JULY 6, 2021


Colonel (Ret) Peter Crean is the Vice President of Education and Access at the National WWII Museum and is responsible for the content aspects of the Museum’s mission. Prior to his arrival in 2017, Crean served as Director of the US Army Heritage and Education Center at the US Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. The AHEC includes the Army’s historical archive, its largest library and one of its largest museums, all focused on “telling the Army story, one soldier at a time.” As an Army officer with nearly three decades of experience and multiple deployments, Crean has an extensive record of service as a leader in logistics and administrative roles. He holds a Master of Science degree in logistics management from the Florida Institute of Technology and a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the US Army War College, where he was also a graduate of the Advanced Strategic Arts Program.


The Hattiesburg Rotary Club delivered two cooking appliances to a Lumberton family with two young children, one with special needs. They had no stove or appliances to cook food or a refrigerator/freezer to keep food cold. A monetary donation was also given when the appliances were delivered, and a refrigerator was provided by Dr. Annie Jackson with Canopy Children's Solutions. 
The need is great throughout our communities!
Parting Thoughts from 20-21 DG Elizabeth

2020-2021 Made Super Heroes of Us All!

Dear Super Hero Rotarians of District 6840:
I want to thank you for sharing this year of growth, innovation, and adaptation with me. I learned something every single time we had the opportunity to exchange ideas and that is a fantastic way to spend the time we have: learning and growing.
It has been my great honor to have served this year as District Governor. The dash between 2020 and 2021 when we write out this year in Rotary terms, 2020-2021, is difficult, to sum up.
OUR GUEST: August 3, 2021

Rachel Wilson • MS Commission on Judicial Performance

Article is taken from the Mississippi College University News website, July 17, 2020. 

Rachel L. Wilson is the new executive director of the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance. Her appointment became effective July 1 (2020).

A 2000 Mississippi College Law School graduate, Wilson served as the commission’s senior staff attorney. A major in the Mississippi Air National Guard, the Mississippian also serves as the assistant staff judge advocate for its 172nd Air Wing in Jackson.

Rachel “brings the rare blend of institutional knowledge and fresh energy and ideas to the position,” says commission chair Kent McDaniel, a Rankin County Court Judge.

She’s transitioning from the senior prosecutor position and brings two decades of litigation experience to the commission office in Jackson this summer.

The commission prosecutes instances of judicial misconduct. The agency serves as a resource for judges by teaching continuing judicial education courses and speaking at seminars.

“I have been given the extraordinary opportunity to lead an agency whose mission is an incredibly laudable one,” Wilson said. “I do not take that opportunity or responsibility lightly and look forward to serving the Commission in its endeavor to protect the integrity of the judiciary.”

MC Law Dean Patricia Bennett is proud of Rachel and salutes her appointment.

“She will lead and manage with compassion to protect the judiciary and the public,” Bennett said Wednesday. “She knows how to balance the interests of both sides to ensure a just outcome.”

Her appointment, the MC Law dean added, will “ensure a well-trained and fair judiciary. The purpose of the Commission is to be rehabilitative and educational as well as disciplinary. Rachel is well qualified and deserving of this appointment.”

Rachel Wilson received a bachelor’s of arts and a master’s of English at William Carey University in Hattiesburg.

The Mississippi attorney is licensed to practice before all state and federal courts, the Choctaw Trial Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition, Wilson served as an adjunct instructor at Mississippi University for Women in Columbus and as a volunteer teacher at law enforcement academies.

MC Law alumni offered their congratulations to Rachel Wilson on her new post at a key state agency.

MINUTES: July 6, 2021
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Jerome Brown provided the opening prayer. Joe Meador led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark led us in the Four-Way Test. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom.
Mark then began our annual award presentations with the Milam S. “Sonny 34” Cotton New Rotarian of the Year Award.
Ceremonial passing of the gavel pictured L-R: Mark Killingsworth, 2020-2021; Steven Utroska, 2019-2020; Paula Brahan, 2017-2018; Sean Priebe, 2015-2016; Wes Brooks, 2014-2015; Maura McLaughlin, 2012-2013; Bill McLeod, 2010-2011; Richard Topp, 2008-2009; Freddie Walter, 2007-2008; Jalil Y. Buti, 2002-2003, and Mike Ratliff, 1995-1996.
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2021 Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Awards winners! Pictured L-R: Lynn Walton, Club President; Mark Killingsworth, The T.C. Hannah Rotarian of the Year; Dr. Rambod A. Rouhbakhsh, The Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian Service Award; Lucy Sanguinetti, The Milam S. “Sonny 34” Cotten New Rotarian of the Year, and Bill MacLauchlan, The Joe Spell Spirit of Rotary Award.
2021 Awards Day and Officer Induction Ceremony


On Tuesday, July 6, Rotary Club of Hattiesburg will hold its annual officer induction and awards ceremony. This event will be held at the normal weekly meeting time (noon–1:00 p.m.) at the Holiday Inn Hattiesburg-North on Highway 49. In addition to thanking our outgoing President, Mark Killingsworth, and board members, the club will induct its new President, Lynn Walton, and her cabinet, and will recognize four recipients with awards. 

Awards given that day will include: 
  • THE 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.
  • 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. Named for Dr. Milam “Sonny 34” Cotton, a dedicated Rotarian who lived to serve, was the last member of this club to rise to the level of District Governor.
  • THE BILL GWYN “NON-ROTARIAN SERVICE” AWARD—Our club’s best attempt to look beyond our membership. This is the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg’s recognition of someone in our region who exemplifies our values, commitment to service, and the empowerment of those less fortunate.
  • 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.
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MINUTES: June 23, 2021
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Mark provided the opening prayer. Denny Bubrig led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark led us in the Four-Way Test. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom. Joe Bost thanked those who helped with today’s meeting. There were no guests.
Mark then introduced today’s guest speaker, Rebecca Silba, Annual Giving Officer of the Rotary Foundation for our region of the country. Rebecca thanked club members for their recent contributions to the Foundation and for the work that our club and others are doing locally and around the world.
Sep 28, 2021
Executive Director, Edwards Street Fellowship
Executive Director, Edwards Street Fellowship
Oct 05, 2021
Baker & Graham Dentistry
Oct 12, 2021
Mississippi Aquarium
Oct 19, 2021
Hattiesburg Convention Commission
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