Mar. 25, 2021

Minutes of Rotary Meeting
March 25, 2021
By Kathy Miller

Call to Order: The meeting was called to order by Claire McCarron, President of the Rotary Club of Mobile, at 12:00 p.m.

Invocation and Pledge: Destiny Maynard gave the invocation and Tommy Blankenship led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Members’ Guests and Visiting Rotarians: Tommy Blankenship introduced Members’ guests and visiting Rotarians.

Student Guest: Jeff Luther introduced Blair Fischer, Head of School at St. Paul’s Episcopal School, who introduced Marie Robinson as the student guest. After Ms. Robinson spoke to the Club, Claire presented Ms. Robinson with a certificate.

Announcements: The next Rotary Happy Hour will be on April 6, 2021 at El Papi. Claire asked that members submit any roster changes or updated photos to Peg.

Program: Casi Callaway introduced member Suntrease Williams-Maynard, Executive Director of the The Maynard 4 Foundation and Special Counsel, Adams & Reese, LLP. Ms. Williams-Maynard introduced her family, who serve as the other officers of the Maynard 4 Foundation: her husband, Stephen Maynard, her son, Dareon Maynard, and her daughter, Destiny Maynard. Ms. Williams-Maynard said that the Foundation was created by her family in order to serve the community as a family. Their family is passionate about four areas: education, culture, social justice, and health equity. Ms. Williams-Maynard outlined the Foundation’s objectives and current and planned work in these areas. The Foundation is about promoting freedom, love, kindness, and civility and breaking free from any type of chains, whether physical, emotional, or mental. The Foundation is promoting the “GOT A.I.R.” Campaign (accountability, integrity, and respect). The Foundation is sponsoring “May-nard Day”, a carnival-style program involving young people and law enforcement to encourage young people to understand law enforcement. Ms. Williams-Maynard said she and her husband encouraged Destiny and Dareon to work for their positions with the Foundation. As part of the program, Dareon presented a history of Juneteenth. Destiny has spear-headed, “Tea Times with Destiny”. In each Sunday afternoon on line session, Destiny discusses the history of a black woman based on Destiny’s research. Ms. Williams-Maynard also discussed the Boys Leadership Institute which her son will help spear-head. Claire thanked Ms. Williams-Maynard and her family for speaking to the Club.

Closing Remarks and Adjournment: Claire announced members’ birthdays and the program for next week. She adjourned the meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Kathy Miller
Contributing Editor

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