Keep Ridgeland Beautiful members attended the Keep Mississippi/Alabama Beautiful Conference held in Starkville earlier this year. Pictured from left are conference attendees: Jan Richardson, Rachel Collier, Barbara Hunter and Phyllis Parker. Other Keep Ridgeland Beautiful members are Barbara Brown, Polly Hammett, and Lea Anne Stacy. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful sets goals for the community including litter prevention, recycling, and beautification. This organization makes a difference in Ridgeland.
Keep Ridgeland Beautiful members attended the Keep Mississippi/Alabama Beautiful Conference held in Starkville earlier this year. Pictured from left are conference attendees: Jan Richardson, Rachel Collier, Barbara Hunter and Phyllis Parker. Other Keep Ridgeland Beautiful members are Barbara Brown, Polly Hammett, and Lea Anne Stacy. Keep Ridgeland Beautiful sets goals for the community including litter prevention, recycling, and beautification. This organization makes a difference in Ridgeland.
Mississippi and Alabama share many of the same values and qualities — traits such as southern charm, warm hospitality, and friendly cooperation. This was evident as Mississippi and Alabama joined forces, once again, to host the annual Keep Mississippi/Alabama Beautiful Conference. Each year, the two sister-states alternate in sponsoring the important event.

This year’s conference was held at the lovely Mill Conference Center in Starkville. It was the perfect venue for such an event as the 115-year-old site was recently transformed from an old cotton mill, built in 1902, into a conference center/office space facility with all the beauty and amenities of today’s modern, upscale facilities. The Mill exemplifies the goals of beautification and recycling — goals at the heart of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, Keep America Beautiful, and locally, Keep Ridgeland Beautiful.

Sarah Kountouris, Director of Keep Mississippi Beautiful, and Joy McKee of Keep Alabama Beautiful, welcomed everyone to the event held on September 28 and 29. Starkville Mayor, Lynn Sprull, expressed appreciation to all attending. Following her warm welcome, President and CEO of Keep America Beautiful, Helen Lowman, opened the conference by conveying to all that this year’s focus was to provide the tools necessary for each affiliate to succeed in their goals and make a difference in their communities.

Thursday afternoon and Friday morning  keynote speaker Cecile Carson from Keep America Beautiful shared valuable information on the topics of Behavior Changes, Board Member Development, Volunteer Engagement, and How to Avoid Burnout. Prior to Thursday evening’s pool-side buffet and entertainment, attendees enjoyed a visit to Mississippi State’s Architectural School and Community Garden, followed by a tour of the charming town of Starkville.   

Keep America Beautiful, Keep Mississippi Beautiful, and Keep Ridgeland Beautiful set specific goals that enable communities to grow and prosper. Concern for our environment is an important issue for all citizens. For every state and community, the goals of litter prevention, recycling, and beautification enhance our quality of life and have an environmental, economic, and social impact on all residents.