The Starkville Rotary Club has a long history of supporting organizations and programs dedicated to improving the quality of life in our community. Habitat for Humanity benefits from an annual “Rotary Roof.”
Group Study Exchange
The Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange program is a unique cultural and vocational opportunity for early career professionals between the ages of 25 and 40. Katie Frantes, Mississippi State University International Education coordinator, represented us in an Australian exchange in October 2012.
Through Rotary Youth Exchange, a high school student gets to spend a year studying in another country. Over the past 15 years, Starkville Rotary has hosted 17 foreign students and sent 10 Starkville youths abroad.
One of the attractive features of the Rotary Foundation’s Group Study Exchange program is the opportunity for the visiting team members to meet, talk, and live with Rotarians and their families in a warm spirit of friendship and hospitality. Starkville hosted a team from Australia in 2013.
Rotary Classic Rodeo
The Rotary Classic Rodeo bursts out early every February. As the club’s main fundraiser, it pumps nearly $20,000 back into the community through Rotary support of area civic groups and agencies.
A long time tradition is for new Rotarians to serve as Santa’s elves in preparing his ride for the annual Starkville Christmas Parade.
Rotary service can be a family affair. Each year the club is responsible for cleaning Main Street during Starkville’s Get Swept Up! campaign.
Enhancing Youth Literacy
Each Oktibbeha County third grade student gets a dictionary courtesy of Rotary every year. Members label, pack and distribute the books.
More Than Nine Decades of Service
The Starkville Rotary Club, founded in 1924, consists of more than 180 community leaders representing Starkville’s businesses, educational institutions, and governmental bodies. The club is one of more than 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas with about 1.2 million members worldwide. Our club is the second largest in Rotary District 6820, which encompasses 47 clubs in central Mississippi.
Our diverse membership offers leadership and resources for the enhancement of the greater Starkville area and for the promotion of goodwill and peace in the world by providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and working toward international understanding. Through a multitude of service activities, we seek to actualize the Rotary motto: “Service above self: He profits most who serves best.”
For more information:
P.O. Box 80002 Starkville, MS 39759