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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 14, 2017
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TONY VANCE, hhs FOOTBALL HEAD COACH

Tony Vance is entering his fifth season as Head coach of the Hattiesburg Tigers.  The Tigers finished last season 10-4 averaging 48 points per contest, and advanced to the MHSAA State Playoffs for the fourth straight year. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 03, 2017

STACI COX, UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI

Staci Cox is the new director of community impact at United Way of Southeast MS. In her current position, she is responsible for working with UWSEMS partner agencies and also identifying programs within the community that align with the United Way SEMS mission. Overseeing the funding process Staci is also charged with developing measurement tools for funded agencies to complete to ensure maximum impact of donor dollars in the community. Staci has been with United Way SEMS for 2 years as the director of marketing and communications before taking on her new role. Prior to working with United Way, she worked at the University of Southern Miss for 7 years at the Think Center and Luckyday Foundation Citizenship Scholars Program. Before working at Southern Miss, she graduated twice- once with her bachelor of science in exercise science and then with a master of education in college student personnel. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 21, 2017

TRADITION MEETS FLEXIBILITY AT THIS HIGH-ENERGY TEXAS CLUB

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. 

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Posted on Jul 21, 2017
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... 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 17, 2017

KENT OLIVER

On July 25, we welcome multiple myeloma survivor and Laughs For Life founder, Kent Oliver.
Video courtesy: WHPM/Fox 23
 
 
To find out more about this year's event, go to: 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 17, 2017

ELIZABETH RANDALL

 

Elizabeth serves as President and Associate Broker of Randall Commercial Group, LLC. She is involved with every deal and every client in which the company is engaged.  In addition to overseeing the firm’s deals, she also directs the firm's proprietary research and analytics efforts to identify opportunities.

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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 10, 2017

WANDA MURPHY, HOME INSTEAD

Wanda is native of Vicksburg, MS but Wanda and her husband have made her life in Petal for the last 25 years. Wanda is the proud mom of one daughter and one son. She has 2 grandsons.  
Wanda has been an RN for the past 35 years and brings a wealth of knowledge to the team.  Her experience with the geriatric population also includes teaching senior issues and marketing senior care. As Client Care Coordinator, Wanda strives to make sure our client's are receiving the most quality care possible. Her duties include checking on clients to ensure satisfaction of services, networking with community organizations to provide the best resources to our clients and assists in providing on-going training and development to our CAREGivers.
In her spare time, she is an avid amateur painter and loves taking on craft projects, painting and spending time with her wonderful family.
OUR GUEST: JULY 11, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 10, 2017
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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!
SERVICE ABOVE SELF!

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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 26, 2017

50/50 RAFFLE – tUESDAY, JUNE 27

On Tuesday, June 27, at noon the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will have it's first 50/50 raffle for the chance for the winners to walk away with a 24"x 36" custom, distressed portrait frame, an 18" MS Snowball in yellow or white gold (winner's choice), a Browning Hunter 98 12-guage shotgun, or... $5,000! 
 
Click here to purchase your ticket!
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Posted on Jun 21, 2017

RICHARD POTIN

Mr. Richard Potin, of Hattiesburg, has been selected as the recipient of Rotary Club of Hattiesburg’s Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year award.  This award is used to honor someone from our region who exemplifies our club’s values, our commitment to service, and the empowerment of those less fortunate.
 
In 2016, Richard was awarded the Junior Auxiliary’s 2016 Humanitarian of the Year award.  Steve Ramp, who served as Pastor of Westminister Presbyterian Church at the time, stated that “Richard’s work impacts the lives of countless women and children in the Pinebelt.  While it may not seem like much, receiving couches, chairs, or a kitchen table can help families recovering from a traumatic life event feel more stable.  Richard has a genuine passion for helping the needy and is extremely devoted to his work.”
When fellow Rotarian Steve Ramp heard that the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg would be honoring Potin with the 2017 Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year award, he added that “Richard Potin is an unsung hero.  He sees a need and he quietly goes about helping provide a solution.  He puts service above self every day.  He is a great example of Rotary and Christian values.”
 
Jaclyn Adams, President of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, remarked that “Richard Potin is an amazing person that truly embodies our club’s motto of service above self.  Richard provides a beacon of hope to those that are often at a crossroad in their life.  Many may think that he is just providing those in need with furniture but it is so much more.  He is really providing those in need with dignity, strength, and a modicum of stability when they need it most.  He humbly goes about his day not realizing the difference that he has made to those in the Pinebelt.   I am honored to present this award to Richard to show him how much our community appreciates his work.”
 
In 2006, a group of individuals at Westminister Presbyterian Church recognized the need in the Hattiesburg community for a service that collected and distributed used furniture to families in need.  A key member of this group was Richard Potin and after volunteering his time with the Westminister Furniture Ministry for two years, he assumed the role of coordinator.  The furniture ministry helps more than 300 households each year as people are coming out of domestic abuse, prison, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, homelessness and instances of natural disaster. 
 
Under Richard’s watch, the furniture ministry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last nine years.  He has nurtured and expanded the furniture ministry enormously and regularly deals with governmental agencies, community non-profits, and churches to keep the ministry alive.  Richard’s passion for people and genuine desire to show compassion and love to those hurting in our area are what lead to his selection as the 2017 Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year.
 
Richard will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition certificate and pin that signifies that the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg has given a gift of $1000 in his honor to the Rotary Foundation.  Former Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year recipients include Mr. Scott Covington (Hattiesburg Coca-Cola, Leadership Pinebelt) and Michael Dixon (Extra Table, Ekklesia). 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 13, 2017
 
 
 
Coach Jamie Page is a trainer at Versus Strength and Conditioning, and holds the Precision Nutrition Level 1 and 2 Certifications. A native of Hattiesburg, she earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at Mississippi State University. She lives in Hattiesburg with her family, Dr. Brian Page and son Bishop.  
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L-R: Dr. David Boyte, Jaclyn Adams, and Amber Chancelor.
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. She thanked Sean Priebe for presiding at last week’s meeting in her absence. Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Bill McLeod who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Mitchell and Robert Lochhead and who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler welcomed our guests. Don Strange is a guest of James Mitchell. Emily Gruzinskas is Tracie’s guest.
 
Jaclyn reported that Katie Anthony’s membership application has been...
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Posted by Wes Brooks on May 30, 2017
 
HAVE YOU PURCHASED YOUR TICKET YET?
 
If you have not, please contact any member of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg for the chance to win our 50/50 Raffle! What does that mean? Well, we are selling 300 tickets priced at $100/each. Provided all the tickets are sold, that means you could possibly win $15,000. The other half of the money brought in from ticket sales will go to support Rotary Club of Hattiesburg service projects. 
In addition to our main prize, you will also have the chance to win an 18" snowball necklace (winner's choice of white or yellow gold), a Browning BPS Hunter 98 12-gauge shotgun, or a 24"x 36" print and distressed picture frame provided by our own Ryan Kelly. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on May 30, 2017
Past President Sean Priebe presided over the meeting in Jaclyn’s absence. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Faye Gilbert who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Dan Davis and Johnny Stevens who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler welcomed our guests. Kate Cooley is a guest of Ryan Kelly. Joe Mordica and Phil Watson are guests of Kory Moore. It was also announced that Katie Anthony who was a guest of Samantha McCain last week has submitted a membership application to the board of directors.
 
Sean reminded members of the upcoming RYLA nomination deadline. If you know of a rising senior please get with Angela Herzog and complete the application by next Tuesday’s meeting. He reported that a board meeting is set for Tuesday, June 13 immediately following the membership meeting. He also reminded members...
MINUTES: May 23, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 19, 2017
Hattiesburg Club President, Jaclyn Adams, and our speaker last week, Tony Smith.
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting and thanked Paula for sitting in for her last week. Thanks to Scott Hummel who gave the invocation and to Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Paula Brahan and Gene Owens who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler welcomed Khadijah Muhammad who is a guest of the club and a potential new member. She also welcomed Mallory Donald, Ben’s wife, Shane Germany who is a guest of Brandon Hodges and Katie Anthony who is a guest of Samantha McCain and a potential new member.
 
Jaclyn reminded members of the upcoming...
MINUTES: MAY 16, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on May 19, 2017

DR. CANDACE BRIGHT, Hattiesburg Area Health coalition

Dr. Bright is an experienced researcher based in Hattiesburg, MS. Her work is focused on social/cultural human development as it relates to health, disasters, social capital, and racialized geographies. She has experience in both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, including project design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination.

Her research experience includes five years coordinating university studies. She has published one book, five peer-reviewed articles, two book chapters, and five non-peer reviewed reports. In addition, she has presented research findings at 50+ academic conferences and has teaching experience at the graduate and undergraduate levels, five research seminars, six guest lectures, two community courses, and ESL in South Korea for three years.

OUR GUEST: TUESDAY, MAY 23 Wes Brooks 2017-05-19 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Wes Brooks on May 15, 2017
 
Tony is in his 36th year with Mississippi Power Co. and currently, holds the position of Air Quality Manager for the company.  He leads a team of Engineers and Compliance Specialists within the company’s Environmental Affairs Department that are focused on ensuring compliance with state and federal air emissions regulations.   
He began his career in 1982 in the Generation department where he held various positions of increasing responsibility throughout the years.  Tony has also held positions in Marketing and Compliance and serves as the Project Lead for utility-scale renewable energy projects for MPC.  
OUR GUEST: May 16, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on May 15, 2017
President-Elect Paula Brahan presided over the meeting in Jaclyn’s absence. Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Joe Meador who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Chris Dunkley and Richard Topp who served as our greeters today.
 
Paula welcomed Khadijah Muhammad who is a guest of the club and a potential new member. There are no visiting Rotarians.
 
Paula noted that the District is also looking for RYLA applicants. If you know of a rising senior please get with Angela Herzog and complete the application in the near future. The District Conference will be held in Mobile May 19-21. Help will be needed to work the Food Fest.
 
Paula then introduced our own...
MINUTES: May 9, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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APRIL 18, 2017
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Conrad Welker who gave the invocation and to David Owens who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Joey Brandon Hodges and Bill McLeod who served as our greeters today.
 
Gene Owens filled in for Tracie Fowler noted that we have no visitors and no visiting Rotarians today.
 
Jaclyn recognized Robert Lochhead who recently published a new book entitled “Cosmetic Science and Technology”. The very first edition sold out on Amazon in just a few days. She also reminded us of the May 19 District Conference.
 
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DR. SCOTT HUMMEL
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT & PROVOST
WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY
Dr. Scott Hummel has been the Executive Vice President and Provost at William Carey University since 2013.  From 2008-2013 he was the Vice President for Advancement and Church Relations as well as the Director of the Carey Scholars program.  Before coming to Carey, he was Professor of Biblical Studies and Chair of the Department of Biblical Studies and Christian Ministries at LeTourneau University from 1998-2008.  After completing a B.A. in Biblical Studies at William Carey College in 1987, Scott received a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship to study at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel for a year. He completed his M.Div. and Ph.D. in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.  Scott has published numerous articles in several publications. Scott has served churches and the community in numerous capacities. He has served as the interim pastor of several churches in Mississippi and Texas.
As a Rotarian he has served as the past president of both the Longview-Greggton Rotary Club and the Hattiesburg Rotary Club.  He has also served on the boards of the United Way of Southeast Mississippi and R3SM.  His wife of 27 years, Starr, teaches biology at Sumrall High School, and they have three daughters. 
 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 17, 2017

APRIL 11, 2017

 
L-R: Club President, Jaclyn Adams, Jerry Mayo, and Allen Anderson.
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Allen Anderson who gave the invocation and to James Winstead who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Joey Johnson and James Mitchell who served as our greeters today.
 
Wes Brooks filled in for Tracie Fowler noted that we have no visitors and no visiting Rotarians today.
 
Jaclyn then noted that Janet Williams has had to resign the club due to her work schedule. We will miss her. She also reminded Rotarians to make sure they get their 50/50 raffle tickets and get them sold before June 27th. If all the tickets are sold the winner will get $15,000. Additional prizes will be awarded.
 
Allen Anderson then introduced today’s guest speaker... 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 06, 2017

JERRY MAYO, PINE BELT MENTAL HEALTHCARE RESOURCES

Jerry Mayo is the executive director of Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources based out of Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Pine Belt is one of fourteen community mental health centers in the state.
 
Mr. Mayo has been with Pine Belt for more than 25 years. Prior to his appointment as executive director, he served as Chief Financial Officer.
 
He currently serves on the board of directors of the Mental Health Risk Retention Group. Additionally, he has served as President of the boards of Mental Health Corporation of America and the Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers. He has also served on the Board of Directors and Funds Distribution Committee for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Sunrise Rotary of Hattiesburg and Temple Baptist Church.
OUR GUEST: APRIL 11, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-04-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 06, 2017
Pictured L-R: Lamar Co. Circuit Clerk, Martin Hankins, Allen Anderson, and Jaclyn Adams.
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Joe Meador who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Mary Cromartie and Lucy Parker who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler noted that we have no visitors and no visiting Rotarians today.
 
Jaclyn asked that we keep Toxie Morris in our prayers. He is...
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 06, 2017
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READING AT HAWKINS ELEMENTARY

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg concluded its 100 Days of Service today at Hawkins Elementary in Hattiesburg. Rotarians read to two groups of children each with more than 100 children in each. 
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Posted by Brooks on Apr 03, 2017

MARTIN HANKINS, LAMAR CO. CIRCUIT CLERK

Martin is currently serving as Lamar County Circuit Clerk. He was elected in November of 2015 and began serving in January of 2016. He previously served as Alderman at-large in the City of Purvis from March of 2014 through January of 2016. While serving as Alderman he worked as an Investment/Insurance Advisor with his father who has been in practice for 39 years. Martin grew up in Lamar County and later graduated from Hattiesburg High School. He then continued his career to Southeastern Louisiana University where he played football. After two years, he transferred to the University of Memphis where he played two seasons and later received his degree in Business Communications. Martin is currently a member of the Mississippi Association of Circuit Clerks, Lions Club International of Sumrall and the Exchange Club of Hattiesburg.
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Posted on Apr 03, 2017

President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Phillip Carter who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Mary Ariail and Samantha McCain who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler recognized our visitors and visiting Rotarian. Jerry Buti is visiting from the Sunrise Club. Buddy Graves is a guest of Bill McLeod.
 
Jaclyn congratulated Brandon Hodges and his wife Stacy on the birth of their new daughter, Ava Marie. She also reminded members of the upcoming District Conference, May 19 – 21. The conference will be held in Mobile, AL with the Food Fest occurring on the grounds of the USS Alabama.
MINUTES: MARCH 28, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 27, 2017
 
The ClubRunner Mobile App is your key to connect to your ClubRunner website on the go! Completely, free to download and use, this app will let you access the key info you need while you're on the go. Password protected just like your website, the ClubRunner Mobile app is comprised of 3 main modules.You now will have the ability to view your member directory, view the articles posted to your website and locate the nearest club right from your iPhone or iPod, bringing you even closer to being able to connect, collaborate and communicate!
 
Click the "Read More" tab for more information and download. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 27, 2017

JENNIFER PAYNE, CAMELLIA MINISTRIES

Camellia Ministries is a nonprofit organization committed to making a positive difference in the lives of the home health and hospice patients, families and communities we serve by addressing basic needs and providing positive quality of life measures. Through three distinct programs, Camellia Ministries assists with medical needs for patients, host an annual bereavement camp for children and supports Camellia employees in times of personal crisis.
 
About Jennifer
A Rotary of Hattiesburg member since 2008, Jennifer is originally from Pearl, MS but has been a Hattiesburg resident for the last 17 years. She was employed as a special events coordinator for The University of Southern Mississippi from 2007-2014 and now co-owns and manages The Camellia House, an event venue and guest house here in Hattiesburg. In addition to her involvement with Rotary and the Junior Auxiliary of Hattiesburg, Jennifer serves as a board member and advocate for Camellia Ministries (the nonprofit foundation arm of Camellia Healthcare).
OUR GUEST: MARCH 28, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 27, 2017
Thanks to Miriam Seale for providing our program last week.
 
Meeting March 21, 2017
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Lynn Walton who gave the invocation and to Kory Moore who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Wes Brooks who served as our greeters today.
 
Sean Priebe sat in for Tracie Fowler today and recognized our visitors and visiting Rotarian. Phillip Pitts is visiting from the Petal club but has applied for a transfer to Hattiesburg Rotary. Paula Brahan has as her guest Cory Ferraez.
 
Jaclyn noted that...
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 20, 2017
This weekend at the Natchez Convention Center our President-Elect, Paula Brahan, spent her weekend preparing for her upcoming year as President of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg at Ole Man River P.E.T.S. Paula was joined by incoming Presidents from our District, 6840, as well as incoming Presidents from District 6190, 6800, 6820, 6200. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 20, 2017

MIRIAM SEALE, PRESIDENT HAAR

Mrs. Seale obtained her B.S. in Medical Record Administration in 1978 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  In 1983 she received her Master’s in Human Relations and Supervision from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA.
 
She worked in the health care field for 24 years serving as Assistant Director of Medical Records at Forrest General Hospital, and Director of Quality Assurance and Risk Management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. During her years in the health care field she also taught at Louisiana Tech University and at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA.
 
Miriam was very active in the State and National Associations of Medical Records holding positions ranging from State President to delegate for the National Association. In 1992, I was recognized as a Health Information Champion by the National Association of Medical Record Administration.
 
Licensed in 2002, Miriam joined Coldwell Banker, Don Nace and quickly became a multi-million dollar producer. She received her Broker’s License in 2008 and opened Crye-Leike Signature One Realty, LLC in July of 2009.
OUR GUEST: MARCH 21, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-03-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 20, 2017
Many thanks to Carolyn Katterjohn for providing our program last Tuesday.
 
Rotary Club
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Meeting—March 14, 2017
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Wes Brooks who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Sean Priebe and Jonathan Shemper who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler recognized our visitors today. William Evans is a guest of Lamar Evans. Steve Casteel is a guest of Steve Ramp. Dick Vogel is a guest of Scott Hummel and Melissa Phelps is a guest of Maura McLaughlin.
 
Jaclyn thanked Paula Brahan for the completion of the first 100 days of service project for our club. She coordinated with the Hattiesburg Area Association...
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 13, 2017

CAROLYN KATTERJOHN, tHE CLAIBORNE

Ms. Katterjohn is from Star, Mississippi. She is a graduate from Belhaven Universi-ty. She brings with her 18 years of health care experience as a Nursing Home Ad-ministrator, Executive Director and Sales Training Specialist. Through the years she has managed facilities of the year and achieved great honors.

She is now with Blake Management as Ex-ecutive Director of The Claiborne at Hattiesburg, Assisted Living/Memory Care & Independent Living Community.

She has two beautiful daughters, one at-tending Ole Miss and the other an ac-countant in New York with Sax Fifth Ave-nue.
Our Guest Tuesday, March 14 Wes Brooks 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 13, 2017
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Kory Moore who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Sean Priebe, Steve Ramp and Philip Carter who served as our greeters today.
 
Wes Brooks recognized our visitor today. Phillip Pitts is a guest of Mike Ratliff.
 
Jaclyn asked that we remember Susan Slaughter and her family due to the loss of their husband and father, Jay Slaughter.
 
Jaclyn thanked Kory Moore and all the volunteers that participated in the Golf4Carey last Friday.  We will give an additional $2,500.00 to be presented to Scott Hummel next week from Rotary District Grant.  We are still working...
MINUTES: MARCH 7, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-03-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 06, 2017
 
Laurie Dana is a Public Affairs Specialist with the Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance.  As a reservist, she travels to areas where there is a declared disaster, such as the recent tornados in Hattiesburg, to conduct outreach about available assistance and the importance of completing a disaster loan application as part of the recovery process. 
When she’s not working on a disaster, Laurie is home in Paradise, California, about 20 miles upstream from Oroville Dam. She has over 20 years marketing communications and public relations.
 
OUR GUEST: MARCH 7, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 06, 2017
Scenes from our very first Burgers & Bibs with The Children's Center!
 
L-R: Staci Cox from United Way Southeast Mississippi, and Dr. Abumere Akinwale and Jaclyn Adams from the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg.
 
L-R: Kory Moore, Kemi Simmons, Wes Brooks, and Dan Davis.
Burgers & Bibs With The Children's Center! Wes Brooks 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 06, 2017
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.  Thanks also to Kemi Simmons and Chris Dunkley who served as our greeters today.  Tracie Fowler recognized our visitors today. Jermaine Brown is a guest of Jerome Brown as is Cheyenne Trussell.
 
Jaclyn asked that we remember Susan Slaughter...
Club Minutes: February 28, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 24, 2017
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Faye Gilbert who gave the invocation and to Johnny Stevens who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Lynn Walton who served as our greeter today.
 
Tracie Fowler recognized our only visitor today, Mary Ariail who has been approved for membership and will be inducted next week.
 
Volunteers are still needed to help with the Children’s Center’s "Burgers & Bibs” project. Our club generated $1,230 in ticket sales for the event.
 
Jaclyn also reported that Steve Ramp... 
MINUTES: FEBRUARY 21, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 24, 2017

RICK CLEVELAND

 
A native of Hattiesburg, Rick Cleveland he is the most decorated sports journalist in Mississippi history. In more than 40 years as a sports editor...
OUR GUEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 Wes Brooks 2017-02-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 14, 2017
 
This year, Rotary Club of Hattiesburg is teaming up with Topher's and The Children's Center for Communication and Development to host "Burgers & Bibs." This event is a pre-race dinner event that will be held on Friday, Feb. 24 (4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.), the night before The Children's Center Classic. 
 
This addition to race festivities will allow runners to pick up his or her shirt/bib combo and be able to pick up dinner! But! This event isn't just for runners, it's also for the general community! 

Race-day registration and bag pick-up will begin promptly at 7:30 a.m. and the race will kick-off at 9 a.m. beginning with the 1-Mile Fun Run.

AWARDS
Awards will be given to male and female overall winners, male and female master and grandmaster winners, and male and female 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners in age groups (12 and under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and up).

RACE WEEK FESTIVITIES
Thursday, Feb. 23 - 
Benefit Night for The Children's Center at The Mahogany Bar
Friday, Feb. 24 - Burgers & Bibs, hosted in partnership with Rotary Club of Hattiesburg and Topher's Rock 'N Roll Grill - Hardy St.
Saturday, Feb. 25 - The 3rd Annual Children's Center Classic
 
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FEBRUARY 7, 2017

President Jaclyn Adams was not in attendance today.  James Mitchell presided over the meeting in her absence.
 
Thanks to Rusty Edwards who gave the invocation and to Johnathan Shemper who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to James Mitchell and Alan Anderson who served as our greeters today.
 
Due to the severe weather today, tornado warnings and watches that were issued, our guest speaker had to cancel.
 
James announced...
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RANDY SWAN, FOX 23 NEWS DIRECTOR

Randy Swan has been part of the media world for more than 40  years.  Most know him as someone who came into their home each evening at 6:00 p.m. on the WDAM-TV newscast until he retired in February 2015.  Mr. Swan had been a part of the WDAM, NBC affiliate since the mid 1970’s.  Total retirement did not suit him well so he returned to broadcasting last  year at FOX 23 as their regional news director.  His Swan Song editorials are fast becoming a new favorite for FOX.  He was born and raised in South Mississippi and has spent his entire life here with the exception of five years as News Director, Anchor, and Station Manager for W.A.B.G. TV in Greenville, Mississippi.  Mr. Swan was born into broadcasting as his father even held a radio contest to name him. 

Mr. Swan is a graduate of Hattiesburg High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. He has received numerous honors including being inducted into the University of Southern Mississippi’s Journalism Hall of Fame in 2010 and the Mississippi Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007.  He is a board member of The Extra Table, Forrest General Healthcare Foundation, the Hattiesburg Concert Association, and is called on as a favorite voice to host major events for South Mississippi.  He continues to be involved in numerous community organizations and events including the fight against heart disease and cancer as a heart survivor himself and now as a cancer survivor.  Mr. Swan enjoys golf, bowling and traveling.

He has been married to Millie Swan for 28 years.  They have two children Ivey age 24, and Zoey age 13.

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MILES DOLEAC

On Tuesday, February 21, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will welcome noted actor, director, writer, producer of film and theatre, Miles Doleac. Please click the "Read More" button for Miles' full bio. 
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Another great day of service for the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg! This morning the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, along with fellow Rotarians McComb, Gulfport, Long Beach, and Sunrise Clubs respectively, made storm-ravaged areas of the Pine Belt a little bit cleaner and safer. When we were done, we presented fellow Rotarian and United Way Exec. Dir. Tracie Fowler with a donation of over $750.
 
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE SLIDESHOW
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Carolyn katterjohn

Ms. Katterjohn is from Star, Mississippi. She is a graduate from Belhaven University
She brings with her 18 years of health care experience as a Nursing Home Administrator, Executive Director and Sales Training Specialist.
Through the years she has managed facilities of the year and achieved great honors.
She is now with Blake Management as Executive Director of The Claiborne at Hattiesburg, Assisted Living/Memory Care & Independent Living Community.
She has two beautiful daughters, one attending Ole Miss and the other an accountant in New York with Sax Fifth Avenue.
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ROTARY WORK DAY THIS SATURDAY Wes Brooks 2017-02-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 31, 2017
Members of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg added to their 100 Days of Service on Tuesday, January 31, to volunteer with Mercy Chefs. Mercy Chefs provides professionally prepared, restaurant quality meals for victims, volunteers and first-responders in national emergencies and natural disasters. Rotarians helped put together over 1,200 meals. 
 
Click here to view the slideshow. 
 
 
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ROTARIANS:
ONE FINAL REMINDER THAT WE WILL NOT MEET AT SOUTHERN OAKS TODAY.
For those of you who have signed up, please go to The Venue at the time you agreed to volunteer. If you are unable to fulfill this obligation you will need to find someone to cover for you (they do not have to be a member of Rotary). 
 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 25, 2017
 
     This Wednesday, January 25, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg announced its plans, in addition to other other humanitarian efforts, to assist Hattiesburg Public Schools by donating 120 backpacks and other school supplies.  These items will go to those students who have been identified by school district counselors as having "lost everything." 
     Hattiesburg Rotary Club President, Jaclyn Adams, stated, "When our Rotary Club of Hattiesburg heard of the widespread devastation from the tornado that impacted Petal and Hattiesburg, we knew that we wanted to take an active role in helping to heal the wounds left in its aftermath. Adams went on to explain that she was alerted to the need these 120 students by Joy Snowden of Adcock Properties. 
     Adams added, "Our club was honored to provide the funds to help these students recover from their loss and get back to normal. We have received numerous offers of volunteers, monetary donations, and cleaning supplies from Rotary Clubs across the United States."
     The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg is asking all Rotarians to support us in assembling a volunteer group that will organize on Saturday, Feb. 4th to help affected areas.
 
     For more information, please contact Hattiesburg Rotary PR & Communications Chair, Wes Brooks, at hattiesburgrotary@gmail.com. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 25, 2017
United Way of Southeast Mississippi’s Volunteer Hattiesburg now has two Tornado Volunteer Response Centers (VRC) open. Any volunteer, volunteer group or organization wanting to help with the cleanup and rebuilding effort should start at the VRC. Volunteers and groups will be given assignments, supplies and training so that we can safely and strategically start the restoration process.
Below is the information for each center.
 
Hattiesburg VRC
Location: East Jerusalem Baptist Church
Address: 410 S. Tipton St. Hattiesburg, MS 39401
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 601-606-3523
E-mail: vrchattiesburg@gmail.com
 
Petal VRC
Location: Petal Civic Center
Address: 712A Main Street, Petal, MS 39465
Hours of Operation: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Phone: 601-606-7465
E-mail: vrcpetal@gmail.com
 
If you need any additional information or assistance about volunteer opportunities please contact United Way of Southeast Mississippi. 601-545-7141
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Posted on Jan 23, 2017
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Ben Donald who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Mary Cromartie who served as our greeter today.
 
Tracie Fowler introduced today’s visiting Rotarians and guests. Taylor Backstrom is a guest of...
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DR. MICHAEL MULLOY

Dr. Michael Malloy received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami, Coral Gables, 1977 and his B.S. in Pharmacy from the University of Florida’ He then went on to receive his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the State University of New York-Buffalo in 1985 after which he did two years of post-graduate work as a fellow with Dr. Larry Lopez at the Uni-versity of Florida. After which he spent one year at the newly formed School of Pharmacy at Memorial University, Saint Johns, New Foundland Canada as an Assistant Professor. He then joined the faculty at the School of Pharmacy Auburn University, as an Assistant Professor, in 1989 where he attained the rank of Associate Pro-fessor with tenure. In 2000 he became Professor and founding Chair of the Department of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy-MCPHS and was promoted to Dean in 2006 where he served un-til 2016 until he resigned to become Founding Dean of the School of Pharmacy at William Carey. 

Our Guest: January 24, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-01-23 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 20, 2017

2017-18 RI President Ian H.S. Riseley announces his presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference

By Ryan Hyland
 

Rotary International President-elect Ian H.S. Riseley made the case on Monday that protecting the environment and curbing climate change are essential to Rotary’s goal of sustainable service.

Riseley, a member of the Rotary Club of Sandringham, Victoria, Australia, unveiled the 2017-18 presidential theme, Rotary: Making a Difference, to incoming district governors at Rotary’s International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA.

Environmental degradation and global climate change are serious threats to everyone, Riseley said. “They are having a disproportionate impact on those who are most vulnerable, those to whom Rotary has the greatest responsibility. Yet environmental issues rarely register on the Rotary agenda,” he said.

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Posted by Brooks on Jan 16, 2017
Over the weekend, Mrs. Luella Benedict, the wife of our fellow Rotarian Quentin Benedict, passed away. She was 97, as is Quentin. Quentin has been a faithful Rotarian.
Please remember Quentin and the Benedict family in your prayers. 
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Posted by Brooks
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Brett Phillips and Ben Donald who served as our greeters today.
 
Sean Priebe filled in for Tracie Fowler and noted that we have no visiting Rotarians. Taylor Backstrom is a guest of Jaclyn Adams. Jaclyn also noted that Taylor has submitted a membership application which has been approved by the board. He will be installed in the near future.
 
Wes Brooks noted that nominations are... 
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KENNETH THRONSON, LIGHTHOUSE RESCUE MISSION

Kenneth Thronson was born and raised in Petal, Mississippi. His father owned a collision repair business, and Ken spent his days by his side. He attended Petal High and would later join the wildcats at Pearl River Community College. He’s now married to his lovely wife, Kim, of 32 years. They have three beautiful children and five wonderful grandchildren.
After leaving PRCC, Ken joined the Navy. Once enlisted, he became an Antisubmarine Aviation Warfare Operator. As an AW, he performed pre-flight planning, scheduled training flights for simulators, set up flight schedule for each crew, provided rescue of downed pilots with emergency first aid and survival swimming among other duties.
Ken retired from the Navy and decided to take over the family collision repair business for the next twenty years. In 1993, he gave his life to Jesus Christ and became saved. Six years later, he decided it was time to close the repair shop, the oldest independent business in collision repair in the area. He prayed faithfully and felt led to open a ministry for mothers and their children. He then opened Lighthouse and purchased the current building in 2005.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 02, 2017

Kai Ehrenberger, President, Rotary Club of Soemmerda (Germany) 

On Tuesday, January 3, we will welcome a fellow Rotarian who has traveled a great distance. Kai Ehrenberger, President of the Rotary Club of Soemmerda, Germany, will be our speaker. Mr. Ehrenberger will speak about his Rotary Club in Germany and the things his club is doing to further the Rotary mission. 
 
Kai Ehrenberger is CEO & Founder at Colombia-Consult Ehrenberger Castellanos and Founder at Ehrenberger Finanzen Onlineportal. Kai and his spouse, Magda, who is originally from Bogota, Columbia, reside in Erfurt, Germany. 
 
 
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Rotary Club
Hattiesburg, Mississippi
Meeting December 13, 2016
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Brett Phillips who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Gene Owens and Chrissy Cullinane-Yelverton who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Flower noted...
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Pictured L-R:  Aaron Ladner, Brad Smith, and Clifton Addison
(Click the "Read More" button to the right to view last week's Minutes.)
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CLIFTON ADDISON
OPEN TECHNOLOGY CENTER: DRONE LAWS & SAFETY
Click on the photo below for more information on our speaker and UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) regulations and compliance. 
 
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Click on the image below to view all the pictures from last week's Club Assembly. 
 
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NOVEMBER 8, 2016

 
Many thanks to Brady Raanes for providing our program last week. 
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JOEL GATLIN

Joel Gatlin is the Pastor of Hope Church in Hattiesburg. He was born in Hattiesburg and grew up in Columbia until the age of 12. Life and ministry took him and his family to Baton Rouge, LA and Houston, TX, where he served in student ministry. He moved back to Columbia in 2001 to serve as an Associate Pastor.  
 
Joel’s father had a vision for the city of Hattiesburg, so he founded Hope Church in 2007. In 2012, Joel, his wife Emily, and their 3 children came full time to Hope. The heart of Hope Church is to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. 
 
Along with being in ministry for more than 17 years, Joel also has 12 years of banking and finance experience. He has taught church administration at Jackson College of Ministries and has been a guest speaker at The University of Southern Mississippi discussing “Ethics in Business”. He regularly meets and consults with local business owners to discuss leadership and good business practices. Currently, Joel is serving the community as Chaplain for the Hattiesburg Police Department. 
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BRADY RAANES

Brady Raanes, Financial Advisor has been a resident of Hattiesburg since 1985. He graduated from Oak Grove High School and received a BA in Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Upon gradu-ation, Brady joined A.G. Edwards (a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors) as a financial consultant.

In 2006 Brady attained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and in 2010 achieved the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He currently holds the Series 7, 9, and 10; 65/66 regis-trations; and insurance license. Brady is an active member of the CFA Society of Mississippi and the FPA of Mississippi.

Brady works with existing clients in regards to account reviews and risk analysis, portfolio construction and management, and risk allocation. Brady and his wife Christen have two sons, Manny and Beni. The family are active members of Venue Church. In 2013, Brady and Christen began (c)3 Wines, a Napa Valley based philanthropic business that sells wine and donates the profits to charitable organizations under the IRS tax code 501(c)3.
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Posted on Oct 23, 2016

October 18, 2016

President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Steve Ramp who gave the invocation and to Gene Owens who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Cory Moore and Samantha McCann served as our greeters today.
 
Sean Priebe sat in for Tracie Fowler and introduced today’s guests. Chris Dunkley is a quest of Jerome Brown and submitted his Rotary membership application today. Jim Furr is a guest of Allen Anderson.
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Steve Ramp who gave the invocation and to Gene Owens who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Cory Moore and Samantha McCann served as our greeters today.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 14, 2016

EMILY HAVENS, THE GRAMMY LIVE AT L.A.

Emily Havens began her career as a Professional In Scouting in 1998 as a District Executive in Washington District. In 2002, she was promoted to a Field Director managing 4 executives and 15 counties in the Northwest Mississippi.
 
For more than 17 years, she served the Chickasaw Council in district operations, business manager at camp, camp director for 3 years, capital campaign adviser in Mississippi, special events adviser for the Delta Distinguished Citizen Dinner and golf tournament, OA Adviser, Council training committee adviser, Mississippi car tag adviser, and many other capacities. She is Woodbadge trained and has earned the Professional Circle award. She also earned the council's award of excellence, Manus-Long Award, a record 3 times in her career. She started a Women's Affinity group within the council to mentor to women.
 
In 2015, Havens had a special opportunity to become the Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. After more than three years serving as a Board of Director, she understood the impact that this project would have...
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 11, 2016

TODD JACKSON, THE ADP

Todd Jackson has spent the last ten years as an Engineer in advanced manufacturing facilities and is utilizing that background to serve the Area Development Partnership as Business Development Director in the Economic Development division.  Todd’s focus in this role is to support the recruitment of new industry to Greater Hattiesburg and to assist existing employers in their growth needs.  He is responsible for working with the local business community and local entities of government on economic development initiatives that support the growth of the Greater Hattiesburg economy.

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Posted by Lamar Evans
Please click on the "Read More" tab to the right to read the minutes from the October 4 meeting of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 03, 2016

ROY SMITH, COUNTRY GIRL's CREAMERY

 
The history of Country Girls begins in the late 1930s when the Davis and Smith families started out in the dairy business. In the mid-1950s there were close to 350 dairies in Pearl River County and today there are only 3. Elder Fred Smith and Sister Louise Davis married and combined two of the families. With such strong farming blood running through his veins their son Kiahnell began dairy farming in 1973 on the same family land. Through ups and downs with the economy he sought a way to sustain his dairy farm thus, Country Girls Creamery began. With the efforts of his son Butch Smith, Country Girl’s Creamery was born March 2010.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 03, 2016

TODD JACKSON, AREA DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

Todd Jackson has spent the last ten years as an Engineer in advanced manufacturing facilities and is utilizing that background to lead the Economic Development division of the Area Development Partnership as Business Development Director.  Todd’s focus in this role is to support the recruitment of new industry to Greater Hattiesburg and to assist existing employers in their growth needs.  He is responsible for working with the local business community and local entities of government on economic development initiatives that support the growth of the Greater Hattiesburg economy.
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kathryn rehner

Kathryn Rehner is the Project Director for the Mississippi Health Access Collaborative (MHAC) at the University of Southern Mississippi. MHAC aims to create sustainable access to health in the 24 southernmost counties in the State. She developed the health access model being implemented through MHAC as the Coordinator for the City of Hattiesburg’s E3 Health Initiative. This model has brought 2 million dollars in grant funding for health access to south Mississippi. She received her MSW from the University of Alabama. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 19, 2016

BILLY REDD

William H. ‘Billy’ Redd, a business leader and experienced manager, is the CEO of the Foundation for MS Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks.  Billy brings his dedication to community service and his love of the outdoors to his leadership of the organization, whose programs provide financial support for various projects associated with the MS Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks.  The projects, which include Super Hunt, Youth Wildlife Art Contest, Foundation Scholarship, Archery In Schools (AIMS), tracking MS black bears, and the Governor’s Hunt, serve to protect and preserve the natural resources of the state of Mississippi.
An alumnus of Mississippi State University and with a Master in Business Administration from Millsaps College, Billy began his career with the Foundation in November 2013.       
Prior to joining the Foundation, Billy worked with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi where he served on the Board of Directors for nine years.  From April 1997 to June 2013, Billy was the President/CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Mississippi.   
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 12, 2016

Ronald Schwartz, Md—disentangleAD

Dr. Schwartz graduated from Columbia University in New York City. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, N.Y. He completed a neurology residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y, and a fellowship in behavioral neurology at the University of Florida. A board-certified neurologist, Schwartz maintains sub specialty certification in behavioral neurology/ neuropsychiatry and is a certified physician investigator.
In 2005, Dr. Schwartz founded the Neurological Research Center (NRC) at Hattiesburg Clinic with a focus to integrate research studies into the flow of clinical neurology practice. Last year the center was renamed The Memory Center and continues providing clinical evaluations for patients, while also establishing a gateway for access to
leading-edge clinical trials. 
This year Dr. Schwartz formed disentangleAD, an organization to help support the care of Alzheimer’s disease in the Pine Belt region. Funds raised will provide grants for provisions like respite, home security/ safety, transportation, etc. In addition to fundraising, disentangleAD will be an educational resource for caregivers of those suffering from Alzheimer's disease and related dementia syndromes.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 12, 2016
 
Picture L-R: Scarlett Moore, Bill McLeod, and Jaclyn Adams. 
Many thanks to our guest, Scarlett Moore, from the March of Dimes who shared what she and that organization are doing to improve the health of pregnant women and newborns in Mississippi and throughout the country. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 05, 2016

SCARLETT MOORE, MARCH OF DIMES

This tuesday our club will welcome Scarlett Moore, Community Director with March of Dimes. Click on the graphic below to find out more about the March of Dimes' mission and their efforts in Mississippi. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Posted on Aug 30, 2016

wes brooks, district governor's "heart of the club" award recipient

Pictured: Past President, Wes Brooks ('14-'15) and 6840 District Governor Randy Feldman.
 
Today District Governor Randy Feldman recognized Wes Brooks with the "Heart of the Club" Award for going "above and beyond" in his service and dedication to the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg. 
 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 28, 2016

SAMANTHA MCCAIN, APR

Samantha McCain, APR is an accredited public relations professional and has lived in the Hub City since 2005, where she began her journey at Southern Miss. After graduating with two degrees from her alma mater, she ventured out into the working world – spending time at the Red Cross of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Clinic, and an award-winning advertising agency, The Focus Group. 
 
Recently, she decided to leave the hustle and bustle of agency life to spend time with some pretty amazing children. She now serves as the communications coordinator at The Children's Center for Communication and Development and handles all day-to-day public relations duties, promotion of events, grant writing, and other duties as assigned – which can sometimes mean holding a hand or playing on the playground! 
 
In addition to her daily job responsibilities, she is actively involved in the community and serves on several local and statewide boards. Samantha also writes a biweekly column for The Hattiesburg Post and is a sought-after speaker for the marketing and public relations industry.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 27, 2016

RANDY FELDMAN, 6840 DISTRICT GOVERNOR

Randall Feldman currently serves District 6840 as District Governor. In the past he chaired the district’s Strategic Planning Initiative as well as its fund drive for The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Fund. He also chaired the sponsorship committee for Ole Man River Multi-District PETS. He has been a member of the Rotary International Communications Committee, was Vice Chair of the Host Organization Committee of the 2011 Rotary International Convention in New Orleans, and was president of the Rotary Club of New Orleans.
 
However, even in retirement, he somehow found himself once again working for He retired as President & General Manager of WYES in New Orleans in 2012.public broadcasting, as Executive Director for Development for READY JET GO!, a national public media STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative intended to be a four-eight year-old’s first introduction to space, earth science and technology. You can see the series and its digital game site on PBS and PBSKids.org in 2016. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 20, 2016

ANGIE SIDES, BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS OF MISSISSIPPI

For 107 years, Big Brothers and Big Sisters has helped children reach their potential through professionally supported one-to-one relationships with proven results.
In 1904, a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom...
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 15, 2016

TONY VANCE, HHS HEAD FOOTBALL COACH

Tony Vance is entering his fourth season as Head coach of the Hattiesburg Tigers. The Tigers finished last season 8-5, 4th in division play, and advanced to the first round of the MHSAA State Playoffs for the third straight year. 
Prior to his arrival in Hattiesburg, Vance was the head coach at Charleston High School. While at Charleston he compiled an overall record of 60- 10 in five seasons as the head coach. Over the course of those five seasons his team never lost a division game and won 5 straight division titles. In 2011 Vance led his team to...
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 15, 2016
Many thanks to Sarah Holifield of the Domestic Abuse Family Shelter for providing our program last Tuesday. 
Pictured L-R: Jim Prout, Maura McLaughlin, Sarah Holifield, and Jaclyn Adams.
 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 01, 2016
CREATIVE smARTspace
 
Pictured L-R: Marcus Coleman, Kristen Reimert, Callan Reid, Daniel Nelson, Emily Sheckells, Staci Cox and Josh Sutton.
 
Tuesday the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg welcomes its third and and final group of up-and-coming professionals from this year's impressive Leadership Pinebelt class. The Creative Smart Space group will speak about the smART Space Outreach Program and their fundraising art gala "Havana Nights."
 
Click the "Read More" tab to the right to find out how you can participate!
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TUESDAY, JULY 26: LIGHTING LONGLEAF Wes Brooks 2016-07-25 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST: TUESDAY, JULY 19 Wes Brooks 2016-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 11, 2016

CHEF KATIE DIXON

Come see Hattiesburg resident and MasterChef Season 7 contestant Katie Dixon at this weeks Rotary club meeting. 
Among her many talents, Katie is a certified Precision Nutrition Pro Coach; certified TRX functional group and personal trainer; and popular healthy cooking chef. 
Katie was Mississippi's Miss Hospitality 2002 where she traveled the US promoting economics and tourism for the state of Mississippi. 
Katie is married to Dr. Todd Dixon of Hattiesburg. She has two daughters.
Connect with Katie at chefkatiedixon.com; experience her incredible cuisine at Shine Cafe in Hattiesburg; and become a fitness & nutrition client via her partnership with Anchored Soul Fitness & Nutrition anchoredsoulfit.com!
 
TUESDAY, JULY 12 Wes Brooks 2016-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
HATTIESBURG AWARD WINNERS AND NEW OFFICERS! Wes Brooks 2016-07-05 05:00:00Z 0
TUESDAY, JUNE 28—DON'T FORGET! Wes Brooks 2016-06-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 22, 2016
The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg WILL NOT meet on Tuesday, July 5. 
SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT Wes Brooks 2016-06-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 20, 2016
 
On Tuesday, June 21, our program will be provided by Jennifer Payne and Summer Eades of Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary. Mrs. Payne currently serves as that organization's President and Mrs. Eades is their Finance Chair. 
TUESDAY, JUNE 21 Wes Brooks 2016-06-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 13, 2016

andy impastato, bancorpsouth insurance services, inc.

Andrew “Andy” Impastato serves as Vice President of Legal & Compliance where he is responsible for providing guidance and direction on all laws impacting the insurance industry. He also frequently handles general corporate work on behalf of his organization.
 
Mr. Impastato concentrates on employee benefits matters, including compliance with federal and state employment laws as well as ERISA, COBRA, HIPAA and the Affordable Care Act.  Prior to joining the BancorpSouth Insurance Services team, he served as Manager of Legal Operations for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.
 
Mr. Impastato has been practicing law for over thirteen years and has a history of providing legal and compliance advice on employee benefits matters, including all aspects of health and welfare plan administration.  He has also has experience with a broad range of general employment law issues.   
OUR GUEST: TUESDAY, JUNE 14 Wes Brooks 2016-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 06, 2016
Hattiesburg Rotarians Wes Brooks and Aaron Ladner were among the many individuals nominated for Signature Magazine's annual Best of the Pine Belt Awards. Brooks was selected as this year's "Best Behind the Scenester," and Ladner was chosen as "Best Financial Advisor."  Congratulations! 
 
CONGRATULATIONS TO HATTIESBURG ROTARIANS AARON LADNER AND WES BROOKS 2016-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST: JUNE 7, 2016 2016-06-06 05:00:00Z 0
VOLUNTEER HATTIESBURG & UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI Wes Brooks 2016-05-23 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2016-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

RETIRED UNDERCOVER MBN AGENT, FEDERAL PROSECUTOR AND AUTHOR

 
This true story of an ex-Marine who fought crime as an undercover cop, a narcotics agent, and finally a federal prosecutor spans a decade of crime fighting and narrow escapes. Charlie Spillers dealt with a remarkable variety of career criminals, including heroin traffickers, safecrackers, burglars, auto thieves, and members of Mafia and Mexican drug smuggling operations. In this riveting tale, the author recounts fascinating experiences and the creative methods he used to succeed and survive in a difficult and sometimes extremely dangerous underworld life.
 
As a young officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department, ex-Marine Charlie Spillers first went undercover to infiltrate criminal groups to gather intelligence. Working alone and often unarmed, he constantly attempted to walk the thin line between triumph and disaster. When on the hunt, his closest associates were safecrackers, prostitutes, and burglars. His abilities propelled him into years of undercover work inside drug trafficking rings. But the longer he worked, the greater the risks. His final and perhaps most significant action in Baton Rouge was leading a battle against corruption in the police department itself.
 
 
After Baton Rouge, he joined the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and for the next five years continued working undercover, from the Gulf Coast to Memphis; and from New Orleans to Houston, Texas. He capped off a unique career by becoming a federal prosecutor and the justice attaché for Iraq. In this book, he shares his most intriguing exploits and exciting undercover stings, putting readers in the middle of the action.
CHARLIE SPILLER 2016-05-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 29, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 3: THE ROTARY CLUB OF HATTIESBURG WILL NOT HAVE IT'S NORMAL NOON MEETING

HOWEVER! WE DO HOPE THAT YOU WILL JOIN US THAT AFTERNOON (TUESDAY, MAY 3) ANYTIME BETWEEN 4:30P AND 7:30P AT SOUTHERN OAKS FOR DELICIOUS SPAGHETTI AND SUPPORT OF THE CHILDREN'S CENTER FOR COMMUNICATION AND DEVELOPMENT AT SOUTHERN MISS.
 
CLICK ANYWHERE ON THE IMAGE BELOW TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS.
 
 
NIGHT IN ITALY FOR THE CHILDREN'S CENTER Wes Brooks 2016-04-29 05:00:00Z 0
The Honorable Eugene "Gene" L. Fair Wes Brooks 2016-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Our Guest: The Honorable Eugene "Gene" L. Fair, Jr. 2016-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 19, 2016

BRETT HARRIS, OLLI

Brett directs the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi, a program targeted at active adults ages 50 and above who have a passion for learning. OLLI is a wide-ranging program with classes in a dozen different disciplines from Art and Literature to Science and Technology that reaches 700 individuals in the Pine Belt and along the Gulf Coast. Prior to joining OLLI, Brett was the Director of District and Community Partnerships with Teach For America in Mississippi. He has a background in fundraising, grant writing, and community development. Brett is a graduate of Wake Forest University and The Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Though not ordained, Brett has been a supply minister for several small churches in Mississippi. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have one son and live in Laurel, Mississippi.
OUR GUEST TUESDAY, APRIL 19 Wes Brooks 2016-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 04, 2016

sean priebe goes "Over the edge" for extra table

Kudos to our Club President, Sean Priebe, for accepting the challenge to go "Over the Edge" for Extra Table! A big "thank you" to members of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg for their contributions ($1,300) which allowed Sean to accomplish this feat. 
While our Club President was not forced off the platform, it is rumored that he required more "help" actually than others making his way to the edge. 
Click the "Read More" tab to the right to view more pictures. 
CLUB PRESIDENT GOES "OVER THE EDGE!" Wes Brooks 2016-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 04, 2016

LARRY BLAKENEY, community outreach coordinator

Larry grew up in Taylorsville and graduated from Taylorsville High School in 1979. Upon graduation, he attended Jones County Junior College, where he obtained an AA degree. He is a Certified Loss Control Professional with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association through the University of Nebraska. 
He served in the National Guard for 20 years, retiring in 2001. He is a Desert Storm Veteran.
He has been with Southern Pine for 31 years, where he has served as Safety and Compliance Director for 22 years. He is a deacon at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Taylorsville. He is actively involved in youth summer sports. He serves as a first responder with Taylorsville Volunteer Fire Department. He is also a Nationally Registered EMT.
His wife, Marilyn, is a retired teacher from the Smith County school system.
They have two children: Chris, who graduated from USM with a Banking and Finance degree, is currently working with FDIC. Ashleigh is a second-year student at JCJC. She is planning to attend USM and pursue a degree in accounting.
Our Guest Tuesday, April 5 Wes Brooks 2016-04-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 28, 2016
Rotarians, please note our parking arrangements have changed. Instead of parking on Fraternity Row, parking has been arranged for us on Kay James Drive. This is the street that connects Reed Green Coliseum to Montague St.
Please click the "READ MORE" button to the right for a diagram of parking. 
IMPORTANT NOTICE: PARKING AT THE CHILDREN'S CENTER TODAY Wes Brooks 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 28, 2016
PLEASE NOTE: the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will not meet at Southern Oaks Tuesday, March 29. In lieu of our regularly scheduled noon meeting our club will be touring The Children's Center for Communication and Development on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi. Club members please click the "READ MORE" button in the lower-right corner of this post to view directions to The Children's Center. 
 
If you are a potential guest or hoped to visit with us, our weekly meetings will resume Tuesday, April 5, at Southern Oaks House & Gardens (1246 Richburg Rd.) at noon.
IMPORTANT NOTICE Wes Brooks 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 28, 2016
President Sean Priebe presided over the meeting. He thanked Jaclyn Adams for filling in for him and presiding at last week’s meeting. Thanks to Freddy Walter who gave the invocation and to Wes Brooks who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance...
MINUTES: March 22, 2016 Wes Brooks 2016-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brooks on Mar 21, 2016

trisha byrd, m.o.r.a.

Trisha Byrd is the Community Outreach Coordinator for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency (MORA).  She is responsible for the coordination and management of events and campaigns that educate the public on organ, eye and tissue donation. Trisha came to MORA from LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services which is an organ procurement organization (OPO) that services Northern Florida.
Our Guest Tuesday, March 22 Brooks 2016-03-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 13, 2016
JOHNNY STEVENS, STEVENS PEST CONTROL
TUESDAY, MARCH 15 Wes Brooks 2016-03-13 06:00:00Z 0
ON TUESDAY Wes Brooks 2016-03-06 06:00:00Z 0
February 23: Mikal Dickerson, Hub City Life Wes Brooks 2016-02-18 06:00:00Z 0
Our Guests Tuesday, February 16 Wes Brooks 2016-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Announces Date for 2016 BIKE-A-THON Wes Brooks 2016-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

DR. JANET WILLIAMS, WILLIAM CAREY UNIVERSITY

Dr. Janet Williams is the current Dean of the College of Health Sciences and the School of Nursing at William Carey University.  She has recently been honored as the Nursing School Administrator of the Year for the State of Mississippi by the Mississippi Nurses Association and the Mississippi Nurses Foundation who also recognized the William Carey School of Nursing as the School of Nursing of the Year for the state .  She was also appointed by Gov. Bryant to serve on the Mississippi Board of Nursing. As a past chair of the Mississippi Deans and Directors Council she strives to achieve a partnership between education and practice in those roles.
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2 2016-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 24, 2016

RYAN KELLY, HORIZON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Ryan Kelly is a Mississippi native and founder/CEO of Horizon Professional Services, a management company that provides management and leadership for state, national, and international businesses and non-profit organizations.  Horizon also conducts strategic planning sessions and consulting for a variety of businesses, universities, and non-profits throughout the US.
He previously served as Chief Advancement Office for William Carey University and Director of External Relations for The University of Southern Mississippi College of Health.
 
OUR GUEST JANUARY 26 Wes Brooks 2016-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 18, 2016

DR. JACOB GRAHAM

Dr. Jacob Graham serves as Medical Director for Palliative and Supportive Care at Forrest General Hospital.  He began his career in palliative medicine at Forrest General in August of 2015.  Dr. Graham completed medical school at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine and internal medicine residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.   In 2015, Dr. Graham completed a hospice and palliative medicine fellowship at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.   
Originally from Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Graham now resides in Hattiesburg with his wife, Dr. Elise Burton Graham, and two daughters, Laurel and Lane.  He is a member of First Presbyterian Church of Hattiesburg.
OUR GUEST ON JANUARY 19 Wes Brooks 2016-01-18 06:00:00Z 0
ROTARY CLUB OF HATTIESBURG IN THE NEWS Wes Brooks 2016-01-13 06:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: January 5, 2016 Lamar Evans 2016-01-12 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 10, 2016

dickie scruggs

Dickie Scruggs is a former lawyer and Navy fighter pilot. He is best known as the architect of the litigation that resulted in the multi-billion dollar Tobacco Settlement, and for later going to federal prison in a judicial bribery scandal. In prison Dickie taught GED to other inmates. That experience led him upon his release to establish Second Chance Mississippi, which is a non-profit collaborative effort with Mississippi’s Community Colleges to raise awareness and funds for GED and adult education.
Dickie is a native Mississippian and Ole Miss graduate. He and his wife Diane have been married 44 years, and moved to Oxford from the Coast in 2003. The Scruggs’s have two grown children and three grandchildren, and they are members of the First Presbyterian Church.
OUR GUEST: RICHARD F. "DICKIE" SCRUGGS Wes Brooks 2016-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brooks on Jan 04, 2016

SAMANTHA MCCAIN, APR

Our guest is an accredited public relations professional and has lived in the Hub City since 2005 when she began her journey at Southern Miss. After graduating with two degrees from her alma mater, she ventured out into the working world – spending time at the Red Cross of Mississippi, Hattiesburg Clinic, and an award-winning advertising agency, The Focus Group. Recently, she decided to leave the hustle and bustle of agency life to spend time with some pretty amazing children. She now serves as the communications coordinator at The Children's Center for Communication and Development and handles all day-to-day public relations duties, promotion of events, grant writing, and other duties as assigned – which can sometimes mean holding a hand or playing on the playground! 
 
In addition to her daily job responsibilities, she is actively involved in the community and serves on several local and statewide boards. Samantha also writes a biweekly column for The Hattiesburg Post and is a sought-after speaker for the marketing and public relations industry.
Our Guest on January 3, 2016 Brooks 2016-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 14, 2015
REMINDER: TODAY OUR MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT 
SCIANNA HALL ON THE CAMPUS OF SOUTHERN MISS.
 
CLICK THE "READ MORE" TAB TO THE RIGHT TO VIEW
A PARKING MAP.
MAP FOR PARKING AT SCIANNA HALL Wes Brooks 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 14, 2015
 
THE ROTARY CLUB OF HATTIESBURG WILL NOT MEET
DECEMBER 22 OR 29.
 
Until then...
 
MAKE NOTE! Wes Brooks 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 14, 2015
President Sean Priebe presided over the meeting. Thanks to Allen Anderson who gave the invocation and to Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Thanks to Dan Davis and Wes Brooks who served as our greeters today.
Jaclyn Adams then introduced our visitor. Cody Bielstein is a guest of Ben Donald.
Today’s Mystery Rotarian lives in Seminary with her three children and spouse. They spend most of their time enjoying and playing soccer. This Rotarian serves as a camp nurse for the Abbie Rogers Civitan Camp each year. She also serves as president of District 7 for the Mississippi Nurse Association as well as sits on the Political Action Committee for the Nurses. This Rotarian had open heart surgery as a 13 year, was a victim in a police chase, stung on the lip by a yellow jacket and involved in 2 car wrecks in one week. This Rotarian works in Hattiesburg as coordinator for Palliative and Supportive Care at Forrest General Hospital and is a doctoral student in William Carey’s Nursing Program. Today’s Mystery Rotarian is Amber Chancelor.
Aaron Ladner reminded members of the need for volunteers to assist with Christian Services’ Birthday for Jesus on the afternoon of December 19. He also thanked those who brought toys to be given away during the event today and reminded those who haven’t brought a toy to do so next week. 
Faye Gilbert invited club members to visit the Scianna Business College for next week’s meeting.
Sean reminded members that next week’s meeting will be last one of the year. We will meet again on January 5, 2016 here at Southern Oaks.
Mike Ratliff then introduced today’s program. He thanked Instructor Laurin Mizell for bringing the Thames Elementary Treblemakers to perform for our club today.
 
MINUTES: December 8, 2015 Lamar Evans 2015-12-14 06:00:00Z 0
Thames Elementary Treblemakers Perform for Hattiesburg Rotary Wes Brooks 2015-12-08 06:00:00Z 0
Many thanks to all the Rotarians who participating in serving the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Ministry. Picture L-R: Tracie Fowler, Steve Ramp and Richard Topp.
 
SALVATION ARMY ANGEL TREE 2015-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
ON TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 Wes Brooks 2015-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brooks on Nov 30, 2015

JIM PROUT, CHRISTIAN SERVICES

Jim Prout is the Executive Director & COO of Christian Services, Inc. Born in Hattiesburg, MS and raised in neighboring Petal, he also attended University of Southern Mississippi. 
Our Program Tuesday, December 1 Brooks 2015-11-30 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 15, 2015

OUR GUEST: VAUGHN WILSON

Vaughn Wilson is many things to many people.  He’s an accomplished artist, portrait photographer, musician, award winning author, poet, motivational speaker, and a horseman.  At his age you would think the man could decide what he wants to be when he grows up!
WHO'S VISITING ON TUESDAY? Wes Brooks 2015-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Our Guest: November 10, 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-11-10 06:00:00Z 0
VOTE TODAY!! 2015-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brooks on Nov 03, 2015

BRADY RAANES, (c)3 wines

Brady Raanes, Financial Advisor, has been a resident of Hattiesburg since 1985. He graduated from Oak Grove High School and received a BA in Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi.  Upon graduation, Brady joined A.G. Edwards (a predecessor firm of Wells Fargo Advisors) as a financial consultant.
In 2006 Brady attained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ certification and in 2010 achieved the prestigious Chartered Financial Analyst designation. He currently holds the Series 7, 9, and 10; 65/66 registrations; and insurance license. Brady is an active member of the CFA Society of Mississippi and the FPA of Mississippi.
Brady works with existing clients in regards to account reviews and risk analysis, portfolio construction and management, and risk allocation. Brady and his wife Christen have two sons, Manny and Beni. The family are active members of Venue Church.  In 2013, Brady and Christen began (c)3 Wines, a Napa Valley based philanthropic business that sells wine and donates the profits to charitable organizations under the IRS tax code 501(c)3.
 
OUR GUEST TODAY: Brady Raanes, (c)3 Wines Brooks 2015-11-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 27, 2015

MARIE M. DARBY, MD

Marie M. Darby, MD, is a maternal fetal medicine specialist offering services with Hattiesburg Clinic Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Darby earned her medical degree from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, La. She served her internship and residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., where she also served a fellowship in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Dr. Darby is board certified in Obstetrics & Gynecology by the American Board of Obstetrics & Gynecology. As a maternal fetal medicine specialist, Dr. Darby provides care for women with issues deemed to be high-risk to the mother or child; including, but not limited to heart or kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes and multiple babies.
OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2015-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 19, 2015

BrookS AND MCLEOD VISIT SUNRISE CLUB

Many thanks to the Rotary Sunrise Club for hosting Wes Brooks and Bill McLeod at their Club Assembly to talk about My Rotary at Rotary.org and the ClubRunner platform. All in attendance were also treated to a surprise visit from Congressman Steven Palazzo.
 
MCLEOD AND BROOKS VISIT SUNRISE CLUB Wes Brooks 2015-10-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 13, 2015

A very big "thank you!" to Fox 23 and reporter Mark Edwards for their coverage of our BIKE-A-THON! 

 
Hattiesburg Rotary on TV! Wes Brooks 2015-10-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 01, 2015

2015 bike-a-thon benefitting extra table

That's right folks, the 3rd Annual Rotary Club of Hattiesburg BIKE-A-THON Benefitting Extra Table is just around the corner. If you have not registered, we hope you will do so soon!
 
In addition to the BIKE-A-THON, you won't want to miss the White Linen BBQ that will take place at Walthall Park from 7-9 p.m. in Downtown Hattiesburg (600 Walnut Street). Your BIKE-A-THON registration fee also includes admittance to the White Linen BBQ as well as drinks, food and live music!
Again, if you have registered for the Rotary BIKE-A-THON, you do not have to purchase tickets for the White Linen BBQ. 
If you haven't registered, here are some important links for our upcoming events: 
 
 
BIKE-A-THON IS ALMOST HERE! Wes Brooks 2015-10-01 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 26, 2015

CAMERON S. GRIFFITH, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Griffith graduated as an Echol’s scholar from the University of Virginia. He attended medical school at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, where he earned a Master of Science degree in neuropharmacology. During his residency at LSUHSC, Dr. Griffith served as Chief Resident. He then completed fellowship training in cornea and refractive surgery at Eye Consultants of Atlanta, Georgia. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, as well as the Society for Excellence in Eyecare.

Dr. Griffith was among the first in Mississippi to perform 1-Visit Blade-free LASIK and also Blade-free Cataract procedures. He is the pioneer in the tri-state area to offer LipiFlow®, a treatment for dry eye syndrome. Dr. Griffith was recognized by the Mississippi Business Journal as a “Mississippi Healthcare Hero” in 2011.

VISITING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 Wes Brooks 2015-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: NOVEMBER 3, 2015 Lamar Evans 2015-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 21, 2015

CHIEF ROBERT HOPKINS, USM POLICE DEPARTMENT

The Police Department at the University of Southern Mississippi works to provide an environment conducive to living and learning. This support starts from the time students have decided to enroll and continues through retention efforts and graduation. Traditional law enforcement operations are designed around the needs of students to lessen opportunities for them to become victims of crime or to experience other incidents that could impact their abilities to learn and grow. Providing non-traditional services allows the police force at Southern Miss to lessen the stressors that could occur outside the learning and living community. Evaluating efforts and services ensures that the department members are achieving their goals of providing safety and security to the campus community. 
Our Guest—Tuesday, September 22 Wes Brooks 2015-09-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 16, 2015

alert for those who have not registered:

Greetings potential participants!
 
While you can rest easy knowing that registration will be open until the morning of the BIKE-A-THON, please make special note that we cannot guarantee your free t-shirt if you wait to register after September 25! 
 
Click on the graphic below to register today!
 
 
 
BIKE-A-THON UPDATE Wes Brooks 2015-09-16 05:00:00Z 0
MEETING MINUTES (September 15, 2015) 2015-09-15 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 13, 2015

JAMES WILCOX

James Wilcox is a native of the Mississippi Gulf Coast and currently resides in the Hattiesburg area where he directs The University of Southern Mississippi's Center for Economic and Entrepreneurship Education. With an educational background in business and economic development and a philosophy of educational activism, James' efforts have helped to establish a climate for empowering youth entrepreneurship in Mississippi and have distinguished him as an educational leader in the state. James is particularly recognized for preparing K-12 teachers in the subject areas of entrepreneurship, economics, and financial literacy as well as co-creating and advancing the Southern Entrepreneurship Program--a statewide youth initiative that trains 500+ Mississippi high school students per year in business development.
Our Guest: Tuesday, September 15 Wes Brooks 2015-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 Wes Brooks 2015-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 01, 2015
 
To support the Rotary Foundation, we will have a drawing for an insulated bag that will come in handy for keeping your food and drinks cool for tailgating this football season. Tickets are $3, so don’t forget to bring some cash. The winner will be announced at the end of today’s meeting.
Bring Your $$$ Today Wes Brooks 2015-09-01 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST: Tuesday, September 1 Wes Brooks 2015-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: August 25, 2015 Lamar Evans 2015-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
2015 BIKE-A-THON Brooks 2015-08-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brooks on Aug 24, 2015

ANNIE JACKSON

Annie is the Program Director at South MS Children’s Center. Graduate of University of Alabama w/ a BS in Psychology and minor in English, a Master’s degree in Christian Studies, Wesley Biblical Seminary, and I am presently in my second year of a PhD program for Human Services Administration.  Annie has over 20 years experience in the Social Services field working with youth and adults challenged with Mental Retardation and Mental Illness, women paroled from Prison, men released from jail and youth who have been abused, neglected, and/or runaway and or homeless.  
TUESDAY: AUGUST 25 Brooks 2015-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: August 18, 2015 Lamar Evans 2015-08-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 17, 2015

tide school executive director, cHRISTIE bRADY

Christie is Executive Director of the newly formed TIDE School, which is a special purpose private, nonprofit school for middle and high school students with learning differences, specifically dyslexia, ADHD and anxiety disorders.  The school is a culmination of her experiences with her own son, now 15, who struggles with all of these, and with the broad view she has of education from pre-k through higher education.
The Institute for Diverse Education was formed as a nonprofit corporation in September, 2014, with the goal of opening for school in August, 2015. The TIDE School welcomed its first 13 students on Monday, August 10!
The vision for TIDE School emerged primarily because of the needs of Christie's own son, who will be among TIDE School's first graduating class of 2018!  Partly because he has a high IQ, his dyslexia went unidentified in public school, and he was not reaching his potential. They began home schooling in 7th grade, but learning in isolation did not meet his needs.  Christie and her son both knew there had to be a place where learning isn't torture.  Thankfully, her professional background provided her with experience and a network that helped shape the vision into TIDE School.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 18 Wes Brooks 2015-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
REGISTER TODAY! 2015-08-17 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUESTS TODAY Wes Brooks 2015-08-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 03, 2015
DiDi was born and raised in Columbia, MS. After high school, she attended the University of Southern Mississippi where she completed her Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology in 2010. DiDi then attended William Carey University where she obtained her Masters of Science degree in Counseling in 2012. 
Our Guest: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: July 28, 2015 evans 2015-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUESTS: PROJECT THRIVE Wes Brooks 2015-07-27 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: July 21, 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Tuesday, July 21 Wes Brooks 2015-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2015-07-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 07, 2015

Chris buckhalter

At the age of 23, Chris Buckhalter was incarcerated and spent time in the Mississippi State Penitentiary. He learned from experience that you can be categorized by the company that you keep. His incarceration has enabled him to broadened his perspective on life and realize his responsibilities to others as well as himself. Prior to his incarceration he had thriving opportunities in athletics as well as academics. Buckhalter attended the University of Southern Mississippi where he was a premiere athlete before his world began to change for the worse. Today, his desire is to help others realize their abilities and to encourage them to believe in themselves. He has shared his life story with hundreds and uses his new found optimism to encourage others who are walking on the same unsteady ground that he once traveled.
Our Guest Today Wes Brooks 2015-07-07 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 26, 2015

mike dixon, the bill gwyn non-rotarian service award winner

Congratulations to Extra Table Executive Director, Mike Dixon, winner of the Bill Gwyn "Non Rotarian" of the Year! 
This award is our club's best attempt to look beyond our membership and recognize someone from our region who exemplifies our club's values, our commitment to service, and the empowerment of those less fortunate.  
Mike Dixon, Bill Gwyn "Non-Rotarian" of the Year Wes Brooks 2015-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Brooks on Jun 26, 2015

sean priebe—the joe spell "spirit of rotary" award winner

The Joe Spell "Spirit of Rotary" Award — Presented to a club member for their service not only to the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, but to the community as well. This honor is named for Hattiesburg Rotarian, Joe Spell, who displayed a consistent, enthusiastic passion for the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg and Rotary International
Congratulations to Sean on this well-deserved award as well as his induction as Club President for the upcoming year! 
Sean Priebe—The Joe Spell "Spirit of Rotary" Award Brooks 2015-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 26, 2015

todd watson—The Milam S. "Sonny 34" Cotten "new rotarian" of the year

Awarded to a dedicated Rotarian who has been a member of the club for less than three years. This award is named for Dr. Milam “Sonny 34” Cotton, a dedicated Rotarian who lived to serve. Dr. Cotton was the last member of this club to rise to the level of District Governor.
Todd Watson—The Milam S. "Sonny 34" Cotten "New Rotarian" of the Year Wes Brooks 2015-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 26, 2015

BILL MACLAUCHLAN—t.c. hANNAH "rOTARIAN OF THE YEAR"

Given in recognition of their outstanding service and unwavering dedication to the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg. T. C. Hannah, charter member and first president of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg. Through his many terms on the board of directors, management of our archives, and taking care of things that often go unnoticed... they just get it done. Congratulations, Bill! 
Bill MacLauchlan—T.C. Hannah Rotarian of the Year Wes Brooks 2015-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
HAPPY FATHERS DAY! Wes Brooks 2015-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 17, 2015
Registration for the 3rd Annual Rotary Club of Hattiesburg BIKE-A-THON is now open. Click on the image below to register now! 
REGISTRATION IS OPEN! Wes Brooks 2015-06-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 15, 2015

JON WILLIAMS

Jon Williams started umpiring baseball in 1975 at the age of 19 and continued to umpire for twenty years – the last 12 years on the NCAA level.
Jon was a 25 year member and past President of the Poplarville Rotary Club.
He is a C.F.P. specializing in retirement planning.  Jon holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing and an MBA, both from The University of Southern Mississippi.
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Our Guest: Kids Hub (Leadership Pinebelt) Wes Brooks 2015-06-09 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Wes Brooks on May 26, 2015

ENDURANCE KRAV MAGA

  • Family: Married to Rhonda since 1990. Two children: Grey and Hayley.
  • Education: AA in Home Economics (no that is not a typo), a BS in Social and Rehabilitation Services, and an MS in Counseling Psychology
  • Favorite movies: Braveheart , Man From Snowy River, Gladiator, Tombstone
  • Favorite TV shows: Survivorman, anything on the History Channel, anything on Food Network
  • Favorite place in the world: Kitale, Kenya
  • Hobbies: Running, Krav Maga, Golf
  • Heroes: George Washington (his character), Winston Churchill (his leadership), Spider Man (he’s cool)
  • Three people I'd like to meet: Abraham, Teddy Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill
  • Favorite Quote: “The most important thing in life is to live your life for something more important than your life.”
Our Guest: Dwayne Higgason Wes Brooks 2015-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
SPOKES NEWSLETTER — May 25-29, 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-05-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on May 19, 2015

Please click on the Spokes graphic below to view our newsletter for the week of May 18-22. 

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Posted by Wes Brooks on May 11, 2015
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Many thanks to Boys & Girls Club of Hattiesburg Executive Director, Scott Pfaff, for providing our program today. Scott shared with us the important work they are doing to help instill strong values and ethics in our community’s children today so they become tomorrow’s confident, productive members 
of society.
 
Click on the image below to find out more about the great work Scott, Boys & Girls Club of Hattiesburg and the Salvation Army are doing in the Pine Belt. 
 
 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on May 02, 2015
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Dr. David T. Hayhurst
Dean, College of Science and Technology
 
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MINUTES: April 14, 2015 Lamar Evans 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 21, 2015
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A NIGHT IN ITALY 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 13, 2015

Karen Sims - Pregnancy Choices of Hattiesburg

Karen Sims holds a Master of Marriage and Family Counseling degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX.  She has been married to Allen Sims, Music Minister at FBC, Purvis, for 23 years. They have two children, Katie-20 (recently crowned MS WCU) and Cody-16.
Karen has been serving in pregnancy center ministries for over 20 years. She began her ministry in Fort Worth, TX, relocated to Jackson, MS, and was honored to help start and direct the Center for Pregnancy Choices in Meridian, MS.
Karen considers it a privilege to serve the Lord in this special area of ministry.  She also looks forward to serving alongside the staff and volunteers of PCH to offer a place of value, truth and hope.
Our Guest Today: Karen Sims Wes Brooks 2015-04-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 06, 2015

Ken Thompson

I spent most of my working career as a Petroleum Engineer, working along the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. I have also worked as a financial representative and stock broker.
I have been a Rotarian since 2000, having served as Club President in 2008-2009. I was chairman of the Slidell Heritage Festival for three years, a joint venture between the Rotary Clubs of Slidell and Slidell Northshore.  I have participated in about ten Matching Grants and Global Grants, and traveled twice to Mexico to immunize children against polio. My current Rotary duties are District 6840 International Service Director, District Newsletter Editor, and District Website Manager (www.rotary6840.org). I am also a ShelterBox Ambassador for the Louisiana and Mississippi areas. ShelterBox is a Rotary Project Partner.
I enjoy photography, travel, theater, choral singing, and writing.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 30, 2015
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Hattiesburg High School Principal, Jermaine Brown; Millicent Krebs, and Jarrius Adams.

On Tuesday, March 24, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg welcomed Hattiesburg High School Principal, Jermaine Brown, as its program. Accompanying Mr. Brown were two very impressive Hattiesburg High students: Millicent Krebs and Jarrius Adams. Among the many academic accolades each possess, both are award winning in the area of public speaking and debate with Adams competing at the national levels. Each shared their love of Hattiesburg High School and both will attend college in the fall. Millicent will be attending the University of Alabama, and Jarius will be attending the University of Mississippi. 
Jermaine Brown is the brother of our own Jerome Brown.  For more on Jermaine, click here
 
L-R: Wes Brooks, Millicent Krebs, Jarrius Adams, Jermaine Brown, and Jerome Brown.
A Visit From Two Very Impressive Students Wes Brooks 2015-03-31 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 22, 2015

C. Jermaine Brown, Principal, Hattiesburg High School

Christopher Jermaine Brown, a native of Hattiesburg, was born one of twin sons to Charles J. Brown and Christine Brown Cooley. Brown is a 1991 graduate of Hattiesburg High School. After high school, he enrolled at Jackson State where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He also holds a Master’s degree and Education Specialist degree both from the University of Southern Mississippi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Education Administration from Southern Miss.
Currently, he is employed as the Principal of Hattiesburg High School and has worked in 4 school districts in various leadership positions including Assistant Principal in the Forrest County Schools, Director of Student Services in Biloxi Schools and Director of Athletics in the Meridian Public School District.
Our Guest: Tuesday, March 24, 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-03-23 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 15, 2015

The Paul P. Harris Memorial

Very recently our own Jerome Brown was able to visit the Paul P. Harris Memorial while in Chicago, IL. Many thanks to him for sharing these images with us!
 
Click here to view the full slideshow. 
Jerome Brown Visits the Paul P. Harris Memorial Wes Brooks 2015-03-16 00:00:00Z 0
March 10, 2015: Rotary Youth Exchange Wes Brooks 2015-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
March 3 - Susan Yarrow, Rise and Shine Half Marathon & 5K Run 2015-03-02 00:00:00Z 0
Minutes: February 3, 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-02-02 00:00:00Z 0
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LAST WEEK Wes Brooks 2015-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 19, 2015
 
COLUMBIA TORNADO RELIEF DRIVE ENDS TODAY
PLEASE BRING YOUR DONATED ITEMS OR MAKE YOUR CONTRIBUTION TODAY! 
Please click on the "Read More" tab below to see what items are needed and 
where you to send your contribution. 
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MINUTES: JANUARY 13, 2015 Lamar Evans 2015-01-20 00:00:00Z 0
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Herb Stonebrook
Retired Energy Management Administrator
State of Tennessee
Mississippi Power "Quick Start" Program
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 12, 2015

Last week during our meeting I was asked a very simple, yet very important question: what is my elevator speech for when I’m approached about Rotary? I think my answer was far from sufficient. While I’m always eager to talk about our wonderful club and its members, I’ve never devised a 30 to 60-second, ready-to-go answer for what it is we do and what the benefits of membership are. ​

IS YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH READY? Wes Brooks 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 12, 2015

Last week during our meeting I was asked a very simple, yet very important question: what is my elevator speech for when I’m approached about Rotary? I think my answer was far from sufficient. While I’m always eager to talk about our wonderful club and its members, I’ve never devised a 30 to 60-second, ready-to-go answer for what it is we do and what the benefits of membership are. 

IS YOUR ELEVATOR SPEECH READY? Wes Brooks 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 12, 2015

Barbara Lofton

Barbara Lofton is the Resident Benefits Specialist for the seven Bedford Care Centers. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Mississippi State University. Ms. Lofton was a supervisor with the Forrest County Department of Human Services for six years prior to working with the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. She worked in the division for a total of 21 years as a Medicaid specialist and regional office director. Her expertise provides Bedford Care residents and their families with the answers they need and is dedicated to the mission of the Bedford Care Centers.
(Taken from
www.bedfordcarecenters.com)
 
Our Guest: January 13, 2015 Wes Brooks 2015-01-13 00:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16 Wes Brooks 2014-12-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 08, 2014

CLAY WILLIAMS

Clay Williams serves as the Executive Director of the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport.  As Executive Director, his principal areas of focus are expansion of air service, new business development and continued funding of essential capital improvement projects.  
OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2014-12-09 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 01, 2014

paige kennedy

Paige Kennedy has been with South Mississippi Planning and Development District for over 20 years.  During her tenure, she has been responsible for the administration of programs that serve low income families, the elderly and the disabled.  Currently, Paige’s responsibilities have shifted to managing the Hattiesburg office and providing community outreach for all agency programs in the 15 county area. 
Paige has her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in business administration from the University of Southern Mississippi but is a social worker at heart.   She not only strives to serve others through her employment but she is actively involved with many community service programs and missions through her church.
Our Guest: Tuesday, December 2 Wes Brooks 2014-12-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 29, 2014
An OUTSTANDING performance by the USM "Pride of Southern" Men's A Capella Choir last Tuesday at the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg. Thank you to Rotarian and USM College of Nursing Dean, Dr. Katherine Nugent for arranging this for our club. GREAT PROGRAM!
 
 
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Holiday Social Wes Brooks 2014-11-30 00:00:00Z 0
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 10, 2014

JEFFREY BURNS, M.D.

One of Hattiesburg’s leading orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Burn is a native of Virginia Beach VA. He received his BS in Chemistry from the nationally recognized Lynchberg College in Lynchberg VA and he received his masters of Chemistry at the University of Illinois. He received his MD from Eastern VA Medical School, and did his Orthopedic Residency at the State University of New York, Stoney Brook.
 
Dr Burn’s received his fellowship training for Joint Replacement at the world renowned Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa FL where he trained under Dr. Ken Gustke (pronounced Gus Key) who is considered to be one of the pioneers in Adult Joint Reconstruction.
 
In 2008 Dr. Jeff Burns and Dr. Tommy Baylis founded Hattiesburg’s newest orthopedic group- Premier Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in the Wesley Towers at Wesley Hospital. Dr. Burns is Board Certified and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of Osteoarthritic disease, and Adult Hip and Knee Joint Reconstruction.
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 04, 2014

President Theodore roosevelt

Hattiesburg Rotarians received a special treat on Tuesday - a visit from the 26th President of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, Jr. Actually, our guest was Joe Wiegand - repriser of President Roosevelt. 
During his time with us Tuesday, Wiegand never broke character. Wiegand's performance was fantastic, his knowledge of the former President impressive, and his attention to detail was outstanding.  
 
Click the "Read more" tab below to find out more about Joe Wiegand and his reprisal work. 
Our Guest: Tuesday, November 4 Wes Brooks 2014-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 14, 2014

Great times at the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg on Tuesday! At the conclusion of our meeting we were able to surprise our guests, Michael Dixon and Stacy Ahua from Extra Table, with an $800 donation for their organization's efforts. 
The 2nd Annual Rotary Club of Hattiesburg BIKE-A-THON in support of Extra Table will take place Saturday, November 1, at the Longleaf Trace Gateway. Click the "RIDE!" tab in the window above to participate!  
 
Pictured L-R: Rotary Club President, Wes Brooks; Extra Table Executive Director, Michael Dixon; Bike-A-Thon Chair, Jonathan Shemper, and Extra Table Programs Director, Stacy Ahua.  

 
$800 "Appetizer" for Extra Table! Wes Brooks 2014-10-15 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 09, 2014
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Mike Dixon & Extra Table

Tuesday is going to be extra special. "Why," you might ask?  Not only will we be treated to a fine program by Extra Table Executive Director, Mike Dixon, but we'll also be talking about our upcoming Bike-A-Thon in support of Extra Table on November 1.  
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 06, 2014

MIke Lopinto - Festival South

Mike Lopinto is a Pine Belt arts icon. At Southern Miss, he coordinated events with classical celebrities from Plácido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and Sir James Galway to pop icons Dionne Warwick, the Pointer Sisters, and Patti LaBelle as well as designing and directing the award-winning Symphony Galas and later, the Arts Galas. 
Our Guest: October 7, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-10-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 01, 2014
Lloyd Munn 
Director of Loss Control Services 
Stewart Sneed Hewes 
BancorpSouth Insurances Services

 
Mr. Munn works for Stewart Sneed Hewes BancorpSouth Insurance as Director of Loss Control Services. He joined their team in 2004.
Mr. Munn has close to 30 years of experience in the construction industry. He worked over 10 years in the bridge and heavy highway construction where he was involved in job estimating, surveying and engineering, pile driving, job supervision and risk management. For over 9 years he has worked as a Sr. Risk Control Consultant in the insurance industry. He has worked with many different businesses such as Auto Dealerships, Manufacturing, Trucking, Restaurants and Contractors with their loss control needs. 
Our Guest on Tuesday, September 30 Wes Brooks 2014-10-02 00:00:00Z 0
SPOKES Newsletter - 10/1/2014 Wes Brooks 2014-09-28 00:00:00Z 0
SPOKES Newsletter - September 16, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-09-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 11, 2014

sarah case-price, m.s., ccc-slp

Sarah Case-Price, M. S., CCC-SLP, is a speech pathologist and the Director of The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi.  Sarah has worked as a speech language pathologist in early intervention for the past 11 years.  After 7 years as a staff member at The Children’s Center, providing direct services and participating in comprehensive developmental assessments of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers with disabilities, Mrs. Case-Price moved into the position of director.  She is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Center including fund development and supervision of staff and university students.  Sarah also collaborates with school districts throughout Mississippi, the Mississippi Department of Health’s early intervention program (First Steps), and other agencies serving young children with disabilities.  
 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 07, 2014

andy impastato, BANCORPsOUTH INSURANCE SERVICES

Andy Impastato serves as Vice President of Legal & Compliance where he is responsible for providing regulatory guidance on new legislation, HR management and benefits administration. 
Our Guest: Tuesday, September 9 Wes Brooks 2014-09-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 28, 2014
Pictured L-R:  Caroline Smith, Director of Intensive Services at Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services; new member Dean Wade, and Hattiesburg Club President, Wes Brooks. 
Great Program and New Member Induction Last Tuesday Wes Brooks 2014-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 6840 FOUNDATION, MEMBERSHIP, AND P.R. SEMINAR Wes Brooks 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
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caroline smith

Caroline Smith holds a Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Ottawa University. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist-Supervisor, and a Certified Multiple Addiction Therapist. She is EMDR trained and holds clinical expertise in the areas of trauma resolution, relationship attachment patterns, addiction interaction disorder, and the two most primary process addictions, food and sex. 
Our Guest: Tuesday, August 26 2014-08-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 17, 2014

brian hall, governor, district 6840

Brian is a member of the Rotary Club of Covington, LA. He has served his club in many positions and has also served District 6840 as Membership Chair, Assistant District Governor, and Annual Fund Co-Chair. He was active with the Host Organizing Committee of the 2011 Rotary International Convention, where he served as the chair of the Technology Committee, chair of the Visa Committee and as a member of...
District 6840 Governor to visit Rotary Club of Hattiesburg on Tuesday Wes Brooks 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
SPOKES NEWSLETTER - AUGUST 19, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-08-18 00:00:00Z 0
Nugent Awarded Paul Harris Fellow Wes Brooks 2014-08-14 00:00:00Z 0
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Our Guest: Tuesday, August 5 Wes Brooks 2014-08-01 00:00:00Z 0
Our Rotary Club Welcomes Two New Members! Wes Brooks 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
The Bill Gwyn "Non Rotarian" Service Award Winner Wes Brooks 2014-07-30 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 21, 2014

FIRST SERGEANT rOGER M. gILLENTINE

First Sergeant Roger M Gillentine currently serves as the Chief Instructor of Armor for the Armor Training Battalion, 154th Regiment, RTI, Camp Shelby Mississippi. He joined the Mississippi Army National Guard in November 1989. He graduated OCS from the Mississippi Military Academy in August 1993 and was commissioned as an Armor Officer at Fort Knox KY in January 1994. He was assigned to Co C, 1st BN 198th Armor in Iuka, MS. There, he served as Platoon Leader and Executive Officer from 1993 until 2000. He also served as Executive Officer for HHC 1-155th Infantry from 2000 to 2002.​
OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2014-07-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 16, 2014
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A very special visit from Mr. Howell "Hal" Purvis on Tuesday, July 8. Mr. Howell spoke of his time on President Lyndon B. Johnson's detail as well as his interaction with the five presidents who immediately followed.  In addition to speaking to the club, Mr. Howell also brought a very impressive collection of things from his time with the Secret Service.  
Click on the image below to start the slide show. 
HOWELL "HAL" PURVIS, U.S. SECRET SERVICE (Ret) Wes Brooks 2014-07-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 14, 2014

sheriff danny rigel, lamar co. 

Danny was born and raised in Biloxi, Mississippi. Upon graduation from Biloxi High School, Danny graduated from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and finished studies at USM in Hattiesburg in 1982.  Danny got his professional certificate from the Hattiesburg Police Academy and worked in the Patrol Division for 3 years before being promoted to the Detective Division in 1985. 
OUR GUEST: TUESDAY, JULY 15 Wes Brooks 2014-07-15 00:00:00Z 0
The 2014 T. C. Hannah Rotarian of the Year Wes Brooks 2014-07-07 00:00:00Z 0
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On Tuesday the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg inducted its 2014-2015 Officers & Board of Directors.  We are looking forward to a great year!  
(Click "Read More" to view our leaders) 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 25, 2014
Congratulations to Mr. Larry LeBlanc! Larry is the recipient of this year's Joe Spell Award. Like Joe Spell, Larry has shown tireless dedication and provided selfless service to the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg and the Pinebelt. 
Like many of you who have followed Larry's recent health issues very closely, we are extremely excited and grateful that this article is accompanied by such a wonderful image.  
 
The Joe Spell Award Wes Brooks 2014-06-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 23, 2014
Mrs. Amanda Butler Lee!
 
Amanda has been selected as this years recipient of The Milam S. "Sonny 34" Cotten New Rotarian of the Year award. This recognition is presented to a dedicated and engaged Rotarian who has been a member of the club for less than three years. The award is named for Dr. Milam “Sonny 34” Cotten, a dedicated Rotarian who lived to serve. Dr. Cotten was the last member of this club to rise to the level of District Governor.
Congratulations, Amanda!

The "New Rotarian of the Year" is... Wes Brooks 2014-06-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 17, 2014
Miss MSU, Jasmine Murray, stopped by the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg on Tuesday to give a brief presentation on the history of the Miss Mississippi Pageant, the opportunities it offers its contestants, and the services it provides us all. She will be competing in the Miss Mississippi Pageant July 9-12. 
 
(Click on image below to find out more about Jasmine, her platform, and the Miss Mississippi and Miss America Pageants.)

Surprise Visitor on Tuesday: Miss MSU Jasmine Murray Wes Brooks 2014-06-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 15, 2014

Aaron Beam

Aaron Beam was a founder and the first CFO of Healthsouth from 1984 until 1997. In 1997 when he left the company, Healthsouth operated more outpatient rehab centers, outpatient surgery centers, and rehab hospitals than any company in the nation. 
Our Guest: Tuesday, June 17 Wes Brooks 2014-06-16 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 08, 2014

 

Travis Bradburn, CFRE
Associate Director of Development - University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • Currently serving as the Associate Executive Director of Development for the University of Mississippi Medical Center, including strategic leadership direction for Batson Children’s Hospital
  • Raised in Texas
  • Spent 8 years in Children’s Hospitals in Salt Lake City and Oakland
  • Have family from Prentiss and Covington County area.
  • Married with 4 Children and loving life Mississippi. Mississippi is home!
Our Guest: Tuesday, June 10, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
2014 Rotary International Convention Photo Album Wes Brooks 2014-06-09 00:00:00Z 0
Glimpse of RI CONFERENCE Wes Brooks 2014-06-02 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 27, 2014

On Tuesday, June 3, we will welcome representatives from the Area Development Partnership's Leadership Pinebelt Class of 2014 to speak about what they are doing to grow as future leaders and how they are working to help those in need and enhance the Pinebelt Region.  
 
June 3, 2014 - ADP Leadership Pinebelt 2013 Wes Brooks 2014-05-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 26, 2014

Mitchell Williams, pinebelt f.c.a.

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg was privileged to have Pinebelt Fellowship of Christian Athletes Area Director, Mitchell Williams, as its guest today.  
 
Prior to being hired with FCA, Mitchell worked at WDAM-TV for 27 years, serving as sports director for 20 of those years. While at WDAM, the sports department was cited by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for excellence on 40 different occasions including Best Sportscast in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009. 
 
Our Guest: May 27 Wes Brooks 2014-05-27 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on May 19, 2014
MAJ. GEN. JOHNNY SELLERS (rET.) 
Major General (Ret) Johnny M. Sellers Sr. is a native of Purvis Mississippi and was commissioned on 26 June 1987 as an armor officer through the Mississippi Military Academy Officer Candidate School.  Prior to receiving his commission, Major General Sellers was an enlisted Soldier the Mississippi Army National Guard and served as a combat engineer.  In 2009 he was assigned as the Deputy Commander of the 168th Engineer Brigade in Afghanistan during Operation Enduring Freedom.  He graduated from Roger Williams University, with a B.S. in Industrial Engineering, and from the United States Army War College, with an M.S. in Strategic Studies.  Major General Sellers retired following assignment as the Commander of the 168th Engineer Brigade headquartered in Vicksburg, Mississippi.
 
He is currently an owner and manager of the Sellers Chevrolet Dealership in Purvis, Mississippi, a member of the American Engineer Association, the National Guard Association of Mississippi, and the National Guard Association of the United States.
 
He served as a past Chairperson, Pine Burr Council, Boy Scouts of America, Lamar County, Mississippi, and is currently a Board Member of Trace Life Insurance, as well as a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3036 and the American Legion Post 0024.
 
Major General Sellers serves as co-founder and board member of Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi (WWM).  Founded in 2010 as a private, non-profit organization, WMM’s mission is to honor and empower wounded soldiers and airmen of Mississippi and provide assistance to those who have sacrificed much to defend our freedom. 
 
Our Guest: Tuesday, May 20 Wes Brooks 2014-05-20 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on May 12, 2014
Chad Newell 
President, Hattiesburg Chamber ADP
 
Pictured L-R: Club President, Scott Hummel, and Haley Bolivar White and Chad Newell of the Hattiesburg Area Development Partnership.  
Our guest has been actively involved in Economic Development circles for nearly two decades and currently serves as president of the Area Development Partnership (ADP), the regional Chamber of Commerce, Community Development, and Economic Development organization for Greater Hattiesburg. Chad joined the ADP in December 2009. 
Newell spent three years as a developer with Newton Oldacre McDonald, a full service retail development firm based in Nashville from 2007-2009. Chad spent the previous ten years (1996-2006) in Alabama assisting existing businesses with expansion plans and recruiting new companies to the state. Chad was an integral part of teams that led to billions of dollars in capital investments and thousands of new jobs created across the state of Alabama. 
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Posted by Wes Brooks on May 05, 2014
ANDRÉ J. HEATH
Leadership, Empowerment & Civic Engagement
 
A native of Crystal Springs, Mississippi, André J. Heath enjoys speaking to groups and organizations on leadership, personal empowerment, and civic engagement.  In 2011, Heath became 1 of 82 contestants from a pool of 30,000 participants from 116 countries to advance to the semifinals of Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.
OUR GUEST TODAY - May 6, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-05-06 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 28, 2014
Today the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg was treated to special selections from William Carey University's production of "Camelot." The full performance of "Camelot" took place April 22-26 at the Winters School of Music at William Carey University.
 
Pictured L-R: Scott Hummel; Kathy Vail, Associate Professor of Music at WCU; Connie Roberts, Professor of Music at WCU, and Camelot cast members Carissa Read and Ryan McNair.
 
A Taste of "Camelot" at the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Wes Brooks 2014-04-29 00:00:00Z 0
Our Guests: Tuesday, April 29 Wes Brooks 2014-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 23, 2014
 
The numbers are still not official, but it's safe to say a wonderful evening was had by all. Most importantly, dollars were raised to support a wonderful group of professionals who provide specialized, early intervention for children ages birth to five. 
The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg thanks you for your support!  
 
Click on the image below to view our photo album: 
Another Successful "Night in Italy!" Wes Brooks 2014-04-24 00:00:00Z 0
THIS TUESDAY - APRIL 22nd: "A NIGHT IN ITALY" FUNDRAISER! Wes Brooks 2014-04-22 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 20, 2014
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg members, click on the graphic below to view your assignments.  Please also remember to check in at the front desk when you arrive tomorrow for further instruction.  
 
 
Member Volunteer Assignments Wes Brooks 2014-04-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 16, 2014
 
Penny Barnes
Rowan Elementary School 
Hattiesburg, Ms. 
 
Congratulations to Penny Barnes, our April 2014 Teacher of the Month! Originally from Collins, Mrs. Barnes is a graduate of Alcorn State and William Carey Universities, teaches pre-K - 6th grade, and serves as a counselor. Accompanying Mrs. Barnes on Tuesday was Rowan Elementary Principal, Loleatha Miller.  
 
Pictured L-R:  Loleatha Miller, Penny Barnes, and Brett Phillips of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg.
 
For more information about Rowan Elementary School go to: www.rowan.hattiesburgpsd.com
Teacher of the Month: April 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-04-17 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 14, 2014

Lhay Browning Thriffiley, Director-Liaison
Osher Lifelong Learning Insitute at USM 
 
This Tuesday, Lhay Browning delivered an insightful presentation on the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Southern Miss and her duties as that organization's Director.  In addition, members in attendance were educated on what that organization provides Hattiesburg citizens over the age of 50, why one might consider joining, and the rich history of their organization.  
Our Guest Today - April 15, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-04-15 00:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Tuesday, April 8, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
Your Spokes Newsletter for April 1, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-04-01 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks

Kimberly Smith, Hawkins Elementary School

 
Pictured L-R: Brett Phillips, Donna Scott, Kimberly Smith, and Scott Hummel
TEACHER OF THE MONTH Wes Brooks 2014-03-28 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 24, 2014
Carrie Hornsby, M.Ed., Principal at Thames Elementary
 
Pictured L-R:  Carrie Hornsby, M.Ed. and Rotary Club Vice President, Jennifer Payne. 
Grant Recipient Announced Wes Brooks 2014-03-25 00:00:00Z 0
Visit from District Governor Elect Nominee Designat Randy Feldman Wes Brooks 2014-03-24 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 20, 2014

Steven Moser, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Arts & Letters
The University of Southern Mississippi

Steven Moser is the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters and Professor of Music at Southern Miss. Before joining the faculty in the School of Music in 1990, he was the marching band director and music education instructor in the School of Music at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Professor Moser is a specialist in instrumental conducting and a former conductor of the Symphonic Winds and director of the Pride of Mississippi Marching Band. Previously serving as Senior Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Letters, Professor Moser is a 2007 fellow of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Management Development Program and has served in various leadership roles at Southern Miss since 2002. ​
Our Guest Tuesday, March 25 Wes Brooks 2014-03-21 00:00:00Z 0
The Rotary Foundation Wes Brooks 2014-03-19 00:00:00Z 0
The Spokes Newsletter - March 11, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-03-11 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 09, 2014
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Scenes from "Ole Man River PETS" 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-03-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 03, 2014
New Internet Platform for the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg
It was a privileged to provide our club's program today and share with them the exciting new internet platform we've adopted - ClubRunner®.  This exciting new web solution, database, and online club management system will be highly effective in streamlining our service efforts, engaging potential and existing members, and untangling the lines of communication between our club, District, Zone, and Rotary International.  
 
Service Above Self!  
 
Wes Brooks, President-Elect
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg
 
 
 
 
The ClubRunner Solution Wes Brooks 2014-03-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 02, 2014
Please click on the image below to view and/or download the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg's Spokes newsletter for March 4, 2014. 
 
The Spokes Newsletter - March 4, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-03-03 00:00:00Z 0
The March District 6840 Newsletter Wes Brooks 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 25, 2014
Congratulations and many thanks to Mrs. Lucy Parkman and Mrs. Jennifer Payne for coordinating a wonderful event for our club!  To view photos from this event please click on the logo below. 
 
 
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Winter Social Wes Brooks 2014-02-26 00:00:00Z 0
Spokes Newsletter - February 18, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 17, 2014

Martha Dearman

Martha is the Executive Director of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation.  She has worked at Forrest General Hospital for 20 years, the last 7 years being with the Foundation.
 
Martha’s activities include serving on the Board of Directors of the University of Southern Mississippi Research Foundation and R3SM Unmet Needs Committee.  4 years ago, along with her daughter she started “Beyond the Lunch Table”.  This is a partnership between Woodley Elementary School and Parkway Heights United Methodist Church that provides food for 100 children in need every weekend throughout the school year.  She has also volunteered with the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and The United Way of Southeast Mississippi.
 
Martha is a native of Hattiesburg.  She is an active member of Parkway Heights United Methodist Church and has one daughter, Kate.
Our Guest: Tuesday, February 18 2014-02-18 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Feb 10, 2014
Today members of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg were treated to a presentation from former Southern Miss star running back, Philadelphia Eagles draftee, convicted felon, and current motivational speaker, Chris Buckhalter. Due to technical circumstances, the video portion of Chris's presentation could not be played in its entirety.  That video may be viewed by clicking on the image below. 
Our Guest Today: Chris Buckhalter 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
Newsletter - February 11, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-02-11 00:00:00Z 0
The Spokes Newsletter - February 4, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 03, 2014
For more information on the upcoming events mentioned in today's meeting and how you might participate, please click on the corresponding graphic below. 
 
Links for Upcoming Events Wes Brooks 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Tuesday, February 4, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-02-04 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 26, 2014

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will not meet Tuesday, January 28, due to hazardous weather forecasted for the Pine Belt.  

School closings for the Pine Belt area can be viewed by clicking the image below. 
 
CLUB MEETING CANCELLED Wes Brooks 2014-01-27 00:00:00Z 0
Mr. André J. Heath - Tuesday, January 28 Wes Brooks 2014-01-23 00:00:00Z 0
Spokes Newsletter - January 21, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 20, 2014
Psychologist and Author, Dr. Bev Smallwood
 
Dr. Bev Smallwood"Leadership, Risilience, Purpose and Positive Workplaces - Turning hope into action so that people can move through difficult changes and come out stronger on the other side... that's what we're all about!"
Our Guest Today: Bev Smallwood, Ph.D. Wes Brooks 2014-01-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 13, 2014

 

Today we welcome Dr. Omolara Otaigbe.  Dr. Otaigbe specializes in Family Practice and, as you will read, brings extensive medical experience from across the globe to team of medical professionals at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg.  
Our Guest Today: Omolara Y. Otaigbe, M.D. Wes Brooks 2014-01-14 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 09, 2014
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Be sure you're registered for this Saturday's mid-year check up (it's free).  Hattiesburg Club President, Scott Hummel, and Club President-Elect, Wes Brooks, will be attending. However, this meeting is open to all active members.  
 
Rotary Mid-Year Checkup - This Saturday! Wes Brooks 2014-01-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 06, 2014
Many thanks to Lee Armstrong and Kailey Kemp of Anatomies for visiting our Rotary Club today!  Hattiesburg Rotarians were treated to a very informative presentation from these two professionals on the hugely popular subject of getting back to a healthy lifestyle through proper diet and exercise as we exit the feast-filled holiday season.  
 
Thank you Lee and Kailey!
 
For more on the great work Lee and Kaley are doing at Anatomies in Hattiesburg, click on the image below. 
(Pictured L-R:  Ember Ahua of Rotary, Lee Armstrong and Kailey Kemp of Anatomies, and Scott Hummel, President of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg) 
Thank you Lee Armstrong and Kailey Kemp from Anatomies! Wes Brooks 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 06, 2014
Please click on the graphic below to view the Spokes Newsletter for today.  Service Above Self!  
SPOKES - Tuesday, January 7, 2014 Wes Brooks 2014-01-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 05, 2014

Lee Armstrong

Lee Armstrong is originally from Tupelo Mississippi. She moved to Hattiesburg Mississippi in 2007 to study human performance and recreation at the University of Southern Mississippi. While in school, Lee served as an Ambassador for the College of Health. After completing a degree in Exercise Science, she worked clinically in outpatient cardiac rehab. Currently Lee is the Director of the Gateway Program at Anatomies family fitness.
Our Guest Tuesday, January 7 Wes Brooks 2014-01-06 00:00:00Z 0
Christmas Performance by WCU's "Carpenter's Wood" Ensemble Wes Brooks 2013-12-19 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 16, 2013
Dr. Don Odom
Dean, Winters School of Music
William Carey University
 
Dr. Odom graduated from William Carey in 1978 with the bachelor of music in church music and in 1980 with a masters in music history.
In 1991, he received the doctor of musical arts degree from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
 
Odom has served churches in Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida and has been a frequent guest conductor and conference leader across the U.S. and Canada for a variety of ages and choral ensembles.
Our Guest Today - December 17, 2013 Wes Brooks 2013-12-17 00:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Today: December 10, 2013 Wes Brooks 2013-12-10 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 02, 2013

 

Paul D. Cotten, Ph.D.

Professor of Music & Psychology

William Carey University

For the past 55 years Dr. Paul Cotten has worked with people with intellectual disabilities while being involved as an administrator, professor, recreation worker, special education teacher, music therapist, direct care worker, and an advocate.  He is a registered music therapist, psychologist, and certified gerontologist.  After 33 years in state government, Dr. Cotton is celebrating his 25th year as a professor at William Carey University. His areas of expertise include, but are not limited to: areas of music therapy, psychology, and gerontology.
However, his “claim to fame” (as it relates to Rotary) is that he is the brother of Past District Governor, Dr. Milam S. “Sonny 34” Cotten.
Our Guest Today: Dr. Paul Cotten Wes Brooks 2013-12-03 00:00:00Z 0
Food Drive and Donation to Robert St. John's Extra Table Wes Brooks 2013-11-21 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 12, 2013

Van Jones, Executive Director - Pine Belt 360

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg was treated to a thoughtful, engaging presentation from Pine Belt 360 Executive Director, Van Jones.
Our Guest Tuesday, November 12: Van Jones Wes Brooks 2013-11-13 00:00:00Z 0
Even though our online registration has closed online we still welcome "walk up" registrants!  You may download the registration form by clicking here or fill one out when you arrive tomorrow morning.  
The fun starts at 7:30am - we hope to see you then!!
ONLINE BIKE-A-THON REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED. 2013-11-08 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 06, 2013
Please be sure that you submit your online registration for the 1st Annual Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Bike-A-Thon by 3:00pm tomorrow (Nov. 7).  This year our Rotary Club is partnering with USM & NFL great Adalius Thomas and his Fit Kids Organization in support of healthier lifestyles for the children of the State of Mississippi.  Please come join us for a great cause with a future NFL Hall of Famer!  
 
Please click on the "Bike-A-Thon" link in the menu bar above to register.  The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg and Adalius Thomas hope to see you this Saturday at the Longleaf Trace at 7:30am sharp!
 
Service Above Self!
ONLINE BIKE-A-THON REGISTRATION CLOSES FRIDAY, 11/7 @ 3:00PM! Wes Brooks 2013-11-07 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 04, 2013

Dr. Julian Allen

Julian AllenThis Tuesday the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg welcomed Dr. Julian Allen into its membership.  Dr. Allen is a retired United States Air Force Colonel and former member of the Rotary Club of Gulfport.  Dr. Allen presently serves as Director of the Public Safety Technology & Training Programs at The University of Southern Mississippi and also serves as the University's pilot.  
 
Welcome, Dr. Julian Allen!  
New Member, Julian Allen... WELCOME! Wes Brooks 2013-11-05 00:00:00Z 0
The November District 6840 Newsletter 2013-11-03 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 31, 2013
On Tuesday, October 22, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg welcomed Mr. John Cooper as its newest member.  John is Vice President & Senior Relationship Banker at Citizens National Bank in Hattiesburg.
Pictured L-R:  Club President Scott Hummel, John Cooper, and John's sponsor, Club Sec/Treas Sean Priebe.
Welcome, John Cooper! Wes Brooks 2013-11-01 00:00:00Z 0
Our guests today: Forest Thigpen and Joel Bomgar 2013-10-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 20, 2013

The Mississippi Amber Alert System

Our Guest Tuesday, October 22, will be Lt. James "Jimmy" Herzog, Director of the Special Operations and Major Crimes Unit of the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation.  The focus of Lt. Herzog's presentation will be the Mississippi Amber Alert System.  Accompanying Lt. Herzog will be the Bureau's Director of Public Affairs, Mr. Warren Strain.  

For more information on the Mississippi Amber Alert System please click here.  
Our Guest: Tuesday, October 22 Wes Brooks 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Early registration has been extended!! Wes Brooks 2013-10-21 00:00:00Z 0
Tracking Hurricane Karen 2013-10-04 00:00:00Z 0

Susan Light - The Pink Ribbon Fund 10th Anniversary

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Susan Light, a Past President of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, was inducted into our club July of 2005 and served through Hurricane Katrina.
Susan will visit with us on Tuesday, October 8, to give tell us about her charity, the Pink Ribbon Fund.  This fund was founded in memory of Susan’s best friend, Mary, who succumbed to breast cancer in 1999 at the young age of 49.
This month is the 10th anniversary of the Pink Ribbon Fund which began with 5 women at a kitchen table.  It is now a thriving 501(c)(3) with 40 volunteers serving on 4 committees. Since its inception, The Pink Ribbon Fund has contributed in excess of $750,000 to hundreds of Pine Belt breast cancer patients and survivors. 
 
Our Guest: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 Wes Brooks 2013-10-01 00:00:00Z 0
Our Guest, September 24 Wes Brooks 2013-09-19 00:00:00Z 0
Our Speakers - September 17, 2013 Wes Brooks 2013-09-13 00:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 10, 2013

Rotary Youth Exchange in the Hub City

Elizabeth Van Sant
Tuesday, September 10, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg was treated to a very informative presentation by Elizabeth Van Sant of the Covington Rotary Club. Elizabeth also serves as District 6840 Youth Exchange Officer.
Elizabeth informed the Hattiesburg Rotarians of the importance of the Youth Exchange, how clubs become engaged with the program, and her own personal experiences as Rotary Youth Exchange student in the Philippines. Accompanying Elizabeth was Bart Shank of the Rotary Club of Carrollton, La.
Thank you both for visiting with us!
Rotary Youth Exchange in the Hub City Wes Brooks 2013-09-11 00:00:00Z 0
1st Annual Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Bike-A-Thon!! Wes Brooks 2013-09-10 00:00:00Z 0
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Thought for the Week - Who Said It? Kevin Lewis 2013-08-29 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Kevin Lewis on Aug 28, 2013
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