MSU, Foreign Policy and Poverty
Jamie Aron, a junior Political Science and Mathematics major at Mississippi State University, interns with the Borgen Project, a national campaign to focus U.S. foreign policy on global poverty. Ed Clynch introduces her.
Next Week: Local High Tech Industry
Gary Butler is CEO of Camgian Microsystems that specializes in low-power microelectronics, sensors, wireless communications and data. Stuart Vance will introduce him.
For the Record—March 16
Invocation and pledge: Richard Hilton
Present — 115 (42 exempt)
Absent — 66 (14 exempt, 11 honorary)
Makeup reported: Frank Chiles.
Guests: Member guests were Nicole Thomas, David Bagget, Tom Holloway and Greg Carter of Lewis Holloway. Guests of the club were Cheryl Bowers, Haley Ward, Max Garzoni, RYE student, Connor Guyton, Starkville Daily News and Susan Parker, WTVA.
- President Michelle complimented the Global Scholarship Committee for nominating Caitlin Osterman for the district-funded award. She is an MSU senior hoping to study in Barcelona, Spain. Her next step is the district interview.
- She noted that Nancy Hargrove is leading the Starkville Public Library’s Cup and Chaucer Discussion Series on four Tuesday afternoons from March 24 through April 14.
- The president gave kudos to Frank Davis for speaking at the Green Thumb Garden Club.
Teacher and Student of the Month —East Oktibbeha High Senior Haley Ward was chosen by her teacher, Trenice Brownlee, as student of the month. Brownlee was ill, so she was represented by a colleague, Cheryl Bowen. Committee member Trish Cunetto presented the monthly award.
State Basketball Champs
Lewis Holloway introduced Coach Greg Carter who led the Starkville Yellow Jackets Boys Basketball Team to the 2015 MHSAA State 6-A championship.
The Forest native started two seasons at MSU. His SHS teams’ six state finals appearances have produced champs twice.
Holloway noted that the high school’s only other basketball championship team was led by Larry Box “a few years ago.”
Charity Stripe March Madness Fund Raiser
Step up to the Charity Stripe and take a shot for polio. Our second annual March Madness fundraiser runs through March 30. Charity Stripe generates money for Rotary International’s thirty-year-old Polio Plus Fund with pledges for every free throw made in the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
Connecting the Starkville-Oktibbeha Community for Service
March 16 — Her job calls for inventorying community volunteer work; however, Jamey Bachman, executive director of Volunteer Starkville, said “We never will have a full picture because there are so many different volunteers in the city and county.”
With a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a master’s in Public Policy from Mississippi State, the Gloster native helps around 130 local non-profits in volunteer recruitment, training and management.
The organization was established in 2010 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization to serve as the volunteer center for the City of Starkville and Oktibbeha County.
One of five volunteer centers in the state, it is funded primarily by the Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Services, more commonly known as Volunteer Mississippi. Other funding comes from local businesses, private donations and fundraisers.
Its mission is “to provide for the development, coordination and organization of volunteer activities within the city of Starkville and Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.”
“Volunteer Starkville believes that there is a place for service for everyone to stay engaged and help our local community improve and thrive,” said Bachman.
The group serves as a community hub where all concerned citizens can become informed and connected to meaningful volunteer work that contributes to the solutions of serious community problems.
VS serves as a connecter and mobilizer by recruiting and managing volunteers from local schools, faith communities, social and civic groups, businesses and corporations, Mississippi State University and the Starkville community at large.
“We help local citizens connect to an ongoing menu of volunteer opportunities that are either managed internally or are offered by a diverse group of community-based nonprofit agencies and/or schools,” said Bachman.
As a capacity builder the group provides workshops and training sessions for local nonprofits, and trains volunteer leaders to lead others in service.
Awareness building promotes volunteering by engaging the community in National Days of Service and other service projects in addition to recognizing volunteers for outstanding service.
As a community gauge VS is the information resource for volunteering in the Starkville community. It identifies where volunteers are needed, who and how many people are volunteering, the types of service being performed and how much time volunteers are devoting to service in the city and county.
Volunteer Starkville is led by a board of directors of four officers and five members at large. Each member has a specific area of oversight. Besides Bachman, the organization has an AmeriCorps VISTA employee and a part-time federal work study worker through MSU.
The next major fundraiser is Touch-A-Truck on April 25. The activity gives a unique opportunity for children to explore and climb on vehicles of all types of vehicles in one place.