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Thursday, October 26 at 11:30 AM – 1 PM
Speaker: Tate Reeves – The Office of Lt. Governor of the State of Mississippi
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.
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.
“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 OxfordPachyderm.com. Those interested can also follow the group on Facebook at Facebook.com/OxfordPachyderm.
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.
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.