Rotary Club Meeting minutes
Monday, June 12, 2017
Past President Tom Johnson, District Assistant Governor of District 6820 and retired L3 Aerospace, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  David Raddin, Life and Legacy Strategies, delivered the invocation. Brent Melton, Vizaline LLC, led the pledge of allegiance.  Johnson led the four-way test and introduced the head table: Amanda Fontaine, District Governor of Rotary District 6820 and executive director of the Mississippi Burn Foundation, Jack Spradling, retired Small Business Administration,  Danny Williams, Woodridge Capital and past District 6820 governor and past president of RCJ, and Julian Watson, Prudential Financial, who introduced the speaker William “Brother” Rogers, Mississippi markers historian and Director of the Programs and Communication Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.  Van Jones, Northwestern Mutual, introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.

Jack Spradling poetically honored Amanda Fontaine for her tremendous service this past year as Rotary District 6820 Governor.
Fontaine, as chair of the Rotary Raffle, thanked all who purchased raffle tickets and noted that sales will continue through the last drawing on June 26. Last year almost 32,000 tickets were purchased, however, this year only 17,000 have been sold.  She urged everyone to purchase tickets so our charities can be supported.  The winning tickets drawn today were:

1. Virtual reality headset – Pam Smith (South Rankin County Rotary)
2. BOHN 876 wireless headphones – Judy Stubbs
3. Harmon Kardon speaker – Bob Brooker
4. 3-piece luggage set – Michael Boerner (RCJ)
5. Nikon B500 camera – Chas Gualano (Rankin County Rotary)
6. The Natchez Grand Hotel package – Sandra Smith (Capital Area Sunset Rotary)
7. Apple IPad Mini – Wirt Yerger III (RCJ) (with the winner’s permission, this was auctioned off to the highest bidder who was Jack Spradling)
Rogers said that December 10, 2017, is the 200th anniversary of Mississippi’s statehood, and on December 9, two new museums will open: the Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum, both of Smithsonian caliber.  They will be located by the William Winter Building near the Coliseum.  Many volunteers are needed at these new facilities.  To become a member, financially support and/or to volunteer go to or call 601-576-6855. 
Rogers showed pictures of several State Historical Markers and others included in the Mississippi Freedom Trail, the Blues Trail and the Country Music Trail.  He told several stories depicted on the markers; such as, in Maben you will find a marker at the site where Charles Lindberg crashed his plane long before he made his famous solo flight nonstop to Paris.  You can read about it at  Also, there are 33 markers known as the Mississippi Mounds Trail on and near Highway 61. To see a map of all the markers, visit  How to get a marker?  They are approved by the Mississippi Department of Archives and History Trustees and must be based on documentable history. The process is described at
The speaker for next Monday June 19 is Dr. Jeff Bulington, Director of the Franklin County Chess Education Project, which was recently featured nationally on CBS’ 60 Minutes. If you missed it, here is a taste of it:

To get ready for the new Rotary year beginning July 1, members are asked to complete the Committee Preference Sheet to let us know on which committees to place you.  Yes, you can serve on as many committees as you can handle.  (These forms are attached to this Rotagram.  Please complete and email to or mail to Rotary Club of Jackson, P. O. Box 3708, Jackson, MS 39207.)
Grow your Club! Bring your business associate.  Pick up a new Membership Brochure at the attendance desk or email .

The 4-Way Test:
1.  Is it the TRUTH?
2.  Is it FAIR to all concerned?
3.  Will it build GOODWILL and better friendships?
4.  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?