November 10, 2008 Rotogram


Our speaker today is local author Mark Gordon Hazard, retired veterinarian from West Point. The World War II veteran has published two books, World War II As I Remember and Thoughts and Advice from an Old Cattleman. Tomorrow is Veterans= Day.


Next Monday, our guest will be Dexter Muller, Senior Vice President of Community Development for the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce. He will describe the AAerotropolis Concept@ and the Memphis intermodal transportation hub.


Attendance: Our elementary school children played to a packed house. Members and guests totaled 158 for what is perhaps a record attendance for a club meeting.
There were 335 guests and  123 members (92 active and 35 exempt) present. Absent were  77 active, 24 exempt, and all 9 honorary members  (69.1%).

Invocation and Pledge: Ron Brown.

Visitors and Guests: Visiting Rotarian was former member George McKee of Coal Creek, CO, a guest of his father Chester, McKee. Other guests of members were Anna Spivey of Scott Dodd, Don Trotter of John Simpson, and J.C. Patton of Jack Forbus. Club guests included RYE Student Taka Sato; Ambassadorial Scholar Jarrod Reneau; Broderwick Cochran, East Oktibbeha Elementary principal; and Lynn Shea, Overstreet  Elementary Principal.

Other Club guests were the four teachers and eight students being honored and the following parents and family members of the honorees:  John and Alfi Anderson, Bill and Dawn Batchelor; Todd and Melissa Dunn, LaSonja Ferguson, Shirley Ross, Terrell Sherman, and Jeremiah Dumas.

Makeups: Three makeups recorded were Doug Moore, Betty Black, and Janette Self.

Meeting Notes: President Chip reported that Ed Clynch=s wife, Barbara.  is making good recovery from a heart attack. He announced meetings of the Christmas Float and Membership/Classification committees.
David VanLandingham reported that the Between the Lions literacy program about to be launched at Emerson and First Presbyterian Church Day Care Centers. Children were pre-tested last week and MPR personnel will soon come to Starkville to train the pre-school workers. Volunteers are needed to read to the children once a week for 10-30 minutes. If you=re interested in helping , call David at 323-1678.

Rotary Minute: Frank Chiles described the efforts of the New Member Induction Committee to make Rotary more meaningful to new members. The committee has refined the orientation program to give new members a better understanding of Rotary service both locally and internationally and show them how they can become active participants in club meetings and service.
Roy Ruby followed with his usual rib-tickling Absolutely Nothing to do about Rotary Minute.


Rotarians celebrating birthdays in November include Kristi Brown, Ed Clynch, Cecilia Cook, Bobby  Crosland, Kelly Cutshall, Jeff Donald, Eddie Keith, Chester McKee, Russ Rogers,  Sammy Slaughter, and  Linda Karen Smith.


Omis Avant introduced the teachers and students recognized for excellence. The students delighted Rotarians with their poise and eloquence. Teachers and students honored are pictured with Omis and committee chair Andrea Myles.

SUDDUTH ELEMENTARY. Kindergarten Teacher Trish Cunetto was recognized for excellence. Her two top students are Aiden Fancher and Brayland Ferguson, both of whom are 5 years old and both want to someday be doctors.

ELEMENTARY teacher Catherine Ray teaches sixth grade science. Students recognized are Taylor Dunn, who has won many speaking and 4-H horsemanship honors and wants to be a vet; and Jacob Batchelor, who likes football, baseball, and science and wants to be a doctor

EAST OKTIBBEHA ELEMENTARY teacher honored was Terra Bryant, in her sixth year of teaching second grade. Her students are LaDiamond Ewing, who wants to be a teacher and Carneisha Brandy who told Rotairans she wants to be a lawyer.

OVERSTREET teacher Hope Dumas says her third grade students teach her. She brought two straight A students Anne-Marie Ross, winner of a school-wide essay contest, and Jake Anderson, who is a candidate for student body president.

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