Burn foundation

Rotary Club of Jackson met recently with guest speaker Amanda Fontaine, executive director of the Mississippi Burn Foundation. Shown are (from left) Tom Johnson, past Rotary president; Fontaine; and Neddie Winters, Rotary president-elect.

Mardi Gras party

Community Sailing on the Rez is hosting the third annual Mardi Gras $10,000 Drawdown Party February 8 at the Jackson Yacht Club. Attendees can enjoy the music of Raphael Semmes and Friends, featuring jazz vocalist Jewel Bass.

State development

Brian Pugh, deputy executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA) spoke recently to the Metro Jackson Lions Club. Pugh spoke about the organization and its efforts to bring new development and businesses to the state. Shown are (from left) Lion Harold Neal and Pugh.

Opening prayer

The Rev. Ricky James, (right) pastor of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, delivered an opening prayer to the Mississippi Senate on Thursday recently at the invitation of Sen. Robert L. Jackson (left), who led the Pledge of Allegiance before Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves (center) called lawmakers to order.

Chef's work

Chef Nick Wallace spoke to members of the Rotary Club of North Jackson recently about his career as a chef and how his passion for cooking has shaped his life’s work. Shown are (from left) Rotarian Lori Greer, Wallace, and Rotary Club President Witt Ruffin.


Lemzel Johnson, a motivational speaker with LifeVersation, spoke recently to the Rotary Club of North Jackson. Shown are (from left) Rotarian Lori Greer, Johnson, and Rotary Club President Witt Ruffin.

Garden club meeting

Ridgeland Garden Club met in January at Trace Park Clubhouse. The program was given by Kristi Ballard, who teaches at Christ Covenant. She talked about seeds and how to cultivate them. Members received a “seed necklace” to place in a window to grow. Hostesses were Dot Burchfield, Joan Phillips, Jo Ann Thompson, and Judy Thompson.

Year end speakers

The Annandale Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution ended 2017 with Sam Brookes who presented “Prehistoric Mississippi” at the October meeting and in November, Mark LaFrancis presented “In Their Boots:  Voices of Our Soldiers.” At the December meeting Anne McKee gave the program on “The Bad Girls of the Revolution.”  They are all affilia



Refill Café is a developing organization, run by Jeff Good, that will open late this year.