July 11, 2016, Rotogram: 1

Passing the Gavel for the 93rd Time

June 27 — Briar Jones accepted the club gavel from Zach Rowland to become the 94th president since 1924.

Jones reported on the Rotary International annual convention in Korea from May 27 through June 1. His family bracketed the meeting with tours to China and Japan.

This year’s convention was one of the largest in Rotary history, attracting more than 43,000 attendees from over 150 countries.

K.R. Ravindran, RI president from the Rotary Club of Colombo, Sri Lanka, officiated over a broad program that illustrated the wide reach of the world’s oldest service club. Jones illustrated the reach by reporting general session topics including:

  • Responsibility to Explore and Protect Our Planet—Gary Knell, president and CEO, National Geographic Society
  • Exploring the Past From Space: The Future of Archaeology—Sarah Parcak, professor, National Geographic Fellow, and 2016 TED Prize winner
  • Until All Are Free: How to End Slavery in Our Lifetime—Gary Haugen, president and CEO, International Justice Mission
  • The End of Orphanages: Another Milestone in the Making for Rotary International—Mark Waddington, chief executive, Hope and Homes for Children
  • History of Polio—Michael McGovern, International PolioPlus Committee chair
  • Standing on the Shoulders of Polio Eradication: What It Will Take to Go the Final Distance and Applying the Lessons Learned—Dr. Rebecca Martin, director, Center for Global Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • 100 Years of Doing Good—A Rotary Foundation panel

At the President-elect’s luncheon, Jones heard incoming RI President John Germ tell the conventioneers that Rotary is about to begin the most progressive year in its history.

“You told us that we need to change and become more flexible so that Rotary service will be attractive to younger members, recent retirees, and working people,” Germ said. “You spoke with clarity, and groundbreaking legislation was passed this year at the Council on Legislation.”

In a visit to the International House of Friendship, Jones enrolled in the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians. He is encouraging local members to join Rotary fellowships and action groups to find common interests with others around the world. Involvement in the groups is a requirement for this year’s Presidential Citation.

A visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone proved a contrast to the convention’s 3K Walk for Peace in Seoul. The global reach of Rotary was underlined by Jones’ spending time with people from Madagascar, Japan and Nepal among others.

Of particular interest was the breakout session he attended on the USAID International H2O Collaboration that seeks to 1) increase access to water and sanitation; 2) improve behavior in sanitation and hygiene for positive health impacts, and 3) develop efficient and sustainable water and sanitation projects that protect the environment.

Highlights of the trip for his family included a trek on the Great Wall of China, a visit to Tianamen Square, the Beijing Olympic village, a Korean river cruise, noted architectural wonders, and flying on a Boeing 747. Culinary adventures included fried scorpion.

Summing up the 2015-2016 theme of “Be a Gift to the World,” Jones quoted Mahātria Rā, a spiritualist who opened the first general session saying, “Day by day, in every way, I will become most and more; healthy, wealthy, loving, blissful, spiritual …everyday.”

MSU International Students

Roy Jafari, an Industrial and Systems Engineering graduate student from Iran, is the current president of the MSU International Students Advisory Board. Andy Gaston will introduce him.

Next Week: Famous Maroon Band and…

Elva Kaye Lance is the director of bands at MSU. The campus boasts seven different musical ensembles. Ed Clynch will introduce her.

For the Record—June 27

Invocation and Pledge:              Giles Lindley

Attendance:                                          67.1%

Present — 102 (43 exempt)

Absent — 81 (17 exempt, 12 honorary)

Guests: Member guests were Brett Thompson of Frank Chiles, Jan Zeppelin of Jean Faver, and Ginger and Michelle Jones of Briar Jones.  Guest of the club was Kim Coble.

Meeting Notes

  • President Zach congratulated Don Norman on his election as president of the Mississippi Press Association. The Starkville Daily News publisher took office during the association’s 150th annual convention in Biloxi. Under his leadership the Daily News has become a hub that prints 23 daily and weekly newspapers. He also currently serves as publisher of West Point’s Daily Times Leader.
  • The president also recognized Vice President Briar who won the Sam Kaye Excellence in Design Award at the Mississippi Main Street Association’s 27th Annual Awards Luncheon in Jackson.
  • A message was conveyed from Laura Bridges, our 2009-10 RYE student to Denmark who revisited her hosts and posted on Facebook, “Tonight (June 21) I was lucky enough to be able to attend a meeting at the Danish Rotary club that hosted me. . . . I will never be able to thank Rotary enough for all that it has given me, and I am hopeful I will be able to visit again in the future.”
  • President Zach gave a heartfelt “thank you” to all 2015-2016 committee chairs and members, saying “You made it work!”
  • He made special note of Rotarians who contributed to the speaker’s recognition fund that was directed to the MSU Steinway Initiative. They are Michelle Amos, Ned Browning, Frank Chiles, Nancy Hargrove, Pat Lane, Marc McGee, Larry Mullins, Jim Ormon, Keith Remy, Ruth Remy, Zach Rowland, Linda Karen Smith, Nellah Taylor and Don Trotter.

Starkville Bridges

Kim Coble of Starkville Bridges accepted our $250 donation that will help with community training and the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting by World” classes.

Board Starts New Year

The first monthly board meetingthe new program year is tomorrow at 11:45 AM at Harvey’s Boardroom.


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