Posted on Jun 05, 2017
Rotary Club Meeting minutes



Monday, June 5, 2017


President Jill Beneke, CEO/president, Pileum Corporation, called the meeting to order and welcomed everyone.  Patrick Phillips, retired minister, delivered the invocation. Brent Melton, Vizaline LLC, led the pledge of allegiance.  Beneke led the four-way test and introduced the head table: Sandra Shelson, executive director, Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi and chair of the Rotary Mentor Scholarship Committee, Gib Ford, Gil Ford Photography and mentor for the Rotary Scholarship and the 2017 Rotary Scholarship recipients Neil Paul, Sylvionna Horton and Chuna Lott.  Danny Williams, Woodridge Capital, introduced guests and visiting Rotarians.

Beneke announced that the “changing of the guard” would take place on June 26 when she will hand the gavel over to Brooks Buchanan who will take over as President July 1, beginning a new Rotary year.  Therefore, this is the time for members to commit to serve on a committee for 2017-2018.  A list with descriptions of the committees and a member preference sheet were on the tables for members to complete.  (If you didn't get one, email )


Each of the scholarship recipients gave a few remarks thanking the RCJ for their scholarship which will help make it possible for them to pursue a college degree. Sylvionna will attend Tougaloo College and pursue a career as a child psychiatrist, Chuna Lott will attend the University of Southern Mississippi for a degree in elementary education, Neil Paul will attend the University of Mississippi to study business administration and then pursue a master’s in health care administration.  The fourth recipient who was unable to attend today is Laurel Lee who will attend the University of Mississippi and pursue a career as a maxillofacial surgeon.

Beneke announced that RCJ Rotarian Blake Bee, son of RCJ Rotarian Alon Bee, moved last week to Washington, D.C. to accept a position with the National Association of Attorneys’ General as an attorney focusing on consumer protection issues across America. Members wished him well with a round of applause.


Amanda Fontaine, Rotary District 6820 governor, executive director of the Mississippi Burn Foundation and chair of the Rotary Raffle announced that RCJ Past President Mark Fields was a District Governor nominee.  She thanked all who purchased raffle tickets and noted that sales will continue through June 26.  She especially thanked Patrick Jacobs for handling all the raffle money and noted that there are ten other clubs participating.  The winning tickets drawn today were:

Hal Williams – One-year family membership at The Club @ Township donated by St. Dominic Health Services
Julie Herod – Virtual reality headset
Keith Ferguson – Samsung wireless headphones
Thad McLaurin, III – MeCam action camera
Keith Ferguson – Samsung wireless soundbar

Virginia Brock – Steiner men’s watch

Sherri Grimes – Vizio 32” SmartTV
Mark Saxon – $500 gift certificate donated by Lee Michaels Fine Jewelry & Distinctive Gifts


The speaker for next Monday June 12 is William “Brother” Rogers, director of the Programs and Communication Division of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.


Let’s grown our Club! Pick up the new Membership Brochure at the attendance desk and give it to a friend.

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?



Carol Hardwick, IOM
Executive Director
The Rotary Club of Jackson
P. O. Box 3807
Jackson, MS 39207