Changing of the Guard

Today the Rotary Club of Jackson celebrated the Changing of the Guard, not only within our own club, with Janet Scott be introduced as our new President, but also with Jackson’s own Mark Fields, becoming District Governor for District 6820. 


The invocation was led by DGN Ed Thurmond, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by President-Elect Leroy Walker an the Four-Way Test was led by President Neddie Winters. 


The head table included, Rotary Club of Jackson’s, Leroy Walker, President-Elect, Janet Scott, incoming President and Neddie Winters, current President.  Also seated at the head table were from District 6820 Ed Thurmond, DGN, Pam Smith, current District Governor and Mark Fields, incoming District Governor.


With a multitude of guests and visiting Rotarians, Richard Wilbourn warmly welcomed everyone.


President Winters addressed the forum with a brief recap of the 2018-2019 Rotary year.  Highlighting the work of the committees and giving special attention to the Committee Chairs.  Neddie gave the entire club kudos for a job well done.  Neddie then introduced Janet Scott and passed the President’s pin.


President-Elect Janet Scott gave Neddie a standing applause for a job well done.  Janet discussed the opportunities to continue to build on the success of our club and our Service Above Self mindset.  The current RI theme is “Rotary Connects the World” and Janet would like to see deeper connections right here in Jackson.  Janet encouraged everyone to bring their talents, expertise and energy to Rotary.  She would like this to be the “Year of Jackson Rotary” creating positive and viable change in our community.  Janet passed the President-Elect pin to Leroy Walker.  Janet then invited Bill Walker to the podium.


Bill Walker, PDG, welcomed all past District Governors who were in attendance, remarking on the tremendous commitment and dedication it takes to serve as District Governor.  Without dedicated leadership throughout the years, the work of District 6820 could not be done.  Bill then introduced Pam Smith, District 6820 Governor.


Governor Smith expressed heart felt gratitude towards her family and friends who have supported her during her reign as DG.  During her term, the RI motto was “Be the Inspiration” and Pam reflected on the many ways she was inspired and the people who inspired her.  Pam expressed sincere emotion when she discussed the many accomplishments of District 6820, including the car tag initiative, the increase of RYLA participants, the District cruise and work in Cozumel and the District Gala among others.  Pam gave special thanks to all the leadership partners she had during her time as governor.  Pam then introduced/inducted Mark Fields in as District Governor for 6820.


DGE Mark Fields opened his discussion by presenting Pam with a gift from the Everyday Gourmet in Jackson.  Mark discussed the current RI theme “Rotary Connects the World” and expressed his hope to bring that into our District in a deep and meaningful way.  Mark’s vision is the harness the connections in order to continue to move in a positive direction.  Mark has a “3-legged stool” focus for his term as Governor (actually 4):  improving the public image of Rotary (knowing who Rotary is and what we do), building membership (more members equates to more good work); Rotary Foundation participation (financial benefits of RF contributions) and youth engagement (RYLA, Youth exchange).  Mark is enthusiastic about the coming year and is excited to have the number of partners throughout the area to help achieve our goals.


Janet Scott thanked everyone for their attendance and adjourned the meeting with “Service Above Self”.