August 18, 2014Rotogram: 7

Dealing with Poverty and Perception

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.

Next Week: Botswana and Water Lions

Steve Brandon and his wife Patsy Fowlkes (both Paul Harris Fellows) have traveled the world photographing wildlife and speaking about wildlife conservation.

For the Record— August 11

  • Attendance:                                             69%
  •                              Present — 99 (43 exempt)
  •        Absent — 77 (15 exempt, 11 honorary)
  • Guests:Visiting Rotarian was Joni Seitz. Member guests were Bill Davios of Michelle Amos, David Baggett of Lewis Holloway, Lauren Black of Katherine Little, Laticia Butler of Cory Lucius, Yolanda Wooten of Thomas Pound, Carol and Katie Walker and Ruth Remy of Keith Remy, and Chuck Bentley of Don Trotter. Guests of the club were Robin Havard and Alex Holloway, Starkville Daily News. And Max Garvoni, RYE student.

Meeting Notes

  • President Michelle introduced Christina Lucas, Robyn Havard and Mark Chandler attending their first meeting as new Rotarians.
  • She asked for prayers for Rotarian Bob Whiteside’s mother, who is recovering from a stroke and a fall.

Welcome, Max!

Grant Arinder introduced Max, our new Rotary Youth Exchange student from Milan, Italy. Max is attending Starkville High School and is hosted by Grant and Lori Arinder.

His full name is Massimillano Garzoni di Adorgnano. He’s 16 and has an older sister, older brother, and younger brother. His father is a management consultant and a Rotarian.

Grant says Max speaks good English and is already scheduled to make a presentation at one of our September meetings. He is sponsored by the Milano Duomo Rotary Club, District 2041.

Proposed Members

The board of directors has approved classification committee recommendations for three new members.

  • Lauren Black with Phillips Financial for is classified Financial Advisor/Planner. She is proposed by Katherine Little.
  • Frank Chiles proposed Martin Lifer, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Starkville. The committee recommends the classification of Clergy – Presbyterian.
  • Keith Remy proposed his wife, Ruth. She has been involved with Rotary for many years assisting Keith in his many Rotary responsibilities. Committee proposes the classification of Journalism – Retired.

LPGA Golf Tourney Coming to Old Waverly

August 11 — The 2014 Handa Cup Tournament will be played at Old Waverly Golf Club Sept. 26-28, as part of this year’s LPGA Legends Tour. Golf “Legends” are top women pro golfers 45 years and older who tour each year, competing in tournaments raising millions of dollars to support charities in the hosting areas.

Tournament Chairman Rick Milburn described the weekend plans that will pit a team of a dozen top LPGA legends against a World Team representing seven countries. It will follow the Ryder Cup format. Player selection is based on PGA qualifications. Milburn named a number of LPGA players who had already qualified, each of whom has accumulated a long list of tournament wins over the years.

One of the best known pros is LPGA Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, who will captain the US team. Another HOF member is Julie Inkster who won the LPGA Open held at Old Waverly in 1999.

The Handa Cup is sponsored annually by Japanese philanthropist D. H. Handa through ISPS (International Sports Promotion Society). A Pro-Am tournament on Friday sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi will include 24 teams and junior golfers (10–18) from Old Waverly. A pairings party and opening ceremony will be held in the evening.

Milburn said activities will kick off Thursday with practice rounds for the Legends and Pro-Am participants. This is free to the public.

Friday will be the BC-BS Pro-Am, followed by a barbecue.

Tournament play gets underway Saturday. The first event will be a Four Ball match on the first 9 holes starting at 9:00 a.m. Match 2 will be a modified foursome on holes 10-18 teeing off at 1:00.

Singles competition will begin at 9:00 Sunday, followed by the closing ceremony and presentation of trophies.

“Preparations are going very well,” Milburn said, “but we still need help. We need more community sponsors from throughout the Golden Triangle area.” Also needed are advertisements for the printed program (full, half, and quarter page 4-color display ads).

Volunteers to serve as marshals and standard bearers, and to help with hospitality and transportation are needed. Twelve community chairmen will help organize the volunteers. Applications are available on-line (

Tickets are available at Renasant Banks and Miskelly Furniture outlets and on-line. Admission fee is $10 per day – military families and all children under 10 are free.

The economic impact of the Legends Tournament is huge for all the GTR area and beyond. The two charities chosen for support are Sally Kate Winters Family Services in West Point and Healthcare Foundation of North Mississippi Cancer Center in Tupelo.

Jack Forbus introduced Milburn, a West Point Rotarian and aviation appraiser who moved to Old Waverly in 2012. Milburn previously served as senior marshal for the Marshall Cup tournament.

Editor’s note: Thanks to Keith Remy and Brent Fountain for handling the bulletin and audiovisuals last week.


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