August 9, 2010 Rotogram

Rockey Felker gives the annual Bulldog football season preview today. The former MSU quarterback and later head coach is director of Player Personnel and High School Relations.

Gene Smith, U.S. Air Force veteran and former manager of the Golden Triangle Regional Airport, will tell of his Vietnam War experiences.

Invocation and Pledge: Alan Tucker
Attendance: 50.4%
Present — 92 (29 exempt)
Absent — 96 (22 exempt, 12 honorary)
Makeup reported: Larry Mullins at Eupora.
Guests and visitors: Member guests were Kenneth and Russell Dodd of John Robert Arnold, Lynda Forbus of Jack Forbus, Richard Hillton of Tommy Tomlinson, and Stan Miller of Larry Box.

Jeff Donald, Attendance Committee chair, reminded us of the importance of regular Rotary
participation. As explained in the Standard Rotary Club Constitution, each member must:

  • Attend or make up at least 50 percent of your Rotary club meetings in each half of the year.
  • Attend at least 30 percent of your club’s meetings in each half of the year.
  • Not miss or fail to make up four consecutive meetings.

You can make up by:

  • Attending Rotary clubs all around the world.
  • Attending Rotaract, Interact, Rotary Community Corps, or Rotary Fellowship meetings.
  • Attending district or RI meetings.
  • Participating in club-sponsored events.
  • Participating in club board or assigned club committee meetings.

Absences are excused if:

  • Approved by your club’s board
  • The sum of the member’s years of membership and age equals 85 or more.
  • Failure to meet the attendance requirement may result in membership termination.

It’s time to “Get Swept Up!” in the annual community clean-up before the first MSU home football game. The project takes about an hour on Wednesday, September 1, at 8:00 a.m. Contact Lynne Richardson, Community Service chair, at by today.

Congratulations to Jeff Donald who got married last Saturday.

Keith Remy, district Rotary Youth Exchange chair, welcomed Anna Follette and Laura Bridges to their first meeting since returning from Italy and Denmark respectively. He brought good news that we gained a last minute exchange from Taiwan. Anna’s family will be the first hosts.

President Tommy expressed the Club’s condolences to Prentiss Gordon on the death of his brother.

Jack Forbus’ leading the district into the partnership with Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Between the Lions literacy program was recognized with a District Service Award. Past-district governor Stu Vance made the presentation.

RYE AND THE GOVERNOR — District 6820’s only 2010 Youth Exchange students, Anna
Follette and Laura Bridges, meet District Governor Greene.

DG VISITS — Roscoe Greene of the Rankin County Rotary Club and current district governor
visits with President Tommy, and assistant district governor Larry Mullins.

“The world needs Rotary more than ever before,” said Roscoe Greene, District 6820 governor. In his official club visit, the governor of the 44-club district, expressed high praise for Rotary International president Ray Klinginsmith as a role model. The Missourian “is not out to impress anyone; he’s just out to do good.”

When asked why he chose the theme with two action verbs, “Building Communities, Bridging Continents,” Klinginsmith replied, “I wanted something that speaks to both Rotarians and non- Rotarians about what we do.”

Greene, past president of the Rankin County club in Brandon and owner of Greene Jacket Golf Cars, said the inspiration for his message came at the Rotary international assembly in San Diego. During the six days of DG orientation, he had opportunity to talk with the governor from Westchester, NY.

Much to his amazement, Greene discovered that there are only six Rotary Clubs in New York City. Contrast that with the three county Jackson, Miss. area with about a half million people and nine Rotary Clubs.

Said the New York district governor, “A lot of people in that city don’t seem to embrace the principles of Rotary very well.”

“Maybe the meltdown on Wall Street is not such a mystery after all,” declared Greene.

In an ambitious schedule, Greene already had visited 18 clubs. He praised our club as one of five that always lifts the bar and exceeds expectations.

Noting his maroon governor’s jacket, he said it has made a lot of Texas A&M and MSU Rotarians happy.

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