mr. Miller is also shown (2nd from right) in the following photo following his presentation with Rotarians Jeff Bonner (left), Henry Larose (2nd from left), and Matt Montour (right).

We thank Mr. Miller for his very interesting and informative presentation.

 

 
MS Trucking Association President Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 14, 2017
Gail Sweat, Executive Director of the MS Kidney Foundation and Dr. Christopher Anderson, MD, General & transplant surgeon at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its June 13, 2017 meeting. Ms. Sweat discussed the role and mission of the Kidney Foundation of MS and Dr. Anderson discussd the evolution and status of the transplant program at UMMC. According to Dr. Anderson, the UMMC transplant program has developed to the pont where it is ranked as a national Center of Excellence and has transplant outcome statistics at or above national norms.
 
Per Ms. Sweat, the  mission of the Mississippi Kidney Foundation, chartered in 1965, is to serve Mississippi kidney patients by providing quality programs and services, to provide public education and screening to promote the prevention of kidney disease, and to promote organ donation throughout the state. Ms. Sweat and Dr. Anderson are shown during their presentation in the accompanying photos.
 
 
We thank Dr. Anderson and Ms. Sweat for their interesting and informative presentation and for their work on behalf of the citizens of Mississippi.
 
MS Kidney Foundation Representatives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 06, 2017
Dr. Will Jackson, a fifth year orthopedic surgery resident that the University of Mississippi Medical Center spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its June 6, 2017 meeting. The subject of Dr. Johnson 's presentation was "Things to Know about Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA)" or in lay terms Total Hip Replacement. He discussed the history of the procedure, non surgical alternatives to surgery, causes of hip deterioration, ways to prevent or delay hip problems. and the expectations from surgery. Per Dr. Johnson, the first THA was performed in Germany in 1881 by a Dr. T. Gluck. The first THA in the US was in 1940 in South Carolina. The procedure and the prosthesis devices were further developed in the UK in the 1960s and THA has now evolved to the point where it is performed as outpatient surgery. Persons receiving THA should expect 20+ years of useful life from their device and they shold be able to resume normal athletic activities such as biking, riding, golf, tennis following the surgery. The recovery time expectation is to sit in a chair the day of the surgery, begin physical therapy day 4, resume normal household movements 2 weeks following surgery and begin driving an automobile 4 - 6 weeks following surgery. 
 
Dr. Johnson recently returned from Switzerland where he was on a 6 month assignment. He commented that in his entire time in Switzerland he treated zero gun shot wounds. By contrast on a recent evening he treated 5 such wounds back in Jackson.
 
We thank Dr. Johnson for his presentation and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi. He is shown during his presentation in the accompanying photos.
Orthopedic surgery-physician-speaks-to-rotary-club-of-North-Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 31, 2017
David Burke, Director of Sales for the Mississippi Braves Baseball Club, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson At the club's May 30, 2017 meeting. The subject of Mr. Burke's talk was the Mississippi Braves and their facility in Pearl, MS. The Braves are a AA affiliate of the Atlanta Braves The accompanying photos show Mr. Burke during his talk and (center) with Rotarians John Dorsa (left) and John Sewell (right) following the talk.
 
MS Braves Sales Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 31, 2017
Phillip Robert Potesky (Bob) was inducted into the  Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's May 30, 2017 meeting. Bob is Creative Director and a partner w with the Ramey Agency, an advertising and marketing firm in the Fondren area of Jackson.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Sarah Lawrence College.  Bob lives in Ridgeland and is the father of two adult children. He (center right) is shown  with club president Wyatt Emmerich (center left), his proposer Ann Sommers (right) and his sponsor past president Edley Jones (Left) in the accompanying photo.
We welcome Bob to our club and hope that he enjoys many years of Rotary service.
Phillip Robert Potesky Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 24, 2017
Jeff Good, local restauranteur and civic leader, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its May 23, 2017 Meeting. The subject of his talk was Locally Invested Food Trade (LIFT) which is an effort to increase the proportion of locally grown product in Jackson food commerce. Jeff is a principal of the Mangia Bene group that owns Broad Street Bakery, Bravo Restaurant, and Sal & Mookies Restaurant all of which are located in Jackson. The LIFT group operates the Farmers Market on West Street and it recently purchased the Koinonia Coffee Shop on the Metro parkway to assist it in the pursuit of its LIFT goal. The former Koinonia will operate as Cafe Refill which will help young people learn the skills to work in the food service industry. The accompanying photos are of Jeff during his presentation and of him, North Jackson President Wyatt Emmerich (right) and Vice President Witt Ruffin (left) following the presentation.
 
We thank Jeff for his commitment and service to the City of Jackson.
 
Jackson Restauranteur Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 18, 2017
The Rotary Club of North Jackson held its annual Club Assembly meeting at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Approximately 50 club members enjoyed each others companionship and a great meal prepared by the church's award winning Holy Smokers. Thanks to the Holy Smokers for the great event. The tenderloin and vegetables were outstanding! The accompanying photos are from the event.
Rotary Club of North Jackson Holds Club Assembly Bill Osborne 2017-05-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 09, 2017
North Jackson Rotarian Joe Harris reflected on Terror in the Night,  a discussion of the activities involving the KKK and the Mississippi Jewish Community in the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s and 1970s at the May 9, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of NorthJackson. He began the reflection with a discussion of the killing of 3 Civil Rights workers Michael Schwerner, Andrew Goodman, and James Chaney in Neshoba County, MS in 1964. Schwerner and Goodman were Jewish. Following the disappearance of these young men, the Jackson Jewish community mobilized to find them. B'nai B'rith, at the time an international Jewish men's organization (It now has female members.) raised funds to assist the FBI in locating the men's bodies. Following the discovery of the bodies, the Jackson Jewish temple (Temple Beth Israel) was bombed as was the home of the rabbi. The Jewish men assisted with deterring Byron de la Beckwith, Jr. who was decades later convicted of killing Medgar Evers, a Jackson Civil Rights worker, from bombing a New Orleans business man. 
 
Mr. Harris also discussed the shoot-out in Meridian in which Kathy Ainsworth, a Jackson 5th grade teacher, was killed in a hail of police bullets, waiting in a car while her fellow member of the Ku Klux Klan named Tommy Tarrants, attempted to bomb the home of a prominent Jewish citizen of Meridian, Miss. Mr. Harris gave credit to the Meridian Police Chief, Roy Gunn, for preventing the bombing and for capturing Tarrants. Mr. Harris is shown at the podium  in the accompanying photo during his presentation. To his right is Mike Dawkins who introduced him and assisted in the preparation of the Power Point presentation that was part of Mr. Harris' presentation.
 
We thank Mr. Harris for his long service to our club and for his courageous work in the Civil Rights Era.
North Jackson Rotarian Joe Harris Reflects on Terror in the Night Bill Osborne 2017-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on May 04, 2017
Professor Jason Carl Rosenberg spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's May 2, 2017 meeting. Professor Rosenberg received his Ph. D. from the University of California San Diego. Having worked in Switzerland and Singapore for several years, Dr. Rosenberg is active in several contemporary music scenes and seeks to link these communities. In his talk, Dr. Rosenberg discussed his approach to Experimental Existential music and played some of his compositions.  Dr. Rosenberg is currently a Visiting Professor of music at Millsaps College. We thank Dr. Roseberg for his presentation and for his service to the students of Millsaps College. He (center)  is shown during his talk and with Rotarians Don
Roberts (left) and Erik Hearon (right) in the accompanying photos.
Millsaps' Visiting Professor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-05-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 28, 2017

 

North Jackson high school Star Students and their teachers were honored at the Rotary Club of North Jackson’s April 25, 2017 meeting. Those honored were:

 

Jackson Academy - Nancy Usey & her teacher, Dennis Conklin

Jackson Prep -

Isaac Clapp & his teacher, Steve Kincaid

Wesley Roberson & his teacher, Dave Ollar

Robert Wasson & his teacher Kimberley Van Uden

Kennedy ZumMallen & her teacher, Lisa Whitney

Murrah - Jose Navas & his teacher, Gregory Powell

St. Andrew's -

Students:

Peter Martin 

Emma McNeel 

Morgan Dunnigan 

Daniel Marsh 

Teachers:

Donna Patrick

Sallie Mosley

John Applegate

Ruth Holmes

The students that were able to attend and their teachers are shown in the accompanying photo. They are as follow from left to right) Front row: Morgan Dunnigan, Emma McNeel, Kennedy ZumMallen, Robert Wasson, Peter Martin, Wesley Roberson, Isaac Clapp, and Back Row: Donna Patrick, Ruth Holmes, Kimberley Van Uden, John Applegate, Dave Ollar, Steve Kincaid.

North Jackson Star Students and Teachers Honored by Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-04-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 18, 2017
North Jackson Rotarian Erik Hearon shared his "Member Moment" at the April 18 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Erik recanted that his father has been in the Army Air Corps during WWII and met Erik's mother in Brussels, Belgium at the end of the war.   She came to the US to marry his father and arrived in New Orleans in summer in a wool suit, being totally unaware of the summer climate in south Louisiana. Erik was born and raised in Jackson and attended Jackson Public Schools: Boyd Elementary, Powers Elementary, Bailey Jr. High and Murrah High schools. He is a graduate of Millsaps College and is a CPA. In addition Erik is a retired Major General in the Mississippi National Guard. He piloted cargo planes throughout his career in addition to various progressively responsible command assignments. He is the father of two grown daughters and a 17 year old son, Benjamin, who is a  freshman at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Erik and his wife Marla live in Ridgeland. Governor Phil Bryant appointed Erik to the Mississippi Humanities Council, where he continues to serve.
 
Erik has been a North Jackson Rotarian since 1979 and has 39 years of perfect meeting attendance. He is a two times Paul Harris Fellow. Erik is shown during his presentation in the accompanying photo.
Rotarian Erik Hearon shares Member Moment with Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 18, 2017
Mary Largent Purvis, Executive Director of CASA MS spoke to the Rotary Club of Jackson at its April 18, 2017 Meeting. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. Their role is to advocate for children in the Child Welfare System of Mississippi. CASA was formed in 1977 in Seattle CASA MS is a non-profit organization that advocates for the best interests of abused and neglected through the development and support of court-sanctioned, community- based CASA programs which provide trained and supervised volunteers. There are currently six CASA affiliates in MS in Adams, Clay, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson and Warren Counties. The Hinds County affiliate is in the process of reorganizing and is not currently active. 
 
According to Ms. Purvis, there are more than 660,000 children in foster care  the US. Sixty percent (60%) of those children (almost 400,000) have no access to a CASA volunteer. According to CASA, a child with a CASA volunteer is more likely to find a safe, permanent home:
 
  • More Likely to be adopted
  • Half as likely to re-enter foster care
  • Substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care.
  • More likely to have a plan for premanency, especially children of color
Children with CASA volunteers get more help while in the system ...
 
  • more services are ordered for the children 
  • and they are more likely to to have a consistent, responsible adult presence.
  • Volunteers spend significantly more time with the child than a paid guardian ad litem.
Mrs. Purvis is seeking CASA volunteers, who do not need to be attorneys, but can be. Financial donations would be appreciated.
 
We thank Mrs. Purvis for her presentation, for her service and commitment to the children of Mississippi. She is chown in the accompanying phot during her presentation.
 
Ex. Dir. of CASA MS Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-04-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 13, 2017
Long time member Mark Kennedy presented his Membership Moment to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its April 11, 2017 meeting. Mark is a general dentist practicing in Jackson,  MS. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of North Jackson for 38 years, joining in 1979. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University.
 
In the accompanying photo, Dr. Kennedy is shown during his presentation. We thank him for his presentation and for his long service to the club.
 
Mark Kennedy Presents Member Moment to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 13, 2017
North Jackson Rotarian, Tom Bowen discussed his nearly 70 year career with the U. S. Armed forces at the Rotary Club of North Jackson’s April 11, 2017 meeting. On 31 July 2017 he will celebrate 70 years of service to the military. His military career began on 31 July 1947 when he enlisted as as a 17 year old. During that career he has served in many capacitied, mostly as support staff and a many ranks from private to general. He is a retired vice president of Missisippi Valley Gas Company. Tom is a very long term member of the Rotary Club of North Jackson., having joined in December 1972.
 
In December 2005, Tom was honored by the Defense Department with awards for Exemplarily Service to the National Guard and Reserve. The following press release was issued 05 December 2005 describing Tom’s recognition.
 
“The National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense Agency, presented the James M. Roche Spirit of Volunteerism Award during the annual ESGR National Leadership Training Conference in Washington, D.C. to Thomas H. Bowen, Jr., a resident of Jackson, Mississippi. 

Mr. Bowen, a volunteer of the Mississippi ESGR Committee, received the award in recognition of his outstanding public service as both a volunteer and ESGR State Chairman. Mr. Bowen served as the Mississippi State Chairman from October 2000 to September 2005 and was also recognized by the Secretary of Defense with the Outstanding Public Service Medal. 

“This recognition reflects deep gratitude and appreciation for the years of dedicated service that you have so willingly and selflessly given to the nation and to the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve who serve to protect it,” said Bob Hollingsworth, Executive Director for the National Committee ESGR, during the Roche Award presentation. 

The Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal citation also commended Mr. Bowen’s dedicated, energetic and inspirational leadership that increased community awareness of employer support that is critical to the national defense. 

The James Roche “Spirit of Volunteerism” Award is the highest award given to individual ESGR Committee volunteers for sustained high-quality volunteer service or for exceptional mission accomplishment. Individuals are nominated based on long and distinguished service of exceptional significance to their ESGR Committee, or for special contributions with national impact. 

The award highlights patriotism, good citizenship and public responsibility, often achieved at personal sacrifice and with heroic effort. A maximum of five of these awards can be given each year, usually at the annual National Leadership Training Conference. Bowen and a New Jersey ESGR volunteer are the first two individuals to receive the award since 2002. Awardees receive a medal, certificate and a letter of appreciation signed by the National Chairman of ESGR. 

The award is named in honor of James M. Roche, appointed in 1972 by President Richard Nixon as the first ESGR National Chair. Roche organized and spearheaded ESGR when employer support for the nation’s community-based defense force was first recognized as fundamental to the Total Force Policy. Under Roche’s leadership, patriotic volunteers across the nation were organized to establish programs and services that help build partnerships between Reserve component members, their civilian employers and military leaders. 

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) is a Department of Defense agency established in 1972. The mission of ESGR is to gain and maintain active support from all public and private employers for the men and women of the National Guard and Reserve. ESGR volunteers provide free education, consultation, and if necessary mediation for employers of Guard and Reserve employees.”
 
In the accompanying photo, Tom (center) is shown with Wyatt Emmerich, North Jackson President (left), Marisa Davidson (2nd from tight) who introduced him, and Joe Harris (right) who joined the Rotary Club of North Jackson 8 months before Tom in March 1972. We thank Tom for his long service to the club and for his long dedicated service to our country and to the members of its military.
 
North Jackson Rotarian Tom Bowen Discusses his career with the US Military for the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Bill Osborne 2017-04-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 04, 2017
Rotarian Dr. Tom Turner shared his story with the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club’s April 4, 2017 meeting. He told his story of growing up in Newport, Mississippi and just south of Memphis, TN and moving to Columbus, MS as a 10-year old.  He told of his early interest in airplanes in the early 1930s and his transition from an engineering student at Mississippi State University to an Orthopaedic Surgeon who performed the first hip replacement surgery in the 1970s.
 
He also described meeting his wife in Memphis while he was a resident there. Dr. Turner is shown in the accompanying photo during his presentation. We thank him for his long term membership in our club and for his service to the citizens of  Mississippi.
Rotarian Tom Turner Shares Member Moment with Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Apr 04, 2017
Zach Morrow, Sr. Project Engineer/Construction Manager for Continental Tire Company at its new Clinton , MS plant. Spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its April 4, 2017 meeting. He discussed the construction of the new plant which is expected to start producing commercial tires early in 2019. The current project is the initial phase of what is expected to be a 5 phase project. Phase 5 is not expected to be complete until 2028. The current phase will produce commercial tires. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires will follow in later phases.
 
The plant is located on 915 acres in western Hinds County, approximately 2 miles west of Clinton. Currently, general site work is in progress.  Ultimately the plant is expected to have some 5 million sq. ft. under roof. Continental is currently hiring skilled crafts people and managerial personnel. The plant is expected to make high use of robots in the manufacturing process.
 
The company is working with Hinds Community College in a workforce development effort, so that it can get the skilled, educated personnel that it will need.
 
The Clinton plant will be Continental’s third in the United States. The other two are in Mt. Vernon, IL and Sumter, SC. Continental is headquartered in Hanover, Germany and has 55 manufacturing facilities worldwide.
 
We thank Mr. Morrow for his very interesting presentation and for Continental’s commitment to Mississippi. Mr. Morrow is shown in the accompanying photo (center) with Rotarians Marisa Davidson (right) who introduced him and Bill Osborne (left).
Continental Tire Engineer Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 30, 2017
North Jackson Rotarian, Bob Ridgway, shared his life experiences at the March 28, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Mr. Ridgway has been a North Jackson Rotarian for 45 years and was recruited by hes senior member, Joe Harris shortly after the club was formed in May 1972. Bob is a Millsaps College graduate and following graduation donned the green uniform of the US Army. He was assigned to Washington, DC. He returned to Jackson following his military service and began his career in real estate and real estate development. He and his wife Naomi have been married over 48 years.
 
We thank Bob for his service to our club and appreciate his sharing his experiences with us. He is shown in the accompanying photo during his presentation.
Rotarian Bob Ridgway Shares Member Moment Bill Osborne 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Aviation buff, pilot, historian, and insurance professional Frank Kimmel spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its March 28, 2017, meeting. The subject of Mr. Kimmel's presentation was the F-4U Corsair fighter plane. The Corsair was a hero of the US forces in the South Pacific during World War II. It is a sturdy and fast fighter that helped "turn the tide" in the Pacific War. According to Mr. Kimmel, the Corsair is arguably the best fighter plane used in WWII. In his opinion, the Corsair is superior to the P-51 Mustang fighter that performed a similar role in the European Theater. The superiority comes  from its ruggedness; i.e. its superior ability to withstand damage from enemy fire. The Corsair has an air cooled rotary engine while the Mustang has a water cooled engine that can be readily damaged with a bullet to the cooling system. The Mustang is more fuel efficient making it more suitable to its primary role escorting bombers on their long runs into the European heartland. The Corsair conversely was more effective in the carrier based rple for which it was designed. 
Mr. Kimmel also showed a video of him flying his Corsair that has been rebuilt. Of the 12,000 Corsairs built in WWII, only 24 are considered airworthy and only 10 can fly at any one time.
We thank Mr. Kimmel for his very interesting and informative presentation.He is shown below during his talk with his Corsair.
 
Aviation Buff Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-03-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 26, 2017
Hon. Dick Hall, Central District Commissioner of the Mississippi Transportation Commission spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its March 21, 2017 meeting. The subject of his talk was Mississippi's infrastructure needs and the likelihood of their being addressed. Commissioner Hall (center) is shown in the accompanying photo with immediate past president, Tom Parry (left) and current club vice president and president elect Witt Ruffin. We thank Commissioner Hall for his presentation and his service to Mississippi.
Central Mississippi District Transportation Commissioner Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 26, 2017
Jackson Police Department Officer Danny Hicks was recognized as the Precinct 4 Officer of the Quarter at the Rotary Club of North Jackson's March 21, 2017  meeting. The club recognizes one officer in Precinct 4 each quarter for outstanding dedication and service. Officer Hicks (2nd  from right) is shown in the accompanying photo with Pct. 4 Commander Keith Ferguson ( left)  Deputy Chief James Davis (Right) and North Jackson President Wyatt Emmerich. We thank Officer Hicks for his service and congratulate him on this recognition.
Officer Danny Hicks recognized as Pct. 4 Officer of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 26, 2017
North Jackson Rotarian & Past District 6820 Governor, Jim Stanley presented his member's moment at the March 21, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Jim is a graduate of the US Military Academy. He is a retired fighter pilot and aircraft test pilot. He is shown in the accompanying photo during his talk. We thank him for his presentation and for his service to our country.
Rotarian Jim Stanly Present Member's Moment Bill Osborne 2017-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 14, 2017
Professional Engineer Eddie Templeton of the firm of Burns Cooley & Dennis spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its March 14, 2017 meeting. The subject of his presentation was Expansive Clays, in particular Yazoo Clay. He discussed how Yazoo Clay is present in most of Mississippi , it is particularly expansive by up to 135% when is gets wet, that it expands with a force of up to 16,000 pounds per square foot (PSF). He also discussed how to accommodate its presence in designing structures and their landscaping, by providing a buffer zone between the clay and the bottom of a foundation, by directing water away from a foundation and by planting trees so that they do not dessicate the soil near the foundation. Mr. Templeton is shown during his presentation in the accompanying photo. We thank him for his very interesting and informative presentation.
Geotechnical Engineer Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 14, 2017
At its March 14, 2017, meeting, the Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized Molly Dawkins, daughter of Past President Mike Dawkins and Club Member Anna Powers as Paul Harris Fellows. The accompanying photo shows Ms. Dawkins (second from left) receiving her pin from Rotarian Joe Harris (left) . Ms. Powers (right) is awaiting her pin. Past President Dawkins (center) looks on as his daughter is recognized. He was also recognized as having become a 5 time Paul Harris fellow in the meeting.
 

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006. Contribution for Paul Harris Fellows have mad possible a 99.9% reduction in global polio cases in addition to funding many other Rotary projects. We congratulate Ms. Dawkins and Ms. Powers on their recognition as Paul Harris Fellows.

Two New Paul Harris Fellows Recognized by Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 14, 2017
Ms. Alison Oliver Kelly was inducted into the rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's March 14, 2017 meeting. Ms. Kelly is a Public Defender in Hinds County. She and her husband, Scott, live in Madison. They are the parents of 4 adult children. She was previously a member of the Rotary Club of Charleston, MS. Alison (second from left) is shown in the accompanying photo with Club president Wyatt Emmerich (left), her proposer Club Member Erik Hearon (second from right) and her sponsor Past President Charles Lindsay. (right). We Welcome Alison to our club.
 
Alison Kelly Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 07, 2017
Gail Psilos,, Director, Regional Economic Information, New Orleans Branch, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (the "Fed") spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its March 7, 2017 meeting. Ms. Silos discuss the role of the Federal Reserve Bank, its goals and its mission. The Federal Reserve Bank is the Central Bank of the United States and it works to manage inflation and assure maximum employment. It performs this mission via monetary policy. Currently inflation is slightly below the target rate of 2% at approx. 1.8%. The Fed, collects and distributes massive amounts of data on the US economy, generally making these data available to interested people. There are 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks in the US. The Fed does business with member banks and annually returns its income to the U.S. Treasury. Last year it returned $92 billion to the Treasury. Ms. Psilos is shown in the accompanying photo with Past President Tom Parry following her presentation. We thank her for her very interesting and informative talk and for her seervice to our country.
 
Federal Reserve Representative Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 02, 2017
Club Member, Dennis Hardy, A "Distinguished Toastmaster", spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its February 28, 2017 meeting. The subject of his talk was "Life, the final curtain call." He discussed how will you be remembered at the end of your life. Will you have spend sufficient time with your family and friends or will you have spent too much time pursuing a career. We thank him for his insight. The subject is one that we all need to consider and act upon. Dennis (right) is shown with Rotarians Uriel Pineda (left) and Suman Das (center) following his talk. Dr. Das introduced Mr. Hardy and his presentation.
Rotarian Dennis Hardy Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-03-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 22, 2017
Mr. Donovan Taves, farmer, President of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts, and Board Member of the National Association of Conservation Districts spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its February 21, 2017 meeting. The subject of his talk was soil health and modern scientific farming. He specifically discussed the use of satellites, computers and drones to improve the health, yields and success of farming. He cited that in 2003 the first satellites were used to survey and analyze crop health. Today, satellites and drones are used to manage planting, nutrition and moisture in crops.
 
Mr. Taves and his family farm approximately 3000 acres in North Louisiana between Lake Providence and Delhi. His farm is located approximately 8 miles west of the Mississippi River. He practices what is called “No till” farming that improves soil health and crop yields. Today, farm tractors, combines, etc. are steered by computers using satellite information. Irrigation is done via drip irrigation using peristaltic pumps and soil health is maintained by rotating crops so that nutrients are put back into the soil during the off season and by planting plants that restore the soil between rows of commercial crops such as rye, soybeans or corn.
 
We thank Mr. Taves for his presentation and for his dedication and commitment to soil health and scientific farming. The accompanying photos were taken during his presentation. The first photo is of Mr. Taves  (center, rear), Rotarian Suman Das (left), Mrs Melissa Taves, the speaker's wife, and Rotarian Witt Ruffin (right). The second photo is of one of the drones that he uses in his farming operation. The remaining photos were taken during Mr. Taves presentation.
 
Scientific Farmer Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-02-22 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 15, 2017
Rotarians Hugh Johnson and Clinton Smith and Clinton's wife, Lois, were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows at the Rotary Club of North Jackson's February 14, 2017 meeting.
 

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.  

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.  

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006. Contribution for Paul Harris Fellows have mad possible a 99.9% reduction in global polio cases in addition to funding many other Rotary projects.

We congratulate Clinton, Lois, and Hugh for their recognition as Paul Harris Fellows. The accompanying photo show Clinton and Lois and Hugh with Rotarian Joe Harris who presented the Paul Harris certificates and pins to the awardees. 

 

North Jackson Rotarians Recognized as Paul Harris Fellows Bill Osborne 2017-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 15, 2017
Mrs. Seetha Srinivasan, Director Emerita of the Mississippi University Press spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its February 14, 2017 meeting. The subject of Mrs Srinivasan's presentation was the Hindu view of life. She described the Hindu belief that life is a continuing process in which birth and death are entrance and exit points from the state of being a human. Hindus believe in reincarnation of the soul. The Hindu religion is one without a formal organization or formal services. Please see the following from the Wikpedia Online Encyclopedia.
 

"Hinduism is a religion, or a way of life, found most notably in India and Nepal. Hinduism has been called the oldest religion in the world, and some practitioners and scholars refer to it as Sanātana Dharma, "the eternal law," or the "eternal way," beyond human origins. Scholars regard Hinduism as a fusion or synthesis of various Indian cultures and traditions, with diverse roots and no founder. This "Hindu synthesis" started to develop between 500 BCE and 300 CE following the Vedic period (1500 BCE to 500 BCE).

Although Hinduism contains a broad range of philosophies, it is linked by shared concepts, recognisable rituals, cosmologyshared textual resources, and pilgrimage to sacred sitesHindu texts are classified into Shruti ("heard") and Smriti ("remembered"). These texts discuss theologyphilosophymythologyVedic yajnaYogaagamic rituals, and temple building, among other topics. Major scriptures include the Vedas and Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and the Agamas. Sources of authority and eternal truths in its texts play an important role, but there is also a strong Hindu tradition of the questioning of this authority, to deepen the understanding of these truths and to further develop the tradition.

Prominent themes in Hindu beliefs include the four Puruṣārthas, the proper goals or aims of human life, namely Dharma (ethics/duties), Artha (prosperity/work), Kama (desires/passions) and Moksha (liberation/freedom/salvation); karma (action, intent and consequences), samsara (cycle of rebirth), and the various Yogas (paths or practices to attain moksha). Hindu practices include rituals such as puja (worship) and recitations, meditation, family-oriented rites of passage, annual festivals, and occasional pilgrimages. Some Hindus leave their social world and material possessions, then engage in lifelong Sannyasa (monastic practices) to achieve Moksha. Hinduism prescribes the eternal duties, such as honesty, refraining from injuring living beings (ahimsa), patience, forbearance, self-restraint, and compassion, among others.

Hinduism is the world's third largest religion, with over 1 billion followers or 15% of the global population, known as Hindus. The majority of Hindus reside in IndiaNepalMauritius, the Caribbean, and Bali in Indonesia.

We thank Ms. Srinivasan for her very interesting presentation on her religion. She (2nd from left) is shown in the accompanying photo with club President Wyatt Emmerich (left), and Club members Virginia Carlton (right) and Suman Das (2nd from right) who introduced her.

Mrs. Seetha Srinivasan speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 08, 2017
Ms. Monica Harrigill, Vice President of Jackie International and of co-Founder of SunRay Companies  a full service hospitality, real estate, and retail management company that was founded in 1996 by Ray Harrigill.  Based in Madison Mississippi, Sunray operates great brands including Hampton Inn Hotel and Suites, Palm Beach Tan tanning salons, Massage Envy Spas, and Bumpers Drive-In restaurants. Jackie International  consists of over 50 properties in four states including Bumpers Drive-In, Simply Southern Grill & Buffet, additional independent restaurants as well as numerous hotel properties such as Hilton Garden Inn, Hyatt Place, Hampton Inn and Suites and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.
 
Monica is a Mississippi native and graduate of Millsaps College and holds a degree in Chemistry.  She is also currently enrolled in the Harvard Business School.  Monica began her career working for her family as a restaurant manager when she finished college in 1988 at the age of eighteen.  She quickly moved up to multi-unit and multi-concept management ultimately running a conglomerate of restaurants, hotels, and convenience stores with 60 locations and 1,600 employees.  As Executive Vice President, she oversaw all aspects of operations and development of this company through 2014.  Along with Ray, she founded the Sunray Companies in 1996.  Monica’s expertise in systems, operations, project management and human resource development, adds significant depth to the capabilities of the Sunray Companies.  Monica is also passionate about giving back to the Mississippi community and volunteers time for a variety of Mississippi based charities and organizations and serves as a Trustee for Millsaps College.   Monica is also currently enrolled in Harvard Business School's Owners, Presidents, and Management program. Monica’s favorite quote, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.”   Mother Teresa
 
The subject of Monica's talk was Life's Lessons. It began in June 2003 when she experienced a terrible auto accident when her car was hit by an out of control pick up truck. She experienced 27 bone breaks below her waist and was told that it was doubtful that  she would ever walk again. Now, 14 yrs and multiple surgeries later, she is walking and leading a team at Sunray Companies which has grown and expanded in her tenure. In her talk, she discussed the importance of team work , having the right life priorities, and setting the proper example. The industry in which they operate typically experiences high employee turnover. Turnover has dropped from in excess of 100% annually to about 35%. In addition to the quote from Mother Teresa, she cited the mantra of "doing it right the first time" as her guiding principle.
 
Ms. Harrigill (2nd from left) is shown in the accompanying photo with c;lub member Dr. Suman Das (left), who introduced her, Club President Wyatt Emmerich (2nd from right) and Club Vice president Witt Ruffin (right). We thank her for her very interesting and inspirational talk.
 
Ms. Monica Harrigill Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-02-08 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 31, 2017
Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its January 31, 2017 meeting. Marshall discussed his life and career, including his initial job  as a school custodian in Cobb County, GA after graduating from the University of Tennessee with a marketing degree. He said that since he was 8 years old he has wanted to be a cartoonist. His first break came when Clarion-Ledger editor Dave Hampton hired him.Marshall also discussed his family, his wife Amy, his father and his dog Banjo. He credited all of these people and Banjo with helping him prepare for his current jobs as a radio and television host.
 
We thank Marshall for his very interesting talk and his love and commitment to our state. He (right) is shown in the accompanying photo with club member and past president Charles Johnson (left) 
Cartoonist Marshall Ramsey Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
MS Attorney General Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 19, 2017
Dennis Hardy was inducted into the Rotary Club of
North Jackson at its January 176, 2017 meeting. Mr.
Hardy was proposed by club member Dr. Suman Das
and sponsored by past president Tom Parry. He is a
Project Director for EQ Health Solutions and is the fath-
er of 5 adult children. He and his wife , Debbie, live in
Byram. Dennis is a member of the board of Directors
of the Madison Center Players community theater. Den-
nis is shown in the accompanying photo with his propos-
er, Dr. Das. (standing left) and his sponsor Tom Parry
(standing right) We welcome Dennis to our club.
Dennis Hardy Inducted into rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 10, 2017
Major General Durr Boyles Mississippi Adjutant General
spoke to the rotary Club of North Jackson  at its January
10, 2017 meeting. General Boyles discussed the status,
mission and economic impact of the Mississippi National
Guard. The Guard has both army and air components.
The army component has armories throughout the state
of Mississippi and it operates Camp Shelby south of Hatties-
burg. The air component consists of a transport wing head-
quartered in Rankin County and an air refueling component
stationed in Meridian.
 
According to General Boyles, the budget of the National
Guard is  $803 million annually, most of which is provided
from federal funds. Prior to becoming Adjutant General, Gen-
eral Boyles served in Kosovo. He is shown in the accompany-
ing photo during his talk.
 
We thank General Boyles for his presentation and for his
service to our state and nation.
MS Adjutant General Speaks to Rotary club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 10, 2017
Richard Sun ("Rich") was re-installed as a member of
the rotary Club of North Jackson at its January 10, 2017
meeting. We are delighted to have Rich back in the fold.
His sharp and timely questions were missed during his
absence. Welcome back, Rich!
Rich Sun Re-installed as a member of Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-01-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 05, 2017
North Jackson Rotarians, Dot Anderson and Lori Greer presented discussions of their respective vocations at the January 3, 2017 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Ms. Anderson discussed mental health, particularly juvenile mental health and Ms. Greer discussed the work of the the Medical Mall Foundation especially the work that the Foundation has done to secure the the Medical Mall and to build homes in the foundation's area of interest, which surrounds the mall. The homes which will be rent to own ones are in the area just east of the mall where they replace badly dilapidated dwellings. 
 
Ms. Anderson and Ms. Greer are shown in the accompanying photos. We thank them for their presentations, for being Rotarians, and for what they do for our state.
 
 
 
 
Rotarians Present Vocational Talks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2017-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 26, 2016
Representative Mark Baker from Rankin County spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its December 27, 2016 meeting. Rep. Baker represents House District 74 in Rankin County. He is Chairman of the Judiciary A Committee. The subject of his talk was the upcoming 2017 legislative session.  He said that in addition to the normal budgetary issues, key subjects will be Education and campaign spending reform  he also discussed State support for a state funded district in the City of Jackson to help fund the City infrastructure and services that the State uses, which he says that the Rankin County delegation unanimously supports and he suspects the Madison County delegation also strongly supports. Representative Baker is shown in the accompanying photo with Club member Virginia Carlton who was first elected to the House of Representatives at the same time as Representative Baker in 2001 and who introduced him at the meeting. We thank Representative Baker for his presentation and for his service to the citizens of Mississippi.
Representative Mark Baker Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-12-27 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Club of North Jackson held its annual Holiday Party at the beautiful Ridgeland home of club member Seymour Pooley and his wife Maggie. We sincerely thank them for their hospitality and wish them the happiest of holidays. The event was superbly catered by the Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. Our special thanks to Steven O'Neill for a job well done! Music was provided by David Womack. Thank you, David. Again, well done!
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 15, 2016
Dr. Ken Cleveland, a board certified Bariatric Surgeon spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its December 13, 2016 meeting. The subject of Dr. Cleveland's talk was hormone replacement therapy in both women and men. The underlying facts supporting his talk are that people's bodies produce less estrogen and testosterone as they age. He has adopted his practice to provide replacement hormones to offset that reduced hormone production. The primary method that Dr. Cleveland uses is to insert small tablets in the upper buttocks of patients. He said that the results are available very short term and last for several months. Dr. Cleveland(center) is show in the accompanying photo with Club members Virginia Carlton (left) and Witt Ruffin (right) following his talk, We thank him for his very interesting and informative presentation.
Dr. Ken Cleveland Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 08, 2016
Vocalist Kat Johnson entertained the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its December 6, 2016 meeting with a medley of Holiday songs. She is shown during the meeting with her father club past president, Charles Johnson.

We thank her for using her talent to entertain the club.
Vocalist Kat Johnson Entertains Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 07, 2016
Rotary Club of North Jackson member Tag Gamblin honored his son, Dr. Jeff Gamblin, with a donation in his honor to the Rotary Foundation making Dr. Gamblin a Paul Harris Fellow.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. The number of Paul Harris fellows exceeded the one million mark in 2006. The accompanying photo is of Mr. Gamblin (standing, left)  and Dr. Gamblin (standing, right)during the recognition ceremony. The certificate is being presented by club member Virginia Carlton (standing, center). Congratulations to Dr. Gamblin and sincere thanks to his father for honoring his son.

Dr. Jeff Gamblin Recognized as Paul Harris Fellow Bill Osborne 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
JPD Pct. 4 Officers Norman and Chisolm we recognized by the Rotary Club of North Jackson as the Officers of the Quarter at the Rotary Club of North Jackson's December 6, 2016 meeting. The se recognitions were for outstanding initiative and perseverance in the pursuit and apprehension of criminals. Officer Norman is shown in the accompanying photo standing on the left and officer Chisolm is standing on the right. Each received a certificate plus gift cards to McDade's Markets and The Manship Wood Fired Kitchen. Congratulations to both officers and our sincerest thanks for their good work.

Two JPD Pct. 4 officers recognized as officers of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 07, 2016
Rotary Club of North Jackson President Wyatt Emmerich spoke to the club about his trip to South Africa, Zambia and Malawi at the Club's December 6, 2016 meeting. He discussed the drilling of safe water wells in both Malawi and Zambia as well as the highlights of his trip. HIs sons John & Lawrence accompanied Wyatt on the trip. While in Zambia, they visited with missionary Delaney Crawley.
Clean Water for Malawi (CWFM)  has drilled or repaired 402 wells in Malawi, since it began at the end of 2010. 52 wells were paid for with 3 Global Grants from The Rotary Foundation and the rest have been paid for by individuals, churches, and businesses. Per CWFM, Each borehole drilled or repaired provides clean water for 350 - 500 people. The amount they ask for is significantly lower than what other commercial companies in Malawi charge. They work hard at keeping the costs as low as possible to ensure we can get more boreholes working to provide the most water possible.
 
We thank President Wyatt for his presentation and for his commitment to helping the citizens of Malawi.
Rotary Club of North Jackson President Speaks to Club Bill Osborne 2016-12-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 28, 2016
Dallas Quinn of the Pearl River Foundation reviewed the
proposed One Lake project for mitigating flooding of the
Pearl River in the Jackson, MS metro area for the Rotary
Club of North Jackson at its November 29, 2016 meeting.  
The lake is proposed to go from just south of the Barnett
Reservoir Spillway to south of I20. It will create lakeside
properties in both Hinds and Rankin Counties and mitigate
flooding of the Pearl River. The original flood mitigation
project was initially authorized, but not allocated, by the
US congress for $130 million which would be worth $150
million now. The one lake project is estimated to cost $350
million. It has the support of the Mississippi Congressional
delegation, the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, plus local
and state governments. It is expected to take two years to
implement once approved, which approval is expected in
2017. We thank Mr. Quinn for his presentation
and for his efforts on behalf of our communities. He is shown
during his presentation in the accompanying photo
.
 
Dallas Quinn reviews One Lake Pearl River Flood mitigation plan for Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-11-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Greg Campbell on Nov 25, 2016
The Rotary Club of North Jackson honored during its November 22nd meeting new Rotary Paul Harris Fellows. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesday’s at the Country Club of Jackson. Shown (from left) Jill Warner, club member; Rob Whitley, club member; Marita Walton, wife of cub member Ben Walton who contributed in her name; Ben Walton, club member; Amanda Fontaine, Rotary District 6820 Governor; David Dogan, club member who contributed in the name of his Daughter Ann Hamilton Dogan; Sister Kristin Rever and Claude Harbarger, club member who contributed in Rever’s name. 
 
 
The Rotary Club of North Jackson honored during its November 22nd meeting, two past club presidents as Rotary Benefactors by making a contribution in their name to the Rotary Foundation’s endowment fund. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesday’s at the Country Club of Jackson. Shown (from left) Ann Somers, club past president; Amanda Fontaine, Rotary District 6820 Governor and Dick Dickerson, club past president.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 17, 2016
Justin B. Croft was inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's November 8, 2016 meeting. Justin in the proprietor of Croft Advisory Services LLC, a predictive analytics consulting firm.  He is a graduate of Ole Miss and serves as a Regent at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School and as a member of the Ole Miss MBA Advisory Board,  Justin and his wife Frances live in Jackson with their three children, Ben, Thomas and Catherine. Justin (left) is shown in the accompanying photo with his proposer, Jack Allin (center), and his sponsor, Past President Dick Dickerson (right).
We welcome Justin into our club.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Nov 03, 2016
The Rotary Club of North Jackson held its annual Fall Fling at the Manship Wood Fired Kitchen in Jackson on October 25. It was a well attended party with great food and drink. Special thanks to our host, Steven O'Neill. Pictures from the event are on our club website (northjacksonrotary.org).
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 05, 2016
Former Mississippi Governor William F. Winter
spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at
its October 4, 2016 meeting. The subject of
his talk was improving Mississippi. He discussed
the need to improve the education of our youth
making the point that 90% of the children in Mis-
sissippi attend public schools and that it is critical
that we adequately fund public education if we are
going to attract 21st Century businesses. Another
key point was that the state needs to adopt a flag
that all of the citizens of Mississippi will respect.
 
Governor Winter was the 58th governor of the state
of Mississippi from 1980 - 1984. He is best known for
the passage of the Mississippi Education Reform Act
and the Public Utilities Reform Act. Governor Winter
served the United States in World War II where he
was a U. S. Army Infantry Officer in the Pacific
Theater. He is a graduate of the University of Missis-
sippi and the University of Mississippi Law School.
He continues to practice law as Special Counsel to the
Jones Walker law firm of New Orleans, who has offices
in Jackson. The William Winter Institute for Racial Recon-
ciliation on the University of Mississippi's Oxford campus
is named in his honor, as is the William F. Winter Profes-
sorship in the Department of History.The accompanying
photo is of Governor Winter (second from right) following
his presentation to the Club. Others in the photo are North
Jackson President Wyatt Emmerich (left), Club Member
Henry Larose (second form left), and Club Member and
Former President Charles Lindsay (right). We thank Gover-
nor Winter for his presentation and for all of his contribu-
tions to our state.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Sep 29, 2016
The Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized five new
Paul Harris Fellows at it September 27, 2016, meeting.
Shown in the accompanying photo from the left are 
Virginia Carlton, Tom Parry who sponsored his son
Joseph Parry, Roslyn Das, who was sponsored by
her husband Suman Das, Jan Evers sponsored by
Ralph McDaniel, John Conway, sponsored by his
father Jack Conway. Congratulations to all of
these new Paul Harris Fellows and thanks to
their sponsors. 
 

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowle-
dges individuals who contribute, or who have
contributions made in their name, of US$1,000
to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation
for and encourage substantial contributions to
what was then the Foundation’s only program,
Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced
Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholar-
ships. The number of Paul Harris Fellows reach-
ed the one million mark in 2006.  

 
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Sep 29, 2016
Matthew Turnage, a CPA and shareholder with Matthews,
Cutrer and Lindsay, PA in Jackson, was inducted into the
Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 27, 2016
meeting. Mr. Turnage was previously a member of the
Rotary Club of Madison-Gluckstadt. He is shown in the
accompanying photo with his sponsor Past President
Charles Lindsay. We welcome Matthew to our club.

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Representatives from WellsFest spoke to The Rotary
Club of North Jackson during its September 20th me-
eting. Ken Hodges, WellsFest committee member, told
club members about WellsFest, a 33 year old family fest-
ival held in Jackson on the last Saturday of September.
WellsFest, an outreach ministry of Wells United Methodist
Church, has raised over a million dollars for local charities.
Sandy Middleton, executive director of The Center for Vio-
lence Prevention and this year’s WellsFest beneficiary, in-
formed members about her organization. The Center pro-
vides shelter and therapy for those that have been sub-
ject to domestic violence and human trafficking. The
Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at The Country Club
of Jackson at noon on Tuesdays.  Shown are(from left)
Hodges; Lee Jenkins, club member; Middleton and Greg
Campbell, club member. We thank them for their commit-
ment to the community and for speaking to our club. We
wish them a successful WellsFest.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Sep 12, 2016
Club Vice President and President Elect, Witt Ruffin spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 13, 2016 meeting. The topic of his presentation was the trip that he and his wife Sabrina took to the Rotary International convention in Seoul South Korea in May and June 2016. He showed pictures of the convention itself, including speakers and convention activities, plus photos of excursions they they took to the DMZ between South and North Korea and in Seoul itself plus the post convention trip to Japan where he visited Tokyo and Mt. Fuji and rode the famous Japanese bullet train that travels 180 miles per hour. The accompanying photo shows Witt following his talk holding the various club banners that he received at the convention. We thank Witt for his very interesting presentation and for taking the time to represent our club at the convention as well as his and Sabrina's  courage in trying the Korean national dish, kimchi.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 31, 2016
At its August 30, 2016 meeting, the rotary Club of North Jackson recognized Precinct 4 Officer Don O. Knotts as the JPD Precinct 4 Officer of the Quarter for his outstanding work on behalf of the citizens of the City of Jackson. Officer Knotts is shown second from the right in the accompanying photo. Also shown in the photo are District Commander James McGowan (right), Precinct 4 Commander Keith Freeman (second from left), Rotarian and Club Past President Edley Jones (left) and Club President Wyatt Emmerich (center). We thank Officer Knotts for his excellent work and congratulate him on the recognition.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 03, 2016
Steve Jent, the Director of the Sanderson Farms Golf Golf Championship, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its August 2, 2016 meeting about the Golf Tournament, which will be held at the County Club of Jackson, October 24 - October 30, 2016. Per Mr. Jent, 132 players are expected to compete for the $4.2 million total purse of which the champion will get 18% or $756,000. Mr. Jent discussed Sanderson Farms commitment to the tournament for the next 10 years and the fact that the tournament raises about $1.5 million for the Batson Children's Hospital via Century Club Charities.
 
Mr. Jent said that the tournament was moved to October this year to avoid being held after the change from daylight savings time to standard time, which occurs the first Sunday of November 2016. He also discussed the changes that the Country Club of Jackson is making to the course this year to make it more challenging for the pros, in particular to hole 12. Mr. Jent (Center) is shown following his presentation in the accompanying photo with Club Member Uriel Pineda ()left) and Club President Wyatt Emmerich (right). We thank him for speaking to our club and wish him well with this year's tournament. May it be cool and dry!
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 03, 2016
At the August 2 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, Rotarian Andy Young was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow for having donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Young is owner of Pearl River Glass Studio in Jackson.
 
A Rotarian becomes a Paul Harris Fellow after contributing $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. The Paul Harris Fellow award was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. Shown (from left) Abby Young, daughter of Andy; Andy Young and Joe Harris, club member, who presented Andy with the Paul Harris pin.  We all congratulate Andy on becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jul 27, 2016
Patrick R. Vivier, whose Rotary name is Pat, was 
inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson
at its July 26, 2016 meeting. Pat is the managing
member of the Pat Vivier Financial Group, LLC
located on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.
He and his wife, Suzanne, live in Jackson. Pat was
proposed for membership by Uriel Pineda and spon-
sored by Past President Charles Lindsay. Pat  (left
foreground) is shown in the accompanying photo
with Messrs. Lindsay (second from right in fore-
ground) and Pineda (right foreground). We wel-
come Pat to our club.
 
 
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 29, 2016
At its June 28, 2016 meeting, the Rotary Club of
North Jackson installed its officers and directors 
for the year beginning July 1, 2016. The 2016-
2017 officers and directors are as follow:
 
  • Wyatt Emmerich, president.
  • Witt Ruffin, vice president.
  • Anna Powers, secretary.
  • Greg Campbell, treasurer.
  • Directors: Virginia Carlton (foundation director),
    Uriel Pineda (membership), John Sewell
    (publicity), Russell Turley (administration),
    Steele Dehmer (service projects), Dick Dicker-
    son (permanent Secretary- Treasurer), Tom
    Parry (Past President).
  • Matthew Mounsour, Sergeant at Arms
The 2016-2017 Board of Directors is shown in the
accompanying photo. They are (from the left Rear
Row) Virginia Carlton, Uriel Pineda, Russell Turley,
John Sewell, Steele Dehmer, Dick Dickerson and
(Front Row) Greg Campbell, Wyatt Emmerich,
Witt Ruffin, Anna Powers. We congratulate them
all on their new jobs and thank them for their will-
ingness to serve.
Also shown in another photo, is Tom Parry present-
ing the president's pin on Wyatt Emmerich. A spec-
ial thanks to Tom for his leadership and to Wyatt
for accepting the job as president.
 
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The Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized J.
Clinton Smith, M. D. as "2015-2016 Rotarian of the
Year" at its June 21, 2016 meeting. Dr. Smith is very
active as a Rotarian and in the community. He has
lead North Jackson's Between the Lions and Book
Buddy programs. In the Between the Lions program,
Rotarians read weekly to pre-kindergarten students
at William Walton Elementary school in Jackson. In
the Book Buddy program,  Rotarians adopt Walton
School students and work with them to improve
their reading skills.Dr. Smith (right) is shown in
the accompanying photo with his plaque and with
the club's 2015-2016 President Tom Parry. Con-
gratulations to Clinton and thanks for a job well
done.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 22, 2016
Scott Strickland, Mississippi State University Athletic
Director spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at
its June 21, 2016 meeting. Mr. Strickland discussed
MSU athletics and its athletes and their achievements
on the field and academically, of which he seemed
very pleased. MSU fields intercollegiate teams in 16
sports and has been highly ranked nationally in sev-
eral of them, including making multiple post season
tournaments. Several athletes received achieved individ-
ual recognition for their achievements in their respective
sports. Mr. Strickland  (left) is shown in the accompany-
ing photo with North Jackson 2015-2016 Club President
Tom Parry. We thank Mr. Strickland for his presentation
and wish him good fortune going forward.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 15, 2016
Victor Mason, Sheriff of Hinds County, MS spoke
to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its June
14, 2016, meeting. The subject of his talk was
the actions that he has taken as sheriff since be-
ing sworn into office, including increasing patrols,
strengthening the operations of the County Farm,
restoring the vegetable stand as an operation on
Highway 18 in Raymond, increasing security at the
county courthouse in Jackson, and "beefing up"
the staff of the Sheriff's Department. We thank
him for his very interesting presentation. Sheriff
Mason is shown following his presentation in the
accompanying photo.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 07, 2016
Pct. 4 Officer Meeks was recognized as the Rotary Club of North Jackson's Officer of the Quarter at the Club's June 7, 2016 meeting for his service above and beyond the call of duty. Officer Meeks (2nd from right) is shown in the accompanying photo with Precinct 4 Commander Keith Freeman  (2nd from left), club President Tom Parry 9left), and past president and Officer recognition chair Edley Jones (right). We congratulate Office Meeks for his recognition and thank him for his service to our community.  
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 07, 2016
Wirt Yerger III spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its June 7, 2016 meeting. The subject of his discussion was the Mobile Phone industry, its history, its impact on Mississippi and his personal involvement in the industry. Wirt discussed the wage structure of industry, which is significantly above the mean in both the US and in Mississippi. He also noted that 90% of all Mississippians are mobile phone subscribers, with many of them having eliminated the land lines to their homes. The accompanying photo shows Mr. Yerger with Club President Tom Parry (left) and Club Member Swan Yerger(right). We thank him for his very interesting and enlightening presentation.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jun 07, 2016
At the June 7, 2016 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, Kevin Hughes and Josh Walker were inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Kevin is the owner of Greater Jackson Mortuary  and Josh is an Applications Specialist with Applied Software. Both are shown in the accompanying photo. Josh is on the left in the photo. Kevin is on the right. We welcome them to our club!
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Posted by Bill Osborne on May 30, 2016
On May 31, 2016, approximately 30 North Jackson
Rotarians toured the Nissan automobile plant in Can-
ton Mississippi. It is a highly automated facility that
began operation in 2003, has produced over 14.8 mil-
lion vehicles that are sold domestically and globally,
and employs approximately 6400 people
plus another approximately 2000 that are em-
ployed by its onsite suppliers. The plant has some
1600 robots that operate in the four sub plants.
The robots are used primarily to weld parts together.
The Nissan guides repeatedly emphasized the focus
that the plant has on safety.  The most common in-
juries are repetitive motion ones, but the work as-
signments are changed regularly to prevent this
type of injury. We thank Nissan for the tour and for
the contributions that it has made to Mississippi.
The parting words of the guides were to drive safely
going home and to drive a Nissan. They rang true!
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North Jackson Rotarians Give V ocational Talks Greg Campbell 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
Walton Elementary School Pre-K Holds Awards Program Greg Campbell 2016-05-19 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Bill Osborne on May 03, 2016
Mark McKee, Agent in Charge of the Jackson office of the United
States Secret Service spoke to the rotary club of North Jackson
at its May 3, 2016 meeting.Mr. McKee discussed the history of
the service, the fact that it was formed April 14, 1865 to reduce
counterfeiting of U .S. Currency. The role of protecting dignataries
is a recent occurrence from the 20th century. Mr. McKee was care-
ful to say that he is not authorized to speak to the media on be-
half of the aency, but the Rotary Club Newsletter is not consider-
ed to be a member of the media. Rotary Club Newsletter is not
considered to be media. We thank Mr. McKee for speaking to our
club and for his very interesting presentation . He is shown with
Club President Tom Parry in the accompanying photo.
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Dickie Scruggs Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-04-08 00:00:00Z 0
Arden Barnett Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jjackson. Bill Osborne 2016-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Retired MEMA Executive Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Maybelle Dove Recognized as Rotary Foundation Fellow Bill Osborne 2016-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Pct. 4 Officer Eric Stanton Recognized as Police Officer of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2016-03-18 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 09, 2016
Sean Brewer, who attended Millsaps College in the 1989-1993
period and who was inducted into the College Football Hall of
Fame in 2015 spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its
March 8, 2015 meeting. Mr. Brewer is the only Millsaps player in-
ducted into the Football Hall of Fame. He is now principal of Rosa
Scott Middle School in Madison, MS. He discussed his football
career, his selection and induction into the Hall of Fame and his
career at Rosa Scott, which is a feeder school to Madison Cent-
ral High School. He also bragged on the academic prowess of his
graduates as they qualify to be National Merit Scholars in High
School. Mr. Brewer is shown during his presentation in the accom-
panying photo. We thank him for his presentation to our club and
for his commitment to educating our children.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 09, 2016
North Jackson Rotarian, Witt Ruffin, was recognized as a Paul
Harris Fellow at the March 8, 2015 meeting of the Rotary Club
of North Jackson. Mr. Ruffin is currently the Club's Treasurer. He
will become President Elect effective July 1, 2016. He is shown
in the accompanying photo with Club Members Virginia Carlton
who introduced him as a new Fellow and Joe Harris who present-
ed him with his recognition certificate and pin. Congratulations, Witt!
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Richard Bush, M.D. speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-02-25 00:00:00Z 0
Ray Harrigil speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-02-19 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Bo Scales Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2016-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 21, 2016
The Rotary Club of North Jackson will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast on Saturday January 30th from 8:00a.m. - 10p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church in Fondren. The cost for the “come and go” breakfast is $9.00. Tickets can be purchased from club members or at the door. The club will also be holding its annual blood drive on site. The blood mobile from Mississippi Blood Services will b site. Proceeds from the pancake breakfast will go to local charities. Shown (from left) club members Wilson Hood, Andy White, Clinton Smith and Dick Dickerson. Come and Join us!
 
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 20, 2016
Dan Davis, president of Southern Research Group,
a marketing research and political consulting firm in
Jackson, spoke to The Rotary Club of North Jackson
during its January 19th meeting. Davis told mem-
bers about his many years of performing research
for local, regional, national and international po-
litical campaigns. Much of their business now is
doing marketing research for healthcare organiza-
tions. The Southern Research Group also does re-
search for the gaming industry. Shown (from left)
Mark Green, club member; Davis; and Swan Yerger,
club member.
We thank Mr. Davis for his very interesting pre-
sentation.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 20, 2016
Five members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson were honored during its January 19th meeting for having perfect attendance. Shown (from left) Dick Dickerson, 11 years; Erik Hearon, 37 years; Jim Stanley, 34 years; Charlie Johnson, 22 years and Joe Harris, 43 years. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesday’s at the Country Club of Jackson.

Congratulations to all five of these members for their achievements.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Jan 13, 2016
Club member and entrepreneur, Al Underwood, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its January 12, 2016 meeting. The subjects of his talk were the creation and success of his firms, Shady Al's Sunglasses and Franklin Eyewear. He attributed his success to his tenacity and hard work in finding market niches and filling them. The sunglasses are sold primarily by convenience stores in the Southeast. Franklin eyewear items are sold in pharmacies nationwide. Al discussed the sourcing of his products, and the relationships that he has developed with his suppliers and his customers, both of whom he calls "first generation" Americans. Al is shown in the accompanying photo with Club Member Billy Walton who gave him his first job in his pharmacy. Since working for Billy, Al has not had another boss other than his
customers and he himself.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 30, 2015
Captain Andrew Lake of the Mississippi National Guard spoke to
the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its December 29, 2015, meet-
ing. Captain Lake is Special Victims' Counsel for the Southeast
Region of the United States. His job is to counsel and assist military
victims of sexual abuse. His is a new position, created in November
2015. Captain Lake discussed the Special Victims program of the
Military using  a slide show presentation. He (right) is shown with
club President Tom Parry following his presentation. We thank 
Captain Lake for his very interesting presentation and for his ser-
vice to the military personnel serving our country.
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Dec 11, 2015
The Prep Tones, an a cappella singing group from Jackson Prep, provided entertainment for the Rotary Club of North Jackson’s December 8, 2015 meeting. The group, under the direction of Jamie Ferguson, sang some regular and Christmas songs.
The accompanying photo was taken at their performance. We thank them so very much for the entertainment they provided to our club. It was enjoyed by all in attendance.
 
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Eric R. Bragg Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-12-12 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson Honors Pct. 4 Officer of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2015-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
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Dr. Srinivasan Vijayakumar, M. D. Speaks to Rotary Club of NOrth Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Reimagine Prep Principal Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-11-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Bill Osborne on Oct 14, 2015
The Rotary Club of North Jackson awarded 10 Paul Harris Fellows during its October 13, 2015 meeting. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Shown in the accompaning photo are(from left, standing) Stanley Simpson, Mike Farrell,  Rotary District 6820 Governor Barbara Travis, Dr. Suman Das, Steele Dehmer and Cooper Morrison. (from left, seated) are Joseph Andrew Harris and Matthew Randall Harris who were named by their grandfather Joe Harris, Suzie Baker; Shirley Orlansky, named by her husband Dave Orlansky and Mary Beth Culhane, named by her husband Sean Culhane.  Congratulations to all the awardees.
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2015-2016 District 6820 Governor Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Neddie Winters Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-10-09 00:00:00Z 0
Charles Johnson recognized as a Rotary Foundation Major Donor Bill Osborne 2015-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Teresa Hanna, CEO Center for MS Health Policy Bill Osborne 2015-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Skip Nolan Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-09-24 00:00:00Z 0
Dr. Brad Ingram speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Wyatt Emmerich Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
Joe Harris Honored as North Jackson Rotarian of the Year Bill Osborne 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson Installs 2015-2016 Officers and Directors Bill Osborne 2015-06-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotarian Judy Lyons gives Paul Harris Fellowship to Neighbor Bill Osborne 2015-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Wounded Warrior Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackosn Bill Osborne 2015-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes Pct. 4 Police Officer of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2015-06-10 00:00:00Z 0
New Club Members Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-06-04 00:00:00Z 0
Executives of Womens Fund of MS Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Greg Campbell 2015-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Between the Lions completes its Program Year. Bill Osborne 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Jeff Good Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-05-21 00:00:00Z 0
Club Assembly Bill Osborne 2015-05-14 00:00:00Z 0
Dick Molpus Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-05-08 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes Star Students and Teachers Bill Osborne 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Trace Swartzfager Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-04-30 00:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of North Jackson to Recognize Star Students and Teachers Bill Osborne 2015-04-23 00:00:00Z 0
Trustmark Bank Executives Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Ken Booker & Jim Almas inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
MS Opera Representatives Visit Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-04-10 00:00:00Z 0
Walton School Leaders Visit Rotary Club of North Jackson osbo 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
D.G. presents Presidential Citation to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
C. J. Stewart Speaks to the Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-04-04 00:00:00Z 0
Chapman (Eat JXN) and Alex Eaton (The Manship Restaurant) Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-03-27 00:00:00Z 0
Jason Walton Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-03-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 04, 2015
Perfect Attendance recognized
 
Five Members of The Rotary Club of North Jackson were recognized for their perfect attendance. From left are, Dick Dickerson, 10 years; Charlie Johnson, 21 years; Jim Stanley, 33 years; Erik Hearon 36 years and Joe Harris 42 years. Congratulations to these members and thanks for their loyalty and dedication to Rotary.
Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes Members with Perfect Attendance Bill Osborne 2015-03-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 03, 2015

Officer Maurice Young recognized as Pct. 4 Police Officer of the Quarter

 

Officer Maurice Young was recognized as the Pct. 4 Police Officer of the Quarter by the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its March 3, 2015 meeting. Officer Young is shown at the right with Club Past President Edley Jones in whose term the quarterly recognition program with Precinct 4 was initiated. Officer Young was recognized for pursuing and apprehending two carjackers in November 2014. In addition to the recognition, Offficer young receive a certificate and $200 gift card from McDade's Markets.
 
Our Club congratulates Officer Young on being recognized and expresses its appreciation for a job well done!

 

Rotary Club of North Jackson Recognizes Pct. 4 Police Officer of the Quarter Bill Osborne 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Mar 03, 2015

Dictionary Project Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Mary French, Director of The Dictionary Project spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its March 3, 2015 meeting. Ms. French, from Charleston, SC, described how the project has been successful in improving the literacy of dictionary recipients.
She said that Rotary Clubs have distributed 11 million dictionaries in the United States and Canada and that 200,000 dictionaries have been distributed in Mississippi.She gave an example of how the literacy ranking of South Carolina has improved from 49th or 50th of the states to 42nd since the project was implemented there.
 
Ms. French was introduced by club Past President Don Roberts. She gave credit to Tom Johnson of the Rotary Club of Jackson  for getting the project started in Mississippi. Tom was at the meeting for her presentation.
The Dictionary project was started in 1992 when Annie Plummer, an illiterate, began distributing Dictionaries to third grade students near her home. Mary French became the Founding Director of The Dictionary Project in1995 when she reponded to a letter to the editor in her local newspaper. Since its founding, The Dictionary Project has distributed 24.5 million Dictionaries with nearly 10,000 organizations, including the Rotary Club of North Jackson, sponsoring their own projects. This school year, 2.2.million dictionaries have been distributed.
 
Ms. French is shown on the right during her presentation. We thank her for speaking to our club and for the work that she does with The Dictionary Project.
 
Dictionary Project Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 11, 2015
District 6820 Governor Paul Bucurel visited and spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its February 10, 2015 meeting. Governor Paul, spoke about what is happening in District 6820. He encouraged Rotarians to attend the Joint Conference being held with S. E. Louisiana District 6840 at Beau Rivage in Biloxi April 10 - 12, 2015. He also encouraged Rotaians to support rotary International by becoming multiple Paul Harris Fellows and he discussed a District Grant that is being awarded to the Clean Water for Malawi project that Jackson Rotarian Victor Smith is leading. He said that RI president Gary Huang's home District in Taiwan is donating $10,000 to that project, which will combine with our District's grant to total $130,000. Congratulations to Victor and Clean Water for Malawi on their grant and for the success that they have had saving lives with the clean water.

 

Governor Paul is shown to the right. We thank him for his visit and his encouraging talk.
District 6820 Governor Visits Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-02-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 05, 2015

Steele Dehmer Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson

Steele Dehmer was inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its February 3, 2015 meeting. Steele is show below with his proposer Tom Bowen, Club President  Elect Tom Parry (right), & his father, Madison Ridgeland Rotarian Josh Dehmer (left). Steele is an accountant with Marchetti, Robertson, & Brickell Insurance and Bonding. He and his wife Katherine live in Ridgeland. Steele is a lifelong resident of the Jackson Metro Area and is a graduate of the University of Mississippi. We welcome Steele into our club.
Steele Dehmer Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Feb 05, 2015

Belhaven Head Football Coach Hal Maume Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Belhaven University Head Football coach Hal Maume spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its February 3, 2015 meeting. Mr. Maume is a very experienced football coach who has had head coach positions in the Southeastern Conference at the University of Kentucky and at other schools in outher conferences. He discussed his career, people with whom he has worked and his aims for the Belhaven program. Follwing his presentation, Mr. Maume answered questions from club members. We thank him for speaking to our meeting and wish him a very successful tenure at Belhaven University.

 


 
Hal Maume Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-02-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Osborne on Jan 26, 2015

Dr. James Keeton Named Paul Harris Fellow

James Keeton, M.D., Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs for the University of Mississippi and Dean of the School of Medicine, was named a Paul Harris fellow at the January 27 meeting of the Rotary Club of Jackson by Rotarian Patrick Smith for his humanitarian efforts on behalf of the citizens of Mississippi. A native Mississippian, he graduated with the bachelor of arts from the University of Mississippi in 1961 and a doctor of medicine in 1965 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). Following residencies in general surgery and urology at UMMC, Dr. Keeton spent one year in pediatric urology residency in London, England.

Dr. Keeton served two years in the Medical Corps of the United States Navy at the rank of lieutenant commander. He returned to Mississippi in 1970 where he has since served the state in both academic medicine and private practice. Dr. Keeton is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and certified by the American Board of Urology.
 
Dr Keeton is shown below with Dr. Smith and his Paul Harris Certificate. Wwe congratulate Dr. Keeton on his recognition and express our appreciation to Dr. Smith for making the recognition possible.
Dr. James Keeton Named Paul Harris Fellow Osborne 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0

Maggie Wade Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson

Maggie Wade, News Co-anchor for TV station WLBT spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its January 27, 2015 meeting. She discussed her life and her concerns about orphaned children. She is well known for her work helping orphans find "forever" families. Maggie is a native of Crystal Springs, Mississippi. She attended Hinds County Public Schools and is a graduate of Utica High School.

An Emmy nominated News Anchor, Maggie attended Jackson State University, becoming the 89th member of her family to attend JSU. She transferred her sophomore year to Mississippi College to pursue a career in Corporate Law. But it was at MC she discovered her ability in radio. She worked for the school radio station, WHJT-FM, and later was hired at WJDX-MISS 103 as a radio announcer, marketing researcher and weekend news anchor.

Maggie was hired at WLBT her senior year. Since that time she has worked as weekend weather anchor, news reporter, coordinator and producer of children's programming, and now serves as 4, 4:30, 5, and 10 p.m. news co-anchor and covers stories on education, children's issues and anything else that might pop up.

Maggie received the 2014 Woman of the Year Award from the Mississippi Commission on the Status of Women. She has received more than 500 other awards, including being recognized by the United States Congress in October, 2011 as an Angel In Adoption for her work on Wednesday's Child.  She was nominated by Senator Thad Cochran.  She also received the award in September, 2001, for the segment featuring foster children in the state in need of permanent homes. Through this segment 98% of the children featured have been adopted. That number currently is almost 7,000 children. Maggie was nominated by Congressman Ronnie Shows. Congressman Shows also recognized Maggie's work for children in the state on the floor of Congress.  The National Association of Social Workers, Mississippi Chapter selected Maggie as their Citizen of the Year in March, 2009 for her work with Wednesday's Child.  Most recently Maggie was honored as the 2009 Volunteer of the Year by Tougaloo College.  In October, 2011 Maggie was also appointed to a 3 year term by Governor Haley Barbour to the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service.  Most recently Maggie received the Salvation Army Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012.  She is also a recipient of the Father Donald W. Lloyd Memorial Award presented in August of 2013, in recognition of Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy by the Marie R. Hoerner Foundation. She was also recognized by Catholic Charities for her support in 2012.

Maggie is now a proud member of the Mississippi Association of Public Broadcasters Hall of Fame. She was inducted at a ceremony in April, 2009. She has also received the Top 40 under 40 Business Award from the Mississippi Business Journal , she has been recognized by the Mississippi Junior Chamber of Commerce as an Outstanding Young Mississippian, and she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Mississippi Families for Kids. She has received both the district and state Service to Mankind Award, Outstanding Young Woman in America, Woman of the Year from Alcorn State University, Meritorious Leadership Award from Tougaloo College, and the State NAACP Vernon Dahmer Award for service to children. The NAACP also recognized her work with Wednesday's Child in 1996. She was honored with the Service to Education Award from Jackson State University, Outstanding Career Woman from Jackson Sales and Marketing Executives, and Woman of the Year from the State Martin Luther King, Jr. Committee. She was also honored for Outstanding Community Service by the Jackson Music Awards. Maggie was recognized with the Angel in Adoption Award from Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth for 2003. Maggie was also recognized in 2007 by the Mississippi Nurses Foundation as a Friend of Nursing.  She has hosted the Harmony for Health concert for the group for the last three years.

We thank Maggie for speaking to our club and for all the the good that she has done for the citizens, in particular, the children of Mississippi.

Maggie Wade Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Mike Frazier, Pres. Juco Weekly.org, speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2015-01-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jan 05, 2015

Salvation Army Captain Ken Chapman spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its January 6, 2015 meeting. He discussed the Salvation Army, its 150 year history, and it activities in Jackson. According to Captain Chapman, the Salvation Army has 1.5 million members worldwide. It global headquarters are in London, England and its U. S. headquarters are just outside  Washington D.C. In addition to its familiar red kettles, the Salvation Army has homeless shelters, a thrift store and conducts an annual  Angel Tree campaign. This year, the Angel Tree helped over 4000 children in the Jackson area. Per Captain Chapman, the goal of the Salvation Army is to provide a hand up, not a hand out to its clients. In recent years, the no. of Angel Tree recipients has been reduced from over 8000 due to the needy clients moving into a better economic position. IN partnership with BankPlus, the Jackson Salvation Army has helped 208 families that previously had no bank accounts start savings accounts that now total $1.2 million in value.

Captain Chapman is shown below with Rotarian John Dorsa (on the right) who is a member of his Advisory Board and who introduced him. We thank Captain Chapman for speaking to our club and for what he does for the Jackson  Metro Area.Image

Salvation Army Captain Ken Chapman Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2015-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jan 01, 2015

Jackson attorney, Matthew McLaughlin spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its December 30 meeting about Mississippi's beer laws. Mr. McLaughlin discussed the three tier distribution system that exists in Mississippi and in most of the United States. Those three tiers are the brewer, a distributor and a retailer, each of whom adds a fee. The law prohibits a brewer from selling beer for offsite consumption to visitors to its brewery. They may provide limited  product samples to those visitors, but not sell beer to them. This legislation is severely limiting the craft breweries that are springing up in Mississippi.Mr. McLaughlin is shown below on the right in the photo. Accompanying him is Brandon White, husband of club member Sara White.Image

We thank Mr. McLaughlin for his very interesting presentation.

Matthew McLaughlin Speaks to Rotary Club of north Jackson William Osborne 2015-01-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Dec 15, 2014

The Rotary Club of North Jackson announced that the following Officers and Directors were elected to serve for the 2015-2016 Rotary Year:

Tom Parry, President

Wyatt Emmercich, Vice President

Anna Powers, Secretary

Witt Ruffin, Treasurer

Greg Campbell, Director

Virginia Carlton, Director

Dick Dickerson, Director

Uriel Pineda, Director

Russell Turley, Director

We congratulate all of them and look forward to their leadership. The club thanks all who stood for election.

Rotary Club of North Jackson Announces Election results for 2015-2106 Officers & Directors William Osborne 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Dec 09, 2014

Attorney David Pharr, board member of Alignment Jackson, spoke to The Rotary Club of North Jackson at its December 9 meeting. Alignment Jackson, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to improving student achievement by facilitating a city-wide partnership that supports the Jackson Public Schools' Strategic Plan. Founded by United Way of the Capital Area, City of Jackson, Jackson Public Schools and Greater Jackson Chamber Partnership, Alignment Jackson partners local business with high school students in JPS to teach them their craft to help the student choose a future career path. Shown are from left, Sara White, club member and David Pharr with Alignment Jackson. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesday’s at St. James Episcopal Church in Jackson.Image

Attorney David Pharr Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Dec 09, 2014

Two members of The Rotary Club of North Jackson were named  Paul Harris Fellows at its December 9 meeting byThe Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. A Paul Harris Fellow is awarded after the person contributes $1,000.00 to The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation uses generous donations to fund projects by Rotarians and their partners in communities around the world. As a nonprofit, all of the Foundation's funding comes from voluntary contributions made by Rotarians and friends who share our vision of a better world. Shown are from left, Jeff Bonner and Greg Campbell. The Rotary Club of North Jackson meets at noon on Tuesday’s at St. James Episcopal Church.Image

Rotary Club of North Jackson recognize two Paul Harris Fellows. William Osborne 2014-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Dec 03, 2014

Cory Wilson, Sr. Adviser and Counsel to Mississippi Treasurer Lynn Fitch, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its December 2 meeting. Wilson is in the center of the following photo. He is flanked by Club President Sean Culhane and Director Sara White. We thank Mr. Wilson for his presentation.Image

Cory Wilson Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Dec 03, 2014

 Jackson Police Precinct four Officer Kimberly Mosley, Center, receives the Rotary Club of North Jackson Officer of the Quarter Award. Officer Mosley received the 4th quarter award for her actions in the investigation and arrest of an armed robbery  suspect. The suspect robbed a store owner making a bank deposit. Shown are from left, Lt. Keith Feeman, day shift commander for the 4thprecinct; Edley Jones III, club member; Officer Mosley; James McGowan, precinct four commander and Lt. Fred Nelson Jr. night commander of precinct four.Image

Rotary Club of North Jackson recognizes Pct. 4 Officer of the Quarter William Osborne 2014-12-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Nov 25, 2014

Chris Burkett, Executive Director of Big Brothers & Big Sisters (BBBS) of Mississippi spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its November 25, 2014 meeting. Mr. Collins is a native of Collins, MS, a graduate of Jackson State University and a retired National Football League player.BBBS provides mentors to at risk boys and girls to help them make good life decisions. Mr. Burkett said that absent those posivitve mentors, children will likely make poor life choices  and go down bad paths. He was accompanied by BBBS Program Specialists Monica Joiner and Cheryl Walker. Mr. Burkett is shown below during his presentation.ImageWe thank Mr. Burkett, Ms. Joiner, & Ms. Walker for coming to our meeting and we wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Holiday Season.

Big Brothers & Big Sisters of MS Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Nov 25, 2014

At its November 25, 2014 meeting, the Rotary Club of North Jackson presented Paul Harris Fellow certificates and Pins to Petra Chapman, Henry Cooper and Ray Shaw who are our weekly hosts at St. James Episcopal Church.  Ms. Chapman prepares what is generally acknowledged to be the best Rotary meal in Distict 6820. Messrs. Cooper and Shaw are the gentlemen who help pull off our weekly meetings assuring that all is set up and in place. Ms. Chapman & Messrs. Cooper and Shaw are shown below with their presenters, club members  Joe Myers,Charles Johnson, & Jim StanleyImage

Our club sincerely thanks them for their excellent service and hospitality and wishes them a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Paul Harris Fellows Awarded to St. James' Hosts William Osborne 2014-11-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Nov 17, 2014

The Nominating Committee of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, consisting of the Past Presidents of our club, in accordance with the club’s bylaws, has prepared the following list of candidates, nominated to stand for election for the following positions as follows for the 2015-2016 Club Year:

President:  Tom Parry

Vice President:  Wyatt Emmerich

Secretary:  Anna Powers

Treasurer:  Witt Ruffin

Director Candidates:

Tyler Ball

Suzie Baker

Brad Benton

Greg Campbell

Virginia Carlton

Dick Dickerson

Judy Lyons

Uriel Pineda 

Russell Turley

Clinton Smith

Nominating Committee Lists Nominees for 2015-16 Officers for the Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Nov 17, 2014

Dr. Stuart Rokoff, Executive Director, Mississippi Humanities Council spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its November 18 meeting. He spoke of the Council's mission, funding and programs. The title of his talk was "Humanities are for Everyone." Dr. Rockoff received his Bachelors degree from Wesleyan College and his Masters and PhD from the University of Texas at Austin. He is shown below during his presentation.Image

MS Humanities Council Executive Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-11-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Nov 10, 2014

Lee Thigpen, Executive Director of Mission First, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at it November 11 meeting. Mission First is an approximately 15 year old outreach of the First Baptist Church of Jackson. Mr. Thigpen is also Director of Community Missions for First Baptist Church.  MIssion First focuses its efforts on the West Park Area of Jackson. West Park is bounded on the north by Capitol Street and the south by Robinson St. It extends from the intersection of Capitol & Robinson to Ellis Avenue on the West. In the year before Mission First was formed, there were 7 murders in the area. Since its formation, there has been one murder in 12 years. Mission First offers medical, dental and legal aid services to low income residents. In addition it offers after school and vacation activities for students. It has also renovated numerous houses in the area helping to restore it to a viable community. Lee is shown below during his presentation. We sincerely appreciate his coming to our club and the ministry of Mission First.Image

Lee Thigpen, Executive Director of Mission First, Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Nov 10, 2014

At the November 11, Veterans' Day meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, Club member, Past President and Past District Governor, Col. (Ret.) Jim Stanley read the World War I poem "In Flanders Field" written May 8,1915 by Lt. C. John McCrae honor of our Veterans. Lt. C.McCrae was a Canadian physician and poet. He wrote the poem after presiding at the funeral of a fallen comrade. The club recognized its veterans at the meeting. We are fortunate that so many people have made sacrifices to help us preserve our freedom. Col Stanley is shown below reading the poem.Image

Jim Stanley Reads "In Flanders Fields" William Osborne 2014-11-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Nov 03, 2014

Beth Orlansky and Whitney Barkley, attorneys for the Mississippi Center for Justice (MCJ) spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's November 4, 2014 meeting. Ms. Orlansky spoke on the History and Mission  of the Mississippi Center for Justice and Ms. Barkley spoke on the MCJ's work regarding predatory practices of for profit colleges. According to Ms. Barkley, most people can name one or more for profit colleges. She said that their tuition can run up to 6 times that of not for profit institutions with the same course offerings. She showed a slide that shows that less than 50% of those colleges' revenue goes for educationally related expenses and that marketing represents 19% of their revenue with profit running 37% of revenue. Ms. Orlansky and Ms. Barkley are show below during their respective presentations. We thank them for their very interesting and informative presentations.

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Ms. Center for Justice Attorneys Speak to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-11-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 29, 2014

The annual Holiday Party of the Rotary Club of North Jackson is scheduled for Thursday, December 18 at the Ridgeland home of Seymour and Maggie Pooley. The hours for the event are 6:30 - 10:00 according to Club Vice President and President Elect Tom Parry. Members are encouraged to register themselves and their guests in advance. Online registration is enabled for members via the Club's website. Members must be logged in to the website to use online registration. Event details are also available on the club's website. The address of that website is www.northjacksonrotary.org.

Rotary Club of North Jackson schedules 2014 Holiday Party William Osborne 2014-10-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 27, 2014

Valerie Linn, Executive Director, Magnolia Speech School, Jackson spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its October 28 meeting. MS Linn discussed the school, its history and its mission assisting the hearing impaired children of Mississippi. The goal of the school is to have all of its students hearing via either cochlear implants or hearing aids or both so that they can participate in traditional educational programs. The school prefers to have their students hearing than using sign language. She said that  all children born in Mississippi are tested for hearing impairment shortly after birth. The school likes to begin working with parents shortly after diagnosis. Ms. Linn was accompanied by Mitzi Williams, an assistant teacher at Magnolia and Ms. Williams' daughter, Laney. Both Ms. Williams and Laney are hearing impaired and have benefited from cochlear implants. Laney has an operation scheduled for late November to install a second implant. Ms. Linn, Ms. Williams and Laney are shown in the pictures below.

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Rotarian Witt Ruffin is shown at the table in the photo with Ms. Williams and Laney at the podium. Ms. Williams discussed the significance of Magnolia Speech School assisting her and her children in developing the ability to hear. Ms. Williams has three older children who have successfully transitioned to traditional schools. We thank the Williams and Ms. Linn for their very interesting and informative presentation. Magnolia will be holding its 20th annual draw down fund raiser Thursday, November 20 at the Country Club of Jackson from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Rotarians are encouraged to attend to support the school.

Magnolia Speech School Executive Director Speaks to the Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-10-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 23, 2014

Wilbur Logan, Executive Director of the Billy Brumfield House in Jackson spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its October 21 meeting. Mr. Logan described his journey from client to Executive Director of this men's shelter. He also discussed the pending closure of the shelter because of budget problems at its parent organization, Stewpot Ministries, due to the loss of a funding grant. Unless additional funding is secured, the shelter is scheduled to close on November 15, 2014. Per Mr. Logan, it costs about $11,000 per month to operate Billy Brumfield house. Please note that the Rotary Club of North Jackson provides evening meals to the Billyl Brumfiled House every month.

Mr. Logan is shown below during his presentation.Image

Billy Brumfield House Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-10-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 15, 2014

The Rotary Club of North Jackson's Fall Fling originally scheduled for Monday, October 13, was postponed until Monday, October 27. The event is still being held at Fondren Public on Old Canton Road. Online registration for members and their guests is available on the club website. Members must sign in to the website to use the online registration. The event will begin at 6:30 pm. Details are on the website.

Fall Fling Postponed by Inclement Weather William Osborne 2014-10-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 14, 2014

Dr. Darrin Webb, MS State Economist spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its October 14, 2014 meeting. The subjects of Dr. Webb's presentation were the national and MS economies, their recent history, current status, and near term expectations. Dr. Webb said that the recovery from the 2008-2009 recession has been slower than is normally experienced following recessions. The expectation is that the economies will recover at between 2 & 3% annually in 2015 & 2016. Per Dr. Webb, this slow recovery rate is typical of financially caused recessions compared with supply-demand caused recessions. Dr. Webb is shown below with his National and State GDP slides. We thank Dr. Webb for is very interesting and informative presentation.ImageImageImage

MS State Economist Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 07, 2014

Steve Jents, Tournament Director of the Sanderson Farms Championship PGA Tournament, which will be held at the Country Club of Jackson November 3 - 9, 2014, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its October 7 meeting. He discussed the field that is expected to participate in the tournament, the $12 Million economic impact for the Jackson Metro Area and the benefits of the relocation to the Country Club of Jackson in addition to its new early November date. We sincerely appreciate Mr. Jents coming to our meeting and for making his presentation. We wish him and Sanderson Farms great success  with this year's tournament. Mr. Jents is shown below during his presentation.

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Sanderson Farms PGA Classic Tournament Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-10-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 01, 2014

Dennis Watts, Ph.D., Associate Provost, Belhaven University, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 30 meeting about Belhaven's new Nursing program (Fall 2014) and the need for nurses in Mississippi. According to Dr. Watts, the State of Mississippi expects to need 390 new nurses annually. Belhaven's new program will help meet that need by graduating B.S. Nurses and providing an online program by which Registered Nurses with associate degrees can obtain B.S. degrees. The State has a goal of having 80% of its nurses having B.S. degrees. Currently, B.S. Degree nurses account for 31.4% of the state's nurses. Dr. Watts is shown below with club member & Past President Kevin Russell and Club President Sean Culhane. We thank Dr. Watts for his presentation and for the commitment that Belhaven University has made to the State of Mississippi.Image

Dr. Dennis Watts Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Oct 01, 2014

James McGowan, Commander of JPD's Pct. 4 was recognized for his dedication, commitment and and accomplishments for the citizens of the City of Jackson at the Rotary Club of North Jackson's September 30 meeting. Commander McGowan was accompanied by several of JPD Chief Lee Vance's command staff at the meeting. Commander McGowan is an active member of the Jackson community with many outside interests. including being a Boy Scout Scoutmaster as well as a regular participant in the Eagle Scout Boards of Review for the Andrew Jackson Council. Commander McGowan (2nd. from right) is shown below during the presentation of his award along with Club President Sean Culhane (extreme right), Past President Edley Jones (extreme left), and club member Virginia Carlton(2nd from left). Thank you commander McGowan for all that you do!Image

JPD Pct. 4 Commander Receives Paul Harris Fellowship Award William Osborne 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Sep 25, 2014

Ms. Felicia Field Assistant E.D. of St. Catherine's Village in Madison, MS spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 23, 2014 meeting. Ms. Field spoke about retirement housing and the stages involved from independent living to fully assisted living. She is a graduate of Alcorn University and has a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Texas. She is a doctoral candidate from that same school in Healthcare Administration. Ms. Field is shown below during her presentation.

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Felicia Field of St. Catherines Village Addresses Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-09-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Sep 16, 2014

JPD Pct. 4 Officer Matthew McGee was recognized for his exemplary work by the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 16 meeting. Officer McGee was accompanied by his wife, Ebony, and Pct. 4 Commander James McGowan. Officer McGee is shown below with Past President Edeley Jones during his recognition ceremony. He was recognized for his work arresting house burglary suspects. Well done, Officer McGee! We appreciate your efforts to make Jackson a better place to live and work.Image

JPD Pct. 4 Officer Matthew McGee recognized by Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Sep 16, 2014

David Pursell, owner of the US Lawns Franchise in Jackson, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 16 meeting. The subject of Mr. Pursell's talk was selecting employees. He discussed the test that he uses to assess potential employees and their fitness for the work that he expects them to do. He said that anyone who manages a business, either of their own or for someone else, generally has employees in that business and that those employees dictate that leader's success. Mr. Pursell gave the example of an assessment that his friend and North Jackson member, Nathan McLarty completed. He discussed how the assessment that Nathan completed described him as a perfect match Nathan's profession. We thank Mr. Pursell for his presentation. He is shown below during his talk.Image

David Pursell, Owner U.S. Lawns Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-09-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Sep 11, 2014

At its September 9 meeting, the Rotary Club of North Jackson inducted Professional Engineer William C. "Bill" Randolph into membership. Mr. Randolph is shown below with his proposer Julian Carroll and his sponsor Past President Bob Ridgway. We welcome Bill into our club and into the Rotary International family.Image

William C. Randolph Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Sep 11, 2014

Dr. Charles H. Beady, Jr., C.E.O. of the Mississippi Food Network spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 9 meeting. Dr. Beady discussed how he was destined for this job by his training, his experience, and the location of the Food Network on Beatty St. in Jackson, with Beatty pronounced the same as his name. Dr. Beady discussed the role of the Food Network in distributing some 19 million pounds of food annually to nonprofit organizations assisting the needy in our society. Dr. Beady is shown below during his presentation.Image

MS Food Nework CEO Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-09-12 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Sep 03, 2014

Francine Thomas Reynolds, Artistic Director for New Stage Theatre, Mississippi's only professional theatre spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its September 2, 2014 meeting. MS. Reynolds is a Michigan native. The topic of her presentation was the cultural impact of New Stage, which offers educational activities in the form of camps and touring shows for elementary, middle and high school students in addition to its more widely known main stage presentations. Ms. Reynolds is shown below,  during her presentation.

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FRANCINE REYNOLDS has worked as a professional actress and director for more than 23 years. She has been the artistic director at New Stage Theatre since 2006. Last season she directed The Great Gatsby, Mahalia: A Gospel Musical and Hairspray. This season she has directed The Grapes of Wrath. She directed Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which received the 2009 Best Play Award from the Jackson Free Press, Boeing Boeing and Breaking Up is Hard to Do.  She has recently appeared as Polly in Other Desert Cities, Lucille in Dividing the Estate and as Edna Earle in Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart. She has directed a variety of shows including Lombardi, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, A Soldier's Play, Sherlock Holmes: The Final Adventure, A Christmas Carol, Gee's Bend, A Raisin in the Sun and I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Reynolds has enjoyed adjudicating and serving as commentator for the Mississippi High School Drama Festivals, Poetry Outloud, Southeastern Theatre Conference auditions and Mississippi's English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition. She recently was selected for the Mississippi Leadership Class of 2014. Before becoming artistic director, Reynolds worked as a locations casting director on several films and commercials shot in Mississippi. She cast Ballast, which won directing and cinematography awards at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. Originally from the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Reynolds enjoys living in Jackson with her husband, Chuck.

Francine Reyonlds Speaks to the Rotary Club of North Jackso William Osborne 2014-09-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Aug 25, 2014

Dr. Billy Morehead, Associate Professor of Accounting at Mississippi College spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's August 26 meeting. The subject of his talk was the financial condition of the United States of America. He distributed copies of "A Citizen's Guide to the Fiscal Year 2013 Financial Report of the United States Government" which is prepared by the Treasury Department of the U.S. and used the data contained in it as the basis for his presentation. Dr. Morehead said that the US does not have a "clean" financial report primarily because the Defense Department does not have good records for its assets. Other departments have "clean" reports. Records are kept according to GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles). Dr. Morehead is shown in the following photo.

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Dr. Billy Morehead Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-08-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Aug 18, 2014

Republican pundit, prognosticator and local attorney Andy Taggart spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson
at its August 19 meeting. The subject of his presentation was the outlook for the 2014 Congressional elections
and the 2016 Presidential election. He avoided the recent contentious Republican Primaries in Mississippi. Mr.
Taggart stated that as a prognosticator his 2012 record was not good. He fearlessly forecast that the Romney-
Ryan ticket would win, but they did not. He recounted that his forecast for 2008 had been essentially "spot-on,"
with a forecast that Candidate Obama would win by 200 electoral college votes. Except for a narrow Republican
victory in North Carolina,  the difference would have been 200 electoral votes.


Mr. Taggart said that the Republicans need a net gain of 6 Senatorial seats in the fall of 2014 and that while
quite possible and maybe even likely, the "ball is in the air", given the past voting records of the states, the
respective candidates and the national perspective. He said that he does expect the Republicans to continue 
to
control the U. S. House of Representatives and maybe even expand their majority.

With respect to the 2016 Presidential election, he made no forecast except to say that it will be tight. He
 expects that Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic Candidate, but that the Republican Candidate's identity
is "up i the air", with the outcome depending on how badly the Republicans beat up each other in the
primaries and in the intra-party debates. We thank  Mr. Taggart for his time and his insight..He is shown below
during his presentation.

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Andy Taggart Addresses Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Aug 18, 2014

Former Sudanese Lost Boy, current Jackson resident, and Rotary Peace Fellow Bul Mabil,. was presented a certificate and pin as a Paul Harris Fellow
at the Rotary Club of North Jackson's August 19 meeting. Mr. Mabil will depart for the the UK where he will begin his Peace Fellow studies on August
31. He will be accompanied by his wife and children. The Peace Fellow program lasts 15 months. Mr. Mabil was one of 50 Peace fellows selected in
a global competition. The Rotary Club of North Jackson nominated him for the fellowship. When the program is completed, he expects to utilize what
he learned in advancing global conflict resolution. Mr. Mabil is shown in the photo below with club members & Past Presidents Jim Stanley and Dick
Dickerson who presented him with his certificate 
and pin.

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Bul Mabil Honored as a Paul Harris Fellow William Osborne 2014-08-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Bill Osborne on Aug 13, 2014

Josh Brooks, the Athletic Director at Millsaps College spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its August 12 meeting. Mr. Brooks is a native of Hammond. LA. He received a Bachelors Degree from Louisiana State University and a Masters Degree from the University of Georgia. His initial career ambition was to be a football coach. He initially pursued that goal at LSU where he was a an equipment manager and an undergraduate assistant coach. Following graduation from LSU, Mr. Brooks migrated to the University of Louisiana, Monroe (ULM), where he was a graduate assistant coach. From ULM, Mr. Brooks migrated to the University of Georgia where he became an Assistant Athletic Director. In 2014 he moved to Millsaps as Athletic Director.

In his presentation, Mr. Brooks described the steps that he has taken in pursuing his career path and his goals for Millsaps Athletic Department. He sees his primary function as supporting student athletes. In addition, he want to expand the role that Millsaps plays in the community and the City of Jackson. In his career, Mr. Brooks has had the pleasure of being "chewed out" by Alabama head football coach Nick Saban when he was at LSU, plus having the opportunity to interview several times to be on the staff  of Florida State University head football coach JImbo Fisher.

The club is fortunate to have Mr. Brooks speak to it and expresses its appreciation for his time and his presentation. Image

Millsaps College Athletic Director Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson Bill Osborne 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Aug 05, 2014

Jackson Zoo Executive Director Beth Poff spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its August 5 meeting. Ms. Poff discussed the status of the Zoo with respect to its accreditation and its effort to work with the City of Jackson to restore its West Capitol St. neighborhood. The zoo was recently reaccredited by the American Zoo Association. It is also working with the City of Jackson to get the derelict properties along W. Capitol St. cleaned up and improved. Ms. Poff was clear that the zoo is a total family experience and she invited each member of the club to visit.She was accompanied by Joshua Friedel, Director of Major Gifts and Annual Fund, who discussed ways that the members can assist the zoo financially. We thank Ms. Poff and Mr. Fridler for their time and their comments. Both are shown below in the accompanying images.

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Jackson Zoo Executive Director Addresses Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-08-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Aug 03, 2014

Rotarian Ford Mosby was inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its July 29, 2014 meeting. He was proposed for membership by immediate Past President Mike Dawkins and endorsed by Past President Kevin Russell.  He is shown below with his proposer and endorser at the July 29 meeting. Ford is a  Bond Manager with Ross and Yerger Insurance, Inc. in Jackson.He and his wife Glynda live in Ridgeland. Ford is a lifelong resident of the Jackson Metro Area and is a graduate of Vanderbilt University. We are delighted to welcome Ford into the club.

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Ford Mosby Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-08-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jul 30, 2014

     Ms. Jacqueline Dace, Project Manager for the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson about the two museums under construction in downtown Jackson at the Club's July 29, 2014 meeting. The two museums are the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History. They will share a common entry and are expected to open in the Fall of 2017. Ms. Dace is a southern Illinois native with extensive museum experience and Mississippi roots. In fact, her mother's family just celebrated its 88th family reunion in Mississippi. Ms. Dace's primary subject was the Civil Rights Museum for which she is responsible. The Civil Rights Museum will trace Civil Rights for the past 10,000 years, but its primary focus will be the turbulent times from the 1940s through the 1960s. It will be a multimedia interpretive museum with recording from many of the actual participants in the Civil Rights struggle.

     Ms. Dace is shown below during her presentation. The slide on the wall behind her is of the entry area to the two museums. The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum is on the left side of the slide and the Museum of Mississippi History is on the right. The red arrow is the common entry for the two museums. We thank Ms. Dace for her presentation and look forward to the opening of the museums.

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MS Dept. of Archives & History Civil Rights Museum Project Manager Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-07-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jul 22, 2014

At the July 22, 2014 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, Club President Elect Tom Parry  spoke about his June 2014 trip to Australia and New Zealand to attend the Rotary International Convention.. We sincerely appreciate Tom and his wife, Betty, going to the convention on behalf of our club and look forward to his presidency in 2015-2016. Tom and his wife Betty are shown in the photo below during the presentation, which included photos of both New Zealand and Australia. Thanks again, Betty and Tom!Image

President Eleact Tom Parry speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-07-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jul 15, 2014

Attorney Tommie Cardin, chair of the MS Charter School Authorizer Board spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its July 15 meeting. The topic of his presentation was Mississippi Charter Schools. He described the process for getting a charter school in MS and the likely school in the City of Jackson.

Tommie Cardin speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-07-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jul 02, 2014

The July 2014 issue of the Northside Sun Magazine features a story on North Jackson Rotarian Jay Cooke and his wife Martha for their service to the City of Jackson. The  couple is shown below in a picture from the article.The picture is used with the permission of the Northside Sun. We congratulate Martha and Jay on the recognition for their service and join in expressing our gratitude for all that they do for our community.

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Rotarian Jay Cooke recognized for his service to Jackson William Osborne 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jul 02, 2014

At its July 1, 2014 meeting, the Rotary Club installed its 2014 -2015 Officers and Directors and thanked its 2013-2014 ones. The new Officers are:

  • President - Sean Culhane
  • Vice president/President Elect - Tom Parry
  • Secretary - Wyatt Emmerich
  • Treasurer - Anna Powers
  • Director of Administration - Luther Munford
  • Director of Public Relations - Greg Campbell
  • Director of Service Projects - Jeff Adcock
  • Foundation Director - Virginia Carlton
  • Membership Director - Andy White
  • Sergeant at Arms - Marisa Davidson

The club members congratulate them on their new jobs and thank them for their willingness to serve. Now Past President Mike Dawkins and 2014-2015 President Sean Culhane are shown below at the meeting. Past President Mike was presented with a plaque and a "Past President's pin for his service to the Club.

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Rotary Club of North Jackson Installs 2014-2015 Officers and Directors William Osborne 2014-07-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jun 24, 2014

Sandra Shelson, Executive Director of the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its June 24 meeting. He topic was how the partnership is working to improve the health of Nississippi Citizens i through efforts to reduce tobacco abuse and reducing obesity. Ms. Shelson is shown below during her presentation.Image

Partnership for a Healty Mississippi EX. Dir. Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jun 24, 2014

Rotary Club of North Jackson announced to the club at its June 24 meeting that the club's July 8 meeting has been canceled so that members can attend a special noon meeting of the Rotary Club of Jackson on July 11 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum recognizing that Club's 100th anniversary. Rotary International 2014-2015 President Gary C. K. Huang will be in Jackson for that meeting.

In addition to the meeting on July 11, there will be a celebration Gala at the Country Club of Jackson beginning at 6 PM on July 12.. President Gary will also attend that celebration.District 6820 Rotarians are invited to attend the Gala. Cost of the event is $50.00 per person. Reservations must be made by July 10.
 

Rotary Club of North Jackson July 8 Meeting Cancelled William Osborne 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jun 24, 2014

The Rotary Club of North Jackson recognized Jackson Police Department Precinct 4 Officer Danny Elam for his exemplary service at it June 24 meeting. Officer Elam assisted a gas station/convenience store in north Jackson on his own time by getting a fire extinguished and stopping a theft. Officer Elam is shown below at the meeting along with past president Edley Jones who presented the award.Image

JPD Precinct 4 Officer Danny Elam recognized by the Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jun 24, 2014

At the Rotary Club of North Jackson's June 24 meeting, club members Joe Harris and Dick Dickerson were recognized for their "efforts to serve humanity and work towards world understanding and peace through Rotary Foundation programs." The recognition consists of a certificate. Joe and Dick are shown receiving their certificates presented by club President Mike Dawkins in the following photo. Image

Club Members Joe Haris and Dick Dickerson receive District Service Award William Osborne 2014-06-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jun 18, 2014

At its June 17 meeting, the members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson heard vocational talks by new members Corey Aiken, Dustin Blount and Suman Das.

Corey Aiken is married to club member Robert Aiken and is the granddaughter of member, Former President and Former District Governor Jim Stanley, She is an attorney with the Mississippi Insurance Commission and is a graduate of both the University of Mississippi and the University of Mississippi School of Law School.

Dustin Blount is a native of Monroe, LA and attended MS College. He is a financial planner with Northwestern Mutual.

Suman Das is a Plastic Surgeon in the Jackson Metro Area. He was born and raised in Calcutta, India and was graduated from Medical School in Calcutta. He interned in India and did residencies in England, Canada and Australia. He served on the faculty of UMMC before starting his own practice.

We are honored to have these three as new members of the club. Photos of them during their presentations follow.

 

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Club Members Corey Aiken, Dustin Blount & Suman Das present vocational talks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jun 18, 2014

Former Club President Dick Dickerson told the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its June 17 meeting that Mr. Mabil needs an additional $20,000 so that he can take his family to spend his Peace Fellowship term with him in the UK. Our club has pledged $2,250 from its funds for this purpose. Members are encouraged to send their tax deductible contribution to the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi, PO Box 23107, Jackson 39225 by June 20, 2014. The funds will be transferred to our club's Peace Fellow trust account and administered by the club. Thanks to all for all that you do.

By Anthony Warren. Used with the permission of the "Northside Sun".

There are few people who understand the ravages of war like Bul Mabil.Image

Mabil, who has been named a 2014 Rotary Peace Fellow, will spend a year and three months in Great Britain studyihg peace and conflict resolution.

He already understands war. Mabil, at five, fled his village in South Sudan following the outbreak of civil conflict.

He and other boys walked to Ethopia, where they were again uprooted in 1990 when civil war broke out in that country.

Mabil, who now lives in Northeast Jackson with his wife Apajok and their two children, wants to use what he learns as a Peace Fellow to serve people who have experienced the horrors that he experienced as a young man.

"I hope to one day work for the U.N. (United Nations), USAID (the U.S. Agency for International Development) or the State Department, or an international organization that will allow me to contribute to the cause of peace," he said.

After fleeing Ethiopia, Mabil, 31, ended up in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in North Kenya. He finished his primary education in one of the camp's U.N.-sponsored schools, and made it to the second year of high school, when he was brought to the United States.

Life in the camp was hard. "It wasn't a fun place to be. Many of us were without parents. There were a lot of boys who were led by teenagers. Because of the situation, we had to mature to the level where we could take care of each other," he said.

The U.N. provided the boys with materials to build their huts, but they didn't provide protection from the local population. "Some of the local people would come and steal, and shoot at you," he said.

Mabil was the equivalent of a high school senior when he "grudgingly" came to the United States. He explained why he grudgingly" came to the states in his fellowship application. "I was not so sure of the life I was going to have. I opted to come to the U.S. because of the conviction that neither the refugee camp nor Sudan was going to offer me much of the future I was anticipating," he wrote. "I decided to leave ... to get out of the conditions in Kakuma where insecurity was commonplace."

He also didn't want to be conscripted to fight in the Sudanese conflict like his brother had been in 1995. Mabil came to the states through a resettlement program sponsored by the U.N. and U.S. Department of State in 2000. From there, he was placed with Catholic Charities' Unaccompanied Minor Program in Jackson. He was 17 at the time.

In all, about 80 boys were brought to Jackson. Today, a large group of Sudanese natives attend St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Jackson.

Mabil has been in Mississippi ever since, except for a short time when he moved to Jacksonville, Fla., for his education. Originally, he was expected to attend Jackson Public Schools, but the district wanted to put the boys in ninth grade. That's despite the fact that Mabil was really a high school senior.

He went to Jacksonville, where he could go to school and work. He wanted a job so he could send money back home to his family. At the time, his mother and three sisters were still living in South Sudan.

With the help of "Kathy Gray, the wife of Bishop Duncan Gray" and Catholic Charities, Mabil came back to Jackson and was recognized as a high school senior.

"Since I've come to this country, I've worked hard to support my family and those in need,' he said. "I was brought here to make a difference in my life and the lives of others."

Mabil still helps to support his family. He sends half of his salary home to help his mother, Martha, rent a house in Nairobi. She lives with her 11-year-old nephew, Jama, and her five grandchildren. His sister Rachel works in South Sudan to help support her children, and his sister Debora has been relocated to Australia. She is now working on the paperwork to have Martha relocated there as well. Mabil's oldest sister, Rebecca, passed away in 2004. And his brother William is still in the army.

"I communicate a lot with them. Any time my mother wants to talk to me," he said, adding that he has an international calling card to call overseas.

After high school, Mabil attended Millsaps College, where he earned his undergraduate degree in political science in May 2006. He worked through college, as a laboratory aide at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

From 2006 to 2009, he worked as a case manager for Lutheran-Episcopal Services in Long Beach, Miss., and as a senior operations management analyst for the Mississippi State Department of Health in Jackson from 2009 to 2011. Since then, he's been a principal transit specialist for the Mississippi Department of Transportation, according to a copy of Mabil's resume.

Mabil graduated from Belhaven University with a master of public administration in 2013. North Jackson Rotary Club member Dick Dickerson was introduced to Mabillast summer, after asking a churchgoer if he knew of anyone interested in becoming a scholar. The churchgoer, Greg Miller, worked with the Sudanese community in Jackson. As it turned out, Dickerson, Miller, and Mabil, all attended the same church.

"I'd seen him, but I'd never met him," Dickerson said. Dickerson did know the story of the Lost Boys, and thought one of them would be a good match for the peace fellowship program.

"I was aware of the issues in South Sudan, and it dawned on me that (one of them) would be a good match. They could study, go somewhere and make a difference," he said.

To be nominated, individuals have to be endorsed by a local Rotary Club, and then they have to go through an interview with a district selection committee. From there, nominees from each district are submitted to The Rotary Foundation, Dickerson said.

Mabil began the application process last June, and was notified in November than he had been one of the 50 applicants accepted. He was in the middle of an MOOT staff meeting when Dickerson contacted him with the good news.

"It is very exciting to be accepted in a worldwide competition," Mabil said.

Mabil and his family will travel to England in August, and he will begin classes at the University of Bradford in September. His family is arriving a month early so they can find a house and his children can be enrolled in school.

Regardless of what happens, he will always have the war in Sudan, and his experiences in Ethiopia and Kenya on the back of his mind .. You remember what you left behind," he said. 'And it gives you the courage to succeed and make a difference."

 
 
 
Bul Mabil one of 50 people in the world chosen for Rotary Fellowship William Osborne 2014-06-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Jun 12, 2014

At the June 10 meeting of the Rotary Club of North Jackson, club members Luke Billman and Russell Turley discussed their vocations. Billman is a Batesville, IN native who came to Jackson with Batesville Casket Company. He has since migrated to the mortgage banking field and on June 9, 2014 joined Advance Mortgage, headquartered in Overland Park, KS, to open an office for that firm in the Jackson Metro Area. Russell Turley, is a banker with Community Bank of Mississippi in Jackson. He is a native of Birmingham, AL who attended, and was graduated from, Millsaps College.

We are privileged to have these two as members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson.

Vocational Talks at June 10, Rotary Club of North Jackson Meeting William Osborne 2014-06-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on May 22, 2014

Dorsey Carson was inducted into the Rotary Club of North Jackson at the club's May 20, 2014 meeting. Below is a photo of Dorsey along with his proposer, Al Underwood, his sponsor, Past President Charles Johnson, and Club Secretary Wyatt Emmerich who conducted the induction. We all welcome Dorsey to the club.Image

Dorsey Carson Inducted into Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on May 22, 2014

At the May 20, 2014, the Rotary Club of North Jackson heard vocational talks by new members Nathan McLarty, Bret Baxter, and Steve Olansky. The membes enjoyed hearing about the careers and the lives of these members. Picures of each speaker are shown below.Image

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New Member Vocational Talks William Osborne 2014-05-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on May 06, 2014

Sue Lobrano, Executive Director, International Ballet Competition, spoke to the Rotary Club of North Jackson at its May 6, 2014 meeting. Ms. Lobrano discussed the history of the IBC and its impact on the Jackson Metropolitan Area. Per Ms.Lobrano, in 2010, the IBC brought $10 million of new spending to the Metro area in addition to giving deserving dancers the opportunity to demonstrate their skills. The next competition will be June 14 - 29, 2014 in Jackson. Rotary Club members are encouraged to volunteer to assist the IBC during the competition. The field of competitors has been selected. It represents 24 countries.. Ms. Lobrano is shown during her presentation.Image

Sue Lobrano Speaks to Rotary Club of North Jackson William Osborne 2014-05-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Apr 30, 2014

The Rotary Club of North Jackson will hold its annual Club Assembly on Tuesday, May 13 at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral at 305 E. Capitol St. in downtown Jackson. The event will begin at 6:00 PM. St. Andrew's has requested that all club members attending the Club Assembly park in the Capitol Towers parking garage so as to avoid having to hire security guards for any Capitol and West Street parking.  The garage entrance is on Pearl Street and the entrance to St. Andrews is from the west side of the garage on the 1st parking level.

Club Assembly on May 13 at St. Andrew's Cathedral William Osborne 2014-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by William Osborne on Apr 29, 2014

New elected Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber spoke to a joint meeting of the Rotary Club of West Jackson and the Rotary Club of North Jackson at Jackson's Metro Center Mall on April 29, 2014. Joint meetings of the the two clubs are a regular feature on their calendars. The meeting started with a call to order by West Jackson President Robert Fortson. He was followed by Metro Center's real estate representative, Scott Overby, who discussed progress in restoring and renovating the mall, which is currently approximately 50% leased. Mayor Yarber, discussed his leadership plans and goals for the City of Jackson. Pictures from the meeting are shown below:Image

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Shown below are North Jackson President Mike Dawkins, City Council Representative Hon. Charles Tillman and West Jackson President Robert Fortson.Image

The following picture is of Presidents Dawkins and Fortson with Mayor Yarber.Image