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Upcoming Speakers
Kent Oliver
Jul 25, 2017
Laughs for Life
Staci Cox, Director of Community Impact, UWSEMS
Aug 08, 2017
United Way's Involvement in Education and Our Community
Jeffery Cromartie
Aug 29, 2017
Club Executives & Directors
Programs Chair
Immediate Past President
Executive Secretary


On July 25, we welcome multiple myeloma survivor and Laughs For Life founder, Kent Oliver.
Video courtesy: WHPM/Fox 23
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President Paula Brahan presided over the meeting. Thanks to Rusty Edwards who gave the invocation and to Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Before prayer Rusty announced that he is taking a position at another church and will be relocating within the next few weeks, therefore he is resigning from our club. He will be missed.
Thanks also to Jonathan Shemper who served as our greeter today.
Mike Ratliff, Sergeant at Arms welcomed today’s visiting Rotarians and visitors. Denny Bubrig is visiting from the NW Austin, TX Rotary club.  Ryan Kelly has Steven Utrosky as his guest. Steven is a prospective new member. Mike also noted... 


Article was written by Kevin Cook for the July Edition of The Rotarian.

May 2015, a half-dozen civic leaders met in Flower Mound, Texas, a short drive (or long kickoff) from Dallas. Five were already Rotarians, but while they enjoyed their weekly meetings, they were itching to try some ideas of their own. “Meeting time, for one thing,” recalls Andy Eads, a Denton County commissioner whose energy level could power several suburbs. “Thursday at lunch wasn’t working for us.”  

The six founders wanted to get a jump on the workday, not stop in the middle for a lunch meeting. They discussed founding a club that would meet at 7 a.m. or even 6:30, but bank President Julie Meyer and a couple of other parents in the group said no. “We have to get breakfast on the table and kids off to school before we start serving humanity.” In the end, they settled on 8 a.m. Fridays – a breakfast meeting to start the day.

While the Cross Timbers club values the tradition of Rotary meetings, it is flexible with what events qualify as a meeting. 

Big congratulations are in order for our very own Samantha McCain. On Wednesday, July 5, she was added to newly elected Mayor Toby Barker's administrative team as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Hattiesburg!


Paula Brahan, 44, is a Panama City, Florida native who has called Hattiesburg home since 1994. She has been a Registered Nurse since 1993 and worked primarily in mental health and addiction services. She became a Realtor in 2014 and now serves the Greater Hattiesburg Area with Realty Executives, The Executive Team. She received the Rookie of the Year award and has received the Realty Executives 100% Club Award for 2015 and 2016. 

Paula has served on the Board of Habitat for Humanity and has been an officer in Tall Pines Garden Club as well as the South Mississippi Medical Alliance. 
She became inspired to join Rotary when attending the funeral of dedicated Rotarian, Milam Cotten, and was honored to receive the "Sonny 34 New Rotarian Award". 
Married since 2007 to John Brahan, a General Surgeon at Hattiesburg Clinic, Paula loves to travel, read, and binge watch Netflix whenever possible. 
She looks forward to serving Rotary beside you this upcoming year.