March 3, 2008 Rotogram


Master of Ceremonies
Ned Browning, President

Invocation and Pledge

Introduction of Guests  
Chip Templeton, Vice President

Paul Harris Community Service Awards
Ed Clynch, Past President
Nancy Hargrove, Board Member

Service Above Self Awards
Ed Clynch

Cliff Dochterman Scouting Award
Brent Fountain, Board Member

John Mitchell Rookie of the Year
Ann Mitchell, Past President

Rotarian of the Year
Tommy Prentice, 2007 Winner

Adjourn        Rotary Motto


Invocation and Pledge: Warren Housley

Attendance: There were 117 members present (33 exempt, 1 honorary), and 85 (23 exempt, 8 honorary) absent.         

Guests and Visitors: Guests and hosts included Bill Ford of Michelle Amos, and Perry Pugh of Grant Arinder. Club guests included Youth Exchange Students Maryna Melnik and Negrita Caicedo, Shoshana Brackett with the Starkville Daily News, and Skip Descant with the Commercial Dispatch.

Classification Talk:  New member Joe Bumgardner, long-time Starkville surgeon, welcomed Rotarians as they came to last week’s meeting and later gave a brief classification talk. “I look out and see a lot of family, I’ve cared for many of you or your families over my very rewarding career of almost three decades.”

A native of Fordice, Ark. (“just up the street from ‘Bear’ Bryant’s home”), Joe graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Ark., where he met his wife, Meta. Completed medical school at University of Arkansas, then served a year as staff surgeon at Keesler AFB.

He said a friend urged him to come look at Starkville as a place to practice because it was a university community with a new hospital. “Because he was a good friend, I came to Starkville, but I didn’t anticipate staying. Twenty-eight years later I know I made the right choice.”

He reflected on how the medical community has changed. “When I came in the mid-70’s the hospital had eight physicians on staff – seven family practitioners and one specialist. Today, the staff numbers 56 representing 17 specialties. By my calculations this represents a 770% increase or about 25% per year. That’s beats the average for Mississippi and probably the nation, too.”

Joe said he retired several times and is now happily devoting his energies to computers, digital photography, and bow hunting.


One of “Doc” Foglesong’s stated goals soon after assuming the Mississippi State University presidency was to emphasize development of leadership potential and to build character in students. The Leadership Continuum has become a reality, with four major programs up and running for potential students and those already enrolled at MSU.

At our last meeting, Cade Smith, Appalachian Leadership Program Director, described the programs, which have met with early success and expanded to other campuses.

Smith said that when he was hired by Mike White to lead the program, “nobody knew what it was.”  The goal was to develop leaders, build character, and give students professional skills to enable them to take action. “We built the programs around those goals.”

He got a call from President Foglesong, who told him he wanted a summer camp for 200 high school students to be developed in cooperation with the MSU Riley Center in Meridian. The result was the Young Guns camp that’s now in its second year. The summer residential camp has four one-week sessions.  Students take the Myers-Briggs Personality Indicator test, which is used to group the students into teams – one aggressive and overpowering, the other comprised of students testing creative and unorganized.

The Young Guns students were given intensive team-building activities, some in partnership with the Choctaw Indian Nation and Riley Center. There was diversity on the teams, which were challenged to solve a problem using real data from the Meridian school system.

In just 36 hours, the teams came up with “incredible plans.” Smith said the results from every week were impressive. “They learned that data can be fun, that they held the solution to a problem in their hands, and they had a greater appreciation for their talents and abilities.”  It also proved to be an excellent recruiting tool.

This year, they want 200-220 students in Young Guns – the program will be fully funded by the Riley Foundation.

Day One is the leadership program for MSU freshmen. They planned for 200 the first year, had 300 applications, and accepted 225. All the students are housed in Creswell and took academic classes together. They were divided into action teams of 25 and paired with community volunteer organizations (like American Red Cross), where they performed 20 hours of service and “learned how to be a responsible contributing citizen.”

Although Day One is a one-semester experience, many of the students continue their involvement in the community organizations.

The Sonny Montgomery Chapter of ALHP (Appalachian Leadership Honors Program) is a three-semester experience focusing on sophomores and juniors. Its purpose, Smith said, is to build a sense of team, have students serve  as facilitators for the Day One action teams,  and to challenge students to act on something they are passionate about that will bring something new to the community and/or campus.

He mentioned two programs initiated by ALHP students – one that pairs international students with local families. Sixteen international students are currently involved. The other is a program called “Think Outside the Blue Lines” developed by a student with a disability and dealing with providing accessibility for those with disabilities.

The fourth and newest program (not mentioned by Smith) is the Global Leadership Program that kicked off last summer with a Korea Study Tour.  The goals, like those of Rotary, are to foster better understanding and bridge cultural divides.

In conclusion, Smith said that as a result of the success of the programs, MSU is now working to franchise them to other campuses. They are currently partnering with EMCC, Meridian Community College, Jones Community College, Concord University in West Virginia, and University of West Virginia at Parkersburg.

Ed Clynch introduced Smith, who earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from MSU, and “who has a passion for education.”

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