The Future of Health Care: Mississippi Health Care Update Luncheon Feb. 14

OXFORD – The Oxford Pachyderm Club will hold its first meeting of 2018 tackling the current state of health care in the nation and Mississippi.

Now that tax cuts are headed to Mississippians, what is being done to  provide Magnolia State residents more affordable health care?

Bob Williams, director of the Life & Health Actuarial Division in the

​Mississippi Insurance Department, will answer that question as he brings a health care update February 14, 2018.

“We have got to fix access and accountability for Health Care,” Commissioner Chaney said. “To do this we must return more regulatory authority to the states. Increased State decision-making and authority will allow for better oversight of benefit designs and flexibility, rate review, network adequacy and overall management of healthcare needs and costs. “

The Oxford Pachyderm Club luncheon will meet at the Kabuki Restaurant located at 1631 W Jackson, Oxford. 

“Through the so-called Affordable Care Act (ACA), thousands of Mississippians have health care they can’t afford to use,” said Russ Jones, Oxford Pachyderm Club founding president. “Our club looks forward to hearing what efforts are being done to bring more health care options to Mississippi.”

The cost is $18 per person (members). A discounted rate of $10 per person is provided for college students. To RSVP email or register online at


The Oxford Pachyderm Club is formally recognized by the Republican National Committee. There are over sixty Pachyderm clubs across the US. The Oxford Pachyderm Club is the first chapter in Mississippi.


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Oxford Pachyderm Luncheon – Speaker Bob Williams

Next Pachyderm Luncheon January 18, 2018

Now that the individual mandate is done, where do we stand with healthcare?

Featured Speaker: Bob Williams

Director – Life & Health Actuarial Division
Mississippi Insurance Department

11:30am to 1:00pm 
Chancellor’s House

425 S. Lamar Blvd. Oxford, MississippiLunch Fee: $20.00

In our effort attract younger Republicans, donations are encouraged so
we can help underwrite their fee.

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Oxford Pachyderm Luncheon – Lt. Governor Tate Reeves Oct 26th

Mark your Calendars:
Thursday, October 26 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM

Location: TBD

Speaker: Tate Reeves – The Office of Lt. Governor of the State of Mississippi
Tate Reeves

Re-elected in 2015 as Mississippi’s Lieutenant Governor, Tate Reeves stands ready to guide the state toward a brighter future by improving educational achievement for students, supporting the creation of high-skilled jobs and responsibly managing taxpayers’ money.

Reeves leads the 52-member Senate with a focus on keeping government spending under control, reforming education and making Mississippi a better place to raise a family.

Under his leadership, Mississippi has a balanced budget that spends more on education and adequately funds other priorities while reducing taxpayers’ overall debt burden.



State Auditor Stacey Pickering to Speak at Oxford Pachyderm Club Luncheon – Sept 21st


OXFORD – State Auditor Stacey Pickering is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the upcoming Oxford Pachyderm Club luncheon Thursday, September 21, 2017.

The State Auditor is responsible for auditing all state agencies, county governments, school districts, junior colleges, and universities; conducting investigations into abuse of public funds and violations of law.

Auditor Pickering will address the state’s overall financial health and highlight the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for Mississippi at the luncheon.

“It is an honor to be invited to speak to the Oxford Pachyderm Club,” said Auditor Pickering. “I am looking forward to meeting this great group of leaders and influencers in North Mississippi.”

Elected as Mississippi’s 41st State Auditor in 2007, Stacey Pickering was re-elected as State Auditor in 2011, and in 2015. Since 2008, Pickering has recovered more than $26 million in embezzled, misappropriated and misspent taxpayer money on behalf of Mississippians.

Recently Special Agents from the Mississippi Office of the State Auditor arrested former , Mississippi, Gretchin Moody, and former Chief of Police of Ecru, Mississippi, Paul Martin Blaylock, for embezzlement and issued demands of $393,085.56, which includes interest and investigative costs added to the amount embezzled.

Mississippi State Auditor
Photo: Mississippi State Auditor

“Auditor Pickering’s presentation is a great opportunity for citizens to learn how the office oversees and conducts financial audits of local governments in Mississippi, said Russ Jones, Oxford Pachyderm Club founding president. “The fiscal oversight, transparency and accountability this executive branch of state government provides is vitally important.”

The Republican Party affiliated club will meet at the Oxford Conference Center from 11:30am to 1:00pm located at 102 Ed Perry Blvd, Oxford, MS in Oxford. The cost is $20 for members and $23 for non-members. Reservations can be made at Those interested can also follow the group on Facebook at


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​Sen. Tollison to Speak at May Oxford Pachyderm Club Luncheon

​State Senator Gray Tollison is scheduled to be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Oxford Pachyderm Club Thursday, May 25, 2017. ​
Thursday, May 25, 2017
11:45am to 1:00pm 
King’s Grillhouse
1007 College Hill Rd
Oxford, MS
$20.00 per person
​The Oxford Pachyderm Club is the ​ first chapter of the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs in Mississippi. There are approximately 60 chapters across the country.

Sen. Tollison will discuss the state of K-12 education in the Magnola state and the need for elected school board members rather than being appointed.

​A​ Republican member of the Mississippi Senate,  Sen. ​Tollison has represented the​ District 9 (Lafayette and Panola counties)​

 since 1996. In January 2012, Tollison was appointed Chairman of the Senate Education Committee by Lt. Governor Tate Reeves.

He also has a law practice in Oxford.​
​Sen. Tollison has led efforts to achieve significant education reform in Mississippi.
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New Republican Club Launches in Lafayette County

Sen. Wicker, Republican Alderman Candidates Featured Speakers
A new community group officially allied with the Republican National Committee has formed in Lafayette County.

Entitled the “Oxford Pachyderm Club,” the group is the first chapter of the National Federation of Pachyderm Clubs in Mississippi. There are approximately 60 chapters across the country.

The club will hold its first meeting Tuesday, April 18 at the Country Club of Oxford from 11:45am to 1:00pm. Sen. Roger Wicker (R-MS) is scheduled to be the featured speaker for the inaugural event.

“I am honored to speak at the first ever meeting of the Oxford Pachyderm Club,” Sen. Roger Wicker said. “I look forward to visiting with fellow Republicans about working with President Trump to grow our economy, keep our country safe, and fight for conservative values.”

Republican Alderman candidates Jason Bailey (Ward 6) and Mark Huelse (Ward II) have also been invited to share their thoughts about infrastructure challenges in regards to Oxford’s explosive growth.

Founding members recently met and elected Russ Jones as president, Dion Kevin as treasurer, and Jackie Jones as secretary.

“I’m optimistic about this new endeavor during these critical times,” Jones said. “The Oxford Pachyderm Club will provide a platform for education, recruitment and broad citizen participation in the political process for volunteers as well as activists.”

Patterned after civic clubs, Pachyderm Clubs offer programs centered around politics and government. Pachyderm Clubs can be the continuity for the Republican Party from election to election in that unlike the party structure, Pachyderm Clubs remain active all year.

The public is welcome to the educational meetings presented by the Oxford Pachyderm Club held the third Tuesday of each month at the Country Club of Oxford. Annual dues are $60.00 per person.

Email rjones @ gmail dot com to RSVP for the April 18 luncheon. The cost is $22.00 per person.


Pachyderm Preamble

It is our belief that most of the corrupting influences in American Politics could be erased and government made more responsive by one basic improvement. That is, simply for more good citizens to participate in politics. “We get the government we deserve, not the one we wish for,” remains a guide-star for a free people. We offer a meaningful movement of political clubs as the most practical means by which a broad citizen participation in politics may be achieved.

Pachyderm Mission Statement

To promote education and active citizen involvement in politics.