June 13, 2016 Rotogram: 42

CREATE Foundation and Careers

The CREATE Foundation’s Imagine the Possibilities Expo is being offered to all 8th graders in Northeast Mississippi. Larry Anderson will explain the program.

Next Week: MSU Athletics

Mississippi State Athletics has great momentum under Director Scott Stricklin. David Boles will introduce him.

For the Record—June 6

Invocation and Pledge:              Giles Lindley

Attendance:                                          64.0%

Present — 96 (42 exempt)

Absent — 86 (18 exempt, 12 honorary)

Guests: Visiting Rotarians were Barbara Travis, Jimmy McCluskey and Steve Brandon. Member guests were Nancy, Chris and Kevin Stout of Keith and Ruth Remy, and Glenda Clark of Albert Clark. Guests of the club were Larry and Sharon Fanning Otis, Herman Peters, William Podrop, Sarah, Sydney and Bill Heard, Patsy Brandon, Benadetta Trentarossi, RYE Student, and Alex Onken, Starkville Daily News.

Meeting Notes

  • President Zach welcomed our newest member, Molly Jackson, to her first meeting.
  • Vice President Briar congratulated President Zach on being named interim director of MSU’s Institute for Imaging and Analytical Technologies.
  • He also presented the club with a banner from the Rotary International meeting in Korea.
  • District Governor Barbara invited members to a special event in Jackson on June 29. The Women in Rotary Brunch at the Country Club of Jackson will feature Rotary’s first female club president, Sylvia Whitlock of Duarte, Calif.
  • The president called for volunteers to help with the annual district foundation and membership conference on July 15-16.
  • He congratulated Roy Ruby on his son’s being honored with a “Superior Performance by a Litigative Team” award by the Department of Justice.

Farewell to Benadetta

President Zach honored this year’s Rotary Youth Exchange Student with a one-of-a-kind Rotary cowbell at her last meeting with us.

Benadetta Trentarossi will return to Milan, Italy, in a few weeks after she returns from the RYE Western U.S. Tour. She was joined by her most recent host family, the Heards.

She thanked the club for making the year possible. And, President Zach instructed her to “ring [the bell] often and keep people confused in Italy.”

Club Garners Presidential Citation

District Governor Barbara Travis surprised the club with a visit to present the RI Presidential Citation we attained this year.

“I just couldn’t mail this thing,” she said. “I had to bring it to you.”

The Gold Level Citation was one of only six earned among District 6820’s 48 clubs.

Starkville Parks and Recreation

Herman Peters, Starkville Parks and Recreation Department director, accepted the club’s support check for $1,000.

The funds represent the third installment of a five-year commitment to support of a T-ball field. Rotary support of the sport dates to its beginnings in the late 1950s.

Rotary Leadership Institute

Dave Boles and Ned Browning completed part-one of the District 6820 Rotary Leadership Institute on June 4. The series of courses, offered in three full-day parts, is designed to provide Rotary knowledge and to develop leadership skills for voluntary organizations.

The next class is on September 24. If you’d like to take part in the orientation, session one will be offered again at that time.

Any club member interested in learning more about Rotary is encouraged to participate.

Joint Board Meeting

Board members for the coming program year starting in July are reminded to meet with the current board at the monthly meeting tomorrow. Lunch service begins at 11:30 in the Harvey’s Board Room.

Photographing Australia’s Wildlife: The Big 5 and Then Some

June 6 — Steve Brandon, local world traveler and nature photographer, introduced us to Australia’s Big-5 wild animals.

On a recent expedition down-under, he and his wife were joined by Albert and Glenda Clark. For 14 days, they traveled in the outback along the continent’s south and east coasts.

The Big-5 are all marsupials as is America’s opossum. They are the kangaroo, wallaby, wombat, koala and platypus.

Wallabies and tree kangaroos are of the family Macropodidae , meaning “large foot.”

Primarily found in Australia and New Guinea, there are four major species of kangaroos: red Eastern, grey, Western grey and antilopine. There are 50 total species.

The red is largest at seven feet tall and 200 pounds. With a population of more than 35 million, they are harvested for meat as deer are in the U.S.

The eleven species of wallaby are widely distributed across Australia. Feeding on a wide range of grasses, they also have the dubious distinction of being the most common roadkill.

The burrowing wombat has a backward pouch to avoid dirt when digging. It is a herbivore, but sometimes attacks humans. It can run up to 25 miles per hour.

The loveable koala is herbivorous. Its preferred meal is eucalyptus which has a soporific effect. So, it sleeps about 20 hours daily. A solitary animal, it has one of the smallest brains in proportion to size and poor vision. Living up to 18 years in the wild, it keeps its young in a pouch like the kangaroo and wombat.

The platypus is a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal and the iconic Australian symbol on currency and in other media. It is one of a few venomous mammals and finds prey by electrolocation like a dolphin. At only about 20 inches and five pounds, it is a protected, but not threatened, species.

Similar to the platypus is the echidna or spiny anteater. It too lays eggs.

Brandon also focused on a wide range of striking birds that have developed on the continent so isolated from other parts of the Earth.

And, no Australian wildlife catalog would be complete without the saltwater crocodile. The world’s largest terrestrial predator grows to 22 feet and 2,200 pounds.

 

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