Affiliates from Mississippi and Alabama Meet to Share Ideas

For Evelyn Copeland, this month’s joint meeting of Keep Mississippi Beautiful and Keep Alabama Beautiful proved a great opportunity to share ideas on community improvement.

“We come home rejuvenated, our batteries charged and ready to take on new challenges,” said Copeland, director of Keep Simpson County Beautiful, one of Mississippi’s 40 affiliates.

Copeland was one of about 100 attendees of the annual gathering held in Tupelo, Miss. Attendees received training from Keep America Beautiful’s (KAB) Susan Burkhardt and learned about KAB’s emerging and classic programs, ranging from Cars to Donate to the Great American Cleanup.

“Susan Burkhardt’s sessions were such a help to me and other affiliates,” said Andrea Rose, director of Keep Corinth-Alcorn County Beautiful.

“The Mississippi-Alabama state conferences are always a great way to network and learn from other affiliates and also hear from our national organization,” Rose said. “It always helps me feel more connected with Keep America Beautiful national organization and my fellow Mississippi and Alabama affiliates.”

Tupelo is home to Universal Asset Management, a company that buys airplanes and recycles and rehabilitates airplane parts. What can’t be recycled, they transform into art and furniture. Their office has boardroom tables made of airplane wings.

“The most unique part was the visit to aviation afterlife,” said Judy Keenum, coordinator for Keep the Shoals Beautiful, one of the KAB affiliates in Alabama. “Their business of dismantling and reusing aircraft is incredible. Equally impressive is the quality and precision of the workmanship used.”

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