July 7, 2014 Rotogram: 1

State of the Golden Triangle

Joe Max Higgins, CEO of the Golden Triangle LINK, will provide an update on the state of the region as well as share plans for Starkville’s new Innovation District.

Next Week: MSU Athletics

Scott Stricklin, MSU Athletic Director, will tell us of the expanded football stadium, among other things. David Boles will introduce him.

For the Record— June 30

  • Invocation and pledge:         Peggy Buckley
  • Attendance:                                          57.9%
  • Present — 81 (38 exempt)
  • Absent — 92 (21 exempt, 10 honorary)
  • Guests: Visiting Rotarians were Rob and Pam Smith of South Rankin, and Jeremy Whitmore of Columbus. Member guests were Ruth Remy of Keith Remy, Emma and Margaret Arnold Baehren of John Robert Arnold, Conner Guyton of Frank Chiles and Allison Jordan of Stu Vance. Guests of the club were Vicky Warren, Philippa Romen, RYE student, and Steven Nalley, Starkville Daily News.

In Memoriam

President Brent noted that our oldest and longest tenured member, Broadus Vanlandingham, had passed away. He joined the club in 1947 and served as president in 1956-57. Condolences were expressed to his son, Rotarian David.

Meeting Note

  • President Brent reminded members to note the recently mounted club sign designating the Country Club dining room as Rotary’s local meeting place.

Community Service

Rob Leach accepted our support check for the Starkville Soccer Association. “It’s priceless getting to know the boys and families,” he said. “But, when you make these checks out, there is a deeper thing that you do to help these boys to become men and these girls to become ladies.”

Pushmataha Area Council executive Jeremy Whitmore received our support check for the area Scouting program.

Jackson Celebrates Centennial

The Rotary Club of Jackson’s Centennial Celebration starts with lunch on Friday, July 11. All District 6820 Rotary Clubs are invited. If you wish to join the Starkville contingent, contact President Michelle or Past-President Brent.

Special District Recognitions

Outgoing District Governor Rob Smith visited the club to catch up on some awards that arrived after district conference.

Out of 2,250 Rotarians in the area, 18 were recognized for support of the RI Foundation. Keith and Ruth Remy were acknowledged for Foundation support and leadership in the Rotary Youth Exchange program. Carey Hardin was recognized for foundation support and as assistant district governor.

As club secretary, Loren Zimmerman was noticed for implementing the new Rotary reporting system. He and Smith complimented Jeff Donald’s work in straightening out our records.

Our club was one of only two in the district to receive the Presidential Citation with Distinction. To qualify, clubs must complete three required activities, along with three additional activities in each category. Clubs that complete four additional activities in each category qualify for added distinction.

Vance award Web

Special International Recognition — Stu Vance accepts the Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award on behalf of his wife Mike. Assistant District Governor Pam Smith and District Governor Rob Smith conveyed the award. Past President Martha Wells nominated Mike. Only 100 of these awards are given throughout all of Rotary International each year. It recognizes spouses of Rotarians who demonstrate exemplary humanitarian service.



2014 Hawkins award Web

Excellence in Education — Vicky Warren, Starkville Academy English teacher, accepts the Merrill Hawkins Award from Frank Chiles as District Governor Rob Smith looks on. The award is presented to an active teacher in a school within Oktibbeha County whose technique, dedication, and expertise brings distinction to classroom accomplishments.






2014 gavel pass Web

Transition — Brent Fountain hands the gavel to Michelle Amos who takes responsibility as president of the Rotary Club of Starkville.








Happy New Year! It’s Time to Light Up Rotary

June 23—In the spirit of the Rotary International theme, President Michelle called on us to symbolically “Light Up Rotary” with candles at our tables. She challenged us to uncover every opportunity to serve our community.

“I’m starting with a really strong foundation, an incredibly strong board,” she said. “With this group behind me, there’s absolutely no stopping us.”

A major area of focus is diversifying membership. Currently, 74 percent of the club is over 50 and only 16 percent is female. The Long Range Planning Committee has recommended the possibility of bringing on an executive secretary to facilitate growth.

Presenting President Brent with his “Past-President” member badge, she said, “You’ve led our club with class and with style. Thank your for your vision and dedication.”

As he passed the gavel, President Brent said, “To each and every one of you, thank you for what you do for the Starkville Rotary Club. You have been a tremendous support for me and I appreciate the opportunity.”

(Editor’s note: More on President Michelle’s RI report next week.)

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