August 11, 2014 Rotogram: 6

LPGA at Old Waverly

We will get a preview of the 2014 International Sports Promotion Society’s Handa Cup, an LPGA Legends Tour event at Old Waverly Golf Club in September. Jack Forbus will introduce Rick Milburn, event chair.

Next Week: Dealing with Poverty

John Breazeale with Bridges Out of Poverty will tell us of their recent efforts, including partnering with the Boys and Girls Clubs in a youth program this summer. Ned Browning will introduce him.

For the Record— August 4

  • Invocation and pledge:        Bob Whiteside
  • Attendance:                                          71.7%
  •                              Present — 99 (37 exempt)
  •        Absent — 74 (22 exempt, 10 honorary)
  • Makeups reported:Eddie Keith, Gary Jackson and Carey Hardin.
  • Guests:Member guests were Martin Lifer of Frank Chiles, Jackie Nason of Russell Dodds, Lauren Black of Katherine Little, Amanda Edwards of Melanie Mitchell, Michael Cravens of Hank Moseley, Cindy Walker of Thomas Walker and Ruth Remy of Keith Remy. Guests of the club were Robin Havard and Steven Nalley, Starkville Daily News.

Meeting Notes

  • President Michelle congratulated Gathian Wells and Sarah Fratesi respectively on the arrival of their new babies.
  • She thanked President-elect Zach for making the pledge that propelled our speaker recognition to a 4:1 match for Habitat for Humanity.
  • Carrie-Beth Randall, Community Service chair, encouraged members to register for Get Swept Up! The annual community clean-up happens August 27.
  • President Michelle reminded us that Rotary will be promoted at the MSU New Faculty Orientation on August 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • Past-president Eddie Keith presented club banners from Nambucca Heads, Armidale and Sydney, Australia. He recently returned from more than a month’s post-retirement visit with longtime friend Keith Hopkins.

He Ain’t Superman, But He Is From Metropolis

New member Scott Farmer recently moved to Starkville from Metropolis, Ill. The Coldwell Banker associate broker is a former Rotarian and a multiple Paul Harris Fellow. A graduate of Murray State University, he and his wife have a son in the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine, one at Starkville High School and a daughter at Starkville Academy.

Member Exits

Melissa Dixon has submitted her resignation due to relocation. Stan Acy’s membership has been terminated.

Max and Matt Web






Welcome Max!—Our 2014-15 Rotary Youth Exchange student Max Garzoni arrived to a great GTR welcome Tuesday evening. He quickly met outbound RYE student Matt Reynolds and swapped hometown tee-shirts. His first host parents are Grant and Lori Arinder.


Mississippi Needs to Develop Primary Health Care Providers

August 4 — Mississippi has the fewest physicians per person in the nation. And, the majority of the state’s citizens live in rural areas. So, the Mississippi State University Extension Service is remedying the situation.

Bonnie Carew, assistant extension professor, has directed the Rural Medical Scholars program since 1998. The curriculum has involved youth from 61 of the state’s 82 counties.

“The availability of health care is personal and it’s economic. No matter which side of the aisle you sit on in all the recent health care debates the one jointly held point of agreement is the need for more primary care providers,” said Carew. “An important economic development benefit is that the addition of one physician to a typical Mississippi community has been shown to contribute an average of $2 million in additional economic output and an average of 21 new jobs.”

The RMS theme is “Growing Our Own: Starting High School Students on the Track to a Medical Career.” With an emphasis on family medicine in rural Mississippi, the program recruits students between their junior and senior year in high school.

The scholars are academically talented and actually earn seven college credits in biology and sociology during their intensive 5-week summer session at MSU. Besides academics, the program includes weekly shadowing of 30 to 40 area physicians.

She is adamant that it is not a summer camp. “It can be a really heavy load. They are actually admitted to MSU under the special program for academically talented students. I don’t have a camp. I have college students.”

Workshops, lectures and field trips include consultation with the University of Mississippi Medical Center dean of admissions, Family Medicine Residency Practice and student simulation lab.

“The goal is for them to envision themselves there,” said Carew. “It’s always a bonus when we randomly run into former Scholars on the UMMC campus.”

Illustrating the program’s success, she cited the 2001 RMS alumni who include a practicing family medicine physician, two residents in pediatrics and ophthalmology, one practicing RN, one physician’s assistant and a Coast Guard member. The physician’s assistant is Julia Cathcart-Chang, our outbound 2002 RYE student.

Overall, 24 RMS participants have graduated from medical school. Seventeen entered primary care residency programs. Fourteen are practicing or in residency programs within Mississippi. Ten currently are in medical school. More than 70 percent are engaged in or on track for a health-related career.

With more than a quarter of the state’s physicians over the age of sixty and rankings at the top for heart disease, diabetes and cancer, Mississippi desperately needs new health care professionals. Carew invited members to help by recommending the program to interested and talented high school juniors.

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