Godwin In The Community

Lee Ragland (aka Scoop), Vice President, Director of Public Relations, was recently featured in the University of Mississippi’s Meek School of Journalism and New Media magazine. You can find the story here: http://bit.ly/2d8XHbr
Ragland’s nickname, Scoop, started 45 years ago while a high school sophomore. "A classmate said that I always had the 'scoop' of what was going on and he was going to nickname me Scoop. The fact that I was writing for the local paper only fueled more people to use it," he said. Ragland also serves on the Care-A-Van team at Galloway United Methodist Church. The ministry outreach allows senior citizens to attend church on Sundays by providing transportation to and from their assisted living facilities.

Jeff Russell and John McKie recently participated in the Executive in Residence program at the Entrepreneurship Center at Mississippi State University’s College of Business. The program allows executives to volunteer time to listen and advise students who had start-up businesses while still in school. McKie also served on a panel of speakers at a communications seminar for MBA students at Millsaps College. The panel featured representatives from the government and corporate sectors offering perspectives on communications.

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Philip Shirley, GodwinGroup Chairman and CEO, serves on the Alabama Writers' Forum board of directors, which helped create the Alabama Writers Hall of Fame. He recently attended the second annual induction ceremony in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, for several writers including Truman Capote, author of In Cold Blood, and Fannie Flag, author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe'. Previous inductees include Harper Lee, Sonia Sanchez, Helen Keller, and Rick Bragg. Philip helped host 2015 inductee Sena Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife and Four Spirits.

Donna Ritchey serves on the Advisory Board for the USM School of Mass Communication and Journalism. She also serves on the Advisory Board for Jackson State University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies.

Steve Temple recently participated in the 2016 Buddy Walk, an event sponsored by the Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society. Temple, who also serves on the CMDSS Board of Directors, helped organize the event, which raises awareness and funding for programs and individuals affected by Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that can affect people of all ages, races and economic levels. The Buddy Walk was developed by the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) to promote acceptance and inclusion of all people with Down syndrome.

GodwinGroup recently won several awards at the Southern Public Relations Federation’s convention, held recently in Destin, Florida. The agency was recognized with two Awards of Excellence for its work for Cooperative Energy (previously South Mississippi Electric) during the rollout of its new solar installations and a Certificate of Merit for the SME Brand Video.



Kami Wert (far right) is actively involved in the Harrison County Children's Emergency Shelter. Harrison County Children’s Emergency Shelter is the first of its kind in the state of Mississippi. It offers physical, emotional and educational needs for children and has a 24-hour emergency shelter for children ages one day to eighteen years who are abused or neglected. The shelter is funded through Youth Court and volunteers. The shelter recently held its annual “Bowties and Beignets,” raising over $30,000 for the shelter this year.

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