April 1, 2013 Rotogram: 35

Biomass Fuel

Renewable fuels company KiOR has built the first commercial scale facility to convert cellulosic biomass into fuel in Columbus. Ralph Stewart of KiOR will report on the first shipments of diesel.

Next Week: Davis-Wade Stadium

Bob Luke, the architect for Mississippi State University’s football stadium expansion, will update us on the $75 million project.

For the Record—March 25

Invocation and Pledge:       Ron Brown

Attendance:                                   58.68%

Present — 101 (32 exempt, 1 honorary)

Absent — 75 (12 exempt, 9 honorary)

Makeups reported: Jeff Donald and Brent Fountain, rodeo volunteers, and Keith Remy on the cruise ship MS Noordam.

Guests: Visiting Rotarian was Sanford Johnson, son of W.C. Member guests were Doug Thompson of Joe Thompson and Susan McReynolds of Peggy Buckley.

Rotary Minute: Annual Giving

March 11— “Most of us join Rotary because we want to make a difference in the world,” said Martha Wells, Annual Giving chair.

The Starkville Rotary Club has given nearly $400,000 over the years to the Annual Fund.

Members’ quarterly $25 contributions make possible district and international grants for humanitarian work beyond our locale. Our gifts dig wells, eradicate polio and provide relief work worldwide.

Six members of our club are Benefactors who have made the RI Endowment a beneficiary or have given at least $1,000 directly to the Permanent Fund.

Strategic Planning Committee Named

President-elect Brent has named the Strategic Planning Committee to include: Vice President-elect Michelle Amos, chair, Carey Hardin, Larry Mullins, Carrie Beth Randall, Clay Richardson, Ned Browning and Marcus Grant.

Meeting Notes

  • Brian Portera, Awards Committee chair, presented plaques to the year’s honorees. The plaques arrived two days after the awards banquet.
  • Martha Wells, Annual Giving Committee chair, presented Paul Harris Fellow certificates to members who were recognized but absent from the banquet.
  • President Debra announced that the club will pay for seven voting delegates to attend the district conference in Memphis on April 19-21.

Between the Lions

Reading Schedule

04/02 – Jeff Donald and Martha Wells, Emerson Family Resource Center
03/28 – Sarah Fratesi, First Presbyterian

Next week:
04/09 – Jeff Donald
04/11 Melissa Dixon and Andy Gaston


On the Calendar

Australian GSE — April 14-15

District Conference — April 19-21, Memphis

Boys and Girls Clubs Aim to Build Citizens

March 25 — Serving young people from ages six to 18, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Golden Triangle seek to deliver life-enhancing programs and character development experiences.

Joyce Ellenwood, the new executive director of the area clubs, said, “Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens.”

The Somerset, N.J., native and Seton Hall  Track All-American emphasized the importance of a safe place for children to learn and grow.

Staff and volunteers at the facility on Lynn Lane across from McKee Park serve children every day after school. Through June and July, programs run all day. The club partners with the Starkville School District’s summer feeding program for breakfast and lunch.

During the school year, parents pay a $120 registration fee. The summer program costs $150. Some children attend on donated scholarships.

“We are dedicated to our core beliefs in building ongoing relationships with caring, adult professionals, delivering life-enhancing programs and character development experiences, and creating hope and opportunity,” said Ellenwood.

She spelled out the programming formula — “Young people in need plus outcome-driven club experience equals priority outcomes.”

The outcome-driven experience is defined by five key elements for positive youth development, high yield activities, targeted programs and regular attendance. Priority outcomes are:

Academic Success — Graduate from high school ready for college, trade school, military or employment.

Good Character and Citizenship — Be an engaged citizen involved in the community, register to vote and model strong character.

Healthy Lifestyles — Adopt a healthy diet, practice healthy lifestyle choices and make a lifelong commitment to fitness.

Ellenwood explained the clubs’ five core program areas are accomplished through activities, programs and field trips.

Noting “Everyone has a leader inside”, she said that Character and Leadership Development activities foster leadership, communication, peer relations and teamwork.

Education and Career Development programs enable youth to become proficient in basic educational disciplines and apply learning to everyday situations. Power Hour is the first hour after school when youth focus on homework. A number of community and Mississippi State student volunteer tutors help.

“Education is the passport to the future,” said Ellenwood. “We want children and parents to understand that there are precise career development steps you need to take from very young years all the way to applying for college.”

Health and Life Skills ensure that youth can grow into adults who lead a healthy lifestyle, developing a habit of health. One activity is an educational garden where they learn where vegetables come from and what they can do for their bodies.

Arts programs benefit from a number of community volunteers and enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness. Partnered with the Starkville Area Arts Council, the club has an art teacher two days per week. Area church members helped start a choir last year.

“Sports, Fitness, and Recreation programs are fun, but we want to ensure they can learn teamwork and good habits for the rest of life,” she said.

At the Starkville club, 80 young people are served by a full-time unit director, four part-time program staff, one AmeriCorps VISTA employee, six to eight MSU work-study students, and numerous volunteers.

Rotarians Roy Ruby and Martin Jue serve as board chair and treasurer, respectively. Our club is a financial supporter of the program.

 

 

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