Speaker Date Topic
Dr. Barbara Mauldin Sep 20, 2017
Polio eradication program in Pakistan
Polio eradication program in Pakistan

Dr. Barbara B Mauldin has been a solo practicing general dentist in a small Mississippi town of Petal, MS since graduating the Mississippi School of Dentistry in 1984.  She has served in many capacities in the Mississippi Dental Association including first female Speaker of the House for 6 years.  She is now the first vice president of the Mississippi Dental Association and will serve as president in 2020.  She is a fellow in the American College of Dentists and a master in the Academy of General Dentistry.

Barbara joined the Rotary Club of Petal In 1989 when women were invited into Rotary.  She has served as president of herPetal club several times through the years and chair of most committees.  She served a Group Study Exchange leader to Japan in 2002 and chair of many district committees.  In 2013-14 she served a Governor of District 6840 including southeast Louisiana and south Mississippi.  Currently she is an Assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 31, Heart of America,

Barbara and her fellow Rotarian husband Dick have 5 grown children—4 sons and one daughter.  

Phyllis Landrieu Sep 27, 2017
Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana/Why children don't learn
Health and Education Alliance of Louisiana/Why children don't learn

Phyllis Landieu is a former member of The Orleans Parish School Board.  A professionally trained educator with numerous degrees and academic recognition... she is a long time legendary advocate of Early Childhood Wellness and Education Programs in New Orleans.  She is founder of The Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood and Family Learning Center.

Landrieu, who earned the moniker “The Dragon Lady of City Hall” for her political work in the ‘60s, explained that though New Orleans schools should not be totally responsible for a child’s health, it makes sense to bring healthcare agencies and services together at school, where children go every day. By addressing the holistic wellness of each child at the beginning of the school year, the foundation’s in-school Health and Wellness teams can develop treatment plans for kids facing medical obstacles.
“In New Orleans, there are 26,500 children living in poverty,” Landrieu said. “They are third- and fourth-generation poor, and will have no hope unless they can get an education that will lead to a decent-paying job.”
In order to give them that education, Landrieu explained, medical “roadblocks” must be cleared away, starting with basic healthcare issues like immunizations, which are legally required, and which as many as 50% of New Orleans public school students lack, according to Landrieu