UPCOMING SCHEDULE Wes Brooks 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 05, 2018
L-R: Jamey Mitchell, Gary Grubbs, and Erin Granberry.
Thank you to actor/writer Gary Grubbs for providing our program on Tuesday.
 
President Jamie Mitchell presided over today’s meeting. Mallory Donald gave today’s invocation. Mark Killingsworth led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamie Mitchell and Wes Brooks who served as our greeters today.
 
Wes filled in for Brandon Hodges and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and then introduced today’s guests. Scott Hummel has Gary Roberson as his guest today. Bill McLeod has Chandra Crane as his guest. Cole Gressett has Joe Bost and Jim Gren as his guests today. Gerry Gilder has his wife Nancy as his guest and Ben Donald has Juan Berites as his guest.
 
MINUTES: December 4, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-12-05 06:00:00Z 0
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DR. KEVIN GREENE • MISSISSIPPI'S CONTRIBUTION TO POPULAR MUSIC (PT.2)

Kevin Greene holds an appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is also the Director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. Through the Center, Dr. Greene is currently the principal investigator for the Mississippi Oral History Project, a research initiative funded annually by the Mississippi state legislature to document the collective memory of Mississippi’s culture, heritage, and institutions in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Tuesday, December 11 Wes Brooks 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Dec 03, 2018
President Jamie Mitchell presided over today’s meeting. Katie Anthony gave today’s invocation. Wes Brooks led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamie Mitchell and Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeters today. Brandon Hodges thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and then introduced today’s guests. Scott Hummel has Gary Roberson and Mikaela Green at his guests today. Bill McLeod has Chandra Crane as his guest. Chandra is a prospective new member. Mike McPhail has Joe Bost as his guest today as well.
 
Our thanks to our own Mark Killingsworth and his guest, Greg Bryant, for providing our program last Tuesday.
L-R: Jamey Mitchell, Mark Killingsworth, and Greg Bryant.
MINUTES: November 27, 2018 2018-12-03 06:00:00Z 0
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GARY GRUBBS

Gary Grubbs and his wife Glenda move to Los Angeles in 1978 for Gary to pursue a writing career.  He went on an open call, booked the part and 40 years and 200 credits later he is still acting.  Gary made a name for himself starring in sit-coms, like Will and Grace, Growing Pains, and Married W/Children. He also featured in dozens of Hallmark and Lifetime movies as a southern lawyer. Two network movies he starred in, “The Burning Bed and Fatal Vision” are still among the highest rated projects in television history.
Recently he was in “Concussion” with Will Smith, “Free State of Jones” with Matthew McConaughey, and with Kevin Sorbo in “Let There Be Light.”  His favorite role of all time is  Joe Carter in “God Bless the Broken Road” and he his truly excited about its recent release.
His wife Glenda is a well-known artist.  His daughter Molly is a creative brand strategist for Tumblr and his son Logan, is currently pitching a game show to the networks that he and Gary have created.  Recently a play that Gary penned was adapted into a screenplay and bought by Netflix to be part of the Dolly Parton Anthology series.  The movie recently completed filming in Atlanta and starred Gerald McRaney and Delta Burke.
Tuesday, December 4 Wes Brooks 2018-11-27 06:00:00Z 0
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Greg Bryant • Dillard's Turtle Creek Mall

Greg is a native of Columbia, MS, who graduated from USM in 1989 with a degree in Business Administration. From there, he entered Dillard’s training program in San Antonio where he was an Assistant Buyer. He was then promoted to Assistant Store Manager in San Antonio before coming to the Dillard's Department Store in Hattiesburg where he has served as General Manager since that store's grand opening in Turtle Creek Mall. 
Tuesday, November 27 Wes Brooks 2018-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
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President-Elect Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting for President Jamey Mitchell. Steve Ramp gave today’s invocation. Michaela Harper led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Steven Utroska who served as our greeter today.
 
Brandon Hodges thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and then introduced today’s guests. Mike McPhail has Joe Bost, a prospective member, as his guest today. Mark Killingsworth has his wife Rheba as his guest today.
 
Steven reminded members that Fresh Fruit Gift Baskets orders must be finalized by November 27th.
 
Erin Granberry then introduced today’s guest speakers, Mark and Rheba Killingsworth. Mark is retired from the retail industry. Rheba was a stock trader for both Liberty Bank in Oklahoma City and Stephen’s Inc. in Little Rock Arkansas. After the birth of their second daughter in 1987 Rheba became CEO of the Killingsworth household.
 
MINUTES: November 20, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-11-24 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 20, 2018
President Jamey Mitchell presided over the meeting. Cole Gressett gave today’s invocation. Michaela Harper led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to James Mitchell and Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeters today.
 
Brandon Hodges thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and then introduced today’s guest. Jerry Gilder has his wife Nancy as his guest today. Denny Bubrig announced that Fresh Fruit Gift Baskets orders must be finalized by November 27th. He also has six Rotary shirts left for sale if anyone is interested. Jamie noted that we will be ringing the bell for the Salvation Army this holiday season. He is also in need of 8 Rotarians to come to Toyota of Hattiesburg on Saturday, December 8th to read to children while they get their pictures taken with Santa. You will only be asked to read for 15 minutes between the hours of 9 a.m. and Noon.
 
Our thanks to Rep. Missy McGee for providing our program last Tuesday.
L-R: Bill McLeod, Sean McGee, Rep. Missy McGee, and Jamey Mitchell.
MINUTES: November 13, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
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MARK AND RHEBA KILLINGSWORTH

Mark is from Mendenhall AND Rheba from Biloxi. They have been married for 38.5 years and reside here in Bent Creek West Subdivision. Mark has a BS in Marketing from USM, 1974. Rheba has a BS in Economics from LSU, 1979.
Mark spent 5 years with Fine Bros-Matison here in Hattiesburg while attending college—the last 3 years, he was the Store Manager of Fines at Cloverleaf & Buyer for all of Fine’s Menswear. Joining Dillard’s early in 1976. Mark spent 42 years with the company in capacities of Buyer, Store Manager, Divisional Merchandise Manager and the last 30 years as Vice-President of Ladies & Children’s Apparel. Rheba spent her early years after college as a Stock Trader for both Liberty Bank in Oklahoma City, Ok & Stephen’s Inc in Little Rock, AR. In 1987 after the birth of their 2nd daughter, Rheba became CEO of the KILLINGSWORTH household & maintains that position. They have lived in 5 states with Dillard’s over the years & retired this year back to their home state of Mississippi.
They raised 2 daughters, Lindsey and Meredith. Lindsey graduated USM in 2007 & works for the Hattiesburg Clinic. Meredith has been a heroin addict for 14 years. Her son Jaden was born in 2008. Shortly after, she resumed her addiction. Rheba & Mark raised Jaden from birth, became his legal guardian at 6 months adopting him in 2011 at age 3.Rheba & Mark are active Members of Heritage United Methodists Church.
 
CLICK HERE to view their PowerPoint presentation. 
Tuesday, November 20 2018-11-20 06:00:00Z 0
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President Jamie Mitchell presided over the meeting. He opened the meeting by thanking everyone who was a part of last week’s Centennial Celebration. He also read a thank you card from Betty Lipscombe who expressed her gratitude for the love and affection our club had for her late husband Milam Cotton. She noted that Rotary was very meaningful to Milam.
 
 
MINUTES: October 30, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
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REP. MISSY MCGEE, DISTRICT 102

Whether as volunteer in any number of community organizations, administrator in her family’s business or instructor at Southern Miss, there are usually a few specific words and phrases used to describe Missy McGee. These include “doer,” “servant leader” and the “one you call when you want to get something done.”

Missy Warren McGee was born, raised and spent nearly her entire life in Hattiesburg. The only years she lived elsewhere were the three that she spent in Washington D.C. serving as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Trent Lott. She’s a product of the Hattiesburg Public School District and The University of Southern Mississippi, where she received her bachelor of science and master of arts degrees in speech communication. She’s also been an instructor at Southern Miss in speech communication.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13 Wes Brooks 2018-11-05 06:00:00Z 0
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Vic Purvis began his broadcasting career as a part of what was then the Golden Eagle Radio Network during the 1974 season when the school used former players as guest commentators on each broadcast. Purvis did such an outstanding job on his first broadcast that he was invited back to serve as a commentator again later that year. At the end of the 1974 season, Purvis was asked to take the job full time beginning the next year. Purvis brought his expert analysis to the Golden Eagle network on a full-time basis in 1975 and and retired from that position after the 2015 season for a total of 41 years in the Golden Eagle radio broadcast booth as an analyst.

With a total of 475 games broadcast and 27 games in which he appeared as a player, Purvis has been involved in 502 Southern Miss football games which, at the time of his retirement, was well over 50% of all the football games played in the Southern Miss football history.

TUESDAY, Nov. 6 Wes Brooks 2018-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
100th Celebration Video Wes Brooks 2018-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 28, 2018
President Jamie Mitchell presided over the meeting. Steve Ramp gave today’s invocation. Mallory Donald led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamie Mitchell and Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeters today.
 
Erin Granberry stood in today for Brandon Hodges as Sargent at Arms. Erin reported that Mallory Donald has Mit Cole as her guest today, and Joey Johnson’s guest is prospective member Eric Rodgers.
 
Jamie announced that Otis Blankenship a former Rotarian passed away this month.
 
Erin then introduced todays guest speaker, Martha Dearman. 
 
 
Our thanks to Martha Dearman for providing our program on Tuesday. 
L-R: James Mitchell, Martha Dearman, and Erin Granberry.
 
MINUTES: October 16, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-10-28 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 28, 2018

AUTHOR MARY ABRAHAM

Mary Abraham grew up in Greene County, Mississippi. She is a graduate of Leakesville High School and the University of Mississippi Medical Center School of Nursing. Her years in nursing were spent at UMMC in Jackson and Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. She is married, has two children and three grandchildren. She and her husband live in Hattiesburg.

Where the Creek Runs is her first novel.

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MARTHA DEARMAN, FORREST GENERAL HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION

Martha Dearman currently serves as the Executive Director of the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation (FGHF) in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, though her career at Forrest General Hospital spans over 23 years, with multiple titles behind her.  Under her direction, the FGHF was created in 2006 to assist in providing world class care to our community through philanthropy. 

As Executive Director, Ms. Dearman has been instrumental in securing funds for many projects on Forrest General’s campus. These include renovation of the Woullard Chapel, adding the Family Terrace and infant video monitoring in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), providing cardiac monitoring equipment, and purchasing EKG machines for the emergency critical care area. She is currently raising funds to improve internet connectivity throughout the hospital, adding charging stations, and an internet café to the Hospital.

 

Tuesday, October 16 Wes Brooks 2018-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 14, 2018
President Jamie Mitchell presided over the meeting. Mike McPhail gave today’s invocation. Steven Utroska led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamie Mitchell and Shane Germany who served as our greeters today.
 
Brandon Hodges reported that Allen Anderson has Kyle Napier as his guest today. Bill McLeod has Bob Marshall and Kathy Sullivan as his guests today. Cole Gressett has Charlie Lewis as his guest today.
 
 
Our thanks to Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel for providing our program on Tuesday. 
Sheriff Rigel is pictured with President Jamey Mitchell and Erin Granberry.
 
MINUTES: October 9, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 23, 2018
President Jamie Mitchell presided over the meeting.
 
Gene Owens gave today’s invocation. Mark Killingsworth led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Evan Dillard and Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeters today.
 
Brandon Hodges thanked Wes Brooks for filling in for him last week. He noted that we have no visiting Rotarians and no visitors today.
 
Denny Bubrig noted that he has the new shirt and hat order in. Those who ordered should get with him today and pick their attire up. He also noted that several members who ordered previously have not yet collected their hats and shirts. Those will be placed back in inventory for resale if not picked up within the next week or so.
 
L-R: Evan Dillard, Millie Swan, Jamey Mitchell, and Dr. Duncan Donald.
 
MINUTES: September 18, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
A CELEBRATION 100 YEARS IN THE MAKING Wes Brooks 2018-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 11, 2018

REMEMBER

Very recently, The Hattiesburg American published a story featuring our very own Erin Granberry. Click her image below to read it.
 
 
Hattiesburg Rotary in the News Wes Brooks 2018-09-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 07, 2018
President Jamie Mitchell presided over the meeting. He reminded members that Denny Bubrig has shirts and hats available. Denny noted that anyone who ordered apparel in the first order will need to pick the order up within the next week or two or the products will go back into inventory. The second order should be available within the next week or so.
Mark Killingsworth gave today’s invocation. Shane Germany led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamie Mitchell and Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeters today.
Brandon Hodges thanked Mark Killingsworth for his service to Rotary.  Mark has been volunteering for meeting service and the Meals on Wheels project at least twice a month. Brandon then introduced A.D. Hunt, a visiting Rotarian from the Sunrise Club.
Shane Germany then introduced today’s guest speaker. Mike Pruitt is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager and works for Mississippi Power.
 
Our thanks to Mike Pruitt (on right) from Mississippi Power Co. for providing our program.
Mike is pictured with Club President, Jamey Mitchell.
 
MINUTES: September 4, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-09-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Buddy Graves, Salvation Army

Buddy Graves is the Divisional Director of Planned Giving (Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi Division).  Buddy began his fundraising career in 1990 with the YMCA in Hattiesburg, MS as the Program Director, eventually becoming a Branch Director.

In 1999, he became the Director of Development for Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, a statewide non-profit providing housing and independent living skills to youth in foster care as well as adoption services.  In 2003 he joined the American Cancer Society in development and after a short tenure in that role was named Executive Director of the Jackson, MS metro market. 

In 2006, the American Cancer Society named Buddy the Director of Estate and Asset Services serving Mississippi and Louisiana.  During that time he attained many successes including the 2007 Nationwide Rookie of the Year, 2009 Distinguished Giving honor and was an annual top producer. 

In 2015, Buddy was named Divisional Planned Giving Director of The Salvation Army.  He and his team serve a three State territory.

Buddy attended Jones Junior College and received his BS degree in Recreation Management from the University of Southern Mississippi.  He is a native of Hattiesburg, MS and currently resides in Brandon, MS. 

Visit the Hattiesburg Salvation Army online.

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President Jamie Mitchell presided over the meeting. He reminded members that Denny Bubrig has shirts and hats available. Denny noted that anyone who ordered apparel in the first order will need to pick the order up within the next week or two or the products will go back into inventory. The second order should be available within the next week or so.
 
Scott Hummel gave today’s invocation. Mark Killingsworth led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamie Mitchell and Faye Gilbert who served as our greeters today.
 
Brandon Hodges then introduced today’s visitors. Tracie Fowler has Michaela Harper as her guest. Michaela is interested in applying for membership. Steve Caspel is a guest of Mark Killingsworth and Russ Hendley is a guest of Chris Dunkley.
 
MINUTES: August 28, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-09-03 05:00:00Z 0
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MIKE PRUITT, MS POWER CO.
Mike Pruitt lives in Hattiesburg with his family and has been employed by Mississippi Power for over 33 years, currently serving as a member of the Industrial Major Accounts Marketing team. Mike is a 1981 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, and later earned his MBA from William Carey University in 1999. Mike is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers as a Certified Energy Manager, being recognized as an individual who optimizes the energy performance of a facility, building or industrial plant.
 
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KIM TOWNSEND • HOMELESS COORDINATOR, CITY OF HATTIESBURG
Kim began working as Homeless Coordinator with the City of Hattiesburg in February of 2016. She facilitates relationships between the homeless population in our city and the agencies dedicated to meeting their unique needs of housing, healing, and sustainability. In August of 2016, with the help of MUTEH (MS United to End Homelessness) and the Pine Belt Coalition on Homelessness, Kim started a street outreach team: The Hub City Homeless Outreach Team. Under her leadership, the team goes out weekly in order to reach the city’s most chronically homeless.
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Oak Grove High School Community-Based Classroom

SPEAKERS:

  • Ashley Forman, Teacher—has a Masters Degree in Special Education, has been employed at Lamar County for 5 years, is currently completing her Doctorate 
  • Jennie Bounds, Assistant—has been employed at Lamar County for 12 years, 6 in the Community Based Classroom
  • Jennifer Carter, Assistant—currently studying to get her teaching certification in Special Education 
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Hattiesburg Weather Wes Brooks 2018-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
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President-Elect Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting in Jamie’s absence. Mark Killingsworth gave today’s invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Wes Brooks who served as our greeter today.
Brandon Hodges then introduced today’s visitors. Several members of the meeting were present including Ellen Churchak, Susan Broadbridge, Corey Howard and Charles Herrington. Cindy Stanley attended the meeting as a guest of our speaker, Commissioner Sam Britton. Denny Bubrig had DeeDee Anderson as his guest and Dawson Morwy is a guest of the club. Dawson recently attended RYLA.
Denny asked that anyone who ordered a Rotary shirt or hat on the first run pick their shirt and/or hat up. He also noted that a second order has been placed and those shirts should be available soon. Brandon then introduced today’s guest speaker, Southern District Public Service Commissioner Sam Britton.
 
L-R: MS Public Service Commisstion-Southern District, Sam Britton; Pres. Elect, Steven
Utroska, and Sergeant-at-Arms, Brandon Hodges.
 
MINUTES: August 14, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Sam Britton • Mississippi Public Service Commissioner—Southern District

Sam Britton was elected Public Service Commissioner for Mississippi’s Southern District in 2015. He grew up in Waynesboro, Mississippi where his mother worked in the school lunchroom and drove a school bus while his father worked in the oil industry as a roughneck.

Britton graduated from Jones County Junior College before attending the University of Southern Mississippi where he completed a business degree. After college, Sam worked with his uncle in their pipeline construction business. In the wake of the oil bust of the early 1980’s, Britton returned to school and completed a degree in accounting, his second bachelor’s degree from USM. Britton then began and completed requirements to become a CPA.

Our Guest: August 14, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-08-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Our thanks to MS State Auditor Shad White for providing our
program on Tuesday. Mr. White is pictured here with Hattiesburg
Club President, Jamey Mitchell.
 
President Jamey Mitchell presided over today’s meeting. Garland Sullivan gave today’s invocation and Steve Utroska led the Pledge of Allegiance. Wes Brooks and Mallory Donald served as our greeters.
Ben Donald has Juan Benitos as his guest, and Mike McPhail’s guest was Cole Gressett.  Cole has already filled out an application.  Alton Pierce is a guest of James Mitchell and our visiting Rotarians are Keith Horne who brought along his wife Carolyn and AD Hunt from the Sunrise Rotary Club.
MINUTES: August 7, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-08-08 05:00:00Z 0
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President Jamey Mitchell presided over today’s meeting. Scott Hummel gave today’s invocation and Garland Sullivan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth and Joey Johnson who served as our greeters today.
Jamey reminded members of the 100th Celebration scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, October 23 and will be held at Southern Oaks. Please hold the date open on your calendar. There will be no noon meeting that day.
Brandon Hodges reported that we have no visiting Rotarians. Scott Hummel has as his guests today three William Carey Business Majors. They are LeZandra Jackson, Caitlin Carigee and Dana Fairley. Ben Donald has Juan Bates as his guest and Mike Ratliff has Chris Howdeshea as his guest.
 
Our many thanks to Brother Rogers for providing our program last Tuesday. Visit the
Mississippi Dept. of Archives & History by clicking ---> here.
MINUTES: July 31, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
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President Jamey Mitchell presided over today’s meeting. Steven Utroska gave today’s invocation and Ryan Pollacci led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth and Ryan Pollacci who served as our greeters today.
 
Jamey announced that the 100th Celebration Committee continues to meet and plan for the event. The Centennial Celebration is scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, October 23 and will be held at Southern Oaks. Please hold the date open on your calendar. There will be no noon meeting that day.
MINUTES: July 24, 2018 2018-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
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William "Brother" Rogers—Civil Rights & MS Museums
William Rogers, who goes by the nickname "Brother", became the director of the Programs and Communication Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History in 2017.  From 1990 to 2016, he was the associate director of the John C. Stennis Center for Public Service in Starkville, Mississippi. Before joining the Stennis Center, Brother served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Donald Payne of New Jersey. Brother graduated magna cum laude in 1987 from the University of Alabama, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and was selected as a Harry S. Truman Scholar from Mississippi. He holds a master's degree in public affairs (MPA) from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He grew up in Brandon, Mississippi and was a high school exchange student in Kyoto, Japan.
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Tickets for the upcoming 100th Anniversary Celebration Dinner are now available for purchase online. Please click "PURCHASE" button below and enter the requested information to purchase online with MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover Card. 
 
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Cocktails 6:30 p.m. • Dinner 7:30 p.m.
(Business Attire)
 
Southern Oaks House & Gardens
1246 Richburg Road • Hattiesburg, MS.
 
Please note when clicking purchase ticket button below: you do not have to be a member or "login" to proceed with ticket purchase. Simply skip over the section where it asks for a username and password and then your information in the section beneath it. 
 
 
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Shad White

Mississippi State Auditor & Director, Mississippi Justice Institute
On July 6, Governor Phil Bryant appointed Shad White Auditor for the State of Mississippi. White takes over from Stacey Pickering who recently resigned that post to become head of the state's Veterans Affairs Board.
White, a Pine Belt native, also serves as Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute, a watchdog organization which defends Mississippians’ constitutional rights in court. Prior to running the Mississippi Justice Institute, Shadrack practiced law in the private sector, served as a Special Prosecutor in Rankin County, and worked as Gov. Phil Bryant’s campaign manager for Bryant’s 2015 re-election campaign. Shadrack holds degrees from Ole Miss, the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and Harvard Law School. Today he and his wife, Rina, live in Rankin County.
TUESDAY, August 7 Wes Brooks 2018-07-30 05:00:00Z 0
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L-R: Hattiesburg Rotary President, Jamey Mitchell; Rotary Programs Chair, Erin Granberry; J.A. President, Kim Wingo, and J.A. Finance Co-Chair, Danielle Silkmon.
 
President Jamey Mitchell presided over today’s meeting. Mark Killingsworth gave today’s invocation and Mike Ratliff led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Leanne Cross and Stephen Utroska who served as our greeters today. Wes Brooks, filling in for Brandon Hodges reported that we have no visiting Rotarians and no visitors today.
 
Mike Ratliff announced that a meeting of the 100th Celebration Committee has been called for next week. The group will meet immediately after the membership meeting concludes.
 
Jamey noted that District Governor Kim Thompson will be our guest next week. He encouraged full attendance to hear what the new DG has in store for the coming year.
 
MINUTES: July 17, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-07-23 05:00:00Z 0
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District Governor Ken Thompson has been a Rotarian since 2000, serving as President of Rotary Club of Slidell in 2008-2009. He was chairman of the Slidell Heritage Festival for three years, a joint venture between the Rotary Clubs of Slidell and Slidell Northshore.  He has participated in ten Matching and Global Grants and traveled five times to Mexico to immunize children against polio.
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Kim Wingo, USM/Hattiesburg J.A.
Kim Wingo is the Associate Director of Recruiting, Outreach and Student Programs in the School of Polymer Science & Engineering at The University of Southern Mississippi.  After receiving her undergraduate degree in communication studies from The University of Southern Mississippi, she moved to Atlanta where she began a career in IT consulting with Accenture.  In 2001, she returned to The University of Southern Mississippi to pursue her master’s degree in communications.  After completing her masters, she taught communication courses and accepted a PeopleSoft training position.   Her career then lead her to her current position in School of Polymer Science & Engineering where she has managed outreach programs for numerous National Science Foundation grants.
 
L-R: Hattiesburg Rotary President, Jamey Mitchell; Rotary Programs Chair, Erin Granberry; J.A. President, Kim Wingo, and J.A. Finance Co-Chair, Danielle Silkmon.
 
Kim is currently serving as the President of the Hattiesburg Chapter of Junior Auxiliary. She is an active advisor in the Epsilon Delta chapter of Chi Omega where she has served as their New Member advisor for over 15 years.  She and her husband, Davis Wingo, own Carroll Jewelry Company and are active volunteers at Venture Church.  They are proud and busy parents to Kelby (daughter) 12 and Warren (son) 9.
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OUR GUEST: Tuesday, July 17 Wes Brooks 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
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President Jamey Mitchell presided over today’s meeting. Erin Granberry gave today’s invocation and Mallory Donald led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Garland Sullivan who served as our greeter today.
 
Brandon Hodges then introduced today’s guests. Jerome Brown has his brother Jermaine Brown as his guest. Jerome Browne announced that today was his father’s 80th birthday, and invited anyone whose life he has impacted to a birthday party. Phillip Carter brought Shelly Ziegler as his guest and although Scott Hummel’s was not in attendance, his guest was Jerome Kirk.
 
L-R: Club President, Jamey Mitchell; Kathy Voss, and Erin Granberry.
 
MINUTES: July 10, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-07-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Kathy Goss is a native of Forrest County and obtained Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She lived in Louisiana for years, where she worked in public education and the mental health field.  She returned to live in rural Forrest County after retirement.  She was interested in learning more about her family's history, and had more time for research in retirement.  Her research brought her into contact with the South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society, and she enjoyed the interesting and informative meetings and learning sessions.  She's now the Vice-President of the Society and is responsible for scheduling topics for the monthly meeting.  She enjoys meeting people who are interested in researching their families and volunteers in the Genealogy Library regularly to help others in their research.  She'll give a presentation on genealogy and the South Mississippi Genealogical & Historical Society.
 
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Jamey Mitchell gave today’s invocation and Mallory Donald led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamey who also served as our greeter today.
 
CONGRATULATION TO ALL AWARDS RECIPIENTS!
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The 2018 Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Awards Day & Officer Installation Ceremony

Today we recognize our members—and one non-member—for their exemplary service to our club and community. In addition, we the officers and directors for the 2018–2019 calendar year. All past presidents (active and non-active members) of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg are encouraged to attend and participate in the "Passing of the Gavel."
 
 
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Mark Killingsworth gave today’s invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Freddy Walter announced that Dawson Mallory has been nominated to receive the RYLA scholarship from our club this year. Freddy says he is an outstanding young man who made a 33 on his ACT.
Shane Germany then introduced today’s guest speaker, Andrea Saffle. Andrea is the Executive Director for Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association (HHDA).
 
Our thanks to Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association Executive Director, Andrea Saffle, for providing our program Tuesday!
Andrea is pictured here with Hattiesburg Club President, Paula Brahan, and Shane Germany.
 
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Andrea Saffle • Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association
Andrea Saffle is the Executive Director for Historic Hattiesburg Downtown Association, where she is responsible for promoting the amenities downtown offers, coordinating project activities within the program to preserve its historic footprint, and initiating progress of economic development. Additionally, she is charged with developing partners, strong membership enrollment and other avenues of revenue through events and grant writing. 
 
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Freddy Walter gave today’s invocation and Mark Killingsworth led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth and Steven Utroska who served as our greeters today.
Mike Ratliff then introduced our visitor. Mark Killingsworth has his wife, Rheba, as his guest today.
Shane Germany reminded members to sign up for the Meals on Wheels delivery project. All of July is open and in need of volunteers.  
Erin Granberry then introduced today’s guest speaker, Sara Peterson. Sara, a Rotarian, is the current Corporate Communications Manager for Cooperative Energy. She has as her guest today their newest Communications employee, Tori Gieger.
 
L-R: Club President, Paula Brahan; our speaker, Sara Peterson, and Program Chair, Erin Granberry.
 
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Jessica Hardy • USM School of Construction Building Futures Camp

Jessica Hardy is an Instructor and Program Coordinator at the University of Southern Mississippi where she has been teaching for ten years in the School of Construction and Design. Jessica’s love of people and strong sense of community supports her pursuit of a Ph.D. in Urban Planning in Jackson, MS. She intends to complete her dissertation this year on service-learning in the design studio. Her research interests include community engagement through service-learning, design studio pedagogy, and affordable housing strategies.

 

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Sara Peterson • Cooperative Energy

Sara is the current Corporate Communications Manager for Cooperative Energy. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations, a Minor in Marketing and a Master of Science degree in Mass Communication from The University of Southern Mississippi. She is a Certified Cooperative Communicator and was designated SeniorPublic Relations Practitioner in 2016 by the Southern Public Relations Federation. 
Sara is President of the National G&T Communicators Association and is a Member of the National Council for Rural Electric Communicator.
Sara and her husband, Pat Peterson, have two children, Natalie and Chance. They reside in Sumrall and are active members of First Baptist Church Sumrall.
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Gene Owens gave today’s invocation and Mallory Donald led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeter today.
Mike Ratliff then introduced today’s guests. Brandon Knight is visiting with Katie Anthony. Brandon is a potential member. Mike Ratliff has his wife Consuelo as his guest. Jerry Gilder has his wife, Nancy, his daughter, Chrissy, and Chrissy’s husband, Josh Deanson as his guests today. Marc McMillian is a visitor of Steve Ramp.
Carol Russell has submitted a membership application which is now being considered.
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting.
Mark Killingsworth gave today’s invocation and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Jamie Mitchell who served as our greeter today.
Mike then introduced today’s guests. Joe Meador has his wife Lynn as his guest and Jerry Gilder has his wife Nancy as his guest. Brandon Hodges has Evan Nicolosi as his guest.
Our thanks to Dr. Anna Wan from Eagle Maker for
providing our program last Tuesday
L-R: Mary Arial, Paula Brahan, and Anna Wan.
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Dr. Anna Wan, Eagle Maker
Dr. Wan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Wan teaches mathematics courses for future teachers and directs Eagle Maker Hub — a university Makerspace. Eagle Maker Hub grew out of her passion for research in the integration of Making in content area classrooms — specifically mathematics. Currently, Eagle Maker Hub serves students at the University of Southern Mississippi and the community as well.
To read more about Eagle Maker, click on the image below.
 
Image credit: Southern Miss Now
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Megan Burkes, USM Foundation

Megan H. Burkes is the Associate Director of Public Relations and Donor Programs for the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation. Megan has more than 12 of years of experience in public relations, fundraising, and marketing. She holds a BA in Journalism from the University of Memphis, as well as an MS in Public Relations from The University of Southern Mississippi.
Our Guest Today: May 29, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
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Our thanks to USM Golden Eagles Head Football Coach, Jay Hopson,
for providing our program last Tuesday. Coach Hopson is pictured with
Hattiesburg Club President, Paula Brahan.
 
President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Mallory Donald gave today’s invocation and Mary Cromartie led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Wes Brooks and Mary Cromartie served as our greeters today.
Mike then introduced today’s guests. Ben Donald has Bryan Sinclair as his guest. Mallory Donald has Stewart Deen as her guest. Jerry Gilder’s wife, Nancy, is his guest.  Chris Dudley has our guest speaker Jay Hopson as his guest along with Stephen Pugh. Stephen was the winner of today’s card draw.
 
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Our thanks to City of Hattiesburg Chief of Police, Anthony Parker,
for providing our program last Tuesday.
L-R: Club President, Paula Brahan; Chief Anthony Parker,
and City of Hattiesburg CCO, Samantha McCain.
 
President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Gene Owens gave today’s invocation and Wes Brooks led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mike Ratliff served as our greeter today. He encouraged members to visit the website and sign up for these volunteer positions.
Mike then introduced today’s visiting Rotarians and guests. Erin Granberry has Tom Chaffin, a visiting Rotarian from Colorado as her guest. Paul Brahan has Holly Wicktom as her guest.
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Jay Hopson, Head Coach USM Football
Jay Hopson, a 26-year coaching veteran on the collegiate level and twice previously a member of the Golden Eagle coaching staff, became the school's 21st head football coach for the 2016 season.
A native of Vicksburg, Miss., Hopson has a 15 - 11 record in two seasons as the Head Coach of USM. He has taken the Golden Eagles to bowl games in each of his first two seasons (New Orleans and Independence).
 
OUR GUEST: Tuesday, May 15 Wes Brooks 2018-05-07 05:00:00Z 0
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Kathryn Anthony gave today’s invocation and Don Mallory led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Dan Davis served as our greeter today.
James Mitchell asked everyone to consider volunteering for the board and passed around a signup sheet. Paula then read a letter of thanks from Father Tommy. He thanked Rotary for the $100 donation in the name of Johnny Stevens to the St. Fabian building fund.
Paula then introduced today’s guest speaker, Marlo Dorsey. In October 2017, Dorsey became the new Executive Director of Hattiesburg Tourism Commission.
 
Our hanks to VisitHATTIESBURG Executive Director,
Marlo Dorsey, for providing our program on Tuesday.
L-R: Club President, Paula Brahan; Marlo Dorsey, and Anthony Harris.
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L-R: Hattiesburg Club President, Paula Brahan; Maggie Reynolds and Akwete Muhammad of Habitat for Humanity, and their host, Shane Germany.
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Marlo Dorsey, VisitHATTIESBURG

Marlo is the executive director for VisitHATTIESBURG, where she leads Hattiesburg’s tourism and destination marketing efforts. Since taking on this new position in  October 2017, she and her team have focused on growing business and leisure travel in Hattiesburg through multi-state marketing campaigns, regional sales strategies, and cooperative alliances with Hattiesburg’s hotels and tourism partners.

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CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

MAY 13 – MAY 19: HATTIESBURG COMMEMORATES NATIONAL POLICE WEEK
During the week of May 13 - May 19, the City of Hattiesburg will join other cities around the nation in observance of National Police Week, paying tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and remembering the tireless efforts of officers who continue to keep our community safe.
 
National Police Week began in 1962 when President John F. Kennedy proclaimed May 15 as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the calendar in which May 15 falls, as National Police Week. The week was established to pay special recognition to law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.
 
The City of Hattiesburg will spend the week honoring the following fallen officers:
  • Patrolman Liquori Terja Tate (2015)
  • Patrolman Benjamin Joseph Deen (2015)
  • Sergeant Jacquelyn Kay "Jackie" Sherrill (1984)
  • Sergeant David Hue Anthony, Sr. (1973)
  • Patrolman Jessie James Everett (1952)
  • Patrolman M. W. Vinson, Jr. (1952)
  • K9 Nero (2012)
With the three-year anniversary of fallen officers Benjamin J. Deen and Liquori Tate on May 9, the City of Hattiesburg and Hattiesburg Police Department will begin honoring our fallen a few days early by revealing a memorial dedicated to the two officers, located at 514 East 4th Street where they were slain.
 
Additional participatory opportunities and events scheduled for Police Week include:
 
Wednesday, May 16
Day of Remembrance
All flags flown at city facilities will be lowered to half-staff in memory of Hattiesburg’s fallen.
 
Thursday, May 17
Paint the City Blue
We encourage all city residents to wear blue this day as a way to honor those who have lost their lives in the line of duty and to remember those who continue to protect and serve our community.
 
Saturday, May 19
Blue Line Challenge 5K Obstacle Course
To end National Police Week in Hattiesburg, HPD’s Benevolent will host the Blue Line Challenge, a 5K obstacle course race. To register: https://racesonline.com/events/blue-line-challenge/
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Chief Anthony Parker serves as the chief of police for Hattiesburg Police Department. He was originally appointed in 2015, and was reappointed under Mayor Toby Barker’s administration in 2017.
Parker has more than 35 years of law enforcement experience. In addition to his current role, he has also held the chief position for the Crystal Springs Police Department, served as a special agent for Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics and as a state trooper with the Mississippi Highway Safety Patrol.
Tuesday, May 8: Chief Anthony Parker Wes Brooks 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting.
 
Mike Ratliff gave today’s invocation and Garland Sullivan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mike also reminded members to go on line and sign up as a volunteer to help with future meetings.
 
Rotarian Edward Bottomley was a visiting Rotarian from the Sierra Vista noon club. Edward is in Mississippi doing research on a book that he is currently writing.
 
Paula then introduced and welcomed District Governor Kathie Short. She encouraged every Rotarian to register and attend this year’s District Conference. The conference theme is “Making a Difference In Our World.” Four Districts from Mississippi and Alabama (6820, 6840, 6860, and 6880) are putting together this Multi-District Conference. The event will be held in Biloxi June 7 – 10. Rooms at the Beau Rivage should be booked as soon as possible.
 
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Maggie Reynolds • Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity
Our guest serves as the Resource Development & Community Outreach Coordinator for Habitat for Humanity. Reynolds grew up in Mobile, AL, but has lived in Hattiesburg since 2013 when she relocated for school.  She began as an intern where she developed a strong appreciation for what home ownership can do for a family.
Maggie graduated from USM in 2017 with a bachelors degree in Sociology and a minor in Non Profit Studies.
 
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Mike Ratliff thanked Lynn Walton who gave the invocation and Sean Priebe who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He also reminded members to go on line and sign up as a volunteer to help with future meetings. There were no guests or visiting Rotarians.
Mike, along with a number of other Rotarians took a few minutes to remember Johnny Stevens who passed away suddenly this weekend. Johnny was a true Rotarian for the past 42 years with an almost perfect attendance record. He was a great friend and never met a stranger. Milam Cotton talked a great deal about the line between the numbers and it was noted that Johnny took every advantage to make the most out of the line between his numbers. He will be missed.
 
Our thanks to ADP President Chad Newell for providing our
program last Tuesday.
 
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Brian and Sarah Carver
Brian and Sarah met in Charleston SC while attending Johnson and Wales Culinary Institute. During school they enrolled in an intense wine course that took them throughout Europe. After graduation, they continued to broaden their horizons by working in all aspects of the food service industry, from managing wine and gourmet shops to running restaurants. After 12 years they moved to Sarah’s hometown of Hattiesburg to open Twin Forks Wine & Provisions. 
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Sunday afternoon, we were shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of long time Rotarian and Hattiesburg Club Past President, Johnny Stevens. His funeral services are as follows: 
 
WEDNESDAY
Moore Funeral Home
805 Hardy Street
Rosary 4:30 p.m.
Visitation 5:00–8:00 p.m.
THURSDAY
Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Visitation 9:00 a.m.
Service 10:00 a.m. followed by
Interment at Highland Cemetary
 
Our sincerest condolences to the Stevens family in their time of loss, and our deepest appreciation to them for Johnny's 42 years of service as a member of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg.
Johnny Stevens Visitation–Burial Wes Brooks 2018-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
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Ernest D. Strange, Jr. was appointed Director of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics on March 1, 2000, by Governor Ronnie Musgrove. Mr. Strange retired from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in July 1999, as the Chief of lntelligence. From 2003 to 2006, Strange served as Special Agent in Charge of the Atlanta Field Division of the Federal Air Marshall Service.
 
Former DEA Special Agent and Chief of MS Bureau of Narcotics
Special Agents Howard Safir (far left) and Don Strange (far right)
shown here arresting infamous Harvard psychology professor
and LSD and PCP advocate, Dr. Timothy Leary.
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FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH Wes Brooks 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0
L-R: Paula Brahan, Mike Lopinto, James Mitchell, and Rachel Ciraldo.
 
President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. Mike Ratliff thanked Gene Owens who gave the invocation and Joe Meador who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He also thanked Steve Ramp and Bill Dabney for serving as our greeters today.
 
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This month the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg celebrates its 100 Year Anniversary! Our club presently has 90 active members engaged in projects that include, but are not limited to, education and literacy, hunger eradication, community improvement, clean water, and polio relief.
When the future Hattiesburg Club members submitted their application in February 1918, it declared that there were (1) 25 members at that time; (2) the population of Hattiesburg was 20,000 (a slight exaggeration); (3) 15 to 20 manufacturing plants in the city; (4) approximately 150 retail stores; (5) place of meetings, Kings Daughters Cafeteria (Old Methodist Hospital).
The International Association of Rotary Clubs (it would not become Rotary International until 1922) granted our charter March 1, 1918, as Club No. 366. Rotary International is now in its 114th year and is comprised of over 1.2 million members comprising 31,000 clubs worldwide making it the largest service organization in the world.
In District 6840, we are preceded by the Rotary Club of New Orleans (Club #12, February 1910). It the State of Mississippi, we are preceded by Rotary Club of Jackson (April 1, 1915, Club #144) and Rotary Club of Meridian (February 1916, Club #202).
 
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Turns 100! Wes Brooks 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting.
Mike Ratliff thanked Erin Granberry who gave the invocation and Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. He also thanked Leanne Cross and Bill Dabney for serving as our greeters today.
Mike Ratliff welcomed our visitors. Haley White is a guest of Chris Dunkly, Monica Tissack Kathmann is a guest of James Mitchell. 
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Mike Lopinto, Festival South

Mike Lopinto has written, directed, choreographed, music directed, designed sets and lighting for numerous productions, most recently directing Showbiz Harmony (2016), Rock of Ages (2016), Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (2015), Showbiz Showstoppers (2014), Sweeney Todd (2013) and Sondheim in the City in its Off-Broadway premiere (2011). Upcoming engagements include direction of James and the Giant Peach (2017) and Phantom of the Opera (2017). He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts at Southern Miss and currently serves as the PR/Marketing and Event Coordinator for the School of Music. There, he has coordinated all facets of events with classical celebrities from Plåcido Domingo, Renée Fleming, and Sir James Galway to pop icons Dionne Warwick, the Pointer Sisters, and Patti LaBelle as well as directing the award-winning Symphony Galas and later, the College of Arts and Letters Galas. He is artistic director of FestivalSouth®, a multi-week, multi-genre arts festival. Lopinto is one of the founding members of The Hub City Players, that has produced LOL comedy cabarets, variety shows and more statewide. On stage, his theatrical credits include Les Misérables (Thenardier), Hairspray! (Edna Turnblad), The Producers (Roger DeBris); Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey II), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Cogsworth), Cats (Old Deuteronomy), A Catered Affair (Mr. Halloran), Annie (Daddy Warbucks), Carousel (Mr. Snow), Die Fledermaus (Frosch) and many more. His voice can be heard at all Southern Miss games as "The Voice of The Pride" and on commercials across the South.

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RITA MITCHELL-WALDOFF, Counselor for Mississippi Small Business Development Center

Charming, but uniquely cosmopolitan, Little Rock, Arkansas is Rita Mitchell-Waldoff’s hometown. Though Rita has traveled extensively and worked in major metropolitan areas, she considers her unique brand of service to the competitive and diverse Arkansas business community as the secret ingredient of her life-long romance with retail.
 
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James Mitchell filled in today for President Paula Brahan. Mike Ratliff thanked Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Wes Brooks who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our door greeters today were Mike Ratliff and Shane Germany.
Mike Ratliff welcomed our visitors. Mark Killingsworth is a guest of Paula Brahan and Doug Everett is a guest of Chrissy Yelverton.  Mike Ratliff then introduced today’s guest speaker, Mitchell Williams, who is the USM Campus Director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.  He also serves as the football team's lead pastor and chaplain.
 
 
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Mitchell Williams, Southeast MS Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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.

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President Paula Brahan presided over today’s meeting. She thanked those who filled in for her during her recent business travels.
 
Thanks to Bill Dabney who provided the invocation and Lynn Walton who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks also to Colby Sappington and Mary Cromartie who served as our greeters today.
 
Wes Brooks filled in for Mike Ratliff and introduced today’s visitors. Paula Brahan has Mark Killingsworth as her guest.
 
Club President Paul Brahan and our guest, Sheena Allen.
 
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Mike Ratliff filled in today for President Paula Brahan.
 
Thanks to Katie Anthony who gave the invocation and to Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our door greeters today were James Mitchell and Stephen Utroska.
 
Mike Ratliff then introduced today’s visitors. Faye Gilbert has Stacey Hall as her guest today. Paula Brahan has Mark Killingsworth as her guest. Bob Riley has his son, Rob Riley, and Mike Darby as his guests today.
 
Mike reviewed our club’s speaker guidelines and asked that those in charge of programs adhere to the guidelines.
 
Mike noted that the Meals on Wheels sign-up sheet is on the badge table and encouraged anyone interested in helping with this Rotary project to please sign up. If you prefer, you can sign up for any volunteer slot on the club’s website.
 
Dr. Faye Gilbert then introduced today’s guest speaker, Dr. Lou Marciani. Lou is the Director of the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security at the University of Southern Mississippi.
 
MINUTES: February 20, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-02-23 06:00:00Z 0
James Mitchell filled in today for President Paula Brahan.
Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Ben Donald who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our door greeter today was James Mitchell.
Mike Ratliff noted that we have no visiting Rotarians and no guests today. He also congratulated the following Red Badge members who completed the Kollege of Knowledge today and will receive their new blue badges as soon as possible: Leanne Cross, Mary Ariail, Phillip Pitts, Joey Johnson, Bill Dabney and Mike McPhail.
Mike reminded members that volunteers are needed for the Meals on Wheels program. Visit the website if you can help. Shane also is passing around a sign-up sheet during today’s meeting. If you can help, please do.
MINUTES: February 13, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-02-19 06:00:00Z 0
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Sheena Allen • Entrepreneur, Author & Financial Advisor

Sheena Allen was born in Terry, MS and is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi where she received a degree in Psychology (B.S.) and Film (B.A.). In 2011, Sheena started her first company, Sheena Allen Apps, and bootstrapped the media tech company to millions of downloads. While back home in Mississippi in late 2015, Sheena took notice of how people were still very much into using predatory financial services, such as payday lenders. This led her to start her second startup, CapWay. CapWay, a fintech company that increases the financial health of the underserved and uncertain, is Sheena’s first social impact venture.

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James Mitchell filled in today for President Paula Brahan since she is in Dallas completing her continuing education.
Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Bill MacLauchlan who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our door greeters today were Mike Ratliff and Erin Granberry.
Mike Ratliff welcomed our visitors. Garland Sullivan brought his grandson Garland Sullivan, III. Ben Donald’s guests were Gary Fulton and Carol Lucas. Even though Paula was not in attendance she had two guests today, Cindy Stanley and Beau Roberts.
Mike also reminded everyone that the Kollege of Knowledge is scheduled to take place here next Tuesday, February 13th at 11:00 am.  An email reminder will be sent out.
Mike reminded members that volunteers are needed for the Meals on Wheels program. Visit the website if you can help.
James Mitchell announced that today is Scott Hummel’s birthday. Jaclyn announced that we need board nominees for July. If you are interested please let Jaclyn know.
 
Our thanks to Dr. Joe Paul for providing our program on Tuesday, Feb. 6.
L-R: Joe Paul, Erin Granberry, and President-Elect, Jamey Mitchell.
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On Tuesday, February 13, we will be joined by national Jewish columnist, author, speaker and comedian, Eric Golub, who has spoken in all 50 states. “Jewish Lunacy” is his newest comedy book where he teaches people how to use humor to be better advocates for their religion of choice. He also speaks about American politics, foreign policy, and the stock market. In his spare time, he monitors the Middle East Studies departments of college campuses and exposes anti-Israel professors. Before going on the speaking circuit, he spent 15 years as a stockbrokerage and oil professional on Wall Street. He lives in Los Angeles. His hobbies include the National Football League, trying new hamburger joints, and watching “Murder, She Wrote.” 
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President Paula Brahan presided over the meeting. Thanks to Steve Ramp who gave the invocation and to Mallory Donald who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mike Ratliff welcomed our visitors. Scott Hummel has five guests who are all William Carey business majors. They are Millie Byrd, Katelyn Grice, Trevon Cole, Nick Canner and Marshall Kuhn. Ernie Shows is a guest of Allen Anderson.
 
Our thanks to Dr. Kevin Greene for providing our program last week.
Kevin is joined here by Mike Ratliff.
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Dr. Joseph S. "Joe" Paul • Citizen Service Coordinator, City of Hattiesburg

Dr. Joseph S. Paul is currently serving on a part-time basis as the Citizen Service Coordinator for the City of Hattiesburg, a position where he is helping the Mayor change the service culture for Hattiesburg. He is also actively engaged as an organizational development consultant and executive coach. His primary client is the Horne CPAs & Business Advisors Firm. He has served the University between 2015 and 2017 in a part-time capacity in University fundraising. Dr. Paul worked in the Division of Student Affairs at The University of Southern Mississippi for 39 years and served as Vice President for 21 years. He began employment at Southern Miss in 1976 following his graduation from the institution.  Before becoming vice president for student affairs in February 1993, he held a variety of administrative positions.  He also holds faculty rank in USM’s College of Education and Psychology, teaching in the graduate program in educational leadership. He is currently Vice President Emeritus at Southern Miss.

Our Guest: February 6 Wes Brooks 2018-01-29 06:00:00Z 0
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The City of Hattiesburg presents a “Celebration of Soul Food,” a community potluck event created to celebrate Black History Month through food, fellowship and entertainment.

Guests are encouraged to bring their best soul food dishes for sharing, participate in a friendly food competition, listen to entertainment and hear from Dr. Brinda Willis discuss “Why We Call It Soul Food” through a partnership with the
Library of Hattiesburg, Petal, and Forrest County and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

The event is free to the public. For more information about potluck dish ideas, to register for the food competition or for an agenda, visit
www.hattiesburgms.com/soulfood.
 
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Ryan Kelly

Ryan Kelly, MS, is a Mississippi native and founder/CEO of Horizon Professional Services.  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.

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Claudia Karam, MD
Dr. Karam is a physician at Hattiesburg Clinic Functional & Integrative Medicine. She received her medical degree from the American University of Beirut in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed an internship in internal medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., and her residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich., where she served as chief resident.
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YOUR ROTARY WEATHER Wes Brooks 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
MARK YOUR CALENDARS Wes Brooks 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 18, 2017
 
President Paula Brahan presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Mallory Donald who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks to Leanne Cross for serving as our greeter today. 
 
Mike Ratliff welcomed our visitors. Steve Ramp has Michael Dixon as his guest. Scott Hummel has Bryon Johnson, Brooke Marales, and Antony Kimaiyo as his guests. Sean Priebe has Elena Heves as his guest.
 
MINUTES: December 12, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-12-18 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 07, 2017
 
Treble Makers is an audition ensemble of 4th and 5th grade students from Thames Elementary. They are a hard working and dedicated group of students, arriving to school early to attend rehearsals before school begins. Through Treble Makers these students are learning musicianship, ensemble playing, teamwork, and the value of working hard to achieve a goal.
OUR GUESTS: December 12, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-12-07 06:00:00Z 0
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Kevin D. Greene, Ph.D.

Kevin Greene holds an appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he is also the Director of the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage. Through the Center, Dr. Greene is currently the principal investigator for the Mississippi Oral History Project, a research initiative funded annually by the Mississippi state legislature to document the collective memory of Mississippi’s culture, heritage, and institutions in the 20th and 21st centuries.  He teaches courses in American history, African American history, World history, Interdisciplinarity, Research Methodology, Oral History, and Cultural History.
DECEMBER 19, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 04, 2017
Many thanks to Amanda Fontaine of the Mississippi Burn Foundation for providing our program
last week. Amanda is flanked by Club President, Paula Brahan, and Dan Davis.
LAST WEEK Wes Brooks 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 04, 2017

Maintaining a Healthy Diet During the Holidays

LaDarius is a native of Magnolia, MS, and a product of the South Pike School District. Felder graduated from Collin Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Felder is currently a resident of Hattiesburg, MS where he is the Health and Wellness Director of the Non-for-Profit YMCA of Southeast MS. As an Exercise Physiologist, he develops, coordinate, and implements exercise programs to help prevent, reduce and reverse disease progression. He is the founder and director of “Faithful Fitness Training”, where he provides safe and effective personal training services. Ladarius has been a longtime advocate for troubled youth in the community where he provides holistic support and guidance to help them move beyond conditioned beliefs and perceived limitations. He and his wife Dameka have been married 9 yrs and have two sons, Chastan and Trenton.He has been a member of True Light Missionary Baptist Church where he serves.
OUR GUEST: LaDarius Felder, YMCA Wes Brooks 2017-12-04 06:00:00Z 0
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Through Tragedy, Kendyl Terrell Makes State Title History

By Taylor Curet, Sports Reporter
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM)

In a season-opening rivalry game at Petal, Kendyl Terrell made history by becoming the first female in Hattiesburg High history to kick an extra point in win one of the Tigers’ undefeated run to the Class 5A state title.

“I’ve always talked about it with my dad,” said Kendyl following the Petal contest on August 19. “Being the only one in my family – and my brother doesn’t play – it’s just interesting because I love doing this. I love the guys and it’s just very fun.”

It’s no wonder Kendyl wanted to play football. Her father, Clemon, was a standout at Hattiesburg before going on to play four seasons at Southern Miss in the early 1980’s, rushing for over 1,500 career yards in 44 games.

At fullback, Clemon was often the lead blocker and decoy for quarterback Reggie Collier.

“Stud,” said Mitch Williams, former WDAM sports anchor and longtime friend of Clemon. “He had like 4.4, 4.5 [second] speed in the 40 [yard dash], playing at like 230 [pounds].”

Dr. Clemon Terrell would go on to serve as Hattiesburg’s Parks and Recreation Director for the last 16 years and, on Friday nights, watch his daughter kick 60 extra points for the Tigers this season. However, he wouldn’t get the chance to see Kendyl’s 61st kick.

CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS hattiesburgms.com 2017-11-28 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Nov 08, 2017
As the fundraising committee gets up and running, here is your opportunity to chime in and inform what the committee does moving forward. By filling out this link, you will help us potentially identify fundraising ideas and directions. Our expectation will be that once the pathway is set, that everyone participates in some way shape or fashion. If you have questions, contact Denny Bubrig at dbubrig@gmail.com
 
 
HATTIESBURG ROTARIANS: YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED Wes Brooks 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
OUR GUESTS: Tuesday, November 7 Wes Brooks 2017-11-03 05:00:00Z 0
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OCTOBER 31, 2017
 
President Paula Brahan presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Mallory Donald who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks to Mary Ariail for serving as our greeters today.
 
Mike Ratliff thanked those who assisted with today’s meeting. Amber Chancellor has Debbie Sanford as her guest today.
 
Bill MacLauchlan is today’s pick-a-card winner.
 
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MINUTES: October 25, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-10-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Joanna Hardy

Joanna Hardy is a Nurse Practitioner with Pine Grove Behavioral Health & Addiction Services and has been with the organization since 2004. She earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, MS. Ms. Hardy has been licensed as a Family Nurse Practitioner since 1997. She currently serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner Supervisor for Pine Grove and also presents on behalf of the organization at industry events.

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Timothy H. Moore, MS Hospital Assoc.

Timothy H. Moore has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) since September 1, 2013.  MHA is the statewide organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, healthcare systems and their patients and communities. There are approximately 96 hospitals in Mississippi who are members of the Association.  The mission of MHA is to promote excellence in health services through advocacy, education, and information.
He is a Member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) as well as the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA).  He currently serves as Region 4 Chairman to the American Hospital Association State Issues Forum Steering Committee and serves as a member of the Office of Mississippi Physician Workforce Advisory Board as well as the South Central Telehealth Advisory Committee.
Mr. Moore earned his Master’s Degree in Health Care Management from the University of New Orleans, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Science at Mississippi State University.
 
Our Guest: October 24, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-10-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 24, 2017
Last Tuesday we welcomed our newest member, Colby Sappington!
 
Click the "Read More" button to view your Minutes from last Tuesday's meeting.
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On Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 2:00–5:00 p.m., the City of Hattiesburg will launch "Office Hours with Mayor Toby Barker."

Each month, Mayor Barker will rotate between wards and set up "office" at a local business. Staffers from the Mayor's Office will also be in attendance. The purpose of this initiative is to be in the community with an opportunity to visit more with you, the citizens of Hattiesburg.

Our first stop is at T-Bones Records & Cafe, so mark the date on your calendar and plan to join us between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Productive conversations are vital to the progress of our city, and we look forward to the dialogue we will have.
CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS Brooks 2017-10-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 16, 2017
 
 
Last Tuesday, we welcomed Bill Dabney (on left) as our newest member. Bill is pictured with his sponsor, Steven Utroska. Many thanks to Callison Richardson (on right) for providing our program. Callison is pictured with our Club President, Paula Brahan.
 
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MINUTES: October 10, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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Training parts II & III will take place Saturday, November 18. 
 
First Pentecostal Church
388 Robert Blvd
Slidell, LA 70458
 
For registration go to HOA-RLI.org. $50 registration fee required.
 
The Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) is a multi-district, grassroots leadership development program of member districts organized into regional divisions in various parts of the world. RLI is not an official program of Rotary International and as such, is not under its control.
Learn more at www.rotaryleadershipinstitute.org or download their brochure here.
ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: II & III Wes Brooks 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0
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CONGRATULATIONS, LEADERS! Wes Brooks 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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CLAY WILLIAMS, FLY GPT

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. 
 
Williams received his undergraduate degree from Mississippi State University and his Master’s degree from Harvard University.  Previously, he served as a Government Relations Representative for Capitol Resources, LLC.  He worked as a Transportation and Education Legislative Assistant and Economic Development Coordinator under former U.S. Senator Trent Lott.  He also served as Legislative Director for former U.S. Representative Chip Pickering. 
 
As a longtime resident of Ocean Springs, he is an active member of the Mississippi Gulf Coast community.  Williams is involved with numerous civic activities and professional associations.
 
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DISTRICT 6840 NEWSLETTER–SEPTEMBER Wes Brooks 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 25, 2017
Many thanks to Ms. Anna Claire Mercer for speaking to our club last week!
 
President Paula Brahan presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Mallory Donald who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks to Shane Germany and Leanne Cross for serving as our greeters today.
 
Today’s cash winner was Bill MacLauchlan.  Paula reminded members to bring extra cash to future meetings and participate in the weekly cash give-away.
MINUTES: September 19, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 15, 2017
Although the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg is part of a global organization, "Service Above Self!" for our members starts right here in our hometown of Hattiesburg, MS. How long has the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg provided service to our community? The City of Hattiesburg was incorporated in 1884. Thirty-four years later in March 1918, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg was granted its charter by Rotary International. In just six short months we will begin celebrating our centennial year of service to our community.
If you are new to the area, curious about the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, or both, we strongly encourage you to find out more about "America's Most Livable City," its leadership, and how they are striving to improve the quality of life for all members of the Pine Belt.
Click on the image above to find out more about the City of Hattiesburg, Administration, ordinances, and see current agendas.
 
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Anna Claire Mercer

Greek Life - it's not just a social club. As a Greek Life member, Anna Claire wishes to inform others of the successful philanthropic environment not only at the Beta Sigma chapter of Kappa Delta but also USM's Greek community as a whole. 

Anna Claire Mercer is a junior political science major at the University of Southern Mississippi. While at USM, she is involved in leadership positions in the Luckyday Citizenship Scholars program, Kappa Delta Sorority, the Student Government Association, and USM Baseball Diamond Darlings.

Last spring, Anna Claire was awarded the Dr. Eddie A. Holloway Outstanding Community Servant for 2016-2017 as well as the Evelyn Gandy Political Science Endowment Scholarship. As Kappa Delta's Vice President of Community Service, she focuses on both internal and external growth within USM's Greek Life community in order to foster a positive and successful philanthropic environment. 

NEXT TUESDAY: September 19 Wes Brooks 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 13, 2017

SMPDD & Fieldhouse for the Homeless

Many thanks to Cynthia Young and Priscilla Brown from Fieldhouse for the Homeless, and Paige Kennedy from Southern Mississippi Planning and Development District for providing our program. Bigger thanks for what they are doing for the homeless in Hattiesburg and those in need throughout South Mississippi!
Our guests are pictured with Past President, Sean Priebe ('15-'16), and current Club President, Paula Brahan.
 
LAST TUESDAY Wes Brooks 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 12, 2017
 
From District 6840 Governor, Kathy Short:
 
Rotarians across the United States and world are learning of the devastation Hurricane Harvey has caused and continues to cause in Texas and surrounding areas. Search and rescue is underway as first responders follow set procedures and relief efforts will begin shortly.
Districts, clubs and individuals are asking the best and most efficient way to assist victims and communities affected by this massive, destructive storm. The answer to this question, which will address the biggest needs, is by monetary donations.
 
HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF Wes Brooks 2017-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
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SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

President Paula Brahan 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 Mary Ariail and James Mitchell for serving as our greeters today.
Today’s cash winner was Erin Granberry.  Paula reminded members to bring extra cash to future meetings and participate in the weekly cash give-away.  We are going to try a $5 poker pot in the future.  Only $5 for 5 cards and whoever has the best hand wins the pot. 
Mike Ratliff introduced today’s visiting Rotarians and guests.  Stacy Graham was a guest of Erin Ladner and Bill Davey was a guest of James Mitchell.
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Our thanks to Jeffery and Claire Cromartie for sharing part of their time vacationing in Hattiesburg with us. We wish them the safest returns when they make their way home to London.
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President Paula Brahan presided over the meeting. Thanks to Ryan Kelly who gave the invocation and to Phillip Pitts who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks to Wes Brooks and Samantha McCain for serving as our greeters today.
 
Mike Ratliff introduced today’s visiting Rotarians and guests.  Mary Cromarty has her husband Dean Cromartie as her guest. Charlie Lewis and Cole Gressett are guests of John Cooper although John could not be present today. Chad Edmonson is a guest of Steve Ramp and P.J. Bergeson is a guest of Robert Cummings. Welcome!!
MINUTES: August 29, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-08-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 21, 2017

MIKE FORSTER, ph.D., LCSW

Michael Forster, PhD, LCSW is professor of social work and dean emeritus of the College of Health at the University of Southern Mississippi.  Before joining the USM faculty in 1994, he served for fourteen years as a direct service social worker, supervisor and administrator in Chicago child welfare organizations.  Forster is co-founder of the Family Network Partnership, a community-based agency affiliated with the School of Social Work providing services to disadvantaged youth and families on the low-income east side of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and is author or co-author of more than fifty academic publications.  In addition, he is a novice social dancer, and serves on the board of directors of the non-profit USA Dance Hattiesburg chapter.
TUESDAY: August 22 Wes Brooks 2017-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
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MEETING: August 15, 2017

President Paula Brahan presided over the meeting. Thanks to James Mitchell who gave the invocation and to Phillip Pitts who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Mallory Donald and Cory Moore who served as our greeters today.
 
Mike Ratliff introduced todays guests.  Wes Brooks has Leanne Cross back as his guest. Her membership application has been approved by the board and she is expected to be inducted as a new member next week. Jerome Brown has a number of guests representing Hattiesburg High including Steve and Dr. Trussell. He also has his brother Jermaine as a guest. Denny Bubrig is a visiting Rotarian from Austin, Texas and is transferring his membership to our club.
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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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MINUTES: AUGUST 8, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-08-14 05:00:00Z 0
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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. 
Tuesday at Hattiesburg Rotary Wes Brooks 2017-08-03 05:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING TOMORROW Wes Brooks 2017-07-31 05:00:00Z 0
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. 

RISING STAR Wes Brooks 2017-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
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... 
MINUTES: July 18, 2018 Brooks 2017-07-21 05:00:00Z 0
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: 
Our Guest: July 25 Wes Brooks 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
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.

OUR GUEST: JULY 18, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-07-17 05:00:00Z 0
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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
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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!

MCCAIN NAMED CCO FOR CITY OF HATTIESBURG Wes Brooks 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
2017 AWARD WINNERS Wes Brooks 2017-07-10 05:00:00Z 0
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!
ROTARY CLUB OF HATTIESBURG GIVING AWAY $5,000 Wes Brooks 2017-06-26 05:00:00Z 0
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). 
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Names 2017 Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year 2017-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
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.  
GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2017-06-13 05:00:00Z 0
Our Guest Tuesday, June 6 Wes Brooks 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
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...
MINUTES: May 30, 2017 2017-06-05 05:00:00Z 0
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. 
GET YOUR TICKET TODAY—LAST CHANCE!! Wes Brooks 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST, TUESAY, MAY 30, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
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.

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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.  
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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...
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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.
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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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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.
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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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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.
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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...
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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.
 
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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...
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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... 
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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...
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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
 
Please click the "Read More" button to your right to see additional event details ––>
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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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Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 06, 2017

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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Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 06, 2017

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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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 31, 2017
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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ATTENTION: HATTIESBURG CLUB MEMBERS Wes Brooks 2017-01-30 06:00:00Z 0
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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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 23, 2017

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. 

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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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Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 16, 2017

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. 
 
 
Our Guest: January 3, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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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...
Minutes: December 13, 2016 Wes Brooks 2017-01-02 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 06, 2016
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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Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 29, 2016
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. 
 
OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 29, 2016
Click on the image below to view all the pictures from last week's Club Assembly. 
 
LAST WEEK'S CLUB ASSEMBLY Wes Brooks 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: NOVEMBER 22, 2016 Wes Brooks 2016-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Lamar Evans on Nov 11, 2016

NOVEMBER 8, 2016

 
Many thanks to Brady Raanes for providing our program last week. 
MINUTES: NOV. 8, 2016 Lamar Evans 2016-11-11 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 07, 2016

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. 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15 Wes Brooks 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 07, 2016

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.
Tuesday, November 8 Wes Brooks 2016-11-07 06:00:00Z 0
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...
The Grammy Museum Comes To Rotary! Wes Brooks 2016-10-14 05:00:00Z 0
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.

Our Guest Tuesday, October 25 Wes Brooks 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
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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.
MINUTES: October 4, 2016 Lamar Evans 2016-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
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.
OUR GUEST: OCTOBER 4 Wes Brooks 2016-10-03 05:00:00Z 0
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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SCENES FROM THE 2016 BIKE-A-THON Wes Brooks 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 26, 2016
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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. 
OUR GUEST: September 27, 2016 Wes Brooks 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: September 20, 2016 Lamar Evans 2016-09-26 05:00:00Z 0
BIKE-A-THON PARKING Wes Brooks 2016-09-23 05:00:00Z 0
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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.   
Our Guest—September 20, 2016 Wes Brooks 2016-09-19 05:00:00Z 0
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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MINUTES: September 6, 2016 Lamar Evans 2016-09-12 05:00:00Z 0
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Our Guest on September 6, 2016 Wes Brooks 2016-09-05 05:00:00Z 0
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.
New Member Induction Tuesday, August 30.  Wes Brooks 2016-08-28 05:00:00Z 0
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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MINUTES: AUGUST 16, 2016 Lamar Evans 2016-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
ATTENTION: FLOOD RELIEF 2016-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
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...
OUR GUEST: August 16, 2016 Wes Brooks 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
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.
 
LAST WEEK: Sarah Holified Wes Brooks 2016-08-15 05:00:00Z 0
RIDERS & SPONSORS SIGN UP TODAY! Wes Brooks 2016-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
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
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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...
 
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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.
 
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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. 
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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!
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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
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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.
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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
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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.  
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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
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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
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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.
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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
KRAV MAGA PRESENTATION Wes Brooks 2015-05-30 05:00:00Z 0
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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TODAY! Wes Brooks 2015-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
OUR GUEST: Ms. WCU Wes Brooks 2015-04-28 00:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: April 14, 2015 Lamar Evans 2015-04-25 00:00:00Z 0
Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 21, 2015
Click on the image below to view the slideshow.
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.
Our Guest Tuesday, April 7 Wes Brooks 2015-04-07 00:00:00Z 0
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 Yar