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Friday, February 18, 2005

BellSouth-Mississippi Pioneers win top honors

BellSouth-Mississippi Pioneers pictured with Telecom Pioneers President Mary Manning, from left: Betty Byrd; Clytice Gardner; Margie Sasser; Manning; MEC Chair John McCullouch, president, BellSouth-Mississippi Operations; Patsy Tolleson; Mike Walker; and Mike Hill.

The BellSouth Mississippi Pioneers received several awards at the recent TelecomPioneers annual meeting held in San Antonio, Texas. "BellSouth Mississippi Pioneers are making a significant difference in our communities and setting a standard for others to follow," said John McCullouch, president, BellSouth-Mississippi Operations. "Mississippi Pioneers have created a culture of giving, and we are very pleased to be recognized for our contribution to the communities we serve."

TelecomPioneers, the largest industry-related volunteer organization in the world, presented four awards to the Mississippi Chapter of the BellSouth Pioneers. The group was recognized with two awards for Project Excellence, for the It's a Great Day to Play and Integrating Technology into the Classroom projects. Mississippi Pioneers also received a Chapter Excellence Award. Only seven chapters in the international organization were recognized, and the Mississippi Chapter was the only chapter within the BellSouth region that received this honor. BellSouth is a PRAM Central member.

Volunteer Margie Sasser was one of only two Pioneer partners recognized with a Pioneer Partner Award. Sasser volunteers in the Mississippi Pioneer office more than 30 hours each week. She also coordinates activities for Pioneer projects with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, WATCH and the Partnership for a Healthy Mississippi, and the Department of Education's Reading Fair. The Integrating Technology into the Classroom project also received the prestigious BellSouth Region Vice President's Award, which is awarded by BellSouth Foundation President and Pioneer Region Vice President Mary Boehm to an outstanding Pioneer project within BellSouth's nine-state region.

From across the United States and Canada, the TelecomPioneers received a host of submissions for its community service awards. BellSouth Pioneers in Mississippi represent over 5600 active and retired employees of BellSouth. In 2004, the Mississippi Chapter gave 183,993 hours of volunteer time, which has a value determined by the Points of Light Foundation of more than $3 million dollars.

For more information about the BellSouth Pioneers, visit the Mississippi Chapter's web site at www.bellsouthmspioneers.org. BellSouth Pioneers are an affiliate of the TelecomPioneers. Other member companies include AT&T, Aliant, Broadwing, Frontier, MTS, Qwest, SaskTel, SBC, Telcordia Technologies and Verizon.

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