2016 was another strong year for Bully Bloc as we celebrated our tenth anniversary and fundraising results of over $1.8 million throughout the life of our organization. We celebrated this milestone with many of you at our Annual Meeting and Reception at the Country Club of Jackson in October of last year, and were honored to hear from former Mississippi State University Athletic Director Scott Stricklin and to accept his personal contribution to Bully Bloc. Stricklin emphasized the importance and effectiveness of Bully Bloc, and strongly encouraged its membership to continue to support the good work of the organization for years to come. The Executive Committee of the Bully Bloc Board was also proud to honor John Tomlinson for over 25 years of service to Mississippi State University as Director of Governmental Affairs.
We move into 2017 with two of our primary priorities from 2016: increasing our fundraising efforts and improving our membership database records. With that, we are delighted to announce that we have retained the assistance of Donna Echols, with The Echols Group for assistance in fundraising and networking. The Echols Group has extensive experience in legislative lobbying and consulting, and Donna is a true Bulldog, with an undergraduate degree in psychology and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from Mississippi State University.
With the 2017 legislative session underway, we ask for your continued support as we aim to support Mississippi State University, especially in the appropriations process. The state of Mississippi’s budget continues to constrict this year, putting even more pressure on the Institution of Higher Learning to secure funding needed to operate and excel.
Secondly, we are committed to enhancing our system of records within the organization, and similarly, our success will depend on your responsiveness. Please visit our page on NationBuilder, our database management software, and update your detailed profile soon. The page can be accessed at bullybloc.nationbuilder.com.
Thank you for joining with us, hand in hand, as we continue to serve and support our beloved Mississippi State University and higher education throughout Mississippi. I look forward to continuing working with you, and I hope you will contact me if you have any questions or needs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jonathan Lee | Chairman
Bully Bloc is a non-partisan political action committee not affiliated with Mississippi State University.