November 30, 2009 Rotogram

EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

Our recognition of outstanding students and teachers continues with representatives from Armstrong Middle School, Henderson Intermediate School and Starkville High School.

NEXT WEEK

Buddy Stevens, East Mississippi Community College football coach, speaks next week.

LAST WEEK

Invocation and Pledge: Bob Daniels
Attendance: Attendance dipped below 50 percent with 92 members (28 exempt) present and 99 (21 exempt, 12 honorary) absent.
Makeups reported: Bricklee Miller online and Sean Owen in Columbus.
Guests and visitors: McKay Richardson was guest of her mom, Lynne. Guests of the Club were members of our new Interact Club, Davis Richardson, Drew Kelley, Ida Knox, John Robert Tomlinson, Kauthar Gaber, Laura Lindsay, Ruth Brown, Wheeler Richardson and Francesca Scaravelli, Youth Exchange student.
Kudos: President Martha noted that six of the seven Greater Starkville Development Partnership board members, recently pictured in the Starkville Daily News, are Rotarians.

CHILDREN’S MUSEUM

The $24.5 million Mississippi Children’s Museum, under construction at LeFleur’s Bluff State Park, is scheduled to be completed next Fall.
Charlotte Seals, MCM community liaison and Madison County Public Schools assistant superintendent, and Lindsay Buford of the Jackson Chamber of Commerce, introduced us to the project.
The museum will feature 20,000 square feet of world-class exhibits that focus on 5 major themes:

  • Mississippi heritage
  • Literacy
  • Health and nutrition
  • Cultural arts
  • Science and technology

The MCM is a statewide project to inspire all of Mississippi’s children in their goals for the future. Special emphasis is given to three paramount challenges facing them today:  obesity, diabetes and low literacy rates. Literacy, and health and nutrition are woven through all the themed galleries.
The 40,000 square foot museum is a place of interactive, hands-on learning based on research.
“Our goal is to provide a unique and exciting educational experience,” said Buford “It should ignite and inspire a thirst for discovery, knowledge and learning in all children.”
The MCM joins more than 300 other children’s museums around the country. These institutions address the urgent need of youth to find ways to engage in active play that unleashes curiosity. They encourage children to spark their imaginations by exploration and discovery.
Spearheaded by the Junior League of Jackson, museum supporters have raised more than 90 percent of the $24.5 million capital campaign.
“It will be a place that children will want to visit over and over because they recognize it as their place,” said Seals. “They know that something wonderful happens when they arrive at the Mississippi Children’s Museum.

STARKVILLE’S NEWEST YOUTH LEADERSHIP CLUB

Tomorrow’s leaders today — New Interact Club members are recognized by President Martha.

President Martha presented the club charter to Starkville Interact President Ida Knox.
Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people ages 14 to 18.
Sponsored by individual Rotary Clubs, which provide support and guidance, Interact Clubs are self-governing and self-supporting.
Our local club advisors are Lynne Richardson and Ned Browning.
Interact membership varies greatly. Ours is a mixed gender club that invites participation from all Oktibbeha County schools. At present, we have 17 members (14 charter).
Lynne and Ned will be calling on Rotarians to present programs about their vocations as examples for the youth. Our first guest speaker was George Sherman focusing on the role of a local businessman in the community.

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