May 9, 2016 Rotogram: 38

East Mississippi Community College

Thomas Huebner is the president of East Mississippi Community College. Roy Ruby will introduce him.

Next Week: Historic MSU Architecture

Roy Ruby takes us on a tour of Mississippi State University’s historic buildings.

For the Record—May 2

Invocation and Pledge:   Mary Jane Runnels

Attendance:                                          67.3%

Present — 103 (40 exempt)

Absent — 79 (17 exempt, 12 honorary)

Guests: Guests of the club were Dalton and June Dempsey, and Benadetta Trentarossi, RYE Student.

Meeting Notes

  • President Zach welcomed back Jack Wallace and Jeff Read.
  • He reminded members that community organizations’ applications for service grants are due by May 31.
  • President-elect Briar reminded members to sign up for committees. Every member participates in some club committee.
  • Dalton Dempsey, a Starkville Academy junior, was presented as the Youth Exchange Student of the Week. A member of the National Honor Society, Anchor Club and Student Council, he maintains a 96.2 grade point. As an athlete, he is on the football, track and soccer teams.
  • A call for volunteers reminded members that we and the Columbus club, are hosting the annual district foundation and membership conference on July 15-16 at The Mill. Set-up and takedown help is needed for the meal hosted by Larry Mullins.
  • The president reminded members that Charity Stripe pledges would be in this quarter’s bill.

Friends of the Noxubee Refuge

Larry Box accepted our support check for the Friends of the Noxubee Refuge. He noted that as a part of nationwide budget cutbacks, the Refuge must depend even more on volunteers.

Basically, there are two types of volunteers, short-term residents or locals. With an average of 1,500 volunteer hours monthly, the need for coordination is great. Our $300 donation will help fund a part-time volunteer coordinator.

Club Tops Starkville Volunteer Awards

The club was named Volunteer Starkville’s Group of the Year at the recent awards ceremony. Additionally, we attained the Gold Level for more than 1,000 service hours reported.

“Kudos to you guys,” said President Zach. “It’s because of your efforts to reach out to the community that we get this recognition.”

Paul Harris Fellowships

The latest Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded at the annual banquet last month. Nancy Hargrove and Bryce Griffis named their spouses Guy and Nancy as fellows. Larry Mullins presented his daughter Mamie Kosko with a PHF. And, Carey Hardin received his Plus Eight designation for numerous $1,000 donations to the Rotary Foundation.


Between the Lions

Reading Schedule

4/28, 9:15, Emerson Chuck Rivenburg

4/29, 10:30, First Baptist CLC Bill Daniel

5/2, 9:00, First Presbyterian   Reader needed


Five-Year Vision for the Club

May 2 — The Rotary Club of Starkville is on its way to establishing long-term goals. As one of the first groups to participate in the visioning process offered by the district, the club has twelve targets for the year 2021.

When President-elect Briar Jones began plans for the coming year, he proposed a strategic planning session. Fortunately, in the fall of 2015, District 6820 had trained a team of facilitators to aid clubs. On March 10, six members of that team led a four-hour session in which 25 of our club members expressed their views of where the organization should be in five years.

The intense activity started with a 30-minute writing exercise where participants recorded their concept of what the club would be. Ideas were then shared in a group discussion. That activity was followed by a two-stage voting process where the top ideas were chosen.

The twelve areas of emphasis and some possible five year goals are:

  1. Membership — 250
  2. Club Attributes — draw a larger percentage of young members and more diversity.
  3. Vision — become the number one civic club to join and impact the quality of life in Starkville.
  4. Club Administration — develop leadership through mentoring program; draw members through outstanding programs.
  5. Vocation — develop high school mentoring; develop a database to link employers and potential employees.
  6. Community Service — all Rotarians help with a signature project to generate $50,000 for the community.
  7. New Generations — host two RYE students; increase college scholarships; start youth leadership program.
  8. International Service — partner with MSU in a water project; develop partnership with a foreign sister club; develop a medical team to go abroad.
  9. Fundraising — net $60,000 with the rodeo as a three-night event including a concert; raise $25,000 with a steak dinner.
  10. Rotary Foundation — produce a major donor annually; attain 100 percent Paul Harris Fellows by adding at least ten per year.
  11. Local Foundation — designate $10,000 to president’s charity of choice annually; set aside $100,000 reserve for emergency projects.
  12. Public Image — place signs at every major city entrance; develop digital billboards featuring Rotary partners; host MSU football tailgate as a makeup event for all Rotarians attending a game.

The visioning team that conducted the session consisted of PDG Paul Bucurel and his wife Jennifer from Meridian, PDG Rob Smith and his wife Pam from Rankin County, Steve Jackson from Madison, and DG-nominee Bill Walker from Columbus.

Three Starkville Rotarians led in the district’s first session in Columbus in January. Brent Fountain, Grant Arinder and Ned Browning are members of the team.

One fruit of the process is the generation of a vision statement that can be used by members as a concise “elevator speech” quickly explaining the club to interested persons:

Rotary brings the world to Starkville and Starkville to the world through its many community service projects. The nearly 170 members of the local club create a network of leaders, drawn from city businesses and Mississippi State University. Along with 1.2 million worldwide members, they share expertise, time and resources to enhance life locally and globally. Rotary’s guiding principle is “Service Above Self; He Profits Most Who Serves Best.”

Starkville Rotary Wordmark


Our Brand—Rotary International has embarked on a broad branding effort with new image standards. Following the standards, this is our club’s new word mark.

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