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Ocean Springs

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We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Ocean Springs Yacht Club
100 Front Beach
Ocean Springs, MS  39564
United States of America
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May 16, 2017
 
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At our October 16, 2019 meeting, the Club recognized our 2019 RYLA Students (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards).  Participants are chosen from among local high school students for their leadership potential.  This year's 27th Annual Rotary Youth Leadership Awards program was held on Sunday, July 14, 2019 thru Friday, July 19, 2019, at the Solomon Retreat Center in Loranger, LA.   The RYLA camp is held each July for about 80 high school juniors sponsored by various Clubs within the District.  Sponsorship cost is $550 per student and our Club sponsored 7 local Juniors for this year's event.   During the camp, students discussed leadership skills and learned those skills through practice.  The event curriculum is organized through Rotary District 6840 and Counselors serve as current leaders within the District.  And those students who show exceptional leadership skills are invited back to participate as counselors/staff for the next event.  The students we sponsor were invited to our October 16th Club meeting to share their experience at the camp.  It is always a great feeling to see how RYLA makes an impact in these future leaders, and hear how the experience benefits them their entire life.  Congratulations to our 2019 RYLA Students!!  
 
 
Pictured from left to right:  Terrance Morgan, Alexander Whyte, Isabella Furr, Allanis Vallecillo, and Club President David Hoffman.  Not pictured: Hannah Smith, Joseph Taylor, and Erin Kirkpatrick
 
Our 2019 Rotary 5-K R.A.C.E. was another huge success.  And we could not have done it without our Club Members who volunteered their time to organize, plan and execute this year's event; especially Mike Streiff, who spearheaded the event.  We also would like to thank members of the Ocean Springs Interact Club and the Ocean Springs JROTC, as well as our Rotary Club Members for volunteering their time to work along the route keeping our runners safe during the run.  And our partners with the Ocean Springs Running Club for organizing the runners, timing and event awards.  
 
It's great to see so many people supporting the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs and their local community!! 
 
 
Rotary Club of Ocean Springs Members overseeing and organizing the volunteers who helped at this years' event.  
 
Ocean Springs JROTC Volunteers. 
 
Ocean Springs Interact and Club Member Volunteers.
 
Various Rotary Club Members volunteering their time at this years' event.  
 
 Rotary Club Member, Mike Streiff, Chairman of the Rotary 5-K R.A.C.E. out on the course organizing the event.  
 
 
A huge THANK YOU to those individuals and businesses who sponsored our 2019 Rotary 5-K R.A.C.E.  100% of the money raised, just over $20,000, goes towards programs that support our local community.  Programs like the Club's Scholarship Program, providing scholarships to graduating seniors from Ocean Springs and St Martin High Schools, and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) Program where the Club Sponsored 9 local students to attend this years program.  Providing opportunities for our future community and business leaders is a big focus in our Club.  And we cannot express enough our appreciation of your support for these projects.  So.....THANK YOU!! 
Our 2019 Rotary 5K R.A.C.E. was held on Satruday, October 19th in Ocean Springs.  The weather was perfect and we had a great turnout of runners and volunteers to make this event another big success.  Photos of the event were posted to our Rotary of Ocean Springs 5-K RACE Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pg/RCOS5K/photos/?tab=album&album_id=979156885777211.   The event raised just over $20,000 and the proceeds support the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs' Scholarship Program and RYLA Program, providing scholarships and leadership training opportunities for local high school students.  We appreciate everyone who came out to support the event, especially our sponsors.  100% of your sponsorship dollars go towards these great programs, which we could not do without your support.  If you missed this year's event, we start again in October 2020 and look forward to seeing you there!!  
 
 
The District Training Assembly for District 6840 was held this past Saturday, May 18th, at the Long Beach Senior Citizens Activity Center in Long Beach, MS.  2019/2020 President, David Hoffman and President Elect, Stephen Songe, along with ADG Joyce Shaw attended as representatives of the Ocean Springs Rotary Club.  Here we met our new District Leaders and discussed the strategy and goals for the upcoming year.  It was a very informative meeting and a good opportunity to meet the incoming Board Members of the other Clubs within our District.  
 

On May 1, 2019, the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs Scholarship Committee chairman David Hoffman and his committee introduced the six students, all graduating seniors from Ocean Springs and St. Martin High Schools, who were awarded scholarships for 2019. Shown from left to right are President Jonathan Franco; committee member Henry Furr; committee member Kimberly Boling;  Amelia Prochnow (Ocean Springs High School); committee member Jacki D’Alexander Thornburg; Connie Schnarrs (St. Martin High School); Gavin Brandon (St. Martin High School); committee member Stephen Songe; Madeline Bui (St. Martin High School); Spencer Martin (St. Martin High School);  Chairman David Hoffman; Sadi Grace Smith (Ocean Springs High School) and committee member Wayne Westbrook.

 
 
On May 2nd, Members of the Ocean Springs Rotary Club spent the evening on the Betsy Ann Riverboat, watching a beautiful sunset while cruising along the MS Gulf Coast.  It was a great time for Members, family and friends to get together for one of our many social events.  
 
PANCAKE DAY is this FRIDAY, APRIL 12, 2019, from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM, at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club.  Tickets are available from any Rotarian for $5.00 prior to the event.  Tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the event for $8.00.   This is a fundraiser for our local Scholarship Program, helping High School Seniors with college tuition.  So come on down this Friday, have some awesome pancakes, meet some great people, while helping the local High School Seniors in our Community.  
 
On February 13, the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs presented the United MSD Foundation/Warriors for Willow with a $5,000 check to support efforts to fund research and clinical trials to find a cure for Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD). Willow Cannan, daughter of Rotarians Tom Cannan and Amber Olsen, was diagnosed with the ultra-rare disease in May 2016. Since Willow’s diagnosis, her parents have work tirelessly to connect with scientists and clinicians who are working to find cures or treatments for MSD. As part of this effort, they founded the United MSD Foundation. The Club’s annual fundraiser, 5-K RACE for Art, Community, and Education, helps fund donations made by the Club. Shown from left to right are Willow’s mother and Rotarian Amber Olsen, Mike Streiff, chair of the 5-K RACE, and President of the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs Jonathan Franco. For more information about Warriors for Willow and the MSD Foundation, go to http://curemsd.org/

In January, the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs presented the Ocean Springs High School Cross Country with a check for $1,000.  Cross Country Team members lead by Coach Tim Sayers provided their support and help with the Club’s annual 5-K Run for Art, Community, and Education (RACE) which supports local scholarships and charities.  Shown accepting the check from left to right: Cross Country volunteer Stopher Haug, Rotary President Jonathan Franco, Coach Tim Sayers, and Cross County volunteer Ann Whyte.

On December 12, the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs donated $700 to the Duchess Club’s annual Dolls and Toys collection for needy children. Shown from left to right are Rotarian and Duchess Club representative Natalia Diaz and Ocean Springs Rotary Club President Jonathan Franco.  The Rotary Club of Ocean Springs is a business and professional organization that supports about twenty local, national, and international service projects annually.
 

On Wednesday December 5, four business and professional people were inducted as members in the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs. Pictured below from left to right are Membership Chair and new member sponsor Michelle Wilson, new member Carolyn Moore, new member Katie Hudson, new member Tom Carlton, new member Ginny Dugaw, new member sponsor Joyce M. Shaw, and President Jonathan Franco.

Rotary Club of Ocean Springs meets at the Ocean Springs Yacht Club and is a part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. www.rotary.org

The Rotary Club of Ocean Springs, Mississippi, donated $2,000 in March 2017 to the Livingston Parish Library system to help with flood recovery.  The Rotary Club of Ocean Springs is continuing to help with the flood disaster relief.  Ocean Springs Rotary member and District 6840 assistant district governor Joyce Shaw (pictured on the far right) has been instrumental in providing a voice for the disaster stricken Louisiana library system and its employees. 
On Wednesday, March 29, three business and professional people were inducted as members in the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs.   The new members were Brian Argo, Julie Schmidt, and Dr. Alex Blevens.  Pictured  from left to right are new member Brian Argo, sponsor Ben Smith, sponsor Nikki Johns, new member Julie Schmidt, sponsor Louis Peters, new member Alex Blevens, Membership Chair LaDana Singleton, and President Leigh Jaunsen.
 
The 2017 Rotary Pancake Day was again a rousing success.  Rotary had a great turnout from its members with most members pitching in to help.  For $5 anyone could get sausage, pancakes, and grits.  There were many pick up orders and also plenty of people eating at the Ocean Springs Civic Center.  Sherri Johnson also did an excellent job of organizing the boston butt sale which raised substantial funds. This event raises funds that Rotary reinvests in the form of scholarships and donations to various local charities. 
During our December 14th meeting, the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs presented a check for $700.00 to Natalia Diaz, representing the Duchess Club of Ocean Springs. The Duchess Club is a civic group of 25 women from the Ocean Springs Community. The donation was in support of their campaign to provide Christmas presents to over 100 children in the Ocean Springs area.
During our December 7th, 2016 meeting, the Rotary Club of Ocean Springs presented Ocean Springs HS Cross Country Team Coach, Tim Sayers with a check for $1,000. Coach Sayers and members of the Cross Country Team provided support as volunteers at our recent 5K Run; a fundraising event providing scholarships to local high school students. The $1,000 donation to the Cross Country Team will be used to purchase much needed timing chips for training and meets. Pictured from left to right; Ann Whyte, Stephanie Chen, Coach Tim Sayers and Rotarian Henry Furr.
We would like to thank all of our fellow Ocean Springs Rotarians and family members who spent time on Saturday, December 3rd, ringing the bell for The Salvation Army in front of the Ocean Springs Walmart. We had several members manning the doors during 1 1/2 hour shifts. And many thanks to all of those who stopped by to support the effort!!
Rotaries' own Mickey Williams is this year's recipient of the YMCA John Blossman Humanitarian Award.  This is a great honor and many Rotarians will be in attendance at the Beau Rivage on November 1 from 5:30PM-8PM when Mickey is presented with the award.  The award was created to recognize those, like John Blossman, who put his fellow man first and is given each year at a banquet proudly hosted by the Beau Rivage Resort Casino.
On Wednesday October 19, Rotary held an induction ceremony and welcomed several new members.  Pictured below from left to right are the new members:  Kati Viola-Blanchard, Nikki Johns, David Thompson, Ben Smith, Hunter Easterling,A.J. Denny and Tom Cannan.
 

The Rotaries' own Mickey Williams is this year's recipient of the YMCA John Blossman Humanitarian Award.  This is a great honor and many Rotarians will be in attendance at the Beau Rivage on November 1 from 5:30PM-8PM when Mickey is presented with the award.  The award was created to recognize those, like John Blossman, who put his fellow man first and is given each year at a banquet proudly hosted by the Beau Rivage Resort Casino.

 

 
Rotary once again hosted a very well attended 5k in downtown Ocean Springs on October 15.  Special thanks to Rotarian Mike Streiff who worked tirelessly to raise sponsorships and make sure the event went off flawlessly .  The weather was great and by all reports the event was a rousing success.
Don't forget about the run this Saturday night October 15 ! The 5K starts at 7:00pm and the Kid's Fun Run begins at 6:15pm. You can register online at active.com until midnight on Friday or at the Mary C. On Saturday beginning at 5:00.
The club continues to participate in various efforts to raise awareness and funds for Willow.  On Sunday, August 28, many Ocean Springs Rotary members volunteered at a fish fry at Off the Hook in Ocean Springs.  Many Ocean Springs Rotarians came out in the pouring rain to volunteer at this fundraiser.
 
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Member Birthdays:
  • David Hoffman
    December 2
  • L Cuttino Alexander
    December 10
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    December 16
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    December 19
  • Leah Snyder
    December 22
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    December 25
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