Amanda Fontaine learned through interaction with our members, learned many strengths of our club.
Monday, January 8, 2018
Tom Johnson, past Rotary president and retired, Raytheon, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  

Our speaker, Amanda Fontaine, executive director of the Mississippi Burn Foundation, past Rotary District 6820 governor and current Membership chair was introduced by Neddie Winters.

Fontaine and Becky White had members draw a number when they entered the meeting to determine at which table they would sit.  She had people at each table find out the most interesting thing we might not know about each person and then tell the audience.  Members were surprised to hear some of the things that were revealed during this time. She then had members tell what they felt were the strengths of our Rotary club. 

Responses included:
-our diverse membership;
-our older members who keep coming and give their time freely;
-our tremendous scholarship program;
-the program to give dictionaries to all JPS third graders;
-great speakers and the interesting and timely programs they present each week;
our many community service projects;
the good food that is served each week;
our regular recognition of JPS officers and teachers;
the prestigious reputation this club has in the community and …
-...Tom Johnson’s jokes.

Some of the opportunities that were noted were: The involvement of members of the Rotaract Club at MC more in our meetings; have more socials and bring back Rotafests.
Fontaine has heard many times that people say they’ve never joined Rotary because they have not been invited to attend.  Members then wrote down three non-members who they thought would make good Rotarians and should be invited to attend.  Fontaine will send reminders to members to pursue these invitations.
Next Monday, January 15, is Martin Luther, Jr. Day, and Rotary will not meet.

The next Monday, January 22, the speaker will be Jack Moriarity, M.D., with NewSouth NeuroSpine.