Points of Pride
The Starkville Rotary Club has a long and distinguished history of service. Here are just a few highlights.
- Chartered in April 1924 with 18 members, membership now numbers over 190, making our club the second largest in Mississippi.
- The club has supported Boy Scout Troup 14 continuously for 79 years. It is the oldest continuous Scout Troup in its 10-county area.
- To allow younger children to participate in club-supported youth baseball programs, two Starkville Rotarians, Clyde Muse and W. W. Littlejohn, devised the game of tee ball that is now played throughout the United States and overseas.
- The club has actively participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange, Ambassadorial Scholars, and Group Study exchanges, and World Community Service projects over a period of many years to foster international understanding.
- With assistance from the club, Starkville Rotarian Martha Wells, accompanied by Mikell Vance, wife of Past District Governor Stuart Vance, traveled to India to administer polio immunizations in support of Rotary International’s Polio Plus, program, which has been instrumental in nearly eradicating polio from the world.
- Every year, the club’s new Rotarians prepare the final float in the Starkville Christmas parade, the one on which Santa Claus rides.
- The Starkville Sportsplex has benefited from the many contributions of the Starkville Rotary Club toward expanded facilities.
- The club-sponsored 2007 Rotary Rodeo raised over $8,000 toward much-needed repairs and renovations at Camp Seminole, used by Boy Scouts of the Pushmataha Council and other groups. In 2009 Rotary Rodeo raised $10,000 for the Father’s Child Ministry
- For the community’s youth, the club currently supports Boy Scout and Cub Scout Troop 14, the Youth Baseball Association, the Boys and Girls Club, and the Starkville Youth Soccer Organization. It conducts an Adopt-A-School program, provides a Rotary Scholarship, gives an Excellence in Education Award, and conducts a Literacy Program in conjunction with Mississippi Public Broadcasting entitled “Between the Lions”. As part of the literacy program the club gives dictionaries to all 3rd grades in both city and county schools.
- In support of the community, the club currently supports 14 different organizations and activities, including the Starkville/MSU Symphony Orchestra, Habitat for Humanity, the Cotton District Arts Festival, Starkville Community Theater, Oktibbeha County Red Cross, Starkville Humane Society, and others.