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APRIL 6, 2021
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ON AUGUST 24

COL. PETE CREAN • WWII MUSEUM

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.
 
RANDOM ACTS OF SERVICE—August 16, 2021

"SERVICE ABOVE SELF" IN OUR COMMUNITY!

 
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!
ON TUESDAY, JUNE 8

BILL RAYMOND

A Biloxi native, Bill is a graduate of Notre Dame High School and the University of Southern Mississippi. His professional history includes 5 years as Downtown Services Manager for the City of Biloxi, which included managing the Main Street Program and the city’s visitor services program, as well as coordinating community special events. He also served as Main Street Executive Director for Greenville, Mississippi for two years.  Presently he is an Executive Planner and serves as the historic preservation officer for the City of Biloxi overseeing development in the City’s six locally designated historical districts and managing the City owned and operated historic properties and museums including the Biloxi Visitors Center and the Biloxi Civic Center. 
 
Bill is a board member for Main Street Biloxi, Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi Chamber of Commerce, Humane Society of South Mississippi, The Peoples Heritage Foundation and Southern Coastal Federal Credit Union. Bill lives in Harrison County with his three fur babies, Rosie Marie, Bruiser and Scarlett Ann. 
OUR GUESTS TODAY: TOM ESTES & BILL PACE

Mr. Bill Pace

Dr. Tom Estes

Past President (1998-1999) & Paul Harris Fellow

These are some highlights of his career:
  • State Director of vocational programs for the Ms. Dept of Education.
  • Director of the American Enterprise
  • Center of the Ms Economic Council.
  • Director of Millsaps College fundraising .
  • Asst. V.P. of the USM Foundation
  • Founding member of the Greater Pine Belt Foundation.
Other post-retirement positions:
  • President Sales & Marketing Executives in Jackson
  • President of Racquet Club of Hattiesburg
  • President Senior Quest Club Hattiesburg
  • Past Advisory Board Chair of the DuBard School at USM.
Bill is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
A native of Amory, MS, Bill and his wife, Sue, have 4 children & 5 grandchildren.
Past President (1981-1982) & Paul Harris Fellow
 
These are some highlights of his career:
  • Certified Public Accountant
  • A USM Professor of Accounting
  • Asst. Director of Education of American Certified Public Accountants
  • V.P. of of Business/Finance at USM
  • Sr VP of Finance at Mercer University
  • CFO at Houston Community College
  • President United Way of Hattiesburg
  • President Hattiesburg Chamber ofCommerce
  • Bachelors Degree, The University of Southern Mississippi
  • Master of Science, Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D., University of Arkansas
A native of Natchez, Tom and his wife, Frances, have 4 children , 8 grandchildren & 1 great-grandson.
 
MINUTES: June 1, 2021
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. A.D. Hunt provided the opening prayer. Stephen Utroska led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom.
 
Joe Bost thanked those who helped with today’s meeting. Mark has Nick Adams as his guest.
 
Mark then introduced today’s guest speaker, Paula Mathis. Paula is the Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Southern Mississippi. She took that position in the fall of 2018. Prior to that she taught in the USM Honors College for 17 years.
 
Our guest, Paula Mathis (OLLI) and Club President, Mark Killingsworth.
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MINUTES: May 18, 2021
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting held at Holiday Inn North and the Zoom online conference platform. Lucy Sanguinetti provided the opening prayer. Richard Topp led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Joe Bost and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting. He asked Mike McPhail to introduce his guest. Mike has Steward Davidson as his guest today.
Mark then introduced today’s guest speaker, Mark LaSalle. Mark is a member of the Moss Point Rotary Club. He currently supports the District’s Membership and Foundation Committees. He is a naturalist and wetland ecologist.
Mark introduced Rotary’s Membership Initiative. The Initiative demonstrates ways to engage and secure new members and ways to engage and retain existing members. By using the Initiative, Mark’s club was able to attract two new members. He is encouraging each Club in his District to develop a club action plan incorporating these strategies.
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ON JUNE 1

PAULA MATHIS • OSHER LIFELONG LEARNING INSTITUTE

Paula Mathis is the director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Southern Mississippi (Southern Miss). OLLI at Southern Miss has two locations: the main campus is in Hattiesburg, and the satellite campus overlooks the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Long Beach. Paula has been with OLLI since the fall, 2018. Prior to joining OLLI, she worked in the Southern Miss Honors College for seventeen years. Her background is in counseling, and she earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree at Southern Miss. In her downtime, she travels with family and friends, reads, binge-watches television drama series, and listens to podcasts.
MINUTES: May 11, 2021
L-R: Mark Killingsworth, Destiny Blackwell, Lindsey Sloan, and Lucy Sanguinetti
 
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Allen Anderson provided the opening prayer. Wes Brooks led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom.
Joe Bost and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting. He also announced that members are now encouraged to sign-up on-line to assist with future meetings.
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ON MAY 25

ERIK GRAHAM, DMD PA

A Hattiesburg native with an eye for sculpture, Dr. Erik Graham believes that every smile is a work of art ready to be unveiled. After attending dental school at University Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, Dr. Graham and his wife Ginny (also a Hattiesburg native) moved back to Hattiesburg and joined Dr. Baker, where they formed Baker & Graham Family Dentistry. “It’s amazing having a partner like Dr. Graham. His wife’s grandmother was my patient, and she told Dr. Graham about me and my desire to find a good partner and expand the practice,” Dr. Baker said of Dr. Graham. “We get along because we are so different. He works at an amazing, meticulous pace and has an encyclopedic knowledge of dentistry. He is so caring with patients, and we complement each other really well.”

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HATTIESBURG WEATHER
 
TODAY

DESTINY BLACKWELL • TRADITION HOME HEALTH & HOSPICE CARE

Destiny Blackwell is a Care Coordinator for Traditions Health. Traditions Health provides hospice and palliative care to loved ones at end of life. These services include a doctor, nurse practitioner, RN, CNA, social worker, chaplain, and medical equipment and supplies. Destiny is originally from Hattiesburg, MS where she graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She currently lives in Gulfport, MS and covers both the Hattiesburg community and the the gulf coast community, where she educates families and community partners on the under-utilized benefits of hospice services.
MINUTES: April 27, 2021
L-R: Mark Killingsworth, Clark Hicks, Lucy Sanguinetti.
 
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Steven Utroska provided the opening prayer. A.D. Hunt led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom.
Joe Bost and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting. He also announced that members are now encouraged to sign-up online to assist with future meetings. Volunteers are needed for greeters, prayers, and the Pledge.
Mark then inducted Coty Primeaux as our club’s newest member. Coty introduced his wife, Holly, who was able to attend the ceremony. Coty grew up in a small southern Louisiana town. He graduated from LSU as a finance major. He currently works as a financial adviser for Regions Bank.
Lucy Sanguinetti then introduced today’s guest speaker, Clark Hicks. Clark is a Mississippi civil litigation attorney in Hattiesburg.
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MINUTES: April 20, 2021
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Mark provided the opening prayer. Bill McLaughlin led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom.
Richard Topp filled in for Joe Bost and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting.
Lucy Sanguinetti then introduced today’s guest speaker, Katie Dixon. Katie owns the Birdhouse Cafe that offers a range of power foods, salads and healthy takes on traditional, southern fare. Katie also offers a full-service meal prep program, a healthy sweet treats menu, private dining, event catering & cooking classes.
 
L-R: Lucy Sanguinetti, Mark Killingsworth, and Chef Katie Dixon.
 
 
 
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ON TUESDAY!
KATIE DIXON • CHEF/AUTHOR/SPEAKER

Chef Katie Dixon opened the Birdhouse Cafe in 2017 to create an environment where everyone leaves feeling loved, nourished & inspired. The Birdhouse offers a range of power foods from acai bowls and salads to healthy takes on traditional, southern fare. Aside from owning the Birdhouse, Katie also offers a full-service meal prep program, a healthy sweet treats menu, private dining, event catering & cooking classes.

 

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OUR GUEST TUESDAY, APRIL 13

RANDY PIERCE • Author & Director at MS Judicial College at U.M.

Randy is the director of the Mississippi Judicial College at the University of Mississippi School of Law. He previously served on the Mississippi Supreme Court, as a Chancellor for the Sixteenth Chancery Court District, and as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Randy received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he served as LSSB President. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

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MINUTES: April 6, 2021
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Steven Utroska provided the opening prayer. Gene Owens led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom. Joe Bost thanked those who helped with today’s meeting.
Stew Deen then introduced today’s guest speaker, Sam Burke. Sam is the Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy. He has been in this position since 2011. The Community Pharmacy is in Biloxi, however’ they have opened a pharmacy here in the Hattiesburg area. The Pharmacy began operations in 1998 and has been serving the Hattiesburg area for the past 5 years. The Pharmacy serves individuals who need prescription assistance. It buys prescriptions at the wholesale cost, receives sample drugs from area doctors, and has partnerships with nursing homes that provide unused prescriptions.
 
L-R: Stew Deen, Sam Burke, and Mark Killingsworth.
 
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ON APRIL 6

SAM BURKE • ST. VINCENT DE PAUL COMMUNITY PHARMACY

Sam Burke is the Executive Director of the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy in Biloxi and has served in that capacity since 2011. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and has worked in non-profit management for the past 18 years. He has certifications from the Boys and Girls Clubs of America’s School of Executive Leadership, Portland State University’s Non-Profit Leadership Development Program, the MS Center for Non-Profits Leadership Institute, and Excellence in Action Accreditation Program. Sam currently serves on the Board of Directors for the MS Alliance of Non-Profits and Philanthropies, as well as the Biloxi Chamber of Commerce.

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MINUTES: March 23, 2021
President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Lynn Walton provided the opening prayer. Mark Killingsworth led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North and on Zoom. Joe Bost thanked those who helped with today’s meeting.
Mark then introduced today’s guest speaker, our own Rotarian, Wes Brooks. Wes is the Development Coordinator for the DuBard School. He specializes in Fundraising and Public & Government Relations.
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NEXT WEEK

RANDY PIERCE • Author & Director of MS Judicial College at Ole Miss

Randy is the director of the Mississippi Judicial College. He previously served on the Mississippi Supreme Court, as a Chancellor for the Sixteenth Chancery Court District, and as a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. Randy received his Juris Doctor from the University of Mississippi School of Law where he served as LSSB President. He has an undergraduate degree in accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.

While a member of the Mississippi Supreme Court, Randy served as co-chair of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Children’s Justice. He also served as chair of the Rules Committee on the Legal profession. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and has served as an adjunct professor at the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi College School of Law. He is a member of the Mississippi Bar, American Bar Association, Mississippi Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Read the Clarion-Ledger article on the release of Randy Pierce's fourth novel, Missy, here

EDUCATION

  • B.A., University of Southern Mississippi
  • M.A., University of Southern Mississippi
  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law
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