MINUTES: September 15, 2020

President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Michael McPhail provided the invocation and Joe Meador provided the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North.  
 
Mark thanked those who helped with today’s meeting.
 
Gene Owens introduced his guests, Sam Hogue and Greg Lowery. We also had a surprise visitor from Illinois.  John Schrader a Past President from Illinois was staying at the Holiday Inn and saw our Rotary sign and decided to join us.
 
Matthew Rigel then introduced today’s guest speaker, his father, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel.  Sheriff Rigel warned us of the dangers of Heroin, Fentanyl, Opioids, Methamphetamines, Club Drugs and edibles. 
 
         
 
 
MINUTES: September 15, 2020 Lamar Evans 2020-09-18 05:00:00Z 0

SEPTEMBER 22: James Moore

James Moore is a graduate of USM who taught elementary music in Texas public schools for 6 years before returning home in 1984 to open Moore’s Bicycle Shop. James participated in the early development stages of the Longleaf Trace and also served as Alderman for the City of Petal 2005-2009. 
James joins us today to share the story behind the loss of his son, Jeffrey, the misinformation and stigma that often accompany addiction, and the fund created in his name at the PineBelt Foundation. 
SEPTEMBER 22: James Moore Wes Brooks 2020-09-11 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: September 8, 2020

President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Ryan Kelly provided the invocation and Gene Owens provided the Pledge of Allegiance. The meeting was held at the Holiday Inn North.  
Joe Bost thanked those who helped with today’s meeting. Will Sanders introduced his guest, Matt Rumph. Matt is the Executive Director of the YMCA and he’s interested in joining our club.
 
MINUTES: September 8, 2020 Lamar Evans 2020-09-08 05:00:00Z 0

On September 15: Sheriff Danny Rigel

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Sheriff Danny Rigel is a native of Biloxi, MS. After finishing MGCCC and USM, he began his law enforcement career in 1982 as a patrolman with the Hattiesburg Police Department. He was promoted to Detective and was promoted to Sergeant, Lieutenant, and Captain while assigned to the Detective Division where he served as Chief of Detectives for three years. He formulated and commanded the Metro Crime Scene Unit for three years. This unit worked all of the major crime scenes in Forrest, Lamar, and Perry Counties and is still in existence today. He was promoted to Major of Operations and served there until his retirement in 2002. He was awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the year four separate times.
 
On September 15: Sheriff Danny Rigel Wes Brooks 2020-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 25, 2020

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President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Mark provided the invocation. Joe Bost led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark led us in the Four Way Test. The meeting was held by Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions. Mark announced that the club will be unable to meet in person until September 8. Joe Bost thanked those who helped with today’s meeting.
Jerome Brown then introduced our guest speaker, Mitchell Williams, Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is also an ordained minister. Mitch started working for FCA after a 27-year career in the broadcast industry. Mitch began his presentation by reporting that the University of Southern Mississippi will play its first football game of the season in about ten days.
 
MINUTES: August 25, 2020 Lamar Evans 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST TODAY

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TODD JACKSON • EXEC. V.P., AREA DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP

Todd spent the first ten years of his career as an Engineer in advanced manufacturing facilities around the country and is now utilizing that background to serve the Area Development Partnership as Executive Vice President, providing leadership to both the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Divisions. Much like the mission of the ADP, Todd’s focus every day is continually improving the quality of life in the region through economic progress. The ADP team is a group of talented hard-working professionals that work on a wide array of programs and projects to positively impact the community and Todd plays a vital role in that progress.
 
 
OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2020-09-01 05:00:00Z 0

SEPTEMBER 8: Ryan Kelly

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The Biological Mechanics and Effects of COVID-19 on the Human Body

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.

 

SEPTEMBER 8: Ryan Kelly Wes Brooks 2020-08-31 05:00:00Z 0

20 ACTS OF SERVICE: Rotary Retakes 2020

Let’s be honest…2020 needs a do-over.
This proposed effort is for individual Rotarians to Reclaim 2020 and engage in Service Above Self.
Positive energy is contagious, success breeds success, and Rotarians are People Of Action
This is a great OPPORTUNITY to showcase engaged Rotarians = enhanced public image
=more People of Action doing more service
The attached flier lays out D6840's ROTARY RECLAIMS 2020 Initiative
Click the "Read More" button for all the details --->
 
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THIS TUESDAY: August 25

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MITCHELL WILLIAMS • FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES

Prior to being hired with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Mitchell worked at WDAM-TV for 27 years, serving as sports director for 20 of those years. While at WDAM, the sports department was recognized by the Mississippi Association of Broadcasters for excellence on 40 different occasions and named Williams the state’s best sportscaster 8 of the last 10 years he was employed at WDAM.

THIS TUESDAY: August 25 Wes Brooks 2020-08-25 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 18, 2020

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President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting Lucy Sanguinetti provided the invocation. The meeting was held by Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions. Bill MacLauchlan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark announced that the club will be unable to meet in person until September 8. Joe Bost thanked Lucy and Bill for helping with today’s meeting.
 
 
MINUTES: August 18, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-08-24 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 11, 2020

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President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting Lucy Sanguinetti provided the invocation. The meeting was held by Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions. Bill MacLauchlan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joe Bost thanked Lucy and Bill for helping with today’s meeting.
 
Jerome Brown then introduced today’s guest speaker, Dr. Robert Williams. Dr. Williams is the Superintendent of the Hattiesburg Public School District. He assumed that position in 2016 after spending 20 years in the educational system as a teacher, a coach, and superintendent.
 
MINUTES: August 11, 2020 Lamar Evans 2020-08-17 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 4, 2020

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President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting Stephen Utroska provided the invocation. The meeting was held by Zoom due to COVID-19 restrictions. Bill MacLauchlan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark opened the meeting by noting that due to COVID-19 meeting restrictions, the club will likely meet via Zoom for the next week or so. Joe Bost thanked Stephen and Bill for helping with today’s meeting.
 
MINUTES: August 4, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-08-11 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: August 18

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MARY KIM SMITH • WESLEY MANOR

Mary Kim has been a Registered Nurse for over 34 years. She began her Nursing career as a Women’s Health and Labor & Delivery nurse at Methodist Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and Woman’s Hospital in Flowood, before shifting to the other end of life’s continuum to care for our Elders. Her work in Senior Care over the last 20 years has included serving as the Executive Director at Peach Tree Village Retirement Community in Brandon for 17 years, Executive Director for the Alzheimer’s Association Mississippi Chapter for 2 years and currently serves as the Executive Director at Wesley Manor Retirement Community here in Hattiesburg. She loves being part of the Hattiesburg community and is an active member of Heritage United Methodist Church.

Mary Kim and her husband Clayton have a wonderful family, including their daughter Lindsey, son-in-law Tadd, son Nick, and daughter-in-law Emily. They have 4 grandchildren Maddie (14), Mayley Grace (11), Mary Hayden (6) and they welcomed their grandson Cooper three weeks ago.

OUR GUEST: August 18 Wes Brooks 2020-08-10 05:00:00Z 0

On July 28

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KARI LYNN BESING • UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI

Kari Lynn is the Director of Community Impact for the United Way of Southeast Mississippi where she manages the grant funding process for partner agencies as well as internal programs in the areas of education, health, and financial stability.

Kari Lynn moved to Hattiesburg in 2018 to join her fiancé who is a Ph.D. student at USM. She previously lived in Indianapolis, Indiana to earn her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University. She is a 2016 graduate of the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She has published and presented on her work in civic engagement motivation and the ethics of global service. Her free time is filled with video chatting her 4-year-old nephew, running on the Trace with her dog, and doing the Sunday crossword puzzle.

 

On July 28 Wes Brooks 2020-07-28 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: July 21, 2020

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MARTHA ALLEN • EXTRA TABLE

Born and raised in Clarksdale, Mississippi, Martha Allen accepted the position of Executive Director with Extra Table in March of 2018.
Extra Table is the amazing partnership launched by well-known restaurateur Robert St. John, in 2009, making a difference in the lives of Mississippians by fundraising to stock food pantries and soup kitchens across the state with wholesome nutritious food from Sysco. Extra Table is currently providing food to 45 food pantries across our great state.
 
OUR GUEST: July 21, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: July 14, 2020

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President Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Jerome Brown provided the invocation and Wes Brooks led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Joe Bost thanked A.D. for acting as today’s greeter and thanked Jerome and A.D. for the pledge and prayer.  Joe joined us today through Zoom. Lucy Sanguinetti introduced today’s guest speaker via Zoom, Dr. Michael Pinto from Festival South
FestivalSouth costs hundreds of thousands of dollars each year. Sponsorships, donations, and grants help pay some of those expenses making it possible to have inexpensive ticketed events and often free events. The Festival’s economic impact is $1.5 million annually on our local economy.
 
MINUTES: July 14, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-07-21 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: July 14, 2020

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MIKE LOPINTO • FESTIVALSOUTH

A true Renaissance man, Dr. Mike Lopinto has written, directed, music directed, designed sets and lighting for numerous productions, recently directing the two co-winners of the 2018-19 American Prize in Musical Theatre: Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (Southern Opera and Musical Theatre Company at Southern Miss) and Pasek and Paul’s James and the Giant Peach (The Hub City Players at FestivalSouth).
 
OUR GUEST: July 14, 2020 2020-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
CONGRATULATIONS 2020 AWARD WINNERS Wes Brooks 2020-06-30 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Resumes Meetings (in person)

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg has resumed its regularly scheduled weekly club meetings at Burger Theory–Holiday Inn at noon on Tuesdays. 
 
UPCOMING
Rotary Awards & Officer Installation will take place during our noon meeting on Tuesday, June 30. 
Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Resumes Meetings (in person) Wes Brooks 2020-06-15 05:00:00Z 0

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT—MARCH 19, 2020

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Based on the recommendations of the CDC, WHO, and Rotary International regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg is suspending meetings until April 14.
 
Please check our website's home page at www.rotaryofhattiesburg.com for additional club news and announcements.
 
Stay safe and Service Above Self!
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT—MARCH 19, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-03-19 05:00:00Z 0
FOR INFO AND UPDATES ON COVID-19 IN THE PINEBELT Wes Brooks 2020-03-12 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: March 10, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-03-11 05:00:00Z 0

ON MARCH 24

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KRYSTYNA VARNADO, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
The University of Southern Mississippi
ON MARCH 24 Wes Brooks 2020-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

Our Guest: March 10, 2020

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DR. CAROLYN HOLLOWAY

Dr. Holloway is an Assistant Teaching Professor at The University of Southern Mississippi with over 14 years of teaching at the collegiate level. She has taught numerous courses at various levels in areas such as cardiac, respiratory, neurologic, psychiatric, and community health nursing education. Dr. Holloway has practiced full- and part-time as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner (PMHNP) for nine years and currently serves as faculty for PMHNP students at USM. Additionally, she practices part-time as a PMHNP with Centurion Mississippi Department of Corrections.
Dr. Holloway has also served in management and administrative capacities in clinical and academic nursing settings. She has participated in various roles, including chairperson on nursing, committees including, but not limited to, curriculum, faculty development, student retention, and remediation, simulation, process education—learning-to-learn camp, and behavioral intervention teams (BIT). She has an unwavering passion for all things mental health and prides herself on being an advocate, champion, and educator for individuals with mental health concerns.
Dr. Holloway has been married to her husband Robert for 34 years and they have two adult children-Chad (Anne) and Allyson and one amazing granddaughter (Keira). Her hobbies include reading, traveling, and most of all spending time with family.
Our Guest: March 10, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-03-09 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: March 3, 2020

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Many thanks to our guest, Dr. Marti Jordan, for providing our program last Tuesday.
 
President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Steven provided the invocation and Sean Priebe led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Steven reminded members that volunteers are needed to work the Hub Fest event coming up on March 28. Shifts are in four-hour increments, but if you can only work two hours, he still asks for club members to sign up.
 
MINUTES: March 3, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-03-09 05:00:00Z 0
Hattiesburg Visits P.E.T.S. Wes Brooks 2020-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: February 25, 2020

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President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Steven provided the invocation and William MacLauchlan led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Steven thanked Hattiesburg Coca-Cola for providing the trailer and the water for our Hub Fest event coming up on March 28. Volunteers are needed to work the event and a sign-up sheet is now available. Shifts are in four-hour increments, however, if you can only work two hours, please still sign up.
 
He also noted that volunteers are needed for the Meals on Wheels project. Volunteers are needed immediately for the next three weeks. Michael McPhail thanked those who helped with today’s meeting.
 
Steven then introduced today’s guest speaker, Rotarian Denny Bubrig. Denny joined the Southern Miss community in July 2017 as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. In this role, he works with and provides oversight for Campus Recreation, Student Union Operations, and Conference and Event Services in addition to other divisional responsibilities.
 
MINUTES: February 25, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-03-02 06:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: March 3, 2020

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DR. MARTI JORDAN • CYBERSECURITY

Doctorally prepared Nationally Certified Nurse Practitioner with an in-depth knowledge base and extensive clinical background in Acute Care, Primary Care, and management of Chronic Illnesses, especially Diabetes. Hold certifications in ACLS, PALS, ATLS, FCCM, and as a CDE and a CDFS. Hold a Ph.D. focused in Nursing from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and have 12 years of academic teaching experience in undergraduate and graduate nursing programs.
OUR GUEST: March 3, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: February 18, 2020

Rotary Club of Hattiesburg welcomed it's newest member, Will Sanderson.
 
President-Elect Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Steve Ramp provided the invocation and Joe Meador led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mark thanked Coke for providing the trailer and the water for our Hub Fest event coming up on March 28. Volunteers are needed to work the event and a sign-up sheet will be available beginning next week.
 
 
"Thank you!" to our guest and program speaker, Dr. Daniel Smith.
MINUTES: February 18, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-02-25 06:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: February 18, 2020

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DANIEL SMITH, MD • ROBOTIC SURGERY

Dr. Daniel H. Smith, M.D., M.S., received his graduate degree in biomedical engineering from Mississippi State University in 2004, and he received his medical degree from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson in 2007, where he also served a general surgery residency. He served a general surgery internship at the University of South Alabama Health System in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Smith joined Hattiesburg Clinic in 2014, and he became a wound care specialist at Forrest General Hospital in 2015. He was also named the medical director for Bariatric Surgery at Hattiesburg Clinic in 2018. Smith is board certified in general surgery by the American Board of Surgery. He is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
OUR GUEST: February 18, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-02-18 06:00:00Z 0

Our Guest Today

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DENNY BUBRIG • BOY SCOUTS E-SPORTS

Dr. Denny Bubrig joined the Southern Miss community in July 2017 as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs. In this role, Denny works with and provides oversight for Campus Recreation, Union Operations, and Conference and Event Services in addition to other divisional responsibilities. Denny has been a part of the higher education/student affairs profession for over 15 years having worked at such institutions as the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, Bowling Green State University, Samford University, and the University of Texas-Austin. His roles have ranged from Student Organization Services to Greek Life, and from Parent Programs to Campus Major Events/Student Activities. An active member of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Denny serves on the Regional Board as Professional Programs Coordinator, and on the Centennial Celebration Education Committee. Denny has been active in the Scouting community as an adult volunteer and has served as an alumni club chairman in two cities for his undergraduate institution. When he is not on campus or involved in the community, you may find Denny traveling, enjoying outdoor sports, training for his fourth marathon, or working with the PTO at his sons’ schools. Denny is married to Kathryn and they have three sons, Collier, Ellis, and Flynn.
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MINUTES: February 11, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

COMING IN APRIL

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THE EXPERIENCE

The new Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) is a revolutionary museum experience showcasing Mississippi’s global legacy—honoring our legends and inspiring tomorrow’s artists to follow their creative dreams. There are two main objectives behind the creation of this new cultural attraction. First, The MAX provides educational opportunities for youth and families and creates a sense of pride in our great state and its people. Second, The MAX is a new cultural economy asset, attracting not only interstate tourists but also visitors from international markets. Mark Tullos, The MAX President and CEO, provides a 20-minute multimedia presentation to major civic clubs and service organizations.

 
COMING IN APRIL Wes Brooks 2020-02-12 06:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST TODAY

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SALEM BUNKHEILA • HATTIESBURG CONVENTION COMMISSION

In the late 1980s, an idea was conceived for an economic development tool that would draw new money to Hattiesburg. That idea was a volunteer group of business and community leaders who would put their experience, business acumen and dedication to Hattiesburg to work for the good of all of the citizens of Hattiesburg.

In 1990, the City Council requested that the Legislature of the State of Mississippi create this body and empower it to realize this vision of economic importance. In 1991, the Hattiesburg Convention Commission was formed with a legislative mandate to develop a convention center and other tourism-related facilities that would bring new revenues to our community.

Since that time, the HCC has helped bring new dollars into our local economy by constructing, renovating, and operating six attractions. These attractions bring over $50 million in visitor spending to Hattiesburg’s economy each year.

The HCC has worked to achieve the vision this community set in action when the Commission was established. So far, six tourism attractions have been created to escalate the impact of visitors and to grow the long-term economic benefits to all of Hattiesburg. With this as its historical precedent, the Commission continues to look forward.

OUR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2020-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: January 28, 2020

Many thanks to Kelsey Steffens for returning to share the work Give & Take Kitchen are doing for the Pine Belt.
 
Last week we welcomed our newest member, Lucy Sanguinetti (middle)! Lucy is pictured with Mark Killingsworth (left) and Erin Granberry (right).
(Click the "Read More" button to view the minutes from last week's meeting.)
 
MINUTES: January 28, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

OUR SPEAKER: February 4, 2020

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CASEY NORWOOD • PINE BURR AREA COUNCIL

Casey began his Scouting career as District Executive in the Sequoyah Council in Johnson City, Tennessee in 1996.  He moved on to become a Senior District Executive and later Field Director. He was promoted to Assistant Scout Executive of the Westark Area Council, Fort Smith, Arkansas in 2009 and on to Director of Field Service / COO in the Great Smoky Mountain Council, Knoxville, Tennessee in 2012. He was selected as Scout Executive / CEO of the Pine Burr Area Council in Hattiesburg effective February 1, 2016.
Casey and his wife, Ann, have three children. Sam, Claire, and Ryan attend school in Lamar County.  
The Pine Burr Area Council Service Center is located at 1318 Hardy Street, Hattiesburg Mississippi and serves 17 counties in the Pine Belt and the Gulf Coast.
 
OUR SPEAKER: February 4, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-02-04 06:00:00Z 0

OUR SPEAKER TODAY

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WES BROOKS • DUBARD SCHOOL FOR LANGUAGE DISORDERS

Wes Brooks is the Development Coordinator for the DuBard School for Language Disorders at The University of Southern Mississippi. As Development Coordinator, he is responsible for all fundraising, donor cultivation and development, coordination and management of all fundraising campaigns, community outreach and public relations.

In addition, Wes currently serves as co-chair of the Steering Committee of the Hattiesburg ADP’s Leadership Pinebelt Program, is a Past President (2014-2015) and current P.R. & Communications Chair of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, and writes a monthly opinion column for The Pine Belt News titled “Finding Focus.”

 

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ON JANUARY 7, 2020

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CAL WILKERSON

Co-founder of Brains and Brawn (a site dedicated to the lost art of reading, self-reflection and seeking to become a better person physically, spiritually and intellectually), an accomplished graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in History along with minors in Classics and Chemistry. While in undergrad, his accolades ranged from Phi Beta Kappa inductee, the Larry D. Givens Award for Excellence in History recipient, the Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal recipient, graduate of the Sally McDonnell Honors College and a published thesis titled, “In Six Days”. Along with success in the classroom, Cal has traveled extensively, is a competitive runner and has a daily desire for self-betterment. Wilkerson spent a year in Malawi teaching high school science and long-distance running. Currently, he is in his second year of medical school and on top of a rigorous academic schedule, he is also weight training and running.
ON JANUARY 7, 2020 Wes Brooks 2020-01-07 06:00:00Z 0
HOLIDAY GREETING & MINUTES: December 17, 2019 2019-12-20 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: December 17, 2019

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Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Mark Killingsworth provided the invocation and Joe Meador led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Killingsworth was our greeter today.
Steven reminded members that we need Meals on Wheels volunteers for the month of January. He also asked members to sign up for the Salvation Army Bell Ringing coming up this Saturday. Four new board members are needed for the elections which will occur in January. Their terms of office will be July 2020 through June 2021.
Shane Germany asked for member's assistance in finding guest speakers for January through April of 2020. If you’re not capable of booking speakers for an entire month but have speaker recommendations, please provide those to Shane.
MINUTES: December 17, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-12-17 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: November 19, 2019

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L-R: Steven Utroska, Jennifer Martin, and Wes Brooks, Lachel Story, and Steven Utroska
Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Freddy Walters provided the invocation and Joey Johnson led the club in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Killingsworth was our greeter today.
Steven reminded members that the bingo tickets are now live on the website. You can purchase an individual, a couple or a table ticket. Plans are to have physical tickets available soon.
Steven asked members to participate in our Meals on Wheel Community Service project by signing up to deliver meals on Thursday. He also asked for a show of hands of people interested in participating in the Salvation Army’s bell-ringing project this year. Our club is assigned December 21 from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. We’ll work in two-hour shifts in front of Corner Market in Midtown.
MINUTES: November 19, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-11-26 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: November 5, 2019

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Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Gene Owens provided the invocation. Joe Meador led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Steven Utroska and Steve Ramp served as our greeters today.
Mike McPhail introduced our visitors. Lachel Story is a prospective member and Mike Freeman is a guest of Gene Owens. Steven asked people to volunteer to assist with the Meals on Wheels program. Volunteers are needed for this week.
MINUTES: November 5, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK

Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 12, 2019

LUCRETIA HALL • FGH HOSPICE & ASBURY HOSPICE HOUSE

Lucretia Hall is the Hospice Volunteer Coordinator for Forrest General Hospice & Asbury Hospice House.  After a successful career at the University of Southern Mississippi, she retired in 2005 with twenty-five years of service. 
 
NEXT WEEK Wes Brooks 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0
GET YOUR TICKETS NOW! Wes Brooks 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

0UR GUEST TODAY

Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 12, 2019
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WENDY HUTCHINS • AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY

Wendy Hutchins joined the American Cancer Society in 2017 as the Community Development Manager for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Real Men Wear Pink -both programs covering Central Mississippi. Much like so many of our valuable employees and volunteers, Wendy was deeply affected by cancer, losing her mother after a valiant battle with colon cancer in 2014. Wendy has converted her grief into serious action and she propelled the Strides program to much-needed growth and visibility over the last three years. Under her direction, the Real Men Program hit national records (#7 highest fundraising campaign in the nation in 2018 and #13 highest fundraising campaign in the nation 2019). Prior to joining the American Cancer Society, Wendy spent more than twenty years in private industry honing her best skills, forming valuable partnerships, and laying a solid foundation for networking. Wendy earned a degree from the University of Mississippi with an emphasis in Banking and Finance. She is the proud mother of two sons, one a graduate of Mississippi State and the other a soon-to-be graduate of Ole Miss. Wendy enjoys traveling, photography, art and is active in her church and the community of Terry, Mississippi.
0UR GUEST TODAY Wes Brooks 2019-11-12 06:00:00Z 0

TODAY: Steven Utroska

Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 05, 2019
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STEVEN UTROSKA • FIREARMS

Steven Utroska is a fourth-generation Mississippian and the owner and operator of Windlass Armory, LLC located in Hattiesburg, MS.  Steven graduated with a Bachelor of Science in engineering from the University of Mississippi and worked in both industry and private consulting for nearly ten years before founding Windlass Armory, LLC, a custom firearm manufacturing company, in 2016.  Windlass Armory, LLC is a “Class 3” firearms manufacturer and produces both AR15 and AR10 style firearms right in the heart of the Pine Belt.   Steven is a staunch advocate of the Second Amendment and when he’s not practicing engineering or manufacturing firearms, he spends his time studying the constitutionality of firearms policy and regulations.
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REMINDER: October 29, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-10-28 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: October 22, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 25, 2019
L-R: Steven Utroska, Dr. Italo Subbarao, and Allen Anderson. Our many thanks to Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University, Dr. Italo Subarao, for providing our program on Tuesday.
MINUTES: October 22, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
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MINUTES: October 8, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 14, 2019
 
Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting in the absence of Steve Utroska. Mark provided today’s invocation and Bill MacLauchlan led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Sean Priebe and Mark Killingsworth served as our greeters today.
 
Brandon Hodges sat in for Mike McPhail and introduced our visitor. Anna Rush is a guest of Katie Anthony. Katie then introduced today’s guest speaker, Dr. Rodney Bennett, chief executive officer and principal educational officer of the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Bennett has a 30-year history of working in higher education.
MINUTES: October 8, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-10-14 05:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK

Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 08, 2019

DR. ADAM BREERWOOD • PRCC

For more on Dr. Breerwood and PRCC, click here.
NEXT WEEK Wes Brooks 2019-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: October 1, 2019

Posted on Oct 08, 2019
Many thanks to our guest, Grace Kent, from Creative Bread for providing our program on Tuesday. L-R: Allen Anderson, Grace Kent, and Mark Killingsworth.
 
Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting in the absence of Steve Utroska. Gene Owens provided today’s invocation and Joe Meador led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Killingsworth served as our greeter today.
 
Mike McPhail announced that we did not have any greeters signed up for today, but as usual Mark Killingsworth stepped up to be our greeter.  He asked that more people volunteer.
 
Alan Anderson introduced today’s guest speakers, Grace Kent Johnson.  Grace is Co-founder and Senior Director of Creative Bread. Creative Bread works with communities, developers and businesses looking for a holistic approach to unity and healthy growth.
She believes helping people and places find their purpose is powerful. She broke down the strategies they practice.
MINUTES: October 1, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-10-08 05:00:00Z 0

TODAY

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ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8

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PRESIDENT RODNEY D. BENNETT • THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI

Rodney D. Bennett serves as the chief executive officer and principal educational officer of The University of Southern Mississippi (USM), a comprehensive public research institution delivering transformative programs to approximately 15,000 students on campuses in South Mississippi and along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8 Wes Brooks 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: September 24, 2019

Posted on Sep 30, 2019
Many thanks to this year's Leadership Pinebelt group, G3, for providing our program on Tuesday. Pictured L-R are: Trina McAlister, Ronnie Venable, LaTreaka Rankin, and Rotary Club President, Steven Utroska.
 
President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Allen Anderson provided today’s invocation and Michaela Harper led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Killingsworth served as our greeter today.
 
Mike McPhail and thanked those who volunteered to help with today’s meeting. He also introduced today’s visitors. Jay Hughes and Garrison English are guests of Mike Ratliff and Harrison Edwards is a guest of Bill McLeod.
 
MINUTES: September 24, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-09-30 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: September 17, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-09-23 05:00:00Z 0

TODAY'S GUEST: Chris Werle

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CHRIS WERLE • CLIMATE SCIENCE

Chris Werle and his wife Nichole live in Purvis with their two young children and are members of Parkway Heights UMC. He has a Ph.D. in Horticulture/Entomology from LSU and works as an Entomologist with the US Dept. of Agriculture. In his free time, Chris serves as a board member with Purvis Youth Sports and the Gaining Ground Sustainability Institute of MS, leads Hattiesburg's chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby, and enjoys playing music at church and with a variety of bands.

"Climate science is no longer in question; major petroleum corporations, religious leaders and Rotary International all are calling for action. My goal is to provide information on an important topic that will disproportionately affect our coming generations so that voters and elected officials alike can make the best decisions possible. My approach is bipartisan, and will appeal to conservatives and progressives alike!"

TODAY'S GUEST: Chris Werle Wes Brooks 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: September 3, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
TUESDAY: September 10, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-09-06 05:00:00Z 0

ON SEPTEMBER 3

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BRIAN CLARK • SUMRALL JIU-JITSU

Brian was born on March 25, 1980, in Hattiesburg to Tommy and Paula Clark. He spent his formative years in Eatonville and graduated from North Forrest High School in 1998. Following high school, Brian attended JCJC, Delta State University, University of Mississippi, and New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.
Brian and his wife, Christina have two daughters, Evie Rose and Ruby.
Brian began training Jiu-Jitsu 1999 and earned his Black belt from Professor Leonardo Xavier.  In 2010, Brian opened Sumrall Jiu-Jitsu and has been teaching full time for five years.
 
 
 
ON SEPTEMBER 3 Wes Brooks 2019-09-03 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 27, 2019

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President-Elect Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. Mark also gave today’s invocation and Joe Bost led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Killingworth served as our greeter today.
Mike McPhail thanked those who volunteered to help with today’s meeting. Keith and Carolyn Horne were visiting Rotarians from the Ellisville Club.
Mark noted that we do not have a speaker for today’s meeting and asked that club members spend the remaining time discussing possible fundraising ideas. The fundraising committee has suggested the club put together an annual, signature event such as bingo. Members discussed this possibility and outlined what some of the needs would be to make the event successful.
MINUTES: August 27, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-08-27 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 20, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 21, 2019
President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Mike McPhail gave today’s invocation and Wes Brooks led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Killingworth and Ryan Pollacci served as our greeters today. Mike McPhail thanked those who volunteered to help with today’s meeting. Tracie Fowler has Walt Skuplen with Mississippi Power as her guest today. Walt is interested in becoming a Rotarian.
MINUTES: August 20, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-08-21 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST TODAY

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RICHARD ROBERSON • GEN. COUNSEL, MS HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION

Richard Roberson is General Counsel and Vice President of Policy and State Advocacy for the Mississippi Hospital Association.  Prior to joining MHA, Richard practiced healthcare law and government relations in the Jackson, Mississippi office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings.  His healthcare practice primarily focused on Medicaid and Medicare reimbursement, certificate of need and other regulatory and audit issues for a variety of healthcare clients including hospitals, physicians, dentists, pharmacies, physical therapists, hospice and nursing homes.  Before entering private practice, he spent over fifteen years in state government, most of which were spent at the Mississippi Division of Medicaid.  He received his B.A. from Baylor University and his J.D. from the University of Mississippi.
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NEXT WEEK

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AARON RICE • MS JUSTICE INSTITUTE

Aaron Rice serves as the Director of the Mississippi Justice Institute and is passionate about the vital role the Constitution plays in protecting our most precious freedoms. After the September 11 terrorist attacks, Aaron felt called to serve his country. He joined the Marine Corps and was deployed to Iraq with the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marines; the battalion would go on to suffer the highest number of casualties of any in the Iraq war. Aaron received the Purple Heart for sustaining combat injuries that resulted in the loss of his left leg below the knee.

Upon returning home, Aaron earned a degree in political science from Mississippi State University and was awarded the national Truman Scholarship to pursue his graduate studies. He earned his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law, where he developed an interest in constitutional law.

In 2008, Aaron was elected to serve as a Delegate to the Republican National Convention. He also served on campaigns for Governor Haley Barbour and Senator Roger Wicker.

Prior to joining the Mississippi Justice Institute, Aaron built his career as a litigation attorney at a nationally recognized law firm in Mississippi. Aaron is a Fellow of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) National Trial College at Harvard Law School, and a Graduate of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) Trial Academy at Stanford Law School. He is also a recipient of the 2019 Buckley Award in recognition for his leadership in the conservative movement.

Aaron is a Deacon at Madison Heights Church, PCA. He and his wife, Kelly, live in Madison with their four children, Clark, Griffin, Ramsey, and Miles.

NEXT WEEK Wes Brooks 2019-08-20 05:00:00Z 0
MINUTES: August 13, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-08-20 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 6, 2019

L-R: Steven Utroska, Lee Roberts, and Freddy Walter.
 
President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Mark Killingsworth gave today’s invocation and Cole Grissett led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Mark Killingworth and Wes Brooks served as our greeters today.
Mike McPhail thanked those who volunteered to help with today’s meeting. He then introduced Keith and Carolyn Horne who are visiting from the Ellisville Rotary Club.
Steven reminded members that we need volunteers to deliver our Meals on Wheels. He also encouraged members who have not yet signed up for a committee to do so soon. Check with Steven if you are unsure or would like more information on how to best serve the club. Brandon Hodges announced that Stew Deen and his wife just had their first child. Paula Brahan encouraged members to continue to bring items that can be used by hospice patients and their families.
MINUTES: August 6, 2019 2019-08-07 05:00:00Z 0

ON AUGUST 13

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CONGRESSMAN STEVEN PALAZZO

Congressman Steven M. Palazzo is proud to serve the people of South Mississippi's 4th Congressional District, which includes Mississippi's Gulf Coast and Pine Belt regions. As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, current member of the Mississippi National Guard, and former member of the Mississippi House of Representatives, Congressman Palazzo has a record of service that began long before he was first sworn into office on January 5, 2011.
ON AUGUST 13 Wes Brooks 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0

AUGUST 6

Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 06, 2019

LEE ROBERTS • SOUTHERN MISS IMG SPORTS

AUGUST 6 Wes Brooks 2019-08-06 05:00:00Z 0
NO MEETING: JULY 30 Wes Brooks 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: July 23, 2019

Posted on Jul 25, 2019
L-R: Steven Utroska, Coach Tony Vance, Jerome Brown. Our thanks to Hattiesburg High School Head Football Coach and Athletic Director, Tony Vance, for providing our program last Tuesday.
 
MINUTES: July 23, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-07-25 05:00:00Z 1

JULY 23, 2019

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TONY VANCE • HHS

Tony Vance is Athletics Director and Head Coach of the 2019 Class 5A Region 4 South State Champion and 2018 State Champion Hattiesburg High Tigers Football Team.
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 the 3A State Championship. His team averaged 39 points per game. In 2012 his Charleston Tigers made a second consecutive trip to the state championship game.  Offensively the Tigers averaged 42 points per game. Coach Vance also has stops on his resume at Olive Branch High School and Coffeeville High School. Coach Vance grew up in Tippo, MS where he was the 12th of 13 children.  He is a proud 1993 graduate of Charleston High School.  He received his Associate’s Degree from Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS.  He went on to receive both his BS and Masters Degree from MVSU in Itta Bena, MS.
Coach Vance is beginning his 20th year in the coaching profession and his message to his players has remained the same.  “Do What’s Right, and be where you are supposed to be when you are supposed to be there.” 
Tony is married to the former Vernida Harris of Charleston.   They have four children, Cedric, Keasia, Ty’Keria, and Tony II (Deuce).
JULY 23, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

ON JULY 16

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DR. ROBERT WILLIAMS • SUPERINTENDENT, HPSD

Robert Williams has worked in education for over 19 years, with 17 of those years being in the Hattiesburg Public School System. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Specialist in Education Degree in Education Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Williams earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Elementary from Copiah-Lincoln Community College and a Master of Education in Elementary Education from William Carey College.

Prior to his appointment as Superintendent, he served as principal of N.R. Burger Middle School. Under his leadership and with unwavering commitment from staff, students, and parents, N.R. Burger Middle has transformed from a school labeled “At Risk of Failing” in 2008 to “High Performing-High Progress” in 2012. In 2012, N.R. Burger received the “Champion of Change” award from Mississippi Department of Education. Dr. Williams has been involved with and participated in numerous steering and selection committees, and he was selected as Hattiesburg Public School District Administrator of the Year (2011-2012 & 2015-2016) by his peers. Additionally, he represented Mississippi Congressional District Four (4) as finalist for Mississippi Administrator of the Year.

Dr. Williams feels that teamwork is the ultimate way a school can be successful in reaching it goals of “Academic Proficiency and Social Responsibility” for ALL students.

Dr. Williams is married to Angela Givens Williams, an Assistant United States Attorney with Office of the United States Attorney, Southern District of Mississippi.  They are the parents of Anna-Grace Williams and Louis Alexander Williams.

ON JULY 16 Wes Brooks 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: July 9, 2019

Posted on Jul 15, 2019
Our thanks to Hattiesburg ADP Exec. VP-Economic Development, Todd Jackson, for providing our program last Tuesday. Todd is flanked by Chris Dunkley (left) and Steven Utroska (right).
 
MINUTES: July 9, 2019 2019-07-15 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: July 2, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 09, 2019
President Steven Utroska and presided over today’s meeting. Scott Hummel gave today’s invocation and Katie Anthony led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth and Wes Brooks who served as our greeters today.
Steven welcomed our new board members and reminded everyone that we need volunteers for Meals on Wheels, the Pledge of Allegiance, greeters and the invocation.  He is bringing in sign up sheets next week for the committees. 
Steven also announced there will be a board meeting at on July 16th at 11:00, before lunch.  He also reminded us there is no meeting on July 30th, being that is the 5th Tuesday in this month.
MINUTES: July 2, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-07-09 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: June 18, 2019

Posted on Jun 25, 2019
Our thanks to Kid's Hub Executive Director, DiDi Ellis, for providing our program Tuesday!
L-R: DiDi Ellis, Jaclyn Adams, and Steven Utroska.
MINUTES: June 18, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-06-25 05:00:00Z 0

ON JULY 2nd

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JEREMY MCCLAIN • DIRECTOR, SOUTHERN MISS ATHLETICS

Jeremy McClain returns to the University of Southern Mississippi after serving as the Director of Athletics at Troy University since August of 2015. He served as the Deputy Director of Athletics at Southern Miss for three years prior to his departure to Troy.
During his time at Troy, McClain hired Chip Lindsey earlier this year to run the school's football program as well as named a new head men's basketball coach Scott Cross.
Under McClain, the football program won 31 games, tied for the most wins over the last three seasons by Group of Five conference schools with Boise State and UCF. The Trojans won three-straight bowl games and a Sun Belt Conference title while earning a national ranking and recording a historic victory at LSU in that time period. In addition, the football program enjoyed record attendance in the last three seasons.
ON JULY 2nd Wes Brooks 2019-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: June 11, 2019

Posted on Jun 11, 2019
 
Our thanks to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Director, Paula Mathis, for providing our program Tuesday.
L-R: Steven Utroska, Paula Mathis, and Steve Ramp.
MINUTES: June 11, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-06-11 05:00:00Z 0

ON JUNE 4

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CHRIS GOODWIN • MS DEPT OF ARCHIVES & HISTORY

Chris Goodwin is the Director of the Public Information section of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, where he has worked since 2001. MDAH is a comprehensive historical agency that performs the functions of multiple groups in other states, from the operation of the state archives to the oversight of the state’s historic preservation program to the administration of museums and historic sites across Mississippi. The highest-profile attractions the department has opened in recent years are the new Museum of Mississippi History and Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, which have welcomed more than 300,000 people since December 9, 2017. The weekly History Is Lunch lecture series, coordinated by Goodwin, averages 125 attendees and features guest speakers discussing various aspects of the state’s history.

Before joining the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Goodwin was an editor at the Clarion-Ledger newspaper. A native of Water Valley, Mississippi, he attended both Mississippi State University and the University of Mississippi, which is problematic mostly in November during the Egg Bowl. He will present “Ten Things You Didn't Know about the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.”

 

 
 
ON JUNE 4 Wes Brooks 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: May 21, 2019

Posted on May 24, 2019
L-R: Steven Utroska, Gene Smith, Amber Ross, and Erin Granberry.
Our many thanks to FV Recycling President, and Jones Companies Director of Marketing, Amber Ross, for providing our program on Tuesday!
 
MINUTES: May 21, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-05-24 05:00:00Z 0

JUNE 25: 2019 Awards Presentation & Officer Installation

Posted by Wes Brooks on May 20, 2019
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THE T. C. HANNAH “ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR”
Given in recognition of their outstanding service and unwavering dedication to the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg. T. C. Hannah, charter member and first president of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg.
2019— ?
2018—Erin Granberry
2017—Lynn Walton
2016—Jaclyn Adams
2015—Bill MacLauchlan
2014—Jennifer Payne
2013—Wes Brooks
2012—Lucy Parkman
2011—Erik Graham
2010—Aime Spears
2009—Bill McLeod
 
JUNE 25: 2019 Awards Presentation & Officer Installation Wes Brooks 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

On May 28

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RYAN KELLY • HORIZON PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

Ryan Kelly 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.

 

On May 28 Wes Brooks 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: May 14, 2019

Posted on May 20, 2019
 
Picture left (L-R): Bill McLeod, Dr. Mike Lopinto, Steven Utroska. Picture right: Matthew Rigel (center).
Last Tuesday, the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg welcomed Dr. Mike Lopinto, Artistic Director at FestivalSouth.org as our guest speaker. In addition, our club welcomed its newest member, Matthew Rigel.
 
MINUTES: May 14, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-05-20 05:00:00Z 0
TUESDAY: May 21, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

On Tuesday, May 21

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JONATHAN JONES, CEO • JONES COMPANIES

Jonathan B. Jones is the CEO of Jones Companies, which was founded in 1949 and based in Mississippi. Jones Companies is made up of 9 privately owned entities operating in 42 states. During Jonathan's leadership, the company has grown to become the market share leader in several industries including recycling, integrated power line, and pipeline construction support services. Before becoming CEO of Jones Companies, Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Immediately upon graduation, Jonathan began working as assistant controller for the family business. Within 4 years of employment, Jonathan purchased a controlling interest in the company and was promoted to CEO.
 
On Tuesday, May 21 Wes Brooks 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: May 14, 2019

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President Steven Utroska and presided over today’s meeting. Michaela Harper gave today’s invocation and Ben Donald led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeter today.
Brandon Hodges thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and introduced our guests. Bill McLeod has Matthew Rigel as his guest today and Matthew has his wife Mary Kathryn as his guest. Brandon Hodges has Travis Cox as his guest and Ben Donald also has a guest.
 
MINUTES: May 14, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-05-16 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday, May 14

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MIKE LOPINTO • FESTIVAL SOUTH

Dr. Mike Lopinto, originally from New Orleans, is a true Renaissance man, he has written, directed, music directed, designed sets and lighting for numerous productions, most recently directing shows including Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera (2017—American Prize for Musical Theatre Semi-Finalist), to Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (2015), for the Southern Miss School of Music and James and the Giant Peach (2017– American Prize for Musical Theatre Semi-Finalist), and Rock of Ages for the Hub City Players, Hattiesburg’s professional theatre company. This summer, he will direct Sister Act to open the 10th anniversary of FestivalSouth.
Lopinto spent a decade teaching in some of the most successful programs in Texas winning state and national honors and continues to judge music and visual arts events internationally. Currently, he serves as the Assistant to the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences for Arts PR/Marketing at Southern Miss.
During his tenure, he brought a new level of recognition to arts programs in Mississippi, most notably the acclaimed symphony orchestra. He coordinated events with world-renowned classical celebrities to pop icons as well as designing and directing the award-winning Symphony Galas. He has become a favorite emcee for the Mystic Krewe of Zeus and his voice can be heard at all Southern Miss games as "The Voice of The Pride" and on commercials across the South.
He is the artistic director of FestivalSouth® that has reshaped summers in the Hub City and the creative director of Consult M, a multi-faceted arts development organization that has worked regionally with performing arts organizations.
 
 
Tuesday, May 14 Wes Brooks 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK

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JONATHAN JONES, CEO • JONES CO.

Jonathan B. Jones is the CEO of Jones Companies, which was founded in 1949 and based in Mississippi. Jones Companies is made up of 9 privately owned entities operating in 42 states. During Jonathan's leadership, the company has grown to become the market share leader in several industries including recycling, integrated power line, and pipeline construction support services. Before becoming CEO of Jones Companies, Jonathan earned a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Immediately upon graduation, Jonathan began working as an assistant controller for the family business. Within 4 years of employment, Jonathan purchased a controlling interest in the company and was promoted to CEO.
NEXT WEEK Wes Brooks 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: May 7, 2019

Posted on May 14, 2019
Our thanks to Lauren Rogers Museum of Art Director, George Bassi, for providing our program last Tuesday!
L-R: Mark Killingsworth, George Bassi, Erin Granberry.
 
MINUTES: May 7, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-05-14 05:00:00Z 0

TODAY

Posted by Wes Brooks on May 07, 2019
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GEORGE BASSI • LAUREN ROGERS MUSEUM OF ART

George Bassi has been the Director of the Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel, Mississippi, since 1993.  He is a native of Leland, MS, and received his undergraduate degree in business from Delta State University and his Master of Arts degree in mass communications and public relations from The University of Southern Mississippi.
He has more than thirty years of non-profit management and arts administration experience.  George conducts workshops and retreats on fundraising, arts management, public relations & marketing, grant writing and board resources.  He has participated in the National Arts Stabilization project and has authored an article for American Art Review.
 
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MULTI-DISTRICT CRUISE Wes Brooks 2019-05-06 05:00:00Z 0

REMINDER!

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 30, 2019
REMINDER! Wes Brooks 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: April 23, 2019

Posted on Apr 30, 2019

Our thanks to Extra Table Exec. Dir. Martha Allen for providing our program last Tuesday!
L-R: Colby Sappington, Martha Allen, Steven Utroska, and Mallory Donald.
 
MINUTES: April 23, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
MAKE NOTE! Wes Brooks 2019-04-22 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: April 15, 2019

Posted on Apr 22, 2019
Our thanks to award-winning syndicated columnist, Sid Salter for providing our program last Tuesday. We were also joined by Hattiesburg General Surgeon and college roommate of Mr. Salter's, Dr. John Brahan.
Photo left: Club President, Steven Utroska and Sid Salter. Photo right: Mr. Salter and Dr. John Brahan.
 
MINUTES: April 15, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-04-22 05:00:00Z 0
IT'S NOT TOO LATE Wes Brooks 2019-04-15 05:00:00Z 0

THIS WEEK!

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SID SALTER • MSU CCO & DIRECTOR OF THE OFFICE OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Sidney L. "Sid" Salter is Chief Communications Officer and Director of the Office of Public Affairs at Mississippi State University.

In that role, he leads a team of marketing and communications professionals in producing award-winning print, broadcast, and digital content designed to advance MSU's reputation as a nationally prominent research university. Salter is also the university's spokesman and the administrator of both the University Television Center and campus radio station WMSV-FM.

THIS WEEK! Wes Brooks 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: April 9, 2019

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DR. ANTHONY CLARKE • REGENTS PARK COLLEGE—UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

Dr. Anthony Clarke is a Fellow at Regent’s Park since 2007, having been the Minister of Baptist churches in Dagenham and Oxford.  He is involved as a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church, Thame, and a Trustee for the Southern Counties Baptist Association.  His research interests have developed over time, having begun exploring the interplay between doctrine and New Testament studies, and more recently focusing on questions of ministerial formation and Baptist life and practice.  He is married to Amanda and they have three children at school or university.  

He holds degrees in Classics from Durham (BA, 1988), and in Theology from Oxford (MA, 1996 and BD, 2001) and Chester (DMin, 2017).

He is the Senior Tutor and has oversight of academic matters throughout the College. He shares oversight of their Ministerial Formation program, is Course Director for the BTh Suite, and liaise with churches within a wide geographical area, seeking to use the resources of College to encourage learning and training in Ministry and Mission for the whole church. He teaches a variety of courses for the BTh including early church and modern theology, Baptist history, preaching, Christian Ministry, and Greek.

OUR GUEST: April 9, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: April 2, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 09, 2019
Our thanks to MS Center for Investigative Journalism Executive Director Jerry Mitchell for providing our program last Tuesday.
President-Elect Mark Killingsworth filled in for President Steven Utroska and presided over today’s meeting. Garland Sullivan gave today’s invocation. Joe Meador led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mallory Donald and Katie Anthony who served as our greeters today.
Brandon Hodges thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and introduced our guests. Bill McLeod has Matthew Rigel as his guest. Ben Donald has Carol Lucas as his guest.
MINUTES: April 2, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-04-09 05:00:00Z 0

THIS TUESDAY–April 2, 2019

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JERRY MITCHELL • MS CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Jerry W. Mitchell is an American investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. He convinced authorities to reopen seemingly cold murder cases from the Civil Rights Era, prompting one colleague to call him "the South's Simon Wiesenthal".[1] In 2009, he received a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

Mitchell was a court reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in 1989 when the film Mississippi Burning inspired him to look into old civil rights cases that many thought had long since turned cold. His investigations have led to the arrest of several Klansmen and prompted authorities to reexamine numerous killings during the civil rights era.

In 1996, he was portrayed by Jerry Levine in the Rob Reiner film, Ghosts of Mississippi, about the murder of Medgar Evers and the belated effort to bring killer Byron De La Beckwith to justice. He was featured in The Learning Channel documentary Civil Rights Martyrs that aired in February 2000 and was a consultant for the Discovery Channel documentary Killed by the Klan which aired in 1999.

Mitchell received his undergraduate degree in communications from Harding University and his master's in journalism from Ohio State University in 1997, where he attended the Kiplinger Reporting Program. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with his wife and their two children.

THIS TUESDAY–April 2, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-04-02 05:00:00Z 0
HAVE YOU SIGNED UP YET? Wes Brooks 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: March 26, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 01, 2019
Many thanks to Venture Technologies CEO, Gerard Gibert, for providing our program on Tuesday. Mr. Gibert is pictured with Club President, Steven Utroska.
  
President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Stew Deen gave today’s invocation. Phillip Carter led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth and Tracie Fowler who served as our greeters today. Mike McPhail filled in for Brandon Hodges and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and introduced our guest. Cody Beilstein is a guest of Stew Deen.
 
MINUTES: March 26, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-04-01 05:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK

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GERARD GILBERT • VENTURE TECHNOLOGIES

Gerard Gibert founded Venture Technologies, a Technology Solutions Provider headquartered in Ridgeland, MS, in 1986.  He served as the company’s CEO from launch until its sale to ConvergeOne, based in Minneapolis, MN, in January 2019. In 2018, the Mississippi Business Journal listed Venture as the 33rd largest private business in Mississippi.

 

NEXT WEEK Wes Brooks 2019-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: March 26

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 25, 2019

GERARD GIBERT

Gerard Gibert founded Venture Technologies, a Technology Solutions Provider headquartered in Ridgeland, MS, in 1986. He served as the company’s CEO from launch until its sale to ConvergeOne, based in Minneapolis, MN, in January 2019. In 2018, the Mississippi Business Journal listed Venture as the 33rd largest private business in Mississippi.
OUR GUEST: March 26 Wes Brooks 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: March 19, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 25, 2019
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President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Michaela Harper gave today’s invocation. Joe Meador led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeter today.
Mike McPhail filled in for Brandon Hodges and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and introduced our guests. Dean Cromartie is a guest of Mary Cromartie. Tom Smith is a guest of Mike Ratliff, and Mark Gillentine is a guest of Elizabeth Gillentine and Matthew Regal is a guest of Bill McLeod.
Steven noted that Meals on Wheels volunteers are needed for the next three months. Three new members volunteered to ride with veteran drivers. Thanks to those who stepped up. He also reminded board members of today’s board meeting immediately following this meeting.
MINUTES: March 19, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-03-25 05:00:00Z 0

OUR GUEST: March 19

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 18, 2019
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GINNY SIMS • SOUTHERN PINES ANIMAL SHELTER

Ginny Sims is the Executive Director for Southern Pines Animal Shelter in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. The organization includes an open admission shelter, which takes in over 8,000 pets each year, a spay and neuter clinic, which has completed more than 55,000 surgeries since 2009, and a Second Chance thrift shop.
 
OUR GUEST: March 19 Wes Brooks 2019-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: March 12, 2019

Posted on Mar 18, 2019
Our thanks to Robert St. John for providing our program last week.
Robert is pictured here with Past President, Paula Brahan.
Click the "Read More" button to view your minutes from last week's meeting.
 
MINUTES: March 12, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-03-18 05:00:00Z 0

TUESDAY: March 12, 2019

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 07, 2019
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Robert St. John has spent almost four decades in the restaurant business. Thirty of those years have been as the owner of the Purple Parrot, Crescent City Grill, Mahogany Bar, Branch, Tabella, Ed’s Burger Joint, The Midtowner, and Midtown Donut in Hattiesburg, MS.

St. John is a restaurateur, chef, columnist, and author. For over 20 years he has written a weekly syndicated newspaper column.

His restaurant— The Purple Parrot Café— has been named the best fine dining restaurant in Mississippi and just received its ninth Four-Diamond rating from the AAA Travel Guide. Additionally, in 2011, AAA named Purple Parrot Café the second-best fine-dining restaurant in the South (just behind Commander’s Palace). Tabella has been voted “Best Italian” in Mississippi, Crescent City Grill has been voted one of “Mississippi’s Top Ten” restaurants, and the Mahogany Bar has been voted among the “Best Beer Bars in America” for the past three consecutive years.

St. John has been named the state’s top chef three consecutive years and was honored as Mississippi Restaurateur of the Year.

St. John is the author of eleven books, including four collaborations with watercolorist Wyatt Waters. Their book, An Italian Palate, was written in Europe while St. John, his wife, and his two children traveled through 17 countries on two continents for six months.

His 11th book, A Mississippi Palate, another collaboration with Waters was released last year.

St. John is also the creator, producer, and co-host of the Public Broadcasting series Palate to Palette with Robert St. John and Wyatt Waters which has just finished filming its fourth season.

St. John has been featured in USA TODAY and appeared on The Food Network, The Travel Channel, National Public Radio, Martha Stewart Living, and the Turner South network.  

St. John serves on numerous boards and is the founder of Hattiesburg Hundred, an organization that assists sworn law enforcement and first responders’ families in their times of need. He is also the founder of the Midtown Merchants Association, both in his hometown of Hattiesburg.

In 2009, St. John founded Extra Table, a statewide non-profit organization that ships over 14 tons of healthy food to over 32 Mississippi soup kitchens and mission pantries every month.

TUESDAY: March 12, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-03-07 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: February 26,2019

Posted on Feb 26, 2019
President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Marc McMillian gave today’s invocation. Michaela Harper led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth and Shane Germany who served as our greeters today.
Brandon Hodges thanked those who helped with today’s meeting. There were no visiting Rotarians and no guests.
MINUTES: February 26,2019 2019-02-26 06:00:00Z 0

NEXT WEEK!

Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 26, 2019
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JERRY MITCHELL • MS CENTER FOR INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

Jerry W. Mitchell is an American investigative reporter for The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. He convinced authorities to reopen seemingly cold murder cases from the Civil Rights Era, prompting one colleague to call him "the South's Simon Wiesenthal".[1] In 2009, he received a "genius grant" from the MacArthur Foundation.

Mitchell was a court reporter for the Clarion-Ledger in 1989 when the film Mississippi Burning inspired him to look into old civil rights cases that many thought had long since turned cold. His investigations have led to the arrest of several Klansmen and prompted authorities to reexamine numerous killings during the civil rights era.

In 1996, he was portrayed by Jerry Levine in the Rob Reiner film, Ghosts of Mississippi, about the murder of Medgar Evers and the belated effort to bring killer Byron De La Beckwith to justice. He was featured in The Learning Channel documentary Civil Rights Martyrs that aired in February 2000 and was a consultant for the Discovery Channel documentary Killed by the Klan which aired in 1999.

Mitchell received his undergraduate degree in communications from Harding University and his master's in journalism from Ohio State University in 1997, where he attended the Kiplinger Reporting Program. He lives in Jackson, Mississippi, with his wife and their two children.

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MINUTES: February 12, 2019

Posted on Feb 14, 2019
 
Many thanks to our guest last Tuesday (L-R): Janice Swiggum, Kelcey Steffens; Club President, Steven Utroska, and Jaclyn Adams.
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MINUTES: February 12, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

ON FEBRUARY 26

Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 14, 2019
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AMBER LOMBARDO • AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS

A Mississippi State graduate, Amber Lombardo built a career in the advertising industry ultimately building four companies: an advertising agency, digital print shop, art gallery and magazine. After 17 years she sold the umbrella company, Webz. She became Director of Programs at the Mississippi Heritage Trust where she launched a second magazine, Elevation and became heavily involved in state and federal advocacy efforts. She is an ARCUS Fellow and board member of Preservation Action. Today Amber is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects | Mississippi.  She serves at AIA National as Vice President of the CACE Executive Committee and as a Stakeholder in the Advocacy Capacity Building team. In 2018, she hosted SpeakUp!, an advocacy and action event chartered by AIA National. 
ON FEBRUARY 26 Wes Brooks 2019-02-14 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: February 5, 2019

Posted on Feb 11, 2019
 
The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg welcomed its newest member today, Stew Deen. Stew is pictured with Club President, Steven Utroska (left), and his sponsor, Mallory Donald. In addition, the club program was provided by our very own Michael McPhail.
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MINUTES: February 5, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-02-11 06:00:00Z 0

ON FEBRUARY 12

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KELSEY STEFFENS • GIVE & TAKE KITCHEN FOUNDATION

Kelsey Land Steffens is the founder and president of Give & Take Kitchen Foundation, a new Hattiesburg non-profit. Its mission is to operate as a food and nutrition resource for the community, specifically aiming to alleviate the devastating consequences of hunger and food insecurity on the education, health, and future opportunities of children.
Kelsey is a Hattiesburg native and president of her family's land and timber management company, Melvin Forest Management. Prior to taking on this role, she worked in the Procurement department at Georgia-Pacific.
She has a Master's in Business Administration with a specialization in Supply Chain and Operations Management from the University of Alabama, where she also received her Bachelor's degree in Finance in 2011.
After living in Birmingham post graduate school, Kelsey and her husband Blaine returned to Hattiesburg where they live with their two-year-old daughter, Audrey and their beagle mix, Lola.
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ON FEBRUARY 19

Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 03, 2019
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MICHAEL DIXON • PINEBELT FOUNDATION

Michael Dixon is the Executive Director of the Pinebelt Foundation, Pastor at Ekklesia Hattiesburg, and the 2015 recipient of the Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year.
ON FEBRUARY 19 Wes Brooks 2019-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: January 29, 2019

Posted on Feb 03, 2019
President Steven Utroska presided over today’s meeting. Joey Johnson gave today’s invocation. Cole Gressett led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth who served as our greeter today.
Mike McPhail stood in for Brandon Hodges and thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and then introduced today’s guests. Scott Hummel had Mason Cunningham and Scott Molaison as his guests. They are both William Carey University business major students. Katie Anthony had Lindsay Molley as her guest today. Jerry Gilder was joined by his wife, Nancy and son, Tim. Mallory Donald had Stewart Deen as her guest. Stewart has applied for membership in our club.
Steven then introduced Eric Rodgers and his sponsor Joey Johnson. He also introduced Marc McMillian and his sponsor Steve Ramp. Both were inducted into club membership.
 
MINUTES: January 29, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-02-03 06:00:00Z 0

ON FEBRUARY 5

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 28, 2019
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MICHAEL MCPHAIL

Our own Michael Michael McPhail is a graduate of Mississippi State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. During his undergraduate tenure, Michael was active as an ambassador at the university’s career center and as a leader in a collegiate ministry. Following college, he was hired on as an officer and lender for a bank in South Mississippi, where he resides today. Michael is an avid reader, a fitness buff, and a committed outdoorsman. He has explored substantially within the North American National Park System and has traveled much of the Continental Divide Trail.
Michael's primary interests lie in thought-provoking literature, podcasts, adventures, and all avenues that promote growth as a man. During 2018, McPhail competitively raced and sought to complete the 1,000-mile challenge. In addition, traveled to 41/50 of the states, co-founder of https://brainsbrawnblog.wordpress.com/ and finished the 1,000-mile challenge in 2018. My running goals for 2019 include: running a 100k, 50-mile ultra and the ever elusive 100-mile full ultra.
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MINUTES: January 22, 2019

Posted on Jan 28, 2019
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President-Elect Mark Killingsworth presided over today’s meeting. A.D. Hunt gave today’s invocation. Joe Meador led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Phillip Carter and Paula Brahan who served as our greeters today.
 
Brandon Hodges thanked those who helped with today’s meeting and then introduced today’s guests. Scott Hummel had Kevin Croft and Seth Lawrence as his guests. They are both William Carey University business major students. Joey Johnson had Eric Rodgers who is applying for membership as his guest. Steve Ramp had Marc McMillian who is also applying for membership as his guest.
 
MINUTES: January 22, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-01-28 06:00:00Z 0
TODAY: Classification Talks Wes Brooks 2019-01-15 06:00:00Z 0

NEW ROTARY OFFICERS

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 15, 2019
 
As some of you are already aware, due to unavoidable circumstances, Jamey Mitchell has resigned his office and membership in the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg. New employment will be relocating him to Brandon, MS. Jamey served as a member and President of our club with distinction and he will most definitely be missed.
By unanimous vote of our board, the following changes have been set in motion:
  • President-Elect, Steven Utroska, move into the role of President effective immediately to carry out the remainder of Jamey Mitchell’s term.
  • At the conclusion of the Rotary year (June 30, 2019), Steven Utroska will begin his elected term as Club President for the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
  • By a vote of the board and club, Mark Killingsworth has been officially elected President-Elect effective immediately to carry out the remainder of Steven Utroska’s 2018-2019 term. He will maintain this office through the 2019-2020 Rotary year.
  • Nominees are currently being accepted to fill four board seats that will open June 30, 2019.
Our thanks to Steven and Mark for their leadership in assuming these responsibilities.
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MINUTES: January 8, 2019

Posted on Jan 10, 2019
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L-R: Brandon Hodges, Amie Nunez, Justin Nunez, and Erin Granberry.
 
Brandon Hodges presided over today’s meeting. Mike McPhail gave today’s invocation. Joe Meador led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Thanks to Mark Killingsworth and Leanne Cross 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 Spencer Layten, Rachel Smith and Katelyn Farris as his guests today.
Wes Brooks introduced A.D. Hunt who is re-joining the Hattiesburg Rotary Club. A.D. is a previous member of our club. He transferred to the Sunrise Club and is now transferring back to our organization. Welcome back, A.D.
MINUTES: January 8, 2019 Wes Brooks 2019-01-10 06:00:00Z 0

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 08, 2019
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JUSTIN AND AMIE NUNEZ • GROOVE HOUSE

Husband and wife team, Justin and Amie Nunez, stand behind the curtain of Groove House, a business that provides private music education to all ages in Hattiesburg, MS and the surrounding areas. Groove House was born out of the idea that musical education absolutely needs to be rooted in strong theory and technique, regardless of your instrument; but it needs to be equally balanced with Nunez AmieHusband and wife team Justin and freedom to play any style.  Justin states, “the driving force behind Groove House is the goal of creating musicians. Being a musician requires being creative, flexible, and skilled. With Groove House, we have created an environment where anyone can have fun learning to play music that they love.”

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 Wes Brooks 2019-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
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MINUTES: December 4, 2018

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

Tuesday, December 11

Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 03, 2018
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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.
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MINUTES: November 27, 2018

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

Tuesday, December 4

Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 27, 2018
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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.
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Tuesday, November 27

Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 24, 2018
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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. 
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MINUTES: November 20, 2018

Posted on Nov 24, 2018
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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

MINUTES: November 13, 2018

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

Tuesday, November 20

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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. 
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MINUTES: October 30, 2018

Posted on Nov 05, 2018
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

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

Posted by Wes Brooks on Nov 05, 2018
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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.

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TUESDAY, Nov. 6

Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 28, 2018
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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.

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MINUTES: October 16, 2018

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

On Tuesday, October 30

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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Tuesday, October 16

Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 16, 2018
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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.

 

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MINUTES: October 9, 2018

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

MINUTES: September 18, 2018

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

Hattiesburg Rotary in the News

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.
 
 
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MINUTES: September 4, 2018

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

Tuesday, September 11

Posted on Sep 07, 2018
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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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MINUTES: August 28, 2018

Posted on Sep 03, 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.
 
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

On September 4

Posted on Sep 03, 2018
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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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Tuesday, August 28

Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 28, 2018
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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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Special Guests Tuesday, August 21!

Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 21, 2018
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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 
Special Guests Tuesday, August 21! Wes Brooks 2018-08-21 05:00:00Z 0
Hattiesburg Weather Wes Brooks 2018-08-15 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: August 14, 2018

Posted on Aug 14, 2018
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.
 
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Our Guest: August 14, 2018

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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

MINUTES: August 7, 2018

Posted on Aug 08, 2018
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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.
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MINUTES: July 31, 2018

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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

MINUTES: July 24, 2018

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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.
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Tuesday, July 31

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 31, 2018
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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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Hattiesburg Rotary 100th Celebration—Online Purchase Now Available!

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 30, 2018
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. 
 
 
Hattiesburg Rotary 100th Celebration—Online Purchase Now Available! Wes Brooks 2018-07-30 05:00:00Z 0

TUESDAY, August 7

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 30, 2018
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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

MINUTES: July 17, 2018

Posted on Jul 23, 2018
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

District 6840 Governor to Visit Rotary Club of Hattiesburg

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 23, 2018
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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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OUR GUEST: Tuesday, July 17

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 16, 2018
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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

MINUTES: July 10, 2018

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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

Tuesday, July 10

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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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MINUTES: June 26, 2018

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 02, 2018
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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MINUTES: June 26, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-07-02 05:00:00Z 0
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TUESDAY, JUNE 26

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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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MINUTES: June 19, 2018

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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.
 
MINUTES: June 19, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-06-20 05:00:00Z 0

Tuesday, June 19

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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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MINUTES: June 12, 2018

Posted on Jun 18, 2018
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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OUR GUEST: June 5, 2018

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 05, 2018
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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.

 

OUR GUEST: June 5, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-06-05 05:00:00Z 0

Our Guest Today

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 04, 2018
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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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MINUTES: May 29, 2018

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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.
MINUTES: May 29, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-06-04 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: May 22, 2018

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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TUESDAY, May 22

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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.
 
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Our Guest Today: May 29, 2018

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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

MINUTES: May 15, 2018

Posted on May 17, 2018
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.
 
MINUTES: May 15, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: May 8, 2018

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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OUR GUEST: Tuesday, May 15

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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

MINUTES: May 1, 2018

Posted on May 03, 2018
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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MINUTES: April 24, 2018

Posted on Apr 30, 2018
 
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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OUR GUEST: May 1, 2018

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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.

OUR GUEST: May 1, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-04-30 05:00:00Z 0

City of Hattiesburg News

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 23, 2018
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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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Tuesday, May 8: Chief Anthony Parker

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 23, 2018
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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.
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MINUTES: April 17, 2018

Posted on Apr 23, 2018
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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.
 
MINUTES: April 17, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-04-23 05:00:00Z 0

Our Guest: April 24, 2018

Posted by Brooks on Apr 23, 2018
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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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MINUTES: April 3, 2018

Posted on Apr 10, 2018
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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TODAY: April 10, 2018

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 10, 2018
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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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Johnny Stevens Visitation–Burial

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 02, 2018
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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

OUR GUEST: March 27, 2018

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 27, 2018
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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.
OUR GUEST: March 27, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-03-27 05:00:00Z 0
FIFTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH Wes Brooks 2018-03-26 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: March 20, 2018

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.
 
MINUTES: March 20, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-03-23 05:00:00Z 0

Rotary Club of Hattiesburg Turns 100!

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 19, 2018
 
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

MINUTES: March 13, 2018

Posted on Mar 19, 2018
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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. 
MINUTES: March 13, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-03-19 05:00:00Z 0

Our Guest: March 20, 2018

Posted by Brooks on Mar 19, 2018
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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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OUR GUEST: March 13, 2018

Posted on Mar 09, 2018
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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.
 
OUR GUEST: March 13, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-03-09 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: March 6, 2018

Posted on Mar 07, 2018
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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.
 
 
MINUTES: March 6, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-03-07 06:00:00Z 0
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MARCH 6, 2018

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 06, 2018
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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.

MARCH 6, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-03-06 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: February 27, 2018

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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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MINUTES: February 20, 2018

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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

MINUTES: February 13, 2018

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

February 27, 2018

Posted by Brooks on Feb 19, 2018
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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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MINUTES: February 6, 2018

Posted on Feb 09, 2018
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.
MINUTES: February 6, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

Eric Golub

Posted by Wes Brooks on Feb 09, 2018
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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.” 
Eric Golub Wes Brooks 2018-02-09 06:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Posted on Feb 02, 2018
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.
MINUTES: Tuesday, January 30, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-02-02 06:00:00Z 0

Our Guest: February 6

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 29, 2018
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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

CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 23, 2018
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.
 
CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS Wes Brooks 2018-01-23 06:00:00Z 0

OUR PROGRAM: January 23, 2018

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 22, 2018

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.

OUR PROGRAM: January 23, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-01-22 06:00:00Z 0

TUESDAY: January 9, 2018

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jan 08, 2018
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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.
TUESDAY: January 9, 2018 Wes Brooks 2018-01-08 06:00:00Z 0
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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

MINUTES: December 12, 2017

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

OUR GUESTS: December 12, 2017

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

DECEMBER 19, 2017

Posted by Wes Brooks on Dec 04, 2017

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

LAST WEEK

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

OUR GUEST: LaDarius Felder, YMCA

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

CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

Posted by hattiesburgms.com on Nov 28, 2017
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Photo: WDAM-TV

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.

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HATTIESBURG ROTARIANS: YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED

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

MINUTES

Posted on Nov 03, 2017
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

Our Guest, Tuesday, October 31

Posted by Brooks on Oct 26, 2017

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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Our Guest: October 24, 2017

Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 24, 2017

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

MINUTES: October 17, 2017

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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CITY OF HATTIESBURG NEWS

Posted by Brooks on Oct 17, 2017
 
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.
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MINUTES: October 10, 2017

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.
 
(Click the "Read More" button to view last week's minutes.)
MINUTES: October 10, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-10-16 05:00:00Z 0

ROTARY LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE: II & III

Posted by Wes Brooks on Oct 16, 2017
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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.
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CONGRATULATIONS, LEADERS! Wes Brooks 2017-10-03 05:00:00Z 0

Our Guest Tuesday, September 26

Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 25, 2017

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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Our Guest Tuesday, September 26 Wes Brooks 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0
DISTRICT 6840 NEWSLETTER–SEPTEMBER Wes Brooks 2017-09-25 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: September 19, 2017

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

OUR HOMETOWN

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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NEXT TUESDAY: September 19

Posted by Wes Brooks on Sep 13, 2017

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

LAST TUESDAY

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.
 
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HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

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.
 
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MINUTES

Posted on Sep 12, 2017
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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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LAST WEEK

Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 31, 2017
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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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MINUTES: August 29, 2017

Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 31, 2017
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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

TUESDAY: August 22

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.
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MINUTES

Posted on Aug 21, 2017
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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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Tuesday, August 14

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

Tony Vance is entering his fifth season as Head coach of the Hattiesburg Tigers.  The Tigers finished last season 10-4 averaging 48 points per contest, and advanced to the MHSAA State Playoffs for the fourth straight year. 
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Tuesday at Hattiesburg Rotary

Posted by Wes Brooks on Aug 03, 2017

STACI COX, UNITED WAY OF SOUTHEAST MISSISSIPPI

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

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 21, 2017

TRADITION MEETS FLEXIBILITY AT THIS HIGH-ENERGY TEXAS CLUB

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

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

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

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

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MINUTES: July 18, 2018

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

Our Guest: July 25

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 17, 2017

KENT OLIVER

On July 25, we welcome multiple myeloma survivor and Laughs For Life founder, Kent Oliver.
Video courtesy: WHPM/Fox 23
 
 
To find out more about this year's event, go to: 
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OUR GUEST: JULY 18, 2017

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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OUR GUEST: JULY 11, 2017

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 10, 2017

WANDA MURPHY, HOME INSTEAD

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

MCCAIN NAMED CCO FOR CITY OF HATTIESBURG

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jul 10, 2017
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Big congratulations are in order for our very own Samantha McCain. On Wednesday, July 5, she was added to newly elected Mayor Toby Barker's administrative team as Chief Communications Officer for the City of Hattiesburg!
SERVICE ABOVE SELF!

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ROTARY CLUB OF HATTIESBURG GIVING AWAY $5,000

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 26, 2017

50/50 RAFFLE – tUESDAY, JUNE 27

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

Posted on Jun 21, 2017

RICHARD POTIN

Mr. Richard Potin, of Hattiesburg, has been selected as the recipient of Rotary Club of Hattiesburg’s Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year award.  This award is used to honor someone from our region who exemplifies our club’s values, our commitment to service, and the empowerment of those less fortunate.
 
In 2016, Richard was awarded the Junior Auxiliary’s 2016 Humanitarian of the Year award.  Steve Ramp, who served as Pastor of Westminister Presbyterian Church at the time, stated that “Richard’s work impacts the lives of countless women and children in the Pinebelt.  While it may not seem like much, receiving couches, chairs, or a kitchen table can help families recovering from a traumatic life event feel more stable.  Richard has a genuine passion for helping the needy and is extremely devoted to his work.”
When fellow Rotarian Steve Ramp heard that the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg would be honoring Potin with the 2017 Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year award, he added that “Richard Potin is an unsung hero.  He sees a need and he quietly goes about helping provide a solution.  He puts service above self every day.  He is a great example of Rotary and Christian values.”
 
Jaclyn Adams, President of the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg, remarked that “Richard Potin is an amazing person that truly embodies our club’s motto of service above self.  Richard provides a beacon of hope to those that are often at a crossroad in their life.  Many may think that he is just providing those in need with furniture but it is so much more.  He is really providing those in need with dignity, strength, and a modicum of stability when they need it most.  He humbly goes about his day not realizing the difference that he has made to those in the Pinebelt.   I am honored to present this award to Richard to show him how much our community appreciates his work.”
 
In 2006, a group of individuals at Westminister Presbyterian Church recognized the need in the Hattiesburg community for a service that collected and distributed used furniture to families in need.  A key member of this group was Richard Potin and after volunteering his time with the Westminister Furniture Ministry for two years, he assumed the role of coordinator.  The furniture ministry helps more than 300 households each year as people are coming out of domestic abuse, prison, drug and alcohol rehabilitation, homelessness and instances of natural disaster. 
 
Under Richard’s watch, the furniture ministry has grown by leaps and bounds in the last nine years.  He has nurtured and expanded the furniture ministry enormously and regularly deals with governmental agencies, community non-profits, and churches to keep the ministry alive.  Richard’s passion for people and genuine desire to show compassion and love to those hurting in our area are what lead to his selection as the 2017 Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year.
 
Richard will be presented with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition certificate and pin that signifies that the Rotary Club of Hattiesburg has given a gift of $1000 in his honor to the Rotary Foundation.  Former Bill Gwyn Non-Rotarian of the Year recipients include Mr. Scott Covington (Hattiesburg Coca-Cola, Leadership Pinebelt) and Michael Dixon (Extra Table, Ekklesia). 
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GUEST TODAY

Posted by Wes Brooks on Jun 13, 2017
 
 
 
Coach Jamie Page is a trainer at Versus Strength and Conditioning, and holds the Precision Nutrition Level 1 and 2 Certifications. A native of Hattiesburg, she earned a B.A. in Fine Arts at Mississippi State University. She lives in Hattiesburg with her family, Dr. Brian Page and son Bishop.  
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MINUTES: May 30, 2017

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

GET YOUR TICKET TODAY—LAST CHANCE!!

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
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MINUTES: May 23, 2017

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

MINUTES: MAY 16, 2017

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...
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OUR GUEST: TUESDAY, MAY 23

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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OUR GUEST: May 16, 2017

Posted by Wes Brooks on May 15, 2017
 
Tony is in his 36th year with Mississippi Power Co. and currently, holds the position of Air Quality Manager for the company.  He leads a team of Engineers and Compliance Specialists within the company’s Environmental Affairs Department that are focused on ensuring compliance with state and federal air emissions regulations.   
He began his career in 1982 in the Generation department where he held various positions of increasing responsibility throughout the years.  Tony has also held positions in Marketing and Compliance and serves as the Project Lead for utility-scale renewable energy projects for MPC.  
OUR GUEST: May 16, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES: May 9, 2017

Posted by Wes Brooks on May 15, 2017
President-Elect Paula Brahan presided over the meeting in Jaclyn’s absence. Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Joe Meador who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Chris Dunkley and Richard Topp who served as our greeters today.
 
Paula welcomed Khadijah Muhammad who is a guest of the club and a potential new member. There are no visiting Rotarians.
 
Paula noted that the District is also looking for RYLA applicants. If you know of a rising senior please get with Angela Herzog and complete the application in the near future. The District Conference will be held in Mobile May 19-21. Help will be needed to work the Food Fest.
 
Paula then introduced our own...
MINUTES: May 9, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-05-15 05:00:00Z 0

MINUTES

Posted on Apr 20, 2017
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APRIL 18, 2017
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Conrad Welker who gave the invocation and to David Owens who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Joey Brandon Hodges and Bill McLeod who served as our greeters today.
 
Gene Owens filled in for Tracie Fowler noted that we have no visitors and no visiting Rotarians today.
 
Jaclyn recognized Robert Lochhead who recently published a new book entitled “Cosmetic Science and Technology”. The very first edition sold out on Amazon in just a few days. She also reminded us of the May 19 District Conference.
 
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OUR GUEST SPEAKER: APRIL 18, 2017

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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MINUTES

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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OUR GUEST: APRIL 11, 2017

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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CLUB MINUTES: APRIL 4, 2017

Posted on Apr 06, 2017
Pictured L-R: Lamar Co. Circuit Clerk, Martin Hankins, Allen Anderson, and Jaclyn Adams.
 
President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Mike Ratliff who gave the invocation and to Joe Meador who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Mary Cromartie and Lucy Parker who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler noted that we have no visitors and no visiting Rotarians today.
 
Jaclyn asked that we keep Toxie Morris in our prayers. He is...
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Hattiesburg Club Concludes "100 Days of Service"

Posted by Wes Brooks on Apr 06, 2017
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READING AT HAWKINS ELEMENTARY

The Rotary Club of Hattiesburg concluded its 100 Days of Service today at Hawkins Elementary in Hattiesburg. Rotarians read to two groups of children each with more than 100 children in each. 
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OUR GUEST TUESDAY, APRIL 4

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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MINUTES: MARCH 28, 2017

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

President Jaclyn Adams presided over the meeting. Thanks to Gene Owens who gave the invocation and to Phillip Carter who led us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
 
Thanks also to Mary Ariail and Samantha McCain who served as our greeters today.
 
Tracie Fowler recognized our visitors and visiting Rotarian. Jerry Buti is visiting from the Sunrise Club. Buddy Graves is a guest of Bill McLeod.
 
Jaclyn congratulated Brandon Hodges and his wife Stacy on the birth of their new daughter, Ava Marie. She also reminded members of the upcoming District Conference, May 19 – 21. The conference will be held in Mobile, AL with the Food Fest occurring on the grounds of the USS Alabama.
MINUTES: MARCH 28, 2017 Wes Brooks 2017-04-03 05:00:00Z 0

CLUBRUNNER MOBILE APP

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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OUR GUEST: MARCH 28, 2017

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

MINUTES

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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SCENES FROM 2017 P.E.T.S.

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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OUR GUEST: MARCH 21, 2017

Posted by Wes Brooks on Mar 20, 2017

MIRIAM SEALE, PRESIDENT HAAR

Mrs. Seale obtained her B.S. in Medical Record Administration in 1978 from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.  In 1983 she received her Master’s in Human Relations and Supervision from Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, LA.
 
She worked in the health care field for 24 years serving as Assistant Director of Medical Records at Forrest General Hospital, and Director of Quality Assurance and Risk Management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. During her years in the health care field she also taught at Louisiana Tech University and at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, GA.
 
Miriam was very active in the State and National Associations of Medical Records holding positions ranging from State President to delegate for the National Association. In 1992, I was recognized as a Health Information Champion by the National Association of Medical Record Administration.
 
Licensed in 2002, Miriam joined Coldwell Banker, Don Nace and quickly became a multi-million dollar producer. She received her Broker’s License in 2008 and opened Crye-Leike Signature One Realty, LLC in July of 2009.
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MINUTES: March 14, 2017

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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Our Guest Tuesday, March 14

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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MINUTES: MARCH 7, 2017

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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OUR GUEST: MARCH 7, 2017

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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Burgers & Bibs With The Children's Center! 

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.
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Club Minutes: February 28, 2017

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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MINUTES: FEBRUARY 21, 2017

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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OUR GUEST: TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28

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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ROTARY CLUB OF HATTIESBURG AND THE CHILDREN'S CENTER PARTNER AGAIN FOR 5K

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 -