Monica Daniels-Executive Director-Special Olympics Mississippi


The Rotary Club of Jackson was pleased to welcome Monica Daniels, Executive Director of Special Olympics Mississippi.


President Neddie Winters opened the program by welcoming everyone.  The invocation was given by Jim Warren, the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Ted Jackson and the Four Way Test was led by Neddie Winters.


Seated at the head table included, Dolphus Weary of R.E.A.L. Christian Foundation, LeAnne Brewer of Millsaps College, Mike Larsen of Global Strategies and Janet Scott of the Jackson Arts Council, who introduced Monica Daniels.


Mark Saxon presented Neddie Winters with a Paul Harris PLUS three pin.  Mark gave great detail of the work of the Foundation and what the contributions strive to do.


***Reminder*** if you are planning on attending the Rotary Gala, January 12th, please let Amy know. Also, RCJ is ringing the Salvation Army bell, January 20, 2018 from 10a-8p at the Kroger at I-55.


The Police Officer of the Quarter was recognized by the Community Champions Committee Chair, LeAnne Brewer.  Officer Lekeisha Guise was recognized for her outstanding performance since being reassigned to Beat 6.  She has proven herself a COMMITTED police officer and produced 6 felony arrests in a short period of time.  She has proven herself to be a valuable member of the team, protecting businesses and citizens, alike.


Monica Daniels spent many years working with the Magnolia Speech School as a result of her child’s deafness.  It led her to work with the United Way and then Special Olympics.  She said, “I feel like I am lucky that everything came full-circle and led me to Special Olympics”.


The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.


Monica presented activities and events that Mississippi athletes train for throughout the year.  Additionally, Mississippi Unified Flag Football teams were able to compete at the National level and bring home the Bronze medal.


Monica gave Brooks Chance, an athlete with Special Olympics, the opportunity to speak and tell the RCJ what it means to be an athlete for Special Olympics.  Additionally, Brooks will be traveling to Washington D.C. to address Congress.


A trivia question or two was given about Special Olympics and the “winners” received t-shirts. 


Neddie thanked our speakers, guests and police officers.  The program ended with club motto, “Service Above Self One Profits Most Who Serves Best”.  There will be no meetings until January 7.  Our speaker will be Pam Smith, District Governor.