Madison-Ridgeland Rotarians at the MS Civil Rights Museum Susan McAdory 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 18, 2018
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Our speaker for July 19th is Anna LeBreton, Outreach Coordinator for Mississippi Blood Services. LeBreton will be speaking to our club about blood donation awareness. 
 
Don't forget to sign up for a club committee! Email Sharon Moulder which committee(s) you'd like to help.
 
  • Visioning Committee
  • Dictionary Project Committee
  • Social/Networking Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Fundraising Committee
  • Speaker Committee
  • Social Media/Weekly News Updates
  • Jimmy Nelson Scholarship
  • News & Media Press Releases
  • Local Service Projects
  • Global Projects
Last week, George Malvaney spoke to our club about his path in life and his memoir Cups Up. Pictured are M-R Rotary Club Member Arnold Landry, George Malvaney, Cathy Landry, and M-R Rotary Club President Sharon Moulder.
 
 
Two Madison-Ridgeland Rotarians earned the Paul Harris Fellow recognition during last week's meeting: Susan McAdory and Fran Flood. Pictured are M-R Rotary Club Member Susan McAdory, M-R Rotary Club President Sharon Moulder, and M-R Rotary Club Member Fran Flood.
 
July 19, 2018: Anna LeBreton, MS Blood Services Susan McAdory 2018-07-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 11, 2018
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Our speaker this Thursday is George Malvaney. Malvaney  is  best  known  for  his  leadership  in  the  Mississippi  response  to  the  Deepwater  Horizon  (BP)  oil  spill  in  2010.      He  spent  fourteen  years  with  a  nationally  recognized  environmental  contracting  firm  where  he  worked  his  way  up  to  chief  operating  officer  of  a  diverse  work  force  of  over  one  thousand  employees.      Prior  to  that  he  worked  as  an  environmental  scientist  at  the  Mississippi  Department  of  Environmental  Quality.    Today,  he  is  a  partner  at  Enhanced  Environmental  &  Emergency  Services  (E3)  and  Malvaney  &  Associates. Malvaney’s  memoir  titled  Cups  Up  was  released  in  May  of  2018  by  University  Press.  Cups  Up  is  a  swashbuckling  memoir  of  perseverance  and  redemption  that chronicles  George  Malvaney’s  roller  coaster  life  from  high  school  dropout,  ex-Klansman,  ex-mercenary,  ex-felon,  and  ex-con,  who  went  on  to  become  a  college  graduate,  a  hardnosed  environmental  regulator  and  successful  businessman.
 
Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. 
July 12, 2018: George Malvaney Susan McAdory 2018-07-11 05:00:00Z 0
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Karen Bonner, Secretary of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club, received her Paul Harris Fellowship during the group’s June 28 meeting. The distinction is awarded after a $1,000 level of giving to the Rotary International Foundation is attained. It is named for founder of the international civic organization. Pictured with Bonner (right) is club President Steve Jackson. 
 
Karen Bonner, Paul Harris Fellowship Susan McAdory 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2018
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Jessica Cooley, a partner with Grantham Poole CPAs in Ridgeland, was recently inducted into the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club at its June 28 meeting. Pictured are club President Steve Jackson, Cooley’s sponsor Bill Guion, Cooley, and club Past President Ann Barnes.
 
New Member: Jessica Cooley Susan McAdory 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 03, 2018
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At last week's meeting, outgoing M-R Rotary Club President Steve Jackson passed the gavel to incoming M-R Rotary Club President Sharon Moulder. During this week's July 5th meeting, Sharon Moulder will talk about the new year for Rotary and plans for our club. This year's Rotary motto: Be the Inspiration. 
 
 
REMINDER: We WILL meet this Thursday, July 5th.
July 5, 2018: Club President Sharon Moulder Susan McAdory 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Multi-District Conference CRUISE 2019 Susan McAdory 2018-07-03 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jun 28, 2018
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During our meeting today, Outgoing President Steve Jackson will pass the gavel to Incoming President Sharon Moulder. Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites in Ridgeland.
 
On Sunday, July 1st, Glenn and Nancy Helman are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and invite members of our club to join in on the celebration! It will be held at the home of Ann and Ron Barnes in Canton from 2 - 5 PM. The event is VERY casual - come as you are with absolutely NO gifts, though cards will be gratefully received. Please include your favorite thoughts of Glenn or Nancy. A separate email closer to the date will be sent out with the address.
 
Last week, Matthew McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Mississippi Brewer's Guild, spoke to our club about the growing industry of craft beer in Mississippi. To learn more about our local beers, visit one of the breweries around the state!
 
 
 
June 28, 2018: Passing of the Gavel Susan McAdory 2018-06-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker today is Matthew McLaughlin, Executive Director of the Mississippi Brewer's Guild, which represents all craft breweries and distilleries in the state. He is also an attorney who works with startups and entrepreneurs. Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites in Ridgeland.
 
On Sunday, July 1st, Glenn and Nancy Helman are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and invite members of our club to join in on the celebration! It will be held at the home of Ann and Ron Barnes in Canton from 2 - 5 PM. The event is VERY casual - come as you are with absolutely NO gifts, though cards will be gratefully received. Please include your favorite thoughts of Glenn or Nancy. A separate email closer to the date will be sent out with the address.
June 21, 2018: Matthew McLaughlin Susan McAdory 2018-06-21 05:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker today is Jake McGraw, Policy Director of The Winter Institute. Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites in Ridgeland. 
 
Last week, our club heard from Penny Chiasson, who discussed hypnosis and how it can be a useful therapy to manage stress. For more information about Penny's hypnosis sessions and workshops, follow the link HERE
 
June 14, 2018: Jake McGraw Susan McAdory 2018-06-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker today is Penny Chiasson, discussing hypnosis and stress. We will meet at Embassy Suites at noon. 
 
Last Thursday, Pam Junior, Director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum spoke to the club about the new museum. The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday from 9 AM - 5 PM and Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM at 222 North Street in Downtown Jackson.
 
June 7, 2018: Penny Chiasson Susan McAdory 2018-06-07 05:00:00Z 0
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Our club welcomed two new members: Dawn Parks and Addy Keith. We also have two prospective members: Jessica Cooley, CPA at GranthamPoole on Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland and Newell Watkins, Architect at CDFL Architects + Engineers on North State Street in Jackson. 
Prospective Members Susan McAdory 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
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Posted on May 31, 2018
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Our speaker today is Pam D.C. Junior, Director of the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum. Previously she was manager of the Smith Robertson Museum and Cultural Center in Jackson. Junior is a member of the board of directors for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and Mississippi Book Festival and a co-founder of the Mississippi Black Theater Festival. She is the recipient of the Freedom Rider award from the Mississippi Freedom 50th Foundation, the For My People award from the Margaret Walker Center at Jackson State University, and the Hometown Hero award from the Jackson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Junior holds a bachelors in education from Jackson State University.
 

The Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened in December 2017 and focuses on the period 1945 to 1976, telling the story of the struggle for equal rights and fair treatment under the law. It is the nation’s first state-operated civil rights museum.

May 31, 2018: Pam Junior Susan McAdory 2018-05-31 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2018
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Last week our club showed its appreciation of the local first responders by honoring six of our top public servants. Thank you for all that you do!
 
First Responder Appreciation Susan McAdory 2018-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 24, 2018
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Our speaker today is Robin Whitfield, a local artist and conservationist. Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. Bring a guest!
 
We have two prospective members! Dawn Parks, CEO of Brightview Federal Credit Union on Pear Orchard Road in Ridgeland, and Addy Keith, Banker at Community Bank of Mississippi on Colony Crossing in Madison have applied to join our club. If you see Dawn or Addy, be sure to welcome them to our club.
May 24, 2018: Robin Whitfield 2018-05-24 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2018
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During last week's meeting, members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club enjoyed listening to author and storyteller Dawn Dugle share her expert advice on building good relationships with members of the press. Dawn has made a successful career in media and is the author of The Bravo! Way: Building a Southern Restaurant Dynasty to be released in November of this year.
 
Dawn Dugle, Writer & Storyteller Susan McAdory 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 17, 2018
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During lunch today, we will recognize and honor first responders from our community. Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. Bring a guest and wear a blue ribbon to show support!
 
We have a prospective member! Dawn Parks, CEO of Brightview Federal Credit Union on Pear Orchard Road in Ridgeland has applied to join our club! If you see Dawn, be sure to welcome her to our club.
May 17, 2018: First Responder Appreciation Susan McAdory 2018-05-17 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2018
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Keep in mind that the Multi-District Rotary Conference for Districts 6820, 6840, 6860, and  6880 is June 7-10 at the Beau Rivage Hotel and Casino in Biloxi! For more information on the itinerary, events, attire, and more, visit http://www.rotary6820.org/Page/rotary-district-conference-2018
 
 
Below is are some of the conference speakers:
 
Erin Brockovich
22 Years and Still Fighting!  Every day Erin Brockovich is helping people who have suffered because of environmenal contamination, bad medical devices and pharmaceuticals.  http://www.brockovich.com/
 
Brad Howard, Immediate Past RI Director Zones 25 & 26
Brad Howard is a second generation Rotarian and a charter member of the Rotary Club of Oakland Sunrise. He has served Rotary in many leadership roles including his term as District Governor in the area of California’s Silicon Valley in 2002-2003. In 2011-14 Brad served as the North American Chair of Rotary International’s Membership Development and Retention Committee and the Zone 26 End Polio Now Coordinator.

Greg Yank, Zone 31 Rotary International Director
An active Rotarian since 1978, Yank has been a member in three different Rotary Clubs – Kirkwood, Mo., Muskegon, Mich. and O’Fallon. He earlier served as president of the O’Fallon Rotary club in 1992-93. He also has been Governor of District 6510 twice in 2001-2002 and again in 2010-11. District 6510 is comprised of 48 clubs and 1,600 members in southern Illinois. Yank is currently the Regional Membership Plan Project Plan Lead (Membership Chair) for Zones 30 and 31 and the chair of district 6510’s Club Visioning Initiative. He earlier served as an International Training Leader twice, membership coordinator for Zone 29 and Rotary Institute Chair.
 
PDG Floyd Lancia, Immediate Past Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator
Floyd is a past District Governor from Fort Wayne, Indiana.   Floyd has served at the Zone level as Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator, Endowment Major Gift Advisor, governor trainer for two institutes and on two institute executive committees.   Floyd and his wife Betty Lou are Arch Klumph and Bequest Society Members.
 
PDG Mark Maloney
Mark served as Director, Rotary International, 1999-2001, Trustee, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2004-2008, Vice-Chairman, The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2006-2007, 2007-2008, Chairman, 105th Rotary International Convention, Sydney, Australia, 2014, Aide to the President of Rotary International, 2003-2004, Governor, Rotary International District 686, 1989-1990
 

Paul Chappell  Peaceful Revolution

Traveling across the United States and internationally, NAPF Peace Leadership Director Paul K. Chappell lectures on waging peace, ending war, the art of living, what it means to be human.  Paul is a West Point graduate and Iraq War veteran.  https://paulkchappell.com

PDG Michael Caruso, Rotary District 6380

Michael Angelo Caruso is a “lifetime Rotarian” based in District 6380.  His home club is the Rotary Club of Troy, Michigan.  Mr. Caruso was introduced to Rotary via the old Group Study Exchange (GSE) program, now known as Vocational Training Teams (VTT).  “There was a long preparation period prior to the trip,” says Michael, “And I learned more about Rotary in six months than most Rotarians learn in six years.”  “I was so impressed with this great service organization, that I decided to join as soon as I got back from South Africa.”  Michael has now been a Rotarian for 20 years.  He’s served many positions at the club and District level, specializing in public image and leadership.   Mr. Caruso served as Governor of  Rotary District 6380 in southeast Michigan and western Ontario Canada in 2016-17.  Michael is a professional speaker who teaches presentation skills and he often gives back to Rotary.  http://video.rotary.org/A3Md/how-do-you-talk-about-rotary-michael-angelo-caruso/

Dr. Sylvia Whitlock

First female Rotary Club President Rotary International 1987-88.  Sylvia Whitlock, PhD is a retired educational administrator.  She was an incoming Duarte Rotary president when the United States Supreme Court issued its landmark ruling against the exclusion of women in service clubs.  Sylvia resides in LaVerne, California, where she is an active member of the Rotary Club.  http://www.rotary.org/en/history-women-rotary
Multi-District Conference Susan McAdory 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on May 09, 2018
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Our speaker this Thursday is writer and storyteller, Dawn Dugle. We will meet at noon at Embassy Suites. Guests are welcome!
 
Towards the end of April, Kacie Sanford became a Paul Harris Fellow. Congratulations, Kacie!
 
May 10, 2018: Dawn Dugle, Writer & Storyteller Susan McAdory 2018-05-09 05:00:00Z 0
May 3, 2018: Commissioner Sam Britton Susan McAdory 2018-05-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2018
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Longtime Rotarian Jim Jeter was presented the James Young Award for Service to the Madison-Ridgeland Club during its meeting April 19. Jeter, who is a past president of the club, was recognized for his leadership and service to the local organization, Rotary International, and the Rotary Foundation. Young, who died in 2015, was a retired a teacher and assistant superintendent, U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, and longtime Rotarian who served as Central Mississippi District Governor in 1994-95. The award was established that year in his memory to recognize extraordinary service to the club. Pictured are M-R Rotary Past President Chris Blount (from left), Rotary District 6820 Gov. Bill Walker, Jeter, and M-R Rotary President Steve Jackson.

Jim Jeter: James Young Award for Service Susan McAdory 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted by Susan McAdory on Apr 25, 2018
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Our speaker this week is Hayes Dent. Dent is a native of Yazoo City and serves as Senior Vice President of Soldier On, a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veteran homelessness. Since 1994, the organization has been providing homeless veterans with transitional housing and supportive services. In 2010, Soldier On opened the first Gordon H. Mansfield Veterans Community, a permanent housing cooperative that provides formerly homeless veterans with safe, sustainable, affordable housing – transitioning them from homelessness to homeownership. This housing model will be replicated nationally as Soldier On continues to change the end of the story for homeless veterans throughout the country.
April 26, 2018: Hayes Dent, Soldier On Susan McAdory 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 25, 2018
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The Rotary Youth Exchange Program was the topic at the regular meeting of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club April 19. Guest speaker Grant Arinder, who serves as district chair for the exchange program, challenged the local Rotary Club to host an exchange student during a future school year. Pictured are Rotary District 6820 Gov. Bill Walker (from left), M-R Rotary President Steve Jackson, club member Felipe Zuluaga, exchange student Matteo Spatafora of Italy, who this year is attending Starkville High School, and Arinder.
 
For more information on the Rotary Youth Exchange Program, Rotary International has answered some of the FAQs listed below. If you're interested in hosting a student, contact Grant at grant@cbcstarkville.com.
 
"Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students 15 to 19 years old are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries.

What are the benefits?

Exchange students unlock their true potential to:

  • Develop lifelong leadership skills
  • Learn a new language and culture
  • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world
  • Become a global citizen

How long do exchanges last?

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families.

Short-term exchanges last from several days to three months and are often structured as camps, tours, or homestays that take place when school is not in session.

What are the costs?

Room and board are provided, as well as any school fees. Each program varies, but students are usually responsible for:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel documents (such as passports and visas)
  • Spending money and any additional travel or tours

How can I apply?

Candidates are 15-19 years old and are leaders in their schools and communities. Contact your local Rotary club to see what exchange opportunities are available and what the application process involves. 

Can I host an exchange student?

Hosting an exchange student can be incredibly rewarding for your family, bringing an international experience directly into your home. Host families provide room and board and share their lives with exchange students, involving them in family, community, and cultural activities. All host families are screened and trained. 

If you’re interested in learning more about being a host family, contact a Rotary club near you."

Grant Arinder, District 6820 Rotary Youth Exchange Chair Susan McAdory 2018-04-25 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 19, 2018
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Our speaker today is Grant Arinder, District 6820 Rotary Youth Exchange Chair. We will meet at noon at Embassy Suites. Guests are welcome! If you're interested in attending the Multi-District Rotary Conference, you can find more information on the District's site HERE. The event will be held at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi June 7-10.
 
Yesterday, many members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club attended the Women in Rotary luncheon honoring Nancy Hungerford of the Rotary Club of Natchez. Our own Madison-Ridgeland Rotarians, Jan Collins and Ann Barnes, served on the Women in Rotary Committee.
 
April 19, 2018: Grant Arinder Susan McAdory 2018-04-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2018
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Last week we welcomed two new club members to the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club: Christina Treppendahl, Founder and Director of The Headache Center at the Renaissance in Ridgeland and Michael Killelea, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Ridgeland. Welcome!
 
New Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club Members! Susan McAdory 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2018
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Last Thursday, Rachel Myers, Director of the Museum of Mississippi History, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. The Museum of Mississippi History and the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum opened December 9, 2017, and since then the number of visitors have far exceeded expectations. The Museum of Mississippi History allows visitors to explore 15,000 years of Mississippi history. Remember to allow yourself plenty of time to view all of the exhibits and consider making multiple trips to the museum to take everything in.
 
Museum hours are as follows:
Closed Mondays
Open Tuesday - Saturday 9 AM - 5 PM
Open Sunday 1 PM - 5 PM
 
Two Mississippi Museums tickets are available online HERE. If you plan to attend with a group of 10 or more, you will need to fill out a Group Visit Request Form available online HERE
 
GENERAL ADMISSION
Adult: $8
Youth (ages 4-18): $5
Senior (ages 60+): $6
Children under 3 years: FREE
 
DUAL ADMISSION - for admission to the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum and the Museum of Mississippi History
Dual Admission Adult: $12
Dual Admission Youth (ages 4-18): $7
Dual Admission Senior (ages 60+): $10
Children under 3 years: FREE
Rachel Myers, Museum of Mississippi History Susan McAdory 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Apr 12, 2018
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Our speaker today is Will Longwitz. We will meet at noon at Embassy Suites in Ridgeland. Guests are welcome!
 
Next Wednesday, April 18th from 11:30 - 1:00 is the Women in Rotary Celebration and Awards Luncheon at The Country Club of Jackson. Men are welcome! Nancy Hungerford, Rotary Club of Natchez, is receiving the Pat Fordice Humanitarian and Community Service Award. NY Times Best Selling Author Greg Iles will give a tribute. Miss Mississippi Ann Elizabeth Buys will also be present. To register, follow the link HERE
 
April 12, 2018: Will Longwitz Susan McAdory 2018-04-12 05:00:00Z 0
April 5, 2018: Rachel Myers, Museum of MS History Susan McAdory 2018-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
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Last week, Amanda Fontaine, Executive Director of the Mississippi Burn Foundation, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. The Mississippi Burn Foundation is a grassroots nonprofit whose purpose is to provide help for burn victims and survivors in Mississippi. "Burn injuries are some of the most painful and traumatic injuries you can experience. They can also be some of the most expensive to treat because healing is slow, and treatment is often complex." 
 
The Foundation is having its annual fundraiser, Fire & Ice, this year on Tuesday, September 18th at The Renaissance in Ridgeland. Money raised from ticket sales will fund The Burn Survivor Family Home. "This Starlight Tasting event will showcase the metro area’s most popular eateries with over 25 local restaurants and bars serving their favorites; while competing for Best Entrée, Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, Best Beverage and Best Decorated Booth. Wine, craft beers and traditional spirits will also be available for tasting. There will be a Silent Auction including many unique items from local retailers and craftsmen. Another highlight of the evening will be the unveiling of the 2019 Mississippi Burn Foundation “Heroes from the Heart” Calendar.
 
This fundraiser will benefit The Burn Survivor Family Home. The Home will be a retreat where relatives and caregivers can stay in close proximity to their loved one being treated at the burn center. It will provide a homelike setting with laundry facilities, a spacious living room, and a serene prayer garden. The home will offer 25 bedrooms, each with a private bath. The large kitchen and dining area will give guests a place to prepare their own meals and enjoy them with family and friends. Families of burn survivors face many struggles, and by offering this retreat at no cost to them, the Mississippi Burn Foundation can relieve some of the overwhelming burdens that they face. The support of caring individuals and businesses is crucial to the Mississippi Burn Foundation’s ability to continue its mission. Although the Mississippi Burn Foundation is committed to its goal of providing a Burn Survivor Family Home, this dream will not become a reality without the financial support of caring members of the community." To read more about the event or purchase tickets, click HERE
 
Amanda Fontaine, MS Burn Foundation Susan McAdory 2018-04-05 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Mar 28, 2018
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The Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club heard Molly May's powerful story today during lunch last Thursday. Molly is the Metro Jackson Honorary Race Chair of the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Susan G. Komen Memphis-MidSouth Mississippi! After watching her mother battle and survive breast cancer while she was a young child, Molly found underwent genetic testing at 19 and discovered she carried the BRCA gene. Following follow-up exams, she made the difficult decision to undergo a double masectomy. She has since recovered from the extremely invasive surgery and made breast cancer awareness her platform. She built her own nonprofti, CAPS THAT CARE, which provides donated hats, scarves and other soft accessories to cancer patients. She has written a book, My Crowning Achievement (Beating Cancer), and it will be published August of 2018.
 
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This week Amanda Fontaine, Executive Director of the Mississippi Burn Foundation will speak to our club. Amanda is also a member of the Jackson Rotary Club and serves as the Membership Chair of Rotary District 6820, which where she is a former District Governor.
 
We have two prospective members! Christina Treppendahl, Founder and Director of The Headache Center at the Renaissance in Ridgeland and Michael Killelea, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Ridgeland. 
March 29, 2018: Amanda Fontaine Susan McAdory 2018-03-28 05:00:00Z 0
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Last week, the three authors of P.I.G.G.Y. Plan-It: Prudent Investors Get Going Young spoke to our club. The book is a how-to guide for personal finance and a great gift for graduates and young professionals or anyone needing a refresher on the topic. The authors, Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, Ryder Taff, CFA, CIPM, and Susan E. McAdory, MBA, work together at New Perspectives, Inc. in Ridgeland, an independent, fee-only financial advisory firm established 25 years ago by Nancy. 
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Posted on Mar 22, 2018
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We have two prospective members! Christina Treppendahl, Founder and Director of The Headache Center at the Renaissance in Ridgeland and Michael Killelea, Financial Advisor at Merrill Lynch in Ridgeland. 
 
Our speaker today is Molly May. A native of Houston, Mississippi, Molly May has grown up competing in beauty pageants. She is a former Miss Mississippi State University, the reigning Miss Amory, and will compete again this year for the coveted title of Miss Mississippi. Molly is also a breast cancer survivor, having been diagnosed at age 19 with the BRCA gene which virtually guaranteed a diagnosis of breast cancer in the future. Following a successful double mastectomy, she has continued competing in pageants and made breast cancer awareness her personal platform; she and her mother, Debra, also a breast cancer survivor, created a nonprofit called CAPS THAT CARE, which raises funds for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals around the country (including Batson in Jackson). CAPS THAT CARE also collects head coverings such as scarves, beanies, bandanas and soft caps made of soft, breathable fabric for cancer patients of all ages to wear in lieu of wigs. Watch for Molly's inspirational memoir, My Crowning Achievement (Beating Cancer), which will be published in August of this year by Dogwood Press of Brandon.
March 22, 2018: Molly May Susan McAdory 2018-03-22 05:00:00Z 0
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Madison-Ridgeland Rotarians learned about the work of the National Federation of Music Clubs from NFMC First Vice President Frances Nelson of Madison during a recent lunch meeting. Nelson, who has been involved in the organization since youth, will become president of the national federation in 2019. NFMC, founded in 1898, is the largest nonprofit organization in the United States promoting and supporting American music, performers and music education.
 
Most of us love music, and even though we may not agree on what the best kind of music out there is, we can all agree that enriches all aspects of our lives. Music is found everywhere: in a jingle on an ad, in the background of a television show, on our car radios, during a high school football game, or throughout a musical or opera.
 
Below is more information about the National Federation of Music Clubs and how you or someone  you know may benefit from what the federation offers.
 
"MEMBERSHIP

What’s in it for me?

For the performing musician…

(or the aspiring performer) NFMC provides a stage. Each year local, state and national NFMC-sponsored competitions showcase over 100,000 musicians and composers. Professional and amateur musicians alike benefit from the exposure they get through participation in local music clubs.

For the educator…

NFMC helps you in your ongoing efforts to promote music education and awareness in schools and in the community.

Through its community-based advocacy efforts, national support of music arts and education, and millions of dollars in competition awards, NFMC works to ensure that music continues to be an integral part of the American educational system.

For the music enthusiast…

NFMC is the ideal membership organization. Whether enjoying music at a local club function or promoting music through financial support, NFMC lets you express your appreciation for music in your own special way.

Involvement in local NFMC music clubs gives you a chance to make a real difference in your community.

NFMC leadership opportunities abound, and within these opportunities lies the personal recognition and sense of accomplishment that members want and deserve. With leadership comes responsibility. NFMC members understand the vital role music plays in society and welcome the special responsibility of keeping music an important part of the American cultural experience.

What will I get for my membership?

NFMC adds the collective strength of its state and local affiliates, and over a century of tradition and accomplishment, to your love of music, plus…

  • A chance to increase your opportunities to perform or enjoy the performances of others
  • Membership in NFMC at all three levels (local, state and national)
  • A subscription to NFMC’s quarterly magazine for senior members, Music Clubs Magazine
  • Special opportunities to participate in designated NFMC competitions for members only
  • Instant access to information on auditions, festivals, and other performance venues through NFMC’s website
  • A voice in the future of music in America’s schools
  • An opportunity to be recognized for your contributions through local, state, and national NFMC awards programs
  • Being one of more than 150,000 members in over 5,000 state and local groups

How might I be involved?

Membership in National Federation of Music Clubs gives you the chance to get what you want from music and a chance to give something back!

There are many ways to get involved:

  • Study and performance opportunities
  • Competitive awards
  • Local community arts programs
  • State Festivals for juniors and adults
  • Summer music camps
  • Music programs and universities and colleges
  • Music therapy and education programs
  • Legislation for music education, high music standards
  • Opportunities for musicians with disabilities and visual impairments.
  • Sacred and inspirational music
  • American Music Month observance each November
  • National Music Week celebration in May

More About NFMC…

NFMC, founded in 1898, is now the world’s largest philanthropic music organization supporting American music and musicians. It is one of three music organizations to be chartered by the United States Congress and the only music organization member of the United Nations. There are 6,000 NFMC-related organizations and music clubs nationally. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, students generous benefactors and music lovers who are interested in creating a dynamic musical and cultural environment in their communities."

Pictured are M-R Rotary President-elect Sharon Moulder (from left), Nelson, and club member Ann Barnes. 

Frances Nelson, National Federation of Music Clubs Susan McAdory 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Our speakers tomorrow are the authors of P.I.G.G.Y. Plan-It: Prudent Investors Get Going Young. Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Ph.D., CFA, Ryder Taff, CFA, CIPM, and Susan E McAdory, MBA, will be speaking to our club about their new book. The three work at New Perspectives, Inc in Ridgeland, MS, an independent, fee-only financial advisory established by Nancy 25 years ago. Nancy and Ryder are co-hosts of Mississippi Public Broadcasting's weekly radio program, Money Talks. Ryder and Susan are members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. The three are having their first book signing on Tuesday, March 27th at 5 PM at Lemuria Bookstore where you're welcome to pick up a book! It's perfect for the new graduate or young professional in your life and anyone needing a refresher on personal finance.

The book is available for sale at Lemuria and will be available to purchase at the Rotary meeting. It's also on Amazon for sale as paperback or Kindle. Visit www.newper.com or search for it on Amazon.

P.I.G.G.Y. Plan-It is a primer on personal finance. Authors Anderson, Taff and McAdory walk you through each topic, warning you of opportunities to seize and pitfalls to avoid. They present their expert advice in everyday language and stories, bringing you up to speed to get your financial house in order. Whether you need an introduction to or a refresher on the ins and outs of building credit, insurance coverage, retirement planning or other areas of your financial life, you’ll find practical, straightforward advice in this book. They encourage anyone from young guns fresh on the job to the young at heart embarking on new challenges not to put off taking charge of this vital part of life. After all, Prudent Investors Get Going Young!

The New Perspectives Team: Jackie Wright, Ryder Taff, Nancy Lottridge Anderson, Susan McAdory

March 15, 2018: PIGGY Plan-It: Prudent Investors Get Going Young! Susan McAdory 2018-03-14 05:00:00Z 0
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Last week, members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club heard from Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley. Presley spoke to the club about the Hire Mississippi program. 
 
"Hire Mississippi requires aggressive notification and reporting by the state’s rate-regulated, investor-owned utilities so that they can reach and award contracts to more Mississippi contractors. The goal of Hire Mississippi is to increase Mississippians’ access to utility contracts, create a more transparent and open bid process, boost economic development and increase employment in the state.

 The Hire Mississippi List

 

The Hire Mississippi List is a directory of all Mississippi contractors who wish to be notified of contracting opportunities with Mississippi’s utilities. If you would like your company added to any or all utilities' Hire Mississippi Lists, click on their icon on this page or for a complete list, click here. The benefits of participating are: 

• Mississippi contractors on the Hire Mississippi List will receive notification of all known upcoming bids for contracts over $200,000 within the scope of goods or services they furnish. 

• No Prime Contractor will be awarded a utility contract until they have consulted the Hire Mississippi List in awarding subcontracts.

 

 Hire Mississippi also requires:

 

• Utilities are required to publish quarterly notices in local newspapers to advertise the opportunity to be on the Hire Mississippi List, so that no one is left behind. 

• Utilities must explain to Mississippi contractors the bidding process, qualifications, and other procedures for the awarding of contracts. 

• Some large contracts must be broken up into separate, smaller-scoped contracts to accommodate more bids. 

• In filings before the Commission, the utilities will be asked whether Mississippi companies were awarded contracts for each project. In the even an out-of-state firm is selected for a project, the company must explain that decision."

 

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Our speaker today is Frances Nelson, First Vice President of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Bring a guest!
March 8, 2018: Frances Nelson Susan McAdory 2018-03-08 06:00:00Z 0
March 1, 2018: Brandon Presley, Public Service Commissioner Susan McAdory 2018-02-28 06:00:00Z 0
February 22, 2018: Angela Crain Susan McAdory 2018-02-21 06:00:00Z 0
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Tuesday, March 6th at 5:30 PM our club is having a Club Visioning Event at  Hyatt Place at Colony Park (behind Renaissance Mall). Make plans to come out and help shape the direction of the club!
 
Click Here for more to register and for more information.
March 6, 2018: Club Visioning Night Susan McAdory 2018-02-15 06:00:00Z 0
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Our meeting this week is earlier than usual! We will meet at 11:30 at Embassy Suites for the Mississippi Economic Council Townhall. 
February 8, 2018: MEC Townhall Susan McAdory 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
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Adam Rohnke, Senior Extension Associate - Wildlife at Mississippi State University Extension, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club last week. Adam introduced the club to the Mississippi Master Naturalist program. The program is for adults interested in nature and upon completion of the program, Master Naturalists have opportunities to work on projects and volunteer opportunities throughout Mississippi.
 
There are two Chapters: the Coast Mississippi Chapter and the Central Mississippi Chapter. 
 
"In 2008, the Mississippi Master Naturalist Program started on the coast and expanded to create the Coastal and Central Mississippi Chapters. This Coastal Chapter consists of 130 Master Naturalist participants that have volunteered thousands of hours to service and environmental education projects within their local communities. Naturalists are helping to monitor our beaches, forests, and wetlands through conducting bird, amphibian, and terrapin surveys, water quality monitoring, and other citizen science activities.
 
Established in 2013, the chapter consists of 34 master naturalists primarily consisting of Hinds, Madison, Rankin, and Warren counties. These members come from all walks of life including both retired and working nurses, librarians, accountants, lawyers, farmers, scientists, general contractors, teachers, and homemakers. Our naturalists have contributed hundreds of hours of volunteer service in their communities including volunteering for special events, guiding tours at the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science, bird nest box construction and maintenance, scientific data base entry, public education and much more." (http://masternaturalist.extension.msstate.edu/about-program)
 
The program's mission is "to develop an organization of knowledgeable volunteers to help promote conservation and management of Mississippi’s natural resources through education, outreach, and service within their communities."
 
Program Objectives: 
  • Improve public understanding of Mississippi’s natural resources and management by developing a pool of local knowledge that can enhance education efforts within local communities.
  • To develop a trained volunteer network.
  • To expand the educational capabilities of Extension by the dissemination of natural resource management information to individuals and groups in Mississippi’s communities.
 
Adam T. Rohnke, CWB, Master Naturalist Program Susan McAdory 2018-02-07 06:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is Adam T. Rohnke, CWB. Adam is a Senior Extension Associate - Wildlife at Mississippi State University Extension and President of the Mississippi Chapter of the Wildlife Society. He will be sharing information about Mississippi's Master Naturalist program, MSU's Natural Resources Enterprises Program and other areas of wildlife. Visitors are welcome! If you would like to join us for lunch and listen to Adam's talk, please reach out to us!
February 1, 2018: Adam T. Rohnke, CWB Susan McAdory 2018-01-31 06:00:00Z 0
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The Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club Run 4 Rotary is this Saturday, March 24th at 8:00 AM at Renaissance in Ridgeland. Share the news with your friends, family and coworkers! Registration is ongoing. Packet pick up is from 4:00 - 7:00 PM on Friday at the Renaissance by Smoothie King and 7:00 AM on Saturday. Don't forget to bring a donation for CARA! Dog food, cat food and cat litter are welcome. The weather should be beautiful. Hope to see you there!
 
March 24, 2018: Run 4 Rotary Susan McAdory 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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Last Thursday, author Jeanhee Kang shared her story with the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Jeanhee grew up in South Korea during the 1960s. Extreme hunger and poverty motivated her to actively seek out a different life. While pursuing her high school education, she broke some of society's taboos and was cast out. Despite the difficulties she faced, she kept her goals in mind, this time with an eye on reaching the United States. Once in America, she immediately set to work on her education. Though her path wasn't easy, her persistent and determined nature has allowed her to fulfill her childhood dreams. Along the way, she has proven herself to be a successful businesswoman, written two books, graduated from Ole Miss, mentored young women and built an admirable life. 
 
If you are interested in learning more about Jeanhee and her life, pick up her latest book, Meegook: Dry Bones. Several attendees during our meeting raved about it, particularly if you need a refresher on gratitude. This book is also being made into a movie.
 
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Mark your calendars for Saturday, February 10th for our Rise Against Hunger meal packing event! The Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club and the Capital Area Sunset Rotary Club will be hosting this event to pack 25,000 meals from 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM. In conjunction with this event, we are asking that each participant bring at least 1 canned good or non-perishable food item that will be taken to the MadCAAP food pantry.

Interested individuals or groups should contact the club at mrrotaryclub@gmail.com 

This is a great event for school clubs, scout troops, church youth groups, Life Groups, students looking for service hours or families looking for a family service project. Invite your friends!

Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult. The event will not have childcare available.

Click this link for more information on the mission of Rise Against Hunger.
February 10, 2018: Rise Against Hunger Meal Packing Event Susan McAdory 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
January 25, 2018: Joseph P. Deason, Executive Director MCEDA Susan McAdory 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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This Friday, January 26th is the Rotary Foundation Gala at Old Capitol Inn (226 North State Street, Jackson, MS) from 6 PM - 10 PM. A reception with a cash bar will be at 5:30 PM. Black tie optional. The District 6820 Rotary Dream Car Raffle winners will be announced!
January 26, 2018: Rotary Foundation Gala Susan McAdory 2018-01-24 06:00:00Z 0
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Last week, Madison-Ridgeland Rotarian Layne Bruce spoke to the club. Layne is Executive Director of the Mississippi Press Association and discussed local newspapers in the state. 81 of the 82 counties have a local paper, and the majority of Mississippians use this as their source of trusted news. MPA has opportunities for student internships, and interested students can find more information about positions HERE. Layne also invited club members to the Thursday, January 25th MPA Education Foundation Celebrity Roast of Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. 
 
 
Our club member Arnold Landry was honored at last week's meeting. He earned another Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
 
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Our speaker this Thursday is author Jeanhee Kang. She will be sharing a personal story and discussing one of the books she has written, which is being made into a movie. Her author page is HERE
 
JANUARY MEETING SET UP VOLUNTEERS: Arnold Landry and Eddie Woodard. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
January 18, 2018: Jeanhee Kang Susan McAdory 2018-01-17 06:00:00Z 0
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Make plans to attend the Rotary Foundation Gala on Friday, January 26th! The event will be held at Old Capitol Inn (226 North State Street, Jackson, MS) from 6 PM - 10 PM. A reception with a cash bar will be at 5:30 PM. Registration and tickets can be done online HERE. And, remember, the District 6820 Rotary Dream Car Raffle winners will be announced!
January 26, 2018: Rotary Foundation Gala Susan McAdory 2018-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this week is Madison-Ridgeland Rotarian Layne Bruce. Layne is the Executive Director of the Mississippi Press Association. 

Layne joined MPA in 2006 as director of marketing and was named executive director in 2007. A native of West Point, he began his career in the production department of his hometown newspaper, the Daily Times Leader. He later served as a reporter for the Starkville Daily News, publisher of The Star-Herald in Kosciusko and as editor and general manager of the Glasgow (KY) Daily Times. He oversees management of MPA, Mississippi Press Services and the MPA Education Foundation and reports to the Board of Directors. (http://www.mspress.org/?page=0204)
 
JANUARY MEETING SET UP VOLUNTEERS: Arnold Landry and Eddie Woodard. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
January 11, 2018: Layne Bruce, Executive Director of MS Press Association Susan McAdory 2018-01-10 06:00:00Z 0
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Today is our first Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club meeting of 2018! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
January 4, 2018: First Meeting of the New Year! Susan McAdory 2018-01-04 06:00:00Z 0
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Today is our last Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club meeting of 2017! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
Last Thursday, our club was visited by a special guest: Santa! 
 
December 28, 2017: Last Meeting of 2017 Susan McAdory 2017-12-28 06:00:00Z 0
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This Thursday we will have a special guest at our Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club meeting: Santa! If you have children, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, you are welcome to bring them to the meeting tomorrow! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
Two weeks ago, Todd Bobe, Special Agent with the Jackson field office of the FBI, was the guest speaker at our lunch meeting. Bobe discussed the FBI's efforts at counter terrorism investigations close to home in Mississippi. Pictured are MR Rotary Sergeant-at-Arms Pat McNulty (from left), Bobe, Rotary District 6820 Membership Chair Amanda Fontaine, and past M-R Rotary Club President Beverly Surles.
 
December 21, 2017: A Visit from Santa! Susan McAdory 2017-12-20 06:00:00Z 0
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Last week, Karen Brown, author of her autobiographical book, Sandpiper, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. The book tells Karen's story, from growing up with dreams of being a ballerina despite juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to marrying her husband, Don, in Germany after graduating from college. At 30, Karen was left totally blind, and learned that she had entered a very different part of her life. She described to the club that her life could be divided into two parts: BB (Before Blindness) and AB (After Blindness). Later in life, Karen attended a writing workshop, and the instructor asked the participants: If you were a bird, what species of bird would you be? Karen pictured the sandpiper dancing across the sand at the beach. Like the sandpiper, she says, she too lives in two worlds. 
 
We all have our stories to tell, and The Sandpiper shares Karen's story. While you read it, you can think about what type of bird you would be.
 
If you'd like to buy a copy of the book, it's available online.
 
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Our speaker this Thursday is Todd Bobe of the FBI. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
We are collecting new socks and underwear for kids over the next few weeks for MadCAAP's Christmas boxes. You may drop off any donations at the club meeting tomorrow or at Sharon Moulder's office. Cash donations are also welcome. December 14th will be the last day to bring items for the donation project. Feel free to bring them that evening to the Christmas party, since we won't have a regular lunch meeting. 
 
Don't forget to bring money and tickets to turn into Don for the  Dream Car Raffle of the Rotary Clubs of District 6820. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased from Don Burnham. The Grand Prize Winner will choose between a 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster, Macan S or $40,000 cash! There are ten additional $500 prizes. Christmas is just around the corner, and these tickets could make stocking stuffers! For more information, click HERE.
Speaker for December 7, 2017: Todd Bobe, FBI Susan McAdory 2017-12-06 06:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is Karen Brown, author of Sandpiper. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
We are collecting socks and underwear for kids over the next few weeks for MadCAAP's Christmas boxes. You may drop off any donations with Sharon Moulder.
 
The Dream Car Raffle of the Rotary Clubs of District 6820 is in full swing. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased from Don Burnham. The Grand Prize Winner will choose between a 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster, Macan S or $40,000 cash! There are ten additional $500 prizes. Christmas is just around the corner, and these tickets could make stocking stuffers! For more information, click HERE.
Speaker for November 30, 2017: Karen Brown, Sandpiper Susan McAdory 2017-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
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The week before Thanksgiving, Abby Braman, our Pearl Riverkeeper, spoke to the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Abby moved to Mississippi in the summer of 2016. She enjoys kayaking, and the Ross Barnett Reservoir and the Pearl River happen to be located near her home in Madison. While out kayaking, Abby noticed a considerable amount of trash in and around the water, so she began picking it up and snapping pictures of it. In February of 2017, she started a social media campaign: #Take2Miss. The idea is to pick up (at least) two pieces of trash when you're out and about, snap a picture and post it on social media with the #Take2Miss to grow community awareness and involvement in anti-littering. She began filling her van with single use water bottles collected from around the Ross Barnett Reservoir and the Pearl River, and in ten days she'd collected over 1,000.
 
Abby organized the first ever Pearl River Clean Sweep during which volunteers in Mississippi and Louisiana picked up litter across 490 miles of the river system. On the designated Saturday in September, 1,015 volunteers, both land and water-based, picked up 36,782 pounds of trash from 15 counties and 2 parishes. The second Pearl River Clean Sweep is already scheduled: Saturday, September 15, 2018. 
 
The Pearl River Basin is crucial to Mississippi. "This ecosystem is rich in ecological resources including 40 species of mussel and 130 species of native fish.  It supports eight federally listed species including the ringed map turtle, Gulf sturgeon, inflated heelsplitter mussel, bald eagle, dusky gopher frog, gopher tortoise, Pearl darter and Louisiana black bear.  This watershed provides the drinking water for much of the state of Mississippi and also provides numerous recreational and tourism opportunities, a significant revenue source for the surrounding counties.  The marshes and estuaries on the Gulf Coast rely on the Pearl River as a source of clean, fresh water." And litter isn't the only threat to the Pearl River ecosystem. The "One Lake" Project, wastewater treatment plants, dams and other types of pollution also threaten the ecosystem.
 
If you're interested in helping keep our waters clean, you can join the Pearl Riverkeeper Clean Water Team! "Pearl Riverkeeper wants all of our residents and visitors to enjoy clean swimmable, fishable, drinkable water throughout our watershed.  YOU CAN HELP by joining our CLEAN WATER TEAM!
  • Choose your favorite section of the Pearl, Strong, or Bogue Chitto River or any of its creeks or tributaries.  
  • Sign up as a group, organization or individual to be responsible for visiting your chosen location at least 4 times a year and conducting a litter cleanup at least 2 times per year.  
  • Report your findings and cleanups using the free Water Reporter app." 
  • https://www.pearlriverkeeper.com/volunteer.html 
You can also become a  member by donating to the non-profit and stay informed by signing up for the newsletter. And, of course, you can be involved by picking up trash anytime, anywhere (#Take2Miss).
 
If you are interested in learning more about Abby's work as the Pearl Riverkeeper, visit www.pearlriverkeeper.com.
 
Abby Braman, Pearl Riverkeeper Susan McAdory 2017-11-29 06:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is Abby Braman, Pearl Riverkeeper. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
We are collecting socks and underwear for kids over the next few weeks for MadCAAP's Christmas boxes. You may drop off any donations with Sharon Moulder.
 
The Dream Car Raffle of the Rotary Clubs of District 6820 is in full swing. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased from Don Burnham. The Grand Prize Winner will choose between a 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster, Macan S or $40,000 cash! There are ten additional $500 prizes. Christmas is just around the corner, and these tickets could make stocking stuffers! For more information, click HERE.
 
November Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Glenn Helman. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. 
 
Reminder: We will NOT meet next week on Thanksgiving. 
Speaker for November 16, 2017: Abby Braman Pearl Riverkeeper Susan McAdory 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
Dr. Ronnie McGehee, Superintendent Madison County Schools Susan McAdory 2017-11-15 06:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is Dr. Ronnie McGehee of Madison County Schools. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
The Dream Car Raffle of the Rotary Clubs of District 6820 is in full swing. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased from Don Burnham. The Grand Prize Winner will choose between a 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster, Macan S or $40,000 cash! There are ten additional $500 prizes. Christmas is just around the corner, and these tickets could make stocking stuffers! For more information, click HERE.
 
November Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Glenn Helman. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for November 8, 2017: Dr. Ronnie McGehee Susan McAdory 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
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The Season of Giving is upon us! Paul Bucurel spoke to members of the Rotary Club of Madison-Ridgeland last Thursday about ways to give to the Rotary Foundation.
 
Rotary's website streamlines the donation process, making it easy to select which fund(s) you'd like to direct your donation to. Whenever you'd like to make a donation, you can visit https://www.rotary.org/en/donate and then click DONATE. Here, you will be able to decide exactly where you'd like your money to help. Below is the list you'd see if you went to the site today:
  • Annual Fund - The primary source of funding for Foundation grants and activities worldwide. Eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Only gifts to Annual Fund-SHARE will generate District Designated Funds (DDF).
    • SHARE (supports grants and activities chose by clubs in your district)
    • World Fund
    • Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
    • Disease prevention and treatment
    • Water and sanitation
    • Maternal and child health
    • Basic education and literacy
    • Economic and community development
  • Sam F. Owori Memorial to Polio - Memorial contributions in honor of President-Elect Owori should be directed to the Sam F. Owori Memorial for Polio. This fund has been established in his name to honor him and to continue Rotary's effort to end Polio.
  • PolioPlus Fund - End Polio Now. Be a part of history and help Rotary achieve a polio-free world. Eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
  • Endowment Fund - Help secure tomorrow. The fund also supports the Rotary Peace Centers. Eligible for Benefactor Recognition.
    • PF-SHARE
    • PF-World Fund
    • Rotary Peace Centers Endowment
  • Rotary Peace Centers - Peace is Possible. Support the ongoing activities of the Rotary Peace Centers and future Rotary Peace Fellows.
    • Rotary Peace Centers Endowment
    • Rotary Peace Alumni Gift
    • Term Peace Ctrs Certificate
  • Approved Global Grants
    • You can search for a specific grant number.
 
Causes Rotary supports include:
  • Growing local economies: "We carry out service projects that enhance economic and community development and create opportunities for decent and productive work for young and old. We also strengthen local entrepreneurs and community leaders, particularly women, in impoverished communities."
  • Supporting education: "More than 775 million people over the age of 15 are illiterate. Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy."
  • Fighting disease: "We educate and equip communities to stop the spread of life-threatening diseases like polio, HIV/AIDS, and malaria. We improve and expand access to low-cost and free health care in developing areas."
  • Promoting peace: "Rotary encourages conversations to foster understanding within and across cultures. We train adults and young leaders to prevent and mediate conflict and help refugees who have fled dangerous areas."
  • Saving mothers and children: "At least 7 million children under the age of five die each year because of malnutrition, poor health care, and inadequate sanitation. We expand access to quality care, so mothers and their children can live and grow stronger."
  • Providing clean water, sanitation and hygiene: "We support local solutions to bring clean water, sanitation, and hygiene to more people every day. We don’t just build wells and walk away. We share our expertise with community leaders and educators to make sure our projects succeed long-term."
If you'd like to make your donation as a gift or as a memorial or tribute, you can easily add these instructions while you're processing the donation online. Additionally, you can send recognition to the Rotary Club of your choice. (For example, in the field that says "Credit to the Rotary Club of" you can type "Madison" and click Find Club, which will then produce a list of clubs, Madison-Ridgeland, MS United States being one among them.) With the holidays just around the corner, this is an excellent time to consider a gift as a tribute to a family member, friend or colleague! 
 
For more information on ways to give to Rotary, visit https://www.rotary.org/en/donate.
 
Pictured are Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club President Steve Jackson, PDG Paul Bucurel, President-Elect Sharon Moulder and Past President Don Burnham.
 
PDG Paul Bucurel, Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator Susan McAdory 2017-11-08 06:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is PDG Paul Bucurel, Assistant Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator for District 6820. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
The Rotary Foundation Matching Gifts Campaign has an extended deadline: November 7, 2017! As of October 31, District 6820 had received $40,481.25 towards the goal of $50,000. For a refresher on how to make a donation as part of the campaign, follow the link HERE
 
The Dream Car Raffle of the Rotary Clubs of District 6820 is in full swing. Tickets are $25 each or five for $100 and can be purchased from Don Burnham. The Grand Prize Winner will choose between a 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster, Macan S or $40,000 cash! There are ten additional $500 prizes. Christmas is just around the corner, and these tickets could make stocking stuffers! For more information, click HERE.
 
November Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Glenn Helman. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for November 2, 2016: PDG Paul Bucurel Susan McAdory 2017-11-01 05:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is Heather Sophia. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
October Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Todd Burwell, Paul McPhail and Beverly Surles. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for October 26, 2017: Heather Sophia Susan McAdory 2017-10-25 05:00:00Z 0
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Families First for Mississippi, a non-profit organization that provides youth development services and training for life and parenting skills, was the topic of the October 12th lunch program of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Dr. Nancy New shared how the organization helps Mississippians in need. To learn more about the organization or to find a resource center closest to you, visit their website HERE
 
Pictured are M-R Rotary Club member Lavon Fluker-Reed (from left), Mississippi Community Education Center Executive Director Dr. Nancy New, M-R Rotary Past President Don Burnham, and club member Jan Collins.
 
There will be a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Tuesday, November 7th in Canton. 
 
 
Dr. Nancy New of Families First for Mississippi Susan McAdory 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 18, 2017
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Our speaker this Thursday is Joe Jacobson, Director of Therapy at Methodist Rehabilitation Center. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
October Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Todd Burwell, Paul McPhail and Beverly Surles. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for October 19, 2017: Joe Jacobson of Methodist Rehab Susan McAdory 2017-10-18 05:00:00Z 0
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Madison-Ridgeland Rotarians learned about The First Tee of Central Mississippi during their luncheon Oct. 5. The First Tee is a non-profit program aimed at introducing the game of golf to children while promoting core values of integrity and sportsmanship. Pictured are M-R Rotary Club member Scott Catington (from left), Joshua Friedel and Lisa Hill of the area First Tee chapter, and club member Felipe Zuluaga.
 
Joshua Friedel and Lisa Hill of The First Tee Central MS Susan McAdory 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 11, 2017
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Thursday's speaker is Dr. Nancy New, Executive Director of New Summit School. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
October Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Todd Burwell, Paul McPhail and Beverly Surles. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for October 12, 2017: Dr. Nancy New of New Summit School Susan McAdory 2017-10-11 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2017
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Last Thursday, Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club President Steve Jackson gave club members a quarterly club update.
 
We have approved a spousal membership rate for club members. Members must be in good standing. Spouses must complete the regular membership application, and all rules and regulations apply as for a regular member. Spouses will pay only for lunches they attend, either at the door or billed to the spouse's account. RI dues, District dues, Paul Harris, Polio, and assessment dues are paid as normal. 
 
Remember to be active in recruiting members to our club. Try to find at least one person you think would make a good addition to our club and invite them to join us for lunch. Share with them our work in the community and our past projects internationally. Rotary is an excellent opportunity for both service and networking.
 
The Paint Party Project for the Madison County Jobs 4 Youth (MCJ4Y) that our club did with the Capital Area Sunset Rotary Club on September 23 was a success. 
 
This week and next week, members of our club will be visiting elementary schools in Madison County, handing out dictionaries to all third graders. If you are still interested in helping out, contact Lavon Fluker-Reed at 662-436-1094. Dates and schools can be found in the Events Calendar.
 
The District 6820 Rotary Leadership Institute will be held Saturday, October 14 at the Country Club of Jackson. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about Rotary's impact and your place in the organization. If you are interested in attending, visit the website HERE.
 
District 6820 is in the midst of its 2017 Rotary Foundation Matching Gifts Campaign as well as the Dream Car Raffle
 
October 24 is World Polio Day. Rotary International will host its 5th annual live streamed World Polio Day event. 
 
Our club is once again participating in the Rise Against Hunger project in the Spring. We will be teaming up with the Capital Area Sunset Club.
 
March 24, 2018 is the date for our annual Run 4 Rotary event. If you are interested in helping to organize the event, please reach out to Felipe Zuluaga. We need volunteers to help with sponsorship, advertising and logistics. 
 
In the Spring, District 6820's service trip to Mexico in partnership with Heart 2 Heart is taking place. If you are interested in participating, reach out to the District HERE
 
Keep in mind two dates next summer for conferences. The Multi-District Conference for Districts 6820, 6840, 6860 and 6880 will be held in Biloxi at the Beau Rivage June 7 - 10, 2018. The Rotary International Conference will be held in Toronto, Canada June 23 - 27, 2018. 
 
If you or anyone you know is interested in hosting a foreign exchange student through the Rotary Youth Exchange, please reach out. More information can be found on District 6820's page HERE
 
Club President Steve Jackson Susan McAdory 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Oct 04, 2017
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Our speakers this Thursday are Joshua Friedel and Lisa Hill of The First Tee Central Mississippi. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary and the work we do, please reach out to us! 
 
October Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Todd Burwell, Paul McPhail and Beverly Surles. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for October 5, 2017: First Tee Central Mississippi Susan McAdory 2017-10-04 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
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Raffle tickets for the Rotary Clubs of District 6820 Dream Car Raffle are available to pick up from Don Burnham. Tickets are for $25 each or 5 for $100. The grand prize is either a 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster or $40,000 cash. Ten additional $500 prizes will also be awarded. The drawing will be held January 26, 2018 at the Rotary Foundation Gala in Jackson at the Old Capitol Inn. A portion of the proceeds goes towards our club's projects and a portion goes towards the District's projects.
Dream Car Raffle Susan McAdory 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 27, 2017
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Our speaker this Thursday is our own Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club President Steve Jackson. Steve will be giving our Quarterly Club Update. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary, please reach out to us! 
 
September Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Cynthia Armstrong, Karen Bonner and Bryan Jameson. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for September 28, 2017: Club President Steve Jackson Susan McAdory 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
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Last Thursday, Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club about a variety of topics including the recent Equifax breach, Internet laws, and corporate responsibility. He also discussed the state's large exodus of young people (the Brain Drain) and suggested ways to remedy the problem. For more information on the work he and his office are doing, visit http://www.ago.state.ms.us/.

Pictured below are Ryder Taff of New Perspectives, Inc, President-Elect Sharon Moulder of Lightheart, Sanders and Associates, MS Attorney General Jim Hood, and Bryan Jameson of Lee Hawkins Realty, Inc.

MS Attorney General Jim Hood Susan McAdory 2017-09-27 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 22, 2017
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The mission of Coffee with a Cop is to break down the barriers between police officers and the citizens they serve by removing agendas and allowing opportunities to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. 
 
Wednesday, October 4th is the National Coffee with a Cop Day. Learn more about the national event here: http://coffeewithacop.com/
 
If you're interested in attending one of the local events, here are a few to choose from:
 
Madison County: Fleetway Market Shell, 1227 Gluckstadt Rd, Madison, MS (7:00 - 9:15)
Ridgeland: CC's Coffee House, 344 US-51 #100, Ridgeland, MS (7:00 - 9:15)
Canton: Canton Chamber of Commerce, 100 Depot Drive, Canton, MS (7:00 - 9:15)
Flora: Flora Police Department, 168 Carter St., Flora, MS (7:00 - 9:15)
Madison City: Corner Bakery Cafe, 149 Grandview Blvd., Madison, MS (9:00 - 11:00)
 
COMMUNITY EVENT: Coffee With A Cop Susan McAdory 2017-09-22 05:00:00Z 0
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The Madison Countians Allied Against Poverty (MadCAAP) Food for Thought event is Tuesday, October 3rd in the Town of Livingston at the corner of Hwy 463 and Hwy 22. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online HERE. There will be plenty of food, drinks and live music by Rhythm Masters. This year, there is also a Silent Auction, which will be located in the Chapel at Livingston. 
 
To learn more about MadCAAP, visit the website HERE.
 
MadCAAP's Food for Thought Event Susan McAdory 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary, please reach out to us! 
 
September Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Cynthia Armstrong, Karen Bonner and Bryan Jameson. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve JacksonDon BurnhamSharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for September 21, 2017: MS Attorney General Jim Hood Susan McAdory 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
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Mississippi Central District Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown was the guest speaker at the September 14 meeting of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. Brown, first elected to the PSC in 2015, talked about the Commission's history of oversight of the Kemper County energy facility and recent efforts to reach a settlement between owner Mississippi Power and other involved parties. To learn more about the Commissioner, visit: http://www.psc.state.ms.us/Commissioners/central/central.html.
 
Pictured are Brown (from left), M-R Rotary Past President Chris Blount, and club President Steve Jackson.
 
MS Central District Public Service Commissioner Cecil Brown Susan McAdory 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2017
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Members, remember to submit service hours performed. Service hours include: time served in Board and Committee meetings, volunteer time spent working on projects both independently and in the field, and time spent as a participant in any event that raises money or awareness for a cause locally, nationally or internationally.
Click HERE to submit your hours.
Submit Your Service Hours Susan McAdory 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 20, 2017
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On Saturday, September 23rd our club is painting rooms for MCJ4Y. This is a service project for Madison County Jobs 4 Youth. We will be painting the classroom, the computer-based learning lab and the multi-purpose room.

We will begin at 8:00 am and should be finished around noon.

MCJ4Y is located inside the Madison County Youth Services building across from the new courthouse in Canton. The address is 317 N Union Street, Canton, MS 39046.

Please sign up to help with the project here: https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSelTGzV4-lwF_9nyy…/viewform. We'd like to have an idea of how much help we will have. (MSU is the only SEC team playing that week, and they are at GA.)

Judge Staci O'Neal spoke to our club this summer about MCJ4Y. To read about the organization, click HERE.

SERVICE PROJECT: Paint Party for MCJ4Y Susan McAdory 2017-09-20 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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The 2017 Rotary Foundation Matching Gifts Campaign Kickoff has begun! Your personal donations to the Rotary Foundation will be matched by District 6820. This is for donations between $100 and $25,000. District 6820 can only match the first $50,000 in donations received, which means if you're aiming to finish your Paul Harris Fellowship or your next multiple Paul Harris Fellowship level, you'll want to get your donation in quickly. 
 
You can also make someone else a Paul Harris Fellow with your donation: your spouse, children, parents, boss, employee of the year... And, the gift that makes someone a Paul Harris Fellow is quite an honor!
 
To find out what your recognition level is, check your online profile at rotary.org or email jenniferbucurel@yahoo.com, the District 6820 Foundation Chair. Mail checks to Jen Bucurel 2115 5th Street, Meridian, MS 39301. 
 
Be sure to include:
1. Your name and a note asking for a match of your Annual Fund donation.
2. Your Rotary Club name and club number (Rotary Club of Madison-Ridgeland: #24716)
3. If you are wanting to make someone else a Paul Harris Fellow ‐ spell their name very carefully
4. YOUR daytime phone number & email in case we have questions.
 
Paul Harris Fellowships and pins will require 1‐2 months to arrive. You will receive an emailed receipt letter from The Rotary Foundation approximately 2‐3 weeks after we receive your check.
 
*Limited Time Offer!!!!! How this works: PLEASE REVIEW RULES CAREFULLY. Rotarians need to make their personal checks payable to "Rotary Foundation" and mail them to program chairman: Jennifer Bucurel. Your receipt will only be for the amount of your check, since we are providing "the match" with Foundation Recognition Points. Donations made online at rotary.org, sent in directly to The Rotary Foundation, or coming from a Rotary Club Check will not be matched ‐ only those donations submitted via the steps listed above.
 
For more information, visit the District's website: http://rotary6820.org/.
Foundation District Matching Gifts Campaign Susan McAdory 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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Sign up for the Dictionary Project this Thursday! Lavon has scheduled the visits to the schools for two weeks in October. If you'd like to check your calendar before our meeting tomorrow to see which morning works best for you, the days we'll be handing out the dictionaries are Thursday the 5th, Friday the 6th, Wednesday the 11th, and Friday the 13th.
Dictionary Project Susan McAdory 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 13, 2017
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Phyllis Polk Johnson, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Nursing, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club last week. She and the MS Board of Nursing have provided guidance to Governor Bryant's  Mississippi Opioid and Heroin Task Force. The data Phyllis shared with the club on the numbers of opiate prescriptions written per person in Madison county alone were shocking. Prescription opiate abuse often leads to use of heroin and other drugs because opiate prescriptions are becoming more difficult to get and are far more expensive than heroin. Phyllis shared that police response to a possible overdose death now requires the responder to wear protective gear because drugs are often mixed, with even more dangerous drug (e.g. an elephant tranquilizer) cut into another drug (e.g. Fentanyl). Contact with even the smallest amount on the skin may cause death.
 
Below, are some highlights provided by Phyllis and the MS State Department of Health on prescription drug abuse. 
 
Regarding overdose deaths:
"Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic – more than 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose. Opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record. Nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. The rate of overdose deaths involving opioids has doubled since 2000, and southern states, including Mississippi, have the most prescriptions per person for opioid painkillers."
 
Who is abusing prescription medicine?
  • "Men ages 25 to 54 have the highest numbers of prescription drug overdoses, and are about twice as likely to die from an overdose than women. CDC
  • Prescription drug abuse by women is rapidly rising. About 18 women die each day from prescription painkiller overdoses. CDC
  • Prescription medications are now the most commonly abused drugs among youth 12-13 years oldPartnership for Drug-Free Kids
  • Teens’ ease of access to prescription medicines in the home is a key factor in drug misuse and abuse.
  • Soldiers and veterans surviving serious injuries are at increased risk for abuse of prescription painkillers. JAMA"
What is being done about this?
"The Mississippi Prescription Monitoring Program is an electronic tracking program managed by the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy to help practitioners and medical dispensers identify possible inappropriate use of controlled substance drugs and other designated medications. The online service supplies a patient’s controlled substance prescription history and information about the prescriber and dispenser. This program supports the legitimate use of controlled substances while helping to safeguard public health and safety."
 
The Centers for Disease Control has an Opioid Painkiller Prescribing infographic you can view HERE. This infographic breaks down by state the number of painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. Incredibly, Mississippi has 120 painkiller prescriptions per 100 people. (All information on this particular CDC page is from 2012.)
 
 
Phyllis Polk Johnson, Executive Director of the MS Board of Nursing Susan McAdory 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
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Our speaker this Thursday is Mississippi's Central District Public Service Commissioner, Cecil Brown. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. If you are interested in visiting our club or getting to know more about Rotary, please reach out to us! 
 
September Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Cynthia Armstrong, Karen Bonner and Bryan Jameson. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve Jackson, Don Burnham, Sharon Moulder or Pat McNulty
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
Speaker for September 14, 2017: Commissioner Cecil Brown Susan McAdory 2017-09-13 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 06, 2017
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District Governor Bill Walker visited with the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club last week. While playing Three Truths and a Lie, members of the club learned that Bill has caught a shark with his bare hands, he can do the worm, he drove in Dick Chaney's motor pool, he won a greased pig contest and he does NOT love skydiving.
 
Bill shared this year's Rotary International pins with the club, which state this year's theme, "Rotary: Making a Difference," and reminded members to find ways to serve our community, district and world. The 2017-18 Rotary International President is Ian H. S. Riseley, who is challenging all Rotarians (over one million people!) to plant a tree before Earth Day 2018 (April 22nd). 
 
Rotary District 6820 will begin selling raffle tickets soon for the Dream Car Raffle. The grand prize winner will have a choice between a 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster, a Porsche Macan S or $40,000 cash. The drawing will be January 26, 2018 at the Rotary Foundation Gala at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. The latest District 6820 newsletter contained some of the details: "There will also be 10 additional $500 cash prizes! Each club is asked to sell 10 tickets per member and remit $15 per ticket (along with the stubs) to District 6820 and keep the difference. For example, assuming an even mix of individual and bundled ticket sales, a 100-member club earns $7,500. Proceeds—less prizes and expenses—will go to The Rotary Foundation (50%) and Polio Plus (25%), with the remainder to the District 6820 Foundation. Tickets will be mailed to club Presidents on September 15. Clubs should sell all their tickets and return stubs and a check for sales to District 6820 by December 15. Contact Mark Anderson, District Fundraising Chair, at mrmcanderson@gmail.com, for more information." On September 15, the Dream Car Raffle website will be operational. 
 
Bill shared with the club an exciting event scheduled for next summer: the Multi-District Conference for Districts 6820, 6840, 6860 and 6880. The conference will be held at Beau Rivage Resort in Biloxi June 7 - 10, 2018. For more information about the event, check for updates on the Facebook event page HERE. If you'd like to watch the video about the event, featuring Bill and the other three District Governors, click HERE
 
Bill also encouraged Rotarians to continue making donations to the club to help with projects in Rotary. If you receive emails from the District, you know about the District 6820 Matching Gifts Campaign effective September 15 through October 31: "Become a Paul Harris Fellow faster with matching points for your donation! Make your spouse a Paul Harris Fellow, or your children, parents, grandparents, grandkids, a neighbor, or boss. You might even earn a Paul Harris Fellowship and pin! We will match your personal donation (from $100 to $25,000) to the The Rotary Foundation’s annual fund. This can help you finish your first Paul Harris Fellowship or your next multiple Paul Harris Fellowship level. This offer is in effect from September 15 through October 31, so make sure your check arrives well before deadline! Only 50,000 points remain, so we can match only the first $50,000 in donations we receive. Make your personal check payable to The Rotary Foundation and send to program chair Jennifer Bucurel at this address:
 
Rotary Foundation Committee Chairman
Rotary District 6820 Matching Program
2115 5th Street
Meridian, MS 39301

IMPORTANT: Include your name and a note asking for a match of your annual fund donation. Include your Rotary club name and club number. If making someone else a Paul Harris Fellow, spell that name carefully. Include a daytime phone number and email. Paul Harris Fellowships and pins will arrive in 1-2 months. You will receive an emailed receipt letter from The Rotary Foundation 2-3 weeks after your check is received."
 
The District newsletter encourages us to donate to the District 6820 Foundation for Harvey Disaster Relief:
"Your donations sent to the District 6820 Foundation will land in the hands of the people who need help. The District 6820 Disaster Relief committee is composed of Rotarians you know: PDG Bill Foster, PDG John Fair, DG Bill Walker, Carey Edwards of the Columbus Rotary, and chair (and PDG) Stu Vance. Over $975,000 in donations flowed through our committee during Katrina into the hands of the needy, without any administrative costs. Just Rotarians helping others they might never meet or see. We are working within established Rotary relationships in the disaster areas of Louisiana and Texas. Please make your check out to District 6820 Foundation, and write Harvey Disaster Relief in the memo line. Send to: John Fair / P.O. Box 826 / Louisville, MS 39339."
 
If you are not receiving the District 6820 newsletter and emails, email Jennifer Bucurel (jenniferbucurel@yahoo.com). Information is also regularly posted on the District's Facebook page. 
 
Bill reminded club members toshare Rotary's purpose and projects with others, because we never know who might be interested in joining the club. All are welcome, and we want to encourage people to join our club! He encouraged us to invite guests to our meetings, share events and speakers on our personal social media pages and share Rotary's mission and this year's theme (Rotary: Making a Difference) with those around us.
 
District 6820 Governor Bill Walker, President-Elect Sharon Moulder and Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club President Steve Jackson
District 6820 Governor Bill Walker Susan McAdory 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Sep 06, 2017
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Our speaker this Thursday is Phyllis Polk Johnson of Governor Bryant's Opioid and Heroin Task Force. Everyone is encouraged to attend and to bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites.
 
September Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Cynthia Armstrong, Karen Bonner and Bryan Jameson. Please plan to arrive at about 11:30. The staff at Embassy Suites should have a cart with our equipment in place in the back hallway or in the breakfast area. Sharon Moulder will generally know prior to the meeting whether or not the Guest Speaker will require the projector and screen. There is a small green BankPlus coin bag that contains video adapters for both HDMI and Mac Thunderbolt connections. Please be sure to collect the adapter before the speaker leaves. Thank you for volunteering! If you have any questions, please contact Steve Jackson, Don Burnham, Sharon Moulder or Pat McNulty. 
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements you'd like to have shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com). 
 
September is Rotary's Basic Education and Literacy Month. Our club is participating in the Dictionary Project. If you would like to help with this project, sign up for the committee or contact Lavon Fluker-Reed (lavonflukerreed@bellsouth.net). 
Speaker for September 7, 2017: Phyllis Polk Johnson Susan McAdory 2017-09-06 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2017
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Hurricane Harvey has severely impacted our neighbors to the west. Rotary clubs are doing their part to help the victims of the storm. Here's the piece published on the Rotary International page about the organization's efforts:

Rotary districts collect emergency funds for Hurricane Harvey victims

"Rotary clubs along the Gulf Coast of Texas and Louisiana, USA, are collecting emergency relief funds to help flood victims of Hurricane Harvey, which slammed into southeast Texas over the weekend.

Severe rainfall has caused historic flooding along the Texas coast, including in Houston, the fourth largest city by population in the United States. Deluged towns in the region are in desperate need of aid as thousands of residents were forced to flee their homes. About 6.8 million people have been affected by the hurricane, which made landfall on 25 August.

Several districts located along the Gulf coast in Texas and Louisiana have established disaster relief funds, including districts 58905910, and 5930 in Texas, and district 6200 in Louisiana. You can find information about how to contribute to other district funds in Texas on district 5840's website.

“We know that a disaster of this magnitude will require our financial assistance for months into the future,” says District 5930 Governor Betty Ramirez-Lara. “Our disaster relief committee will provide support where we believe it can best be used.”

ShelterBox, an independent charity and Rotary’s project partner, is also providing support to families displaced by the storm. Hundreds of light privacy tents will be deployed to evacuation centers throughout Texas for families to use temporarily.

“Our normal tents and ShelterKits are not appropriate for the conditions families are experiencing in Texas,” says James Luxton, ShelterBox operations team leader. “The flooding is covering large swathes of land, and is set to rise even further in the coming days, making indoor shelter the best option.”

If you have questions about how you can help, contact relief@rotary.org."

Rotary districts collect emergency funds for Hurricane Harvey victims Susan McAdory 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Follow Us On Instagram Susan McAdory 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2017
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Want to keep up with our club and share Rotary with your friends? Like our club's Facebook page: Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club @mrrotary. Feel free to share upcoming club events and speakers on your own Facebook page, too. You never know which one of your friends may be interested in joining the club!
Like Us On Facebook! Susan McAdory 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 30, 2017
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Our speaker for Thursday is Rotary District 6820 Governor Bill Walker. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites. 
 
If you are a Board Member or Committee Chair, please aim to get there an hour early, at 11:00 (if your schedule allows) to meet with the District Governor to talk about goals and strategies for both the club and the district.
 
August Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Jared Pierce, Bill Guion and Bill Youngblood. Please remember to be at Embassy Suites at 11:30. 
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). If you have any announcements that you'd like shared in The Rotation or on our club Facebook page, LinkedIn group or Instagram account, email Susan McAdory (smcadory@newper.com).
Speaker for August 31, 2017: District Governor Bill Walker Susan McAdory 2017-08-30 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2017
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Larry Bull, Assistant Director of Fisheries at Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club on Thursday about the work the Fisheries Department conducts throughout the state. Some of the areas the department is responsible for include:
 
  • care and maintenance of public waters,
  • building ramps and piers,
  • providing assistance for private ponds,
  • conducting research,
  • producing fish in two hatcheries,
  • educating the public
  • and enforcing relevant laws and limits.
To view upcoming fishing tournaments (bass or crappie), purchase a fishing license or learn more about the Fisheries Department of MDWFP, visit the Fishing and Boating website HERE. If you'd like to view the digital version of the latest Mississippi Outdoor Digest click HERE
 
Club member, Ryder Taff, and Assistant Director of Fisheries Larry Bull
Larry Bull, MDWFP Fisheries Department Susan McAdory 2017-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 18, 2017
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Our speaker for Thursday's meeting is our fellow Madison-Ridgeland Rotarian, Dr. Addie Stanford. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites.
 
August Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Jared Pierce, Bill Guion and Bill Youngblood. Please remember to be at Embassy Suites at 11:30.
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). 
Speaker for August 24, 2017: Dr. Addie Stanford Susan McAdory 2017-08-18 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 16, 2017
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Betsy Nicholson, Director of Membership and Marketing at the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club last Thursday. The Chamber offers different tiers of membership, all of which include access to Chamber activities, listings and discounts. One neat discount offered to every level of membership is a discounted Dragon Boat Regatta Registration.
 
To view the different tiers of membership and benefits included with each, click HERE.  
 
On Tuesday, September 5th, the Chamber and Bicycle Revolution are hosting a networking event with food, drink specials and door prizes! 
 
 
Tuesday, September 19th is the 2017 Fall Classic at Lake Caroline Golf Club. The event begins with lunch, tee off is at 1:00 and 5:30 is the awards ceremony. The event benefits the Scholarship Fund in Memory of Blayne Ingram.
 
If you'd like more information about the Madison County Chamber of Commerce, visit the organization's website HERE, email Betsy Nicholson (betsy@madisoncountychamber.com) or Elizabeth Hall (elizabeth@madisoncountychamber.com) or call the office 601.605.2554.
Madison County Chamber of Commerce Susan McAdory 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 16, 2017
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Our speaker for tomorrow's meeting is Larry Bull, Assistant Director of Fisheries at Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks. For more information about MDWFP, visit https://www.mdwfp.com/, and if you have any questions, be sure to ask Larry tomorrow during lunch. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a guest! Lunch is at noon at Embassy Suites.
 
August Meeting Set Up Volunteers: Jared Pierce, Bill Guion and Bill Youngblood. Please remember to be at Embassy Suites at 11:30.
 
Reminder: If you know someone who'd be a great speaker for our club, email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com). 
Speaker for August 17, 2017: Larry Bull Susan McAdory 2017-08-16 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 09, 2017
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Last week, Theresa Horne, Vice President of Patient Care Services/Chief Nursing Officer, and Chris Cauthen, Director of Emergency Services, at St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital shared plans about the renovation and expansion of St. Dominic's Emergency Department with members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club. 
 
"St. Dominic requests Certificate of Need (CON) authority to renovate and expand its current Emergency Department located on the main campus. The project will be a phased construction project that will allow for the expansion and upgrading of the Emergency Department at St. Dominic while allowing the current Department to remain open and in operation without a reduction in service.
 
The project will begin with the demolition and removal of the original chapel and Rosary Hall, formerly used for student housing and classroom space for the School of Nursing. The first floor area will be built-out to house the ambulance entrance and related treatment pod, and the ambulatory (i.e., walk-in) entrance and related treatment pod. Once completed, a portion of the existing Emergency Department will be relocated to the new space and the existing space along with other hospital space will be renovated to create additional treatment space. Space vacated by the existing Emergency Department will be renovated to house support and staff areas (including the staff lounge, locker rooms and restrooms), and billing and office space.
 
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The project also involves the purchase of new equipment that will be used in the newly expanded space and will replace the equipment in the renovated existing space.
 
In addition, the North and South sides of the Emergency Department will be redesigned in order to standardize the treatment rooms and treatment pods. Additional work of the Emergency Department project will include the relocation and replacement of the South Parking Deck elevators and stairs, creation of a new ambulance/Emergency Department access drive, additional Emergency Department parking for ambulances and private passenger vehicles, and associated site development.
 
St. Dominic’s final objective for the project is to expand the number of treatment rooms in its Emergency Department in order to enhance the flow of patients into the Emergency Department. St. Dominic expects these improvements will result in a more positive patient experience for the residents of Hinds County and surrounding areas."
 
To read the full details of the project from the August 2015 Certificate of Need review/filing, visit: http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/6345.pdf.
St. Dominic's ER Expansion Susan McAdory 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Speaker for August 10, 2017: Betsy Nicholson Susan McAdory 2017-08-09 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2017
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Members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club listened to Madison County Court Judge Staci O'Neal speak about a program she is spearheading for the youth in Madison County. The program, Madison County Jobs 4 Youth, is a program of the Madison County Youth Court to bring opportunities for growth and success to at risk youth. Madison County Jobs 4 Youth has begun because of a grant which awarded funds to support the program. One piece of the program is work-related. Participants in the program work with a qualified employer, and the youth's earnings are paid by the program. The youth does not have direct access to the funds. Instead, the funds go into an account in the youth's name to be used later for education or vocational training. Financial incentives (e.g. gift cards) are used as incentives for youths to complete various phases of the program. The end goal is either post secondary education, military service or career placement.
 
If you are interested in learning more about the program, click HERE. To find out if you are a qualified employer, click HERE
 
The program does accept donations, monetary and other. Items such as bicycles, office apparel, etc. can be donated. Many of the youths do not drive or own a vehicle. Another type of donation you can make is your time. The program needs mentors and tutors for the students. If you are interested in volunteering, please click HERE.
 
Below is an overview of the program from the website:
 
"The Jobs4Youth work program was established in an effort to break the “school to prison” pipeline that is becoming prevalent in our culture. Forty-nine percent of youth currently on probation are failing school and are already below their grade level.  Ten percent of youth have already dropped out of school.  We make no determination as to which came first – educational failure or behavioral failure.  However, we are hopeful that by redirecting youth towards the workforce while they are within the jurisdiction of the Youth Court, we can assist in minimizing the percentage of those who would have otherwise ended up in adult incarceration and subsequently increase the percentage of youth contributing to our community's workforce.
 

Once an "out of school" juvenile (under age 18) is identified within the jurisdiction of the Youth Court and is adjudicated as neglected, abused or delinquent, the court must then decide on a disposition that is in the best interest of the youth.  The Madison County Youth Court now has the Jobs4Youth program as a dispositional option that will assist youth in gaining knowledge and skills in preparation for a productive future. With this goal in mind, Jobs4Youth has been built in a five phase format that is customizable to the needs of individual participants in the ability of the phases to overlap each other or be skipped entirely as deemed appropriate.

Phase 1 - Basic Skills and Career Readiness

Phase 2 – High School Equivalency

Phase 3 - ACT Preparation/Testing and Paid Work Experience

Phase 4 - Post Secondary Education, Career Placement or Military Service

Phase 5 - Follow-up and Life Coaching"

Judge Staci O'Neal, Madison County Jobs 4 Youth Susan McAdory 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2017
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Our speakers tomorrow are Theresa Horne and Chris Cauthen. The two will be talking to the club about St. Dominic's expansion. 
 
If you have volunteered to help set up for weekly club meetings, please remember to be at Embassy Suites at 11:30. 
 
To suggest a speaker for the club, feel free to email Sharon Moulder (Sharon@lsacpafirm.com).
Speaker for August 3, 2017: Theresa Horne & Chris Cauthen Susan McAdory 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2017
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Club Reminder: We are having a cookout at Sunnybrook Children's Home tomorrow from 5:30 - 7:30. We will gather beginning at 5:30, hang out with the kids, have a meal together, and have some additional activities as we spend time with the kids and celebrate the Love Project which our club contributed to a few years ago. The event is ADULTS ONLY. 
 
If you're interested in helping out at the event (cooking, set up, etc.), visit this LINK
 
Sunnybrook Children's Home is located at 222 Sunnybrook Road in Ridgeland.
Club Cookout at Sunnybrook Susan McAdory 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Aug 02, 2017
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Enrollment is still open for our club's 2017 - 2018 committee service. Please take a moment to sign up today. 
 
To sign up, click HERE.
Committee Selections Susan McAdory 2017-08-02 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2017
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Membership dues for the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club have been raised from $240.00 per quarter to $270.00 per quarter. This reflects the increase in meal costs, Rotary International fees and past district dues covered by the club.
Dues Increase Susan McAdory 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 26, 2017
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Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee shared some of the city's upcoming projects with the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club last week. There are more than a few road projects in the works, including road extensions, repaving efforts and road expansions. Some of the roads will include multi-use trails running alongside of them. Ridgeland City Hall will also moving to a new location.
 
Mayor McGee shared a bit of the city's history and governing goals and policies with club members. Some areas of focus for the city include environmental sustainability, access to the outdoors and fiscal responsibility. Ridgeland produces the most recycling of any city in the state of Mississippi and has the same bond rating as the state. 
 
To learn more about the city, visit http://www.ridgelandms.org/. And, if you're interested, the city has an app available for download on iTunes and Google Play. 
 
 
Marybeth Wilkerson, Mayor Gene McGee, Mina Thorgeson, Steve Jackson
Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee Susan McAdory 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
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Madison County Court Judge Staci O'Neal will speak to our club tomorrow. She will share information on the Madison County Jobs for Youth Program. If you're a business owner interested in the program, which offers placement for these young people, you are welcome to attend!
 
Club members who have volunteered to help with meeting set up for July: Addie Stanford and Chris Blount. Please remember to show up to set up the room at 11:30. 
Speaker for July 27, 2017: Madison County Court Judge Staci O'Neal Susan McAdory 2017-07-26 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2017
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Madison-Ridgeland Rotarian Bobby Stephenson became a Paul Harris Fellow last Thursday. 
 
"The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International." To learn more about the recognition, visit Rotary International HERE
 
 
Steve Jackson, Bobby Stephenson, Don Burnham
Bobby Stephenson, Paul Harris Fellow Susan McAdory 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2017
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Stanley King, Executive Director of Clean Water for Malawi, spoke to members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club last Thursday.  Malawi is a small located in Southern Africa with a population of over 17 million, and is one of the poorest countries in the world. King shared Clean Water's efforts to bring safe drinking water to the country by initially building and, lately, repairing wells.
 
"63% of Malawians lack access to clean water. This is about 10 million people, mostly children ages 1 - 5 years old. Clean Water for Malawi was organized in order to prevent the people of Malawi from becoming sick, and even dying, as a result of drinking contaminated water. Rural areas throughout Malawi and Africa are populated in small villages and many of them have no convenient source of clean water for consumption, cooking or personal hygiene. The need is great and ongoing. We select villages to drill and complete a shallow, safe water well, pumped by hand, to serve the needs of the local population. Maintenance and water testing training will be emphasized to ensure a long time production of safe, clean water. A simple hand-pump well that can provide clean water to hundreds of people and save dozens of lives." - www.cleanwaterformalawi.org 
 
To learn more about Clean Water for Malawi, a Non-Profit 501(c)(3), visit the webpage or call 601.206.1696. Stanley King's email is stanley@cleanwaterformalawi.org
 
Stanley King, Clean Water for Malawi Susan McAdory 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 19, 2017
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Our speaker tomorrow is Ridgeland's Mayor Gene McGee. He will be sharing plans for the city with the club. Make plans to attend and feel free to bring a guest along! 
 
Club members who have volunteered to help with meeting set up for July: Addie Stanford and Chris Blount. Please remember to show up to set up the room at 11:30. 
Speaker for July 20, 2017: Ridgeland Mayor Gene McGee Susan McAdory 2017-07-19 05:00:00Z 0
2017-2018 Committee Sign-up 2017-07-14 05:00:00Z 0
Posted on Jul 12, 2017
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Last week, members of the Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club heard from this year's President Steve Jackson. The club is looking forward to continuing to serve the community and to bring new members into the group.
 
Meeting set up for July: Addie Stanford. Please remember to show up to set up the room at 11:30.
 
Congratulations to Bryan Jameson (28 years) and Addie Stanford (1 year) on their Madison-Ridgeland Rotary Club anniversaries! Other milestones to celebrate include Glenn Helman's 49th wedding anniversary and Joyce Hart's 40th wedding anniversary. Wishing you more happiness ahead! Below are other special dates for club members. May each of your special days be filled with joy and laughter.
Our Chapter Kicks Off Its 30th Year! Susan McAdory 2017-07-12 05:00:00Z 0
Music has been an important part of leading an ordinary life for students at the Music School for Children With Disabilities in Honor of Paul Harris in Lublin, Poland. Founded by Rotary members, the school serves 20 students with various disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, and visual impairments. The Rotary Club of Lublin-Centrum-Maria Curie-Sklodowska has provided funding with help from Rotary Foundation Matching Grants and the Henryk Wieniawski Musical Society, which houses the school.
 
After their son Mateusz was born with underdeveloped eyes, Mariusz and Joanna Kania looked for ways to help him be active. When he showed an aptitude for music, they looked for a teacher and were thrilled to find the Paul Harris music school.
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For years, Angalia Bianca had slept in abandoned buildings throughout Chicago. She stole. She did drugs. She spent time in and out of jail for forgery, theft, trespassing, and possession of narcotics. But after she landed in prison for the seventh time, something changed -- Bianca knew she wanted a better life. She just didn’t know how to make it happen.
 
After serving her time, Bianca sought help from a local homeless organization, A Safe Haven, and moved to its shelter in the Rogers Park neighborhood. Bianca followed the program closely -- she attended all the required meetings, passed drug tests, and volunteered at every opportunity.
Finding Safe Haven 2015-05-01 00:00:00Z 0
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What is it like taking a large team to Africa?  It has probably been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. In mid February, I began leading Rotary members from all over the East Coast of the United States through Ghana. I’ve tried to give the team a warm Ghanaian welcome like I’ve received on my earlier trips. A large trip is a real blessing because each person sees Ghana and our work in a different way.

A highlight for the team was greeting the chief of Sagadugu. The team got excited about buying goats and food for children in the villages where I support eight churches. It was good to see the pastors of most of the eight churches, and I had to explain that we were just passing through on our way to Bolgatanga.
Saving lives in Ghana 2015-04-30 05:00:00Z 0
Throughout India and around the world, Rotary clubs are celebrating a major milestone: India has gone three years without a new case of polio. The last reported case was a two-year-old girl in West Bengal on 13 January 2011. To mark this historic triumph, Rotary clubs illuminated landmarks and iconic structures throughout the country with four simple but powerful words, "India is polio free."
 
The three-year achievement sets the stage for polio-free certification of the entire Southeast Asia region by the World Health Organization. The Indian government also plans to convene a polio summit in February to commemorate this victory in the global effort to eradicate polio.
 
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